SWI NEWS: Thursday, January 27 2011 22 Shevat,5771
Ya'alon: Hizbullah has agents in Gaza training terrorists
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Vice Premier says Shi'ite group has infiltrated Strip through Egypt and also is active in West Bank, paying operatives; Hamas spokesman denies claims: "All the factions in Gaza are Palestinians."
Vice Premier and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Thursday that Hizbullah has infiltrated agents into the Gaza Strip in order to train Palestinian terrorists.
Ya'alon, a former IDF chief of staff, told reporters that "Hizbullah experts can get into the Gaza Strip, like the Iranian rockets are coming to the Gaza Strip." He said Hizbullah terrorists can go from Lebanon to Sudan, then to Egypt and on to Gaza.
Ya'alon: Iran doesn't have capability for nuclear weapon
Mofaz: Hizbullah may form Iranian proxy-state in Lebanon
Ya'alon said Hizbullah has a special unit, called 1800, to deal with the Palestinian terrorists. He said the Lebanese terrorists also operate in the West Bank, paying operatives.
Israel has long accused Hizbullah and its Iranian backers of supporting Palestinian terrorists, but officials have said little about an actual physical presence of Iranian-backed militia in Gaza.
Hamas has often denied that foreign forces are in Gaza. On Thursday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called Ya'alon's claim "fabricated," and said "all the factions in Gaza are Palestinians."
Ya'alon's office said Hizbullah has been infiltrating Gaza quietly since Israel withdrew from the seaside strip in 2005.
Arab Youth Attacks Jew, Shot Dead
by Elad Benari
An Arab youth from the Samarian Arab village of Arak Burin was shot dead near the Jewish community of Yitzhar on Thursday.
Arab media, which reported on the incident throughout the day on Thursday, claimed that the youth had been shot for no reason by a Jewish resident of Yitzhar. The Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an News Agency claimed that residents of Yitzhar had marched into Arak Burin and opened fire at its residents, killing the 19-year-old youth, who was identified as Ady Maher Qadous.
The report relied on statements by Ghassan Daghlus, a PA official who is in charge of monitoring activities by Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria. Ma’an also cited “medical sources” who said that Qadous was hit by numerous bullets to the chest and was taken to a hospital in Nablus (Shechem) for treatment, where he died shortly after arrival.
The website of the PA newspaper Al-Quds quoted Qadous’ cousin, who claimed that while he and his cousin were working on property which belongs to them, four Jews approached from a nearby hill when suddenly one of them shot Qadous.
However, a preliminary investigation by Samaria-Judea police found that the youth was shot after a Jewish man who was walking on a pathway near Yitzhar was attacked by a group of Arabs who threw rocks at him. When one of the attackers approached the Jew with a rock in his hand, he opened fire in self-defense.
Those who responded to the findings by the police largely blamed leftist groups for inciting against Jews and helping to spread the false reports.
National Union Chairman MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz said: “Lately there is a rise in the provocations by groups of anarchists who are accompanied by Arabs and extreme leftists and are invading pastures, plots of land, orchards and vineyards belonging to Jews.
“Unfortunately, not only do the security forces not take any action to protect the Jews who are left alone to defend themselves, but the police and the army arrest them,” added Katz . “It is very unfortunate that security forces are afraid of those foreign organizations that finance the provocateurs just as they financed the Turkish flotilla.”
Katz said that he will demand that a parliamentary inquiry committee be established to investigate the reasons “for the compliance by the security system with radical rioters that undermine the stability of the region, while turning against the local Jews who are mostly graduates of the IDF's elite units and regularly perform reserve military duty.”
The Yitzhar community responded to the police findings by saying that the investigation “proves once again the hands of the Arabs are full of blood.”
The Samaria Residents' Council said in a statement: “Once again it has been proven today that the Arab blood libels against the Jews are automatically adopted by leftist organizations seeking to incite against Jews. After it has been proven that it was self-defense we expect everyone who said otherwise to apologize.”
Shomron Mayor Gershon Mesika said: “I am glad that the police today unveiled the truth behind the false tales of the Arabs. Unfortunately in many cases these false stories are made public and offend the Jewish population.”
PA Leader Abbas Grants $2,000 to Family of Dead Terrorist
by Hillel Fendel
Despite the Palestinian Authority's frequent denials that it supports terrorism, Palestinian Media Watch has uncovered a PA media report stating that PA leader Mahmoud Abbas has given $2,000 to the family of a terrorist who was killed trying to murder IDF soldiers.
The incident occurred several weeks ago, when a would-be "holy martyr" (shahid) carrying two pipe bombs ran towards the Israeli soldiers manning the Hamra checkpoint near the Jordan Valley. Screaming "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is Greater), he was shot and killed before he could detonate the bombs.
The presidential grant was awarded this week by the governor of the Jenin district, Kadura Musa, to the family of the would-be murderer in the family's village of Al-Yamoun. The governor noted that the grant is financial aid in the amount of $2,000 from Mahmoud Abbas.
Just three weeks ago, Abbas released from prison the mastermind of the attack last year in which four Jews from Beit Haggai were murdered. The released terrorist was killed by IDF soldiers within 24 hours of his release.
‘We’re living on a volcano,’ experts warn
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
As with Iran in ’79, Islamists could hijack pro-democracy movements; ex-IDF research chief: “We're on thick ice, but even that melts eventually."
Israeli security experts are casting an uneasy eye at the civil unrest spreading through the region.
On Thursday, Yemen joined the list of Arab states experiencing unprecedented demonstrations calling for authoritarian leaders to step down, and Egypt braced for more civil unrest.
The Region: Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas
Analysis: A warning to Arab dictators
While no analysts here predict any immediate ramifications for Israel’s national security, some said mass protest movements that begin as pro-democracy uprisings could easily be hijacked by Islamists.
“We need to understand that we are living on a volcano,” said Maj.- Gen. (res.) Ya’acov Amidror, former head of the IDF’s Research and Assessment Directorate.
“Conditions can change from today until tomorrow. We must ask ourselves, what is the worst case scenario,” he said. “We are on thick ice, but even that melts eventually."
“Advice we have heard from certain countries in Western Europe should not be followed,” he said. “There’s no immediate fear of any security escalation. The main question is: In the long term, will we be ready for all scenarios?” Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, a former national security adviser, and a senior research fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), said, “There’s a reasonable chance that if a revolution takes place in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood would rise to power. That would be bad not just for Israel but for all democracies.”
The true struggle in Egypt was not between “Mubarak and pro-democracy elements, but between Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood,” Eiland said.
Casting his eye on Lebanon, Giora said the recent confrontation between the pro-Western March 8 alliance and the Hizbullah-led March 14 bloc was not as severe as met the eye.
“It’s true that the two camps have been in a political confrontation that became sharper. But there is a clear interest for both sides to continue to cooperate – not only to prevent a civil war, but to enjoy the best of both worlds,” he said.
“So long as there is a unity government, then pro-Western camp can ask the West for economic and military aid, while pointing to democracy in Lebanon, a free economy, and a functioning parliament. The role of Hizbullah is to continue to be the most powerful military force in Lebanon, and to have strategic control,” Eiland said.
He believes that Israel is better off with a Lebanon formally controlled by Hizbullah, “because as soon as fire is opened at Israel, it’s not Hizbullah but the whole of the state of Lebanon that is responsible. That is a real deterrent, and it has plenty of advantages.
“The same is true of Hamas rule in Gaza,” Eiland said.
Shlomo Brom, director of the program on Israel-Palestinian relations at the INSS, said it was impossible to know what would happen next.
“It’s true that pro-democracy voices are being expressed – and that is positive – but we don’t know how it will end,” Brom said. Even in Tunisia, where the Islamists are weak, we don’t know how it will end. We can’t forget that in Iran, at the end of the 1970s, the uprising against the shah was led by [pro-democracy] youths who took the streets – but this was taken over by Islamists in the end.”
Muslim Brotherhood joins Egyptian protesters. Three cities locked down
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2011, 10:47 PM (GMT+02:00)
Millions of Muslim worshippers to turn out Friday
The Mubarak regime was badly shaken Thursday night, Jan. 27, when Egypt's most powerful opposition movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, ordered its teeming membership to join the protest movement raging in Cairo and other cities since Tuesday after Friday (Jan. 28) prayers.
debkafile's Cairo sources report that the capital's poor districts, like Shubra which houses four million inhabitants, were bustling Thursday night with preparations for street action the next day. The question on all lips now is: Can the security forces control the many millions of protesters expected to suddenly pour into city streets across the land as of Friday and defend the regime against them.
The police, almost a million security officers and units of the Interior Ministry's special units, have been on their feet for three days quelling outbreaks. They are exhausted and demoralized. They managed to keep the demonstrations from getting out of hand, but not to suppress them. Now that millions of Muslim Brotherhood loyalists have been told to throw in their lot with the protest movement, the beleaguered 82-year old President Hosni Mubarak can no longer avoid sending the army in to stem the unrest, which looks increasingly like turning into a popular revolution.
The trouble is that no one can be sure of the army's total loyalty to the regime. The president cannot be sure that officers will agree to order their men to shoot demonstrators if need be, or whether the soldiers will obey such orders.
Even after three days, debkafile's sources report signs that the president and his immediate circle of advisers and ministers have not grasped the extent of their peril. For hours, security forces commanders begged the president to sign curfew decrees for the most troubled cities, but he refused. I
n the end, they clamped curfews down on their own initiative in Suez and Ismailia on the banks of the Suez Canal and across the canal in the northern Sinai town of El Arish close to the Israeli and Gaza borders. During the day, violent clashes between police and rioters occurred in all three towns, whose combined population is 1.7 million, eaving casualties whose numbers are unknown. Thursday night, their streets of the three towns were deserted except for heavy security patrols. No one was allowed to leave without a special permit.
The ministry responsible for mosques and preachers Thursday night issued directives to the imams who are state employees to focus their sermons Friday on calls to keep the peace and not participate in the anti-government demonstrations.
But those preachers, although their pay checks come from the public purse, are unlikely to go against the popular mood or dare defy the Muslim Brotherhood.
Later Thursday, rumors were floating around Cairo that President Mubarak was about to sack the government and promise early parliamentary elections. Neither was confirmed.
New Ground Zero imam: ‘Apostates against Islam must be jailed’
Posted on January 26, 2011 by creeping
Moderate face of Islam says jail apostates. So much for freedom of religion and speech.
via Aaron Klein at WND, Ground Zero imam: ‘Apostates against Islam must be jailed’
Those who leave Islam and preach against the Muslim religion must be jailed, declared the imam who has become the new face of the proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in New York City.
“If someone leaves the din, leaves the path privately, they cannot be touched. If someone preaches about apostasy, or preaches their views, they’re jailed,” stated Imam Abdallah Adhami in a November lecture obtained and reviewed by WND.
Adhami was discussing the Quranic view of apostasy, or Muslims who decide to leave the Islamic religion.
According to Shariah, or Islamic law, the consensus view in Sunni Islam is that a male apostate must be put to death unless he suffers from a mental disorder or converted against his will.
There are, however, differing views on the subject, with some contemporary Islamic scholars differentiating between public and private apostasy and arguing for actions ranging from death to nothing.
Adhami, speaking to a non-Muslim audience, claimed Islamic law only calls for punishment for public apostates and that most Islamic scholars demand only that public apostates be jailed as opposed to killed.
He claimed Islam was “revolutionary” for purportedly only punishing those who preach apostasy publicly, as opposed to other religions, which, he claimed, punish both public and private apostates.
“The Quran distinguishes between public and private apostasy,” he said, failing to note most medieval Islamic scholars did not make such a distinction.
Adhami admitted, “Yes, many jurists said have to be killed. … But the position of the state was the position of Islamic scholars – they must be jailed so they are contained.”
He said, “In Islam, in the Quran, theoretically, if you look over the Quran from cover to cover, you literally have the right to the choice to reject God’s message. The only thing you do not have the right to do is to spread this conviction, lest you, quote unquote, pollute others.”
Last week, WND broke the story that Adhami declared in a lecture Muslims have “more of a right” than Jews to the biblical prophet Moses.
In the same lecture, Adhami urged Muslims to “compete” with other religions.
Meanwhile, others have been scrutinizing Adhami’s background.
Writing at the NewsReal blog, writer Joseph Klein revealed Adhami was a guest speaker at the annual convention of the Islamic Association for Palestine in 200o. T he theme of the convention was “All Palestine is Sacred!”
Adhami was reportedly joined at the speakers’ rostrum by Dr. Sami Al-Arian, who pled guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to contribute services to or for the benefit of the Palestine Islamic Jihad.
IAP went defunct in 2005. It was established in 1981 by Hamas political operative Mousa Abu Marzook.
Like the ISNA, the IAP was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document – titled “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” – as one of the Brotherhood’s 29 likeminded “organizations of our friends.”
Nuances. It is at Ground Zero…a plane engine landed in the building and had it been full of people, they would likely have been killed.