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Woman Gets Death Penalty for Witchcraft
A Saudi Arabian court's decision to execute a woman for witchcraft has drawn the
protest of international human rights groups. The trial and conviction of Fawza Falih is a
"miscarriage of justice," said Human Rights Watch in an appeal to King Abdullah, the BBC
Among Falih's accusers is a man who alleged she made him impotent. The U.S. rights
group is asking the Saudi ruler to void the conviction and to bring charges against the
country's religious police, who detained her in 2005 and allegedly beat her, the BBC
Hizbullah Leader Declares 'Open War' on Israel
By VOA News
The leader of the Shi'ite terrorist group Hizbullah has threatened "open war" on Israel
and accused the Jewish state of assassinating a top Hizbullah commander.
Hassan Nasrallah made his remarks in a fiery speech broadcast Thursday to thousands of
Hizbullah supporters at Imad Mughniyeh's funeral in Lebanon's capital, Beirut.
He said Tuesday's car bomb assassination of Mughniyeh in Syria's capital, Damascus,
occurred outside what he called the natural battlefield with Israel - implicitly the
Israel-Lebanon border region. He said if Israel wants "open war" with Hizbullah, it will
have it. Israel has denied involvement in the car bombing.
Mughniyeh - one of the world's most wanted terrorists - was implicated in deadly
attacks against Western and Israeli targets in the 1980s and 90s.
The U.S. State Department said Nasrallah's threats should be alarming to everyone.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Hizbullah has a long record of carrying out
terrorist acts around the globe. He said any time the militant group makes threats against
Israel; the whole world should be concerned.
Israel put its embassies and other interests around the world on high alert today,
fearing revenge attacks. Israel also reinforced its military forces along the Lebanese
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki attended the funeral for Imad Mughniyeh.
McCormack said Mottaki's presence at the funeral underscores "the historical links between
Iran and its terrorist group creation Hizbullah." Iran is Hizbullah's top ally.
The U.S. expressed alarm over Hizbullah threats against Israel State Department
officials said that given Hizbullah's proven record in international terrorism, its latest
threats against Israel should be taken seriously and viewed with alarm by the entire
In a talk with Washington D.C. reporters, McCormack said Hizbullah has a long record of
carrying out terrorist acts around the globe. "We all must be concerned whenever you have
a group of terrorists that are threatening actions against a civilized democratic society.
The moment we stop worrying about what might happen to a neighbor or to a fellow
democratic state, and start talking about that being somebody else's problem, then there's
a problem. So as a general matter, those kind of statements are quite concerning and
should be alarming to everyone."
In unusually blunt remarks Wednesday, McCormack said the world was a better place with
the death of Mughniyeh, who he described as a cold-blooded killer, a mass murderer and
terrorist responsible for countless innocent lives lost.
Mughniyeh Was in Midst of Planning Mass Terror Attack
By IsraelNationalNews.com & Ha'aretz
A Kuwaiti newspaper reports that Hizbullah terrorist chief Imad Mughniyeh, who was
killed in a car-bomb attack in Damascus on Tuesday, was in the midst of planning major
terrorist attacks in moderate Arab countries when he was killed.
Al-Watan reported that U.S. intelligence had learned that Mughniyeh arrived in Damascus
three days earlier with instructions from, and in coordination with, the Iranians. His
objective was to meet with Hizbullah leaders and coordinate a mass attack, for which he
was to receive help from Syrian intelligence.
Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a severe travel advisory Thursday to all
Israeli citizens traveling abroad because of grave concerns that Hizbullah will attempt to
launch terror attacks or abductions, as Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed to
retaliate against Israeli targets for Tuesday's assassination of the terrorist group's
deputy chief Imad Mughniyeh.
Israel also ordered its military and embassies to go on alert Thursday, and advised
Jewish institutions worldwide to follow suit. Israel on Wednesday denied involvement in
the death of Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in a car bombing Tuesday in the Syrian capital
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi put forces on heightened alert,
instructing them to take the necessary precautions by air, land and sea in order to
protect the northern border and other Israeli interests, the army said Thursday.
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau also issued travel warnings against traveling in places
abroad where there are high concentrations of Israelis, especially tourist
The FBI has put its domestic terror squads on the alert for any threats against
synagogues and other potential Jewish targets in the United States in the wake of
Mughniyeh's killing. U.S. law enforcement officials say there have been no specific
threats so far against any Jewish centers.
On Thursday the FBI ordered terrorism task forces nationwide to reach out to community
sources for any information about stepped-up Hizbullah activity following the Tuesday
In Washington, the State Department said it was not aware of a specific threat made to
Israel by the Hizbullah leader but condemned anything of the sort as alarming.
"As a general matter, those kinds of statements are quite concerning and they should be
alarming to everyone," spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters. "Quite clearly, Hizbullah
has a long record of carrying out violent acts and acts of terrorism around the globe. You
have a pathway of violence that stretches from Buenos Aires to Kuwait and a lot of places
Unlike many Middle Eastern leaders whose speeches are riddled with idle threats,
Nasrallah is known for delivering on his promises. In 2006, he promised to take action to
free Lebanese prisoners in Israel, and in July that year, Hizbullah guerrillas staged a
daring cross-border raid that snatched two Israeli soldiers as bargaining chips.
Eliminate Israel: Poof, World Peace
By Ed Ziegler (Commentary)
There is a war (War on Terrorism) going on and it encompasses the whole world. It is
also a fact that most of the terrorism rhetoric and events emanate from the Middle East.
It is also a fact that not all Muslims are terrorists but it is also a fact that the vast
majority of terrorists are known to be Muslim.
Many Muslim countries are at odds with, and call for the elimination of, Israel
claiming Israel is responsible for almost everything bad that is happening in the world.
Many Islamic leaders and clerics are preaching a Jihad (war) against Israel and the Jewish
people. Then there are a considerable number of terrorists, telling the infidels,
Christians, Jews, Hindus etc. they will need to convert to Islam or be prepared for the
This is the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel and with so many countries advocating the elimination of Israel lets look at "what it would be like in terms of world peace if there were no Israel." There are many non-Muslims who also blame Israel as the root cause of so many problems. For this approach we will consider typical comments made against Israel as alleged by John Lenon, as published in www.lookingglassnews.org.
Lenon claims if there were no Israel "There would be no Al-Qaeda Terrorist Network."
Actually Al-Qaeda grew out of the war created when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in
1988. Thus Israel had nothing to do with the formation of Al-Qaeda.
Lenon claims if there were no Israel "The 2,544 Americans who have died in Iraq would
be alive." However George Poter's article, of August 28, 2007, states that according to a
former administration official, Lawrence Wilkerson, Israeli officials warned the George W.
Bush administration that an invasion of Iraq would be destabilizing to the region and
urged the United States to target Iran as the primary enemy," The US Iraq situation was
not Israel's doing.
Lenon claims if there were no Israel "There would have been no 9/11." Is Lenon saying
that the Islamic perpetrators are not responsible for their actions? Israel did not
pressure the hijackers to commandeer the airplanes and commit suicide.
Lenon claims if there were no Israel "Gasoline would be selling for less than $1 a
gallon." Israel has no say in gasoline pricing. Oil prices are determined by supply and
demand and the "Organizations of the Petroleum Exporting Countries."
Lenon claims, "If there were no Israel Jerusalem would have a vibrant Christian
population." Since there is a flourishing Christian community in Israel it is clear that
Israel is not to blame for the lack of one in Jerusalem.
On April 4, 2003, a European Union (EU) poll named Israel as the "greatest threat to
world peace." On May 15, 2007 the "Guardian Unlimited" reported that at least 11
Palestinians were killed as fighting between the two Muslim groups (Hamas and Fatah)
reached new levels of ferocity. How would the elimination of Israel stop the fighting
between two Islamic groups, both of whom hate Israel?
The elimination of Israel would not have any effect toward peace with the war between
two Muslim groups in Western Sudan (aka Darfur). This is where Sudanese Muslim-Arabs, over
the past five years, have killed 800,000 black African Muslims.
On May 24, 2007 a Muslim cleric, Sheikh Al-Hiran apparently from the Palestinian
Authority, released a fatwa (religious ruling) permitting the killing of members of the
Hamas terrorist organization. He declared Hamas to have "Jewish characteristics;" and
therefore "You should kill them cold-bloodedly." The elimination of Israel would not make
peace between the two groups.
On Jan. 17, 2008 "The Associated Press" reported that in Peshawar, Pakistan a suspected
Sunni extremist opened fire in a Shiite mosque then he blew himself up, killing nine
people on the eve of a religious festival. A Jew did not force the suicide bomber of one
Islamic sect to kill Islamic people of another sect and then commit suicide.
The AP reported that in Narathiwat, Thailand suspected Muslim insurgents ambushed an
army patrol. All eight soldiers were killed, one of whom was beheaded, as the rebellion
enters its fifth year. The non-existence of Israel would not cause the Muslim insurgents
to become peaceful.
David Brooks' of the New York Times wrote "A War of Narratives," where he states the
"Arabs Blame Israel for Their Problems." Below are only a handful of Brook's points that
in the real world, Israel cannot be blamed.
The Muslim enslavement of black Africans in Mauritania, The mass murder of hundreds of
thousands of Arabs in a 13-year Algerian civil war; The endless brutal oppression of
Egyptian Christian Copts in Egypt by Egyptian Muslims;
The genocide of 2 million black Africans in South Sudan by Sudanese Muslim Arabs over the
past 23 years; The mass murder of Arabian Shiites by the Saudi royal family; Six decades
of Muslim terrorism against the Hindus of Kashmir and Gujarat; Islamic terrorism in East
Asia (Bali, East Timor, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia);Muslim terrorism against Russia
(remember 186 dead children at the school in Beslan?);The Muslim persecution of Christians
and Jews throughout the Muslim world since the beginning of Islam; and the grinding
poverty and lack of productivity that typify even the richest of Arab countries, as
documented in three recent UN-sponsored studies.
Brooks explains that Arabs hold a steadfast denial of reality, rooted concretely and
unshakably in the Arab concepts of ash-Sharaf (male honor) and al-Haram (shame). For an
Arab to accept blame for failure causes loss of face, shame and loss of honor.
Looking at the preponderance of proof noted above it is time that all freedom loving
individuals must face facts that it is not the elimination of Israel that will cause world
peace. Rather, it is more likely, that the elimination of the fanatic Islamists will do
more to achieve world peace because they are the ones who are warring in so many countries
against each other as identified above.
It is up to you to speak out and counteract the mountains of distortions the Arab world
aims at their enemies, the infidel (non Islamists) not just Israel. Remember Never
(Ed Ziegler is a columnist for the Heritage Florida Jewish News and can be reached at EZ14@comcast.net)``
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