Ishmael Khaldi, adviser to Avigdor Lieberman (Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs), was invited to speak at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor Campus.
Here is what happened!
(Update I below)
Muammar Gaddafi’s regime collapsed yesterday, as the capital Tripoli was liberated by freedom-fighters. As people all over the world rejoiced–including Libyans and Muslims across the globe–this is what faux-progressive Muslim Irshad Manji had to say; she tweeted:
Regardless of what happens in #Libya, may the victims of Pan Am 103 be at rest.” #Qaddafi #Tripoli
Ahmed Rehab tweeted in response:
WTF tweet of the day: @IrshadManji: “Regardless of what happens in #Libya, may the victims of Pan Am 103 be at rest.” #Qaddafi #Tripoli
Rehab described Manji’s tweet in the best possible manner: a WTF tweet. WTF, indeed.
(“Pan Am 103″ is referencing a terrorist attack in the 1980′s, in which about 270 people were killed. Libyans were implicated in this attack. As one reader pointed out, it was actually Gaddafi himself, but Irshad Manji won’t let that fact bother her too much–it was those damn Libyans!)
In any case, a twitter war ensued thereafter, with one person responding to Manji saying:
and how about the 20 thousand Libyans who died in battle fighting Qadafi?
To which Manji replied:
Foreign Policy posted this interesting and alarming link at their website. There are few interesting things that I noticed.
On slide 15, it shows that these Radicals are also on Facebook with “200 fans.” Now if you compare this with other Islamic oriented pages on Facebook that are not that famous and are not affiliated with any famous organizations like Productive Muslim, Islamic Studies have many more fans than this. This is one example that it shows that it’s the small group but is highly organized.
Moreover, many of these people are working on their own by listening radical leaders on YouTube and Internet Forums, creating videos and posting on YouTube that are emotional and arouse people to do something against leadership (foreign and domestic!). The ignorance of Islam (limited or no understanding of Islam) combined with zealousy or political/financial situation of the person or his family all contributes to this radicalism.
Ulema (Muslim Religious Scholars) of Islam have always stood against Radicalism and Extremism. If you want to read a book on this subject (especially for Muslims) read “Islamic Awakening between Rejection and Continue reading
I have to say this before I say anything else, that this post and what I am about to say will offend many of you (Muslims)! And frankly I really don’t care what you think of me and how offended you get! I just don’t care…
I have said this to some people I know, and mostlty I haven’t receieved a much positive respond. I have been told to stay positive, that I should think positive, that what I say (coming below) creates ill feeling towards other Muslims and that I am being pessimistic, or that I should not judge others. I Strongly Disagree!
So here is what I have to say:
Below are few links about the growing tension between Israel and Iran. While the propaganda machine and the neo-con Right is using all it can to engage the United States in the war with Iran, presumably to defend itself from Iran (actually defending Israel from Iran); we need to have an awareness of this Cat and Mouse Game.
Israeli recipe for dealing with the world “If force doesn’t work, use some more force.” by Israel Shamir [Veterans Today]
…Israelis armed, supplied and trained Kurdish terrorists for many years; they have turned the Iraqi Kurdistan into their territory with many Israeli businessmen doing their affairs waiting for Kirkuk oil to flow to Haifa as it did in the days of colonial British rule. The Kurds remained a hidden tool of Israel in the region for many years; its activation now shows that Israel still wants to teach Turks a lesson…
Regime Change in Iran: The Fantacy that will not die by William O. Beeman [New American Media]
…The answer that has emerged over four decades in the regime change circles is clearly that “Islam (read Iran) is against the United States.” It is from that point that the fantasizing begins: How to destroy this anti-American Continue reading
Israel and its lobby, in order to crush the global uproar against its illegal commando operation on Freedom Flotilla, has started referring to the activists on board Marvi Marmara as “Terrorists.” As much insane this may sound to the general public, here the activists gives a much clearer picture (prepare to face his boldness):
Note: There is a Jewish Flotilla scheduled for July to break the inhuman Israeli siege of Gaza.
Published: 06.06.10, 20:33 / Israel News
The German-Jewish organization Jewish Voice for Peace in the Middle East is preparing a Jewish flotilla to the Gaza Strip. “We intend to leave around July,” a member of the organization, Kate Leitrer, said to Ynet. “We have one small craft so far, in which there will be between 12 and 16 people, mostly Jews.”
Leitrer, herself Jewish, said there was great interest in joining. “Getting another boat means more expenses, and we’re discussing this possibility,” she said. “Because of limited space, there will be school equipment, candy, and mainly musical equipment, and there’ll be musicians aboard who’ll teach the children of Gaza. They need to see that Jews are not what how they are drawn in their eyes.”
Leitrer also claimed that Israel acted criminally in its lethal raid on the Gaza flotilla last Monday.
“The head of UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) appealed to the world to send ships due to the shortage of important supplies in Gaza,” she said. “By stopping the flotilla, Israel acted criminally. Israel must not act like pirates.”
By Umer Sultan
Israel attacked the aid ship directed towards Gaza, leaving about 19 people dead and 60 wounded. The Israeli Defense Forces used live ammunition on the ship at the unarmed solidarity activists, mostly from Turkey.
The stormed ship (Mavi Marmara) was leading five other aid ships and had solidarity activists, aid leaders, and journalist from different countries aboard. At this moment there is no news as to who is dead and wounded. 2 Pakistani journalists [video] are among those missing and one of them is Talat Hussein from Pakistani AAJ TV, a very critical, outspoken and respected journalist in Pakistan.
Turkey, the long friend of Israel got really ticked off at the military strike by Israel and has pulled Turkish ambassador from Israel. Turkey has also threatened Israel, even with a possibility that Turkey will send more aid ships with the escort of Turkish Navy…you know what that could mean right! Greece has cancelled its joint military exercise. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said:
“It should be known that we will not stay silent and unresponsive in the face of this inhuman state terror,” Press TV.
President Obama has only this to say:
“I wanted to visit the ruined village of Um al-Nasr, in northern Gaza, some miles away from lush Tel Aviv. A few months earlier, a number of villagers, including two toddlers, had drowned in what the press was calling a “sewage tsunami.” The deluge had been triggered by the collapse of a treatment facility just above the village that had been slowly and steadily leaking sewage. For months the villages of Um al-Nasr had pleaded with Israeli authorities to allow the importation of the pumps, pipes, and filters necessary to stem the flow. But Israel, rattled by a ceaseless barrage of crudely constructed rockets launched daily from Gaza, some of which were—in short of grim irony that can exist only in such a place—constructed from old sewage pipes, refused.
The villagers built an earthen embankment around what was fast becoming a giant lake of human waste. But the embankment would not hold. On the morning of March 27, 2007, while most of the villagers of Um al-Nasr slept, the embankment gave way. The village was inundated.
This is what we talk about when we talk about Gaza: that human beings—men, women, children—could literally drown in shit.”
Source: Reza Aslan. How to win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the end of the War on Terror. Random House, New York, 2009.
wow just wow!