The Candid Eye

January 25, 2010

Hamas supporter teaching at London university

A declared supporter of Hamas, accused by a government minister of advocating attacks on British forces, has been given a paid teaching post at London University, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Daud Abdullah has been appointed to teach a 22-week course entitled “Introduction to Islam” at Birkbeck, a college of the university. The move will add to growing concern in the wake of the Detroit bomber case that London University is becoming a haven for Islamic radicals.

Hamas Fighter with her Kid : Image Courtesy -

Last year Dr Abdullah, who is also deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, signed the controversial “Istanbul Declaration.” This applauded Hamas, demanded “jihad and resistance” against Israel, sought a “complete victory for all of Palestine,” stated that “everyone standing with the Zionist entity [Israel]” should be treated the same as the Israelis, and said that the sending of “foreign warships into Muslim waters” was a “declaration of war” which must be “fought by all means.”

The then Communities Secretary, Hazel Blears, claimed the declaration advocated “violence against our troops” and “attacks on Jewish communities all around the world” and broke off relations with the MCB when they refused to sack Dr Abdullah.

Dr Abdullah has refused to withdraw his support for the Istanbul Declaration, though he has always insisted that he opposes attacks on British forces. The Government last week restored ties with the MCB – but still refuses to have any contact with Dr Abdullah.

Houriya Ahmed, of the think-tank the Centre for Social Cohesion, said: “This is deeply worrying. It is bad enough when hardline preachers are invited on campus but to have soneone actually lecturing on behalf of the university is far worse. It is shocking they think that this man idea is suitable to introduce students to Islam.”

Hamas Kindergarten

The appointment is the latest in a series of controversies involving Islamist extremism and London University. The Detroit bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was allegedly radicalised while a student at UCL, another college of the university. Earlier this week the Telegraph reported how UCL’s Islamic society, which Abdulmutallab once chaired, is to host a series of speakers with links to extremism and alleged terrorism.

It has also emerged that Reza Pankhurst, a teacher at another London University college, the LSE, is a leading activist in Hizb ut Tahrir, an extremist, separatist and anti-Semitic group. Numerous other meetings with radical speakers have been held on the university’s premises. Ms Ahmed said: “There appears to be a particular problem with the University of London. They have a duty of care to their students and they are failing to provide it.”

Last week senior US government officials accused Britain of not doing enough to tackle extremism, saying the UK has the West’s “greatest concentration of active al-Qaeda supporters.” Particular concern was expressed about British universities.

The course taught by Dr Abdullah, at Birkbeck’s Stratford campus, began in October and is due to last until Easter. A spokesman for Birkbeck College said: “If anyone raises concerns about a member of our staff, we will investigate them.”

Dr Abdullah said last night: “I have never had any complaints from the authorities about my teaching. There are members of the police forces and the intelligence agencies who attend my course. I remain a signatory of the Istanbul Declaration and I believe the Palestinian people have the right to resist but I dispute Hazel Blears’ interpretation of the Declaration.” Asked whether he supported attacks on anyone who “stood with” Israel, such as British Jews or Israeli civilians, he said: “Let’s not get into semantics. I have made my views clear.”

December 3, 2009

The jihad factor in Fort Hood killings

Filed under: Islam,Jihad,USA,Wahabism — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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Barry Rubin is director of the GLORIA Centre, Tel Aviv, and editor of the MERIA Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader and The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle-East.He says how the Islamic Jihad factor played a very major role in this gruesome incident.

It drove Maj Hassan to kill fellow soldiers

How do we know the attack at Fort Hood was an Islamist terrorist act? Simple, Maj Nidal Hassan told us. He gave a number of clues but nothing’s more impressive than this one: Maj Hassan is the first terrorist to give an academic lecture explaining why he was about to attack. Yet that still isn’t enough for too many people — including the US President — to understand that the murderous assault was a jihadi attack. Maj Hassan also told us how the tragedy could have been avoided. But no one seems to be paying attention.

Instead of speaking about a medical topic, Maj Hassan’s lecture was: ‘The Quranic World View as it Relates to Muslims in the US Military’. He used 50 power-point slides.

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Maj Hassan is very logical. This is clearly not the work of a mad man or someone confused about what he was doing. Three topics are covered: What Islam teaches Muslims, how Muslims view the wars in Afghanistan and Iran, and how this might affect Muslims in the US military. Maj Hassan defines jihad as holy war, of course.

Now here’s Maj Hassan’s central theme. God forbids Muslims to fight against other Muslims in an infidel army. He quotes the Quran extensively to prove the point. Allah will punish anyone who kills a Muslim. A believer must obey Allah. Those who do enjoy great delights; those who don’t suffer torments in hell.

Next, Maj Hassan introduces the concept of ‘defensive jihad’, a core element in radical Islamist thinking. If others attack and oppress Muslims, then it is the duty of all Muslims to fight them, quoting the Quran he explains, “Allah forbids you…from dealing kindly and justly” with those who fight Muslims.”

Consequently, Maj Hassan understood his situation perfectly. To be a proper Muslim given his beliefs, he had to pick up a gun and join the jihad, Muslim side. He was not shooting Americans because he caught battle fatigue from soldiers he treated but because he believed that these soldiers must die at his hands.

The choice to act was forced on him when he received orders to ship out to Iran or Afghanistan. Would he choose the side of Allah and the Muslims, to be rewarded in heaven? Or would he join with the infidels, to be punished with hell? He made his decision.

In practical terms, if not in religious ones, his analysis misses an obvious and important issue: What if two groups of Muslims are fighting, cannot one side with one group, even if it has non-Muslim allies? After all, Americans don’t go to Iraq or Afghanistan simply to ‘kill Muslims’ but to defend Muslims from being killed. The Saudis, Kuwaitis, and Egyptians had no problem with using Western troops to save them from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in 1991, for example. The Iraqi and Afghan Governments, made up of pious Muslims, do the same thing.

Arab nationalists who are Muslims can take this position more easily. But Islamists are fighting to seize control of all Muslim-majority states and perhaps of the entire world.

The true problem, then, is not that some Muslims help infidels kill Muslims, but that some Muslims help infidels kill Islamists. Maj Hassan never considered this point, in part and ironically, because he was a native-born American and real Middle East issues were abstractions for him.

But Maj Hassan tells us the possible ways out of his paradox, using quotes from the Quran. First, if the Americans ended the wars, then Muslims wouldn’t have to kill them. Second, it would be okay to be in the US Army if the Americans accepted Islam or agreed to become subservient to Muslim rulers (dhimmis).

Third, if the Muslim messiah came, he’d destroy Christianity as a false religion and set off the post-history utopia. He didn’t mention that this also involved murdering all Jews.

This brings up a valuable insight into Maj Hassan’s character. Although a Palestinian, he never verbally attacked Israel or the Jews. He considers himself American by nationality, neither Palestinian nor Arab. But he has a religion that directs his thinking. That’s why he is an Islamist and supports Al Qaeda, not Hamas.

As one moderate Muslim from Canada pointed out, the clothes he wore the day before committing his jihadi attack was not (as some sources put it in a silly manner) some martyr or even Arab garb but the clothing of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is an Al Qaeda jihadi, having changed sides in the war on terror.

His conclusion takes on tremendous significance in light of what would happen at Fort Hood. He writes: “If Muslim groups can convince Muslims that they are fighting for god against injustices of the ‘infidels’; ie, the enemies of Islam, then Muslims can become a potent adversary ie: Suicide bombing, etc.”

And of course, these groups did so convince Maj Hassan. Why? Maj Hassan tells us: “God expects full loyalty. Promises heaven and threatens with hell. Muslims may seem moderate (compromising) but god is not.”

And at the very end, he proposes what might have been his own escape route: “Recommendation: Department of Defence should allow Muslim soldiers the option of being released as ‘conscientious objectors’ to increase troop morale and decrease adverse events.”

The fact that Maj Hassan’s lecture has not been the centerpiece of the whole post-massacre debate is a true example of how impoverished are the ‘experts,’ journalists, and politicians at dealing with these issues.

October 2, 2009

Hamas teaches kids to kill Jews

Filed under: Islam,Jihad,Terrorism — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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From PMW

The bear puppet host, Nassur, of a Hamas children’s TV program used different words for “slaughter” to describe how to rid Israel of Jews.

First the bear explains that all Jews must be “erased from our land.” Later in the conversation he adds, “We want to slaughter them, Saraa, so they will be expelled from our land.” He repeats, “…We’ll have to [do it] by slaughter.”

He first uses the Arabic expression for “slaughter,” “Nidbah-hom,” and later on uses the word “Shaht.”

The following is the transcript from the children’s program Tomorrow’s Pioneers:

Nassur: “There won’t be any Jews or Zionists, if Allah wills. They’ll be erased.”
Saraa: “Chased away.”
Nassur: “And just like we will visit the Qaaba [in Mecca]… everyone will visit Jerusalem.”
[Seven-year old Palestinian child on phone tells how his father, a member of the Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades, “died as a Shahid (Martyr).”]
Nassur to child on phone: “What do you want to do to the Jews who shot your father?”
Child on phone: “I want to kill them.”

Saraa: “We don’t want to do anything to them, just expel them from our land.”

Nassur: “We want to slaughter (Nidbah-hom) them, so they will be expelled from our land, right?”

Saraa: “Yes. That’s right. We will expel them from our land using all means.”

Nassur: “And if they don’t want [to go] peacefully, by words or talking, we’ll have to [do it] by slaughter.” (Shaht)

[Al-Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Sept. 22, 2009]

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