Tag Archives: Al Jazeera

Two faces of Islam

muslims_duomoWhere was al-Jazeera when thousands of Muslims recently gathered to pray front of Milan’s Duomo to protest Israel’s operation in Gaza?  As one of Europe’s most storied gothic cathedrals, their act was blasphemous and offensive, yet presumably acceptable to those at al-Jazeera who are now crusading against some in the U.S military who dared to consider handing out Bibles to local Afghanis.

 Consider: the Saudi Kingdom gives billions to western Universities to promote Islam as the religion of peace and shells out even more to build Wahabbi mosques in the west. Muslim immigrants in the Netherlands are rejecting Dutch culture, rather than adapting to it. And it’s a Muslim who fought to remove crucifixes from Italian schools. In Denmark? Well, there were those riot inspiring cartoons which gave rise to Muslim protests world-wide.

 So we, non-Muslims, must adapt and respect without scrutiny, and we do. In the west, we film documentaries and movies slandering and questioning Christianity. How many perverted Catholic priest plots or Dan Brown inspired TV shows have aired in recent years? Yet, I’ve not seen one Mecca vs Medina Koran inspired documentary. Maybe I missed it.

 The latest American transgression involves the U.S military’s proselytizing in Afghanistan by handing out, gasp, Bibles.

 From Fox News:

 Al Jazeera claims, based on inside video obtained from an independent documentary director, that the evangelical group at Bagram had a clear purpose — to spread Christianity. “They were on a mission, but it appears it was not just a military one,” the video begins.

 The documentary filmmaker and former soldier Brian Hughes turned the evidence, an on-base church service at Bagram, over to al-Jazeera. I guess NBC, ABC, BBC and CNN weren’t interested, or he believed al-Jazeera was the only newsmaker capable of exploring the topic without prejudice.

 The hypocrisy of Muslims in the Arab world who expect the opportunity to reform our culture and pray in front of our most sacred churches in open blasphemy while refusing us the opportunity of handing out Bibles isn’t surprising. But our weak defense of religious freedom is.

From RFE/RL:

Under Afghanistan’s internationally backed constitution, it is a crime in the country to try to convert a Muslim to another religious faith. Afghan Muslims who do convert to another religion face a possible death sentence under Afghan law.

 Wary of the sensitivities of the issue, U.S. Central Command has issued General Order No. 1, which forbids troops on active duty from trying to convert people to another religion. That rule applies to all U.S. soldiers based in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 Indeed, a U.S. military spokeswoman at Bagram Air Field said on May 5 that the Bibles shown in the Al-Jazeera report had been sent about a year ago by a church in the United States to one particular U.S. soldier who is an evangelical Christian.

Major Jennifer Willis says she can now confirm that the Bibles seen in the report were collected by U.S. military chaplains and destroyed. She says none of the Bibles was distributed.

 Cultural and religious tolerance is one-sided. Until non-Muslim westerners decide to dispense with political correctness in support of freedom, this hypocrisy will continue.

False Israeli Casualty Numbers?

gazaMore Israeli casualties in Gaza than what is being reported? According to al-Jazeera’s Arabic site, yes.  Citing separate ‘resistance’ fighters, the story follows a familiar modus operandi employed by the Arab media for years. If the truth hurts, simply alter it or at least propagandize it.

Abu Alsagd of Gaza indicated that, “Israel does not want the losses to raise the morale of the resistance and the citizens in the Gaza strip.” …Abu Mujahid of resistant Nasser Saladin Brigades, stated that at the beginning of the incursion, “dozens of improvised explosive devices planted in the ground went off and we heard screams and watched as soldiers rushed to their aid, but the occupation has not been injured and killed in these operations?”

Further down in the article, an expert on Israeli affairs in Gaza added that Israel, “does not announce its losses because it would lead to internal pressures on the Israeli government and the occupation army.”

‘Resistance Missiles’ in Gaza

gaza_massacre1Now in its fourth day, Israel’s assault on Gaza remains a top story from China and Russia to the United States. The coverage and characterization of the story, however, varies according to the region and language doing the reporting.

Tuesday, Al-Arabiya’s top story (English), written from ‘occupied Jerusalem,’ is entitled ‘Gaza children die as Israel rejects truce.’

Also today, Al-Jazeera (Arabic) headlined with ‘364 martyrs of aggression in Gaza and the resistance missiles in Beersheba.’ We can all feel better knowing that those hundreds of missiles bombarding Israel for the past several months were merely ‘resistance’ missiles.

Yesterday, Al-Jazeera’s Arabic version referred to a leader of the Jerusalem Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, as a martyr when his house was bombed by the Israelis in a raid.

In another Aljazeera piece from Arabic ‘Angry demonstrations will force Arab cities to hold an emergency summit,’ Israel’s assault is called the ‘Israeli massacre on the Gaza strip.’

Why should Hamas stop firing its missiles when so many, especially in the Middle East, view them as ‘resistance’ against an occupation? Until Arabs and Muslims accept the right of Israel to exist, peace talks will continue to be an exercise in futility. And until the ‘right of return’ is abandoned, Palestinians will continue to lack privileges inherent to citizens belonging to a nation.