Renegade monks in Tibet kill Muslims

The social unrest in Tibet has caused fatalities among its Muslim minority.  Buddhist monks, in their frustrations with the Chinese regime’, have lashed out in uncontrollable rage and taken the lives of 22 people yesterday, most of them being Muslims.

 SEE: http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/30/asia/AS-GEN-China-Tibet.php

Obviously, these renegade monks do not reflect the peaceful nature of Buddhism or the Dalai Lama no more than Buddhists, who burned themselves alive in protest to the regime’ of South Vietnam during the mid-60’s.   Unfortunately, when even spiritual people are pushed to their breaking points due to oppression, some react with extreme responses.

Extremist of South Florida – Joe Kaufman

http://www.islamophobia.org/news.php?readmore=468

Joe Kaufman, a South Florida Jewish extremist and head of the radical group Americans Against Hate, stays true to form. Rather than address the issues at hand (Walid Shoebat) in this post and answer Bedier’s valid questions as to why some Jews are sponsoring hate speech events, Kaufman attempts to smear Bedier’s good reputation with lies and deception. Joe Kaufman should know that Bedier’s reputation is solid and he is considered by our community as a civil rights leader and a man of peace. Unfortunately the same can not be said about Joe Kaufman. Joe Kaufman should consider the saying “if you live in a glass house don’t throw stones.”

For the past couple of months, Joe Kaufman has been smearing Muslims in the Tampa Bay area, if one didn’t know any better one would think that Joe lives in our community, but he doesn’t. So why the interest in Tampa, Kaufman?? A reason maybe the fact that Kaufman has discredited himself in South Florida so much that not a single mainstream media outlet would dare quote him. He’s proven to be a very bias and unreliable source.

However, Kaufman’s hateful work has not gone unnoticed. Just last month one of the most prominent constitutional rights organizations Americans United gave Kaufman the dreaded “Onion Award” for “his consistent record of trashing everything Muslim with a broad brush of innuendo, association and excessive rhetoric.” Source: Archive.org

The great irony is that while Kaufman accuses just about anything Muslim to terrorism using baseless fantasies, he himself was investigated for terrorist ties to the terror organization Kach/Kahane Chai. In 2003 he was exposed (Source: Radical Watch) for promoting violence and terror by providing intellectual support by promoting Kach and Kahane on his website http://www.joe4rep.com, since being exposed the website, once used for his own failed FL house rep campaign, was shut down. According to the U.S. Department of State, Kahane Chai and Kach are known terrorist organizations and are banned in the United States.

The organization (Kahane) Kaufman praised and promoted shares the State dept’s terror list with groups like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Kach and/or Kahane was placed on the list via presidential order and for using violent terrorism to promote a political agenda. Kahane was added to the Department of State’s List of terrorism Organizations after one of its members Baruch Goldstein gunned down and killed 29 unarmed Muslim worshipers in a cold blooded homicide operation. Like Kaufman, Baruch Goldstein is an American born extremist and member of both Kach and Kahane Chai. source: newsfrombabylon

On new year’s day 2001, seven years after Goldstein’s terror act and while most people were making their new year resolution, Kaufman was making his by praising the founder of the Kahane terror movement in a column titled “A Kahane Legacy Lost.” In the column Kaufman praised the violent terrorist Meir Kahane and said: “It was perfectly understandable, if he were to have hated Arabs. Just like, during the Holocaust, it was perfectly understandable for a Jew to hate Germans…If the Kahanes’ memory serves us any purpose, it’s to show that trust (and peace) is ultimately between only ourselves.”

As Kaufman’s true colors started showing, close friends like the Florida office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) distanced themselves from Kaufman and have refused to work with him ‘publicly’ since 2003, evident by their refusal to remark on Kaufman’s terror website links.

Readers should not be surprised by Kaufman’s accomplishments, he’s not stranger to hatred of Muslims and Arabs, in fact it’s part of his sick ideology to hate anything Arab and Muslim. Immediately after the tragic acts of 9/11, Kaufman advocated the use of Nuclear Weapons to achieve “peace.” In a commentary on 11/18/01 titled ‘Making Friends with the enemy…The Nuclear Way.’ Kaufman said: [Question: If the decimation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the right thing to do, in response to Pearl Harbor, then why the heck are we saving our nuclear weapons now? And furthermore, if we're not using them, why do we have the nukes in the first place? After all, there is no more Soviet Union to compete with. If the attacks are not a good enough reason to use them, then what are we holding on to them for?!!! Now, at this point, you may think of me as being no less than a madman, but hear me out, for I have a method to my madness.] source: floridajewish

In the same hate-filled article Kaufman is dead wrong on his facts and encourages using nuclear bombs on Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also claims that Iraq was behind the anthrax scare in America.

More recently Kaufman has spewed hatred against Muslim youth events, like falsely accusing a recent Muslim youth retreat in a the Tampa area, as a ‘Jihad camp.’ Kaufman circulated the wrong information encouraging other radicals to threaten both the youth and the venue owners. It turns out that kaufamn lied and made up the stories which he pitched to local media. A St. Petersburg Times reporter discussed the issue in an article earlier this year titled “Are bloggers against hate, or feeding it?” source: SPTimes

Joe Kaufman has proven to the world that he is a militant ultra-violent biased extremist that can not be trusted.

Muslim Day at the Capitol

http://muslimmedianetwork.com/mmn/?p=1946

By Masood Rab, MMNS

March 19, 2008 will go down in the history of the Muslim Community in Michigan as the first organized community effort for interfacing and establishing rapport with the elected officials for the state senate and legislature in Michigan’s capitol, Lansing.

The thought for this effort came through an “idea generation” group meeting with US Congressman Keith Ellison over the ISNA weekend in 2007. Congressman Ellison was sharing his experiences in Minnesota and Washington with a group of professionals during ISNA convention. He had noted a lack of community interface with the local elected officials and as a result, “there is a divide between the Muslim community members and their elected leaders.” He advised redirecting our political participation from the fruitless style being conducted so far to a proactive political education campaign for the Muslim community and elected officials. He was referring to the Muslim community providing funds and votes for photo opportunities and without any tangible effects on either the political process or the local/national policies. The best place to start is from local base, state capitols – he said.

This advice was taken up by some community activists from Michigan and a “Muslim Day at Capitol Committee” (Committee) was formed to explore conducting a Muslim Day at Capitol, Lansing. The idea got further boost when Imam Noah Seifullah, Chief of Staff to State Rep. Robert Dean of Grand Rapids, offered his full support and agreed to provide the needed logistic help in arranging “Muslim Day at Capitol” activities. He was able to reserve a room in Capitol Building for Muslim Day activities and provided a list of house and senate committee meetings scheduled for March 19, 2008. The Committee was able to galvanize community members to take time off on a working day to be in Lansing and provided names of state senators and legislators of the members’ senate and house districts. Al-Ikhlas Training Academy decided to bring a contingent of its students as part of its educational field trip to Lansing.

When the first “Muslim Day at Capitol” arrived in Lansing, the Muslim community made its mark on both houses in Lansing. After welcoming addresses by Imam Noah Seifullah and Rep. Robert Dean, other legislators and senators, or their staff persons, from various Michigan districts were dropping in the reserved room at the Capitol Building to meet and greet their constituents and share ideas. The Mayor of Lansing also sent a staff member to welcome the Muslim community to Lansing. The attendance of Muslim Community was acknowledged on the floors of State Senate and House. When the Muslims stood up in all three wings of the senate and house galleries, the number and the diversity of members with many sisters wearing scarves (hijab) was a sight never seen, as noted by Imam Noah Seifullah, in the history of Michigan Capitol Building.

The Committee had also organized a delicious lunch from Sultan Restaurant of Lansing and invited state political leaders to join Muslim community members in sharing the food. Some senators and legislators took up the offer and joined for a quick lunch. Brief luncheon presentations were made by various community organizations, e.g., CAIR, CIOM, Islamic Shura Council, ISPU, Huda Clinic, etc., for informational purposes. As the “Muslim Day at Capitol” was winding down, Senator Hansen Clarke confided to me, “It was beautiful!”

By 3 PM, when the day’s activities stopped, the first “Muslim Day at Capitol” was able to impress the diversity of the Muslim community on the state political leadership and convey the community issues to some of the leadership. It dispelled the myth that all Muslims are Arabs; they are white, black, brown; they are Africans, Asians, Europeans, Middle Easterners; but, all American Muslims!

The success of the “Muslim Day at Capitol” stands as a testament to the hard work of the Committee under the leadership of Br. Mitchell Shamsud-Din and its members, especially, Sr. Reem Abou-Samra, Br. Asad Malik, Br. Farhan Bhatti, Br. Dawud Walid, and Br. Abdullah Muhammad. The Committee must be congratulated for taking up the idea from US Congressman Ellison and shaping it into a practical event.

Chinese Muslim Scholars Visit Detroit Area

http://muslimmedianetwork.com/mmn/?p=1922

Chinese Muslim Scholars
By TMO | March 24, 2008

By Masood Rab, MMNS

Chinese Muslim Scholars Visit Detroit Area – Observe American Muslims’ Involvement in American Politics

Imagine US State Department sponsoring Chinese Muslim Scholars to meet and observe the Muslim communities conducting their affairs in America as a model.

On the one hand we see the presidential candidates in the primaries shying away from getting even close to anything looking Muslim-ish and taking a swipe at Islam every time they are on the media camera and get an opportunity. And then, we see the US government sponsoring Muslim scholars from other countries to visit America, meet us in our centers and schools and know how we are flourishing in the multi-ethnic American polity.

Obviously, there is a strategy of the US government to impress on the intelligent overseas Muslim scholars to bend their Islamic thought processes in their countries’ political systems as the American Muslims are doing within America and the resulting material benefits.

One imam from Yunnan province introduced himself on entering the Muslim Center in Detroit as “Saleh Issa,” and said “No” when asked if he spoke English. “Do you speak Arabic?” “Yes,” he replied and started chatting away with Shaikh Ali of Canton, Shaikh Elturk of Warren, and Dawud Walid of CAIR. Imam Saleh Issa aka Zhang Jianhua is Dean of Islam College Najiaying in the southwest Yunnan province of China.(MORE)

Paid Bigot`s Including Walid Shoebat Teaching Religious War At U.S. Air Force Academy

http://www.israelenews.com/view.asp?ID=1524

The U.S. Air Force Academy just can’t seem to get it right. Six major cheating scandals in four decades. Endemic sexual harassment against female cadets. Christian evangelical officers proselytizing non-Christian cadets. But in February 2008, on the occasion of their fiftieth annual assembly, the Academy brass outdid themselves.
They presented three discredited Islamophobes who spewed religious bigotry and advocated religious war, in the process trampling on the First Amendment and exposing the Air Force to international ridicule.
Walid Shoebat, Kamal Saleem and Zachariah Anani all claim to be “reformed terrorists.” The three men’s narratives “border on the fantastic,” as a Feb. 7 New York Times story delicately put it, including their claims that they killed hundreds of people while still children. Even members of Shoebat’s own family apparently believe that his stories of terrorism are fabricated. Most experts have concluded that they are frauds.
“It’s like inviting O.J.Simpson impersonators to a conference on domestic violence,” Mikey Weinstein, head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told InFocus.
“They’re snake-oil salesmen, but unfortunately they’re not really funny, because they have the capacity to severely damage national security.” (The three men collected $13,000 for the Colorado Springs caper, according to The New York Times.)
However ludicrous their claims may be, the trio provided Academy brass with yet another opportunity to push the bigoted worldview of the Religious Right, this time under the guise of educating about terrorism. According to Shoebat, Saleem and Anani, the reason why they quit the terrorism racket was because — wait for it — they converted from Islam to Christianity! While supposedly an investigation of terrorism, the appearance of the men was yet another pretext for rightwing elements at the Air Force Academy to promote their noxious brand of Christian fundamentalism at a publicly-funded institution.
But the “X-Terrorists,” as they melodramatically fashion themselves, also promoted the idea that a Christian crusade against Islam is the will of God. “Islam is the devil,” Shoebat has said, along with many other defamations of Islam. If Air Force brass claims not to know of his bigotry — or that most experts believe the three men are frauds — they are criminally incompetent. If they did know but invited them anyway, they’re guilty of retailing hate speech and extremist ideology as reputable academic presentations.
Think about it. The cadet wing at the Academy represents the young Air Force officers of the future. Someday they’ll be in charge of nuclear weapons capable of killing millions. Do we really want our young officers being told that religious war is inevitable? Isn’t it a major crisis when hate-mongers have the political clout in the military to flaunt their murderous 14th century beliefs during a major event at the Air Force Academy, with no chance for Muslims or supporters of religious liberty to defend core American values?
I want young officers at our historic military institutions to hear all sides of every issue, so perhaps inviting clowns like Shoebat, Saleem and Anani could be interesting, if only to study the dynamics of fanaticism — if they weren’t proselytizing evangelical Christianity, and if their Islamophobic vitriol were balanced off by responsible Muslim speakers. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) offered to find Muslims in Colorado who could offer a balancing perspective and speak about ways that Christians and Muslims can support religious pluralism and work together to build better communities. The Academy’s response to this offer was a resounding silence.
Our young military officers desperately need more cultural literacy regarding the Muslim and Arabic-speaking worlds, if they are to properly represent America’s interests.
Instead, the Air Force Academy gives them bootleg evangelicalism and religious bigotry.
Both are unmistakable attacks on the U.S. Constitution that officers take an oath to defend. The deteriorating situation at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs is a disgrace to all Americans and cries out for a Congressional investigation.
Addendum: Due to a national outcry against this mind-boggling attempt at political and religious indoctrination, the Air Force Academy has been compelled to allow three spokespersons with an opposing view to address cadets on April 9.
They are Joseph Wilson, former US ambassador and opponent of the Iraq War; Reza Aslan, a young scholar of Islam; and Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious
Freedom Foundation, himself an Academy graduate and a tireless opponent of forced religious indoctrination in the armed services.
By LAWRENCE SWAIM, In Focus.  Military Religious Freedom
Lawrence Swaim is the Executive Director of the Interfaith Freedom Foundation. He taught for eight years at Pacific Union College, and his academic specialties are American Studies and American literature. His column addresses current affairs from an American Christian and Interfaith perspective.

Bogus “ex-PLO terrorist” featured in LSJ

Another irony in regards to the Walid Shoebat narrative is that he claims he was fueled by religious teachings to destroy Israel while being a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), yet the PLO was not an Islamic group, but an Arab nationalist movement with Marxism leanings. 

The PLO’s former spokesperson during the Yasser Arafat era, Hanan Ashwari, is Christian.  She and many of PLO members, while it was considered to be a terrorist organization, weren’t born in Muslim families but Christians.  Why did they join the PLO and accept violence as a means of resistance?  Was it because of Christianity or occupation and oppression?

Violence against civilians by any group, Marxist, Islamic or Jewish, is never acceptable.  This fraud is promoting fear through a narrative of the Palestinians that is fallicious. 

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http://www.lsj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080323/NEWS01/803230327/1001/news

Self-described ex-terrorist to lecture

Controversial group at MSU hosting talk by ex-PLO member

Kathleen Lavey
Lansing State Journal

Walid Shoebat grew up near Bethlehem, living what he calls “basically a very violent life.”

As a teenager affiliated with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, he says he tossed a bomb onto the roof of a bank and, with friends, nearly lynched an Israeli soldier.

“The whole notion of destroying Israel was part of our goal,” said Shoebat, 47, who now lives in the United States, has converted from Islam to Christianity and tours the country offering his controversial take on Islam and terrorism.

He will visit Michigan State University on Tuesday.

Critics say Shoebat’s conversion to Christianity skews his view of Islam, that he paints the fundamental fringes of the religion as universal and that his stories about his past are questionable.

“Either he’s a fraud or he should be detained by the Justice Department if he really was involved with a supposed terrorism attack in Israel,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“He has no credibility among people who know Islam, the Muslim world and the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Mohammed Ayoob said of Shoebat.

Ayoob is a professor of international relations at MSU’s James Madison College and author of the new book, “The Many Faces of Political Islam” (University of Michigan Press, $22.95).

“He, and others of his ilk, pander to the basest Islamophobic instincts of a small group of people, some of whom are rich and powerful, and make a living out of doing so.”

Eric Thieleman is co-chair of MSU’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, which booked Shoebat’s talk with funding help from the Virginia-based Leadership Institute.

“We’re in very volatile times right now,” Thieleman said. “Terrorism is still an issue. It hasn’t gone away. It isn’t going to go away. We needed to be prepared for everything.”

He said Shoebat is entitled to express his opinions.

“I don’t buy that he’s preaching against Islam,” he said. “It has nothing to do with that.”

The MSU chapter of Young Americans for Freedom – classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center – has brought other controversial speakers to MSU, including Minutemen co-founder Chris Simcox and British Nationalist Nick Griffin.

Shoebat, born to a Muslim father and an American mother, says he was imprisoned as a teen for his PLO activity, but was released because he had U.S. citizenship through his mother. He moved to Chicago to go to college.

“I remember the streets of Chicago, demonstrating and crying out as loud as I can, saying, ‘Who runs the Congress? Israel.’ ‘Who runs the media? Israel.’ “

He said he was recruited by a U.S. branch of Hamas. He was forced to break up with his girlfriend, not listen to music and live in seclusion.

“After a while I just couldn’t live that dungeon lifestyle,” he said.

He said the current terror problem is directly connected to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, and blames the West for helping build the confidence level of Islamists.

Shoebat says the only way to end terror is take away that confidence by crushing groups he calls “terror infrastructure,” including Hamas and Hezbollah. He compares today’s situation to the rise of Nazi Germany.

“For me to say, ‘We have a war,’ makes me an Islamophobe,” he said. “But the Naziphobes were right.”

Walid, of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, said talks such as Shoebat’s distort the image of Islam.

“They seek to define the Muslim community not by its true productive, moderate core but by radical fringes,” he said.