Islamic Schools Teaching?
"Shocked" is how Aisha
Sherazi, principal of the Abraar Islamic school in Ottawa,
described the reaction of the school's administration and board on
learning last week that two of its teachers had incited hatred of Jews.
And "shocked" was how Mumtaz
Akhtar, president of the Muslim-Community Council of Ottawa-Gatineau,
described his own reaction to the front-page news about the Abraar
But they may have been the only two persons on the planet to
be "shocked" to learn that teachers at an Islamic school are promoting
anti-Semitism or other aspects of the Islamist agenda. The fact is,
inquiries into Islamic schools repeatedly discover just such a radical
Islamic outlook. Some examples:
New York City: An investigation
by the New York Daily News in 2003 found that books used in
the city's Muslim schools "are rife with inaccuracies, sweeping
condemnations of Jews and Christians, and triumphalist declarations of
Los Angeles: The Omar
Ibn Khattab Foundation donated 300 Korans (titled The Meaning
of the Holy Quran) to the city school district in 2001 that within
months had to be pulled from school libraries because of its
anti-Semitic commentaries. One footnote reads: "The Jews in their
arrogance claimed that all wisdom and all knowledge of Allah was
enclosed in their hearts. … Their claim was not only arrogance but
Ajax, Ontario, 50 kilometers east of Toronto: The Institute
of Islamic Learning is a Canadian emulation of the extremist
Deobandi madrassahs of Pakistan. It focuses exclusively on religious
topics, has students memorize the Koran, demands total segregation from
the Canadian milieu, and requires complete gender separation. Former
students complained about the school's cult-like devotion to its head,
Abdul Majid Khan, and complained that it is a "twisted religion."
Then there are four leading Islamic schools in the Washington,
Muslim Community School in Potomac, Md., imbues in its students a
sense of alienation from their own country. Seventh-grader Miriam told
a Washington Post reporter in 2001, "Being American is just
being born in this country." Eighth-grader Ibrahim announced that
"Being an American means nothing to me."
used at the Islamic Saudi Academy of Alexandria, Va., in 2004,
authored and published by the Saudi Ministry of Education, teaches
first graders that "all religions, other than Islam, are false,
including that of the Jews [and] Christians." An ISA class
valedictorian, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, was recently indicted for plotting to
assassinate President Bush.
The U.S. government revoked
the visas in 2004 of sixteen people affiliated with the Institute for
Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America, of Fairfax, Va. In the
words of the Washington Post, "That decision followed
accusations that the institute, a satellite campus of al-Imam Muhammad
Ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, was promoting a brand of Islam
that critics say is intolerant of other strains of the religion as well
as Christianity and Judaism." In addition, the IIASA is under
investigation for ties to terrorism.
The Graduate School of Islamic Social Sciences of Ashburn,
Va., referred to as a "purported" educational institution in an
affidavit justifying a raid on the school, had its financial
records seized in 2002 on suspicions of links to terrorism.
Nor are schools the exception among Islamic institutions in
North America. A recent study by Freedom
House found a parallel problem of venomous anti-Jewish and
anti-Christian materials in U.S. mosques. The most prominent American
Muslim organizations, especially the Council on American-Islamic
Relations, spew antisemitism
a neo-Nazi. The same applies in Canada, where the head of the
Canadian Islamic Congress, Mohamed
Elmasry, publicly endorsed the murder of all Israelis over the age
So long as Muslim leaders simply declare themselves, in the
spirit of Capt. Renault in the
movie Casablanca "shocked, shocked" whenever news of
Islamist supremacism leaks out, this cancer will continue unabated. The
Islamic schools, the mosques, and other Muslim organizations like CAIR
and CIC will continue their cat-and-mouse game so long as it works.
It won't work only when outside pressure is brought to bear on
them by politicians, journalists, researchers, moderate Muslims, and
others. They must state clearly and frequently the unacceptability of
Islamist venom. Only then will today's fraudulent "shocked" reaction
finally become sincere.
New York Sun
CAIR: Censure Israeli leader
Counsel-general says most terrorists today
of the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling
for censure of an Israeli diplomat who said most terrorists today are
Muslims and the majority of Muslims support extremism.
Canadian group, CAIR-CAN, wants Candian Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre
Pettigrew to censure Israeli Consul General Ya'acov Brosh for his
comments at the recent Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish
Understanding in Toronto.
noted that one of the most popular names in the Muslim world is
event, held at the Temple Har Zion Synagogue, was organized by the
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.
said in a statement issued yesterday the comments "foster hate and
bigotry against Canadian Muslims."
Brosh's comments, made as they were by an Israeli official in Canada,
cannot be allowed to stand without a response from the Canadian
government," the Islamic group said.
are calling on Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew to censure Mr.
Brosh and indicate to him such Islamophobia will not be tolerated in
Canada," the statement declared.
successfully pressed the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to apologize
for remarks by a top executive and promise he would undergo
"sensitization training regarding Muslims and Arabs."
Pat Robertson angered CAIR earlier this month by saying in a television
interview Muslims should not serve in the president's Cabinet or as
have said in the Quran there's a war against all the infidels,"
Robertson said on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." "Do you
want somebody like that sitting as a judge? I wouldn't."
December, CAIR-CAN called on the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center to
publicly condemn "Islamophobic" comments made by an invited keynote
speaker at a conference sponsored by the group and held at the
University of Toronto.
that event, the speaker stated "Islamic terrorism is based on Islam,"
and that Islam was "immoderate" and "totalitarian."
based in Washington, D.C., is a spin-off of a group described by two
former FBI counterterrorism chiefs as a "front group" for the terrorist
group Hamas in the U.S.
CAIR members have been convicted
on terror-related charges.
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Muslim double standard
on religious desecration?
world blasted for protesting Quran 'story,' silence on Jewish incidents
– With Muslims worldwide protesting a now-retracted Newsweek report
that claimed U.S. Army interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had flushed a
Quran down the toilet, the father of a rabbi who was murdered while
trying to defend a Jewish holy site from Palestinian rioters blasted
Muslim leaders yesterday in an exclusive WorldNetDaily interview.
Zevulun Lieberman, whose son Hillel died trying to save Joseph's Tomb
in the West Bank city of Nablus from Muslim rioters, told WND he is
"sickened by this Muslim outcry when Muslims have shown the world they
don't have any respect for religion whatsoever. They lost the right to
protest about disrespect for religion and holy objects a long time
Muslim leadership of using the Newsweek story to create "anti-American
incitement," Lieberman asked, "Where were the protesters when Muslims
desecrated Joseph's Tomb and other sites?"
an issue dated May 9, Newsweek reported U.S. military investigators
found evidence that interrogators placed copies of Islam's holy book in
washrooms and had flushed one down the toilet to get inmates to talk.
report prompted demonstrations across the Muslim world, with thousands
rallying in Afghanistan, Pakistan Indonesia and Gaza City to denounce
America. At least 15 people died in riots in Afghanistan alone.
Newsweek officially retracted the story.
most senior Shiite Muslim cleric said the alleged desecration is part
of an American campaign aimed at disrespecting and smearing Islam.
Spiritual leaders in Afghanistan gave the U.S. three days to respond to
the accusations. The 22-nation Arab League issued a statement saying if
the allegations panned out, Washington should apologize to Muslims.
Hussain Ahmed, a hard-line Pakistani Islamist leader and opposition
lawmaker, said Islamic groups in Pakistan, Egypt, Malaysia, Britain,
Turkey and other countries would hold more rallies to protest the
its retraction, Newsweek stated, "Based on what we know now, we are
retracting our original story that an internal military investigation
had uncovered Quran abuse at Guantanamo Bay."
a note to readers in its current issue, Newsweek Editor Mark Whitaker
said the magazine's information came from "a knowledgeable U.S.
government source," who, he said, later could not be sure he had read
about the alleged Quran incident in the report that was cited.
October 2000, after Israeli troops evacuated the city of Nablus as a
peacemaking gesture, scores of Palestinians stormed into the Joseph's
Tomb compound and destroyed the site believed to be the burial place of
the biblical patriarch Joseph – the son of Jacob who was sold by his
brothers into slavery and later became the viceroy of Egypt.
1993 Oslo Accords put Joseph's Tomb under Israeli jurisdiction, but on
Oct. 7, 2000, then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak ordered a unilateral
retreat, based on a Palestinian agreement to protect the site.
hours of the Israeli withdrawal, smoke was seen billowing from the tomb
as an Arab crowd burned Jewish prayer books and other holy objects.
Palestinians used pickaxes, hammers and later bulldozers to tear apart
the stone building. The dome of the tomb was painted green, and a
mosque was subsequently erected in its place.
Destroyed gravestone at
traditional burial site for biblical patriarch Joseph.
Hillel Lieberman, who lived nearby, headed by foot to the tomb when he
heard of its desecration, hoping, his family said, to save any Torah
scrolls or other holy objects that might have been left intact.
disappeared. His bullet-ridden body was found the next day in a cave.
was unarmed, wearing a tallit (Jewish prayer shawl), and he was
brutally murdered by our enemies who want to erase our existence," said
Yehudit Tayar, spokeswoman for the Council of Jewish Communities in
Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
father, Zevulun, a religious instructor at Yeshiva University, told
WND: "If indeed the Quran was flushed down the toilet, that is
despicable. But now they protest? The religion that actually desecrated
the grave of Joseph, the great-grandson of Abraham?
in the parameters of humanity is it tolerable to destroy a holy site.
The Muslims did something even an animal wouldn't do. Only humans who
are completely sick with no sense of reason can do such a thing. And
only a religion that is beyond the pale of humanity can sit back and
not protest such an act."
accused Islamic leaders of using the Newsweek article to spur
anti-American incitement: "These leaders, who have no conscience, they
aren't upset for religious reasons. It's just an excuse."
Building at Joseph's Tomb site
after Palestinian Authority took control.
Roth, director of the Eshet Chayil Foundation, one of the main
benefactors of the biblical matriarch Rachel's Tomb, to which surviving
artifacts of Joseph's Tomb were recently transferred, told WND: "There
was almost total silence in the Muslim world when Palestinians blew up
Jews at their Passover seder, when Joseph's tomb was desecrated, and
even overall with regard to terrorism."
was referring to a Hamas suicide bombing March 2002 that killed 30 and
injured 140 when a bomb was exploded in the midst of a Passover seder
at an Israeli hotel.
Katz, professor of religion at Florida International University, told
WorldNetDaily: "Joseph's tomb is one of many, many examples of a lack
of Muslim respect for religious sites and objects, and the silence of
Islamic leaders following such desecrations."
cited the desecration of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem by
Palestinian gunmen in April 2002, and the dynamiting of 2,000-year old
giant Buddhist statues at Bamian, Afghanistan, by the Taliban regime in
fact, those statues, destroyed by the Taliban, were first defaced when
the Arabs came to Afghanistan in the late seventh and early eighth
century. They cut the faces off the statues then. Later, the Taliban
completely wrecked them. Like Joseph's Tomb, the Muslims were largely
archeologists say they have convincing documentation of the
authenticity of Joseph's Tomb's, dating to biblical times. The book of
Joshua says, according to the New International Version, "Joseph's
bones, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at
Shechem (Nablus) in the tract of land that Jacob bought for a hundred
pieces of silver from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. This
became the inheritance of Joseph's descendants."
Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum: "This sequence of
events reflects badly on everyone concerned: Newsweek, a stalwart of
mainstream media, that can neither get its facts right nor its apology
convincing; the U.S. government, which talked about the 'Holy Quran,'
thereby falling into its old pattern of promoting Islam; and the Muslim
masses, which took to the streets in lethal anger on nothing more than
unconfirmed (and latterly rescinded) hearsay. This episode contains
within it many lessons; let us hope they are properly learned."
Muslims respect religion," Leiberman said, "and they protest their own
intolerable and repeated desecrations, or they don't. They can't have
it both ways."
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