Saudi Arabia ruled that calls to prayer could only be amplified by a mosque’s indoor loudspeakers, and the UAE & Egypt have restricted the use of loudspeakers, but, when Israel seeks to restrict the noise level, Palestinians make it an international affair.
By Aviel Schneider
Quite the controversy is raging over Israel’s proposed legislation aimed at muffling the five daily Muslim calls to prayer from local mosques. In recent decades, the call of the muezzin has been amplified by multiple loudspeakers, resulting in tremendous noise pollution starting at 4:30 AM every morning.
Loudspeaker system used in Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
While Jewish residents have been most vocal in complaining about the muezzin loudspeakers, local Muslims have expressed outrage over the bill, which last week gained approval from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet. Continue Reading »
The Palestinian Authority is furious, threatening Israel with ‘disaster’ over proposed bill that aims to prevent the “daily suffering” of hundreds of thousands of Israelis, Jews, Christians, and secular Muslims, from loudspeaker systems, blasting throughout the day and night.
A Hamas representative called the bill “a dangerous and provocative development. Any interference on the part of the Israelis will be met with disaster. No one is allowed to interfere with our religious rituals.” Continue Reading »
Yale University lecturer with Phd from Al Azhar University in Cairo, Sheikh Omer Salem, says Muslims are the Jews’ protectors, and vows the Temple Mount will return to Jewish hands.
By Tsvi Sadan
Olam Katan (Small World) is one of many religious newsletters distributed in synagogues throughout Israel each Friday. It is the last place one would expect to find an interview with Yale University alumnus Sheikh Omer Salem who visited Israel last week. Salem’s December 26 lecture in Haifa University was heckled by an Israeli Arab student who just couldn’t stand a sheikh speaking on behalf of Israel. Continue Reading »
WATCH: Egypt’s most prominent expert on Arabic & Islamic studies, joins other celebrated scholars saying Muslim claims over al-Aksa mosque are religiously baseless, rather “a pawn in a political game.”
By JACKIE HOGI
Dr. Youssef Ziedan was insistent on pronouncing the words “Beit Hamikdash,” or, Temple in Jerusalem, clearly and in Hebrew.
An Egyptian philosopher and expert on Arabic and Islamic studies, Ziedan sat in the Egyptian CBC studios and explained at length to his host why, in his opinion, Muslim claims over al-Aksa mosque in Jerusalem are baseless. The CBC interviewer, Khairy Ramadan, challenged Zieden while taking in his words eagerly. Continue Reading »
Youssef Ziedan, Egypt’s most distinguished & acclaimed scholar of Arabic & Islamic studies has recently outraged the Arab world with his latest decorations that contradict radical Islamic politics.
By Hillel Fendel
Renowned Egyptian scholar Youssef Ziedan, a specialist in Arabic and Islamic studies, has given a series of interviews to Egyptian television stations of late, the purpose of which appears to be to anger his Muslim colleagues.
His main point has been to say that there is actually no connection between Jerusalem and ancient Islam. When Islam was founded during the 7th century, he says, Jerusalem was a holy city to the Jews, while the Mosque of Omar was not even built until 74 years after Muhammed’s death.
Based on a deductive legal principle of Sharia law,& documented in early Islamic sources, the burning alive of a human being is a well known method of eliminating enemies.
Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Islamic State publicized a horrifying twenty minute video this week, the high point of which was the execution of a Jordanian pilot, Maaz al-Kassasbeh, by burning him alive. The film attempts to justify the punishment by describing Jordan’s part in the war against ISIS, using photos of ISIS dead, including women, children, men and mainly those burned to death.
Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh – Screenshot from Islamic State insurgents video
The rest of the film has the pilot describing the involvement of the air forces of Jordan, United Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco and United States and notes that American planes take off from Turkish bases. Continue Reading »
The leaked internal Al Jazeera emails exposed a clear moral conflict between the Qatar-based network’s Muslim & non-Muslim employees.
By DOV LIEBER
Leaked internal emails from The Qatari-based Al Jazeera news to the New York-based National Review magazine revealed a split in the network’s employees that ran across lines of the global campaigns “I am Charlie” and “I am not Charlie” in the wake of multiple terror attacks in France.
Al Jazeera logo – Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Common
Al Jazeera English editor and executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr sent out a staff-wide e-mail last Thursday, reminding his staffers that “We are Al Jazeera!!!” Continue Reading »
Communist government unhesitatingly says ‘no thanks’ to Turkish leader’s offer during a speech in which he claimed ‘Muslims discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus.’
By Ari Soffer
Cuba has reportedly rejected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s offer to build the country’s first mosque.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – AFP/File
Erdoğan’s offer came during a speech in Istanbul to Muslim leaders from Latin America, in which he made the bizarre claim that Muslims discovered the Americas nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus.
“Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178,” Erdoğan said at the televised address.
“Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast,” he added, and said that Ankara was even prepared to build a mosque at the site mentioned by the Genoese explorer. Continue Reading »
Day after Austria announces anti-terrorism measures, the FM announces bill to create unitary version of Islam’s holy text.
By Albert Otti
DPA – The Austrian government plans a bill to create a standardized German-language version of the Koran, in order to prevent extremists from misusing the holy Muslim text, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Saturday.
Islamic State fighter distributes Koran in Mosul, Iraq: Austrian bill meant to prevent ‘misuse’ of holy Muslim text. – Photo: AP
The bill was needed because Austrians should know the Koran’s content, said Kurz. Additionally, he argued mainstream Muslims are suffering because terrorists and their sympathizers are acting upon incorrect interpretations, said the minister, who is also responsible for integration policy.
French MP condemns Western leaders for not recognizing Israel’s crucial position in the world’s battle against Islamic extremism
By Yossi Aloni
In a sharply-worded letter sent late last month, French parliamentarian Meyer Habib (pictured) slammed French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza, even as his boss, President Francois Hollande, struck a far different tone.
French parliamentarian Meyer Habib
Habib noted in his letter that early in the Gaza war the French government “fully identified with Israel and its right to defend its citizens. …We prevented a number of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic demonstrations…in order to change France’s position in regards to Israel.”
The church-run schools in East Jerusalem are considered the best schools in that part of the city — some would say in the entire city. Their Christian administrators are proud of the religious tolerance and openness that typifies their institutions, where a majority of the students are Muslim.
Women have made the hijab into a symbol of Islamic feminism and empowerment. – Photo: Reuters
But in recent years, these schools’ adamant refusal to let female students wear a hijab on school grounds has threatened to disrupt this openness.
Jordanian cleric, Sheikh Adwan writes Mecca, not Jerusalem, is the Muslim homeland – and the Koran proves it.
“According to our faith, Allah promised Israel to the Jewish people, and they are the sole official inheritors of that land. Therefore, the war of Muslims and Arabs against the Jews must stop, and they must let the Jews live in peace on their land.” writes Sheikh Ahmad Adwan.
By Tova Dvorin
The My Yesha Shabbat pamphlet, sponsored by the Yesha Council, features an article this week calling Israel “the Land of the Jews” – by none other than a Muslim Sheikh. Continue Reading »
A leader of one of Gaza‘s secretive jihadi groups says the al-Qaida-inspired movement now has several thousand armed fighters in the seaside strip, posing a formidable threat to both Israel and the area’s Hamas rulers.
Palestinian members from Youth Salafists group chant slogans, Gaza, August 22, 2013.- Photo: AP
In an interview with The Associated Press, Abu Bakir al-Ansari described a movement that is larger and better organized than is generally believed, with dozens of fighters now in Syria, and claimed his group killed an Italian activist three years ago.
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