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2002: Muslims in Gujarat were ‘stripped, burned and hacked’; Islamophobic world ignored this too

Gujarat victims were ‘stripped, burned and hacked’

Two months after the event that triggered Gujarat’s pogrom, Muslims in the western Indian state are still counting the cost. Yesterday, 40 survivors came to Delhi to tell journalists and parliamentarians how their relatives and friends had been stripped, raped, burned and mutilated.

A boy of 11, Raja Bundubhai, recalled seeing his mother and sister stabbed then burned alive. A woman identified as Reshma recounted how she saw a heavily pregnant woman called Kausar Bano “being brutally raped … Her stomach was carved open, her baby flung into the fire before she was sexually abused, cut up and burnt.”

On 27 February, a mob of Muslims in the town of Godhra attacked a train carriage full of Hindu activists returning from the temple town of Ayodhya, killing 59. Hindu retaliation in the days that followed left hundreds of Muslims dead in pogroms that shamed India and appalled the world.

And although the scale of violence has slackened, peace has yet to return to the state, famed as the home of Mahatma Gandhi and as an economic powerhouse before it became a byword for savagery.

At least 35 people have been killed in Ahmedabad, the commercial capital, in the past week. “They [Hindus] provoke us by yelling insults and bursting crackers during the night,” said Iqbal Kansara, who lives in Juhapura, a large Muslim area. “Youngsters who can’t stand the insults come out to retaliate and police fire at them.”

The state government says some 850 people have died in the violence, but a secret report by British diplomats leaked this week to the BBC says at least 2,000 died. The report claims that far from being a spontaneous eruption of Hindu anger after the Godhra outrage, the violence was pre-planned and carried out with the support of the state government.

The British officials said the violence had all the marks of ethnic cleansing, and that reconciliation between Hindus and Muslims was impossible while the controversial chief minister, Narendra Modi, was in place. Mr Modi heads the Hindu nationalist BJP government, and Gujarat is now the only sizeable state where the party that leads the ruling coalition in Delhi is in power. For this reason the central government is accused by the opposition of doing nothing to bring about normality. A censure motion on the government’s performance on Gujarat will be debated next week.

Delhi claims Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, has apologised for the leaking of the report, but there have been many European rebukes. A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said some governments were interfering and could damage relations. The “interference”, however, is unlikely to end as long as the government ignores the worst communal bloodletting in 10 years.

Tens of thousands of Muslims in Gujarat remain crammed into squalid camps, too scared to return to their homes. Some commentators believe cold political calculation by the BJP is to blame. The Indian Express said: “Because of the severe beating that the Muslims have taken … no Hindu is safe unless governments … partial to us are put in place.”


Flashback to India in 1992: Hindu terrorists destroy 16th century Mosque, Islamophobic world ignores it

1992: Mob rips apart mosque in Ayodhya

A mob of Hindu militants has torn down a mosque and attacked other Muslim targets in the north Indian town of Ayodhya, in one of India’s worst outbreaks of inter-communal violence.

The gathering at the mosque began as a religious procession organised by three right-wing Hindu groups, including the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Hindu extremists have been campaigning to get rid of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya, a focus for Hindu-Muslim hostility for decades.

They want to build a Hindu temple in its place, to mark what they believe to be the birthplace of the Hindu warrior king, Lord Ram.

Court order

A court has already ordered that the mosque be protected from demolition.

The leaders of the three parties promised to stand by the court’s decision, and said today’s demonstration would be limited to a religious ceremony symbolising the laying of the first bricks of a Hindu temple.

But before the ceremony could start, the 200,000-strong crowd broke through police cordons.

They used hammers to knock down the three domes of the mosque, and then tore at the bricks with their bare hands until the building was totally destroyed.

The government had brought in hundreds of extra police, but eyewitnesses said they stood by and allowed the destruction to take place.

The mob also turned on Indian and foreign journalists recording the scene, before moving on to attack Muslim houses and property in the area.

Backlash feared

The violence has sent shockwaves throughout the country.

Security forces throughout the north are on high alert, fearing a backlash from India’s 120 million strong Muslim population, and the government has sent paramilitary reinforcements to the area.

The cabinet met in emergency session and dismissed the BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh for failing to protect the mosque.

The state – and its 150 million inhabitants – will be ruled directly from New Delhi.

The Prime Minister, Narasimha Rao, has repeatedly appealed for calm in radio and television broadcasts.

“What happened today is a matter of great concern and shame for all Indians,” he said.

The leader of the BJP, Lal Krishna Advani, described the incident as “very unfortunate”, and appealed to the crowd still at the Babri mosque site to leave.


‘Hunting’ Palestinians is a zionist hobby

The numbers say it all.

  • 5421 Palestinians have been killed by zionist terrorists since the Second Intifada in 2000.
  • 1364 Palestinians have been killed since the capture of zionist terrorist Gilad Shalit (25 June 2006).
  • Of the 1364 Martyrs, 1167 were killed in the Gaza Strip, 190 in the West Bank, and 7 in Occupied Jerusalem.
  • Of the 1364 Martyrs killed over the past 2 years, 193 were children (under the age of 18).
  • Between 25 June 2006 and December 31 2006, 505 Palestinians were killed, among them 87 children. Of these, 441 were killed in the Gaza Strip, 63 in the West Bank, 1 in Occupied Jerusalem.
  • From the day of the capture of Shalit to the end of that month (i.e. a period of 5 days), 5 Palestinians were killed. In July of the same year 180 were killed; in August, 77; in September, 31; in October, 59; in November, 139; in December, 14.
  • In 2007, 412 Palestinians were killed, among them 42 children.
  • Of those who were killed in 2007, 315 were killed in Gaza, 91 in the West Bank, and 6 in Occupied Jerusalem.
  • May 2007 was the most ‘busy’ month for the zionist ‘hunters’, with a whopping 66 Palestinians shot dead. It was busy in December as well, with 64 Palestinians killed. In August, 50 were killed; in June, 45; in October, 39; in September, 36; in November, 32; in July, 30; in April, 22; in January, 14; in February, 13; in March, 11.
  • From the start of 2008 up until 25 June 2008, 447 Palestinians were killed, among them 64 children. Of the 447, 411 were killed in the Gaza Strip and 36 in the West Bank. March 2008 was the busiest month for the zionists, with 121 Palestinians shot dead, followed by 91 in January, 88 in February, 76 in April, 44 in May, 27 in June (i.e. this month).

Who threw whom into the sea?

I got this in the mail so I thought I would post it — it’s excerpts from an article that appeared in the recent issue of the Journal of Palestine Studies.

The Fall of Haifa

Caption: zionist terrorists forcing Palestinian civilians out of Haifa at gunpoint

The all-out Zionist attack on Haifa began in the early morning of Wednesday, 21 April 1948, and ended the following day with the fall of the city into Zionist hands. Within a week, some 50,000 Arab inhabitants had been expelled. The attack was not an isolated phenomenon, nor was it a reaction to any local Arab initiative. It was an important phase of the general Zionist offensive begun on 1 April that was to pave the way for the proclamation of the State of Israel.

Until 1 April, the Zionists had confined themselves to sniping, mortar shelling, and the planting of time bombs and booby-trapped vehicles in Arab urban areas, and to hit-and-run attacks in the countryside wherein several houses at a time would be blown up over the heads of their inhabitants. But the Zionists did not begin to seize and hold on to Arab territory until their new April offensive, which was motivated primarily by political considerations.

The Setting

[The April] offensive aimed at consolidating and broadening the areas under Zionist occupation by clearing them of Arabs and by linking them [i.e., the Zionist areas] more closely together. It was to this end that Operation Nachshon was launched on 1 April to carve out an adequate corridor from Tel Aviv on the coast to Jerusalem in the interior. This involved the occupation and destruction of a score of Arab villages and culminated in the Battle of Castel on 11 April. (The Dayr Yasin massacre by the Irgunists on 9 April was an integral part of Operation Nachshon.) As soon as the operation, which resulted in the expulsion of 10,000 to 15,000 Arab villagers, was concluded on 13 April, Operation Jephtha was launched to clear Eastern Galilee of Arabs and to link Tiberias with Safed. Operation Jephtha was inaugurated with the seizure of Tiberias on 18 April and the expulsion of its Arab inhabitants, about 4,500, a number that was swollen threefold by refugees from neighboring villages as Operation Jephtha proceeded.

Haifa was not coveted only for its relative importance, but as a prize in itself. It was the greatest Arab harbor in the Eastern Mediterranean after Alexandria. It was the terminal point of the oil pipeline from Iraq (and therefore perhaps an important bargaining lever with the Arabs). It was a key rail and road communication center. It was in close proximity to the “industrial belt” that skirted the bay of Acre.

To the Arabs, Haifa was an integral part of their country. Their aim was to see that it did not fall into Zionist hands, but the most they could do was simply to hold their ground. Their position at the foot of the Carmel ridge, with the Jewish quarters dominating them from higher ground, was precarious in the extreme. Though Arab villages such as Balad al-Shaykh in the east and Tireh in the south were near at hand, the strategic approaches to the city were completely dominated by Zionist settlements, such that reinforcements from farther afield could often reach Haifa only at suicidal cost to the Arabs themselves.

As soon as street fighting broke out in Haifa after the UN partition decision in November, Muslim and Christian residents of the city formed an Arab National Committee (ANC). Its chairman was Rashid al-Haj Ibrahim, a benign 62-yearold gentleman who looked and felt out of his depth in the bewildering series of situations he was called upon to face. Broadly speaking, the ANC was politically responsible to the Arab Higher Committee (AHC) for Palestine, but militarily it depended for supplies on the Arab League Military Committee based in Damascus. On 28 December 1947, the ANC engaged a young and energetic lieutenant in the Arab Legion, Muhammad Hamad al-Huneidi, who resigned his commission to volunteer his services as the local commander. Huneidi acted under the ANC and was put in charge of all security matters. When he took over, the Haifa National Guard numbered 75 members armed with weapons ranging from rifles to wooden clubs and canes. By the time Huneidi was killed in action on 17 March, as he was returning from Lebanon with supplies, the National Guard had increased to about 350. Many of these were members of sporting organizations in Haifa, and some were ex-servicemen who had served with the British army on the Egyptian front during World War II. About half were part-timers, and the vast majority were from Haifa itself. Under Huneidi, the town was divided into ten security zones, each under a local defense group led by a person reporting directly to a central headquarters. The limiting factor was always arms supplies, and the most frustrating problem was obtaining the right ammunition to match the rich variety of rifles, which included not a few museum pieces. Huneidi was ably assisted by Yunis Naffa, a sanitary inspector in Haifa with a flair for military organization. Upon Huneidi’s death, he temporarily took over command of the National Guard before the arrival of Huneidi’s replacement. Continue reading

The Truthful Promise

Freed Lebanese prisoner Nassim Nisr with Sheikh Nabil Qawuq

Some remains of ‘Israeli’ soldiers


إخواني واخواتي، من شي اسبوعين صار عندي مشكلة بالبصر، رحت عند الحكيم واجرى بعض الفحوصات، وقال انو لازم اعمل جراحة لإنوا المشكلة معقدة ويمكن تروح للأسوأ. ولكن فضّلت انّي اعمل الجراحة بعد عيد المقاومة والتحرير فحددولي الموعد للأربعاء. بكرا طالع ع بيروت لأحضر مهرجان المقاومة والتحرير بالضاحية وبفضّل قضّي هاليومين قبل الجراحة مع امّي اللي بتسكن بالضاحية. صرلي زمااااااان مش شايفها. الرجاء ان تدعوا لي بالشفاء وإن شاء الله سيكون بإمكاني العودة الى الجنوب العزيز والى التدوين خلال الاسابيع القادمة. ا

دعاء المرضى

اللَّهُمَّ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ عَلَى مَا لَمْ أَزَلْ أَتَصَرَّفُ فِيهِ مِنْ سَلاَمَةِ بَدَنِي، وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ عَلَى مَا أَحْدَثْتَ بِيْ مِنْ عِلَّةٍ فِي جَسَـدِي، فَمَا أَدْرِي يَـا إلَهي، أَيُّ الْحَالَيْنِ أَحَقُّ بِالشُّكْرِ لَكَ؟ وَأَيُّ الْوَقْتَيْنِ أوْلَى بِالْحَمْدِ لَكَ؟ أَوَقْتُ الصِّحَّةِ الَّتِي هَنَّـأْتَنِي فِيهَا طَيِّبَاتِ رِزْقِكَ، وَنَشَّطْتَنِي بِهَا لابْتِغاءِ مَرْضَاتِكَ وَفَضْلِكَ، وَقَوَّيْتَنِي مَعَهَا عَلَى مَـا وَفَّقْتَنِي لَهُ مِنْ طَـاعَتِـكَ؟ أَمْ وَقْتُ الْعِلَّةِ الَّتِي مَحَّصْتَنِي بِهَا، وَاْلنِّعَمِ الَّتِي أَتْحَفْتَنِي بِهَا؛ تَخْفِيفاً لِمَا ثَقُلَ بِهِ عَلَى ظَهْرِي مِنَ الْخَطِيئَاتِ، وَتَطْهِيراً لِمَا انْغَمَسْتُ فِيهِ مِنَ السَّيِّئاتِ؛ وَتَنْبِيهاً لِتَنَاوُلِ التَّوْبَةِ؛ وَتَذْكِيراً لِمَحْوِ الْحَوْبَةِ بِقَدِيمِ النِّعْمَة؛ وَفِي خِلاَلِ ذَلِكَ مَا كَتَبَ لِيَ الْكَاتِبَانِ مِنْ زَكِيِّ الأَعْمَالِ؛ مَا لاَ قَلْبٌ فَكَّرَ فِيهِ، وَلاَ لِسَانٌ نَطَقَ بِهِ، وَلاَ جَارِحَةٌ تَكَلَّفَتْهُ؛ بَلْ إفْضَالاً مِنْكَ عَلَيَّ، وَإحْسَاناً مِنْ صَنِيعِـكَ إلَيَّ.ا

اللَّهُمَّ فَصَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِـهِ، وَحَبِّبْ إلَيَّ مَـا رَضِيتَ لِي، وَيَسِّرْ لِي مَا أَحْلَلْتَ بِيْ، وَطَهِّرْنِي مِنْ دَنَسِ مَا أَسْلَفْتُ، وَامْحُ عَنِّيْ شَرَّ مَا قَـدَّمْتُ، وَأَوْجِدْنِي حَلاَوَةَ الْعَافِيَةِ، وَأَذِقْنِي بَرْدَ اْلسَّلاَمَةِ وَاجْعَلْ مَخْرَجِي عَنْ عِلَّتِي إلَى عَفْوِكَ، وَمُتَحَوَّلِي عَنْ صَرْعَتِي إلَى تَجَاوُزِكَ، وَخَلاصِي مِنْ كَرْبِي إلَى رَوْحِكَ؛ وَسَلاَمَتِي مِنْ هَذِهِ اْلشِّدَّةِ إلَى فَرَجِكَ؛ إنَّكَ الْمُتَفَضِّلُ بِالإِحْسَانِ، الْمُتَطَوِّلُ بِالامْتِنَانِ، الْوَهَّابُ الْكَرِيمُ، ذُو الْجَلاَلِ وَالإِكْرَامِ.ا