Welcome! This briefing will be looking hard at the dark places the mainstream media sometimes seem determined to look away from, to better understand our declared enemies on their own terms and without illusions. Our goal is to bring you some of the top jihadi rants, idiotarian seething, and old-school Jew-hatred from around the world, leaving you more informed, more aware, and pretty disgusted every month. This Winds of Change.NET HateWatch briefing is brought to you by zorkmidden of Discarded Lies. Past briefings and posts on related topics can be found here.
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- Religious Hate: Catholic Church a target for jihadis; Israel and the Presbyterian Church; Saudi furor over paper cups; Christian Dalits delayed once again in getting full legal rights; Muslim Council of Britain attacks BBC for "pro-Israeli bias"
- Idiotarian Seethings: Palestinians: Israel poisoned Gaza land; CAIR and Neturei Karta; Pat Robertson doesn't like Hugo Chavez very much; Jews and the Seattle Monorail; A Galloway moment; More root causes of terrorism
- Race and Culture: Stormfront's growing popularity; Racism in Mexico; Auschwitz spoof outrage; Racially-motivated crimes againt British Muslims; BNP campaigns to halt building of mosque; Racism in Finland; Negative stereotypes of Jews in Russia; Anti-semitism in the Ukraine
- A Hopeful Note: Muslim world offers quiet hope; Anti-terrorism cartoons in the Arabic press; Australian Muslim community moves against extremism
- A message on an Islamic forum associated with al-Qaeda, identifies the Pope and the Vatican as an integral part of the West's war on Islamic terrorism which means that the Catholic Church and Vatican City are targets for jihadists.
- A long history of antipathy towards Israel and Zionism among the leadership of the Presbyterian Church USA and the influence of a "radicalized” Palestinian Christian population are among the reasons for the Church's move to consider divestment from Israel.
- Saudi Arabia: Israeli paper cups spark outrage. Yes, really.
- India's Supreme court has again postponed a discussion on whether to extend full civil rights to Christian Dalits.
“More than 18 million dalit Christians in India have been taken by surprise by the delay in considering their demand for full legal rights which are given to their brethren of Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist religions,” said a press release issued by Christian groups supporting the case. The court fixed the next court hearing for 18 October, after the Attorney-General gave assurance that a commission would be set up to study the matter.
- The Muslim Council of Britain accused the BBC of pro-Israeli bias after a Panorama documentary about Muslims in Britain. You can read the transcript of John Ware's interview with Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General of the MCB, here: A question of leadership
- Representatives of the Popular Committee for Defending Palestinian Lands accused Israel of burying "toxic materials" in barrels after the dismantling of the Gaza settlements, in order to make the land unusable for Palestinians. Palestinians: Israel poisoned Gaza land
- U.S. Muslim leader embraces Orthodox rabbi whose group opposes Israel: Ghazi Khankan, past CAIR director, found a friend in Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss, representative of Neturei Karta International. Mr Weis has met with Hamas and Hezbollah officials in the past and he has stated that he prays everyday "for the speedy dismantlement of this rule of the state of Israel so that it should be transformed into the rule of the Palestinian people, so Jews can live together with Arabs, Muslims in harmony." Just like they do in Saudi Arabia and Egypt and Iraq, you know.
- Pat Robertson apologised for calling for the assassination of Hugo Chavez after denying that he called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez.
"I didn't say 'assassination.' I said our special forces should 'take him out,'" Robertson said on his show. " 'Take him out' could be a number of things including kidnapping."Perhaps Mr Robertson should kidnap Chavez and knock some religion into him, it wouldn't hurt.
- Seattle Monorail Board member Cindi Laws is running for re-election and is worried about her opponent:
Laws was asked about her opponent and said she "was worried because she perceived that Jews have contributed a lot of money to the anti-monorail campaigns in the past, that Beth Goldberg is Jewish, and that will make it easy for (Goldberg) to potentially raise a lot of money because of those connections."Ms Laws clarified further that her greatest fear was that downtown developers, whom she characterized as mostly Jewish, would join forces with anti-monorail groups to oppose her candidacy. So there you have it: Jews are going to bring down the Seattle Monorail candidate. The next Jewish focus will be on the candidates for the Board of the Chattanooga Flower Society and Jewish world domination will be almost complete.
- Respect MP George Galloway praised Iraqi insurgents and said that Jerusalem and Baghdad are being raped by "foreigners" while the Arab world is silent and even "collaborating with the rape of these two beautiful Arab daughters."
- Hate site Stormfront has been ranked as the 338th largest electronic forum on the internet, putting it into the top 1 percent of all sites on the web.
- Two Dutch DJs created an Auschwitz spoof for a dance party where images of death camp prisoners are accompanied by prompts to "dress as a skinny Jew." Yad Vashem characterised the spoof as "shocking and revolting." Dutch prosecutors are launching an investigation to decide whether to take action against its makers.
- There's been a 600% increase in racially-motivated crimes against British Muslims since the July 7 attacks in London.
- The British National Party has started a campaign to stop the building of a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent. Leaflets were distributed, claim the mosque will be an "eyesore, with prayers heard throughout the city via loudspeakers."
- Racism in Finland
In 2003, the police recorded 522 racist crimes in Finland, most of which took place in the south of the country, where the bulk of the immigrant population live. The most common racist crime was assault. The victims, typically black or Arab men and Somalis, were most commonly 15 to 44 years old, while the perpetrators were between the ages of 15 and 24.
- Not really a surprise but a poll taken in Nizhny Novgorod showed that negative stereotypes of Jews remain deeply rooted in Russian society.
- And in the Ukraine, Jewish officials want legal crackdown on anti-Semitism.
Ukrainian nationalists recently asked President Viktor Yuschenko to open criminal proceedings against “Judeo-Nazis” in Ukraine, singling out Chabad rabbis and the main work of Chabad literature, the Tanya.
In a separate appeal, one of many that appeared in the media during the last few weeks, Ukrainians were urged not to buy food products that carry kosher certification. “Every conscientious Ukrainian should once and for all give up using all foodstuffs containing kosher symbols,” read the appeal, published in a Kiev newspaper.
- Amidst the violence of the extremists, the Muslim world is engaging in introspection and internal debate.
- Palestinian suicide bombers are seen as martyrs in the Arab world, fighting for a just cause, just like the 9/11 attacks were seen by many as a reaction to "America's hegemony" over the world and a response to the "U.S.'s pro-Israel foreign policy." However, when terrorism strikes home, the reactions change: Anti-terrorism cartoons in the Arabic press
- Australian Muslim community moves against extremism. Representatives from Australia's Islamic community met with John Howard to discuss measures against terrorism.
Ahead of Tuesday's meeting Australia's Muslim Youth Forum, which represent young Muslims, issued what it calls a "modernising Muslims six points plan".
The plan focuses mainly on the training and accreditation of imams preaching in Australian mosques. It specifies accreditation procedures for would-be imams, including that they display a certain fluency in English and a basic knowledge of Australian society.
Pointing to the existence of a joint programme between Griffith University and the Islamic Research Center in Brisbane, the young Muslims asked the government to finance a national Islamic institute where home-grown imams, as opposed to foreign preachers, would be trained to fit in a modern and multicultural Australia.