Israellycool » Islam Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:25:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Saudi Cleric Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah: Husbands Can Eat Their Wives (Updated) Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:30:08 +0000 Meet leading Saudi Arabian cleric Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah. Judging by this picture, you might want to have what he’s having.


But you really don’t.

A leading Saudi Arabian cleric has reportedly issued a controversial fatwa allowing a husband to chop off his wife and eat her body in the event of extreme hunger.

The fatwa, an Islamic edict, was widely attributed to the mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah.

The grand mufti, who is the highest religious figure in Saudi Arabia, went on to substantiate the fatwa by saying this will allow the couple to “become one as their bodies will fuse together after the husband eats his wife”.

According to multiple local reports, the fatwa “allows a man to eat his wife or parts of her body, if the husband was afflicted with a severe hunger”.

The report added: “The fatwa is interpreted as evidence of the sacrifice of women and obedience to her husband and her desire for the two to become one.”

This is the same cleric who proclaimed that women driving is evil. So I guess here he is killing two birds with one stone.

Update: He denies having made the fatwa.

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The Islam and Judaism Expert Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:23:53 +0000 Anti-Israel blogger Richard Silverstein really does serve up some soft balls.

Regarding his knowledge of Islam, Silverstein wrote the following in his recent piece:

In fact, the hijab is legally prohibited in France. A French reader who walks in Paris daily says the last time she saw anyone wearing a hijab was months ago.

Yeah, about that

Even Silverstein’s devoted commenters point this out to him.

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But it’s hardly surprising that Silverstein’s knowledge of Islam would be found to be lacking, given his level of knowledge on “Israel & Judaism.”

Yes, I know it’s too easy. But it’s also too much fun to discredit such a pathological hater of Israel.

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Watch: Protests On The Streets Of London (Updated) Mon, 09 Feb 2015 06:40:27 +0000 ??????????????????????Did you hear about the massive Muslim march in the centre of London yesterday to protest at all the horrific atrocities being committed across the world and the middle east in the name of Peaceful Religion of Islam?


That’s because there wasn’t one.

Instead there was a massive Muslim march, organised by the Muslim Action Forum, to protest against the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. It’s not much of stretch to say if you’re protesting against the cartoons, you’re at least providing cover and excuses for the murderers who killed the cartoonists and took time out from their busy slaughter schedule to make sure they found some Jews to kill as well.

???????????????????????????????As Esmerelda writes at New English Review:

They were not protesting out of concern for the Frenchmen and women killed in Paris last month, keen to show that Islam is indeed a Religion of Peace.

They were not mourning the death of fellow Muslim Muadh al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian pilot burned alive in a cage last week.

No, they were only concerned about the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

Their flyer said that they are devising a legal strategy to “prevent the continuous insulting and derogatory publication depicting and abusing the personality of our Holy Prophet Muhammad pbuh”. They intend to launch a series of legal challenges in the English Court system “to establish that such depictions of our Holy Prophet peace be upon him is the worse kind of ‘Hate Crime’ that can be perpetrated on the 3 million Muslims in the UK….”

You can see allher pictures at the link.

The Daily Mail also has a large write up. Four paragraphs from the end we have this:

The group did express ‘deep regret’ at the Paris terror attacks, insisting the massacre was a ‘violation of Islamic law’.

Which is nice.

Updated: Thanks to Ken we can now show you the threatening speeches video. Don’t worry, English follows the Arabic.

“Stop the world from saying what it wants and you will be safe”

Pass a Sharia law criminalising insults to Mohammad: “only way all people, Britain will be safe”

“you are giving a license to the people, the people on the other side to say this is our freedom of action because of your freedom of speech”

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Islamic Fundamentalists Leave Melbournites Poison Letter Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:48:14 +0000 Reader Jan sent us the following: A scan of a letter left in mailboxes in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran last Wednesday.


Why Prahran specifically was targeted is not apparent, although it does have a sizable homosexual population, and was the subject of a letter drop last year in support of the LGBTI community.

While police are apparently looking into this, no media outlet has reported it.

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How To Spot A Jihadist Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:24:21 +0000 So how does one spot a jihadist? According to the French government:

How do you spot a radical jihadist? According to the French government, several signs should alert people that “a process of radicalization is underway.” “They” (meaning radicalized individuals):

mistrust old friends, whom they now consider ‘impure’… abruptly change their eating habits … no longer watch television or go to the movies because [these may show] images that are forbidden to them … change their attire, especially women, with clothes that conceal the body … [and] stop listening to music because it distracts them from their ‘mission.’

Oh, and no longer eating baguettes.

The French government provided this handy graphic to get the point across:

jihadi poster

Meanwhile, London mayor Boris Johnson has a different approach.

Boris Johnson has described men who go to fight with Islamic State as “literally wankers” who watch porn because they can’t meet women.

Citing a report from MI5 on the profile of jihadis, the mayor of London said: “If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally wankers. Severe onanists.”

Johnson described British jihadis as “tortured” and “very badly adjusted in their relations with women”, something he said was a symptom of “their feeling of being a failure and that the world is against them”.

“They are not making it with girls and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort – which of course is no comfort.”

He continued: “They are just young men in desperate need of self-esteem who do not have a particular mission in life, who feel that they are losers and this thing makes them feel strong – like winners.”

Luckily, he did not provide a graphic.

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On Wednesday The Rabbis Met Brian Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:56:27 +0000 Yesterday I drove up to Jerusalem again and joined Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel in the Voice of Israel studios. Ever since hearing their interview with Anjem Choudry the other day, I had a few things to say. We spoke for the first half of their show. You can find the whole show here and I’m embedding just the bit with me.

Brian of London, founder [NOTE From Brian: I’m not the founder, I’m just a very naughty boy] of the popular blog “Israellycool”, explains his obsession with focusing on the darkness of Islam versus sharing the beauty of Israel. Then, why was Brian so taken with VOI’s encounter with British radical Moslem Anjem Choudary? Also, should there be a fundamentally different approach between the way Israel and the west cover Islam?

During the show I told a story that had been passed on to me about the subjugation of Japan. I’ve only now done some rudimentary online fact checking but here’s how the story came to me and what I said on the show.

General MacArthur’s desk in Tokyo, Japan. Photo Credit: Armchair General

General MacArthur’s desk in Tokyo, Japan. Photo Credit: Armchair General

Someone I know very well had business in Japan with a partner. That partner was a fabulously successful businessman (now passed away) and he told my friend this story who told it to me. I had a glance around the web and have found at least one website to back up what I said and with tremendous comments from people there at the time though it differs in exactly which building we’re talking about but not the substance.

The business partner had been a young man at the fall of Japan. He had been educated in the US before the war so he spoke English and that gave him a very valuable skill. He went to work for the American as a translator and therefore worked in the command HQ. As I understood there was a debate on whether to remove the Emperor from his Imperial Palace or not. In the end MacArthur chose to leave him in his palace but needed to be physically above him. Tokyo (owing to earthquakes) was not a high rise city and the palace sits on a hill.

Without removing the Emperor (who was revered as a god by the people) he had to show superiority over him and be seen to have humbled him. Humiliated is another word we might use. As it was told to me, MacArthur actually had an extra floor (or two) added to The Imperial Hotel (though from the web it was the Dai-ichi Hotel) in order to be higher than the Emperor.

The point of the story, in the context of today, is about winning. The Allies won WWII. There is no ambiguity. They humiliated the Japanese and German peoples. They fought for and won total, unconditional surrender. They didn’t seek a ceasefire as Israel is always instructed to do and has largely done.

Whether or not the humbling and humiliation of violent Jihad will ever take place I can’t say, but it would seem that we’re going to be fighting the ideology of Jihad for a very long time because it will not surrender willingly and it’s adherents have very strong faith in the correctness of their beliefs.

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What Happens When Two Rabbis Question Anjem Choudry (Updated) Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:32:24 +0000 Including a wonderful riff on the classic line… what has Islam ever done for us! I love Ari & Jeremy! Stop whatever you’re doing and listen to all of this NOW! (Updated to include the FULL show including the discussion after Anjem leaves).

Update: I’ve now listened twice, I posted before I even completed the whole show. I’m going to sort out a time to go on the show with Jeremy and Ari because there is so much to say about Anjem Choudry’s Islam. I’ve always felt that it isn’t for us infidels to define Islam. Islam is defined for us by the actions of its followers. If they don’t impact us, that’s great. But where the actions of Muslims impact directly on the lives of those who do not want to follow Islam, that’s where I’m interested.

It’s not for me (or Barak Obama) to say what is or isn’t real Islam. But when someone professes his faith and clearly explains the actions he will take (if given the chance) toward people who DO NOT want to follow his faith, I think we should listen very carefully.

In a VOI Exclusive, Radical British Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary encounters VOI’s Rabbis Ari Abramowitz & Jeremy Gimpel, as Judaism and Islam clash on the air. Stoning adulterous women and capital punishment for every homosexual are only part of the Islamic vision for the world under Sharia law. Does brutal religious coercion expose Islam as an insecure religion? Are 70 virgins and hedonist pleasure all that heaven has to offer? How will the clash between Islam and the West end?

This is just the highlight version that ends when Anjem leaves:

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What Happens When Cameron Dares To Suggest Imams Could Do More Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:29:21 +0000 palestinian pray mosque - ReutersRead the obsequious letter: right from the opening “Assalamu Alaikum” through to the “hijacking of a great faith to justify such heinous crimes” and “Thank you for all the positive work you are doing”  it couldn’t do more to bend over backwards and praise Islam. Yet this letter has caused HUGE anger in the UK for the Dhimmis having the TEMERITY to suggest Muslims could do more to stop their kids becoming terrorist murderers. It was sent by MP Eric Pickles on behalf of the government to more than a 1000 Imams in the UK.

And of course there are the usual claims of Islamofauxbia in “singling” out the Muslim community for such a letter. Why yes, unfortunately, because there haven’t been any beheadings in the streets of British soldiers by Jews quoting religious scripture as justification. Last I checked no commuters on buses and tubes had been blown to pieces by dis-affected Sikh youth and there had been arrests of precisely no Buddhists on the grounds of plotting to blow airliners out of the sky.

Daily Mail article is here and the full text of the letter is reproduced below.

In Full: The Complete Text Of The Letter Sent To Religious Leaders

Assalamu Alaikum,

We have recently seen terrible atrocities committed in Paris. Finding the right response to these events is a challenge for everyone. The hijacking of a great faith to justify such heinous crimes sickens us all. As Muslims around the world have made clear, such actions are an affront to Islam.

And yet, amid the carnage, came a sign of hope – over three million people of all backgrounds, marching to defeat the gunmen and to protect our values: free speech, the rule of law, and democracy.

We are proud of the reaction of British communities to this attack. Muslims from across the country have spoken out to say: not in our name.

But there is more work to do. We must show our young people, who may be targeted, that extremists have nothing to offer them. We must show them that there are other ways to express disagreement: that their right to do so is dependent on the very freedoms that extremists seek to destroy. We must show them the multitude of statements of condemnation from British Muslims; show them these men of hate have no place in our mosques or any place of worship, and that they do not speak for Muslims in Britain or anywhere in the world.

Let us assure you that the Government will do all we can to defeat the voices of division, but ultimately the challenges of integration and radicalisation cannot be solved from Whitehall alone. Strong community-based leadership at a local level is needed.

You, as faith leaders, are in a unique position in our society. You have a precious opportunity, and an important responsibility: in explaining and demonstrating how faith in Islam can be part of British identity. We believe together we have an opportunity to demonstrate the true nature of British Islam today. There is a need to lay out more clearly than ever before what being a British Muslim means today: proud of your faith and proud of your country. We know that acts of extremism are not representative of Islam; but we need to show what is.

British values are Muslim values. Like all faiths, Islam and its message of peace and unity makes our country a better and stronger place, and Britain would be diminished without its strong Muslim communities. Every day, mosques and other faith institutions across the country are providing help for those in need, and acting as a centre for our communities. It is these positive contributions that are the true messages of faith and it is these contributions that need to be promoted.

We would also like to reassure you that in recent days we have met with police chiefs to make sure they are providing the support that mosques need, a concern that some of you have expressed in our recent discussions. We have also met with the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group to hear their concerns about responses to the recent attacks and what more can be done.

Anyone experiencing violence should report it to the police online on the True Vision website or to TELL MAMA, a service to provide support specifically to Muslim victims of hatred. The vitriol espoused by the thugs of the English Defence League and Britain First is just as much an affront to British values as the teachings of preachers of hate.

For organisations experiencing problems with such preachers, information about free legal advice is available from LawWorks at or the Bar Pro Bono Unit at, and the Charity Commission has published a toolkit for charity leaders to help protect their organisations from abuse by extremists.

We welcome your thoughts, ideas and initiatives on how to ensure that Islam’s true message of peace triumphs over those who seek to divide our communities.

Thank you for all the positive work you are doing, and we look forward to working with you further. We continue to appreciate all your insights.



Read more.

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Liam Neeson Converting To Islam? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:43:40 +0000 Back in 2012, I reported that Hollywood actor Liam Neeson was reportedly contemplating becoming a Muslim.

Now, three years down the track, he’s confirmed it’s not going to happen.

Liam Neeson 2Among Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills is being able to defend himself — from rumors.

The “Taken 3″ star confirmed he has no plans to leave his Roman Catholic beliefs despite reports that he considered converting to Islam while filming in Turkey.

Neeson set the record straight at the “Taken 3″ premiere Monday night inDubai.

“No, I’m not converting,” Neeson said in an interview with Al Arabiya News.

The original conversion rumors first came about in a 2012 The Sun article, and were recently resurfaced by The Daily Mail.

In the interview, the Oscar nominee told The Sun that during his time filming “Taken 2″ in Turkey the Islamic prayer “got him into the spirit.”

“The call to prayer happens five times a day, and for the first week, it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit, and it’s the most beautiful, beautiful thing. There are 4,000 mosques in the city. Some are just stunning, and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim,” Neeson reportedly told The Sun.

The 62-year-old clarified to Al Arabiya News that he did not have a religious awakening, but rather learned to enjoy the Islamic prayer, which “was an annoyance because it was waking me up. But later I looked forward to it every day.”

But try telling that to the Daily Mail, who seem to be way behind the news cycle.

And the ever unreliable Jews News, who once reported he was afraid to convert because of how his home town would react. Or at least plagiarized that claim from another site.

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Where To Find Real Intelligent Discussion About Islam Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:44:59 +0000 Well it turns out I somewhat buried the lede in my post yesterday about Melanie Phillips’ show on Voice of Israel. And the answer to the question in the title of the post is General Sisi (who is currently running Egypt) at Al Azar University. His speech the other day was rather remarkable mostly because he quite clearly understands the link between Islamic terrorism, the Islamic State and Boko Harem and the sacred Islamic texts. Melanie explores this remarkably under-reported speech in the fourth segment of her show.

There was a lot of debate in the introverted world of the counter Jihad at least. Debate ranged from whether this was just another attempt to pull the wool over non-Muslim eyes (Andy Bostom) to the usually highly cynical Hugh Fitzgerald, who really thought this was something new.

The truth is I can’t tell you either: I can tell you that Sisi knows a lot more about Islam than anyone claiming that the terrorist attacks we see in Israel and the west and the aggressive war of conquest being waged by Da’esh nearby aren’t real Islam. Sisi knows they have the power of centuries of immutable scripture and unless something comes along that is strong enough to break this connection, the west faces a fearsome foe.

I’d refer you to one other great piece to read by Jonathan Spyer, you really should read it all:

In contemporary western European societies, political Islam meets a human collectivity suffering, by contrast, from a profound loss of self. No one, at least in the mainstream of politics and culture, seems able to quite articulate what western European countries are for, or what they oppose — at least beyond a sort of vapid belief in everyone doing what they want and not bothering each other.

The result is that when violent political Islam collides with the satiated, lost societies of western Europe, the response is not defiance on the part of the latter, but rather fear.

This fear, as fear is wont to do, manifests itself in various, not particularly edifying, ways.

The most obvious is avoidance (“the attacks had nothing to do with Islam,” “unemployment and poverty are the root cause,” “the Islamic State is neither Islamic nor a state,” etc etc).

Another is appeasement — “maybe if we give them some of what they want, they’ll leave us alone.”

This response perhaps partially explains the notable adoption in parts of western Europe of the anti-Jewish prejudice so prevalent in the Islamic world.

The ennui of the western European mainstream will almost certainly prevent the adoption of the very tough measures which alone might serve to adequately address the burgeoning problem of large numbers of young European Muslims committed to political Islam and to violence against their host societies.

He goes on to describe how the non-elites have a much better grasp of Islam than the elites would like them to. That is a trend that will continue as the Internet continues to pour forth all the information you need to understand Islam and especially the type of Islam we have a problem with. Because that’s the bit we need to understand and deal with: the Muslims who don’t take up arms against us (but also do little to prevent those who do) are comforting to think about, but won’t solve any problems.

Jonathan again:

And lastly, since the elites will not be able to produce resistance, it will come from outside of the elites. Hence the growth of populist, nationalist parties and movements in western Europe. But Europe being what it is, such revivalist movements are likely to contain a hefty dose of the xenophobia and bigotry which characterized the continent of old.

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