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Kangaroo GirlThe cover of Al Age's weekend travel magazine showed a picture of a street scene in Damascus , above which was an enigmatic Arab proverb: “The mind is for seeing, the heart is for hearing.” What could this possibly mean?
A google search for this proverb turned up a story “Arab Girl Turns Into A Terrifying Animal By God's Almighty Will”
 
A very peculiar girl has appeared in one of the Arab countries, Yemen to be precise. She has the body of a female, complete with reproductive system, but she has the face of a kangaroo, which gives her a horrifying appearance. Rumors have spread across town that this girl was born this way because her mother blasphemed against the Holy Qur'an before having intercourse, so God deformed the child in this image. But what is strange is that this is not the only girl of her kind in the world. As a matter of fact, an Australian hospital has announced that another girl who looks like her was born in the hospital. This look-alike girl was the result of sexual intercourse between a 17-year-old Australian virgin girl and a kangaroo, an animal which inhabits the Australian woods, which is where the girl was taking a walk when she saw the kangaroo with which she had sex. The result was a baby girl born in the shape of a kangaroo.
It is worth noting that some of the media posted the rumor.... However there is no proof of this animal's existence in Egypt, and all we can say is "Allah is truly almighty."  (source)
 
Truly weird!
 
But back to Al Age, where Sean Mooney paints a rosy picture of Syria  in “The Road to Damascus” .
 From a rocky outcrop on the top of Jebel Qassioun - a mountain so integral to history, it appears in the Book Of Genesis - I gaze down on one of the world's oldest settlements.  Some believe the Syrian capital was the original Garden of Eden and Cain slew Abel on these slopes. Moses, Lot and even Christ himself are said to have traversed Qassioun. One legend has it that when the prophet Muhammad neared this barren peak and looked upon the vast orchards of Damascus, he quickly turned back towards Mecca, not wanting to experience a utopia other than heaven.
Human settlement here dates back at least 7000 years, with empire after empire taking, ruling, then losing the city. Seized by the Egyptians, conquered by the Assyrians and claimed by Alexander the Great,Damascus has been attacked by the Mongols and Crusaders and occupied by the Romans, Persians and Arabs. The Ottoman Turks ruled the city from the 16th to early 20th centuries, then the French oversaw a few troubled decades until Syria gained its independence in 1946.
As the sun sinks below the horizon, strings of fairy lights illuminate a curious mix of social encounters. Men recline on ragged old couches smoking nargileh (water pipes) and listening to Arabic love songs played at full volume on laptop computers. Families stroll past restaurants built atop rusting oil drums. Young couples chat awkwardly under the watchful eyes of chaperones. Unveiled prostitutes slide out of the shadows with fixed smiles and wary eyes.
The surreal morphs into the spiritual as the day's fourth call to prayer, the maghrib, floats up... The resulting resonance is enthralling and I swear I feel the mountain shake.
Damascus The capital's enigmatic nature reflects the Syrian Arab Republic's uneasy relationship with the world. A nation of about 20 million people with volatile neighbours - Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey - Syria is caught between east and west, Christianity and Islam, war and peace.
The description of Syria by the former American ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, as a rogue state that sponsored terrorism and coveted weapons of mass destruction didn't do much for the country's tourism industry in 2002. Acts of violence, however, are relatively rare within its borders.
The Old City is the ancient heart of Damascus..The city has something of a Soviet feel, a legacy no doubt of years of Russian assistance with military hardware. It puts me in mind of Moscow in the early '90s, without its lawless feel. Damascus is a safe and welcoming city, a reflection of the way the hospitable nature of the Syrian people defies its troubled international standing.
The  Souq al- Hamidiyeh is a true working market...Faces with Aramean, Hittite, Mongol, Turkish, Bedouin and Arab origins surround me in the world's original melting pot of cultures. The smell of cardamom-laced coffee mingles with spices and perfumes, the mix overpowered by wafts of grilling lamb from shawarma stands.
Stepping into the Umayyad Mosque from the souq is like entering the eye of a great storm - stillness reigns yet chaos is only metres away. .. It's a joyous place, its muted beauty the result of a mix of architectural and decorative styles that reflect the city's turbulent history.
When Damascus ruled the Islamic world in the early 8th century, artisans from India, Persia and Africa were commissioned to build a grand place of worship. No expense was spared in building Islam's first great mosque on a site that was once a Roman temple, then a Christian church dedicated to John the Baptist.
One evening I stroll down the famous Straight Street, where Saint Paul is believed to have rested following his conversion to Christianity on the road to Damascus... It is, however, the sense of smell that's behind my epiphany, as I pass carts piled high with thyme, sumac, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, with notes of rosewater and orange blossom. With my appetite piqued, I head east towards the Jewish and Christian quarters and settle at a roof-top restaurant... I order the national dish of kibbeh - falafel-like pods of minced lamb with cracked wheat and onion. (source)

The article informs readers that both Etihad and Emirates airlines fly to Damascus, but does not mention whether either financed Mooney's trip.
 
 
Dura Europos
Dura-Europos ("Fort Europos") This important archaeological site has been called the Pompeii of the Syrian Desert, it was a Hellenistic and Roman walled city built on an escarpment ninety meters above the right bank of the Euphrates river. It is located near the village of Salhiyé, in today's Muslim Syria.
 
The whole piece paints a rosy picture of Syria. Mooney links Damascus to the Old and New Testament and Mohammed in an interfaith cornucopia, with a  melting pot of cultures, including Jewish and Christian quarters. He seems aggrieved that John Bolton muddies the image by describing Syria as a rogue state that sponsored terrorism, rushing to reassure people that it is welcoming and safe.
 
All very well, but is this true? Readers have a right to know the facts:
For Iraqi Christians, the choice is - staying in Iraq and dying, or taking your chance in Syria. Many take the option to flee to Syria...But their new home also holds "ruthless" positions against Christianity which range from life in prison for talking about your beliefs to death for a Muslim who converts. "It's better than Iraq, but it's no bed of roses for sure," Jim Jacobson, president of Christian Freedom International, told World Net Daily.
While Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Iran and other Middle East nations are well-known for persecuting Christians, Syria's actions are of a lower profile. But it is listed among other nations around the world such as North Korea, Vietnam, Egypt and China that persecute Christians. And a special report from The Voice of the Martyrs listed Syria among three dozen or more nations where Christians face "arrest, imprisonment, physical torture and death."
In Syria, the constitution requires the president to be a Muslim and specifies that Islamic jurisprudence is a principal source of legislation. And sharing your Christian faith with someone carries a penalty of up to life in prison. "For Christians, one of the core tenets is the ability to share their faith, but in Syria that can lead to arrest and persecution," Jacobson said. (source)
Syriacs
Celebration at a Syriac Orthodox monastery in Mosul, Ottoman Syria, early 20th century. Syriac Christian heritage is transmitted through the Syriac language, a dialect of Aramaic. Unlike the Greek Christian culture, Syriac culture borrowed much from early Rabbinic Judaism and Mesopotamian culture. 

Hang on, here's Mooney enthusing about “ the sense of smell that's behind my epiphany” and yet Jacobson says it's no bed of roses. Why can't Jacobson smell the sweet fragrances as well?
 
In 2005, The Australian Refugee Review Tribunal reported:
In 2002, the Washington-based Freedom House commissioned an analysis of the status of religious minorities in Islamic countries from Professor Habib Malik, a human rights expert. An extract from his analysis details:  Two distinct historical experiences characterize the native Christian communities of the  Middle East and Arab world: the dhimmi and the free.
 
Over 90 percent of the ten million or so  Christians of Arab lands are dhimmis and have never known a free and equal and dignified existence. They include the Copts of Egypt, the Christians of Syria and Iraq, and Palestinian  Christians. The remainder-mainly in Lebanon-have managed to resist dhimmitude and  remain free, but  they are nevertheless increasingly embattled, isolated, neglected, and marginalized . They       live under  the combined pressures of Syrian occupation, the armed state-within-a-state of the Iran- backed Hezbollah, demographic decline and  deteriorating economic conditions... (source)


Meanwhile, attempts are being made to restore the City’s Jewish Past: Aleppo Jews
...in the old Jewish Quarter is the grand palace of Raphael Farhi, the successful banker and chief financial adviser to the Ottoman sultanate. It was Raphael and his older brother, Haim, who collected the taxes that financed the granaries, foundries and academies of Greater Syria. Until his family’s tragic dissolution in the mid-19th century, Raphael Farhi was not simply the leader of Syria’s famously prominent and prosperous Jewish community, but one of the most powerful men in the Ottoman world.
Hakam Roukbti, the architect who has assigned himself the epic task of restoring Beit Farhi to its former glory, intends to launch it as a luxury boutique hotel.
Beit Farhi is poised to become a favored watering hole of Damascus’ well-fixed expatriates. But while it may soon be hosting international film stars and celebrity politicians in its pricey chambers, it is far more than a commercial enterprise. The Muslim Roukbti and his Christian wife are on a mission that is as much ecumenical as aesthetic. The Syrian Jewish population has a history... For centuries, it was a vital part of the mosaic of varied religions and ethnicities that made Damascus the world’s first city of commerce and culture.
For decades, the Jewish quarter has been a mute stepchild to the perennially chaotic main souk. Emptied after the creation of Israel and the wars that followed...
Today, the remains of Syria’s Jewish community consist of about three dozen aged men and women in Damascus and even fewer in the northern city of Aleppo. Albert Cameo, a leader of Syria’s residual Jews, grew up in a house just a few blocks away. He remembers his parents telling him stories about the Farhis and the great palace and how its library was open to any Jew who wanted to read from its many volumes. .
The Farhis arrived in 1670 from the Ottoman capital of Constantinople, and would enjoy unrivaled wealth and power over the next two decades with Raphael as treasurer and vizier to the sultanate. But his fortunes were undone in 1840 by the family’s association with the suspected murder of a Franciscan monk. Several of Damascus’ most prominent Jews were arrested in the matter, including a Farhi family member. The affair was a mortal disgrace for the Farhis and they scattered themselves about the capitals of the world.
Roukbti hopes the rebirth of Beit Farhi will redeem Syria’s Jewish heritage - if not the Farhis themselves. (source)

Hmm, sounds to me like the dhimmis were getting above their station and had to be destroyed – nothing like a good blood libel to do this! After all, even today, Arabs are masters of blood libels.
 
So how come the Jewish quarter was “ Emptied after the creation of Israel?”  In 1945 about 35,000 Jews lived in Syria. What about the treatment of Jews before this time? Well, Andrew Bostom, in his book “The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism” supplies some answers.
 
On Page 162, he tells how in 1991, then Syrian foreign minister Farouk Shara claimed:
“For hundreds of years Jews have lived amongst Muslim Arabs without suffering. On the contrary, they have been greatly respected.”
Not according to Saul S. Friedman, who examined “respectful” Muslim treatment of Jews in a 1989 study.
His  sobering analysis reveals the living legacy of antisemitic, anti-dhimmi Islamic attitudes exploited by a pseudosecular totalitarian government, further enamoured of European antisemitic motifs – from “historical proofs” of the Jews responsibility for ritual murder in the 1840 blood libel, to Nazi antisemitism expressed by unrepentant Nazis such as Alois Brunner, who was granted safe haven in Syria.
In the 1970s, these were the conditions under which Syrian Jews lived:
Jews were required to live in ghettos and not permitted to travel more than 3 or 4 kilometres from their houses. Anyone attempting to flee the country could be jailed and tortured for three months or more... Jewish homes and stores were required to bear a red sign (the colour denoting uncleanliness)...all government employees were barred from trading with any Jewish establishment. In some instances, Jews were barred from making food purchases and had to rely on Syrian friends to keep them from starving. Jews could not own or drive automobiles or have telephones...they could not sell property. In the event of death or illegal emigration, property was transferred to the state, which disposed of it either through sale or grant to Palestinians. Members of saiqa, a PLO faction favoured by the Syrians, openly strutted through the streets of a Damascus ghetto, intimidating people with arms and beatings.
Friedman also describes how gullible high-profile US journalists – Seymour Topping of the New York Times and Mike Wallace of 60 minutes, as well as  the National Geographic – were manipulated by Assad's government during a mid-1970s Syrian campaign to whitewash the brutally oppressive conditions under which Syrian Jews lived. 
Seems like nothing has changed: we are being manipulated to accept the propaganda that Islam guarantees equal treatment and respects other religions. This is arrant nonsense, but Western governments and a corrupt media insist this is the line we must follow.
 
So before you rush to pack your holiday gear and head for exotic Syria, I urge you to read the accounts of Bostom, Ibn Warraq,  Bat Ye'Or and others who tell the truth about Islam.  Then decide for yourself if you wish to be complicit in promoting this oppressive ideology. If you believe in equal rights for all, irrespective of race or religion, you will always refuse to fly Emirates or Etihad, or to travel to Arab countries.
 
Make your voice heard. Write a letter to The Age, complaining of dishonest journalism.
 
Oppose the oppression and denial of human rights that is dhimmitude, an ongoing pillar of Islam.
Assert that human rights apply to all.
Say NO to SHARIA!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 06:38  

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Lest We Forget the Battle of Tours

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History - Violent Jihad

Australians celebrate and revere Anzac Day on April 25th each year in remembrance of our brave soldiers who fought in two great world wars to secure our freedom. Every Australian identifies with the slogan “lest we forget” and in services held around the country people reflect on the battles and men who died to secure our freedom. Yet across the world in France, there is one remarkable battle which helped form the Europe we know today and allowed the development of civilization based on Judeo Christian principles. This one famous battle has become known as the battle of Tours and effectively stopped the Muslim advance into Europe. After the death of Mohammed in 632AD, Muslim armies exploded out of the Arabian peninsula to conquer much of the Middle East, expanding across north Africa. From there they crossed into Spain in 711AD and eventually controlled much of al-Andalus by 715AD. It was the victory at Tours by Charles Martel that stemmed the tide and eventually the Muslim marauders were expelled from Spain in 1492 when the last outpost at Granada fell to King Ferdinand of Spain. 

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Shivaji’s Coronation Laudatory Landmark

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History - Infidels' Resistance

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born, lived, fought and won battles against religious and social oppression in the 17th century Bharat or India. He was a shining star in the Indian firmament and is renowned as a champion of the downtrodden and depressed masses. He was and continues to be an icon for the classes and masses alike and is seen as a rallying point for peasants oppressed by foreign rulers, Pathans and Moghuls alike. Sexually exploited women found in Shivaji Raje a protector, a benefactor and flocked to his Hindavi Swaraj to find solace and feel liberated under his saffron flag. 

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Ransomer of Captives from the Muslims

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History - Tolerance Myths

Perhaps some readers might be interested to know that January 28 is considered a feast day among Catholics – actually 2 feast days are celebrated on the same day – one is of ST Thomas Aquinas, the great medieval theologian and philosopher who adapted Aristotle to the western Judeo-Christian worldview. . It is also the feast day of a lesser known person – St Peter Nolasco, the great ransomer of captives from the Muslims.

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Islamic Pirates

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Barbary Corsair
Somalian Islamic Pirates & Lessons from History
 
The dramatic rescue of the American cargo-ship captain Richard Phillips from the hands of Somalian Islamic pirates by the U.S. Navy—killing three pirates, holding him hostage at gun-point, through precision-targeting—warrants a review of the U.S. struggle with piracy and hostage-taking in North Africa, which ended two centuries ago.

Raiding trade-caravans and hostage-taking for extracting ransom in Islam was started by Prophet Muhammad. Having become powerful and secure after his relocation to Medina from Mecca in 622, Muhammad initiated Jihad or holy war in the form of raids of trade-caravans for earning livelihood for his community. In the first successful raid of a Meccan caravan at Nakhla in December 623, his brigands killed one of the attendants, took two of them captive, and acquired the caravan as “sacred” booty. The captives were ransomed to generate further revenue. Muhammad, later on, expanded this mode of Jihad to raiding non-Muslim communities around Arabia—for capturing their homes, properties and livestock, capturing their women and children as slaves often for ransoming and selling, and imposing extortional taxes—which sometimes involved mass-slaughter of the attacked victims.

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The Battle of Broken Hill

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The First Islamic Terrorist Attack on Australian Soil
 
On January 1, 1915 two Broken Hill men, both former camel drivers, armed themselves with rifles, an homemade flag bearing Islamic insignia and a large supply of ammunition and launched a surprise attack on the Picnic Train about 3 kilometres outside Broken Hill.

The train carried about 1200 Broken Hill residents to Silverton where a picnic to celebrate the new year was to take place.

The two Muslim men, Gool Mohamed originally a Pashtun tribesman from Afghanistan and Mullah Abdullah from what is known today as Pakistan, decided to wage jihad against Australian infidels after Australia and the Ottoman Empire officially joined the opposite sides in the WWI.

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Jihad Galore

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Jihad Galore and the Toledo Whore

Battle of Higueruela

Alhambra - GazelleHow often in conversation with a Muslim, do they quote Spain as the crowning achievement of Islam, where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived in harmony for about 800 years?

And when you mention the killings and massacres, you are told that the Spanish Inquisition was much worse.
This is a misconception, since the Inquisition in Spain was responsible for only between 4,000 and 5,000 lives. [1]

Yet in 1066AD, in a single day, muslims murdered over 4,000 Jews because Vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela had risen to a position greater than them, and of course, this upset the Muslim sensitivities. [2]

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Arabs Hated The Quran

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How the Arabs Hated The Quran
 
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Wh y are you a Muslim?
Musli ms in general love to hear the above question because it has a simple and readymade answer in their minds besides it gives them the opp or t u nity to propagate their religion and talk proudly about Islam.

 

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Lepanto Anniversary

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Decisive Victory for the West

At this time of year, it is timely to remember one of the greatest victories of the west against the Islamic world. On the 7th October in 1571, Don Juan and the Holy League, led by Admiral Doria, defeated the larger Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Lepanto, saving Europe from the Turks and militant Islam. The Holy League was a coalition of different armies - of the Republic of Venice, the Papacy (under Pope Pius V), Spain (including Naples, Sicily and Sardinia), the Republic of Genoa, the Duchy of Savoy, the Knights Hospitaller and some others.

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Muslim Jerusalem

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History - Stolen Heritage

Jerusalem - Coat of ArmsWhy do Muslims insist that Jerusalem is their Holy City?
When Mohamed and his faithful followers moved from Mecca to Medina, they found themselves among three Jewish tribes/clans (BANU-L-NADIR, BANU KAINUKA and BANU KURAIZA)  which settled there some time after their expulsion from their homeland and also living there were  two Arab, pagan tribes.

Mohammed, who at this stage needed more followers, decided to win those tribes over and convert them to his newly invented religion.

Islam was yet not as fully developed as we know it today, and Mohammed was still having his sessions with Allah (the Medina period revelations).

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Killing of Banu Quraiza

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Did Prophet Muhammad order Killing Surrendered Jews of Banu Quraiza and Khaybar?  A historical Analysis

In the post 9/11 era of this modern-world, Islamists around the globe are busy with ‘damage control utopia’ in order to correct the image of religion Islam. We all know that the nucleus of Islam are: Quran, Hadiths (Sunnah) supported by Islamic histories and biographies recorded by various famous Islamic scholars and historians.

What Mecca?

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A great tragedy of the Islamic control of our universities and political correctness plus the fear of extreme violence if anyone dares question the roots and claims of Islam is ...that nobody dares question the roots and claims of Islam!!!  I want to stimulate interest and offer this summary of information on Mecca from (LINK) which discusses some problems with Muslim claims in a comparison of evidence supporting Islam/Christianity. 

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Yahweh or Hubal

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FlagThere is a very strongly entrenched view among majority of Westerners today that the three main monotheistic religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam share one common God and therefore despite the obvious differences, the core foundation of these three religions is the same. 

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