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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Israel, Palestinians, Solutions Elude

"Trump and Netanyahu will adopt the plan of Egypt's Sisi. A Palestinian state in Gaza and Sinai. Instead of Judea and Samaria [the historical nomenclature for the disputed West Bank territory]."
"This is how we will pave a path to peace, including with the Sunni coalition."
Ayoub Kara, 61, Druze Knesset minister, Government of Israel
The-then Deputy Minister for Regional Cooperation Ayoub Kara arrives for the weekly government conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, December 4, 2016. (Marc Israel Sellem)
The-then Deputy Minister for Regional Cooperation Ayoub Kara arrives for the weekly government conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, December 4, 2016. (Marc Israel Sellem)
"Due to the destruction and displacement that has affected the Middle East in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, the Palestinian cause is no longer central [to Arab interests and pressure on Israel]."
Saudi weekly Asharq al-Awsat
The Arab world is not fond of Palestinians. They are viewed as troublemakers and their presence is barely tolerated where they have settled throughout the Middle East. And wherever they have settled they have not been welcomed with open arms. They have not been offered citizenship and they are viewed as interlopers, a temporary presence until they can be shuttled back whence they came. In fact, they originally came from the Arab countries which will now not recognize them. When the State of Israel was created those same Arab countries summarily exiled the Arab Jews who had lived among them for millennia, confiscating their properties and ridding themselves of an ancient Jewish presence.

Yet they were not prepared to absorb the Palestinians who fled the area now called the State of Israel. Granted, the reasons were more complicated than just not wanting to absorb them; originally it was to keep them a festering sore of refugees, a blunt tool with which to bludgeon both Israel and the international community with the 'plight' of Palestinian refugees. Had the refugees been absorbed they would no longer be refugees.  And the purpose of keeping them refugees was to blame Israel for their flight and their plight. And those refugees, to the present day represent the most permanent group calling themselves refugees entirely supported, financially and administratively by the international community.

They choose to remain 'refugees',  anguishing for their return from land they fled, while the 800,000 Jews expelled from Arab countries were absorbed by Israel. The original 700,000 Palestinian refugees now claim the right of return to Israel for their descendants, numbering in the millions, an estimated 6.5-million. Israel has offered to compensate them for their property losses, but not to absorb them, as their presence would overwhelm the Jewish State. Palestinians do have citizenship in Jordan, the sole Arab state that has given them recognition.

Despite which in 1970, under Yasser Arafat's militias of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its offshoots, the Palestinians attempted to overthrow the Jordanian Hashemites and to remove their monarch, King Abdullah. The civil war that ensued saw Yasser Arafat and his militias battered and they removed themselves to Lebanon, where cross-border assaults into Israel led Israel to enter Lebanon with its military to confront and to remove the Palestinian militias from Lebanon. The current Jordanian monarch's consort is a Palestinian, reflecting the fact that 70 percent of Jordanians are of Palestinian origin, not Bedouin.

The entire area that is now Jordan was originally meant to be included for a restoration of the Jewish homeland. Then it was divided, and meant to be partitioned between Jews and Palestinians. And finally, the British agreed to give TransJordan to the Hashemites who were driven out of Arabia when the Saudis took control. Now, all that is left to Israel is a tiny sliver. But the historical areas of Judea and Samaria which the Palestinians claim for their own, along with the ancient city of Jerusalem represents claims supported by the international community. For what other nation on Earth are the boundaries declared by outsiders rather than the sovereign nation involved?

Particularly a sovereign nation that has been repeatedly, since 1948, attacked by its neighbours, each time defending itself successfully, and beating back the onslaughts meant to destroy it. Under such circumstances, land defended and land conquered has always remained with the victor in such conflicts. The intervention of the international community, with its entitlements to dictate to the Jewish State what it may and may not do, ensures that the Jewish State, occupying a sliver of territory remains hostage to an agglomeration of Arabs claiming the Palestinian designation and land for themselves, co-opted from historical Judea.

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An Israeli flag (L) flutters next to an Egyptian one at the Nitzana crossing, along Israel's border with Egypt's Sinai desert. (photo credit:REUTERS)

More latterly, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is said to have proposed a regional peace plan to involve most Sunni Arab nations in the Middle East, where part of the Sinai Peninsula, adjacent to Gaza, would comprise a Palestinian state, vacating the West Bank area of historical heritage Judea and Samaria for an expanded Jewish presence, taking in the settlements, and leaving ancient Jerusalem to the Jewish State, for its acknowledged capital.

The Palestinians may claim Jerusalem but the fact is that Arabs' only link to that city has been as neglectful overseers over the millennia leading from the Islamic conquest. Muslims speak of Jerusalem as their holy city, but the Koran fails to mention it even once. It has always been a Jewish city in antiquity, and it is a Jewish heritage to this present day. If any city has a claim to have been usurped post-Biblical times, it is ancient Medina, where many Jewish trading tribes lived and prospered among pre-Islamic Arab tribes. When Muhammad went to Medina to proselytize, expecting the Jewish tribes to leave Judaism and embrace Islam, he was incensed when the Jews refused.

What transpired then was a bloody conquest, with Jews fighting to protect themselves from the invading and marauding Arab Muslims, and being vanquished by Muhammad's nascent Muslim umma plying their trade of jihad. The slaughter of the Jewish tribes then took place; the Banu Aws, Banu Harith, Banu Jusham, Banu Majjar, Banu Ghifar, Banu Qaynuqa, Banu Sa'ida, Banu Shutayba were massacred and those that were not were exiled from Medina, the women taken into slavery. How would Muslims feel about Israel declaring its ancient heritage in Mecca (Yathrib) entitling it to a return?

The plan forwarded by President el-Sisi to turn over part of the Sinai which links Egypt and Gaza has theoretical credibility. But just as the Palestinians refused one offer after another of peace and land agreements with Israel over the years, so too has Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas purportedly rejected this offer as well, one that was described by a leading Palestinian news agency several years ago. Finally, because of their alarm over non-Arab, Aryan Iran's plans for its Shiite crescent to dominate the larger, more populous Arab Sunni population, Israel's presence appears to have been accepted by Sunni Arab states.

They see common cause with Israel over Iran's malevolence toward all other states in the region with the exception of (Shiite) Iraq, Lebanon (where its {Shiite} Hezbollah terrorist proxies operate out of) and the Houthi Yemenites, along with the Sultanate of Oman. Although the wealthy Arab states have spent untold billions on modern military equipment, none has focused as Iran has done on nuclear arms and intercontinental ballistic missiles, an agenda that has created huge consternation among its neighbours.

That 'proposal' by the Egyptian President, unfortunately, doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Egypt has had nothing but problems with Hamas in the Sinai. The Sinai, as well, is full of Salafist Bedouin, with groups affiliated with al-Qaeda, and it has been infiltrated as well by Islamic State, just as Gaza has been. All of these jihadi groups have attacked Egyptian military and police outposts. Egypt has no need to burden itself with the close presence of millions of Palestinians who are particularly given to violence. And official Egypt has denied that it had any intention of surrendering any part of Sinai, a geography that Israel returned to Egypt on the signing of their peace treaty.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In Response to a Desperate Need, Yazidis to Find Refuge in Canada

"The reality is that if the international community doesn't wake up to the plight of these people, they will be wiped off the face of the Earth."
"And that's why it's so important to look at resettlement of these people as only one very small piece of the broader puzzle."
Michelle Rempel, Conservative Member of Parliament, Ottawa
"[Canada has long given haven to refugees noting their "vulnerability, not religion or ethnicity [and turns its focus on] highly vulnerable [survivors of Islamic State predations. A] significant majority [of the 1,200 slated to be brought to Canada will be Yazidi resulting from the] high level of violence [they have suffered. The Yazidi people represent] an integral part [of Iraq's society that should be preserved which explains why the Government of Canada focuses on] a small number of people for whom resettlement is the best option."
"As many have experienced unimaginable trauma, both physical and emotional, many will have unique psychological and social needs such as trauma counselling,"
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, Government of Canada

"Some of these women haven't even told their own families about what they experienced [as victims of Islamic State violent atrocities]."
Dawn Edlund, associate deputy immigration minister

The Government of Canada lauds itself for ensuring that 40,000 Syrian refugee families fleeing conflict in their own country were expedited entry into Canada to begin a new life, with assistance in housing, settling in, and financial aid through government tax-funded coffers. Canadians felt, by and large, fairly satisfied with the effort, though some might have felt it would have been useful to focus on the plight of women and children, with a special emphasis to begin with, on Christian Syrians and Yazidis, both of whom as minorities, were singled out for violent predation.

Yazidi women and children in particular have faced the horrific reality that the maltreatment they were singled out for destroyed families when Islamic State targeted Yazidi men for annihilation, piling them into mass graves, and taking the women and children into perpetual bondage status, as slaves to be bartered for, maltreated and violated. The 40,000 Syrians absorbed into Canada were victims of their own government, when the Shiite Alawite President of Syria took vicious exception to his Sunni Syrian population protesting their inferior place in Syria.

Few championed the plight of the thousands of Yazidi women who were sold in the marketplace as sex slaves. Those who were able to escape, were sheltered and protected by the Kurds, but the world at large seemed to take little notice of their misery and the plight they faced, destined to be slaughtered or their freedom taken from them, in an abysmal reality where they were considered less than human, and free for the taking. Michelle Rempel had a better understanding than most in government, having interviewed some Yazidi women.

That this current government has finally turned its attention to alleviating the plight of a relative handful of these vulnerable people is a welcome change. Erring on the side of caution reflecting their fears, the move to absorb 1,200 refugees comprised partially of entire families as well as individuals owes to the fact that many among them fear repercussions against other members of their families should much information be made available identifying them and their imminent move to Canada, and the government is respecting that cautionary need.

Immigration Minister Hussen spoke of close to 400 Yazidi refugees who have been accepted in the last four months, quietly and without fanfare, in contrast to the intense public exposure the intake of the Syrian refugees had been given. And, it seems that the absorption of 1,200 Yazidi refugees through government initiative won't be the end of the effort. The government is prepared to become involved in authorizing private sponsorships of Yazidi refugees, where groups associated with churches, for example, pool resources to sponsor refugees.

Four months ago the House of Commons was unanimous in its support of a motion brought by Conservative Members of Parliament, calling on the government to provide asylum opportunities to Yazidi women and girls, in recognition of their conditions of fraught existence in a geography where a ferociously inhumane Islamist jihadi group threatens their very survival to the point where the atrocities conducted upon the Yazidis have been named as genocidal in intention.

"Helping to resettle all child survivors is vital to this work", stated Immigration Minister Hussen, in acknowledgement of Islamic State's focus on targeting young boys as well as girls and women. The hope is that this government will continue to focus on the rescue of Yazidis, well deserving of Canadian efforts to offer them another opportunity to live life to its fullest potential, distanced from the horrors of their homeland where a Medieval fascism attempted to deprive them of their very existence.

Yazidis refugees carry their belongings on January 3 in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey as they change their refugee camp and move to Midyat, further south. The Trudeau government is poised to announce today that Canada will give asylum to 1,200 primarily Yazidi refugees by year end. 
While the majority of the refugees will come from Iraq, the government says some will also be accepted from Lebanon and Turkey.
Yazidis refugees carry their belongings on January 3 in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey as they change their refugee camp and move to Midyat, further south. The Trudeau government is poised to announce today that Canada will give asylum to 1,200 primarily Yazidi refugees by year end. While the majority of the refugees will come from Iraq, the government says some will also be accepted from Lebanon and Turkey.   (ILYAS AKENGIN / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Mission to Destroy Islamic State

"We are always honoured to have them [Canadian special forces personnel] at our positions."
"It was my wildest dream to work with the Canadians. Having them show up and help us, we would die for them."
Capt. Dhyab Mohammed Omar, commander, Peshmerga, Kurdistan
A Canadian Forces door gunner keeps watch as his Griffon helicopter goes on a mission, Feb. 20, 2017 in northern Iraq.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz A Canadian Forces door gunner keeps watch as his Griffon helicopter goes on a mission, Feb. 20, 2017 in northern Iraq.
"The predominance of [battlefield wounded] cases we’re getting are emergency \- department-type casualties or patients that you would get when you get over 5,000 military troops all in one place."
"We actually understand even in conflict, there are rules that you need to follow that respects the dignity of life [so that wounded ISIL fighters are also given treatment when detained by coalition forces, reflecting laws governing war]. That’s what makes us different."
Lt.-Col. Richard Morin, Canadian military camp in Erbil, Camp Erable

"The challenge here [for the helicopters] is the more [power] wires and the weather during winter."
"We had some fog. But generally, the weather is good."
Maj. Mathieu Bertrand, commander, helicopter squadron, Camp Erable
Canadian military personnel were first dispatched to Iraq in September of 2014 with a mission to aid in the training of the Peshmerga in their dedicated conflict against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Their training mission did not make them immune from coming under fire from Islamic State, and on those occasions, Canadian soldiers fought back, in unison with the Peshmerga. That active combat role has been scaled back, however. Leaving the conflict interaction to the Iraqi military.

At the present time, approximately 150 Canadian troops are stationed in Erbil, the Kurdish capital in Iraqi Kurdistan. There is a helicopter squadron with logistical staff, and skilled medical personnel, all supporting  the special forces mission, extending to the wider coalition fight against ISIL. This is post kick-off followed by withdrawal of the final attack against Mosul to free it from Islamic State which began in October. At this juncture, it has been left to the Iraqi military to complete the combat mission.

The Canadian mission has been altered to once again going to the skies to identify and monitor Islamic State targets in the area, maintaining tabs on their movements through optical sights and whatever alternate means are required, on "key enemy movement corridors" between Syria and Iraq, including those areas within and immediately outside of Kurdish territory. Identifying Islamic State positions and conveying that data to the allied forces, guiding them to the attacks on ISIL.

The Peshmerga had built extensive earthworks as barricades to produce defensive positions, around Erbil toward the Mosul Dam, successfully stopping ISIL from streaming into northern Iraq. Now, four Canadian Griffin helicopters from Canadian Forces Base Valcartier in Quebec are dispatched daily to carry troops and equipment from Camp Erable to special forces troops in the field, flying low over fields and isolated communities, avoiding attracting enemy fire.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Pakistan's Own Islamist Frankenstein

"These [militant Islamist] groups come in various colors and varieties, but they share a common purpose. Ultimately they are joined at the hip."
"[The recent bombings constitute] the rejuvenation of a dangerous version of Islam. The message of these terrorists to the government is, ‘We are alive and kicking, and we can strike wherever we want'."
Rifaat Hussain, professor of government and public policy, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan

"This remains the last defense against radicalization. We preach unity and bring together the deprived. Prayers are answered here, regardless of faction."
"[The shrines need increased protection, but] killing militants is not the solution. The government needs to change what they believe in. These terrorists are brainwashed for years, and they despise us for spreading love. But we are open today, and rituals are being offered. This is a clear message that they have failed."
Syed Mehdi Sabzwari, custodian, 13th century Lal Shahzad Qalandar shrine, Sehwan, Sindh, Pakistan
A Pakistani security officer stands guard outside a Sufi shrine in Karachi during Friday prayer. The country’s authorities have launched a sweeping offensive against Islamist militants in the days following a half-dozen Islamic State attacks last week that killed more than 125. (Shahzaib Akber/European Pressphoto Agency

"The Islamic State [group] might not have a strong organizational structure in Pakistan but we have thousands of members of banned groups sympathetic to [their] ideology."
"They subscribe to the Islamic State [group] world view."
Zahid Hussain, expert, regional militants, Pakistan

"We are so self-congratulatory that we declared success in the middle of a fight. But what have we done to address the ideological basis of terror? Has the supply chain of hate-filled violent ideology been shut down?"
"Bravado is useful to bolster public confidence when under attack but it is no substitute for sensible policy."
Babar Sattar, lawyer, rights activist, News International newspaper 

"May God have mercy on us and our country. We thought all the blasts and explosions were over, but now it is the same havoc as before. These terrorists don’t spare even mosques or schools."
"The sad thing is that our government seems to be helpless in crushing them. Look at these police, they are standing here but they cannot protect anyone. I say it would be better if this government resigns and the army takes over."
Arif Ali, 50, Civil Engineer, Bari Imam shrine, Islamabad
The Sehwan shrine came under attack during a ritual ceremony [Wali Muhammed/Al Jazeera]
The Pakistani military, in fact, is the culprit, and not the current government of Pakistan. Although it cannot be ignored that the current government of Pakistan has a short memory, managing to 'forget' that it was their own military and their secret service that gave haven to the Afghan Taliban and also hosted al-Qaeda. Not merely al-Qaeda, but its very leader, Osama bin Laden, whose compound was located in spitting distance of a military academy, in Abbottabad.

The Pakistan military was tasked by the-then government of Pervez Musharraf to train, arm and support the Taliban, at the very time when Pakistan designated itself an ally of the United States in the fight against terrorism from 2001 forward. Pakistan's goal was to destabilize Afghanistan, and to gain influence through the Taliban, in Afghanistan, focusing as well on creating a schism between Afghanistan and India which was also attempting to gain influence in Afghanistan, even while it was under NATO occupation.

The United States transferred $2.5-billion to support Pakistan's military in 15 years.

And all the while Pakistan was playing the game of surreptitiously allying itself with the Taliban while declaring it was fighting terrorism. Long since, Pakistan's own Taliban arose, giving Pakistan a taste of what it is like to have to continually battle a growing Islamist insurgency. Now, Pakistanis worshipping a cerebral type of Islam, are being attacked by Islamist groups allying themselves with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has spread its tentacles everywhere in the world of Islam and beyond.

Compelling the Pakistani military to respond by conducting raids, sweeping across the countryside, boasting of killing over a hundred suspected "terrorists". So much for the rule of law in Pakistan where minority sectarian groups have little protection and much animus is directed toward them under the country's system of justice, and a doctor whose residence was close to the bin Laden compound and who had coooperated with U.S. Intelligence has been imprisoned for aiding the U.S. to identify the al-Qaeda leader.

Now, the current government of Pakistan, in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks killing hundreds of Pakistan's civilian population -- targeted for the brand of Islam that they subscribe to -- has taken to blaming Afghanistan for the vicious turmoil of bombings. Insisting that it is Afghanistan that is giving shelter to militants, in a turn-about from what Pakistan had inflicted on its neighbour Afghanistan.

Where Kabul once begged Istanbul to stop giving haven and support to the Taliban, Istanbul now demands that Kabul surrender Pakistani terrorists to Pakistan. Afghanistan is desperately battling the Afghan Taliban, al-Qaeda, and Islamic State presence within its own borders, along with its own endemic corruption. Much of which stemmed from Pakistan's malign interference in their neighbour's sovereign business; responsible for years of Taliban rule in the country. Now, Pakistan is reaping the rewards of its wretched intentions to do harm to Afghanistan.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Emerging Global Flood

"We have virtually no resources at the border. The way [the Mounties] respond is when the Americans tip them off."
"Once someone reaches the border it's too late [to stop them from declaring themselves asylum seekers]."
"The worst thing that the government can do is revoke the Safe Third Country Agreement. Then you'll have a flood of people showing up at the border."
Christian Leuprecht, political science professor, Royal Military College/Queen's University

"There are many Latin Americans in the United States who fear return to their home country. I think it is quite likely that we'll be seeing more of those as the crackdown of deportations heats up."
"The Safe Third Country is encouraging people to enter Canada dangerously and surreptitiously, and I don't see how that can possibly be in our interests."
"[Immigration lawyers] have been absolutely slammed [since Trump's election]. There's no doubt that people who have options are considering leaving."
Laura Best, immigration lawyer, Vancouver

"Nearly two-thirds [of undocumented immigrants] have been in the United States for at least a decade and a fifth have been present for 20-plus years."
"A large fraction of these people have U.S.-born citizen children. I expect most . . . will try to remain in place and avoid deportation."
Douglas Massey, co-director, Mexican Migration Project, Princeton University
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And so it is that the 'world's longest undefended border' separating Canada from the United States has begun to leak refugee claimants who fear the accelerated crackdown on undocumented migrants taking place in the United States threatens their future. There is a reputed 11-million undocumented workers from Mexico and Central America living and working in the United States. These are economic migrants whose climate of fear of being detected and deported has suddenly undergone a transition from caution to outright panic.

They are not the only ones who are panicking. The farmers who depend on these workers to bring in  their crops because this is back-breaking, low-income work that most Americans avoid, now fear for their own livelihoods. The small businesses in urban centres that rely on the low-paid work of undocumented migrants are also being hit hard. The irony in all of this, of course, is that these are the very people who voted Donald Trump into the White House. And the panic that has ensued reflects a forgetfulness that his predecessor succeeded in deporting far more migrants than his predecessors ever did.

The tactics appear to have changed, however, with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement having been given new orders. They are not only rounding up non-violent criminals to rid the United States of those with a criminal record, but as well those who have committed the felony of possessing a fake ID. And those who had declared themselves previously and are on record, reporting to the ICE are now being detained and deported. So it appears that the Trump administration is determined to best President Obama's record 2.5 deportations.

Some of those hoping to stake a claim for refuge are taking the initiative to move on, further north, to cross the border into Canada. That movement has not yet become a flood, but it could, conceivably, and Canada is ill equipped to deal with a very large influx. Yes, it is illegal to cross the border into Canada bypassing the normal process of authorization, but once having achieved that goal and declaring need of refuge, Canadian authorities begin the process of assessing the refuge application.

Refugee advocates are agitating for the suspension of the Safe Third Country Agreement, a 12-year-old agreement between Canada and the United States prohibiting people arriving at a Canadian land border crossing entering from the U.S. from claiming themselves refugees since the U.S. represents the place where the initial claim for asylum would have taken place. The like premise holds that anyone entering Canada first is not entitled to claim asylum in the United States. The country of first arrival is the country where the claim is to be made.

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks many Muslim Americans evidently feared for their future in the United States, and a surge of claimants ensued. The Liberal Chretien government struck the Safe Third Country Agreement with Washington. While in opposition the current Liberal government spoke of the Conservative Harper immigration refugee policy with contempt, claiming it to be cruel and clumsy, opposing an expedited process for citizens of "designated countries of origin".

Now that the Liberals have regained power in Ottawa, they are faced with the same old problems that have traditionally bedevilled governments in power. The current Liberal Trudeau government struck down the previous government's visa provision for Mexicans. And as they did, claims began swelling once again, which led to the visas being imposed in the first place. Canadians in general are fairly open to immigration; the country 'grows' by almost a quarter-million yearly through generous immigration numbers.
U.S.-Canada border
A man leaps across the border with passport in-hand under watch by a U.S. Border Patrol agent at the U.S.-Canada border near Hemmingford, Que., on Friday, February 17, 2017. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

But Canadians are not the least bit enthralled at the prospect of having to host large numbers of economic migrants and refugees arriving in the country without the institutionalized immigration process being in play. The Canada Border Services Agency reported over 400 people had crossed from North Dakota into Manitoba this past year. The RCMP reported 452 asylum claims at the border in Quebec for January alone. This, when refugees have to cross on foot over long distances in the winter months, auguring a much larger influx when the weather becomes moderate.

And this will task Canada's limited resources beyond what both government and its citizens are prepared to accept.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Creeping Islamization of Western Democracies

The Canadian parliament voted February 15 to approve a motion by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid (center left) calling on the federal government to condemn and battle "Islamophobia".

"Many in the mosque establishment and right-wing Islamic groups in Canada are celebrating this as a victory."
"But Muslim critics of the so-called "Motion 103," which mentions only Islamophobia by name and not any other form of religious persecution, are in disbelief that so few members of parliament have objected to this giant step backward and the watering down of our freedom of expression."
Tarek Fatah, Pakistani-Canadian journalist

"[Motion 103] echoes the agenda of Islamists and Islamic extremists in North America who are shamelessly taking advantage of the Quebec City tragedy [when 6 Muslim men at prayer in a mosque were shot to death] to advance the international Muslim Brotherhood agenda to silence any critique of Islamism."
TV host Asif Javaid argues that Khalid's motion "echoes the agenda of Islamists."
 "(E)xtremist Muslims who came here as refugees are making preparations to turn Canada into a ... nightmare."
Asif Javaid, Television Host

"What are they [Conservative Parliamentarians] scared of? They're scared of denouncing Islamophobia and, by not denouncing Islamophobia, they are actually contributing to the problem."
Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, Parliament, Ottawa

"[The Conservatives chose to have the House] condemn all forms of systemic racism, religious intolerance, and discrimination of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, and other religious communities."
"What stands out here is the inclusiveness of this [Conservative] motion. It lists the half dozen largest faith groups in Canada, but obviously includes all religious communities in Canada. There is no sense in excluding any of them."
Member of Parliament David Anderson, (Saskatchewan)

Newly-elected Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, a Pakistani-Canadian, introduced Motion-103 to the House of Commons, which calls on Parliament to "condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination", and she has the full support of the governing Liberals as well as MPs representing the New Democratic Party. The formerly-governing Conservatives with rare exception, have critiqued the motion for its singling out of Islam for protection from perceived criticism.

Having done so, the Conservatives have been heaped with scorn, charged with Islamophobia for the very reason that they refuse to support the motion clearly favouring Islam, even in the choice of the word "Islamophobia" which has served the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation in their campaign to charge that any criticism of Islam represents hatred and must be recognized as a criminal act, legally. In this way challenging the very touchstone of free speech.

This actual creeping Islamization of the West has been recognized for the threat that it represents by Islamic groups and Muslim individuals who have the greater interests of equality, democracy and freedom uppermost in mind, as opposed to the Islamists with their incendiary but surreptitious goal of suborning democracy, its justice system, and values and customs with Islamic Sharia law to be recognized universally.

This, from adherents of a religion that has roiled the world with the deadly onset of terrorism launched by Islamists who have responded to the many and various calls emanating from Koranic sacred scripts for the faithful to observe their obligation to engage in jihad.
O Allah, give victory to our brothers who engage in Jihad
O Allah, give them victory over their enemy
O Allah, destroy the accursed Jews
O Allah, make their children orphans and their women widows.

There are those, however, within the Canadian Muslim community who are outraged at this turn of events. These are the Muslim minority who speak for the majority which does not believe in the efficacy of Islamist violence either by physical force in lethal terrorism, or by stealth, by the gradual infiltration of Western institutions by the Muslim Brotherhood and its agencies and agents.

Former Conservative immigration minister Chris Alexander, hit the issue squarely on the head when he characterized M-103 as a "senseless, ill-worded motion" distracting from issues like national security and terrorism.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Pakistani Values of Religious Persecution

"Luckily I escaped. [Evading arrest in Pakistan, charged with terrorism] That's how I am safe here, thank God. It's all work of God, I believe, because had I been caught it would have been not good for my health at all."
"They [Ahmadiyya Muslims] have claimed that we attacked. It was not an attack. It was an agitation. They attacked us. The rest of what happened was a natural reaction."
"[Questioned by authorities at Pearson airport in Toronto] and they were satisfied and said that I can go. And then CSIS [the Canadian Security Intelligence Service] came and asked me questions and they said, 'Okay, no problem'."
"There was some frustration at the time [when demands were made to authorities to divest the Ahmidiyya of their mosque] and also quite a few people from close-by communities started coming because they learned about the incident."
"I mean what do you expect from a large crowd? They will sit tight and get shot at and stones throwed at them and wrong type of words used against them? There are elements, they will do something and they did it. Some of them who are youngsters tried to climb the [mosque retaining] wall. But none of the Ahmadis got hurt at all, not even a scratch."
"This is an incident where the government is trying to protect the minorities and working against the majority That's why we all are punished."
Rashid Ahmed, Mississauga, Ontario
"Rest assured, we have rule of law in Pakistan and all those individuals who are responsible for the incident [December 12 mosque attack] will be taken to task with the due process of law."
Nadeem Kiani, press secretary, Pakistan High Commission, in Canada
Army, police disperse protesters, take control of worship place. PHOTO SOURCE: TWITTER @RAZA AHMAD RUMI
Army, police disperse protesters, take control of worship place. PHOTO SOURCE: TWITTER @RAZA AHMAD RUMI

This fine, upstanding Canadian citizen of Pakistani origin has lived in Canada for the last 40 years. Through immigration, Canada has a sizeable Pakistan-Canadian population. There is also a good-sized population of Ahmidiyya Muslims living in Canada, where they migrated to avoid the kind of persecution they have lived under in Pakistan. In Pakistan, Ahmidiyya are looked upon as
apostates, they are forbidden to call themselves Muslims, and they must not, by law, pray in mosques.

"They should not have anything to do with mosques and they cannot be called Muslims", said Mr. Ahmed upon enquiry in Canada why he had organized a 'protest' against the Ahmidiyya while on a visit to Pakistan. "Why are they occupying a mosque which is built for Muslims by Muslims? This is aggression", he averred. He informed an enquiring journalist that the procession he organized was meant to pass alongside the Ahmidiyya mosque, when it turned into a protest.

In Canada, Pakistani-Canadians insist on their rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for Canadians, given full equality under the law. A Pakistani-Canadian woman insisted on her right to wear a niqab, leaving only her eyes visible, during a citizenship ceremony. A Pakistani-Canadian newly-elected Member of Parliament feels entitled to produce a motion to Parliament for the condemnation of "Islamophobia". The very people who wrap themselves in the protection that Canada affords all its citizens practise bigotry against others while demanding recognition of their exceptionalism.

Mr. Ahmed had previously arranged for a petition which 580 villagers from Dulmial, roughly 150 kilometres south of Islamabad had signed, to be addressed to local authorities.  The petition spoke of "extreme measures" should police fail to take action to clear the mosque of Ahmidiyyas. The first name signed on the petition was that of Mr. Ahmed, the visitor from Canada. This is a mosque said to have been built in the 1800s, and which had been "occupied" since 1996 by the Muslim Ahmidiyya sect. An unresolved court dispute over ownership of the mosque rankles villagers.

Safwan Choudhry, speaking for Ontario's Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at, view Mr. Ahmed and his escape from justice in Pakistan where he was busy persecuting members of his sect, with fear and trepidation, appalled that the man could travel abroad, incite to violence, then return unpunished to Canada. Mr. Choudhry is urging Canadian authorities to undertake an investigation into the fact that a mob of a thousand launched a violent attack upon the minority Ahmidiyya community in Dulmial.

The Canadian High Commission in Islamabad had posted a comment on Twitter, commending the Punhab government "for undertaking to hold mob leaders in Chakwal to account". But that it was a Pakistani-Canadian who felt free to organize and incite the mob does not appear to have entered the equation of justice and the rule of law. A rather peculiar situation in Pakistan where minority religions are given little protection under the law, leading religious bigots to feel free to persecute and demean Christian, Shiites and Ahmadiyya communities.

At the point where the 'procession' of a thousand villagers came abreast of the mosque they demanded of the police that the building be sealed and the Ahmidiyyas be ousted. The police made no move to accommodate the mob's demands. At this juncture, claims Ahmed, the Ahmidiyyas taunted the protesters, inciting them to begin scaling the mosque walls. An Ahmidiyya man suffered a fatal heart attack within the mosque as the protesters forced their way into the building.

Ahmed describes fires set by the Ahmidiyyas, torching their documents and furniture before exiting. Video footage, on the other hand, shows protesters looting the mosque and throwing items into piles, then setting them aflame. The Dawn newspaper in Pakistan reported Ahmed to be the "main suspect" in the incident where a charge sheet was made against 61 suspects by a Joint Investigation Team. The Senate Committee on Human Rights, reported Dawn, had recommended the Government of Pakistan seek Ahmed's extradition from Canada.

On the website of a group allied with a Mississauga mosque attended by Ahmed, there are descriptions of those of the Ahmidiyya faith as "evil", representing an effort "by anti-Islam forces to disunite Muslims". Mr. Choudhry looks to Canadian authorities to mount a "measured response", inclusive of taking action against people who "bring values that are both un-Canadian and dangerous to those living in Canada."

Haji Malik Rashid AhmadHaji Malik Rashid Ahmed  "The Qadianis (Ahmadis) are using the Mosque as their worship place which is illegal under the law, We request that you free the Mosque from the Infidels and save Muslim interests by saving the Mosque from these Infidels, If these steps are not taken we will be forced to take extreme measures in order to liberate this Mosque."

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