Monthly Archives: May 2010

Protest Against Zionist Pirates Today All Across UK

Get out and demonstrate against the barbaric Apartheid state of Israel and show the Government your outrage by the barbaric attack – please attend the emergency demonstrations being organised in your area and show your support:


BIRMINGHAM – 4pm @ Outside Zavvi, The BULL RING






Latest Update 1030:
Israel is trying to defend itself by saying they were attacked by activists with iron bars and knives, however there seems to be little evidence to suggest that the activists held any dangerous weapons. What would you do if heavily armed soldiers holding guns and looking threatening decided to invade your ship? Would you not defend yourself with any tool you had?

Danny Ayalon, Deputy Foreign Minister for Israel, has tried to justify the attacks on a Sky interview saying the peace activists have no respect for international waters. This is the same man who previously tried branded the Freedom Flotilla as being anti-Semitic and as a ‘delegitimisation of Israel‘…

Sky News are saying that 19 peaceful, unarmed activists have been murdered by Israel, where as the BBC is reporting it as “more than 10 have been killed”

the BBC website is still reporting only two people killed whilst other news outlets confirm that 16 peace activists have already been brutally murdered by Israeli forces. See this screenshot.

Israel’s Channel 10 private TV puts the death toll at about 14, with other reports saying that up to 16 people have been killed. Israel has used live ammunition against unarmed civilians on the Flotilla. Israel has so far declined to comment.

The BBC website finally reports on it but tries to misrepresent what is happening by using the words “It is not clear whether the fighting is ongoing” when clearly it is an attack by Israel on an unarmed ship not a two sided fight. All throughout their report the show a pro-Israeli bias by trying to mention Hamas rocket attacks but declining to mention Israel’s ongoing and brutal assault on Gaza. This is sickening.

We have just heard that Israel has opened fire on the Freedom Flotilla – having just checked the BBC site, normally the first to get breaking news, has nothing on this breaking story but MPACUK can confirm that the Flotilla has come under fire from Israeli war ships, 3 dead and 30 injured are the first reports.

The captains words are “Please stop firing we are unarmed civilians” – it didn’t stop the the Israeli Army.

For continuous updates throughout the day keep checking the MPACUK website on what direct action you can take to put a stop to Israel’s murderous actions.

I’m off to Downing Street, join me!


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Arise Lord Two Jags Prescott

Former Deputy Prime Minister and working class poster boy John Prescott has been made a Lord. How does a man who hates the class system, is famed for his working class trade unionist roots end up becoming a cog of the system he so once despised?

A former ship’s steward and trade union activist, he was the political link of the Labour party to the working classes.

There was a documentary the croquet playing Prescott made for the beeb, titled “Prescott: The Class System And Me” which the clip above is taken from.

This is precisely the type of career politician that The Akh absolutely detests, one who will sell his morals and scruples for a position and a title.

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Fulfilling Your Covenant With Allah, Muslims & All of Society

The sacred duty of fulfilling all obligations of every kind, to Muslims and non Muslims, in public as well as private life, is a cardinal feature of Muslim ethics. The question of what is to be done with those who abuse this principle by failing in their duty but expect the Muslims to do their part is not to be solved (in the case of treaties) by a general denunciation of treaties but by a careful consideration of the cases where there has been fidelity and not treachery.

There we are enjoined to give the strictest fidelity, as it is a part of righteousness and our duty to Allah, let us consider Surah At-Tauba, Surah 9, Ayahs 1-6.

1 A (declaration) of immunity from Allah and His apostle to those of the pagans with whom ye have contracted mutual alliances. 1246

2 Go ye then for four months backwards and forwards (as ye will) throughout the land but know ye that ye cannot frustrate Allah (by your falsehood) but that Allah will cover with shame those who reject him. 1247

3 And an announcement from Allah and His apostle to the people (assembled) on the day of the Great Pilgrimage that Allah and His apostle dissolve (treaty) obligations with the pagans. If then ye repent it were best for you; but if ye turn away know ye that ye cannot frustrate Allah. And proclaim a grievous penalty to those who reject faith. 1248

4 (But the treaties are) not dissolved with those pagans with whom Ye have entered into alliance and who have not subsequently failed you in aught nor aided anyone against you. So fulfil your engagements with them to the end of their term: for Allah loveth the righteous. 1249

5 But when the forbidden months are past then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them and seize them beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful. 1250 1251 1252

6 If one amongst the pagans ask thee for asylum grant it to him so that he may hear the word of Allah and then escort him to where he can be secure: that is because they are men without knowledge. 1253 1254


1246 Baraat: usually translated “immunity”. I do not think that word correctly represents the Arabic word in this context. I retain it as I cannot think of any single English word as an equivalent. The general sense is explained in the introduction to this Sura. In verse 3 below I use the periphrasis “dissolve treaty obligations,” which goes some way to explain the meaning. The Pagans and enemies of Islam frequently made treaties of mutual alliance with the Muslims. The Muslims scrupulously observed their part, but the Pagans violated their part again and again when it suited them. After some years, experience it became imperative to denounce such treaties altogether. This was done in due form, with four months’ notice, and a chance was given to those who faithfully observed their pledges, to continue their alliance. (9.1)

1247 Four Months: Some Commentators understand by this the four forbidden months in which warfare by ancient Arabian custom was unlawful, viz., Rajab, Zul-qa’dah, Zul-hijjah, and Muharram: See ii. 194 n. But it is better to take the signification of the four months immediately following the Declaration. Assuming that the Sura was promulgated early in Shawwal (see Introduction), the four months would be Shawwal, Zul-qa’dah, Zul-hijjah, and Muharram, of which the last three would also be the customary Prohibited Months. (9.2)

1248 The great day of Hajj is either the 9th of Zul-hijjah (‘Arafa), or the 10th (the Day of Sacrifice). (9.3)

1249 The sacred duty of fulfilling all obligations of every kind, to Muslims and non Muslims, in public as well as private life, is a cardinal feature of Muslim ethics. The question what is to be done with those who abuse this principle by failing in their duty but expect the Muslims to do their part is not to be solved (in the case of treaties) by a general denunciation of treaties but by a careful consideration of the cases where there has been fidelity and not treachery. There we are enjoined to give the strictest fidelity, as it is a part of righteousness and our duty to Allah. (9.4)

1250 The emphasis is on the first clause; it is only when the four months of grace are past, and the other party show no signs of desisting from their treacherous designs by right conduct, that the state of war supervenes-between Faith and Unfaith. (9.5)

1251 When war becomes inevitable, it must be prosecuted with vigour. According to the English phrase, you cannot fight with kid gloves. The fighting may take the form of killing, capture, or siege, or ambush and other stratagems. But even then there is room for repentance and amendment on the part of the guilty party, and if that takes place, our duty is forgiveness and the establishment of peace. (9.5)

1252 The repentance must be sincere, and that is shown by conduct-a religious spirit of true prayer and charity. In that case we are not to bar the gate against the repentant. On the contrary we must do all we can to make their way easy, remembering that Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. (9.5)

1253 Even among the enemies of Islam, actively fighting against Islam, there may be individuals who may be in a position to require protection. Full asylum is to be given to them, and opportunities provided for hearing the Word of Allah. If they accept the Word, they become Muslims and brethren, and no further question arises. If they do not see their way to accept Islam, they will require double protection: (1) from the Islamic forces openly fighting against their people, and (2) from their own people, as they detached themselves from them. Both kinds of protection should be ensured for them, and they should be safely escorted to a place where they can be safe. Such persons only err through ignorance, and there may be much good in them. (9.6)

1254 Maaman: place or opportunity of being secure from all harm. (9.6)

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The Keffiyeh – Symbol of Resistance & Self Determination or Hipster Fashion Accessory?

The Akh has always had issues with people wearing The Keffiyeh. An all to common sight is of young trendy wannabe’s wearing them in fashion friendly colours, this has The Akh wanting to rip it off their puny neck’s and shout down “what’s wrong with you?”

You could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps The Akh is getting heated over a non issue, ask yourself this, did these fashionista hipsters sport the Keffiyeh when the intifadah popped off to show support?

Unless you know your politics and are rocking it as a symbol of your faith, belief and support for the injustices that are occuring throughout Palestine and the Middle East, then please, leave your headwraps at home.

The Keffiyeh is more than just a practical headdress and over recent decades it has come to symbolise the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. This documentary looks at the last keffiyeh maker in the West Bank. At one time, small factories in the West Bank were producing thousands of Keffiyeh’s a day, providing employment for locals, but the forces of today’s global economy means that a cocktail of competition from China, globalisation and Israeli occupation now threaten another vital cog of the self determination of the people in Palestine.

I could go on forever and a day about the commodification of culture due to belligerent war mongering and how war commodifies cultural symbols to normalise the advent of bombing and the cultural breakdown that occurs at the hands of an occupation, only for that very symbol of resistance to be re-appropriated as a fashion accessory.

When The Akh used to rock these through his university days, much to the chagrin of one particular pro zionist lecturer, whose allegiances were unbeknownst to The Akh at the time, would mean constant petty harassment, to the point of being ejected from one of his lectures on spurious grounds.

For The Akh it verges with being on par with white people having dreadlocks (trustafarians) not knowing that African slaves would grow out their Locks as a symbol of resistance to their oppressors.

The zionists know precisely what the Keffiyeh represents, so much so that an advert for iced coffee featuring the well-known US television chef Rachael Ray was pulled due to the fact that she was wearing a black-and-white checked scarf around her neck that resembled a traditional Arab keffiyeh.

If you are serious about equality and fairness, then tell me why Johnny the Emo-Hipster can wear one to cover his bare chest and yet I can’t without being interrogated with your disapproving eyes?

Just say no to cultural commodification.

If you want to purchase one, make sure you source it from an ethical and genuine source. Embroidery from Palestine is run by the Palestine Solidarity Project in order to connect the women’s embroidery co-op with the international market.

In a time of increasing economic crisis in Palestine it is crucial that we give trade and not just aid as a form of international support for small economic self-sufficiency projects such as this one.


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The Idiocy of the Facebooking Generation

The rise of social networking sites like Facebook have been a phenomenal success of the “Web 2.0” era. Every single person I know uses that platform to spill their personal details on a publicly accessible website, from pictures, to who they are friends with, to where they schooled, lived, holidayed, worked, its all there.

Would you want a complete stranger knowing all your intimate details?

Would you stand on a street corner handing out flyers with all these details to complete strangers?

Don’t be silly, of course you wouldn’t, thats why there are privacy settings, so only the people I want to see my profile can see it.

Thats the standard response from those hooked to facebook.

Just think it through for a second….

Ever wondered why facebook asks so many questions?

Do you know about our government’s intentions of data mining and why they do it?

Ever wondered why any time there is a hint of “terrorist” activity, the first place they look for a photo of the accused is on facebook? better yet your entire “network” of friends is right there too, and so are all the messages you left on their wall. Every single key pushed, every button and profile viewed and clicked, is stored on the facebook servers, ready to share at a moments notice, whether thats for targeted ads or to share with the intel agencies.

Facebook’s bottom line is profit, the only way to do that is by “sharing”, ahem, SELLING the information you put in to your profile and your “likes.”

Facebook has revised its public policy and has turned most of your information public.

To regain some control of what information is floating on the internet about you, you must now go through 50 settings and more than 170 options, and even after jumping through all of those hoops, you cannot completely opt out of all the ways your information is being marketed and sold to various third parties.

Another website titled Please Rob Me which monitors services such as Foursquare, Brightkite, Google Buzz etc. The danger of publicly telling people where we are all the time should be apparent.

This is because it leaves one place you’re definitely not… home.

So here we are; on one end we’re leaving lights on when we’re going on a holiday, and on the other we’re telling everybody on the internet we’re not home.

Another website called Open Book has taken advantage of this window of opportunity by acting as a google type search engine for people who are not your facebook friends.

All you have to do is put a name or action in and it give status updates from the last few weeks which mention them. ANYONE (your employer, parents, police) can now Open Book your name in an effort to track your actions.

The addition of community pages means that if you listed that you attended a certain school or grew up in a certain town, then your voluntarily submitted information is inputted in to a community page, and it cannot be removed from that database.

So by now your thinking, I’ll just delete my page.

Guess what?

Facebook and all these social networking sites keeps your profile backed up.

Just in case you are ever tempted to come back.

Once a piece of information is out on the internet it is impossible to get rid off.

The Akh lives by the old saying “Loose lips sink ships” engage your brain and think about what you are saying and doing, before you do it, once your words leave your mouth, they are impossible to retract.

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Have You Missed Me? An Interview With George W Bush

Getting an interview with the president is virtually impossible. Getting an interview with the president when he’s no longer president—and his wife has a book out—and he’s writing his memoirs, is simply a matter of calling his agent and setting up a time.

Today, George W. Bush is relaxing at his estate in Dallas and as he put it, “missing my wife.” Laura Bush is currently on a book tour promoting Spoken from the Heart, a surprisingly juicy account of her time as First Lady that includes plenty of Pelosi digs and an exciting story about being poisoned in Germany. Bush’s own memoir, entitled Decision Points, is set for release in November.

This is a drastically shortened version of my phone call with the former president. I found him to be charming, articulate, and disarmingly friendly. By the end of our call I felt like I would be invited to his ranch or some other next step in our friendship, which I realize now, is ridiculous. That’s the kind of guy he is. He’s so sincere and real you have to keep reminding yourself you’re not friends.

It should be noted that Mr. Bush agreed to do this interview with the stipulation there would be no questions about the current president.

Mr. President… Do I call you that? Mr. ex-president?
Call me George.

I have so many questions I’m not sure where to begin.
Begin at the beginning.

Where’s that from again?
Um, I think it’s a Lewis Carroll quote. It’s in Alice in Wonderland isn’t it? “Begin at the beginning and go on until you come to the end and then stop.” Something like that.

And people say you don’t read books.
(laughs) I used to have to read that to my girls almost every night. I don’t really like that book to tell you the truth. Isn’t it about drugs?

I think so.
She was higher than a Georgia Pine!

Ha. Does it bother you that you’re seen as, uh, not the most literary man?
You mean dumb? Ha. Yeah sure, that’s irritating.

You graduated from Yale.
Well, the critics just assumed my degree was bought and paid for by my dad. The thing I don’t get about that assumption is, shouldn’t there be more outrage that Yale is selling diplomas? That’d be bigger than Watergate. You’re a journalist. Get on it, boy.

What about skull and bones?
What about skull and bones?

Are you supposed to leave the room now?
Can we get back to the real questions?

Okay, the dumb thing. I think it has a lot to do with how you talk.
A lot of people don’t really get us Texas types, especially abroad. I’m a good lo’ boy. We’re just real friendly out here and don’t have any airs. I’m also willing to admit I’m not the greatest public speaker. Some people have the gift of gab. I don’t.

This is where I’d get into Obama but I’m not supposed to go there.

It’s not like it’s a taboo subject or nothing. I just don’t think it’s appropriate for a former president to be criticizing the current one. Jimmy Carter was a real thorn in my side and I’d never want anyone to have to go through that. It’s real stressful.

It must be stressful being president. What’s it like?

That’s a good question. If I had to sum it up in one word, I’d say, “intense.” Every single second of every day counts. Nobody believes me when I tell them this but even going to the bathroom feels negligent. Pardon my French but if I had a particularly long bowel movement, I’d have people outside knocking on the door and even asking me important questions. I don’t know how many times I had to yell, “I’m in the F-ing JOHN!”

You took a lot of vacations.
Yes, I had to. You go insane at that job. It’s like Times Square with a fire alarm going off and a million people shaking papers in your face and barking about some emergency. It’s relentless. Sometimes at the ranch I’d just sit in silence and stare at the wall for an hour trying to unwind. I talked to Bill Clinton about it once and he said, “it’s like being the Beatles but instead of screaming girls chasing you it’s screaming old men.”

That’s funny.
He’s actually a hilarious guy. We were painted as enemies but I really like Bill Clinton. He’d often make me laugh so hard, I’d spit my beer out.

You don’t really think of humour when you think about the White House.
It’s the only way to stay sane. Like police officers joking around right next to a dead body. You have to laugh or you’ll cry. It’s the only way to cut the tension. You’d be surprised how funny some politicians are.

Like who?
Well Henry Kissinger for one. You know what he said when he was asked who would win when Iraq was at war with Iran?

No what?
“Can’t they both lose?” (laughs) I mean, it’s just so brutally honest and I don’t know, witty. Coming from his stoic face with those glasses and his weird Russian accent. I laughed my goddamned head off for about two days.

Do you regret the war in the Middle East?
Do I regret sending our guys down there? No I do not. I obviously don’t want any soldiers to die and my heart goes out to their families but the war was a decision we made as a country to fight, not just Osama bin Laden but, really, extremist Islam.

Think of it this way: Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. We’re not far from the day it outnumbers Christianity. A lot of Americans, myself included, aren’t too happy with those odds. Now, I accept that almost half the population doesn’t want this war but a lot of us still see it as fighting the good fight.

I’m not talking about the whole religion obviously but a huge portion of Islam is about uniting church and state. We spent a long time separating the two and there’s no need to go backwards.

Some would say America hasn’t separated them.
Well maybe not compared to Germany but compared to the Middle East? Come on, guy. I don’t know the last time a sheriff over here ordered a woman be stoned to death for flirting.

What do you say to people who say you engineered support for the war by pretending there was WMDs and even kind of allowing 9-11 to happen?

Well, I don’t think any rational adult believes I orchestrated 9-11. What was the magazine that did all that, The Popular Mechanics? Hey, I just thought of something. That’s what The Fonz was, a popular mechanic (laughs).

As for the other stuff, sure, we were wrong about WMDs but that wasn’t the only reason we decided to fight. We saw the terrorism that Extremist Islam begets as a threat to our way of life. It’s like the modern version of the Cold War. They’re our commies.

Was it for oil?
I never understood that, um, “school of thought.” Who in the hell declares war on a country they want to do business with? Do you start punching people in Wal-Mart when you want to buy a pair of pants? Nope. You walk in, pay the guy, and take your fucking pants home. Don’t print that swear.

Hell, we get the majority of our oil from Canada and Mexico. Why not go in there with guns a blazin’? Doing business is cheaper and easier than fighting. Most of us have that figured out after our first black eye.

What’s your biggest regret?
My only regret is not starting to rebuild the towers on September 12th, 2001. The fact that there’s still a huge hole there is a real feather in the cap of the enemy and it breaks my heart. It’s a hole in my heart. I’m going to put that in the book. “The hole at Ground Zero is a hole in my heart.” Something like that. I gotta work on it more.

I should have used federal funds to just rebuild it then and there—no questions asked. Today there’d just be a plaque saying, “These building were destroyed on September 11th and rebuilt immediately after.”

What would you want to do with the space now?

What are you talking about? Rebuild it! Still! I don’t want some big glass handkerchief climbing up into the sky. That’s even worse than a hole. That’s like a statue dedicated to the terrorists. The fact that I didn’t rebuild them and they won’t be rebuilt is going to haunt me for the rest of my life. Much more than Katrina.

So you admit Katrina was a mistake?
Should have got there sooner.

Okay but what about the fact that having the Towers there is such a target? Would you want your girls to be working in the Twin Towers today?
Don’t ever talk about my girls or bring them into any discussion no matter what the context. Just warning you. Moving on: I don’t care who rents out the space there. I don’t care if they remain empty. It’s not about that. It’s about getting up when you’re knocked down—literally. Hey, I got an idea, maybe we could make the top floors a mosque. Ha! That’d ruffle some feathers.

Do you think you were the worst president ever?
Can’t worry about it. I think history will judge me more fairly but by the time that unfolds, I’ll be dead. I did the best I could do with the resources I had and made some very tough decisions.

Oooh, nice plug for your book.
You see how I did that? Just squeezed it in there at the end.


This interview never happened, though it would be interesting to hear from the idiot chief, imagine the answers he would give without Dick Cheney or his handlers in the room….still, old dubya is having a swell time in Crawford, I hear he passes most of his time these days by picking up dog shit.

Well, some people are cut out for running a country and some people are cut out for picking up dogshit. Nothing wrong with that, Dubya.

Swings and roundabouts.

It’s just too bad you and the American people didn’t realise it before serving two terms requiring you to do the former, when you should have been doing the latter.

Source: Gavin McInnes, Taki’s Magazine

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A “Muslim” Wins Miss USA…So Bloody What?

Most of my people have become so concerned with integration and proving that they are the exact opposite of what the racist right wing dominated media narrative that defines Islam and Muslims to the rest of the world, is that it has gone beyond their rationale to understand that “The West”, be that America, the UK or pockets of Europe cannot exist without separating Muslims from our identity and culture.

For all too long, The Akh has had to listen to lip service, about creating change and working within the system to achieve that. The problem with always thinking within the current conformist paradigm is that when you try to change the system from within, it’s not you who changes the system; it’s the system that will eventually change you. That is how the system is designed, that is how it’s been fine tuned over a millennia to ensure that the real change cannot come from thinking within the existing framework.

What you are seeing happen now in Greece and Thailand are revolutions that come from the poor, the oppressed and the downtrodden, who no longer wish to play “The Game” according to your terms.

There is nothing wrong with a genuine compromise, that is when all parties walk away from the negotiating table unhappy with the result, there is usually nothing wrong with compromise in a situation, but when you compromise yourself in a situation, that is another story all together, unfortunately I have seen this occur all to frequently in the few years that I’ve been on this planet to know that it’s a toxic problem.

The Blogosphere has been rife with the news of Rima Fakih’s victory as Miss USA 2010, and how it equates into a “Win” for Muslims:

Muslim Rima Fakih crowned Miss USA

Miss USA 2010: beauty and beastliness | Richard Adams

Rima Fakih is first Muslim winner of Miss USA

Miss USA Rima Fakih “Too Sexy” for Debbie Schlussel and other Islamophobes

Miss USA controversy: ‘It is simply Muslims that they hate’

Miss USA 2010 and a confused conspiracy theory | Khaled Diab

Two cheers for Rima Fakih | Fatemeh Fakhraie

The Akh finds it laughable that anyone can pass this of as a matter of resistance never mind a win of any sort. While women who wish to stay covered up have legislation passed against them to stop them doing so, and yet those that have no modesty what so ever are paraded as a “win” for all of us, you’re only deluding yourself.

As far as setting a good example for young Muslim women the world over, “Miss USA” is a pathetic example for anyone to even to follow, you can see for yourself here why I think this way, would you want your sister, wife, daughter or mother behaving like this?

It’s about time that our younger, more impressionable people understood that no matter how much you dye your hair blonde and put fake eyes in, or follow an anorexic standard of beauty that the media constantly pumps your brain with, or how much bling you have bought from people who exploit your own brutally to get them, no matter how “fat” a car you drive or what kind of fancy clothes you put on, you will never be them.

You are always going to be looked at as nothing but a little monkey.

I would rather be proud of what I am, rather than desperately trying to be something I’m really not, just to fit in.

Whether your mind is ready to accept it or not, that’s what this culture or lack of culture is feeding us.

Be true to yourself.


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Standing Firm In The Way of Allah

How many times have we approached a task with vigour and determination, only to have our will ground down by the enormity of the task that faces us, so that we turn our backs and take the easy option.

I was reading from the Quran, and the following struck a chord with me, so allow me to share, as a reminder to myself, before anyone else, on why we are guided upon standing firm.

Surah Al-Anfal Surah 8 – Ayahs 45, 18-19

45. O ye who believe! when ye meet a force be firm and call Allah in remembrance much (and often); that ye may prosper.

18. Allah is He who makes feeble the plans and stratagems of the unbelievers.

19. (O unbelievers!) if ye prayed for victory and judgment now hath the judgment come to you: if ye desist (from wrong) it will be best for you: if ye return (to the attack) so shall We. Not the least good will your forces be to you even if they were multiplied: for verily Allah is with those who believe.


Numerically the odds against the Muslims were three to one at the battle of Badr. In other ways they were at a disadvantage: of arms and equipment they had but little, while the enemy were well-found: they were inexperienced, while the Quraish had brought their foremost warriors.

In all this there was a test, but the test was accompanied by gracious favours of countless value: their Commander was one in whom they had perfect faith, and for whom they were ready to lay down their lives; the rain refreshed them; their spirit was unshaken; and they were fighting in Allah’s cause.

Thus the trial or test became itself a blessing. (8.17)

Fath = victory, decision, judgment.

The Quraish in Makkah had prayed for victory: they were confident that their superior numbers, equipment, and experience would be decisive. With a play on the word, they are told that the decision had come, and the victory-but not in the sense they had hoped for! (8.19)

It is the way with the leaders of evil, when they find their cause lost, that they wash their hands of their followers and leave them in the lurch.

They see more clearly than their dupes.

They are not simpletons: they know the consequences of the wrath of Allah. Satan’s “fear” of Allah is terror combined with hatred, the very opposite of the feeling which is described in Taqwa, the desire to avoid doing anything against Allah’s will, such desire being founded on trust in Allah and the love of Allah.

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Mearsheimer: “There Will Be No Palestinian State, There Is No Political Will For It”

Professor John J. Mearsheimer recently delivered a fascinating lecture of the situation in Palestine. His lecture titled “The Future of Palestine: Righteous Jews vs. the New Afrikaners” was delivered at The Palestine Centre in Washington DC, and as his prognosis is disseminated, I’m sure it’ll have the zionists hopping mad, just like his now seminal piece “The Israel Lobby” did a couple of years back.

The full video is available to view here and I have taken the liberty of summarising the key findings for you below. For the more studious types out there, you can read the full unabridged transcript of his lecture here.

· There is not going to be a Palestinian state. There is no political will for it in Israel, and the US lacks the power to impose a two-state solution, largely because of the continuing power of the Israel Lobby. Netanyahu’s “victory was so complete that the Israeli media was full of stories describing how their prime minister had bested Obama and greatly improved his shaky political position at home.” Mearsheimer quotes Andrew Sullivan’s comment on “a cardinal rule of American politics: no pressure on Israel ever. Just keep giving them money and they will give the US the finger in return. The only permitted position is to say you oppose settlements in the West Bank, while doing everything you can to keep them growing and advancing.”

· A Palestinian state is anathema to the Israeli government – the most radically ethnonationalist in its history – and it contradicts basic Zionist ideology, going back to Mandate days: “From the start, Zionism envisioned an Israeli state that controlled all of Mandatory Palestine. There was no place for a Palestinian state in the original Zionist vision of Israel.”

· It is possible that there would be a mass ethnic cleansing – but such a “murderous strategy seems unlikely, because it would do enormous damage to Israel’s moral fabric, its relationship with Jews in the Diaspora, and to its international standing.” Nevertheless, “we should not underestimate Israel’s willingness to employ such a horrific strategy if the opportunity presents itself. It is apparent from public opinion surveys and everyday discourse that many Israelis hold racist views of Palestinians and the Gaza massacre makes clear that they have few qualms about killing Palestinian civilians. … Still, I do not believe Israel will resort to this horrible course of action.”

· The result is that the trends toward an “incipient apartheid state” will become a full-blown apartheid state “over the next decade.”

· “In the long run, however, Israel will not be able to maintain itself as an apartheid state. … It will eventually evolve into a democratic bi-national state whose politics will be dominated by the more numerous Palestinians.”

· An apartheid Israel is non-viable for several reasons: The information freely available on the Internet; continued outrage among the Arabs and Muslims; because it is “antithetical to core Western values”; because it endangers American lives; and because most American Jews will not back it.

· Elaborating on the last point, he divides American Jews into three groups, “righteous Jews” (liberals like Norman Finkelstein and Philip Weiss who are critical of Israel), “the great ambivalent middle,” and the “new Afrikaners” – people like Abe Foxman and Elie Wiesel whose views are identical to those of the politically dominant ethnonationalist government in Israel. At the very least, the new Afrikaners will support Israel no matter what it does.

· Although the organized Jewish community is now dominated by the new Afrikaners, this will not last because Jews, like other Americans are ill-informed about the extent of Israeli apartheid. “This situation, however, is unsustainable over time. Once it is widely recognized that the two-state solution is dead and Greater Israel is a reality, the righteous Jews will have two choices: support apartheid or work to help create a democratic bi-national state. I believe that almost all of them will opt for the latter option, in large part because of their deep-seated commitment to liberal values, which renders any apartheid state abhorrent to them.”

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