So much for that BS about muslims in America wanting to integrate and leave the barbarism of the middle east behind.
U.S.-based Imam Urges Muslims to Join the Gaza Battlefield
A former West Texas imam is calling on Muslims to take up arms in defense of Palestinians in Gaza. Sheikh Mohamed El-Moctar El-Shinqiti, who was director of the Islamic Center of South Plains in Lubbock, Texas until the summer of 2008, participated in an online chat, “Fatwas on Gaza,” at the web site IslamOnline.net. El-Shinqiti is believed to have left the country long before participating in the chat, but the web site still lists him as the mosque director.
El-Shinqiti encouraged readers to fight – or if they can’t, to send money to those who are fighting – in response to six out of the eight questions posed to him in the online chat. When asked what can be done to help the people in Gaza, El-Shinqiti emphasized war over sending food or medicine or other supplies that might directly help people:“For Muslims who have access to the battlefield, their duty is to join the resistance to defend the oppressed. For those who don’t have access to the battlefield, their duty is to use all possible ways of lending support for the oppressed such as donation, the media, communication and first and foremost du’a’.”Taking El-Shinqiti’s advice would mean joining forces with Hamas, a designated terrorist organization. Israel’s incursion into Gaza is in its third week, prompted by a new wave of rockets sent by Hamas into Israeli cities. The fighting has left more than 900 Palestinians dead – most of them Hamas fighters – yet Hamas continues to fire rockets at Israeli towns.U.S. law prohibits providing material support to Hamas, a designated terrorist organization. Last November, five men who worked with a Dallas-area charity were convicted on 108 counts of illegally supporting Hamas.While El-Shinqiti’s speech is well within First Amendment protections, said Bob Blitzer, who served as the FBI’s domestic terrorism chief in the 1990s, the line is crossed when the suggestions advance into providing instructions on how to join the fight or whom to contact.El-Shinqiti never mentioned Hamas by name.But in response to a reader’s question, he said Hamas “resistance” was not the problem:“The oppression of the Palestinian people did not start today. It started six decades ago. And if we suppose that the resistance stops now, the oppression will continue, in the form of an ugly occupation and starving siege.What the world does not know, because of the Zionist propaganda, is that 70% of Gazan people are refugees from other parts of Palestine that were swallowed by the Zionist state, and they have been living in desperate situation for decades. Moreover, the indigenous Gazans themselves have been under occupation since 1967.Therefore, what is needed today is to stop the oppression, not to stop the resistance.”
I hate the sound of propaganda in the morning!
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