Three things about "Palestine" that I came across yesterday:
"The son of a Hamas MP who is also the most popular figure in that extremist Islamic organization, a young man who assisted his father for years in his political activities, has become a rank-and-file Christian. 'I'm now called Joseph,' he says at the outset."
And what does Masad "Joseph" Yousef say about Israel?
"Send regards to Israel, I miss it. I respect Israel and admire it as a country...You Jews should be aware: You will never, but never have peace with Hamas. Islam, as the ideology that guides them, will not allow them to achieve a peace agreement with the Jews. They believe that tradition says that the Prophet Mohammed fought against the Jews and that therefore they must continue to fight them to the death."
".... An entire society sanctifies death and the suicide terrorists. In Palestinian culture a suicide terrorist becomes a hero, a martyr. Sheikhs tell their students about the 'heroism of the shaheeds'."
May God bless Joseph and keep him safe. He won't be going back to Israel anytime soon.
2) As if to prove his point, we see pictures of young girls holding models of Scud rockets at a Hamas "summer camp" for children:
No campfires, canoeing or crocheted pot holders for these girls. Unbelievably sad. These are young, beautiful girls, people made in God's image (as we all are), and they're being indoctrinated in hatred and violence. What else can the kids learn at a Hamas summer camp?
"Hamas alone is currently conducting no less than 300 summer camps for tens of thousands of children, and the focus is on familiarizing kids with the Palestinian towns and cities destroyed in 1948, as well as instilling religious fervor in them. The camps also feature sports and military-type trainings such as crawling under barbed-wire."
"Islamic Jihad has also launched its own summer camps, offering some 10,000 children activities similar to those of Hamas."
3) Meanwhile, back in Boston, how does Al Huda, an Islamic organization in Revere largely directed by the Muslim American Society, celebrate the Muslim holy day of the Isra and Me’raj? This day commemorates when Muhammed made the Night Journey from Mecca to an unnamed mosque (considered to be the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, although it was actually built hundreds of years after Muhammed died) and thence up to heaven on a white winged horse named Buraq. Al Huda sent out an e-mail with a lecture from Imam Nehela Basyouny, imam of the Islamic Society of Boston. There's a link to a video by the popular Egyptian televangelist Amr Khaled*, known for encouraging women to wear hijab. (Men don't need to, it's the women who make men infatuated with them.) Finally, the Al Huda e-mail includes a lecture from the famous Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, who recounts the story about Muhammed's night flight. Qaradaqi reminds Muslims about what's really important on this day: Jerusalem should be controlled by Muslims, not Jews.
"Allah Almighty wanted to establish and emphasize the significance and sacredness of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Muslims' hearts so that they do not cede it for anything. They are to hold it as sacred as both Allah's Sacred House and His Prophet's Mosque."
"...Allah Almighty wills that we remember the importance of Al-Aqsa Mosque when we celebrate the anniversary of Al-Israa’ and Al-Mi`raj."
"This is to remind us of the gravity of the circumstances in which Al-Aqsa Mosque is in this age. We must not give up our responsibility in defending Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem. This is a sacred issue to fight for. We should not, under any circumstances, give up our role in that regard."
"The Jews dreamed of establishing a state (in the land of Palestine) and managed to achieve that dream. That being so, we at least must not give up hope that one day we will again have Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem under our control. We should not lose hope of that at all, even if we see surrender embodied everywhere in our status quo."
Is this really a spiritual issue for American Muslims, who controls Jerusalem? Imagine where Palestinians could be if they spent one-tenth of the energy that they spend on trying to destroy Israel and spent it on building a civil society? They might get somewhere. But, no, they'd rather that their kids learn about Scud missiles and blowing themselves up. With encouragement from Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradawi and the Muslim American Society.
* Amr Khaled had this to say about the Danish cartoon controversy: "The West should alter the freedom of speech so that it does not collide with the very important Islamic value of dignifying the Prophet." The concept of freedom of speech seems terribly hard for some people to grasp.