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THIS DAY March 25

Posted by Shiva on March 25, 2009


March 25, 2009: Sidon, Lebanon. A bomb killed a senior official in the Palestinian Fatah faction and four other people in southern Lebanon on Monday, security sources said.

Kamal Medhat, deputy head of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon, was killed with his companions on a road near Mieh Mieh refugee camp outside the southern city of Sidon.
The bomb, hidden under a manhole cover, hurled one car off the road into a nearby orchard. Another car plunged into what appeared to be a crater left by the blast.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned Medhat’s killing as an act of terrorism. Hamas also condemned the attack.Medhat had been accompanying Lebanon PLO representative Abbas Zaki, who was not injured in the blast, on a visit to Mieh Mieh camp.
Lebanon is home to 12 Palestinian refugee camps that house more than 200,000 registered refugees. Both had been attending a meeting to reconcile feuding families in the camp.
Describing Medhat as a martyr, Hamdan told Hezbollah’s al-Manar television it was not possible to say who was behind the attack, but said the perpetrators had served Israeli interests.
Tensions have been high in Mieh Mieh and the nearby Palestinian camp of Ain al-Hilweh, where Fatah and a range of Islamist factions compete for influence.
Two people, including a Fatah activist, were killed on Saturday in a gunbattle in Mieh Mieh camp. The clash was attributed to a family dispute.
Tensions among Palestinians remain a potential risk to stability in Lebanon, which has suffered from a string of assassinations, a war with Israel and a paralyzing internal political crisis in the past few years.
“I fear that this might be a sign of an expansion of Palestinian-Palestinian conflicts in Lebanon,” said Nabil Boumonsef, a political commentator in an-Nahar newspaper. “Palestinian-Palestinian conflicts could be spreading faster than we were expecting,” he said.March 25, 2009: Umm El Fahm, Israel. Jewish extremists marched Tuesday through an Israeli-Arab town to demand residents show loyalty to Israel, setting off stone-throwing protests by Arab youths that police dispersed with stun grenades and tear gas.
The clashes in the northern Israeli town of Umm el-Fahm came at a time of increasing tensions between Israel’s Jewish majority and its Arab minority, and residents said the march was a provocation.
No serious injuries were reported.Dozens of Arab youths, their faces covered with checkered Palestinian scarves, heaved rocks at heavily armed black-clad police holding up shields, who responded by lobbing back tear gas.
Some of the protesters carried large Palestinian flags, running and weaving between cars.

Hardline Jews carrying large Israeli flags and flanked by security forces marched on the outskirts of the town, apparently targeted because it is one of Israel’s largest Arab communities and is known for Arab nationalist sympathies and as a stronghold of the radical Islamic Movement.
“We came to say that the state of Israel is a Jewish state. We came in a show of loyalty and to say whoever is loyal, welcome. But people who flout the law should get out of here,” said Itamar Ben-Gvir, a Jewish ultranationalist who helped lead the event. Israel’s one-fifth Arab minority is made up of ethnic Palestinians who enjoy equal rights under the law but suffer discrimination in government jobs and budgets and tend to be poorer and less educated than Israeli Jews.
Relations between Jews and Arabs have worsened in recent months following Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip and a parliamentary election last month that saw Yisrael Beiteinu, a party with an anti-Arab platform, win 15 seats.
The party called to revoke the citizenship of Arabs disloyal to the Jewish state.
The party’s popularity reflects rising distrust of Arab citizens, perceived by many Israeli Jews as disloyal and potentially hostile.March 25, 2009: Ghaziabad, India, A 16-year-old girl was allegedly burnt alive, on Monday afternoon, by four residents of her village in a case of “aggressive moral policing,” as they suspected she had a physical relationship with one Irfan of the village.
The girl later succumbed to her injuries in a Modinagar hospital.
According to district police chief, Akhil Kumar, Zalis, Asim, Azim and another village resident had been keeping a watch on the girl’s house, in Teori village, in the Bhojpur police station area. They thought one Irfan of the village was a frequent visitor to the girl’s house when her father was not at work.
“In the afternoon,” said Kumar, “the four young men came to the girl’s house, and demanded to know why Irfan allegedly frequently visited her house. The girl’s younger sister, who felt the visitors were getting violent, ran out of the house. Meanwhile, the accused beat up the girl, and then set her on fire with a kerosene oil. The oil was poured on her from a bottle that lay in her house.”
Police have launched a hunt for the accused, after the victim made a dying statement saying they had beat and set her on fire.

On this day, Main Events

March 25, 1807. London, Britain
The British Parliament passes the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. It outlaws any trade in slaves within the British Empire.

Any British naval captain who was caught transporting slaves was fined £100 for every slave found on board his ship. This law did not, however, put a stop to the British slave trade. If slave-ships were in danger of being captured by the British navy, captains often reduced the fines they had to pay by ordering the slaves to be thrown into the sea. This act did not abolish slavery, only the trade in human beings.
The Slavery Abolition Act was passed in British Parliament on 24 August 1833. It became law in 1834 and emancipated all the slaves in the British Empire.

This not the case in the moslim world

In Islamic law, the topic of Islam and slavery is covered at great length. The Qur’an and the hadith consider emancipation of a slave to be a highly meritorious deed, and see slavery as an exceptional circumstance, a condition that can be entered into only under certain limited circumstances.This resulted in increasingly massive importation of slaves from non-Muslim lands, and these slaves suffered a high death toll.
In theory, slavery in Islamic law does not have a racial or color component, although this has not always been the case in practice. The Arab slave trade was most active in eastern Africa, and by the end of the 19th century such activity had reached a low ebb. In the early 20th century (post World War I) slavery was gradually outlawed and suppressed in Muslim lands, largely due to pressure exerted by Western nations such as Britain and France. However, slavery claiming the sanction of Islam is documented presently in the African republics of Chad, Mauritania and the Sudan

Slaves in a Yemenen market
A 19th-century engraving depicting an Arab slave-trading caravan transporting black African slaves across the Sahara. This aspect of the slave trade developed from Islamic conquests of North Africa in the 7th and 8th centuries, continuing to grow until the 15th century, and peaking in the mid-19th century.

A boy slave in the slave trade market of Zanzibar punished by chaining to a 32 pound log. c.1890. From the Moresby Treaty of 1822, slave trade through Zanzibar became exclusive to Arab and Islamic traders as the sale of slaves to European powers had become illegal

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri of Karbala expressed the view in 1993 that the enforcement of servitude can occur but is restricted to war captives and those born of slaves.
Dr. Abdul-Latif Mushtahari, the general supervisor and director of homiletics and guidance at the Azhar University, has said on the subject of justifications for Islamic permission of slavery

“Islam does not prohibit slavery but retains it for two reasons. The first reason is war (whether it is a civil war or a foreign war in which the captive is either killed or enslaved) provided that the war is not between Muslims against each other – it is not acceptable to enslave the violators, or the offenders, if they are Muslims. Only non-Muslim captives may be enslaved or killed. The second reason is the sexual propagation of slaves which would generate more slaves for their owner.”

Harem pool with black eunuch slave.
Black slaves serving harems were desirably castrated ‘level with the abdomen’.

March 25, 1821, Greece gains independence from Turkey
The Greek War of Independence (1821–1831), also known as the Greek Revolution was a successful war waged by the Greeks to win independence for Greece from the Ottoman Empire. Independence was finally granted by the Treaty of Constantinople in July 1832 when Greece (Hellas) was recognized as a free country.

The Greeks were the first of the subject peoples of the Ottoman Empire to secure recognition as a sovereign power. Greeks celebrate their independence day annually on March 25.
In 1821, Ottoman Empire was occupied with war against Persia and with the revolt of Ali Pasha in the Balkans. The Great Powers, who opposed revolutions in principle in the aftermath of Napoleon were preoccupied with revolts in Italy and Spain and the revolutionaries started their actions.The planned revolt originally involved uprisings in three places, Peloponnese, the Danubian Principalities and Istanbul.
The start of the uprising can be set in 1821 on March 6 when Alexander Ypsilanti accompanied by several other Greek officers of the Russian army crossed the river Prut in Romania, when the Maniots declared war of the Ottomans on the March 17 or on March 23 when rebels took control of Kalamata in Peloponnese. Simultaneous risings were planned across Greece, including in Macedonia, Crete and Cyprus, or the declaration on March 25
As soon as the revolution broke out, the Ottoman authorities hung the Greek Orthodox Patriarch, prompting outrage across Greece which was expressed in the killings of many Turks
The Ottomans retaliated violently in parts of Greece to the massacre of thousands of Muslims by the Greek insurgents, and uprisings were suppressed by the Ottoman government, massacring in retaliation the Greek population of Chios and other towns. These incidents, however, drew sympathy for the Greek cause in western Europe
After the beginning of the Greek War of Independence, Ottoman soldiers began the massacre of thousands of Greeks around the Ottoman Empire.

Greek boy defending his wounded father. Ary Scheffer, 1827.
Jelavich states: “As a rule, Ottoman actions were fully reported in Europe, with all the gruesome details; .”In the Chios Massacre, one of the most notorious occurrences, during 1822, about 42,000 Greek islanders of Chios were hanged, butchered, starved or tortured to death; 50,000 were enslaved; and 23,000 were exiled

Eugène Delacroix‘s Massacre on Chios
Some of the first Greek actions were taken against unarmed Ottoman settlements. Upwards of twenty thousand Turkish men, women and children were murdered by their Greek neighboors in a few weeks of slaughter. Other estimates of the Turkish and Albanian civilian deaths by the rebels range from 15.000 out of 40,000 Muslim residents to 30,000 only in Tripolis to 60.000 (Turkish claim), but the revolution was successful in removing the entire Turkish and Albanian population from the Peloponnese, whether through death or displacement.
Historian W. Alison Phillips wrote in 1897: “Everywhere, as though at a preconcerted signal, the peasantry rose, and massacred all the Turks-men,women and children- on whom they could lay hands.. The Mussulman population of the Morea had been reckoned at twenty-five thousand souls. Within three weeks of the outbreak of the revolt, not a moslem was left, save those who had succeeded in escaping into the towns.”

Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi. Eugène Delacroix, 1826.
March 25,1975 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia shot to death by his nephew
King Faisal was fatally wounded when his nephew Prince Faisal Ibu Musaed allegedly fired three bullets at him with a pistol at point blank range during a royal audience.

According to eyewitnesses, Prince Musaed was waiting in the ante-room and talking to a Kuwaiti delegation who were waiting to meet the king.
King Faisal had bent forward to kiss his nephew but Prince Musaed was reported to have pulled out a pistol and shot him under the chin and then through the ear.Prince Faisal Ibn Musaed was later found guilty of regicide and in June 1975 he was executed for the murder of his uncle King Faisal.

The prince was beheaded in the public square in Riyadh. This is the traditional method of execution in Saudi Arabia under Islamic lawToday’s Islamic Trivia Special


Drug-resistant TB case confirmed

Doctors in Glasgow are treating Scotland’s first diagnosed case of the drug-resistant XDR tuberculosis strain.The man who has the XDR-TB strain is reported to have come to the UK from Somalia. He is now in isolation at the Gartnavel General Hospital.

The “super strength” strain of the disease is extremely resistant to traditional antibiotics and has to be treated with a cocktail of drugs.


Doctors have said there is no risk to the general public. (?)


Dr Blatchford added: “The contacts of this case are being screened in the same way as ordinary TB contacts and will be monitored closely to ensure that any further cases are identified early and treated quickly.”

Dr Jim McMenamen, a consultant epidemiologist at Health Protection Scotland, added: “I don’t think that there’s any risk to the general population because we have taken very prompt measures to try and manage the chance of this person spreading the infection to others.”

This is the first case of its kind reported in the UK since the revised definition of XDR-TB was published by the World Health Organization in 2006.

However, an earlier case in 2003 was retrospectively identified as XDR-TB.

The disease is prevalent in many other countries.

About half of XDR-TB cases are fatal. It can take up to 18 months for an infected patient to recover.

XDR-TB needs to be treated with a combination of antibiotics to ensure that the treatment is successful in curing the patient and preventing transmission to others.

Tuberculosis spreads through close and prolonged contact with the infected person.



Prohibitive cost

Treating patients who are infected with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) is still possible though the cost is prohibitive. “The cost of drugs is more than 40 times for treating MDR-TB compared with that for treating patients who harbour sensitive organisms,” Dr. Narayanan highlighted.

Sadly, that is not the case with XDR-TB. “Such tuberculosis [XDR-TB] is virtually untreatable,” according to an editorial in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

While multidrug-resistant TB arises when the bacteria causing TB is resistant to at least isoniazid and rifampicin, the use of second-line drugs makes it still possible to treat such TB. That is not the case with the extremely drug-resistant XDR-TB.


XDR-TB, which is an extreme form of MDR-TB, is resistant to three or more of the six classes of the second-line drugs. “Since WHO guidelines recommend the use of at least four drugs for those with MDR-TB, XDR-TB is untreatable to international standards,” notes an editorial in another journal, Lancet.

It is not just the lack of drugs for treating XDR-TB that is alarming; “… the first drugs in an entirely new class will not be ready for regular use until 2012,” notes a news item in Nature.

Virulent strain

XDR-TB has been found to be very virulent too.

The first outbreak of XDR-TB was seen recently in the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa and was reported last month at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto. Of the 53 who tested positive for XDR-TB, 52 died within 25 days of infection. Many of those who died were HIV positive.

The combination is thus deadly — virulent nature of the bacteria, no medicines currently available to fight them, and new drugs to fight them expected to become available only after six more years.

STOP MOSLEM IMMIGRATIONToday’s khutbah (Islamic sermon)

Al Waqi’a 58-61
Do ye then see? The (human Seed) that ye throw out,
Is it ye who create it, or are We the Creators?
We have decreed Death to be your common lot, and We are not to be frustrated.
From changing your Forms and creating you (again) in (Forms) that ye know not.
And ye certainly know already the first form of creation: why then do ye not celebrate His praises?
See ye the seed that ye sow in the ground?
Is it ye that cause it to grow, or are We the Cause?



Artika Sari Devi

At Miss Universe 2005, Indonesia’s Artika Sari Devi was a center of attention. She was not the only Muslim competing, but when she wore a one-piece swimsuit in a sea of bikinis, she was seen as a living symbol of conflicts between religion and pageantry.
This was the first time in nearly a decade that an Indonesian had appeared in the contest. And it caused a fair amount of controversy, with protests staged by some Indonesian Muslim groups.
The Indonesia Ulemas Council even called the contest “pornography.”
And this after the poor girl even made the concession not to wear a more revealing bikini.
But as Artika says, the contest is about more than just clothes.
And if it comes downs to brains, there is one thing that is certain: she’s a lot cleverer than the idiots who criticize her!

Todays Picture

Other Events, On This Day Since 9/11

March 25, 2008: Basra, Iraq. Thirty-three people are killed when a Shiite militia attacks government troops.
March 25, 2008: Swat, Pakistan. Islamic militants gun down a married couple as they are standing outside their home.
March 25, 2008: Swat, Pakistan. Two people are murdered by suspected al-Qaeda.
March 25, 2008:
Bajaur, Pakistan. A man is killed in a landmine attack by suspected Islamic militants.March 25, 2007: Maidan Wardak, Afghanistan. The Taliban attack a police station, killing two Afghan officers.
March 25, 2007: Tral, India. A police officer is kidnapped and strangled by the Mujahideen.
March 25, 2007: Baghdad, Iraq. At least twenty-seven people are killed by sectarian violence within the Religion of Peace.
March 25, 2007: Baqubah, Iraq. A suicide bomber is one of at least two attacks that leaves seven Iraqis deadMarch 25, 2006: Blida, Algeria. Four farmers are machine-gunned to death in their fields by Islamic fundamentalists.
March 25, 2006: Narathiwat, Thailand. Islamic gunmen attack voters as they are leaving the polls, killing at least one person.
March 25, 2006: Baghdad, Iraq. Four civilians are among five killed in a bombing, and ten victims of sectarian violence are found elsewhere, some showing signs of torture
March 25, 2006: Sangiot, India. A boy is abducted and murdered by the Mujahideen
March 25, 2006: Mahmudiya, Iraq. Sunni insurgents kill four residents in their homes with mortars.March 25, 2005: Karbala, Iraq,Two Shia pilgrims are killed, and nineteen others injured by a Sunni suicide bomber as they are marching to the shrine city
March 25, 2005: Oruzgan, Afghanistan. A judge is one of two people murdered by religious extremists in separate attacks.
March 25, 2005: Proletarskiy, Chechnya. Two civilian, including an elderly man, are beaten and shot to death in their home by Islamic rebels.
March 25, 2005: Ramadi, Iraq. Fedayeen suicide bomber kills eleven police officers at a checkpoint and injures another fourteen.
March 25, 2005: Manwa-Dangal, India. Muslim terrorists abduct a civilian then slit his throat a day later.March 25, 2004: Chasana, India, A woman is killed inside her home by the Mujahideen
March 25, 2004:
Carmen, Philippines, Islamists stop a cargo truck, tie up the Christian driver and his helper then shoot them to death.March 25, 2002: Malanu, India, A man is abducted and tortured to death by the Mujahideen

Other Events, On This Day in Before 9/11

March 25, 2001: An Israeli was wounded by gunshots fired by Palestinians near Yitzhar junction, south of Nablus.

March 25, 2001: In Turkey, a 21-year-old Iranian man attempted to set the main entrance of the Iranian Embassy in Ankara on fire. He claimed that he had started the fire to protest the regime in Tehran.

March 25, 2001: An Israeli was stabbed and wounded by a Palestinian in Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood. Palestinians fired at the Neve Deqalim industrial zone and the settlement. Shots were fired at an Israeli bus near the entrance to Bet El. Israeli bomb disposal experts discovered and dismantled an explosive charge that was planted near Petah Tikya’s municipal buildingMarch 25,1995 Boxer Mike Tyson released from jail after serving 3 years
“Iron Mike Tyson”, “Mighty Mike Tyson”, “Kid Dynamite”, and “The Baddest Man on the Planet”, Malik Abdul Aziz after his conversion to Islam
Tyson was arrested later in 1991 for the rape of Miss Black Rhode Island, Desiree Washington, in an Indianapolis hotel room. Tyson was convicted on the charge of rape on February 10, 1992 Tyson sought to fight Lennox Lewis in 2002 in Nevada, but the Nevada boxing commission refused him a license to box as he was facing possible sexual assault charges. Tyson made inflammatory remarks to Lewis prior to the eventual bout stating, “I want your heart, I wanna eat his children, praise be to Allah”.March 25, 1991: Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on the Iraqi trade representative in Ankara, Turkey. The diplomat, who was accompanied by his four children, was wounded in the attack.March 25, 1989: In Israel, an Arab Muslim stabbed and killed an elderly Jewish man in Tel Aviv.March 25, 1987: A bomb went off in a bus station, wounding several people. The Palestinian Revolution Forces General Command claimed responsibility.
The Palestine Revolution Forces-General Command operated for only a few years in the mid to late 1980s. Most of their terrorist activities occurred before the first official Palestinian uprising called an intifada. The group’s ideology was never clear, and its victims included civilian, military, business targets within Israel. In reality they were little more than an alias for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which at the time was headquartered in Tunisia.
March 25, 1987: Missiles were fired at a Syrian base in Lebanon, killing one Syrian officer and two soldiers. The Popular Revolutionary Resistance Organization claimed credit and said they would continue to terrorize Syrians until Syria left Lebanon.March 25, 1985: Gilles Peyrolles, the director of the French Cultural Center in Tripoli in northern Lebanon, became the next victim of the religion of Islam. The diplomat was kidnapped by the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Faction. They demanded that France free a jihadist colleague convicted of the murder of an American military attaché and an Israeli ambassador. The Muslim mujahideen stormed Peyrolles’ home shortly after midnight.March 25, 1985: Alec Collette, a British journalist on U.N. assignment, was kidnapped just outside Beirut by an Islamic jihadist following Muhammad’s example. Collett and an Austrian colleague were approaching Beirut when they were ambushed. A year after the attack, on April 23rd, 1986, the Organization of Socialist Muslims (an Abu Nidal affiliate), claimed that they had hanged Collett in retaliation for the U.S. air raids on Libya. Second only to the Syrian regime, Moamar Qadhafi had been the terrorist for hire’s biggest benefactor.March 25, 1982: The U.S. consulate in Bombay, India was assaulted by a mob of 50 people who hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at the building. Bandu Shingre, the leader of the religious-oriented Azad Hind Sena, stated he had staged the attack so he “could become famous.” Later, he said he was protesting U.S. arms shipments to India’s Islamic foe, Pakistan.March 25, 1971: In Turkey, a pipe bomb exploded outside the U.S. Consulate in Izmir.

March 25, 1971: In France, forty demonstrators threw stones and three Molotov cocktails at offices of the Bull Computer Company, a subsidiary of General Electric. An organization called The Movement of Youthful Brothers in War with the Palestinian People claimed responsibility for the attack.

Thats all today folks
Merry Mo,s Murderous Mob

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