The “Anti-Normalization” Campaign and Israel’s Right to Exist

Arabs and Muslims are up in arms over a controversial visit to Israel by a retired Saudi general, Dr. Anwar Eshki, who is being accused of promoting “normalization with the Jews and the Zionist entity.” If “normalization” with Israel is being denounced as a major crime and sin, one can only imagine what “peace” with Israelis would be considered in the Arab and Islamic countries.

General Eshki and a delegation of Saudi academics and businessmen met with Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Maj.-Gen. Yoav Moderchai and several Knesset members from the opposition. The Saudi delegation also travelled to Ramallah, where its members met with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian officials.

The anger engendered by the unprecedented visit by the Saudi delegation to Israel shows that many Arabs and Muslims continue to believe that Israel has no right to exist despite the optimism voiced over the so-called Arab Peace Initiative of 2002.

Several Arab and Muslim leaders insist that, according to this initiative, an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital would lead to the creation of “normal relations” between their countries and Israel.

However, the outrage the Saudi delegation’s visit to Israel has triggered throughout the Arab and Islamic countries points to one conclusion: that for many Arabs and Muslims, the conflict with Israel is not about a withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines. Nor is the conflict about Palestinian rights and “normal relations” between Israel and the Arab and Islamic countries.

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A Wife For an Hour In Iran

According to a recent Farsi-language news story, a man identified as Ahmad, a devout Muslim from the Islamic Republic, conducted sigheh, a “temporary marriage,” with a woman identified as Elnaz.

Sigheh is allowed under Iran’s Islamic and Sharia law. After three days Ahmad allegedly stole money from Elnaz’s family and left her. After the marriage contract, it was revealed that he also has another wife and children. Elnaz cannot take him to court, divorce him, or marry another person because the marriage was Islamic and legal. Iranian officials and media outlets are also blaming her for what happened to her.

Under Iran’s Islamic and Sharia law, there exist two kinds of halal (religiously permissible) marriages: permanent and temporary. The latter is called “sigheh” or “motaa” (enjoyment). Sigheh is a verbal contract that can last as long as desired; an hour, two hours, half a day, a week, a year, or more. Although sigheh is sold to women as a real marriage and that the man will truly treat the woman as his wife, the real story is different. Normally, in such a contract, the man gives something to the woman (money, place to sleep, etc.) in exchange for sex and complete control over her body and emotions.

The practice of sigheh only increased after the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979. Intriguingly, Iranian leaders and Imams have their own Islamic justification for such an act. They argue that this tradition began with Muhammad during the wars he engaged in for several reasons, including that Muhammad’s troops were away from the wives for a long period and needed to release their sexual desires. As a result, Muhammad said that Allah allows temporary marriages. Iranian clerics also argue that many of Muhammad’s troops were killed during holy wars. Therefore, many women were left without husbands. The story goes that Muhammad allowed the men to temporarily marry as many women as they desired.

In addition, according to Iranian imams, Muhammad said, “Whoever does one time temporary marriage in his life, his status will be elevated to Imam Hassan (his grandson and Shiite second Imam) and whoever does two times temporary marriages in his life, his status will be elevated to Imam Hosseinn (his grandson and Shiite third Imam) and whoever does three times temporary marriage in his life, his status will be elevated to Imam Reza (his grandson and Shiite eighth Imam) and whoever does four times temporary marriage in his life, his status will be elevated to me, he would be like me, and his place would be with me in heaven.” So the more temporary marriages, the better.

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Coup-Weary Turkey: Directionless and Insecure

Turkey once boasted of having NATO’s second biggest army, equipped with state-of-the-art weapons systems. That powerful army now lacks command: After the failed coup of July 15, more than 8,500 officers and soldiers, including 157 of the 358 generals and admirals in the Turkish military’s ranks, were discharged. The top commanders who were purged had made up 44% of the entire command structure. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the military’s shipyards and weapons factories will be transferred to civilian authority; military high schools and war academies have been shut; military hospitals will be transferred to health ministry; and the gendarmerie, a key force in anti-terror operations, and the coast guard will be tied to the interior ministry.

Those changes leave behind an army in deep morale shock, with political divisions and polarization. Its ranks are suffering not just trauma but also humiliation. The Turks are lucky their country was not attacked by an enemy (and they are plentiful) at a time like this. Conventional war, however, is not the only threat to Turkey’s security. The Turkish army’s worst decline in modern history came at a time when it was fighting an asymmetrical war against Kurdish insurgents inside and outside of Turkey and, as part of a U.S.-led international campaign, the Islamic State (ISIS) in neighboring Syria.

The attempted coup not only quickly discredited the Turkish military but also left the country once again directionless in foreign policy. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been slamming his NATO ally, the United States, almost daily. His government big guns have been implying an American hand behind the failed coup by a faction of officers they claim are linked to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, once Erdogan’s best political ally. “The putschist [Gulen] is already in your country, you are looking after him. This is a known fact,” Erdogan said, addressing Washington. “You can never deceive my people. My people know who is involved in this plot, and who is the mastermind.”

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Is Obama’s ‘Narrative Battle’ with ISIS or Reality?

According to White House press secretary Josh Earnest, “When it comes to ISIL, we are in a fight—a narrative fight with them. A narrative battle.” Earnest said this the day after two separate bombings occurred in New York, and an ISIS-linked Muslim went on a stabbing spree in Minnesota. Obama’ spokesman later elaborated:

What is important in the context of political debate is to remember ISIL is trying to assert a narrative, that they represent the religion of Islam in a war against the west and in a war against the United States. That is mythology. That is falsehood. That is not true. That is bankrupt ideology they are trying to wrap in the cloak of Islam.

This, of course, is a strawman argument: the real question isn’t whether ISIS “represents” Islam, but whether ISIS is a byproduct of Islam. And this question can easily be answered by looking not to ISIS but Islam. One can point to Islamic doctrines that unequivocally justify ISIS behavior; one can point to the whole of Islamic history, nearly 14 centuries of ISIS precedents.

Or, if these two options are deemed too abstract, one can simply point to the fact that everyday Muslims all around the world are behaving just like ISIS.

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Mother of Israeli Teenage Terror Victim: Our Grief Has Only Gotten Stronger With Time, But We Will Continue to Live Here

The mother of a 13-year-old Israeli girl who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist earlier this summer told The Algemeiner on Thursday that her grief over her daughter’s death has only grown stronger with time.

Rena Ariel — whose daughter Hallel was stabbed to death in bed at her home in Kiryat Arba on June 30 — spoke with The Algemeiner as she and her husband Amichai, joined by their two daughters, were concluding a week-long US speaking tour.

Rena said the purpose of the tour — which was organized by the Just One Life NGO — was to “tell Hallel’s story so she won’t be forgotten.

“It’s not hard to make an emotional connection when people hear about Hallel,” she said. “We hope these connections build up into something that will change reality, so these kinds of tragedies won’t happen again.”

Rena said she received great sympathy from American Jews she met during the trip.

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Child in the Islamic State: “Oh black-eyed virgins, we will meet in Paradise…We implement the sharia”

“And fair women with large eyes, the likenesses of pearls well-protected, as reward for what they used to do.” (Qur’an 56:22-24)

What does one have to do to get them? The Qur’an offers one guarantee of Paradise: to those who “kill and are killed” for Allah (9:111).

For adolescent boys, this can be a powerful recruitment tool for jihad.

Meanwhile, I’m sure John Kerry is jetting over to Mosul now to explain to these boys how the Islamic State actually misinterprets Sharia.

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Nonie Darwish: Some Questions To My Liberal Friends

“Some Questions To My Liberal Friends,” Nonie Darwish, September 23, 2016:

After a weekend of Islamic terror with knifes and pressure cookers in addition to the civil unrest in Charlotte, the left seems to fear comments on skittles and ‘law and order’ talk more than terror and violent civil unrest.

You see no conflict in bringing in hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees at a time when America’s national security is challenged daily by Islamic terrorism. The only issues you seem openly verbalize and seem to be alarmed by are fellow Americans and leaders who want to protect the country from Islamic jihad, sharia and those who disrupt the peace on American streets.

As someone who lived under Islam for 30 years, I have no interest but to bring the truth about what Islam and sharia will do to a society. Islamic laws and values are in direct opposition to our form of government, civil liberties, privacy and freedom of speech.

This is how the most prominent Islamic authority of the 20th century, Abul A’la Maududi, described the Islamic State: “Islamic State is the very antithesis of secular Western democracy … In such a state no one can regard any field of his affairs as personal and private. Considered from this aspect the Islamic state bears a kind of resemblance to the Fascist and Communist states”.

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