Friday, July 18, 2014

Mosques and the religion of peace

Ethel C. Fenig
While we are accustomed to thinking of houses of worship as places of peace and prayer—or at least removed from hate and war—they are central to Muslim terrorism.  Therefore Israel has no choice but to attack and destroy them as they are one of the many nominal civilian bases from where deadly rockets and missiles are vomitted into Israel.  The Meir Amit Terrorism Information Center documents the military uses of mosques in the Muslim world especially those now in Gaza.  
Military use of the Al-Farouq Mosque by Hamas is not an exception. Hamas and other terrorist organizations systematically use many mosques in the Gaza Strip 
for military and political purposes. Mosques in the Gaza Strip are used not only for worship but also for diverse military and political purposes, such as recruiting operatives for terrorist activity, storing weapons, meeting places for terrorist operatives, points of departure for terrorist attacks, training sites, places for firing rockets and mortar bombs and centers for political and ideological activity. 
4. Military use of mosques is rooted in the perception of senior Sunni and Shiite clerics, including Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Hamas’s main religious role model that the use of mosques for military purposes as part of jihad (holy war) is legitimate. This perception is based on Islamic tradition (hadith) that states that the Prophet Muhammad himself used a mosque for military and political purposes, in addition to the classic function of the mosque as house of worship for the faithful. 
The mosques also run summer camps for children.  Forget such Boy Scout activities as tying knots and cook outs, exercising and Opposing Flags.  They do real military exercises with real, loaded guns and learn Opposing the SubHuman Enemy.

During the summer camps held by Hamas in the summer of 2014, children and teenagers underwent semi-military training at schools and mosques. 
Mosques are not just full of prayer books.  Instead they are also used for
A. Storing arms, ammunition and military equipment. The items found in mosques included rockets, IEDs, Kalashnikov rifles, magazines and even an anti-aircraft gun. Videos of the Israel Air Force strikes during the operation show powerful secondary explosions after attacks on mosques, indicating the large quantity of explosives and weapons stored there. Based on the terrorist organizations’ perception of mosque compounds as sites of combat, IEDs were placed near them, military positions were set up and tunnels were dug near them. 
B. Launching rockets and mortar shells at Israel and IDF troops.  Israel Air Force videos from Operation Cast Lead and aerial photographs clearly show rockets being launched from the courtyards of mosques and firing posts and IEDs located near mosques.
C. Teaching military courses at mosques.
So, after warning the civilian shields in the mosques and other civilian areas to leave prior to bombing, (and what other country would give advance notice?) Israel has no choice but to destroy these dual civilian/military areas even if they refuse to do so.  And that is what happened at the beach where the Gazan children were killed.
If the residents don't leave and remain, obeying their beloved leaders’ mosque calls to prefer martyrdom well, the joy of those mythical 72 virgins (male and female?) awaits them.  Or not.  Is that what these dead children--and others--need?  
But, as David Goldman/Spengler and others have noted, Hamas and IS (Islamic States) are  extreme death cults even within Islam while the motto of the Israelis and Jews is "choose life."

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