Maqdisi’s Disciples in Libya and Tunisia – By Aaron Y. Zelin | The Middle East Channel http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/14/maqdisi_s_disciples_in_libya_and_tunisia ” Since the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and U.S. Embassy in Tunis in September, there has been a large spotlight on the Islamist groups viewed as the main culprits — Katibat Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi (ASB) and Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST). While much of the understandable focus has been on the violent actions of individuals in these organizations, much of the scope of their activities lies outside violence. A large-portion of the activities of these groups is local social service provision under their particular dawa (missionary) offices. This broader picture is crucial to better understanding emerging trends in societies transitioning from authoritarian to democratic rule. ASB and AST can broadly be considered jihadi organizations based on their ideological outlook. However, these jihadis are different than past incarnations. Jihadis have a good track record in fighting and less so in governing or providing social services. The only example of jihadi governance has occurred when the Somali-based Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahidin and Yemeni-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) held actual territory. What sets ASB and AST apart is that they are providing aid to local communities in a non-state actor capacity, which has been unheard of previously.”….
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How Katibat Ansar al-Sharia in #Benghazi (ASB) & Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia (AST) use charity to promote their Jihad
Graphic Video: Muslims Slaughter Convert to Christianity in Tunisia :: Raymond Ibrahim
…”Liberal talk show host Tawfiq Okasha recently appeared on “Egypt Today” airing a video of Muslims slicing a young man’s head off for the crime of apostasy, in this case, the crime of converting to Christianity and refusing to renounce it. The video—be warned, it is immensely graphic—is on the left (the actual execution appears from minute 1:13 -4:00). For those who prefer not to view it, a summary follows:
A young man appears held down by masked men. His head is pulled back, with a knife to his throat. He does not struggle and appears resigned to his fate. Speaking in Arabic, the background speaker, or “narrator,” chants a number of Muslim prayers and supplications, mostly condemning Christianity, which, because of the Trinity, is referred to as a polytheistic faith: “Let Allah be avenged on the polytheist apostate”; “Allah empower your religion, make it victorious against the polytheists”; “Allah, defeat the infidels at the hands of the Muslims”; “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”
Then, to cries of “Allahu Akbar!”—or, “God is great!”—the man holding the knife to the apostate’s throat begins to slice away, even as the victim appears calmly mouthing a prayer. It takes nearly two minutes of graphic knife-carving to sever the Christian’s head, which is then held aloft to more Islamic cries and slogans of victory.
Visibly distraught, Tawfiq Okasha, the host, asked: “Is this Islam? Does Islam call for this ? How is Islam related to this matter?…These are the images that are disseminated throughout the electronic media in Europe and America…. Can you imagine?” Then, in reference to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis, whose political influence has grown tremendously, he asked, “How are such people supposed to govern?”…
Elder of Ziyon: Tunisia rally: “Fight the Jews, enter Paradise”
…..”Prepare yourselves … train yourselves in fighting the Jews, fighting for the sake of Allah … paradise .. paradise…. paradise … paradise. ” The young people responded to the Salafi leader by singing “God is great.”…
RRD:(I will paraphrase the New York Times piece below,except for the parts in quotation marks)
Background:Tunisia,along with Turkey and the Kurdish area of Iraq,(& Indonesia to a degree) is one of the(comparatively) more secular & sane Muslim majority states.
It is known as the land of “Beer and Bikinis”.
It may be more familiar to westerners by the name “Tatooine”(fn1).
Recently there was a fire at a Synagogue believed to be arson,(though this is disputed)(fn2).
And now a TV executive is being charged with “libeling religion” and with…”broadcasting information that could ‘harm public order or good morals.’”… (As the Times reports).
And three men who came to his defense were attacked by Islamist Brownshirts.
The title of the Times’ article is unintentionally,(if bitterly) comic:
”Tunisia Navigates a Democratic Path Tinged With Religion”
(Video of the assault)
Zyed Krichen et Hamadi Redissi agressés par des salafistes – YouTube
Tunisia Navigates a Democratic Path Tinged With Religion – NYTimes.com
…“We’re surrendering our right to think and speak differently,” said Hamadi Redissi, one of the two men, still bearing a scab on his forehead from the attack last week.”…
….”The aftermath[RRD:Of the ”Arab Spring”] has brought elections in Egypt and Tunisia as well as more decisive Islamist influence in Morocco, Libya and, perhaps, Syria”. …..
RRD:Secular protesters alarmed by the threat the Islamists pose, turned out in one of the largest pro-secularist demonstrations in recent memory.
….“Make a common front against fanaticism,” one banner declared.”…
RRD:(What follows is my paraphrase of the New York Times piece,except for the parts in quotation marks which are quoted directly,as well as my summary of the video above.The parts from the video not mentioned in the NYT piece have ”see video” next to them.)
RRD:The movie Persepolis(fn3) was broadcast on October 7, 2011,on Neesma TV.One week later a mob of Islamist barbarians attacked the house of Neesma TV’s director;Nabil Karoui.
Shortly afterwards Mr.Karoui was charged with …”libeling religion”
and with…”broadcasting information that could ‘harm public order or good morals.’”…(As the Times reports)
He faces five years in prison for this ”crime”.
On January 23 2012,outside the courthouse where Mr.Karoui was to be tried for this thoughtcrime,
Mr.Hamadi Redissi & Mr.Zied Krichen arrived to express their support for Mr.Karoui.
(The trial would be later postponed until April).
The Islamists at first seemed non-violent(see video).
But soon Redissi and Krichen were accosted with cries of “Infidel!” , “Apostate!”(source NYT ).
Redissi and Krichen,outnumbered and fearing for their safety,started to leave.
The Islamists pursued them.
….”All I could think was to not look behind me, walk ahead, and not open my mouth”….
RRD:As he tried to escape
Mr.Krichen was assaulted from behind and apparently knocked to the ground(see video).
A woman screamed(see video).
Mr.Redissi tried to defend Mr.Krichen & was head-butted, apparently by the same thug(see video)The police walked with them –for what seems like a eternity–as the Islamists pursue them, screaming at them,eventually,
after being stalked by the Islamists,they are able to make their escape into a building,(see video,a police station according to the Times)
Another dissident,Mr. Abdelhalim Messaoudi, a journalist at Nessma,was also assaulted.
One of the attackers was identified through the video,& was arrested.
…”For people like Mr. Messaoudi, though,the incident reflected a months-long trend of thuggery by Salafis, from an attack on a theater airing a film they deemed objectionable,to their brief control last month over a northern Tunisian town called Sanjan.”
“Certain Islamist factions want to turn identity into their Trojan horse,” Mr. Messaoudi said. “They use the pretext of protecting their identity as a way to crush what we have achieved as a Tunisian society. They want to crush the pillars of civil society.”
“We’ve become the ahl al-dhimma,” he said, offering a term in Islamic law to denote protected minorities in a Muslim state. “It’s like the Middle Ages.”
From the original Star Wars movie,& Return of the Jedi,& The Phantom Menace,named after the location in southern Tunisia where part of the film was shot.It has become a popular tourist destination.
Tataouine – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
”The real Star Wars?”
Tunisian synagogue attack disputed | JTA – Jewish & Israel News
The movie Persepolis,based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi,is a work about a young woman’s girlhood in Iran both before and after the Islamic Revolution.
The New York Times > Movies > Interactive Feature > Drawn to Life
Persepolis – Movie Trailers – Preview – NYTimes.com
Persepolis – Movies – Review – NYTimes.com
Pantheon Graphic Novels
Persepolis (2007) – IMDb
PERSEPOLIS | A SONY PICTURES CLASSICS RELEASE
Amazon.com: The Complete Persepolis (9780375714832): Marjane Satrapi: Books
Islamists claim win in Tunisia’s Arab Spring vote | Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/24/us-tunisia-election-idUSTRE79L28820111024 Islamist Party Appears Victorious in Tunisia’s Election | News | English http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Officials-Count-Votes-After-Tunisias-First-Democratic-Polls–132430683.html RRD:I warned about this months ago.I was not alone. A brief comment on my stance on the January 25th revolution:Political Islam is not the answer. | Glory to man in the highest https://gloryofman.wordpress.com/a-brief-comment-on-my-stance-on-the-january-25th-revolutionpolitical-islam-is-not-the-answer/ RRD:I include the following as a sample of what is destroying the world.I wonder why this little misogynist does not also welcome the election of Klansmen who wish to restore slavery to office,or welcome Neo-Nazis to office.So what happens next?Can the Islamists be voted out of office as easily as they are voted in?Or will the land of “Beer & Bikinis”(fn1),become the land of Burkhas and Beheadings.Will there be civil war?I don’t know.I do know that no matter what happens Neo-Conservatives will be undeterred.Just as they were undeterred by Hamas’ election from their Democractic Elections=Freedom dogma,and in so doing,ignoring both the rise of the Nazis and the oppression of African Americans by the Confederacy. As Tunisia Counts its Votes, Can the West Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Islamists? | Global Spin http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2011/10/24/as-tunisia-counts-its-votes-can-the-west-stop-worrying-and-learn-to-love-the-islamists/ UPDATE: Tunisian Islamists riot to protest a tv station airing a “picture of Allah”. Tunisia | Islam | Persepolis | Allah | Elections | The Daily Caller http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/22/tunisian-religious-radicals-riot-torch-home-of-tv-executive-who-aired-image-of-allah-video/ Footnotes: fn1. Tunisia is known as the land of “Beer & Bikinis”,because it is particularly secular country,with a strong tradition of defending women’s rights;until now.