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ISIS just blew up the 842-year-old mosque where it announced its caliphate


The al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, Iraq, was a cherished religious and cultural site. ISIS flattened it in seconds.

In June 2014, at the height of his power, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stood in the pulpit of the iconic 12th-century al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, Iraq, and delivered a now-infamous sermon declaring the creation of a new ISIS “caliphate.” It was a hugely symbolic setting, meant to bolster Baghdadi’s claim to be the leader of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims and to broadcast to the world that ISIS was now a major force to be reckoned with.

On Wednesday, ISIS blew up that same mosque as Iraqi forces closed in on the ancient complex as part of their final push to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-biggest city. It was a symbolic move of a very different sort, one that signals just how far ISIS’s fortunes in Iraq have fallen in a few short years.

ISIS has destroyed countless mosques and ancient buildings before, but its demolition of the al-Nuri mosque — and its famous tilting al-Hadba minaret — was a particularly painful blow for many Iraqis. The mosque complex was one of the most recognizable buildings in Iraq, one featured on the 10,000 dinar bill. Its minaret has graced the Mosul skyline for more than 800 years. And now, in the blink of an eye, it’s gone.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Wednesday that ISIS’s “bombing of the al-Hadba minaret and the al-Nuri mosque is a formal declaration of their defeat.”

ISIS most certainly has not admitted defeat — not even close — but Abadi’s sentiment is still valid: The group has lost 83 percent of the territory it held in Iraq at its peak in late 2014, according to a recent report by the RAND Corporation, and tens of thousands of ISIS fighters have been killed.

It still holds territory in Syria, Libya, and elsewhere, and its sophisticated propaganda machine continues to inspire terror attacks around the world. The group, though, is gradually morphing from a seemingly unstoppable force ruling over millions of Iraqis and Syrians to a battered organization barely holding on for survival. ISIS’s motto, “enduring and expanding,” is a lot less convincing when it’s actually declining and shrinking.

And what it’s leaving in its wake is a blighted landscape of death and destruction.

A cherished cultural icon obliterated in seconds

The al-Nuri mosque’s tilting minaret, nicknamed “the hunchback” and sometimes referred to as Iraq’s Leaning Tower of Pisa, had graced Mosul’s skyline for more than eight centuries. It was both a religious site revered by Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike and a cultural site beloved by local residents as one of the city’s treasures.

This photo taken on December 31, 1931, shows a Yezidi shrine to the left and the al-Nuri mosque’s minaret to the right.
 From the Matson (G. Eric and Edith) Photograph collection at the US Library of Congress/Public domain
The leaning minaret of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, on March 10, 2017.

Now it’s in ruins.

Al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul, Iraq. Destroyed by ISIS June 21, 2017.
 US Department of Defense

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What’s left of the historic al-Hadba minaret in .

ISIS has a history of destroying precious cultural sites, including ones in Mosul itself. When ISIS took over that city in 2014, for example, it demolished the Nabi Yunus shrine, revered by Muslims, Christians, and Jews as the tomb of the prophet Jonah.

But when ISIS announced just days later that the al-Nuri mosque was next on the list for demolition, Mosul’s residents fought back, reportedly forming a human chain around the site.

Ultimately, ISIS seemed to have decided that destroying a site so deeply beloved by the residents of Mosul might be a step too far, one that risked igniting the wrath of the city’s estimated 2 million residents. Instead, Baghdadi chose that location as the place where he’d announce to the world the creation of his new caliphate.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivers a speech at the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul on June 29, 2014, in which he declared the ISIS caliphate.
 Screen grab from ISIS propaganda video, released by ISIS’s al-Furqan media, courtesy of AFP/Getty Images.

Such sentiments are long gone, however. ISIS is being run out of the city, and it evidently wants to destroy everything it can on the way out. Indeed, some analysts speculate that ISIS leveled the al-Nuri mosque on Wednesday because of its significance to both the people of Mosul and ISIS itself.

“They blew it up because they did not want the place they announced the caliphate from to be the place where the Iraqi military announces its victory over them,” Hisham al-Hashimi, an author on extremist groups, told the Guardian.

Put another way, having gleeful Iraqi forces taking celebratory selfies inside the very place where you announced your glorious, enduring caliphate would have been pretty bad public relations for ISIS. So they flattened it.

And to the people of Mosul, including many who have fled but dream of one day returning to their homeland, the destruction of the al-Nuri mosque and its iconic minaret is a deeply painful loss.

“You can find it on money notes, you can find it in scrapbooks,” Rasha al-Aqeedi, who grew up in Mosul and is now a research fellow at the Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center in Dubai, told the Straits Times. “It’s everywhere. I don’t know how to put it into words. It’s just something people always identified with because it was always there.”

Ali al-Nashmi, a prominent Iraqi historian, referring to ISIS, told the Straits Times, “These dogs, they are the worst of what God has created. I swear to God I cannot imagine Mosul without al-Hadba.”

It’s also a potent reminder — as if anyone, especially Iraqis, needed more reminders — of just how cruel the group is.

“This is a crime against the people of Mosul and all of Iraq, and is an example of why this brutal organization must be annihilated,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph Martin, one of the top US commanders in the anti-ISIS coalition.

For Martin and his Iraqi allies, the most important question going forward is how much more damage ISIS will wreak before it is eventually defeated. The al-Nuri mosque is the newest casualty. It won’t be the last one.

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Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the head of the Jerusalem office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Jerusalem Post on Sunday: “This guy [Hussein al-Taee] is obviously an antisemite.”

Hussein al-Taee at SuomiAreena in Pori, 2016

Hussein al-Taee at SuomiAreena in Pori, 2016. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons).

The newly elected Finnish MP Hussein al-Taee of the Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP) is facing a wave of criticism this week for comparing Israel to the Islamic State, antisemitic rants against Jews and pro-Iranian regime advocacy.
The Finnish-Kurdish blogger and civil rights activist Anter Yasa told The Jerusalem Post that on Sunday, he first revealed the antisemitic Facebook posts allegedly written by al-Taee, who is also an enthusiastic supporter of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Speaking from Helsinki, Yasa said “I am pretty sure all of the posts are real and al-Taee has confirmed his antisemitic statements.”
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Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the head of the Jerusalem office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the Post on Sunday, “This guy [Hussein al-Taee] is obviously an antisemite.”
Zuroff said al-Taee’s comments raise questions about how he could be elected to parliament and how the NGO Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) can employ him.
According to a screenshot by Yasa and reviewed by the Post, al-Taee wrote about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2012, saying, “Jew doing what a Jew does best. F***s up everybody to gain everything.”
Al-Taee told the Finnish News Agency STT, “I want to apologize for comparing Israel to ISIS, because the comment was simply stupid and it does not in any way represent my opinions or values.”
Zuroff dismissed al-Taee’s apology as “facile” and said al-Taee’s rhetoric is “hardly the way to resolve any conflict” with respect to his work for CMI. The antisemitism expert Zuroff added it is hard to understand how al-Taee “can be a member in good standing of the Finnish social democrats or any member in good standing” of any social democratic party.
When asked if al-Taee is an antisemite and if CMI plans to fire him, Elina Lehtinen, a spokeswoman for CMI, wrote, “Be sure that you want to start this correspondence, and with what volume.”
The CMI Executive Director Tuija Talvitie wrote the Post by email after publication.
”CMI unequivocally condemns all inappropriate and derogatory comments about any ethnic, religious, national and other groups,” Talvitie wrote. “Hussein al-Taee’s antisemitic statements are absolutely unacceptable, as we have publicly stated. Hussein al-Taee was officially appointed a Member of Parliament of Finland on 23 April 2019. As of that time he ‘de facto’ no longer works for CMI. We do not have further comments at this point.”
ITAI REUVENI, director of communications and outreach for the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, told the Post, “We have previously documented the role of CMI’s partners in BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] campaigns against Israel. At a time when antisemitism is on the rise, it is unfortunate that a prominent NGO like CMI is failing to show basic accountability. We call upon CMI, its government donors and the SDP Party to condemn these antisemitic expressions and take steps to prevent a recurrence of such hate.”
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Al-Taee, who is of the Shi’ite faith, immigrated with his family from Iraq to Finland in 1993 as a 10-year-old boy. Al-Taee’s father was the former governor of Najaf in Iraq.
One of his alleged social media posts shows advocacy for Iran’s clerical regime. He wrote, “Iran: Defending Palestine in the name of Islam. Supplying Iraq in the name of Shia sect. Negotiating a nuclear deal in the name of the Persian people. When will the Arabs learn to use their hats [sic] like that?”
Al-Taee’s Facebook post shows a cartoon over an Iranian mullah hovering over a representative of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi stands on piles of US dollars while the Iranian mullah stands above books labeled culture, technology, history, politics, philosophy and economics.
Yasa, who also runs the association for secular immigrants of Finland, said al-Taee’s writings are “Iranian propaganda.” Yasa said al-Taee presents himself as a “feminist, liberal guy that is a completely different person according to his screenshot posts.”
Antton Rönnholm, Secretary-General of the Social Democrats, wrote the Post by email, “You will also find articles in the Finnish media that report that Mr. al-Taee has already apologized for his previous comments and made clear that he does not share the view nor the choice of language in the postings that he to an extent could recognize as his own.”
He added “SDP as a party has considered this important as we accept no discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, religion etc. Mr. al-Taee has also shared his apology in the parliamentary group.”
Al-Taee did not immediately respond to a Post press query.
After Yasa disclosed the Facebook posts by al-Taee, Finland’s major news organizations started to report on the growing scandal surrounding al-Taee’s writings.
Yasa wrote that al-Taee “also disparaged Sunni Muslims, Kurds and homosexuals. Finnish media doesn’t want to listen to me.”
Kenneth Sikorski, a Helsinki-based writer who has written extensively about radical Islam and antisemitism in Finland, noted in an upcoming article for the Gatestone Institute, “Successive Finnish governments could be accurately described as extremely ‘blue-eyed,’ especially during the last decade or so in their relations with Iran.”
“Part of the problem seems to lie with Finnish politicians who truly believe that having a dialogue – any dialogue, regardless of who is on the opposite side of the table – is better than having no dialogue at all,” he wrote. “So you can easily end up with the equivalent of a businessman trying to reach an agreement with Al Capone.”
“This kind of approach in international politics is not without its apparent pitfalls,” Sikorski added. “It is bound to be capitalized on by the less scrupulous. When it comes to states such as Iran, ‘the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism,’ you simply cannot deal with it as you would with Finland’s immediate neighbors. Doing so would most likely come at a high cost.”


Ab-A$$ says no compromise on ‘Israeli’ tax funds as Palestinians suffer under austerity cuts


Abbas says no compromise on Israeli tax funds as Palestinians suffer under austerity cuts

Tens of thousands out of pocket, with PA president refusing cash owed by Israel unless all revenue withheld is handed over.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a cabinet meeting in Ramallah (Reuters)

A row between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) over deducted tax revenues reached new heights on Monday as the PA’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, refused to accept anything other than the full amount his government is owed.

Tens of thousands of PA employees have been left out of pocket as austerity measures are imposed to help balance the authority’s books, and are struggling to survive.

The tax revenues account for more than half of the PA’s budget, and without its primary source of income, the Ramallah-based government has been paying partial salaries to its employees, scaling back on services and increasing borrowing from local banks.

‘Israel is trying to legitimise the deductions from the tax revenues by all means, but we will not concede’

– Mahmoud Abbas

Israel says the $10m it is deducting equals the amount that the PA pays the families of Palestinian political prisoners or those killed by Israel, a programme that the authority has said it is not willing to halt.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said on Monday that the PA has three times returned tax revenues deposited in its bank accounts by Israel, which had hoped would be quietly received despite the $10m shortfall.

According to Abbas, the PA “will not receive any money from Israel if it’s incomplete”.

“Israel is trying to legitimise the deductions from the tax revenues by all means, but we will not concede,” he told a cabinet meeting.

Already suffering

The Palestinians are already suffering from a fragile economy and increasing deficit, but Tareq al-Hajj, an expert on Palestinian economic affairs, said the cuts to the tax revenues, which act as a lifeline for the PA’s survival and continuity, dangerously exacerbate the problems.

“The deduction of tax funds means that the PA will no longer be able to pay operational expenses or employees’ salaries,” Hajj told MEE.

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“Cutting off funds to the PA is equivalent to strangling it. It will directly impact Palestinian spending power and monetary mass,” he added.

Monday’s statements come a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon reportedly held talks to find a solution for the crisis and discuss emergency plans in the event of financial collapse in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli media reported that the two debated possible scenarios and plans to be implemented to keep the Palestinian economy afloat.

‘Cutting off funds to the PA is equivalent to strangling it. It will directly impact Palestinian spending power and monetary mass’

– Tareq al-Hajj, analyst

The meeting indicates that the Israeli government is considering the ramifications that a financial crisis in the occupied West Bank would have on Israel.

On Saturday, Kahlon met with Palestinian head of the general authority of civil affairs, Hussein al-Sheikh, but the latter tweeted on Monday that he restated the PA’s “refusal to receiving the funds under the policy of deductions”.

The dispute has impacted payments to some 170,000 civil servants, whose salaries add up to $2.5 billion, making up $14.5 billion of the PA’s GDP

Jafar Sadaqa, a journalist specialised in economic affairs, warned that with a chronic deficit, the PA had already exhausted its abilities to contain the crisis.

“The new Israeli pressure will only accelerate the explosion of the [long-running] financial crisis,” he said, adding that the crunch would find its way to the private sector, possibly impacting employment, poverty rates and economic output.

The World Bank warned in an April report that the real GDP growth of the Palestinian economy is projected to hover around 0.5-1.6 percent between 2019 and 2021.

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Palestinian Shot in Back near Checkpoint






A young Palestinian was shot in the back, today, near an Nazi military checkpoint in the north of the West Bank, according to Palestinian security sources.

Sources told WAFA that Nazi soldiers, who were manning the checkpoint, opened fire at the Palestinian who was not immediately identified. His health situation remains unknown at the time of this report.

Samer Abu Bakr, mayor of the town of Yabad, located near where the shooting took place, said that the army closed the checkpoint after the shooting and declared part of his town a closed military zone, pointing out that the army brought reinforcement to the area, and that Zionist ambulances were seen at the site.

The reason for the shooting was not immediately known.

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NY rabbi: ‘Not even 1 million’ Jews killed in Holocaust


Yosef Mizrachi claims high assimilation rates inflated estimates; ‘he doesn’t know what he’s talking about,’ historian says.

A controversial ultra-Orthodox rabbi based in New York has said that fewer that one million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, claiming most of those counted among the usually cited figure of six million were not Jewish according to rabbinical law.

In a video posted online, Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi can be seen saying that high assimilation rates in pre-war Europe and broad Nazi definitions have exaggerated the numbers of Jews recorded as killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. At least five million of the six million were “total goyim,” Mizrachi told the crowd, adopting a Hebrew word for non-Jews that many consider pejorative.

“The truth, I am telling you, is that not even one million Jews were murdered,” Mizrachi said, trashing accepted historical accounts. “A lot of non-Jews were meshed into the count, but in truth, how many Jews really were killed?”

Originally from Israel, Mizrachi moved to the United States in his twenties and received rabbinic ordination there. In the past decade he has been teaching at the Ohr Yeshiva in Monsey, New York, and producing kiruv or Jewish outreach, videos.

According to his website,, Mizrachi “has spoken in over 5,000 lectures worldwide as well participated in many weekend seminars, radio shows and other Hebrew and English events in which he enriched the knowledge and awareness of Judaism among thousands of Jews who once were lacking Jewish awareness whatsoever.”

In the video, one of thousands on his YouTube page — which has amassed over a million views — Mizrachi says it is “very simple” to explain his estimates for the actual number of Jewish victims in the Holocaust.

“If you look at the percent of assimilation that there was in Europe, which already reached 80 percent, it’s reasonable to assume that 80 percent of the 6 million were not-Jews,” Mizrachi said.

“If your grandfather from your father’s side was Jewish, and the rest were non-Jews, [you went] to the gas chambers. They also put in the wives of Jews that were entirely non Jewish. If she hid him, or they were hidden by non-Jews, if they caught them, they killed them also,” he said in an apparent reference to the Nazis’ definition of Jewishness, which sufficed with a single Jewish grandparent.

While historians differ on the exact number of Jews killed at the hands of the Nazis, the most commonly cited figure for the total number has been six million with near-universal agreement among Holocaust scholars. According to British historian Martin Gilbert, the total number of victims is just under six million—around 78% of the 7.3 million Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe at the time.

Simon Wiesenthal Center's Efraim Zuroff. (Photo credit: JTA via Creative Commons)

Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Efraim Zuroff. (Photo credit: JTA via Creative Commons)

Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office and a Holocaust historian and Nazi hunter, said there was “absolutely no basis” to Mizrachi’s comments.

There is “no historical truth” to the claims made in the video, both regarding the number of Jews killed and the Nazi definitions of who is considered Jewish, Zuroff told The Times of Israel Thursday.

“The most populous Jewish communities were in Eastern Europe, and there, intermarriage wasn’t even an issue. Yes, there was some intermarriage in Germany and other places but it is a tiny percentage,” he said.

Regarding the claim that many of those included in the tally were not Jewish according to halachic law, Zurroff said: “Half-Jews, as the Nazis called them, were only persecuted as Jews if they were connected to the Jewish community. He doesn’t know what he is talking about.”

Zurroff, who has played a key role in bringing indicted Nazi and fascist war criminals to justice, said the use of false facts served a sinister goal.

“He is doing two despicable things: He’s warning Jews that lack of observance could cause another Holocaust. He is also mocking Jews who are not religious,” he said.

No stranger to controversy, Mizrachi has faced criticism before over comments relating to the Holocaust.

In a lecture posted in 2013 titled “Why Did The Holocaust Happen? Torah Codes, Having Faith in God No Matter What,” Mizrachi suggested the behavior of non-religious Jews as a cause for Nazi atrocities and warned that slack observance could bring about “further tragedy.”

Conversely, he said, in Arab countries, where he claims Jews were largely religious, there had been “no Hitler, no Holocaust.”

In other videos he claimed that Down’s Syndrome and autism are “punishments for sins committed in a previous life.”

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Australian Online ISIS Jihadist Turns Out to Be Florida Jew


FBI says Goldberg distributed information about how to carry out terrorist attacks and posed as a prominent Australian Jewish lawyer.

Joshua Ryne Goldberg. Facebook

The FBI reportedly apprehended a Jewish man in Florida who was allegedly acting as a jihadist, attempting to distribute instructions and information about carrying out attacks in the U.S. and Australia.

According to a report by AFP, Australian Federal Police initially took notice of the man on the internet, but when their investigations determined that the person responsible for the threats was most likely in the U.S., the case was taken over by the FBI.

The man, a 20-year-old from Jacksonville identified by Fairfax media as Joshua Ryne Goldberg, had been posting pictures online of a bomb he had been building under the alias “Australi Witness.”

The account is also suspected of a number of other online deceptions, including posing as an Australian lawyer named Josh Bornstein.

On his account, Goldberg claimed to have had “two pounds of explosives inside” a homemade bomb. He was also accused of instructing someone on how to make a pressure-cooker bomb, and to fill it with metal scraps dipped in rat poison.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a statement suggesting that Goldberg had initially denied he had any involvement with distributing information on how to commit terror attacks but later admitted to it.

“The man was arrested for distributing information relating to explosives and destructive devices to facilitate a possible terrorist act in the United States,” Australian Federal Police said in a statement to AFP. If convicted he faces a 20-year prison term.

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Nazi regime has arrested 50,000 Palestinian children since 1967

A Palestinian child is being arrested by Israeli security forces [Saeed Qaq/Apaimages]

A Palestinian child is being arrested by Israeli security forces [Saeed Qaq/Apaimages].

The Prisoners’ and Freed Prisoners’ Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation revealed on Sunday that the Israeli occupation authorities have arrested more than 50,000 Palestinian children since 1967, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed has reported. Almost 17,000 of those arrested were detained in the years since the start of Al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000.

The Committee said that the head of its Studies and Documentation Department, Abdul Nasser Ferwaneh, presented a paper to the fifth EU conference in support of prisoners, which is currently taking place in Belgium. Ferwaneh’s paper was titled “Child Detention… Facts and Statistics… Effects on the Reality and Future of Palestinian Childhood”.

The detention of Palestinian children, he explained, is practised “systematically” by the Israeli authorities. This has escalated since 2000.

The annual rate of child detention, added Ferwaneh, was an average of 700 between 2000 and 2010, but this rose to 1,250 between 2011 and 2018. The PLO official, who is a former prisoner himself, thanked the organisers of the conference and called for united efforts in support of Palestinian prisoners, especially the children.

READ: ‘Israel forced 3,000 Palestinians out of their homes in Jerusalem over 15 years,’ says B’Tselem 

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Theresa May: Condemn Saudi execution of tortured teenagers


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 Urgent – 37 people were just executed and three more are at risk

On 23 April, Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime executed 37 people in one day – including three arrested as teenagers and tortured into “confessions”. This is yet another horrific display of brutality by the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime.

Conducting this mass execution without notice just days after Easter, it appears that Zio-Wahhabi Mohammed Bin Salman thought that this could pass without international condemnation.

Prime Minister Theresa May must prove him wrong and speak up to condemn these appalling executions and call for the release of three others arrested and tortured as teenagers who are still at risk of beheading – Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoon, and Abdullah al-Zaher.


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May 2 is the anniversary of the reported killing of Osama bin Laden.

Seymour Hersh explains what total BS the official story is.

“All the official stories disintegrated.”

Brasscheck pointed this out the week that it happened, but it’s good to have confirmation from a veteran investigative reporter confirm our early analysis.

Lots of good background on how the US got in bed with the ISI (the Pakistani intelligence agency.)

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Yassin, spiritual father of the Palestinian resistance


Fifteen years have passed since the martyrdom of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin , recognized as the ” spiritual father of the Palestinian Resistance “.

Sheikh Yassin was killed in a brutal attack by the Israeli regime’s military forces on March 22, 2004, as he was escorted out after a morning prayer at the mosque in the Sabra neighborhoodof Gaza . The attack was conducted by an Apache AH-64 combat helicopter , which fired Hellfire missiles and killed Sheikh Yassin and both bodyguards.

Sheikh Ahmad Yassin was born in the village of Jourat Ashkelon, in June 1936, a year that marked the first Palestinian armed revolt against the growing Zionist interference in the Palestinian territories. When he was 16, the sheikh suffered a severe spinal injury while playing with his friends. Spinal cord damage made him quadriplegic for the rest of his life, binding him in a wheelchair.

Yassin is still remembered today as the founder and leader of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas,established in 1987. The sheikh and his companions founded Hamas to fight the Israeli occupation forces. He also founded al-Mujamma ‘al-Islami , the Islamic Center that managed many religious organizations including the Islamic University in Gaza. From his students, the sheikh was called “the Master”.

The then prime minister of the Israeli regime, Ariel Sharon (the butcher of Sabra and Chatila)  had promised to eliminate the entire Palestinian leadership including Yasser Arafat and Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

In his speeches, the sheikh defined the Israeli regime, by its very existence, as an insult to Islam . It was the duty of Muslims to undertake Jihad to liberate Palestine in its entirety , and there was a need to establish a suitable environment to prepare society for the enormous tasks that awaited it. He therefore believed that the struggle had to be cultural, moral and educational; it was about eliminating secularism and establishing a Palestinian society based on Islamic principles to prepare for the liberation of Palestine through Jihad.

In an interview with Crescent International, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin was asked for his opinion about the so-called peace process. He responded by stating that: “In reality, it is an oppressive settlement that was imposed on the Palestinian people by the United States and Israel . And this is not peace. All the Palestinian people want peace.Why shouldn’t we want peace? Birds and animals also want peace. But we want a peace that restores our rights, a peace that holds the hand of the oppressor, which prevents the occupant from occupying our land. But the peace that strengthens the occupation and colonization and bans the Palestinian people is not really peace “.

Meeting of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin with Ayatollah Khamenei

On May 2, 1998, the sheikh met the leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei in Tehran . “Muslims should always keep the Palestinian cause alive,” the Iranian leader said. He notes that the victory of young Palestinians over Zionist occupation is the definitive and irrevocable promise of God. During this meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei said that Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and all Palestinian fighters are at the forefront of the war between justice and evil, and those who try to strike the Palestinians have no right to speak in the name and for the glory of Palestine. ”

While mentioning the struggle of the Islamic Republic of Iran against the Israeli regime, the leader noted that: “The Iranian nation is determined to maintain its correct and accurate position on the Palestinian issue, and the problems caused by this position are considered a grace and the blessing from Almighty God. We will always help the Palestinian warriors, and political pressure and propaganda will not prevent the Iranian nation from supporting the Palestinian resistance. ”

Sheikh Yassin stressed that: “The Palestinian Islamic Resistance will not give up an inch of Palestinian land. ThePalestine belongs to all Muslims and will reach the Resistance martyred in this path to liberate Al-Aqsa “. He also expressed his gratitude for the decisive support that the Islamic Republic of Iran gives to the Palestinian people, and for its fight against the Zionist regime.

Even today, 15 years after his vile assassination, the Hamas movement follows in the footsteps of its founder, with the knowledge that only through the Resistance will it be possible to free the territories occupied by the Zionist regime .

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