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At least 700 Palestinian children between the ages of 11 and 17 have been arrested by the Israeli army this year, with more than half still languishing in Israeli prisons.
“The Israeli army has detained 700 Palestinian children and minors from the occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the beginning of 2015,” the Palestinian Prisoner Society said Friday.
At least 400 Palestinian children are still detained in Israeli jails, the NGO added.
It also noted that a number of Palestinian minors were detained after being shot by the Israeli army.
Israel has detained Palestinian children under difficult conditions, mainly in four prisons. They are the Hishorn, Ofer, Megiddo, and Jafon prisons.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, more than 6,500 Palestinians are currently languishing in detention facilities throughout Israel.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in October was 53, including 11 children and a woman.
Over the same period, at least 1,900 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli gunfire, while thousands of others have suffered temporary asphyxia as a result of the excessive use of tear gas by the Israeli security forces, the ministry said.
The Energy Non-Crisis by Lindsey Williams
Hear Reverend Lindsey Williams tell the real TRUTH about Alaskan oil and gas on YouTube.
About the Author
Lindsey Williams, who has been an ordained Baptist minister for 28 years, went to Alaska in 1971 as a missionary. The Trans-Alaska oil pipeline began its construction phase in 1974, and because of Mr. Williams’ love for his country and concern for the spiritual welfare of the “pipeliners,” he volunteered to serve as Chaplain on the pipeline, with the subsequent full support of the Alyeska Pipeline Company.
Because of the executive status accorded to him as Chaplain, he was given access to the information that is documented in this book.
After numerous public speaking engagements in the western states, certain government officials and concerned individuals urged Mr. Williams to put into print what he saw and heard, stating that they felt this information was vital to national security. Mr. Williams firmly believes that whoever controls energy controls the economy. Thus, The Energy Non-Crisis.
Because of the outstanding public response that has been generated by this book, Lindsey Williams is in great demand for speaking engagements, radio, and TV shows.
(Addition to the fourth printing of the second edition.)
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The content of this manuscript is only as valuable and useful to the reader as the credibility of the authors.
I can personally attest to many of the facts, and certainly many of the conversations quoted in the book, as I spent a week with Chaplain Lindsey on the North Slope of Alaska during the construction of the Trans-Alaska pipeline. I was privileged to talk with high officials of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. For reasons unknown to me, I was given access to private information that apparently very few outsiders were ever given. I moved among the men at work and in the barracks. My week on the North Slope was a liberal education.
Congress has been urged—and sometimes threatened—by special interest groups to take a negative stance on energy production, but they have miserably failed to take proper action to increase our domestic production. In fact, as you read this book you must come to the realization that energy production has been fiercely stifled by “Government Bureaucracy, ” and Congress has sat on its collective hands.
It is with great pride and pleasure that I endorse this manuscript and compliment the authors for taking time to do the research and make it available to all of us.
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OUTWARD SINS ARE FOUND REPUGNANT
WHILE INNER SINS GO UNNOTICED
Brothers and sisters,
There are external, outward sins, such as gambling, drinking, fornication, stealing and the like. But there are also inner sins. These outward sins can be seen and found repugnant, but not much importance is attached to inner sins.
To begin with, pride: The root of pride is to be found in Hellfire. We all came to this world in a state of nothingness. We did not come with any inherent virtue. It is Allah Almighty Who is the Bestower of all of these. There is no “I”.
There is no “I” in the life of the Messenger of Allah. The servant, too, is not to say, “I”. They must constantly say, “You, O Lord!”
Allah Almighty declares:
fasabbiḥ biḥamdi rabbika wa-is’taghfir’hu
“Then glorify your Lord with His praise, and ask Him for forgiveness,” even during times of prosperity and success (110:3). This goes to say that a character trait such as pride or arrogance is not to be found in a Muslim. The servant is to be modest and humble.
There is to be no destructive jealousy (hasad). What is destructive jealousy? It is a person’s not being pleased with Allah. Perhaps that which Allah has given you is that which is best for you? Maybe you were to go astray if you had more. Do you know the unseen? This means that there is to be no hasad.
A person is to say, “O Lord, this current state, situation of mine is assuredly that which is best for me.” And they are to strive to fully experience that state.
There is to be no anger. Anger is powerlessness. It is the partial impairment of a person’s mental balance. It is an expression of a person’s weakness and inadequacy. In fact, it is giving credence to the carnal self.
Allah Almighty declares:
“…ever-restraining their rage…” It refers to the God-revering, the pious, as “…ever-restraining their rage…” (See 3:134)
There is to be no pretence. You should not relate to others every act of goodness that you perform, if you don’t have to. If such a necessity exists, this is different. Then you need to (do good) by protecting yourself and your heart. Belief in the Divine Oneness and Unity has no room or tolerance for partnership. Allah Almighty does not want pretence or self-display.
He does not at all want stinginess. A servant’s taking refuge in their wealth when they should in fact be taking refuge in Allah is – may Allah protect us from this – a very bad thing.
Waste. This is not at all wanted either. A person spends the bounty bestowed upon them by Allah only on themselves. Allah Almighty commands us to spend in His way. “Spend (out of what God has provided for you,) both in ease and hardship.”(See 3:134) What, then, is waste? It is the effort to suppress a sense of inferiority. It is a person’s attempt at self-display with wealth and possessions. In sum, this waste has unfortunately increased a great deal in our day.
We must not forget that divorce rates are increasing and waste and consumption is wearing away the family. There is, therefore, a frustration and disappointment that comes as a consequence of dissatisfaction and greed.
There is to be no prying, no seeking the faults of others. Look at your own situation!
Allah Almighty declares: walā tajassasū “…Avoid suspicion…” (49:12)
“…and never be divided…” (3:103) There is to be no dissension, no discord. Especially in our day – God forbid.
There is to be no backbiting. What is backbiting? It is your gossiping about another person and thus belittling them. Allah Almighty does not want the ‘Ibad Allah (the worshippers of Allah) to be looked down on. Backbiting is one of the biggest sins.
Violating the rights of others, spreading malicious stories or gossip…
Lying: Expressing something that is groundless as though it were truth. This only increases the sickness in a person’s heart, Allah Almighty states. (See, 2:10)
Immodesty: may God protect us from this – this is another catastrophe.
That is to say, our Lord wants for us to exude a Muslim character, a Muslim disposition.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, the verses from the Qur’an continue. Allah Almighty constantly presents cautionary scenes to us in the Qur’anic verses.
He tells us of scenes from the Day of Judgement.
In another verse it is stated that the servant says on that day:
yaqūlu l-insānu yawma-idhin ayna l-mafaru
“On that Day [on the Day of Judgement, that difficult Day] the human being will say: ‘Where is the escape?’” (75:10) From that consternation… Allah Almighty declares:
kallā lā wazara
“By no means! No refuge (to flee to)! To your Lord the journey’s end will be on that Day.”(75:11-12)
And so, difficult days constantly…
“Human will be made to understand on that Day all (the good and evil) that he forwarded (to his afterlife while in the world), and all (the good and evil) that he has left behind. Indeed, human will be an eye-witness (providing evidence) against himself.”(75:13-14)
Their eyes are a witness, the ears are a witness, their skin is a witness, and their deeds are a witness.“Indeed, human will be an eye-witness (providing evidence) against himself.” (75:14)
Allah Almighty declares:
“Even though he puts forth his excuses.” (75:15)
Another Qur’anic verse is in chapter Fatir:
“And therein they [the wrongdoers] will cry aloud:
‘O our Lord! Take us out, we will do good, (righteous deeds), not (the wrong) we used to do before.’”We will perform deeds of righteousness instead of wrong deeds, they will say.
Allah Almighty will ask two things:
“Did We not grant you a life long enough for whoever would reflect and be mindful to reflect and be mindful?”
Why did you come to the world, Who created you, in Whose dominion are you, to what destination are you headed?
“Did not a warner come to you?”
“Yes, O Lord, they will say. “We had both.”
Then Allah Almighty will say:
“Taste then (the consequences of your heedlessness); for the wrongdoers have none to help them (against it).” (See 35:37)
All excuses will be null and void.
“I was well-off, I was wealthy, death came upon me right when I was about to make a change…”
Allah Almighty will say:
“Were you wealthier than Prophet Solomon, upon him be peace?”
“I had a boss, etc. etc… he did not allow me…”
“Where you in a more difficult predicament than My servant Joseph?“
“I was ill. I had no strength…”
“Where you in a more difficult situation than My servant, Job?“
In other words, Allah Almighty will close all doors of excuse on the Day of Judgement. He provides examples from the world.
Everything that a person can live through in the world, the Messenger of Allah lived through in different ways.
“That Day, We will set a seal upon their mouths, and their hands will speak to Us, and their feet will bear witness to what they earned (in the world).”(36:65)
When this verse was revealed, the Messenger of Allah immediately began repeating it so that he could memorise it. Allah Almighty says:
“(O Prophet!) Move not your tongue to hasten it (for safekeeping in your heart). Surely it is for Us to collect it (in your heart) and enable you to recite it (by heart).” (75:16-17)
Just think: Someone who could not read or write memorises 6600-odd Qur’anic verses, constantly communicates these to others, puts these into practice and enables others to do so also. This is one of the miracles of Allah’s Messenger. And a miracle of the Qur’an.
And so, to sum up, esteemed brothers and sisters!
From time to time, we are taken with fear at great disasters that take place. An earthquake is coming, they say, and we are gripped by fear. We tremble in the face of a murder. We are afraid that a flood will take place. In other words, yes, we fear these as human beings. But what we really need to fear are our sins. We should be afraid of our sins:
We should be afraid of the wrong words that fall from our lips.
We should fear being deprived of compassion and mercy.
We should fear not being able to exude the disposition and character of Islam. For Allah Almighty declares:“You will most surely be questioned!” (See 102:8; 43:44)
We should fear not being able to show that radiant countenance of Islam.
We should fear these so that these can be glad tidings for us at our last breath, and (security against) fear and sorrow: lā khawfun ʿalayhim walā hum yaḥzanūn (“…They will have no fear (both in this world and the next, for they will always find My help and support with them), nor will they grieve.”) (10:62) Allah willing, let us be protected against these.
Of course, the verses here continue. In other words, brothers and sisters!
Allah Almighty gives an example of the creation of the human being. How were you created out of nothing? How did you pass from one stage to another in the mother’s womb? A fertilised ovum, a clot clinging (to the womb wall), bones, clothing the bones in flesh, etc. How did you become the most beautiful human being from that formlessness? (See 23:14)
Allah Almighty tells us of life in this world:
waman nuʿammir’hu nunakkis’hu fī l-khalqi afalā yaʿqilūn
“Whomever We cause to live long, We may also reverse him in nature (so that he returns to weakness after strength, to ignorance after knowledge, to forgetting after remembering). So will they not reason and take heed?” (36:68)
Health and strength at the beginning, followed by old age, if one lives to old age…
afalā yaʿqilūnafalā yaʿqilūnafalā yaʿqilūnafalā yaʿqilūn
“…So will they not reason and take heed?”(36:68)
Does the human being not reason? To what place is their journey?
News of the Last Day is conveyed. News of the grave is given. That is to say, there is no excuse whatsoever.
In ending our discussion…
What does Islam want from us? What does the religion want from us? It wants us to each be a believer with character. For Allah, glorified and exalted be He, declares in a Qur’anic verse:
“(O Community of Muhammad!) You are the best community ever brought forth for (the good of)humankind, enjoining and promoting what is right and good, and forbidding and trying to prevent evil…” (3:110)
To be a propitious community, to represent Islam…
And in order to do so, to be people possessing a balance of heart and knowledge, “enjoining the good and trying to prevent evil.”
The most (important) characteristics of this state: For our hearts to be filled with spiritual illumination. Especially in the middle of the night. To be able to protect ourselves from sin. Generosity, humility, to be compassionate, to be self-sacrificing.
In other words, to be closely acquainted with the Messenger of Allah.
Again, it is stated:
The believer is to be “ahsan” (of perfect goodness). That is to say, they are to do everything that they do in the best possible way and, as such, constantly exude beauty to their surroundings. (So much so) that it ought to be said, “This precisely is the undertaking of a Muslim.”
They are to be “ajmal” (beauteous); they are to be mature. They are to offer solace, exude grace and refinement.
They are to be “akmal” (perfected) and there is to be maturity.
Allah Almighty says:
illā man atā l-laha biqalbin salīm
“But only he (will prosper) who comes before God with a sound heart (free of all kinds of unbelief, hypocrisy, and associating partners with God).” (26:89)
He invites us to His Paradise with a purified and taintless heart.
Attention to acts of worship, attention to night worship, attention to servanthood. Being in the company of the righteous, with the truthful. Avoiding the company of the wrongdoers.
Most importantly, there is the problem of our children on the Day of Judgement. Allah Almighty gives our children to us as a trust. The rights of parents cannot be forgotten, the greatest right. However, on the Day of Judgement, if parents have not raised their child in the way of Allah, if they have not instructed them in Islam, if they have not conveyed this beautiful religion of Allah to them, then that child will be claimants against their parents.
Here, everybody is together. But there will also be a yawm al-fasl, a Day of Separation.
salāmun qawlan min rabbin raḥīm
“‘Peace!’ is the word (of welcome for them and of safety from any trouble) from the Lord All-Compassionate (toward His believing servants).” (36:58) On that Day, those to be admitted into Paradise will be received with great ceremony.
wa-im’tāzū l-yawma ayyuhā l-muj’rimūn
“And you, O disbelieving criminals! Get you apart this Day!” (36:59)
Perhaps husband and wife will be separated from each other there. Child will be separated from father. The closest person to you here, the one with whom you keep most company, will be separated from you there. This day, then, is the most difficult day.
For this reason:
“(O Community of Muhammad!) You are the best community ever brought forth for (the good of)humankind, enjoining and promoting what is right and good, and forbidding and trying to prevent evil…” (3:110)
Reforming ourselves first and foremost. Our children are a trust from Allah. Raising them, these children, in the way of Allah, will be a perpetual charity (sadaqa al-jariya), an act of goodness for us. On the contrary, if we raise them in line with worldly interest for the sake of “joining the crowds,” then there we will be called to account for this. This will have a heavy reckoning. The child will then raise complaint against their mother and father.
To begin with, being able to recite the Qur’an. Reciting the Qur’an properly, in adherence to its rules of pronunciation: madd muttasil, madd munfasil, madd ‘arid, madd lazim, iqlab, etc…
But this is not enough because Allah Almighty reveals three categories in the Qur’anic chapter Fatir:
First: “those who wrong their own selves“: They have learned the Qur’an and recited it, but they do not put the Qur’an into practice, and there is no Qur’an in their lives. They lead a carnal, worldly existence.
Again, the Messenger of Allah refers to those “who recite the Qur’an but it does not penetrate beyond their throats.”
Second: “those who follow a moderate way”.
And thirdly, “those who, by God’s leave, are foremost in doing good deeds.” (See 35:32)
You will be a propitious community, by God’s will. Your parents are also a great blessing for you. Your parents will also benefit from your deeds.
Brothers and sisters!
We did not have a Qur’an school when we were young. There were only a few colleges. But Allah Almighty has brought forth such a time that children can both go to high school and be preoccupied with the Qur’an at the same time. How blessed are such parents! [Otherwise], we will experience a lot of difficulty on the Day of Judgement. If, with Allah’s permission, we raise our children in the way of Allah and adorn them with the Qur’an, then many rewards will come to us through them, Allah willing.
Parents must be self-sacrificing. Great rewards come from self-sacrifice. Allah willing, our children will add rewards to ours on the Day of Judgement, again by His leave.
The Messenger of Allah says:
“The parable of my community is like that of (abundant) rain, the good of which is not known to lie in its beginning or end.” (See (Tirmidhi, Adab, 81)
The world experienced a period of ignorance to begin with. There was no law, justice and a belief in the Hereafter. Today, we have unfortunately entered into a second age of ignorance. The Messenger of Allah informs us of this in his Fitan Hadith, or his Traditions about Trials [toward the end of time]. A drop of rain at the beginning and a drop of rain at the end also – this we cannot know. Here, if we can enable ourselves and our children to lead lives of piety and God-consciousness, then – Allah willing – Allah Almighty will reward us at the end of time as a drop of rain, a person of mercy.
In sincere entreaty for the acceptance of our supplication, let us each recite al-Fatiha.
When Sékou Touré of Guinea decided in 1958 to get out of french colonial empire, and opted for the country independence, the french colonial elite in Paris got so furious, and in a historic act of fury the french administration in Guinea destroyed everything in the country which represented what they called the benefits from french colonization.
Three thousand French left the country, taking all their property and destroying anything that which could not be moved: schools, nurseries, public administration buildings were crumbled; cars, books, medicine, research institute instruments, tractors were crushed and sabotaged; horses, cows in the farms were killed, and food in warehouses were burned or poisoned.
The purpose of this outrageous act was to send a clear message to all…
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Algeria enjoys an important place in the spread of Islam in North Africa, but has been wracked by social and political disorder for many years now. The roots of the conflict in Algeria, which the world has grown used to hearing about over the last decade, go back a long way.
Algeria lived in peace and security under Ottoman rule from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. However, as the Ottoman Empire began to fall apart, colonialist powers divided up the Islamic world. One of these lands was Algeria. In 1827, French armies with 37,000 men invaded the country. In the three years of fighting that ensued, the whole country came under French rule. Algeria was of great importance to the French with its rich oil reserves and strategic position as a port on the Mediterranean. The country officially became part of France in 1830, and remained under the French colonialist thumb for the next 132 years.
In line with the colonialist view, the French saw the people of nations besides themselves as second-class human beings, and so established a system based on pressure and violence, as in all the other lands they occupied. A campaign of cultural assimilation was begun. Firstly, speaking and teaching Arabic was banned. French became the only official language. This policy was aimed at destroying the people’s national identity and cultural heritage. Later on, Algeria was made totally economically dependent on France, and the country’s political structure was reshaped in line with French interests.
The first Algerian resistance to French occupation came from Abd-el-Kader, the governor of Mascara, in 1832. Thousands of Muslim Algerians were killed in the struggle, and the French took over the whole of the country. Throughout the period that followed the uprising, there was no force able to coordinate the anger that people felt towards the colonizers. A number of moves for independence inspired by the policies of violence and repression were savagely put down. That remained the state of affairs in the country until the mid-twentieth century.
|French troops carried out bloody massacres of the Muslim people of Algeria for 132 years.|
With the outbreak of World War II, a new era dawned in Algeria. Nazi Germany first occupied France and then Algeria. Many Algerian patriots were detained by the Germans, most of whom were either killed or sent to concentration camps. When the Allies put an end to the German occupation in 1942, those Algerian intellectuals who had imagined that this would be the start of a new and democratic dawn in Algeria quickly realized that they were mistaken. In 1943, a group led by Ferhat Abbas proposed to the Allies that colonialism be ended in favor of an independent state being founded at the war’s end, with a new Constitution, as well as that Algerians should run the country and all those imprisoned for their beliefs should be released. The Algerians, who had fought alongside the Allies against the Germans, thought that their just demands would be accepted. However, they were instead, rejected. Furthermore, a new wave of killing was just around the corner.
When a large crowd of people unfurled the Algerian flag on May, 8, 1945, during celebrations to mark the end of the war, this action was met with terrible bloodshed. French troops opened fire on those carrying Algerian flags, and 40 people were ruthlessly slain. This met with considerable reaction from other Muslims in the area. The protest grew, and France decided in favor of an even greater show of force. Army units began opening fire on civilians at random. As a result, according to figures from American sources, some 45,000 Muslims died in the ensuing slaughter. Many more were wounded. This incident, known as the Setif Massacre, was followed by other acts by the oppressive French regime. All political activity was banned. Thousands of Algerians were detained with no justifications given. The Algerians were getting another painful taste of the colonialists’ cruelty.
During the decade that followed the Setif Massacre, independence movements matured. A notice published by resistance forces on Nov. 1, 1954, urged the Algerian people to rise up for freedom and independence. The National Liberation Front (FLN) and the National Liberation Army (ALN), founded that same year, led the independence movement. The FLN was not a homogenous movement, and people of diverse political persuasions gathered under its umbrella. It met in Cairo in September 1958 and formed the Temporary Government of Algeria.
France, of course, had no wish to lose Algeria with its rich reserves of oil and natural gas. The potential emergence of a Muslim country with rich natural resources made France and other anti-Islamic forces uneasy. The French administration calculated that such a development would have a domino effect on other Muslim countries in Africa, and so it turned to further killing. Many villages were burned by the French, and schools and mosques were demolished, until Algeria declared independence. During this period, which saw thousands of people lost their lives, the French did not shrink from ruining the Algerian people’s harvests and killing their animals as well. Some 400,000 vines were uprooted and thousands of animals were slaughtered.
|Muslim Algerians who resisted the French occupation were wiped out with tanks, guns and torture. The seven-and-a-half-year struggle for independence from colonialist France left a tragic toll in its wake: French forces killed 1.5 million Algerians dead in their heavily armed attacks on defenseless people. After independence, the Algerian state took up where the French left off.|
However, France finally accepted the Algerians’ desire for independence, although French forces had never hesitated to kill innocent people, women, children and the elderly. In 1959, French President de Gaulle announced in a speech given to the United Nations that he would recognize Algeria’s independence. The FLN and France declared a ceasefire with the Evian agreements, and Algeria finally gained its independence in 1962. The seven-and-a-half-year struggle for independence from colonialist France left behind it 1.5 million Algerian dead.
This violence carried out by the French government of that time is a sad confirmation of the disbelieving and corrupt character revealed to us in the Qur’an. Destroying defenseless peoples’ ability to make a living in time of war, causing famines which make it impossible for them to survive, and leaving them in poverty and want are all methods that cruel regimes have resorted to throughout history:
Whenever he holds the upperhand, he goes about the earth corrupting it, destroying (people’s) crops and animals. Allah does not love corruption. ( Surat al-Baqara: 205)
We must not forget, however, that people who implement such policies in this world will pay the price in the next. In the Qur’an Allah gives Muslims the following good news:
That abode of the hereafter – We grant it to those who do not seek to exalt themselves in the earth or to cause corruption in it. The successful outcome is for those who believe. (Surat al-Qasas: 83)
|French troops were proud of the massacres they carried out, and felt not the slightest unease about smilingly documenting their cruelty. These pictures were taken in front of murdered Algerians in the Ain Beida region, and were later published in the world press.|
The oppressive and ruthless policy adopted by France throughout the Algerian war of independence was savagely criticized by a great many French intellectuals, and civilian initiatives were taken to put a halt to the oppression. This violence, believed to have been consigned to the dusty pages of history when Algeria finally gained independence, has recently been placed back on the agenda by recent statements by commanders who served in Algeria at the time.
The French administration’s policy in Algeria was very frankly and succinctly set out by Jacques Massu, emergency rule commander at the time:
Torture? Of course we torture. Some of the press have made it very difficult for us. But how can you expect us to behave differently? 24
Even more hair-raising were the impressions of Jacques Duquesne, a La Croix correspondent at the time:
The questions of torture and disappearances constantly weigh on your mind. Men and sometimes women are detained, and nothing is heard of them ever again. The practice of tying bodies to rocks and throwing them into the sea is well known. The number is generally put at around 3,000, although Algiers Mayor Jacques Chevallier speaks of a figure closer to 5,000. Among the methods of intimidation carried out by French troops were rape and the destruction of entire villages. One soldier told how as a medical orderly every morning he had to treat people who had been tortured by his unit throughout the night. The most popular technique most everywhere was to apply electric shocks all over the body, sometimes even to women’s sexual organs. Other torture methods were intended to kill. Victims had rubber pipes placed in their mouths and then the water was turned on, or fingernails were pulled out, or people were held head-down in baths full of water, or they were hung for hours at a time by their wrists in such a way that their feet could barely touch the floor. There were still other methods. It is not easy to write of these things. I have only repeated a part of what I know. 25
|“Services Speciaux, Algerie, 1955-1957 (Special Services, Algeria, 1955-1957),” a book written by French General Aussaresses, again exposed the massacres perpetrated by the French in Algeria. The 83-year-old Aussaresses devoted copious space to the killings, torture, executions without trial, and murders made to look like suicide that he either ordered or witnessed. In the report to the side printed in Le Monde, Aussaresses said that the French police units known as “death squads” carried out systematic torture, and that these torture and killings were carried out under order and with the full knowledge of the political authorities. Perhaps most interestingly, he said that he felt absolutely no pangs of conscience.|
|In the Sidi-Hamed massacre of Jan. 11. 1998, some 350 people lost their lives (bottom right and center).
Some 300 people were killed as the result of an attack by unidentified assailants in the Moussa region in 1997. The picture below shows relatives trying to identify bodies laid out in the street.
The oppression of Muslims by the Algerian police state has been going on non-stop for decades.As of 2001, there were 1 million political prisoners in the country’s jails. The detainees are not brought to court as there are no charges for them to face, so their periods in custody are extended again and again. The authorities try to make the killings in jails look like suicides, or claim that prisoners attacked their guards, or else suggest that the prisoners murdered each other.
Algeria won its independence in 1962, although very little actually changed for the Muslim people. With the declaration of independence, the FLN assumed power and turned into an organization intimately tied to colonialist France. Following a tradition frequently witnessed in the Islamic world in the twentieth century, the party set up an oppressive regime. The leaders of that regime exploited the country’s rich natural reserves during their time in power. As the FLN leaders and their backers made fortunes, the people grew ever poorer. In the 1990s, unemployment levels rose to around 70 percent. However, all the pressure and exploitative policies directed at the Muslim population carried the seeds of the regime’s own destruction.
All these developments in Algeria led to popular demonstrations, boycotts and protests through which the people expressed the wrongdoings being committed. More and more voices called for a free, multi-party system to replace the single-party one. Eventually, in 1989, a multi-party system was formed.
General elections were held on Dec. 26, 1991. It was to be a two-round ballot, and the results of the first round were announced on Dec. 30. The Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) had secured an overwhelming majority, winning 188 out of the 232 seats in the parliament. The ruling FLN only managed to win 15 deputies. The second round was seen as just a formality. It was certain that the FIS would emerge victorious.
However, the oppressive regime in the country did not allow that to happen. The army, led by Chief of General Staff Khalid Nezzar, took power in a military coup. A number of provocations and blatantly false news items were produced to “justify” the coup. Before the results of the first round had been announced, the prime minister said that the vote had taken place calmly, peacefully and securely. After the results became clear, on the other hand, he made a statement that the polls had “not been sufficiently free and honest,” hinting that the FIS had either cheated or resorted to force.
The development of the coup was also interesting. The events that unfolded were showing that the whole thing had been planned beforehand. Following the coup, and contrary to the impression that was being given to the rest of the world, Muslims did not begin a “civil war.” It was those who carried out the coup who began the conflict. The FIS called on all sides to abandon the use of force and to use peaceful methods. The government’s answer was to detain thousands of FIS members and supporters and inflict the most terrible torture on them in prison.
The years that followed brought no change in the pressure put on the Algerian people. Following provocations blamed on Muslims, special courts with extraordinary powers were set up. At first, the FIS and its supporters tried to keep a level head and stick to peaceful methods, but eventually they began to change their attitude. One group resorted to arms to respond to the armed attacks on it by security forces. In the end, Algeria found itself in a state of civil war.
The Civilian Population was Again The Target…
|Massacres similar to the one shown in these pictures were carried out in surprise raids on Algerian houses. People were torn out from their beds and brutally murdered, and babies were shot.|
The civil war had but one aim: to destroy the Muslims’ power, if necessary by means of physical elimination. That is why death squads were set up, under the name of “anti-terrorist teams.” Muslims targeted by these squads were murdered, and these cases were never solved. According to the description of one Algerian police officer, who admitted what had gone on, special teams would knock on the doors of Muslims they had targeted and then fire their weapons when the door was opened. 26Professor Abdelhamid Brahimi, Algeria’s prime minister of 1984-88, spoke of the methods employed in the war that was declared against Muslims:
The Algerian people have been hurt in their dignity since the coup d’etat of January 1992. Mass and arbitrary arrests of innocent people, including teachers, engineers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, and students; people sent without trial to internment camps or thrown into prison in inhuman conditions of detention. Furthermore, young Algerians are killed everyday without any evident reason by death squads, only because they represent a potential danger for the regime. 27
In his Nov. 16, 1997 article entitled “We Accuse 80,000 Times,” John Sweeney, a reporter for British daily The Observer, lent support to Brahimi’s words. Sweeney was particularly interested in Algeria and expressed his views on the slaughter in the country after interviewing people who had witnessed the savagery with their own eyes:
… [T]he weight of evidence indicts the state of Algeria. Around 80,000 people have been killed since the generals cheated the people by scrapping elections in 1991. The government – le pouvoir – is corrupt, hated and stays in power by a reign of terror. Consider the evidence from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation of Human Rights, Reporters Without Frontiers; evidence from Algeria’s own state-controlled media…28
Sweeney’s received a worldwide reaction from his interview with an Algerian secret policeman, an interview which fingered a number of Western countries, France in particular, as being responsible for the ruthless killing of innocent people. His reports and firsthand impressions showed that the terror in Algeria was actually backed by the state. Although the whole world is aware of this, nobody said it had to stop, preferring instead to avoid speaking about it all whenever possible. In other words, “The Algerian state and its Western friends preferred to act under cover of darkness.”
|Nothing changed for the Muslim people of Algeria after the country secured independence in 1962. The new administration, close to France, continued with the killings.|
Sweeney gave the examples of three separate killings in that article, revealing precisely who was responsible for the murders attributed to the Muslims. The first of these happened in July 1994. On the day that the Western G-7 leaders met in Naples, seven Italian sailors had their throats cut while at an Algerian port, allegedly by “Muslim extremists.” The Western press immediately and fiercely condemned the “radical Muslims” who had carried out the attack.
However, Joseph, the Algerian secret policeman used by Sweeney as a source, had a different view of the attack than most in the West. He said that the killers were his colleagues in the secret police. The interesting thing was that at the time of the attacks the port concerned was within a military area, and a well-protected naval base. Sweeney drew attention to the extraordinary nature of the events:
Jenjen was, at the time of the massacre, a heavily guarded naval dockyard, in a military zone, with a naval barracks a few yards from the ship where the Italians were butchered. If extremists were the killers, they had to pass the military control, tiptoe by the barracks, slit the throats of the Italian crew, unload 600 tones of cargo, which was found to be missing, and tiptoe back without being spotted.29
The second example provided by Sweeney in his article was no less fascinating:
In 1995, a series of bombs went off in Paris. Islamic extremists were blamed and the West agreed. Joseph told us the men who planned the bombs were Generals Tewfik and Smain, commanders in the Algerian secret police, and the operation was controlled from the Algerian embassy in Paris. After the bombings, the then French Interior Minister, Jean-Louis Debre, was asked at an off-the-record lunch whether it was possible the Algerian secret police had been behind the bombings. He said: “The Algerian security military would like us to go up the wrong trail so that we can eliminate people who annoy them.”30
The third example in the article also took place in a mysterious fashion:
In 1997, three huge massacres took place south of Algiers. All three happened in a heavily guarded zone, surrounded by army barracks. It takes a long time to slit the throats of 200 people. No one has been brought before the Algerian courts for any of the big massacres. The killers, the regime admits, “left undisturbed.”31
An incident similar to those described by John Sweeney was also reported in a Turkish magazine. This contained statements from witnesses of a massacre in Algeria’s Seydi Musa region which ended in the deaths of 300 people. The incident is most important if one wishes to see the truth of what is taking place in Algeria:
The fact that there was no military intervention in the Seydi Musa massacre, which happened right next to a military headquarters and lasted five hours, is clearly the most noteworthy aspect of the whole affair. Survivors’ statements that “We shouted for help, the security forces were right nearby, yet the first people to come in the early hours of the morning were the fire brigade,” and of the flames and smoke issuing from the houses, and that fact that the sound of the attackers’ automatic weapons failed to attract the attention of the security forces are sufficient to demonstrate who is behind the killing in Algeria.32
Abdelhamid Brahimi and John Sweeney are not alone in their views of what is going on in Algeria. Many experts monitoring developments in the country agree that that the Algerian government, supported by the junta, is behind the killing and acts of terrorism. One of these experts is the Rand Corporation’s Graham Fuller, a former CIA agent. Fuller identifies military units as being responsible for the terrorist actions in Algeria, as well as the bombs in Paris, and describes their intention as manipulating world public opinion. He maintains that western intelligence agencies know all about that and that they try to influence world public opinion with misinformation.33
Another fact providing important clues is that most of the generals in the junta held responsible for the killing served at one time or another in the French army. These people were serving in the French army during Algeria’s War of Independence, in other words they were collaborating with the French. Chief of General Staff Mohammed Amari, for example, was an officer in the French army. He joined the Algerian army shortly before independence was won. Also among the officers in the French army were the head of the Intelligence Branch, General Tewfik, and the leader of the coup and former minister of defense, General Khalid Nezzar.34
Added to all of this, former Prime Minister Abdelhamid Brahimi’s explanation that all acts of terrorism are blamed on the Muslims, whereas the Muslims know they cannot achieve their aims by killing, draw attention to another aspect. After saying that, Brahimi stressed that it was former members of the OAS, a counter-guerilla organization set up to oppose Algerian independence in 1962 and actually run by the French administration, that was behind the state terror in Algeria.35
Alongside all this, the fact needs to be made clear that those Muslim groups in Algeria who engage in terrorist attacks against civilians are on the wrong path. As we have already stated, such methods are incompatible with Islam. Islam requires Muslims to always prefer peaceful methods, and if war becomes a final resort Islam requires the lives and rights of innocent civilians not involved in the fighting to be protected. Outside this, all methods of “struggle” which resort to unjustified violence are a violation of Islam. The Muslims in Algeria need to be sensitive to this fact and to wage their struggle not with arms but with their culture, knowledge and reason. In that event it may be hoped that the blood and tears in Algeria can be replaced by welfare and security.
34- http://www.kanal7.com/zdosya/cez.htm, Cezayir Gerçegi, (The Truth of Algeria), Kanal 7 (Turkish TV Channel) News Program, 6 April 1998
What France did to Algeria, no longer than 60 – 80 years ago, was forgotten never mentioned swept under the carpet… It is estimated that 1.5 million Algerian were killed by the French army and hundreds of thousands of women gave birth due to rape… A western passport doesn’t make its owners blood more valuable, a life is a life.