Posts Tagged ‘martyr’

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Brits give £5 million to suicide bombers

September 8, 2011

More than 5 percent of British aid to the Palestinian Authority goes to the “martyrs”…  More evidence of the folly of aid to the Palestinian territories and how it’s misused.

From Jihad Watch on Aug. 9:

£5 million of British aid money to Palestinian Authority has gone to suicide bombers’ families

Just what Britons didn’t need to hear in a global fiscal crisis, as the PA pulls in a total of £86 million in British aid each year. Will the government continue to pay with “willing submission” (Qur’an 9:29)?

“Families of suicide bombers given £5m in British aid cash,” by Matthew Kalman for the Daily Mail, August 8 (thanks to Peter):

British aid cash is being given to the families of suicide bombers, it was claimed last night.

The Palestinian Authority, which gets £86million of British aid a year, has authorised payments of almost £5million to the families of ‘martyrs’.

Another £3million has been given to 5,500 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. The payments, using taxpayers’ cash donated from Britain and the European Union, have been described as ‘ludicrous’ by one Tory MP.

‘Every terrorist in prison, including those whose acts led to the deaths of Israeli civilians, are on the PA payroll,’ said Itamar Marcus, of Palestinian Media Watch.

‘The salary goes directly to the terrorist or the terrorist’s family, and prisoners receive their salaries from the day of arrest.’

Tory MP Philip Davies said the payments were ‘ludicrous’. He added: ‘People think overseas aid is to try to alleviate terrible poverty in places where they can’t afford to look after themselves. But it’s being put to these kind of purposes.

‘It would be bad enough at the best of times, but at a time when we have got no money, it is utterly inexcusable.’

Last month, Britain committed to giving £86million a year in aid to the Palestinian Authority until 2015.

The payments to families and prisoners are on a sliding scale, from £250 a month for prisoners sentenced to less than three years, to a maximum of £2,140 a month for anyone serving more than 30 years.

The payments compare with salaries of £515 for a regular Palestinian civil servant and £480 for officers in the Palestinian security forces.

This is the entity that wants the U.N. to hand them a state, which they will then be incapable of governing.

Minister of State Alan Duncan said in February: ‘We are very careful how we spend our money in the occupied Palestinian territories. We would abhor any money falling into the hands of extremists.’

The Government is under pressure for the amount of aid it is handing out at a time of austerity. It plans to increase foreign aid payments by 35 per cent to £11.4billion by 2015.

This comes despite several scandals involving aid. Last week, it was revealed that money to Ethiopia was being used as a political tool and those who oppose the government do not receive handouts.

David Cameron has admitted that the controversial pledge to spend billions more on international aid was a ‘difficult commitment’ at a time when spending programmes were being slashed at home.

The Prime Minister admitted that some aid had been ‘wasted’, but continued to dismiss ‘aid sceptics’.

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Foundation for the “Oppressed and Disabled”

June 30, 2010

In the book Bazaar and State in Iran, Arang Keshavarzian gives us a closer look at the largest bonyad in Iran, the Bonyad-e Mostazafan, or the Foundation for the Oppressed and Disabled (often called the Foundation of the Oppressed and Disabled Veterans after the Iran-Iraq War).

Keshavarzian writes:

The Foundation of the Oppressed and Disabled, the principal holder of assets seized from the royal family, is the largest of these [bonyad] foundations and is sometimes referred to as the “government within the government.”  In 1982, the foundation owned 203 manufacturing and industrial factories, 472 large farms, 101 construction firms, and 238 trade and service companies.  In the past two decades it has used these already large assets to expand its activities into all areas of the economy, including manufacturing, commerce, banking, tourism, and telecommunications.

It is difficult to estimate their total assets because the foundations’ accounts are not public, but whatever the exact extent of these parastatal organs’ asset base, analysts agree that the scant supervision has encouraged inefficiencies, mismanagement, and embezzlement.  For instance, in 1995, a court found several key figures of the Foundation of the Oppressed and Disabled guilty of embezzlement, although the head of the foundation escaped conviction.

Over time the foundations’ economic prominence and prosperity have continued, if not expanded.  They have been able to circumvent the official trade system, while their political ties have given them access to subsidized foreign currency without performance criteria.  Therefore, the foundations can import, export, and sell goods below market prices and the production costs of local producers… Moreover, independent capitalists cannot compete with the state-affiliated establishments that are exempted from duties and time-consuming bureaucratic hurdles…”

According to IranWatch, Bonyad-e Mostazafan is “listed by the German government as a risky end-user in warnings supplied to its exporters; identified by the British government in February 1998 as having procured goods and/or technology for weapons of mass destruction program.”

Law professor Russell Powell recently wrote, “The largest bonyad, Bonyad-e Mostazafin, supports the family members of martyrs and has $12 billion in assets and employs 400,000.”

Suicide bombing pay-outs, palm-greasing, commercial rackets… remind me again which department at Bonyad-e Mostafazan serves the poor, the oppressed, and the disabled?

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Weekly word: Shahid

June 2, 2010

Shahid or shaheed means martyr.  In the Christian tradition, Random House defines the English word martyr as “a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion.”  In the Islamic tradition, however, martyrdom is not about dying because of religious belief, but dying while fighting for Islam.

Brill defined shahid as, “witness, martyr… The martyr who seals his belief with his death, fighting against the infidels is shahid throughout the Hadith literature at the great privileges which await him in heaven are readily depicted in numerous hadiths…”

And what did Muhammad say about martyrdom?

The Prophet said, “The person who participates in (Holy battles) in Allah’s cause and nothing compels him to do so except belief in Allah and His Apostles, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward, or booty (if he survives) or will be admitted to Paradise (if he is killed in the battle as a martyr). Had I not found it difficult for my followers, then I would not remain behind any sariya going for Jihad and I would have loved to be martyred in Allah’s cause and then made alive, and then martyred and then made alive, and then again martyred in His cause.”  (Sahih Bukhari, 1.2.35)

Several prominent Muslims have condemned terrorism, but have steered clear of committing to whether suicide bombing “martyrs” count as terrorists.  Attacks in Israel, Kashmir, and the Balkans are portrayed as nationalist movements in public but are justified in private by Muslims as martyrdom operations.

It may seem like it would be inexpensive to kill yourself, but when you’re trying to take out as many infidels with you when you go, suicide bombings require expensive explosive devices plus pensions for martyrs’ families.  This requires an international financial apparatus to support the martyr business.  More on that tomorrow…