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Mideast terrorist leaders are threatening to kill a British teacher imprisoned in Sudan for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad, accusing the teacher of engaging in missionary activity in interviews with WND Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein.
Some terror leaders warned of retaliatory attacks against U.S. and British targets.
During the interviews, Klein petitioned the Islamic terrorists to respond to recent notorious Muslim desecration of other religions’ holy sites and asked them whether they considered it hypocritical they are currently protesting the teddy bear report.
The teacher, Gillian Gibbons, was pardoned today by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
While Gibbons has been the target of violent street protests in Sudan, the jihadi leaders’ threats mark the first time Mideast terror groups responded to the high-profile case.
“We call on our Sudanese brothers to prepare themselves with explosive belts and not allow this bitch to see the light of day,” said Muhammad Abdel-Al, spokesman and a senior leader of the Gaza-based Popular Resistance Committees terror group.
“I pray to Allah that I could have the opportunity to go to Sudan with my brothers to slaughter this unbeliever Christian. We ask the Sudanese to execute her in [the] hardest way. Any execution must be public; she must be stoned or fired on and the punishment must be harsh,” Abdel-Al told Klein.
Responding to reports yesterday the Sudanese president was contemplating pardoning the 54-year-old Gibbons, Abdel-Al asked the Sudanese government “not to give into the international and Christian-Crusader pressure to set this bitch free.”
“[Gibbons] proves all their titles of human rights and any other activities [Westerners] do in our countries are only ways to hide the real goals of these people – they are all missionaries or Western intelligence agents. With all the tolerance that Islam has, we must not bear any of this activity.”
Abdel-Al, whose group previously was accused of bombing Americans, told Klein his Committees was calling for “jihad to attack all these people wherever they are. Any attack must be loud. Any damage that can be caused to the Satanic empires of the U.S. and Britain is allowed.”
Abdel-Al’s Popular Resistance Committees is responsible for scores of suicide bombings and thousands of suicide attack and rocket launchings aimed at Jewish population centers. It is accused of bombing a U.S. convoy in Gaza in 2003, killing three American government contractors.
Another militant, Abu Abdullah, considered one of the most important operational members of Hamas’ so-called military wing, told Klein that Gibbons “must be sentenced to death and harshly sanctioned according to Sharia law.”
“This woman doesn’t respect Islam, not only because of what she says but because she brings to the Sudanese people all of your Western and Crusader corruption. Crusaders have no religion, culture or human values … all your values are corrupted, inhumane, based on sex and materialism.”
Abu Ahmed, the northern Gaza Strip commander of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group, the declared military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, said his organization is presenting a proposal to the Sudanese government to allow street mobs to deal with Gibbons.
“Our point of view is we say this woman must be given to the Sudanese people in the street. This is my proposal so the government will not be responsible for any damage or killing of this woman. Just give her to the Sudanese people and I’m sure the people there will send this woman back to her family and missionary bosses in the way that is the most suitable.”
Ahmed’s Brigades took credit along with the Islamic Jihad terror group for every suicide bombing in Israel the past three years.
Ahmed said the Sudanese street should “use their imaginations” while meting out street justice to Gibbons, who was sentenced last week to 15 days in prison and deportation for insulting Islam when she allowed her students to name a class teddy bear Muhammad, a common Muslim name and also the namesake of Islam’s founder.
Concern for Gibbons’ safety was sparked Friday after thousands of Sudanese, many reportedly armed with clubs and swords, burned pictures of her and demanded her execution during a rally in Khartoum, the country’s capital.
Gibbons was moved from a women’s prison to a secret location after the angry demonstrations. There was no overt sign that the government had organized the protest, but such a rally could not have taken place without at least official assent, reported the International Herald Tribune.
Muslims confronted about desecration of other religions’ holy sites
While the Mideast terrorists were quick to accuse Gibbons of insulting Islam, they sung a different tune when asked by Klein to account for rampant Muslim desecration of other religions’ holy sites, with some desecrations carried out by the very militants Klein interviewed.
In one instance, when Israel evacuated the Gaza Strip’s Jewish communities in 2005 but left behind 20 synagogues, Palestinian mobs destroyed the Jewish structures, including two major synagogues in Neve Dekalim, the largest Gaza Jewish community. Israel says it left the synagogues since Jewish law prohibits destroying the holy structures.
In front of international camera crews, the Palestinians ripped off aluminum window frames and metal ceiling fixtures from the Neve Dekalim synagogues, which were situated close to each other in the center of town. Members of Hamas and Abdel Al’s Popular Resistance Committees reportedly flew the Palestinian and Hamas flags from the structures before mobs burned down the synagogues.
The Committees now control the swath of territory upon which the Neve Dekalim synagogues rested.
Abdel-Al told Klein the synagogue ruins are being used as rocket launch pads to fire projectiles into Israeli communities.
“We are proud to turn these lands, especially these parts that were for long time the symbol of occupation and injustice, like the synagogue, into a military base and source of fire against the Zionists and the Zionist entity,” said Abdel-Al.
Asked how he can justify complaining about non-Muslims allegedly insulting Islam when his group desecrated synagogues, Ablel-Al blamed Israel for the Jewish structures’ molestations:
“The Zionists left these so called synagogues in order to make that one day media outlets like WorldNetDaily would raise the pathetic and rude argument about what we have done to the poor Zionists holy places. (Israel) left the synagogues behind so the world would see the Palestinians destroying them,” he said.
He said the synagogues were not holy since Judaism and Christianity were “falsified” and that “Islam came to correct all other fake religions.”
In Klein’s new book, “Schmoozing with Terrorists,” the Jewish author ventured into Islamist strongholds to confront Mideast Muslim terrorist leaders accused of the rampant desecration of other religions’ holy sites.
In 2002, Fatah terrorists fleeing an Israeli antiterror operation ran inside Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity – the believed birthplace of Jesus and one of the holiest sites in Christianity – where the gunmen took nuns and priests hostage and holed up inside the church for 39 days. After the siege ended, there were widespread media reports, including video footage, the Nativity church had been left in shambles.
Clergy trapped inside later told reporters top Palestinian gunmen slept on comfortable beds in an elegant apartment inside the church, using high-quality woolen blankets, while the civilians slept on cold tile floors in the main church downstairs.
Four Greek monks told the Washington Times the Palestinian gunmen holed up with them seized church stockpiles of food and “ate like greedy monsters” until the food ran out, while the trapped civilians went hungry. The terrorists also were accused of guzzling beer, wine and Johnny Walker scotch they found in the priests’ quarters.
A Roman Catholic priest trapped inside told the Times some Bibles were torn up and used as toilet paper.
In “Schmoozing,” Klein catches up with the director of the church siege, Jihad Jaara, who was chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group in Bethlehem, as well as with other terror leaders trapped inside.
The Jewish reporter confronted Jaara and other jihadi leaders with the toilet paper account.
“I am not ready to hear your dirty accusations,” snapped Jaara. “It is completely untrue that we used the Bible as toilet paper.”
Confronted about the video footage showing the church in poor condition, Jaara replied:
“As for the conditions in which we left the church, it is true there was a lot of dirt but it is normal to the conditions in which we were living. Thirty-nine days without any water and any possibility to move because of the snipers who were placed all around the church.”
In what Klein labels the “most vile holy site desecration in recent history,” when Israeli forces in 2000 evacuated the area outside the northern West Bank city of Nablus, or Biblical Shechem, Palestinians overtook Joseph’s Tomb – Judaism’s third holiest site – located at the area of the Israeli retreat. The Tomb is the believed burial place of the biblical patriarch Joseph – the son of Jacob who was sold by his brothers into slavery and later became the viceroy of Egypt.
Within less than an hour of the Israeli retreat, Palestinians stormed Joseph’s Tomb and reportedly began to ransack the structure. Palestinian mobs reportedly tore apart books, destroying prayer stands and grinding out stone carvings in the Tomb’s interior. The Palestinians hoisted a Muslim flag over the tomb, painted the dome green – the color of Islam – and later converted the site’s attached yeshiva into a mosque.
In “Schmoozing,” Klein meets with the chief of the terror group responsible for the repeated attacks on Joseph’s Tomb leading up to the Israeli evacuation and also confronts Palestinian lawmakers reportedly involved in the tomb’s desecration.
Tafiq Tarawi, a Palestinian lawmaker who led a major cell of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group responsible for many of the tomb attacks, claimed to Klein that Joseph’s Tomb was never a Jewish site.
“This is a holy site where our fathers and grandfathers and all Muslims used to pray. This is part of our holy sites and part of our cult and faith and not the Jews.”
Abu Mujaheed, another Brigades leader of the 2000 attacks against Joseph’s Tomb, had a different story. He told Klein that Judaism’s third holy site, firebombed by his group, really was an Israeli military base.
Klein accused the Palestinian mob that burned Joseph’s Tomb of engaging in “the most barbaric behavior imaginable.
Mujaheed thundered back: “You Jews and Americans are the animals who do not respect holy sites. … You are the animals who desecrate holy books and the holy Quran in prisons like many of our heroic prisoners witnessed.”
To interview Aaron Klein, contact Tim Bueler Public Relations by e-mail, or call (530) 401-3285.