Monthly Archives: October 2012

Conversion of non-Muslim places of worship into mosques

Via:  The religion of peace

The Conversion of non-Muslim places of worship into mosques occurred primarily during the life of Muhammad and continued during subsequent Islamic conquests and under historical Muslim rule. As a result, numerous Hindu temples, churches, synagogues, the Parthenon and Zoroastrian temples were converted into mosques.

Mosques were regularly established on the places of Jewish or Christian sanctuaries associated with Biblical personalities who were also recognized by Islam. This practice was particularly common in Palestine.[citation needed] The Caliph Umar initially built a small prayer house, which laid the foundation for the later construction of the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount, the most sacred site in Judaism, possibly by the Umayyads. The Dome of the Rock, another Muslim mosque, was also built on the Temple Mount which was an abandoned and disused area. Upon the capture of Jerusalem, it is commonly reported that Umar refused to pray in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.[3] for fear that later Muslims would then convert it into a mosque in spite of a treaty guaranteeing its safety.[4]

The mosque of Job in Ash Shaykh Sa’d, Syria, was previously a church of Job.[2] The Herodian shrine of Cave of the Patriarchs, the second most holy site in Judaism, was converted into a church during the Crusades before being turned into a mosque in 1266 and henceforth banned to Jews and Christians. Part of it was restored as a synagogue after 1967 by Israel.


Video: Camille Paglia on the Sneering Art Establishment

Oliver Stone’s Unbelievable Crap

On the evidence of his new Showtime mini-series and companion book, Oliver Stone is both a communist and political moron, a redundancy to be sure. Having previously celebrated a trio of evil-doers – Castro, Arafat and Hugo Chavez – Stone now adds The Untold History of the United States to the cinematic garbage heap he has been piling up since J.F.K. and Born on the 4th of July. Like them, this latest contribution is an unrelenting (and unrelentingly perverse) attack on America as history’s Great Satan, the root cause of worldly evil.

The heroes of this latest Stone fantasy are — I kid you not — Vladimir Lenin and Henry Wallace. Wallace is cast by Stone as the visionary of a planet without capitalism and war, and consequently as America’s missed opportunity to change the world. Along the way, Stone composes nauseating apologetics for Joseph Stalin and other historical villains including even Saddam Hussein, all of which are necessary to sustain his preposterous narrative of America as the great villain of a century in which America in fact defeated the two most monstrous regimes on human record – the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany – liberating more than a billion people in the process.

“The homeland needs you, son. Go and blow up the sons of Zion”

I said to her: ‘Why me and not you?’
She said: ‘I will stay in order to give birth to more children for the sake of Palestine.’

Elections are an adult activity and maybe it’s time we started discussing them like adults

How did we come to a time where everybody in the media is picking a side instead of plucking at the loose thread that might lead somewhere?

Great: AP Poll Finds More Americans Believe Obama Is Jewish Than Muslim

No good can come from this.

Good news: Only two Muslim terror attacks in Canada this week

No worries.

Alexandre Trudeau is a Jew hatin’ jackass

In the face of international condemnation of Iran’s destructive pursuit of nuclear weapons and its repeated calls for Israel’s destruction, filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau, son of the late Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau and senior advisor to his brother Justin’s campaign team for leadership of the Liberal party, reports that Iran’s atomic ambitions are for “defensive” purposes only, serving as an effective “deterrent” against Israeli “aggression” and belligerence.

Canada joins Israel, US in calling for UN rapporteur’s removal

Canada has joined Israel and the US in calling for the removal of the UN special investigator on human rights in the Palestinian territories, who on Thursday presented a report calling for a boycott of all companies that have dealings with Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem until they adhere to international rights standards and practices.

A spokesman for Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Richard Falk’s report was “offensive and unhelpful.”

“Canada calls on Mr. Falk to either withdraw this biased and disgraceful report — or resign from his position at the United Nations,” Rick Roth wrote in an email obtained by Canada’s CBC News.

Inside Turkey’s Kurdish insurgency: No sex, no swearing, no Quran

Volunteers who join the Kurdish insurgency against Turkey must abandon Islamic religious practice and must forego “emotional ties” to anyone outside the group, as well as swear words and sex, or face trial and prison, according to a Syrian-born Kurd who defected from the group to Turkey over the summer.

The 21-year-old defector, who surrendered in June, brought with him not only a tale of life inside the Kurdistan Workers’ Party — known by its Kurdish initials as the PKK — but also detailed information about a planned attack inside Turkey that helped Turkish authorities beat back the PKK offensive.

McClatchy Newspapers obtained a copy of a 19-page Turkish-language account of his debriefing, which was dated July 4 and was not marked classified. The debriefing contained his name, but McClatchy is identifying him only by his initials, R.S., to protect family members who might still be in territory held by the PKK’s Syrian affiliate.

The PKK has been waging a war against Turkey for three decades, demanding the creation of a Kurdish state in southern Turkey. Thousands of Turks have been killed by PKK actions, and the United States and the European Union have branded it a terrorist organization.

The defector’s disclosures helped avert the PKK capture of Semdinli, a mainly Kurdish town of 19,000 in southeast Turkey, officials there said in August. The PKK was routed instead, losing more than 100 fighters. But the PKK offensive continues, with at least 112 Turks and 325 separatists killed between July and mid-October, and casualties mounting daily on both sides.

The defector revealed that 250 to 300 insurgents were being mustered to attack Semdinli, the weapons they carried, where landmines would be planted and even the tactics for evading surveillance by Israeli-manufactured Heron drones.

He also disclosed a fact of strategic significance: Part of the staging for the Semdinli operation took place at Sehidan, a PKK base inside Iran, where he had also been stationed, a sign of a tacit, though possibly passive, role by Iran in the PKK’s assault against Turkey.

“Because Turkish planes and artillery cannot strike Iranian soil, the (PKK) organization moves freely on Iranian soil,” R.S. told Turkish authorities. “We do not interfere in Iran, and they do not attempt to provide enforcement against us.”

Kurds also inhabit portions of Iraq, where they’ve established an autonomous regional government in three provinces that operates largely independently of the central government in Baghdad; and portions of Syria, where a PKK affiliate now controls much of northeast Syria with the apparent acquiescence of the besieged government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

R.S. portrayed the PKK as anti-Islamic. Performing daily prayers, fasting and reading the Quran are among the offenses that could land a recruit in prison, he told Turkish authorities. Instead, fighters were told that the religion of Kurds is Zoroastrianism, one of the world’s most ancient religions, and they should worship fire. There are said to be fewer than 200,000 Zoroastrians today, mostly in Iran and India.


Mujahideen Shura Council details recent rocket attacks against Israel in new video

On Monday, the Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) released to jihadist forums a 32-minute-long video detailing some of the group’s recent rocket attacks against southern Israel. The video, titled “We Will Continue Pounding Their Strongholds,” was obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence group.

SITE notes that the group “used the production not only to show some of the attacks it carried out over the past three months, but to respond to those who charged it with stealing rockets from Palestinian resistance organizations in Gaza, and abrogating the ceasefire with Israel.”

In the video, a member of the group who was identified as Abu Usama al Muhajir says: “[R]ockets aren’t affected by the walls behind which the cowardly Jews usually take cover. The servants of Allah come at them from where they didn’t expect, and rockets fall on them carrying messages of glory and revenge of Muslims and spreading death, destruction and horror in every Jewish house, school, street and city.”

Later al Muhajir says that despite having a lesser arsenal than other groups, such as Hamas, the MSC has no intention of suspending its jihad against Israel. “[T]he Ummah didn’t give them weapons to remain held in warehouses while Muslims are being slaughtered and bombed day and night,” al Muhajir states.

Al Muhajir also addresses allegations that the MSC has stolen rockets from other groups operating in the Gaza Strip. According to al Muhajir, “The rockets with which we pound the Jewish usurping enemy are either local or international, and as for the local, by the grace of Allah the Almighty, we have enough evidence that prove that we manufactured them.” He adds that the foreign rockets are obtained “with difficulty through means and ways that there is no need to mention.”

The video concludes with a member of the MSC saying: “We in the Mujahideen Shura Council will pound your settlements and will uproot you, Allah the Almighty permitting, from our land, and we will fight you as long as we hold on weapons in our hands. May our mothers be bereaved of us if we leave any of you on our land. Our jihad is continuing until Allah inherits the Earth and everything in it, and will continue despite the pursuits, imprisonment and torture.”

Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem

The Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) is a consolidation of a number of Salafi-Jihadist groups operating in the Gaza Strip including, but not limited to: Tawhid and Jihad Group in Jerusalem, and Ansar al Sunnah. The group has taken responsibility for a number of rocket attacks against Israel as well as the June 18, 2012 attack that killed one Israeli civilian.

In July, the MSC released a 38-minute-long video in which it said that the June attack was “a gift to our brothers in Qaedat al Jihad and Sheikh Zawahiri” and retaliation for the death of Osama bin Laden.

The Israeli Defense Forces has recently increased its targeting of MSC members. On Oct. 7, the IDF killed Tala’at Halil Muhammad Jarbi, a “global jihad operative,” and Abdullah Muhammad Hassan Maqawai, a member of the MSC. Maqawai was likely a former member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. On Oct. 13, Israel killed Abu al Walid al Maqdisi, the former emir of the Tawhid and Jihad Group in Jerusalem, and Ashraf al Sabah, the former emir of Ansar al Sunnah, in an airstrike. The two were said to be leaders of the MSC.

Hizbullah’s Unspoken War in Syria

For the first time, Hizbullah is “exporting” its military know-how and might for use against Arab neighbors, in order to respond to Tehran’s strategic scheme to protect the Assad regime from falling. But by doing so, Hizbullah has alienated the Sunni majority in Syria and also in Lebanon. It would be fair to assess that in case Assad’s regime falls, Hizbullah will also have to fight for its life in the Lebanese context.

Boeing Successfully Tests Microwave Missile That Takes Out Electronic Targets

Boeing successfully tests a new missile that can take out electronic targets with little collateral damage.

The aerospace company tested the microwave missile last week on a two-story building on the Utah Test and Training Range where computers and electronic systems were turned on to gauge the effects of the missile’s radio waves, according to a Boeing press release.

The missile, known as CHAMP (Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project), fired a burst of High Powered Microwaves at the building, successfully knocking out the electronic systems and computers, and even taking out the television cameras recording the test.

This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works, said in the press release. “In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive.”

Gazans fire 60 rockets, mortar shells into Israel; 3 hurt

Hamas claims responsibility for rockets; IAF strikes kill 3 Hamas members; 77 rockets fired since evening; southern municipalities cancel school.

Gitmo terrorists tuned in to presidential debate

Dozens of well-behaved captives here tuned into Monday night’s foreign affairs debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, a detention center official said Tuesday.

Detainees watched in two separate cellblocks that get satellite TV broadcasts at Camp 6, the communal prison building for cooperative captives, said Army Capt. Jennifer Palmeri. Another block listened to it over the radio.

If they were hoping to hear about their own situation, they were disappointed. Guantanamo didn’t come up, although there was a short exchange over U.S. drone policy, a likely subject of interest because most U.S. drone strikes are in Yemen and most of the 166 detainees at Guantanamo are Yemeni.

No polls were conducted, nor were focus groups assembled. So it was not immediately known who the detainees thought won the debate.

It also was not immediately known in what language they followed the debate or on what channel. Guantanamo captives get mostly free-of-charge broadcasts from the Middle East and North Africa, but also have access to Al Jazeera’s English channel.

Listening by radio may seem a bit archaic at the state-of-the-art prison, where each cellblock has a flat-screen television bolted high above the floor, headsets to listen to broadcasts and remote controls to switch channels. But some of the more traditional Muslims shun television, guards say, to avoid seeing scantily clad or simply uncovered women in keeping with their strict interpretations of Islam.

Book: Rise of gender and ethnic studies programs helped bring about decline of modern academia

Modern academia has gone astray and identity studies programs are in large part the culprit, argues author and poet Bruce Bawer in his new book ”The Victims’ Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind.”

“Identity studies sum up everything that’s wrong with the humanities today,” Bawer told The Daily Caller. “They’re about nothing other than group identity, group oppression, and group grievance. Instead of engaging in objective scholarly study of, say, black American history or women’s literature, these departments are boosters for everything having to do with the group in question. It’s all slogans. Kids don’t learn anything other than to think of themselves as having been wronged by capitalism, by the West, by America, by white men.”


York University Jew hatin’ prof of the day

“Sabah Alnasseri, a professor of political science at York University in Toronto, is the latest participant to have pulled out of Austria’s Salam.Orient festival over sponsorship by the Israeli embassy.

Alnasseri, an Iraqi native who lives in exile, had been scheduled to give a 16 October lecture on Western interventions in the Arab world, previously billed on the official Salam.Orient program as the opening event of the festival.

Salam.Orient, a multi-cultural festival of music, dance and lectures, has already been hit hard by boycott actions. In the past week, Syrian singer Lena Chamamyan, Lebanese MC Malikah, and Palestine’s DJ Sotusura, MC Boikutt and Marwan Abado withdrew from the festival because of sponsorship from the Israeli embassy.

After Alnasseri was alerted by activists in Lebanon about Israeli embassy sponsorship of Salam.Orient, he demanded that his lecture, organized by the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation, be completely dissociated from the Salam.Orient festival and removed from its website.”

Coming soon to a billboard near you

ICNA Canada announces Billboard campaign honouring Prophet Muhammad:

Prisoner chosen as mayor of Bethlehem village

“A Palestinian prisoner serving 11 life terms in Israel will be the next mayor of Tuqu near Bethlehem.”

Mr. Mayor murdered 12.

Panetta: U.S. being attacked by Iranian hackers

“As I speak, there are attacks going on in this country, cyber attacks, on financial institutions, on banks,” Panetta told the business group on Friday, adding that Washington faces hundreds of thousands of attacks per day. He did not specify the country from which the attacks were originating.

“Now they are developing the capability to be able to go after our grid, our power grid, our financial systems, our government systems, and virtually paralyze this country,” he said.

Madonna dedicates onstage striptease to Pakistani girl shot by Taliban

Clearly not content with flashing a nipple and ‘ironically’ calling Barack Obama a Muslim, Madonna has decided to wade in on the shooting of a Pakistani girl after she spoke out against the Taliban.

Madonna continued to use her ‘MDNA Tour’ to make yet another controversial statement by strip-teasing to ‘show her support’ for Malala Yousafzai, who was shot on a schoolbus for writing a blog about how important education is.

On her Wednesday night performance in the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, the singer began by telling her audience that she wanted have a ‘serious talk’.

Teaching Holocaust is “crime against palestinians”

Hamas on Wednesday reiterated its strong opposition to teaching the Holocaust in UNRWA-run schools in the Gaza Strip.

New Arab Libel: ‘Bored’ Jewish Women Sexually Assault PA Workers

The latest Arab libel against Jews has broken through new heights – or depths – and claims “bored” Jewish women are accused of sexually assaulting Palestinian Authority workers.

After previous libels of Jews trafficking in organs from dead terrorists and daily propaganda of soldiers allegedly beating elderly men, handicapped children and pregnant women, the Palestinian Authority’s Central Bureau of Statistics declared that a “field study” concluded that 77 per cent of the PA workers in Israel have been subject to sexual harassment by Israeli women.

Bad weather now blamed for rise in domestic violence

“It seemed a strange thing to blame a rise in domestic violence on the weather.

“I know the weather gets blamed for a lot of things but this is a new one on me.”

Japan’s child porn addiction

Japan has long been considered a hub for the production and possession of paedophile images. It is the only OECD (Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development) nation that has not banned possession of child porn, partly to protect its manga and anime industries, which churn out thousands of titles every year that sail close to the legal wind. A government survey in 2002 found that 10 per cent of Japanese men admitted to owning child porn at some stage.

Bookstores and convenience stores across the country stock magazines carrying semi-naked pictures of pubescent and pre-pubescent children. Many underage girls have built careers as so-called “junior idols”, posing in suggestive poses. In the electronics district of Akihabara, Tokyo’s capital of geeky cool, tourists gawk at cartoon images of children in various stages of sexual distress, all perfectly legal. One of the nation’s most popular pop groups, AKB48, features a revolving cast of members, some as young as 13, persuaded to pout in adult lingerie for videos and magazine covers.

The UK-based Internet Watch Foundation traced nearly 16,250 websites depicting child abuse back to Japan in 2006, enough to put it third on a global watch list. In 2009, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection placed Japan fourth among the top five countries hosting websites with child abuse images, according to ECPAT International, an NGO that fights to end the commercial exploitation of children.

American Jewry’s cherished values

For 70% of American Jews, party loyalty trumps all of their conceivable rational interests. For them, partisan loyalty is more important than facts. They do not want to use independent judgment. They just want to be Democrats.
The most disturbing aspect of the surveys of American Jewish voters is not that they are willing to vote for the most hostile US president Israel has ever experienced in order to remain true to their party. The most disturbing aspect of the American Jewish community’s devotion to Obama and the Democrats is that it indicates that the vast majority of American Jews have abandoned their faculties for independent thought and judgment in favor of conformism and slavish partisanship. They have rendered themselves unreachable.

Good news: Greece’s Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party Opens Office in Montreal

Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party (Chrysi Avgi) has set up an office in Montreal, in an effort to reach out to Greek citizens living abroad and widen its sphere of influence.

The party, which has become notorious for its blatant anti-Semitic and xenophobic rhetoric, also recently opened an office in New York City. It openly displays copies of “Mein Kampf,” as well as other works on Greek racial superiority at party headquarters.

Audio: Radio Caller Says Deer Crossing Signs ‘Encouraging Deer to Cross’ Are Causing Her Frequent Collisions With the Animal

“Calling into the Y94 Morning Playhouse radio show, Fargo-area resident “Donna” aired her frustrations about a number of deer-related car accidents she has been involved in recently – three to be exact.

Donna believes the North Dakota and Minnesota Departments of Transportation are responsible for the problem, however, she told the radio hosts that she has written local news outlets about her grievance and they refuse to take her seriously. It’s extremely frustrating to Donna as she believes she has crafted a very simple and effective solution to her problem.

Well, let’s allow her to explain in her own words:

“My frustration is that, Minnesota and North Dakota Departments of Transportation would allow these deer crossing in such high traffic areas. I mean, I’ve even seen them on the interstate,” Donna began.

“Why are we encouraging deer to cross at the interstate? I don’t get it,” Donna said to two stunned radio hosts.”

Cancer patient to challenge hospital parking fees in court

An author and former solider in St. John’s, N.L., refuses to pay his hospital parking fee, calling it an indirect tax on health care, and plans to take the issue all the way to the Supreme Court if need be.

CBC Music losing millions as content costs surpass revenue

Your tax dollars at work:

“The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. will lose millions of dollars a year on its free music service for the foreseeable future, as the high cost of content surpasses the advertising revenue the service earns.

CBC Music was launched in February just as the broadcaster was bracing for deep budget cuts that would lead to the loss of 650 jobs and prompt the CBC to request permission to sell advertising on its Radio 2 service.

Private companies who charge for digital music services have complained about the CBC’s encroachment, arguing the public broadcaster uses taxpayer money to run a service that will put them out of business.”


CIJA’s misguided policy

It is unacceptable that CIJA continue to be given carte blanche to set, unilaterally, Canada’s Israel advocacy policy.

Occupy Toronto idiots are having a party

Marking the one year anniversary since the mangy morons polluted our city.

Coming up: The first “World Muhammad Day”

Iranian Islamic unity center announced it is going to mark the first World Muhammad (PBUH) Day calling Muslims across the world to join the initiation.

Land prices rising in concentration camp

In Gaza city you can see what, at least in part, has driven the rapid rise in land prices.

Over the past year and a half there’s been a building boom, fuelled by construction materials smuggled in through tunnels from Egypt.

There are new offices and flats going up everywhere.

Muslim Brotherhood member who approves of wife beating & suicide bombing educating Islanders on Islam

“In the wake of perceived threats against a mosque in Charlottetown, P.E.I.’s Islamic community asked Prince Edward Islanders to learn more about their faith Thursday night.

The Muslim Society of P.E.I. invited Jamal Badawi, professor emeritus at Halifax’s St. Mary’s University, to give a lecture at UPEI introducing Islamic faith.”

I’m pretty sure P.E.Iers weren’t educated about Badawi………

Brazilian city council candidate passes out cocaine in exchange for votes

A woman running for a city council position in Brazil, the world’s second-largest consumer of cocaine, was arrested on Sunday — election day — after allegedly handing out packets of cocaine with candidate leaflets that contained instructions on how to vote for her.


In Taiwan: Stripping for the dead

Dressed in mini skirts barely covering their hips, the two girls took to the neon-lit stage and moved vigorously to the loud, pumping pop music. Their job: to appease the wandering spirits.

Arab politicians flock to Turkey for moustache implants

Politicians from the Arab world are now coveting moustache implants to add to their charisma during election periods. “Every month we have about 60 applications for beard and hair implants”.

Group wants Khadr charged with treason

“The Government of Canada is requested to try Omar Khadr for treason under the laws of Canada for his actions against coalition forces in Afghanistan”.

Attempted Jew massacre of the day

The IDF struck targets in Gaza Monday in response to a barrage of more than 30 rockets and mortar shells fired into farming districts in southern Israel by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Warning from above

In the next war drones will come from the north in waves, and Gaza may contribute its part as well, as Hamas is working independently to develop its own UAVs.

For now there are more questions than answers, but there is no doubt that this incident constitutes a major turning point as far as Israel’s security is concerned. The Iranians sent us a message via Lebanon: You will be attacked not only with rockets and missiles, but with explosives-laden unmanned aircraft as well.

Facebook-connected vest hugs you when you get a ‘Like’

Like-A-Hug is a wearable social media vest that allows for hugs to be given via Facebook, bringing us closer despite physical distance. The vest inflates when friends ‘Like’ a photo, video, or status update on the wearer’s wall, thereby allowing us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs. Hugs can also be sent back to the original sender by squeezing the vest and deflating it.

Half of the Facts You Know Are Probably Wrong

Dinosaurs were cold-blooded. Vast increases in the money supply produce inflation. Increased K-12 spending and lower pupil/teacher ratios boosts public school student outcomes. Most of the DNA in the human genome is junk. Saccharin causes cancer and a high fiber diet prevents it. Stars cannot be bigger than 150 solar masses.

In the past half century, all of the foregoing facts have turned out to be wrong.

Video: And now, a dancing baby stingray

More terrorist on terrorist action

The Gaza-based Salafist group Jaysh Al Umma accused the ruling Hamas movement on Monday of arresting and torturing six of its members, including its leader.

In a statement obtained, the group said it was breaking the “media blackout” over the arrest of its leader Sheikh Ismail Hamid, also known as Abu Hafs Al Maqdisi.

He is “languishing in the dark cells of the Hamas government, subjected to harsh interrogation,” the group said, adding that five other members were also being held by Hamas forces.

“There will be no compromises, the Sheikh will continue jihad and preaching and will not be subject to political calculations that waste our rights and embolden our enemies,” the group said.

The statement said Ismail had been arrested at gunpoint during the fasting month of Ramadan and was being subjected to “physical and psychological torture.”

The Hamas government has found itself at odds with an array of small jihadist, Salafist groups operating in the Gaza Strip, which have challenged the Islamist movement both over confrontations with Israel and the practice of Islamic rule in Gaza.

Hamas maintains a tacit truce with Israel, calling on militant groups, including its own military wing, to avoid firing rockets into the Jewish state.

But the Salafist groups have regularly breached the truce, and accuse Hamas of collaborating with Israel by maintaining the unwritten quiet.

The groups have also challenged Hamas inside Gaza, accusing the ruling movement of failing to implement Shariah.


Filthy terrorists turning on each other

Good times:

“Syrian state-run television has bitterly criticized the leader of the Hamas for turning his back on President Bashar Assad, his one-time protector.

Syria welcomed Hamas in 1999 after Jordanian authorities expelled its chief Khaled Mashaal, accusing him of using the country for illicit activities.

Mashaal and Assad’s relationship, built on enmity to Israel, fractured as Assad cracked down on opposition protests that grew into an armed uprising. Mashaal shut down Hamas’s offices in Damascus in February and left the country.

“Syria embraced Mashaal like an orphan looking for shelter after other countries shut the door in his face,” Syrian television said in a commentary broadcast on Monday evening.

“As long as you are in an emotional state regarding the suffering of the Syrian people, Mashaal, why did you not give the same due attention to the people of Palestine … in occupied territories?” TV said.”


And now, a Nazi camp jigsaw puzzle

Online retail giant Amazon has come under fire over the sale of a jigsaw puzzle that depicts ovens at the crematorium at the Nazi death camp of Dachau.