‘Our Streets Are Islamic’: Sharia on the West Bank

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The PA-controlled West Bank is often considered to be the moderate Palestinian area compared to Hamas-run Gaza; but the PA, never known for its commitment to religious freedom, is at the center of this enforcement of sharia. The Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam reported that a handful of men were arrested in the West Bank for eating in public during Ramadan in August 2011 as well, and it was PA President Mahmoud Abbas himself who appointed Sheikh Ida’is to his position as chairman of the sharia court this last January.

This supposedly moderate PA received a waiver from President Obama at the end of April, releasing a $192 million aid package that was frozen after the PA tried to circumvent the United States and achieve statehood through the United Nations. Section 3 of Congress’s Palestinian Accountability Act stipulates that “no funds available to any United States Government department or agency … may be obligated or expended with respect to providing funds to the Palestinian Authority.” Obama overrode Congress to lift that ban on financial aid to the PA, saying it is “important to the security interests of the United States.”

A White House spokesman further explained that Obama lifted the ban because the PA had fulfilled its major obligations, such as recognizing Israel’s right to exist and renouncing violence, and that the funds are aimed at “ensuring the continued viability of the moderate PA government.”

About that “moderation,” National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy argues,

In the real world, the very immoderate PA has reneged on all its commitments. In addition to violating its obligations by unilaterally declaring statehood, the PA has also agreed to form a unity government with Hamas, a terrorist organization that is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. The PA continues to endorse terrorism against Israel as “resistance.” Moreover, the PA most certainly does not recognize Israel’s right to exist…

In sum, everything Obama is saying about Palestinian compliance is a lie. Even if we were not broke, we should not be giving the PA a dime.

By releasing that aid package, the Obama administration is encouraging – indeed, funding – not “the continued viability of the moderate PA government,” but the oppressive spread of sharia.

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  • Diann

    None of this is surprising – nor should it be to anyone who has any knowledge at all about these things. My concern is to keep Sharia out of our schools and country. Presently, our school children are being pressured to NOT eat or drink during Ramadan so tht the Muslim children will not be tempted. Dangerous slippery slope, if you ask me…

    • Raymond in DC

      Funny, I don't recall children being pressured not to eat bread or cookies during Passover so that Jewish children will not be tempted. It's not so much a slippery slope as a disturbing pattern of accommodating Muslims' sense of entitlement , where *they* set the rules.

    • Kufar Dawg

      It's only going to get worse, much worse. Dearborn is the template for the future of the USA and the corrupt, amoral swine who we call representatives in our Congress are on board with it.

    • mburu

      why is it that zionists are the most intense foes of the blessed islamic shariah….do they stand out to lose most ???

      zionists were the most vicious opponents to prophet muhammad in madina and since then have led all efforts to destroy islam

      The Holy Quran says: "Thou will find the most intense of mankind in hostility to those who believe (to be) Jews and the idolaters." (5:82)

  • alex

    absurd n stupid. fasting is personal n divine. u cannot force others to make it easy for u. it is your will power. stupid way of fasting.

    • Georgina

      only they are not 'fasting' – they have just elected to eat at night instead of during the day. Most unhealthy and it should not be permitted to force children not to drink.
      August in Europe is hot – dehydration of children a very real danger.

    • mburu

      to muslims, fasting is both personal and societal……

  • Ham Sandwich

    Eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.

  • rubiconcrest

    During Ramadan Muslims don't eating during daylight hours. They eat as much as much as they want when it is dark. This is no more fasting than a person who 'fasts' between dinner at 5:30pm and breakfast at 7:00am. How about referring to the custom as …. 'Ramadan daylight fasting' to differentiate it from true fasting.

  • Marty

    sharia is the fate that awaits any society that provides concessions to muslims just because islam is "special." There is no society that has adopted sharia law that has achieved middle class satus and economic prosperity. It can't since sharia is debilitating to any effort that leads to human progress. sharia is also why no islamic society can ever achieve democracy. The notions of individualism, gender equality, scientific inquiry, and equality before the law regardless of one's religious affiliation is prohibited in sharia. In the end, sharia become the ideology of a totalitarian society at least as evil as fascism and communism.

    • http://twitter.com/jkhan007 @jkhan007

      Wrong…every thing in Sharia is geared toward social justice and equality … something that is void in other other system, including the "democracy" in which the majority gets to decide what is "good" for everyone, whether the minorities like it or not..

      • Kufar Dawg

        Yeah "social justice" for adult, male muslim swine at the expense of everyone else.

  • Schlomotion

    Mr. Tapson said "Islamic dissemblers and their Western academic apologists insist that if sharia law were applied in the West, only Muslims would be obligated to obey it; sharia is respectful of other belief systems and therefore not a threat to anyone."

    On the contrary. We simply don't believe that sharia law will be applied in the West.

    • reader

      You – the royal "we" – are a liar, tro schlo. Not only you do believe, you do try to make it happen.

    • marwan

      don't be so sure that shari'a will not be applied in the west. peoples before you said the same thing to themselves before they opened their doors to islam.now they are under the boots of sari'a sheikhs. sooner or later the west will pay hard for its stupidity & ignorance. we'll live to see!!!

  • Gee

    Typical cowardly Islam. The members of this fascist cult are so afraid of any sort of freedom that they have to threaten people that what to act as they see fit.

    I notice that in countries where they are the minority Muslims do not adhere to the religion of that country and they would scream bloody murder if they were treated the same as they treat others

    • mburu

      do zionists adhere to the religion of their host countries or do they form nations within those nations????/

      are zionists in the united states more loyal to israel and fellow zionists than to their host country???/

  • LindaRivera

    The streets in world-famous BIBLICAL Judea and Samaria belong to Almighty God and Jews. It is where the Jewish prophets walked. The streets do NOT belong to Muslims and Islam's god.

    WHY was God treated with such profound disrespect by giving control of most of God-given Judea and Samaria to totalitarian Islam?

    • http://twitter.com/jkhan007 @jkhan007

      May be the answer lies in how the "Children of Israel" messed up the privilege God had given them. Islam brought peace to the world. No one in Islam claims to be "special" or "chosen". We are all equal in the sight of Allah Almighty.

      • LindaRivera

        You state: "Islam brought peace to the world" When you say peace, you most certainly don't refer to what God and non-Muslims call peace.

        Since 9/11 Muslims have carried out more than 19,374 deadly terror attacks.
        See: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

        The god you call Allah is not the Holy One! God is Holy! Almighty God is the total opposite of the god you call Allah.

        Jews DO NOT call themselves special or chosen! God in the Bible said that He chose Jews! God chose Jews to give the Ten Commandments and other important laws, such as:

        YOU SHALL NOT MURDER
        You shall not steal
        You shall not bear false witness (lie)

        Exodus 21:16 He who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in bhis possession, shall surely be put to death.

        God's laws apply to everyone! No one gets a free pass to break God's Holy Laws because of their religion!

        • mburu

          before true and lasting peace is established, islam has to fight to eliminate the bad guys first….so it is peace through war…..got it buddy????

          • marwan

            i have read the cor'an more than 3 times with a neutral eye. in conclusion: i was holding fire in my hands!

        • mburu

          why do the "chosen people" have the highest number of atheists in their ranks????????///

          • LindaRivera

            God is deeply concerned with how people treat other people! God's requirement for ALL humanity is KINDNESS:

            Bible, Micah 6:8 And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.

            Jesus said in the Bible in Matthew 7:12 Treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

            This same message is throughout the Bible. The absolute opposite of the Quran.

        • marwan

          i completely agree with you but tell me where the jews have played a role to curb this democratic barbaric aggression on the west. just remember the calls by humanitarian organizations(mostly headed by Jews) to allow every son of a b…h to enter europe & obtain a nationality.

        • manrwa

          it's mentioned in their cor'an that the Jews are God's chosen people.they should look at the number of JEWISH geniuses & noble prize winners . moslims say they will conquer europe by number not by brain.

      • Kufar Dawg

        Except male muslim swine are more equal than anyone else.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        kkkhan "Islam brought peace to the world".

        Yeah. "Peace" like 9/11, Pan Am 103 bombing, 20,000 dead in Assad klan Syria, murder of Coptic Christians in Egypt, honor killing, beheading of captives, Londons 7/7/05 transport bombings, 8 year Iraq/Iran war.

        kkkhan, you can go to Hell with your false prophet muhammed.

        • mburu

          how many have died in zionist-inspired wars in history if not millions????? world war 1, 2, iraq, libya, lebanon, gaza etc……

          which country has attacked its neigbours most….israel………

          which country has ignored the highest number of UN resolutions …..israel………..

          which "religion" makes legal the killing of non-combatants including women and children….judaism:

          dont rabbis frequently preach that non-jews are essentially evil and should b exterminated if they are not ready to be slaves of zionists ????

          which country committed war crimes in 2006 by bombing hospitals, mosques and markets…..according to the UN , it is israel

          is zionism a "peaceful ideology" or one of endless conquests and wars????????

          • LindaRivera

            How dare you accuse Israel of wars they have absolutely nothing to do with? Your lies are disgusting.
            Nothing but LIES, LIES AND MORE LIES. Barbaric mass murderer and huge slave trader, founder of Islam, Mohammad declared:

            WAR IS DECEPTION.

            You will answer to the God of Truth for your wicked lies!

            Everyone is sick of Islam's lies. And by the way, the UN is anti freedom, anti human rights and hates Jews and Christians.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        kkkhan, WRONG. Islam considers the dirty old man mohmmaed a chosen "god" hence the prohibition of any pictures of the false "god" mohammed.

    • mburu

      is judaism/zionism a better religion than islam,,,,,,judaism is not about faith and God, it is a bunch of idle/arbitrary formalities formulated by rabbis to replace the real truth brought by moses, jesus and muhammad……why do you become a muslim buddy???? hahaha

      • mburu

        i meant why dont you become a muslim buddy???? hahaha

      • LindaRivera

        You will answer to God for your lies! On Judgment Day!

  • Ghostwriter

    Somehow,I'm not surprised someone in the PA would do this. It doesn't surprise me in the least.

  • Zionista

    Isn't the PA too busy for this kind of thing

  • CapeLady

    Just another form of slavery.

  • mburu

    respecting the "spirit of ramadan" in a muslim-majority country or neigbourhood sounds quite reasonable to me ……

    i
    if you wanna exercise your gustatory whims, you are free to so…..in private!

  • mburu

    Eat and drink, for tomorrow we die…..THEN WE WILL BE RESURRECTED BACK TO LIFE TO ANSWER FOR OUR ACTIONS IN THIS MATERIAL WORLD

    problem is: most zionists are materialist atheists and believe not in life after death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Flyingdutch

    Islam and koran should be forbidden.