Will Free Gaza implode due to anti-Semitism scandal?

It was always clear they were a left wing neo-Nazi group and greta berlin particularly, is a Jew hating witch.

10/11/2012 04:20

Analysis: Critics slam Movement founder for posting on Twitter blaming Zionists for Holocaust.

Greta Berlin Photo: Reuters The Free Gaza Movement, a pro-Palestinian group that seeks to break Israel’s legal blockade of the Gaza Strip, is embroiled in an anti-Semitism scandal that has produced rifts within the group as well as intense criticism from Middle East experts.

Greta Berlin, the US co-founder of FGM, posted on Twitter in late September that “Zionists operated the concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews.”

the rest here: www.jpost.com

Hezbollah Official Flees to Israel with Embezzled Millions

Rats leaving a sinking ship?

Hezbollah Official Flees to Israel with Embezzled Millions

According to official Hezbollah sources, Fahs took with him maps, classified documents and a large sum of money.
Published: October 10th, 2012
The Hezbollah flag, modified.
The Hezbollah flag, modified.
Photo Credit: Yori Yanover

Last month, Yoni Alpert’s Terror Watch reported that Iranian Revolutionary Guards along with Hezbollah’s security apparatus arrested Hussein Fahs, who is considered Hezbollah’s CFO and head of the organization’s operational communications network. Fahs was arrested at Beirut’s Hariri Airport, on his way to an unknown destination. He and four other Hezbollah members were interrogated on suspicion of embezzling the organization’s funds and of collaborating with Israeli Intelligence. At the time it was suspected that they stole at least $5 million in Iranian aid funds.

Now it turns out, according to TW, citing Lebanese sources, that Fahs, a 29-year-old telecommunications engineer, a native of southern Lebanon, was able to flee the country, crossing the border into Israel.

According to official Hezbollah sources, Fahs took with him maps, classified documents and a large sum of money.

More here: http://www.jewishpress.com

Copt home attacked after Egypt president promises security

what a surprise, the muslim brotherhood leader, can’t keep his brothers hands of Christian necks…

A Cairo cab bearing a portrait of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi drives past a Coptic church in the Egyptian capital in June 2012. Gunmen opened fire on the home of a Coptic Christian in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday, hours after a visit by Morsi to reassured Christian residents they would not be targeted again.AFP – Gunmen opened fire on the home of a Coptic Christian in the Sinai peninsula on Saturday, hours after a visit by President Mohamed Morsi to reassure Christian residents they would not be targeted again.

Gunmen “used automatic weapons when they opened fire on the house of a Coptic resident of Rafah hours after the president left,” a security official told AFP.

There were no reports of casualties, he said.

Witnesses told AFP three gunmen in a car fired on the house of Magdi Niruz before fleeing the scene.

Morsi had visited the Sinai peninsula on Friday to meet with and reassure families who fled Rafah to El-Arish after receiving death threats.

This “will not happen again,” Morsi told a group of local Bedouin tribal chiefs and other residents of El-Arish.

“Your security is our security,” he said.

“What happened is an individual case which represents neither Egypt nor its children, Muslim or Christian. It’s crime for which the perpetrators must be held responsible,” MENA quoted Morsi as saying.

According to residents and officials in Rafah, on the border with Gaza, Christian families fled to El-Arish about 30 kilometres (19 miles) away after having received death threats from Islamists.

Leaflets were circulated in Rafah demanding that the Coptic community leave or be killed, residents said. A shop owned by a Coptic family was subsequently machine-gunned.

Egypt’s Christians, who make up six to 10 percent of the country’s population of 82 million, have regularly complained of discrimination and marginalisation.

They have also been the target of numerous sectarian attacks.

from: http://www.france24.com

HSBC scraps Sharia-compliant mortgages

I’d say epic fail, but despite global demands for this privilege, only 21,000 took it up.

HSBC scraps Sharia-compliant mortgages

5 October 2012 8:27 am | By Tom Selby

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HSBC has stopped offering Sharia-compliant mortgage products following a strategic review of the bank’s businesses, according to The Times.

According to the paper, HSBC is scrapping Islamic loans and bank accounts for personal customers in Britain and several other countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Bangladesh.

A spokesman says: “Sharia mortgages are a very small business line for us in the UK. This is part of a strategic review of all our businesses.”

HSBC began offering Sharia-compliant home loans in 2003. The products account for 21,000 of HSBC’s 16 million bank accounts in the UK and £350m of mortgages out of HSBC’s book of £70bn.

from: http://www.moneymarketing.co.uk/mortgages/hsbc-scraps-sharia-compliant-mortgages/1059074.article

a ‘blasphemous’ pineapple called Mohammed

University atheist society ordered out of freshers’ fair for displaying ‘blasphemous’ pineapple called Mohammed

  • Reading union staff claimed fruit caused ‘distress and upset’ to other students
  • University accused of ‘pandering to the hurt feelings of the devout’

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 18:03 GMT, 4 October 2012 | UPDATED: 20:13 GMT, 4 October 2012

 

Offending fruit: An atheist society at Reading University were ejected from the freshers' fair after displaying a pineapple labelled with the name of the Prophet MohammedOffending fruit: An atheist society at Reading University were ejected from the freshers’ fair after displaying a pineapple labelled with the name of the Prophet Mohammed

A group of atheist students were thrown out of their freshers’ fair because they included a pineapple labelled ‘Mohammed’ on their stall.

The Reading University Atheist, Humanist and Secularist Society (RAHS) said they wanted to celebrate free speech and promote their upcoming debate ‘Should we respect religion?’

But they were ordered to remove the offending fruit by union staff who said their actions were causing ‘upset and distress’ to a number of Muslim students and other societies.

RAHS refused, citing that they had labelled the pineapple after the Islamic prophet to ‘encourage discussion about blasphemy, religion, and liberty’.

A spokesman said: ‘We wanted to celebrate the fact that we live in a country in which free speech is protected and where it is lawful to call a pineapple by whatever name one chooses.’

Defecting Iranian cameraman brings CIA priceless film of secret nuclear sites

DEBKAfileExclusive Report October 5, 2012, 1:01 AM (GMT+02:00)

Hassan Golbankhan and Rev Guards chiefs

debkafile reveals one of the CIA’s most dramatic scoops in many years, and epic disaster for Iran. Our most exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources disclose that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s personal cameraman, Hassan Golkhanban, who defected from his UN entourage in New York on Oct. 1, brought with him an intelligence treasure trove of up-to-date photographs and videos of top Iranian leaders visiting their most sensitive and secret nuclear and missile sites.
The cameraman, who is in his 40s, is staying at an undisclosed address, presumably a CIA safe house under close guard.
He stayed behind when Ahmadinejad, after his UN speech, departed New York with his 140-strong entourage. For some years, Golkhanban worked not just as a news cameraman but personally recorded visits by the Iranian president and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of top-secret nuclear facilities and Revolutionary Guards installations.
When he left Tehran in the president’s party, his luggage was not searched and so he was able to bring out two suitcases packed with precious film and deliver it safely into waiting hands in New York.
The Iranian cameraman has given US intelligence the most complete and updated footage it has ever obtained of the interiors of Iran’s top secret military facilities and various nuclear installations, including some never revealed to nuclear watchdog inspectors. Among them are exclusive interior shots of the Natanz nuclear complex, the Fordo underground enrichment plant, the Parchin military complex and the small Amir-Abad research reactor in Tehran.
Some of the film depicts Revolutionary Guards and military industry chiefs explaining in detail to the president or supreme leader the working of secret equipment on view. Golkhanban recorded their voices.
Our sources also disclose that, in late September, he took the precaution of sending his wife and two children out of Iran on the pretext of a family visit to Turkey. They are most likely on their way to the United States by now.

From his years as a member of the loyal Bassij militia, the cameraman earned the complete trust of Iran’s security services and was able to reach his professional pinnacle as personal photographer for the two most eminent figures in the country, Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, with the task of recording their most confidential pursuits.
This was his second visit to New York. The first time, a year ago, US intelligence was able to make contact and persuade him to defect with his stock of priceless photos and film.
Although Golkhanban’s defection to the United States and request for asylum was disclosed to the media some days ago, Tehran has not made any comment.

from http://www.debka.com/article/22412/

Evil witch (Greta Berlin) that planned Gaza flotilla caught out on Twitter.

Gaza flotilla sponsor blames Jews for Holocaust on Twitter

Petros Karadjias/The Associated Press files

Petros Karadjias/The Associated Press files
Greta Berlin of Free Gaza said her tweet was only supposed to be posted to her private Facebook account.

The Free Gaza Movement, a U.S.-based activist group known for provisioning ships to run the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza, was hit with charges of anti-Semitism on Wednesday after posting a tweet claiming that Jews were responsible for the Holocaust.

“Zionists operated the concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews,” read a Tweet posted Sunday to @freegazaorg, the official Twitter feed of the group, which includes Canadian author Naomi Klein and Bishop Desmond Tutu on its board of advisors.

An embedded link led to a video of a speech by known conspiracy theorist Eustace Mullins claiming that the word Nazi is an amalgam of the words “National socialism” and “Zionist.”

“[Hitler] allied with the Zionist Party, and the mission of the Nazis was to force the anti-Zionist Jews to accept Zionism — and this is what the concentration camps were about,” said Mr. Mullins, who died of a stroke in 2010.

I shared it without watching it. I am sorry that I just sent it forward without looking at it. It won’t happen again

Although the tweet was eventually deleted, it was picked up on Monday by Avi Mayer, head of social media with the Jewish Agency for Israel. In a Wednesday blog post, Mr. Mayer posted a screenshot of the post along with a link to the video, which he claimed revealed Free Gaza as “the lowest anti-Semites.”

Within hours, the American founder of the movement, Greta Berlin, tweeted that she had intended only to publish the link to her private Facebook account, but it was accidentally redirected to the Free Gaza Twitter feed.

“I shared it without watching it. I am sorry that I just sent it forward without looking at it. It won’t happen again,” read a tweet from the Free Gaza Movement account, posted Wednesday afternoon.

read more here: http://news.nationalpost.com/

Russia warns NATO to stay away from Syria

By REUTERS
10/02/2012 13:21

Moscow sends message to West, Gulf Arabs not to intervene militarily in Syria; report: Assad tours Aleppo, orders city “cleansed.”

Smoke rises over Aleppo during clashes Photo: REUTERS

MOSCOW – Russia told NATO and world powers on Tuesday they should not seek ways to intervene in the Syrian war or set up buffer zones between rebels and government forces.

The statements from Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov was one of Moscow’s most specific warnings yet to the West and Gulf Arab leaders to keep out of the 18-month-old conflict.

“In our contacts with partners in NATO and in the region, we are calling on them not to seek pretexts for carrying out a military scenario or to introduce initiatives such as humanitarian corridors or buffer zones,” Gatilov said, according to the Interfax news agency.

Russia and China have vetoed three UN Security Council resolutions condemning Syrian President Bashar Assad and blocked attempts to impose sanctions on the country or intervene more directly in its conflict.

Syria’s neighbor Turkey has floated the idea of setting up “safe zones” inside Syria to protect civilians but that would also have to be approved by the Security Council.

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Gatilov urged restraint between Syria and NATO-member Turkey, one of Assad’s harshest critics. Ankara has repeatedly complained of artillery and gunfire spilling over its border and last week it signaled it would take action if there was a repeat of a mortar strike on its territory from inside Syria.

“We believe both Syrian and Turkish authorities should exercise maximum restraint in this situation, taking into account the risings number of radicals among the Syrian opposition who can intentionally provoke conflicts on the border,” Gatilov was quoted as saying.

Assad gives orders to ‘cleanse’ Aleppo

Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar Assad visited the city of Aleppo to take a first-hand look at the fighting between government forces and rebels, a Lebanese paper said on Tuesday. The report also claimed that Assad has ordered 30,000 more troops into the battle.

Al-Diyar newspaper, which is known for its pro-Assad stance, said the president had flown by helicopter at dawn from the presidential palace in Damascus to Aleppo. It did not specify what day the trip started but said that Assad was still in Aleppo. The visit was decided on after reports that the situation in the city, Syria’s largest and its commercial center, had become very serious.

“President Assad ordered units 5 and 6, estimated to be 30,000 soldiers and 2,000 personnel carriers, to move from Hama to Aleppo and to attack any occupied areas of Aleppo province from the Turkish border,” it said. The paper said that Assad gave orders that Aleppo must be “cleansed” during the visit.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the report.

Rebels mounted a new offensive last week to seize the city, which was until July firmly under Assad’s control. They claim to hold most of the Old City but are struggling to hang on to their positions in the face of heavy artillery fire.

The rebel forces are in the east and Assad’s forces in the west of Aleppo. Fires started by the combat have gutted the historic market in the Old City, a world heritage site.

Opposition activists say 30,000 people have been killed in the 18-month-old anti-Assad uprising, which has grown into a full-scale civil war.

This is what an honest and decent Palestinian looks and sounds like.

And it’s a rare sight

Let them call me crazy

Mudar Zahran, a lecturer, publicist and Palestinian blogger attends international seminar on new media and public diplomacy given by the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry at Ariel University Center in Samaria, speaks to Israel Hayom about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Yael Barnovsky
Mudar Zahran, Palestinian lecturer, publicist and blogger spoke with Israel Hayom about the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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Photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef

“Actually, most of the Palestinians are angry with and hate their Arab ‘brothers’ more than they are angry with or hate the Jews. I have never heard about a Palestinian woman dying of cancer and one of the neighboring Arab countries, Lebanon for example, helping her. But I’ve heard of plenty of cases where hospitals in Israel have offered help,” said Mudar Zahran, 39, a lecturer and publicist — and a Palestinian blogger — in an interview with Israel Hayom. Zahran participated in an international seminar on new media and public diplomacy given by the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry this week.

the rest here: http://www.israelhayom.com

Police and Authorities cover-ups of large scale muslim gang rapes of English kids exposed by report.

Council and police had 127 warnings about sex abuse in town where Asian gang raped dozens of children, finds damning report

  • Former Home Secretary Jack Straw says the Asian community is ‘in denial’ over issue of grooming young white women
  • New report finds authorities ‘missed opportunities’ to shut down nine-man sex gang who operated for several years in Rochdale
  • NHS warned Rochdale Borough Council and Greater Manchester Police on dozens of occasions over six years about sex abuse risks in the town
  • Children abused were dismissed as prostitutes and told they were ‘making their own choices’, report finds
  • Terrified victims approached police for help but were also ignored
  • Calls for people involved to be ‘named, shamed and sacked’
  • Former Home Secretary Jack Straw says ‘There is an issue of ethnicity here which can’t be ignored’

By Martin Robinson

PUBLISHED: 08:50 GMT, 27 September 2012 | UPDATED: 12:30 GMT, 27 September 2012

Vile: Shabir Ahmed systematically rape of a young girl over the course of 14 years

Vile: Shabir Ahmed was the ringleader of the gang of nine who attacked terrified children in Rochdale.

A council and a police force received 127 warnings from NHS staff about children as young as 10 at risk of abuse and ‘missed opportunities’ to stop an Asian gang that raped dozens of vulnerable young girls over several years, it has been revealed.

Rochdale social services, police and the Crown Prosecution Service had failed to shut down the sex ring – turning a blind eye and dismissing victims as prostitutes, a damning report into the scandal has found.

Nine Asian men were jailed this year for between four and 19 years for grooming young white girls in and around the town – picking them up from the school gates and taking them to houses and flats to be plied with alcohol and drugs before being passed around for sex.

Forty-seven children were identified as victims of the exploitation that left many of their lives in tatters.

At least one of the terrified victims approached the police to tell them that they were being abused, but they were ignored and continued to be raped again in some cases.

The picture which emerges from the report by the local safeguarding board is one of vulnerable young girls who were being targeted for sexual abuse being written off by those in authority who believed the girls were ‘making their own choices’.

Asian sex gangs operated for a decade in Rotherham as authorities refused to acknowledge the problem

well we know it didn’t just start overnight, I really wish they’d stop calling them “asians” it’s not Indians, Koreans, Hindus, Buddhists or Sikhs in these paedophile rape gangs, it’s all muslims, mostly of pakistani origin and a few Africans. But they are all muslims.

Why the hell are they offering the (white) victims “lessons in Urdu and Punjabi after her ordeal”? so they can understand their abusers better.

Asian sex gangs operated for a decade in Rotherham as authorities refused to acknowledge the problem, chilling police files reveal

  • Documents reveal scale of sexual exploitation of girls in South Yorkshire
  • Vulnerable white girl, known to have been abused from the age of 12, was offered Urdu and Punjabi lessons by Rotherham Council to ‘educate her’
  • Papers reveal catalogue of alleged crimes which have not been prosecuted
  • Rotherham MP Denis MacShane: ‘We need clear leadership from government to eradicate this evil’

By Rob Preece

PUBLISHED: 10:28 GMT, 24 September 2012 | UPDATED: 13:07 GMT, 24 September 2012

Asian sex gangs were able to groom, pimp and traffic girls across the UK for more than a decade while authorities failed to publicly acknowledge the problem was happening, confidential documents reveal.

A dossier of internal police, social services and intelligence reports shows that agencies in South Yorkshire were aware that vulnerable girls were being abused, but a catalogue of alleged crimes were not prosecuted.

In one case, a white girl who was sexually abused by an Asian gang from the age of 12 was offered lessons in Urdu and Punjabi by her local council after her ordeal.

Victim: A vulnerable white girl who was sexually abused by an Asian gang was offered lessons in Urdu and Punjabi after her ordeal. (Picture posed by model)Victim: A vulnerable white girl who was sexually abused by an Asian gang was offered lessons in Urdu and Punjabi after her ordeal. (Picture posed by model)

Paris: 1 injured in kosher supermarket attack

it seems there has been some misunderstanding over a couple of earlier posts regarding the Kosher Supermarket attack(s). with one saying it was rocks through windows the other a firebomb attack leading some to think it was 2 separate incidents. in the absence of  UK MSM covering it, best we update you. the latest news is that it was both, a brick through the window and a firebomb.

‘Hooded individuals’ throw firebomb at kosher supermarket in Paris suburb, reportedly injuring one; three others suffer panic attacks. Motives for attack not immediately clear

A French news agency is reporting that four people were injured on Wednesday after a firebomb exploded inside a kosher supermarket in Sarcelles (Val d’Oise), a Paris suburb.

It is as yet unclear whether the attack is connected to the publication of caricatures of Mohammed in a French newspaper.

The Sipa news agency says that a small explosion was set off by two hooded individuals dressed in black who entered the store, Naouri Sarcelles, around 10:30 am GMT, citing an unnamed police official and a Jewish organization.

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The Naouri market Sarcelles (Photo: Anachinfos.com)

They placed a small package inside the store and fled after throwing a rock through the window, the police official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak publicly about the investigation.

One of the injured was said to be treated for wounds to his arms and legs from the explosion and broken glass. The three others suffered panic attacks.

Sammy Ghozlan, president of the National Bureau of Vigilance against anti-Semitic acts (BNVCAA), said the two assailants, who had their faces covered, threw a “grenade in the supermarket.”

Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) President Richard Prasquier related the details of the incident to the media but also had no knowledge of any motive for the attack.

“There was a Molotov cocktail thrown against the store. It happened around noon,” Moshe Cohen-Sabban, President of the Jewish communities of Val d’Oise told AFP.

He added: Many people go to the store at this time of year to stock up for Yom Kippur next week.”

Sometimes called “Little Jerusalem,” Sarcelles, north of Paris, with 60,000 residents is home to a large Jewish community.

more here: www.ynetnews.com

and Fox covers it here: www.foxnews.com

France: Firebomb Attack on Jewish Supermarket in Sarcelles

Two unknown attackers hurled firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at a Jewish supermarket in Sarcelles, near Paris, France on Wednesday. By Hana Levi JulianFirst Publish: 9/19/2012, 4:16 PM
Explosion (illustrative)

Two unknown attackers hurled firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at a Jewish supermarket in Sarcelles, near Paris, France on Wednesday.

According to JSS News, only one of the homemade firebombs actually exploded; the second proved to be a dud.

“It happened around noon,” Moshe Cohen-Sabban, president of the Jewish communities of Val d’Oise, told the AFP news agency.

But the incident appears to have been even more serious, according to the description by  Sammy Ghozlan, president of the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitic Acts (BNVCAA). Ghozlan said the two attackers threw “a grenade into the supermarket.” Both had their faces covered, he said.
more here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com

Genocides, unlike hurricanes, are predictable, says world expert. And Iran is following the pattern

Genocide is neithGenocide Watch founder and director Greg Stanton delivering a lecture at the Hebrew University's medical school (Photo credit: Mitch Ginsburg/ Times of Israel)er “linear nor inexorable.” It is, rather, predictable and preventable, so long as you recognize the universal signs. And Iran, in its language and action, has taken six of the eight steps on the path to genocide, according to Dr. Gregory Stanton, the world’s foremost  expert on the matter.

Stanton, the founder and director of Genocide Watch, the world’s first organization to deal exclusively with this issue, and the author of an historic two-page paper on the nature of genocide, spoke at the Hebrew University medical school last week. He called for an international campaign to abolish the recurring crime of genocide and for the world to take action, as Canada has, to ostracize Iran and curb its genocidal intent.

Talk of genocide, Stanton said — of removing a cancer or crushing a cockroach — is never just talk. “One of the best predictors of genocide is incitement to genocide,” he said, “and I believe that is exactly what Iran is doing today.”

Encouraging genocide is a crime. The UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide was signed in 1948 and fathered by Raphael Lemkin, a Jewish Polish lawyer who studied the genocide of the Armenians and invented the term in 1943 – “genos” meaning race or people and “cide” to kill. The Convention states that incitement “with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group” is illegal.

Late last week, on precisely those grounds, Canada severed its ties with Iran. John Baird, the minister of foreign affairs, announced that the Iranian regime “engages in racist anti-Semitic rhetoric and incitement to genocide.”

the rest here: http://www.timesofisrael.com/

The truth about Muhammad and Aisha

Now why would the guardian run a story now trying to change the understanding that aisha was 19 years old when the vast majority of muslims believe that when was 9 years old when mohamed raped her. You will see they are running a poll on the FB app to see who agrees with this garbage, currently that shows that 173 readers agree that she was 19, 17 disagree, this is a total contradiction of how the vast majority of muslims understand islam. But funnily enough there won’t be any protests outside any embassies over this. Saudi Arabia and Iran, the 2 homes of the sections of islam both allow paedophilia as proscribed by Mohamed.

taken from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/sep/17/muhammad-aisha-truth

The truth about Muhammad and Aisha | Myriam François-Cerrah

'The Qur’an says that marriage is valid only between consenting adults, and that a woman has the right to choose her own spouse.' Photograph: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images‘The Qur’an says that marriage is valid only between consenting adults, and that a woman has the right to choose her own spouse.’ Photograph: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images

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Innocence of Muslims repeated the claim Muhammad was a paedophile, but the story is more complex and interesting than that

Writing about Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, the Orientalist scholar W Montgomery Watt wrote: “Of all the world’s great men, none has been so much maligned as Muhammad.” His quote seems all the more poignant in light of the Islamophobic film Innocence of Muslims, which has sparked riots from Yemen to Libya and which, among other slanders, depicts Muhammad as a paedophile.

This claim is a recurring one among critics of Islam, so its foundation deserves close scrutiny.

Critics allege that Aisha was just six years old when she was betrothed to Muhammad, himself in his 50s, and only nine when the marriage was consummated. They base this on a saying attributed to Aisha herself (Sahih Bukhari volume 5, book 58, number 234), and the debate on this issue is further complicated by the fact that some Muslims believe this to be a historically accurate account. Although most Muslims would not consider marrying off their nine-year-old daughters, those who accept this saying argue that since the Qur’an states that marriage is void unless entered into by consenting adults, Aisha must have entered puberty early.

They point out that, in seventh-century Arabia, adulthood was defined as the onset of puberty. (This much is true, and was also the case in Europe: five centuries after Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha, 33-year-old King John of England married 12-year-old Isabella of Angoulême.) Interestingly, of the many criticisms of Muhammad made at the time by his opponents, none focused on Aisha’s age at marriage.

big snip.. go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/sep/17/muhammad-aisha-truth to read the rest
Those who manipulate her story to justify the abuse of young girls, and those who manipulate it in order to depict Islam as a religion that legitimises such abuse have more in common than they think. Both demonstrate a disregard for what we know about the times in which Muhammad lived, and for the affirmation of female autonomy which her story illustrates.

• This article was amended on 17 September 2012. It originally stated that King John was 44 when he married Isabella of Angoulême. This has been corrected.

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