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Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 373 - Controversy Among Reformists in the Arab World Over Dialogue With Islamist Groups - 07/23/07

Debate has recently reawakened in the Arab media over the initiative for dialogue between the West and the political Islam movements, in particular the Muslim Brotherhood. The debate has resurged in the West due to renewed interest in the initiative, which was reflected in various articles published on the issue in Western papers and journals. 1 The issue became the focus of public debate in the U.S. following several meetings that took place between members of the U.S. Congress and the head of ...

Y. Yehoshua

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 377 - Iran Determined to Continue Nuclear Program Despite International Pressures - 07/23/07

Introduction Iran is continuing to invest every effort in developing its nuclear program, despite the expiration, on May 24, 2007, of the ultimatum set in Security Council Resolution 1747. As Iranian officials declare at every opportunity, Iran refuses to suspend its nuclear activities, and on the contrary, is expanding its uranium enrichment efforts. In a June 4, 2007 speech on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic regime in Iran, Iranian ...

A. Savyon

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 376 - The Fatah-Hamas Conflict: Roots and Implications - 07/23/07

The Events in Gaza The Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip was the culmination of two separate processes which began years ago. The first is the resurgence of Islam as the primary foundation of individual and collective identity in the Middle East. I will deal with this issue in more detail further on, but at this point I want to emphasize that in Gaza, where the Muslim Brotherhood has been deeply implanted for many years, Islamization has been especially far-reaching. It has included not only ...

Menahem Milson

Special Dispatch No. 1644 - Iranian, Syrian and Qatari Press: The Gaza Coup Is the Result of an American-Israeli Plot - 07/11/07

While the Arab League is supporting Mahmoud Abbas and the new Palestinian government, the Iranian, Syrian and Qatari press have been publishing articles and statements supporting the Hamas takeover of Gaza. These articles and statements claimed that the internal Palestinian conflict results from a deliberate plot by the U.S., Israel and elements within Fatah, which left Hamas with no choice but to carry out a coup. The following are excerpts: Iranian Officials: America and Israel Are Behind the ...

Special Dispatch No. 1636 - Ahmad Khatami From the Iranian Assembly of Experts in a Tehran Friday Sermon: Fatwa Against Rushdie Must Be Carried Out, Fatah Staged a Coup d'Etat Against Hamas - 06/26/07

The following are excerpts from a Friday sermon by Ahmad Khatami of the Iranian Assembly of Experts, which aired on Channel 1, Iranian TV on June 22, 2007. TO VIEW THIS CLIP: http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1493 . Ahmad Khatami : "Unfortunately, whenever negotiations begin, America's psychological warfare begins as well. Bush recently said, in one of his stupid and foolish statements: 'We are considering all options vis-a-vis Iran.' Thus, he hinted that a military option was possible. He should ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 5000 - Islamist Websites and their Hosts Part II: Clerics - 06/22/07

Introduction This is the second part 1 in a series of reports on Islamist websites, focusing on those with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the West. 2 For the benefit of the reader and to facilitate understanding of what the websites contain, we have added an example from the contents of each website. It should be noted that a large number of Islamist websites are often hacked or shut down, but re-appear on other servers, sometimes under new domain names, or they just disappear. All ...

Marie-Hélène Boccara

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 362 - Who Is Behind Fath Al-Islam? - 06/11/07

Introduction On May 20, 2007, militants from the Fath Al-Islam organization attacked Lebanese Army outposts at the Nahr Al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon. Since then, the violence has spread into other areas, including the city of Tripoli, and dozens of Lebanese soldiers, civilians, and Fath Al-Islam militants have been killed. 1 The Lebanese government and the March 14 forces are accusing Syria of training and arming the Fath Al-Islam militants, and of bringing them into Lebanon. They ...

H. Varulkar

Special Dispatch No. 1578 - Friday Sermon in Kerman, Iran: If Iran Is Attacked, Tens of Thousands of Missiles Will Be Fired at Israel; President Bush Should Be Sentenced to 100 Deaths - 05/09/07

The following are excerpts from a Friday sermon in Kerman , Iran , delivered by Sayyid Yahyah Ja'fari. The sermon was aired on Kerman TV on May 6, 2007. To view this clip: http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1444 . Sayyid Yahyah Ja'fari : "As you can see, the killing in Iraq is outrageous. That international criminal, George Bush... If there is any justice in the world, undoubtedly, this man and his ilk, without a doubt, should be sentenced to 100 deaths. There is no doubt about it. Meanwhile, they ...

Special Dispatch No. 1566 - Iranian Holocaust-Denial Documentary Series On Iranian TV: "Merchants of the Myth" - 05/09/07

Today, on Capitol Hill, MEMRI hosted an event on Holocaust denial in the Arab and Irania n m edia. The event was sponsored by Reps. Steven Rothman (D-NJ) and Eric Cantor (R-VA). Program participants included U.S. State Department Special Envoy on Antisemitism Dr. Gregg Rickman, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Division of Exhibitions historian Dr. Dan ny Greene, and MEMRI President Yigal Carmon . The event was based o n m aterial from MEMRI 's extensive Antisemitism Documentation Project archives ...

Special Dispatch No. 1547 - Iraqi Kurdistan Province President Mas'oud Al-Barazani Warns Turkey Not to Interfere Over Kirkuk, Declares: I Support The Rights Of The Palestinian People, But... I Am Against Driving Israel Into The Sea - 04/19/07

The following are excerpts from an interview with Mas'oud Al-Barazani, president of the Iraqi Kurdistan province, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on April 6, 2007. TO VIEW THIS CLIP: http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1423 The Kurdish Goal "Should Be Realized, But Without Resorting To Violence" Mas'oud Al-Barazani: "If we are talking about the Kurdish cause in general – as the cause of a nation – there is definitely still a long way ahead of us." Interviewer: "So this will be completed only with the ...

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