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Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 226 - The Upcoming Presidential Elections in Iran (Part II) - 06/16/05

As the June 17, 2005 presidential elections in Iran draw near, Iran's revolutionary regime grapples with a number of problems. There is mounting public apathy as well as calls to boycott the elections – whether due to the regime's corruption and tyranny, or due to the reformists' failure to make good on their promises under outgoing President Mohammad Khatami. There are also a large number of candidates – eight in total – most of whom intone empty slogans and lack any clearly defined, effective ...

A. Savyon

Special Dispatch No. 916 - Antisemitism in the Turkish Media (Part III): Targeting Turkey's Jewish Citizens - 06/06/05

The following is the third report in a series on the issue of antisemitism in the Turkish media. 1 This phenomena is directed not only against the Jews in general, it also targets Turkey's Jewish citizens, in the form of multiple attacks on Turkey's Chief Rabbi; insults to and offensive characterization of Turkey's Jews; and accusations of disloyalty, espionage, and treason. The media frequently accuse Turkish Jews of destroying the Ottoman Empire, carrying out the 'genocide' of Armenians, ...

Special Dispatch No. 885 - Qatari Religious Scholar Calls for A Moderate and Modern Islam - 03/25/05

In a two-part interview with the Qatari daily Al-Raya, Dr. Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari 1 , former dean of the Faculty of Shari'a and Law at the University of Qatar, expressed his unconventional views on a variety of religious topics. The interview is unique since Dr. Al-Ansari's point of departure in his call for change in Islam isreligious and not secularist. Dr. Al-Ansari attempts to "remove the concept of sanctity" from Islamic history and from the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad so that ...

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 210 - Reactions to Former Lebanese PM Al-Hariri's Assassination - 02/24/05

The recent assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Al-Hariri evoked diverse reactions in the Arab world. The claim of responsibility by the unknown Support and Jihad - Greater Syria organization in a video recording aired by Al-Jazeera TV was rejected by many. Opposition elements in Lebanon that had gained Al-Hariri's support prior to his death blamed Syria and the Lebanese government, called for the establishment of an international investigative committee, and declared February ...

C. Jacob

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 204 - Iraqi Elections (V): Press Reactions from Iraq and Neighboring Countries - 02/03/05

Introduction 1 The courageous and often festive march of millions of Iraqis to the voting booths on January 31, in spite of threats and acts of violence and intimidation, has demonstrated the Iraqis' keen desire to turn the page on almost four decades of totalitarianism, wars, oppression and fear and to embrace freedom and democracy. The elections were a first step on what may be a long and arduous road to change – but they are nonetheless a significant first step. These were also complex ...

Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli

Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 202 - Iraqi Elections (III): The Islamist and Terrorist Threats - 01/18/05

Introduction The approaching elections in Iraq have pitched against each other the most senior Shi'ite cleric in Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and Osama bin Laden. Al-Sistani has called on his followers to vote en masse and decreed that those who boycott the elections are "infidels." His picture appears on election placards in most Iraqi provinces indicating his support for the elections. In a video aired on Al-Jazeera TV, in what appears to be a response to al-Sistani, Osama bin Laden ...

Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli

Special Dispatch No. 848 - Al-Hayat Inquiry: The City of Al-Zarqaa in Jordan – Breeding Ground of Jordan's Salafi Jihad Movement - 01/17/05

The London daily Al-Hayat published a three-part inquiry by correspondent Hazem Al-Amin on the Salafi Jihad movement in Jordan, particularly in the city of Al-Zarqaa – the birthplace of Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi, the Al-Qa'ida leader in Iraq. In Part One of the inquiry, published December 14, 2004, Al-Amin reviewed his impressions of his meeting with Jihad fighters from that city who had fought alongside Al-Zarqawi. Part Two, published December 15, dealt with the social and political infrastructure ...

Special Dispatch No. 837 - Osama Bin Laden to the Iraqi People:It Is Forbidden to Participate in Iraqi & PA Elections; Jihad in Palestine and Iraq is Incumbent upon Residents of All Muslim Countries, Not Just Iraqis and Palestinians; Zarqawi is the Commander of Al-Qa'ida in Iraq - 12/31/04

On December 27, the Al-Sahab Institute for Media Productions, known to be the institute that distributes Al-Qa'ida's videocassettes, published Osama bin Laden's letter "To the Muslims in Iraq in Particular and The Islamic Nation in General." Approximately two minutes of the tape aired on Al-Jazeera – the full tape is over one hour long. The following are excerpts from the main points: 1 Islam's War on the West The conflict with the West is "a fateful war between unbelief and Islam, between the ...

Special Dispatch No. 838 - Osama Bin Laden: 'Today There is a Conflict between World Heresy Under the Leadership of America on the One Hand and the Islamic Nation with the Mujahideen in its Vanguard on the Other' - 12/31/04

In an audio-cassette tape released on December 16, 2004, Osama bin Laden directs his criticism against Arab rulers in general and against the Saudi royal family in particular, saying that they are no longer to be considered Muslims and calling on them to step down. Portions of the approximately hour and fifteen minutes-long tape were aired on Al-Jazeera. The following are excerpts from the speech : 1 The Responsibility for the Conflict Falls on the Saudi Regime, which Has Neglected its Duties " ...

Special Dispatch No. 834 - Saudi Government Daily Accuses U.S. Army of Harvesting Organs of Iraqis - 12/24/04

In the Saudi government daily Al-Watan, a n article from Brussels written by Fakriya Ahmad charges that, based on alleged secret European military reports, the U.S. military in Iraq is harvesting and selling human organs. The following day, the story was also published in the Iranian daily Jomhouri-ye Islami, 1 as well as the Syrian daily Teshreen. 2 The following are excerpts from the article : 3 "Secret European military intelligence reports indicate the transformation of the American ...

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