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Holding Islamic Preachers Accountable

Free Muslims start petition to punish religious leaders who preach violence and justify terrorism
The Free Muslims Against Terrorism (Free Muslims) have partnered with progressive Arabs and Muslims to hold religious leaders accountable for justifying violence and encouraging terrorism.

The Free Muslims are petitioning the UN Security Council and the United States government to establish an international tribunal to prosecute religious leaders, including clerics who issue “fatwas” which are religious opinions, edicts, rulings and conclusions that incite violence and justify the use of terrorism. These religious leaders are especially dangerous because some of their followers consider their opinions to be gospel.

This petition is a follow up to the recently adopted UN Resolution 1566 that reads in part:

"...[A]ll members of the Security Council to consider and submit recommendations... on practical measures to be imposed upon, individuals … involved in or associated with terrorist activities…bringing them to justice through prosecution or extradition, freezing of their financial assets..."

It is crucial to hold these religious leaders accountable because most terrorists who kill in the name of Islam rely on the fatwas and conclusions of these religious leaders to convince themselves that they are going to heaven after their death.

The Following is an example of a Fatwa that encourages terrorism:

"Sheikh Yousif Al-Qardhawi issued a Fatwa permitting the killing of “fetuses” (unborn) Jews, because (according to him) when Jews are born and grown-up they will join the Israeli army. Furthermore, on September 3, 2004, (at the Egyptian Journalist Union) Al-Qardhawi issued a fatwa to kill all American civilians working in Iraq. And on July 3, 2004, he issued another fatwa permitting the killing of Muslim intellectuals as being apostates, claiming that Islam justifies the killing of such apostates."

These extremist clerics continue to issue fatwas that incite terrorism under the false umbrella of Islam. Join us in stopping these religious leaders by signing this petition requesting the U.N. to create an International Tribunal to prosecute them.

This petition has been organized by Dr. Jawad Hashim (Iraq’s former Minister of Planning), Lafif Lakhdar (A Tunisian Intellectual), and Dr. Shakir Al-Nabulsi (A Jordanian writer and author). The Free Muslims Against Terrorism has joined this effort and we seek 20,000 people to sign this petition. More than 3,000 people have already signed.

All people are invited to sign this petition by sending your name, profession, country of residence and nationality to and cc: Write “petition” in the subject line.

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Re: Holding Islamic Preachers Accountable

Some Islamic Imams implore followers of Islam to "kill a Jew" in order to assure their place in paradise upon their demise. This is unconcionable. In the Netherlands, a man who wrote an article critical of Islam was murdered recently--a fate similiar to that imposed on writer, Salman Rushdie, forcing him into a lifetime of hiding. There can be no real, lasting peace between Islam and the non-Islamic world while these clerics are blasting their hate speech from the Mosques to their followers.

It is common at indymedia to blame Israel for all the woes of the Palestinians. But readers ought to consider that much of the case against Israel is made up by these hate-mongoring Islamic clerics. Readers need to not accept these criticisms of Israel at face value (such as reports of the IDF maching-gunning children in the street) until they have independently researched each incident to be sure who the culpable party really is.

Also: I highly recommend to monitor these hate-speeches by Islamic clerics. Memri translates into English the text of these sermons. While Memri itself has been criticized for not publishing EVERY article --but only selecting the most egregious or those that are critical of Islamic practises---no one has ever accused Memri of mis-translating these texts.


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