19 November, 2017

Turning The Country Into A Permanent Killing Field And The ‘Halal’ Bomb

By Latheef Farook

Latheef Farook

Unless  BBS  is contained and persecution of Muslims  stopped  country  will  be heading towards a catastrophe

Muslim parliamentarians should either get their government to stop the persecution of Muslims or   leave the government if they have an iota of sell respect

Time for Jamiathul Ulema to confine  to preaching and  leave the community alone.

Isn’t it time that responsible Sinhalese wake up and save the country from the unfolding disaster unleashed by the Jathika Hela Urumaya, Bodu Bala Sena, Sinhala Ravaya (JHU- BBS –SR) combine.

What is the ultimate goal of this disastrous hate Muslim campaign? What lesson they learnt from the three decades of carnage caused by this very same racism? It is unlikely that those who refuse to learn lesson from the recent past will ever learn any lesson .Under the circumstance isn’t it up to mainstream Sinhalese to contain these elements and save the country from a July 83 type bloodshed.

Obviously their immediate target is to crush the Muslim community in keeping with their long established dream of wiping out Muslims after crushing the Tamils. The question is at what cost and for whose benefit?

They have already succeeded in poisoning the minds of substantial section of Sinhalese community. Encouraged by the  government’s refusal to bring them to book they may even, perhaps, attack  Muslims, kill couple of thousands, destroy Muslim owned businesses and properties and turn the country into a permanent killing field.

What would be the outcome? Will they be able to wipe out the Muslim community from the island? Will they be able to produce a better Sinhala   society on the misery of Muslims? Is it in the interest of the Sinhalese?  Aren’t they bringing Sri Lanka to its knees and destroying Buddhism and Sinhalese society within? Aren’t they tarnishing the image of Sri Lanka in the international scene?

Mahara mosque - vandalised

Who are the beneficiaries of this hate Muslim campaign especially at a time when the government’s alleged war crimes against one minority, Tamils, is discussed by the world community in Geneva. Under such circumstance whose agenda the JHU-BBS-SR combine is implementing to the detriment of all in the island.

Only a year ago Muslims protested the unjust treatment of Sri Lanka at the United Nations.  Months later the BBS which appeared from nowhere and vigorously claiming to be guardian of Buddhism and Sinhalese began a  well-orchestrated hate Muslim campaign in violation of the very Buddhist teachings which they vow to protect.

Aren’t the JHU-BBS-SR combine serving the interest of the enemies of Sri Lanka?

The All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulema, an association of religious   preachers, and its leadership which brought the Muslim community to the brink of disaster, made representation after representation, meeting after meeting and plea after plea with the power that is to stop the persecution of Muslims and bring the perpetrators to the book.

All these pleas fell in   deaf ears while the persecution of Muslims continues unabated with BBS emerging as a government within a government.

Disgusting state of affairs is such that a three wheel driver early this week spat at with chewed betel leaves on the clothes of a Muslim woman in Kotahena, niece of a very senior government Muslim politician. In yet another  incident Muslim Students of a Buddhist school in Panadura were summoned by the Principal to be instructed to go down on their knees and worship their class teachers every morning when they come and leave the school.

Helpless Muslims living scattered all over the island live in fear and spend sleepless nights. The threat to the community remains the most talked about topic these days.

The shameful violent hate Muslim campaign is not something unexpected. Many predicted an attack on Muslims when Israel, international pariah expelled time and again from the island during the past five decades, managed to sneak into the country after the LTTE war ended in May 2009.

For more than a year and half, in many of my articles, I warned of the threat to the country posed by the by Israeli presence here. As expected, many suspect that the Israelis together with Norway have been behind the ongoing hate Muslim campaign. Some suspect that they picked up racist elements, trained and finance them to set the   Sinhalese against   Muslim   as part of their global anti-Muslim agenda implemented by United States and Europe in active collaboration with Israel.

Justifying this belief it is worthy to note that  the New Delhi based fortnightly “The Millie Gazette” of 1-5 December 2009, disclosed that Indian Information Ministry report (2008) stated that foreign money worth Rs 7877 cores was received by Hindu communal organizations in India to cause  riots against Muslims. These organizations got money from Israel via Europe, instead of getting them direct from Israel. Similarly tours of leaders of Hindu organizations to Israel have also increased very much. They are brainwashed in Israel and used as tools against Indian Muslims. Hindu organizations use the foreign money on anti-Muslim riots, bomb blasts and other such activities. Investigations give credence to the belief that Hindu terrorists are poisoning the socio-political atmosphere in India and Israel is helping them through financial means”.

Isn’t this happening in the island now? Aren’t the ultra-nationalists and ethno religious fascists   frequent visitors to Israel? So finally Israelis have brought Islamophobia to Sri Lanka and political leaders flock to Israel to shake hands with Zionists soaked in Palestinian blood.

If these extremists are genuinely interested in the Sinhala society they should start a campaign to close down the flourishing liquor industry, gambling, casinos, dealings in drug and fight against  crime and corruption wreaking havoc in the country.

They are not interested, as their agenda is political, perhaps, to serve their local and foreign masters without realizing the harm they cause to the country. Halal issue, a non-issue, is a pretext to hoodwink the majority community. If there is a problem with the ACJU deal with it and leave the community alone.

They failed to understand the sacrifice Muslims made to preserve the territorial integrity of the country. Had the Muslims supported the separatist call at the early stage when the country’s armed forces were ill equipped to face the challenges posed by the LTTE the history would have been different and certainly there wouldn’t have been a united Sri Lankan for ultranationalists to claim as their exclusive property.

It was Muslim community’s fierce opposition to LTTE call for separate state prevented the creation of Tamil Eelam. Do they realize the sufferings Muslims were subjected to?

Even today Muslims remain a sidelined community under the overall Sinhalisation program underway in full swing while talking of unity. For example hardly any Muslim is recruited to armed forces, police and rarely one could see a Muslim employee in government departments and other state institutions. Even mercantile sector seems to have closed their doors to Muslims who are, by and large, excluded from Government contracts, tenders and all such activities.

Indifference towards Muslims remains open and around 130,000 Muslim refugees from north continue to languish in refugee camps in appalling conditions almost four years after the war.

The reality is that this is a multi religious, multi-racial, multilingual and multi-cultural and unless this reality is accepted peace and progress will remain a distant dream despite all out drives to promote the majority community. There is also no need for any Muslim to produce” certificate of patriotism” as demanded by few chauvinists as this country belongs to all citizens.

As constituent members of the government, Muslim parliamentarians remain party to this persecution against Muslims. The mood among the Muslim community is that Muslim parliamentarians should either get the government to stop the persecution of Muslims or leave the government-IF THEY ARE LEFT WITH AN IOTA OF SELF RESPECT.

It is time that the ACJU, a body not elected by the community, realizes its limit and confines itself to   preaching   instead of hob knobbing with politicians and insulting the community.

Hate Muslim campaign started around three years ago with an extremely venomous website campaign describing Islam and Muslims as uncivilized barbarians in the typical Zionist Jewish style of anti-Muslim propaganda. The strategy is to prepare the minds of the people for a violent anti-Muslim pogrom.

Muslims repeated appeals to the government to block these websites and check the anti-Muslim campaign bore no fruit.

In the midst from   nowhere there appeared the BBS, in the same line as Hindu fascist Shiva Sena in May 2012. The unanswered question is who are these BBS ethno fascists and from where do get their financial resources?

The BBS occupies one of the most expensive newly built high-rise buildings in the city, seems to be having enough of money and a well-organized network of cadres covering many parts of the country to implement their designs. Some are even asking whether these cadres were the very same 300 Sri Lankans sent to Israel for what they described as “agricultural training” but, some believe, were trained by Israeli  spy agent Mossad to cause anti-Muslim havoc in the island.

They commit crime after crime under the watchful eyes of the police.

Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara told the cabinet that men in three-wheeler scooters in some villages had gone around inviting people to gather at temples to be told to boycott Muslim business houses. Notices had been distributed in classrooms in schools in Colombo South requesting students to carry out a similar boycott. The irony is that some temples, meant for spreading Buddha’s message of peace and harmony, are used to sow seeds of hatred.

UNP parliamentarian Kabir Hashim said “the government is promoting BBS to divert the country’s attention from the numerous problems it is facing now.

JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe accused multi- billionaire Sinhalese businessmen of being behind Buddhist – Islam ‘bomb’. He said there are no conflicts between poor Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. It is the forces that want to maintain the vile capitalist system that are behind such conflicts.”

He added that “Sri Lanka is a country where Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers and others live peacefully.   Their beliefs should be respected. What is behind this issue is a business war. The government should comprehend this clearly and act accordingly. The ‘Halal’ bomb is about to explode in the country.  The dominance is unleashed in various ways due to their economic interests. We should carefully identify the forces that kindle these clashes”.

Dropping a bombshell opposition parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said Defense Ministry is secretly doling out monies to Buddhist monks from it slush fund to promote the BBS’s  terrorism against Muslims. He accused the BBS of manufacturing problems to create tension between the Sinhalese and Muslims. As a result thousands of innocent Muslim families were living in fear.”

He accused the government of conspiring to divert the nation’s attention by stoking religious hatred and fanning the flames of racism. What is most repugnantly noteworthy is, this conspiracy is targeting our own section of Sri Lankans. The country is fast heading towards a holocaust against Muslim community.

Island wide campaign pasting anti-Muslim posters, running various websites and sowing seeds of racial hatred and protests have been underway. Moreover, it is learnt that the police too is not giving adequate protection to the Muslims and in some instances, the police had not even taken down the complaints. They are a blind eye.

He thanked the Muslim community for being patient amidst these provocative actions. But if this is to continue, this can constitute a serious threat to the Sri Lankans across the globe .This can have an adverse impact not only on the Sri Lankans in the middle east who are a mainstay of our economy, but even the High Commissions abroad and the staff.

Hence I implore these BBS extremists in this country not to play with the lives of the innocent Sri Lankans. Extremism feeds on itself, and begets extremism. Because of this country’s Buddhist lunatics, Islam extremists can be spawned. Today, the need is to reinforce the Lankan identity being a multi religious and multi-racial society. Just because we Buddhists have become the majority, the whole country does not belong to us. It belongs to Tamils ,Muslims, burghers  and others said Mangala.

He added that while safeguarding our Sri Lankan identity, all of them have a right to carry on their traditions and customs, religious observances and protect their cultural heritage. In this country there should not be second class citizens. All should be equally protected. Specially, as Buddhists that is our responsibility. That is the best way we can serve Buddhism which was founded on the cornerstones of compassion, sympathy and non-violence.

Addressing the UNP parliamentary group on 19 Feb UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the Norwegian ambassador in Colombo makes secret visits to the BBS headquarters and BBS cadres also invited Norway at various times for discussions and given financial assistance. He alleged the government was not taking concrete action to diffuse rising tensions between religious groups in the country.

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    HERE IS SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING;

    Do all Buddhists eat meat?

    No. Few Buddhist avoid meat as a principle. Mahayana Buddhists do not encourage meat consumption as that can be of a Bodhisatta a seeker of Buddhahood. Still only a section of Mahayana Buddhists are pure veggies.

    Did Gautama Buddha eat meat?

    Yes. On multiple occasions. One well known instance is his last meal. `Sukara maddava` as its name suggests is a delicacy made of pork. (There is a debate whether this was poisoned to kill Buddha but let us not get into that.) Similarly there is enough evidence that his disciples, including Arhats, ate meat.

    Did Gautama expect his disciples to be pure veggies?

    No. Not even when a group of monks led by Devadatta requested for a prohibition. His response was explicit and unambiguous. Killing animals for consumption is wrong. But eating meat per se is not prohibited for his disciples under certain conditions. `Thrice cleaned` meat (thrikotika paarishudhdha maansha) is accepted. This is like making Halal food. A meat is `thrice cleaned` if a monk has not (a) seen, (b) heard or (c) do not suspect the animal specially killed for his consumption. This applies only for monks.

    Why, Gautama, who preached `ahimsa` did not prohibit meat eating?

    We can only guess. Perhaps he did not want to be seen an extremist. Ahimsa (non violence and the respect for all living beings) is underlined in Hinduism and Jainism to the extreme that it becomes impractical. Having rejected Hinduism for its inflexibility, Gautama may have wanted to take a more moderate approach. Meat eating could have been prominent in ancient India to the extent that pure vegetarianism was simply not possible. (Please note in pre-green revolution India food shortages and famines were the norm.) It may also be possible that he was not worried about the food and ate what was offered.

    Has Gautama encouraged meat eating?

    No. Never. On the contrary, he declared meat as one commodity a Buddhist observing Samma Ajiva (the right livelihood) should avoid selling, the others being weapons, human beings (slaves), alcohol and poison. It is strange why only a part of the transaction (selling) is defined wrong without any reference to purchasing. Perhaps it was too obvious to be emphasized.

    Did Gautama lay any rules for the laity?

    No. So we can assume the same set of rules is valid for laity too.

    Is there any difference between monks and the laity in this?

    Yes. Monks presumably do not purchase their food. They neither request. It is offered to them unasked. So they do not have a choice. Laity, on the contrary, makes conscious decisions to purchase meat. So while monks do not increase the meat supply by choice, the laity does. All producers, including those of meat, try to bridge a gap in consumer demand. So if meat is purchased it cannot be `thrice cleaned` for the consumer. If offered it is a different case.

    Is it wrong for Buddhists to eat meat?

    Yes and No. Yes, if they purchase as that is equivalent to promote killing. In fact, part of the price of meat is for killing. No, if meat is offered

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      Ayman,

      Sri Lanka consumes 30 MN Kilos of Beef annually. If Muslims alone consumed beef all we will be eating is beef.

      There is a pithy Sinhala saying ” Hakke Bhuddu Res, Bokke Harak Mas”

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      Ayman,

      What you said about meat eating and Buddhism is exactly what I also have heard and believe. However, there is controversy exists on Buddha’s last meal.Some claim that this was a meal prepared out of some kind of mushrooms.Is there any basis to this claim?

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    Halal is a stupid idea. How can meat possibly be pure or impure? These are just rubbish rituals practiced by uneducated people.

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      Human beings follow a lot of stupid ideas, if you list 10 things that you do on a daily basis I am sure we can prove you are not very different to Muslims who follow stupid ideas

      Here are some for you to ponder

      01- Following Auspicious times

      02. Worship of Bo-trees and statues

      03- Thovils and Huniyam

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        Yes, but those things only affect the followers of Sinhala-Buddhism. Buddha himself never followed any of those things. On the other hand, Pbuh was a very violent individual who slaughtered 600 Jews with the sword, believed slavery was okay, and also believed rape of infidel women was okay. Sinhala-Buddhism is much more progressive than Islam, my friend. Buddhism (the actual form practiced by Buddha) is even more progressive. The mild nature of Buddhism is one reason why Japan and Korea are so successful today, without relying on Western infidels to find oil for them.

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          Can’t resist bringing in the Jews again Lester. Since you bring it up, let’s get updated to the present time where the latest atrocities by Israel against civilians in Gaza resulted in 158 Palestinians dead including 30 children. The IDF used precision bombs into homes and civilian properties, ALL while saying they were not targeting civilians. We watched families being pulled out of rubble, and the entire world condemned the violence, so let’s not go back hundred of year to crusades, and the wars that were going on during the stone age, let’s focus on what is happening right now in the Palestinian region, the occupation and right now 700 children being locked up in Israeli prisons, who UNICEF says have been mentally and physically abused by Israel, without legal representation or connections to their families.

          Talking about slavery, guess what Israel does:

          “Israel the so-called “oasis of democracy and human rights” been cited by the United Nations and the US State Department was one of the worst offenders in this slave trade, a $ 1,000,000,000 dollar booming industry which continues to this day.

          Israel’s sex trade booming – News from Israel, YnetnewsYnet News

          Human trafficking in Israel rakes in more than one billion dollars a year, findings in annual parliamentary survey show.”

          This is all present day, NOT during the Prophet’s time.

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            Hi Mimi,

            I am not a fan of Israel either, but let’s face the facts. The Arabs fought a war against Israel and lost. When you lose a war, you have to give up something; almost always it includes land.

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              What exactly has the Arabs losing or winning a war got to do with Sri Lanka? Let the Arabs fight their battles, they have a ruthless zionist neighbor who steals their lands, kills their civilians, and has over 200 UN resolutions against them for these crimes, but this is Sri Lanka, and we are not involved in that conflict. You bringing the zionists up at every opportunity just does not jive with your claim you do not like them.

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          Well you will justify anything so that you can have the last word.

          My question is not about Gauthama Buddha. My question is about Muslims doing stupid things and Sinhalese not being stupid.

          We can do a comparative study of the Prophet and Gauthama Buddha as a separate debate

          By the way Japan and Korea follow Mahayana Buddhism, and I agree a peaceful and tolerant for of Buddhism!

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          Never heard that one before about a leader of 1.4 billion Muslims worldwide. May be you picked it up of one of anti-Islamic hate sites. What you have written is far from the truth. Better declare your sources for verification. Obviously you are not an authority on this subject and you picked it up from somewhere. It is easy for anyone to villify the great Prophet falesly by blurting out such garbage, but it would be better for any student of Islam to verify the truth before coming to conclusion. There are really stupid hate mongers at every street corner.

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            Everyone knows the truth about the “Prophet”, except Muslims who make blasphemy laws to prevent others from speaking the truth. But in this day of electronic media, when information travels faster than the speed of light , you cannot hide the truth. Wikipedia has a list of all the “Prophets” 13 wives, ranging in age from 9 – 40+. I do not know many men, certainly “prophets,” who would marry a 9 yr old! Most of the “prophets” refrained from sexual intercourse altogether; example: Jesus, Buddha, Guru Nanak.

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              How ignorant can one be, especially when constantly attacking one particular religion, and insulting their Prophet. Here are some facts that are indisputable:

              Wikipedia on multiple wives of many Prophets;

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygamy_in_Christianity

              Marrying young children was the norm in the stone age here is an example:

              Wikipedia:

              “In Jewish Ashkenazi communities in the Middle Ages, girls were married off very young.[1] Despite the young threshold for marriage a large age gap between the spouses was opposed,[2] and, in particular, marrying one’s young daughter to an old man was declared as reprehensible as forcing her into prostitution.[3] Child marriage was possible in Judaism due to the very low marriageable age for girls. A ketannah (literally meaning “little [one]”) was any girl between the age of 3 years and that of 12 years plus one day;[4] a ketannah was completely subject to her father’s authority, and her father could arrange a marriage for her without her agreement.[4]

              Mary, Mother of Jesus was a very young girl when she gave birth to him.

              Stop the hate mongering, it is quite obvious that you are anti Islamic in your comments here, and your main intent is to propagate the hate.

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              HOW CAN HALAL BE STUPID IDEA IT JUST MEANS PERMITTED.
              YOU SAY BUDDHA DID NOT HAVE INTERCOURSE.
              HOW COME HE HAD A SON RAHULA?
              LESTER EVERY TIME YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH YOU PUT YOUR FEET IN DEEPER.
              LESTER JUST GIVE UP.

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    Friend Maghribi – You have not answered my question as to what you believe is Zionism except to pour scorn on me accusing me of being “Nazi, Tiger, Sinhellist (what is this???)” – none of which I am or can be.

    The rest of your Cut and Paste job, forgive me, is senseless to the argument. Since you clearly don’t appear to know, Zionism is the desire of the ancient Jewish people in the diaspora to get back to their own Ancient Home from which they were evicted by animistic/pagan Egyptians and other Conquerors in the pre-Christian periods. What is partially untenable is the fact in 1947/1948 when they came back to join their own people, already living their in continuity, there were living there later-converted Muslim Arabs (Palestinians) in larger number. How the arriving post-WW2 Jews from Europe were housed at the expense of physically evicting the Arabs living there is the bone of contention. My sympathies there have always been with the Arab/Palestinians. I also do not accept this notion of a Chosen People. Much has happened since 1947 and complicated the issue since then. The Israelis are not right on all the issues there – but, equally, they are not wrong on all issues either – although Mimi Netanyahu continues to muddy the waters.

    What your preachers should ideally do, if I may, is to educate their flock of history as it occurred, which was not done. Instead prejudice, hatred, venom is pumped into you almost weekly to hate all Jews. The reality is most of these rabid preachers are doing this upon the introduction of Wahabi/Salafi lucre. And many of you are doing the hatred part very well – which now appears to have got you into trouble almost everywhere in the world.

    By the way, you have chosen a pseudonym of an area where followers of Islam are relatively calmer and less pugnacious – benefited by the Liberalism and tolerance of France. It has been a pleasure to work with some of those handsome men and women of learning and culture – in my years in the UK, France and North America, whenever we discussed the influenced of religions on contemporary culture.

    Senguttuvan

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      Hear, Hear.

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        You’re a joke! you can’t speak for yourself

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      My friend Senguttuvan – Nice to know you buying into the sweet version of Zionism. I have not accused you rather invited to THINK. One has to experience first hand the atrocities that are committed daily.

      This is convergent with many other factors, some of which you are aware of, and others that you are not yet aware of. Many of these other factors, dualistically speaking for now, are controlled by a very small group of people, often generically called “the new world order”, “illuminati” etc.

      Labels are irrelevant, but if you do want to more accurately label them from a duality perspective it would be more accurate to say “Global Zionists”. Note however that although all Zionists are Jews, not all Jews are Zionists, and all Zionists are Globalists. These “Global Zionists” draw their “power” from “satanic icons”, particularly the Semitic/Babylonian deity “Moloch”, the same calf-headed deity. This is also why Zionists observe The Star of Moloch instead of Jewish Star of David. Now of course these are all Duality based, and therefore do not rightfully belong to the enlightened Human Beings.

      The State of Israel arose after much conflict a few decades ago, is now staunchly armed and defended by the two other “Global Zionist” power centres, USA and UK. Israel contains two iconic places; Jerusalem, and Megiddo, in the Jezreel Valley.

      The great prize for the Zionists is the destruction of the Islamic Masjid on Temple Mount, to replace it, once again with the third rising of Solomon’s Temple. Whilst this is largely symbolic in one respect, the Zionists are heavily engaged in symbolism almost everywhere they influence. To the Zionist’s therefore, the rise of the next Jewish Temple on Temple Mount is the ultimate symbolic prize of great significance.

      Babylon is where the modern day Global Zionists originated, and the reason why they draw their power by practicing “satanic rituals” centred around the Semite/Babylonian deity known as Moloch. Every year, for two weeks, the Zionist “family” meet, which includes Globalist banking families from the USA, UK and Europe, and the “ceremonial heads” of these regions including members of the Rothschild, the Rockefeller, the Saxe Coburg und Gotha family, and other European Royals.

      They meet at a location in North California called “Bohemian Grove” where they conduct what would be construed as “satanic rituals” at the foot of a 30 feet tall stone statue of the deity “Moloch” from which they draw their power through sacrifice. I know this sounds “unbelievable”, but there is genuine live video footage of these events actually taking place, filmed by someone with a concealed video camera in a holdall, and who managed to infiltrate Bohemian Grove before being discovered and thrown out. Suffice it to say, this is why the global banking cartel in all of its manifestations are owned and controlled by Zionists, most notably the Federal Reserve in the USA. Before moving on, I feel compelled to provide the following observations.

      Fear is an emotional response invoked by an experience that we do not understand. Fear, along with uncertainty and doubt is one of the most powerful weapons that the “Global Zionists” who would wish to control Humanity and the World have in their emotional arsenal against Humanity. This “fear weapon” is invoked in numerous ways, for example through the control of money and debt, and the conditions of its distribution for basic survival needs. Another very major and pervasive deployment of fear is through the media, who portray a vengeful, jealousy, whose much more insidious application of control through fear created in the last couple of decades, particularly in and by the USA, is the so called “war on terror”, which seeks to make people feel fearful and insecure so that the “controllers” can exert all manner of oppressive and invasive controls over the people.

      For example, after “9/11”, aside from invading Afghanistan and Iraq for selfish reasons, the USA enacted the “Homeland Security Act” as well as many other controls, some by “executive order”, all designed to exert increasing control over their own people. The “war against terror” is totally and utterly fictitious, but is designed to control the people, and to justify further strategic imperial invasions of countries for reasons that have nothing whatsoever to do with “terrorists” or “humanitarianism”, and everything to do with regime changes to control countries for military and natural resources. Also keep in Mind that the “Global Zionists” who would seek to control the World are practicing “Satanists” who feed off and draw power from the fear emotion. The more fear they can invoke in as many people as possible, the stronger they become. To put it another way, these people are “vampires” who feed voraciously on fear. Now we must, if we are to progress, rise beyond not only these false contrivances, but also, most crucially, It is absolutely crucial to transcend Fear Itself. Let me assure you that it is virtually impossible to progress spiritually if fear can be invoked within us.

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        Dear Maghribi, thank you for posting a good article, it shows how cruel the zionists are. With these threats ever present, how can other banking concepts and financial institutions function??

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          colombite – The city of Dubai is one of the pioneer to promote Ethical (Halaal) financial system and the Rulers are determined and recently have made enormous strides to make it a hub. Come, join and be a part of an ever growing success.

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    Excuse me, the brouhaha over Halal, as consumers, why do you ” buy ” Halal ” branded products ?
    You can chose, not to buy, yes ?
    You are the 90pct as a commentator posted and you have the power to change the practice, if it doesn’t suit you, Yes ?

    Cheers.

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    Please look around da world..Muslim majority countries are at war within and without..some thing is wrong with the ideology.period.

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    If you look at the so called Muslim schools in da country you will clearly see a pattern of arabanisation and emerging of fundamentalism which is a very dangerous trend.the sds and the oba of this schools are controlled by the socalled “jamath” parties.

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      By introducing ethno-religious schools you have segregated caused this problem.PERIOD!

      Here’s how we do it-

      Tamil Medium Muslim Schools- For Muslims ONLY
      Tamil Medium Hindu Schools- For Tamils ONLY
      Sinhala Medium Buddhist Schools for Buddhists ONLY

      And you talk of Arabization. Get a life Prithvi

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    Dear Sir, your finely tuned text on real facts is simply overshadowed by linking Israel to the framework. Keep in your mind MR is (was) the champion of Palestine cause, friend of Iran and Buddy of Gadaffi(late).

    Many Muslims lives in Israel and enjoys democracy over their. Please try to be reasonable for the Jews State as they mind their own affairs nicely.

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      Dear Mr Surasena
      Where have you been living all this time – well I assume you are at least 30 years old — to believe that Zionist Israel minds its ‘own affairs so nicely’? Surely you are joking and just trying to get a rise from someone like myself. For the fun of it?

      For starters, tho, do you think land-grabbing is an acceptable part of managing one’s own affairs nicely?

      I see that you qualify your description of the President as being a champion of the Palestinian cause — is (was). Yes, with the intensifying relationship with Israel (did you know we not only send our labouring people there but even CARERS! – carers for a country that has destroyed the lives of so many others!), it is difficult to believe in the sincerity of his support. But then look at even some of the Arab nations. So i spose lil ole Sri Lanka cant be blamed for contradictory policies.
      I must say I hadnt thought of Israel possibly being behind the anti Muslim campaign here. They dont NEED to be, there are enough factors here to propel it.

      BTW just read today’s Daily News
      at http://www.dailynews.lk/2013/03/11/wld05.asp
      for a recent example of the way Israel operates. They can’t even allow a symbolic wedding across the separation barrier! Another example of the problems of getting married if you live on different sides of the fence in that region can be seen in a very good film: THE SYRIAN BRIDE!

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    We have no quarrel with this usually belligerent Nabil who admits “Muslims follow stupid ideas” We will take him on his word on that recent discovery. But I will comment on the 1st two items that touch on the primordial Hindu tradition.

    1. To understand the reasoning and philosophy behind the ancient Auspicious Times traditions of Sanathana Dharma, one has to come from an ancient culture. It is based on the careful study of Astronomy developed over the millennia, the movement of stars, Planetary placements that influences each and every individual in the world and so on. This will be difficult for some following recent “religions”, which are themselves, based on following others of slightly older antiquity.

    2. Tree worship too is associated with ancient religions based on tested philosophies based on peace and tolerance; which have, over multiple thousands of years, understood the relationship of man with the environment around him – of which trees, that too have lives of their own, are an integral part. Understandably, arid Arabia where Islam was created was already a desert by the time Prophet Mohamed emerged. Apparently, the civilisations in that area do not appear to have maintained verifiable records for a region that boasted even the mythical Garden of Eden.

    Senguttuvan

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      Senguthuvan,

      You cook your own goose!

      Your responses have the word “ancient” to the two issues I raised. Admittedly they don’t hold up to scientific examination and scrutiny. Just add “Halal” too to this list so that we can all concede all that is considered “stupid” by some is steeped in tradition and should not be questioned.

      I have no issues with tree worship nor auspicious time if it pleases you. No explanation required. Just remember when you point fingers at others there are three other fingers pointing at you!

      I rest my case

      Nabil

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    Typical self defeating article. On the one hand, the author blames the irrational racism of the BBS and cohorts and on the other, he spouts pranoid fantasies about Israel somehow managing this present hate campaign. Muslims in Sri Lanka need to understand that their unthinking hatred of a country thousands of miles distant makes them look highly suspicious to the locals here. Are the local muslims carrying out a Saudi funded muslimization of Sri Lanka? Are they trying to implement shariah here? See? The paranoia is contagious.

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    Dear Colombo Telegraph,

    For more than a year and half, in many of my articles, I warned of the threat to the country posed by the by Israeli presence here. As expected, many suspect that the Israelis together with Norway have been behind the ongoing hate Muslim campaign. Some suspect that they picked up racist elements, trained and finance them to set the Sinhalese against Muslim as part of their global anti-Muslim agenda implemented by United States and Europe in active collaboration with Israel.

    You allow the above ridiculous conspiracy theories, based on zero factual evidence, and yet discourage readers from commenting on the feelings of Dayan Jayatilleke, despite such comments being based on his own words. Might I recommend some rather deep but much needed introspection.

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    Farook, ““Had the Muslims supported the separatist call at the early stage when the country’s armed forces were ill equipped to face the challenges posed by the LTTE the history would have been different and certainly there wouldn’t have been a united Sri Lankan for ultranationalists to claim as their exclusive property”.

    Better be careful how you word your hypothesis.BBS & Co., are constantly monitoring the posts and comment threads on CT. You may not be doing any service to the vulnerable sections of your community if BBS & Co., believe that the majority of the Muslim community holds such views.

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    It is not the Israel behind this.The BBS is formed with the consent of the Asgiri-Malwathu Sector . This BBS monks have better things to do as monks than getting involved in dirty politics that tend to distroy the religious harmony that Srilanka enjoyed for many years.If the BBS Members are so compassionate about killing of animals. why they cannot extend this compassion to their sacred animal Elephant who is subjected to unimaginable suffering in Yala jungle for days after a land mine local version ‘Hakka pattas’ placed in their food and blown in the mouth,So far no BBS monk has raised their concern to this horrible act.Why? because it’s been done by Buddhist in the area and not Muslims.We have come out of 39 years of bloody LTTE Tamil terrorism that killed and displaced thousands of people.Then many of our valuable leaders were killed.Our economy suffered. Srilanka lost its good image. After going through all these chaos people of Srilanka still do not value peace and religious harmony we still enjoy .The government of Srilanka should be governing the country NOT BUDDHIST MONKS who has no mandate to do so.

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    Comrade Maghribi:

    Thank you. You will not feel offended if I say I can detect team effort in your response – largely with an anti-Zionist content and flavour. How is that the Jews – Zionists to you – as far as we know have drawn sympathy, respect and admiration throughout the world whereas the Muslims are under attack almost everywhere – in many instances (Pakistan, Lebanon, Iraq) among themselves. Jews have not tried to impose themselves or their “pure and clean “religion or culture on others. They hardly speak of their religion in other societies they are part of. They let the world speak for their peaceful way of living and their contribution to make the world a good place for all of us to live in.

    But if you and your friends want to continue on a regular staple diet of anti-Semitism that is your prerogative. I wonder if you are aware almost every country around Israel have experts visiting Israel today trying to learn of their enormous breakthrough in producing water from the dry desert – a technology they have developed recently where the cost per unit of water produced is said to be as low as 10% of what it normally costs elsewhere. They have not closed their doors to the Arabs around although they know almost every Arab and Muslim nation is joined in that revengeful goal “Israel and its people must be destroyed” by all means – fair or foul. It is time we realised, my friend, that the presence of all of us mortals in this earthly life is centered around 50-90 years and we become dust thereafter. It is best we spend this brief period in doing good and going about matters with peace and harmony in mind.

    I certainly don’t say Israel is always right. I was saddened to learn today there are reports of their releasing raw sewage in the village of Nabi Saleh responding to a noisy demo. This needs to be condemned in the strongest of terms by all.

    Senguttuvan

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      Mr. Senguttuvan – You seem to know very little of the Middle East and it’s progress. First your inability to separate the Jews from the Zionists is a condition reflects your belief system. It is also very easy to see how misguided conscience arises and justifies injustice. Muslims have been under attack ever since its inception by the evil forces and will continue to be attacked until they start to practice the message of Islam as it was revealed and understood by Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) and the early companions. For those of us who live work and play in Arabia have a different experience with Zionism. We see their destructive behaviour socially, economically not just in the Middle East but around the world. Evil will eventually self destruct itself. You talk of water purification, my friend, the Arabian deserts can power the world with clean energy. It will some day.

      On the Day when every soul will find itself confronted with all that it hath done of good and all that it hath done of evil (every soul) will long that there might be a mighty space of distance between it and that (evil). Allah biddeth you beware of Him. And Allah is Full of Pity for (His) bondmen. (The Noble Quran 3:30)

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    Watch the proceedings of meeting 11/Mar. on removal of Halal logo. Google for ‘Youtube ACJU knowledgebox’, and watch all clips Q&A, and the presentations made by all

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    COULD ONE ENLIGHTEN ME ON WHY THE MAHANAYAKE OF THE ASGIRIYA CHAPTER HAS CONDEMNED THE B.B.S., WHEREAS THE MALWATTE MAHANAYAKE HAS SAID NOTHING.

    IT USED TO BE SAID THAT MALWATTE IS UNP AND ASGIRIYA IS SLFP???

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    For those interested in the withdrawal of Halal, you can see the Media presentaion by all parties at: http://www.youtube.com/user/KnowledgeBox1

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    I thought I have seen the last of these arguments until Maghribi continues to persist.

    We share the concern “Muslims have been under attack ever since inception by evil forces” The solution, my friend, must come from the Muslims themselves. From the time Prophet Mohamed died they have indulged in a blood-bath originally for succession, that sees no end even today. How many Caliphs, the equivalent to the Pope – have had their necks actually cut right within the Mosque – while praying. Even 1,700 years after, the Sunnis are slaughtering children, women, the old and the infirm of the Shiites and other Muslim followers even to the day. Are you still blaming the Israelis, Jews, Narendra Modi and the Sinhalese for this.

    Brain-washed as some of you are by your Madraasas and by your Wahabi/Salafi paid adventerers, in this poison of hating and wanting to destroy all those who do not belong to your thinking or your line of religion, many of you find your reason blinded by hatred. For, here I talk of water purification and you talk of Clean Energy. I agree the Arab world may contribute to clean energy in the future but when they do it will be very likely be with Zionist technology that they desperately seek now.

    I agree with your lot on the two following. 1. “Evil will eventually self-destruct evil” We are beginning to see this here in Sri Lanka itself – from last recently where sanity is forced to return. And the Saudis are yielding at last to global condemnation and are in the process of giving up that Neanderthal sport of neck-cutting. How one wishes little Nafeena lived to see that day of final good sense 2. “Allah is full of love” No one has ever been in doubt of that. The problem is with many of those who followed him – deceptively using his name- from the beginning. It is their civilised norms that can turn the image of the religion from what it is to that Love Allah feels for all humanity.

    Senguttuvan

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      A multiple personality Tiger Consumed with propaganda and fed by a corrupt system takes pleasure believing the muck out there and denigrating the sentiments of 1.9 billion Muslims.

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    “denigrating the sentiments of 1.9 billion Muslims” says the pious and peaceful Maghribi. How are plans to rapidly convert the 1.9 bln to
    8 bln for Total Conquest of the globe coming along? It succeeded in the EP with a massive baby-boom explosion in the past 3 decades – because the Tamils were temporarily weakened by the war. Too bad, Sinhalese in the rest of the country saw through the conspiracy- and so BBS was born. They are sniffing around for other parts of the “plan” as one reads here and there. Remember the old Sinhala proverb – take the serpent going in the road and tuck into your sarong and in no time the vicious one will go for the Crown jewels.

    Senguttuvan

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      What can we do if your nihilistic religion asks everyone to refrain from reproducing? no wonder your folk end up penetrating little boys from behind.

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