To some, Sheikh Scapa is another terrorist, to others he is a martyr engaged in a holy act, pleasurable to Allah in taking out the enemy. Resistance, violent and deadly resistance being morally acceptable given the nature of Israel’s occupation since the 1967 war. But for Scapa, does being a prisoner, a political prisoner raise his status to the level of being above the fray, above critique? Who knows. Could this rabble-rouser be placed in prison to spy on the other prisoners? He looks a bit psycho. And there are techniques to get these credible archetypes to undergo Damascus Road style conversions. Possible.
(see link at end)….The Nazareth Magistrate’s Court has sentenced Sheikh Nazem Abu Salim Scapa to three years in prison and 18 months probation for incitement to violence and terror and supporting terror organizations.
The court said Scapa’s Friday sermons at the Shihab al-Din mosque in the city inspired two terror cells to attack Jews and Christians. One of the gangs has also been charged with murdering cab driver Efim Weinstein in 2009. Read More:http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4279965,00.html
Scapa, 47, has served as the imam of the Shihab al-Din mosque for the past 15 years, but he delivered sermons in other mosques as well – including the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City. He was arrested in November 2010.
(see link at end)…In April, Judge Young-Gefer mentioned that one of Scapa’s sermons called for “violent acts of vengeance (beheadings) against those who have dishonored the prophet (Muhammad). This was no abstract call to annihilate the heretics, but a direct call for violence against anyone who dishonors the prophet and Muslims.”
The judge said the imam’s publications encouraged the “highest and most dangerous level” of violence. Scapa urged his followers to “slaughter and fight,” according to Young-Gefer. “His statements constituted a clear call to commit murder.” Read More:http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4279965,00.html
And in the Einstein Lifetime achievement award department how does one explain away Salafite violence in Egypt over an American film, other than its a boys night out on a hot late summer evening. There are way more significant events: the ballot box “democracy” movement is to some degree a black box, a metaphor for the IMF, World Bank to really swaddle the country into passivity. The Muslim Brotherhood is another liberal bourgeois party after all; the foreign investment is starting to flow in, the yield curve is falling on Egyptian debt, and both China and the U.S
concert see Egypt as a cheap labor hinterland. For U.S. economic policy, its another market in which to export its quantitative easing inflation, tossed into the flow of marginal increases in living standards and moderate expectations. Morsi as good cop: a kinder, gentler Mubarak? ….
(see link at end)…The aid to the PA comes amid fears by Israeli military and government leaders that the social protests in the PA will lead to anarchy.
Reports on Tuesday said that senior security officials urgently told Netanyahu that funds should be transferred immediately to PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to prevent a collapse of the government.
Violent protests have spread throughout Arab areas in Judea and Samaria, and demonstrators have demanded Fayyad’s resignation.
PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced last Thursday he is willing to resign if that is the “will of the people,” but, as usual, blamed Israel for the Palestinian Authority’s financial troubles. Western mainstream media have long touted Fayyad as an economic wonder worker, but that has not panned out for the man in the street and the PA is bankrupt, owes the Israel Electric Company 700 million shekels. Read More:http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/159880#.UE_jlaNb76M