ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ written by Spanish writer Sebastian

ALL EUROPEAN   LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ

The following   is a copy of an article written by Spanish writer Sebastian
Vilar Rodriguez   and published in a Spanish newspaper on Jan. 15, 2008.
It doesn’t take much imagination to extrapolate the message to the rest of
Europe – and possibly to the rest of the   world.

REMEMBER AS YOU READ — IT WAS IN A SPANISH PAPER
Date: Tue.   15 January 2008 14:30

ALL EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

I walked   down the street in Barcelona , and suddenly discovered a   terrible
truth – Europe died in Auschwitz   . We killed six million Jews and replaced
them with 20 million Muslims.. In   Auschwitz we burned a culture,   thought,
creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen,   because
they produced great and wonderful people who changed the   world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life:   science, art,
international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the   world. These
are the people we burned.

And under the pretense of   tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to
ourselves that we were cured   of the disease of racism, we opened our gates
to 20 million Muslims, who   brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious
extremism and lack of   tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness
to work and support   their families with pride.

They have blown up our trains and turned our   beautiful Spanish cities into
the third world, drowning in filth and   crime.

Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government,   they plan
the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

And thus,   in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred,
creative   skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness   and
superstition.

We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews   of Europe and their
talent for a better   future for their children, their determined clinging to
life because life   is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed
by the desire for   death for themselves and others, for our children and
theirs.

What a   terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe   ..

The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000; that   is ONE
BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world’s population. They   have
received the following Nobel Prizes:

Literature:
1988 –   Najib Mahfooz

Peace:
1978 – Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
1990 – Elias   James Corey
1994 – Yaser Arafat:
1999 – Ahmed   Zewai

Economics:
(zero)

Physics:
(zero)

Medicine:
1960   – Peter Brian Medawar
1998 – Ferid Mourad

TOTAL: 7 SEVEN

The Global Jewish   population is approximately 14,000,000; that is FOURTEEN
MILLION or about   0.02% of the world’s population. They have received the
following Nobel   Prizes:

Literature:
1910 – Paul Heyse
1927 – Henri   Bergson
1958 – Boris Pasternak
1966 – Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 – Nelly   Sachs
1976 – Saul Bellow
1978 – Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 – Elias   Canetti
1987 – Joseph Brodsky
1991 – Nadine Gordimer   World

Peace:
1911 – Alfred Fried
1911 – Tobias Michael Carel   Asser
1968 – Rene Cassin
1973 – Henry Kissinger
1978 – Menachem   Begin
1986 – Elie Wiesel
1994 – Shimon Peres
1994 – Yitzhak   Rabin

Physics:
1905 – Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 – Henri   Moissan
1907 – Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 – Gabriel Lippmann
1910   – Otto Wallach
1915 – Richard Willstaetter
1918 – Fritz Haber
1921 –   Albert Einstein
1922 – Niels Bohr
1925 – James Franck
1925 – Gustav   Hertz
1943 – Gustav Stern
1943 – George Charles de Hevesy
1944 –   Isidor Issac Rabi
1952 – Felix Bloch
1954 – Max Born
1958 – Igor   Tamm
1959 – Emilio Segre
1960 – Donald A. Glaser
1961 – Robert   Hofstadter
1961 – Melvin Calvin
1962 – Lev Davidovich Landau
1962 –   Max Ferdinand Perutz
1965 – Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 – Julian   Schwinger
1969 – Murray Gell-Mann
1971 – Dennis   Gabor
1972 – William Howard Stein
1973 – Brian David Josephson
1975 –   Benjamin Mottleson
1976 – Burton Richter
1977 – Ilya   Prigogine
1978 – Arno Allan Penzias
1978 – Peter L Kapitza
1979 –   Stephen Weinberg
1979 – Sheldon Glashow
1979 – Herbert Charles   Brown
1980 – Paul Berg
1980 – Walter Gilbert
1981 – Roald   Hoffmann
1982 – Aaron Klug
1985 – Albert A. Hauptman
1985 – Jerome   Karle
1986 – Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 – Robert Huber
1988 – Leon   Lederman
1988 – Melvin Schwartz
1988 – Jack Steinberger
1989 – Sidney   Altman
1990 – Jerome Friedman
1992 – Rudolph Marcus
1995 – Martin   Perl
2000 – Alan J. Heeger

Economics:
1970 – Paul Anthony   Samuelson
1971 – Simon Kuznets
1972 – Ken neth Joseph Arrow
1975 –   Leonid Kantorovich
1976 – Milton Friedman
1978 – Herbert A.   Simon
1980 – Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 – Franco   Modigliani
1987 – Robert M.. Solow
1990 – Harry Markowitz
1990 –   Merton Miller
1992 – Gary Becker
1993 – Robert   Fogel

Medicine:
1908 – Elie Metchnikoff
1908 – Paul   Erlich
1914 – Robert Barany
1922 – Otto Meyerhof
1930 – Karl   Landsteiner
1931 – Otto Warburg
1936 – Otto Loewi
1944 – Joseph   Erlanger
1944 – Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 – Ernst Boris Chain
1946   – Hermann Joseph Muller
1950 – Tadeus Reichstein
1952 – Selman Abraham   Waksman
1953 – Hans Krebs
1953 – Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 – Joshua   Lederberg
1959 – Arthur Kornberg
1964 – Konrad Bloch
1965 – Francois   Jacob
1965 – Andre Lwoff
1967 – George Wald
1968 – Marshall W.   Nirenberg
1969 – Salvador Luria
1970 – Julius   Axelrod
1970 – Sir Bernard Katz
1972 – Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 –   Howard Martin Temin
1976 – Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 – Roselyn Sussman   Yalow
1978 – Daniel Nathans
1980 – Baruj Benacerraf
1984 – Cesar   Milstein
1985 – Michael Stuart Brown
1985 – Joseph L. Goldstein
1986   – Stan ley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 – Gertrude Elion
1989   – Harold Varmus
1991 – Erwin Neher
1991 – Bert Sakmann
1993 – Richard   J. Roberts
1993 – Phillip Sharp
1994 – Alfred Gilman
1995 – Edward B.   Lewis
1996- Lu RoseIacovino
TOTAL:   129!

The Jews are NOT promoting brain-washing children in   military training
camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause   the maximum number
of deaths of Jews and other non-Muslims. The Jews don’t   hijack planes, nor
kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in   German restaurants.
There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church.   There is NOT a
single Jew who protests by killing people.

The Jews   don’t traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death
to all   the Infidels.

Perhaps the world’s Muslims should consider investing   more in standard
education and less in blaming the Jews for all their   problems.

Muslims must ask ‘what can they do for humankind’ before they   demand that
humankind respects them.

Regardless of your feelings   about the crisis between Israel and the
Palestinians and   Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more
culpability on Israel ‘s part, the following two   sentences really say it
all:

‘If the Arabs put down their weapons   today, there would be no more violence.
If the Jews put down their weapons   today, there would be no more Israel ..”
Benjamin   Netanyahu

When the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General   Dwight Eisenhower,
found the victims of the death camps, he ordered all   possible photographs to
be taken and for the German people from surrounding   villages to be ushered
through the camps and even made to bury the   dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect:

‘Get   it all on record now – get the films – get the witnesses –   because
somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say   that
this never happened.’

Recently, the UK   debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school
curriculum because   it ‘offends’ the Muslim population, which claims it never
occurred. It is   not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent
of the fear that   is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving
in to   it.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in   Europe ended.
This e-mail is being sent as   a memorial chain, in memory of the 6 million
Jews, 20 million Russians, 10   million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests
who were ‘murdered, raped,   burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and
humiliated’ while the German   people looked the other way.

Now more than ever, with Iran   among others, claiming the Holocaust is ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make   sure the world never forgets.

This e-mail is intended to reach 400   million people. Be a link in the
memorial chain and help distribute this   around the world.

How many years will it be before the attack on the   World   Trade Center ‘NEVER
HAPPENED’ because it   offends some Muslim in the United States ?

Texas Gun Instructor Refuses to Teach Muslims How to Handle Firearms

Texas Gun Instructor Refuses to Teach Muslims How to Handle Firearms

A customer watches an assault rifle equipped with a high capacity drum magazine and grenade launcher at a gun expo in El Paso, Texas, on March 13, 2011. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A customer watches an assault rifle equipped with a high capacity drum magazine and grenade launcher at a gun expo in El Paso, Texas, on March 13, 2011. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

MASON, Texas (AP) — On a YouTube clip that has gone viral, brash Texas handgun instructor Crockett Keller defiantly tells Muslims and non-Christian Arabs he won’t teach them how to handle a firearm.

State officials see the ad as possible discrimination, and may revoke Keller’s instructor license.

Tens of thousands of YouTube viewers have watched the $175 ad for Keller’s business in the small community of Mason, which has won him a handful of admirers but that embarrassed locals say misrepresents their community. Muslim groups dismissed the 65-year-old as a bigot.

Among the couple of thousand residents in the Central Texas town, Keller has other reputations.

“He’s a character and likes attention,” said Diane Eames, a jeweler with a downtown shop in Mason’s quaint town square.

Keller has received plenty of attention since his radio spot on a rural country music station in Mason County, about 100 miles east of Austin, went viral on the Internet. Keller said he whipped up the script on his iPad in 10 minutes. The ad quit airing last week.

“If you are a socialist liberal and/or voted for the current campaigner-in-chief, please do not take this class,” Keller says in the ad’s closing seconds, also taking a swipe at President Barack Obama. “You’ve already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as required under the law. Also, if you are a non-Christian Arab or Muslim, I will not teach you this class. Once again, with no shame, I am Crockett Keller.”

The Texas Council on American-Islamic Relations called the ad ugly rhetoric undeserving of media attention. Others have called Keller’s phone number from the ad to personally tell him worse, including alleged death threats.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is now investigating whether to revoke or suspend Keller’s license to teach concealed handgun courses.

“Conduct by an instructor that denied service to individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion would place that instructor’s certification by the Department at risk of suspension or revocation,” the department said in a statement.

Inside a remote highway cabin on the edge of the Llano River, where a draped, full-size cannon is parked across from his desk, Keller said he was inspired to make the ad after being “flabbergasted” by a couple neighbors who left the state to campaign for Obama. As for refusing to teach Muslims, Keller described that as an afterthought tacked onto the spot, which he couldn’t remember but said was likely generated from something in the news.

“I got to thinking, ‘Hmm, I’m arming the enemy,’” Keller said.

Of course, even Keller knows that Muslims were unlikely to show up at his door asking to take his $100 course.

Mason County, as Eames described it, is “white bread” — the population was 93 percent Caucasian in the latest census, and all Republican statewide candidates won with at least 70 percent of the vote in 2010. Keller said he wasn’t aware of any Muslims in Mason County, nor could a handful of locals name one.

Eames and Joyce Arnold, a real estate agent, said they worried about the radio spot embarrassing the city. Eames ran what she described as a successful sex-toy business in Mason before opening the jewelry store, and Scott Haupert, co-owner of the Sandstone Cellars Winery, said Mason is more tolerant than Keller’s comments would suggest.

“I voted for Obama and I’ll vote for Obama again,” said Haupert, an avowed Democrat. “If I signed up to take his gun control class, he would not reject me.”

But Keller has also won over some fans. As he spoke with a reporter in his cabin, rancher Clyde McCarley knocked on his door and asked about signing up for a class.

“It’s mighty dadgum interesting to me that some people can say anything they want, and you make a statement and they bring down the house on you,” McCarley said.

Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Texas Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the group is watching how the state responds to Keller’s ad and whether the agency revokes his instructor license.

“We try not to give too much credibility to some of these people who do outlandish things,” Carroll said. “But there are some issues that we do have to address.”

 

Willful blindness

Willful blindness

Jerry Philipson

The United States Department of Justice, which
includes the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (the FBI) and the National Security
Division, has been
ordered
to remove all references to Islam from any
examination of Islamic terror in its training materials and procedures. That
means investigation of the Islamic beliefs, motives and goals of Islamic
terrorists in the U.S. is verboten in the Department Of Justice and the rest of
the Federal Government because accurate, knowledgeable, honest and objective
discussion of Islam has been forbidden and is no longer possible there. Islam
cannot be examined in depth or criticized in any way, shape or form and woe
betide any government employee who does.

Beyond that, Islamic apologists and supremacists whose
purpose is to turn America into an Islamic state governed by Islamic Law are the
only people the government allows to speak about Islam to its employees and they
present a distorted and totally false portrait of it which has nothing to do
with reality and history and everything to do with bringing about the downfall
of the country.

These edicts come straight from the top, straight from
President Obama, and they are a clear, unequivocal threat to freedom of speech
and freedom of expression and the survival of the United States as a free,
democratic, secular, pluralistic nation. Thanks to Obama, the tyranny of Islam
has come to the Federal Government and if Americans aren’t careful it will come
to the rest of the country as well. It is entirely predictable that Obama will
attempt to extend these edicts in some form to the American people
themselves…if he is allowed to get away with it the United States is doomed,
pure and simple. Islam and Islamists are evil personified and the U.S. is in a
war for survival with them, even if Obama doesn’t want you to think so and won’t
allow you to say so.

Memo to Americans: vote the bum out of office and
fight him at every turn because if you don’t there won’t be an America
left.

And don’t forget, as America goes so goes the
world.

ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION LIKE OTHER RELIGIONS AND A MOSQUE IS NOT LIKE A CHURCH

ISLAM IS NOT  A RELIGION LIKE OTHER RELIGIONS
AND A MOSQUE  IS NOT LIKE A CHURCH
At the root of opposition to mosques that is now beginning to be voiced  around the country is the fear that Islam might just not be the religion of  peace that our misguided political leaders say it is or that Islamic spokesmen  from the Moslem advocacy organizations say it is. People fear that Islam is not  just another religion like Christianity or Buddhism or whatever. These fears are  well-founded; and Islamic scholars are the first ones to tell us that Islam  is NOT a religion like other religions.
For example, Yusuf Qaradawi (the most influential Muslim cleric in the  world today, the spiritual head of the Muslim Brotherhood who is admired by Imam  Rauf of the Ground Zero Mosque project) said: Islam is not a religion in the common, distorted meaning of the  word, confining its scope only to the private life of man. By saying that it is  a complete way of life, we mean that it caters for all the fields of human  existence. In fact, Islam provides guidance for all walks of life — individual  and social, material and moral, economic and political, legal and cultural,  national and international.” 
This “complete way of life” is the all-encompassing Sharia sacred Islamic  law which, among other things, calls for the legal subordination of  non-Moslems to Moslems and of women to men; it requires death for homosexuals,  apostates and blasphemers. And, it calls for eternal war (jihad) against  non-Moslems until Islamic law dominates throughout the world. These doctrines  all come from the Koran and the sayings of Muhammad which are preached and  taught in every mosque in the world, and will be taught in the Ground Zero  mosque.
People need to understand why Islam is unique and not like other religions.  Then they would know that mosques are not like churches because mosques  are centers for the propagation of sharia law. Mosques are  centers for the propagation of Islamic supremacist ideology, and they should be  treated like other centers for the propagation of supremacist, violent and  imperialist ideology, such as the Communist Party or the Nazi Party.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once famously said, “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets,  the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our  soldiers.”
The most influential Islamic religious authority in the world  today, Yusuf Qaradawi, wrote:

“The mosque at the time of the Prophet was  his propagation center, the headquarters of the state, as it was for his  successors, the rightly guided Khalifas, the mosque was their base for all their  activities political as well as non-political…. the mission of the mosque as  required by correct Islam is not an isolation from the politics… From ancient  times the mosque has had a role in jihad for the sake of Allah, resisting the  enemies of this religion from the invading occupiers. That blessed Intifada in  the land of the prophets, Palestine, started from none other but the mosques,  and it first all came from the minarets and it was first known as the mosque  revolution. The mosque’s role in the Afghan jihad, and every Islamic jihad  cannot be denied.”

It is not religious bigotry to expose the religious bigotry of Islam; it is  ideological self-defense.

Pitch-Perfect Palin

Pitch-Perfect Palin

By C.
Edmund Wright

Last night, Sarah Palin’s statement — and her
breaking news interview with Mark Levin — stressed some extremely important
ideas.  As such, her not running might well be among the least important topics
she touched on.  Yes, I know that’s the news that everybody was waiting for –
but what interested me most was what Palin said about her vision for America and
how she said it.  It was crafted very intentionally –and it was simply
pitch-perfect.

 

Palin spoke of ideas and priorities.  These were above
and beyond what particular position she — or anyone else — might play in our
arena of ideas.  That she’s still very much in the arena — and planning on
making a difference — is obvious.

 

In her written statement — and her immediate
follow-up interview with Levin — she made it clear what was important.  Saving
the country is all that matters, and the first step required for that task is to
totally reverse our current course.  Of course, that includes removal of the
current occupant in the White House.  Consider Palin’s first action
step:

 

We need to continue to actively and aggressively help
those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead
seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional
republic based on the rule of law.

 

Her message is transparent.  Obviously, fundamental
transformation refers to an idea of Barack Obama, and stopping this idea
requires defeating Obama.  If we don’t accomplish this, nothing else matters.
Stopping this fundamental transformation is more important than Palin’s
running…and more important than any particular person…and more important
than any particular issue.  Plugging the hole in the Titanic means
changing presidents, and if this is not accomplished, anything and everything
else is merely rearranging the deck chairs.

 

Thus — with apologies to the many on the internet
message boards who have been assuring us that she had a master plan to swoop in
with a whole new movement — Palin very directly asserted to Levin that a
third-party run (by her or anyone else) would merely guarantee the reelection of
Barack Obama.  This is a fate that must be avoided at all costs.  And by all
costs, Palin means all costs.

 

On this count, Palin’s choosing Levin’s show for her
initial interview post-announcement could not have been an accident.  Levin is a
classic Reagan conservative, and as such, he is an instinctively pro-Palin
figure.  Moreover, he is an “anybody but Obama” advocate, and while he will
likely criticize certain Republicans (like he did McCain in ’08) during the
primary process, he will be violently opposed to any third-party or independent
movement even if he’s not thrilled with the GOP choice.  Palin made it clear she
is of the same mind on that issue.  Read her lips: no third
party
.

 

As a note, this message was missed by some in the
pundit class — including A.B. Stoddard on last night’s Fox All Star Panel.
Stoddard confidently snarked that the use of the term “GOP nomination” in
Palin’s statement about not running was a clear signal that she intends to go
independent.  Sorry to disappoint, A.B.  You should have listened to the
tape.

 

What else struck me was Palin’s next order of
business: energy as the key to our free-market economy.  And by struck, I mean
profoundly pleased.  I totally agree with Palin’s emphasis:

 

I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and
free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must
embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource
developments of conventional energy sources, along with
renewables.

 

What the former governor of an energy rich-state knows
is that without more reliable and less expensive energy, our free market economy
cannot reach its potential.  It just cannot happen.  She also knows that we
cannot have a nominee this time around as naïve on domestic energy as was John
McCain.  The energy emphasis was a profound statement and a perfect segue to the
more traditionally obvious Tea Party issues — which are, of course, still near
to Palin’s heart:

 

We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations
that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize
government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create
jobs. Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller,
smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the
people can better serve this most exceptional
nation.

 

Obviously, many of the tax burdens and onerous
regulations that are killing our economy are part of Obamacare — not to mention
the NLRB’s attack on Boeing and the EPA’s attack on just about everybody.  These
bureaucracies are just part and parcel of a government ever-growing in its size,
scope, cost, and intrusion into our lives — and threatening to bankrupt us for
generations as well.

 

This message is not merely an “it’s the economy,
stupid” message, but instead a message that demonstrates what is important about
the secular role of government — even to devout Christians who bathe their
political decisions in prayer.  And what is important is that said government
stays limited and allows for maximum liberty.  The fundamental transformation
Palin opposes maximizes government and minimizes liberty.

 

If that fundamental transformation is not stopped,
America will cease to exist as the Founders envisioned it and as we have known
it.  That America, more than anything else, is an idea — a huge idea.  It’s
bigger than any issue.  It’s bigger than any person.  And Sarah Palin, unlike
many who denigrate her, has a mind great enough to understand that.  We all need
to.  Pitch-perfect, indeed.

 

The author has written
about Sarah Palin since before she was picked as VP nominee in
2008.

U.S. met with Egypt Islamists: U.S. diplomat (Muslim Brotherhood)

U.S. met with Egypt Islamists: U.S. diplomat (Muslim Brotherhood)

6:39am EDT

By Edmund Blair

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. officials have met members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, a U.S. diplomat said, after Washington announced it would have direct contacts with Egypt’s biggest Islamist group whose role has grown since U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

Washington announced the plans in June, portraying such contacts as the continuation of an earlier policy. But analysts said it reflected a new approach to the way it dealt with a group which Mubarak banned from politics.

The Brotherhood is one of Egypt’s most popular and organized groups, with a broad grassroots network built up partly through social work even in Mubarak’s era.

The contacts may unsettle Israel and its U.S. backers. The Brotherhood renounced violence as a means to achieve political change in Egypt years ago. But groups like Hamas, which have not disavowed violence, look to the Brotherhood as a spiritual guide.

Under the previous policy, U.S. diplomats were allowed to deal with the Brotherhood’s members of parliament who had won seats as “independents” to skirt the official ban. This offered a diplomatic cover to keep lines of communication open.

“We have had direct contacts with senior officials of the Freedom and Justice party,” the senior diplomat told Reuters, referring to the Brotherhood’s party that was founded after politics opened up following the ouster of Mubarak.

The diplomat said U.S. officials did not make a distinction between members of the Brotherhood or its party. “We don’t have a policy that makes a distinction, that one or the other is off limits,” he said, without saying when the meetings took place.

The diplomat was responding to a question about whether any meetings had occurred, after Freedom Justice Party Chairman Mohamed Mursi told Egypt’s Al-Dostour newspaper last week that U.S. officials had not made contact since the policy shift.

Speaking to Reuters on Sunday, the party deputy head Essam el-Erian also denied any meetings had taken place with U.S. officials when asked about the diplomat’s comments.

It was not immediately clear why the two sides gave different accounts.

“HIGH-LEVEL” MEETINGS

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked in an interview broadcast on Saturday with Egypt’s Al-Hayat television whether Washington would be ready to work with a future government that included members of the Brotherhood.

“We will be willing to and open to working with a government that has representatives who are committed to non-violence, who are committed to human rights, who are committed to the democracy that I think was hoped for in Tahrir Square,” she replied, according to a U.S. transcript.

Under the former Egyptian president, the Brotherhood was banned and its members often detained. Mubarak often presented himself as the bulwark preventing Egypt’s slide into Islamist hands, an approach that analysts said help secure him backing from Washington and other Western powers wary that Egypt could turn into another Iran or Gaza.

The group took a backseat in the early part of the anti-Mubarak uprising, which was broadly led by youth groups who put national concerns above religion. But the Brotherhood and its party have taken a increasingly prominent role since.

The diplomat said the U.S. contacts had been with “high-level” members of the Brotherhood’s party but did not give names. From the U.S. side, he said the contacts were not at ambassadorial level but he did not give further details.

“We had occasionally had these contacts in the past … The difference is in the past we had seen parliamentarians,” he said.

Egypt’s parliament was dissolved after Mubarak’s fall. Fresh elections for the lower house are due to start in November, with a vote for the upper house early next year.

The Brotherhood is expected to perform well in the vote, although many analysts expect a fairly fragmented parliament with no single unified voice emerging.

The diplomat said contacts with the Brotherhood were part of an bid to understand Egypt better and explain U.S. policies.

“From our perspective it is important to be in touch with all of the emerging political forces here in Egypt, across the board, that are peaceful and committed to non-violence,” he said.

“It helps to understand Egypt and the way the political system is developing, and it helps us to deliver our message and get them to understand where we are coming from,” he added.

(Additional reporting by Tamim Elyan; Editing by Rosalind Russell)

Hamas: ‘Resistance’ against Israel is only option left for Palestinians

Hamas: ‘Resistance’ against Israel is only option left for Palestinians

Hamas leader Khaled Meshal addresses Tehran conference ‘in support of the Palestinian Intifada'; Iranian supreme leader tells conference that UN bid for statehood will fail.

By The Associated Press and     HaaretzTags:                                        IranHamasAli KhameiniGazaPalestinian state

Hamas leader Khaled Meshal told an international conference in Iran on Saturday that “resistance” was the only option left for the Palestinians.

Meshal was addressing the “5th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada” in Iran’s capital Tehran.

“Palestinians must resort to resistance no matter how costly it is, until Palestine is free and Israel is destroyed,” Meshal said.

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Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who also spoke at the conference on Saturday, assailed a two state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, saying the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations is doomed to fail.

Khamenei told the conference, which was attended by other by senior Palestinian militant leaders as well as Mashaal, that the Palestinians should not limit themselves to seeking a country based on the pre-1967 borders because “all land belongs to Palestinians.”

“Our claim is freedom of Palestine, not part of Palestine. Any plan that partitions Palestine is totally rejected,” Khamenei told the conference.

“Palestine spans from the river (Jordan) to the sea (Mediterranean), nothing less.”

Khamenei claimed that a two state solution would mean “giving in to the demand of the Zionists” and that it would “trample the rights of the Palestinian people” to live on their land.

Khamenei also called Israel a “cancerous tumor” that should be removed.

Hamas has repeatedly expressed its opposition to the Palestinian bid for statehood in the UN, led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Last week, Gaza’s Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh accused Abbas.of relinquishing Palestinian rights by seeking recognition for a state in the pre-1967 borders.

“The Palestinian people do not beg the world for a state, and the state can’t be created through decisions and initiatives,” Haniyeh said. “States liberate their land first and then the political body can be established.”

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