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      Cheshvan 17, 5772, 11/14/2011

      Islam Was Not For Me - Guest Post

      by Tamar Yonah

      My breach with Islam started as far back as I could discern things. More to the point, I never embraced Islam in the first place, 

      although I was born and raised in a Muslim family.  

      (This is a Guest Post from Amil Imani from his Amil Imani Journal.)

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      For one thing, I had a very difficult time following a so-called religion whose founder and followers had butchered my ancestors,

      raped and sold our women, burned our libraries, and destroyed our magnificent culture. Islam was forced down the throats

      of Iranians with the sword of Allah. In my heart, I never considered myself a Muslim. However, I didn’t reveal this until later in life

      for fear of retribution by radical Muslims. 

      Sharia law stipulates that any Muslim who turns his back on Islam should be given a chance to revert to the faith. For an unrepentant male

      apostate, death is the proscribed punishment and life imprisonment for the female apostate.

      “Kill whoever changes his religion.” __Sahih al-Bukhari 9:84:57

      Islam considers an apostate as a person who unilaterally breaks the covenant he has made with the faith. An apostate is condemned as

      guilty of turning his back on Allah’s immutable eternal religion.

      arab_slaveI came to the realization that the root cause of my peoples’ degradation and suffering was Islam. It was a creed imposed on an enlightened, tolerant and free people at the point of the sword by savages hailing from the Arabian Peninsula during the seventh century with promises of booty and women in this world and glorious eternal sensual rewards in the promised paradise of Allah in the next. With each passing day, I rejoice more and more in my good fortune; in my ability to avoid the yoke of Islamic slavery and its blinders that imprisons a billion and half people by walls of superstition, hatred of others, and a celebration of death.

      Things Islamic not only did not resonate with me, they often clashed head on with what I valued and loved. What appealed to me and even enchanted me were more often than not, taboo in Islam or anathema to the creed. I loved life, beauty in all its forms, poetry, ancient Iranian culture and traditions. I loved laughter, celebrations of joy such as birthdays; our yearly festivities of Nowruz, my favorite, lasts for thirteen days. Nowruz, this ancient festival, has been celebrated for thousands of years by my people; it ushers in the spring, welcomes renewal of life, and expresses optimism for the year ahead to bless us with good health, abundant food, family, and friends in the land of a civilized and free people.

      I have always believed one cannot possibly be a Persian and hold to the lofty tenets of the ancient Iranian Zoroastrian triad of good thoughts, good words, good deeds, and remain a Muslim. In the same fashion, one cannot cherish American values, the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution and be a true Muslim. They are comprehensively incompatible with Sharia Law.

      cyrus_the_great_cylinderIranian Muslims are victims of the Islamic virus that has destroyed in them their traditional respect for diversity. It is the Iranian ancient fundamental belief in the validity and value of diversity that is enshrined in the Cyrus the Great Cylinder, the unconditional respect for the complete rights of all the people of the world (an anathema to the Islamists’ credo) that has held the nation together over the millennia. Although Islam was imposed on Iran some 1,400 years ago, Iranians deeply value their own ancient non-Arab identity and have never fully surrendered to the Arab culture.

      Currently, a large number of Iranians are completely fed up with Islam and they want to leave this dogma of hate and violence. In fact, many already have, but they simply aren’t able to come forward and announce it, for obvious reasons.

      Such duplicity exists within the Iranian culture. Originally, Iranians were forced to accept Islam to save their lives from Arab invaders, but deep within the heart of every single Iranian alive today, exists a burning resentment of the Arab-Islamic invasion of their homeland and culture. It is ironic that many Iranians may actually confess to being Muslims; yet, an overwhelming number of Iranians have never read the Quran or understand its language. The events in history have toughened present day Iranians. They have become great pretenders. But the totality of 1400 years of Islamic barbarity and savagery must end. We no longer need to pretend that we are practicing Muslims; when in fact, we are not.

      Realistically speaking, there is perhaps 10-15 percent of the population that continues to support the clerical system in varying degrees. Many in this group are government employees, Mullahs, and hired thugs such as the Basiji. Also, the regime has some backers among the poor, the less educated, and the deeply religious. Yet, the alienation from the regime and Islam spans the entire spectrum of the Iranian society with the intelligentsia and the university students leading the determined opposition to end Islamic rule.

      Masses of Iranians are irreparably alienated from a corrupt and oppressive Islamic rule. The rule of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) is crumbling. The previously solid edifice, or at least the appurtenance of it, is finally showing many cracks that continue to grow. There are just too many fault lines to list here.

      My fellow secularist Iranians and I have indeed done, and continue to do, what we can to help our compatriots in Iran, who are on the front line fighting Islam and the Islamic Regime.

      islam_evilThe 2009 protests were just as much against the Islamic Republic as they were about Shi’a Islam. In fact, much of it was against Islam itself. People have experienced what a primitive and defective system of belief Islam is and aim to abandon it for good. Many will still hang on to it to some extent for some time. Yet, a great many would simply leave Islam and even actively oppose it.

      There are still those who foolishly claim that Muhammad was a messenger from God and the Quran is a divinely revealed book. My suggestion is that they use their intellect and read the Quran fully for themselves without the assumption that the book is the literal word of God and that Muhammad was their messenger. Without this assumption as their starting point, they will find better than 90% of the book is about violence, threats of hell, exclusion of people, and the like. What kind of God would dictate things like what you find in the Quran? It took Muhammad 20 years to reveal this hodge-podge book that reads more like expressions of a delusional individual with multiple personality disorder.

      I bemoan the plight of my native land and the people who have suffered and continue to suffer under Islam. Without Islam there wouldn’t be any Muslims to hoist the banner of hate and violence against non-Muslims. A few claim that Islam has done some good in the past. Well, that’s debatable. There are those who are equally convinced that Islam has inflicted a great deal of suffering on others from its inception to the present. What we all must agree on is that Islam and its sharia laws, at the very least, do not fit in today’s world.

      Islam is a creed of an ignorant people in a primitive and barbaric age. It is fixated in time and place; it harbors the ambition of taking the 21st century world back 14 centuries and ruling it by its dogma of violence, intolerance, injustice and death. Yet, Islam is not only an obsolete vestige of a defunct era, but itself is an infinitely fractured belief that can hardly put its own home in order. The numerous Islamic sects are at each other’s throats; sub-sects and schools despise one another as much as they hate non-Muslims. Hatred, not love, drives Islam.

      I am not against Muslims. I condemn Islam with all its derivatives and those who support and promote it. Muslims are patients and Islam is a disease. You want to help the patients to rid themselves of the affliction. You want to eradicate a horrifically communicable disease. Although many prefer to tackle the militant version of Islam “Islamism,” for all intents and purposes, there is no sharp demarcation between, Islamists, Jihadists and Islamism. One and all are progeny of Islam itself. Any differences among the three are of degree and not kind. When one addresses Islamism and jihadism, their source is also addressed.

      Regrettably, Islam cannot be reformed. Keep in mind that Islam claims it is the perfect eternal faith for mankind. Splits have occurred and will continue to occur in Islam. Yet, reformation has not happened in nearly 1400 years and is not going to happen. Islam is carved in granite, just the way it is. No change. Allah’s book is sealed.

      In the monumental task of dealing with Islam and its variations, every individual, group and government must combine their resources and energies to prevail. We must urge all people to resist Islam’s encroachment and not be deceived by its sanitized version presented in non-Islamic lands. The destiny of civilized life hangs in the balance. Shirking of this responsibility would be an unpardonable act of every enlightened human being and organization that values human liberty and dignity.




      Cheshvan 7, 5772, 11/4/2011

      Fool The People: Coming to a Theater Near You!

      by Tamar Yonah

      You can't always believe what you see.

      Fools, we're all fools.  And that is what they depend on, and play on.

      I imagine you have seen these 'Pallywood' films before, but this 12 second clip below is funny!



      And this one really deserves an acadamy award...  This so called Israeli soldier who kicks the kid looks more like a 'Mahmood' dressing up like a 'Moshe' in the IDF...



      I mean, the actor should have at least shaved his mustache.  Israelis (unless you are an old Kibbutz member) usually don't go around with a mustache.  I'm disapointed in the Arab who produced this propaganda piece for lack of good research.  tsk tsk

      Well, it's all at a theater near you.  But I wouldn't pay for a ticket. 



      Tishrei 29, 5772, 10/27/2011

      For You: ALL NEW RADIO - Nov. 1st!

      by Tamar Yonah

      I have been out.  Neglected the blog, and took hiatus from my own radio show, all to work behind the scenes on developing a band new, user friendly and efficient radio broadcast schedule for our Israeli and worldwide listeners.  Many people have been complaining - and rightfully so, that we have not been able to cover some of the more pressing news that happens in Israel in a  timely fashion.  Running a radio station in Israel can be difficult.  Trying to run a station that is way out in Bet El (about half an hour's drive from Jerusalem) also makes things more difficult.  And trying to service people  in Israel as well as around the world with LIVE shows that will fit easily into their time zones, is also a BIG challenge.  However we at Israel National Radio [INR] are going to be trying to beat these odds.


      Our new broadcast schedule will be offering a LIVE show every day of the week Sunday through Thursday at 9pm Israel time, 2pm New York/EST time and 11am Pacific time  (excluding Friday and Shabbat) .  This daily LIVE show will be called, News, Views, and Call-In and will be hosted by veteran Arutz 7 journalist Gil Ronen, and my self.  The daily news will be covered, we will give you our views, have interviews, and take your calls!  Our toll free number for all our listeners in North America & Israel is:  1-800-2670-4288.  The Tamar Yonah show will also continue and air for 2 hours on Sundays from 3-5pm Israel time/8-10am New York/EST.

       


      In addition, Israel National Radio will be offering NEW shows for our listeners.

      We will be having an 'Ask the Rabbi' show, where Jews as well as Gentiles can ask the rabbi about Judaism, religious law, mysticism, Jewish belief, relationship/family issues, etc...  All questions should be sent to Rabbi Shimshon Nadel at:  RabbiNadel@gmail.com

      Other NEW shows include: 

      Tshuva w/Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi - Rabbi Mizrachi proves through science and reason, that the Torah is true.  He is a great speaker, is very entertaining, funny, and sometimes 'terrifying', but he has the best stories that he shares with you from real life.  You won't want to miss his show! 

      The Jewish Home & Family Show is hosted by Marriage and Family Therapist, Leora Mandel.  Leora has a soothing voice, and coupled with her wisdom, will be covering everything from family dynamics, to Holidays in the home, to child rearing and marriage tips!

      Rabbi Lazer Brody will be doing radio shows specifically geared to  Arutz 7 listeners, called LAZER BEAMS.  He is also re-starting his blog on our A7 blog page: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Blogs/

      Josh Hasten is reformatting his show and entitling it, 'Reality Bytes' and he will be talking about the case for Israel and sharing his personal 'bytes' from life.

      Shows that will be returning to INR are Light Unto the Nations with Ari & Jeremy, The Noahide Nations Show, and my show, the Tamar Yonah Show.

      If you are a fan of all our current classic shows, most of these will continue as well.  Check our broadcast schedule to find the times when all our shows will be aired.  In the upper right corner of that page, you can plug in your own time zone to know exactly when to listen!

      In addition, our LIVE stream will be presenting many nice surprises with possible 'Breaking News' reports interrupting our regular broadcast when something important happens.  Also, we are planning on doing a piece called,  'News for Jews' where a Jewish comedian will come on and give us a short hilarious news broadcast. Wouldn't it be nice to hear GOOD news once in a while, even if it is only a 2 minute comedy break?  
      Contests, prizes and other surprises will be incorporated in as well, in the future, and we would love to hear from our listeners with feedback, comments or questions at our contact page: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/More/ActivePage.aspx/Contact .  Just choose RADIO from the drop down menu list there, and send us in your comments.

      Remember, Nov. 1st is the date!  'LIVE News' shows every day!  Please go and take a look at our radio page now to see all the flashing banners (on the left side) announcing our NEW shows! http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Radio/

      Check our broadcast schedule at: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Radio/Schedule.aspx or just go to the radio page and click on the SCHEDULE tab to the right.  Shows in RED text are LIVE shows.

      November 1st!  Tell your friends, family and community!  Call into our shows for free and participate in them.  Don't be shy, we want you to join us.  See you there!




      Tishrei 21, 5772, 10/19/2011

      Gilad is Home! - But At What Price?

      by Tamar Yonah


      We are all so deeply happy, teary eyed in fact, that our Gilad is home.  Glued to our TVs and watching for the first glimpse of him to see if he was healthy, and then waiting to hear his first words, and then the long awaited reunification with his parents and family made all of Israel cry.  All over Israel, it didn't matter whether you were right or left wing, relgious or secular, we were all one nation yesterday as our Gilad came home!

      But at what price?  This has been the only argument.  As one person stated when interviewed on the news, this is not an argument (between the terror victims and their families who are going to court against the deal) between who is right and who is wrong, rather, 'between one people's pain against another's pain'.  I think this was a very wise desscription that softened the uneasy feelings between the two camps at oposition regarding the Shalit deal. 

      Saying this, everyone shudders at the thought of a possible next kidnapping of a soldier.  Because the TERRORISTS' formula of 'kidnap a soldier, get a lopsided prisoner-release deal' - works!  They have seen Israel buckle, and they see that their kidnappings work.

      Israel TV didn't do too much coverage of the celebrations going on in the Palestinian Authroity and Gaza where their populations were yelling to kidnap more soldiers, and where P.A. Arabs were calling that everyday they should kidnap more soldiers.  The media can be very selective in what they show.

      However, we can all feel reassured [sic] that the terrorists that were set free will desist from their evil ways, as they signed this declaration below.   (Text below provided by www.Imra.org.il ).  Past deals and signings have meant nothing.  History has shown us that terrorists return to terror activity. One example - in the deal to release Elchanan Tenenbaum [who was abducted by Hizbullah after entering Lebanon for a drug deal and later freed in return for 435 terrorists –ed.], some of the terrorists returned to terrorism and murdered 26 Jews.  TWENTY SIX JEWS!!!

      Text of Prisoner Release Declaration

      Update:  17 October 2011:  Raanan Gissin told IMRA today that the
      Palestinian prisoners being released today in the Shalit deal are signing
      the same standard form as was signed by prisoners released in the past.


      Aaron Lerner Date: 6 August 2003

      The following is IMRA's translation of the Hebrew version of the declaration
      signed by convicted Palestinians released today by Israel. The text was
      provided to IMRA by the IDF Spokesperson's Office (the same text was signed
      by those who had not been sentenced yet with minor changes)

      Declaration and Commitment

      I the undersigned (name) (ID)

      1. It was brought to my attention that beyond requirements and as a good
      will gesture by the Government of Israel, within the framework of its
      relations with the Palestinian government and the renewal of the efforts for
      peace, the military command decide to ease my sentence, subject to my
      signing this declaration and commitment.

      2. I hereby declare that I oppose all terror and violent actions and I
      hereby commit to desist from all actions against the security of the State
      of Israel or the security of the region in general and include in this
      terror or violent activities, and support or aid to it, in any way
      including:

      A. To desist from returning and carrying out a crime of the type of crimes
      that I was convicted of as well as any other crime;
      B. Not to belong to a terror organization or illegal group of any kind;
      C. Not to engage in inciting activities, and included in this incitement to
      carry out terror or act illegally against the peace process;
      D. Not to be involved and not to support or aid terror activities against
      any person and any act of violence or action that may cause the public or
      any part of it damage or fear or any other damage;
      E. To desist from illegally entering the area of Israel or the Israeli
      communities in the areas.

      3. I am aware that the remainder of the prison sentence that I was sentenced
      by the court in the region is conditional, as of the day of my release, for
      the course of three years, and the condition is that I will not carry out a
      crime that could hurt the security of the area or the security of the State
      of Israel and including that desisting from any act of terror or violence
      and support or aid for such activities, in any way, as detained in Paragraph
      2.

      4. Likewise I am aware that if I violate a condition of the conditions of
      the release the court will have the right to activate the remainder of the
      sentence that was in effect prior to my release and to decide that I bear
      this punishment in addition to any other punishment that is imposed on me.

      5. I hereby confirm that the wording of my commitment and declaration was
      explained to me in Arabic and that after its significance was made clear to
      me I signed the document out of my free will.

      Date Signature of the prisoner

      Confirmation

      I the undersigned Name Rank Personal Number Position

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      IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis
      Website: www.imra.org.il    




      Elul 21, 5771, 9/20/2011

      Welcome to Palestine!

      by Tamar Yonah

      The World Welcomes a Palestinian State.

      Congratulations world, you got what you were waiting for.  Let’s peak into what  a possible future Palestinian state would be.  Here’s how it may very well look if you moved there!

      Welcome to Palestine, the symbol of hope, peace, and tolerance. Infidels take right lane.

      Palestine offers free parking!  ...Well, not to everyone.

        

      The Latest style for 2011 (and the year 1911, and the year 1511, and the year '11'….)

        

      Meet your new neighbor! It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine?

      Bomb making next drive.jpg

        

      Welcome to Palestine.  Here's your new relgion. Or else...

        

      The Islamic re-interpretation of Christianity - in case you didn't know...

        

      The Palestinian Economic Plan

      Your Tax dollars sent to prop up the new terror state that can’t support itself.

      Meet new friends, standing in the bread line.

        

      Or... Show of hands, who wants to kill an infidel?   "I do, I do!"

      Oops, work accident!  Who didn’t pick up their toys and put away their road side bomb, little Mohamed?

        

      In Palestine, there’s no back-up of the legal system, oh no.  They come to your home and administer instant justice!

       

      Keep in shape with pole climbing in Palestinian Phys-Ed

      Palestinian version of 'hangman':  

      - Is there an 'o'?      c_llab_rat_r 

      And of course, more fences will need to be built to ensure defined borders.

        

      Greetings! The Palestinian hip, new, salute!  

        

        

      Yup, FREE Palestine.  Coming to a theater near you!

      Don't you just love it?

      Welcome to Palestine!