Jordanian Sheikh Rips Palestinians, Praises Jews

[Thanks to Walid Shoebat for the following gem from an old Jew-loving Jordanian curmudgeon.]

Jordanian Sheikh Rips Palestinians, Praises Jews

“I say to those who distort their Lord’s book, the Koran: From where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it “The Holy Land” and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment. There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in the Koran. Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land. Therefore you won’t succeed, and Allah will fail you and humiliate you, because Allah is the one who will protect them (i.e. the Jews).”

The sheikh added: “The Palestinians are the killers of children, the elderly and women. They attack the Jews and then they use those (children, the elderly and women) as human shields and hide behind them, without mercy for their children as if they weren’t their own children, in order to tell the public opinion that the Jews intended to kill them. This is exactly what I saw with my own two eyes in the 70’s, when they attacked the Jordanian army, which sheltered and protected them. Instead of thanking it (the Jordanian army), they brought their children forward to (face) the Jordanian army, in order to make the world believe that the army kills their children. This is their habit and custom, their viciousness, their having hearts of stones towards their children, and their lying to public opinion, in order to get its support.”

شيخ أردني يدعى أحمد العدوان: لا يوجد في القرآن الكريم شيء اسمه فلسطين والارض منحها الله لليهود

February 1, 2014


لندن ـ القدس العربي ـ من احمد المصري ـ قال  الشيخ أحمد العدوان الذي يعرف نفسه بأنه عالم إسلامي مقيم في لأردن عبر صفحته الشخصية علي “فيسبوك”،انه  لا يوجد شئ في القرآن الكريم  شيء اسمه “فلسطين”: كتب الله تعالى الارض المقدسة لبني اسرائيل الى يوم القيامة ، الاية 21 من سورة المائدة ، واورثها لهم بقوله تعالى ( كذلك وأورثناها بني اسرائيل ) سورة الشعراء 59، اقول للمحرفين عن كتاب ربهم القرآن الكريم من اين أتيتم باسم فلسطين يا كذابين يا ملاعين وقد سماها الله تعالى الارض المقدسة وأورثها بني اسرائيل الى يوم القيامة ، لا يوجد شئ في القرآن الكريم اسمه فلسطين ، اذا مطالبتكم بارض اسرائيل باطلا واعتداء على القرآن وعلى اليهود وعلى ارضهم وبالتالي لن تفلحوا وسيخزيكم الله ويخذلكم كونه تعالى هو الذي يدافع عنهم”.

واضاف الشيخ العدوان “الفلسطينيون قتلة الاطفال والشيوخ والنساء ، يعتدون على اليهود ثم يقدمونهم دروع بشرية ويختبئوا ورائهم ودون رحمة لاطفالهم وكأنهم ليسوا اطفالهم ، ليهموا الرآي العام ان اليهود يتعمدوا قتلهم ، وهذا ما شاهدته بام عيني في السبعينات عندما كانوا يعتدون على الجيش الاردني الذي احتضنهم وآواهم بدل ان يشكروه فكانوا يقدموا اطفالهم للجيش الاردني ليوهموا دول العالم ان الجيش يقتل الاطفال ، هذا ديدنهم وعادتهم وخبثهم وقسوة قلوبهم على اطفالهم وكذبهم على الرأي العام لينالوا تأييده”.

الجدير بالذكر ان الشيخ المذكور قام بزيارة اسرائيل والتقى بعلماء دين يهود، واجرى معه موقع “اسرائيل بالعربية” نص حوار قال فيه ان سبب انفتاحه على الشعب اليهودي “نابع عن اعترافي لهم بسيادتهم على ارضهم و ايماني بالقرآن الكريم الذي اخبر و اقر ذلك في مواطن كثيرة منه ، مثل قوله تعالى : (يا قوم ادخلوا الارض المقدسة التي كتب الله لكم…) المائدة 21) ، و قوله تعالى : (كذلك اورثناها بني اسرائيل)(الشعراء 59) ، و غيرها من الآيات الكريمة .واضاف ” انه شعب مسالم يحب السلام وليس معادي ولا معتدي ولكن اذا أعتدي عليه يدافع عن نفسه بأقل ضرر للمعتدي ، و يكفيه شرفا ان الله تعالى فضله على العالمين اي على الانس و الجن الى يوم القيامة ، و كنت قد بينت في كتبيو رسائلي من اسباب هذا التفضيل ، فالله تعالى عندما فضله لم يجامله ،ولم يظلم غيره بل هو يستحق ذلك”.


The Muslim Brotherhood/Al-Qaeda Connection

Exposed: The Muslim Brotherhood/Al-Qaeda Connection



CBN News


As former Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi’s trials continue, it’s enlightening to consider what is likely to be one of the centerpieces of the trial: longstanding accusations that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party worked with foreign terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda, against the national security of Egypt.


Based on these accusations of high treason, Morsi and others could face the death penalty.



Concerning some of the more severe allegations, one of Egypt’s most widely distributed and read newspapers, Al Watan, recently published what it said were recorded conversations between Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri, al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri’s brother.


In these reports, Watan repeatedly asserts that Egyptian security and intelligence agencies confirmed (or perhaps leaked out) the recordings.


Much of the substance of the alleged conversations is further corroborated by events that occurred during Morsi’s one-year-rule, most of which were reported by a variety of Arabic media outlets, though not by Western media.


In what follows, I relay, summarize, and translate some of the more significant portions of the Watan reports (verbatim statements are in quotation marks).  In between, I comment on various anecdotes and events—many of which were first broken on my website—that now, in light of these phone conversations, make perfect sense and independently help confirm the authenticity of the recordings.




The first recorded call  between Muhammad Morsi  and  Muhammad Zawahiri lasted for 59 seconds. Morsi congratulated Zawahiri on his release from prison, where he had been incarcerated for jihadi/terrorist activities against Egypt, and assured him that he would not be followed or observed by any Egyptian authorities, and that he, Morsi, was planning on meeting with him soon.  Prior to this first call, Refa’ al-Tahtawy, then Chief of Staff, mediated and arranged matters.


The presidential palace continued to communicate regularly with Muhammad Zawahiri, and sources confirm that he was the link between the Egyptian presidency and his brother, Ayman Zawahiri, the Egyptian-born leader of al-Qaeda.


It should be noted that, once released, the previously little-known Muhammad Zawahiri did become very visible and vocal in Egypt, at times spearheading the Islamist movement.


The next recording between Morsi and Zawahiri lasted for 2 minutes and 56 seconds and took place one month after Morsi became president.  Morsi informed Zawahiri that the Muslim Brotherhood supports the mujahidin (jihadis) and that the mujahidin should support the Brotherhood in order for them both, and the Islamist agenda, to prevail in Egypt.


This makes sense in the context that, soon after Morsi came to power, the general public did become increasingly critical of him and his policies, including the fact that he was placing only Brotherhood members in Egypt’s most important posts, trying quickly to push through a pro-Islamist constitution, and, as Egyptians called it, trying in general to “Brotherhoodize” Egypt.


This second phone call being longer than the first, Zawahiri took it as an opportunity to congratulate Morsi on his recent presidential victory—which, incidentally, from the start, was portrayed by some as fraudulent—and expressed his joy that Morsi’s presidency could only mean that “all secular infidels would be removed from Egypt.”


Then Zawahiri told Morsi: “Rule according to the Sharia of Allah [or “Islamic law”], and we will stand next to you.  Know that, from the start, there is no so-called democracy, so get rid of your opposition.”


This assertion comports extremely well with his brother Ayman Zawahiri’s views.  A former Muslim Brotherhood member himself, some thirty years ago, the al-Qaeda leader wrote Al Hissad Al Murr (“The Bitter Harvest”), a scathing book condemning the Brotherhood for “taking advantage of the Muslim youths’ fervor by … steer[ing] their onetime passionate, Islamic zeal for jihad to conferences and elections.” An entire section dedicated to showing that Islamic Sharia cannot coexist with democracy even appears in Ayman Zawahiri’s book (see “Sharia and Democracy,” The Al Qaeda Reader, pgs. 116-136).


The call ended in agreement that al-Qaeda would support the Brotherhood, including its international branches, under the understanding that Morsi would soon implement full Sharia in Egypt.  After this, Muhammad Zawahiri and Khairat al-Shater, the number-two man of the Muslim Brotherhood organization, reportedly met regularly.


It is interesting to note here that, prior to these revelations, U.S. ambassador Anne Patterson was seen visiting with Khairat al-Shater—even though he held no position in the Morsi government—and after the ousting and imprisonment of Morsi and leading Brotherhood members, Sens. John McCain and Lindsay Graham made it a point to visit the civilian Shater in his prison cell and urged the Egyptian government to release him.


The next call, recorded roughly six weeks after this last one, again revolved around the theme of solidifying common cooperation between the Egyptian presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood on the one hand, and al-Qaeda and its jihadi offshoots on the other, specifically in the context of creating jihadi cells inside Egypt devoted to protecting the increasingly unpopular Brotherhood-dominated government.


As I reported back in December 2012, Egyptian media were saying that foreign jihadi fighters were appearing in large numbers—one said 3,000 fighters—especially in Sinai.  And, since the overthrow of the Brotherhood and the military crackdown on its supporters, many of those detained have been exposed speaking non-Egyptian dialects of Arabic.


During this same call, Zawahiri was also critical of the Morsi government for still not applying Islamic Sharia throughout Egypt, which, as mentioned, was one of the prerequisites for al-Qaeda support.


Morsi responded by saying “We are currently in the stage of consolidating power and need the help of all parties—and we cannot at this time apply the Iranian model or Taliban rule in Egypt; it is impossible to do so now.”


In fact, while the Brotherhood has repeatedly declared its aspirations for world domination, from its origins, it has always relied on a “gradual” approach, moving only in stages, with the idea of culminating its full vision only when enough power has been consolidated.


In response, Zawahiri told Morsi that, as a show of good will, he must “at least release the mujahidin who were imprisoned during the Mubarak era as well as all Islamists, as an assurance and pact of cooperation and proof that the old page has turned to a new one.”


After that call, and as confirmed by a governmental source, Morsi received a list from Zawahiri containing the names of the most dangerous terrorists in Egyptian jails, some of whom were on death row due to the enormity of their crimes.


In fact, as I reported back in August 2012, many imprisoned terrorists, including from Egypt’s notorious Islamic Jihad organization—which was once led by Ayman Zawahiri—were released under Morsi.


One year later, in August 2013, soon after the removal of Morsi, Egypt’s Interior Ministry announced that Egypt was “preparing to cancel any presidential pardons issued during Morsi’s era to terrorists or criminals.”


During this same call, and in the context of pardons, Morsi said he would do his best to facilitate the return of Muhammad’s infamous brother and al-Qaeda leader, Ayman Zawahiri, back to Egypt—“with his head held high,” in accordance with Islamist wishes—as well as urge the U.S. to release the “Blind Sheikh” and terrorist mastermind, Omar Abdul Rahman.


In March 2013, I wrote about how Morsi, during his Pakistan visit, had reportedly met with Ayman Zawahiri  and made arrangements to smuggle him back to Sinai.  According to a Pakistan source, the meeting was “facilitated by elements of Pakistani intelligence [ISI] and influential members of the International Organization, the Muslim Brotherhood.”


The gist of the next two calls between Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri was that, so long as the former is president, he would see to it that all released jihadis and al-Qaeda operatives are allowed to move freely throughout Egypt and the Sinai, and that the presidential palace would remain in constant contact with Zawahiri, to make sure everything is moving to the satisfaction of both parties.


Zawahiri further requested that Morsi allow them to develop training camps in Sinai in order to support the Brotherhood through trained militants. Along with saying that the Brotherhood intended to form a “revolutionary guard” to protect him against any coup, Morsi added that, in return for al-Qaeda’s and its affiliates’ support, not only would he allow them to have such training camps, but he would facilitate their development in Sinai and give them four facilities to use along the Egyptian-Libyan border.


That Libya is mentioned is interesting.  According to a Libyan Arabic report I translated back in June 2013, those who attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were from jihadi cells that had been formed in Libya through Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood support.  Those interrogated named Morsi and other top Brotherhood leadership as accomplices.


More evidence—including some that implicates the U.S. administration—has mounted since then.


Next, Watan makes several more assertions, all of which are preceded by “according to security/intelligence agencies.”  They are:


  • That Morsi did indeed as he promised, and that he facilitated the establishment of four jihadi training camps.  Morsi was then Chief in Command of Egypt’s Armed Forces, and through his power of authority, stopped the military from launching any operations including in the by now al-Qaeda overrun Sinai.
  • That, after Morsi reached Pakistan, he had a one-and-a-half hour meeting with an associate of Ayman Zawahiri in a hotel and possibly spoke with him.
  • That, after Morsi returned to Egypt from his trip to Pakistan, he issued another  list containing the names of 20 more convicted terrorists considered dangerous to the national security of Egypt, giving them all presidential pardons—despite the fact that national security and intelligence strongly recommended that they not be released on grounds of the threat they posed.
  • That the Muslim Brotherhood’s international wing, including through the agency of Khairat al-Shater, had provided $50 million to al-Qaeda in part to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.


One of the longer conversations between Morsi and Zawahiri reported by Watan is especially telling of al-Qaeda’s enmity for secularist Muslims and Coptic Christians—whose churches, some 80, were attacked, burned, and destroyed, some with the al-Qaeda flag furled above them, soon after the ousting of Morsi.  I translate portions below:


Zawahiri: “The teachings of Allah need to be applied and enforced; the secularists have stopped the Islamic Sharia, and the response must be a stop to the building of churches.” (An odd assertion considering how difficult it already is for Copts to acquire a repair permit for their churches in Egypt.)


Zawahiri also added that “All those who reject the Sharia must be executed, and all those belonging to the secular media which work to disseminate debauchery and help deviants and Christians to violate the Sharia, must be executed.”


Morsi reportedly replied: “We have taken deterrent measures to combat those few, and new legislative measures to limit their media, and in the near future, we will shut down these media stations and launch large Islamic media outlets.  We are even planning a big budget from the [Brotherhood] International Group  to launch Islamic and jihadi satellite stations  to urge on the jihad. There will be a channel for you and the men of al-Qaeda, and it can be broadcast from Afghanistan.”


Undeterred, Zawahiri responded by saying, “This [is a] Christian media—and some of the media personnel are paid by the [Coptic] Church and they work with those who oppose the Sharia… secularist forces are allied with Christian forces, among them Naguib Sawiris, the Christian-Jew.”


Morsi: “Soon we will uphold our promises to you.”


In fact, there was a period of time when the secular media in Egypt—which was constantly exposing Brotherhood machinations—were under severe attack by the Brotherhood and Islamists of all stripes (comedian Bassem Youssef was the tip of the iceberg).  In one instance, which I noted back in August 2012, six major media stations were attacked by Brotherhood supporters, their employees severely beat.


The last call recorded between Muhammad Morsi and Muhammad Zawahiri took place on the dawn of June 30, 2013 (the date of the June 30 Revolution that ousted Morsi and the Brotherhood).  Morsi made the call to Zawahiri in the presence of Asad al-Sheikha, Deputy Chief of Presidential Staff, Refa’ al-Tahtawy, Chief of Presidential Staff, and his personal security.


During this last call, Morsi incited Zawahiri to rise against the Egyptian military in Sinai and asked Zawahiri to compel all jihadi and loyalist elements everywhere to come to the aid of the Muslim Brotherhood and neutralize its opponents.


Zawahiri reportedly responded by saying “We will fight the military and the police, and we will set the Sinai aflame.


True enough, as I reported on July 4, quoting from an Arabic report: “Al-Qaeda, under the leadership of Muhammad Zawahiri, is currently planning reprisal operations by which to attack the army and the Morsi-opposition all around the Republic [of Egypt].”  The report added that, right before the deposing of Morsi, Zawahiri had been arrested and was being interrogated—only to be ordered released by yet another presidential order, and that he  had since fled to the Sinai.


Also on that same first day of the revolution, Khairat al-Shater, Deputy Leader of the Brotherhood, had a meeting with a delegate of jihadi fighters and reiterated Morsi’s request that all jihadis come to the aid of the presidency and the Brotherhood.




As Morsi’s trial continues, it’s only a matter of time before the truth of these allegations—and their implications for the U.S.—is known.  But one thing is certain: most of them comport incredibly well with incidents and events that took place under Morsi’s government.

The Obama Family and Muslim Bro Plot To Takeover Egypt Revealed

The Obama Family Needs To be Arrested, Found To Be In Secret Plot To Establish Islamic Law





This report includes all necessary evidence to establish the case for Malik Obama’s link to terrorism. I have acquired Israeli intelligence reports, which add more teeth to make the case even stronger. This includes financial evidence. The hyperlinks in this report are essential. They link to monumental details provided from primary sources. These are not simply opinions; they are intelligence and government reports.


Wanted for Questioning: Malik Obama, Mama Sarah Obama, Musa Ismail Obama, and Sayed Obama.

Wanted for Questioning: Malik Obama, Mama Sarah Obama, Musa Ismail Obama, and Sayed Obama.


The report concludes that Malik Obama’s Foundation (BHOF) was incorrectly awarded tax-exempt status along with the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF). Evidence points to the disguising of both as charities when in fact they both advance terror causes.


Malik Obama, in his official capacity as Executive Director of the Islamic Dawa Organization (IDO) [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7], is also responsible for “charitable fronts” but in reality these are “used to finance terrorism” by partnering with the Union of Good (UG). Pursuant to Executive Order 13224, the U.S. Treasury has designated Union of Good as “Terrorist front” which acts as an umbrella organization that represents over 50 Islamic fundraising groups worldwide, including IDO and WAMY (World Association of Muslim Youth), which are official members of UG. WAMY is “an extremist Islamic foundation in Saudi Arabi oriented towards Hamas” (see intelligence reports and financial transfers of funds here and here). Malik Obama connects his illegally obtained BHOF and IDO fundraising in his promotional billboards in Kogelo as well as in his partnership with WAMY (see Malik’s meeting with Secretary-General of WAMY Dr. Mohammed Omar Badahdah) [1] [2] [3] [4] Cooperation between these groups happens, in part, via WAMY’s office in Nairobi, Kenya and Badahdah’s financial aid to Hamas.


As we wrote previously, depending on the translation (Organization vs. Association), the IDO can be identified as Munazzamatal-Da’waal-Islamiia. On a promotional board featured on the BHOF website, the IDO is shown partnering with the BHOF on one of the projects:


BHOF and IDO Connected.

BHOF and IDO Connected.


The official website for UG shows IDO is still active. IDO also has a bank account in Al-Shamal bank, where it receives donations. This bank’s initial operations were heavily financed by Osama bin Laden and was even named as a co-defendant in a lawsuit filed by the families of 9/11/01 victims. Al-Hayat even reported that bin Laden owned the bank during his time in Sudan.


This is the tip of the iceberg as to why the UG – with its affiliates (including IDO) – has been designated by U.S. Department of Treasury as “financial fronts” for terrorism (see intelligence report here). On the UG website’s homepage, the two main photos of its two most prominent leaders are #1 president of its organization Yusuf al-Qaradawi (the unwavering supporter for Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations) and the #2 man is none other than Suar al-Dhahab (Malik Obama’s direct supervisor) who represents IDO and works closely with Hamas (see intelligence reports here). Under the UG website’s “Contributing Institutions” page, UG shows that one of the partners is Malik’s IDO. The website even provides the method for donating and lists all the affiliated organizations, including the contact information for Malik’s IDO to direct contributions for Hamas:




The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (#19 on the list) in Israel (see #19 and also here), has investigated UG and concluded that:


“Dozens of foundations that are operated abroad by Hamas, most of which are members of the Union of Good, along with dozens of Hamas charitable associations active in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, form a well organized and coordinated support network, that includes Hamas’s fundraising arm abroad and the vital civilian and infrastructure networks in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. In this framework, tens of millions of dollars per annum are transferred from the overseas foundations to Hamas associations in the field.”


Multiple websites that tout fundraising activities include IDO sending charities to Hamas can be found [here] (see section: “IDO donations linked to Hamas”). Suar al-Dhahab is also vice chairman of the The Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Foundation (JIF), which is also designated by U.S. Treasury under E.O. 13224 as a terror front for Hamas; financial transactions funding Hamas can be seen in intelligence reports (here and here pg.7 lists IDO). In one incident, Malik’s immediate supervisor, Suar al-Dahab raised over $8 million for JIF and in another incident, $1 billion is claimed by one of IDO’s affiliates, adding further to what we previously disclosed. The only projects in Kogelo, Kenya that qualify under a non-profit claimed by BHOF are: land, a well, and a mosque structure. According to Malik, the mosque was donated by “Dr. Muhammad Al-Maneea” from “Saudi Arabia” and “Ali M. Zaghmout” from Qatar; the well came courtesy of “Alislah Society” in Bahrain, which is also a terror front that funds Hamas (see appendix D, #9 from Intelligence reports via INTERPAL).


The U.S. government is authorized to block the assets of organizations and individuals that provide financial support to terrorist organizations. Both BHOF and MSOF are in violation of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). Therefore, due process should be enforced. According to Reuters, Malik Obama is a U.S. resident who has lived in Washington, D.C. since 1985.


The Reuters report also claims that the BHOF is a…


“…charitable organization (Malik) founded to build houses for women and orphans…”


The BHOF funded the Barack H. Obama Recreation Center and Rest Area in Nyan’oma Kogelo, designated land for a mosque, a mosque structure, and a well. The BHOF raised money by falsely claiming to be a tax-exempt charity.


When chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center filed a complaint with the IRS, not only was it never investigated but Malik was allowed to submit an application (May 23rd, 2011) to the IRS which was met with a 501(c)(3) approval letter that illegally granted the group’s tax-exempt status retroactively, 38 months.


According to National Legal and Policy Center, this constitutes “common law fraud and potentially even federal mail fraud.” MSOF has a similar case, it essentially operates as a non-profit; it uses California Community Foundation (CCF), itself a 501(c)(3) based in Los Angeles, CA. CCF transfers donations marked for MSOF out of the U.S. MSOF’s operations are quite illegal based on Musa Obama’s own admission on Al-Jazeera and by monitoring MSOF’s activities in the Middle East. It operates as a fundraising entity in which 90% of such funds are raised from major U.S. institutions to send Kenyan students to the top 3 most radical Wahhabist madrassas in Saudi Arabia. When he was Secretary of State, Colin Powell testified in 2004 before the House Appropriations Committee that madrassas were breeding grounds for “fundamentalists and terrorists…”


On October 16, 2003, in a memo to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other top Pentagon officials, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld put forth a similar view. From documented studies, it is concluded that several of president Obama’s family members – including Grand Mother Mama Sarah (MSOF Foundation) including her fundraisers Uncle Sayed (Saeed, Sayid, etc.) Obama and Cousin Musa Ismail Obama, who admitted on al-Jazeera Arabic television, to funding scholarships from Africa to the top Wahhabi madrassas in Saudi Arabia.


Now with Malik Obama’s activities, a clandestine team that funds the promotion of global terrorism appears to be made up of several Obama family members.

In NATO-Destabilized Libya Even Schoolyard Fights Are Settled With Grenades

“Eastern Libya has become a stronghold of militias, with authorities avoiding a full-blown confrontation with the heavily-armed groups pending the formation of a regular army and police force.”

[As in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US is faced with a dilemma of its own creation—the need to build new national armies after first destroying the old ones.  There is no way to maintain order in a Nation without armies or police forces.  First we totally destroy Nations, then we desire them as allies.  Despite the obvious, Western leaders will never admit that this strategy is both foolish and morally wrong, nor that the wars were unnecessary.  There is something intrinsically wrong with a foreign policy which freely dispenses destruction upon others, in order to later rebuild the rubble, expecting friendship in return.]

Playground bomb wounds children in Libya


Device thrown over school wall wounds 12 children, two seriously, in volatile city of Benghazi as insecurity continues.

An official said six children, two of whom were in a serious condition, had been hospitalised[Reuters]

A bomb has rocked the playground of a primary school in Benghazi during break time, wounding 12 children, hours after gunmen had rampaged through the streets of Libya’s restive second city.

Witnesses said the bomb was thrown over the school wall while the children were playing.

Fadia al-Barghathi, spokesperson for Benghazi’s main Galaa hospital, told the AP news agency that it was a student that had thrown the device.

Six children suffering “light to moderate” injuries were admitted to the city’s Al-Jala hospital, Barghathi said.

Medics said two of the injured children were in serious condition.

Weapons are widespread in Libya in the wake of its 2011 civil war.

Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi, has seen near-daily attacks on security and other targets in recent months as the weak central government has tried to rein in former rebel brigades turned armed groups.

Another medical official said six other children, two in serious condition, were taken to Benghazi medical centre.

Jordanians and Palestinians Worry About Kerry Sell-Out To Zionist Expansion Plans

Jordanians worry about fallout from Mideast peace


Associated Press

Jordanians worry about fallout from Mideast peace

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Israelis and Palestinians may be hugely skeptical about the U.S.-led peace negotiations their leaders have been roped into, but the Jordanians seem worried that they actually might succeed. The kingdom is already home to the largest Palestinian population outside the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Jordanian lawmakers and others fear an accord might lead to a new influx of refugees.

The kingdom, a key U.S. ally, is watching warily as Secretary of State John Kerry brokers the secretive talks. Protests have broken out, the media brims with disaster scenarios, and lawmakers have held anguished debate.

“Jordan stands today at a dangerous crossroad because it will be a victim of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal,” warned tribal lawmaker Abdul-Karim Dughmi. “I do not trust Mr. Kerry because his country is biased toward the Zionists and their expansionist plans to usurp the remaining Palestinian lands in the West Bank and force more Palestinian refugees onto Jordan.”

He spoke during the second day of a heated debate on the issue under the domed parliament chamber in the capital, Amman.

At the heart of the matter is the brittle situation in Jordan itself — a monarchy that managed largely to escape the Arab Spring convulsions that have enveloped much of the region, and yet is vulnerable because of a combustible ethnic schism only complicated by the recent years’ arrival of more than a half million refugees from Syria due to that country’s ruinous civil war. Another half million Iraqis also live in Jordan since dictator Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003.

According to estimates about half of Jordan’s 7.5 million people are Palestinians. They, or their ancestors, arrived in two waves. The first was in 1948-49, as a consequence of the war from which neighboring Israel emerged, and the second was in 1967, after the war in which Israel seized the area west of the Jordan River that had been controlled by Jordan — now known universally as the “West Bank,” the heartland of a would-be Palestinian state.

Despite the huge Palestinian population — some believe they are a majority — many key posts and the most plum jobs are still held by so-called East Bankers, a term referring to Bedouin tribesmen who dominate the government and other non-Palestinian Jordanians. Many Palestinians still live in ramshackle camps and feel like second-class citizens. They are banned from posts in the foreign ministry, army, intelligence and other security departments. They are also excluded from royal perks frequently extended to those of Bedouin origin, such as university scholarships and free health care.

There is no indication that Jordan will be asked to absorb Palestinian refugees from Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere. The Palestinians’ longstanding demand has been that they be allowed into Israel, and Israel prefers they be given a choice to move to the new Palestinian state.

Jordanian lawmakers speak during the second day of …
Jordanian lawmakers speak during the second day of a heated debate on the U.S. push for a peace deal …

But the East Bankers are nervous. Beyond the refugee issue, if the Palestinians’ situation was addressed convincingly, as part of a wider accord in which many Arab countries make peace with Israel, the delicate balance in Jordan could easily be upset.

Political analyst Labib Kamhawi said that non-Palestinian East Bank Jordanians “are afraid to lose their longstanding monopoly on power and be forced to share it with Palestinian refugees who may decide not to return to the West Bank under a final peace deal.”

The original idea was to reach a deal by April, but there are now indications the talks may be prolonged, perhaps with the added element of an American position paper presented to the sides.

Amid the fervor, King Abdullah II — who hosted key players Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Kerry recently — planned to discuss the effort during a U.S. trip that began Tuesday and will include a stop in California on Feb. 14 for talks with President Barack Obama.

A government official said Abdullah will “remind” the Obama administration about Jordan’s interests in a final Mideast settlement. He said Kerry was in constant touch with his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh, speaking several times a week. The official insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly.

Asked about the criticism of Kerry, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said “the only goal of the final status agreement is to bring peace and prosperity to not only the Israeli and the Palestinian people, but to the region,” adding that “throughout every point in the process the United States has been engaged in consultations with the government of Jordan.”

Seeking to allay parliamentary fears, Judeh told lawmakers that Jordan, which shares the longest Arab border of 335 kilometers (210 miles) with Israel and the West Bank, had the right to “accept or reject” any point in the negotiations that does not bode well with its interests.

Jordanian lawmakers attend the second day of a heated …
Jordanian lawmakers attend the second day of a heated debate on the U.S. push for a peace deal

Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour assured deputies that “I’m keeping no secrets on the negotiations from you.”

He announced that Jordan will not deploy troops on the West Bank in the Jordan Valley to replace Israeli forces there.

The Palestinians seek the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, territories captured by Israel in 1967, for an independent state. Israel’s current government wants to keep parts of the West Bank and says it will not share control of east Jerusalem, home to sensitive religious sites — although previous Israeli leaderships were more flexible on the issue. Netanyahu has also insisted that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland, a condition they say would undermine the rights of Palestinian refugees and Israel’s own Arab minority.

Speculation that Kerry was close to laying out the framework of a future peace deal rekindled Jordanian concerns.

About 150 protesters, a mix of Arab nationalists and Islamists, rallied in the northern city of Irbid Monday, appealing to the Palestinians to reject a peace deal and demanding their government to annul its 1994 peace treaty with Israel.

One of the protesters, Yahya Shdeifat, called for “conscripting fighters for cross border attacks on Israel.”

The stakes are high for Jordan, which worries about instability on its Western border and the fate of more than 2 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants who were displaced to Jordan in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, most of whom hold Jordanian citizenship. Jordan insists they must be compensated and allowed to return to the West Bank.

The government wants a smaller group of Palestinians displaced in the 1948 Mideast war to be compensated for losing their homes with Israel’s creation months after the war.

The government also is expected to seek financial compensation for hosting the Palestinians. Officials estimate that Jordan spends around $1 billion annually for the upkeep of 13 Palestinian refugee camps across the country.

In addition, Jordan’s king, whose royal Hashemite dynasty claims ancestry to the Prophet Muhammad, wants a future deal to satisfy Arab claims to east Jerusalem, which houses Islam’s third holiest shrine. The Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty recognized a “special” Jordanian role in caring for Christian and Muslim holy shrines in the Old City.

In Tuesday’s session, some lawmakers voiced concern that worsening conditions for West Bank Palestinians under Israeli occupation may force them out to seek better opportunities in Jordan, giving ammunition to Israeli hard-liners, who call for making Jordan, not the West Bank, a home to Palestinians. Others said they feared that Palestinian refugees in Syria and Lebanon would end up in Jordan, disturbing its delicate demographic balance.

Abdul-Hadi Majali, a tribal leader who heads the largest parliamentary bloc of 20 seats, argued that Kerry was intentionally keeping the negotiations secret.

“Mr. Kerry, the Godfather of peace, wants to use the surprise factor to impose an Israeli solution on the Arabs, keeping east Jerusalem under Israeli occupation and vacating the remaining part of the West Bank of its Palestinian inhabitants.”


Associated Press Writer Lara Jakes in Washington contributed to this report.