Author: Bilal Cleland

The Status of Jerusalem – Then and Now

The statement over the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem puts the position of Islam clearly. “There is no god but the God, and Abraham is His friend.” For it is a city for all the children of Abraham: Jews, Christians, Muslims. The second destruction of Jerusalem under Emperor Hadrian in 130 CE, after which Jews were expelled from the land forever, was a policy maintained by the Christian Eastern Roman Empire. The taking of control of the city from Byzantium in 628 CE is often portrayed as just another imperial conquest. It was not. Under the Byzantines, not only Judaism, but dissenting...

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Europe: Racism on the rise, again

“Poland Nationalist Rally With Neo-Nazi Slogans, Calls For ‘Islamic Holocaust’ Draws Biggest Crowd Ever” is the heading in Newsweek [12 November 2017].  The Jew-baiting is still there.  “The Radical Camp has told its followers on social media that the Syrian migration is part of a conspiracy between Jewish financiers and Communists to destroy the European Union with Islam, Sharia law and homosexuality.” According to the Wall Street Journal. Polish marchers carried slogans such as “White Europe,” “Clean Blood,” “Europe Will Be White” and “Pray for Islamic Holocaust.” They also introduced a new slogan — “We want God.” A similar...

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The Balfour Declaration: 100 years of conflict

When the Balfour Declaration was made on 2 November 1917, Britain was at the height of its imperial power, locked in a deadly struggle with the upstart German Empire. Afraid of the possible influence of a declaration of jihad against the British Empire by the Caliph, the Sultan of Turkey, General Kitchener  in October 1914 guaranteed to the Governor of Makkah, Sherif Hussein that in return for help against the Ottomans, there would be no intervention in Arabia. Letters were exchanged between Sherif Hussein and the British Government via McMahon, the High Commissioner for Egypt. One letter on 24...

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Targeting terrorism: The Australian story

The Australian media, particularly one section of it, controlled by an American company, has a very short memory on the history of terrorism and the molly-coddling of terrorists in this country. One Prime Minister made a very firm stand against terrorism in this country, a form of terrorism which was apparently being protected by our own security agency, ASIO. In a statement praising the contribution of immigrants to this country, Whitlam commented: “It is therefore unfortunate that a minority of these migrants, enjoying the rights we offer for the free expression of views, have sought to aggravate old sus-picions and hatreds by importing the methods of terrorism to this country. My government is determined to stamp out this terrorism.”  [Tony Wright SMH 9 June 2017] The terrorists were Catholics, not Muslims, and their immediate target was the Prime Minister of Yugoslavia, Dzemal Bijedic. These terrorists had carried out a series of some 12 bombings  in the 1960s and early 1970s. They intended to assassinate Bijedic during his visit to Australia. The recently well publicized attempt at the defamation of Justice Lionel Murphy by our “Australian” media, in which all of his iconoclastic activities, as well as some of his less savoury  ‘protecting mates,’ were exposed, there was little mention of his “raid” on ASIO HQ in Melbourne. In a letter written some 9 years ago to a newsletter “The...

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Concern for religious freedom in the West

The inability of the Trump Administration to denounce the rise of white supremacy, so clearly illustrated by the swastika and Confederate flagged neo-nazi rally in Charlottesville, served to shock the civilized world.  The extreme right appears to be moving into the mainstream of American politics. Then we were presented with a contradiction by the Secretary of State. The International Religious Freedom Report for 2016  – published by the US Department of State – criticised One Nation’s federal election campaign.  [https://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/2016/eap/268714.htm] “Four senators from the One Nation Party were elected during the July federal elections on a platform which included...

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