Friday October 9, 2015
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Dr. Reuven Berko

Sheikh Salah’s ready-made solution

Islamic Movement head Sheikh Raed Salah and his friends are in a bind. Radical Islamists like them have become pariahs in Arab nations and around the world as a result of their peers' acts of terror against innocent civilians.

The Islamist movements, their funds and their dawah (proselytizing) activities have now become a target for intelligence and counterterrorism agencies worldwide, and the source of primal fear in the West. Radical Islam is now perceived as a threat against freedom and normalcy.

The sheikhs pushing the forceful Islamization of the world are now facing fear and rejection. This justifiable fear has been unjustly dubbed "Islamophobia" -- as a "phobia" is an illogical and inexplicable fear of something. The incitement and terror promoted by the proponents of radical Islam are in and of themselves a rational reason to fear them.

The euphoria felt by the likes of Salah on the eve of the Arab Spring, when they thought that the Middle East would soon serve as the path for the Islamic caliphates to lead humanity, was soon clouded by "jahiliyyah" -- a time of darkness when Muslims turn their murderous rage on each other and Islamist terrorists blow each other up in the already bleeding theater of Islamic states.

The radical Islamist phenomenon is now rejected by the moderate Arab-Islamic body, as if it is rejecting a viral disease: The Islamist body is rejecting the radicals and is attacking and eliminating them by itself.

Salah's main problem is that he cannot blame the Jews for what is transpiring. They have nothing to do with it, but he insists -- how can he find a way to embroil the Jews in Islam's calamity? "They are out to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque!" This is not a new trick. Every time that the Palestinian Authority or Hamas hit a dead end, Al-Aqsa is used as a trigger for riots, and as a way to turn the international spotlight back onto our region.

Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal is also trying to use Al-Aqsa as kindling for a pan-Islamic fire over the issue in an attempt to unify the Arab world, and maybe get them to stop killing each other. In a promo aired over and over on the Al-Jazeera network, Mashaal repeatedly says that Al-Aqsa is not merely the Palestinians' problem, but should be dealt with by the Islamic world as a whole.

Everything around Israel is on fire. Rare, ancient mosques are being reduced to rubble by radical Islamists in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and even Egypt, while the world stands idly by. The world also stands idly by while radical Islamists -- members of Salah's movement -- burn down churches in Egypt. Others lurk around for Jews praying near the Temple Mount, saying it is a conspiracy against Islam and that Israel must be disarmed of its "unconventional" weapon.

Salah is frustrated by the fact that Israel remains serene while everything around it in ablaze. Al-Jazeera, assisted by the emir of Qatar, continues to support the Muslim Brotherhood and its terrorist offshoots' incitement against the movement's three enemies: President Bashar Assad's regime in Syria, Col. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's rule in Egypt and the "Zionist occupation." But they are killing Islamists in Syria. Egypt is considering outlawing the Islamist Movement and is jailing Muslim Brotherhood members. Cairo has also banned Al-Jazeera and has returned $2 billion in aid funds to Qatar as a form of protest.

The motifs used by Salah in his incitement do not mesh: "Al-Aqsa is in danger," "Syria," and "Egypt"? truth be told, Salah is just a subcontractor for the global Muslim Brotherhood movement. He is hungry for some fame and hefty funding, preferably in U.S. dollars.

In a rally he organized recently in Umm al-Fahm, which some 30,000 people attended, Salah reluctantly played up his role as a champion of Israeli democracy. What is absurd is that while the Islamists in Umm al-Fahm complain about occupation and apartheid, they refuse to part with us, and when they are criticized for being radical, they hypocritically point the finger at Salah and blame him for it.

Global Islam's preoccupation with terror has Salah worried, so he plans to get the world's attention by pulling the "Al-Aqsa is in danger" trigger. The ones who are really in danger, from both the West and the Islamic world, are Salah and his mujahideen friends.

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