April 2007

Official Syrian News Agency: 2,395 Candidates for Parliamentary Elections, Not 9,000

The official Syrian news agency SANA noted that there are 2,395 candidates for the Syrian parliamentary elections, although reports from several days ago set the number at over 9,000.

Source: SANA, Syria, April 23, 2007

Date Posted: April 23, 2007
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Muslim Clerics, Intellectuals Protest Dutch Abortion Boat

Muslim clerics and intellectuals are protesting the Dutch abortion boat that set sail April 21, 2007 to perform abortions for European, Asian, and African women.

Saudi Association of Senior Clerics member Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mani' said that abortion harmed a living creature that could worship Allah, and that clerics from nearly all schools of thought agree that abortion is forbidden. He added that according to some clerics, abortion is murder and is punishable as such.

Source: Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, April 22, 2007

Date Posted: April 23, 2007
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Al-Ahram Editor: Wearing The Veil Is Wrong – And Unhealthy In Hot Climates

At a symposium organized by the Catholic church St. Joseph, the editor of the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, Osama Saraya, criticized the "infuriating spread" of the veil.

Saraya attacked those who encourage girls to wear the veil, saying that wearing the veil wasn't right, particularly in a country with such a hot climate. This, he said, was bad for the health.

Source: Al-Watan, Saudi Arabia, April 21, 2007

Date Posted: April 23, 2007
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A First in Bahrain: Sex Education Week

The Al-Jabriya school in Bahrain has held a sex education week, with the aim of teaching young people proper sexual behavior and of informing them about the dangers of disease.

The most visible activity was a conference held by the school's students on AIDS.

This is the first such activity in the Bahrain school system.

Source: Akhbar Al-Khaleej, Bahrain, April 22, 2007

Date Posted: April 23, 2007
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Gunmen Attack American School in Gaza

Gunmen have attacked the American School in Gaza and blown up large sections of the building.

Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Palestinian Authority, April 22, 2007

Date Posted: April 23, 2007
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Call to All Palestinian Factions: Abduct Israeli Soldiers

The "Groups of the Martyr Yasser Arafat" – the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades of Fatah – have called on all Palestinian factions to abduct Israeli solders to obtain the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Palestinian Authority, April 21, 2007.

Date Posted: April 23, 2007
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Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Decides Not To Establish Political Party

The Egyptian government daily Al-Ahram reports that the Muslim Brotherhood movement has backed down from its intention to establish a political party.

According to a reliable Muslim Brotherhood source, the movement has decided not to declare its plan for a party. The source added that the movement had found it difficult to turn its organizational problems into a civilian political party.

Al-Ahram, Egypt, April 21, 2007

Date Posted: April 23, 2007
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Syrian Cartoon on Syria's Elections

Right to left: "Candidate Prior to Elections" and "After"

Source: Teshreen, Syria, April 21, 2007

Date Posted: April 23, 2007
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MEMRI's Islamist Websites Monitor: ISI Announces Composition of Its Government

On April 19, 2007, Islamist websites posted a five-minute video produced by the Islamic State of Iraq media company Al-Furqan, titled "The Composition of the Islamic State of Iraq [ISI] Government." The video shows a spokesman sitting behind a desk with a computer, wearing elegant traditional Arab clothing. The spokesman, his face blurred, announces the composition of the first ISI government. At the bottom of the screen appears an ISI flag, with the caption "Official ISI spokesman." The following are excerpts from the video:

"Now, after Allah, with His grace, has overcome the Crusaders and humiliated the apostates by means of the jihad fighters, it is incumbent upon your brothers in the Shura Council of the ISI to declare the composition of the first Islamic government that rejects the leaders of the infidels, believes in Allah, and fights for Him, in order to instate the Islamic shari'a, decades after the fall of the Islamic Caliphate...

Date Posted: April 20, 2007
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Acting Palestinian Leg. Council Speaker From Hamas: U.S., Israel Will Be Annihilated

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Date Posted: April 20, 2007
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