Philippines: Cathedral cancels Easter celebrations after Muslims ransack it and smash statues

Surely Pope Francis is on his way to Marawi now to explain to these Muslims that true Islam and the proper understanding of the Qur’an forbid every form of violence.

“Cathedral ransacked by Islamic State-linked extremists cancels Easter celebrations,” by Alex Williams, Premier, March 24, 2018:

Easter celebrations are being cancelled at a cathedral in the Philippines this year, months after the landmark was severely damaged by extremists connected to Islamic State.

Worshippers who had planned to attend services at St Mary’s Cathedral in the city of Marawi are being directed to smaller churches in the region.

The Bishop of Marawi Edwin dela Peña was quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as saying: “For the first time in many years, we will not hold any service in the cathedral itself.

“But in other parishes in the prelature, we will have our Holy Week services.”

Extremists stormed St Mary’s during the early stages of five-month bloody conflict in Marawi between groups affiliated with IS and the Philippine government.

The militants were eventually defeated but not before the cathedral was riddled with bullets by militants who also filmed themselves smashing statues inside the place of worship….

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/03/philippines-cathedral-cancels-easter-celebrations-after-muslims-ransack-it-and-smash-statues 

 

 

 

“Palestinian” who stabbed Israeli first “purified himself” in mosque, then went “to find a Jew to attack”

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/03/palestinian-who-stabbed-israeli-first-purified-himself-in-mosque-then-went-to-find-a-jew-to-attack

Why a Jew? Because the Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); they love to listen to lies (5:41); they disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more. They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony (9:29).

What’s more, to kill a Jew is a holy act that helps to hasten the coming of the end times:

“Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.” (Sahih Muslim 6985)

 

“In Israeli court, a woman confronts Palestinian who stabbed her,” Reuters, March 25, 2018 (thanks to B.):

LOD, Israel – An Israeli woman faced off in court on Sunday with a Palestinian who had confessed to stabbing her, in a case that suggested the swirl of political and personal motives that can drive such attacks.

Malek Saada, a 20-year-old from the West Bank, was working illegally as a baker in Lod, a mixed Jewish-Arab town south of Tel Aviv, when, a year ago, he ambushed Revital Danino outside her home, moderately wounding her before fleeing.

Captured by Israeli police, court papers showed, Saada confessed to the attack and said he had “purified himself” in advance at a mosque and targeted Danino because she was wearing religious Jewish garb.

“(The attack) was definitely nationalistic in nature,” Saada’s lawyer, Alaa Tellawi, told Reuters, reiterating what he described as his client’s position from the outset.

Testifying at the opening of Saada’s trial, Danino, a 45-year-old school principal, raised another possible factor in the attack: drink.

“When he was close to me, he had a smell of alcohol, but his behavior was very decisive,” she told the three judges, as Saada sat slumped in the dock, watching impassively.

Officials on both sides have said a wave of Palestinian street attacks that began in 2015 stemmed from a volatile combination of political tensions in the conflict with Israel and personal problems suffered by some of the assailants.

“He had murder in his eyes,” Danino said, short of breath, her face flushed. “I curled up by instinct, and felt his knife slipping from my neck and further down, to where I was stabbed.”

“I elbowed him and apparently it was then that he dropped the knife and ran away,” she added, holding up a sweater, perforated between the shoulders, that she said she had been wearing on the evening of the attack.

Saada did not address the court. Tellawi said his client did not dispute the events described in the indictment, but the lawyer also suggested that while Saada had a political motive, personal emotions linked to his conservative Muslim background also came into play.

“This is a young man who, while in Lod, drank alcohol, behavior that his father learned about. When he asked his father to arrange for him to marry the woman he loved, his father refused,” Tellawi told Reuters.

“That led my client to wake up one day and say, ‘I’ve had it with this life,’ and to find a Jew to attack.”…