Indian Muslims systematically targeted by fascist forces

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Updated 08 April 2013
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Indian Muslims systematically targeted by fascist forces

The Israeli intelligence service Mossad and their counterpart in the US, the CIA, have deliberately attempted to create a division among Muslims in India and those in other parts of the world, to keep them away from the mainstream and link them with terrorism, said T. Arif Ali, president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) in Kerala, who was in the Kingdom recently to perform Umrah.
In an interview with Arab News, Arif Ali highlighted Jamaat’s efforts to unify the vote bank of Muslims and other minorities by establishing the Welfare Party that promotes value-based politics in India.
The following is the full text of the interview:

Arab News: What have been the major achievements of JIH since its establishment in 1948?
Arif Ali: The main objective of JIH is to spread the message of Islam as a complete way of life and a solution to the problems of mankind. We have been successful in realizing this goal to a great extent through our various programs and publications. Jamaat gave the Muslim community the courage to stand firm in the torrent of Western cultural onslaught and face modern challenges. It also played a leadership role in addressing various issues, like the anti-Shariah campaign. Its educational system, providing both material and religious knowledge, enhanced the confidence of Muslim youths in Islam. Jamaat has been involved in several social and humanitarian activities to alleviate the suffering of victims of natural and man-made calamities. It introduced interest-free financial assistance and micro-finance programs all over the country. It has published the translations of the Holy Qur’an in all major languages of India, which helped Muslims and non-Muslims to learn more about Islam.

AN: Jamaat has initiated the formation of the Welfare Party. What is the relevance of such a political party in India today?
Arif Ali: Corruption and moral decadence have become the hallmarks of Indian politics. Our politicians have been using the taxpayers’ money to fill their pockets as well as their corporate allies’ instead of using it for public welfare. Most political leaders are accused of corruption and favoritism. So people in India are looking for a corruption-free political party. The main objective of Welfare Party is to promote value-based politics. Secondly, there was the need for an all-India political party that takes Muslims as a social base while bringing together other sidelined communities. These would be the Aborigines and Daliths, along with a large majority of citizens who are interested in value-based politics. As part of Islamophobia some international intelligence agencies have tried to keep the Muslim community away from the mainstream. The Welfare Party wants to change that situation and bring Muslims back to the mainstream, fostering harmonious relations between Hindus, Muslims and other faith-based communities in the country.

AN: Can you explain the move by international intelligence agencies to divide Muslims and keep them away from the mainstream?
Arif Ali: It is not a secret that Mossad with the help of CIA has been trying to create division among Muslims, fueling conflicts between Sunnis and Shiites. Wherever Muslims live in peace and harmony with other communities, they try to trigger communal conflicts to keep them out of the mainstream. This is a planned operation. They have been doing this in India and other parts of the world. India has signed agreements with these foreign agencies to train its police force. In olden times, intelligence work was limited to reporting what was going on in a country. Today their work involves planning what they want to see in a country. They want to get the Muslims out of the Indian mainframe and they make plans to achieve that goal. The bomb explosions in different parts of the country, including the Makkah Masjid and Samjoda Express blasts, the attack on the Indian Parliament and the fake, armed confrontations between police and young Muslims expose this plan. The government has now got information that these incidents were plotted by Hindu extremist groups with the support of police. Authorities unfairly blamed Muslims for those explosions and arrested a large number of Muslim youths. We cannot deny that these forces might have used some Muslim individuals as tools to realize their goals. The Mossad and the CIA wanted to create an impression that terrorism equals Muslims. They want Muslims to engage in extremist activities in order to target them. Wikileaks reports have revealed these facts.

Arab News: The communalization of politics, bureaucracy and judiciary has caused a lot of problems for Muslims in India. Do you think a united move by all Muslim organizations was necessary to address this issue?

Arif Ali: Jamaat initiated the formation of Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, a consultative body of different organizations in the country, and its affiliate All-India Muslim Personal Law Board to strengthen Muslim unity and protect their rights. The personal law board, representing the largest number of Muslim organizations, has been playing an important role in taking up major issues like the Babari Masjid and the arrest of Muslim youths. There are several advocates and other professionals under this board. Jamaat intends to carry out a three-prong program to improve the condition of Muslims in India. First, to provide legal support to innocent Muslims who are being victimized and jailed. We believe the judiciary is still the most dependable body in the country. Second, we want to confront communalism through political participation. We have to convince political parties that they cannot win in elections if they take a stand against the Muslims and minorities. For that we have to develop a strong and united vote bank. This was one of the objectives behind the formation of Welfare Party. Whenever Congress took a stand against the Muslim community, it was defeated in the elections. Third, by expressing our concerns and views through the media and dialogue forums.

Arab News: There are thousands of innocent Muslim youths still in Indian jails. What must be done to free them?

Arif Ali: This is a very serious as well as a surprising issue. From the president of India to the lower grade police officer agree that there are a lot of innocent Muslim youths in jails across the country. They keep on saying it over and over again. One reason for making them repeats it is the awareness we have given to the public regarding the issue. At the same time, the very same police officers and government agencies repeat the injustice by arresting more innocent Muslim youths. This indicates that there are other forces at work here, who do not come under the control of the president or the prime minister or other officials. Recently, Home Minister Shinde gave a statement about growing Hindu terrorism in the country. He was right, but he had to retract his statement because of political pressure. Following the recent Hyderabad blasts, Muslim youths were again victimized before conducting any investigation.

AN: We often hear about some Muslim terrorist organizations like Hizbul Mujahedeen and Lashkare Taiba claiming responsibility for such bomb attacks? Do you think these organizations really exit?

Arif Ali: Indian Mujahideen and Lashkare Taiba are introduced by intelligence agencies. No questions have been asked or investigations conducted on the whereabouts these organizations. They just give some Muslim names as instigators or perpetrators. After a while, we come to know that the people behind these explosions were some Hindu priests or police officers. By that time, hundreds of innocent Muslim youths would be arrested and tortured in jails. These arrests take place under the UAPA or Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. Any police officer can misuse the law to arrest anybody. They need the government’s approval for the arrest but can easily obtain it. When a person is arrested under UAPA, he can be kept behind bars for any length of time without trial. They are denied all human rights and cannot get release on bail. According to Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, a former Supreme Court judge, bail is the law, but when it comes to UAPA there is no place for bail. Another issue is that while a convict’s trial is going on, new accusations can be added to his charge sheet. So UAPA is the main villain. The Act was amended in December 2012, making it more dangerous. If a person gives money to another for any reason, and the person who receives the money is suspected of using the money for extremism, then both persons could be arrested under this law. While admitting that innocent Muslims are jailed, the government continues to pass such dangerous laws that could be used to target Muslims.


Dutch court cuts state’s liability for Srebrenica deaths

In this Wednesday, March 20, 2019 file photo, a woman prays at the Potocari memorial center for victims of the Srebrenica genocide, in Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (AP)
Updated 20 July 2019
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Dutch court cuts state’s liability for Srebrenica deaths

  • The 350 were among the almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in the genocide at Srebrenica, the worst massacre in Europe since World War II

THE HAGUE: The Dutch Supreme Court on Friday slashed the state’s liability for 350 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, saying peacekeepers had only a “slim” chance of preventing their deaths.
The 350 men were among 5,000 terrified residents who had sought safety in the Dutch peacekeepers’ base when the besieged Muslim enclave was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995.
The lightly armed Dutch troops eventually became overwhelmed and shut the gates to new arrivals before allowing Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic to evacuate the refugees.
The men and boys were separated and taken in buses to their deaths, their bodies dumped in mass graves.
Judges, however, on Friday reduced from 30 percent to 10 percent the Dutch state’s responsibility for compensation to the families in a case brought by the Mothers of Srebrenica victims’ organization.
The 350 were among the almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed in the genocide at Srebrenica, the worst massacre in Europe since World War II and the darkest episode in the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.
“The Dutch State bears very limited liability in the ‘Mothers of Srebrenica’ case,” the Supreme Court said. “That liability is limited to 10 percent of the damages suffered by the surviving relatives of approximately 350 victims.”

After the ruling, Mothers’ president Munira Subasic, who lost family members including her son, husband and father in the massacre, expressed disappointment.
“Today we experienced humiliation upon humiliation. We could not even hear the judgment in our own language because we were not given a translator,” she told AFP.
At Srebrenica “every life was taken away 100 percent. There is little we can do with 10 percent, but yes, the responsibility still lies where it does.”
“I only have two bones. I have found less than 10 percent of his body,” she added, referring to her teenage son.
The Dutch government accepted responsibility, saying it was relieved that “finally there was some clarity.”
A Dutch court originally held the state liable for compensation in 2014. In 2017 the appeals court upheld that decision before it was referred to the Supreme Court.
The lower court had said in 2017 that the Dutch actions meant the Muslims were “denied a 30 percent chance of avoiding abuse and execution,” and thus the Dutch state was liable for 30 percent of damages owed to families.
The Supreme Court agreed that “the state did act wrongfully in relation to the evacuation of the 5,000 refugees” in the compound, including 350 Muslim men the Bosnian Serbs were unaware of.
It said the Dutch peacekeepers “failed to offer these 350 male refugees the choice to stay where they were, even though that would have been possible.”
But explaining the decision to reduce the liability, the Supreme Court said that “the chance that the male refugees would have escaped the Bosnian Serbs had they been given the choice to stay was slim, but not negligible.”
Reacting to the ruling, Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld said in a statement the cabinet would “examine how to best implement the liability for damages suffered by the relatives in such a way it does justice to the Supreme Court ruling.”

In a swipe at the failure of other foreign powers to act during the 1995 crisis, the top court added that the “chance of Dutchbat (the Dutch UN mission) receiving effective support from the international community was slim.”
Former Dutchbat soldiers attending the case said they were disappointed on behalf of the victims’ families.
“I think the final judgment is a bit disappointing, especially when you see the court ruling of 30 percent and now it’s downgraded to 10 percent,” said Remko de Bruijne, a former Dutch blue helmet who served at Srebrenica.
“I think that’s not fair for the Mothers of Srebrenica but, on the other hand, now it’s clear,” he told AFP.
Srebrenica has cast a long shadow over The Netherlands, forcing a the government to resign in 2002 after a scathing report on the role of politicians in the episode.
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is currently serving a life sentence in jail in The Hague after being convicted of genocide over Srebrenica and war crimes throughout the 1990s.
Ex-military chief Mladic, 76, dubbed the “Butcher of Bosnia,” is currently appealing a life sentence on similar charges at an international tribunal in The Hague.
Slobodan Milosevic, Karadzic’s long-time patron during the war, was on trial in The Hague at the time of his death in 2006.