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ADL says that there’s a growing "theory" in popular culture in the Mideast that Benedict is really…all about the Jews.

Cartoons and editorials published in newspapers in the Arab/Muslim world falsely portray Jews as the manipulators behind Pope Benedict XVI and his speech at a German university on the theological need for faith and reason, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). 

"Once again anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are being promoted by the Arab/Muslim media, this time in the outrageous claims that Pope Benedict  XVI is being manipulated by Jews to attack Islam," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  "Objections to the Pope’s comments should be made civilly, not with violence being perpetrated by Muslims against Christians, and not with inflammatory cartoons and editorials against Jews." 


Several examples of cartoons are posted at the site.

And of course al-Zawahri speaks his mind:

Al-Zawahri said Benedict is reminiscent of Pope Urban II, who in 1095 ordered the First Crusade to Christian control in the Holy Land.

"This charlatan Benedict brings back to our memories the speech of his predecessor charlatan Urban II in the 11th century … in which he instigated Europeans to fight Muslims and launch the Crusades because he (Urban) claimed ‘atheist Muslims, the enemies of Christ’ are attacking the tomb of Jesus Christ, peace be upon him," al-Zawahri said.


Al-Zawahri’s remarks about Benedict were a clear response to the pontiff’s comments this month that sparked outrage across the Muslim world. In that speech, Benedict cited a Byzantine emperor who characterized some of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as "evil and inhuman," particularly "his command to spread by the sword the faith."

"If Benedict attacked us, we will respond to his insults with good things. We will call upon him and all of the Christians to become Muslims who do not recognize the Trinity or the crucifixion," al-Zawahri said.

Al-Zawahri also called a U.N. resolution to send peacekeepers into Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region a "Crusader plan" and implored the Muslims of Darfur to defend themselves.


"There is a Crusader plan to send Crusaders forces to Darfur that is about to become a new field of the Crusades war. Oh, nation of Islam, rise up to defend your land from the Crusaders aggression who are coming wearing United Nations masks," he said. "No one will defend you (Darfur) but a popular holy war."

The nearly 18-minute statement, titled "Bush, the Pope, Darfur and the Crusades," was produced by al-Qaida’s media arm, as-Sahab, and made available by the IntelCenter. An initial segment shows al-Zawahri in an office-type setting, while in the second part he is in front of a brown backdrop. The first segment also has English subtitles.

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Kevin Miller

posted September 30, 2006 at 10:08 am

It’s worth noting, I think, that al-Q’s reaction to Pope Benedict is just one more piece of evidence that it’s just not true that if we only but tweaked our foreign policy a bit, they’d be satisfied and leave us alone.

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posted September 30, 2006 at 1:17 pm

Yeesh, how many times can one mention the Crusades in just a few short paragraphs!?
Reminds me of “Lies and the Lying Liars who Lie Them” or whatever that Franken book was called. Simple tactics for simple audiences, I guess.

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Donald R.McClarey

posted September 30, 2006 at 7:25 pm

“It’s worth noting, I think, that al-Q’s reaction to Pope Benedict is just one more piece of evidence that it’s just not true that if we only but tweaked our foreign policy a bit, they’d be satisfied and leave us alone.”
Amen. For the hard core jihadists nothing will satisfy them until Islam rules the globe.

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reluctant penitent

posted September 30, 2006 at 8:49 pm

Reminiscent of some other cartoons:
(scroll down)

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posted September 30, 2006 at 9:23 pm

Speaking of cartoons, quick, someone tell Oliphant.

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posted October 1, 2006 at 4:37 pm

Again with the Crusades.
When is someone in the west going to stand up and say:
Yes indeed, the Pope called for Christendom to rise up against the Islamic invaders in defense of the Christian Roman Empire.
Yes, Christians will defend themselves if attacked.

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posted October 2, 2006 at 2:39 pm

These statements all seem incredibly naive until one realizes that in the Islamic world the Crusades are still discussed as if they happened only yesterday, not hundreds of years ago. Then they just seem, well, naive. They remind me of the Russian caricature made of the Checkov character in Star Trek – “The Russians did this, the Russians made that, the Russians discovered this” because that’s what their schools and society told them. So it is again with these Islamic fascists – never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

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posted October 2, 2006 at 5:58 pm

“Remember Lepanto”
should be taught and on the lips of all upright Catholics.

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Alan Marsh

posted October 3, 2006 at 9:15 pm

The crusades are recent history. The sunnis and shias are still killing each other over squabbles which took place in the early 8th century.

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