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Michigan Islamic Scholar: Aafia Siddiqui – an Icon of Muslim Women Held Unjustly in Prison [Video]

On September 18, 2021, a video was uploaded to a YouTube channel called “Shaikh Jibril” in which Michigan Islamic scholar Sheikh Ahmad Musa Jibril praised Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who is serving an 86-year prison sentence at Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas for attempted murder of U.S. military personnel and who is known for her post-9/11 affiliation with Al-Qaeda and Islamists. Sheikh Jibril said that in the past, capturing women was considered a declaration of war, and that Muslim leaders would “eradicate towns off the face of the earth” when such a thing happened. He said that Muslims should never abandon their brothers or sisters in a time of need, and that Siddiqui is an “icon for the plight of Muslim women held unjustly in prisons all over the globe.” In addition, Sheikh Jibril said that the Islamic justice system is just and moral, while in the American justice system, a jury comprised of “crackheads” and “meth addicts” convicts people. Furthermore, Sheikh Jibril said that U.S. authorities remove Muslim children from their homes in order to turn them into polytheists. The Shaikh Jibril YouTube channel is purportedly managed by Sheikh Jibril’s students.

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Iran Tests “Raafe” Solid-Fuel Space Engine [Video]

On January 13, 2022, a video was uploaded to the IMA Media YouTube channel showing footage of a test of Iran’s “Raafe” solid-fuel space engine. The “IMA” in IMA Media is an acronym for “Iran’s Military Achievements.”

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CAIR-TX Panel on Aafia Siddiqui – Siddiqui’s Attorney: U.S. Government Lies on “Large Scale” [Video]

In a November 11, 2021 panel that was streamed live on YouTube by CAIR-TX and that was titled “Injustice: Dr. Aafia [Siddiqui] and the 20-Year Legacy of America’s Wars,” Aafia Siddiqui’s attorney Marwa Elbially said that the U.S. government lies on a large scale. She gave the example of the “fabricated” rescue of American soldier, who was taken hostage by Iraqi forces in 2003. She also said that the fact that Aafia Siddiqui has not become a “household name” for every American and that he has not been portrayed in “stupid TV shows” or “poorly-made movies” is proof that the government never really believed that she was an Al-Qaeda operative. Prominent Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, the Executive Director of Mpower Change, said that Aafia Siddiqui is a “political prisoner” like H. Rap Brown, who is serving a life sentence for the 2000 murder of two law enforcement officers, and like Leonard Peltier, who is serving a life sentence for involvement in the murder of two FBI agents. It is interesting to note that in September 2005, Iranian filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh also claimed that Jessica Lynch’s rescue had been staged (see MEMRI TV Clip No. 881.) For more about Linda Sarsour, see MEMRI TV Clips No. 6935, 6808, and 6111.

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TX Rally to Free Aafia Siddiqui: Courts Headed by Zionist Judges Never Care About Muslim Prisoners [Video]

On September 18, 2021, a rally to free Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who is serving an 86-year sentence for attempted murder of U.S. military personnel and who is known for her affiliation with Al-Qaeda, was held in front of FMC Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, where Dr. Siddiqui is being held. The rally was organized by CAIR Texas, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), and MAS PACE. At the rally, prominent Texas Islamic scholar and activist Dr. Omar Suleiman, the president of the Yaqeen Institute, said that it is time to reopen the cases of “political prisoners” like Dr. Siddiqui, who were put away in “sham” trials. American-Pakistani social activist Nadarat Siddiqui said that the courts are headed by “Zionist judges” and others who don’t “give a damn” about Muslim prisoners. Footage of the rally was uploaded to a YouTube accounted named “Free Dr Aafia Siddiqui – USA.”

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Former Lebanese MP: Only Way to Stop Lebanon’s Dissolution Is to Remove “Cancer” of Hizbullah [Video]

Former Lebanese MP Mustapha Allouch said in an interview that was posted on Spot Shot Online (Lebanon) on January 11, 2022 that the only way to protect Lebanon from complete dissolution is to get rid of the “cancer” of Hizbullah, which he referred to as a “rogue Iranian militia,” and to protect the Taif Agreement. He emphasized that Hizbullah should be stripped of its military wing and forced to become merely a political organization. Allouch said that Hizbullah poses an “imminent danger” to the country and that Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah wants to provoke Saudi Arabia into taking measures that would push the Lebanese people to rely only on Iran. He also said that Nasrallah has been advocating for Lebanon to fall under Iran’s Rule of the Jurisprudent, and that the only alternative would be for Lebanon to split along religious lies and “obliterate” the Lebanese state as it was established in 1920. For more information about Mustapha Allouch, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 9129, 8957, 7455, 6189, and 3200.

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IRGC Deputy Chief: When We Strike America, The Great Satan, And Israel, It Will Be With Great Force [Video]

In a January 4, 2022 interview on Al-Manar TV (Hizbullah-Lebanon), IRGC Deputy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Ali Fadavi said that in the 2016 Farsi Island incident, the Americans quickly realized that they were “criminals on death row” and that they are at risk of being targeted by the full force of the IRGC, so they quickly obeyed the IRGC’s orders. He also said that when the time is right, Iran will strike America and its Zionist “followers” with great force. In addition, he said that if Israel acts against Iran, Iran will turn Haifa and Tel Aviv into dust. Moreover, Admiral Fadavi said that the Americans will soon be annihilated and that they will cease to control the world and the region.

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Iranian Video Mocks “The Hope” – Israel’s National Anthem: No Hope Remains for the Zionist Army [Video]

On December 3, 2021, Tasnim News Agency (Iran) posted a parody of Israel’s national anthem. The video showed images of Israeli soldiers crying and praying, of graves of Israeli soldiers, and of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. The lyrics went: “The army of the Zionists was built on wax [and] no hope for it remains… The fool[s] who insist [on remaining [in Israel are] doomed to be buried in the ground.” An earlier version of this song, with a difference video, was produced by the Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, and was originally aired in 2014 on the Hamas-owned Al-Aqsa TV (see MEMRI TV Clip No. 4261).The MEMRI Lantos Project exposes anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the Middle East region and Middle Eastern communities in the West with the aim of supporting legislation and educating media and the general public.

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At Events Celebrating Fatah’s 57th Anniversary; Fatah Official Praises Martyrs, Prisoners [Video]

This clip is a compilation of videos from events celebrating Fatah’s 57th anniversary. In a ceremony that took place in East Jerusalem, and was aired on Palestine TV on January 1, 2022, Deputy Sec.-Gen. of Fatah’s Central Committee Dr. Sabri Saidam was invited to light the commencement torch. A man then recited a poem as armed and masked Fatah members marched through the auditorium. In a video of a rally that was aired on Palestine TV on December 30, 2021, Deputy Chairman of the Fatah Movement Mahmoud Al-Aloul said that Fatah remembers all its martyrs and prisoners, including Marwan Barghouti, Karim Younes, and others. He added that Fatah believes “in all forms of resistance.” In a video of a march that was uploaded to the Jmedia Facebook page on December 30, 2021, masked and uniformed men as seen carrying on mock-ups of large rockets on their shoulders. Other people are seen carrying Fatah flags and wearing shirts with a picture of Yasser Arafat printed on them.

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At A Vigil Held for Soleimani Outside of U.S. Consulate in Toronto, Crowd Chants “America Is Satan” [Video]

On January 2, 2022, a vigil was held outside the U.S. Consulate in Toronto in memory of IRGC Qods Force Commander Qasem Soleimani. The vigil marked two years since the U.S. assassination of Soleimani. Canadian Shi’ite Sheikh Shafiq Huda, the Director of the Islamic Humanitarian Service in Kitchener, Ontario, said in English that leaders in the West are trying to “rule the Islamic nation” from the White House, and that they are too cowardly to come to the battlefield. He said that both Biden and Trump will end up in the dustbin and led the audience in a chant: “Allah Akbar! Khamenei is the Leader! America is the Great Satan!” Later, Canadian Islamic Scholar Sauber Mojtahedi said in Farsi that Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, an Iraqi militia leader who was killed in the same air strike as Soleimani, had been the greatest soldiers of the Hidden Imam, and he said that the day will come when former President Donald Trump and former State Secretary Mike Pompeo will be tried in an Islamic court, just like Imam Khomeini had wanted to try the Shah in an Islamic court. Mojtahedi compared Trump to Saddam Hussein and Anwar Sadat, and he asked for Allah to curse him and Pompeo. For more information about Sheikh Shafiq Huda, see MEMRI TV Clips Nos. 8586 and 6614. The address was posted on the DARS TV YouTube channel.

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Iranian President at Event Commemorating Soleimani: Trump Must Stand Trial, Receive Retribution [Video]

In a January 3, 2022 speech at an event commemorating two years since the killing of IRGC Qods Force Commander General Qasem Soleimani, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that former U.S. President Donald Trump, who ordered the assassination of Soleimani, is a murderer who must stand trial and receive “retribution in kind” for his actions. Raisi said that a tribunal should be established to implement this “divine ruling” against Trump and his administration officials, and that if this does not happen, there should be no doubt that the “hand of revenge will emerge from the sleeve” of the Iranian nation. The audience chanted: “Allah Akbar!… Death to America!”

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Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader: The Resistance Will Teach the U.S. a Lesson and Force It Out of Iraq [Video]

Iraqi Shiite militia leader Qais Khazali, the Secretary-General of Asai’b Ahl Al-Haq, delivered a public address that was uploaded to the PMU Media channel on YouTube on January 1, 2022. The address was at a rally in Baghdad in honor of the second anniversary of the U.S. assassination of IRGC Qods Force Commander Qasem Soleimani. Khazali said that the American forces in Iraq should have already learned the lessons they had been taught by the “heroes” of the Iraqi Islamic resistance. He also said that the “sons” of the resistance and the PMU will force the Americans out of Iraq, and they will leave degraded, humiliated, and despised like they did in 2012. He led the crowds in chants of, “No to America!”, “Yes, to Iraq!”, and “Yes to the resistance!”

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Saudi Journalist On UN Draft Resolution On Gender Identity And Sexual Orientation [Video]

In a December 19, 2021 show on Rotana Khalijiya TV (Saudi Arabia), Saudi journalist Saleh Joraibi Al-Zahrani reacted to a UN draft resolution on gender identity and sexual orientation. Al-Zahrani said that homosexuality is a perversion, that anyone who is attracted to a person of the same sex should seek medical treatment, and that this is not a humanitarian issue. Al-Zahrani also said that the UN resolution is like a terrorist passing a UN resolution to permit explosive belts and killing civilians.