PressTV: Real jihad is in Palestine, by Kevin Barrett

Smoke billows from a building in Gaza following and Israeli air assault.Smoke billows from a building in Gaza following and Israeli air assault.

Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:53AM GMT

By Kevin Barrett

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As of Sunday, Israel was killing Palestinians at a rate of more than 100 per day. Most of the victims are civilians, including large numbers of children, who are being intentionally targeted.

As US Secretary of State John Kerry sarcastically blurted out, it is “one hell of a pinprick operation” when Israel calls in airstrikes to murder little boys playing soccer on the beach.

The current massacre is just the latest episode in a six-decade-long slow-motion genocide. Israel is trying to remove the vast majority of Palestinians from Palestine, by killing some of them and making life impossible for the others. As international law professor Francis Boyle argued at the Kuala Lumpur Tribunal in Malaysia almost one year ago: “The Palestinians have been the victims of genocide as defined by the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.”

In August 2013, the tribunal found Israel guilty of genocide. Perhaps that is why Malaysian planes keep falling out of the sky.

Who is going to stop the Palestinian genocide?
The West is owned by Zionist criminal oligarchs. The United Nations is helpless. Christians have been guilt-tripped into believing that they owe the Zionists a genocide – as long as it is perpetrated against somebody else.
China is too far away and concerned with its sphere of influence. India is occupied by the Zionists who have taken over RAW, the Indian intelligence agency. Russia has its own problems with powerful Zionist oligarchs and their Nazi stooges and thugs. Latin America is too busy trying to free itself from Uncle Sam…and yes, there are Zionist oligarchs there too.

So the only thing standing between Palestine and genocide is the world’s nearly two billion Muslims.

Palestine has been Islamic holy land, administered and protected by Muslims, since 636 CE – which corresponds to the 15th year of the Islamic calendar. Essentially, Palestine has been ruled by Muslims, justly and equitably for the most part, for as long as Islam has existed. It is the duty of every Muslim to protect Palestine, including the Christian and Islamic holy sites.

So where are those two billion Muslims – who outnumber the genocidal settlers in Occupied Palestine 400-to-1 ?

They are being divided, distracted and debilitated by Zionist propaganda…and by the treason of their own rulers.

The Persian Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia, could stop the genocide. Saudi Arabia has a pivotal role in global oil production. The biggest player in OPEC, Saudi Arabia could easily launch another oil embargo like the one in 1973…only this time for real. Unfortunately, the Kingdom’s current rulers apparently value their sybaritic lifestyles above the lives of Palestinian children and the sanctity of Islamic holy sites. Many of them are in bed with the Zionists, literally and figuratively.

The governments of other Muslim countries aren’t much better. Of all the Muslim-majority nations, only Iran (and to a lesser extent Syria and Malaysia) is taking serious risks to help the Palestinians defend themselves, and to broadcast the truth about Palestine to the world.

So why are so many self-styled “jihadis” attacking Iran – and the friends of Iran in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq?! In essence these “jihadis” are serving in the Israeli army. Mind-controlled CIA-Mossad stooge Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – or whatever he is calling himself this week – is the de facto head of the Israeli military’s Foreign Legion.

Likewise, in Pakistan, the Zionist-controlled Indian intelligence agency RAW has created a fake insurgency of “Pakistani Taliban.” Some deluded Pakistani Taliban foot-soldiers, like al-Baghdadi’s followers, imagine themselves jihadis fighting to purify Islam. They have a funny way of purifying Islam: killing their fellow Muslims with weapons provided by Zionists and CIA agents like Raymond Davis, who was captured in Pakistan staging “Pakistani Taliban” terrorism.

Pakistani defense analyst and popular TV host Zaid Hamid explains that these fake jihadis are tools of the West’s fourth generation warfare against Islam and Muslims. Fourth generation warfare – the brainchild of William S. Lind and other American and Zionist strategists – uses synthetic insurgencies and false flag terrorism to achieve military and political objectives. The doyens of fourth generation warfare have steered the concept of “jihad” away from its traditional Islamic just-war-doctrine foundations, toward Takfiri terrorism and other counterproductive (to the Muslims) tactics.

So when “Caliph” al-Baghdadi says he doesn’t really care about Palestine, he just wants to kill Shi’a Muslims, recalcitrant traditional Muslims, and Christians, he is waging a very strange kind of “jihad”…a very ZIONIST kind of “jihad.”

The Qur’an says that God hates aggressors; it tells us that when an enemy “drives you out of your homes” it is time to wage defensive jihad. (Note that the word jihad includes the primary meaning of “striving, effort” to be a better person, alongside the secondary meaning of striving to be a better person by risking your life standing up for justice and defending your community.)

The Israelis are systematically murdering Palestinians and driving them out of their homes and have been doing so for more than half a century. Palestine is Islamic holy land. There has never been a more clear-cut case of legitimate defensive jihad.

I am not an Islamic scholar. I have an Islamic Studies related Ph.D. from a secular American university. I am not highly qualified to interpret scripture.
But this issue is a no-brainer. Anyone who had read the Qur’an with a scintilla of understanding, anyone with the faintest acquaintance with just war theory, anyone who even remotely comprehends that our God-given human nature loathes aggression and authorizes self-defense, knows that not just every Muslim, but every human being with a conscience is required to help the Palestinians defend themselves against genocidal Zionist aggression.

What’s more, this one is winnable. A wedge can be driven between the psychotic über-Zionists and the slightly more rational realists who hold power in the West. If we work hard enough, and fight hard enough, we can force the West to acquiesce in the liberation of Palestine. Five million cannot hold out against two billion forever. Like apartheid South Africa in the 1980s, Zionist Israel today is approaching its expiration date.

There are fake jihads happening all over the world…Takfiri jihads, fourth generation warfare jihads, imperialist-sponsored divide-and-conquer jihads. These misguided spasms of pointless violence are libels on the noble word “jihad” – a word the Zionist-dominated Western media has dragged through the mud.

To hell with all the fake jihads. The real jihad is in Palestine.

Onward to victory.


Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. Dr. Barrett has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications. Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin, where he ran for Congress in 2008. He is the co-founder of the Muslim-Christian-Jewish Alliance, and author of the books Truth Jihad: My Epic Struggle Against the 9/11 Big Lie (2007) and Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters (2009). His website is More articles by Dr. Barrett


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5 Responses to PressTV: Real jihad is in Palestine, by Kevin Barrett

  1. Jean says:

    I had to publish these, Bamboo-Water. Thank you so much 🙂 Hugs, ~Jean

  2. diqiuren says:

    Just thought people might like to know what “sybaritic” as in “Unfortunately, the Kingdom’s current rulers apparently value their sybaritic lifestyles above the lives of Palestinian children and the sanctity of Islamic holy sites.” – adjective – a sybaritic person likes pleasure, a comfortable life, and beautiful expensive things.
    I always wonder why is that reporters and journalists have the habit of inserting words that are quite obscure, quite uncommon, in their reports and articles. Are they trying to score points from their peers? It would seem that they are not writing the mass audience at all, therefore it is not difficult to understand why the common people draw most of their information from the MSM because it is given to the masses in terms they can more understand. Isn’t it time that “informed media” wrote to the masses, if they did we would certainly have the change we desire a lot faster. KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid!

    • Beloved diqiuren,

      With respect: Simple is one thing. Willfully Illiterate is another. Why does the appearance of an unfamiliar word or seven trigger such plaintive distress in full public view? Isn’t the remedy too simple to mention but once? The solution is at hand: Quick like a knee-jerk: Tabbed Browsing is easy and fun. So look it up and learn it! Here’s how:

      Hit for a fast online query, and for a proper Desktop Dictionary Tool. Both these pages just might prove to be worthwhile resources fwiw. One for now and the other for later, after the concept is proved acceptable. Just scroll down past the geeqz-only and/or FOSS exotics for Unix and Linux etc unless you are running a “Lindows” box, in which case the Linux apps are indeed for you. Windows® clients (“apps”) are toward the bottom of the Software page, as are several for the Mac®. All apps iirc are single-button-mouse compatible, so why not?

      FWIW: This Old Turtle uses KDict every time. So GLAD to have learned so MANY new words by this means! From one use of that Embedded Desktop Dictionary, for example, YT gained what (for one famous example) the adjective “infandous” (as used by Steven Harper, exactly once, against the head of Britain’s “Respect” Party) actually means! Truth is, thanks to this our Internet, we all now have the tools at our fingertips with which to learn as many New Words in English as ever our hearts may desire, these days. (Maybe even Cyrillic, Greek and Mandarin Chinese, some day; who can tell?)

      So why kvetch against the konsept when there is GOLD in that thar Hill o’ Learned Verbiage, no matter where and/or when? It’s a mild ‘n’ sweet come-uppance we can all rise to, that one, now ain’t it?

      Indeed, it reliably PAYS to increase the ole Word Power – so why NOT? Dry those lovin’ eyes and turn to, now, for Heaven’s sake! Disestablishmentarianism’s sweet fruits await the diligent! And that is all. 0{;-)o[

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