This is disturbing especially in light of the fact that Barack Obama is aligning the United states with the Gulf nations in order to counter the Iranian nuclear threat. via US plans significant military presence in Kuwait to respond to region conflicts:
The United States is planning a significant military presence of 13,500 troops in Kuwait to give it the flexibility to respond to sudden conflicts in the region as Iraq adjusts to the withdrawal of American combat forces and the world nervously eyes Iran, according to a congressional report.
The study by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee examined the U.S. relationship with the six nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman — against a fast-moving backdrop. In just the last two days, Saudi Arabia’s ruler named Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz as the country’s new crown prince after last week’s death of Prince Nayef, and Kuwait’s government suspended parliament for a month over an internal political feud.
Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood Leader And Director Of Saudi Al-Risala TV Tareq Al-Suwaidan Tours West, Promoting Restoration Of Caliphate And New Era Of Cyber Jihad
By: Steven Stalinsky at MEMRI:
Tareq Al-Suwaidan, 58, is a prominent Kuwaiti Islamist preacher and a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait, as well as a popular Islamic motivational speaker and TV preacher; he earns more than $1 million a year from his talks and TV shows. His CD “Lives of the Prophets” has sold well over two million copies.
Al-Suwaidan has strong ties to the West, from attending high school and college and residing in the U.S. to preaching to large audiences in the U.K. and Canada, as well as in Australia – where he is visiting June 9-18, to speak in Melbourne and Sydney. He speaks to Western audiences at venues such as Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar; his followers and his audiences in the West range from groups of recent converts to Islam to fundraising events for major Muslim American organizations. He frequently supports Western and U.S. Muslim organizations. While Al-Suwaidan’s speeches and remarks in English are often moderate, in Arabic he often espouses extremist ideas.
Lived 17 Years In The U.S.
In a 2006 interview, Al-Suwaidan said that he lived in the U.S. from age 17; he attended high school there, and subsequently “graduated from the University of Oklahoma in the United States in petroleum engineering with a minor in management” and went on to remain in the country for 17 years, also earning a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University.
In an interview on Hamas’s Al-Quds TV that aired on March 26, 2012, Al-Suwaidan discussed his experiences living in the U.S. and his antisemitic views, and noting that Jews control both “money and the media.” He said: “We rely upon Allah and then upon our armed resistance in obtaining our rights.” He continued: “The most dangerous thing facing the Muslims is not the dictatorships. The absolutely most dangerous thing is the Jews. They are the most dangerous. They are the greatest enemy.” The following is the transcript of the interview:
Al-Suwaidan: “I studied at the Petroleum Department at the University of Oklahoma, and our dean, who was a Christian American, retired. The man they brought to replace him was completely incompetent. I went to the former dean, Dr. Guerrero, and asked him: ‘What made them choose Dr. Sylvester as the new dean, even though he is unworthy of this?’ I was still a student back then. He laughed and said: “You noticed?” I said: ‘Of course. Anybody with eyes in his head would notice.’ He said: ‘It’s because he is a Freemason.’ This Guerrero began to curse the Jews and the Freemasons, saying that they control everything.
“This is just a little story from Oklahoma in the middle of America. Now think what happens in New York or California, the centers of power…
“When I was still in the U.S., we decided to try to influence a member of Congress, who seemed to be somewhat sympathetic towards us. He was campaigning in the elections, and we said: ‘Let us Muslims vote and raise funds for him.’ We raised $300,000 and went to give it to him, saying: ‘Take this money, we support you, and you will support us politically.’ He refused. We asked why, and he said: ‘The Jews were here yesterday and gave me $300 million.’…
“I have no hope that the West will change its positions. I can change the positions of some Westerners, but at the end of the day, power lies with the politicians, who are influenced by two things and two things only: money and the media, both of which are controlled by the Jews.
“So we should make the effort, but we must not rely on Western aid or on Western popular sympathy. These are minor things. We rely upon Allah and then upon our armed resistance in obtaining our rights…
“I say to the Arabs today: ‘Please do not negotiate. You are weak and would end up making unnecessary concessions. If you are incapable of regaining the holy city [of Jerusalem], I beg you to leave it occupied. A generation will come that will liberate it for us.’ We do not want negotiations or compromises while in a state of weakness, because we would end up relinquishing what the strong would not give up.” [...]
Interviewer: “The principle of compromise states that we should get whatever we can. Its supporters say: Let’s accept this, so that Palestine is not entirely lost. Some Arab regimes have even begun to lament [their objection to] the [1947 U.N.] Partition Plan. In order not to repeat the same mistake, they say, let’s take what is being offered –”
Al-Suwaidan: “This is a defeatist mentality, adopted by the weak. Let me say something to you, to the viewers, and to the Palestinians: This land is not yours. Palestine, the Holy Land – and especially Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque – does not belong to the Palestinians. It belongs to the entire Islamic nation. You have no right to relinquish or divide it. By Allah, even if all the Palestinians accept a compromise and hand over Jerusalem, we will not agree to that. Even if you become weak and surrender, we will not weaken. We will continue to wage resistance until we liberate it. These are our holy places. This is the Islamic mentality as I understand it….
“I’m from Kuwait, but my first and foremost cause in this world is that of Palestine and Jerusalem. Palestine and Jerusalem come before Kuwait for me, because I’m a Muslim, and I believe in my holy places. A nation that relinquishes its holy places becomes worthless. Even if all the Palestinians relinquish it, the Islamic nation will not….
“In a nutshell, my strategy is as follows: We must consolidate the position of the Palestinians within Palestine as much as possible. We must support the armed resistance in Gaza, and if possible, we must spread it to the West Bank, and even to Palestine [within the 1948 borders]. If we can, we should do that. Third, the countries bordering [Israel] must be serious in their resistance to the Zionist entity. Thanks to Allah, there are signs of this. Fourth, this must be a mission for the entire Islamic nation. Everyone should support this cause. The most dangerous thing facing the Muslims is not the dictatorships. The absolutely most dangerous thing is the Jews. They are the most dangerous. They are the greatest enemy.”
To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/3394.htm
Although he studied and lived in the U.S., and has been active on behalf of American Muslim organizations, there is some controversy regarding some of Al-Suwaidan’s other activities. In May 2007, Al-Suwaidan was listed by U.S. federal prosecutors, along with a group of U.S. Muslim Brotherhood members, as an unindicted co-conspirator in the terrorism financing case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development; in that case, the foundation and its leaders were convicted of financing Hamas. However, Al-Suwaidan has not been charged in any associated prosecutions.
Al-Suwaidan’s Use Of Social Media
Al-Suwaidan’s Social Media Accounts
According to Forbes magazine’s Arabic edition, Forbes Arabia, Al-Suwaidan ranks second in annual net income among Islamic motivational speakers in the Muslim world. While he has authored over 30 books, his popularity and reach can be credited to his social media activity – including accounts on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, the video-sharing website Vimeo, the presentation-sharing website Slideshare, and iTunes.
Al-Suwaidan’s YouTube page (youtube.com/user/DrAlSuwaidan) was launched May 29, 2010; as of this writing, it has 159 videos, 7,684 subscribers, and 1,141,775 total views.
His Facebook page (facebook.com/Dr.TareqAlSuwaidan), launched in March 2008, is very popular; as of this writing, it has over 439,000 “likes.”
His Twitter page (twitter.com/#!/TareqAlSuwaidan) was launched on March 14, 2010; as of this writing, he has over 518,000 followers and has posted 3,617 tweets.
His Vimeo page (vimeo.com/user5700939), is relatively new; it was launched “1 year ago” and as of this writing has 12 videos, 7,500 “plays,” and 10 “likes.”
His SlideShare page (slideshare.net/Suwaidan) has 16 presentations, 271,346 views, and 402 followers.
He also has iTunes apps, and a personal website, suwaidan.com.
Al-Suwaidan On YouTube
Hundreds of speeches by Al-Suwaidan can be found on YouTube, in Arabic and in English. Among them are excerpts from his appearances on Arab TV channels, as well as speeches delivered in the Middle East and in the West. Among the common themes in them are anti-Israel sentiment.
For example, in a video posted March 10, 2011, Al-Suwaidan speaks to a crowd at a mosque. He says, “In your life[time] you will prevail in the conquest of Jerusalem… Israel will not remain.”
In another video, posted May 22, 2011, YouTube user “LeqaAlJomah” posted a clip of Al-Suwaidan on Al-Haleej TV in which he declares, “Israel will cease to exist in 20 years.” The two top comments under his video read: “Oh youth, prepare yourselves because we will be part of the conquering army” and “Oh Allah, bless me with the means to wage Jihad in your path for the liberation of Palestine, the proud.”
Al-Suwaidan also frequently speaks on the coming end of the West, promising that “Islam is coming” and explaining that the Arab Spring will eventually lead to the reestablishment of the Islamic Caliphate, in which the shari’a will rule.
Al-Suwaidan On Facebook
Al-Suwaidan’s popular Facebook page includes links to his media appearances and published articles, and includes posts of photos of him with friends, both famous and infamous.
Below, in a photo from Al-Suwaidan’s Facebook page, Al-Suwaidan poses with Saleh Sultan, founder of the American Center for Islamic Research (ACIR) and the Sultan Publishing Co. in Columbus, OH, in addition to having held numerous consulting and teaching positions in the U.S.
Sultan is also a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) which is headed by Sheikh Al-Qaradawi. Sultan openly calls for the destruction of America, praises Osama bin Laden, insists that the U.S. was behind the attacks of 9/11, and as recently as February 22, 2012 on Arab TV, predicts that Allah will “obliterate America.” Sultan also frequently appears on Al-Suwaidan’s Al-Risala TV.
Source: “Tareq Suwaidan” Facebook profile, July 16, 2011
Al-Suwaidan Tweets In Support Of Cyber Jihad
Following the January 2012 Saudi cyber-attack on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) and El-Al Airlines and series of hacking attacks that accessed the credit card information of thousands of Israelis, Al-Suwaidan used his Twitter account to provide religious justification for these attacks.
On January 17, 2012, Al-Suwaidan tweeted: “I see the need in uniting the efforts of the hackers within the electronic jihad project against the Zionist enemy, and it is an effective and important jihad, and its reward is great – Allah willing.”
Al-Suwaidan: “I Strongly Encourage Young People To Undertake Electronic Jihad… I View This As Better Than 20 Jihad Operations”
Al-Suwaidan’s January 17 tweet was not his first statement in support of cyber jihad, as documented by MEMRI. In a June 4, 2011 interview on Al-Quds TV, Al-Suwaidan called for armed resistance and electronic jihad against Israel:
Al-Suwaidan: “Israel cannot withstand the will of the people. Ultimately, there will be a decisive battle. We must postpone this battle, because we are not ready, but we will get to this battle…
“The entire nation, and especially the countries bordering with Israel, must provide direct support to the armed resistance, and not just pay it lip service. Secondly, the Palestinian youth must realize that it has no alternative – and indeed, none of us have – other than armed resistance. That is the only solution for this nation. Therefore, any regime, or authority, that does not support this approach, and does not embrace the option of armed resistance… In such a case, your Palestinian youth must shout the slogan: ‘The people wants to topple the regime that does not want the resistance.’ Wishy-washy regimes that don’t know what they want…”
Interviewer: “You bear the responsibility for what you are saying…”
Al-Suwaidan: “You are not responsible for this… I’d like to say one thing, with your permission. The Palestinian Authority, with its spineless positions, has a major part in the loss of the Palestinian cause. When the PA is replaced, and becomes serious about confronting the Zionist enemy, and about the option of resistance – that’s when we will have hope. That’s why I call upon the Palestinian youth to adopt the slogan: The people wants to change the PA to an authority that views resistance as its strategic option…
“The other day, I was asking myself: Why shouldn’t I personally go on jihad? First of all, my body cannot tolerate it. Secondly, is what I am doing any less important than jihad? I would like us all to feel that we are in the same trench. There is such a thing as media jihad, political jihad, and a form of jihad that I strongly encourage young people to undertake – electronic jihad. Some of our youth are extremely clever. I hope that a group of hackers will get together, and will wage resistance over the Internet, targeting Israeli and Zionist sites and destroying them electronically. I view this as better than 20 jihad operations…”
To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2980.htm
Al-Suwaidan SlideShare.com Presentation: Four Phases to Restoring the Caliphate: 2011-2030
On November 21, 2011, Al-Suwaidan posted his presentation “Towards the New Islamic Civilization” on the popular SlideShare.com website. This slideshow is in English, but it is noted that an Arabic version is available. The presentation, with 135 slides, lays out Al-Suwaidan’s vision for the return of the Caliphate, in four phases.
In his introductory remarks, Al-Suwaidan wrote: “This PowerPoint presentation summarizes the ideas of this change model. I’ve developed these ideas over a period of five years but really focused on the details during the last two. I plan to publish a book in Arabic on this topic.”
Enumerating the “Major Crisis Factors” facing the Muslim world, Al-Suwaidan points to “Military Strength,” underlining the Islamic countries’ meager number of nuclear warheads in their possession. He states: “We may be able to provide numbers for our armies, but we import a large percentage of our weapons. When it comes to advanced weapons, we rely almost exclusively on Western countries. Although Iran and Pakistan purportedly have some nuclear capability, it is not known to surpass that of Israel and India.”
Read more at MEMRI
Tareq Al-Suwaidan’s views on freedom of speech in Copenhagen during the Mohammed cartoon crisis