Nasrallah, in vicious public address, calls for the destruction of Israel

In first public appearance in almost a year, Hezbollah leader says no Arab leader has the right to relinquish any part of Palestine, ‘from the river to the sea’

A Hezbollah supporter raises his fist and chants slogans, as Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, center, speaks during a rally to mark Jerusalem day or al-Quds day, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

A Hezbollah supporter raises his fist and chants slogans, as Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, center, speaks during a rally to mark Jerusalem day or al-Quds day, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

By Times of Israel staff and AP August 2, 2013

The leader of Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, rallied hundreds of cheering supporters Friday with pledges of support for Palestinians and vicious anti-Israel rhetoric. Israel was “a cancerous growth” that had to be wiped out, he said. “The only solution is to destroy it without giving it the opportunity to surrender.”

Speaking on Quds Day, Nasrallah said “the elimination of Israel is not only a Palestinian interest. It is the interest of the entire Muslim world and the entire Arab world.”

 Nasrallah’s first public appearance in almost a year, and his longest speech in public for several years, came as Lebanon’s president vowed not to be intimidated after two rockets struck near the presidential palace. The rocket volley followed President Michel Suleiman criticizing Hezbollah’s involvement in the civil war ravaging neighboring Syria, violence that has spread into Lebanon.

In his speech Friday, Nasrallah did not directly mention the rockets. Instead, he vowed to remain loyal to the Palestinian cause and appeared to be speaking mostly to his Shi’ite base in Lebanon and across the Muslim world.

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Obama’s race-baiting on Trayvon ‘political tactic’

Part of Democrat plan ‘to destroy the Republican Party’

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The White House is “race-bating” the Trayvon Martin case as part of a Democratic Party plan,” according to the author of a new book that analyzes how Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney despite being mired in economic crisis and scandal.

Jerome R. Corsi, author of “What Went Wrong: The Inside Story of the GOP Debacle of 2012 … and How It Can Be Avoided Next Time,” said that the Democratic operatives who ran Obama’s 2012 presidential case are “whipping up the Democratic base into a frenzy over race.”

“Why? It’s simple: Making Trayvon Martin a martyr wipes off the front page news embarrassing to Obama, like the impending Fort Hood murder trial,” Corsi said.

Corsi stressed that the radial leftist operatives that ran Obama’s campaign plan not just to win elections but to destroy the Republican Party and eliminate all political opposition from conservatives.

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Mali: Islamists take pickaxes to Timbuktu’s ancient mausoleums

Armed groups occupying Timbuktu in northern Mali have used pickaxes to smash up any remaining mausoleums in the ancient city.

Islamist and Tuareg rebels


Tuareg rebels and other separatists and al-Qaeda linked militant groups took advantage of a coup in Mali in March to seize control of a vast chunk of territory where the Islamists have since imposed a brutal form of Islamic law      –       Photo: AFP

www.telegraph.co.uk   –   Source: AFP

The rebels’ ruthless implementation of their version of Islamic law comes just days after the United Nations approved a military force to wrest back control of the conflict-ridden area.

“Not a single mausoleum will remain in Timbuktu, Allah doesn’t like it,” Abou Dardar, leader of the Islamist Ansar Dine group, told AFP. “We are in the process of smashing all the hidden mausoleums in the area.”

Witnesses confirmed the claims.

Anything that doesn’t fall under Islam “is not good. Man should only worship Allah,” Mohamed Alfoul, a member of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), said.

The vandalism of the Muslim saints’ tombs in the UNESCO World Heritage site came a day after other Islamists in the northern city of Gao announced they had amputated two people’s hands.

The continued strict application of sharia law is seen as a sign that the armed Islamist groups are unfazed by the UN’s green light for the African-led military operation.

Planners have said any intervention cannot be launched before September next year. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian however told Monday’s edition of La Croix newspaper that he thought it could be launched in the first half of 2013.

In July, Islamists destroyed the entrance to a 15th-century mosque in Timbuktu, the so-called “City of 333 Saints.”

“The Islamists are currently in the process of destroying all the mausoleums in the area with pickaxes,” one witness said.

“I saw Islamists get out of a car near the historic mosque of Timbuktu. They smashed a mausoleum behind a house shouting ‘Allah is great, Allah is great’,” another resident told AFP.

As well as in cemeteries and mosques, the revered mausoleums are found in alleyways and private residences of the city, an ancient centre of learning and a desert crossroads.

Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, condemned the Islamists.

A statement from her office said she was “deeply shocked by the brutal destruction of mausoleums and holy shrines in Timbuktu…

“Their destruction is a tragedy not only for the people of Mali, but for the whole world.”

Ansar Dine began destroying the cultural treasures in July.

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