URGENT: Sakineh will be executed on Nov 3 – Join us to save her life

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4international say in relation to the planned murder of Sakineh:

Solidarity with the Kurds and all those minority oppressed groups who fight against this Iranian fascist regime!

Solidarity with Israel and all Jews who face a Holocaust at the hands of antisemitism! And from those same Fascists who intend to kill poor Sakineh!

Solidarity with this poor, defenceless woman from Iran Sakineh, locked up and at the mercy of these scum Fascists led by Ahmadinejad!

We would and will do everything to help but in honesty the only way to defend these poor and suffering Iranian people is for the IDF to strike against the Fascists with everything it has got (Trotsky in 1933 advocated moving the Red Army against Hitlers Nazis!

This is a press release

According to news received by the International Committee against Stoning and International Committee against Execution on 1 November 2010, the authorities in Tehran have given the go ahead to Tabriz prison for the execution of Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. It has been reported that she is to be executed this Wednesday 3 November.
We had previously reported that the casefile regarding the murder case of Ms Ashtiani’s husband had been seized from her lawyer’s office, Houtan Kian, and found missing from the prosecutor’s Oskoo branch office so as to stitch Ms Ashtiani up with trumped up murder charges.  [Another man has already served a prison sentence and is now free for her husband’s murder.]
Ms Ashtiani’s son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, and her lawyer, Houtan Kian, have warned of the regime’s plan to do so on many occasions. With the arrest of Ms Ashtiani’s son and lawyer on 10 October and her not having had any visitation rights since 11 August and after fabricating a new case against her, the “Human Rights Commission” of the regime has announced that: ‘according to the existing evidence, her guilt has been confirmed.’ In fact, the regime has created a new scenario in order to expedite her execution.
In other news, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh and Houtan Kian have been severely tortured in order to obtain confessions against Sakineh and themselves since their arrests on 10 October along with two German journalists. The initial interrogations by the Ministry of Intelligence have now been completed and the casefile sent to the National Prosecutor General and Judiciary Spokesperson, Mohsen-Ejehi, in Tehran rather than being handled in Tabriz. Their families are concerned for their wellbeing.
 When attempting to secure lawyers for the two, authorities have said that the two men did not need legal representation.
Sajjad and Houtan Kian’s only ‘crime’ has been to defend Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and proclaim her innocence with facts and evidence. That their contact with Mina Ahadi is considered a crime is absurd given that Ahadi has been contacted by death row prisoners and their families and lawyers for many years now, including directly from prison. This is because of her many years of work against stoning and executions.
The International Committees against Stoning and Execution call on international bodies and the people of the world to come out in full force against the state-sponsored murder of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.  Ms Ashtiani, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, Houtan Kian and the two German journalists must be immediately and unconditionally released.
1. Contact government officials, MPs, MEPs, and the UN asking them to intervene urgently. Governments must immediately summon the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ambassadors and demand that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s execution be stopped and that she along with her son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, and lawyer, Houtan Kian, and the two German journalists be immediately released.
2. Send letters of condemnation to the Islamic regime of Iran right away:
Head of the Judiciary
Sadeqh Larijani
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri
Tehran 1316814737, Iran
Email: info@dadiran.ir or via website: http://www.dadiran.ir/tabid/75/Default.aspx
First starred box: your given name; second starred box: your family name; third: your email address
Head of the Judiciary in East Azerbaijan Province
Malek-Ashtar Sharifi
Office of the Head of the Judiciary in Tabriz
East Azerbaijan, Iran
Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Islamic Republic Street – Shahid Keshvar Doust Street
Tehran, Iran
Secretary General, High Council for Human Rights
Mohammad Javad Larijani
Howzeh Riassat-e Ghoveh Ghazaiyeh
Pasteur St, Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhuri
Tehran 1316814737, Iran
Fax: +98 21 3390 4986
3. Please urgently donate to the Save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani campaign by making your cheque payable to ‘Count Me In – Iran’ and sending it to BM Box 6754, London WC1N 3XX, UK. You can also pay via Paypal (http://countmein-iran.com/donate.html).
For more information, contact:
Mina Ahadi, International Committee against Execution and International Committee against Stoning: minaahadi@aol.com; Tel: +49 (0) 1775692413, http://stopstonningnow.com, http://notonemoreexecution.org
Maryam Namazie, Iran Solidarity, iransolidaritynow@gmail.com, +44 7719166731, www.iransolidarity.org.uk, iransolidarity.blogspot.com


Sometimes, indeed often, the comments on Jihadwatch are so true. This was in response to the murder of the girl by stoning:

“They replied : ‘We will do what Allah has instructed us.'”

I’ll only believe in Allah when he convinces you guys to all go jump off a cliff and no longer be a threat to humanity.

“David Copeman, Amnesty’s Somalia campaigner, said: ‘This was not justice, nor was it an execution. This child suffered an horrendous death at the behest of the armed opposition groups who currently control Kismayu.

‘This killing is yet another human rights abuse committed by the combatants in Somalia and again demonstrates the importance of international action to investigate and document such abuses, through an international commission of inquiry.’

Amnesty said partway through the stoning nurses checked whether Aisha was still alive. They pulled her body out of the ground to ascertain she was still breathing before the stoning continued.”

Am I reading this correctly? David Copeman calls this incident “another human rights abuse committed by the combatants in Somalia”? How about calling this murder committed by Islamic terrorists?

I never knew there were “stoning nurses” before but what good are they? Obviously they are only there to see if the stoning has been effective or not – they don’t actually help the victim being stoned.

Finally, Copeman’s argument that this “again demonstrates the importance of international action to investigate and document such abuses, through an international commission of inquiry.'” does nobody no good. International commissions of inquiry don’t help the 13-year old girl being stoned. It’s questionable whether international action can ever be taken over such matters and as usual, it would only be left to democratic states to do something about this. The garbage coming from this guy reflects an outdated belief in the usefulness of international institutions – they’re only good for talk and no action.


There are Sharia Courts all over Britain and they try cases, even though the Government, and no doubt the Anglican Archbishop of England, say that they do not conflict with the law. But what happens if a Muslim man demands sex from his wife and his wife does not want to engage in sex? What then ? The answer is very involved, also interesting, and shows that you cannot have Sharia Law in a country based on the laws brought about by the Enlightenment, by the French and American Revolutions, as exist in countries like America and Britain. This has come up recently in an interview which the head of these Sharia Courts of Britain has given in which he spells this out. “The Samosa” has interviewed said leader of the Islamic Courts. It is fascinating and shows the impasse in which the British ruling class has got themselves into with Islam, even as they attempt to infiltrate and batter down the oppositionist English Defence League, as shown in London on Sunday last:



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Chaminda Jayanetti speaks to the president of Britain’s main Islamic law court about rape within marriage.


It is hardly the most obviously controversial of statements:


The husband undertake not to abuse his wife/child(ren) verbally, emotionally, physically, or sexually.



This statement is from the London-based Muslim Institute’s Muslim Marriage Contract, published in 2008 as an attempt to modernise the contract governing many Islamic marriages in Britain. But few within the British Muslim establishment were impressed. Britain’s main Islamic sharia court, the Islamic Sharia Council, produced a swift rebuttal of the contract, including the statement on sexual abuse (page 6 here).


Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed is the president of the Islamic Sharia Council. A softly spoken elderly man with the manner of a kindly grandfather, he is far removed from a firebrand radical Islamic preacher – indeed, he is nothing of the sort.


But sitting in a small office at the al-Tawhid Mosque in East London, where the Council’s sessions had been relocated while its nearby headquarters were renovated (the Council has now moved back), I asked Sheikh Sayeed whether he considered non-consensual marital sex to be rape.


“No,” he replied. “Clearly there cannot be any ‘rape’ within the marriage. Maybe ‘aggression’, maybe ‘indecent activity’.”


He said it was “not Islamic” to classify non-consensual marital sex as rape and prosecute offenders, adding that “to make it exactly as the Western culture demands is as if we are compromising Islamic religion with secular non-Islamic values.”


The Islamic Sharia Council handles very few cases of alleged marital rape – Sheikh Sayeed said there had only been two or three such cases since the Council was founded in 1982. It is therefore unlikely that the Council’s views on this issue, or those of Sheikh Sayeed himself, directly impact upon a significant number of marital rape victims.


Sheikh Sayeed made his opposition to non-consensual marital sex absolutely clear – “of course it is bad, one should not jump on his wife as and when he desires” – but he said that it was wrong to prosecute it as rape:


“It is not an aggression, it is not an assault, it is not some kind of jumping on somebody’s individual right. Because when they got married, the understanding was that sexual intercourse was part of the marriage, so there cannot be anything against sex in marriage. Of course, if it happened without her desire, that is no good, that is not desirable. But that man can be disciplined and can be reprimanded.”


Rather than pursuing miscreants through the criminal justice system, Sheikh Sayeed felt the sharia court was better placed to handle such cases by policing offenders by “Islamic means”. He explained the Council’s approach:


“If such a man comes to us, to ask him not to repeat the same, ask forgiveness from his wife, ask forgiveness from Allah as well, and make a new contract that he would never do it, otherwise his wife will have the liberty to finish the marriage unilaterally. This sort of relief is available.”


By contrast, he said the prosecution of marital rape was due to misguided Western values: “Why it is happening in this society is because they have got this idea of so-called equality, equal rights. And they are misusing these equal rights in every single aspect of human conduct. That’s why. It is one aggression against another, and that is bigger aggression against minor one.


I asked Sheikh Sayeed what he considered to be the “bigger aggression”.


“To call it rape. Rape is a criminal offence in this country; man will end up in prison for three, five years or more.”


So the non-consensual sex is the minor aggression, and calling it rape is the major aggression?




Why is calling it rape a major aggression?


“Because within the marriage contract it is inherent there that man will have sexual intercourse with his wife. Of course, if he does something against her wish or in a bad time etc, then he is not fulfilling the etiquettes, not that he is breaching any code of sharia – he is not coming to that point. He may be disciplined, and he may be made to ask forgiveness. That should be enough.”


Sheikh Sayeed said he would not immediately advise a wife who claimed her husband had raped her to go to the police. “Not in the beginning, unless we establish that it really happened. Because in most of the cases, wives, as they have been advised by their solicitors that one of the four reasons for which a wife can get a divorce is rape, so they are encouraged to say things like this that may not be the true picture of the situation.”


I asked if this meant he felt some women were falsely alleging rape.


“Yes, yes, in the most cases. A lady who came to us with this sort of idea, after some time, after a few months, she said it was only to expedite the procedure of divorce.


On this occasion, the Council had already granted the wife a divorce. “We were talking to both sides – one side is in denial, and the wife has been insisting. But later she has given up her claim and then admitted that it was only to expedite the procedure of divorce.”


While this specific case may have been a false allegation, it is not at all representative of alleged rape cases nationally. Research indicates that only eight percent of rape cases reported to the police are classified as false allegations (page 63 of this PDF file).


While nearly 60 percent of rape cases that reach court end in a conviction, a huge proportion of alleged rape incidents never reach court due to problems securing evidence or victims being unwilling to endure the added emotional trauma of a court case. As a result, only around six percent of rape incidents reported to the police end in a conviction, while the previous government estimated that 75-95 percent of all rapes were never even reported to the police at all.


“If nothing helps,” said Sheikh Sayeed, “at the end she may call the police if it is genuine, and unless she can prove from DNA and other tests, she cannot succeed there.” On that point, the statistics bear him out.







An Iranian woman at a protest in Brussels highlights the barbarity of death by stoning

This is a good article from The Guardian on stoning:

Stoning takes place in the darker recesses of life in Iran, in rural provinces where the population is more conservative and where there are no media. It is rarely practised in public and often the victim of this savage form of capital punishment is disowned by their children on the grounds that the offence – adultery or homosexuality – stains the family honour. This newspaper revealed a week ago that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian woman convicted of conducting an “illicit relationship outside marriage”, faced imminent death by stoning in Tabriz. Today we name 15 others facing the same fate. What made Sakineh’s case unusual is that her son Sajad and daughter Farideh were courageous enough to speak up publicly against it.

It is not just the fact that Sakineh has already been in prison for five years and endured a sentence of 99 lashes for an offence there is no evidence that she committed, and that the death sentence was a sham. It was handed down on the basis of “judge’s knowledge”, a loophole that allows rulings where there are no witnesses or conclusive evidence. Furthermore, the judgment was not unanimous. Two of the five judges dissented, which means that under Iranian law that she should not have been sentenced to death.

The death itself is unimaginably cruel: men are buried to the waist and, if they wriggle free during the stoning, the death sentence is commuted, but women are buried up to the neck, for fear that their breasts may be uncovered. Watching men hurl stones – big enough to injure but small enough to delay the death – at a defenceless woman is so repugnant that it cannot be shown to a wider Iranian audience and reports of stonings are censored. But nor can it be dismissed as the local custom in remote villages, if the sanction itself is contained in Iran’s penal code and if the Guardian Council has remained silent on the issue. Parliament itself voted a year ago to strike out the clause, but nothing has happened.

Unlike other facets of Iranian life, where world opinion has no leverage, the Islamic Republic is embarrassed by the international attention stonings attract. Publicity makes a difference. Last night the Iranian embassy in London, citing information from judicial authorities, said that the stoning of Sakineh would not go ahead, but would not say what would now happen to her. No mention was made of the fate awaiting the 12 other women and three men on death row. The lesson of this tale is that Iran, which is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, must be challenged on each and every occasion when stoning is threatened until it is forced to strike the punishment from its penal code.


There are some aspects in the above article which need to be challenged and the very first person to write to the Guardian with the following did indeed do so:

Stoning takes place in the darker recesses of life in Iran, in rural provinces where the population is more conservative and where there are no media. It is rarely practised in public and often the victim of this savage form of capital punishment is disowned by their children on the grounds that the offence – adultery or homosexuality – stains the family honour.

Sorry but how can anything carried out by the State following a public trial possibly be called part of the darker recesses of life? It is done openly, or was until fairly recently. They have to get the people to throw the stones from somewhere after all. Hard to do if it is not public.

Nor is it carried out just in rural areas where the population is more conservative. This sentence was handed down in Tabriz – a major city. It used to be the capital and the second largest city in Iran until the White Revolution. Even now it is the fourth largest city in Iran. Nor is the population poor and backward.

It is not carried out where there is no media. It is carried out under a total ban on the media reporting it. The Iranian Government does not like people to see what it does – even its own people. And of course they claim they have banned the punishment and it does not take place any more. So they have some issues with the real world, obviously.

All of these may make some Guardian readers feel better about Iran and its Hudud punishments, but this is not an aberration. It is a Sharia-approved Hudud punishment. Of the sort of a lot of friends of some people around here approve and want. Of the sort that the late Lebanese Ayatollah that I saw was praised the other day as a liberal wanted for Lebanon. No one should fool themselves about this. This is not a marginal thing carried out by backward hicks that the majority of Iranians do not know about. This is central to the Islamist project that so appalls ordinary Iranians it has to be hidden from them

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The reader above makes a very valid point: Why would some readers of the Guardian, and elsewhere, want to be made to feel better about the issue of Sharia Law, which is what this is all about.

4international is vitally interested in the fate of this courageous woman and we shall continue this research.


Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, Iranian Mother,

could be put to death at any moment

Breaking News 

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43 year old mother of two, was convicted in May 2006 of having an “illicit relationship” with two men and received 99 lashes as her sentence. Despite already having been punished, she has now been further convicted of “adultery” and she and sentenced to death by stoning.

She is currently being held on death row in Tabriz Prison, north-west Iran, and faces imminent execution. Around July 7th , following international protests, officials in Tabriz asked the head of Iran’s judiciary to agree that her sentence of stoning to death be converted to execution by hanging.

On 10 July, the head of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights said that her case would be reviewed, although he affirmed that Iranian law permits execution by stoning.

On 14 July Sajjad Qaderzadeh, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s son, was summoned to Tabriz’s Central Prison, and is believed to have been questioned by Ministry of Intelligence officials who possibly threatened him not to give further interviews about his mother’s case.

It is clear Sakineh remains ingrave risk… PLEASE sign this petition which calls on the Iranian authorities to clarify her current legal status, demands that the authorities enact legislation that bans stoning as a legal punishment, and eliminates other forms of the death penalty for “adultery” such as fogging or imprisonment.

The Power of Voices
From 1982 to 1984, I was a teenage political prisoner in Evin Prison in Tehran. I was tortured and raped and watched my friends suffer and many of them die. So many innocent young lives devastated or lost. But the world went on, as if nothing had happened. We felt abandoned and forgotten in Evin.

On Thursday morning, March 25, 2010, a beautiful sunny day, I stood in Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland and looked on a narrow road sandwiched between two rows of redbrick, two-storey buildings. Unlike the flimsy wooden barracks I had seen in other camps, these were well built and looked quite sturdy. Many tour buses were parked in the parking lot, and there were tourists from all ages and nationalities everywhere. I was on a trip organized by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies. Birds sang in the pale sun, and the clear voice of our young tour guide, Anna, who was knowledgeable and professional, streamed through my headset — but I wasn’t listening. The bricks of Auschwitz were almost identical in colour to those of Evin. I reached out and touched them, and tears blinded me. We had just seen piles of thousands of the shoes of the victims of Auschwitz, and I remembered that in Evin, guards had taken away my white and red Puma running shoes and had given me rubber slippers instead. Where were my shoes and the ones of my prison friends? Had they been destroyed? We entered a barrack, and I looked into a bright, average-sized room with a wooden table in the middle and a few chairs around it. Anna explained that this room was used for arbitrary trials, and most of the prisoners tried here were sentenced to death and executed in the courtyard behind the building. In Evin prison, the Sharia judge who had condemned me to death had probably sat in a similar room and drank tea as he passed on verdicts. My survival was a miracle, but not everyone was as lucky as I was.

Iran’s political prisons, including Evin, are still quite operational. People are tortured and executed in Iran on a daily basis. When atrocities happen, those who remain silent and don’t speak or act against evil become its accomplices. We cannot afford to wait for governments to bring about real change. I believe in the power of the individual. Each one of us can make the world a better place, even if only one small step at a time. We can create a ripple effect that will expand and eventually turn into a tsunami.

Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani has been condemned to death in Iran. There are many others who are languishing like her in their grave-like cells, maybe facing painful deaths. They are not alone or forgotten. Even if we don’t know all their names, we are with them. I do not believe in violence, but I do believe in the power of voices coming together as one. Let’s get our voices heard.

Marina Nemat is the author of “Prisoner of Tehran.” Her second memoir, “After Tehran,” will be released this September.

Plea to the world by Sakineh’s Children
Do not allow our nightmare become a reality, Protest against our mother’s stoning! Today we stretch out our hands to the people of the whole world. It is now five years that we have lived in fear and in horror, deprived of motherly love. Is the world so cruel that it can watch this catastrophe and do nothing about it?

We are Sakine Mohammadi e Ashtiani’s children, Fasride and Sajjad Mohamamadi e Ashtiani. Since our childhood we have been acquainted with the pain of knowing that our mother is imprisoned and awaiting a catastrophe. To tell the truth, the term “stoning” is so horrific that we try never to use it. We instead say our mother is in danger, she might be killed, and she deserves everyone’s help.

Today, when nearly all options have reached dead-ends, and our mother’s lawyer says that she is in a dangerous situation, we resort to you. We resort to the people of the world, no matter who you are and where in the world you live. We resort to you, people of Iran, all of you who have experienced the pain and anguish of the horror of losing a loved one.

Please help our mother return home!

We especially stretch our hand out to the Iranians living abroad. Help to prevent this nightmare from becoming reality. Save our mother. We are unable to explain the anguish of every moment, every second of our lives. Words are unable to articulate our fear…

Help to save our mother. Write to and ask officials to free her. Tell them that she doesn’t have a civil complainant and has not done any wrong. Our mother should not be killed. Is there any one hearing this and rushing to our assistance?

Faride and Sajjad Mohammadi e Ashtiani

The above is from the excellent website devoted to saving this wonderful woman who is in such grave peril because of the Fascist thugs who rule in Iran
Please visit their website
PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE  http://www.gopetition.com/petition/38063.html#fbbox TO ALSO SIGN PETITION
Free Hanieh “Sharareh” Farshi Shotorban

Hanieh “Sharareh” Farshi Shotorban arrested in Tabriz for Facebook Activities.

28 year old Hanieh “Sharareh” Farshi Shotorban was arrested on July 18, 2010 in Tabriz. There is no news on her condition and she is not permitted to contact her family.

Security forces in Tabriz entered Sharareh’s home and, after searching the area and confiscating her personal items like her computer and phone, they arrested her at 6:00am on July 18, 2010.

She was taken to a detention centre run by the Tabriz Ministry of Intelligence. Later, she was transferred to Evin prison.

Her charges include “insulting what is sacred” and “having contacts with a foreign entity”. It is believed that her charges are related to her Facebook membership and activities.

Sharareh Farshi Shotorban has no history of political activism.


بازداشت یک زن در تبریز به خاطر فعالیت‌های‌اش در فیسبوک | رهانا

هانیه فرشی شتربان، شهروند تبریز از حدود ۱۰ روز قبل بازداشت شده و از وضعیت وی خبری در دست نیست.

خبرگزاری حقوق بشر ایران – رهانا

ماموران امنیتی در تاریخ یک‌شنبه ۲۷ تیر ماه ۱۳۸۹ در ساعت شش صبح به منزل هانیه فرشی شتربان وارد شده و وی را بازداشت می‌کنند.

به گزارش رهانا، ماموران امنیتی بعد از تفتیش منزل وی بازداشت کرده و کامپیوتر، تلفن و وسائیل شخصی وی را ضبط می‌کنند. وی در ابتدا به بازداشتگاه اطلاعات تبریز منتقل شده و سپس به زندان اوین منتقل می‌شود.

به این شهروند تبریزی اتهاماتی چون «اهانت به مقدسات، ارتباط با بیگانه» زده‌اند که گفته می‌شود بر مبنای فیسبوک ایشان است. از وضعیت وی در حال حاضر اطلاعاتی در دست نیست و اجازه تماس با وی به خانواده‌اش داده نمی‌شود.

خانم فرشی ۲۸ ساله و تنها یک مادر مسن دارد و سابقه هیچ‌گونه فعالیت سیاسی نداشته است.

پایان پیام

We, the undersigned, demand the immediate release of Hanieh “Sharareh” Farshi Shotorban from prison.

28 year old Sharareh has no history of political activism. She is being punished with detention in Evin prison for simply using Facebook, like millions of others users around the world.

Despite this, government authorities have accused Sharareh of “insulting what is sacred” and “having contacts with a foreign entity”.

Hanieh “Sharareh” Farshi Shotorban was arrested on July 18, 2010 in Tabriz. There is no news on her condition and she is not permitted to contact her family.

We need urgent action to be taken by all international and government organizations to draw attention to the outrageous and illegal behaviors of Iranian regime officials.

Free Hanieh “Sharareh” Farshi Shotorban now!




What does it mean when a mob of men, numbering anywhere from 50 to 200, stone a female child to death—as happened in October of 2008 in Somalia? That poor soul was not only a 13 year-old child—she had also just been raped. Indeed, that was her sole “crime” and the reason for her torture-execution. She was forced into a hole and buried nearly up to her neck. She took a long time to die and kept crying out for her life. In addition to the 50 active stoners, 1000 more men cheered them on.


That the girl was revived once then put back in the hole for the final round
Now that level of cruelty is of great interest and importance, because I believe that there is definitely a link there to the pathological hatred which Ahmadinejad has shown towards Israel, to their frantic and determined effort to get the Nuclear Bomb, AND WOULD THEY USE IT AGAINST ISRAEL?
It is along those lines that we will be moving with this essay. More tomorrow on this