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The situation for refugee women &d girls is particularly grim. In a recent assessment conducted by the International Rescue Committee, women identified rape as a primary reason for fleeing the conflict. Yet medical and counseling services for those who

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JL A (282)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 10:58 am
From IRc:
Right now, a humanitarian disaster is gripping the Middle East. The civil war in Syria has forced more than 2.5 million people from their homes, including 600,000 who have fled to neighboring countries.

The situation for refugee women and girls is particularly grim. In a recent assessment conducted by the International Rescue Committee, women identified rape as a primary reason for fleeing the conflict. Yet medical and counseling services for those who have fled are woefully inadequate.

In advance of an international donor conference on Syria, please urge the Obama administration to follow through on its pledge to make protecting women and girls in conflicts a priority.

Even in refugee camps, Syrian women and girls face elevated levels of domestic violence and other threats.

Take Action

Send an urgent message to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ask her to lead the way by taking a strong stand for Syrian survivors of sexual violence and pressing other nations to follow suit.

Kit B (276)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 11:04 am

Thank you for taking a stand for Syrian women and girls - signed - tweeted, donation made.

I just may have signed this one yesterday. I think they just remove double signatures.

Sue H (7)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 11:16 am
Noted and signed, thanks.

JL A (282)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 12:30 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
You cannot currently send a star to Sue because you have done so within the last week.

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:03 pm
so signed JLA Thank you

JL A (282)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Jim P (3257)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:42 pm
Petition signed.

Ty, JL.

JL A (282)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 4:47 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Jim because you have done so within the last week.

John B (185)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 7:23 pm
Thanks J.L. for the link. Signed and noted.
"Thank you for taking a stand for Syrian women and girls"

Marianne B (107)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 7:57 pm
Gladly signed. thanks for posting

Edwin M (346)
Saturday January 19, 2013, 10:23 pm
Signed, thanks JL

Joe R (190)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 6:18 am
Thanks JL. Signed and noted.

Vivien Green (153)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 6:40 am
Thank you J.L. Cannot sign for U.S only. Have shared on FB.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 7:07 am
Thanks for sharing.

Rahman Qureshi (76)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 7:42 am
Now to address the root of the problem of the rape of these innocent women and girls: Islam. Rape is considered good in Islam and a legitimate tactic to stop opposition to the advancement of Islam. Muhammad practiced rape and so did his Muslim men.

Islam is made up of the Qur'an and Muhammad's Sunna (his example). The Qur'an in Sura 4:24 and Sura 33:50 allows Muslims to rape their female captives. Muhammad's Sunna, referenced in the most authoritative writing in Islam after the Qur'an states in Sahih Bukhari:

- Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: That while he was sitting with the Prophet a man from the Ansar came and said, "O Allah's Apostle! We get slave girls from the war captives and we love property; what do you think about coitus interruptus?" Allah's Apostle said, "Do you do that? It is better for you not to do it, for there is no soul which Allah has ordained to come into existence but will be created." - Sahih Bukhari Vol. 8, Book #77, Hadith #600

And one from the second most authoritative source in Islam after the Qur'an, Sahih Muslim:

- Abu Sa'id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported: We took women captives, and we wanted to do 'azl with them. We then asked Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) about it, and he said to us: "Verily you do it, verily you do it, verily you do it, but the soul which has to be born until the Day of judgment must be born." - Sahih Muslim Book 8, No. 3373

Muhammad, age 53, raped his 9 year old child "bride" Aisha by having sex with her before she reached puberty. Child sex is allowed in Islam: Sura 65:4, multiple references in Bukhari & Muslim

Slavery is legal in Islam, which is why the 57 countries representing Islam will not sign a decree condemning slavery.

Sura 9:29 - Fight (slay) those who believe not in Allah, what he or Muhammad forbids,
who don't acknowledge Islam as the religion of Truth, until they pay the Jizyah
(humiliation tax) and feel themselves subdued.

Yes, Muhammad told his Muslim men to not only rape female slaves, even while the females were still married, but to ejaculate inside of them and who cares if they got pregnant! And people wonder why rape is so prominent in Islamic countries and where Islam spreads?

Doesn't anyone remember the 250,000 Bengali females raped by 90,000 Pakistani soldiers in ther 1971 Bangladesh war? This wasn't one or two rogue soldiers, but the army following the Qur'an and Sunna!

Wake up people and see the real face of Islam. Rape is an integral part of Islamic doctrine. And for those of you who don't know, there are 91 aya (verses) in the Qur'an which state that a Muslim must agree with Muhammad's sayings and deeds 100% since Muhammad is the perfect example of Allah to follow, or that Muslim ceases to be Muslim. There is no "reforming" of Islam. To reform Islam, like by taking justification for rape out of it, is to take Allah and Muhammad out of Islam in which it would no longer be Islam. Islam needs to simply end after 1400 years of rape, terror, torture and murder with the body count thus far over 280 million killed by Muslims, and growing everyday.

The goal of Islam is to impose Shari'a law throughout the world, which includes America and every freedom-professing country. Get the facts and protect free speech, human rights, our Constitution and Bill of Rights...unless you want the rape in Syria to be legal in America.

Speak out against the root issue of why these girls and women are being raped: Muhammad's Islam!

Emma S (239)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 7:48 am
Done! Thanks, JL.

Jay S (116)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 9:19 am
Rahman, you've hit the nail on the head. Here is proof of what you said:

'Cleric Issues Fatwa Allowing Gang Rape of Syrian Women
A Saudi Arabian imam, who is a very influential cleric in jihadist circles, has issued a fatwa (religious edict) that essentially allows all jihadists fighting in Syria to rape women.
Muhammed al-Arifi, a Wahhabi religious cleric, officially calls this act an “intercourse marriage” that can last only a few hours – “in order to give each fighter a turn” -- and restricts the men to Syrian females at least 14 years old, widowed or divorced.
Al-Arifi, expressed his annoyance at the "warriors of Islam" being denied sexual pleasures while fighting in Syria “alongside the armed opposition forces” for the past two years. He said this fatwa "solves [their] sexual problems" and “boosts the determination of the mujahideen in Syria and is considered a duty to enter paradise for those females who enter such marriages.”'

These so-called 'temporary' or 'intercourse' or 'pleasure' marriages are condoned in Islam and date back to the time that Mohammed and his band of murdering, robbing, raping, enslaving thugs did the same thing and their god, Allah, smiled down upon it all and gave his seal of approval.

This Islamic demeaning of women and their lack of human rights within it that should be condemned and challenged.

Lisa N (206)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 9:25 am
Thank you for taking a stand for Syrian women and girls.
Thanks J.L.

. (0)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 9:45 am
message sent

Daniel Partlow (179)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 9:56 am

Gillian M (218)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 11:11 am
As these rapes will have been committed by "insurgents" ie members of the Muslim Brotherhood who want to take over the country from the Assyrians and dispossess other Muslims and Christians. Rape is a known method of control and domination and is much favoured by Muslims everywhere.

Beth S (330)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 12:32 pm
Rachman, Rob and Jay, and Gillian,

This is tragically true. While it isn't unusual for morally-challenged armies to give in to them temptation to rape, in Islam, it is a FUNDAMENTAL TENET to perpetrate rape on non-Muslims (or on Muslims of another sect) as part of "righteous Jihad for Allah".

Not only that, the founder of Mohammedism, aka Islam, believes that Muhammad was THE PERFECT man, that every deed and word of his should be emulated (although Muhammad had 13 wives, but only allowed his followers four).

So the rapists in Syria believe that they are doing a NOBLE thing in raping. They see it not as a moral weakness on their part, but a religious imperative!

Islam's values are very, very, very different from the West's. It's time for anyone who isn't aware of what Islam is really about to start researching seriously. WARNING: the more you know, the more frightening it becomes and the more compelling it is to warn others.

Beth S (330)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 12:34 pm
P.S. Signed and noted.

Sheila D (28)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 12:56 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks J.L.

. (0)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 1:10 pm
Form doen't accept zip code (Belgium)

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 1:12 pm

JL A (282)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 1:13 pm
Thanks to all the signers! Unfortunately for most of you I get messages like "You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week." But know your signing was appreciated.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 1:47 pm
Thanks John; I couldn't sign either as I live in Australia.

Norma Robbins (0)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 1:52 pm
Signed. Hope HIllary Clinton can get something done about this.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 3:05 pm
You cannot currently send a star to J.L. because you have done so within the last week.

JL A (282)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 3:26 pm
Thanks for trying Mary!

Stan B (123)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 3:38 pm
Same here J.L.A. The petition is only for US citizens.
Apart from all the terrible violence against girls and women in Syria the death toll in this bloody conflict has now surpassed 60000 and is rising by the day and will continue to do so until the major powers stop supplying both sides with weapons.
Is this how the much vaunted " Arab Spring " is going to manifest itself?

Judy C (97)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 3:44 pm
Signed. Thanks J.L.

faith v (16)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 3:58 pm
Why does this petition only accept signatures from inside the USA?

We are talking about a massive international problem which directly affects one half of the world's population and indirectly involves the other half as well.

Every living person is a bully, bullied or a bystander, we are all involved.

I ask again why this petition is limited to US residents?
I would like to show Ms Clinton my admiration and support for her invaluable work as foreign secretary; she is a real asset to the world stage.

Sincerely, . . . . .

faith v (16)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 4:04 pm
How come Rahman Qureshi can send such long posts when the rest of us get cut off in mid-word?

faith v (16)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 4:11 pm
A lot of posters here sound as though they think military raping is limited to Islam.

Check out the number of US female soldiers raped by US male soldiers, 1 in 3 is rather a lot to be ignored, don't you think?

And please don't forget the female soldiers who died of dehydration because drinking means going to the toilet, which means getting raped by the GIs who just wait for a woman to come their way after dark.

Somehow I doubt all those GIs were Muslims - and the Catholic priests enjoying little boys surely were not Muslims.

It's just so easy to blame another culture and ask Ms Clinton to solve the problem, what about squinting at the tree in the eye closest to home?

Brenda M (4)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 4:16 pm
Signed. However, I agree with faith v.'s comment that rape, or sexual violence, is not limited to practitioners of Islam, or indeed any other religious faith. To insinuate otherwise creates false hysteria and contributes toward increased xenophobia. Sexual violence as a warfare tactic has along history spanning many cultures, nations, and religions. See

JL A (282)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 4:25 pm
Thank you Faith and Brenda for reminding us all this is a generic problem for women and most all contacts with any military. Stars headed your way.

Mitchell D (104)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 6:49 pm
Letter sent, but hopes are not high.Rape, I believe, has always been another tragic part of war, and I do no see it being stopped, in that context, until, if ever, we outgrow the felt need for war.

JL A (282)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 6:50 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Mitchell because you have done so within the last week.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 8:26 pm
Signed Cheers JLA

JL A (282)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 8:27 pm
You cannot currently send a star to David because you have done so within the last week.

Colleen L (3)
Monday January 21, 2013, 12:13 am
I wish these ill minded vulture who attack girls/womenwould rot in hell. They have no right being alive here on our planet. I signed the petition. Thanks J. L.

Tommy S (11)
Monday January 21, 2013, 12:16 am
@faith V and Brenda M
Why don't you read Rahmans post-- he is stating quite clearly for those of average intelligence that the "Religion of Islam" and "Sharia" condone the rape etc., of captives ---- Thanks to the example of that pioneer of mass murder,rape,torture and every other evil that islam considers exemplary behaviour

Now in the west this behaviour is regarded as criminal and will be punished

A good factual post Rahman lets hope it does not fall on deaf ears

The first toilet roll award of the week goes to Faith V and Brenda M


Süheyla C (234)
Monday January 21, 2013, 1:06 am

valda p (13)
Monday January 21, 2013, 3:47 am
Why is a petition being sent to -Hilary Clinton ?she has stated she thinks the religion of -Islam is a great religion-and by declaring so- she condones what is done in the name of Islam and the laws of sharia -if she accepts these petitions it will be done with -tongue in cheek.-sorry this is one petition I will not sign.-I am no fan of Hillary Clinton.

JL A (282)
Monday January 21, 2013, 7:37 am
You cannot currently send a star to Giana because you have done so within the last week.
You cannot currently send a star to Colleen because you have done so within the last week.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:07 am
For U.S residents only.

Veerle V (44)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:27 am
Noted, but could not sign as I live in Belgium. Sorry !

JL A (282)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:37 am
Thanks for trying Veerle!

Past Member (0)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:43 am
Thank you for taking a stand for Syrian women and girls

Melania Padilla (122)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:46 am
I so wanted to sign this!! For US only, sorry

JL A (282)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:55 am
You cannot currently send a star to Armand because you have done so within the last week.
Thanks for trying Melania!

alicia m (97)
Monday January 21, 2013, 10:24 am
noted, cannot sign, gracias

JL A (282)
Monday January 21, 2013, 11:53 am
You are welcome Alicia

Sara Williams (8)
Monday January 21, 2013, 12:32 pm
Signed. Thanks!

P. L. Neola (21)
Monday January 21, 2013, 1:52 pm
I Signed.

Mj Ramos (0)
Monday January 21, 2013, 4:47 pm
Wow, I remember a few years ago Syria was a paradise. My heart and prayers go out to them and all others in need. The originators of this crisis are also in my prayers: I pray that on Judgement Day they pay a hefty price.

Charlene Rush (79)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:58 pm
Freedom from violence, for all, will only happen in some countries, when the government is forced to embrace this philosophy.
Those of us, who have worked vigorously to adopt a non-violent stance for years, realize the difficulty combatting the POWER & CONTROL lunatics. Many women who have been controlled, unfortuinately, want to see this posture continued (Misery loves company.)

_Real_ men have no need to control female persons; only, the insecure have this unhealthy personality requirement. When the 'machismo' in certain individuals is perceived to be threatened, all hell can break loose, as we have recently seen in the EXTREME RIGHT.
Restricting women's rights is the first thing on their agenda.

When a male can become pregnant, carry a fetus, and deliver a baby, then, AND ONLY THEN, do they have anything to say on the subject. Fetuses don't grow in laboratories containers and a women's body is her own.
Now, if we can only convince _all_ women to comprehend this concept, they would respect themselves with more vigor. Forget trying to convince men. If they haven't gotten by now, they never will.

Robert T (5)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 8:37 pm
I can't sign the damn thing because you HAVE to pick a state. If I said I was from the U.S., I would be lying.

JL A (282)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 9:26 pm
Thanks for trying Robert!

Hilary S (65)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 6:11 pm
women in much of islam are so low on the pecking order that livestock fares better for care and concern.

the path to building any kind of equal rights for women in islamic countries will be long and tortuous, and littered with the covered corpses of anonymous women. tragically, not enough muslim men with power consider women's rights to be worth fighting for.
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