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    Kenyan Muslims blame Israeli persecution of Palestinians for anti- western feelings London: 30 November, 2002 (IAP News) A Kenyan Muslim intellectual residing
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      Kenyan Muslims blame Israeli persecution of Palestinians for anti-
      western feelings

      London: 30 November, 2002 (IAP News)

      A Kenyan Muslim intellectual residing in London has blamed Israeli
      oppression of Palestinians and wanton American support for the
      Israeli apartheid regime for the spread of anti-America and anti-
      western feelings among Muslims in Kenya and the rest of the black
      continent.

      Writing in the Guardian on 29 November, Fuad Nahdi, who is also the
      publisher of the London based Q-News monthly magazine, said Kenyan
      Muslims were being exposed to gruesome scenes of Israeli repression
      of Palestinians which he said was having a radicalizing effect on
      them and their perception of the West.

      "As president of the Muslim Students Union at the University of
      Nairobi, I was obsessed with so many local concerns that Palestine
      never made it to the top five. Today, Israel and the plight of the
      Palestinian people is on the tongue of every Kenyan Muslim you speak
      to."

      Nahdi also described brash American provocations against Kenyan
      Muslims as an important root-cause of Kenyan anti-Americanism and
      anti-Zionism.

      "American soldiers visiting town have become particularly
      unacceptable. They are associated with gambling, prostitution, and
      excessive alcohol. Especially detested is the Americans' attitude
      toward the local population."

      He added: "People have been infuriated by the habit of CIA and FBI
      agents, accompanied by Kenyan intelligence officers, of barging into
      people's homes and searching them."

      Nahdi also related his people's uneasiness about what he called
      provocative Israeli presence in Kenya.

      Some reports spoke recently of Bombasa becoming a regional center of
      the Mossad in Easter Africa.

      On Thursday, suspected al-Qa'ida agents attacked an Israeli-owned
      hotel in Bombasa, killing as many as 16 people, including at least
      three Israelis.

      Bombasa is a predominantly Muslim town.


      see online:
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,850273,00.html
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