One can argue that the status of eastern Jerusalem is in dispute, but all of Jerusalem? Apparently the US State Department thinks so. In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Menachem Zivotofsky, State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland tried to wiggle and dance her way out of some expert questioning by AP reporter Matt Lee.
Why did Merah, born and raised in France to Algerian-French parents, commit such a ruthless massacre? Was he just a fundamentalist who took Islamic teachings to the extreme, or is it basic Islamic fundamentals themselves that led him to that? As a Muslim, and in an attempt to answer that question, I thought it prudent to look to the factual teaching of Islam on Jihad or “Holy war.”