|Press Release – Believers Vs. Unbelievers: The Manipulated Clash|
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January 25, 2008 Temecula, California. While our country is completely preoccupied with the election and the looming recession of our economy, Israel — our American government’s close ally who just received our generous $30 billion aid package — is engaging in what has been called a war crime and genocide against the Palestinian population in Gaza.
Human Rights organizations of all religious persuasions have been speaking out against the Gaza siege, joined by an expanding outcry from non-governmental and governmental organizations throughout the world. While leaders of the Muslim community in the US are calling for a special prayer during the Muslim Friday Prayers today, MuslimBridges.org is calling on all Churches and Synagogues to join with Muslims in prayers, and denounce the Israeli siege during the Jewish services on Friday night and Saturday, and the Christian services on Sunday.
Israel has imposed a complete lock-down of Gaza, this most densely populated place on earth. That means not only sealed borders and no access to food or medicine, but gas and electricity are also shut down. It is more than a miserable existence; it is a slow death. Many are now calling it a war crime. This siege intensified immediately after the $30 billion generous aid package was handed to Israel during the recent President Bush visit to Israel.
“Israel thinks it can get away with it because we are too busy with our problems, but this time it is different. Now people are fed up and recognize that Israel is often the aggressor behind our mess. What really concerns us now is that other crises may surface, such as a war with Iran, or another scandal bigger than the Mohammed cartoon, just to shift the attention away from the Gaza Siege,” said R. Shahman, an activist with MuslimBridges.org.
In anticipation of a potential scandal, MuslimBridges.org is looking to the Interfaith community to publicly denounce hate and slander against Muslims, and communicate to all people of faith that slander is not a result of “clash of religions,” Rather it is a clash of “Believers Vs. Unbelievers,” often manipulated for political reasons to avert attention from the real challenges facing all of us.
MuslimBridges.org applauds the support of all believers from Churches and faith-based organizations such as the Rabbis of NETUREI KARTA in Monsey N.Y., who make a clear distinction that Judaism absolutely rejects Zionism and speak out against the brutal occupation of Palestine by Israel. This is in complete contrast to the so called “Top Rabbis of Israel” who are advocating genocide and carpet bombing against all Christians and Muslims in Gaza, “ruled that there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive on Gaza aimed at stopping the rocket launchings” said Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu — one of the most senior theocrats in the Jewish State (The Jerusalem Post, May 30, 2007).
“We hope and expect our friends in Churches and Synagogues will denounce the Israeli siege, and any possible slander, just as every Islamic Center and Muslim organization in the US is providing a clear position standing against terrorism, putting it in writing and signing the Fatwa against terrorism,” stated Mrs. Shahman
Leaders of Churches and Synagogues are encouraged to participate in the following actions:
- Power of prayer: To Join with Muslims in prayers for Peace and Justice in Palestine, the occupied Land. May God ease the suffering and bring about a peaceful solution.
- To denounce the use by Israel of American taxpayers’ money to starve Gaza into a slow genocide and to demand a freeze on all aid given to Israel paid for by our tax money. The following Links are offered on MuslimBridges.org so that every member of a church or synagogue can simply send a clear message to our elected officials demanding immediate intervention.
Contact White House – Contact your Senator – Contact your Representative
- To educate congregations that slander, hate and siege and slow death of a rival group has no place in faith. Educational tools, articles and books are available through MuslimBridges.org.
MuslimBridges.org is a non-profit faith-based California Corporation founded in December 2006, and run one-hundred percent by volunteers. It was founded with the mission to help spread peace, and to build bridges between people of all faiths-Jews, Christians and Muslims. The website, launched on Jan 22, 2007, is non-commercial, not-for-profit and does not accept donations. For additional details on the organization and the programs please visit: http://www.muslimbridges.org/.
Few years ago, a Palestinian family immigrated to the US and settled in Southern California. The father is such a wonderful man, he has a “Gold Tooth” quite visible once you see him smile. How he got his gold tooth is the subject of this story full of twists and turns, injustice, sadness, patience, and hope for liberation.
Unable to get any work in the occupied territories, he managed to get a work contract in Saudi Arabia.
With hard and honest work, he was doing very well and things really looked good for a change. After a couple of years of non stop work, he was missing his family, and could not take the separation any longer. He arranged to take a full month vacation and unite back with his family in the occupied territories.
The flight was short, but once he arrived, he had to follow strict security procedure by the Israeli authorities. He heard many comments about the many gifts he brought for his family. He explained about his absence for two years, finally was able to go home after 8 hours of intensive questioning and searches.
He made it home at last. He was excited; his family was beyond joy to see him. It was almost the perfect reunion.
In the middle of the night they woke up to the sound of loud commotion and knocking on the door. “BAM BAM BAM open the door”, “Open the door now. BAM BAM BAM”. Continue reading “Masters of torture – Dwarfing Abu Ghraib”
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BBC in legal bid to hide anti-Israel report
29/3/07 If any of you British citizens think your wallet feels a little light of late, perhaps the reason may be down to events at the BBC within the last few weeks. An internal memo into the BBC’s slanted coverage of the Middle East conflict, in particular in regards to Israel, has become the subject of an intense legal battle between the corporation and the Information Tribunal that regulates the media giant. A few months ago a report was published by the BBC Board of Governors on the organization’s coverage of the Middle East. It found that the BBC was not systemically biased, i.e. the organization was not constructed in such a way that created bias, but stated that the public believed its news coverage was slanted against Israel. But BBC executives admitted last year that the organization is “dominated by homosexuals, people from ethnic minorities, deliberately promotes multiculturalism, is anti-American, anti-countryside, and more sensitive to the feelings of Muslims than Christians”. Continue reading “Supposed Anti-Semitism- BBC in legal bid to hide anti-Israel report”
by Ismail Patel
As part of the UEFA 2008 qualifiers, England’s football team will be playing Israel on March 24 – just three days after the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Despite protests against the match on the grounds of Israel’s treatment of Palestinian footballers, the FA decided that England will go ahead with the fixture.
Those protesting against Israel’s inclusion in UEFA, which it joined in 1991, do so because of Israel’s compound failure to act in the manner of a sportsman where its Palestinian neighbours are concerned. Israel has deliberately targeted Palestinian football team members and facilities which resulted in the Palestinian side failing to make any progress in this game. Continue reading “Blow the whistle on Israel”
Worldwide Activism, Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, April 22nd, 2006
Palestine activists have launched a move to get Apartheid Israel suspended from the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) in protest against the ongoing subjugation of the Palestinian people and as part of the wider global call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against the Occupation.
FIFA is the sport’s governing body worldwide and numerous letters in support of the action have been sent to its President, Sepp Blatter. An online petition has already gathered more than 4,000 signatures.
The campaigners point out the consequences the Occupation and Apartheid has on their lives and professional possibilities. The petition highlights Apartheid Israel’s “obstruction of Palestinian representation and participation in international sports,” as part of a campaign by the Occupation to “deny Palestinian national identity.” This campaign is orchestrated throughout the whole of Palestinian society, of which football is just one example. Continue reading “Activists Aim to Kick Apartheid Out of Football”
Rabbi: Muslims would agree to Third Temple
Sanhedrin buys flock to sacrifice at Temple site
|This link from Cheryl and Jennifer…
Palestinians have demonstrated en masse against Israel’s demolition work in Jerusalem, which could lead to the eruption of a third intifada.
The dangerous events unfolding this week in Jerusalem are reminiscent of Ariel Sharon’s “storming” of the al-Aqsa sanctuary in September 2000 and the consequences that followed are likely to be equally as volatile this time. Following a build-up of Israeli troops around Jerusalem’s old city over the weekend and the restrictions on Palestinians from entering the holy al-Aqsa sanctuary, the Palestinian community went on high alert and requested neighbouring Arab states to intervene.
While access restrictions are nothing abnormal in Jerusalem, this is no ordinary security operation. Israeli bulldozers moved to the Moroccan corner of the al-Aqsa compound and on Tuesday morning, began demolishing a ramp and two rooms considered part of the al-Aqsa sanctuary. This area gives direct access to the holy site, and it is historically known as the Meghribi quarters, after the Moroccan inhabitants who lived there prior to the 1967 Israel/Arab war. Since then, the Israeli occupation and illegal annexation of Jerusalem meant its Arab residents were forced to leave and this part of the old city which overlooks the western wall is now exclusively Jewish.
Palestinians have demonstrated en masse against Israel’s actions, and the Palestinian prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, took it seriously enough to specifically issue a statement saying that he suspected Israel was trying to directly harm the al-Aqsa compound. The destruction of Islamic holy sites constitutes a violation of international humanitarian law and international law, especially the fourth Geneva convention (1949), which prohibits the destruction of civilian properties. Continue reading “Digging up more hostility”
The recent Guardian debate between Hamas and Israel is a small but important step forward.
The Guardian has achieved what recent politicians, academics and diplomats have failed to do – it has created a forum for debate by bringing together two sides of a six-decade long conflict by printing Khalid Mish’al’s article and the subsequent response by Zvi Heifetz, the Israeli ambassador in London. This is a small, but under the circumstances, significant achievement.
The past year has been an experience in new depths of pain for the Palestinian people. While Israel has vehemently worked to disfranchise Hamas since its inception, this reached new intensity following Hamas’ election victory in January 2006.
Mr Heifetz’s response to Mr Mish’al is telling of Hamas’ reality: a party that has not only been given a mandate by its people but is slowly being acknowledged by almost all of its neighbouring states as a legitimate authority over Palestinians.
Even President Abbas, who has resisted conceding to the Hamas mandate for so long, both acknowledged Mr Mish’al as the rightful leader of Hamas and accepted Hamas’ terms recently in Mecca. This admittance by President Abbas consequently meant that the summit between US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, President Abbas and prime minister Olmert became all but insignificant on the ground.
This is an indication of the waning influence of those present and the absence of the real power broker for the Palestinians – Hamas.
In his comment, Mr Heifetz presumes a failure in Hamas’ achievements over the past year. Yet their success lies in the reality that a year ago neither he nor any of his contemporaries would have bothered to respond to Mr Mish’al publicly, especially if it was only an article in a newspaper.
However, Hamas in the past year has not only provided the Palestinians with a transparent, accountable and honest government but has further spelled out two significant points: the Palestinian struggle for liberation will continue despite Israeli, US and European sanctions and will verify that political Islam and democracy can go hand in glove.
While accusations against Palestinians for their refusal to recognise Israel are rife; a quick glance over Israel’s own history, even prior to its inception in 1948 shows a state that has been unwilling to recognise even the existence of a Palestinian people.
From the pre-Israel “land without a people” propaganda, to politicians like the late Golda Meir stating “there is no such thing as a Palestinian people”, there are innumerable examples of a failure to recognise an entire population. However, these facts are rarely mentioned when Israel demands that Palestinians recognise its existence, while simultaneously refusing to clarify the exact boundaries of the state it is being asked to recognise. Even after the Oslo Accords of 1993, Israel finally recognised the Palestinian people but not Palestine.
Since coming to power in January 2006, Hamas has also been faced with numerous provocative Israeli military strikes against the Palestinian people, including the Beit Hanoun and Gazabeach massacres, and in total over 600 were killed. It also faced the arrest and imprisonment of its ministers and MPs, but it constrained its right to retaliate.
Yet the international community, which should have allowed the Hamas government to dedicate its efforts in ameliorating the dire situation of its people, instead catapulted it into a political abyss by imposing sanctions and boycotts. The US went as far as funding Fatah’s leader, Mr Abbas, in recruiting a presidential guard which would sow the seeds of a civil conflict leading to over 100 Palestinian deaths.
Despite these alarming efforts by Israel, the US and European powers to destabilise Hamas, since coming to power it has made phenomenal concessions. Hamas leaders such as Ismail Haniya have confirmed that peace and security for Palestinians comes before their own positions in government. Thus, they have obliged the international community in its demand for the formation of a unity government and accepted to have only nine ministers out of a total of 19.
Most recently, Mr Mish’al stated in the Guardian that Hamas is willing to establish a “sovereign and independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied by Israel in June 1967”. This statement from a government whose leaders have sacrificed their personal standing and interests over their nation’s freedom needs to be taken seriously. It is high time the international community called upon Israel for once to prove its commitment to peace by abiding by international law and dozens of UN resolutions dating as far back as 1948.
As a first step and a goodwill gesture, perhaps Israel can begin by demolishing the wall that is being built deep in the 1967-occupied territories, deliberately creating new facts on the ground and pre-empting the creation of any viable Palestinian state outside the green line border. Maybe then the world will start to believe Israel is serious about peace.
Following the Mecca agreement between Hamas and Fatah over the formation of a national unity government, it seems that the cracks in the wall of isolation surrounding Hamas, the Quartet (EU, US, UN, Russia), are continuing to grow. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated he hoped that the Quartet could lift the sanctions against the Palestinian unity government. This statement was issued before the Quartet members gathered in Berlin to discuss the exact details of the Mecca agreement, and whether it met the three demands of the Quartet, that Hamas recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence and abide by previous agreements made by the PLO.
Quote: “”I hope that the Quartet will favor a lifting of the financial and economic sanctions which were imposed by Israel. That will be the position of Russia, the European Union and the UN Secretary-General,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the Rossiskaya Gazeta newspaper.
Russia was also one of the first nations to break the international political boycott against Hamas, by inviting the terrorist organization to Moscow for talks. It seems Lavrov believes the Israelis are the ones that are hindering peace, not Hamas. Sadly, some European nations are also doing their best to water down the three principles of the Quartet. Prime Minister Tony Blair, along with other European diplomats, have reportedly met with Hamas officials despite their word that they wouldn’t, and despite the boycott and Hamas being listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union. Tony Blair has stated it may be possible to achieve some sort of agreement, even with some of the “sensible” people in Hamas.
His former Foreign Minister Jack Straw tried the same trick, by insisting that Hamas did not necessarily have to recognize Israel’s “right” to exist, just the “fact” of its existence. Of course, recognizing the “fact” of Israel’s existence is poles apart from recognizing its right to exist, for you can recognize the fact of a state’s existence but still wage a war of terror against it to destroy it. Downing Street were holding a live web chat with the current Foreign Minister Margaret Becket, and I asked the question if the Foreign Minister would demand full recognition of Israel’s right to exist, for anything less is no recognition at all. Unfortunately Mrs Becket’s schedule has clashed with the live web chat, and it has been postponed. Why so concerned about full recognition? Because of the following news. It seems, as predicted, world leaders may be prepared to accept a long term truce from Hamas, for the sake of some sort of peace.
Quote: “A Hamas source claimed Britain and France held meetings with the terror group in which discussions addressed the possibility of breaking an international financial embargo imposed on the PA since Hamas won parliamentary elections. The source claimed Britain and France are “coming to terms” with the Hamas position of mediating the so-called Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a long-term cease-fire instead of final status negotiations in which the PA would agree to peace with Israel in exchange for a Palestinian state. The source said the two countries asked Hamas for a position paper outlining ideas for a long-term truce with Israel.
Friends, the Bible states that the next event on the prophetic calendar (not including the rapture) is an idle peace in the Middle East. It is after this peace is formed that Gog and his Islamic armies march on Israel. It seems that a long term truce will offer a temporary way out for the impasse in the Middle East, and that neither Hamas nor Fatah will be obligated to recognize Israel. You can be sure that the result of this “peace” will be that Palestinian terrorist organizations will start building their munitions to prepare for the day when they decide to attempt the final destruction of Israel.
JERUSALEM, Feb 17 (Reuters) – U.S. President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have agreed to jointly shun a Palestinian unity government unless it meets international conditions, Olmert’s office said on Saturday.
An official in Olmert’s office told Reuters that the agreement was reached in a telephone conversation on Friday between the two leaders.
“We won’t recognise a unity government that doesn’t explicitly accept the conditions. This is the joint U.S.-Israeli position,” the official said, confirming Israeli television reports.
U.S. officials had no immediate comment.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah reached a power-sharing deal with Hamas leaders to form a unity government in talks in Mecca earlier this month.
The unity government agreement makes no explicit commitment to recognise Israel or renounce violence, as demanded by Israel and the so-called Quartet of Middle East mediators.
In a continuation of the systematic policy of house demolition in Jerusalem, Israeli Occupation Forces demolishing a house in al-Tour neighborhood.
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)
A Palestinian child was killed by IOF in Tulkarm.
9 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were wounded by IOF gunfire. Continue reading “Weekly Report:On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”
On Friday the United Nations is expected to approve a resolution condemning Holocaust denial, one year after the first Holocaust remembrance day was celebrated. The bill was brought forward by the US, the European Community, Russia, Australia, Canada and Israel, and so far has 82 co-sponsors. The resolution was created in response to Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s repeated statements denying the holocaust ever happened, while at the same time promising to finish what Europe started – the extermination of the Jewish race.Quote: “The Israeli mission is hoping that a majority of at least 104 countries will support the resolution, as in the historical vote of November 1, 2005, designating January 27 as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The second International Holocaust Day will be commemorated next Monday. Continue reading “UN resolution condemning Holocaust denial”
(1) Narrated ‘Aisha: The people used to fast on ‘Ashura (the tenth day of the month of muharram) before the fasting of Ramadan was made obligatory. And on that day the Ka’ba used to be covered with a cover. When Allah made the fasting of the month of Ramadan compulsory, Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever wishes to fast (on the day of ‘Ashura’) may do so; and whoever wishes to leave it can do so.” (Book #26, Hadith #662)
(2) Narrated Ibn ‘Umar: The Prophet observed the fast on the 10th of muharram (‘Ashura), and ordered (Muslims) to fast on that day, but when the fasting of the month of Ramadan was prescribed, the fasting of the ‘Ashura’ was abandoned. ‘Abdullah did not use to fast on that day unless it coincided with his routine fasting by chance. (Book #31, Hadith #116)
(3) Narrated Salama bin Al-Akwa: Once the Prophet ordered a person on ‘Ashura’ (the tenth of muharram) to announce, “Whoever has eaten, should not eat any more, but fast, and who has not eaten should not eat, but complete his fast (till the end of the day). (Book #31, Hadith #147) Continue reading “MUHARRAM”
By Assaf Uni and Akiva Eldar, Haaretz Correspondents
Switzerland served as a mediator in informal talks between Israeli and Syrian representatives, which were first reported in Haaretz last week, Swiss Foreign Minister and Federal Councilor Micheline Calmy-Ray said Monday.
The parties to the secret back-channel negotiations with Syria met with relatives of Israeli spy Eli Cohen’s family and discussed the possibility that Damascus would allow his remains to be repatriated one peace talks are renewed. One of the meetings was sponsored by the Foreign Ministry.
Nadia Cohen, widow of the executed spy, told Haaretz Continue reading “Switzerland says it mediated in informal Israel-Syria peace talks”
Dating back to around 2500 BC, the Ebla tablets provide very important information regarding the history of religions. The most important feature of the Ebla tablets, discovered by archaeologists in 1975 and which have been the subject of much research and debate ever since, is that they contain the names of three prophets referred to in holy scriptures.
The discovery after thousands of years of the Ebla tablets and the information they contain is extremely important from the point of view of clarifying the geographical location of societies revealed in the Qur’an.
Around 2500 BC, Ebla was a kingdom covering an area that included the Syrian capital Damascus and south-east Turkey. This kingdom reached a cultural and economic peak but later, as happened to a great many civilizations, it disappeared from the stage of history. It was apparent from the records that were kept that the Kingdom of Ebla was a major cultural and commercial center of the time. (1) The people of Ebla possessed a civilization that established state archives, built libraries and recorded commercial contracts in written form. They even had their own language, known as Eblaite. Continue reading “NAMES of PROPHETS’ APPEAR IN THE EBLA TABLETS,”
Published: Jan 10, 2007
Text of report in English by Iranian news agency IRNA website
Tehran, 10 January: Head of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), Mahmud Mohammadi Araqi, said here Wednesday [10 January] that the US is currently pushing the strategy of sowing discord among Muslims to reach its ominous goals in the Middle East.
Mohammadi Araqi made the statement while speaking to IRNA in an exclusive interview.
“Following failure of the US policies in the Middle East region and victory of the Islamic Resistance Movement in Lebanon against Israeli invasion (July-August, 2006), the US has currently pressed ahead with strategy of causing discord among Muslims,” he said. Continue reading “US pushes strategy of sowing discord among Muslims – Iranian official”
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s Rape Of Iraq 3,018
Cost of America’s War in Iraq
$357,730,483,761 till the seond this was posted
In April, 2003 an intergenerational team of Niko Matsakis of Boston, MA and Elias Vlanton of Takoma Park, MD created costofwar.com. After maintaining it on their own for the first year, they gave it to the National Priorities Project to contribute to their ongoing educational efforts.