How $30 Billion US Aid package to Israel impacting Gaza Siege, and Southland Muslims.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 HouseContact your SenatorContact your Representative
  3. 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.

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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/.

President Jefferson’s ‘Will’- a discussion

Jordanian Professor and Saudi Islamist Discuss President Jefferson’s ‘Will’

May 27, 2004 Al-Manar TV (Lebanon)

The Hizbullah television station, Al-Manar, hosted a discussion between Dr. Ghazi Rabab’a, Professor of Political Science at Jordan University, and Dr. Muhsen Al-‘Awaj from Saudi Arabia, Spokesman for the World Campaign for Resisting Aggression, in which they discussed the right of the Jews to reside in the Jerusalem. Dr. Rabab’a mentioned an alleged declaration by President Jefferson calling on the American people to expel the Jews. This false declaration is commonly attributed in the Arab media to “President” Benjamin Franklin. Following is a verbatim translation of excerpts from their discussion, broadcasted on May 27, 2004.

Dr. Ghazi Rabab’a: In the Pact of Omar, which was translated and signed by (Jerusalem archbishop) Sophronius and ‘Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, Sophronius set one condition to ‘Omar – that no Jew will live in Jerusalem.

Meaning, this demand came from Sophronius, who was the Christian representative at the time, because he knew that only Islam would protect the holy places, while the Jews will be disloyal to them. The Pact of Omar, which was given by ‘Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, the leader of the believers, to the residents of Aelia –its name then changed to Aelia – stated that the Muslims would protect their crucifixes and churches, that not one of them would be harmed and that no Jew would live in Aelia.

This is why today, when we appeal to Christian public opinion, we should say that we must revive the Pact of Omar and stand shoulder to shoulder in the face of this Jewish attack, which claims that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel. There is an Islamic-Christian agreement that no Jew will live in Jerusalem.

Dr. Muhsen Al-‘Awaji: (Today, we face) a group of people, a gang, which gathered, or more accurately, which were purged from all the countries of the world. They have become loathsome in European eyes and that is why the Europeans vomited them onto our occupied land. They have become loathsome in the eyes of America and a moment ago the Doctor reminded us of the American president who advised the American nation to rid itself of the Jews so they will not enslave them.

So did the English and French who purged society – Excuse me for saying this but it’s their documented world view…

Dr. Ghazi Rabab’a: Yes, the Ghettos.

Dr. Muhsen Al-‘Awaji:…Saving their societies from the quote unquote Jewish “plague” amidst them. Our brothers from all over the Islamic world know that a Jew or a Christian from their country has the right to live there, just like the Arab Muslim has the right to live there. But, gathering those from Poland, Holland, Russia, the North Pole, the South Pole…gathering them here and forcing them like a cancerous tumor into the center of the Arab Islamic body…

They have no common language with those who surround them, nor do they share their political platform with their surroundings… And then they come with this arrogance and enslave the entire world in order to allow them to violate these rights and commit these official assassinations, approved by their highest ranking officials, and after all this we are told we must discuss their legitimacy? No!

Dr. Ghazi Rabab’a: Our brothers, the Christians in these countries, are being persecuted by the Western Christians, whose Christian faith has Judaized them. 200 years ago, -President Jefferson told the American people in an official speech, “If you do not expel the Jews from your land, they will enslave you and turn you into slaves in your own lands.” Today, in American cinema and television, they broadcast that whoever is against Israel is also against God. In films, produced by Jews, Our Lady the Virgin is depicted whoring with the soldier Panthera. This is an extremely grave issue.

If we open the Talmud, the Jews’ false book, we see that they say about Jesus that he was crazy, the deceiver of the Israelites, they tried to kill and crucify him, but they could not…

Not what they had in mind

Not what they had in mind

Dilip Hiro

February 15, 2007 9:25 AM

 

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/dilip_hiro/2007/02/the_americaninspired_plan_in_p.html

 

Going by last week’s Hamas-Fatah agreement, it is prudent to conclude that the Bush administration’s strategy of encouraging Saudi Arabia to counter rising Iranian influence in the Middle East is not yielding the expected result.

At its root, there remains an irreconcilable difference of perception about Hamas between the White House and the Saudi rulers, with the former regarding it as a terrorist organisation and the latter as an Islamist entity worthy of its patronage.

Most observers agree that the deal that the top Hamas and Fatah leaders signed in Mecca signified the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, moving towards Hamas, and not the other way around as Washington had wished. Continue reading “Not what they had in mind”

Blow the whistle on Israel

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”

Is Abbas Sabotaging the Palestinians?

By Phil Zabriskie/Jerusalem

Often, the ideological intransigence of Hamas is blamed for impeding Palestinian unity. But on Sunday it was the moderate Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas who dealt a potentially debilitating blow to the nascent Palestinian “unity” government — by appointing Mohammed Dahlan, the most divisive figure on the Palestinian political scene today, to the office of National Security Adviser.

The unity government was ratified on Saturday, in simultaneous proceedings in both Gaza and the West Bank connected via video conference technology to overcome Israeli prohibitions on most Palestinians’ traveling between the two locations. Israel’s response was predictably negative; officials pointed out that the new government had not accepted international demands to renounce violence and recognize Israel, and that even the moderates who now run key ministries are tainted by their political cohabitation with Hamas. Other governments showed more flexibility, ranging from full recognition of the new government (Norway, Arab countries) through cautious optimism (the European Union, Russia, the United Nations) to the idea that it might be possible to deal with ministers who were not members of Hamas (Britain, and even the United States). Continue reading “Is Abbas Sabotaging the Palestinians?”

Sanhedrins & their claim to The Third Temple

Third Temple
Rabbi: Muslims would agree to Third Temple
1/3/07

Rabbi Dov Stein of the Jewish Sanhedrin has told YNet News that he believes Muslims would agree to the rebuilding of the Third Temple, and that Islam has not always been so hostile to Judaism. Stein believes the Al-Aqsa Mosque was built to protect the Temple Mount site specifically for the rebuilding of the Third Temple. The Rabbi made the remarks after it was revealed that the Sanhedrin has decided to purchase a flock of sheep to sacrifice at the Temple Mount site this Pesach (Passover).Quote: “Asked if his organization sought to rebuild the third Temple, Stein’s answer was unequivocal. “We want to establish the Temple again. Unfortunately, standing in our way is a hostile regime, the Israeli government, and rabbis who for political interest don’t want this to happen.” Stein even suggested that Muslims would agree to the project, saying: “The Omar Mosque (the Dome of the Rock), built by Khalif Omar, was actually intended to safeguard the site for the Jews. Islam hasn’t always been so hostile. Despite its hatred and massacres against us, Islam sees in Judaism a source and a guide. I think the moment will come that Muslims understand the need to build the Temple and go along with us.”

The Sanhedrin is not recognized by the Israeli government, but it claims to be the highest legal body in the land of Israel. The Sanhedrin is seeking to abolish the secular government and replace it with a monarchy that would rule by the Torah. For this reason I doubt the Sanhedrin will get their way this Passover. The excavations at the Mugrabi gate have been controversial enough without religious Jews plotting the destruction of the Mosque of Omar and the rebuilding of the Third Temple. The Bible says it will eventually happen though, but we’re not told how. Who knows, perhaps when the False Prophet appears on the scene, who will seemingly unite apostate Christendom, Judaism and Islam, maybe then the Muslims will “understand the need to build the Temple”.

Source YNet News

 
Third Temple
Sanhedrin buys flock to sacrifice at Temple site
1/3/07
This link from Cheryl and Jennifer…

The recently formed Sanhedrin, a legal body consisting of 71 prominent Rabbis in Israel, has arranged to purchase a flock of sheep for sacrificial rituals ahead of the upcoming Passover. The Sanhedrin was formed several years ago, and was one of the first news items that prompted me to start this website. The Sanhedrin had not existed for over 1600 years, having been dissolved after the diaspora. The group reformed on the 13th of October, 2004, and are actively seeking to re-establish the monarchy of Israel. The Sanhedrin considers itself the highest legal body in the land of Israel, and opposed the government’s decision to disengage from Gaza, stating that it was against Torah. They are also researching the exact location of where Solomon’s Temple once stood to enable Continue reading “Sanhedrins & their claim to The Third Temple”

Talking to the enemy

The recent Guardian debate between Hamas and Israel is a small but important step forward.

Ismail Patel

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.

Cracks in the Quartet-EU leaders bend rules for Hamas

Peace process
EU leaders bend rules for Hamas

22/2/07  Darrell… according to Evenmore.co.uk

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.

Axis of Evil denies Unity Govt.

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.

Weekly Report:On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

 

 

 

 

 

 

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”

UN resolution condemning Holocaust denial

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”

where’s the Ark of the Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant is a treasure chest revealed by our Lord in the Qur’an and which contains the property of the Prophet Moses and the Prophet Aaron. According to Islamic scholars, the most important feature of the Ark is that its whereabouts have been unknown since 587 BC, and it is generally accepted by them that it will be found by the Mahdi, an individual who will appear in the end times. (God knows best.)The Ark of the Covenant is a subject to which attention is drawn in the hadiths (sayings of our Prophet [peace be upon him]) and in various historical sources, and is also referred to in the Qur’an, revealed by our Lord. The Torah, a divine text that was subsequently corrupted, also contains information about this chest. The Ark, regarded by Islamic scholars as heralding an age when Qur’anic moral values will prevail on earth, is described in these terms in the Qur’an:

Their Prophet said to them, ‘The sign of his kingship is that the Ark will come to you, containing serenity from your Lord and certain relics left by the families of Musa and Harun. It will be borne by angels. There is a sign for you in that if you believe. (Qur’an, 2: 248)

Continue reading “where’s the Ark of the Covenant”

Israeli Textbooks and Children’s Literature Promote Racism and Hatred Toward Palestinians and Arabs

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, September 1999, pages 19-20

Special Report

 

By Maureen Meehan

Israeli school textbooks as well as children’s storybooks, according to recent academic studies and surveys, portray Palestinians and Arabs as “murderers,” “rioters,” “suspicious,” and generally backward and unproductive. Direct delegitimization and negative stereotyping of Palestinians and Arabs are the rule rather than the exception in Israeli schoolbooks.

Professor Daniel Bar-Tal of Tel Aviv University studied 124 elementary, middle- and high school textbooks on grammar and Hebrew literature, history, geography and citizenship. Bar-Tal concluded that Israeli textbooks present the view that Jews are involved in a justified, even humanitarian, war against an Arab enemy that refuses to accept and acknowledge the existence and rights of Jews in Israel.

“The early textbooks tended to describe acts of Arabs as hostile, deviant, cruel, immoral, unfair, with the intention to hurt Jews and to annihilate the State of Israel. Within this frame of reference, Arabs were delegitimized by the use of such labels as ‘robbers,’ ‘bloodthirsty,’ and ‘killers,’” said Professor Bar-Tal, adding that there has been little positive revision in the curriculum over the years.

Bar-Tal pointed out that Israeli textbooks continue to present Jews as industrious, brave and determined to cope with the difficulties of “improving the country in ways they believe the Arabs are incapable of.”

Hebrew-language geography books from the 1950s through 1970s focused on the glory of Israel’s ancient past and how the land was “neglected and destroyed” by the Arabs until the Jews returned from their forced exile and revived it “with the help of the Zionist movement.”

“This attitude served to justify the return of the Jews, implying that they care enough about the country to turn the swamps and deserts into blossoming farmland; this effectively delegitimizes the Arab claim to the same land,” Bar-Tal told the Washington Report. “The message was that the Palestinians were primitive and neglected the country and did not cultivate the land.”

This message, continued Bar-Tal, was further emphasized in textbooks by the use of blatant negative stereotyping which featured Arabs as: “unenlightened, inferior, fatalistic, unproductive and apathetic.” Further, according to the textbooks, the Arabs were “tribal, vengeful, exotic, poor, sick, dirty, noisy, colored” and “they burn, murder, destroy, and are easily inflamed.”

Textbooks currently being used in the Israeli school system, says Bar-Tal, contain less direct denigration of Arabs but continue to stereotype them negatively when referring to them. He pointed out that Hebrew- as well as Arabic-language textbooks used in elementary and junior high schools contain very few references either to Arabs or to Arab-Jewish relations. The coordinator of a Palestinian NGO in Israel said that major historical events hardly get a mention either. Continue reading “Israeli Textbooks and Children’s Literature Promote Racism and Hatred Toward Palestinians and Arabs”

Battle lines are drawn as Israeli allies with Arab regimes

Battle lines are drawn as Israeli allies with Arab regimes

Dec 21

 

Bethlehem – Ma’an It has been revealed to Ma’an News Agency that a secret meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, the political advisor to the Egyptian president, Osama El Baz and the head of Saudi national security, Prince Bandar, was held two months ago, during the Eid feast following Ramadan, in Sharm el Sheikh.

The source, a specialist in Israeli affairs, added that the meeting, which was held in the residence of the Egyptian president, lasted for five hours in which the participants discussed mutual coordination and cooperation between Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Israel and its allied forces in Lebanon, to jointly face the Tehran-Damascus axis and the coalition of militant groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.

The Israeli Prime Minister allegedly told the Lebanese Prime Minister that the international presence in southern Lebanon, and the American support given to their friends, “has created a path, along which lies an unprecedented opportunity to get rid of the Iranian and Syrian allies in Lebanon”, the source added.

The source also confirmed that Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora told his Israeli counterpart that his government insists on the spread of law and order throughout the country, and to dismiss and disarm any militia, including the arms of Hezbollah, and to end the presence of any groups or people who are pro-Iran or pro-Syria.


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The Life of a Palestinian

The Life of a Palestinian

Just how much is the life of a Palestinian Muslim worth? Consider the following examples and judge for yourself.

The Nov. 16 conviction by an Israeli military court of four Israeli soldiers for killing an 18-year-old West Bank Palestinian passer-by at a road block. The soldiers were members of the elite ‘Cherry’ unit which uses covert tactics to ambush, and kill what they call Palestinian extremists. The Unit’s activities have been reported many items before in the Israeli press.

In one case, disguised as Arabs, Cherry unit soldiers attended a soccer game, surrounded one of the players on their list and, after they had knocked him to the ground, shot him dead before the spectators.

In another case, they loitered outside the door of a house until someone knocked and was admitted. Then, before the door could be closed, they rushed inside, guns blazing, killing or wounding the occupants. In other cases they have walked up to parked cars and, mercilessly, shot the occupants to death.

No search warrant, no statement of charges, no arrest. Just killing of those they suspected were ‘terrorists’, and anyone who happened to be with them. In any other country, ‘Cherry’ would be called a death squad. In the Israeli defense forces it is ‘an elite unit’. In the current case, the convicted soldiers had set up a night-time road block, beckoned a stopped driver to come forward, flashed a truck-mounted searchlight in his eyes when he did, and then fired a burst of machine gun fire through his windshield. Miraculously the driver, Bilal Amli, lived to testify but his 18-year-old companion in the front seat, Iyad Mahmoud Badran, was killed. Neither of the automobile’s occupants were accused of anything.

For the death of Badran, the 1.251 st Palestinian killed by Israeli soldiers since December 1987 according to the Washington’s Post’s Jerusalem correspondent, the four death squad members were sentenced to pay one agora, which is a non-existent coin worth one hundredth of a Shekel, which means about a third of a US cent. The sentence seemed inexplicable to Palestinian human rights workers. ‘It means the (Israeli) government wants to show how much a Palestinian person’s life is worth,’ ventured Bassam Eid, founder of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group.

‘The sentence is so ridiculous, I don’t know what to say,’ commented Shirls Eran of another human rights watchdog group. ‘If they are not guilty, they should be found not guilty. And if they are guilty, why are they fined an agora?’

What Israeli Police Documents Reveal About the Occupation of Palestine In the Name of Security

By AMIRA HASS
Gaza.

Six Palestinian churches in the West Bank and Gaza Strip suffered damage and arson attempts in reaction to the words of Pope Benedict XVI. Palestinian spokesmen of all stripes condemned these attacks and said that the Palestinian nation – Christians and Muslims alike – is one, and is united in its struggle against the occupation. Reports on the attacks in the Palestinian media described the perpetrators as “unknown.” In the Palestinian subtext, “unknown” implies “of suspicious identity,” a phrase that borders on a half-concealed accusation that Israel’s Shin Bet security services sent agents provocateurs.

In Tubas, where an attempt to set fire to a church failed thanks to the residents’ alertness, people said openly that the thrower of the Molotov cocktail might be connected to the Israeli occupation. But the mayor of Tubas, Oqab Darghmeh, who raised this possibility, also proposed another option: Perhaps the perpetrator acted out of ignorance.

Most of the critics, however, did not point an accusatory finger at the Shin Bet. They cannot deny the ills that have become so widespread in Palestinian society: criminal behavior and hooliganism masked by the images and jargon of a national struggle, and the growing use of weapons in personal and public conflicts, with the encouragement of Palestinian political actors, who are in need of the atmosphere of chaos in order to be seen as “strong.”

But is it possible to separate these ills completely from the Israeli occupation?

The latest book by historian Hillel Cohen, Aravim Tovim (“Good Arabs”), offers several historical proofs of the validity of Palestinian “paranoia” about the political motives behind security control. Although the subject of the book is the activity of Israeli security and intelligence agencies among Israeli Arabs immediately after 1948, a consistent policy of action and thought that stretches from the Mandate years until the present allows us to draw conclusions that also apply to Israeli control over the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

Cohen’s research relies mainly on police documents from the period, which have recently been opened for public perusal (the Shin Bet documents are still classified). They relate, for example, that the provision of weapons to collaborators by the local authorities was a way of rewarding them. However, the security forces’ liaison committee mentioned in 1949 that “the distribution of weapons to an element or members of one group is likely to be useful to us; it will create the desired tension among the various parts of the population and enable us to control the situation.” The security agencies, Cohen reveals on the basis of written documents, occasionally even initiated internal conflicts.

Moreover, the regional committee for Arab affairs in the Triangle (the body that coordinated among the various security agencies in this region) “does not approve of providing the residents of the region with higher education,” according to the minutes of a 1954 meeting, and the committee worked to prevent Arabs from being accepted to institutes of higher education. Cohen allows himself to speculate that the motive was its desire to prevent the creation of an educated class that would succeed in organizing and making demands of the state.

In other words, the security services – even if they acted on their own initiative in various places – operated in the context of an official paradigm: continued theft of lands, continued fragmentation and weakening of Arab society, and undermining the possibility of the Arabs developing an independent leadership. Critics of the Military Administration’s policies – Israeli Arabs and the main opposition party, Maki (the Israel Communist Party) – were described as “paranoid.” But Cohen, in the many examples he brings in his book, retroactively proves that they were right.

Indirectly, this book by a former journalist says that one does not have to rely on written documents – which will be made public in another 50 years – in order to believe a political analysis that differs from that of the rulers. Hence, it was not simply shortsightedness and neglect that caused the Palestinian territories to be flooded with weapons during the 1990s. It was not “security” that led to the creation of a class of new mukhtars from Fatah, who received special privileges that were denied to other Palestinians and that deepened internal tensions. It was not “shortsightedness” that led to the weakening and political trivialization of Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) as chairman of the Palestinian Authority, just as it was not simple naivete that omitted the main point from the Oslo Accords: the goal of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

It is not local decisions by regional military commanders that are fragmenting the West Bank into isolated “territorial cells.” It is not security considerations alone that prevent Gazan students from studying in the West Bank and American academicians from teaching in Palestinian educational institutions. In the name of security – but not for its sake – Israel is exacerbating ignorance and economic deterioration in the occupied territories.

According to this analysis, for which there is no shortage of evidence, the Israeli security services are careful to act within the framework of a clear political paradigm: maximum weakening, in every possible way, of the Palestinian national collective, so that it will not be able to realize its goal and establish a state worthy of the name, in accordance with international resolutions.

Amira Hass writes for Ha’aretz. She is the author of Drinking the Sea at Gaza.

Democracy, the forbidden fruit

Palestine Times – December 2004 – Ismail Adam Patel
15 December 2004

From the time Yasser Arafat was airlifted from his dilapidated compound in Ramallah for treatment to Paris, a disturbing moan emerged from the media and political circus. Aside from the—at least nominal—concern for Arafat’s health, expert after expert from politics, academia and the media bemoaned Arafat’s failure to have groomed his own successor.

On the face of it, such concern for the political future of the Palestinians was touching; perhaps there was some sympathy there after all. But no—think again. The debacle in Iraq is but the latest in a long line of American-led military interventions resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people with the aim of imposing democracy. In such circumstances, surely the fact that no successor is waiting in the wings, groomed and raring to go, is a cause for celebration, proof that the Palestinians are ready for a smooth, democratically achieved transfer of power—apparently not.

Instead of encouraging a proper democratic process to herald the post-Arafat era, the hand of the ‘democratic West’ is seeking to ensure that the Palestinians appoint a man we can do business with. Possibly another Hamid Karzia whose victory we were told was not guaranteed but raised the roof of the House of Commons with laughter when the Prime Minister made Karzia’s success the butt of his joke.

Or perhaps another Ayad Alawi, for whom the bookies will not give odds. This is not a far-fetched theory. History demonstrates clearly that it is not democracy we want in the Middle East but Arab stooges with whom the local populace can relate vaguely to and we can, by and large, trust to be our kind of guy. In such a scenario, the young men of the Black Watch and others like them must shed their blood for the fiefdoms of Iraq and Kuwait, while the likes of Jordan and Egypt—hardly beacons of democracy—exist on Western handouts to the tune of billions of dollars. From another angle, when through democratic means the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) of Algeria appeared to be sweeping to a landslide victory, the West backed the Algerian army to crush any hopes of a democratically elected Islamist government.

This injustice was more or less accepted by most of the world, cancelling at a stroke the possibility of having proof that Islam could succeed with the ballot, not the bullet.

The experts will not have failed to notice that almost all student union elections in Palestinian universities—a very strong indicator of the possible outcome of a national election—have been won by the Islamist groups. In December 2003 the liberal Bir Zeit University in Jerusalem saw Hamas win 25 of the 51 seats, while Yasser Arafat’s Fatah took 20. This stunning success of Hamas was repeated in the An-Najah University in the West Bank and in Gaza the victory was even more astounding. It is within such a political framework that we should view the ‘experts’ mourning not Arafat himself but his failure to nominate a successor.

The present dilemma facing the neo-cons and associated right-wing Western establishments is the possible replacement of the PLO by Islamic movements as represented by the likes of Hamas. This would jeopardize their justification for the war against the ‘evil other’, for which read, ‘the Islamists’, for the Islamists generally, and in Palestine in particular, not only subscribe to democratic means but aspire to freedom of expression, thought and religion. They further seek common grounds with their neighbours, including Israel, as was often quoted by the late Sheikh Yassin, murdered by Israeli missiles. Hence, if Hamas is allowed to reap the fruits of democracy this would undermine the vilification of Islam as a barbaric, anti-democratic religion to be feared by all and destroy the credibility of the ‘war on terrorism’ and the accompanying paraphernalia of undermining the values held dear in the West.

No doubt the old guard that surrounded Arafat will be in with a shout and some, like Ahmed Qureih (the present Palestinian Prime Minister) and Mahmoud Abbas (Arafat’s number two) will be favoured by America. The favoured candidate of Israel would have to be Mohammed Dahlan, who served as the security chief in Gaza and is thought to have been trained in Washington. However, the name on the lips of PLO supporters is that of Marwan Barghouti who is currently in an Israeli jail serving five life sentences. It remains to be seen if the possibility of Hamas success at an election would spur Israel and the U.S. to strike a deal with Barghouti.

With hindsight it is possible to consider that the murder by Israel of Hamas leaders Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and Abdul Aziz al-Rantisi was a security measure to remove Palestinian ‘father figures’. Both these men were honoured not only by the Palestinians but also the international community. As Islamists they also accepted that their movement would have to negotiate with Israel if it was to return land occupied in 1967. Despite the loss of Hamas leaders, any genuinely free and fair election in Palestine will see Hamas take the mandate if the university results are anything to go by. But is Israel—according to Sharon’s aide Dov Weisglass—making sure ‘that there would not be a political process with the Palestinians’ and its allies ready to accept such a democratic result? That is the question. The answer is awaited with baited breath.

There has to be equality

If Britons can join the Israeli army, those who fight for Palestine can’t be treated as terrorists

Ismail Patel
Tuesday December 5, 2006
The Guardian

The Arab-Israeli conflict is unlike any other regional conflict. As the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, put it: “No other conflict carries such a powerful symbolic and emotional charge among people far removed from the battlefield.” Not surprisingly, this has had its impact on multicultural Britain, with different communities aligning themselves to varying degrees with the Israeli and Palestinian causes.

Everyone in a democracy has the right to argue for their views and engage in public debate. But there is no equality when it comes to how the British government treats those who want to give physical support to Israel and those who want to do the same for the Palestinians. Such double standards feed resentment in Britain’s Muslim community at the government’s failure to recognise its legitimate grievances, as highlighted in yesterday’s report by the thinktank Demos.

In recent months the media have reported on the recruitment of British Jews to fight in the Israeli army, now in its 40th year of occupation of Palestinian territory in defiance of international law and UN resolutions. Some are intending to emigrate; others to return to Britain after serving in the Israeli army. But we have not had a word of concern from the British government. In the Muslim community, however, the question is widely raised as to how British citizens can travel to another country and fight in its army of illegal occupation without any repercussions. Would that be the case if, say, a young Muslim or Briton of Palestinian origin travelled to the occupied Palestinian territories – let alone occupied Iraq – to protect his or her homeland or co-religionists? Of course not: such volunteers could expect to be arrested under this government’s anti-terrorism legislation as soon as they returned.

These Britons who go to fight for Israel are volunteering to serve in the frontline of Israel’s war in the illegally occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza. Some have acknowledged that they have been or will be engaged in the killing of Palestinians. Under international law they and those who facilitate their enlistment are committing war crimes.

Presumably the politicians’ silence can be explained by Britain’s support for the Israeli government, both diplomatic and military. But how does that sit with the government’s regular homilies to the Muslim community about citizenship and loyalty to the flag? It might be argued that as Israel is a state – unlike the Palestinian Authority or Palestinian political organisations – and Britons are entitled to dual citizenship, with any military-service obligations that entails, there can be no objection. But the fact that the Palestinian people have no state is of course at the heart of this uniquely internationally inflammatory conflict. And those fighting against the illegal occupation of their land are entitled to do so under international law.

The British government’s indifference to this recruitment is feeding the alienation and radicalisation of young Muslims, who can be labelled terrorists for even voicing support for the Palestinians.

Perhaps British citizens should not serve in foreign armies full stop. But the essential point is that there must be equality. If Britons are allowed to join the Israeli army, the same right should be accorded to those – particularly of Palestinian origin – who wish to volunteer to defend lands Israel occupies. Alternatively, both should be barred.

We need a shift in approach at the top. Tony Blair has expressed his desire to bring peace to the Middle East, but his actions – most recently his refusal to condemn Israel’s Beit Hanoun massacre at the UN – scarcely suggest an honest broker. At home and in the Middle East, it is time the British government showed some real even-handedness.

· Ismail Patel is chair of the Leicester-based campaign Friends of Al-Aqsa
iap_foa@yahoo.co.uk

Gaza Massacre was caused by a Falling Stars

Part of Haitham’s adventure in Palestine, Human Rights, Terrorism, War, Middle East, Gaza, War Crimes
13. June 2006

Update: 3 Israeli terrorist air strikes today, killed 11 Palestinians. 9 of them are civilians including 3 children. New massacre. ANOTHER ACCEDENT!!

Well, the buzz now is that the Palestinians are killing themselves and Gaza Massacre was done by Hamas, just like all previous footages of massacres and Israeli crimes, as soon as they are documented and aired on TV, some Nazis jump to twist facts. Luckily (or not) a camera man happens to be near the scene sometimes, but even with these in hands, all the hell doors are open on the victim, not the criminal. They called it propaganda, the called it pollywood, and what not, as if the Israeli crimes needs evidences, and as if the occupation is accepted, and as if the civilians are not suppose to be protected by the occupier, according to UN Human Rights Declarations, but what do you know, these Human Rights applies only on Humans, and by Humans, so either the Palestinians are not Humans, or the occupier is not a Human. What do you think? Or it applies on some humans, but not others… long debate, will touch on it soon.

Anyway, just for the records, and for those who were awakened by the latest Israeli terrorist crimes, it is worth mentioning that what you have seen in the last few days is nothing new. In fact it is what is happening daily in the occupied holy lands of Palestine. While I’m writing this now, the news is reporting a new massacre conducted by the Israeli terrorist. The initial reports said that at least 9 martyr Palestinians were killed.

To state some facts, here is an excerpt from the last few weekly Palestinian Centre for Human Rights reports. Read and count the number of martyrs, women and children killed and or injured in the last month only (excluding arrests, house demolition, Annexation Wall and land theft, etc…):

01- 07 June 06 report:
5 Palestinians were killed by IOF in the Gaza Strip.
Two of the victims were extra-judicially executed by IOF.
29 Palestinian civilians, including 9 children and a woman, were wounded by IOF gunfire.
IOF have continued to shell Palestinian areas in the northern Gaza Strip, wounding a number of civilians and damaging civilian property.
IOF raided a hospital in Nablus and arrested a patient from the intensive care unit.
Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property in the OPT; 7 civilian facilities were demolished by IOF; and 4 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a woman, were injured by attacks launched by Israeli settlers.

25- 31 May 06 report:
11 Palestinians, including a child, killed by IOF.
28 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children, were wounded by IOF gunfire.
IOF killed 4 Palestinians inside the northern Gaza Strip in the first military operation of its kind, since the IOF’s redeployment around the Gaza Strip.
60 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and 2 women, were arrested by IOF.

18- 24 May 06 Report:
9 Palestinians killed by IOF.
IOF committed another extra-judicial execution in Gaza.
IOF killed 4 Palestinians and wounded 35 others during an incursion into Ramallah.
26 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children, were wounded by IOF gunfire.

11- 17 May 06 report:
9 Palestinians killed by IOF in the West Bank.
41 Palestinian civilians, including 13 children, were wounded by IOF gunfire.
IOF continued to shell Palestinian areas in the Gaza Strip, especially the northern area.

04- 10 May 06 report:
9 Palestinians killed by IOF.
IOF committed another extra-judicial execution in Gaza.
24 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children and 3 women, were wounded by IOF gunfire.

27 Apr – 03 May 06 report:
IOF shot dead a Palestinian woman the West Bank and extra-judicially executed a Palestinian activist in the Gaza Strip.
Two Palestinians were extra-judicially executed by IOF in Bethlehem.
17 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children, were wounded by IOF gunfire.

Ok. I’m blind! Can someone justify the killing of all the above innocents? Or is it because these martyrs were not brought to your attention, then Israel is the innocent nation? Did they kill themselves, or was it natural disaster? Well, I would go for the last one… natural disaster called Israel Terrorism.