Archive for May 30th, 2012
Deze week had ik een journalist aan de telefoon, die wilde een telefoonnummer van een contactpersoon van mij uit Woerden. Dit omdat er wat commotie was over Sharia4Holland en men wilde een uitzending maken over hoe de moslimgemeenschap in Woerden dacht over deze groepering.
Nu was mijn contactpersoon gelukkig verhuisd en heb ik de man netjes bedankt en afscheid genomen, maar het is en blijft een gekke vraag, vind ik. Waarom wordt er (weer) drukte gemaakt over een kleine groepering die wat zegt over de frontman van de populisten van de PVV?
Denkt zo’n man nu echt dat we ons daar mee bezig houden? Als er geen nieuws is, dan maken we maar nieuws, zal wel de gedachten zijn geweest.
Denkt de goede man van een journalist nu echt dat de Sharia ingevoerd gaat worden in Nederland? Dat kan alleen maar als dat gebeurt met een meerderheid in Tweede Kamer en Eerste Kamer of er zou vanuit Europa een wetgeving moeten komen dat in een rechtbank rechtspraak mag plaatsvinden via Sharia-wetgeving of dat er plaats zou zijn voor Sharia-rechtbanken, die alleen maar kunnen rechtspreken voor moslims.
Maar heeft zo’n journalist dan echt niets anders aan nieuws? Natuurlijk … Syrië komt vaker in de media en op tv … en terecht, want daar gebeuren inhumane en onbeschofte dingen. Wat dan opvalt, dat er niemand met een oplossing komt, want Syrië is voor de wereld niet van belang en dus laten we de mensen maar aan hun lot over.
Echter wat mij dan nog het meest tegen de borst stoot, is dat er geen of nauwelijks een journalist opstaat en die zegt: “Ik ga eens iemand in Nederland bellen, om vragen te stellen over het volk van Palestina, en daarna ga ik een goede serie van artikelen schrijven of een serie van documentaires maken van het dagelijkse leven van de Palestijnen.” Maar geen een, misschien die enkele journaliste, die wat schrijft, maar voor de doorsnee media is Palestina en taboe en volgen daarmee de regering van Nederland.
Wat ze dan wel vergeten, is dat ze medeverantwoordelijk zijn voor hetgeen wat Israël elke dag weer uitvoert in de bezette gebieden; verantwoordelijk voor het jatten van Palestijns land, het vernietigen van huizen van de Palestijnen, het verwoesten van gezinsverbanden, het vernietigen van de Palestijnse cultuur.
In de media is niets te vinden over de Conferentie in Jeruzalem in juli, er is niets te lezen over een lezing van Baha Hilo en zijn Olijfbomencampagne in Amsterdam. Niets dat de media wil zeggen over hoe er dagelijks huizen van Palestijnen door de Israëli’s worden verwoest, niets, niets … en dan komt een journalist wat vragen over Shari4Holland … wat een vraag …
By Sheikh Salman Al-Oadah at IslamToday.net
In my prayers, I am constantly beseeching Allah with the words, “Guide us to the Straight Path.” Why, then, would I not see any changes in my personality? Change, after all, is how we learn to respond correctly to new developments. It is how we move away from blind followingand dependence on others towards independent thinking. It is the natural response to a world which is, by its very nature, in a perpetual state of change.
Religion, in its essence, is constant. However, our human interpretations and opinions are subject to reassessment. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, used to beseech Allah with the words:
اللَّهُمَّ مُصَرِّفَ الْقُلُوبِ صَرِّفْ قُلُوبَنَا عَلَى طَاعَتِكَ
You who turn our hearts, make my heart constant in Your faith.
[Sahih Muslim, Book 33, Number 6418]
However, he would also make the following supplication:
اهْدِنِي لِمَا اخْتُلِفَ فِيهِ مِنَ الْحَقِّ
Guide me to the truth in those matters wherein people have differed.
[Sahih Muslim, Book 4, Hadith 1694]
The circumstances the first Muslims faced when they were in Mecca were different from those they found when the emigrated to Medina. The Prophet’s era was different from the era of the Rightly Guided Caliphs that followed. If we consider the Islamic legal opinions of the great jurist al-Shafi’ee, we find that the rulings he formulated in Iraq were quite different than those he later codified in Egypt. Ibn Taymiyah, likewise, changed his views many times throughout his life.
In Islamic Law, commands take precedence over prohibitions, mercy takes precedence over strictness, and winning hearts takes precedence over deterrence. In my personal life, I prefer to judge and criticize myself before judging others. I like to discover my own faults instead of seeking out the faults of those around me.
The sky changes by the movement of its clouds. The rivers change through the flowing of their waters. The Earth changes in its topography. Every day, the Sun sets at a different point on the horizon. If I stop moving in such a dynamic world, I will wake up suddenly one day to find that I have been left behind all alone.
I spent five years secluded from the influence of society. This gave me freedom – the freedom to escape from the narrowness of circumstances to a broader outlook. It gave me renewed life and allowed me to better appreciate the good in others. When I came back into society, I found that a sector of society had moved towards an aggressive attitude. I had to make my stance against their behavior clear, even though it meant losing their favorable opinion of me.
In the Qur’an, we read where Moses, peace be upon him, asked Khidr:
هَلْ أَتَّبِعُكَ عَلَىٰ أَن تُعَلِّمَنِ مِمَّا عُلِّمْتَ رُشْدًا
Might I follow you so that you can teach me the wisdom which has been taught to you?
[Surah Al-Kahf 18:66]
However, who has ever heard someone ask, “Might I follow you so that you can obey me?” This is inconceivable. My freedom is my most precious possession. Freedom does not like being curtailed, whether by a leader or by a follower. I must keep on moving, even if it means I will stumble over and over again. I just have to try and pick myself up every time as quickly as I can.
I am proud that the greatest constant in my life has been my faith in Allah, my deep love for Him and my positive expectations of His providence. I am able to forget my worries, pain and suffering when I bow myself before Him in prayer.
Let me take an example from my life. In my youth, I had unquestioningly followed some of the leading scholars in what was then a commonly-held opinion that Islam prohibited photography except in cases of necessity. I understood that the Prophet, peace be upon him, had cursed the maker of images, and consequently I could not fathom how pictures might be used as a means to call people to Allah.
Now, due to changing circumstances, you hardly find anyone who says Islam prohibits photography. This change did not take place on account of new research, but rather due to changing circumstances in the world. A courageous scholar is one who opens doors that can be opened, rather than waiting for others to break those doors down.
Indeed, I have changed a lot over the years, as well I should. If I was still saying in my forties what I used to say when I was twenty, that would mean I had spent twenty years of my life in vain.
(www.faithinallah.org / 30.05.2012)
On Wednesday, May 23, a group of Israeli settlers forcefully occupied the home of a Palestinian family near the illegal Tel Rumeida colony in the Palestinian city of Hebron. In an incident that lasted 3 hours, settlers forced their way into the house and began physically and verbally abusing the family. The family was evacuated by Israeli soldiers. The settlers then blocked the entrance, preventing the family from entering the premises.
At 6p.m., Muhammed Toma Aburmeli was working in his shop in Tel Rumeida when he received a call from his distressed wife requesting that he come home immediately. As he returned home he saw his wife and young children standing near checkpoint Gilbert, with his home surrounded by Israeli soldiers. Looking closer at the entrance of his home, Muhammed saw a large group of young Israeli settlers standing outside his doorstep and preventing the family from entering.
Israeli settlers crowded around the Aburmeli house in the distance
At approximately 5:30 p.m., Muhammed’s wife, Merfat Muhammed Aburmeli, and 4 children, the eldest only 8 years old, were inside their new home located on the same road as the illegal Tel Rumeida settlement. The family was preparing to move furniture into the house. As the preparations were underway a group of 15 to 20 settlers no older than the age of 16 stormed into the house.
The settlers immediately confronted the frightened family, insulting them and demanding that they leave the home. The young settlers repeatedly claimed that the land is theirs and that the Palestinian family has no right to live here. As well as the verbal barrage, the settlers began to violently push Muhammed’s wife and her children.
The harassment lasted 10 minutes before Israeli soldiers intervened. Checkpoint Gilbert is only 3 metres from the house so this can be considered a slow response on behalf of the soldiers.
Israeli military arrived and the settlers continued to abuse the family. The first thing the soldiers did was evacuate the Aburmeli family, rather than force the settlers to leave. The family was then ordered by the military not to return to their house until the settlers were gone.
The Israeli soldiers requested that the settlers leave. The young Israeli settlers ignored the request and ran through the house causing damage. 10 minutes passed before soldiers resorted to physical means to force them out of the home. The settlers showed resistance, shoving soldiers as they dragged them out.
After evacuating the premises, soldiers locked the house’s door. The young settlers then blocked the entrance to the home from the outside. The Israeli military made no effort to disperse the group and instead soldiers surrounded the house.
When Muhammed arrived at the scene he asked the soldiers what was happening. The soldiers shrugged off his question and instead demanded that he show identification. After handing back his ID card, he too was told to go stand with his family and wait for the soldiers to diffuse the situation.
Soldiers made no efforts to remove the settlers, and Muhammed and his family were left standing outside and waiting for almost 3 hours before the settlers began to leave by themselves at 8:30 p.m..
Muhammed, Merfat, and their young children returned to their home. They say that what is upsetting is not only the behaviour of the illegal Israeli settlers, but the incompetent reaction of the Israeli army. This harassment, however, is not a new ordeal for the Aburmeli family. Only one day before, settlers damaged a window of their home by hitting it with sticks. In their last home, located nearby, settlers similarly blocked the entrance on more than one occasion.
Families living near the illegal Tel Rumeida settlement, which occupied a section of houses and roads in downtown Hebron, have long been the subject of abuse and discrimination coming from both the settlers and Israeli policies. Currently, only 2 Palestinian families remain living in what is now the Israeli settlement.
These 2 families are not permitted visitors, even family members, because all other Palestinians are prevented by Israeli soldiers from entering. These families in particular face abuse by the Israeli settlers on a regular basis. It can be difficult for the families even just to walk without being pelted by stones or being subject to insults.
Muhammed fears that incidents such as these will continue to occur, but says that no matter what happens he will never leave his home because he, as well as other Palestinians, has a right to live in freedom, peace, and dignity in his own land, and illegal settlers can not force them to leave. He finishes by saying, “if they wish to do worse, then let them, because we will not leave. As the olive tree will continue to live here, we Palestinians will continue to live here.”
(palsolidarity.org / 30.05.2012)
The Program 2012
- 6 July 2012: an event in Amman Jordan preparing to go to Jerusalem
- 7 July 2012: going to Jerusalem
- 8 July 2012: Reception in Jerusalem.
- 9 July 2012: 1st day of the conference in Jerusalem.
- 10 July 2012: visit to North towns & villages which were destroyed in 1948.
- 11 July 2012: visit to West Bank ( Baitlahem and Hebron )& attending a seminar in Al Najah University.
- 12 July 2012: back to Jerusalem to pray at Al Aqsa Mosque and Scapular Church.
(www.pncj.org / 30.05.2012)
He also noted that it is reasonable for anyone who sees Iran as a threat to take such steps, saying that “whoever sees the Iranian threat as a serious threat would be likely to take different steps, including these, in order to hurt them.”
Ya’alon made the remarks only hours after a Russian lab discovered the new virus.
The computer security firm Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s top virus-hunting agencies, said the virus is being used as a cyber weapon to attack entities in several countries.
The Kaspersky Lab has also announced that the worm is the most malicious ever and is designed to gather intelligence, adding that it can turn on PC microphones to record conversations taking place near the computer, take screenshots, log instant messaging chats, gather data files, and remotely change settings on computers.
“The complexity and functionality of the newly discovered malicious program exceed those of all other cyber menaces known to date,” said the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, adding that a government or a coalition of states must be behind it.
Stuxnet — discovered in 2010 — was also a computer worm. It targeted Siemens industrial software and equipment in several countries.
Na een aanval met granaten volgde het vuur van machinegeweren. Angstige dorpelingen sloegen op de vlucht naar andere delen van Houla, bang voor een nieuwe slachting. Over slachtoffers niets bekend.
Volgens de Syrische Nationale Raad van de oppositie werd Houla gebombardeerd en bestookt met granaten en zette het leger tanks in. In een verklaring riep de raad de VN op waarnemers naar de plaats te sturen en het regime onder druk te zetten om met de gewelddadigheden te stoppen.
In het plaatsje Taldaw in de regio Houla werden vorige week minstens 108 mensen om het leven gebracht. De VN sprak van ‘willekeurige executies’ en verdenkt milities van de Syrische president Bashar al-Assad van de wreedheden.
(www.parool.nl / 30.05.2012)
The pickup truck swerved around the corner as three frantic men stood on the back screaming,”Go! Go!” Bouncing painfully between their legs was a man drenched in blood.
He was one of seven injured in a series of tank blasts last week in the village of Deersonpol, in Syria’s northern Idlib province. Four others were killed instantly in the attack by government security forces. Of the seven who took the harrowing route to the nearest “safe” hospital in Deir Alsharky, 12 miles of bad road away, three survived, three died and the whereabouts of the fourth remains unknown.
There were many hospitals much closer to the scene, but these were government run. The risk of execution or arrest, particularly for those arriving with battle wounds, is so high that citizens throughout the area endure these dangerous journeys every day.
“Most of the death cases we see are because of the distance,” said Dr. Mohammed, a neurosurgeon who treated the Deersonpol cases at his clinic in Deir Alsharky. “Most bleed to death along the way. Today we lost three from injuries that could be treated if we’d got to them in time.”
Many doctors and patients asked to be referred to only by their first names for fear of authorities. Dr. Mohammed was no exception. After his home and his practice in Damascus were raided by authorities, he became wanted on the charge of treating injured demonstrators and members of the Free Syrian Army. He was forced to flee the city with nothing.
“The soldiers would come into the hospitals and kill and arrest patients, especially after the Friday demonstrations,” he said of his work in Damascus before he fled the city in January. “Even in the intensive care units, the soldiers would come in and kill the patients in their beds or drag them into the streets. I have seen this many times.”
Due to the risks, secret hospitals have sprung up across the country. Some are manned only by untrained nurses. Volunteer doctors and surgeons working in primitive conditions run others, like Dr. Mohammed’s clinic. Immediately after surgery, the patients are sent to safe houses protected by the Free Syrian Army, where their condition is monitored.
Doctors without Borders, an international nongovernmental organization, confirmed the government practice of targeting medical workers and patients in a report released earlier this month.
“We saw militarized health care facilities, meaning that access to medical care depends on which side you belong,” said Brice de le Vingne, the organization’s director of operations in Brussels. “Health facilities are being targeted, thus endangering patients and preventing health care workers from doing their jobs. Health facilities and pharmacies are looted and destroyed.”
Dr. Mohammed said most of his equipment is donated and smuggled in from Turkey. He shows a respirator, two new surgical sets and a radio that just arrived. Medical supplies and medications are always in short supply.
For some patients, the treatment they need is simply not available in these makeshift secret clinics.
In Maarat Al-Numaan, a government checkpoint stands by the city hospital. A few blocks away in a narrow alley is the door to the secret clinic. The doctor here, Ahmed Rawin, said they are afraid to keep patient records in case of a raid. They list only those who need follow-up treatment in the safe houses in a small notebook. Dr. Ahmed told the story of one recent patient in desperate need of life support.
“We moved him to the international hospital under a fake name,” he said. “Within days the soldiers came and killed him. They threw his body into the street.”
Many seek treatment in Turkey, but the journey is difficult. Rowad, 22, said he just returned from surgery across the border. As a member of the Free Syrian Army, he was injured by shrapnel during a clash with government forces. Nerve damage caused him to lose feeling in his right leg. After surgery performed by Dr. Mohammed, members of the Free Syrian Army snuck him across the Turkish border for follow-up surgery.
“Most of the way we managed to go by car, but they had to carry me for about three kilometers,” said Rowad, who still has no feeling in his leg, but can now walk with the help of crutches.
Dr. Mohammed said in the past week he has sent three urgent cases across to Turkey. Two died on route.
Activist Abdul Aziz Agini, who works with the Free Syrian Army near the Turkish border, said he receives requests to arrange transport for patients almost daily.
“We suffer a lot to get them there. We must carry them on our backs,” he said.
There isn’t enough manpower for everyone, however, and many in desperate need of medical treatment must wait to find a safe passage.
In Ariha, another town in Idlib province, the smell was nauseating as a 60-year-old man removed a bandage from his infected feet — most of the skin and flesh was gone. The man, who works as a butcher, was arrested at a checkpoint. His court papers say he is accused of “participating in demonstrations.” He was held and tortured for 45 days.
“They hit my foot with a wire cable telling me to confess,” he said, adding that he was released 10 earlier. “When they took me to court they had to carry me. When the judge saw me he didn’t even question me. He ordered my release.”
So far, the route through Turkey has been too dangerous for someone in his condition. Until now he has been unable to get any treatment.
“We are in a large concentration camp called Syria,” he said. “My fate is in God’s hands.”
Volunteer doctors say they receive many cases of torture by authorities. Treating these patients often leads to their own arrest. Dr. Najib Aledel has been imprisoned twice for his work in a secret hospital in Ariha. Ten days after his last release Dr. Aledel said he was back on the wanted list.
“There was no injury for me,” he said in reference to his two months of total prison time. “But I saw very bad deeds happen to others, and there is no [medical] treatment inside the prisons.”
Dr. Aledel said the cease-fire agreement between the government of Bashar al-Assad and the Free Syrian Army is in name only. The patient number has dropped, but not significantly, he said. And medical supplies, he said, are so low he and his staff often give their own blood to patients in need of transfusions. He said there are no humanitarian groups or overseas aid and the only supplies come through private donations both local and international. In all clinics, doctors said they desperately need more support from abroad.
Mohammed, an activist and pharmacist that secretly supplies these underground clinics in Ariha, believed these attacks on the medical system are yet another way to instill fear into the people.
“The government is aiming for social chaos so people will get desperate and ask for the government to come back,” he said. “But now we have started. There is no going back.”
(mar15.info / 30.05.2012)
It is strange that Israel can still get away with calling itself ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ when it does everything it can to destroy Palestinian democracy, bombing the parliament building in Gaza, refusing to allow elections in Jerusalem and putting MPs in jail.
Locking up MPs is what dictators do to make sure that democracy cannot work. So where does that leave Israel given that it currently holds 27 elected members of the Palestinian parliament – the Palestine Legislative Assembly – in prison?
Most of them are held without charge and many of them were originally jailed as a reprisal for the capture of Corporal Gilad Shalit, so it would be difficult for the Israelis to deny that they were put in jail precisely BECAUSE they were MPs.
The heroic hunger strike by more than 2,000 prisoners won a number of concessions from the Israelis, including a promise to extend administrative detention at the end of six months ONLY if there is fresh evidence.
One can only hope the Israelis will not try to justify the continued detention of MPs who are held under administrative detention when their current six-month terms expire.
This will apply to most of the MPs, including the Speaker of the Palestinian parliament, Dr Aziz Dweik, a university professor who has never been associated with the military wing of Hamas or any other Palestinian party, and Ahmad Al-Haj who, at 72, is the oldest parliamentarian and was one of the oldest hunger strikers.
It should also apply to organisers of village protests against land-theft, such as Bassem Tamimi at Nabi Saleh, who has been held for over a year in administrative detention for organising his village’s campaign of popular unarmed struggle.
But will it? Can someone please explain to the Israeli government why it is wrong to lock up MPs and popular representatives?
First, it is undemocratic. The Israelis did it to stop the Palestinian parliament from functioning and they succeeded. There has never been a time when all the elected MPs were at liberty and able to meet as a parliament.
Secondly, it is illegal, not just under the Palestinian constitution, which gives immunity to parliamentarians, but also under international law because it is a form of collective punishment.
Thirdly, it is counterproductive, because it has made Palestinians all the more determined to support their elected representatives.
That doesn’t just apply to MPs held under administrative detention. It applies to all MPs held as what the Israelis call “security prisoners” and the Palestinians call “soldiers in the battle to end the occupation”.
The best known is Marwan Barghouthi, the former general secretary of Fatah who was re-elected as an MP while in prison and who many believe would be elected president if he were released.
Even many Israeli politicians have said he should have been released as one of the 1,027 handed over in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange. It is a tragedy that he has been left to rot in jail for the last ten years.
Then there is Ahmad Saadat, the leader of the PFLP, who was held in solitary confinement for many years without visits or even letters from his family.
Then there is Jamal Tirawi who is the spokesman for the Fatah parliamentary party in the Palestinian parliament reporting directly to the President, Mahmoud Abbas.
He was arrested from the middle of Ramallah by Israeli troops even though Ramallah is supposed to be entirely under Palestinian control – as was Marwan Barghouti –so it would be more accurate to say they were abducted. The Israelis had no right to be there.
More recently there was the Jerusalem MP Mohammed Totah and the former Jerusalem minister Khaled Abu Arafeh who are held in prison awaiting deportation for the ‘crime’ of representing East Jerusalem, which the Israelis have illegally annexed.
If the Israelis were serious about wanting negotiations, they would release all the MPs from their prisons. After all, they need someone to negotiate with and many of the most respected politicians are in prison.
The British released Gandhi and Nehru from jail in 1944. Two years later the British were negotiating with them and two years later Nehru was prime minister.
The same happened with Jomo Kenyatta. He was released from prison in 1961. The following year he was negotiating with the British and the next year he was prime minister of an independent Kenya.
The same happened in South Africa when Nelson Mandela was freed after serving 27 years in jail. Within four years he moved from prisoner to president.
The next president of the Palestinian Authority and the first president of an independent Palestine could well be someone who is in jail now and the Israeli do themselves no favours by keeping them there.
Sooner or later they are going to have to release all of their Palestinian prisoners as part of a negotiated peace settlement and if they are serious they will make a start on releasing the MPs and elected leaders now.
(english.pnn.ps / 30.05.2012)