Qalandia demonstration brutally crushed

“Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.” -Universal Decleration of Human Rights. Article (20) Except the Palestinians, according to Israel.   Palestinian peaceful demonstrations take place in many different places EVERY FRIDAY protesting many issues among them are the occupation, settlements, and the Apartheid Wall. Almost always the demonstrators get teargased and attacked by Israeli soldiers without having committed any violence against the soldiers. Peaceful protests always maintain their peaceful nature, until there is a serious provocation from the Israeli army where the demonstration loses its organized structure. I am first-hand witness to many of those … Continue reading Qalandia demonstration brutally crushed

Deense premier wil af van ultrarechtse gedoogsteun

Het ziet er naar uit dat het grote voorbeeld voor Geert Wilders, de al tien jaar durende gedoogsteun van de extreemrechtse Dansk Folkeparti (DF) voor het liberaal-conservatieve minderheidskabinet van premier Lars Løkke Rasmussen, na de verkiezingen van 15 september verleden tijd is. Rasmussen sluit een herhaalde samenwerking met de Volkspartij na de verkiezingen uit. Zijn partij wil bij het uitvoeren van het economische regeringsbeleid in de intussen dramatisch gewijzigde omstandigheden niet langer door de populistische partij voor de voeten worden gelopen en hoopt daarvoor een duidelijke boodschap naar de kiezers af te geven. De Folkeparti, die geen kabinetsleden leverde, wist … Continue reading Deense premier wil af van ultrarechtse gedoogsteun

Capsules of Faith: Work for Allah, Take the Initiative

You can work for Allah in different ways: through your career, your voluntary  work, your activism in defence of justice and humanity. The follower, Oqba Ibn Nafea worked for Allah for 43 years. He established  the city of Qirawan and was one of the pioneers who introduced Islam to North  Africa. Oqba Ibn Nafea’s father was a staunch enemy of Islam and Muslims. He shot an  arrow at Sayeda Zainab PBUH (the prophet’s PBUH daughter). She was hit and  consequently died. The Prophet forgave him. وَلَا تَسْتَوِي الْحَسَنَةُ وَلَا السَّيِّئَةُ ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ  أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا الَّذِي بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُ … Continue reading Capsules of Faith: Work for Allah, Take the Initiative

Palestine: Arduous Odyssey of Statehood

Some pundits see the recognition of Palestine as a political tsunami. By Dr. Ismail Salami and Kourosh Ziabari The plight of the Palestinian people is no closed book to anyone in the world; a subjugated nation which has been unjustifiably subjected to discrimination and violence for the past 6 decades. Even the close allies of Israel and those who support the continued occupation of Palestine admit in their privacy that the actions and policies of the Israeli regime are beyond the pale and run counter to the very principles of humanity and morality. Almost everyday, the mass media run reports … Continue reading Palestine: Arduous Odyssey of Statehood

US envoy ‘threatens aid’ over UN statehood bid

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — US consul-general to Jerusalem Daniel Rubinstein on Friday warned that the US would take “punitive measures” if the Palestinians sought membership in the UN, an official said. PLO official Saeb Erekat quoted Rubinstein as saying the US will veto any resolution in the Security Council and lawmakers will cut off  financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority. “If the Palestinian Authority insists on going to the Security Council, the US will use the veto,” a statement from Erekat’s office quoted Rubinstein as saying in a meeting in Jericho. And if the PA “seeks to upgrade its position at … Continue reading US envoy ‘threatens aid’ over UN statehood bid

Olive Revolution: We’ll keep on going!

Palestinian youth have marched today to knock on the doors of Jerusalem. They marched to knock down the apartheid on their land. And under the title of “Olive Revolution” it was. Palestinians denied entry to Jerusalem held their Friday prayers in front of the military checkpoints. In the morning, the presence of the PA security forces was exceptional. They were not present to protect the Palestinians from an Israeli attack. They were present to collaborate with the Israeli soldiers who were denying Palestinians the right to pray in Jerusalem on the last Friday of Ramadan. The image of a two … Continue reading Olive Revolution: We’ll keep on going!

Official: US will stop aid to Palestinians if UN bid proceeds

Ramallah – The United States will stop all financial aid to the Palestinian  Authority if the latter proceeds with plans to ask the United Nations for recognition of an independent state in September, a US official warned Friday. US Consul General in Jerusalem, Daniel Rubinstein, told chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, that the US would veto a UN Security Council resolution calling for recognition of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip within the June 4, 1967 borders and for UN membership. ‘If the Palestinian Authority insists on going to the Security Council, the US will … Continue reading Official: US will stop aid to Palestinians if UN bid proceeds