Report: 34 Syrians seized by militia found dead

The Syrian military performs live ammunition exercises at an undisclosed location on Dec. 4. NICOSIA (AFP) — Thirty-four Syrians abducted by pro-regime “shabiha” militiamen on Monday were found dead in the flashpoint central city of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The Britain-based watchdog said that an activist on the ground said that he “saw the bodies of 34 civilians, in a square in the pro-regime neighborhood of Al-Zahra, who had been abducted by the shabiha on Monday.” The report said the civilians had been seized from several “anti-regime neighborhoods” in the central city of Homs, which has been … Continue reading Report: 34 Syrians seized by militia found dead

Abbas states Palestinian UN membership bid continues

The stalled Palestine bid for UN membership, spearheaded by Fath chief, Mahmud Abbas, seems to still be an option, as stated by Abbas. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas vowed on Monday that the Palestinian initiative for full membership at the United Nations would continue. “Regarding the Security Council and the membership application of Palestine on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital, we uphold the Palestinian approach,” said Abbas according to a statement from his office during a meeting with US envoy Jeffrey Feltman. “The purpose of this initiative is to bolster the two-state solution on the basis of the … Continue reading Abbas states Palestinian UN membership bid continues

Israel demolishes 2 homes in East Jerusalem

  A Palestinian woman shows the photographer a torn holy Koran, from the rubble of her home, which was partially demolished by Jerusalem municipality workers following an Israeli government order in the Palestinian East Jerusalem neighborhood Silwan BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday, locals said. In Beit Hanina, troops bulldozed the temporary residence of a man who took shelter there after he could not get a permit from the Israeli municipality to build his house, the official PA news agency Wafa reported. In Silwan, Israeli forces tore down the house of Burhan Burqan, … Continue reading Israel demolishes 2 homes in East Jerusalem

Qaeda-inspired group denies link to Israel rocket attack

  Southern Litani Sector Commander Brigadier General Sadek Tlays, accompanied with Lebanese army soldiers inspect the field where Israeli rockets fell after an exchange of fire, in an area between the villages of Aita Shaab and Rmeish, southern Lebanon, on Nov. 29, 2011. BEIRUT (AFP) — An Al-Qaeda-inspired group has denied claiming responsibility for a recent rocket attack from southern Lebanon against Israel, instead blaming a group linked to Hezbollah, a US monitoring group said Monday. In a statement issued on jihadist forums, the Brigades of Abdullah Azzam said the Nov. 29 attack should be seen as a warning to the West … Continue reading Qaeda-inspired group denies link to Israel rocket attack

Vrouwen en haar rechten in Islam

In het Westen denkt men vaak dat enkel de vrouwen in het Westen geëmancipeerd zijn en dat deze emancipatiebeweging begon in de 20st eeuw. Echter, vanuit Islamitisch perspectief begon de emancipatie van de vrouw 1400 jaar geleden met de Openbaringen aan Mohammed en is de Islam emanciperend voor de vrouwen. Het is jammergenoeg zo dat in een aantal Muslimlanden de vrouwen achtergesteld worden, maar dit is het gevolg van plaatselijke (pre-Islamitische) culturele, sociale, politieke gebruiken die zijn blijven hangen en niet van de Islam zelf. Immers, sedert meer dan 1400 jaar kent Islam aan vrouwen rechten toe die zij op … Continue reading Vrouwen en haar rechten in Islam