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Gingrich calls Palestinians an “invented” people

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(Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich thrust himself into controversy on Friday by declaring that the Palestinians are an “invented” people who want to destroy Israel.

The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives predictably sided with Israel in its decades-old dispute with the Palestinians but took it a step further in an interview with the Jewish Channel.

The cable station posted online its interview with Gingrich, who has risen to the top of Republican polls with voting to start early next year to pick a nominee to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election.

Gingrich differed with official U.S. policy that respects the Palestinians as a people deserving of their own state based on negotiations with Israel.

“Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire” until the early 20th century, Gingrich said.

“I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it’s tragic,” he said.

Gingrich along with other Republican candidates are seeking to attract Jewish support by vowing to bolster U.S. ties with Israel if elected.

Gingrich said the Hamas militant group, which controls the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinians’ governing body, the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank, represent “an enormous desire to destroy Israel.”

The U.S. government has sought to encourage the Palestinian Authority to negotiate with Israel but has labeled Hamas as a terrorist group.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has long forsworn violence against Israel as a means to secure an independent state, pinning his hopes first on negotiations and more recently on a unilateral bid for statehood via the United Nations.

Gingrich said he would be willing to consider granting clemency to Jonathan Jay Pollard, who has been serving a life prison term since 1987 for passing U.S. secrets to Israel. Successive U.S. presidents have refused Israeli entreaties to free him.

“If we can get to a point where I’m satisfied that there’s no national security threat, and if he’s in fact served within the range of people who’ve had a similar problem, then I’d be inclined to consider clemency,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich sharply criticized the Obama administration’s approach to Middle East diplomacy, saying it is “so out of touch with reality that it would be like taking your child to the zoo and explaining that a lion was a bunny rabbit.”

( / 09.10.2011)

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December 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm

My Words to the West leaders

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I as a Muslim, Egyptian, Arab, and African, direct my words to the ruler of the world, who are the real Dictators, those who try to convince every time with new lies

Those who call War against Terror. but forgot that they are the Terrorist

Those who claim the Democracy, but they the real dictators

Those who say they care for the human rights, but they order to kill and human rights violation.

Ever since the west steal the resources, and try to control this area, if its England, France, now the USA and Germany, only they didn’t consider the native of the Arab and African.

This Nation’s will hold on and never give up and will never forget the reason of their disaster…..

-. Palestine 63 years of occupation oppression and human rights violation, and their resistance gets every day stronger.

Stone against bombs, children against a Army.

-. Egypt after over 30 years having control over the country through the traitor Mubarak, they support the new Dictatorship SCAF (not only)

-. Libya the west has started a War killed thousands of civilian, just because Gaddafi was a opponent

those are only some examples, still we have Iraq Iran Afghanistan Pakistan Syria Somalia Lebanon and and and…….

But why we go so far, lets look to the Occupy Action which is getting every day stronger,

isn’t this proof enough that the West failed with its politic

isn’t this proof enough that this USA did never and will never care for the own people.

I think the only think we could learn from this Peoples World Revolution as I call it is: that we normal people want freedom and justice, we want to live our life in peace

no matter how we call the system I guess their time is over, we don’t accept their Lies anymore

( /09.12.2011)

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December 9, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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Volunteer in Gaza with the ISM

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9 December 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, Gaza

The International Solidarity Movement is appealing for activists to join our team in the besieged Gaza Strip.  After being barred from Gaza in 2003 following the murders of Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall, ISM Gaza was reinstated in August 2008 when ISM and other volunteers traveled aboard the historic, siege-breaking voyage of the first Free Gaza Movement boat. ISM has maintained a constant presence in Gaza since that time, for over three years of Israel’s crippling siege.

ISM volunteers refused to leave when Israel began bombing Gaza in December 2008. During the devastating 23-day assault, activists accompanied ambulances and provided vital testimony to the international media.

Daily life in Gaza is a harrowing struggle. In stark violation of international law, Israel enforces a three-nautical-mile fishing blockade. The Israeli-imposed ‘buffer zone’ swallows up a third of Gaza’s farmland, which lies along the Israeli border. Farmers are routinely shot and killed simply for working their land well inside Gaza’s borders.

ISM Gaza volunteers accompany farmers and demonstrators in the ‘buffer zone’, as well as fishermen routinely harassed by the Israeli navy. Visit to watch videos and read reports by ISM Gaza.

Those interested in joining the ISM Gaza team are required to attend a preliminary training in their home country and must communicate with the volunteers in Gaza prior to arrival. Entering Gaza is an arduous process that may require some time to be spent in Egypt. All ISM volunteers in Gaza must agree to ISM principles as delineated on

Also recommended:

  • Previous experience in the West Bank with the ISM strongly encouraged; if not, experience with nonviolent direct action, preferably elsewhere in the Middle East
  • A historical understanding of Palestine and some knowledge of the current political situation
  • Arabic language skills highly recommended; if not English is necessary
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to stay in Gaza for an extended period of time (over a month)
  • High degree of independence and self-sufficiency
  • Ability to do deal with protracted stressful situations
  • Experience with consensus-based decision-making

For more information about where to attend a preliminary training or other questions, please email

( / 09.12.2011)

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December 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm

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Gaza death toll rises to 4

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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Violence has flared between Israel and Gaza, with the Israeli air force killing four Palestinians and armed groups firing rockets far across the border.

The fighting erupted on Thursday when an airstrike on a car killed an operative for Hamas’ armed wing and another from a group affiliated with Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

Israel accused them both of planning to send gunmen to attack it through Egypt.

Fighters responded to Thursday’s airstrike with a barrage of rockets, some of which landed near Beersheba. No one was hurt. Air-raid sirens summoned residents of southern Israel to shelters.

Another Israeli airstrike followed before dawn Friday, hitting a Hamas facility in Gaza City.

The blast flattened a nearby home, killing its owner; the man’s 12-year-old son was pronounced dead hours later. The man’s wife and five other children were wounded, hospital officials said.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the series of Israeli attacks.

PLO official Saeb Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio that Israel was trying to “sabotage” the calm that had prevailed in the region following reconciliation efforts, the PA news agency Wafa reported.

Hamas accused Israel of a “massacre”, while Israel both expressed regret for the civilian casualties and alleged that Hamas had stored rockets next to the camp, leading to the explosion.

Israel’s chief of staff Benny Gantz, meanwhile, gathered his top army officials to review the security situation following renewed violence in Gaza and the Negev, Israeli media said.

Army, air force and naval commanders attended the meeting, Ynet news reported.

Militants stepped up rocket attacks as night fell.

Three groups said they had fired more than a dozen projectiles across the border. Israel police said at least 10 landed in Israeli territory, causing no casualties.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said it fired three “Aqsa missiles” at Ashkelon.

The brigades also said it fired three missiles toward the Shaar Hanegev regional council a day earlier in response to Israel’s “aggression” which accelerated over the past 24 hours.

Witnesses in Gaza reported heavy activity of Israeli drones over head.

Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister in Gaza, said he was “pursuing intensive contacts with several Arab and international parties, and we stress the necessity of this aggression being stopped immediately”.

Speaking after Friday prayers in Gaza City, Haniyeh told reporters that Israel’s latest flare up in aggression was preceded by threats of a new military action by Israeli leaders.

The raids demonstrated Israel’s intentions toward the Palestinian people in Gaza, he said. Such violence will fail because of the resolve of Gaza’s residents and the resistance’s ability to protect the enclave, he said.

( / 09.12.2011)

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December 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Still casting lead: Israeli air force attack kills 1, injures 13 in single family

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Midhad El Zalaan in his home after Israel’s bombing

“This is the occupation,” a neighbor mumbled as we stepped into what remained of twenty-year-old Migdad El Zalaan’s cement-block home in the north of Gaza City this afternoon.  The Israeli Air Force dropped the first of three bombs near Zalaan’s home at approximately 2 a.m. this morning killing his uncle, wounding El Zalaan and the rest of his twelve family members, and destroying his home.

In one corner of the living room a baby doll lay on a mattress buried under shards of tin roof.  Cement blocks squashed plastic party hats and red stuffed bears, and  El Zalaan family’s modest possessions lay buried under layers of dust and rubble.  El Zalaan was on his computer right before Israel attacked.

“After the Israelis dropped the first bomb, I took my family and left my home,” explained El Zalaan, periodically looking up at the sky, where the ceiling once was. “Then the second bomb dropped and I went to my uncle’s home to find out if they were okay. My uncle’s wife [Saada El Zalaan] called me from under the rubble. She was holding her baby, I took the baby and then Israel dropped the third bomb.”  El Zalaan then helped his aunt out of her house despite her pleas to get her son out and leave her.

“I kept digging, looking for my uncle, then I found him, buried, but still breathing. He told me ‘take care of my family, take care of my wife and my children’ and then he died in my arms.”  Bahjat El Zalaan was 33-years-old and the father of 5 when he died.

El Zalaan described how during the bombing he was screaming and pulling his hair out, and how he was trying to protect his mother, father, grandmother and siblings from the shrapnel by holding them in his arms. “I got rubble in my leg and back,” he explained, wincing in pain throughout the interview.

He took his family to Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Two of his siblings, ages 8 and 10, remain in critical condition.  Israel had destroyed the roof of his home before, during Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009.  On the outside of the home, a small plaque hung near the broken window, “This shelter was repaired by UNRWA through a generous fund from the Federal Republic of Germany.”

Before leaving, El Zalaan asked if he could take a photograph with us and his cousin, who snapped a photo on his cell phone. As we left I asked him if he worked, and he said no, “we stay at home because there’s no work.”

( / 09.12.2011)

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December 9, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Irshad Manji en haar ‘Rosa Parks-moment’

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Afgelopen woensdagavond waren Irshad Manji, een islamitische activiste uit Canada, en Tofik Dibi, lid van de Tweede Kamer voor GroenLinks, de hoofdsprekers in de Balie tijdens een ‘viering van liefde en vrijheid’. Helaas moesten zij een korte onderbreking van haat weerstaan. Deze bizarre gebeurtenis is door veel media en een aantal aanwezigen, zoals Carel Brendel en Thijs Kleinpaste, al goed beschreven en dus wil ik mij in onderstaande tekst graag concentreren op de vraag hoe ik de avond als moslimen vriend van Irshad Manji heb ervaren.

Door: Arnold Yasin Mol

Op dinsdagavond 6 december was er een vergelijkbare gespreksavond metIrshad in de Geertekerk in Utrecht. Van deze prachtige en rustige avond komt binnenkort nog een verslag op Nieuwemoskee. Tijdens deze avond legden Irshad als hoofdgast en ik als gespreksleider de nadruk op de aanwezige obstakels in moslimculturen die de progressieve flexibiliteit van de islam als religie tegenhouden. Met culturen bedoel ik hier overigens de identiteitsstructuren, modern en historisch, die gevormd worden door mensen met een gedeelde achtergrond, context en levensbeschouwing. In de afgelopen 150 jaar zijn er vele goede en belangrijke hervormers geweest die genoeg materialen hebben geschreven waarmee de islamitische theologie adequaat ingaat op en meegaat met de hedendaagse probleemstellingen, systemen, kennis en inzichten. Maar de impact van dit materiaal is slechts marginaal. Hier zijn enkele historische en culturele redenen voor die overwonnen moet worden. Irshad heeft over deze obstakels in haar nieuwe boek Allah, Liberty and Love een paar zeer interessante en belangrijke observaties geschreven.

Afgelopen woensdagavond was Tofik Dibi de gespreksleider. Hij sprak met Irshad onder andere over de eenzaamheid die wij als hervormingsgerichte moslimdenkers vaak ervaren. Over dit onderwerp hebben Irshad en ik overigens veel vaker in privé-setting gepraat. We steken onze nekken uit om de positieve potentie die wij in ons geloof zien, en de krachten die deze potentie tegenhouden, bespreekbaar te maken. En ook al zijn de meeste moslims het op veel punten met ons eens, ik zie helaas te weinig wilskracht om dat openlijk te uiten. Religie is mensenwerk. Ook al baseert de islam zich op goddelijke bronnen (door God geïnspireerde boodschappen in menselijke taal en symboliek), de uitwerking van deze bronnen is compleet mensenwerk. En mensen zijn veranderlijke, diverse en gelimiteerde wezens. De diverse uitwerkingen van de bronnen horen dus constant herdacht te worden, en de manieren van herdenken moeten niet vastlopen of beperkt worden door oude, door de mens gecreëerde systemen en methoden. Deze moeten net zo goed herdacht worden. Dat is de kern van onze oproep. Maar op het podium staan wij vaak alleen en de zalen zijn vaak halfvol, dus hebben we nog een lange weg te gaan met onze visies gemeengoed te maken. En die weg heeft nogal wat kuilen.

In Allah, Liberty and Love zegt Irshad dat vooral het soort fanatiekelingen dat in de Balie de bijeenkomst kwam verstoren, de ware islamofoben zijn. Zij zijn bang voor de potentie die de islam werkelijk heeft. Die potentie zit ‘m mijns inziens vooral in het geven van een wereldbeeld waarin mensen in gelijkheid en diversiteit kunnen leven zonder superioriteitsgevoel. En het is dit laatste wat de fanatiekelingen graag willen hebben, wat zij nodig hebben. Ironisch gezien is de duivel de enige in de Koran die zegt: ‘Ik ben beter dan de ander’ (soera 7:12 ana khayrun minhu). Met andere woorden: het superioriteitsdenken zou moslims vreemd moeten zijn. Ik vraag mij dan ook af waar zij de ideeën voor hun handelen op baseren. Waar in de Koran of de biografieën van de Profeet Mohammed zien zij hem met haat handelen, waar in de biografieën staat dat hij mensen bespuugde, dat hij met eieren heeft gegooid, dat anderen de mond werd gesnoerd? Is het juist niet de Profeet die bekogeld, bespuugd, gediscrimineerd en verjaagd werd? Werd hij niet gehaat om zijn anders-zijn? Waar was de akhlaq, de ethiek, het respect en de bescheidenheid, die van een moslim wordt geëist omdat hij geschapen is door iets dat groter dan hem is? De islam is niet te claimen via oppervlakkige symbolen als het vasthouden van een vlag met de shahada, de islamitische geloofsovertuiging, of door het schreeuwen van de leus Allahu Akbar, God is groter dan wat dan ook. Dit laatste betekent juist dat je als mens jezelf of iets anders in de schepping nooit als speciaal, uitverkoren of superieur mag zien. God is altijd groter dan wij, denk dus nooit dat wij Hem kunnen vertegenwoordigen of Zijn wil kunnen begrijpen. God zal altijd groter zijn dan onze interpretaties van Zijn boodschappen. Allahu Akbar is een uitdrukking van bescheidenheid, niet van macht. Hij waarschuwt dus ook dat wij ons geloof nooit zo mogen interpreteren dat het een bron van onderdrukking wordt (soera 6:82). Daarom moeten interpretaties juist in openheid en op een democratische manier besproken worden.

In Allah, Liberty and Love zegt Irshad ook dat sommige dingen belangrijker zijn dan angst. Niemand mag jouw menselijke waardigheid afnemen. Door angst worden we minder dan we zijn, dan hoe God ons gecreëerd heeft. De fanatiekelingen probeerden haar met intimidatie van het podium af te krijgen. Tegenover de politie eisten zij hun vrijheid van meningsuiting op om die van Irshad af te nemen. Pas dan zouden zij weggaan. Ik begrijp werkelijk niet dat zij de tegenstrijdigheid hiervan niet inzien. De politie vroeg Irshad uit angst voor de veiligheid dan ook maar van het podium af te gaan.

Rosa Parks was een Amerikaanse burgerrechtenactiviste. Ze is wereldwijd bekend geworden vanwege het feit dat ze in 1955 weigerde haar zitplaats in een bus af te staan aan een blanke medepassagier en de gevolgen die dit in Amerika heeft gehad. Wellicht begrijpt u nu waarom ik de gebruikte titel heb gekozen. InAllah, Liberty and Love noemt Manji vele bijzondere mensen die betrokken waren in civil rights movements van over de hele wereld. Ze ziet deze mensen als inspiratie, als voorbeelden, met name als het gaat om de vraag waarom bepaalde dingen belangrijker zijn dan angst. Het hele gebeuren in De Balie zie ik nu als haar ‘Rosa Parks-moment’. Immers: she didn’t move to the back of the bus

Arnold Yasin Mol is lid van de redactie van Nieuwemoskee

( / 09.12.2011)

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December 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

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Jordan warns Israel over Al-Aqsa ramp closure

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The Mughrabi ramp leading from the plaza by the Western Wall to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem.
AMMAN (AFP) — Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, warned Israel on Friday against closing a wooden access ramp to the sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City.

“Jordan rejects any Israeli attempt to affect Jerusalem’s holy sites, identity and heritage, including Al-Mughrabi Gate” that leads to the compound’s Al-Buraq Wall, known to Jews as the Western Wall, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said.

The kingdom, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, “is in daily contact with the Israeli side to make sure it does not change the status quo of the gate,” Judeh told the government-owned Al-Rai Arabic daily.

Jerusalem’s city council on Thursday ordered the closure of the access ramp, saying it poses both a fire hazard and is at risk of collapse.

But Muslim leaders fear work on it could have a destabilizing effect, accusing Israel of failing to coordinate renovation plans with the Waqf, the Islamic organization that has jurisdiction over Muslim parts of the site.

Jordan’s powerful Islamists have condemned the city council’s decision.

“Israel is disregarding all Arab and international warnings,” said Hamzeh Mansur, head of the opposition Islamic Action Front party, accusing Israel of pursuing a “policy of Judaising the Holy Land.”

Last month, Amman warned that any Israeli “threats and aggressions” against the holy site would lead to “endless” violence in the Middle East.

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December 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm