Archive for January 13th, 2012
Hoewel er bijna een miljoen moslims in Nederland zijn, hebben wij als moslims geen grote lobbygroep, d.w.z. een grote groep van politici en activisten die opkomt voor de rechten van de moslims in Nederland, er zijn teveel losse bewegingen en groeperingen met deze zaken bezig, vaak zonder dat ze van elkaars bestaan afweten. Hierdoor krijgt de Nederlandse politiek geen duidelijk beeld over punten die moslims aangaan, te denken valt aan het zgn. boerkaverbod, het afgeschoten voorstel over het halal slachten en de islamitische educatie en islamitisch bankieren. Voor deze punten zijn de moslims afhankelijk van politici die zich op een goed moment zich herinneren dat er ook minderheidsgroepen zijn waar ‘aandacht aan geschonken moet worden’.
Dit kan niet langer en daarom hebben de vier initiatiefnemers Khalid Ramdani (Roermond), Jacques Visker (Heerlen), Mostafa Abbou (Eindhoven) en Henny Kreeft (Harderwijk) de koppen bij elkaar gestoken en afgesproken dat er wat moet gaan veranderen. Jacques – Isa Mohammed – Visker en Henny – Abdel Kariem – Kreeft doen dit nu al een paar jaar namens de Nederlandse Moslim Partij maar zoeken nu hulp in brede zin. Het is nu tijd dat de moslims in Nederland hun eigen rechten gaan opeisen, opkomen voor deze rechten en de rechten van hun broeders en zusters in Nederland.
Deze groep wordt uitgebreid met zgn. kartrekkers die de eerste fundamenten voor de beweging moeten gaan uitrollen in Nederland; op dit moment hebben voor Almere x, voor Doetinchem Fatima Tulay en voor Gouda Rachid Karkache zich gemeld. Mensen die mee willen werken aan de opzet van de beweging, kunnen zich bij de initiatiefnemers melden.
Het doel van de beweging is te komen tot een verbreding van een Nederlandse moslimpartij die zich landelijk gaat manifesteren en opkomt voor de rechten van alle moslims in Nederland. Het eerste doel is het meedoen aan verkiezingen om zo te komen tot de eigen lobbygroep met beleidsmedewerkers.
De kartrekkers zullen samen met de initiatiefnemers een ruwe schets opstellen voor een partijprogramma; eind januari moet hier meer bekend van zijn op de eerste bijeenkomst in het midden van het land. Nadat de ruwe schets is besproken en in concept is goedgekeurd, gaan de kartrekkers naar de verschillende islamitische groeperingen en moskeeën in Nederland om het concept te bespreken met de besturen. De bestuursleden (en eventueel verdere adviseurs) worden gevraagd mee te denken en hun wensen, ideeën en plannen in te brengen in het concept partijprogramma. Alle ingebrachte opmerkingen worden bekeken, gewogen en verwerkt (indien mogelijk) in het partijprogramma. Alle bestuursleden die hebben meegedaan, krijgen daarna een exemplaar aangeboden, waarop nog een keer in het kort op- en aanmerkingen gegeven kunnen worden, voordat het goedgekeurd gaat worden.
Het streven is om alle Islamitische groeperingen en moskeeën in Nederland de mogelijkheid te geven om de wensen kenbaar te maken. Doordat de besturen van deze groepen en verenigingen actief worden betrokken bij het samenstellen van het partijprogramma, moet de beweging gaan werken als lobby voor de moslims in Nederland; tevens wordt er op deze manier aandacht geschonken aan een belangrijk gegeven uit de Qur’an: nl. overleg ofwel Shura. Het volk kan en moet mee kunnen praten.
Palestinian youth have called for a silent protest this Saturday outside the headquarters of Palestinian Authority ruler Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah to protest resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Jordan.
A two-minute video on YouTube in Arabic juxtaposes recent speeches of Abbas vowing not to return to negotiations unless Israel halts all settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land with images and headlines of Israel’s unprecendented building spree.
Text in the video states:
On 14 January 2012, [Palestinian negotiator Saeb] Erekat meets with [Israeli government representative Yitzhak] Molcho in Jordan, to negotiate.
Because this is a red line for our dignity,
Silent protest to reflect Palestinian youth’s rejection of negotiations over rights.
14 January 2012 at 1 pm at the main entrance of the Muqataa [Palestinian Authority HQ], Ramallah
Settlement construction reaches new highs
The Israeli group Peace Now, which monitors settlement construction, recently reportedthat new settlement construction rose 19 percent in 2011 over the previous year, with 1,850 new units underway – the highest level in a decade.
Amman meetings aimed at “resuming direct talks”
Meanwhile, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have held several meetings in Jordan and are planning more. Jordan’s official Petra News Agency reported today:
Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said that the ongoing meetings between Palestinians and Israelis in Amman aim to pave the way for resuming direct talks on final status issues to end the conflict according to the two-state solution and in line with the framework set by the Quartet.
“Palestinians for Dignity” full statement
Statement on the Return to Negotiations
12 January, 2011
On the first anniversary of the ongoing Arab revolutions for justice, freedom and democracy, and the second anniversary of the Zionist Israeli aggression on the besieged Gaza Strip, Palestinian negotiators have again mistakenly returned to the negotiating table on January 3rd and 10th of this year. Counting on the same fruitless and failing process of the past two decades, the negotiations contradict past PLO statements that have explicitly rejected negotiations until settlement expansion is frozen, borders are clearly referenced and defined, and the fulfillment of the release of all political prisoners.
With dangerous disregard of the will and voice of the Palestinian people who have repeatedly protested these futile negotiations, failed Palestinian leadership is holding semi-clandestine meetings in Jordan.
By way of diversion, they have articulated that these meetings are merely “exploratory talks” when in fact they are negotiations to return to negotiations. Not only does this reflect the state of confusion and capriciousness on the part of the Palestinian leadership, but it also echoes its political weakness and lack of strategic vision.
While suffering daily at the hands of violent settlers, we continuously have more land swallowed by illegal colonies and an accelerated rate of the Judiaization of Jerusalem. Such negotiations have paved the way for 20 years of political subjugation and loss when their time should be spent on achieving unity and strengthening the peoples’ steadfastness to change the balance of power in favor of the Palestinian cause.
Therefore, we are calling on everyone to join us this Saturday, January 14th at 1:00 pm for a silent demonstration at the entrance of the Moqata (Irsal Street, Ramallah), to express our unequivocal refusal to these talks. Palestinian youth are fed up with illegitimate representation, a national consensus that does not unite them, and of a future state that does not guarantee the rights of the majority of the Palestinian people, in specific, Palestinian refugees in exile.
We will stand in silent protest to demand that these decision-makers adhere to the peoples’ will, withdraw immediately from these “exploratory talks,” and replace the current strategy with a strategy of resistance. We demand a strategy that is supported by political, economic, academic and cultural boycott of the Zionist entity, the strengthening of the steadfastness of the people, and preparation for direct elections to the Palestinian National Council (PNC) representative of Palestinians across the world.
Palestinians for Dignity
(electronicintifada.net / 13.01.2012)
#Idlib | An amazing protest where people chanting together “Here we are, O God”
(01-13-2011) Greece | Syria expatriates protesting against Assad regime
#HorrorStories for Syria is trending worldwide today #Daraa Basser Harir Intense and random shooting by sec forces using heavy machinery to terrorize the towns’ people
Free Syria Army destroys Assad tank – FSA
#DeirEzzor A massive demo started and headed towards al-Hamidiya; participants demanded the regimes’ ouster #Homs Two loud explosions followed by intermittent shooting are heard in the Inshaat area Military aircraft are in flight over the city
Banyas Massive presence of sec forces they surrounded Al-Qalaa district
#Idlib Khan Shiekoun death of an Army Recruit Houshanek Hamzeh Ibrahim by the sec forces He was from Kura Beera Village Qouhttania
(01-13-2012) Al-Qusayr |
#Homs | Defection of lieutenant colonel Moffaq Abdul Kareem Hamza – FSA
25 dead so far in Syria including 3 children and a number of defected soldiers. The majority of today’s casualties are from Homs
A number of defected soldiers were executed by the regime in Rankous in Damascus. No details on the soldiers apart from one.
In a video testimony, Amnon Neumann said that he participated in the expulsion of unarmed Palestinians from their villages in southern Israel.
Admitting his crimes, Neumann described that he helped kill people, burn the villages, and chase off women and children.
“This is very clear. We came to inherit the land. Who do you inherit from? If the land is empty you inherit it from no one. The land was not empty when we inherited it,” he said.
The Israeli veteran, who was a former Palmach fighter, said the reason for the Nakba of 1948 was “the Zionist ideology.”
“Like all ultranationalist movements, Zionism requires the murder and expulsion of people and the destruction of all evidence of their existence. Those not destroyed must be permanently subjugated by the ethnicity in charge,” he explained.
Israel’s 1948 occupation of Palestine, known as the Nakba Day or “the day of the catastrophe” displaced some 700,000 Palestinians, forcing them to flee to different countries.
Tel Aviv is unwilling to compromise on the right of return for Palestinian refugees of the 1948 war and their descendants.
Palestinians have long asserted that the refugees have a moral and legal right to return to the lands they were forced to abandon during the Israeli-Arab wars in 1948 and 1967.
(Sat Dec 31, 2011 / www.presstv.ir / 13.01.2012)
Wanneerdonderdag 19 januari 2012
Tijd9:30 tot 11:30
WaarPlein van de Tweede Kamer
Naast de demonstratie / protestactie van het NPK tegen de komst van de Israëlische premier Netanyahu aan de Tweede Kamer zullen meerdere groepen protesteren op het Plein van de Tweede Kamer.
Hierbij wordt u uitgenodigd om massaal aanwezig te zijn en mee te protesteren tegen de aanwezigheid van deze man in Nederland. Kom allen van 9.45 tot 11.30 uur en laat uw reactie horen.
Palestinian solidarity organizers in France say they have been receiving death threats and have received a suspicious package by mail containing a white substance according to a statement issued by Campagne BDS France – which works for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) on Israel.
The incident, according to the campaign, is the latest in what it called “unpunished acts by pro-Israel militias involving the display of racist graffiti and posters” at a building which houses several Palestine solidarity organizations.
The latest threat comes on the eve of a conference of BDS activists in France, and follows a significant legal victory in which a French court threw out charges brought by Zionist groups that BDS activists had incited “racial hatred” by calling for the boycott of Israeli goods.
Here’s the statement in English:
Death threats and attempts to intimidate the BDS French Campaign
On Tuesday 10 January 2012 one of the organizers of the BDS French Campaign, while going through the post addressed to the Campaign, opened an envelope containing a white powder together with death threats.
Being alarmed by this incident, she proceeded to a hospital. The head doctor ordered that she be put in quarantine, and alerted the specialist police brigades who, several hours later, finally revealed that the powder was innocuous.
These threats are the latest in a series of unpunished acts by pro-Israel militias involving the display of racist graffiti and posters at the CICP, the headquarters of several associations in the Palestine solidarity movement.
In recent rulings, the French courts have refused to condemn BDS campaign activists who had been falsely and outrageously charged with incitement to racial hatred. The courts thus resisted the pressure applied by the Israeli embassy, the French government and Zionist groups, dashing their hopes of suppressing the boycott of Israeli apartheid by legal means. It now appears that the unconditional supporters of Israeli colonialism have decided to carry out increasingly violent actions.
Complaints will be filed following this criminal act. Our total and unwavering determination to strengthen and enlarge the BDS campaign remains unchanged. With this aim, more than 100 representatives and activists of organisations from all over France will meet this weekend to define our strategies for the new year.
BDS French Campaign
(electronicintifada.net / 13.01.2012)
Witnesses told Ma’an that three loud explosions were heard in the al-Ghoul area of Beit Lahiya on Friday evening.
No injuries were reported.
An Israeli army spokesman said that there were no immediate reports of the incident.
Overnight Thursday, Israeli forces fired on the central Gaza Strip injuring two people, medics said.
“The first two years I could manage but this year I have been suffering a lot from the loss of my mother. When I see girls from my school with their mother or talking about their mother, I miss my mother even more. I need to have her with me.”
Hibba al-Najjar (17) sitting opposite her home in Khuza’a village
In the early morning of 13 January 2009, following two days of home demolitions, the Israeli army started to shell the village of Khuza’a and its surroundings, using high explosive and white phosphorous artillery shells. Israeli bulldozers, tanks and snipers were located on the edge of the village. At around 7:00 soldiers ordered the residents of eastern Khuza’a, to leave the area and move towards the centre of the village. Holding a white flag, Rawhiya al-Najjar (47) led a group of approximately 20 women in an attempt to leave as ordered. Shortly after the group turned the first corner a soldier shot and killed Rawhiya. Another woman in the group, Yasmin al-Najjar (23), was injured by two bullets when she tried to take Rawhiya off the road. Medical staff who tried to evacuate Rawhiya’s body were shot at and had to take refuge in a nearby house, and were only able to take the body from the street after more than 10 hours.
“I can still hear the bullet hit my mother in the head. I was standing right beside her when the soldier stepped into the doorway of the house ahead and shot her. I could see him,” says Rawhiya’s 17 year old daughter Hibba as she depicts the situation with her arms. “I keep wondering why they killed my mother while she was carrying a white cloth in the street, but why I was not killed when I was on the roof of our house earlier that morning.” Hibba still cannot make sense of what happened that day.
Hibba is an the only child. She lives with her father, Naser, his second wife, Nuha, and their three children. Her father married Nuha when it became clear that Rawhiya was not able to have any more children and convinced him to marry a second wife. Naser became unemployed after the full closure on the Gaza Strip was imposed. Now the family is dependent on aid and shared agriculture with relatives on lands next to the village, close to the border with Israel.
From the day of the incident Hibba and her family stayed away from the house for two weeks, saying it was too dangerous to move in that part of Khuza’a. For the two months after that they only went to their house during the daytime and spent the night at the house of relatives in a safer area.
Since the death of her mother Hibba suffers from nightmares, insomnia, stress, and bedwetting. “Before, I would sleep immediately. Now I can’t get to sleep at night,” says Hibba. Sometimes her father finds her sleepwalking and talking about her mother. Lately she has also begun to experience blurry vision and dizziness. When Hibba started to lose her hair a few months ago, Naser took his daughter to a hospital. The doctor told Hibba and her father that she needs to spend some time outside of the Gaza Strip. Naser is thinking of taking her to Egypt for a little while next summer. However, the closure and high costs make this option far from easy. Hibba says she would like to go out of Gaza but adds that “it will not make me forget anything.”
Hibba’s schoolwork has also been affected by the traumatic experience and death of her mother. “My mother used to help me with my homework and I used to be very good at school. Now my grades are lower and I am not able to focus in class. When I open a book I feel tired and remember my mother. Even when I study well for an exam, I often forget everything during the exam,” she says. Hibba enjoys subjects like Islamic religion and geography but feels sad knowing her scores have dropped a lot. This is the final year of high school for Hibba. However, she doesn’t think about what comes after the final exams next summer; “I don’t want to think long-term.”
Hibba does not like the month of January as it reminds here of the time of the offensive. However, she says 13 January is like any other day for her, “there is no difference with other days because I remember my mother every day regardless.” When she feels most sad she usually takes a chair and sits outside the house for a while. Sometimes talking to relatives and her best friend, who is also her neighbour, brings some relief. Hibba is glad to have such a good friend who tries to support her; “I can tell her everything. Without my friend I would have crumbled under the pressure of my loss.”
Hibba does not think about the future but rather relives what happened to her and her mother on 13 January 2009. “Since the morning I have been thinking a lot of the incident and how we left my mother in the street,” she says, having to pause after every few words. Many things in daily life remind her of her old life with and her future without her mother. “Whenever I see an old woman in the street I wonder if I will still have a clear memory of my mother when I am at that age.”
Discussing PCHR’s submission of complaints to the Israeli authorities regarding the killing of her mother, Hibba says she does not care: “Nothing can compensate for the loss of my mother but I wish that the soldier who shot my mother will be brought to justice.”
PCHR submitted a criminal complaint to the Israeli authorities on behalf of the al-Najjar family on 23 June 2009. To-date, no response has been received.
(www.pchrgaza.org / 13.01.2012)
Security forces killed a demonstrator in the northwestern town of Idlib and a 17-year-old youth in the central city of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that five people had been wounded when security forces fired on demonstrators in the town of Kafr Shams, outside Damascus.
The Local Coordination Committees, an activist group, put the death toll at eight, including two in Homs and two in Hama.
Protests also flared after Friday prayers in some areas of the capital Damascus, as well as the port city of Latakia. “The people want the downfall of the regime!” people chanted near a Latakia mosque, one activist said.
Syrians determined to end four decades of Assad family rule have kept up protests since March despite a fierce crackdown by military and security forces that the United Nations says has cost more than 5,000 lives.
Some, including army deserters, have taken up arms in recent months. Syrian authorities say foreign-backed “terrorists” have killed 2,000 soldiers and police since the revolt began.
Armed clashes, now punctuating what began as a non-violent protest movement, have raised fears of a full-scale conflict in Syria, a Sunni Muslim-majority country which also has Alawite, Druze, Christian and Kurdish minorities.
“Yes, I fear a civil war and the events that we see and hear about now could lead to a civil war,” said Nabil Elaraby, head of the Arab League, which deployed monitors on Dec. 26 to check whether Syria was respecting an Arab peace plan.
“Any problems in Syria will have consequences for the neighboring states,” he told Egypt’s Al-Hayat television.
Syria, which borders Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Israel, is at the heart of the conflict-prone Middle East, where its closest allies are Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group.
The most senior Syrian officer to defect to the opposition told Reuters that desertions were wearing down the army, but that rebels could take more than a year to topple Assad.
General Mostafa Ahmad al-Sheikh said that up to 20,000 soldiers, mostly Sunnis, had left despite “iron controls”, although most were more focused on evading capture by the secret police than on fighting the security forces.
He said the revolt would take longer than those that toppled leaders in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia because Assad retains the loyalty of elite forces from his minority Alawite sect.
Video footage posted on the Internet on Friday showed the burning hulk of an armored personnel carrier on a street in Homs, a hotbed of protests and armed resistance to Assad. A voice on the clip said the Free Syrian Army mounted the attack.
France called for an independent investigation into the death of a French television journalist killed in a mortar attack in Homs this week while reporting on unrest there.
Gilles Jacquier, of France 2 television, was among nine people killed on Wednesday in Homs in what Syria’s state news agency said was a mortar attack by “terrorists”.
“We want an independent and transparent inquiry into the circumstances…,” Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Romain Nadal told a news conference. Jacquier was the first Western reporter killed in Syria in 10 months of turbulence.
The British-based Observatory said at least 21 people were killed on Thursday, including seven in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor and seven security force members in Maarat al-Noman.
Syrian opposition groups, and at least one disgruntled monitor, say the Arab League monitoring mission has only bought Assad more time. Arab foreign ministers are to due to hear a report from the monitors on Jan. 19 and decide what to do next.
Elaraby said the bloodshed had abated somewhat since the observers arrived. That contradicts the view of a senior UN official said to have told the Security Council this week that the rate of killings had accelerated to about 40 a day.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, starting a visit to neighboring Lebanon, told a Beirut daily he had repeatedly urged Syria to halt killings that have turned unrest against Assad into one of the bloodiest of Arab uprisings.
“The Syrian authorities must respond to the legitimate democratic aspirations of the Syrian people,” he told an-Nahar, adding that the Security Council, so far divided over Syria, should find a way to speak with one voice on the issue.
China and Russia, a longstanding ally of Damascus, have blocked any firm Security Council action against Syria.
A Russian-operated ship carrying ammunition docked in Syria this week, after it had been temporarily halted during a refueling stop in Cyprus, a Cypriot official said.
The ship had given Cyprus written assurances that its destination would not be Syria. “It had bullets. There were four containers on board,” a Cypriot official told Reuters.