Gaza’s energy crisis threatens hospitals, water supply

Palestinian boys hold candles during a protest in Gaza City against widespread blackouts, Feb. 14, 2012. GAZA CITY (IRIN) — An energy crisis is currently hitting the Gaza Strip’s public services hard and could lead to a severe humanitarian crisis if a sustainable solution is not found soon. “If the power plant does not resume its work in the next days, some hospitals will be left without electricity,” Mahmud Daher, officer-in-charge of the World Health Organization in Gaza, told IRIN. Gaza’s only power plant was forced to shut down on Tuesday due to a lack of fuel, which has previously been … Continue reading Gaza’s energy crisis threatens hospitals, water supply

Yemen army split casts shadow over elections

A man carries a poster of Yemen’s Vice President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi during an election rally in Sanaa Feb. 20, 2012. After a year of protests, diplomatic wrangling and an assassination attempt, Yemenis will draw a line under Ali Abdullah Saleh’s three-decade rule with Tuesday’s uncontested election to install his deputy as president. SANAA (Reuters) — As Yemenis prepare to vote in a poll many hope will give them a new start, a rift in the armed forces between outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s relatives and a defected army general threatens to spoil political transition and tip Yemen into war. On Tuesday, 67 … Continue reading Yemen army split casts shadow over elections

Did the Prophet Muhammad Assassinate His Critics? The True Story of Ka’b ibn Al-Ashraf

The enemies of Islam frequently accuse of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم of committing acts of treacherous assassination against his critics. But what is the true story? Ka’b ibn Al-Ashraf was a Jewish leader in Medina at the time of the Prophet. When the Prophet arrived in Medina, he established the Constitution of Medina which promised peace and religious freedom for Jews and Muslims. However, Ka’b did not like that the equality of believers was threatening his position of power, and so he decided to wage war against the Prophet. Uri Rubin writes: Ibn Ishaq relates that Muhammad ordered to … Continue reading Did the Prophet Muhammad Assassinate His Critics? The True Story of Ka’b ibn Al-Ashraf

Non-violence activist tells Israeli court charges ‘ridiculous’

A Palestinian demonstrator covers her face with a keffiyeh to protect herself  from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes with stone-throwing demonstrators at a weekly protest against a nearby Jewish settlement, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah, Feb. 10, 2012. BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Non-violence activist Bassem Tamimi appeared before an Israeli military court on Sunday to deny charges of incitement and organizing “illegal protests” in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Tamimi told Israel’s Ofer court that the accusation he organized 500 villagers into “battalions” during protests was “ridiculous and makes no sense,” the Popular … Continue reading Non-violence activist tells Israeli court charges ‘ridiculous’

Israeli Court Speeds Hearing for Palestinian Hunger Striker

Abed Omar Qusini Palestinians protested in support of Khader Adnan, an Islamic Jihad leader, and their relatives jailed in Israel, in the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday. JERUSALEM — Israel’s High Court is slated to hear an urgent petition on Tuesday in the case of a Palestinian detained without charge who has been on a hunger strike for two months. The hearing had first been scheduled for Thursday but his lawyers and human rights groups representing the hospitalized 33-year-old detainee, Khader Adnan, were worried that he would not survive that long. Mr. Adnan’s case challenges a decades-old Israeli practice employed almost exclusively against Palestinians, … Continue reading Israeli Court Speeds Hearing for Palestinian Hunger Striker

Report: Dozens protest Israeli president visit to Nazareth

TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Dozens of people gathered in Nazareth on Monday to protest a visit by Israeli President Shimon Peres, Israeli media reported. The protesters waved Palestinian flags and held banners denouncing the president’s visit to the majority Palestinian city in northern Israel, Israeli news site Ynet reported. Three people were arrested after clashes broke out with security officers, a police commander told Ynet, adding that one person attacked a police officer with a Palestinian flag. Israel’s Palestinian community of 1.6 million, which represents about 20 percent of the population, is descended from the 160, 000 Palestinians who … Continue reading Report: Dozens protest Israeli president visit to Nazareth

Sheikh Qaradawi urges Arab nation to defend Aqsa Mosque

BEIRUT, (PIC)– Head of the international union for Muslim scholars Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradawi called for Arab popular moves to protect the Aqsa Mosque and confront the Jewish attempts to defile it. In a press release issued on Monday by Al-Quds international foundation, Sheikh Qaradawi stressed that the Aqsa Mosque is a red line and the Muslims would not stand idly if the Jews repeated their attacks on the Mosque. He urged the Palestinians in their occupied land and the Arab peoples in neighboring countries, Egypt, Jordan and Syria, to rise up in defense of the Aqsa Mosque and liberate it … Continue reading Sheikh Qaradawi urges Arab nation to defend Aqsa Mosque