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Netanyahu responds to Palestinian letter

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks during a joint news conference with Shaul Mofaz (not seen), head of the Kadima party which join Netanyahu's rightist coalition, at parliament in Jerusalem May 8, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

RAMALLAH, West Bank

(Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinian Authority issued a rare joint statement on Saturday, saying they were committed to peace after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dispatched an envoy to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The envoy carried a letter from Netanyahu replying to one he received last month from Abbas, in which the Palestinian leader stated his grievances over the collapse of peace talks in 2010 and laid out his parameters for a resumption of negotiations.

Details of Netanyahu’s letter were not released, but Israeli officials said last week that they did not expect him to accept a key Palestinian demand to halt all settlement building in the occupied territories before reopening any talks.

Netanyahu’s office issued a joint statement with the Palestinians after envoy Isaac Molcho met Abbas in Ramallah — the Palestinian Authority’s administrative capital.

“Israel and the Palestinian Authority are committed to achieving peace and the sides hope that the exchange of letters between President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu will further this goal,” the statement said.

Abbas’s letter had demanded a halt to Israeli settlement construction on West Bank land captured in the 1967 Middle East war and accused Israel of showing a lack of commitment to the decades-old peace process, officials said.

Netanyahu has repeatedly called on Abbas to return to talks without any pre-conditions and promised that Israel was ready to make concessions, if the Palestinians would also compromise.

FLICKER OF HOPE

Few diplomats expect any breakthrough ahead of U.S. presidential elections in November, however the surprise formation of a national unity government in Israel last week has provided a slight flicker of hope.

Netanyahu stunned the political establishment on May 8 by hooking up with the main opposition group, the centrist Kadima party, to form one of the biggest coalitions in Israeli history.

The head of Kadima, Shaul Mofaz, has long blamed Netanyahu for the failure of the peace talks and told reporters last week that entering new negotiations “was an iron condition for forming the unity government”.

The Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee is set to convene on Sunday to review Netanyahu’s letter.

“Tomorrow (Sunday) the PLO executive committee will meet to discuss what Netanyahu said in his letter and what steps we are going to take,” the PLO’s Wasel Abu Yusef told Reuters.

Before Abbas met Molcho, he received a call from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to discuss regional issues, Abbas’s office said. Clinton also spoke to Netanyahu mid-week to urge a resumption in negotiations.

U.S.-sponsored peace talks froze in 2010 after Netanyahu rejected Palestinian demands that he extend a partial settlement construction freeze he had introduced at Washington’s behest.

About 500,000 Israeli settlers and 2.5 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem — territory the Palestinians want for an independent state.

The settlements are considered illegal by the International Court of Justice, the highest U.N. legal body for disputes. Israel cites historical and Biblical links to the land and says the status of settlements should only be decided in peace talks.

(www.reuters.com / 12.05.2012)

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“Which Group?”

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- by Yusuf Estes
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Seems like these days the Muslims now come in “All Flavors.” There are so many different names of so many groups in the world today. But which are the “true Muslims?”
The groups carry names like:
Sunnies, Shi’ites, Ahmadiyah, Kadianis, Sufis, Nation of Islam, Wahabis, Moorish Science, Five Percenters, Aghakhanis, Ansar Allah, Modernists, and even Reformed Muslims.
NOTE: The Mathaahab (schools of thought) do not fall into the category of “deviant groups”.

So many sects and groups – all claim to be the “Saved sect of Islam
But is there really a saved sect of Islam? If so, which one?
- And how would we know for sure?

Good Questions!

Each of the “faith groups” mentioned have been labeled by different people as sects or deviant groups in degrees from border line to completely out of Islam.

Before we begin trying to gain an understanding of who is right or wrong on this issue it is quite advantageous to spend a moment in reviewing the meanings of the actual words which will be using in our discussion.

We begin by looking to the meanings of key words from the Arabic language as this will assist us in making the right conclusions and avoid more confusion. The first of all the words to understand has to be “Islam” and then immediately following that, the word “Muslim.” These words are not English and have to be understood in the Arabic. They do not translate into one word.

First word – “ISLAM.” We should have been asking all along, “What does the term ISLAM actually mean, anyway?”

ISLAM comes from the root “slm” or “salama”. The wordISLAM in reference to the faith is understood in Arabic as the:

 

ISLAM means =
Surrender “Give up evil and lusts – give in to the Creator”
Submission “Agree to the terms and conditions of being a servant of Almighty God”
Obedience “Comply with His Commandments to the best of your ability”
Sincerity “Do it all whether or not anyone else notices or cares.”
Peace “Accept what Almighty God gives you in this life in serenity.”

 

All of which come about only by giving up the Free Will of the nafs (self or ego) in favor of the Will of the Creator and Sustainer of All That Exists (ALLAH).

This would be similar to the teaching in the Lord’s Prayer for the Christians, when Jesus, peace be upon him, taught his followers a prayer asking for “God’s Will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” (Matt. 6)

ISLAM is mention in the Quran as a “deen” or way of life of an individual. A complete way of living in balance with everything else in the creation of Almighty Allah. ISLAM provides inclusive instructions for everything including eating, sleeping, dealing in relationships, economics, politics, health, worship and even death. The entire universe is “IN ISLAM” because it is all a part of what has been created and is being sustained by Almighty Allah.

Now let us consider the next logical question; “What does the term “Muslim” actually mean?”

Again, we must keep in mind that it is an Arabic word and is of course subject to the rules of the Arabic language. Actually, it is derived from the word ISLAM. Whereas, you might think of ISLAM as the verb or action and MUSLIM as the noun, or the one performing the action. In English whenever we have a noun performing a verb, we add the two suffix letters; ER. But in the Arabic language many times you will find that the prefix letters of MU are used for the same purpose.

A few examples may help to better understand. We will compare the verb of each language to the one who is reforming the verb:

 

MU – prefix for the verb
Preforming the verbs in ENGLISH
Preforming the verbs in ARABIC
Travel = TravelER Safar = MUsafar
Call = CallER Adhan = MUadhan
Pray = PrayER Salah = MUsalah
Submit = Submit ER Islam = MUslim
A “MUSLIM” is one who follows or practices the action of “ISLAM”

 

In English, when we understand the “ISLAM” is an action, we might say that anyone who “Islams” is an “Islam-ER.” Right? We see in the chart above, in Arabic the “mu” preceding a verb indicates the same thing. Therefore, we would understand that the one who is actively doing the verb of “Islam” [submission to God] is a “Mu”-Islam or “Muslim.”

Make sense?

Now, we should ask, “How does a person become aMUSLIM?”

Only when a person is willing to submit to the Commandments of the Higher Authority from Above, meaning to obey Allah on His terms as much as possible does he/she become a ” MUSLIM.”

Allah Says in Quran, all of creation is in submission to Him (MUSLIM).

What if the sun asked the moon, “Hey moon! What kind of Muslim are you? A Shia’ or a Sunni?” - Such an idea just does not make any sense.

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And fortunately there are several clear evidences for us to determine the correct solution to this problem.

The first evidence to mention in Islam is the actual teachings of the faith are preserved in their original language and texts. Allah sent down the Quran (Recitation) to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in the Arabic language, through the angel Gabriel, who memorized it and taught it to his companions who also memorized it and then passed on this tradition from generation to generation, to us today. The Quran is the same in every single mosque on earth and no one has ever changed a single word of it in 1,400 years.

Certainly one of the most important beauties of Islam is the preservation of scripture, The Quran [which is still being memorized and recited in the exact form and language {Arabic} as it was over 1400 years ago)

The second evidence is the authenticity of references known as Hadeeth [verified teachings of Muhammad, peace be upon him] the teachings of Muhammad, peace be upon him, are also available to us today and have been preserved by his followers and passed on along with the chain of narrators to insure the reliability and authenticity of each one.

The third point, Islam provides a totally complete and balanced way of life for all of the creation of the Almighty. Islam comes as more than just another faith or religion. Islam offers a path to the unity of all people and provides for them instructions from the Almighty Above in how to solve all of their problems and differences.

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Let us now look to the actual teachings of these two Holy Sources [i.e.; Quran and Hadeeth] to learn what Islam teaches about the subject of dividing up into various groups or sects. As we have already established, Islam is based on two evidences: 1.) The Quran; and 2.) Sunnah (The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him].

Let us begin first with the Quran. Allah talks about those who divide up Islam into sects or groups in the Quran:

“And how would you disbelieve, while unto you are recited the Verses of Allah, and among you is His Messenger (Muhammad SAW)? And whoever holds firmly to Allah, (i.e. follows Islam Allah’s Religion, and obeys all that Allah has ordered, practically), then he is indeed guided to a Right Path.

O you who believe! Fear Allah (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared. [Obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always], and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allah.

And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur’an), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s Favor on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided.

Let there arise out of you a group of people inviting to all that is good (Islam), enjoining Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbidding Al-Munkar (polytheism and disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden). And it is they who are the successful.

And be not as those who divided and differed among themselves after the clear proofs had come to them. It is they for whom there is an awful torment.” [Quran 3:100 - 3:105]

“As for those who Divide their Religion and Break up into Sects, thou hast no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah. He will in the end tell them the Truth of all that they did.” [Quran 6:159]

Let us examine some important facts. Think for a moment and then ask yourself this question:

“Do the words; ‘Islam’ and ‘Muslim’ appear in the scripture of Islam [Quran]?” Answer: YES!

We as Muslims, have been instructed in the Quran itself to resolve any of our differences according to these two sources or otherwise to be considered as non-believers, by our Lord. As He has mentioned in the Quran:

“But no, by your Lord, they can have no faith until they make you [Muhammad] as a judge between them in all their disputes, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept with full submission [Islam].” [An Nisaa' 4:65]

It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in plain error.” [Al Ahzab 33:36]

Now let us return to what Allah said in His Holy Book, The Quran, Allah has called those who follow His Straight Path (Al Mustaqeem) of Islam: “Muslims”. He also says that we should not die except as “Muslims” followed by the statement ordering the believers not to divide up into groups:

“Truly the only acceptable Way of worship to Allah is submission, obedience in peace to His Commandments (ISLAM).” [Al Imran 3:19]

“And whoever seeks a way of life and worship to Allah (DEEN) other than being in submission and obedience to His commandments(ISLAM), it will never be accepted of them.” [Al Imran 3:85]

“O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared. and do not die except as being in submission to the Will of God and obeying His Commandments (MUSLIMS).” [Al Imran 3:102]

And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allah (i.e. this Qur’an), and be not divided among yourselves, and remember Allah’s Favor on you, for you were enemies one to another but He joined your hearts together, so that, by His Grace, you became brethren (in Islamic Faith), and you were on the brink of a pit of Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus Allah makes His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.,) clear to you, that you may be guided.” [Al Imran 3:103]

“And whoever Allah wills to guide, He opens his breast to the way of submission and obedience to Allah’s Guidance (ISLAM); and whoever Allah wills to misguide, He makes his breast constricted as though he is climbing up in the sky. Thus Allah puts the wrath on those who believe not.” [An Aam 6:125]

“Is he whose breast Allah has opened to the way of submission and obedience to Allah’s Guidance (ISLAM), so that he is in the light from His Lord (like the one who does not believe)? So woe to those whose hearts are hardened against the remembrance of Allah! They are in plain error!” [Az-Zumar 39:22]

“And who does more wrong than the one who invents a lie against Allah, when he is being called to the way of submission and obedience to Allah’s Guidance (ISLAM)?” [As Saff 61:7]

“Verily, my Salat, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of the Alamin.” [An Aam 6:162]

“He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of those who are being in submission to the Will of God and obeying His Commandments (MUSLIMS).” [An Aam 6:163]

“And the foremost to embrace the way of submission and obedience to Allah’s Guidance (ISLAM) of those who migrated (from Makkah to Madinah) and the Ansar (helpers from Madinah) and also those who followed them exactly (in faith). Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased with Him. He has prepared for them Gardens under which rivers flow to dwell therein forever. That is the supreme success.” [At Taubah 9:100]

“And I am commanded in order that I may be the foremost of those who submit themselves to Allah as being in submission to the Will of God and obeying His Commandments (MUSLIMS).” [Az Zumar 39:12]

“And strive hard in Allah’s Cause as you ought to strive. He has chosen you and has not laid upon you in a way of life and worship to Allah(DEEN) any hardship: it is the a way of life and worship to Allah (DEEN) of your father Ibrahim. It is He Who has named you being in submission to the Will of God and obeying His Commandments (MUSLIMS) both before and in this (Quran), that the Messenger (Muhammad, peace be upon him) may be a witness over you and you be witnesses over mankind! [Al Hajj 22:78]

“Certainly, the Muslim men and Muslim women, believing men and believing women, obedient men and obedient women, truthful men and truthful women, patient men and patient women, charitable men and charitable women, fasting men and fasting women, chaste men and chaste women, pious men and pious women (remembering Allah with their hearts and tongues), for them Allah has prepared forgiveness and a great reward.” [33:35]

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Let us now look to the sayings and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, who told us:

“Remember, one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your deeds. So beware, do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone. People, no prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well therefore, O people, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and the Sunnah (Hadith), and if you follow these you will never go astray.”

In Khutbatul Wada’ (also known as The last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad may peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) stated:

“Muslims will divide into 73 groups. All will be in Hell, except one. The one me and my companions are on today.”

That is the universal group of Islam leading life based on Quran and Sunnah. Prophet may peace and blessing of Allah be upon him never said that he was a salafi or sunnie or shiite and we are suppose to do what our prophet (saw) did which is Call us Muslims and Muslims only.

Muhammad, peace be upon him, said in one hadith :

‘Both legal and illegal things are evident but in between them there are doubtful (suspicious) things and most of the people have no knowledge about them.
So whoever saves himself from these suspicious things saves his religion and his honor. And whoever indulges in these suspicious things is like a shepherd who grazes (his animals) near the Hima (private pasture) of someone else and at any moment he is liable to get in it.
(O people!) Beware! Every king has a Hima and the Hima of Allah on the earth is His illegal (forbidden) things. Beware! There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.
(Sahih Al Bukhari Vol.1, Hadith No.49)

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, told us in a hadeeth (teachings and sayings); He had prayed and asked Allah for three things, but he was only granted two of them. He tells us:

“I asked Allah that my nation (the Muslims) would not be destroyed by being out numbered. And Allah granted that prayer.
I then asked Allah that my nation (Muslims) would not be destroyed from poverty. And Allah granted that prayer.
I asked Allah that my nation (Muslims) would not be destroyed by being divided and fighting amongst themselves. Allah did not grant that prayer.”

Additionally, the prophet, peace be upon him, said:

“Muslims will divide into 73 groups. All will be in Hell, except one. The one me and my companions are on today.”

Notice, he said the “saved sect” would be those who remained on what he and his companions were on, meaning, “Quran and Sunnah.” We see clearly from the above that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala has named us as “Muslims” alone.

Additionally, when we consider that the deviant groups always have to have a name of some kind in order to distinguish themselves from the others, we begin to see the pattern. If someone feels that it is necessary to describe himself as a certain kind of “Muslim” then this is his or her problem.

Now of course one could say that: “I am a tall Muslim.” or “He is a small Muslim.” and then this type of description is for the purpose of identifying physical characteristics.
Additionally, a person might use someone’s country or nationality to describe a Muslim for the purpose of determining their heritage such as a “Pakistani Muslim” or an “Arab Muslim.”
These types of descriptions do not put a person out of the fold of Islam.

Where the problem comes in is when the adjective related to the word “Muslim” or the word “Islam” has to do with FAITH or BELIEF.

We must understand that Allah Subhannah wa Ta’ala has made it perfectly clear both in the Quran and in the sayings of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him, that the religion of Islam was perfected and completed during the lifetime of the Prophet, peace be upon him, and that no new religion would come until the Last Day and that those who followed Islam were called by Allah, MUSLIMS.

In one hadeeth of the prophet, peace be upon him, drew a straight line in the dirt with a stick. He said, “This is the straight path to Allah [meaning the Way of Islam].” Then he drew angles right and left off of the straight line and said, “These are the deviant groups (or sects of Islam) and each one has a devil calling to it.”

He mentioned that there would always be a main body of Muslims who would be on the straight path until the Last Day.

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So, now let us consider that same concept and apply it to the various groups, all of them come along claiming to be the “saved sect.” If it was not revealed during the time of the prophet, peace be upon him, and it was not something done by his companions, may Allah be pleased with them all, then why would we want to incorporate it into our deen [way of life in Islam]? While Allah has already made it clear in His Book:

{Inna deenah innda lahi, Islam}
“Certainly, the only way [deen] acceptable to Allah is the submission to Him in Islam.”(3:19)

And again in Chapter Mayadah (5:3), when Allah Subhannah wa Ta’ala says:

{Al yawmal akmal tu lakum deenakum wa atmumtu alaykum ni’mati wa raditu lakum al Islam adeena}
“On this day have I perfected your way of life (sometimes translated as [religion]) for you, completed My Favor upon you and have chosen for you ISLAM as your way of life.”

Sheikh Mohammad Jibaly, a learned teacher of Islam, mentioned a hadeeth to me some time ago, saying the prophet, peace be upon him, told us it is forbidden for us until the Last Day to call ourselves by any names except “Abdullah, Abdur Rahman and Muslim.” (or similar)

These words should have a profound impact on the believers today as much or more that those who heard them one thousand four hundred years ago. Today more than ever before we have seen what these names and groups have produced in the way of division, hated and violence.

(www.islamnewsroom.com / 12.05.2012)

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International Action day for Palestinian Prisoners Hunger strike Monday May14

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International Action for Palestinian Prisoners Hunger strike
Monday May14
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دفاعاً عن الكرامة الإنسانية
دعوة لكل الفلسطينيات والفلسطينين والشعوب الصديقة وكل الأحرار في العــــــالم إلى الخـــــــروج من المنازل والمتاجر وأماكن العمل والسيارات والوقوف أمامها لمدة 10 دقائق في تمـــــام الساعة 12 يوم الإثنين الموافق 14-5-2012 بتوقيت القـــــــــدس المحتلة (9:00 صباحا بتوقيت غرينيتش)
في اليوم 28 من اضراب الاسرى الفلسطينين عن الطعام
 
In Defense of Human Dignity 
The General Federation of Independent Trade Unions in Palestine calls upon all Palestinians and those in solidarity with their cause throughout the world, to stop whatever they are doing for 10 minutes at 12 pm Jerusalem time (9am GMT) on Monday, May 14th, 2012, On the Twenty-Eighth Day of the Open Ended Hunger Strike of Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails
  leave their homes, cars, and workplaces and take a collective stand in solidarity with the ongoing Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike.
  

En defensa de la dignidad humana

La Federación General de los Sindicatos Independientes de Palestina exhorta a todos los palestinos y todos los pueblos y las personas solidarios con su causa en el mundo, de detener lo que están haciendo durante 10 minutos el lunes, 14 de mayo de 2012, a las 12 de la mañana, hora de Jerusalén ( 9 GMT) En el día 28 de la huelga de hambre abierta de los prisioneros palestinos en las cárceles israelís, , y a salir de sus casas, coches, y lugares de trabajo, para una manifestación colectiva de solidaridad con la huelga de hambre en curso de los prisioneros palestinos
A la défense de la dignité humaine

La Fédération Generale des Syndicats Indépendants en Palestine font appel à tous les Palestiniens et ceux qui sont solidaire avec leur cause autour du monde d’arrêter tout ce qu’ils sont en train de faire pendant 10 minutes à midi horaire de Jerusalem (10 GMT +1) ce Lundi, 14 Mai 2012, pour le 28ème jour de la grève de la faim des Prisonniers Palestiniens dans les prisons Israéliennes, et de quitter leurs maisons, leurs voitures, et leurs travail pour montrer leurs solidarité avec les grévistes de la faim.

 

 

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Israel’s Crimes against Palestinians: War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide

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by Francis Boyle Professor of International Law

At the Brussels’ Palace of Justice on March 6, 2002, Souad Srour El Meri, one of 28 Palestinians filing war crimes charges against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for the 1982 massacre of Sabra-Shatila, shows a photo of Arab children killed by Sharon’s proxies. A Brussels appeals’ court is considering putting Sharon on trial for war crimes he perpetrated in Lebanon.

The International Laws of Belligerent Occupation

Belligerent occupation is governed by The Hague Regulations of 1907, as well as by the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and the customary laws of belligerent occupation. Security Council Resolution 1322 (2000), paragraph 3 continued: “Calls upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and its responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in a Time of War of 12 August 1949;…” Again, the Security Council vote was 14 to 0, becoming obligatory international law.

The Fourth Geneva Convention applies to the West Bank, to the Gaza Strip, and to the entire City of Jerusalem, in order to protect the Palestinians living there. The Palestinian People living in this Palestinian Land are “protected persons” within the meaning of the Fourth Geneva Convention. All of their rights are sacred under international law.

There are 149 substantive articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention that protect the rights of every one of these Palestinians living in occupied Palestine. The Israeli Government is currently violating, and has since 1967 been violating, almost each and every one of these sacred rights of the Palestinian People recognized by the Fourth Geneva Convention. Indeed, violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention are war crimes.

So this is not a symmetrical situation. As matters of fact and of law, the gross and repeated violations of Palestinian rights by the Israeli army and Israeli settlers living illegally in occupied Palestine constitute war crimes. Conversely, the Palestinian people are defending themselves and their land and their homes against Israeli war crimes and Israeli war criminals, both military and civilian.

The U.N. Human Rights Commission

Indeed, it is far more serious than that. On 19 October 2000 a Special Session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights adopted a Resolution set forth in U.N. Document E/CN.4/S-5/L.2/Rev. 1, “Condemning the provocative visit to Al-Haram Al-Sharif on 28 September 2000 by Ariel Sharon, the Likud party leader, which triggered the tragic events that followed in occupied East Jerusalem and the other occupied Palestinian territories, resulting in a high number of deaths and injuries among Palestinian civilians.” The U.N. Human Rights Commission then said it was “[g]ravely concerned” about several different types of atrocities inflicted by Israel upon the Palestinian People, which it denominated “war crimes, flagrant violations of international humanitarian law and crimes against humanity.”

In operative paragraph 1 of its 19 October 2000 Resolution, the U.N. Human Rights Commission then: “Strongly condemns the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force in violation of international humanitarian law by the Israeli occupying Power against innocent and unarmed Palestinian civilians…including many children, in the occupied territories, which constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity…” And in paragraph 5 of its 19 October 2000 Resolution, the U.N. Human Rights Commission:”Also affirms that the deliberate and systematic killing of civilians and children by the Israeli occupying authorities constitutes a flagrant and grave violation of the right to life and also constitutes a crime against humanity;…” Article 68 of the United Nations Charter had expressly required the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council to “set up” this Commission “for the promotion of human rights.”

Israel’s War Crimes against Palestinians

We all have a general idea of what a war crime is, so I am not going to elaborate upon that term here. But there are different degrees of heinousness for war crimes. In particular are the more serious war crimes denominated “grave breaches” of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Since the start of the Al Aqsa Intifada, the world has seen those inflicted every day by Israel against the Palestinian People living in occupied Palestine: e.g., willful killing of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli army and Israel’s illegal paramilitary settlers. These Israeli “grave breaches” of the Fourth Geneva Convention mandate universal prosecution for their perpetrators, whether military or civilian, as well as prosecution for their commanders, whether military or civilian, including Israel’s political leaders.

Israel’s Crimes Against Humanity

I want to focus for a moment on Israel’s “crime against humanity” against the Palestinian People — as determined by the U.N. Human Rights Commission itself, set up pursuant to the requirements of the United Nations Charter. What is a “crime against humanity”? This concept goes all the way back to the Nuremberg Charter of 1945 for the trial of the major Nazi war criminals. And in the Nuremberg Charter of 1945, drafted by the United States Government, there was created and inserted a new type of international crime specifically intended to deal with the Nazi persecution of the Jewish People.

The paradigmatic example of a “crime against humanity” is what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jewish People. This is where the concept of crime against humanity came from. And this is what the U.N. Human Rights Commission determined that Israel is currently doing to the Palestinian People: Crimes against humanity. Legally, just like what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jews.

The Precursor to Genocide

Moreover, a crime against humanity is the direct historical and legal precursor to the international crime of genocide as defined by the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The theory here was that what Hitler and the Nazis did to the Jewish People required a special international treaty that would codify and universalize the Nuremberg concept of “crime against humanity.” And that treaty ultimately became the 1948 Genocide Convention.

In fairness, you will note that the U.N. Human Rights Commission did not go so far as to condemn Israel for committing genocide against the Palestinian People. But it has condemned Israel for committing crimes against humanity, which is the direct precursor to genocide. And I submit that if something is not done quite soon by the American people and the International Community to stop Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity (and) against the Palestinian people, it could very well degenerate into genocide, if Israel is not there already. And in this regard, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is what international lawyers call a genocidaire–one who has already committed genocide in the past.

(www.revisionisthistory.org / 12.05.2012)

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Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen legt VluchtelingenWerk spreekverbod op

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Op 5 mei organiseerde het Amsterdamse 4 en 5 mei-comité overal in de stad “vrijheidsmaaltijden”, ook in het detentiecentrum Schiphol. Daar worden vluchtelingen gevangen gezet die via Schiphol naar Nederland komen, geen geldig paspoort of visum hebben en asiel willen aanvragen. VluchtelingenWerk-directeur Dorine Manson was door het comité uitgenodigd om samen met de opgesloten vluchtelingen een “vrijheidsmaaltijd” te nuttigen. Maar ze mocht van de Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen (DJI), de beheerder van de gevangenis, geen kritiek leveren op hun opsluiting. Omdat de overheid haar op Bevrijdingsdag de mond dreigde te snoeren, zag Manson zich genoodzaakt om de uitnodiging af te slaan.

 

“Op 5 mei viert Nederland de vrijheid. Maar terwijl wij de vrijheid vieren, worden mensen die hun eigen land ontvlucht zijn, op zoek naar vrijheid en veiligheid, hier aan de grens vastgehouden”, aldus VluchtelingenWerk in een bericht over de staatscensuur. “Zij moeten hun asielprocedure achter gesloten deuren doorlopen en zitten weken, soms wel maanden vast.” De steunorganisatie greep daarom afgelopen zaterdag de gelegenheid aan voor een oproep om grensdetentie voor vluchtelingen af te schaffen. “Asiel zoeken is een recht, geen misdrijf.” Maar de DJI verbood de organisatie om die oproep te doen in de gevangenis waar de vluchtelingen worden opgesloten.

Uiteraard is het schandalig dat vluchtelingen bij aankomst in Nederland meteen worden vastgezet, vlak voor of na hun asielaanvraag. Het is volkomen terecht dat VluchtelingenWerk daar stelling tegen neemt. Het zegt veel over het repressieve klimaat tegen vluchtelingen en hun belangenorganisaties dat zelfs een uiterst brave club als VluchtelingenWerk het zwijgen wordt opgelegd. In grote lijnen onderschrijft de organisatie de fundamenten van het asielbeleid. Men schikt zich in de politiek van migratiebeheersing, die een keiharde selectie aanbrengt tussen zogenaamd “ongeloofwaardige” en zogenaamd “echte” vluchtelingen en tussen zogenaamd “economische” en “politieke” vluchtelingen. Ook hanteert VluchtelingenWerk dezelfde begrippen als de overheid: tijdens de asielprocedure noemt men de aanvrager “asielzoeker” en pas na goedkeuring door de overheid gaat men hem opwaarderen tot “vluchteling”. Daar komt bij dat VluchtelingenWerk “de terugkeerplicht” van afgewezen vluchtelingen in haar eigen beleid steeds centraler is gaan zetten. In het algemeen kunnen illegaal gemaakte vluchtelingen niet rekenen op ondersteuning van de organisatie, uitzonderingen daargelaten. Niettemin acht de overheid het blijkbaar nodig om de organisatie nog meer aan de ketting te leggen, getuige het spreekverbod. De vrijheid om op Bevrijdingsdag een mening te mogen uiten geldt blijkbaar niet voor critici van het asielbeleid.

(www.doorbraak.eu / 12.05.2012)

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May 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

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PFLP blasts settlements, Israeli coalition govt

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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Saturday called for unity between Palestinian factions during the mass hunger-strikes in Israeli jails.

The group said in a statement the new Israeli coalition government will not advance the cause of peace, but only increase extremism and settlement building.

It condemned settlements as a “war of ethnic cleansing and apartheid,” saying the original inhabitants of Jerusalem are being silently expelled from their land.

(www.maannews.net / 12.05.2012)

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May 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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Palestinians hold demo in solidarity with detained hunger strikers

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Palestinian protesters hold a demo in east al-Quds on May 5, 2012 to demand the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, many of whom are currently on hunger strike.

Palestinian protesters hold a demo in east al-Quds on May 5, 2012 to demand the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, many of whom are currently on hunger strike.
Protesters have staged a demonstration in occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) to express solidarity with the Palestinian detainees who have been on a hunger strike in Israeli jails, Press TV reports.
The protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds, demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners who have been on an open-ended hunger strike since mid-April.

An estimated 1,600 to 2,000 Palestinian prisoners began an open-ended hunger strike on April 17 to protest against Israel’s administrative detention policy, solitary confinement, maltreatment of sick detainees, and difficulty in securing family visits and strip searches that are imposed on visitors.

The protest came two days after another demonstration outside UN offices in Ramallah in the West Bank, in which protesters called for the release of jailed activists.

According to a recent report published by the non-governmental Palestinian prisoner support and human rights association, Addameer, at least 4,610 “political” Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli jails.

Addameer figures show 322 of the Palestinian prisoners are administrative detainees.

(www.presstv.ir / 12.05.2012)

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May 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm

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News from the Yasmine revolution

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12/05/2012 22:39:52 Hunger-striker Bilal Diab writes will to family
12/05/2012 22:17:48 Residents: US drone strike kills 5 militants in Yemen
12/05/2012 19:42:00 Blair says urged Israel to prevent prisoner tragedy
12/05/2012 19:41:43 Syria says US allied to `terrorists` in country
12/05/2012 19:17:39 Saudi king sacks cleric who attacked social reform
12/05/2012 18:18:45 Egyptian security: Gaza man killed Egyptian in border town
12/05/2012 18:18:37 Fragmented Syrian opposition debates leadership
12/05/2012 18:18:10 Egypt seizes unlicensed fuel in north Sinai
12/05/2012 18:15:58 Libya minister warns Italy on clandestine immigration
12/05/2012 15:06:02 EU observers: Algeria vote a step towards reform
12/05/2012 14:59:54 PLO official: Netanyahu to issue Abbas letter response
12/05/2012 14:01:04 Video: Militant group claims deadly Syrian blasts
12/05/2012 14:00:51 Iran wins release of Turkish journalists in Syria
12/05/2012 10:55:20 PA: Talks ongoing to resolve hunger strike demands
12/05/2012 10:55:08 Egyptians in West Bank, Gaza to cast presidential vote
12/05/2012 10:54:57 38,000 people sit teacher exams to fill 1,400 vacant positions
12/05/2012 10:54:20 Earthquake felt across the eastern Mediterranean

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May 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

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Israeli envoy delivers response to Abbas letter

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President Mahmoud Abbas meets Israeli envoy Yitzhak Molcho in Ramallah on May 12, 2012
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli envoy delivered his prime minister’s response to President Mahmoud Abbas’ letter on peace talks late Saturday, officials said.

Envoy Yitzhak Molcho met Palestinian officials in Ramallah on Saturday evening to deliver the reply, Ofer Gendelman, spokesman to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said.

Official PA news agency Wafa released images of the meeting with President Abbas and negotiations official Saeb Erekat, but Palestinian officials were unavailable for comment late Saturday.

Gendelman said Netanyahu’s office would shortly release an official statement on the meeting.

PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat and Palestinian intelligence chief Majed Faraj met Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on April 17 and handed over a letter from the president outlining his position on the peace process.

The missive included references to the two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, a settlement freeze and the release of Palestinians detained since before the Oslo Accords.

(www.maannews.net / 12.05.2012)

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May 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm

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Fragmented Syrian opposition debates leadership

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Burhan Ghalioun, head of the opposition Syrian National Council, attends a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo on May 11, 2012. Ghalioun is in Japan for a four-day visit.

ROME (Reuters) — The Syrian National Council, a fractious umbrella group opposed to President Bashar Assad, gathered on Saturday for three days of talks aimed at deciding on its own leadership and shoring up its credibility at home and abroad.

Two SNC executive committee members, Samir Nashar and George Sabra, said the council was discussing whether to reelect Burhan Ghalioun, its president since it was set up in exile in August.

The Paris-based academic has been criticized for being out of touch with the opposition inside Syria and for failing to unify the SNC, which has yet to win full international recognition as the Syrian people’s legitimate representative.

“We are in heated discussions over the presidency … We are against an extension or a renewal of Burhan Ghalioun’s term,” said Nashar, a member of the Damascus Declaration, a faction within the SNC.

“We are in favor of transition because it gives all the various Syrian political components a chance in the post,” Nashar told Reuters in Rome, where the SNC was meeting.

Nashar, who left Syria after an initial arrest in Aleppo in 2006, said he favored Sabra to lead the SNC “for many reasons, mainly because he is an opposition member from inside Syria”.

Interviewed separately, Sabra declined to say if he was a candidate, but advocated radical reforms for a group that has been prone to political wrangling and a lack of transparency.

“We have to change the way decisions are made between people, between the establishments of the SNC, between the components of the SNC,” he said, without elaborating.

Sabra spent years in prison under Assad’s rule and that of his father and predecessor Hafez al-Assad before fleeing to France last year. He has acted as a spokesman for the SNC.

“We need so many things to be changed,” he said. “We have a plan, we have a committee that did something good … but we have to reach the end of these (reforms).”

Nashar is among those who argue that putting Sabra, a Christian, at the head of the SNC would help reassure Syrian minorities wary of the largely Sunni Muslim revolt that their rights would be respected if Assad, whose minority Alawite sect dominates power, is overthrown.

Assad’s supporters say minorities would be at risk if the revolt succeeded. They denounce the Muslim Brotherhood, long repressed in Syria and now a driving force of the SNC.

“The SNC wants to send a clear message to all components of the Syrian community, Alawite, Christians, Druze and all the minorities, that the SNC is not a council for Muslims only as the regime seeks to portray it,” said Nashar.

The United Nations says Syrian state forces have killed more than 9,000 people during the 14-month-old revolt. Damascus says “armed terrorist groups” have killed 2,600 security personnel.

(www.maannews.net / 12.05.2012)

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May 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm

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