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“Tell me who the real terrorist is?” – premisses of martyrdom

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 3, 2009

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“Tell me who the real terrorist is?” – premisses of martyrdom

Palestine Monitor

Abu Mahmoud Harb is a father of 9 boys and 4 girls living since 1967 in Balata refugee camp, close to Nablus in the West Bank. He is around 75 years old and has seen everything that happened in the recent Palestinian history, from the Nakba in 1948 to the Gaza attack and massacre in December 2008 and January 2009. His own story, and the one of his family, perfectly illustrates the life and the suffering of the Palestinian refugees in the West Bank.

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Abu Mahmoud holding the key of his own house before the Nakba. For Palestinians, keys are the symbol of the Nakba, “the catastrophe” and a hope for return
Picture: Palestine Monitor

Abu Mahmoud was born in the village of Miska, near Tulkarem. Before 1948 there already was a neighborhood of Palestinian Jews near Miska, and the relationship between them and the Muslims was very good and humble. They knew each other and worked and lived together peacefully and respectfully. They were all Palestinians, no matter what their religion.

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Israel’s war crimes

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 3, 2009

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Israel’s war crimes



by Richard Falk (Le Monde Diplomatique) – Israel blamed its earlier wars on the threat to its security, even that against Lebanon in 1982. However, its assault on Gaza was not justified and there are international calls for an investigation. But is there the political will to make Israel account for its war crimes?

For the first time since the establishment of Israel in 1948 the government is facing serious allegations of war crimes from respected public figures throughout the world. Even the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, normally so cautious about offending sovereign states – especially those aligned with its most influential member, the United States – has joined the call for an investigation and potential accountability. To grasp the significance of these developments it is necessary to explain what made the 22 days of attacks in Gaza stand shockingly apart from the many prior recourses to force by Israel to uphold its security and strategic interests.

In my view, what made the Gaza attacks launched on 27 December different from the main wars fought by Israel over the years was that the weapons and tactics used devastated an essentially defenceless civilian population. The one-sidedness of the encounter was so stark, as signalled by the relative casualties on both sides (more than 100 to 1; 1300-plus Palestinians killed compared with 13 Israelis, and several of these by friendly fire), that most commentators refrained from attaching the label “war”.

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American NLG Lawyers Release New Findings that Israel Violated International Law, US Domestic Law in Gaza

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 3, 2009

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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American NLG Lawyers Release New Findings that Israel Violated International Law, US Domestic Law in Gaza

National Lawyers Guild

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For Immediate Release – April 2, 2009

Contact: Paige Cram, NLG Communications Coordinator, 212-…, ext.15

New York – Israel violated international law by targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, misusing weapons, deliberately denying medical care to the wounded and attacking medical personnel, the National Lawyers Guild Delegation to Gaza said today upon releasing a 37 page report containing new evidence on the facts surrounding Israel’s 22 day military offensive in Gaza. The full report can be viewed at www.nlg.org. Photos are also available upon request.

“Our findings join a growing chorus of voices—which include Israeli soldiers themselves—asserting that Israeli forces deliberately targeted civilians during the Gaza offensive,” said Radhika Sainath, one of the attorneys who initiated the seven-day fact-finding delegation to Gaza. “On a number of occasions, Israeli soldiers shot and killed young children as well as unarmed civilians holding white flags—both violations of the laws of war.”

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Gaza Aid Prevented by U.S.

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 3, 2009

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Gaza Aid Prevented by U.S.

By Pål Hellesnes, Translated By Lars Erik Schou

Edited by Patricia Simoni

31st March 2009

The United States (U.S.) Patriot Act is preventing Save The Children Norway from rebuilding schools in Gaza. The organization is in despair.

“We are allowed to distribute emergency rations, such as food and water, but systematic relief efforts and rebuilding is blocked”, according to Bjørn Lindgren, Save The Children’s regional director for Europe and the Middle East, in a Klassekampen interview. “It is a terrible policy that keeps us from helping children.”

After Israel’s war on Gaza in January, much of the infrastructure is in ruins. Schools, hospitals, roads, and different public offices were bombed. Three hundred thousand people have no water, and UNICEF estimates that 8,000 children are badly malnourished.

But Save The Children and other aid organizations are being prevented from rebuilding by U.S. legislation. According to the Patriot Act, support to build schools or clinics in Gaza is “supporting terrorism”.

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Gaza Aftermath (6) “I know every inch of this land…”

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 3, 2009

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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Gaza Aftermath (6) “I know every inch of this land…”

PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

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Jamal al-Bassyuni (far right) and local activists from Beit Hanoun celebrate Palestinian Land Day Photo: ©Malian
In this new series of personal testimonies, PCHR looks at the aftermath of Israel’s 22 day offensive on the Gaza Strip, and the ongoing impact it is having on the civilian population.

April 2, 2009

As farmer Jamal al-Bassyuni plucked a stalk of ripening wheat, a posse of young men danced in his field. The dancers were flanked by a lively crowd, many of them women wearing the traditional Palestinian embroidered thob dress. Despite the nearby rubble of destroyed houses, and tracts of land laid to waste by bulldozers and tanks, the mood was defiantly sunny. Local farmers and their supporters were celebrating Palestinian Land Day.


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Israeli exporters forced to slash prices due to boycott

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 3, 2009

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Israeli exporters forced to slash prices due to boycott

Date: 31 / 03 / 2009  Time:  12:55
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Bethlehem – Ma’an – Israeli exporters have been forced to cut prices in part because of a worldwide boycott of Israeli products in protest of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land, a leading industry association reported this week.

Israeli exporters have been “losing foreign markets and customers because of the global economic crisis and a growing anti-Israel boycott of locally made products following Operation Cast Lead.”

The findings were made available by the Israel Manufacturers Association on Sunday, and published in the Jerusalem Post the following day.

According to the report, 21 percent of Israeli exporters face difficulties selling abroad, particularly to the UK and “Scandinavian countries.”

The boycott and the financial crisis were cited as the issues behind a forced price cut by 66 percent of Israeli exporters.

The report emerged as boycott campaigners announced that they are stepping up their efforts in Palestine and internationally.

On Monday in Ramallah, a press conference was held by the Palestinian National Boycott Committee (BNC) in Ramallah, which urged local and international parties to continue their boycott actions. They called the boycott a “tool to realize long-denied Palestinian national rights.”

Representative of the BNC and the Palestinian NGO network Allam Jarrar called Land Day an appropriate time to call a Boycott and Divestment Day because both events shared the same goal.

“In Palestine the boycott of Israeli products, institutions and companies is once again gaining ground. Increasing numbers of students, women and ordinary people see the boycott of Israel as an effective form of resistance and are beginning to make it a part of their daily lives,” Omar Asaf, another representative of the BNC and a member of the National Higher Committee for the Defense of the Right of Return said.

“In the last month,” he continued, “regional and local committees have been formed to promote the boycott of Israeli products and an end to ties between Palestinian organizations, and their Israeli counterparts,”

According to BNC more than 75 demonstrations, protests and festivals were held in 19 countries to promote the Global BDS day of action.

source: http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&Do=&ID=36788

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The False Darfur ‘Genocide’ Numbers

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 3, 2009

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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The False Darfur ‘Genocide’ Numbers

Moon of Alabama

April 2, 2009

Headlined In Defense of Genocide the neoconned WaPo editors condemn the Arab league for hosting Sudan’s President Bashir while at the same time accusing Israel of war-crimes. The polemic includes this sentence:

T]he United Nations has reported more than 300,000 civilian deaths in Darfur as a result of the genocidal campaign sponsored by Mr. Bashir.

There are three false claims in this one sentence. As these false claims are often repeated from the far right to the interventionist left, let me try to dispel them once and for all.

  1. The number of 300,000 is false.
  2. The UN did not ‘report’ that number.
  3. There was no genocide in Darfur.

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Iraqi Shoes Revisited: A Pair of Narratives

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 3, 2009

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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Iraqi Shoes Revisited: A Pair of Narratives

Ramzy Baroud

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April 2, 2009

It’s remarkable how some in the media can cleverly manipulate a story by avoiding its essence and focusing on marginal details. The chucking of a pair of shoes at former President George W. Bush by an Iraqi journalist, Muntazer al-Zaidi during a Baghdad press conference, on December 14, 2008 is a case in point.

Most Arab and Muslim media – and other media around the world, save mainstream western media – framed al-Zaidi’s deed within its proper context, that of a horrific, genocidal war, bloody and humiliating occupation and the colonial hubris of a superpower that gave itself the right and ‘moral’ justification to devastate a sovereign nation for the sake of oil, Israel and the desire for sheer hegemony.

Nonetheless, in most – although, not all – mainstream Western media outlets, al-Zaidi’s story somehow became the focus of attention for it was, to a certain degree, amusing, and also allowed for the further dissection of Arab culture – throwing shoes, supposedly being the ‘ultimate’ Arab insult. For some, the dramatic act of a journalist’s shoes lobbed at a ‘liberating’ president in a farewell visit to a ‘liberated’ country was an indication of Arab ingratitude. Others sought less controversial topics, using the do’s and don’ts in journalism as a unit of analysis, as if shoes thrown at smirking presidents are a recurring topic in the field of journalism.

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Militants Storm Government Office in Afghanistan, Killing 13

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 3, 2009

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Militants Storm Government Office in Afghanistan, Killing 13

By TAIMOOR SHAH and CARLOTTA GALL

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Canadian soldiers secured the scene of an attack on Wednesday on the provincial council office in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
April 1, 2009

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Five suicide bombers stormed a government office in Kandahar on Wednesday morning, killing 13 people, including two provincial government officials, and wounding 14.

One militant detonated a car bomb at the entrance gate of the provincial council office, as the others stormed the compound with assault rifles and hand grenades. Seven civilians and six police officers were killed in the 20-minute gun battle, which ended when two of the militants blew themselves up in the main hall, said the provincial police chief, Matiullah Qati.

The assault by multiple gunmen followed a pattern of militant attacks across the region recently, from Kabul, the Afghan capital, to Lahore in Pakistan and Mumbai in India.

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US drone kills 17 in Pakistan

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 3, 2009

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Islamabad, April 02, 2009


A suspected US missile strike killed 12 Taliban militants on Wednesday in Pakistan’s restive tribal region, while suspected terrorists ambushed a police patrol, killing five police personnel in the northwest, officials said.

Two missiles believed to have been fired by a US drone hit a compound in Khadezai village of the Orakzai Agency, one of seven semi-autonomous tribal districts known to serve as sanctuaries for Al Qaeda and Taliban rebels.

“Twelve militants were confirmed dead but the toll could be even higher,” an intelligence official said on condition of anonymity. At least a dozen more people were also wounded in the drone attack, which was the first one in Orakzai.

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