Lieberman: Gaza ceasefire is not in Israel’s interests

FM says Hamas “took advantage of quiet to smuggle more weapons”; Landau: We must exploit Hamas’s fear of losing control in Gaza.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke out against a ceasefire with Hamas on Monday morning, following renewed violence emanating from the Gaza Strip in the past four days.

In an interview with Israel Radio, he said, “Hamas is fighting a war of attrition against us. We won’t come to terms with a situation in which they decide when there’s quiet and when the area heats up.”

Lieberman added that a ceasefire with Hamas is against Israel’s national interests. He said he is working to implement the coalition agreement, which says that the government will work towards overthrowing Hamas.

“We are going to do what was agreed upon. We know how to get what was in the agreement and what we signed with Likud, without threats and and without crises,” he said on Israel Radio, adding that he is not interested in leaving the coalition.

“There was quiet, and Hamas took advantage of the quiet in order to smuggle more and more weapons. We remember when Kassams only had a range of 20 k.m.; today they reach Beersheba and Ashdod and in the end they’ll reach Tel Aviv,” Lieberman explained.

The foreign minister went on to say that Hamas has exploited the two years of relative calm since 2008-9’s Operation Cast Lead to rearm and organize. “Hamas took advantage of the quiet in order to gain power and turn a gang of terrorists into an organized army,” Lieberman said, warning that with “another [military] battalion and another company and they will truly follow Hezbollah’s model.”

National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau, also of Israel Beiteinu, echoed Lieberman’s calls to use force in order to deter Hamas, saying that “We should have finished the job during Operation Cast Lead.”

Landau opined that the IDF needs to play on Hamas’s fear of losing power and influence amongst the Palestinian population. “If we really want to deter Hamas, we must exploit their fear of losing control in the strip,” Landau said. He added, “our targets need to be their leaders.”

(www.jpost.com / 11.04.2011)

 

Israel arrests 14 Palestinians in West Bank village

NABLUS (Xinhua) — Israel arrested 14 Palestinians during an operation that has been conducted for days in a West Bank village, witnesses and residents said Monday.

The troops stormed houses in Awarta village near Nablus city, arrested 14 people and kept closing roads leading to the village, said Qais Awwad, the head of the village council.

The raids on the village were intensified since March 11, after unknown attackers stabbed to death five members of an Israeli family in the neighboring Itamar Jewish settlement.

On Sunday, 23 of the villagers were also detained. Awwad said Israel takes fingerprints from the villagers and collect DNA from suspects. He also noted that Israel seized more lands from the village to expand settlements.

The Palestinian National Authority condemned the Israeli measures in Awarta and called for international pressure on Israel to stop the operation.

“Israel seeks to destroy the village and expand the neighboring settlements,” said Riad Al-Maliki, Palestinian foreign affairs minister.

(www.philstar.com / 11.04.2011)

Egypt stops building steel wall along Gaza

Egypt halted construction of an underground steel wall designed to stop weapons smuggling along its border with Gaza, Israeli defense officials said.

Construction of the 6.2-mile barrier was suspended after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in February, officials told The Jerusalem Post

Israel has told the new Egyptian government it should uphold the position of the previous government in preventing the flow of arms into the Gaza Strip, the newspaper reported.

Some Israeli officials said halting the construction was not coincidental. They said Egypt has been trying to strengthen ties with Hamas and cited a recent visit by Hamas Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar to Cairo, where he met with Egyptian politicians as well as intelligence and military officials, as evidence of the improving relationship.

“There is a new relationship between Hamas and Cairo today. This is likely connected to the upcoming elections and the understanding in Egypt that the Muslim Brotherhood is a strong player and as a result it is important to maintain contacts with Hamas,” one official told The Post.

Egypt began building the wall in 2009.

(www.upi.com / 11.04.2011)

’Sharia al in Nederland’

DEN HAAG –  De PVV eist dat er een verbod komt op het gebruik van islamitische wetten door Nederlandse rechters.

In Hollandse rechtbanken bij zaken als echtscheiding, erkenning van kinderen of verdeling van erfenissen, worden steeds vaker regels uit moslimlanden toegepast, meent de PVV. PVV-leider Geert Wilders luidt, na eigen onderzoek van de partij, de noodklok.

„Ik ben geschokt over het grootscheepse gebruik van islamitisch recht in Nederland. Niet door die zogeheten shariarechtbanken, die er volgens toenmalig minister Hirsch Ballin niet zijn, maar nota bene door onze eigen rechtbanken.”

Vaderschap

Als voorbeeld noemt Wilders een zaak, die in 2009 diende voor de rechtbank in Den Haag, waarbij een Somalische man die het vaderschap van een kind van zijn ex-vrouw ontkende in het gelijk werd gesteld op basis van het ’traditionele islamitische recht’. De rechter in Utrecht wees vorig jaar een verzoek om echtscheiding van een vrouw met zowel de Nederlandse als de Marokkaanse nationaliteit af omdat volgens de op de islam gebaseerde Mudawwana – het Marokkaanse familierecht – eerst een verzoeningspoging moest worden gedaan.

Het gerechtshof in Den Haag vonniste in 2007 dat een Nederlandse vrouw, die door haar huwelijk met een Iraniër ook die nationaliteit kreeg, na een echtscheiding geen aanspraak kon maken op een deel van de boedel omdat het Iraanse vermogensrecht van toepassing was. Het echtpaar woonde tijdens het hele huwelijk in ons land.

Ook zijn er zaken geweest waarbij een huwelijk door verstoting naar islamitisch gebruik rechtsgeldig als ontbonden werd beschouwd.Wilders noemt het ontoelaatbaar dat islamitische wetten hier worden toegepast. „Het gaat om achterlijk islamitisch recht waarbij vrouwen worden benadeeld.” Hij wil daarom actie van het kabinet, dat door de PVV wordt gedoogd. „Alle wetten en verdragen moeten worden gewijzigd zodat dit niet meer kan gebeuren.”

Het islamitische recht kan in ons land worden gebruikt langs de weg van het internationaal privaatrecht. Dat klinkt logisch als bijvoorbeeld een Duits bedrijf een Nederlandse opdracht in Frankrijk niet nakomt, maar gaat dus veel verder. Alleen als een buitenlandse wet in strijd is met de openbare orde, mag deze hier niet worden toegepast. „Dat is een wassen neus”, zegt Wilders. „De islamisering is ook hier allang begonnen.”

(www.telegraaf.nl / 11.04.2011)

The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islam (part 1 of 13): An Islamic Basis

Introduction

Islam is a religion of mercy to all people, both Muslims and non-Muslims.  The Prophet was described as being a mercy in the Quran due to the message he brought for humanity:

“And We have not sent you but as a mercy to all the worlds.” (Quran 21:107)

When a person analyzes the legislations of Islam with an open mind, the Mercy mentioned in this verse will definitely become apparent.  One of the aspects constituting an epitome of this Mercy is the way the legislations of Islam deal with people of other faiths.  The tolerant attitude of Islam towards non-Muslims, whether they be those residing in their own countries or within the Muslim lands, can be clearly seen through a study of history.  This fact is not only purported by Muslims, but many non-Muslim historians also accept it.  Patriarch Ghaytho wrote:

‘The Arabs, to whom the Lord has given control over the world, treat us as you know; they are not the enemies of Christians.  Indeed, they praise our community, and treat our priests and saints with dignity, and offer aid to churches and monasteries.’[1]

Will Durant wrote:

‘At the time of the Umayyad caliphate, the people of the covenant, Christians, Zoroastrians, Jews, and Sabians, all enjoyed degree of tolerance that we do not find even today in Christian countries.  They were free to practice the rituals of their religion and their churches and temples were preserved.  They enjoyed autonomy in that they were subject to the religious laws of the scholars and judges.’[2]

These just relations between Muslims and people of other faiths were not due to mere politics played by Muslim rulers, but rather they were a direct result of the teachings of the religion of Islam, one which preaches that people of other religions be free to practice their own faith, only accepting the guidance offered by Islam by their own choice.  God says in the Quran:

“There is no compulsion in religion…” (Quran 2:256)

Not only does Islam demand their freedom to practice religion, but also that they be treated justly as any other fellow human.  Warning against any abuse of non-Muslims in an Islamic society, the Prophet stated:

“Beware!  Whoever is cruel and hard on a non-Muslim minority, curtails their rights, burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against the person on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud)

How far is this mannerism than the majority of nations, to this day, which not only suppress the rights of foreign religions, but also foreign peoples and races!  In a time when Muslims were being tortured to death in then pagan Mecca, Jews were being persecuted in Christian Europe, and various peoples were being subjugated due to their particular race or caste, Islam called to the just treatment of all peoples and religions, due to its merciful tenets which gave humanity the right to their humanness.


Footnotes:

[1] Tritton, Arthur Stanley: ‘The People Of The Covenant In Islam.’ p. 158.

[2] Durant, Will: ‘The Story Of Civilization.’ vol. 13. p. 131-132.

(www.islamreligion.com / 11.04.2011)

Eerste boerka-arrestaties in Frankrijk

Een moslima in een Boerka Een moslima in een Boerka
Op de eerste dag van het boerkaverbod in Frankrijk, zijn ook al de eerste boerkadraagsters gearresteerd.

Bij een protest bij de Notre Dame in Parijs zijn zeker twee gesluierde vrouwen en enkele anderen gearresteerd door de Franse politie. Daarnaast werd op het station van Avignon een vrouw opgepakt die onderweg was naar een tv-interview over het boerkaverbod.

Zaterdag hield de politie in Parijs al 59 personen aan, onder wie negentien gesluierde vrouwen, die tegen de wet wilden betogen. De autoriteiten hadden de demonstratie verboden.

Boete

Frankrijk is het eerste Europese land dat een verbod heeft ingesteld op volledige bedekking van het gezicht in het openbaar, ook België en Spanje willen een verbod invoeren. Vrouwen die toch een boerka of nikab dragen, riskeren daarmee een boete van 150 euro. Mannen die hun vrouwen verplichten gezichtsbedekking te dragen kunnen een boete krijgen tot 30.000 euro of twee jaar cel.

In Frankrijk wonen ongeveer vijf miljoen moslims. Er zijn naar schatting 2000 vrouwen die een boerka of nikab dragen.

(nos.nl / 11.04.2011)

Bemiddeling in Jemen lijkt mislukt

Anti-regeringsdemonstranten op straat in de Jemenitische hoofdstad Sanaa» Anti-regeringsdemonstranten op straat in de Jemenitische hoofdstad Sanaa

Een bemiddelingspoging van Golfstaten in de crisis in Jemen lijkt mislukt. De Jemenitische oppositie heeft een plan van zes Golfstaten afgewezen.

Volgens het voorstel treedt president Saleh af, maar er zou ook in staan dat hij en zijn familie niet worden vervolgd. Voor de oppositie is dat onacceptabel.

Ook zou het voorstel niet duidelijk maken wanneer de president vertrekt. Saleh zelf had het voorstel wel geaccepteerd.

Protest

Volgens ooggetuigen waren tienduizenden mensen de straat opgegaan om tegen het initiatief van de Golfstaten te protesteren.

Er wordt in Jemen al ruim twee maanden gedemonstreerd tegen het autoritaire regime van president Saleh. Bij confrontaties tussen ordetroepen en betogers vielen tientallen doden.

(nos.nl / 11.04.2011)

Geen akkoord opstandelingen Libië

Opstandelingen in Benghazi ontvangen de Afrikaanse delegatie met een betoging» Opstandelingen in Benghazi ontvangen de Afrikaanse delegatie met een betoging

De opstandelingen in Libië gaan niet akkoord met het voorstel van de Afrikaanse Unie om het conflict in Libië te beëindigen. De nationale raad, die de opstandelingen vertegenwoordigt, sluit elke samenwerking met het regime van Kadhafi uit.

De raad had vandaag een gesprek met een delegatie van de Afrikaanse Unie. Die wil een staakt-het-vuren, waarna moet worden onderhandeld over politieke hervormingen.

In het voorstel zou niet expliciet staan dat Kadhafi moet aftreden en dat is voor de opstandelingen onacceptabel. Kadhafi ging gisteren wel akkoord.

(nos.nl / 11.04.2011)

The History of Palestine

(Monday, 19 January 2009 12:02)

The Holy Land saw peace and justice during 1300 years of Muslim rule and persecution of Jews, Christians, and Muslims at other times.

Palestine is the land of prophets. Many prophets were born or died in Palestine, including Prophets Ibrahim (Abraham), Lut (Lot), Dawood (David), Suleiman (Solomon), Musa (Moses), and Isa (Jesus), alayhimu-salam.

Baitul-Maqdis in Palestine was the first Qibla (direction in which Muslims face when praying) too, and Muslims prayed facing Baitul-Maqdis for around 14 years, after which Allah ordered the Qibla to be changed towards the Kaabah in Makkah.

Early History

The Canaanites are the earliest known inhabitants of Palestine. They were thought to have lived in Palestine in the third millennium BC. Then Pharaonic Egypt controlled the area for much of the second millennium BC. Prophet Musa, alayhi-salam, was born in Palestine during this time. When Egyptian power began to weaken, new invaders appeared: the Hebrews, a group of Semitic tribes from Mesopotamia; and the Philistines, after whom the country (Philistia) was later named, an Aegean people of Indo-European stock. The Israelites, a confederation of Hebrew tribes, defeated the Canaanites, but the struggle with the Philistines was more difficult. The Philistines had established an independent state on the southern coast of Palestine and controlled the Canaanite town of Jerusalem. The Philistines were superior in military organization and severely defeated the Israelites in about 1050 BC.

Then, in around 995 BC, Prophet Dawood, alayhi-salam, Israel’s king, united the Hebrew tribes and eventually defeated the Philistines. The three groups (Canaanites, Philistines, and Israelites) assimilated with each other over the years. The unity of Israelite tribes enabled Prophet Dawood, alayhi-salam, to establish a large independent state, with its capital at Jerusalem. After the death of Prophet Dawood, alayhi-salam, in around 961 BC Prophet Sulayman, alayhi-salam, his son, became the new king of Israel.

Construction and Destruction of the First Temple

Prophet Sulayman, alayhi-salam, built a magnificent place of worship, the First Temple, which housed the Ark of the Covenant, a sacred chest holding the tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments. Soon after his death, the kingdom was divided into two parts: northern Israel and southern Judah. Pagan Assyrians overran Israel in 721 BC. They destroyed the First Temple. In 538 BC Persian emperor Cyrus defeated the Babylonians and Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem.

Construction and Destruction of the Second Temple

In 515 BC the Jews built the Second Temple at the same site of the First Temple. Alexander conquered Palestine in 332 BC. Three centuries later, the Romans entered Jerusalem. Herod, the client king for the Roman Empire expanded the Second Temple but destroyed the religion. Then Prophet Isa, alayhi-salam, was born, around 4 BC. Jews joined with Roman paganism to persecute Prophet Jesus and his followers.

In 70 CE, Titus of Rome laid siege to Jerusalem. The Herodian Temple eventually fell, and with it the whole city. Seeking a complete and enduring victory, Titus ordered the total destruction of the city. A new city named Aelia was built on the ruins of Jerusalem, and a temple dedicated to Jupitor was raised.

Christian Rule of Palestine

In 313 CE the Roman emperor Constantine I legalized Christianity. Palestine, as the Holy Land, became a focus of Christian pilgrimage. Most of the population became Hellenized and Christianized. In 324 CE Constantine of Byzantium marched on Aelia. He rebuilt the city walls and commissioned the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and opened the city for Christian pilgrimage.

In the year 620 CE, Isra’ wal Mi’raj took place. On this night, in a miraculous way, the Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam was taken on a momentous journey from Makkah to Jerusalem and from there to heaven. The Night Journey was a great miracle that Muslims believe was given to Prophet Muhammad Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam as an honor and also to impress upon the Muslims the importance of Jerusalem to them. The Night Journey from Makkah to Jerusalem is called al-Isra’ and the ascension from Jerusalem to the heaven is called al-Mi’raj. Both of these events took place on the same night. Angel Gabriel took Prophet Muhammad Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam from Makkah to Jerusalem. There he met all the Prophets and Messengers and led them in prayers. Then it is reported that the Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam stood at the Sacred Rock (al-Sakhrah al-Musharrafah), went to the heavens. He arrived back in Makkah the same night.

Muslim Rule of Palestine

The Byzantines who ruled Jerusalem at this time were very harsh. They not only barred Jews from entering Jerusalem, but also persecuted Christians who did not follow the same sect as them. On the other hand, Muslims had the reputation for mercy and compassion in victory. So when the Muslims marched into Palestine in 638 CE, the people of Jerusalem gave up the city only after a brief siege. They made just one condition, that the terms of their surrender be negotiated directly with the Khalifah Umar, Radi-Allahu anhu, in person. Sayyidna Umar, Radi-Allahu anhu, agreed to come and entered Jerusalem on foot. There was no bloodshed or massacres. Those who wanted to leave were allowed to leave, with all their goods. Those who wanted to stay were guaranteed protection for their lives, property and places of worship.

The conquest of Palestine by the Muslims put an end to centuries of instability, religious persecution, and colonial rule. After the advent of Islam, people enjoyed security, safety and peace. Schools, mosques and hospitals were founded. Palestine was a center of learning from which a large number of scholars graduated. The conquest of Palestine by the Muslims began the 1300 years of Muslim rule, with the exception of the period of the Crusades (1099-1187) in what then became known as Filastin.

The Christian occupation of Palestine began after the sermon which pope Urban the second delivered in 1095 CE, when he incited the Christians to rescue the Holy Sepulcher from the hands of the Muslims. The Holy Land fell after a month of siege. The Crusades entered it in 1099 CE and massacred its residents not sparing the infants or elderly, and the number killed went over seventy thousand. Then the Crusaders established a Latin kingdom. During the occupation, massacres and great injustices were committed against the Muslim, Jewish and native Christian residents of the area.

Finally, in 1187 CE, Palestine was liberated by the Muslims under the leadership of Salatuddin Ayyubi, who brought back Islamic law to the area. Peace and justice once again ruled Palestine, and everyone, regardless of their religion, was allowed to live there peacefully.

The Founding of Israel and Palestine Today

The first serious plan for the establishment of the country of Israel was in the Bale conference in Switzerland in 1897 CE. The conference succeeded and was attended by 204 of those invited, where they decreed the establishment of a nation for the Jews in Palestine.

After the Bale conference, the Jewish movement became active which led Sultan Abdul Hameed (the then Khalifah) to deliver his famous decree in 1900 to stop the Jewish pilgrims from residing in Palestine for longer than three months. Sultan Abdul Hameed knew very well the designs and plans of the Jews. Contact with the Sultan was commenced by the Jews in 1882 when the Friends of Zion society put up a request to the Ottoman council in Russia for residence in Palestine. The Sultan responded: “The Ottoman government hereby decrees to all the Jews who desire to migrate to Turkey that they will not be permitted to reside in Palestine.”

The Jews were angered and began to send delegation after delegation each of which returned with a response more severe than the one preceding it. Then in 1901, Sultan Abdul Hameed passed a law forbidding the sale of any land in Palestine to the Jews.

In 1902, Herzl formed another delegation to meet with the Sultan a second time after he attempted to convince him in 1896. The Sultan refused to meet with him, so they went to the Prime Minister Tahsin Basha with their suggestions. They offered the repayment of the entire debt of the Ottoman government which were to the extent of twenty three million gold English pounds, and to build a fleet for he protection of the empire costing two hundred and thirty million gold franc, and to offer an interest free loan to the value of thirty five million gold lira to revive the treasury. All these offers were in return for permission by the Sultan to the Jews to establish a Jewish nation in Palestine; that is to sell the lives and livelihood of the Palestinian people and the holy land for these offers. Sultan Abdul Hameed rejected all these offers.

After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War, Britain and France signed the Sykes-Picot Agreement, which divided the Arab region into zones of influence. Palestine submitted to the British occupation and at the same time the ratios of Jewish migration began to increase with support from the non-Muslim countries.

Balfour Declaration

In 1917 CE the British government made promises to Arab leaders for an independent Arab state that would include Palestine (the Hussain-McMahon correspondence). Simultaneously, and secretly, it issued the Balfour Declaration, which declared Palestine to be a homeland for Jews. At that time Jews made up approximately 8% of the population of Palestine and owned approximately 2.5% of the land.

In 1918 the British and their Arab nationalist allies defeated the Ottomans. The British dismembered the Ottoman Empire and occupied Palestine. The British immediately began a campaign of immigrating European Jews to Palestine.

By 1947, the number of Jews in Palestine had reached approximately six hundred and fifty thousand (31% of the total population). They began to establish organizations, which were trained in organized terrorism. From these a large number were trained in and participated in the Second World War in order to gain experience and skills to go to battle in Palestine in the next stage. So when the United Nations decreed the division of Palestine, the Jews had seventy five thousand armed and trained members.

Jewish Terrorism

In 1948 the Jews claimed the establishment of a state for themselves over the land of Palestine and called it Israel. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims were forced out of Palestine under the military pressure of Jewish terrorist groups such as the Irgun, Levi, and Haganot, which were financed and armed by the British army as well as US Jewry.

In 1967 Israel attacked Egypt, Jordan and Syria and occupied more land including for the first time Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa. Since that time Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa has been the target of several attempts by the Jews to destroy or burn it, including attempts to collapse it through underground excavations.

In December 1987, the Palestinians began an uprising (Intifada) in the West Bank and Gaza Strip against the continued Jewish occupation.

On September 28, 2000, Ariel Sharon broke into Masjid Al-Aqsa with 3000 Zionist soldiers profaning the Masjid Al-Aqsa to provoke the Palestinians. Palestinians protested and the second intifada began. Since then thousands of Palestinian civilians have been killed by the Israeli army, and there is no end in sight.

(www.darulihsan.com / 11.04.2011)

Samouni Family Convoy to Gaza

We will post more detailed information later today but money being soght here is to further the Samouni Project by covering costs to transport aid from London to Gaza.

There are about 112 Samouni kids, two years on from Operation Cast Lead with hardly any support in so many regards, so the sooner we make a difference the better.  For 112 kids the requested items that follow are pretty modest; we will look to expand the facilities for sure, with a full educational complex planned, but the goal at this moment is ambitious yet realistic, it really is up to all of us.  I am hoping everyone who reads this will give something, big or small.  Now is the time to have a functioning classroom and community centre ASAP for this family. We have met with the family and consulted them at length, what they want, including the children, is a real learning facility where the kids can get back to where they were before Operation Cast Lead.  We have the teachers ready to go here in Gaza, teachers the kids love, we just need to get the classroom up and running.

We have managed to arrange an Internet connection for the classroom; this took some bargaining as the Samouni’s are not in the urban part of Gaza.  We are building the official Samouni Project website right now, we have some great people on this; the site is going to be outstanding.  The website will have photos and videos of the family, the children are keen to begin writing blogs (with automatic translations from Arabic to English), and there will eventually be a forum where the family can interact with people from around the world.  This is one of my primary goals, to connect people outside of Gaza with the family, to create an extended Samouni family.

Items/Materials/Support sought immediately;

1)    A UK based coordinator to facilitate this project, this is a volunteer job. (Done)

2)    A mechanic who can come on the convoy.

3)    We need the vehicles MOT’d and taxed.

4)    Costs covered to put vinyl graphics on the bus, such as the Samouni Project logo as well as the logos of our sponsors.

5)    Costs for food, fuel, tax, MOT, and insurance for the drive to Gaza.

6)    Sponsors; we seek sponsors from unions, organizations, Mosques, community and Palestine Solidarity groups.  We propose a minimum donation of £100 to become a sponsor, but anything will help so we encourage everyone no matter what you can contribute.

7)    We need drivers qualified to drive an 18 ton truck in Europe.

8)    More Vehicles: if we can get a couple more vehicles, possibly even a bus that can carry the whole family in Gaza, which would be great.  There are good deals on vehicles and maybe people will have a vehicle or two that they would like to donate to the family, a work van would be ideal, but any working vehicle will be extremely valuable to the family.

9)    Computers: Ideally we will bring 12 desktop computers, mouse, keyboard, computer speakers and if possible, 12 laptop computers so each household will also have something in their home.

10) Office Chairs – 12 is perfect.

11) Webcams with Microphone Headsets for Skype calling.

12) Laser Jet Printer/Copy/Fax/Scanner with refill ink cartridges.

13) Laminating Machine with lamination sheets.

14) Digital Cameras, the more the better, all the kids love cameras.

15) LCD Projector and screen.

16) Small generator, big enough to power a small home.

17) A nice Globe for teaching.

18) Large World Map for wall.

19) Quality books with emphasis on education, history, science, etc.  English is great, but if people have Arabic language books as well, that will be fantastic.

20) We hope to bring 50 English teaching books which we already have a teacher to teach with, here is the link to the book we need; http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Headway-Beginner-St... (Done)

21) We are looking for a carpenter to build Custom Bookcase and deliver to London very soon.

22) If a carpenter can work right away, we can give dimensions and precut some material for long desktops to be used for the computers and classroom.

23)  Lighting, good quality lighting, LED’s lighting would be ideal so the electricity consumption is low.  But we want something other than fluorescent lights, something warm and nice to read and learn with.

24) Musical instruments, if you have an instrument that you can give for these children to experiment with and play; this will be a beautiful contribution.  Does somebody have a Piano?

25) Office supplies, paper, paper clips, notebooks, pens, pencils (coloured as well), markers, pencil sharpener, etc.

26) Arts & Crafts of all sorts.

27) Puppets and educational toys.

28) A telescope, this has been asked for, would be great.

29) Tiles to lay on the floor, this is roughly a 10×15 metre space.

Items that would be good to bring now as well;

1)    Blankets.

2)    Clothes.

3)    Kids football shoes.

4)    Anything of value that might be useful.

If you have or are willing to purchase any of these items then please do so and email me at 1worldcitizen@spamarrest.com (please put ‘Samouni Project’ in the subject field).  If you can provide a service, volunteer to drive to Gaza or be a coordinator then again, please email me.

The following are not likely to be arranged immediately, but maybe, you never know.  But even if we cannot get these things now, I would like people to know of our longer-term goals and start looking around for ways to make this happen as well.

Supporting Independence for the family; long-term items sought;

1)    A loom, an industrial loom that would allow the family to make Kuffiyeh’s, if we do this I am sure the family will have a real income with exported Kuffiyeh’s, made in Gaza, with the Samouni Family brand on it. We have found one in Egypt for around $10,000, I dream of getting this loom for the family.

2)    Building materials to make a small factory/warehouse.

And last, something that would just be wonderful for the entire family, especially the boys;

1)   The materials to build a 5 on 5 football pitch, the cement for the foundation, the padding and artificial grass, the walls, goals, bleachers, lighting for night time play.

I am already planning to make a video with the kids inviting FC Barcelona to come out this summer and do a football camp.  I am making it clear to the kids that there are no guarantees, but if we try, we have a good chance of getting a result.

I would like to say to everyone reading this just one thing.  If we really care, we will make this next phase happen and we will do so within a couple of weeks.  We can do anything we set our minds to and what is asked for to make this project happen is completely doable.  We all have something to offer, the question is what do you have to offer?

To my Muslim and Arab brothers and sisters, the Samouni’s are your direct family; please make this project happen now.  As a community, you alone could make this happen within a week.

Love and respect to everyone who is helping with this, you are blessing yourself big time by contributing, believe me I know this all too well.

TJP,

Ken O’Keefe

(www.indiegogo.com / 11.04.2011)