The Palestine you need to know

Palestine is the name of the area located in the southwestern part of Asia; it is bordered by Lebanon from the north, Syria northeast, Jordan east, Red Sea south, Sinai in Egypt southwest and from the West by the Mediterranean Sea, map. This area witnessed the first recorded form of civilization in human history in the city of Jericho that was established ten thousand years ago. Since then, it was inhabited by the Canaanites and the sea immigrants named Philistines who mixed with them later on, it was afterwards invaded by the Romans, the Jews, the Moguls, and the Christian crusaders.

Since the seventh century, most of its population embraced Islam and joined successive Muslim rule until 1917, the year of disintegration of the Ottoman State, when Palestine came under the British mandate, that undertook to facilitate the realization of the Zionist dream of creating of a Jewish home in Palestine.

In the year 1948, the British mandate ended and the area became subject to a military dispute between the local Arab population and the immigrant Jews. The dispute resulted in the establishment of the Zionist “State of Israel” over 77% of the area and the displacement of 900,000 local Arabs, who are the descendants of the early Canaanites, Philistines and the Arab tribes that settled there after the coming of Islam.

This was followed by a war in 1967 that resulted in further “Israeli” occupation of more Palestinian land that was at the time under the rule of neighboring Arab countries. Since then, “Israel” maintained direct military occupation of the whole Palestine and of some areas of Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. But this occupation faced continuous civil and military resistance that brought the area into focus, and reserved for it a huge place in the news and top stories.

Palestine, the name: Palestine acquired its name from the Mediterranean immigrants who came from the southern Greek Islands in the 12th century B.C., and were known as the “people of the sea”. In the old Egyptian scripts they were referred to as the P.L.S.T, the N was added later possibly to pluralize the noun; they are referred to as the Philistines. The land, previously known as the Land of Canaan, took the name of the new settlers and came to be known as Palestine. Throughout the centuries of Muslim rule, Palestine had been an integral part of a larger geographical unit, Bilad Al-Sham or Greater Syria, as a sub-district or “Jund” in the language of that time. The sub-district of Palestine embraced a larger area than the present one. The new boundaries were set during the time of the British colonization (1918-1948), and on the bases of the Sykes-Picot agreement between France and Britain that divided the territories of the disintegrated Ottoman State. The final borders with Syria and Lebanon were set following a Franco-British agreement in 1920, while the borders with Trans-Jordan were fixed by the British High Commissioner in 1922 and those with Egypt were set in 1908 by the Ottomans and the Egyptian Khedive. Since then, Palestine included areas west of the Jordan River, south of the Mount of Lebanon as you may see in the map.

Geography and Climate: The total area of Palestine is 27,009 km2, including 704 km2 of water surface that is composed of Al-Hula Lake, Tiberias Lake and half of the Dead Sea. Palestine is generally divided into four geographic zones:

1- The coastal area: that is a plain land laying along the Mediterranean from north to south, its highest altitude is 180 meters above sea level. This is one of the most fertile areas of Palestine as it enjoys a Mediterranean climate with full four seasons. It is ideal for growing fruits and flowers by which it is known until today.

2- The Mountainous area: that is located to the east of the coastal areas and stands parallel to it, the highest altitude reaches 1208 meters in Mount Al-Jarmaq (Meron) in northern Palestine. This area is generally colder than the coastal one, but it still enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Despite its rough topography, the area is ideal for growing grains, beans, figs, olives and grapes; and is widely used for herding.

3- Al-Ghour (the rift valley): known also as the Jordan Valley, as the Jordan River divides it to eastern and western parts, in Jordan and Palestine consecutively. Al-Ghour is a fertile land ideal for growing vegetables, fruits and dates. This valley is the lowest dry point on earth, it reaches 395 meters beneath sea level to the point where the Jordan River influxes into the Dead Sea, the Valley then continues south down to the Red Sea with a total length of 460 km. The Dead Sea is the saltiest sea on earth and does not contain any form of marine life. Al-Ghour is generally hot and relatively dry all year round.

4- The Desert area: which occupies Southern Palestine, it is known as Al-Naqab (Negev) Desert with Beer Al-Sabec (Beersheba) as its main oasis. Al-Naqab occupies almost half the area of Palestine; it covers the area between Al-Khaleel (Hebron) east and Gaza west and extends to the northern coast of the Red Sea. Al-Naqab is hot and dry with some wind-driven sands and few oases.

Palestine is thus unique geographically with four different climates, with the lowest point on earth and mountains of 1200m altitude above see level, with lakes and seas among which one is known for its highest salt concentration that left it with no marine life. All these features are assembled in a small piece of land that connects Asia and Africa, and compromises no more than 27,009 km2.

Main cities: Since the establishment of the first city, Jericho in 8000 B.C., Palestine has been a center of civilizations that extended along its geographical zones. Most of the civilizational activities were concentrated in the coast and the mountains, and to lesser extent in the Jordan Valley, and the least were in the desert that had been inhabited by Bedouins thousands of years ago. The main cities of the cost are Yafa (Jaffa), cAkka (Acre), Haifa, Gaza and Isdod, while those of the Mountainous area are Al-Quds (Jerusalem), Al Khalil (Hebron), Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Safad. The main city of the Jordan Valley is Jericho and that of the desert is Beer Al-Sabec (Beersheba).

By Dr. Mohsen Salih

(Facebook / 22.04.2011)

Abeer Skafe,10 years old, died today after Israeli denial see her imprisoned Father

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

‘Inna Lillahi wa ‘Inna ‘Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar

Abeer Skafe,10,died today after a nervous breakdown&complete paralysis for Israel denying her permission to see imprisoned father.

May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shaheeda Abeer Skafe Jannatul Firdaus,
and ease it for her family, loved ones and anyone around her. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil ‘Alameen.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 22.04.2011)

What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet

People are often surprised when I tell them that my faith, Islam, has an ecological imperative. In fact, I believe that all faiths have, at their very core, this same imperative.

I wrote a book about this.

Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet examines Islamic principles that support environmentalism and presents stories of Muslim Americans who are part of the solution across four areas — water, waste, energy and food. The book also makes a case for interfaith involvement in the environmental movement.

In my book tour across the country, I talked to many Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists and atheists regarding their stance on humanity’s role on the planet Earth. I have come to understand two core concepts which resonate across those strands of belief (and disbelief).

The first concept is to leave the Earth better than we found it. The second concept is that humans must be agents of change.

The idea of leaving the Earth better than we found it closely aligns with the role of prophets: to leave human beings better than they found them. Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (among many others), peace and blessings be upon them all, brought messages and teachings to improve the state of their people, whether it was to instill hope, end slavery, or abolish corruption.

In Islam, there are several sayings of the Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, where he tells people to pick up trash wherever they see it, or to respect a river and never waste its water. There are similar teachings in other religions, but this is not just a religious idea. When I was an Outward Bound instructor, our mantra was to leave no trace. We always left a campsite better than we found it. As children, our parents raised us to clean up after ourselves. Why not extend this ethic to the Earth as a whole?

We have inherited a great thing in this Earth and all its bounty. Why not leave it better than we found it for those who will come after us?

The second concept, to be agents of change, is presented in the Quran, the Holy Book of Islam:

“Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves” (Quran 13:11).

To put it bluntly, we cannot wait for God. Change can come from us and be supported by God. Prayer is essential but it must be combined with action.

In order to act, we must recognize what our actions have done thus far. There’s another verse in the Quran that supports the idea that humans do actually impact the planet: “Corruption has appeared on the land and in the sea because of what the hands of humans have wrought. This is in order that we have given them a taste of the consequences of their misdeeds that perhaps they will turn to the path of right guidance” (Quran 30:41).

People of faith, it’s time to stand up and admit that we have been part of the problem. This is our planet and it is our mess. We have to start fixing it. Whether you call it climate change, pollution or Armageddon, we were not put on this Earth to be coy. We have a responsibility to fix what we broke, and its not going to happen by just wishing — or praying — it away. God is here to help us help ourselves. We have to pray AND be actively engaged in the hard work of protecting the planet.

Our prophets are history’s greatest agents of change. Jesus was active in transforming people with his actions. Moses confronted Pharaoh and led his people to freedom. Prophet Muhammad enacted rules to prevent people from taking advantage of one another in business.

To all the self-proclaimed religious people: We send blessings upon our prophet; now, let’s emulate them. It’s time to roll up our sleeves, accept our faith’s imperative and get the Earth out of this ecological mess.

(www.huffingtonpost.com / 22.01.2011)

Why Islam is Taking Over America

Beware America, I bring you news of your own death; “a pale shroud laid out by your own hand”.  IDIOTICALLY, you have given religion status to an enemy invader called Islam; thereby egregiously violating the foremost principles of national security, sovereignty and warfare: An enemy invader must never (never) be classified as a religion.

Doing so is equivalent to a mad doctor injecting deadly cancer cells into a healthy patient in this case America. Look how Muslims are “shoving mosques down our throat” even at the hallowed “ground zero” of 9/11. They “thumb their noses” and jeer us, adding insult to injury. Why?  Islam is “programmed” to bring down America and knows no limits.  M.A. Khan in his excellently informative book, Islamic Jihad: A Legacy Of Forced Conversion, Imperialism And Slavery states:

rightsidenews_01“the perpetuation of a global Islamic rule for eternity is the ultimate goal of Allah”

Perhaps this is why Dr. Wafa Sultan has named her book A GOD WHO HATES emphasizing Islam’s God (Allah) hates all things non-Muslim and utilizes this hatred to fuel the fervor for global Islamic rule mentioned by M.A. Khan above.  Needless to say, any ideology with a bigoted, hateful and murderous God should be prohibited religion status in all civilized nations. Please see my article, “Demoting Islam’s Religion Status” for further clarification.

What’s next? Don’t be surprised if Muslims demand it’s their religious right to tear down the White House and replace it with a mega mosque, give them an inch and they will take a mile. In the same way that a blood thirsty tiger cannot survive without devouring its prey. Islam cannot sustain itself without devouring other nations and ideologies. This is a fact — not an opinion — 1400 years of Islamic history prove the case a million times over. Steven Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism gives hundreds of up to date examples verifying the dubious nature of Allah’s minions. I dare say, that those so called experts who consider Islam to be a religion are not competent in the field of ideology, philosophy, religion, history, sociology or warfare.

Rather than experts, these are “bloody fools” who cannot distinguish between a wooden nickel and a gold coin, and there are legions of them infesting our universities, the media, the state department, the justice department, the military brass, the CIA, the department of defense, the FBI, the NSA, and related government agencies.

Deplorably, the very persons who are paid to defend us are actually aiding and abetting the overthrow of America by permitting Islam to be categorized as a religion on their watch. There can be no hope for the survival of America long term unless our leaders

immediately  reverse course by vociferously stating that Islam is not a religion in broad daylight on a wide scale.

Verifying this epidemic of incompetence and dereliction of duty is the book entitled: Sharia The Threat To America:  An Exercise In Competitive Analysis:  Report Of Team B II, it states:

“This information is not even being taught at the basic level to FBI counterterrorism agents and analysts, nor is it taught at the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security, The State or Defense Departments or the CIA . . . We have an enemy inside our perimeter. But for this nation, the challenge is not just the inability to distinguish friend from foe. Rather, it is an unwillingness to do so.”

Returning to our medical analogy,  this means that “physicians” paid to treat “cancer” are not allowed to study anything about “cancer” or even mention the name. What a laughing stock and painful embarrassment Americas defenders have become in the face of the Islam’s ideological blitzkrieg. They might as well just all pack up and go home!

An Enemy Invader

There is no doubt that Islam is an enemy invader. Its Koran shouts it, its prophet shouts it, its Imams shout it, its 1400 years malevolent history shouts it, its key texts shout it, its student organizations “shout it”, its lawyers shout it, its refusal to assimilate in governments worldwide shouts it, and its bellicose and bigoted demands for Sharia shout it!

In his insightful article, “What Is Islam” Amil Amani cuts to the crux of the matter by voicing a similar opinion:

“Islam is not a religion, but a harmful thorn; thus, we must make laws to fight this unwanted thorn growing like mushrooms in our backyards . . .  Islam is not a religion by any standards. It is a militant, political and savage cult created by one man: Muhammad. It is time that we treat Islam as the greatest threat to the human race. . . Islam is a comprehensive totalitarian form of slavery, it is the opposite of freedom.”

Our leadership urgently needs to heed the wise consul of Amil Amani. Surely the “experts” can only be considered competent to the extent  they agree with him.  Amil Amani is not alone in his convictions.  Author Rebecca Bynum in her book , Allah Is Dead: Why Islam Is Not a Religion states a similar theme:

“Islam is a recipe for perpetual war . . . I believe Islam to be the duck-billed platypus of belief systems . . . If however, Islam continues to be classified as a religion and given the full protection and benefits religions receive in America, then we will be helpless to contain it . . . That is why Islam cannot remain in the religion category . . . ”

Rebecca Bynum clearly states that Islam as a religion cannot be contained.  The evidence is  blatantly apparent; Muslims make up only 1 to 2 percent of our population but look at the enormous amount of havoc, disruption, and chaos they reek upon our society.

Under the cover of a religion Islam has been given a free pass to sabotage America from within, and has made enormous progress since 9/11, increasing geometrically, becoming more pugnacious, belligerent and  demanding. This means 9/11 has caused America to cower down ideologically and submissively roll out the red carpet to Islam; all this, because we have given an obvious enemy invader the privileged and protected status of a religion. “How stupid can you get?”  Author Craig Winn in PROPHET OF DOOM has attempted to wake us up by declaring:

“The Qur’an condemns all non-Muslims — Christians and Jews and those who worship many gods and no gods. It is an equal opportunity hater. . . In fact, the Qur’an was written to justify some of the most ungodly behavior the world has ever known. . . The simple truth is: good Muslims are bad people.”  Our homegrown America born Jihadist,  the “Fort Hood Shooter”, Major Nadal Malik Hassan proved he was a good and devout Muslim by murdering 13 and wounding 32 unarmed innocent colleagues inspired by his hateful God Allah.

Now ask yourself, how can any ideology that is referred to as an “equal opportunity hater” and rightly so, ever be given the privileged status of a religion in the civilized world. The truth be told, Islam is the epitome of a barbarian invader, bigoted, totalitarian, pillaging and enslaving. Paraphrasing the wisdom of Winston Churchill, “Islam is the most retrograde of forces.”

Good Bye America

Once something has been labeled a religion, no American will question, challenge or think objectively about it. Call yourself a religion and Americans turn into zombies letting you do anything you want, even “kill them”. The greatest military power in world history lays supine, lily livered, gutless and enfeebled, and it’s all because we have wrongly given Islam the protected status of a RELIGION. “Good Bye America it’s been nice knowin ya” Surely, this is the bleakest hour in American history when our nation cannot tell friend from foe, nor religion from invader.

There is no doubt that we Americans suffer from a collective mental illness, mental block, emotional imbalance, and psychological disorder, precipitated every time we hear the word religion. Let’s call it schizo-religionitis.  Mention the word “religion” and we immediately become deaf, dumb and blind, suspending all rational thought and common sense. Here is the childishly insane logic Americans apply to their criteria for a religion:

Apple juice is a liquid and drinking a cup is good for you; therefore drinking a cup of hemlock must be good for you because it is also a liquid.

The absurd conclusion is that drinking a cup of anything liquid is good for you whether it be apple juice or poison. Just hang out a sign with the word religion on it and Americans will instantly “drink up” any poison you feed them.

Kill Shot

In other words, it’s “one bullet”  to the back of our head, with the “kill shot” coming from our own servile leadership. I am harping on this point because the wall of denial is extremely thick, marked by an “epidemic” of shallow mindedness, apathy, flagrant intellectual dishonesty and rampant monetary corruption; the whole quagmire tainted by middle east oil money engulfing our entire military industrial complex, intelligence community, political leadership, media, academic and religious communities. Christopher Logan has written a brilliantly insightful satire called “United States Department of Jihad!” revealing the subversion of our own leadership.

The best thing all Americans can do is tell the truth that Islam is an enemy invader — not a religion. Doing otherwise is equivalent to “cutting the throat” of America, which our leaders and citizenry do on a daily basis, while “sitting up” for Muslim oil money like puppies doing tricks for doggie biscuits.

In the Art Of War translated by John Minford, Sun Tzu remarks, “He who knows neither self nor enemy will fail in every battle.” Today America exhibits a catastrophic failure because it knows neither self nor enemy and stands as helpless as a kitten against the onslaught of Islam’s ideological offensive.

One thing is certain, every Imam in the United States is putting on a smiling face and speaking in a sickeningly sweet voice while touting the immaculate splendors of Islam, as they guide their flock to infiltrate and trash this nation” by hook or by crook” as emphatically commanded by the Koran which is irrefutably a manual of war and blood thirsty totalitarian conquest rather than a sacred and holy book.

(www.rightsidenews.com / 22.04.2011)

Take Action: House Resolution Provides Israel Impunity for Gaza Crimes

The UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict found that Israel committed violations of human rights and international law, war crimes and possible crimes against humanity before, during, and after “Operation Cast Lead,” Israel’s Dec. 2008 to Jan. 2009 onslaught against the Gaza Strip, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians.

Even before the fact-finding mission was established, and ever since, the Obama Administration and Congress have worked hard to discredit the UN mission and prevent the international community from acting upon its findings.

Now, the House of Representatives is upping the ante by considering a resolution to withhold payment of U.S. dues to the UN until it retracts the final report of the fact-finding mission.

Make no mistake about it: this is part of a deliberate, concerted strategy by the U.S. to throw around its diplomatic weight, shielding Israel from accountability for any outrage it inflicts on Palestinians, no matter how grave.

This campaign against the fact-finding mission reached its fever pitch after its chair, Judge Richard Goldstone, wrote an unfortunate op-ed in which he reconsidered just one of the 36 incidents documented in the 575-page report.

The three other members of the mission — Hina Jilani, Christine Chinkin and Desmond Travers — set the record straight in their own op-ed decrying Goldstone’s backtracking, and writing that:

“There is no justification for any demand or expectation for reconsideration of the report as nothing of substance has appeared that would in any way change the context, findings or conclusions of that report … Indeed, there is no UN procedure or precedent to that effect.”

That’s exactly right, and that’s why it is so disturbing that the Senate has already passed a resolution by unanimous consent — with literally not one word of debate — calling on the UN to rescind this trailblazing report.

We still have time, though, to take action to make sure that the House doesn’t pass an even worse resolution, and we need your help, to make that happen.  Here’s how you can…

Take Action:

1. Send a letter to your representative asking him/her not to support this resolution.

2. Meet with your representative at home during next week’s spring recess.

3. Join our Congressional District Coordinator (CDC) network to help us educate your representative over the long term.

Thanks for your help.

P.S. — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is lobbying strongly to pass these resolutions, and we are the only organization challenging this one. However, our budget is only 0.4% of AIPAC’s! Help strengthen the US Campaign and our movement to change U.S. policy, by making a generous, tax-deductible, one-time contribution, or join our Olive Branch Club for recurring donations. Thanks for your support!

(www.endtheoccupation.org / 22.04.2011)

Bahraini forces rape, kill female poet

A female Bahraini activist who has composed anti-government poems has been killed, after being arrested and raped by Manama forces.

Ayat al-Ghermezi, 20, had recited her poems, in which she slammed the ruling regime and Bahraini Prime Minister Khalifah Ibn Salman al-Khalifah, during protests in Pearl Square in the capital city, Manama, Fardanews reported.

Shortly afterwards, Ghermezi received an influx of insulting and intimidating letters and emails, but when she referred to the police to report the threats, she was insulted and mocked by officers, her family says.

In late March, security forces raided Ghermezi’s home twice, threatening her family to reveal Ayat’s whereabouts, otherwise they would “destroy the house over your heads, by the order of high-ranking officials.”

After the security forces coerced Gehrmezi’s family into disclosing her hideout, the family heard no word from her, Ayat’s mother said.

When the family started searching for Ayat, the police told them they have no information about Ayat and tried to force them to confirm through a letter that their daughter had gone missing.

In mid-April, an anonymous call was made to Gehrmezi’s family, informing them that Ayat was in coma at an army Hospital.

At the hospital, doctors confirmed that Ayat had gone into coma after being raped for several times.
Eventually, the physicians’ efforts failed to save Ayat’s life and she died at the army hospital.

So far, several other women, including doctors, university professors and students, have been kidnapped or arrested by Bahraini security forces.

Since mid-February, thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have poured into the streets, calling for an end to Al-Khalifa dynasty, which has ruled the country for almost forty years.

On March 13, Saudi-led forces were dispatched to the Persian Gulf island at Manama’s request to quell the countrywide protests.

According to local sources, dozens of people have been killed and hundreds arrested so far during the government clampdown on the peaceful demonstrations.

This is while the independent sources in Bahrain have not yet commented on this matter.

(www.presstv.ir / 22.04.2011)