Elections will be held in occupied East Jerusalem

‘The Palestinian general elections scheduled for May will not take place if voting in occupied East Jerusalem is not secured’

Ramallah: The Palestinian general elections scheduled for May will not take place if voting in occupied East Jerusalem is not secured, said a top Fatah official.

Speaking to Gulf News, Jamal Muhaisen, a member of the Fatah Central Committee said that the Palestinian presidential, parliamentary elections and elections for the Palestinian National Council will not take place unless they are conducted in occupied East Jerusalem the way they will be conducted in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

“Without occupied East Jerusalem, there will be no elections,” he said.

Muhaisen, who is the Fatah delegation member for Palestinian reconciliation, said that occupied East Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state and it would be nonsense to address the Palestinian general elections without it.

“This is not only Fatah’s stance but the Palestinian national unchanging position,” he said.

“Voting in occupied East Jerusalem took place in the first and second Palestinian elections,” he added.

“Hamas will undoubtedly be part of the coming general elections in Gaza, the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem,” he said. “Hamas was a part of the Palestinian latest 2006 parliamentary elections where voting then took place in occupied East Jerusalem,” he said.

Pave the way

Hamas actively took part and won a majority in the Palestinian Legislative Council of the 2006 parliamentary elections and established a government which was followed by a Palestinian unity government before it took over the coastal strip of Gaza.

A top Israeli official told the Israeli daily Haaretz that the Israeli government is not likely to allow voting in occupied East Jerusalem if Hamas participates.

A Palestinian source added to the daily that Hamas has made a condition to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) that it will only agree to hold presidential and parliamentary elections if voting takes place in occupied East Jerusalem and Hamas is allowed to participate in it.

Muhaisen said that the Palestinian factions will start their Cairo meetings on December 18, where the factions will establish a Palestinian government of technocrats where the premier and ministers will be chosen by the factions during the December 20 and 22 meetings.

“This government will pave the way for the Palestinian general elections which will be held all over the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967,” he said.

(gulfnews.com / 08.12.2011)

“A Night in Gaza” – Cultural Fundraiser @ Westminster Uni | PalSoc

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    OLD CINEMA – Regent Campus
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    An evening designed to celebrate Palestinian culture whilst raising money for medical aid for Gaza, as it currently lacks 150 types of required medicine and 160 medical equipment in its hospitals.

    Join us for a night of culture, where we will be video conferencing with Gaza, remembering the names of the dead, performances of poetry (plus Open Mic), singing and role-play dedicated to Palestine, as well as a round off of Palestinian Dabke (traditional dance) teaching you a few moves at the end if you wish with a few more surprises, just to make you feel a little like you are in Gaza, even for a few hours..

    The entry is just £3, with Palestinian merchandise (kuffiyeh’s, flags, bracelets) on sale, again all the night’s profits going directly to Gaza.

    Doors open at 5.30PM, event begins at 6PM. Traditional Middle Eastern food will be served, any externals you wish to bring must email; palestinian.solidarity@su.westminster.ac.uk with their full names. You can either buy tickets or pay on entry for the event

    Hope to see you there!

Palestinian flag to be raised at UNESCO headquarters

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki (L) and Palestinian ambassador to UNESCO Elias Sanbar will be present during the flag raising ceremony on December 13, 2011.

PARIS: United Nations cultural agency UNESCO said Wednesday the Palestinian flag would be raised at its Paris headquarters on December 13 after Palestine won full membership despite Israeli and US objections.

The flag will be raised “to mark Palestine’s admission to the organisation” in the presence of UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, as well as Foreign Minister Riad Maliki. The President of the UNESCO’s General Conference Katalin Bogyay and the Chairperson of the Organisation’s Executive Board Alissandra Cummins, will also be present.

UNESCO’s General Conference admitted Palestine as the Organization’s 195th Member on 31 October. Membership became official on 23 November, when Palestine signed and accepted UNESCO’s Constitution at the National Archives in London — a move seen as a step towards its eventual recognition as a UN member state.

The move prompted Israel and the United States to pull the plug on their UNESCO funding.

Legislation dating from the 1990s requires the US administration, Israel’s staunchest ally, to withdraw funding from any UN agency that admits Palestine as a full member before a final peace deal is reached with Israel.

(tribune.com.pk / 08.12.2011)

Het enorme verschil tussen de Islam en de daadwerkelijke praktijk van de moslims

Bron: soennah.com


الفرق الكبير بين الاسلام وأفعال المسلمين

 [باللغة الهولندية]

مصدر:soennah.com

 

 

revisie: Aboe Abdelilah  Al-belgikie

مراجعة:ابو عبد الله البلجيكي

 

Kantoor voor da’wa Rabwah (Riyadh)

1430-2009

Islam voor iedereen


In naam van Allah, de Barmhartige, de Genadevolle

 

Het enorme verschil tussen de Islam en de daadwerkelijke praktijk van de moslims

 

Vraag:

Als de Islam de beste religie is, waarom zijn de meeste moslims dan oneerlijk, onbetrouwbaar en betrokken bij activiteiten zoals oplichterij, omkoperij, drugshandel enz.?

Antwoord:

1. De belastering van de Islam door de media

a. De Islam is zonder twijfel de beste religie, maar de media zijn in de handen van de westerlingen die bang zijn voor de Islam. De media drukken en zenden onophoudelijk informatie uit tegen de Islam. Zij verstrekken onjuiste informatie over de Islam, citeren de Islam onjuist of rukken eventuele bronnen uit hun context.

b. Wanneer er ergens aanslagen plaatsvinden, zijn de moslims altijd de eerste mensen die zonder enig bewijs beschuldigd worden. Dit verschijnt dan als krantekoppen in het nieuws. Later, wanneer blijkt dat niet-moslims verantwoordelijk waren, verschijnt het als onbelangrijk nieuwspunt in de media.

c. Wanneer een vijftigjarige moslimman een vijftienjarig meisje huwt, met haar toestemming, verschijnt het op de voorpagina. Maar wanneer een vijftigjarige niet-moslim een zesjarig meisje verkracht, vind je dit nieuws terug in de binnenpagina’s van de kranten. In Amerika vinden dagelijks 2.713 gevallen van verkrachting plaats, maar het verschijnt niet in het nieuws, aangezien het voor de Amerikanen een manier van leven is geworden.

2. Zwarte schapen in elke gemeenschap

Ik ben me ervan bewust dat sommige moslims oneerlijk, onbetrouwbaar, bedriegers, enz. zijn, maar de media presenteren dit alsof slechts moslims bij dergelijke activiteiten betrokken zijn. Elke gemeenschap heeft haar zwarte schapen.

3. Beoordeel een auto niet aan de hand van zijn bestuurder

Je wil beoordelen hoe goed het nieuwste model van “Mercedes” is, terwijl een persoon die nietkanrijden achter het stuur zit en de auto in de prak rijdt. Wie beschuldig je dan? De auto of de bestuurder? De bestuurder uiteraard! Om te analyseren hoe goed de auto is, zou men niet de bestuurder onder de loep moeten nemen, maar de capaciteit en de eigenschappen van de auto. Hoe snel gaat de auto, wat is zijn gemiddelde brandstofverbruik, hoe zit het met de veiligheid, enz.

Zelfs als ik het er, omwille van het argument, mee eens ben dat moslims slecht zijn, kunnen wij de Islam niet aan de hand van zijn aanhangers beoordelen. Als je wil beoordelen hoe goed de Islam is, beoordeel het dan volgens zijn authentieke bronnen, d.w.z. de Glorieuze Koran en de authentieke overleveringen.

4. Beoordeel de Islam aan de hand van zijn beste aanhanger, d.w.z. de Profeet Mohammed (vrede zij met hem)

Als je feitelijk wil beoordelen hoe goed een auto is, zet je een deskundige bestuurder achter het stuur. Zo ook is het de beste en de voorbeeldigste aanhanger van de Islam die je dient te bestuderen om tot een correct oordeel over de Islam te komen. De laatste en definitieve boodschapper van de Almachtige God, de Profeet Mohammed (vrede zij met hem). Naast moslims, zijn er ook verschillende eerlijke en onbevooroordeelde niet-moslim historici die hebben toegejuicht dat de Profeet Mohammed (vrede zij met hem) de beste mens was. Volgens Michael H. Hart die het boek ‘The Hundred Most Influential Men in History’ (De honderd invloedrijkste mensen in de geschiedenis) schreef, gaat de hoogste positie, d.w.z. de nummer één positie, naar de geliefde Profeet van de Islam: Mohammed (vrede zij met hem). Er zijn meer voorbeelden van niet-moslims te noemen die hun waardering over de Profeet uitgesproken hebben zoals o.a. Thomas Carlyle en Lamartine.

www.islamhouse.com

Islam voor iedereen !

(www.islamhouse.com / 08.12.2011)

Muslim Reformers vs Extremists

Extremists hijack EFD event

Press Statement – “We will not leave”: Muslim reformers to extremists

– On 7 December 2011, twenty radical Muslims hijacked an event featuring Muslim reformists, Irshad Manji and Tofik Dibi, in Amsterdam.

The extremists repeatedly declared “Takfir!”, thereby ordering the execution of Manji and Dibi. After threatening to break Manji’s neck, they demanded that the event, sponsored by the European Foundation for Democracy, be stopped.

The speakers refused to leave the stage. Their discussion on the modernisation of Islam resumed after the police arrested a number of the extremists. Stated Manji, “I never felt afraid. Not once. Neither did Tofik. In fact, all of us refused to leave, even when police asked. We wouldn’t play on Jihadi terms. Some things are simply more important than fear.”

Emphasized Dutch MP, Tofik Dibi, “the disruption shows that even in the Netherlands it is necessary to continue the debate on reforming Islam.”

Roberta Bonazzi, Executive Director of the European Foundation for Democracy, added “the voice of democratic Islam will not be silenced by extremism. We are united and will continue to support inspirational Muslim reformers across Europe.” By bringing together two such reformers at the Amsterdam event, the European Foundation for Democracy is pursuing its mission of empowering liberal Muslims who advocate the values of open societies.

Irshad Manji is in Europe to promote her latest book, Allah, Liberty and Love. Manji, a practicing Muslim, is also the author ofThe Trouble With Islam Today. As part of her tour she is meeting fellow Muslim reformists, youth activists and parliamentarians in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

The radicals are believed to be members of Sharia4Belgium, one of several Islamist groups seeking to enact Sharia law throughout Europe.

(europeandemocracy.org / 08.12.2011)

Kuwait to re-build schools in Gaza as Israel destroyed over 250

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Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development acting through the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have signed an agreement worth $9,550,000 to construct five new schools in the Gaza Strip, an UNRWA statement said Monday.

The agreement was signed in Amman between the Director of the IDB’s Trust Funds Department, Mansour Bin Feten, and Peter Ford, representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General.

“Education forms the Agency’s largest program and UNRWA currently educates more than 218,000 refugee students across 243 schools in the Gaza Strip,” said the statement. “About 94% of the schools are run on a double-shift basis and the average class size in Gaza is 38.5 pupils. These five new schools will go a significant way towards easing the overcrowding that is endemic in Gaza’s schools, and which has begun to negatively impact on academic attainment levels.”

Among the five schools funded by the Kuwait Fund is a groundbreaking, pilot “environmental zero impact” school, designed by the Italian architecture firm, Mario Cucinella Architects, which will be showcased by UNRWA at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Durban, South Africa. It is hoped that the green school concept will be rolled out more widely across the Gaza Strip in the coming years.

Commenting on the agreement, Filippo Grandi, UNRWA Commissioner-General, underlined that: “UNRWA is delighted to have signed this agreement to build five schools in Gaza.”

He said, “Education remains the key intervention for the Agency in Gaza and we are most grateful that the Kuwait Fund has come on board to help us meet our goals for Palestine refugee children. This contribution is the first-ever agreement between UNRWA and the Kuwait Fund, acting through the Islamic Development Bank, one of the Agency’s most valued partners, and we are confident that this marks the start of a long and fruitful relationship. We are particularly pleased that the Kuwait Fund and the IDB have decided to fund the pilot green school, an exciting and groundbreaking initiative for the Agency.”

Established in 1961, the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development assists Arab and other developing countries in developing their economies by providing loans, guarantees, grants, technical assistance, and contributing to capital stocks of international and regional development finance institutions and other development institutions.

(www.paltelegraph.com / 08.12.2011)

How about an Israeli destruction freeze?

Obama should demand an immediate halt to all Israeli destruction of Palestinian property in the West Bank.
Many Palestinians have been left homeless after occupying Israeli forces demolished their homes

Washington, DC – Much was made of what many in the media described as a “confrontation” between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama over the building of illegal Israeli settlements (or colonies) in Occupied Palestinian Territory. From the very beginning of the Obama administration, the pursuit of a freeze on Israeli settlement activity was a stated goal – one that was never really accomplished and never adequately pursued.

The idea of a settlement freeze, which was wrongly attributed to the now-resigned special envoy George Mitchell, was actually stipulated in the Bush administration’s Road Map and accepted by the parties in 2003. A freeze on all settlement activity was a first-phase Israeli obligation – not to mention an obligation under international law. It should go without saying that the Israelis failed to fulfill this obligation, and instead the Israeli government, then led by Ariel Sharon, presided over the single largest and most aggressive period of settlement activity in the West Bank since the Menachem Begin government in 1977-83.

Still, Israeli settlement construction is not the only belligerent behaviour conducted by the occupation regime in Palestinian Territory. To paraphrase the now-former US Congressman Brian Baird, if the law is “thou shall not build on territory which does not belong to you”, an equally important corollary of this law is “thou shall not destroy what belongs to others in territory which does not belong to you”. Of course, apart from the regular construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, there is also the regular destruction of Palestinian buildings and infrastructure in the same territory.

Both the construction of illegal settlements and the destruction of the homes and property of the native Palestinians stem from the same origin: Israel’s unbridled assertion of power over the native Palestinians in the context of total impunity.

Much destruction occurs in Area C of the West Bank. This territory comprises roughly 60 per cent of the West Bank, and Israel maintains full control over security, planning and zoning.

The United Nations Organisation for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Territories (UNOCHA) noted in a recent report:

“In the first six months of 2011, OCHA recorded the Israeli authorities’ demolition of 342 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C, including 125 residential structures, displacing a total of 656 Palestinians, including 351 children. This is almost five times as many structures demolished and people displaced as during the equivalent period in 2010.”

Take, for example, the time when 30 Israeli vehicles and 100 soldiers entered the village of Ein al-Duyuk and demolished the homes of four different Palestinian families deep in the West Bank. Or the dawn raid of Jaba’a near Hebron which led to the demolition of another family’s home. Or the demolition of five homes in Khan al-Ahmar, near Jerusalem, which left 71 people, including 60 children, homeless. Or when a mosque, two homes and a barn housing children’s pet rabbits were demolished in the village of Um Fagareh. Or the demolition of wells near Idhna, which debilitated Palestinian farmers. Or Khirbet Susa’s rural primary school, which currently educates 36 Palestinian children and has recently received demolition orders after it was last demolished a year ago. Or the solar panel complex, built by a Spanish NGO for €300,000 ($401,310) in 2009 to provide much-needed sustainable electricity to the isolated Palestinian village of Imneizel, which also has demolition orders pending.

Or, perhaps most disturbing of all, is that all of the above-mentioned Area C demolitions and demolition orders were executed or handed down only in the past 90 days.

Israeli destruction of Palestinian homes and buildings, like the construction of illegal settlements, is part of a matrix of control aimed at limiting Palestinians to an existence on only a fraction of a fraction of their land. No objective observer can take the argument that the destruction of Palestinian village schools, water wells, solar panels and homes provides anyone with security. Likewise, Palestinian villagers left homeless at the hands of an Israeli bulldozer will rightly find claims that Israeli politicians want peace to be farcical.

Yet this destruction persists today at accelerated levels, with little objection from an Obama administration that races to show its support for Israel as we enter an election year.

Nevertheless, the Obama administration should demand an immediate halt to all Israeli settlement construction because it is illegal, and an immediate halt to all Israeli destruction in the West Bank because it is simply inhumane.

Yousef Munayyer is the Executive Director of the Palestine Centre in Washington, DC.  

(www.aljazeera.com / 08.12.2011)

Radical Belgian Muslims disrupted a debate on Wednesday evening about Islam which featured writer and Muslim activist Irshad Manji and Green Left Party MP Tofik Dibi.

The Islamists threatened and spat on Ms Manji. Tofik Dibi, who accompanied Ms Manji to the police station where she filed a report, said that “the disruption of the debate shows that even in the Netherlands it is necessary to continue the debate on a free and moderate Islam.”

Eventually, the police were called in to remove the protestors. A police spokesperson later said that two of the 22 men involved were arrested, one for making threats and one for insulting police.

Irshad Manji, a known critic of Islam, is the author of The Islam Dilemma. On the current affairs programmePauw en Witteman she said she had experienced her share of fierce opposition but that she had never before seen anything like this.

The Islamists, who also threw raw eggs, demanded that the debate participants leave the stage; the debaters refused. Mr Dibi later tweeted that the debate “about a promising new generation of Muslims” was later continued at the request of Ms Manji.

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders tweeted: “Dibi does not deserve eggs from radical Muslims or disruption of the meeting. He must be able to say what he wants.”

(www.rnw.nl / 08.12.2011)

Clashes in Gaza after deadly airstrike

 

Palestinians carry the bodies of militants Issam al-Batsh and Subhi al-Batsh during their funeral in Gaza City on Dec. 8, 2011. The armed wing of Fatah said it fired a missile toward the Negev after the airstrike, claiming Issam as one of its operatives.
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The armed wing of Fatah said it fired a missile toward the Negev amid Israeli shelling in central Gaza, after an Israeli airstrike killed a member of the group and one other person in Gaza earlier on Thursday.The Al-Aqsa Brigades said it fired a missile toward the Mishmar HaNegev kibbutz in response to “the assassination that took place today.” It was only the group’s initial response, a statement said.

Residents told Ma’an that Israeli tanks and warplanes fired on the Zeitoun area of Gaza City on Thursday evening. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage caused by either attack in Gaza or the Negev.

The escalation came after an Israeli airstrike killed two people in the central Gaza Strip. Two more were injured in the explosion, which witnesses said hit a parked car near Omar al-Mukhtar street.

A Ma’an reporter named those killed as Issam Subhi al-Batsh and Subhi Alaa al-Batsh.

Hamas armed wing Al-Qassam Bridges said in a statement it was mourning its operative Subhi Alaa al-Batsh, and the Ayman Juda Brigades, an Aqsa sub-division, said Issam Subhi al-Batsh was one of its members.

The Israeli army said it targeted al-Batsh and another person, who were “both affiliated with a terrorist squad that intended to execute a terrorist attack against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers via the western border.”

Hamas, meanwhile, demanded that Israel cease the attacks and added that Israel’s leader should be tried for war crimes, a spokesman for the group, Fawzi Barhoum, said in a statement.

Barhoum said “the enemy wants to export its internal and external crises to Gaza, and it wants to impose a new formula on the resistance after it won in the prisoner’s deal.”

He said Israel holds “full responsibility for today’s crime,” and demanded that the Arab League and the international community intervene to stop attacks on the Palestinian people in Gaza.

A spokesman for the Gaza government, Taher al-Nunu, also condemned the bombing and expressed concern about a series of threats made by Israel in the lead up to the strike.

Al-Nunu called on Egypt and the UN to intervene as soon as possible.

(www.maannews.net / 08.12.2011)

2 killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza

 

People crowd around the remains of a car hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City
Dec. 8, 2011.
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike killed two people in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday, medics and security officials said.

Medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said two people died and two others were wounded after the explosion, which witnesses said hit a car parked near Omar al-Mukhtar street.

A Ma’an reporter named those killed as Issam Subhi al-Batsh and Subhi Alaa al-Batsh.

Hamas armed wing Al-Qassam Bridges said in a statement it was mourning its operative Subhi Alaa al-Batsh, and the Ayman Juda Brigades, a sub-division of Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Brigades, said Issam Subhi al-Batsh was one of its members.

Crowds gathered around the site of the blast in the busy street, and locals told Ma’an that the explosion damaged three buses that had brought high school students for a picnic in the area. The students scattered in a state of panic, they said.

The strength of the blast threw one body outside of the car park area, while another was extracted from the car, witnesses said.

Abu Salmiya said the wounded were taken to Shifa hospital in Gaza City to treat light and moderate injuries.

The Israeli army said in a statement that its aircraft hit central and northern Gaza and confirmed a “direct hit.”

It said it targeted Issam al-Batsh and another person, who were “both affiliated with a terrorist squad that intended to execute a terrorist attack against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers via the western border.”

Spokesman of the Gaza government, Taher al-Nunu condemned the bombing, and expressed concern about a series of threats made by Israel in the lead up to the strike.

Al-Nunu called on Egypt and the United Nations to intervene as soon as possible to stop the “continuous crimes against Palestinians.”

(www.maannews.net / 08.12.2011)