Gingrich calls Palestinians an “invented” people

(Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich thrust himself into controversy on Friday by declaring that the Palestinians are an “invented” people who want to destroy Israel.

The former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives predictably sided with Israel in its decades-old dispute with the Palestinians but took it a step further in an interview with the Jewish Channel.

The cable station posted online its interview with Gingrich, who has risen to the top of Republican polls with voting to start early next year to pick a nominee to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election.

Gingrich differed with official U.S. policy that respects the Palestinians as a people deserving of their own state based on negotiations with Israel.

“Remember, there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire” until the early 20th century, Gingrich said.

“I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs, and who were historically part of the Arab community. And they had a chance to go many places, and for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940s, and it’s tragic,” he said.

Gingrich along with other Republican candidates are seeking to attract Jewish support by vowing to bolster U.S. ties with Israel if elected.

Gingrich said the Hamas militant group, which controls the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinians’ governing body, the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank, represent “an enormous desire to destroy Israel.”

The U.S. government has sought to encourage the Palestinian Authority to negotiate with Israel but has labeled Hamas as a terrorist group.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has long forsworn violence against Israel as a means to secure an independent state, pinning his hopes first on negotiations and more recently on a unilateral bid for statehood via the United Nations.

Gingrich said he would be willing to consider granting clemency to Jonathan Jay Pollard, who has been serving a life prison term since 1987 for passing U.S. secrets to Israel. Successive U.S. presidents have refused Israeli entreaties to free him.

“If we can get to a point where I’m satisfied that there’s no national security threat, and if he’s in fact served within the range of people who’ve had a similar problem, then I’d be inclined to consider clemency,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich sharply criticized the Obama administration’s approach to Middle East diplomacy, saying it is “so out of touch with reality that it would be like taking your child to the zoo and explaining that a lion was a bunny rabbit.”

(www.reuters.com / 09.10.2011)

My Words to the West leaders

I as a Muslim, Egyptian, Arab, and African, direct my words to the ruler of the world, who are the real Dictators, those who try to convince every time with new lies

Those who call War against Terror. but forgot that they are the Terrorist

Those who claim the Democracy, but they the real dictators

Those who say they care for the human rights, but they order to kill and human rights violation.

Ever since the west steal the resources, and try to control this area, if its England, France, now the USA and Germany, only they didn’t consider the native of the Arab and African.

This Nation’s will hold on and never give up and will never forget the reason of their disaster…..

-. Palestine 63 years of occupation oppression and human rights violation, and their resistance gets every day stronger.

Stone against bombs, children against a Army.

-. Egypt after over 30 years having control over the country through the traitor Mubarak, they support the new Dictatorship SCAF (not only)

-. Libya the west has started a War killed thousands of civilian, just because Gaddafi was a opponent

those are only some examples, still we have Iraq Iran Afghanistan Pakistan Syria Somalia Lebanon and and and…….

But why we go so far, lets look to the Occupy Action which is getting every day stronger,

isn’t this proof enough that the West failed with its politic

isn’t this proof enough that this USA did never and will never care for the own people.

I think the only think we could learn from this Peoples World Revolution as I call it is: that we normal people want freedom and justice, we want to live our life in peace

no matter how we call the system I guess their time is over, we don’t accept their Lies anymore

(gazaconvoy.wordpress.com /09.12.2011)

Volunteer in Gaza with the ISM

9 December 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, Gaza

The International Solidarity Movement is appealing for activists to join our team in the besieged Gaza Strip.  After being barred from Gaza in 2003 following the murders of Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall, ISM Gaza was reinstated in August 2008 when ISM and other volunteers traveled aboard the historic, siege-breaking voyage of the first Free Gaza Movement boat. ISM has maintained a constant presence in Gaza since that time, for over three years of Israel’s crippling siege.

ISM volunteers refused to leave when Israel began bombing Gaza in December 2008. During the devastating 23-day assault, activists accompanied ambulances and provided vital testimony to the international media.

Daily life in Gaza is a harrowing struggle. In stark violation of international law, Israel enforces a three-nautical-mile fishing blockade. The Israeli-imposed ‘buffer zone’ swallows up a third of Gaza’s farmland, which lies along the Israeli border. Farmers are routinely shot and killed simply for working their land well inside Gaza’s borders.

ISM Gaza volunteers accompany farmers and demonstrators in the ‘buffer zone’, as well as fishermen routinely harassed by the Israeli navy. Visithttp://www.palsolidarity.org/main/category/gaza/ to watch videos and read reports by ISM Gaza.

Those interested in joining the ISM Gaza team are required to attend a preliminary training in their home country and must communicate with the volunteers in Gaza prior to arrival. Entering Gaza is an arduous process that may require some time to be spent in Egypt. All ISM volunteers in Gaza must agree to ISM principles as delineated on www.palsolidarity.org.

Also recommended:

  • Previous experience in the West Bank with the ISM strongly encouraged; if not, experience with nonviolent direct action, preferably elsewhere in the Middle East
  • A historical understanding of Palestine and some knowledge of the current political situation
  • Arabic language skills highly recommended; if not English is necessary
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to stay in Gaza for an extended period of time (over a month)
  • High degree of independence and self-sufficiency
  • Ability to do deal with protracted stressful situations
  • Experience with consensus-based decision-making

For more information about where to attend a preliminary training or other questions, please email gazaism@gmail.com.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 09.12.2011)

Gaza death toll rises to 4

 

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Violence has flared between Israel and Gaza, with the Israeli air force killing four Palestinians and armed groups firing rockets far across the border.

The fighting erupted on Thursday when an airstrike on a car killed an operative for Hamas’ armed wing and another from a group affiliated with Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

Israel accused them both of planning to send gunmen to attack it through Egypt.

Fighters responded to Thursday’s airstrike with a barrage of rockets, some of which landed near Beersheba. No one was hurt. Air-raid sirens summoned residents of southern Israel to shelters.

Another Israeli airstrike followed before dawn Friday, hitting a Hamas facility in Gaza City.

The blast flattened a nearby home, killing its owner; the man’s 12-year-old son was pronounced dead hours later. The man’s wife and five other children were wounded, hospital officials said.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the series of Israeli attacks.

PLO official Saeb Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio that Israel was trying to “sabotage” the calm that had prevailed in the region following reconciliation efforts, the PA news agency Wafa reported.

Hamas accused Israel of a “massacre”, while Israel both expressed regret for the civilian casualties and alleged that Hamas had stored rockets next to the camp, leading to the explosion.

Israel’s chief of staff Benny Gantz, meanwhile, gathered his top army officials to review the security situation following renewed violence in Gaza and the Negev, Israeli media said.

Army, air force and naval commanders attended the meeting, Ynet news reported.

Militants stepped up rocket attacks as night fell.

Three groups said they had fired more than a dozen projectiles across the border. Israel police said at least 10 landed in Israeli territory, causing no casualties.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said it fired three “Aqsa missiles” at Ashkelon.

The brigades also said it fired three missiles toward the Shaar Hanegev regional council a day earlier in response to Israel’s “aggression” which accelerated over the past 24 hours.

Witnesses in Gaza reported heavy activity of Israeli drones over head.

Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister in Gaza, said he was “pursuing intensive contacts with several Arab and international parties, and we stress the necessity of this aggression being stopped immediately”.

Speaking after Friday prayers in Gaza City, Haniyeh told reporters that Israel’s latest flare up in aggression was preceded by threats of a new military action by Israeli leaders.

The raids demonstrated Israel’s intentions toward the Palestinian people in Gaza, he said. Such violence will fail because of the resolve of Gaza’s residents and the resistance’s ability to protect the enclave, he said.

(www.maannews.net / 09.12.2011)

Still casting lead: Israeli air force attack kills 1, injures 13 in single family

Midhad El Zalaan in his home after Israel’s bombing

“This is the occupation,” a neighbor mumbled as we stepped into what remained of twenty-year-old Migdad El Zalaan’s cement-block home in the north of Gaza City this afternoon.  The Israeli Air Force dropped the first of three bombs near Zalaan’s home at approximately 2 a.m. this morning killing his uncle, wounding El Zalaan and the rest of his twelve family members, and destroying his home.

In one corner of the living room a baby doll lay on a mattress buried under shards of tin roof.  Cement blocks squashed plastic party hats and red stuffed bears, and  El Zalaan family’s modest possessions lay buried under layers of dust and rubble.  El Zalaan was on his computer right before Israel attacked.

“After the Israelis dropped the first bomb, I took my family and left my home,” explained El Zalaan, periodically looking up at the sky, where the ceiling once was. “Then the second bomb dropped and I went to my uncle’s home to find out if they were okay. My uncle’s wife [Saada El Zalaan] called me from under the rubble. She was holding her baby, I took the baby and then Israel dropped the third bomb.”  El Zalaan then helped his aunt out of her house despite her pleas to get her son out and leave her.

“I kept digging, looking for my uncle, then I found him, buried, but still breathing. He told me ‘take care of my family, take care of my wife and my children’ and then he died in my arms.”  Bahjat El Zalaan was 33-years-old and the father of 5 when he died.

El Zalaan described how during the bombing he was screaming and pulling his hair out, and how he was trying to protect his mother, father, grandmother and siblings from the shrapnel by holding them in his arms. “I got rubble in my leg and back,” he explained, wincing in pain throughout the interview.

He took his family to Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Two of his siblings, ages 8 and 10, remain in critical condition.  Israel had destroyed the roof of his home before, during Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009.  On the outside of the home, a small plaque hung near the broken window, “This shelter was repaired by UNRWA through a generous fund from the Federal Republic of Germany.”

Before leaving, El Zalaan asked if he could take a photograph with us and his cousin, who snapped a photo on his cell phone. As we left I asked him if he worked, and he said no, “we stay at home because there’s no work.”

(palsolidarity.org / 09.12.2011)

Jordan warns Israel over Al-Aqsa ramp closure

The Mughrabi ramp leading from the plaza by the Western Wall to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem.
AMMAN (AFP) — Jordan, the custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, warned Israel on Friday against closing a wooden access ramp to the sensitive Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City.

“Jordan rejects any Israeli attempt to affect Jerusalem’s holy sites, identity and heritage, including Al-Mughrabi Gate” that leads to the compound’s Al-Buraq Wall, known to Jews as the Western Wall, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh said.

The kingdom, which signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, “is in daily contact with the Israeli side to make sure it does not change the status quo of the gate,” Judeh told the government-owned Al-Rai Arabic daily.

Jerusalem’s city council on Thursday ordered the closure of the access ramp, saying it poses both a fire hazard and is at risk of collapse.

But Muslim leaders fear work on it could have a destabilizing effect, accusing Israel of failing to coordinate renovation plans with the Waqf, the Islamic organization that has jurisdiction over Muslim parts of the site.

Jordan’s powerful Islamists have condemned the city council’s decision.

“Israel is disregarding all Arab and international warnings,” said Hamzeh Mansur, head of the opposition Islamic Action Front party, accusing Israel of pursuing a “policy of Judaising the Holy Land.”

Last month, Amman warned that any Israeli “threats and aggressions” against the holy site would lead to “endless” violence in the Middle East.

(www.maannews.net / 09.12.2011)

Het meeste halalvlees blijkt helemaal niet halal

Halalvlees blijkt vaak niet halal te zijn.

De meeste kalveren en runderen in Nederland worden verdoofd ritueel geslacht. Dat meldt de eigenaar van een slachterij Het zou teveel tijd en moeite kosten om de dieren zonder verdoving ritueel te slachten.Ook het het Centraal orgaan Moslims en Overheid (CMO) zegt hiervan op de hoogte te zijn en stuurt aan op een centrale certificering, om te voorkomen dat moslims ongewild vlees kopen dat niet ritueel is geslacht.

Certificering zou een voor iedereen duidelijk herkenbare scheidslijn trekken tussen halal en niet halal vlees.

Dat meldt het tv-programma De Halve Maan van de NTR vandaag. Het wordt ook bevestigd door enkele andere slachterijhouders.

(www.parool.nl / 09.12.2011)

Rights group: Land swap agreements ‘illegal’

 

Laborers work at a construction site of new housing units in Givat Zeev Israeli settlement in the West Bank, north of Jerusalem.

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian agreements to swap land with Israel as part of a peace deal are illegal under the law governing occupation, rights group said Al-Haq said Thursday.

A recent proposal by Palestinian officials to Mideast Quartet diplomats on the borders of a future state could endanger Palestinian rights and be legally invalid, a new report by the Ramallah-based legal organization says.

The November PLO offer proposed swapping 1.9 percent of West Bank land with Israel, the Tel-Aviv based daily Haaretz reported.

“Rather than facilitate the exercise of self-determination and Palestinian sovereignty over their natural resources, ‘land swap’ agreements concluded under occupation will result in further fragmentation of Palestinian society and will effectively constitute official sanctioning of the dispossession of Palestinian land,” Director of Al-Haq Shawan Jabarin said Thursday.

“The Fourth Geneva Convention protects the interests of the occupied population and clearly states that any agreements that undermine their rights are prohibited as they are borne of a clear imbalance of power between the two parties involved.”

(www.maannews.net / 09.12.2011)

Egypt Holds Israel Responsible For Escalation

The Egyptian Ambassador to Palestine, Yasser Othman, held the Israeli government responsible for the latest escalation against the Gaza Strip that led to the death and injury of several Palestinians, including children.

Image By saraya.ps

Talking to the Maan News Agency, Othman stated that Israel is behind the latest wave of violence, and demanded Tel Aviv to stop its assaults, so that Cairo can hold talks to regain clam in the region.

He added that Egypt is heavily involved in the efforts to restore calm, and that Israel needs to stop its military escalation in order for these efforts to succeed.

Othman further stated that, by assassinating Issam and Sobhi Al Batsh on
Thursday, Israel toppled Egyptian efforts to maintain truce, and went ahead to bombard Gaza on Friday at dawn leading to the death of one resident and the injury of 13 others; all members of the same family, including children.

In related news, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, stated that the latest Israeli military escalation against the Gaza Strip “is an Israeli attempt to cause further destabilization in the region”.

She described the Israeli assaults as acts of collective punishment against the Palestinian civilians, adding that Israel is seeking retaliation from the resistance so it can conduct a larger military offensive in order to stop the efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip after repeated devastating military assaults, and to stop the Palestinian political moves in the international arena.

“Israel wants to destabilize the region, it is seeking retaliation; this is a very dangerous policy”, Dr. Ashrawi stated, “Israel want to strike the truce, the Palestinian reconciliation efforts; Tel Aviv is seeking escalation”.

On his part, Ismail Haniyya, Prime Minister of the Hamas-led government in Gaza, stated that his government is holding talks with Arab and international countries to stop the Israeli escalation that led to the death of three Palestinians, and the injury of 20 others since yesterday.

He added that Israel will never be able to target the Palestinian steadfastness, and the ability of the resistance to defend its people.

“This escalation came after repeated threats made by Israel’s political and military
leaders against the Gaza Strip”, Haniyya said, “Now, they are randomly bombing Gaza, conducting assassinations and killings”.

(www.imemc.org /09.12.2011)

‘Massacre’ feared brewing in Syrian city

 Pro-regime supporters hold up flag showing President al-Assad at a rally in Damascus, while opposition leaders warn of a brutal crackdown by the military.

Pro-regime supporters hold up flag showing President al-Assad at a rally in Damascus, while opposition leaders warn of a brutal crackdown by the military.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Syrian National Council warns a government operation appears imminent in Homs
  • At least 30 people died in Syria on Friday, 15 in Homs
  • The council says the regime is working to stoke sectarian strife
  • The Human Rights Watch issued a report on abuse in Homs

(CNN) — Syria’s leading opposition movement warned Friday of an impending government “massacre” designed to crush activists in the city of Homs, a metropolis that has emerged as a center of anti-regime unrest.

The Syrian National Council said military troops and vehicles have surrounded the western city and thousands of troops are manning more than 60 checkpoints just inside the city

“These are all signs of a security crackdown operation that may reach the level of a total invasion of the city,” the council said in a news release. It warned that a “massive number of casualties” could occur.

“Evidence received from reports, videos and information obtained by activists on the ground in Homs indicate that the regime is paving the way to commit a massacre in order to extinguish the Revolution in Homs and to discipline, by example, other Syrian cities that have joined the Revolution,” the council said.

Homs suffered more deaths on Friday, with at least 15 slain, and at least 15 others were killed during disturbances elsewhere across Syria, according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, an activist group. It said women, children and dissident soldiers were among those killed.

The United Nations said last week that more than 4,000 people have died in Syria since a brutal government crackdown against protesters erupted in mid-March. The regime’s actions have outraged world powers and sparked sanctions by the Arab League, Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

The council said the Bashar al-Assad regime is “driving violent sectarian incidents to justify this potential murder.”

The city of Homs is in a province of the same name. The region is populated by Sunnis, who make up the majority in Syria, and Alawites, a minority heterodox Muslim group that holds sway in the military and the government. The region also has a Christian presence.

More than 30 corpses were found in Homs on Monday, all thought to be victims of sectarian violence.

“The regime has tried hard to ignite the sectarian conflict using many dirty methods, which have included bombing and burning mosques, torturing and killing young men, and kidnapping women and children,” the Syrian National Council said in its news release. “The regime also took a significant step today … in burning oil pipelines in the neighborhood of Baba Amr to blame what the regime calls ‘armed gangs’ in an attempt to crush the peaceful uprising on the pretext of a war on terrorism.” A strike on a pipeline was reported on Thursday.

The council likens what the regime has planned to the 1982 government assault on the city of Hama, an operation that left thousands dead. It was led then-president Hafez al-Assad, Bashar’s father.

“We hold accountable the regime, and behind it the Arab League and the International Community, of what could happen to innocent civilians in the next few hours or days, and the implications for the region as a whole in the near future,” the council said.

The Human Rights Watch last month issued a report detailing “the systematic nature of abuses against civilians in Homs by Syrian government forces.”

The International Crisis Group issued a report on Syria in July, saying “Homs had become a miniature Syria, a microcosm of its numerous problems.”

“Its economic dynamism benefited only a narrow circle of people,” the report said. The swelling number of migrants who lived in the city’s outskirts suffered from declining services and living standards. The security services, predominantly controlled by and staffed with Alawites, earned a particularly bad reputation.

“If the picture appeared reasonably positive to one who visited the centre of the city, for most of its underprivileged residents it was appalling,” the report said.

(edition.cnn.com / 09.12.2011)