Column: Duidelijke verschillen

Vele westerse mensen willen de moslims zien integreren. Als er op veel gebieden gelijkenissen waren, dan zou de inburgering een stuk soepeler afgerond worden. Maar dat is  jammerlijk genoeg niet het geval, aangezien moslims de normen, waarden en gewoontes van onze Hollandse medeburgers niet accepteert en tolereert. Zoals een ieder wel zal weten, zijn de Nederlanders een stuk opener, zowel qua innerlijk alsmede uiterlijk.

Zeg maar gerust; wijd open.

Bij Islamieten staat religie op nummer één. Bij Nederlanders zal dat eerder iets in de  richting van ‘genot’ zijn. Vaak vragen zij dan ook aan mij waarom ik geen alcohol drink,  geslachtsgemeenschap voor het huwelijk heb of juist waarom ik niet wekelijks in een  discotheek te vinden ben. Wat gepaard gaat met zinnen zoals: ‘Je wilt niet weten wat je  mist, jongùh’. Het antwoord van mijn kant is dan zeer makkelijk. Wij tolereren dat niet in  onze ietwat gesloten religie. Ikzelf vind het maar goedkoop van vele Nederlanders, al dan  niet ongelovige personen. En dan hou ik het nog persoonlijk. Er zijn genoeg anderen die  dezelfde gedachtegang zullen hebben, een tegenspraak zal ik dan ook amper tegenkomen in  principe.

Een integratieproces is er dan ook om de achtergrond te doen verwateren. Door middel van  integratie zal het langzamerhand vervagen tot het bij assimilatie komt. Met als doel;  minder moskeeën, minder hoofddoeken, minder baarden en nog vele andere religieuze aspecten. Kortom, minder Islam. Het is wel raar dat niemand dat inziet, dat het daarheen zal leiden. Of iedereen wilt het gewoon niet zien, omdat zij houden van een oer-Hollandse cultuur. Ik wil niet zeggen dat je er niet aan moet beginnen, het is immers ook op eigen houtje. Maar vergeet nooit waar je vandaan komt, en wie/wat jou heeft gemaakt zoals je nu bent. Het is niet nodig om dom mee te gaan met de ongelovigen die meer cultuurgebonden leven. Voor aandacht kun je ook gewoon naar een moskee of buurtcentrum gaan. Daar waar daadwerkelijk de ‘sociale’ contacten zullen liggen. En niet in één of andere discotheek op de hoek naast die coffeeshop waar Guus en Truus te vinden zijn nadat hun maandelijkse uitkering is uitgekeerd.

Als een Nederlander in Nederland zo open moet zijn qua kleding bijvoorbeeld, dan betekent  het niet dat jij dat ook moet doen. Kledingvoorschriften zijn niet een onderdeel van het  inburgering-gedoe. Nee dat zeker niet, het is een onderdeel van de Islam. Als Linda een  ‘inkijk’ heeft, waarom zou jij dan er ook één moeten hebben? Weet dat het nergens goed voor is, net als een man die zich aantrekkelijk maakt jegens anderen. Het is ook geen optie om kleding te verstoppen in je tas, dat is ook nergens goed voor. Jouw Schepper ziet alles,  vrees Hem dan ook in plaats van jouw ouders bijvoorbeeld. Oké het klopt dat je meer  aandacht gaat krijgen, maar uiteindelijk zal desbetreffende persoon, waarvan jij de  aandacht van trekt, jou toch misbruiken. Weet dat al het onrecht op aarde slechts een  beproeving is.

Iets wat open is in het openbaar, is gratis toegankelijk voor een ieder.

Het enige wat je in deze tijd open moet houden, zijn je ogen. Dat is het enige. Vandaar dat  een echte praktiserende een khimaar/broek tot aan de enkels draagt. Waarbij een vrouw, op  haar gezicht na, het geheel heeft afgedekt. Nu zal je wel denken, ‘Ach nee joh, dit is  bullshit!’ Nee, dit noem ik pure logica. Het zijn de geschreven regels van de zuivere  religie Islam, en dat hoort een ieder te handhaven. Aangezien het immers alleen maar om  oogcontact draait. Waarheid kan men in andermans ogen zien. Het is de toegang naar de ziel  van een persoon. Of wil je dat een persoon oogcontact heeft met bijvoorbeeld hakken, een  heupwiegend achterwerk en een diepe ‘inkijk’ met een bos krullen ervoor?

Doe vooral geen moeite voor je gezicht, sta alleen voor de spiegel om je hijaab recht te  zetten, de spelden goed te plaatsen of voor de anderen om je gezicht te wassen. Schuil je  niet achter cosmetica, alles komt uiteindelijk toch boven water. Zo ook bij sommige  broeders, waar zijn die kleurlenzen voor nodig? Oké, voor een keertje kan het dan weer wel. Misschien dat je dan wel wordt aangenomen bij een sollicitatiegesprek. Maar doe alsjeblieft  geen blauwe lenzen, sinds wanneer wilt een moslim op een Germaan lijken? Het lijkt net  alsof een ieder tegenwoordig is verwesterd. Inclusief ik moet ik eerlijk bekennen, hoe  graag ik ook tegenstribbel. Ik moet steeds mijn identiteit verbergen wil ik iets bereiken.

Zo diep ben ik gezonken in het afgelegen eilandje dat steeds verder weg dobbert van het  oprechte. En dat eilandje heet Nederland. Het wordt steeds groter, en het gaat steeds  verder weg van Mekka.

Allah i 7fad.

Je ziet mensen, broeders en zusters, het moeilijk hebben met hun standvastigheid gekoppeld aan hun geloof. Hoe makkelijk het ook hoort te zijn, de Sunnah wordt moeilijk vervuld. Ikzelf had een baard bijvoorbeeld, die ik Alhamdoulilaah liet groeien. Totdat er in je  omgeving wordt geroepen om moord en brand. Al gauw werd er de link gelegd met  terroristische activiteiten die ik zogenaamd zou verrichten buiten mijn studie om. Dat is toch bizar voor worden, ik word mentaal verbrijzeld alleen door het belijden van mijn  religie. En dan laat ik nog vele discriminerende, racistische opmerkingen achterwege, simpelweg omdat ik, noch de politie, niet degene is die straft. Het zijn allemaal verschijnselen van beproevingen, en het draait in zijn geheel om geduld. Geduld zal de  sleutel zijn tot een slot, en dat slot zal opengemaakt worden op de ‘Dag des Oordeels’. En  dan komt jouw lot tevoorschijn, en mag jij je gaan verantwoorden. Voor alle mensen in mijn  omgeving die mij onrecht aandeden; Veel succes! Als iedereen nou zo’n motivatie had, dan  was er nergens oorlog. Maar goed, wie laat wie tegenwoordig nog in zijn waarde.

We leven toch allemaal op dezelfde planeet, dus wat wordt er dan eigenlijk bedoeld met  verschillen? Ik ben een mens, en geen aliën of iets buitenaards. Ik wil dan ook als een  mens worden behandeld, dat recht heb ik gekregen sinds ik een erkend burger ben. In elk  religie is dat dan ook van toepassing, heb respect voor elkaar. Behandel elkaar zoals jij  ook behandeld wilt worden, wees saamhorig. Als ik het zou spiegelen, dan was ik nu allang  in de gevangenis beland. Want de Marokkanen mogen de Nederlanders niet minderwaardig gaan behandelen. Wat hebben ze altijd als smoes? Juist ja, je bent hier te gast, dus ‘doe eens  even aanpassen’ wil je. Dan heb ik zoiets van sorry hoor, maar ik ben pas te gast als ik even op bezoek ga naar een ander planeet, Jupiter bijvoorbeeld. Aangezien de wereld één is,  maar blijkbaar denken de kaaskoppen hier in hun eigen wereldje te leven. En dat maakt het  een apart volk. Maar gelukkig voor hun zijn zij niet de enigen. De Engelsen, Amerikanen,  Fransen en ga zo maar door.. staan op één lijn met de Nederlanders. Dat is één van de vele  redenen dat ik de Islam als de beste religie in dit wereldse leven zie. Zo sociaal, schoon en tolerant is het zeker niet bij anderen kan ik je vol overtuiging mededelen.

(Si Hicham / Facebook / 11.12.2011)

Israeli officials talk tough on Gaza

 

Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak gestures as he attends a plenary session during the World Policy Conference at the historic Hofburg palace in Vienna on Dec. 11, 2011.
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli ministers warned of tougher military action on Gaza on Sunday, after five days of Israeli airstrikes on the blockaded strip.

Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak told a Vienna conference on Sunday that Israel might at some stage have to “take more assertive action” in Gaza, after Palestinian fighters fired rockets into southern Israel amid a series of Israeli bombardments that killed five people since Wednesday.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Sunday that there will be no way around military action if attacks from Gaza continue, Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post reported.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio that Israel will be forced to act militarily in Gaza sooner or later as it cannot accept Iranian and Hamas missile bases in the coastal enclave.

On Friday Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh warned that the latest flare up in violence was preceded by threats of a new military action by Israeli leaders.

The premier said he was “pursuing intensive contacts with several Arab and international parties, and we stress the necessity of this aggression being stopped immediately”.

Cairo is trying to renew a truce to restore calm between its neighbors, Egypt’s ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Yasser Othman told Ma’an earlier this week.

(www.maannews.net / 11.12.2011)

Arab League Condemns Gingrich’s Statements against Palestinians

CAIRO, December 11, 2011 (WAFA) – League of Arab States strongly condemned on Sunday the racist declarations made by US Republican Party presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, against the Palestinian people and their rights, according to an official.

Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League for Palestinian affairs and occupied Arab territories, Muhammad Sbeih, in a press release said that the League of Arab States heard the allegations of Gingrich with incredulity and disbelief and it confirms they are irresponsible and have no scientific base, what so ever.

He added that the Palestinian people lived on this land three thousand years before religions and they have deep culture and history that cannot be ignored nor will be affected by such trivialities and false claims.

He said that these claims if caused by ignorance, then it is a real disaster because it is assumed that a former House of Representatives speaker and a head of one of the congress’ committees to be totally aware of the historical facts, at least what was mentioned in the bible and Torah, concerning the clear rights of the Palestinian people that cannot be denied.

He added that this declaration if said for a political purpose, then the disaster is greater, because it shows a cheap try to get votes for the elections, for which Gingrich was able to sell America’s interests and deny the international law, the democratic principles and human rights.

He considered these statements a clear invitation to deport the Palestinians to Arab countries, pointing out that this gives a “green light” to those who believe in such policy in the Israeli right-wing party, which drags the region into chaos.

He called on the Arab parliaments and bodies in the US, which call for democracy and human rights, to interfere in order to confront these cheap declarations which affect US and its role as a mediator in the peace process.

He said that the American electors should maintain the American constitution as well as the American principles and interests in the world.

Speaking of the Israeli reluctance to carry out the second phase of the exchange deal, Sbeih added that the Arab leaderships, people and league never trusted the Israeli leadership, but they trust the Egyptian side, which carried out this deal, and the Palestinian side working hard to release the greatest number of prisoners.

US Republican Party presidential candidate Newt Gingrich during a conference marking the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated that “the Palestinian people inhibited this land since the dawn of history, and they intend to remain on it until the end of time,” in which he said that the Palestinian people were “invented” and “terrorists.”

(mideastnews-danmike.blogspot.com / 11.12.2011)

Is it all about Islamism vs. secularism?

A small country in North Africa, Tunisia, has taken big steps for itself and for the region in a very short one-year period. It inflamed the wave of courageous protests among civilians against Middle Eastern nations’ outdated autocratic regimes.

Setting aside the Egyptian constitutional referendum held in March, Tunisia has also become the first country in which the first free democratic elections were held.

Although Ennahda won the biggest share in the Constitutional Assembly, it was of significant importance that different political views from liberals to socialists and from Islamists to secularists had their own shares as well.

Starting Nov. 22, the Constitutional Assembly sessions have been held and different voices and suggestions are able to be heard for the first time in Tunisian history. Even the opposition parties do not seem excluded from the political scene and discussions.

Although oftentimes they are far from being able to find a common way, and they even waste time in discussing minor issues without reaching an agreement or conclusion, people should be aware of the improvement achieved so far despite the disadvantages that come with a lack of experience.

No one said or expected this process and transition would be easy and short, yet the hope is that sooner or later things will get on the right track and public determination should not be lost. The most important of all is to not get lost in empty debates of differences and focus on disagreements that polarize the populous, disregarding or failing to address the more important issues of the country, which were the driving forces behind the Tunisian Revolution.

Polarization within society?

As results of the Oct. 23 elections were revealed, many segments of Tunisian society as well as the international community were alarmed by Ennahda’s victory, although the party far from achieved the absolute majority of 109 seats.

Suddenly, almost everyone began to discuss the threat of an Islamic regime rather than talking about the success of Tunisia in dealing with the election process compared to other states still trying to handle the situation.

Yet, so far, Ennahda does not seem like it is pushing for any Islamic agenda or radical Islamist solutions and follows a more moderate approach. In fact, its coalition with the secular center-left Congress for the Republic party and social democratic Ettakatol party also reduces the possibility that Ennahda can impose its radical Islamic agenda on the country – if it even has one.

At this point, what needs to be done is the encouragement of cooperation between all factions, including Islamists and secularists, instead of stimulating an ideological war which may easily push society toward a dangerous polarization and endanger all the transition and improvement. We can see some small indications of this in the Occupy Bardo protests that have been going on for one week in Tunisia, as some groups chant for or against Islam while most of the people still unite under the main slogan of “Employment, Freedom and Dignity.”

It would be so idealistic to seek a full agreement and no discontent between different parties. Naturally, there will always be disagreements as differences cannot be totally abolished in all cases. Therefore, the Arabs and international community first have to learn to respect the rules and results of the democratic game. If we insist on judging the results while opposing but not bringing any tangible alternatives, the demands of the street will be left unfulfilled. Tunisians need jobs, freedom, improved living standards and their rights rather than never-ending empty discussions on ideologies and their differences.

Gamze Coşkun is an analyst for Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (USAK).

(www.hurriyetdailynews.com / 11.12.2011)

Syrian army and defectors ‘battling in south’

Hundreds of army defectors in southern Syria have fought with loyalist forces in one of the biggest armed confrontations in a nine-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, residents and activists said.

Troops, mainly from the 12th Armoured Brigade, based in Isra, 40km from the border with Jordan, stormed the
nearby town of Busra al-Harir, the Reuters news agency reported.

Al Jazeera’s Nisreen El-Shamayleh, reporting from near the Jordan-Syria border, said that the clash started when “tens of tanks mounted with machine guns opened fire in that area earlier on Sunday morning to try to put an end to a general strike” called for by the opposition.

 

The sound of explosions and heavy machine guns was heard in Busra al-Harir and in Lujah, an area of rocky hills north of the town, where defectors have been hiding and attacking military supply lines.

At least 10 people were killed by government troops on Sunday, activists said. Three of them were killed in the city of Hama, two in Idlib, four in Homs and one in Daraa.

General strikes

Earlier on Sunday, activists across the country launched a general strike to step up pressure on the country’s government to end its deadly response to anti-government protests.

The Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC), a Syrian rights group, organised the civil disobedience campaign, including the closure of shops and universities in protest, as well as sit-in demonstrations across the country.

“This strike is really a desperate action, a desperate cry from the Syrian people, the last civilian action we could do,” Ashraf al-Moqdad, a member of the Syrian opposition calling for civil disobedience, told Al Jazeera.

“We’ve been demonstrating peacefully for nine months. Thousands of us have been murdered by Assad and his thugs. We’ve been waiting for real concrete action from the international community … What else can we do?

“This is part of our desperate action to get the attention of the international community to look at us. Please look at our situation. We are desperate now.”

Security forces in Syria told striking shopkeepers on Sunday to open up their stores or they would be smashed.

“We heard reports that troops burned down at least 178 stores and shops in Daraa to try and take revenge against civillians who have shut down their stores and shops and are basically observing this general strike,” our correspondent said.

Syria has barred most independent journalists from the country, making it difficult to gauge the extent of participation in the strike.

But a witness who toured Damascus said most shops were closed in the main shopping street of the old Medan quarter in the centre of the capital where there has been a heavy security presence. The main souq in Old Damascus remained open.

Central parts of the capital Damascus and the business hub Aleppo seemed calm though there are reports of strikes taking hold in some areas on the outskirts of both cities.

“There is nothing going on,” said Rula, a schoolteacher in Damascus. “Nothing seems out of the ordinary.”

The opposition used Facebook and online video to call for an open-ended “Strike for Dignity” to begin on Sunday.

The LCC has predicted the campaign will gather pace and said the strike was “the first step in an overall civil disobedience” campaign to overthrow the government.

Navi Pillay, UN human rights commissioner, has said that “much more than 4,000 people” have been killed in the government crackdown on dissent in Syria since protests broke out in March.

(www.aljazeera.com / 11.12.2011)

Palestinian communities in Israel go on strike

 

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad helps to rebuild a Bedouin home a day after Israeli forces destroyed it near Hebron, March 30, 2011.

TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israelis of Palestinian origin went on strike Sunday in protest against a plan to forcibly evict Bedouin communities in the Negev, Israeli news site Ynet reported.

Schools and businesses closed for the day as organizers said earlier that they expected thousands of people to demonstrate outside government offices.

“Land expropriation in the Negev is a very sensitive issue, especially at a time when there are racist laws against Arab-Israelis,” Iman Haj Yahia, from the city of Tayibe, was quoted as saying by Ynet.

The strike is in response to a report by the Praver Committee, which called for the forced relocation of Bedouin communities from their homes in the Negev. The report was approved by the Israeli government in September 2011.

The plan to demolish Bedouin homes in the southern Negev region and move 30,000 people to government-authorized villages connected to power and water lines has been hailed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “historic opportunity” to improve Bedouin lives.

But Palestinian-Israeli leaders, who have long complained about discrimination against their community in Israel, call it “ethnic cleansing,” and aim to thwart the project with protests, a general strike and appeals to the United Nations to intervene.

“We must protect our existence and we’re prepared for more strikes,” member of a school parents committee Ziad Sharfah said.

Around twenty percent, or 1.3 million people, of Israel’s population are of Palestinian origin.

They are largely the descendants of Palestinians that managed to remain during the 1948 war, when an estimated 700,000 were expelled from or fled their homes during fighting that would see the establishment of the state of Israel.

Rights groups say that Israelis of Palestinian origin face discrimination in employment, education and public funding within Israel.

(www.maannews.net / 11.12.2011)

Gingrich would “instruct” CIA to “hunt down” freed Palestinian prisoners

After declaring that Palestinians are an “invented people,” US presidential hopeful and former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, has said that he would instruct the CIA to hunt down Palestinian prisoners released last October in an exchange negotiated by Israel and Hamas, presumably to kill them.

Gingrich made the comments in a conference call organized by the National Council Young Israel posted on YouTube by the website The Yeshiva World News, in response to a question about whether he had been in favor of the prisoner exchange:

I refuse to second guess the people of Israel doing what they believe is necessary both on a humanitarian level and out of their love for one of their children. I would say flatly that we made no such deal. I’m told that at least thirty of the people released were involved in killing Americans, and I would instruct the CIA to hunt down those thirty.

The comments can be heard at 19:51 in the YouTube recording of Gingrich’s interview.

Gingrich provided no evidence for his claim about the Palestinians being involved in killing Americans. Since the 1990s, the CIA has worked closely and openly with the Palestinian Authority both under the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. But the CIA’s role has been to assist the Palestinian Authority to collaborate more effectively with Israel, rather than to carry out extrajudicial executions of Palestinians.

It is unknown how Israel would view the United States carrying out assassinations within territory it controls.

Support for settlements

In the interview, Gingrich also stated that he had no problem with Israel building settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

(electronicintifada.net / 11.12.2011)

Critical Health Issues in Gaza

Since locked down and isolated by Israel, Gaza’s experienced systemic crisis. Its health system especially was gravely harmed.

Shifa hospital, Gaza city. An engineer from the Ministry of Health in Gaza stands among broken haemodialysis machines. The lack of medical spare parts and medical equipment results in an inability to offer the most basic of diagnostic services in Gaza health facilities. © ICRC / I. El BabaShifa hospital, Gaza city. An engineer from the Ministry of Health in Gaza stands among broken haemodialysis machines. The lack of medical spare parts and medical equipment results in an inability to offer the most basic of diagnostic services in Gaza health facilities. © ICRC / I. El Baba

Many services and life-saving treatments aren’t available. Accessing it elsewhere is uncertain and tenuous. Treating chronic illnesses is jeopardized by inadequate medicines and proper equipment.

Regular Israel incursions and air attacks exacerbate bad conditions. So do deficient fuel and electricity supplies, as well as unsafe drinking water and other health hazards.

Conditions are getting worse, not better. In September Physicians for Human Rights/Israel (PHR/I)said:

“Israel glaringly violate(s) the rights of Palestinians to health, each time in a different manner.” It said the right to health “extends to (its) underlying determinants, (including) food and nutrition, housing, access to safe and potable water and adequate sanitation, safe and healthy working conditions, and a healthy environment.”

By imposing draconian impediments, Palestinians, especially Gazans, lack proper health services. As a result, lives are lost and human suffering aggravated.

“As these lines are being written, we are witnessing a grave crisis in the Gaza health system.” Its Ministry of Health reports dozens of medications in short supply or exhausted. Moreover, 123 types of medical equipment are unavailable. Dozens of others need replacing.

Israel’s Gaza policy is “humanitarian minimum.” Often it’s non-existent. Gaza lurches from one crisis to another. Duct tape solutions won’t solve it.

Absent change, “it is difficult to anticipate an end to the daily suffering of the sick and infirm individuals residing in these territories,” especially besieged Gazans.

As an occupying power, Israel bears full responsibility. Nonetheless, it willfully and systematically breaches its international law obligations. As a result, Gazans suffer horrifically, especially on accessing healthcare when it’s most needed.

On December 4, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) expressed concern over medical shortages in Gaza’s hospitals, saying:

Critical shortages of medicines affect healthcare. Repercussions are potentially catastrophic, “especially (for) patients and those suffering chronic diseases….”

According to Ministry of Health Director General of Pharmacy Dr. Muneer al-Bursh, health facilities and warehouses exhausted 120 essential medicines and 140 medical goods.

In 2011, Ramallah’s Ministry of Health supplied only 20% of Gaza’s medicinal needs. Shortages of goods like Blood Line used in dialyses threatens the lives of 400 patients currently.

Moreover, medicines for cancer, anesthesia, immune system inhibiters for kidney transplant patients (received abroad), and hemophilia have run out entirely.

At the same time, Ramallah Minister of Health director Dr. Fathi Abu Mughli said West Bank hospitals have adequate supplies. In fact, he claimed they’re better stocked than in other regional countries, except when warehouse deliveries are delayed by Israeli imposed policies. Even so, alternative drugs and treatment are available.

Mahmoud Abbas and other PA officials haven’t addressed the problem. As a result, dozens of lives are endangered, especially after the Ministry of Health decreased transferring critically ill patients for treatment “under the claim of rationalizing medical transfers from” Gaza.

On November 2, Ramallah’s Ministry of Health decreased transfers to Israeli and other hospitals. At issue was cost, it was claimed. When possible, accessing treatment in Israel is preferable because of proximity compared to Egypt and Jordan.

Cancer patients are especially at risk. Treatment isn’t available in Gaza. Often it’s lacking in West Bankand East Jerusalem hospitals. As a result, “(t)wo children died as they urgently needed advanced medical treatment, but the Ministry of Health transferred them to hospitals that cannot treat their diseases.”

On November 4, Mohammed Azzam Sahwil died from growth retardation and muscle atrophy. In serious condition, he was admitted to Gaza’s al-Nasser Hospital’s intensive care unit.

The Ministry of Health officials knew his situation. On October 25, Form No. 1 to receive medical treatment abroad was obtained. On November 2, financial coverage was gotten for treatment at Jerusalem’s al-Maqassed Hospital. He was refused admittance for lack of ability to treat him.

The Ministry of Health was informed but didn’t act. As a result, he died at Gaza’s al-Nasser Hospital. Less than a month later, his sister, Hiba Azzam Sahwil, also succumbed from the same illness.

She also got permission for treatment abroad and financial coverage at Jerusalem’s al-Maqassad Hospital. An appointment was arranged for December 13. However, she’d already deteriorated too much to help. Nonetheless, the Ministry of Health was asked to immediately transfer her to Israel’s Ekhilov Hospital. It refused. On December 1, she died.

A third sibling suffers from the same disease, Ayat Azzam. She also got permission for outside treatment and financial coverage. Ramallah’s Health Ministry was urged to save her. On December 1, admittance to Israel’s Ekhilov Hospital was gotten.

PCHR is following her case to help. It also wrote West Bank Director General of Medical Insurance Nizar Masalma, “demanding (he) allow 24 patients who suffer from serious chronic diseases continue to receive treatment in advanced medical facilities.” So far, he hasn’t responded.

A Final Comment

The Palestine News & Information Agency (WAFA) headlined, “Official Warns of Israel Ethnic CleansingPolicy in (East) Jerusalem,” saying:

PLO Jerusalem affairs head Ahmed Qurei warned of “Israel’s quiet ethnic cleansing and displacement policy against” East Jerusalem Palestinians.

Home demolitions are responsible in East Jerusalem’s Old City, as well as in Sheikh JarrahSilwan, and other Palestinian neighborhoods. He stressed that Israel plans Judaizing all Jerusalem, one home demolition at a time.

Meanwhile, UNWRA (UN Relief and Works Agency) spokesman Chris Gunness said 2011 Israeli home demolitions doubled last year’s total.

Its research found 990 Palestinians, including 507 children, were displaced. About 515 West Bank and East Jerusalem structures were demolished. Gunness called losing a home in normal times “highly destabilizing, but in the context of occupation and annexation it often becomes lastly traumatic, especially for children.”

“The United Nations calls on the Israeli authorities to abide by their obligations under international law, of which these displacements and demolitions are a clear violation.”

“Call(ing) on” has no impact. Only policy measures with teeth can help. For decades, they’ve been sorely lacking. As a result, Israel literally gets away with crimes of war and against humanity, including ethnically cleansing Palestinians from all land it wants for Jewish only development.

Instead of acting responsibly for justice, world leaders support Israel’s worst policies. Palestinians pay dearly, especially Gazans suffocating needlessly under siege.

Moreover, according to former IDF head General (ret.) Yoav Galant, military action is needed to root out Gaza’s “terror infrastructure.” In other words, he urges mass murder.

In addition, Haaretz said Netanyahu cares only about power and “giving in to cronyism and vested interests.”

Like America, Israel’s decaying from within. Both countries use militarism, conflict and violence to solve problems. Popular needs go begging.

Palestinians and Israeli Arabs suffer horrifically. So do deprived and persecuted Americans. Both countries are global bullies. They’re rogue state partners in intimidation, state terror, and torment.

Their leaders are moral cowards. Calling them democracies is ludicrous and offensive. Nations that live by the sword, die by it.

Israel and America aren’t exceptions. Nor are others that learned painful lessons the hard way.

(sabbah.biz / 11.12.2011)

Thousands mourn protester killed at Nabi Saleh

 

Relatives of Palestinian demonstrator Mustafa Tamimi mourn during his funeral in the West Bank village of of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah December 11, 2011.
NABI SALEH (AFP) — Thousands of Palestinians gathered in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Sunday to mourn a man who died after being hit in the head by an Israeli tear gas canister.

Mustafa Tamimi’s body was taken from the city of Ramallah in a funeral procession to the central Manara Square before being driven by ambulance to his home village of Nabi Saleh.

Tamimi was critically wounded in the village on Friday by an Israeli tear gas canister that hit him in the head after being fired at close range. He was evacuated to an Israeli hospital but died the next day of his wounds.

In Nabi Saleh, around 2,000 people gathered to receive the 28-year-old’s body, which was draped with the Palestinian flag, his head covered with the black-and-white checkered kuffiyeh scarf.

The crowd waved Palestinian flags and the yellow flag of the Fatah movement of President Mahmoud Abbas, many weeping and others chanting angrily.

“Our response will come tonight,” some mourners shouted, warning that “no one will stop us.”

Lawmaker Walid Assaf, head of the Palestinian Legislative Council’s committee against settlements, told mourners that peaceful protests should continue despite the incident.

“They want to turn our unarmed struggle into an armed struggle,” he said. “But this will not change our policy of peaceful struggle against settlements and against the occupation.”

Tamimi’s body was taken into his mother’s house, where weeping relatives surrounded him for a final goodbye before his burial at the village cemetery.

Mustafa Tamimi reacts after being hit by a tear gas canister

After his burial, clashes broke out as a hundreds of mourners marched towards Israeli soldiers standing by near the funeral, some of them throwing stones at the troops, who responded with clouds of tear gas.

Tamimi was hit by a canister during a weekly Friday protest against the nearby settlement of Halamish, which activists say sits on stolen village land and has blocked their access to the village spring.

A photograph distributed by activists purportedly showing Tamimi seconds before he was hit shows a tear gas canister flying towards him, apparently having been shot from the back of a military vehicle just meters away.

Tamimi was flown by helicopter to an Israeli hospital near Tel Aviv after the incident.

“He was shot from close range, around 20 meters, with a tear gas projectile that hit him in the eye,” said Jonathan Pollak, a veteran Israeli activist who was at the demonstration.

Pollak said three other people sustained head injuries during the same demonstration.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli military told AFP on Friday that around 100 Palestinians had taken part in an “illegal demonstration, during which they hurled rocks at security forces, who responded with riot dispersal means.”

She said the army provided initial medical care to Tamimi and evacuated him to hospital, but could not provide further details on the incident, which she said was being investigated.

The Israeli rights group B’tselem says Tamimi was the 20th person to be killed at similar West Bank demonstrations over the past eight years. He was the first person to be killed in Nabi Saleh demonstrations in two years.

B’tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli said the group was calling for a full military probe into who shot the fatal round, who ordered the shooting and the practice of firing tear gas canisters directly at protesters.

“The most serious issue is that the military is regularly firing tear gas canisters directly at Palestinian demonstrators risking their death, contrary to their orders,” she told AFP.

Shawan Jabarin, head of Palestinian rights group Al-Haq, condemned Tamimi’s death as the result of Israeli practices “that violently deny the freedom of expression and assembly by any means necessary.”

(www.maannews.net / 11.12.2011)