Verkiezingscampagne Netanyahu draait om Iran

JERUZALEM – De Israëlische premier Benjamin Netanyahu heeft Iran tot hoofdonderwerp van zijn verkiezingscampagne gemaakt.

AFP

Hij beloofde dat het zijn ”eerste prioriteit” is een einde te maken aan het nucleaire programma van Iran als hij opnieuw premier wordt.

Netanyahu presenteerde zich dinsdag als de meest geschikte kandidaat om om te gaan met ”de dreigingen van raketten en terreur”. De Israëlische parlementsverkiezingen zijn op 22 januari.

De regeringsleider herhaalde dat de tijd opraakt om Iran af te houden van een kernwapen. Hij noemde dat zijn belangrijkste missie.

(www.nu.nl / 25.12.2012)

Jews who struggle for a free Palestine

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In 1947, during a meeting at the United Nations (UN) to discuss creating a plan to partition Palestine between Jews and Arabs, Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsku declared to the entire assembly that Zionism – an ideological political movement created early in the last century which asserts the existence of a Jewish state – did not represent the followers of Judaism, therefore he disagreed with creating a nation-state for themselves.

Dushinsku, a Jew of Hungarian origin, lived in Palestine with his family since 1930 and was considered one of the most prominent Orthodox rabbis in the region. He died shortly after the founding of the State of Israel, which occurred on May 14, 1948.

Since the second week of November, the conflicts between Israel and Palestine intensified after a surprise attack by the Israeli army which culminated in the death of Ezzedine al Qasam, one of the military leaders of Hamas, the party that governs the Gaza Strip, one of the few territories remaining for Palestinians since the creation of the State of Israel.

According to information from the UN, until last Thursday (21st), the Israeli air offensive against the Gaza Strip had been responsible for the deaths of 140 people, and 950 wounded, mostly civilians. The number of deaths on the Israeli side, attacked by rockets launched against the Jews, totaled 13.

The action of the government of Israel has resulted in several protests by Jews, within the country, against the military offensive of the state. However, it draws attention from the international community, the number of videos and photos shared on social networks of Orthodox Jews advocating the end of Israel. The most famous video shows the testimony of the young Dovid Weiss, member of the group Neturei Karta (Aramaic “guardians of the city”), created in 1937 from a group that split from Agudas Yisroel, founded in 1912, with the aim of fighting Zionism.

In the video Weiss cites phrases unthinkable for those who always believed that the historical conflict between Jews and Palestinians had religious underpinnings.

“All of the rabbis who lived in the old state of Jerusalem before 1948, can tell you how they lived and coexisted peacefully with their Arab neighbors, such as taking care of the children and each other, during Yann Kippur [month considered sacred in the Jewish calendar ].”

Weiss also denounces that anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews who live in Israel suffer constantly from reprimands or beatings. They are called  “anti-Semitic” by Jews in favor the establishment of the state in Palestine. Semitic is a term that usually refers to Jews, despite the original designation meaning peoples of the same language in the Middle East region, and that includes Hebrews (Jews) and Arabs.

The Neturei Karta organization maintains a website (http://www.nkusa.org) where they try to counteract the image the world has of the creation of Israel as a state. According to the organization, the Jewish religion has been misrepresented by Zionism. In a letter delivered to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, in July 2009, written by the U.S. arm of the movement, they lament the existence of the State of Israel.

“The true Jews are against the dispossession of Arabs from their lands and homes. According to the Torah [Jewish holy book on religion], the land should be returned to you [Palestinians]. ”

This religious line of Neturei Karta, which says to strictly follow the teachings of Judaism, points out that today’s Jews have no right to occupy the “Holy Land,” located in Palestine. This stems from a religious belief that prevents them from having any control over territory, but guides them to live peacefully in countries where they have to live. The creation of the State of Israel, described in the holy books, in fact, is portrayed as a divine event, and has nothing to do with the material world, a state created by human hands.

“[The Zionists] have used the Torah to legitimize their theft, claiming that they are entitled to the land, sending out the Palestinians, while in fact, the Torah explicitly forbids it. Even more audacious is the claim that [Palestine] was a land without people for a people without land. They should stop saying that, because in those days there was not enough unbiased media coverage, and they had the support of Western powers” they wrote in the open letter to the Palestinians of Gaza.

According to Weiss, the State of Israel creates enemies, such as Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in order to justify attacks and creating armies to protect Jews in Israel. “But we do not want enemies. We have always lived in peace with Muslims,” he added.

In September, a delegation of anti-Zionist rabbis met with Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during his visit to New York.

Orthodox Jews defend the peaceful demise of the State of Israel. In a video, Weiss apologizes to Muslims and says the only way to repair the damage of decades of Zionist violence against Arabs is based on the creation of a Palestinian state. “After that, there will be peace and those 50 years will be only a nightmare, a mirage that has nothing to do with the truth.”

The Neturei Karta movement is accused of being a small sect of extremist ultra-Orthodox Jews by Zionists, but they counter that thousands are scattered in various parts of the world. Indeed, precisely because they would have been scattered fighting for the liberation of Palestine. In Brooklyn, New York, there are only three synagogues linked to Neturei Karta.

The Brasilianas.org is looking for a Neturei Karta community in Brazil. We can help readers to collaborate with more information on the subject.

The Network for the Promotion of Arab Culture in Brazil’s mission is to encourage and promote research of the aggregate value of Arab culture to Brazilian culture, and provide integration with various communities in the quest “For Peace in the Middle East and the appreciation of self esteem of the Arab people and their descendants through music, dance and all oriental socio-cultural manifestations that are derived from this ethnic melting pot called BRAZIL.”

(english.pravda.ru / 25.12.2012)

Qatari surgeons to carry out open-heart surgeries for Gaza children

EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) – Qatari cardiac surgeons have been granted permission to enter the Gaza Strip where they are scheduled to carry out open-heart surgeries for children, an official at the crossing said Tuesday.

The delegation of 10 cardiac surgeons arrived in Cairo Tuesday and was scheduled to cross Wednesday via Rafah crossing.

Palestinian officials told Ma’an that the Qatari surgeons would operate on 40 children.

(www.maannews.net / 25.12.2012)

Marrakech to Build Medical Tourism City

Marrakech, MoroccoTasweek Real Estate Marketing & Development will build a hospital city in Marrakech, Morocco. The Marrakech City Health Care, a 40 million-dollar project, had its cornerstone laid last week in a ceremony attended by the governor of Marrakech, Tensift Al Haouz, Moroccan officials, UAE diplomats, and a number of businessmen.

The complex will be the largest health tourism project in Morocco and should be ready to open in 2 years.  The building will occupy a space of up to 21,000 square meters and include a 160-bed private hospital, 40-room luxury hotel, 56 residential apartments, gardens, and a pool.

The hospital expects to receive 5,000 patients annually.  With the tourism infrastructure of the complex, the company aims to attract families and friends of patients to stay in the hotel during the treatment period.

According to Tasweek CEO Masood Al Awar, the choice of Morocco for the construction of the complex was based on the natural tourism advantages of Marrakech, in the north of the country, as well as the presence of highly qualified doctors and staff in the city.  In addition, the CEO highlighted to Arabian Business that, “The local banks in Morocco are very supportive when it comes to the major industries [like] healthcare and education.”

Awar said that 25% of the residential units have already been sold to local investors during the pre-sales period, and that they are in negotiations with operators to manage the hotel.  “We’re talking to a couple of international operators and a local operator, and there is some bidding going on.  We expect within the next quarter to finalize the operator, which could also extend their operations into managing the apartments as well,” said the CEO.

(english.nuqudy.com / 25.12.2012)

Egypte stemt in met nieuwe grondwet

b5f22a693997ba24240f6a706700f6ceBij het tellen van de stemmen wordt er een ongeldige stem uitgepikt.

De door moslims opgestelde conceptgrondwet van Egypte heeft het naar verwachting gehaald. 63,8 procent van de mensen stemde in totaal voor de grondwet in de tweede referendumronde, meldt de Egyptische kiescommissie vanavond.

Het Egyptische “ja” is een overwinning voor Mohammed Morsi, en werd al verwacht. Vorig weekend was 56 procent van de stemmers goed voor een “ja”. De opkomst was daarbij nog geen derde van de stemgerechtigden.

De overwinning is er wel een met een prijskaartje voor Morsi, schrijft AP. Veel non-islamisten die Morsi aanvankelijk het voordeel van de twijfel gaven, haken af nu blijkt dat de Moslimbroederschap en andere islamitische partijen wetgeving volgens de islam voorstaan.

De voornaamste oppositiepartij het Nationaal Reddingsfront heeft inmiddels al wel laten weten campagne te gaan voeren voor de parlementsverkiezingen van volgend jaar. Eerder claimde de partij dat het referendum oneerlijk verliep en dat deze moest worden overgedaan. Een onafhankelijke commissie zei hierop geen onregelmatigheden te hebben waargenomen.

VERHITTE STRIJD TUSSEN MORSI EN OPPOSITIE

De door de Moslimbroederschap gesteunde president vocht de afgelopen maand een verhitte strijd tegen de oppositie waardoor de hoop dat de grondwet eenheid zou brengen in het land lang vervlogen lijkt. Volgens aanhangers van de islamitische president Mohammed Morsi is de grondwet van groot belang om van Egypte een echte democratie te maken.

Volgens hen zorgt de grondwet voor stabiliteit en herstel van de economie. Maar volgens tegenstanders komt de grondwet niet op voor de rechten van Christenen, die zo’n tien procent van de bevolking uitmaken, en vrouwen. De wet is goedgekeurd door een fundamentalistische meerderheid, wat het een omstreden grondwet maakt.

(www.nrc.nl / 25.12.2012)

Senior Hamas leader calls for third intifada

Head of Hamas J’lem Dept calls for renewed confrontation with Israel over plans to build new housing units in e. J’lem.

A masked Hamas man holds a gun [file]

A senior Hamas leader Tuesday called for a third intifada and the resumption of suicide bombings against Israel.

Ahmed Halabiyeh, director of the Jerusalem Department in Hamas, said that armed Palestinian groups, including Hamas, should initiate a confrontation with Israel over its plans to build new houses in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

Abu Halabiyeh urged Palestinians to “ignite a third intifada to save the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem.”

He told reporters in Gaza City that the “enemy was waging a fierce onslaught on Jerusalem and accelerating plans to Judaize the city geographically and demographically.”

Israel, he charged, was spreading the “cancer of settlements to all parts of Jerusalem.”

The Hamas official also accused Israel of working to undermine the foundations of the Aqsa mosque to bring about its collapse so that it could replace it with the Third Temple.

He also urged Arabs and Muslims to declare a state of full mobilization to “liberate Jerusalem, the Aqsa Mosque and Palestine.”

The call came on the heels of an arrest of two PFLP terror cell members plotting to kidnap Israelis to secure the release of the organization’s leader Ahmed Sa’adat, who is serving a 30-year sentence in Israeli jail.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited the IDF’s Central Command and was briefed on the escalation of Palestinian violence in east Jerusalem and the West Bank in recent weeks.

(www.jpost.com / 25.12.2012)

Shin Bet alleges the arrest of Palestinian cell which planned to kidnap soldiers

 

 

NAZARETH, (PIC)– The Israeli Shin Bet internal intelligence agency announced  the arrest of ten Palestinians from the city of Ramallah in occupied West Bank, on charges of planning to carry out attacks against Israeli targets, including the families of soldiers.

Shin Bet stated that the detainees, who are affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, have formed a “cell” to kidnap a soldier in order to “trade” him with PFLP leader Ahmed Saadat who is still detained in Israeli jails since April 2002.

The Hebrew radio reported on its website on Tuesday that the detainees have planned to abduct an Israeli soldier, hold him in Kafr Aqab village south of Ramallah, so that they could use him as a bargaining chip in a prisoner exchange deal.

(www.palestine-info.co.uk / 25.12.2012)

Israel detains 10 in West Bank raids

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 10 Palestinians in raids across the West Bank overnight Monday, the army said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma’an that 10 people were taken “for security questioning,” including three from Beit Ummar and one from Ramallah.

Around 30 army vehicles raided the Baten al-Hawa suburb of Ramallah and surrounded a building, detaining 28-year-old Aziz al-Remawi. Al-Remawi evaded an attempt to arrest him last week in Beit Rema, north of Ramallah, locals told Ma’an.

In Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, Israeli troops raided several homes and detained Mahmud Awad, 25, Rasheed Awad, 17, and Shareef Abu Ayash, 20, popular committee spokesman Mohammad Awad told Ma’an.

(www.maannews.net / 25.12.2012)

Israel denies Bedouins right to elect representatives

Bedouin Palestinian citizens of Israel are being denied the chance to elect their own local council representatives in the upcoming elections.

BEERSHEVA (IPS) – As campaign posters pop up around Israel ahead of the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections, Palestinian Bedouin citizens of the state are still reeling after being denied the chance to elect their own local council representatives.

Legal rights activists say the move represents the limits of democracy in Israel, particularly with regard to its non-Jewish citizens.

“Every citizen wants to have a say in the affairs of their lives. This is their legal right,” Jazi Abu Kaf, a local leader in Um Batin, a Bedouin village of some 4,000 residents in the southern Naqab (Negev) desert, said. “The authorities don’t want to allow elections or see leaders [emerge] from among the local people.”

The current head of the council is not from the villages, making locals feel alienated from the local government.

Um Batin is one of 11 Bedouin communities in the Naqab that make up the Abu Basma regional council. Formed in 2004, the council is the newest, and one of only three, non-Jewish local councils in Israel.

As of 2011, 53 regional councils governed approximately 850 rural towns and villages in Israel. Made up of elected representatives from communities within each council’s jurisdiction, regional councils help distribute local budgets, provide services to residents and liaise with various government bodies.

While it now represents approximately 30,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel, the Abu Basma regional council is still run by an Israeli government-appointed representative, and Israel has repeatedly delayed elections to appoint representatives from among the local people.

The Israeli ministry of interior passed an amendment to the Regional Councils’ Law in 2009, which allowed it to indefinitely postpone elections in new regional councils. Before this, Israeli law mandated that elections be held within four years of the creation of a new regional council.

In 2011, after local human rights groups appealed the amendment, the Israeli high court(also known as the supreme court) ordered the state to hold elections in December 2012 for the Abu Basma villages (see “Abu Basma law on regional council elections,” Association for Civil Rights in Israel, 6 November 2011).

But only a few months before the elections were set to take place, a special committee created by Israel’s interior ministry suggested splitting the Abu Basma regional council into two new councils: al-Kasum and Neve Midbar. In its justification of the split, the state argued that the residents of Abu Basma were not ready to hold elections, and the council didn’t cover a contiguous territory.

Powerless

“Even if they had reasonable arguments, the timing of appointing such a committee — a few months before the elections were supposed to take place — indicates that their purpose was to avoid the supreme court verdict and to split the council,” said Rawia Abu Rabia, an attorney with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, which represents the villagers in their efforts to hold elections.

“[Bedouin] are excluded from democratic processes that [their] Jewish neighbors are not. People feel more alienated from the state authority. They feel a lack of trust. It’s also weakening leadership within the Bedouin society,” Abu Rabia said, explaining that without elections, local Bedouin leaders feel powerless to work on behalf of their communities.

There are approximately 200,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel living in the Naqab area. In addition to the Abu Basma council villages, more than 60,000 Bedouin live in about 35“unrecognized” Bedouin villages in the Naqab, while about 100,000 live in state-built Bedouin townships.

Virtually all the Bedouin communities in the Naqab — whether recognized or not — suffer from a widespread lack of services, high unemployment and abject poverty. The government-planned Bedouin towns, for instance, annually fall into the lowest socio-economic bracket in Israel.

Dispossession

A government proposal passed in 2011, known as the Prawer Plan, also aims to uproot at least 30,000 citizens from their homes in unrecognized villages and relocate them to the townships. The government justifies this move as a way to modernize the Bedouin community and provide it with better services.

Bedouin citizens of the Negev, however, have flatly rejected the Prawer Plan as an affront to their basic rights.

“This policy sees the Bedouin not as citizens, but rather as the enemy or a demographic threat. In order to be able to implement the government policies that the Bedouin are opposing, the Israeli government is re-organizing the space in different ways, through planning, land use and local municipalities,” Abu Rabia said.

According to Jazi Abu Kaf, denying thousands of Bedouin citizens the right to elect their own leaders only adds to a sense of dispossession growing within the community.

“Nine years after the [Abu Basma regional] council was established, the situation in the villages is no different than before. The council didn’t do anything for the villages,” said Abu Kaf, adding that some homes in Um Batin are still without electricity, despite how the village has been officially “recognized.”

“Israel is not a democratic state. There is no equality between Arabs and Jews. Young people see that they are present in this state, but don’t have their rights. They have no hope for the future.”

(electronicintifada.net / 25.12.2012)

Is de wereld al vergaan?

Ondertussen weten we dat de wereld niet is vergaan op 21 december zoals voorspeld op de kalander van de Maya’s of hebben we het inderdaad verkeerd begrepen?
Voor alsnog het laatste: we hebben niet goed gesnapt wat de Maya’s bedoelde, want het was gewoon het einde van een tijdperk en het nieuwe begon daarna. Daarmee is dit verhaal voorlopig afgelopen, echter de vraag is nog niet beantwoord.

Is de wereld nu vergaan of staat ze op het punt te vergaan? Enkele – zo maar uit de media – gebeurtenissen van de afgelopen maanden.

In Amerika worden een aantal kinderen op een lagere school doodgeschoten door een idioot met wapens. Daarna breekt de discussie los van – in Amerika – voorstanders en tegenstanders van het hebben van wapens. Uit tv-beelden bleek dat er een belangrijke lobbygroep is die een voorstander is voor het hebben en gebruik van wapens, maar vooral ook vele politici betaalt om haar standpunten maar te laten uitvoeren. Komt de voorzitter naar buiten met woorden als: “Het pistool is niet de duivel, niet de schuldige, maar de persoon die het in handen heeft. We moeten gewapende beveiligers op scholen neerzetten.”  Begrijpt zo iemand niet dat hij de wapenspiraal naar boven opvoert? Waarom moet iemand met een wapen de weg op? Waarom moet iemand met een wapen naar school? Dit ontgaat mij te enen malen; dit soort zaken kan ik niet echt niet begrijpen. Wapens en school gaan niet samen. Zo wie zo, het hebben en gebruik van wapens kan niet in een maatschappij die uitgaat van liefde voor de medemens. In deze dagen dat vele bobo’s “zinnige woorden” moeten zeggen over liefde en zorg voor de medemens, is wederom geen woord te horen dat wapens uit het consumentensegment moeten van onze maatschappij.

In Syrië worden mensen die staan te wachten op een brood bij een bakkerij vermoord door bommen. In dit land woedt al maanden een oorlog, en het einde is nog steeds niet in zicht. Natuurlijk kan je zeggen dat wat de rebellen doen – vermoorden van tegenstanders -, zeker niet goed is, maar waarom is het begonnen? Een dictator die via overerving een land in handen heeft gekregen en zeker niet via democratische verkiezingen door het volk is gekozen, wil zijn macht laten blijken in het land en is niet van plan die macht af te staan. Het volk heeft hier genoeg van en komt in opstand en dan wordt het van kwaad tot erger.

In Palestina worden miljoenen mensen al jaren in een open gevangenis vastgehouden en kunnen geen kant uit, maar hebben ook niets. En als de bezettende macht het op haar heupen krijgt, begint ze mensen te vermoorden, olijfboomgaarden te vernietigen, kinderen op te pakken en te martelen en illegale nederzettingen te plaatsen. Op het moment dat er een reactie terugkomt, schreeuwt de bezettende macht moord en brand en voert de beschietingen op en start een oorlog tegen Gaza. Door bemiddeling van de Egyptische regering is er een staakt-het-vuren afgesproken, wat echter niet inhoudt dat de activiteiten van de bezettende macht is gestopt. Beschietingen, mensen oppakken, kinderen in het gevang zetten, treiteren en pesten, olijfbomen ontwortelen en de illegale nederzettingen, het gaat gewoon door. En de wereld … blijft toekijken.

Een punt waar Nederland zich druk overmaakt, is de wietpas en het verkoop van drugs aan toeristen. Verschrikkelijk dat Nederland zich daar druk overmaakt, terwijl de Amerikanen in Afghanistan – in overleg met de Taliban – grote drugsvelden met rust laten. Sterker nog, er waarschijnlijk veel geld aan verdienen aan de bouw, verkoop en de logistiek van de drugs. Drugs, gevaarlijk absoluut, moeten ook onmiddellijk compleet verboden worden, echter als Nederland het verschil tussen in- en verkoop niet fatsoenlijk regelt, niets doet aan de straatverkoop (en zeker het gebruik op scholen), maar vooral dat er in het buitenland regeringen zijn die verdienen aan drugs (zie hierboven: en aan wapens) is het dweilen met de kraan open, sterker nog, met de Atlantische Oceaan die het land binnendringt.

Is de wereld vergaan? Ik denk het niet, want ik heb dit nog kunnen schrijven, echter ze staat wel op het punt naar haar ondergang te gaan en daar werken we met zijn allen goed aan mee.

Voor de Christenen onder ons: Prettige Kerstdagen maar zorg ook eens voor de medemens; voor de Moslims: zorg voor je broeder als je hoopt dat hij voor jou zou zorgen.

Maar voor alle mensen op de wereld : leef niet voor jezelf maar help je medemens op deze wereld. Laten we trachten deze wereld te redden van de ondergang door ons als medemensen te gedragen.