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Tamarod Maroc appelle à une monarchie parlementaire

Tamarod Maroc
Pour leur première sortie publique, les initiateurs de Tamarod au Maroc ont dévoilé leur plate forme et les objectifs de leur mouvement. Mouvement réformiste ou anti-Benkirane ?

Les visages tendus et le verbe hésitant les cinq fondateurs, dont une jeune femme, se sont présentés aux journalistes venus à la conférence de presse tenue le 17 juillet à Rabat. «Prenons acte de la réalité marocaine marquée par une crise à tous les niveaux, politique, économique et social, nous appelons à créer un débat social pour éviter que le pays ne sombre dans l’abîme», prévient les fondateurs de ce mouvement qui a vu le jour la première fois en Egypte. Ils appellent les Marocains à manifester le 17 août prochain.

Les revendications de ce mouvement sont au niveau politique, une révision constitutionnelle, la départ du gouvernement et la dissolution du parlement, mettre fin aux violations des droits humains et la libération des prisonniers politiques. Economiquement, #Tamarod appelle à la construction d’une économie nationale où l’Etat jouera un rôle de premier plan. Egalement, il exige une rupture avec l’endettement et la dépendance à l’égard des institutions financières internationales et enfin garantir une juste répartition des richesses. Socialement, parmi les revendications portées par ce mouvement né sur les réseaux sociaux, on retrouve l’intégration directe des diplômés chômeurs dans la fonction publique. Avec un cahier de doléances semblable à celui du Mouvement du 20 février, Tamarod est-elle une version édulcorée du mouvement de 2011 ?  «Nous sommes dans la lignée des mouvements de protestations qu’a connu le Maroc. Plusieurs d’entre nous ont pris part au M20F, la grande différence est que nous sommes clairement pour une monarchie parlementaire, sans ambiguïtés», explique Taoufik Moutiî, un des initiateurs de #Tamarod

Réputée proche de l’USFP, les membres de ce mouvement ne cachent pas leur appartenance à plusieurs formations politiques mais insistent pour dire qu’ils sont au sein de #Tamarod à titre individuel. Ces jeunes militants n’ont pas ménagé le gouvernement Benkirane et s’insurge contre toute instrumentalisation de la religion dans le champ politique.

D’autres groupes sur Facebook revendiquent le label «Tamarod». La ligne de démarcation entre eux est le seuil politique de leur démarche. Certains appellent à un changement de régime,d’autres revendiquent une réforme du régime et le passage à une monarchie parlementaire.  Ces derniers comptent lancer une série rencontres avec les jeunesses des partis, les syndicats et les intellectuels et les artistes.  Dès l’annonce de Tamarod Maroc, des proches du PJD ont crée à leur tour un mouvement, appelé Samidoun (Nous résisterons), pour défendre «le gouvernement et les valeurs islamiques». L’opposition parlementaire promet de se déplacer dans la rue…

(Source / 18.07.2013)

Ala’a Jubeh wins freedom from occupation prisons

alaa-jubehAddameer reported that on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Palestinian political Ala’a Ju’beh’s release from occupation prisons was won by Addameer lawyer Jeanne-Aouda Zbeidat in a military court hearing.

Ju’beh, who is 19, was arrested on December 7, 2011, at age 17, at the Tel Rumeida checkpoint in Al-Khalil (Hebron). She was accused of attacking a soldier at the checkpoint and sentenced to 27 months imprisonment; the Addameer lawyer won her release in a court deal reducing her sentence by one-third. Ju’beh served 19 months of her sentence.

Addameer noted, “It should be noted that such a deal is systematically refused in the military courts. One such case is that of detainee Salwa Hassan (51 years) who was arrested at the Atsyon military checkpoint on 19 October 2011. Salwa was sentenced to 21 months in imprisonment and 2 years of probation, with a fine of 3000 ILS. Two weeks before the end of her sentence the court refused to grant her release, and she was not released until 13 June 2013 after she served her full sentence.”

Freed prisoner Ala'a Ju'beh with former prisoner Woroud Qasem, July 18, 2013

Freed prisoner Ala’a Ju’beh with former prisoner Woroud Qasem, July 18, 2013

De Du’a

Eén van de meest vrome daden die je als moslim kunt verrichten is Du’a; het aanroepen van Allah de meest Verhevene.

Allah zegt: “En jullie Heer zei roep Mij aan en Ik verhoor jullie.” [40:60]

De profeet salallaaho ‘alayhi wa sallem zegt: “Du’a dat is dé aanbidding.” [Tirmidhi]

Dit was ook één van de gewoontes van de profeten. Wanneer je de Qoraan leest zie je dat Allah meerdere voorbeelden van smeekbeden van Zijn profeten noemt en hoe Hij hen verhoorde.

Zoals Allah bijvoorbeeld vertelt over de profeet Ayoub ‘alaihi asselaam:

“En (gedenkt) Ayoub toen hij zijn Heer aanriep (en zei:) “Voorwaar, tegenspoed heeft mij getroffen en u bent de Barmhartigste der Barmhartigen. Toen verhoorden Wij hem en hieven de tegenspoed voor hem op.” [21:83,84]

Deze aanbidding mag alleen naar Allah de meest Verhevene worden gericht. Hij is het alleen die jouw smeekbede hoort en in staat is om die te verhoren. Wanneer je jouw smeekbede richt naar iets of iemand anders dan Allah, bega je shirk. Dat is dé grootste zonde.

Er zijn geen tussenpersonen tussen jou en Allah, je vraagt Hem direct:

Allah zegt:

“En wanneer Mijn dienaren jou (O Mohamed) vragen stellen over Mij: voorwaar, Ik ben nabij (met Zijn kennis), Ik verhoor de smeekbede van de smekende wanneer hij tot Mij smeekt. Laten ze aan mij gehoor geven en in mij geloven opdat zij rechtgeleid zullen zijn.” [2:186]

De Du’a heeft bepaalde (aanbevolen) manieren:

* De Du’a beginnen met het prijzen van Allah en het uitspreken van vrede zegeningen over de profeet salallaaho ‘alayhi wa sallem.

* Handen opheffen tijdens de Du’a.

* De Du’a herhalen en aandringen op datgene wat jij wilt.

* Nederigheid en concentratie (niet afdwalen in gedachte tijdens smeekbede).

Wodoe hebben.

* Je wenden tot de Qiblah.

Ook is het aanbevolen om Du’a te maken voor jouw broeder of zuster, met name buiten hun weten om. Want zoals in de authentieke overlevering staat zegt dan de engel: ‘Amien, en voor jou is er het soortgelijke’ [Sahih Moslim]

Bepaalde tijden waarop de smeekbede extra verhoord is:

* Laatste derde deel van de nacht (nacht is de tijd tussen magreb en fajr).

* Tussen de adhaan en iqama van het verplichte gebed.

* Op vrijdag, en dan met name vóór zonsondergang.

* Tijdens de sodjoed (wanneer het voorhoofd op de grond is tijdens het gebed).

* Wanneer je op reis bent.

* Wanneer jou onrecht is aangedaan.

Ook zijn er bepaalde zaken die het beantwoorden van de Du’a in de weg staan. Dat zijn de zondes in het algemeen, en het bezitten en gebruik maken van verboden (verworven) geld in het specifiek.

Het beste is dat de moslim Du’a doet met de smeekbedes die zijn overlevert in de Qoraan en Sunnah. Aangezien deze al het goede van dit wereldse leven en het hiernamaals bevatten.

Een voorbeeld van een smeekbede uit de Qoraan:

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
‘Rabbana aatina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil aagirati hasanatan waqina ‘adhaaban-naar’
(Onze Heer, geef ons in de wereld wat goed is en het Hiernamaals wat goed is en bescherm ons tegen de bestraffing van de Hel)
Een voorbeeld van een smeekbede uit de Sunnah:
اللهُمَّ اهْدِنِي وَسَدِّدْنِي
‘Allaahomma ihdini wa seddidni’
(O Allah, leid mij en schenk mij succes)
Maar dat neemt niet weg dat een persoon Du’a doet buiten de overleverde smeekbedes om.  Wanneer daar aanleiding tot is, zoals het zitten met een bepaalde kwestie. De Du’a mag ook in eigen taal worden verricht, mocht jij de Arabische taal niet machtig zijn.
Beste broeders en zusters:
Een fout die velen van ons maken, is dat wanneer wij ergens mee zitten overal aankloppen voor hulp en vergeten Allah te vragen. Hij die wanneer Hij wat wilt, wees zegt en het is!
En dit terwijl wij in elke rak’ah (eenheid van het gebed) surah al-fatiha reciteren en in het vierde vers zeggen wij: “Alleen U aanbidden wij en alleen U vragen wij om hulp.”
En Allah de meest Verhevene zegt:
“En als Allah jou met tegenspoed treft dan is er niemand die het kan wegnemen, behalve Hij.” [10: 107]
Alleen al de zoetheid en de verlichting voor het hart die het aanroepen van Allah met zich meebrengt is voldoende reden om het jouw gewoonte te maken.
De verstandige onder ons is degene die deze gezegende dagen en nachten aangrijpt om Allah al het goede van dit wereldse leven en het hiernamaals te vragen. Hij die ervan houdt om gevraagd te worden.

Abulfadl, student aan de Universiteit van Medina. Saudi Arabië.

9 Ramadan

De poorten van het Paradijs worden geopend tijdens de Ramadan

By Marianna Laarif

De Profeet (vrede en zegeningen zij met hem) heeft gezegd: “Wanneer de maand Ramadan komt, worden de poorten van het Paradijs geopend en worden de poorten van de Hel gesloten en zijn de shayatien vastgeketend.”
Alle lofprijzingen komen toe aan Allah door Wiens oneindige Genade de poorten van het Hellevuur gesloten zijn, de shayatien vastgeketend zijn en de poorten van het Paradijs geopend zijn in deze maand (Ramadan) voor Zijn dienaren. Dit om het hen makkelijker te maken om zich in deze speciale tijd te wijden aan het aanbidden van Hem. Hierdoor is het moeilijker voor de djinn om de mensen af te leiden zoals zij normaal doen, want de moslims vasten, lezen de Koran, verrichten extra gebeden en verrichten andere goede daden die helpen om hun harten te reinigen.
Bron: vertaald uit ‘Fruits of Ramadan’ van ad-Dawal ila-Allah

Saudi Crown Prince Salman calls for end to ‘genocide’ in Syria

Crown Prince Salman in talks with the President of the Syrian National Coalition Ahmed Al-Jarba in Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz called on Thursday for an end to “genocide” against the Syrian people, during a meeting in Jeddah with the head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition.

Ahmed Aowainan Al-Jarba briefed the crown prince on the sufferings of the Syrian people under ongoing Syrian regime crackdown, the state news agency SPA reported.

The Saudi crown prince “stressed the Kingdom’s firm stance of the need to put an end to all kinds of genocide and starvation suffered by the Syrian people,” according to SPA.

Saudi Arabia is a major supporter of the Syrian uprising and pressed from the early days of the conflict for joint international action against Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on civilian protesters.

As the conflict developed into an open civil war, Saudi Arabia called for backing the opposition Free Syrian Army with the weaponry needed to defeat the Assad’s army.

(Source / 18.07.2013)

Egypt Punishes Gaza During Ramadan

Palestinian passengers wait to cross into Egypt, at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, July 10, 2013.
Thousands of Muslims in the Gaza Strip are practicing their holy month of Ramadan this year with the added strain of economic and social hardship, after Egypt shut the Rafah border crossing and the tunnels vital for the import of goods into Gaza.
Adherents usually prepare for Ramadan in advance by storing large amounts of food and drinks, an activity which has become part of the month’s traditions. But Palestinians in Gaza have experienced a lack of food items, fuel and raw materials due to the surprising and abrupt decision by Egypt to shut the tunnels earlier this month following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.

Hundreds of people from all social classes gathered at the central market in the old city of Gaza early on the morning of the third day of Ramadan, July 12, to prepare their needs for the day, but vendors say this is one of the worst years the market has witnessed during the month of fasting.

“Every year, I hire more workers at the time of Ramadan, so I can respond to the huge number of customers’ needs. But this year I only have one, and he rarely sells anything,” Tayab al-Jarousha, a 31-year-old grocer told Al-Monitor, as he arranged his products on the stand.

Jarousha attributes the lack of demand for food products to the closure of the tunnels, which has now deprived many of work due to the lack of raw materials coming from Egypt. Most labor fields, as a result, have been negatively affected by the tunnels’ closure.

Fuel and electricity cuts

Several miles from the market, dozens of cars line up outside a petrol station to receive the last drops of fuel from Egypt that Gaza’s stations still have. Most of the cars are taxis, which rely on this cheaper fuel to ensure they maintain their income.

Akram, 27, had just filled up his car with fuel from Egypt, when he told Al-Monitor on July 14 that this might be the last time he could fill his car until the border crisis is over. If the crisis persists, Akram said he will stay home with no source of income.

“Even when I work, the $20 I make per day is barely enough for Ramadan’s big needs. Imagine how it would be if I no longer work,” Akram explained.

Jalal Suliman, 40, a father of four who works as a laborer in a machine factory, said during an interview at his home on July 15 that it has been more than two weeks since he got any work done due to a lack of raw materials and electricity.

“I go to work every day only because I don’t want to feel useless, but in fact I’m not making any money.”

Although the high-quality fuel from Israel still makes it to Gaza through Israeli border terminals, it is at a higher price — almost double that of fuel from Egypt — which most in Gaza simply cannot afford.

Palestinians in Gaza have long endured fuel crises due to Israel’s imposed siege, now in its seventh year, which results in regular electricity cuts. In the best of times, homes in Gaza are deprived of electricity for eight hours a day. Locals have recently tried to adapt to the rotating power outages by scheduling their Ramadan activities according to their electricity shifts.

Hussam, a 40-year-old father of six, gathered his children on July 17 around the dining table for the Suhoor meal, which is the final meal Ramadan observers eat before dawn and before the long day of fasting starts. Only this time, the gathering happened in the dark, with no respite from the summer night’s heat due to a power outage.

One of the six children, Lama, 15, said that Ramadan is already difficult this year due to the long, hot days, and the electricity cuts are only adding further strain, particularly at meal times.

“We almost adjusted to this crisis, but in Ramadan it’s different. We need fans and light, this is unbearable,” Lama complained to Al-Monitor.

To overcome the blackout, many homes in Gaza now have private generators, which have increased the demand for fuel.

Besan Salam, a 26-year-old journalist, struggles to feel the holy sense of Ramadan this year due to the deteriorating living conditions in Gaza.

“I spend the time cursing everyone who might be responsible for such hard circumstances we are living under,” Salam angrily told Al-Monitor on July 17.

Stranded travelers

The border closure has also left thousands of travelers stranded — many having returned from the Umrah pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, and who are now unable to spend Ramadan with their families in Gaza.

As Gaza’s only airport was destroyed by Israeli forces in 2001, locals spend hours trying to cross the Rafah border terminal with Egypt — and then take the roughly five-hour road journey to Cairo International Airport to travel abroad. Egypt’s shaky political situation is adding a further hindrance to the ability of Palestinians to travel, with Egyptian authorities routinely closing the crossing each time the situation deteriorates in Egypt.

Maha Fouad, 35, is spending Ramadan without her husband, who is stuck in Mecca.

“It’s the hardest Ramadan I have ever experienced, besides missing my husband. It’s a big responsibility for me to take care of everything in such a busy month,” she told Al-Monitor in an interview at her home on July 14, adding that the holy month has lost its meaning to her family without her children’s father beside them.

(Source / 18.07.2013)

Israel blocks Gaza gas field development

“Efforts to develop gas fields off the coast of Gaza remain deadlocked despite the international backing the project enjoys. Our correspondent Ashraf Shannon tells us the reasons why the project has stalled and why Palestinians cannot break the deadlock.”

Thirteen years ago British Gas drilled the Gaza Marine-1 and Gaza Marine-2 wells, thirty kilometers off the coast of Gaza. The drilling led to the discovery of a massive natural gas field: with 1.4 trillion cubic feet of proven gas reserves.

In 2011 Tel-Aviv authorized the U.S-based Noble Energy, a crude oil and gas exploration giant, to begin developing the field. But the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) says the offshore field belongs to the Palestinians.

Because of the Israeli blockade, Palestinians don’t have enough cooking gas in the coastal enclave. They aren’t allowed to develop or tap into their own gas fields either.

International law forbids occupying entities from using transferring or selling the natural resources of any occupied land. A report by the U.N Economic and Social Council, also says Israel not only prevented Palestinians from accessing and utilizing their natural resources, but also depleted and endangered them.

Experts say Israel will continue to tap into Gaza’s natural gas reserves to meet its needs after supplies from Egypt were interrupted amid the unrest in the Sinai Peninsula.

Experts say that Tel-Aviv’s monopoly on Gaza’s energy and natural resources violates international laws and norms.

(Source / 18.07.2013)

Activists Launch Initiative Calling for The One Democratic State in Palestine

 

palstate1_340_220At the invitation of “The Popular Movement for One Democracy State on the Historic Land of Palestine” (which announced its launch in May 15, 2013), some 25 of the activists of the “Jaffa Group for One Democratic State” came to Ramallah on Saturday, July 13, to a joint meeting. It was the first meeting of this kind bringing together supporters of comprehensive democratic solution to the Palestinian cause from both sides of the Green Line. Members of the constituent body of “the popular movement” hosted the meeting, while the visiting delegation included political and social activists, veterans and youth, artists, academics, Arab and Jewish opponents of Zionism.

After the participants introduced themselves, there was a short presentation of the objectives of the popular movement and the Jaffa group. It was clear that they share the same goal: resisting the occupation, settlements, ethnic cleansing and racial discrimination; bringing an end to the Apartheid regime in all its forms and in all places where it is present; ensuring the right of return for all Palestinian refugees to their homes and property and the establishment of One Democratic State on the entire land of Palestine. This state will be based on the implementation of the universal values of freedom, justice and human rights. It will be a civil state which rejects all forms of discrimination and guarantees full rights for all its citizens. It is worth mentioning that “The Popular Movement” and the “Jaffa Group” both embraced in their founding statements “The Munich Declaration for One Democratic State” as a common denominator for supporters of this solution.

The participants stressed that ODS is a strategic solution, providing for the needs of the masses and the aspirations of the progressive and democratic forces in Palestine and around the world. Promoting ODS is not a tactic to pressure Israel to comply with the two-state solution. All also stressed that the two-state solution is unable to put an end to the bloody conflict in occupied Palestine as it can’t provide for a fair solution for the right of return for Palestinian refugees and end apartheid which is applied in all parts of the country, nor does it provide a solution to the issues of Jerusalem, the borders, water and other contentious issues.

Many of the participated took active part in the dialogue, not as two sides but as partners in the same struggle for a common future. Many of the participants stressed that the program of ODS is a program for struggle. It aims first to unify the ranks of the Palestinian people by adhering to a comprehensive and just solution and then to create the ground for real unity in opposing Zionism, unity in struggle toward a common goal among supporters of democracy between the Palestinian Arabs and the country’s Jewish population.

Some participants explained that the popular struggle for ODS develops through current urgent struggles such as the struggle against the ongoing ethnic cleansing in Mount Hebron, the Jordan Valley and all over the Naqab (Negev). Some recounted their experiences as participants in the social protest movement that swept the Jewish community since the summer of 2011 and confirmed that alliance in struggle with the Palestinians for democracy and justice for all is the only way to get rid of the existing system of exploitation, discrimination and repression. Some also stressed that imperialism in interested to perpetuate the occupation, repression and constant state of war, as are local parties which benefit from this situation. Therefore, they emphasized, the solution will be achieved by the popular masses, which suffer most and pay the most expensive price.

At the end of the meeting, which lasted for more than three hours, it was agreed to form a joint coordination committee to develop a plan of action and joint activities to promote ODS. It was agreed to continue with joint meetings and closer cooperation between the two movements.

(Source / 18.07.2013)

‘Israelis will lose faith in EU’ – Netanyahu to ask EU leaders to help postpone EU guidelines on Israeli settlements 18Jul13

 

2429480123Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to phone a number of European leaders on Wednesday and ask them to help postpone the publication of the new European Union guidelinesconcerning Israeli settlements.

The guidelines are expected to be officially released on Friday and go into effect on January 1, 2014.

A senior Israeli official said that Netanyahu has already spoken to a few European leaders on Wednesday morning, and that they told him they were not aware of the new guidelines or the plan to release them on Friday. On Tuesday, Netanyahu was scheduled to speak with EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton, but the conversation was postponed and will likely take place on Wednesday.

In an interview with Germany’s Die Welt newspaper on Tuesday, Netanyahu sharply criticized the EU decision, and claimed the move undermines the efforts of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to renew peace negotiations.

“For years the Europeans have been whining about the fact that the Americans are not involved enough,” Netanyahu said. “Now that they are involved, this action actually undermines the American efforts and undermines the negotiations.”

According to Netanyahu, the EU’s move “causes Israelis to lose confidence in the impartiality of Europe. It’s just the wrong way to go.” He added that Israel will not allow its borders to be determined through external economic pressure, but rather only through negotiations.

(Source / 18.07.2013)

Palestinian refugees shut down UNRWA office in Lebanon camp

229212_345x230[1]BEIRUT (Ma’an) — Palestinian protesters shut down a UN office in a refugee camp in Lebanon on Wednesday in protest over welfare cuts.

Protesters gathered in the center of Nahr al-Bared refugee camp and called on the UN Relief and Works Agency to reverse its decision to cut funding.

They closed the UN office and burned tires, and said they would escalate protests until their demands were met.

(Source / 18.07.2013)