Israeli official promises more settlement construction to come

 

ariel_340_220The Jerusalem Post Israeli newspaper reported Wednesday that Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel promised that Israel will continue to build over the Green Line.

“We will continue to build over the Green Line, even during the negotiations. Israel doesn’t need any special reason to build,” Ariel said during an interview with Israel’s Army Radio.

Israeli government has recently announced its intention to publish tenders for 1,187 new settler homes over the pre-1967 lines.

The move, which is considered as a snub to America and the upcoming peace negotiations with the Palestinians, came a day before Tuesday night’s controversial release of 26 Palestinian prisoners as the first phase of a larger prisoner release that will eventually total 104.

It’s worth mentioning that renewed peace talks were set to begin later on Wednesday afternoon between Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

Ariel added in the interview, “There is no area where we will not build, and there is no area where will allow someone to dictate to us whether or not to build.”

(Source / 14.08.2013)

Today’s massacre is unprecedented in Egypt’s history

 

massacre at peaceful protest in EgyptOmarah said ‘That the army opposed all initiatives that had been proposed to remove the protests…’

Muslim thinker and member of the Islamic Research Council, Mohamed Omarah, has said that the ruling regime reached breaking point when it started forcibly dispersing the peaceful pro-Morsi protests and militarised the country by assigning military governors.

He said that there were laws and constitutions in all countries around the world that guarantee the right to peaceful protests. When we see the police dispersing peaceful protests this way, we are watching a massacre never before witnessed in Egyptian history.

Omarah referred to the high number of deaths and injuries caused by the Egyptian army and police while dispersing the pro-Morsi protests.

Hoping that no negative consequences would emerge, he expected the worst was still to come. Omarah’s pessimism is based on the fact that such a massacre has never before happened in Egypt. “There has never been such a precedent,” he said.

He said that the army opposed all initiatives that had been proposed to remove the protests. Omarah said that this was because the army wanted to secure military rule in Egypt, which has led to more violence. He said that this damages the image of the Egyptian army.

The involvement of the army in such massacres will damage its authority, as has happened with the Iraqi and Syrian armies, such an event would be welcomed by Israel.

(Source / 14.08.2013)

Russian company to invest $30 million in Bethlehem complex

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Russian company is set to invest $30 million in a building complex in Bethlehem, the Palestinian Authority Minister of Economy said Tuesday.

The complex will house a music school, gym, administrative offices, gardens and other marketing and commercial spaces, Jawad al-Naji said.

It will be built alongside the Russian Center for Science and Culture, situated on Vladmir Putin street. The Russian government and the Credo company will support the project.

Al-Naji called on international companies to invest in Palestine, especially in local industry.

(Source / 14.08.2013)

Cousins taste freedom after 23 years

Hosni Sawalha prays at his parent’s grave in the the West Bank village of Azmut, on August 14, 2013.

AZMUT, West Bank (AFP) — Tears streamed down Hosni Sawalha’s face as he recited from the Koran alongside the graves of his parents, who died while he was in Israeli jail since his teens.

The 40-year-old and his cousin Mohammed Sawalha were released alongside 24 other long-serving Palestinian inmates early on Wednesday, hours before a new round of peace talks with Israel.

“I still can’t believe I’m free,” Hosni said on arriving at 3.30 a.m. back to his hometown of Azmut, near Nablus in the West Bank.

He and Mohammed received a heroes’ welcome from villagers, friends and family, who gathered to cheer the return of their native sons, who had served 23 years of a life sentence.

The two men, alongside accomplice Jaafar Duweikat, were arrested during the first Palestinian intifada in 1990, accused of stabbing and killing one Israeli and wounding three others aboard a bus near Tel Aviv.

Duweikat was shot dead by the bus driver.

“Mohammed and Hosni are heroes, seen by their contemporaries as imprisoned in Israel for the sake of the (Palestinian) nation,” said Ghassan Mohammed, a 37-year-old taxi driver.

Mohammed and Hosni were reluctant to talk about their actions, both saying they now simply wished for peace.

“I hope the resumption of talks will achieve something and won’t just be a waste of time. I hope we can gain our rights and all our prisoners are freed,” said Mohammed, also 40.

The men said they wanted to resume their normal lives, move on and perhaps get married.

“Our release was a big surprise, because we thought we’d be among the last batch of prisoners,” Hosni said.

Israel has agreed to release a total of 104 prisoners, most of who were jailed before the 1993 Oslo peace accords, in stages depending on progress in the new talks.

Mohammed’s mother Umm Yusif, in her 70s and the last remaining of the two cousins’ parents, smiled from ear to ear, ululated and sang as they arrived back in Azmut.

“This moment is the happiest of my life,” she beamed, saying that she could not wait to feed her son.

Hosni and Mohammed barely recognized many of those who flocked to greet them, especially the younger villagers born after the two men were incarcerated aged 17.

Hosni finished reading the Fatiha, the opening passage of the Quran that is recited for the dead, and stepped back from his parents’ graves.

He and Mohammed said they would soon set off for nearby Araq al-Taye to visit Duweikat’s family.

(Source / 14.08.2013)

Muziek en muziekinstrumenten

By Marianna Laarif

Tussen mijn Ummah zullen er zeker mensen zijn die zinaa, zijde, alcohol en muziekinstrumenten toestaan…” (verteld door al-Bukhaari ta’leeqan, no. 5590; verteld als mawsool door al-Tabaraani en al-Bayhaqi. Zie al-Silsilah al-Saheehah door al-Albaani, 91)

Ibn al-Qayyim (moge Allah hem zegenen) zei: Dit is een saheeh hadith, overgeleverd door al-Bukhaari in zijn Saheeh, waarin hij het noteerde als bewijs en verklaarde dat het mu’allaq enmajzoom is. Hij zei: Hoofdstuk één is verteld omtrent dezen die alcohol toestaan en het bij een andere naam noemen.
Deze hadith toont op twee manieren aan dat muziekinstrumenten en het genieten van het luisteren naar muziek haraam zijn. Ten eerste is het feit dat de Profeet (vzmh) zei: “[zij] staan toe”. Dit toont duidelijk aan dat er dingen worden genoemd,muziekinstrumenten inbegrepen, die haraam zijn volgens de sharee’ah (islamitische wetgeving), maar deze mensen zullen het toestaan. Ten tweede worden muziekinstrumenten genoemd naast dingen waarvan men weet dat deze definitief haraam zijn, zoals zinaa en alcohol. Als ze (muziekinstrumenten) niet haraam waren, waarom worden ze dan naast deze dingen genoemd? (bewerkt uit al-Silsilah al-Saheehah door al-Albaani, 1/140-141)
Sheikh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah) (moge Allah hem zegenen) zei: Deze hadith toont aan dat ma’aazifharaam zijn. Ma’aazif betekent muziek instrumenten volgens de geleerden van de (Arabische) taal. Dit woord omvat alle zulke instrumenten.(al-Majmoo’, 11/535).
Ibn al-Qayyim (moge Allah hem zegenen) zei: En omtrent hetzelfde onderwerp werd een gelijksoortig commentaar gegeven door Salh ibn Sa’d al-Saa’idi, ‘Imraan ibn Husayn, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Abbaas, Abu Hurayrah, Abu Umaamah al-Baahili, ‘Aa’ishah Umm al-Mu’mineen, ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib, Anas ibn Maalik, ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Saabit en
Al-Ghaazi ibn Rabee’ah. Daarna vermelde hij het in Ighaathat al-Lahfaan en het toont aan dat ze (muziek instrumenten) haraam zijn.
Er is overgeleverd dat Naafi’ (moge Allah hem zegenen) zei: Toen Ibn ‘Umar een houtblazerssectie instrument hoorde, stopte hij z’n vingers in zijn oren en bleef uit de buurt van die plek. Hij zei tegen me, O Naafi’, Kun je iets horen? Ik zei:Nee. Vervolgens haalde hij z’n vingers uit zijn oren en zei: Ik was met de Profeet (vzmh) en ineens hoorde hij zoiets als dit en hij deed ook hetzelfde(vingers in zijn oren). (Saheeh Abi Dawood).
Sommige, weinig betekenende personen, zeiden dat deze hadith niet bewijst naar het feit dat muziekinstrumenten haraam zijn, want als dat het geval was dan zou de Boodschapper van Allah (vzmh) Ibn ‘Umar bevolen hebben (moge Allah hen beiden behagen) hetzelfde te doen en dan zou Ibn ‘Umar het Naafi’ ook bevolen hebben. Het antwoord hierop is: Hij luisterde er niet naar, maar hij kon het wel horen. Er is een verschil tussen luisteren en horen. Sheikh al-Islam (Ibn Taymiyah) (moge Allah hem behagen) zei: Volgens de eenstemmigheid van de geleerden is er geen verbod of schuld wanneer een persoon niet van plan is geweest naar muziek te luisteren. Dus schuld of prijzen wordt in verband gebracht met het luisteren en niet met het horen. Degene die naar de Qor-aan luistert zal ervoor beloond worden, terwijl degene die het hoort zonder dat het de bedoeling is of zonder dat hij het wil, er niet voor beloond zal worden. Handelingen worden namelijk beoordeeld naar intenties. Hetzelfde is van toepassing op muziek instrumenten die haraam zijn. Wanneer een persoon het hoort zonder dat het de bedoeling is dan geeft het niet(al-Majmoo’, 10/78).

Hamas calls for an end to bloodshed Egypt

 

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GAZA, (PIC)– Hamas has condemned the Egyptian authorities for targeting the peaceful protestors at Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda Squares resulting in horrific massacres claiming hundreds of lives.

In a statement on Wednesday, Hamas renewed its position with regard to supporting people’s right to freedom and dignity and called for an end to Egyptian bloodshed.

“While we express pain and sadness at the Egyptian blood that was shed today in Cairo squares, we stress our unwavering position regarding Arab and Muslim peoples’ right to freedom and dignity. At this sombre juncture we call for an end to the shedding of Egyptian people’s blood and to stop using force against peaceful demonstrators.”

(Source / 14.08.2013)

At least 44,000 Palestinian refugee homes damaged in Syria

 

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Gaza,(DRAH.ps)– At least 44,000 Palestinian refugee homes have been damaged and over 50 percent of all registered Palestine refugees in Syria are now displaced within Syria or in neighboring countries, with around 235,000 displaced inside Syria.

The conflict in Syria is increasingly encroaching on Palestinian refugee camps. Shelling and clashes continue to take place in and nearby several Palestinian camps across the country. Despite the considerable challenges, UNRWA is continuing to deliver emergency relief, health and education services to Palestine refugees across Syria.

At least 44,000 Palestinian refugee homes have been damaged and over 50 percent of all registered Palestine refugees in Syria are now displaced within Syria or in neighboring countries. Approximately 235,000 Palestine refugees are displaced inside Syria.

About 92,000 Palestine refugees from Syria have approached UNRWA in Lebanon for assistance. UNRWA in Lebanon has contributed to the rehabilitation of 11 collective shelters across the country providing housing for Palestinians arriving from Syria.

Earlier in the summer, before the latest big influx of Palestinians from Syria, UNRWA in Lebanon organized rounds of cash distribution for the Palestine refugees from Syria, reaching most of the families who had fled the war in the neighboring country.

UNRWA bears most of the burden of caring for Palestinian refugee families from Syria who have moved into the already overcrowded camps in Lebanon, but budget cuts and other constraints make it impossible for the Agency to meet all the needs of the Palestinians from Syria.

The Palestine refugees in Lebanon faced a number of very specific problems already before the Palestinians from Syria started arriving. The Palestinians in Lebanon lack social and civil rights, they have no access to public social services and they have very limited access public health or educational facilities. They are also barred from many professions.

Palestinian refugees from Syria are an especially vulnerable sub-population of the Syrian conflict. The effects of statelessness multiply the horrors for Palestinians with each new war and subsequent displacement. Living in dark, cramped rooms in the Lebanese camps, these refugees from Syria have no respite from the fresh memories of the Syrian war. Their plight echoes the forced exile from Palestine that they, their parents or grandparents endured decades before.

Seventy-eight families displaced from Syria are forced to live in the makeshift Al-Bader tent camp of flimsy structures made of blankets, cardboard, pieces of wood, nylon and other gathered materials.

Diarrhea is a seasonal disease present in the tented camp and other common hygiene related health issues include scabies and head lice. If any serious contagious diseases were to break out, they would likely spread like wildfire, posing a great risk to the adjacent 70,000 persons currently residing in the overcrowded Ein el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Saida.

Reda Hamad, a young father with chronic rheumatoid arthritis and subsequent bone deformity, is living in one of the structures in the Al-Bader tent camp with his wife, two children, sister and mother.

He is looking to improve the living conditions for his family while he still can, as he believes he may not live to see next winter and he cannot bear the thought of his children still living in the tents during the cold period.

Despite the recent stricter entry controls being enforced on the border between Syria and Lebanon, Palestinians from Syria continue to arrive in Lebanon to seek assistance from UNRWA.

They wish to sit out the Syrian war in Lebanon, and they hope to return to Syria as soon as it is safe to do so. Many of them have lost their relatives, many have had their homes damaged or destroyed.

The city of Saida 40 km south of Beirut hosts Ein el-Hilweh, Lebanon\’s biggest Palestinian refugee camp. Many Palestinians from Syria come here. The newly arrived are queuing every day for registration at the UNRWA office. Among them is Fouzeyye Idreese, a lady who has lived through the tragic history of the Palestinians since she was a young girl during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. She said she is now experiencing her third \”Nakba\” (= \”the Catastrophe\”, when Palestinians left, fled or was expelled from their homes as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War).

”This is the third Nakba that we witness. The first time was when we had to leave Palestine. I and my family went to Maroun al-Ras in Lebanon. But the people there were picking on the Palestinians. Then we escaped to Syria. There we registered as refugees. This is the third time that disaster has befallen us and has left us homeless.\” Fouzeyye Idreese, elderly Palestinian refugee woman says.

The Beddawi Palestinian refugee camp in Tripoli in northern Lebanon has been overcrowded since 2007 when the neighboring Nahr-el-Bared camp was destroyed in a fierce battle between the non-Palestinian Fatah Al-Islam group and the Lebanese army. Now the camp is hosting an increasing number of Palestinians from Syria.

Raida Einbatawe lives in a room without isolation or window glasses with her four children in Beddawi camp. In Syria she worked as a teacher. Since she arrived in Lebanon she has only occasionally been able to earn some money by cleaning toilets.

She lost her 12-year-old son when a missile landed close to her home in Syria. Her eldest daughter\’s baby son fell ill during the cold, snowy winter in Syria and died, despite Raida\’s attempt to bring him to hospital. Her husband is still in Syria and she is about to give up hope that he will be able to make it across the border to Lebanon and join her.

\”Planes circled above us and fired at the ground, but we were just watching without being particularly scared. But one day a missile from a plane struck next to our house and I lost my 12-year-old son in that strike. My younger son injured his hand in the strike, the tendons in his hand were cut. A piece of shrapnel hit him here and came out here.\” Raida Einbatawe, Palestinian refugee mother said.

(Source / 14.08.2013)

Army Kidnaps A Journalist Near Ramallah

The International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights have reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, a Palestinian journalist identified as Mohammad Shokry Awad, from his home in Bodros village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

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Mohammad Awad

Ahmad Al-Beetawy, the Foundation’s lawyer, stated that the dozens of soldiers invaded the village, and violently broke into the home of Awad before kidnapping him.

He said that the soldiers gathered all family members in one room, and took Awad to a corner in the house where they violently interrogated him.

Soldiers also confiscated cameras, equipment, computers, and mobile phones, and caused excessive property damage during the violent search, Al-Beetawy stated.

Awad is a cameraman working from the Wattan News Agency in Ramallah; he was kidnapped by the army in 2005, and was imprisoned for five months.

The Palestinian security forces in the West Bank also previously arrested and imprisoned him, the Wattan News Agency has reported.

(Source / 14.08.2013)

Army Attacks Three Fishermen In Gaza

Tuesday evening [August 13, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that three fishermen have been detained, and violently attacked by Israeli soldiers, in Palestinian territorial waters, resulting in moderate injuries.

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Palestinan Fishermen

Ashfar Al-Qodra, spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, stated that the soldiers kidnapped the three fishermen, and violently assaulted them, before releasing them later on.

He added that the three, identified as Khader Marwan Sa’eedy, Mohammad Jamal No’man, and Hasan Ali Morad, were moved to the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza, suffering moderate injuries.

The attack is the latest of a series of ongoing violations against the Palestinian fishermen, and their boats, in Palestinian water in the coastal region, dozens of casualties and arrests have been reported.

When Israel imposed the illegal siege on Gaza in 2006, the fishermen were limited to only three nautical miles off the Gaza shore.

Yet, the fishermen and their boats are constantly attacked even within those three miles leading to dozens of casualties, and excessive property damage.

As part of the ceasefire agreement of November 2012, Israel agreed to allow the Palestinians to fish within six nautical miles of the shore, but unilaterally decreased the allotted area to three miles.

Last May, Israel decided to allow the fishermen to fish within six nautical miles of the Gaza shore, but the Navy continued to attack them even within the three nautical miles.

Under the Oslo accords in the mid-nineties, the Palestinians are supposed to be allowed to fish in 20 nautical miles off the Gaza shore.

(Source / 14.08.2013)

Israeli drone strikes northern Gaza

This file photo shows Palestinians trying to extinguish a fire after an Israeli airstrike on Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.

This file photo shows Palestinians trying to extinguish a fire after an Israeli airstrike on Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.
An Israeli drone has carried out an airstrike on the northern Gaza Strip, but there have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Israeli officials have confirmed the strike on Gaza early Wednesday morning, but released no further details.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian youngsters gathering outside Israel’s Ofer prison located near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.

The clashes occurred as the Tel Aviv regime released about two dozen Palestinian prisoners it had held for over two decades.

Israel is holding more than 4,700 Palestinians in prisons, many of them without charge or trial.

On Tuesday, Israel released only 26 Palestinian prisoners as the first group of some 104 long-term detainees who are set to be freed in several stages.

Eleven of the 26 prisoners arrived in the occupied West Bank and were welcomed by acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas. Fifteen other prisoners arrived at the besieged Gaza Strip through the Erez crossing.

(Source / 14.08.2013)