Gaza under attack 31.10.2013 II

Israeli drones targeting #Gaza. Reports of 2 martyrs. That’s what u call #Halloween. Nothing beats Israeli Horror reality #GazaUnderAttack

BREAKING \ New Israeli attack on Gaza, the Israeli occupation warplanes attacked a target in Zayton area, close to “Star soda factory” Eastren Gaza city.
Will keep you updated – Stay safe Gaza

Once again, Israel violated Gaza ceasefire, prompting Palestinian forces to defend the territory as is their right

Palestinian killed by Israeli tank fire

Israeli Apaches and drones are shelling #Gaza. Sirens of ambulances are filling #Gaza now + power cuts #GazaUnderAttack #Palestine

Israeli terrorist army is launching yet another deadly assault on #Gaza. At least one person reportedly dead.

the sound of Apatchi, drones, shelling, ambulances… are filling #Gaza right now+a count down for elecrticity #GazaUnderAttack

@Palestinianism: No serious injuries in the last strike in Al Zaytoun. #Gaza

Breaking| The Palestinian Government in Gaza is calling to evacuate all its buildings as a precaution to avoid any..

The massive explosion in Al-Zaytoun district east the Gaza city right now has rendered to many casualties! #GazaUnderAttack #Gaza

clashes continue, 1 IDF soldier has been killed others wounded, IDF now attacking Gaza from land, air and sea

Martyr Rabie Baraka

#PHOTO: Civilian Rabeea Baraka 20 or 23 years old killed 31 Oct in Khan Younis, #Gaza by #Israel

Dr Esam El-Erian…the steadfast fighter

Dr Esam El-ErianOne speech by him from the Rabaa al Adawiya platform was enough to spark the protestor’s enthusiasm and keep them keen and determined, until the moment he was arrested on Wednesday morning, October 30, 2013.

The years of fighting and opposing injustice has left no sign on Dr Esam El-Erian, the ‘Steadfast Fighter’, except for the white beard which only adds to his steadfastness and determination. He has a history of always being honest in his fight against and voicing the truth about the most brutal dictatorships. His loyalty, consistency, his flashing the Rabaa hand signal to the cameras while being arrested and his most recent social networking post, moments before being arrested, all reinforce his belief that there will be no escaping fate and that the people will triumph.

Esam-Eddine Mohamed Hussein El-Erian, known more popularly as Dr Esam El-Erian, was born on April 28, 1954 in Nahiya, Imbaba centre in Giza. He is the vice chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party, assistant to the general secretary of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate and head of the Palestine Committee in the Arab Doctors Union.

He has always enjoyed volunteering for charity work to serve the people of his country. His love for public service developed further when he joined the Arab Doctors Union to support the people of the Islamic and Arab nations, especially in Palestine.

El-Erian earned several degrees. He graduated in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from Cairo University’s, School of Medicine. He specialised in haematology and medical analyses. In 1986, he earned a master’s degree in Pathology from Cairo University and in 1992, he received a bachelor’s degree in Law from Cairo University’s School of Law. In 1999 he went on to earn a bachelor’s in Islamic Studies, with honours, from al-Azhar University, and later, in 2000, he earned a bachelor’s in History from the School of Arts at Cairo University. During the same year, he earned his degree in Quranic recitation.

He is married with 4 children and 5 grandchildren and is extremely organised. Everyone who knows him knows how keen he is to make the most of his time. When he was previously imprisoned, he woke up early to read over 10 newspapers and magazines and would then revise the Quran he had memorised during his lengthy afternoon prayers. He would exercise, maximising his time by wearing headphones to listen to recitations of Quran and lectures. His lectures and classes would be tightly scheduled, leaving no room for small talk and he was the perfect model for not letting anything interfere with his daily schedule.

The ‘Steadfast Fighter’ was arrested five times during Hosni Mubarak’s reign and has now been arrested by the coup’s forces, who hope to restore the overthrown, corrupt, tyrannical regime. He was first arrested in 1981 and imprisoned until 1982, then an exceptional military trial was held and he was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment from 1995 to 2000 on charges of being associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

El-Erian was also arrested on May 18, 2006 during protests supporting the Cairo judiciary and his imprisonment was extended numerous times until he was released on December 10, 2006. He was arrested again in July 2007 and released in October, then arrested again shortly before the Friday of Rage in January 2011. None of those arrests have ever affected El-Erian or his determination and commitment to the path of truth.

(Source /31.10.2013)

Israeli forces ‘deliberately’ damage Palestinian vehicle near Jenin

JENIN (Ma’an) — An Israeli military vehicle on Thursday “deliberately” hit a vehicle parked on the side of the road in the town of Yaabad near Jenin, a local official told Ma’an.

Muhammad Abu Bakr, who chairs the electricity department of Yaabad municipality, said that three Israeli military vehicles entered the town, fired stun grenades, and damaged a vehicle that belongs to the electricity department.

Clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces after the soldiers hurled stun grenades at young men in a café, Abu Bakr said.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli army did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

(Source / 31.10.2013)

Gaza under attack 31.10.2013

Israeli Apaches over Bureij, located in mid #Gaza strip

Doctors say 23 y #Hamas militant killed in #Israeli Air raid targeted an armed group east of Khan Younis in the southern #Gaza Strip

Friends in #Gaza said that the clashes are still going on between Israeli military troops and Palestinian resistance!

@Palestinianism: Three Israeli soldiers were injured as a result of Palestinian Resistance rocket. #Gaza

Reports coming from Gaza that 2 Palestinians have been killed as a result of Israeli apaches circling the strip #Palestine

BREAKING NEWS: Israeli drones are hovering over #Gaza at low altitudes at the moment

Breaking news Israel has just attacked and bombed #Gaza, clashes between #Palestine ians and IOF as usual IOF responds with heavy weapons

@Palestinianism: Martyr’s name: Rabeea Baraka, 23 years old. Killed by Israeli strikes in Eastern Khan Younis #Gaza

Israelnews: fire rises up from ishkol settlement near Gaza that was targeted by the Palestinian resistance NOW

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BREAKING NEWS: HEAVY EXPLOSIONS IN GAZA, INTENSE GUNFIRE NEAR GAZA/ ISRAELI BORDER

#Israel has attacked #Syria & now #Gaza in the last 24hrs… Good thing the #IDF is subsidized by the #US. All these attacks are expensive

Israeli boats on the shore of #Gaza firing heavy weapon bullets on civilians. #GazaUnderAttack

Gaza | Hebrew sources speak of 4 injuries as a result of shelling of Palestinian resistance, including a soldier

ER medics on the road are being targeted by Israeli Apache in Eastern Khan Younis #Gaza

#Breaking | Helicopters with heavy machine guns targeting ambulance crews | #Gaza #Palestine

The Ministry of Health in #Gaza stated that the number of civilians killed to the south of Gaza is now increasing to 2 plus 3 causalities!

#Israeli strike now on Khan Younies, south #Gaza #breaking

#Breaking confirmed the name of martyr is Rabie Baraka in khan Younis, south #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack

One of the martyrs is (Rabe’a Barakeh 23 Y.O) from Al-#Qassam brigades | #Gaza #Palestine

EASTERN KHAN YOUNIS IS UNDER ATTACK. – Israeli navy, tanks and Apache are all targeting civilian homes.

Israeli military Apatchi, tanks, and navy are no targeting different places to the south of #Gaza

Breaking :bombardment aviation israel on Gaza, khan younis, two Palestinian death

Along with the navy and Apaches, Israeli tanks are also targeting civilian homes in Eastern Khan Younis #Gaza

It’s another sleepless night in the #Gaza strip as #Israel is threatening the lives of 1.7 million Palestinians

Israeli drones at a very low altitude in Eastern Khan Younis #Gaza

NOW | Constant bomb explosions heard in southern #Gaza | #Palestine

@MalakaMohammed: Now more bombs can be heard to the south of Gaza!

Israeli strikes are not only targeting civilians but also ER medics trying to save the injured. #Gaza

As we sleep #Gaza would not sleep they being under attack right now #GazaUnderAttack

Palestinian lawyer faces Israeli jail for “organizing demonstrations”

Women march and hold posters of political prisoners

Lawyer Anas Barghouthi was charged in relation to organizing Prisoner solidarity demonstrations.

Israel is targeting Palestinians advocating for the rights of political prisoners to disrupt their work, say a lawyer facing jail time and the director of the prisoner rights group Addameer, who has been banned from travel.

On 23 October, Anas Barghouthi, a prominent Palestinian lawyer, was released on bail from Ofer Military Prison near the city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. An Israeli military court charged Barghouthi with organizing solidarity demonstrations; he faces a new hearing in November.

Barghouthi, 30, was targeted for arrest after a long record of support work as legal counsel for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli military courts and as legal defense in Palestinian Authority courts.

Israeli soldiers arrested Barghouthi on 15 September while he was traveling between Ramallah and Bethlehem, cities situated in the central region of the occupied West Bank.

Clean record

Although Barghouthi has a clean record and no prior arrests, he had to pay a fine of 12,000 shekels (more than $3,400) after a long legal struggle by his lawyer, Mahmoud Hassan. Hassan successfully convinced an Israeli judge to allow Barghouthi to be released on bail.

The judge agreed to grant bail on the grounds that evidence against him — alleged testimony of other prisoners — did not prove Barghouthi’s identity or that he is a “security threat” to Israel. The fact that the allegations concern supposed events from more than a year ago was also cited by the military judge.

Two acquaintances had to vouch for Barghouthi and sign agreements that they will pay a fine of 15,000 shekels (approximately $4,285) each if he violates the conditions of his bail.

Though allotted a 24-hour period to object, an Israeli military prosecutor did not appeal his bail.

Barghouthi told The Electronic Intifada that his arrest “is part of the Israeli occupation’s policies. They are afraid of anyone that tells them ‘No.’ If you look at who’s behind bars, you’ll find that they arrest students, intellectuals, women, children, the elderly — everyone.”

Barghouthi has been charged with “leadership of a committee to organize solidarity demonstrations for Palestinian prisoners,” he said, which Amnesty International confirmed. He has also been charged with membership in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — a political party Israel has banned.

In a statement, Amnesty demanded that Israel drop charges against Barghouthi, who they said would be a prisoner of conscience if jailed.

Barghouthi’s next hearing is on 5 November, and he faces up to 18 months in prison if found guilty by Israel’s military court.

Arrest

On the day of his arrest in September, Barghouthi was returning to Ramallah after visiting friends. A military jeep “stopped the car and asked for our identity cards,” he recalled. “I showed them my ID and a card proving my valid status as a practicing lawyer. But another soldier came back to the car and immediately handcuffed me.”

The soldiers proceeded to confiscate his cell phone, blindfold and interrogate him on the spot.

“They start asking me a lot of questions about who I was with. I was blindfolded and they hit me in the back. Then they took me to a small makeshift concrete room on the side of the road” near a checkpoint, Barghouthi said.

An Israeli military commander came and informed Barghouthi that he was under arrest. When he asked why, the commander told him, “you’ll find out soon.”

“I sat handcuffed and blindfolded for around three hours at the checkpoint before they took me to a military interrogation center” at Kfar Etzion, one of Israel’s settlement colonies in the West Bank.

Before they arrived there “they drove me around for an hour,” Barghouthi added. “They took me out and walked me around blindfolded. They made me sit on the ground outside. I was very tired, and then when the blindfold was removed I was in a military clinic.”

Afterwards, Barghouthi was strip-searched, given prison clothing and put in a cell with four other prisoners.

“The first day in the cell they only gave me two pieces of tomato, a small yogurt and a small piece of bread.” Aside from that, he said, he was not fed.

An Israeli intelligence officer came to interrogate him. After telling Barghouthi that “they were just getting to know each other,” he told him he would “need to rest and sleep” before the real interrogation began.

“I told him that [for] two years I was coming to their courts to defend Palestinian prisoners, and that was why I am now their prisoner,” Barghouthi added.

It was only on the third day that he was taken to a military court and formally charged.

“It was very hard for my parents, family and friends while I was in jail, but it’s nothing compared to the thousands who are in Israeli prisons — some have been there for over thirty years,” he explained.

As of last month, there are 5,007 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons, according to Addameer, the Palestinian prisoner support association.

Of those, 516 prisoners are serving life sentences, and another 449 are serving sentences of twenty years or more. An additional 137 are being held under administrative detention, a draconian Israeli practice of imprisoning Palestinians on “secret evidence” without charges.

Outlawing prisoner solidarity

Barghouthi is well-known for his advocacy on behalf of Palestinian political prisoners in both Israeli and Palestinian Authority prisons.

After working as a lawyer for Addameer since 2009, he left the organization earlier this year but continued to remain involved with the group as a volunteer. “They [Israeli forces] have targeted me and my colleagues … as well as raided the office [in December 2012] as a method of scaring us into stopping our work,” Barghouthi said.

Addameer employees have been routinely harassed and targeted by Israeli occupation authorities.

Ayman Nasser, a human rights researcher for the organization, was imprisoned in October 2012 before being charged with activities related to popular organizing and prisoner solidarity.

A resident of occupied East Jerusalem, Addameer’s 71-year-old chairperson Abdullatif Ghaith has been banned by successive military decrees from traveling internationally or entering the West Bank since October 2011.

Just a week after Barghouthi was arrested, Samir Arbid, an accountant at Addameer, was arrested by Israeli forces and put in administrative detention for an initial period of four months.

“This will not end until the occupation ends,” Barghouthi commented. “They want to occupy us without our resistance — this is stupidity.”

“They are scared because the prisoners are normal people who need their rights [and] it’s so clearly a case for justice … Israel says it’s a victory for their security each time they arrest a Palestinian, but for us it’s a victory that it shows the crimes of the occupation.”

Addameer’s Abdullatif Ghaith told The Electronic Intifada that the environment has grown increasingly difficult for people campaigning for prisoner solidarity.

“They lie to lawyers who come to see their clients. They move prisoners that same day [that the visit is scheduled] or tell them that the prisoner is not present that day,” he said.

Although Israel is “trying to arrest as many people as possible to prevent our resistance,” Ghaith said, “the battle inside the prisons has appeared.” Many efforts towards international solidarity have centered around Palestinian hunger strikers and other prisoner struggles in recent years.

Support

Both Palestinian and international human rights organizations have come out in support of Barghouthi.

On 3 October, Amnesty International issued an urgent appeal for action on Barghouthi’s behalf, stating: “Amnesty International considers Anas Barghouthi to be a prisoner of conscience, detained for his work as a lawyer supporting the human rights of Palestinian prisoners and for the peaceful expression of political views.”

Barghouthi’s case was also raised in the European Parliament.

This support was not matched by the Palestinian Authority. “Clearly, there was no interaction or efforts on my behalf from the PA,” Barghouthi stated.

Adding that the PA and its prisoner ministry has only done “the bare minimum” for Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli lockup, Barghouthi decried the PA for its “security coordination with the occupation.”

“They claim to represent the Palestinian people, but they need to know that we’ll never give up on our prisoners’ cause. They need to know that we’ll continue fighting for our prisoners and that we’ll never accept them leaving 5,000 prisoners without liberation.”

Israeli military courts routinely imprison Palestinians on little or no evidence. Although Barghouthi is preparing for the likelihood of going to prison, he has vowed to continue his work on behalf of “Palestinian prisoners in both Israeli and Palestinian Authority prisons. This is a duty — not doing it is betrayal.”

Barghouthi called on the international community to increase its solidarity efforts. The world has “to say that they’re against this occupation and take a stance. I’m telling you that the prisoners’ movement is not going to stop until Israel’s occupation is gone.”

(Source / 31.10.2013)

Protecting the creative voices of the Arab Uprising

 

Ahmed Ben AhmedTunisian artist, Klay BBJ, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for ‘insulting the police’ in one of his protest songs.

Last week rapper Ahmed Ben Ahmed was released after three weeks in prison. The Tunisian artist, aka Klay BBJ, was originally sentenced to 21 months in prison for ‘insulting the police’ in one of his protest songs at a concert in the resort of Hammamet.

 

 

According to UN censorship consultancy NGO, Freemuse, incidents of severe media censorship are frequently discussed in reports from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, whereas the tightened censorship on music have come to pass without significant challenges from these NGOs. In the context of the Arab Uprisings, the censorship can be seen as a symptom of governments’ fear of people uniting and has led to grave human rights violations, torture, exile and the morbid murdering of artists.

 

As the birthplace of the Arab uprising, Tunisia has led the way for many other countries in the region to express their desperation over current social and economic inequalities. Protests against regimes and police brutality have given way to brutal, as well as peaceful and creative forms of expression.

Historically, music has always been an effective way of gathering people to unite and confront oppressive governments; alone they may not feel they are strong enough. Professor Mark LeVine explained to MEMO that music takes a complex role in building an imagined sense of unity and solidarity as it helps people synchronize their feelings into words and sounds to express the depth of change they aspire to.

But artists do so at the risk of coming under attack. Rami Assam, the Egyptian protest singer in Tahrir square, was tortured while in the custody of the Egyptian military after singing ‘Leave’ in reference to the former President Mubarak.

Cartoonist Ali Ferzat, like many other Syrian artists, was forced to escape and smuggle his art across the border. He was attacked in August 2011 by pro-regime thugs for caricaturing Bashar al-Assad; they who broke both his hands.

The cold-blooded murder of Ibrahim Qashoush is among the most symbolic. As a young fireman and amateur poet from the neighbourhood of Hadir in Syria, he was more or less unknown until 4th of July, when a man dragged his body out of a river and found his vocal cords cut out. Qashoush was one of the greatest protest singers and became famous with his song Yalla Erhal Ya Bashar (‘Bashar, depart from here’.)

Appropriating with pride the government’s denouncement of them as infiltrators, anti-regime protesters continue to unite under Qashoush’s song after his death.

For Prof. LeVine the real question is what role music takes on after the protests, when the “party is over.” Music censorship is a process in which the state gradually violates these artists’ right to express themselves. He told MEMO how Egypt was a laboratory for this: “Those that remain truly revolutionary are harassed, isolated and can’t really get airplay or on TV, so they are being effectively censored without having to do so openly and with draconian laws that would raise opposition. It’s a more subtle process now. But its effects are often the same.” How artists can respond to this, is “still up in the air.”

Anders Hastrup, the former director of the research hub turned apolitical culture and artist exile, The Danish Institute in Damascus, spoke to me about young peoples’ voices in Syria. He released a book containing thoughts, short-stories and poetry of young people from the region about the current uprisings.

His introduction ‘Tænd an, Tænd an’ (Light it, light it!) was inspired by the Tunisian vender who set himself on fire and sparked the beginning of the protests. In the book, Hastrup expresses his support for the uprisings against the oppressive regimes: “It has been the strongest and happiest moment in my life to be allowed to witness the way in which the legacy of fear that had been saved up for generations, with one stroke disappeared like snow in the sun and a new, honest and untested discussion was opened: What can we do? What shall we do? Who are we?”

The book was published in March 2012 and in April Hastrup received a letter from the Syrian government telling him to leave the country, as he was now deemed Persona Non Grata. Now, a year and a half later, no explanation of his unwanted status has been given, but Hastrup is certain that the secret police in Damascus, whom he had no doubt were troubled with the new clientele at the institute, wanted to get rid of him. According to Hastrup, the work of young artists naturally became more politicised with the uprisings and rather than “a mirror to reflect the world” it became “the hammer with which to shape it” he told MEMO.

Ole Reitov from Freemuse, an NGO working to protect artists against music censorship across the globe, explained to me how the instrumentalisation of artistic forms of expression is often a symptom of specific socio and economic conditions. Depending on these factors, music is often co-opted by the dominant belief systems or regimes in order to ‘steer people in the ‘right’ direction.’

According to Reitov, the reoccurring pattern of North African regimes in the 60s was to adopt a Soviet-like state apparatus and mode of thinking about art and culture in a very hierarchical way- similar to that of European selective ‘high culture’ . Efforts were made to change public culture to ‘folk law’, a drained and strictly regulated culture.

Despite new regimes and laws, the censorship apparatus still works per reflex action. With the lack of transparency, this cultural framework becomes even more rigid. Therefore, despite having won consultancy status by the UN last year, Freemuse still struggles to work through this framework to initiate a dialogue with certain regimes.

A step towards this dialogue was a report built on a questionnaire governments filled out assessing their own music censorship regulations, but as Reitov concluded, “we failed to receive an answer from ‘the usual suspects.'”

However, there is an increased awareness globally on the issue and the push for change is felt little by little. “When I consult the offices in Geneva for UN treaty bodies, I can feel that there is a huge interest for musical censorship, when I point out how reports from Human Rights NGOs like Amnesty and HRW (Human Rights Watch) tend mainly to focus only on media censorship. And we all know how essential the role of music has been particularly in the Arab uprisings.”

By advocating on different levels – pressurizing regimes through the UN, writing letters directly to governments and organizing conferences – Reitov sees a growing passion to address this issue among many other NGOs. If we want to support the uprisings, we need to remember the enormous influence art has had in this context and do everything we can to protect and promote it.

(Source / 31.10.2013)

UN chief deplores plans for further Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory

UN chief deplores plans for further Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.

30 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the announcements today of further Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, pointing out that settlement activity is contrary to international law and constitutes an obstacle to peace.

“Any measures that prejudge final status issues will not be recognized by the international community,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added.

Israel reportedly made the announcement hours after freeing 26 Palestinian prisoners.

Mr. Ban understands that Israel took “a difficult step” in continuing to release Palestinian prisoners in the face of deep domestic opposition, and appreciates this gesture, said the statement.

“The Secretary-General expects the parties to take every possible step to promote conditions conducive to the success of the negotiating process and to refrain from actions that undermine trust,” it added.

Direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians stalled in September 2010, after Israel refused to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. The two sides resumed negotiations this August following efforts by United States Secretary of State John Kerry.

(Source / 31.10.2013)

How credible is the claim of the failure of political Islam?

 

Rashid GhannouchiWhat is known as political Islam is not in a state of decline, but is in the process of correcting its mistakes and is preparing for a new phase, in the near future, of better governance

Whenever the Islamists suffer a setback, or even a small decline in votes, some Western experts monitoring the Islamic Movement’s path rush to proclaim to the world that political Islam has failed and collapsed, and that it has come to an end. This is reiterated in their forums and statements to the media outlets who host them as experts providing certain and absolute judgements.

Their counterparts in the Islamic world and voices in our media then echo those statements accepting them as undoubted and unmistakable facts.

Events in Egypt over the last few months have provided abundant material for those theses, seminars and claims, and their popularity has risen once again.

But how credible are these claims? Is what is known as political Islam undergoing a serious and growing decline and heading for ultimate failure and imminent demise? Or is it just a matter of a few steps back here and there in preparation for a new launch and in order to move forward, such that those setbacks are simply dips in an overall upward curve?

    1. The Islamic Movement is the term preferred by Islamists themselves, rather than political Islam. This term refers to all the actions calling for Islam as God’s final word, a comprehensive approach to life, and a message to all humanity. That message, according to statistics, is the fastest growing religion and way of life nowadays, and that its followers are the most willing to sacrifice all that is precious to them in order to protect and adhere to this religion.

Thus the setting for the so-called political Islam (Islamic Movement) is the largest religious base in the world, and modern communication techniques have allowed it to spread at unprecedented rates, especially since it faces very little resistance given the current state of ideological vacuum, existential anxiety, and the weakening of the warm incubators in modern civilization, such as families and clans.

This is occurring at a time when governments have increasingly headed towards the abandonment of their duties of care, which has caused increased anxiety and isolation. This is one of the effects of the growing secularisation and it is driving people to seek centres of warmth and organisations where the demands of our bodies and souls, the individual and the group, the religious and the worldly, patriotism and internationalism are reconciled. This is what people seek and find in Islam in its comprehensive outlook and characteristic moderation.

This explains the attraction of people from every walk of life and culture to Islam, despite the war of hatred and demonization waged against Islam, its movements, and its minorities.

    1. The mainstream Islamic Movement, putting aside the extremist margins which exist in every ideology and nation, has presented Islam as the completion of all the achievements and contributions of the different civilisations, and not in opposition and contradiction to all the achievements of modernisation, such as education for all men and women and the values of justice, equality, rights, and freedoms without discrimination based on beliefs, gender, or colour in order to guarantee everyone’s right of citizenship, humanity, as well as political and religious freedom, as practiced in modern democracies. These rights and freedoms are divine requirements given to human beings, as mentioned in the Quran “And We have certainly honoured the children of Adam” (Qur’an, Al-Isra’:70)
    2. The Islamic Movement, which operates on the basis that Islam is the instinctual religion, seeks to solve the problems of its societies and contribute to solving the problems of mankind, benefiting from the expertise other civilisations that are compatible with the values of Islam and its aims in achieving people’s interests. This movement is the closest to the consciences of our nations and it speaks to their values, concepts, and language, and its popular appeal is unbeatable if Islamic movement activists understood the problems of the people and approached them in accordance with the people’s doctrinal and intellectual background.
    3. For over half a century, the Islamic movements have been subjected to continuous repression that barely stops long enough to recuperate and return even more furious than ever.
    4. This continuous repression had a number of consequences, such as instilling a legacy of activism and struggle amongst the Islamists which has bound them together, as well as a shared history that three generations, if not more, have experienced.

      The brutal repression has also gained them the people’s sympathy giving them an additional advantage over any other political competitor, as the people value and remember the sacrifice of those who struggled against injustice.

    5. Today more than ever, the Islamists are in the noblest and firmest position, for, in addition to their characteristic of closeness to the people’s doctrinal and cultural understanding, they – like in Egypt – are standing up for the noblest of values, such as the defence of the people’s will and resorting to the ballot boxes. Moreover, they are leading a glorious peaceful revolution in defence of the values of the revolution, such as media freedom – which their rule preserved and the coup violated – as well as political pluralism and the nation’s major causes, such as the issue of Palestine.

In contrast, the deep-rooted Egyptian liberalism, including the Wafd Party, is standing on the side of the counter-revolution, seeking support from a military coup and supporting it, allowing the military and their tanks to run over the ballot boxes, trample the people’s will, as well as their bodies, silence the media, open prisons wide open for political detainees and opening fire on unarmed civilians.

As for one of the nation’s major causes, that of Palestine, it has become a criminal charge, as the elected president finds himself charged with collaboration with Hamas, as a pretext for deposing him and to please Israel.

Does the attitude of the “modernist” Egyptian elite and their Arab counterparts that applauded the coup not constitute a form of collective suicide? This is in contrast to the honourable stand of the Islamic Movement in the face of tyranny, armed with nothing other than their faith.

From a historical, strategic, and national point of view, can we consider the support of the brutal military coup a liberal, progressive, nationalist, or secular victory, and can we consider what has happened a defeat and end of political Islam?

    1. We have no doubt that what occurred in Egypt was not a relapse of political Islam, as much as it is a relapse that will unfortunately end what is left of the heritage of Arab secular liberalism and nationalism, unless they reconsider their position and come to their senses.

Meanwhile, the coup will provide an opportunity for the Islamic Movement to make revisions and correct their mistakes in governance, making it more open to the opposition in Egypt and elsewhere, especially during transitional phases which cannot be managed by just one party or one trend, nor should its constitution be written by one trend.

The Islamic movement in Egypt and elsewhere will realise this, making it more open to all the national forces and giving these forces the chance to not only participate and ally with them, but also to occupy positions of leadership in the Islamic parties, as Islam is a legacy shared by the entire nation.

    1. Although the Brotherhood in Egypt faced successive plights at the hands of the successive Egyptian rulers from the monarchy and especially during the reign of Abdel Nasser, it still does not compare, neither quantitatively nor qualitatively, to what they are facing now at the hands of General Al-Sisi. The total number of victims over the past 60 years was not much over 60 martyrs, but this number represents merely he first “Sisian” encounter in front of the presidential palace. Then, we quickly began hearing about thousands of deaths, injuries, and imprisonments, which clearly indicates the weakness of the coup’s legitimacy and its reckless attempts to make up for it by intensifying the repression of peaceful and heroic resistance.
    2. The difference between the oppression suffered by the Brotherhood under Abdel Nasser and the current oppression is that Abdel Nasser did not only hit the Brotherhood with the state’s violence, but also by carrying our large projects for the people, regardless of how serious some of them were.

The security and political oppression was heavily covered by a vast number of promising attractive cultural and political projects, such as the agricultural reform project, the spread of education, the expansion of Al-Azhar, the liberation of Palestine, the unification of the Arab nation, anti-imperialism and the non-allied movement. In contrast, what project does Al-Sisi carry for his people and nation, other than the pseudo-intellectual cover for brutal repression that has reached such low levels as to accuse the legitimate president of collaborating with Hamas.

  1. Nowadays, the crimes of tyrants are being committed under the most powerful microscopes and the brightest of lights, a matter that was not even afforded to the ancient pharaohs, who committed their crimes secretly and discreetly. Thus the Pharaoh at the time of Moses was able to proclaim, “I do not show you except what I see” (Quran, Ghafir: 29), thus imposing his rule on his people by controlling information.

That time in history is long gone, and the crimes of tyrants are being committed before our very eyes, and therefore Al-Sisi and the likes have no future in the age of instant flow of information.

The result: In view of the above, I can assure you, with full confidence, that political Islam was not defeated ,in Egypt or anywhere else, as the world of ideas is imbued with the values of Islam like never before, ever since modernity invaded our world on the backs of tanks and dominated the elites, pushing Islam to the margins and promising great projects, most of which were a disappointment, either on the level of freedom, development, justice, unity, or the liberation of Palestine. Those unfulfilled aspirations led to a re-thinking of Islam and a search within it for a renaissance project that interacts with and embraces, rather than rejects, the achievements of modernity after re-planting them in the field of Islam.

What is known as political Islam is not in a state of decline, but is in the process of correcting its mistakes and is preparing for a new phase, in the near future, of better governance. It does not need to wait decades for another greater chance, at a time of free flow of information, and in the face of coups and attempted coups devoid of any moral, cultural, and political cover.

The movements of political Islam are deeply-rooted in their societies and bear the values of peaceful democratic revolution and the values of participatory democracy rather than autocracy or domination, in a successful marriage of the values of Islam and modernity.

“And Allah has full power and control over His Affairs, but most humans know not.” (Qur’an, Yusuf: 21)

(Source / 31.10.2013)

Zionist settlers invade Joseph’s tomb in Nablus

Zionist settlers invade Joseph
Zionist settlers invade Joseph’s tomb in Nablus.
Zionist settlers invaded the Joseph’s Holly Tomb site in the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday morning.

According to reports, around eight bus loads of settlers accompanied by at least 20 Israeli military vehicles invaded the city of Nablus and dropped the settlers at Joseph’s Tomb to conduct a religious ceremony at the site.

Settlers remained on the site for few hours. Some clashes were reported between the Zionist regime troops and Palestinian settlers who were trying to halt Israelis to enter the tomb.

Joseph’s Tomb is believed to be the site were Joseph, son of Jacob, was buried and is a holy shrine for Christians, Muslims and Jews.

Although the site is in the city of Nablus, which is under the Oslo Accords is defined as Zone A and therefor under Palestinian administrative and security control, the site of Joseph’s Tomb was under Israeli control until they left in October 2000.

According to Palestinian sources, the Zionist regime has decided to establish a military base near the Tomb to get thorough control of the region.

(Source / 31.10.2013)

Sources: Israel behind explosions in Syrian air base

Lakakia is a stronghold of the Syrian regime and has major military installations.

Israel was behind a series of explosions that rocked a Syrian air base in the northern Latakia province, Al Arabiya television reported on Thursday, quoting exclusive sources.

The bombing targeted a shipment of surface-to-air missiles (SAM) that was headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon, the sources said.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a series of explosions took place on Wednesday in near Latakia, the stronghold of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“Several explosions were heard in an air defense base in the Snubar Jableh area,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

He said the cause of the explosions is “unclear” and that no casualties have been reported.

Israel has remained tight-lipped about the issue, but it is not uncommon for Israel’s military to launch attacks inside Syria against weapons shipments being transferred to Hezbollah.

In May, Israeli jets reportedly destroyed a stockpile of Iranian missiles in Syria bound for Hezbollah.

(Source / 31.10.2013)