Usual Life in Unusual Place

By Alaa Salamah                           ©                            (

In my way to home after a tiring dense course, I  pass two long streets walking in order to get a car because the fuel crisis in the strip. I was looking from the car`s window seeing the crowds as usual , Gaza full of people and cars comparing the space of Gaza , and even seeing few cars is something “usual” due to fuel shortage. However , the most thing can disturb that rhythm of people`s life  is cars sirens. Drivers use this sound too much mostly for un necessary things..awful annoying sound . ” why don`t government take fine from drivers who make this sound” . The car continues rounding in the same streets I know well whenever I want to go out and get back “as usual”. While looking to people ..some are in hurry ..others are working on a building, a few are sitting outside their shops chattering , my brain ( consciously)  grasps a part from one of Abdulhalim`s songs saying ” my heart , my hope , why do you conceal ? ” ya albi, ya amali, leeh betkhabi?”

Abdulhalim`s voice is getting farther and farther until disappears ; bursting out questions from nowhere : Is it our life usual ?!!, Is it will be the same if I am living in my original city (Majdal). Then I conclude that we tend to think and act as we live a usual life because we are humans at last. I get out from the car but the questions are still surrounding me. I have to walk a short distance to reach home.  When I open my home`s  door, I smile and I said to myself : oh ! our lover has visited us today. It`s my luck. I`ll finish my work early today . Of course, most of you are wandering, who is our lover that waiting “her” every 12 hours a day?!

Obviously, “She`s” the one who can run  our life and stops it in “her” absence. “She” makes the house like a ball of fire. On the other hand, the continous of “her” absence will make a critical crisis in every aspect of our life. As an old song says : ” zoroni kol sana mara, haram tensoni bel mara…” ( visit me every year once, please don`t forget me ..” . After few mintues , our lover (electricity) will say goodbye so  I`ll say good bye too .

Nederlandse regering verschaft opleiding aan Syrische oppositie



In deze 17e-eeuwse villa werden op vraag van de Nederlandse regering Syrische oppositieleden getraind. Het landgoed Clingendael ligt in de gemeente Wassenaar, nabij Den Haag.

Opleiding voor 19 Syrische opposanten op vraag van het Nederlandse kabinet

MEDIAWERKGROEP SYRIE – 8 december 2013 – De voorbije dagen waren talrijke Syrische opposanten op uitnodiging van de Nederlandse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Frans Timmermans en minister-president Mark Rutte in Nederland. Zij bestelden voor de opposanten van de Syrische regering een intensieve opleiding ‘democratie en communicatie’ bij de denktank Clingendael.

De opposanten moesten allerlei toneeltjes spelen en leren hoe zich te gedragen om toonbaar te zijn voor de internationale vredesconferentie op 22 januari 2014 in het Zwitserse Genève.


Timmermans Hebron ANP_0

De Nederlandse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, Frans Timmermans, nodigde talrijke Syrische oppositieleden uit naar Nederland, waar hij in Clingendael een stoomcursus ‘democratie en communicatie’ regelde voor hen.



NOS-teletekst van 8 december 2013.

(Source / 08.12.2013)

Dutch PM cancels ceremony in dispute over cargo scanner for Gaza crossing

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has canceled a gala ceremony planned for Sunday to inaugurate a new container scanner donated by the Netherlands to Israel’s border crossing with the Gaza Strip, due to Israel’s refusal to view the high-tech machine as grounds for allowing exports from Gaza to the West Bank to resume.

The dispute over this issue, which erupted about a week ago, is weighing on Rutte’s impending visit to Israel, which was supposed to have taken place in a positive atmosphere. Rutte is slated to arrive Sunday, and is expected to ask Israel to reconsider its position when he meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday night. Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, who will accompany Rutte, is similarly expected to raise the issue of exports from Gaza at his meeting with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

The dispute began last week, when the Dutch Foreign Ministry asked Israel’s ambassador to The Hague to forward a request that Jerusalem take advantage of the new scanner to permit the resumption of goods exports from Gaza to the West Bank. The Dutch ambassador to Israel made a similar request of the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.A senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official said the Dutch request surprised Jerusalem, coming as it did on relatively short notice. Nevertheless, the ministry passed it on to Ya’alon’s office. After a brief discussion, Israel decided to reject the request.

Defense Ministry officials explained that for security reasons, Israel wants to isolate the West Bank from the Gaza Strip, and allowing goods from the Strip into the West Bank would contradict this policy. Dutch officials countered that the new machine was supposed to provide a solution to Israel’s security concerns about Gazan exports. Nevertheless, the Defense Ministry remained adamant. Israel’s refusal infuriated the Dutch government, which informed Jerusalem that if so, Rutte intended to cancel the gala ceremony at the Kerem Shalom border crossing.

(Source / 08.12.2013)

Comprehensive Nature of Patience in Islam


Quran Beautiful Patience Sabr

By Abu Amina Elias for

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Patience (sabr) is a comprehensive virtue in Islam that encompasses perseverance, endurance, forbearance, diligence, and restraint. It is a characteristic of enlightenment that develops in the heart of a Muslim.

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

وَمَنْ يَتَصَبَّرْ يُصَبِّرْهُ اللَّهُ وَمَا أُعْطِيَ أَحَدٌ عَطَاءً خَيْرًا وَأَوْسَعَ مِنْ الصَّبْرِ

Whoever would be patient, then Allah will make him patient. There is no gift that is better and more comprehensive than patience.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 1400, Grade: Sahih

Abu Malik Al-Ash’ari reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

وَالصَّبْرُ ضِيَاءٌ

Patience is illumination.

Source: Sahih Muslim 223, Grade: Sahih

According to Ibn Al-Qayyim in his work Uddat As-Sabirin, patience is divide into three components:

  1. Patience in worshiping Allah and adhering to His commands.
  2. Patience in avoiding sins and acts of disobedience.
  3. Patience with the decree of Allah and calamities.

Regarding the first aspect of patience, it is to have perseverance in fulfilling the obligations of Islam such as prayer, giving charity, and fasting.

Allah said:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ

O you who believe, seek help through patience and prayer. Verily, Allah is with the patient.

Surah Al-Baqarah 2:153

Patience applies to the rights of people just as it applies to the rights of Allah, for we should be patient with people when they abuse us and sin against us.

Allah said:

وَاصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا يَقُولُونَ وَاهْجُرْهُمْ هَجْرًا جَمِيلًا

Be patient over what they say and avoid them with gracious avoidance.

Surah Al-Muzzamil 73:10

For this reason, Allah has praised the believers who restrain their anger and forgive others.

Allah said:

الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

They are those who spend in charity during ease and hardship and who restrain their anger and pardon the people, for Allah loves the doers of good.

Surah Ali Imran 3:134

Likewise, we should not repay an evil deed with another evil deed, but rather repel evil with good.

Allah said:

وَلَا تَسْتَوِي الْحَسَنَةُ وَلَا السَّيِّئَةُ ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا الَّذِي بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُ وَلِيٌّ حَمِيمٌ وَمَا يُلَقَّاهَا إِلَّا الَّذِينَ صَبَرُوا وَمَا يُلَقَّاهَا إِلَّا ذُو حَظٍّ عَظِيمٍ

Not equal are the good deed and the bad deed. Repel evil by that which is better, and then the one who is hostile to you will become as a devoted friend. But none is granted it except those who are patient and none is granted it except one having a great fortune.

Surah Fussilat 41:34-35

And Allah said:

وَالَّذِينَ صَبَرُوا ابْتِغَاءَ وَجْهِ رَبِّهِمْ وَأَقَامُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَأَنفَقُوا مِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ سِرًّا وَعَلَانِيَةً وَيَدْرَءُونَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ السَّيِّئَةَ أُولَٰئِكَ لَهُمْ عُقْبَى الدَّارِ

They are those who are patient, seeking the countenance of their Lord, and establish prayer and spend from what We have provided for them, secretly and publicly, and repel evil with good, for those will have the good end.

Surah Ar-Ra’d 13:22

This type of patience is an essential pillar of enjoining good and forbidding evil, such that one who is impatient cannot fulfill this duty.

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

فلا بد من هذه الثلاثة‏ العلم والرفق والصبر العلم قبل الأمر والنهي والرفق معه والصبر بعده

Three qualities are essential for enjoining good: knowledge, gentleness, and patience. Knowledge is required before enjoining and forbidding, gentleness is required during it, and patience is required after it.

Source: Amr bil-Ma’ruf wa Nahi ‘an al-Munkar

Regarding the second aspect of patience, it is to be diligent in avoiding sins and acts of disobedience.

Allah said:

فَاصْبِرْ كَمَا صَبَرَ أُولُو الْعَزْمِ مِنَ الرُّسُلِ وَلَا تَسْتَعْجِل لَّهُمْ ۚ كَأَنَّهُمْ يَوْمَ يَرَوْنَ مَا يُوعَدُونَ لَمْ يَلْبَثُوا إِلَّا سَاعَةً مِّن نَّهَارٍ ۚ بَلَاغٌ ۚ فَهَلْ يُهْلَكُ إِلَّا الْقَوْمُ الْفَاسِقُونَ

So be patient as were those of determination among the messengers and do not be impatient for them. It will be on the Day they see that which they are promised as though they had not remained in the world but an hour of a day. This is a notification, and will any be destroyed except the defiantly disobedient?

Surah Al-Ahqaf 46:35

For example, Allah will provide shade on the Day of Judgment to a man who was enticed by a woman to commit adultery but he remained patient.

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

وَرَجُلٌ دَعَتْهُ امْرَأَةٌ ذَاتُ مَنْصِبٍ وَجَمَالٍ فَقَالَ إِنِّي أَخَافُ اللَّهَ

(Allah will provide shade to) a man to whom a beautiful woman of high status seduces but he rejects her by saying I fear Allah.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 629, Grade: Mutaffaqun Alayhi

Regarding the third aspect of patience, it is to be content with the decree of Allah and at the time of calamity.

Allah said:

يَا بُنَيَّ أَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ وَأْمُرْ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَانْهَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَاصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا أَصَابَكَ ۖ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ

Luqman said: O my son, establish prayer, enjoin what is right, forbid what is wrong, and be patient over what befalls you. Verily, that is among the matters requiring determination.

Surah Luqman 31:17

In fact, true patience is to be calm and composed during the first strike of a calamity.

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, passed by a woman who was weeping beside a grave. The Prophet said:

اتَّقِي اللَّهَ وَاصْبِرِي

Be mindful of Allah and be patient.

She said, “Go away from me, for you have not been afflicted by a calamity like mine!” And she did not recognize him. Then, she was told that it was the Prophet, so she went to the house of the Prophet and she did not find any bodyguards there. She said to him, “I did not recognize you.” The Prophet said:

إِنَّمَا الصَّبْرُ عِنْدَ الصَّدْمَةِ الْأُولَى

 Verily, patience is at the first strike.

Source: Sahih Bukhari 1223, Grade: Sahih

Indeed, this high level of patience can only be achieved upon the realization that nothing occurring to a true believer is bad for him, because a calamity is an opportunity to be patient and thereby receive reward from Allah.

Suhaib reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:

عَجَبًا لِأَمْرِ الْمُؤْمِنِ إِنَّ أَمْرَهُ كُلَّهُ خَيْرٌ وَلَيْسَ ذَاكَ لِأَحَدٍ إِلَّا لِلْمُؤْمِنِ إِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ سَرَّاءُ شَكَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ وَإِنْ أَصَابَتْهُ ضَرَّاءُ صَبَرَ فَكَانَ خَيْرًا لَهُ

Wondrous is the affair of the believer for there is good for him in every matter and this is not the case with anyone except the believer. If he is happy, then he thanks Allah and thus there is good for him, and if he is harmed, then he shows patience and thus there is good for him.

Source: Sahih Muslim 2999, Grade: Sahih

The perfection of these three aspects together is called beautiful patience. This was the characteristic of the Prophets of Allah.

Allah said:

فَاصْبِرْ صَبْرًا جَمِيلًا

So be patient with beautiful patience.

Surah Al-Ma’arij 70:4

If we can achieve such beautiful patience, only then will Allah bestow upon us true leadership in the religion.

Allah said:

وَجَعَلْنَا مِنْهُمْ أَئِمَّةً يَهْدُونَ بِأَمْرِنَا لَمَّا صَبَرُوا وَكَانُوا بِآيَاتِنَا يُوقِنُونَ

We made from among them leaders guiding by our command when they were patient and when they were certain of our verses.

Surah As-Sajda 32:24

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

بالصبر واليقين تنال الإمامة في الدين

With patience and certainty of faith one can achieve leadership in religion.

Source: Madarij As-Salikeen 153

Most importantly, practicing patience in all of these aspects is the only way we can complete our faith and guarantee protection for ourselves from loss in this life and in the Hereafter.

Allah said:

وَالْعَصْرِ إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ

By the time, verily mankind is in loss except for those who have faith and perform righteous deeds and enjoin one another to truth and enjoin one another to patience.

Surah Al-Asr 103:1-3

Therefore, the virtue of patience is tremendously important for our well-being  in this life and in the Hereafter, so we should strive to develop patience within ourselves in all of its aspects.

Success comes from Allah, and Allah knows best.

(Source / 08.12.2013)

Bahraini court jails 12 anti-regime protesters

A court in Bahrain has sentenced 12 anti-regime protesters, including three minors, to prison terms of up to five years as the Al Khalifa regime steps up its crackdown on dissent.

On Sunday, the court sentenced the nine adults to five years in jail each. The three minors were also given three-year prison terms each.

Manama has accused the defendants of attacking a police patrol with petrol bombs.

On December 2, a Bahraini court sentenced 16 anti-regime activists to seven years in prison each for allegedly attacking a police vehicle during an anti-government demonstration.

According to Bahrain’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq, the Manama regime’s harsh clampdown on pro-democracy activists has intensified over the past months.

In October, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa, said, “The [Bahraini] authorities simply slap the label ‘terrorist’ on defendants and then subject them to all manner of violations to end up with a ‘confession’.”

Bahrainis have been staging demonstrations since mid-February 2011, calling for political reforms and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

Scores have been killed, many of them under torture while in custody, and thousands more detained since the popular uprising started in the kingdom.

Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have “evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police” in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Protesters say they will continue to hold anti-regime demonstrations until their demands for the establishment of a democratically-elected government and an end to rights violations are met.

(Source / 08.12.2013)

Saudis plan major offensive against Syria

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announced a 16,000 anti-tank missile deal with the Saudis. The missiles, writes <b>Dean</b>, will end up in the hands of the militants in Syria. Above, Hagel is seen with the Saudi deputy defense minister.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announced a 16,000 anti-tank missile deal with the Saudis. The missiles, writes Dean, will end up in the hands of the militants in Syria. Above, Hagel is seen with the Saudi deputy defense minister.
“We can easily forgive a child for being afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”


Surprise, surprise… The new Israeli-Saudi Alliance has rolled out its response to the hard-fought de-escalation of the Syrian killing fields. They want to try to knock off Assad while the stage two of the Iran negotiations are going on. The Israelis have a key role. They don’t fight, don’t die, or pay for anything. They just watch everybody else do it while screaming they fear for their existence.
The [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC)… Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar…, which basically translate into ‘Saudi Arabia,’ wants the US to sign off on a $6-billion funding pool to their coalition of ‘Al-Qaeda light’ to actually fight alongside the real Al- Qaeda, and then kill them off after Assad is overthrown.
Lost in their thinking is how Obama explains this after working with the Russian to defuse the Syrian situation, only to support a new major offensive when the UN reports that the Syrian chemical weapons capacity has been eliminated. That would send a bad message to others not to make the same mistake in the future. Of course we know that the Israelis are not troubled by what anyone thinks as long as their subsidies continue.
America will be asked for the usual logistical support and to screen the Russians out from interfering. Initial reports from the White house indicate they view this as an attempt to suck them back into something they are trying to resolve.
Chuck Hagel’s trip to the Persian Gulf, where he announced a 16,000 anti-tank missile deal with the Saudis could not have come at a worse time. I had to pinch myself that it was not a dream. Hagel said, “This region is dangerous, it’s combustible, it’s unstable… But having a steady American hand in this region to help our allies and reassure our allies is really key to working through this really dangerous instability.”

Just who is planning to attack the Saudis with enough armor to absorb 16,000 missiles, the Israelis… Jordan maybe … how about the Iraqi or Syrian Army? Have the Iranians been hiding secret submersible tank brigades that can cross the Persian Gulf at night for a dawn attack? Color me suspicious but I don’t think so. My bet is these missiles seem marked to flood the Syrian terrorists with enough missiles to neutralize Syrian armor.

The Russians are quiet for now about this new Hail Mary pass plan by the Saudis. They never over-react to any moves, so they never get suckered with a feint. But I am not so sure they would sit by and watch a major offensive from the Saudis. But then again they don’t want to get caught in between an Arab shooting gallery match where those pulling the strings could not care less how many get killed, including their own side since there is no shortage of replacements or money.
This new Islamic Front charter calls for the establishment of an Islamic state under “Shariah law.” No surprise there. Minorities would be tolerated… code for getting the Palestinian treatment. It is basically your normal religious cover for the Saudi Royal family expanding its domain to the Mediterranean and getting the longed-for pipeline insurance to not have Iran sitting astride their Strait of Hormuz doorway for exports.
One has to ask now if all of the sudden friendliness to Iran is just a ploy to neutralize them, and planting a wedge that maybe a sellout of Syria is part of a sanctions resolution game for Iran by the West. This would be a typical psyops ploy to run between those with long-term suspicions of each other.
I have long been suspicious about the inaction on the UN, the ICC or any of the EU countries for not trying to control the movements of the jihadi terrorists, those that survive the Syrian Army anyway. Some scare-mongering has been done about these trained terrorists plying their new trade after retuning home.
But I don’t know of a single country that has posted an arrest warrant for any of them. Most of the groups have miraculously avoided being classified as terrorist groups, especially the ones the CIA has been helping. They all seem to have guardian angels looking over them.
I would bet my money that the puppeteers were not done yet using them as cannon fodder, either in Syria or the next place they plan to transfer them to. It is not that American operatives object to violating American laws about aiding and abetting terrorism, of even doing it. They just don’t want to be too open about it. If they are operating under the expected presidential order, they have immunity from American prosecution anyway.
So it looks like we have a game of chicken being played here. The Saudis are saying ‘you are taking Iran away from us as a target, so you have to give us Syria now as a cancellation prize… or… between the Israelis’ history of false flag attacks and our money we might just need to send some more Saudis to flight training schools. You know the Israelis are still running a lot of your airport security.’
Does the US have any restraint power whatsoever over these people when it just seems to give away any leverage that it could have? If they did not know how to manipulate the Americans, the Israelis could surely teach them… for a fee.
The American people once again are the main suckers once again in all this. The Zionist warmongers come to DC and our elected officials clear their calendars to sever their ‘other country.’ Excuse me… I should say other ‘countries.’ You can rest assured that the Saudis are spreading a lot of cash around, too.
You know what they say about power, politics and cash when up against honor, duty and country? The latter are just something to be bartered for the best price. One of the marketing pitches the Zios, AIPAC and the Congressional traitors are parroting is that the $6 billion they want is a lot cheaper than the $6 trillion total cost that round one of the American coup cost us, courtesy of the Bush team and the neo-con crew.
Only a depraved people could make such a pitch. And only someone who is working to be depraved would accept it and not throw the bums out of his office. That America has such people as allies and puts them forth to the rest of us as our best friends when they are among our worst enemies is solid proof that all we have of our Founding Father’s republic is a children’s coloring book and some crayons.
American economists are starting to let the big secret out of the bag… to forget about recovery. It is already here… all you are going to get anyway. Those of you who don’t have anything, well, get used to that situation as you are going to be close friends with it for a long time. The same goes for the Europeans. The failure of leadership is on the scale of that before and after WWI.
Former Prime Minister of Italy Francesco Nitti (1919-20) saw it all so clearly.
“The deeply rooted economic crisis, which threatens and prepares new wars, the deeply rooted social crisis, which threatens and prepares new civil conflicts, are merely the expression of a state of mind. Statesmen are the most directly responsible for the continuation of the language of violence.”
(Source / 08.12.2013)

Gaza power crisis worsens as winter approaches

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza Strip Power Authority is worried that electricity will be available for less than six hours a day in Gaza as winter approaches, an official announced during a news conference on Sunday.

Director of public relations for the main electricity authority in Gaza Jamal Dardasawi warned that the company would fail to meet even a minimum of six-hour electricity distribution a day as winter approaches due to increasing demand.

Dardasawi said that the electricity available in Gaza is now down to 25 percent of what is needed and is expected to fall to 20 percent or even less due to weather conditions.

“It has become impossible for the electricity company to meet the minimum power needs of the population of the Gaza Strip,” he added.

Dardasawi pointed out that the Egyptian grid which supplies power to Rafah and southern Khan Younis in the south was disconnected Saturday and the Gaza company was unable to provide electricity to these areas.

Fuel shortages have caused daily life in the Gaza Strip to grind slowly to a halt since early November, as power plants and water pumps are forced to shut down, cutting off access to basic necessities for Gaza residents.

Lack of diesel fuel is a result of the tightening of a 7-year-long blockade imposed on the territory by Israel with Egyptian support.

Until July of this year, tunnels connecting Gaza to Egypt provided a vital lifeline for the territory amidst the otherwise crippling Israeli blockade. The blockade has been in place since 2006, and it has limited imports and exports and led to a major economic decline and wide-reaching humanitarian crisis.

In the last year, however, the situation had greatly improved, as the tunnels to Egypt witnessed a brisk trade following the Egyptian Revolution. Since the coup against Egyptian president Morsi in July, however, Egypt has strictly enforced the blockade and targeted the tunnels.

Egyptian Maj. Gen. Ahmad Ibrahim said in October that nearly 800 tunnels had been destroyed since the beginning of the year at that time, while Rafah officials estimated in September that these operations had demolished 95% of previously existing tunnels.

Gaza Strip energy officials blame Egypt for destroying these tunnels while maintaining the larger economic blockade, along with Israel.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.

The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans.

(Source / 08.12.2013)

Three people detained and several people injured during demonstration in Nabi Saleh

Yesterday, the village of Nabi Saleh held an event to commemorate the deaths of Mostafa and Rushdi Tamimi. It is the second year anniversary of the death of Mostafa who was killed during a demonstration. The 7th of December also marks 26 years since the beginning of the first intifada.

In addition to the weekly Friday demonstrations that are held throughout the West Bank, the popular committees also started having events on Saturdays, which will be followed by a demonstration in one village once a month. Yesterday in Nabi Saleh was the first of these events.Hundreds of people came together in the village square, where speeches and performances were held.The event ended with a dance performed by the youth. After that several hundred people marched to the army tower at the entrance of Nabi Saleh. Before even reaching the tower the army shot lots of tear gas canisters at the approaching protesters. Even though many people suffered from heavy tear gas inhalation, it did not prevent them from trying to get to the tower again. Demonstrators successfully reached the yellow gate which blocks access to the village from one side; several people went in front of it. The soldiers initially detained three people; one Palestinian, one Israeli and one international. They were all released after a short while. The soldiers made several further attempts to arrest Palestinians and internationals, all of which were prevented by the protesters.

Demonstration in Nabi Saleh, 7th December 2013

Israeli army is trying to arrest demonstrators, which was successfully prevented.

Meanwhile, Palestinian youth were throwing stones at soldiers and jeeps in the field, who responded with tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets. Mustafa Tamimi’s brother was shot in face, resulting in the breaking of his jaw.

Youth are throwing stones at the soldiers and the police.

The group in front of the yellow gate moved on together, blocking the army jeeps which were exiting the village.After protesters were forcefully removed they tried to reach the spring, which has been stolen by the settlers from the nearby illegal Settlement of Halamish.The army prevented this by attacking the protesters with more tear gas and rubber coated steel bullets. Soldiers were pushing them back into the village where the demonstration ended. The whole event lasted for about five hours, with one person being hospitalized and many others injured.

A women is being treated after suffering from tear gas inhalation.

(Source / 08.12.2013)

Documentary shows scenes of home demolitions by Israel in Negev

BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) – A Palestinian organization based in the Negev has released a documentary depicting what the organization called the “ongoing Nakba (catastrophe) against the population of the Negev since 1948.”

The film brings to light the suffering and embittered lives of the Palestinian Bedouin residents of Negev, especially those villages which the government of Israel doesn’t recognize.

Those residents, according to the film “Negev … Land and Man,” have been deprived of basic life requirements including water and electricity networks as well as schools and clinics.

The documentary warns of Israeli plans to displace the population and “steal their land” through heavy restrictions to make their lives unbearable. The film warns in particular of the Prawer displacement plan which will “bring back the Palestinian Nakba on the land of Negev” while the world watches.

Documented scenes of home demolitions, land bulldozing and displacement of residents by Israeli forces are included in the film.

The film also sheds light on the major role Palestinians who live in Israel play to support the Bedouin residents of the Negev and help strengthen their determination to remain on their land. These efforts include construction projects, relief activities and voluntary work to defy Israeli plans.

The film was directed by Muhammad Abu Rizqa and produced by Sanabil Productions.

(Source / 08.12.2013)

Syrian forces ‘kill children’ near capital

Forces loyal to President Assad kill seven children during fighting for the town of Nabek near Damascus, activists say.

Images posted on social media showed the bloodied corpses of five children and said up to seven had been killed.
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have killed seven children during fighting for the town of Nabek, north of the capital Damascus, activists said.

The fighting in Nabek pits Assad’s army and allied militia against rebel factions including al-Qaeda-linked fighters.

Images posted on social media showed what activists said were the bloodied corpses of five children and said up to seven had been killed.

Some blamed a Shia militia for the killings, but this could not be confirmed. The rebels are mostly Sunni Muslims.

Nabek is 80 kms north of Damascus on Syria’s north-south highway that links the capital to the central city of Homs and the coastal heartland of Assad’s minority Alawite sect.

Fighting in the area intensified last month when the government launched an offensive to secure towns along the road. Fighters from the Lebanese Shia group, Hezbollah, joined in on the government side.

Pro-government forces shelled the eastern areas of Nabek and raided homes in western areas as clashes continued on Sunday.

The state news agency SANA made no mention of casualties, but said the army was carrying out operations in the area and had eliminated “armed terrorist groups” around Nabek.

More than 120,000 people have been killed in the year-old conflict and efforts by divided world powers to end the violence have made little progress.

(Source / 08.12.2013)