Solidarity with hunger strikers

Friday's solidarity protest at al Aqsa/Photo: Silwanic

Palestinians hold solidarity rallies with the hunger striking prisoners as the Palestinian Prisoners Club warns that the health of Khader Adnan has seriously deteriorated

On Friday the Prisoners Club in Jerusalem, together with the Jerusalem committee of detainees and prisoners, held a solidarity sit-in at the al Aqsa mosque. This was further the first Friday of the Ramadan holiday, such that tens of thousands of people were present in the area. Protesters held photos of the two prisoners currently on hunger strike – Khader Adnan and Jerusalem resident Ayman Sharabati – and chanted for their freedom. They further chanted for the steadfastness of all Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons.

Khader Adnan,held under administrative detention without charge or trial, launched an open-ended hunger strike on May 6 in protest of the third extension of his administrative detention, for a four-month period. He is hospitalised in the Tel Aviv area Assaf Harofeh hospital and his health is reported to be rapidly deteriorating.

Adnan, 37, a baker from Arraba near Jenin, is a previous long-term hunger striker whose 2012 66-day hunger strike secured his release from administrative detention and helped to spark a wave of hunger strikes by Palestinian political prisoners demanding freedom and changes in conditions inside the prison.

Ayman Sharabati, 47 and father of four, was sentenced in 1998 to life in prison for carrying out attacks against settlers. Sharabati has been on hunger strike since early June in protest of his solitary confinement and the difficult conditions in prison.

A solidarity demonstration is further planned for today in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

(Source / 23.06.2015)

FREEDOM FLOTILLA TO SET SAIL TO GAZA IN FEW HOURS IOF THREATENS AND HAMAS WARNS

Freedom Flotilla to set sail to Gaza in few hours IOF threatens and Hamas warns

Israeli army threatens to attack Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla

An Israeli channel claimed on Sunday that the Israeli army had received orders not to allow the third Freedom Flotilla aid campaign to reach the Gaza Strip.

A military source told channel 2 that the Freedom Flotilla would not arrive in Gaza.

There are orders from the highest political echelons of the Israeli government to intercept the convoy and use force if necessary, the source affirmed.

Hamas warns of attacking Freedom Flotilla III

Member of Hamas political bureau Ezzat al-Resheq hailed the efforts exerted by the participants in Freedom Flotilla III heading to blockaded Gaza Strip for breaking the siege and warned Israel of attacking it.
In a statement to Quds Press, Resheq called on “the free people of the world” to support Flotilla III.
The Hamas senior official warned the Israeli forces of attacking Flotilla III, saying that “the Israeli efforts to obstruct the arrival of Flotilla III to Gaza constitute downright piracy that exposes Israeli criminality and racism”.
Flotilla III officials declared the completeness of all preparations to set sail the Flotilla III toward Gaza with the participation of Arab and European activists along with parliament and political figures most significant: Tunisia’s ex-president Dr. Mohamed al-Moncef al-Marzouki.
In the same context, the spokesman of Hamas Fawzi Barhoum said the Israeli threats to attack the Flotilla is mere intimidation of the activists on board in order to dissuade them from going on such a humanitarian noble action.
Barhoum hailed the people on board and the campaigners of Flotilla III, urging them to insist on reaching Gaza regardless of the Israeli threats.
He said “the people of Gaza cannot wait to receive Flotilla III as they look at it with great hope of breaking the siege and exposing the crimes of Israel”.
Israeli media sources disclosed Sunday evening that the Israeli army received orders to hinder the arrival of Flotilla III in Gaza Strip.

Freedom Flotilla III to set sail to Gaza in few hours

The Freedom Flotilla III heading to blockaded Gaza will set sail within the next few hours despite Israeli threats to obstruct the humanitarian mission, head of the Miles of Smiles convoy, Dr. Issam Youssef,  said Monday.

Youssef said the benevolent activists expressed their commitment to head to the Gaza Strip and work on lifting the siege regardless of the threats and circumstances.

Tunisia’s ex-president Dr. Mohamed al-Moncef al-Marzouki, along with a number of Arab and European activists, arrived in Greece to join the convoy.

Youssef spoke out against Israeli intents to attack the campaigners, calling on the international community to take up its ethical responsibility in protecting the multi-national convoy.

Meanwhile, the European campaign to end the siege on Gaza called, in a press conference held in Gaza Monday, for providing protection to the pro-Palestine volunteers who have joined the Freedom Flotilla III.

It also pushed for taking legal action against Israeli assailants and filing suits with international courts.

Head of the Euro-mid Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdo, called for the need to urgently lift the siege on Gaza and open a waterway from Gaza’s seaport so as to assuage to crises rocking the besieged coastal enclave.

He urged the international community to seriously work on providing the delegation with the needed security shields, pushing for stepping up pressure on the Israeli occupation so as to lighten the noose tightened around Gazans’ necks.

(Source / 23.06.2015)

U.N. Condemns Both Sides in Syria for Attacking Civilians

GENEVA — United Nations investigators condemned Syria’s government and armed opposition groups on Tuesday for deliberately targeting civilians with bombing and artillery attacks that were causing “unspeakable suffering.”

“The government, with its superior firepower and control of the skies, inflicts the most damage in its indiscriminate attacks” on civilian-inhabited areas, aiming at targets like marketplaces and bakeries where people are likely to congregate, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, who leads the four-member panel of investigators, told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Those attacks included almost daily barrel bombing of the northern city Aleppo, which the panel said was a war crime. It demanded that the commanders of the Syrian military’s air bases where bombs are loaded onto helicopters, as well as the people who produce those bombs, be held accountable.

But Mr. Pinheiro said that opposition groups, including the militant groups the Islamic State and the Nusra Front, terrorized civilian populations in government-controlled areas with indiscriminate attacks that inflicted mass casualties and appeared to be intended to punish civilians for their supposed loyalty to the government.

“With each passing day there are fewer safe places,” Mr. Pinheiro said. “In no instance have feasible precautions been taken to avoid or minimize incidental loss of civilian life.”

Conditions in Syria underline “a profound failure of diplomacy,” he said, observing that an international failure to take decisive action on Syria nourished a deeply entrenched culture of impunity among the warring parties and left the prospects of a political solution more distant than ever.

The United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, was continuing the consultations he began in April with all parties to the conflict. He visited Damascus for three days last week, meeting with President Bashar al-Assad and his foreign minister, Walid al-Moallem, as well as with political parties, civil society groups and religious figures.

However, while United Nations member states “continue singing the mantra of only a political solution,” Mr. Pinheiro said, some states are pouring in more weapons, money, combatants and training. That only perpetuates the illusion that military victory is still possible and fuels “a brutal escalation of the violence,” he said.

“The prospects for the necessary inclusive political dialogue amongst the parties appears to be even further out of reach,” the panel’s report said.

(Source / 23.06.2015)

America’s Aid for Israel’s Political ‘Continuum’

Article of 11/29/2011

A Military Conquest

‘… We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours … When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do will be to scurry round like drugged roaches in a bottle.’ (Rafeal Eitan)

A ‘moral articulation’ by successive American administrations as to the primary reason for their unilateral support of 0.001% of the world’s population, namely Israel, is not standing up to international law or American scrutiny. The perpetuated myth of an Israel surrounded by mortal enemies, battling heroically for its democratic rights against all odds fades as the world of right mindedness recognises in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip the daily abuse and horror for Palestinians under illegal occupation in Israel’s ‘battlefield’ to test new weaponry. That abuse, brought into sharp focus by the U.S Department of State in early 2004, is systematic; perpetrated by Israel in 2011 and paid for by U.S tax payers’ dollars in the form of indiscriminate, unwise and illegal aid according to America’s own laws. The reason? Unquestioning support for Israel’s militarised political continuum, where de jure occupation became de facto annexation, and where, according to Special Rapporteur Falk “the unbridled assault upon Palestinian rights” continues.

If one consciously moves in time backward and forward, that is in American/Israeli time, one finds the same pattern no matter the date. There is no change no progress. It is like watching a film, a play no matter where you cut, what montage you see, what curtain is lifted and what scene you view, it is the same film, the same play, the same day, from the same violent script. It is a continuum of brutal actions designed to oppress Palestinians enough to make them leave their own land. Pick a date at random and one finds the paradox of continuum. Israel is waiting for Godot:

“Estragon: All the dead voices.
Vladimir: They make a noise like wings.”

Matt Bowles, writing for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, makes plain the facts: America for decades allowing Israel to place “US aid into its general fund, effectively eliminating any distinction between types of aid. [means] Therefore, U.S. tax-payers are helping to fund an illegal occupation, the expansion of colonial-settlements projects, and gross human rights violations against the Palestinian civilian population.” Facts continually denied by Israel, as it ruthlessly pursue ‘the doctrine of politics free from law’.

Israel’s persistent but illusory claim that its ‘international human rights treaty obligations do not apply in the OPT’ has been, according to Amnesty International, ‘rejected’ by the U.N Human Rights Committee, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Against Women, the Committee Against Torture, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the International Court of Justice’, and every conscionable citizen on the planet.

So to February 2004, the U.S Department of State in its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices makes clear the egregious human rights violations and status of Israel in the OPT 2003, “The international community does not recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over any part of the occupied territories.” All accredited missions are to be found rightfully, and legally, in Tel Aviv. “Israel’s overall human rights record in the occupied territories remained poor and worsened in the treatment of foreign human rights activists.” These abuses came in a fiscal year 2003 where Israel received from the U.S “a foreign military financing grant of $3.1 billion and a $600 million grant for economic security.” (Jewish Voice for Peace – JVP); U.S dollars used in the advancing of Israel’s policy of ‘continuum’ namely the illegal colonisation of Palestinian lands, the tormenting of its people and those that would assist them.  Lest we forget, it was in March 2003 that Rachel Corrie, an American citizen performing a fundamental rule of law principle by campaigning for human rights in the OPT, lost her life under the tracks of a caterpillar bulldozer: ‘Made in the U.S.A’.

The U.S Department of State found in the bloody year of 2003 that amongst other violations of international law:

• “Israeli soldiers placed civilians in danger by ordering them [Palestinians] to facilitate military operations.”

• “Israeli forces sometimes arbitrarily destroyed, damaged, or looted Palestinian property”.

• “Israeli security forces often impeded the provision of medical assistance to Palestinian civilians.”

• “Israeli security forces harassed and abused Palestinian pedestrians.”

• “Israel conducted mass, arbitrary arrests in the West Bank during military operations, summoning and detaining males between the ages of 15 and 45”

• “Israel carried out policies of demolitions, strict curfews, and closures that directly punished innocent civilians … Israel often demolished homes after suspects had already been killed or arrested.”

• Israel “maintained” according to the Department of State “that such punishment of innocents would serve as a deterrent against future terrorist attacks.”

These insidious patterns have been sustained by all Israeli administrations and represent a ‘continuum’: a calculated militaristic policy of intimidation and worse toward the innocent civilians of Palestine.  This being so, I must add my concerns to the  concerns of the Rachel Corrie Foundation that “the State Departments Country Reports on Human Rights systematically exclude the State Departments own analysis of Israel’s failure to perform a credible investigation into the killing of Rachel Corrie,” and further concerns that “reports generated by international NGOs such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, which noted a pattern of negligence in Israeli investigations into civilians killed by the IDF, were ignored in the creation of the Country Reports.”

In recognition of the illegality of American Aid to Israel, the Rachel Corrie Foundation in its submission to the U.N Universal Periodic Review called upon the U.S to “enforce 22 U.S.C. 2304 (1994), protocol on Human Rights and Security Assistance, and the “Leahy Amendments” to the Foreign Operations Appropriations and Defence Appropriations Acts (e.g. P.L. 105-118 570), which prohibit the provision of security assistance to countries and military units that engage in a pattern of gross violations of human rights.” Where, according to JVP, “Massive military aid promotes militarism, which has led to a reliance on military, rather than diplomatic means to work for a solution to this ongoing conflict.”. The planned aim of ‘continuum’.

The Continuum

“Zionism is a colonising adventure and therefore it stands or falls by the question of armed force. There is no other ethic” (Jabotinsky)

The U.N Mission Report (UNMR) on the Israeli operation in Gaza between December 27th 2008 and 18th January 2009 highlights that all Israel’s operations must be viewed not as isolated moments in history where Israel feels threatened and then responds but, operation[s] that decidedly fit “into a continuum of policies aimed at pursuing Israel’s political objectives with regard to Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territory as a whole.” Reel back, fast forward, press hold, you find ‘continuum’: “After we become a strong force, as the result of the creation of a State, we shall abolish partition and expand to the whole of Palestine.” (Ben Gurion)

“The continuum is evident most immediately with the policy of blockade that preceded the operations [i.e Cast Lead] and that in the Mission’s view amounts to collective punishment intentionally inflicted by the Government of Israel on the people of the Gaza Strip.” (UNMR). Further, the Mission found “An analysis of the modalities and impact of the December-January military operations [also] sets them, in the Mission’s view, in a continuum with a number of other pre-existing Israel Policies with regard to the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The progressive isolation and separation of the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, a policy that began much earlier and which was consolidated in particular with the imposition of tight closures, restrictions on movement and eventually blockade, are among the most apparent.”  ‘The plan that never changed’ is the continuum that ever is, until God forbid “There is no more Palestine. Finished . . .” (Moshe Dayan)

Nothing has changed since 2004, nothing has changed since 1948. And nothing has changed in 2011. Pick a date between 1948 and 2011 and one finds systematic abuse, atrocities, and deaths of Palestinian civilians. One might pick Operation ‘Defensive Shield’ 2002, Operation ‘Summer Rains’ 2006 or ‘Autumn Clouds’ November 2006, I have picked December 2008/January 2009 and ‘Cast Lead’ from Israel’s seasonal slaughter. Here’s a U.N Report of 2009.

The 2009 Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict concluded, “The Mission found numerous instances of deliberate attacks on civilians and civilian objects (individuals, whole families, houses, mosques) in violation of the fundamental international humanitarian law principle of distinction, resulting in deaths and serious injuries. In these cases the Mission found that the protected status of civilians was not respected and the attacks intentional, in clear violation of customary law reflected in article 51 (2) and 75 of Additional Protocol 1, article 27 of the Four Geneva Convention and articles 6 and 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In some cases the Mission additionally concluded that the attack was also launched with the intention of spreading terror among the civilian population.”

In addition, the Mission found all of this was planned meticulously by Israel, “legal opinions and advice were given throughout the planning stages and at certain operational levels during the campaign. There were almost no mistakes according to the Government of Israel. It is in these circumstances that the Mission [concluded] that what occurred in just over three weeks at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 was a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish its local economic capacity both to work and to provide for itself, and to force upon it an ever increasing sense of dependency and vulnerability.”

One would remind Israel’s planners of Article 7 of the Draft Code of Crimes Against the Peace and Security of Mankind (1996), “The official position of an individual who commits a crime against the peace and security of mankind, even if he acted as head of State or Government, does not relieve him of criminal responsibility or mitigate punishment.” And of these compassionate words thundering through the centuries from Caliph Abu Bakr to “the first Moslem Arab Army invading Christian Syria:

‘Do not commit treachery, nor depart from the right path. You must not mutilate, neither kill a child or aged man or woman. Do not destroy a palm tree, nor burn it with fire and do not cut any fruitful tree.’” (634 A.D)

After Cast Lead, Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, reported that “During and after “Operation Cast lead”, human rights organizations asked the Attorney General (AG) to open an investigation based on prima-facie evidence of gross-violations of international law; the AG rejected our request. Previous requests to the Military Advocate General (MAG) to open investigations into numerous other cases were also denied.” Adalah further found “petitions filed to the Supreme Court against the MAG and AG’s policy of not opening criminal investigations into the killing of Palestinians remain pending years later. It also appears that the Supreme Court’s inaction has resulted in a brake on the submission of petitions by human rights organizations.”

“Israel cannot build a society based on the principles of democracy, human rights, and compliance with international law while brutally occupying another people and their land. The United States is currently paying for that occupation with its annual aid,” (JVP, Statement on Peace, U.S Military Aid and Israel, 2004.) and further, “When Palestinian doctors remove bullets from the bodies of Palestinian children, the bullets are typically stamped. Made in the U.S.A.” Nevertheless, and, in remorseless fashion the United States defies international opinion, its own law and international law in providing massive military aid to its client state Israel. America supplies the boots that fit the feet that press on the necks of Palestinians.

Massive Military Aid for Continuum

“The Arabs will have to go, but one needs an opportune moment for making it happen, such as war” (Ben Gurion)

The Congressional Research Service Report (CRSR) of 16th September 2010 U.S Foreign Aid to Israel reported, “Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance.” The Bush Administration unsurprisingly sanctioned an increase of 6 billion dollars in U.S military assistance to Israel in August 2007. And the Obama Administration, also unsurprisingly, responded to the Bush Neo Con reverberation by requesting $3 billion U.S in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) to Israel for fiscal year of 2011. So, add those figures in your moral mind space to this cumulative ‘conservative estimate’ given by the U.S organisation ‘If Americans Knew’ of “total direct aid to Israel [1949 to 2008] of $113. 8554 Billion. Massive by any standards.

Decades of murder and mayhem began with a trade loan in 1949 of $100.000. God only knows when and how it will end. Today the billions of US taxpayers dollars that pour through the ‘aid funnel’ are used to buy arms and equipment such as caterpillar bulldozers made in the U.S; indeed a stipulation by the U.S is that Israel uses “75% of its military aid from the U.S. It funnels this money to more than 1,000 U.S arms suppliers, which in turn lobby for policies that benefit them at the expense of peace in the Middle East.” (JVP).

According to the CRSR, by giving unconditional aid to Israel, America seeks to and “maintains …[Israel’s] qualitative military edge over potential threats, and prevent[s] a shift in the security balance of the region.” in fact that aggressive ‘military edge’ keeps Palestinians locked down in interminable suffering and the region a tinderbox. And make no mistake the ‘qualitative military edge’ is not for Israel but for The United States of America and its continued hegemonic ambitions through its proxy, Israel.

U.S blood money was/is for “a militarized Israel that will serve the U.S. interest of controlling the Petroleum reserves of the Middle East … policy debate in elite circles takes for granted, on all sides, the goal of maintaining U.S. control over Middle East petroleum resources and the flow of petrodollars.”  (Chomsky, Fateful Triangle). If we take a sordid trip down Israel’s blood soaked memory lane we find U.S Aid increasing in direct proportion to Israel’s military aggression, perceived success therefore usefulness to American interests. Israel’s continuum is vital for American control over the oil reserves of the region.

Stephen Zunes, The Strategic Functions of U.S. AID to Israel, shows how U.S Aid shoots up after Israeli military successes and its long term strategic cooperation with America. From the “spectacular victory” in the 1967 war, through the Civil War in Jordan 1970-71 and the countering of ‘attacking Arab armies’ in 1973, to the “fall of the Shah, election of the right wing Likud, and the ratification of the Camp David Treaty in 1979”, through the years 1983-84 “when the United States and Israel signed memoranda of understanding on strategic cooperation and military planning.” U.S Aid kept rising 450%, 800%, increasing, sevenfold, quadrupling, as did Israel’s aggression. America force feeding Israel with military aid through the ‘aid funnel,’ whilst Palestinian children can scarcely keep mind, spirit, and body together.

Then came Clinton, Bush, Obama, all maintaining Israel’s ‘qualitative edge’, all maintaining Israel’s brutal military occupation.  All, letting down the Palestinians’ lawful drive for legitimate Statehood. All U.S Aid equated with destruction, acquainted with death. The long suffering Palestinians sold out with ‘no objections’ from the ‘liberal left of America.’

Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Senior, Clinton, Bush “I’m doing it for my daddy” junior, and Obama, all preserving ‘Continuity Of Government’ (C.O.G.) indeed, all cogs in the all consuming gas guzzling American machine. It will all end in tears and it won’t be Palestinian tears, for they have wept too much and for too long for their lost freedom and their lost children.

O Captain My Captain

“Our American friends offer us money, arms, and advice. We take the money, we take the arms, and we decline the advice.” (Moshe Dayan)

Questions are being asked of Captain America from unlikely and likely quarters. Walter Pincus of the Washington Post, “The question for the Obama administration, Congress and, in the end perhaps the American public, is given present economic problems, should the United States supply the money to make up for the reductions the Israelis are making in their own defence budget.” A financial question of course. A superior question, because a moral one, is if, the American public, who should be asked first, were informed of the extent, nature and illegality of U.S Aid to Israel,  would the American public then sanction any military aid to Israel at all?

As Hassan Fouda of Northern California Friends of Sabeel reminds, “Congress is planning deep cuts in social security, unemployment compensation, educational grants and other programs that help vulnerable Americans. Transferring billions of taxpayer’s money to Israel now is immoral. Americans need to speak up and be heard.

Valuing Human Rights

Special Rapporteur John Duggard stated, “It is pointless for the Special Rapporteur to recommend to the Government of Israel that it show respect for human rights and international humanitarian law … in these circumstances, the Special Rapporteur can only appeal to the wider international community to concern itself with the plight of the Palestinian people.” (2006). After the end of the Israeli military operation Cast Lead 2008-2009 in Gaza, John Ging the UNRWA Director of Operations recalled a discussion that he had with a teacher in Gaza about ‘strengthening human rights education in schools’. One would assume that the teacher had for obvious reasons a sceptical view of such an undertaking. In fact, recounts Ging “the teacher unhesitantly supported the resumption of human rights education.” She said, “This is a war of values, and we are not going to lose it.”

(Source / 23.06.2015)

16 Civilians Killed in a Regime Terrorist Attack on a Mosque in Aleppo

Spokesman for the Syrian Coalition Salem al-Meslet stated that Saad al-Ansari Mosque massacre and every crime carried out by Assad air force is a direct result of the international community’s failure to assume its responsibilities and its continuing reluctance to impose a safe area to rein in the Assad regime from continuing to murder and terrorise.

Sixteen civilians, including two children, were killed and 20 injured when a regime helicopter threw a barrel bomb on a mosque yesterday night in Aleppo during sunset prayers.

Meslet said that the Assad regime’s escalation of bombarding Aleppo comes as a retaliation to the series of defeats its forces suffered on multiple fronts. “These vengeful desperate attacks on unarmed civilians, while failing to break the will of the Syrian people, serve as a sign of the regime’s inevitable downfall. No matter what the regime unleashes on civilians: barrel bombs, chemical weapons, and recently naval mines, the revolution will continue unabated until its aims are fully achieved.”

He praises the steadfastness of civilians and rebel fighters in the face of Assad’s killing machine, stressing that the Syrian people are fully aware that the world has left them to fight an open battle against alone against a murderous regime backed by regional and global regimes that do not care for the blood of the people.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 23.06.2015)

Egypt digs tunnel along Gaza border

Gaza tunnel

File photo of an Gaza tunnel

Security sources confirmed on Monday that the Egyptian authorities have started to dig a new tunnel in the Sinai Peninsula along the border with the Gaza Strip, Alamatonline.comhas reported.

The tunnel is intended to help the Egyptians to monitor the smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza. Although these tunnels are used to take essential goods into the besieged territory – and have been described as “Gaza’s lifeline” – the government in Cairo claims that they are a threat to its security.

The tunnel is expected to be dug 2km from the actual border; it will be 20m underground and 10m wide.

According to Alamatonline.com, local Egyptian residents are exasperated by the construction. They have complained that preliminary work has already destroyed their farms, which are their main source of income.

(Source / 23.06.2015)

Israeli forces shoot, injure 2 Palestinians in southern Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces, deployed on the southern Gaza border, shot and injured two young Palestinian men east of Khuzaa on Monday evening, medics told Ma’an.The men were left bleeding for a quarter of an hour after they were shot before they were able to call an ambulance.Israeli forces were reported to have opened fire intermittently on Palestinian civilians near the border.Israeli forces have repeatedly opened fire on Gazans since the ceasefire agreement signed Aug. 26, 2014 that ended last summer’s devastating 50-day war between Israel and Hamas.In May alone, there were a total of 51 incidents of shootings, incursions into the coastal enclave, and arrests, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.This included 41 shootings, which left nine injured, including one minor.The attacks come despite Israeli promises at the end of the ceasefire to ease restrictions on Palestinian access to the border region near the Israeli “security buffer zone.”

(Source / 23.06.2015)

Vrijwillige gebeden, beter kan je jouw tijd niet besteden!

[Ramadanbericht nr 11]

Alle lof zij aan Allah. Hij Die naast de verplichtingen vrijwillige aanbiddingen heeft voorgeschreven om Hem hiermee te gedenken, onze hasanaat te vermeerderen en om onze tekortkomingen te compenseren.

De oprechte gelovige die streeft naar het bereiken van het welbehagen van zijn Heer, laat het niet bij de verplichtingen. Hij gaat verder met het verrichten van vrijwillige goede daden om zijn schaal zwaar te doen wegen op de Dag des Oordeels. Allah zegt:

“Op die dag zal de weegschaal de waarheid aangeven. Wiens schaal (met goede daden) dan zwaar is: zij zijn degenen die welslagen. En wiens schaal licht is: zij zijn degenen die zichzelf verlies hebben toegebracht …” [7:8-9]

Wiens schaal licht is op de Dag des Oordeels heeft zichzelf verlies toegebracht door nalatig te zijn met het verrichten van goede daden. Een onherstelbaar verlies!

Compensatie verplichte gebeden
Met het verrichten van vrijwillige gebeden worden onze tekortkomingen in het verplichte gebed gecompenseerd. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei: 

“Het eerste waarover de dienaar op de Dag des Oordeels verantwoording af zal leggen van zijn daden is zijn gebed. Als het correct is, dan behoort hij tot de succesvollen en als het incorrect is behoort hij tot de verliezers. Als hij tekortkomingen heeft in zijn verplichte gebeden zegt Allah: “Kijk of mijn dienaar vrijwillige gebeden heeft”, dan wordt daarmee de tekortkoming gecompenseerd.” [Tirmidhi]

In dit bericht gaan we in op wat vrijwillige gebeden en haar regelgevingen:

De Sunan rawaatib
De sunan rawaatib vallen onder de vrijwillige gebeden die vóór en na de verplichte gebeden worden verricht. Onze nobele profeet vrede zij met hem liet deze nooit na, alleen wanneer hij op reis was. Hij zei over de verdienste van de sunan rawaatib:

“De moslim die iedere dag vrijwillig twaalf rak’ah (eenheid van gebed) bidt, voor hem bouwt Allah een huis in het paradijs.” [Sahih Moslim]

Deze twaalf rak’ah zijn als volgt:

– Twee vóór het fajrgebed:

Deze twee bid je ook wanneer je op reis bent. De profeet zei: “De twee rak’ah (vóór) fajr zijn beter dan het wereldse leven en wat zich daarin bevindt.” [Bukhari]

– Vier vóór het dohrgebed: twee rak’ah en daarna weer twee rak’ah.

Met vóór het gebed wordt vóór het verrichten van het verplichte gebed bedoeld, maar nadat de tijd van het gebed is binnengetreden. Als dohr bijvoorbeeld om 13.45 is, bid je de sunnah na deze tijd. Dit geldt ook voor de sunnah van fajr.

– Twee na het dohrgebed.

– Twee na het magrebgebed.

– Twee na het ishagebed.

Deze twee dienen na het ishagebed te worden gebeden en vallen niet onder deTaraweeh. De Taraweeh start na deze twee rak’ah. Mocht de imam, wat jammer genoeg het geval is in vele moskeeën, de moskeegangers niet de gelegenheid geven om de sunnah van ‘isha te bidden, dan zijn er meerdere oplossingen:

n daarvan is dat de eerste twee rak’ah van de Taraweeh worden gebeden met de intentie van de sunnah van ‘isha. Echter kan dit niet met een gezamenlijke intentie, namelijk de sunnah van isha én de Taraweeh, omdat deze twee verschillende soorten nawaafil (vrijwillige daden) zijn.  

Het Dhoeha-gebed
Het Dhoeha-gebed is een ander vrijwillig gebed dat de moslim dagelijks kan verrichten. Abu Huraira – moge Allah tevreden met hem zijn – overlevert dat de profeet hem aanspoorde tot het verrichten van het Dhoeha-gebed. [Bukhari]

De tijd waarop dit gebed kan worden verricht is vanaf een kwartier na zonsopkomst (shoroeq) en eindigt met ongeveer een kwartier vóórdohr. Het meest aanbevolen tijdstip voor dit gebed is wanneer de zon op haar sterkst is, ongeveer twee uur vóór dohr.

Dit gebed wordt in sets van twee rak’ah gebeden en het minimum aantal rak’ah is twee en het maximum aantal is bij sommige geleerden acht. Anderen, waaronder shaych al-‘Uthaimeen en shaych bin Baz, zijn van mening dat er geen maximum aan verbonden is. Wellicht dat die de sterkste mening is.

Gedenk wel dat de regelmatige daden het meest geliefd zijn bij Allah, ook al is het weinig. Maak het daarom niet te zwaar voor jezelf, maar bid datgene wat je dagelijks kan volhouden, zoals twee rak’ah bijvoorbeeld.

Nadat de moslim zijn verplichtingen naar Allah de meest Verhevene nakomt, besteedt hij tijd aan het verrichten van vrijwillige goede daden. De profeet vrede zij met hem overlevert van zijn Heer:

“Het meest geliefde waarmee Mijn dienaar dichter tot Mij komt, is hetgeen Ik verplicht heb gesteld. En mijn dienaar is net zolang bezig met het verrichten van vrijwillige daden om dichter tot Mij te komen, totdat Ik van hem hou.” [Bukhari]

Heeft de moslim een andere wens dan dat zijn Schepper, Allah de meest Verhevene, van hem houdt? Wanneer Allah de meest Verhevene van Zijn dienaar houdt, schenkt Hij hem succes in al zijn zaken en verhoort Hij zijn smeekbeden.

Beste broeders en zusters:
Deze gezegende maand is een ideale gelegenheid om dichter tot Allah te komen met het nakomen van onze verplichtingen en vervolgens met het verrichten van de vrijwillige gebeden.

Begunstigd zijn onze broeders en zusters die in deze maand de vijf verplichte gebeden op haar voorgeschreven tijden verrichten en vervolgens ook de sunan rawaatib, Dhoeha en Taraweeh bidden.

Moge Allah onze goede daden in deze gezegende maand accepteren en ons vergeven voor onze tekortkomingen.

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

6 Ramadan 1436 / 23 juni 2015

Israeli police kidnap three kids in J’lem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation police on Monday evening kidnapped three Palestinian kids from their homes in east Jerusalem.

Local sources said that policemen disguised in Arab attire stormed al-Sawwanna neighborhood in the holy city and kidnapped three minors, without stating the reason for their detention.

Meanwhile, violent clashes broke in the evening in Attour neighborhood between young men and invading police forces.

The police stormed the neighborhood after Jewish settlers reported that the bus they were aboard was stoned by Palestinian young men.

(Source / 23.06.2015)

Red Cross: Pal hunger-striker’s life in danger

ICRC called for urgent family visit for the hunger-striker

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned on Monday that life of Palestinian hunger-striker in Israeli jails Khader Adnan in danger.

“Any solution must, however, take into account the necessity of protecting the detainee’s moral and physical integrity,” ICRC’s Director Jacques de Maio said

Days of Palestine, Jerusalem –International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned on Monday that life of Palestinian hunger-striker in Israeli jails Khader Adnan in danger.

In a statement, the ICRC expressed “concerns” about the deteriorating health and critical condition of Khader Adnan, who has been on hunger strike for almost 50 days. He is banned from lawyers’ and family visits.

“We are concerned that his life is at immediate risk,” Jacques de Maio, the head of the ICRC’s delegation in Israel and the occupied territories, said in the statement.

“Any solution must, however, take into account the necessity of protecting the detainee’s moral and physical integrity,” De Maio said.

He noted that under resolutions of the World Medical Association, a detainee is entitled to choose whether to be fed or receive medical treatment. So, it is essential that a detainee’s choice be respected and his or her dignity is preserved.”

De Maio called for giving the chance for his family to visit him urgently. “His family is anxious about his health,” he said, “we urgently request the Israeli authorities to allow them to visit him. It is more than two months since he was granted a family visit.”

The ICRC official cited the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which gives detainees a right to be visited by their families. “Given the circumstances, permitting his relatives to visit Mr Adnan, without delay, is the right thing to do,” he said.

According to the statement, ICRC delegates and medical staff have visited Adnan regularly to monitor both his health and his treatment by prison authorities, since he began his hunger strike. The ICRC has also been in contact with his family and has passed on his greetings to them.

(Source / 23.06.2015)