Palestinian journalists take part in a protest marking the World Press Freedom Day, in front of the headquarter United Nation “UNSCO”, in Gaza City on 2 May 2019
The Government Media Office (GMO) in Gaza registered 105 violations against Palestinian media during the month of May, a report issued on Sunday has revealed. The GMO said that this issue needs serious action to stop such violations.
Officials also recorded two violations carried out by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, as well as one violation carried out by persons unknown.
Among the violations listed, the GMO noted that 11 media personnel were detained, a number were used as human shields and four were sentenced to terms in prison. The report also recorded eight attacks against journalists while they were at work, while two homes were raided, when mobile telephones, laptops and cars were confiscated.
Furthermore, the report pointed out that the Israeli occupation authorities prevented journalists from covering 12 newsworthy events and fined six journalists. During the two-day military offensive against the Gaza Strip at the beginning of May, the Israeli army destroyed four media offices. At least 50 Facebook accounts and pages for Palestinian journalists and media centres, news websites and news agencies were closed during the month.
Palestinian student Mohammed Abu Hussain from Gaza, who lost his leg after being shot by an Israeli sniper during “Great March of Return” demonstrations, sits on a chair holding his crutches at the playground of his school in Gaza City, Gaza on 3 September 2018
At least three children in the Gaza Strip are left permanently disabled every month as a result of armed conflict and Israeli violations, data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed.
The report by the WHO, released on Friday, cited data collected between March 2018 and March 2019, and stated that in the past year alone, a total of 172 Gazans were injured in such a way that they were left disabled for life, 36 of whom were children, meaning that one person is affected every other day.
Amputations make up an overwhelming proportion of permanent disabilities, with the most common cause being high-intensity gunshot wounds resulting in 121 amputations. Health agencies and organisations have warned that the number could rise if Gaza’s medical services are not urgently upgraded.
The report stated that these upgraded health services would cater for between 1,209 and 1,746 patients who have required specialised tertiary treatment in order to recover from their injuries, and warned that “without this treatment being made available in Gaza, the number of amputations may drastically increase in 2019.”
Throughout the past year, Israeli fire killed around 305 Palestinians in Gaza and injured 28,104; 92 per cent of whom were male and eight per cent of whom were female. Of those wounded, 22 per cent – or 4,673 – were children.
The vast majority of the life-changing injuries were inflicted during the Great March of Return, a series of weekly protests along the fence with Israel held to call for the Palestinian right of return to homes they were forced out of to make way for the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. The demonstration turned bloody when Israeli forces fired on peaceful Palestinian protestors with live ammunition and tear gas canisters.
Tear gas in particular was the most significant cause of general injuries, resulting in 10,768 counded, while a total of 6,872 bullet wounds made up 25 per cent of all injuries, the majority of which were to the upper and lower limbs.
Furthermore, Israeli attacks on hospitals and medical centres throughout recent years have exacerbated the health crisis in the enclave, hindering medical services and the deployment of foreign emergency medical teams. This has put an enormous amount of strain on the already-frail health care system in Gaza, which suffers from a lack of personnel, upgraded technology, and essential medical resources which has been made worse due to the land, sea, and air blockade imposed on the Strip by Israel since 2007.
“Trauma interventions in Gaza are not only a response to the emergency but also a longer-term investment in building the capacity of the health system to address the critical service gaps that have persisted for years,” said Gerald Rockenschaub, head of WHO’s office for the occupied Palestinian territory.
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday morning, two young Palestinian men, in Jerusalem and Qalqilia, in the occupied West Bank. One of the abducted Palestinians the son of Fateh Movement secretary in Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said the soldiers abducted Jihad Nasser Qous, from his home in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem.
Jihad is the son of Nasser Qous, the secretary of Fateh movement and the head of the Jerusalem office of the PPS.
In addition, the soldiers abducted Abdul-Fattah Nidal Harb, 23, from his home in Qalqilia city, in northern West Bank.
Israeli soldiers abducted, Monday, a Palestinian woman at the al-Karama Border Terminal, while returning to the occupied West.
Media sources said the soldiers abducted Lana Tawfiq Nazzal, in her thirties, and took her to an interrogation facility.
The woman, who was visiting family in Jordan, is from Qabatia town, south of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
In related news, the soldiers installed a military roadblock on the road between Ya’bad town and Toura village, near Jenin, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
Living in the past: A few days ago I had the chance to participate in a one-night camp of Astrology organized by The Palestinian Astronomical Society in the semi-desert hills of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, lived and crucified. Camping under the serene sky of full glistening stars was amazing and beyond description.
Two hours past midnight, our guide took us in an hour walk tour down and up the barren hills. When we finally reached a table-hill we sat in a big circle and the guide sat inside the circle, a typical Jesus preaching session. He ordered us to take off the lights, not even a cigarette light and to keep utterly silent for a few seconds gazing at the flickering stars; at this moment of utter silence and complete darkness, you lose the sense of yourself but an ethereal soul flying in the huge universe.
The guide stood up in the middle of the circle asking us to stay motionless sitting, then pointed at the North Star:
“Can you see that star?” he asked.
“Yes, it is the biggest.” Some answered when I preferred to keep silent gazing.
“Can you see it NOW and HERE”? he asked again.
“Yes, it is the most clear and near.”
“No, you don’t see it now.” He concluded. “You see it when it was 450 years ago. Now it is somewhere else, and probably in a different case.” “YOU LIVE IN THE PAST. We all live in the past.” He went on explaining.
It is amazing; the stars shine their lights to travel through space for minutes, hours, days, years or even centuries for us to see them, the extensive space is beyond capturing. So, if we want to explore the North Star, we need to sent a spaceship that travels at a light speed for 450 years to get there, then another 450 years to get back in order to know what is going on there …. It means 9 centuries of waiting! And who’s got the time for that?
The camp site is in a barren and deserted hills where you don’t see any modern light of a native village, a jewish settlement or even a desolate Bedouin gathering, you can only see the lights of the camp and the campers’ torches, an army of lights or an utter darkness when decided.,,,, then the shimmering and glistening lights of the vast universe.
OUR EARTH is some 4.5 billion years, and probably 2-3 billion years after that, the Afro-Asian rift took place to shape the geographical Earth, the modern geological Palestine with its natural boundaries that we see today.
I dazed into the extensive sky staring at the endless depth of the universe, millions upon millions of stars and planets, the Milky Way that you need centuries to cross,,,, Fascinating !
Back to reality, feeling alone in the semi-desert hills of Bethlehem though surrounded by tens of campers, I remembered the creeping zionist settlers who are robbing the very land I am standing on !! These lunatic people are living within their Talmudic past rampaging on my ancestral home !!
Lunatic zionists in their Talmudic past: How can a human, a descent or criminal one, justify heinous crimes of ethnic cleansing and massacres based on ancient heresies? We all know, and the jews themselves know, that the jewish history in Palestine is subsequent to the human history here and not original or native. The Natives of this land have dwelled here for thousands upon thousands of years, and built all the ancient cities of Jericho and Jerusalem before the ancient (Let along the modern European Ashkinazi jews) jews to come slaves from Egypt and claim a land that was never theirs and occupy cities that they never built?
The Modern European Zionist colonizers in Palestine, as well as their ancient peers of Egyptian slaves, don’t live the human reality, they live a TALMUDIC LIE that their “god” that suddenly popped his eyes as a burning bush in Sinai, gave them Canaan/Palestine, which took its geo-human shape before any jew was born for Abraham in Iraq. The Zionist jews are exhausted in their Talmudic past and don’t live the modern reality.
History of Canaan/Palestine:
It is beyond imagination to justify crimes against humanity of ethnic cleansing, Talmudic racism, razing villages, massacring people, erasing human history and devastating the ecological balance in the name of ancient Talmudic heresies of the burning bush of Sinai that gave the slaves of Egypt our land, it is not only erroneous, but criminal and racist. It is criminal and racist to raise a tiny sect of butchers and elevate them above humans and humanity as “sons of God” and give them a crate blanch to commit all those crimes just because they feel that they are a super race, like the Nazi Aryan one.
One of the major lies of the Zionist-jewish colonizers of Palestine is that Palestine never existed, and among lots of other lies, is that they came in the 20th century to settle a “land without people for a people without land”, and that they came to the land that whic has been all history flowing with honey and milk to find it a “desert” and only their genius jewish mind (the same as the Nazi one) “made the desert bloom”… what blatant lies that one even don’t need to argue back.
Palestine, as a name for the southern part of the lavent (historic Canaan) existed at least 2500 years now, “Israel” never existed but in the Zionist mind and as a colony on the rubble of Palestine in the major ethnic cleansing of the 20th century that was culminated but didnt stop, in 1948.
“israel” as a country name never existed but in the Zionist minds and upon the destruction of the ancient historic Palestine, that took its geographical shape some 2-3 billion years and its human shape some 12000 years when the first natives settled this land and built the ever first human settlement of Jericho and then, some 10,000 years later, the ancient jewish slaves of Egypt came to burn it and loot its treasures.
“THEN THEY [THE ANCIENT JEWISJ INVADERS] BURNED THE WHOLE CITY AND EVERYTHING IN IT, BUT THEY PUT THE SILVER AND GOLD AND THE ARTICLES OF BRONZE AND IRON INTO THE TREASURY OF THE LORD’S HOUSE.
The Zionist lies: So? Palestine never existed and the modern zionist colonizers came upon an empty land? It is clear how ignorants in both history and geography they are!!
The human heritage and culture is not measured by the modern definition of the geo-political sovereign state, which in itself is modern to the human history. Lets take the most modern geo-political example of the “great” South Sudan, what was it a few years ago? Null? Nothing? A Land without people for a people without land? Didn’t South Sudan exist for thousands upon thousands of years inhabited and cultivated by its natives? Why the Zionists lie on Palestine?
What was Germany and France some 3-4 centuries years ago? Did they exist then? Were they “barren desert” for the Zionist “genius mind” to come and make it bloom?
The existence of any state doesn’t depend on its political entity, it depends on its human history that extends deep in history, the very same the history of Canaan/Palestine that predated any jewish colonizing in the ancient as well as the modern times of the zionist colony which is called “Israel” …. Within this context one can understands that the zionist-jewish entity of “Israel” never existed but some 70 years ago on the land of the deep rooted Palestine.
The old jews invaded the already inhabited and cultured Palestine and colonized it for some years and were soon kicked out, they never preserved a continuous cultural existence on this land, they have been all the time itinerants that never settled in history ever since they run out of Egypt persecuted slaves. On the other hand, the natives of Canaan/Palestine have preserved a continuous and uninterrupted existence on their land for over 12000 years now.
Unlike the Nazi or the Zionist, the natives of Palestine don’t claim superiority or purity of blood over the other humans; we claim that we are the remnants of all the nations and races that settled this land over history.
History is stubborn and cant be hidden and diverted by racist ideologies. The land, any land, is common among all its native and God really doesn’t have the guts or time to promise it to a racist sect … Jehovah, (the burning bush of Sinai) is nothing but a zionist-jewish inventions to justify racist crimes and land robbery.
AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Sunday evening, a Palestinians woman, in occupied East Jerusalem, causing various cuts and bruises, and abducting two other women.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the woman suffered cuts and bruises to several parts of her body, especially her head, and was moved to the al-Makassed Hospital, in Jerusalem.
It added that its medics were called to the scene, and faced numerous difficulties while trying to reach her, especially after the soldiers stopped the ambulance and prevented them from entering the areas surrounding the Old City.
Eyewitnesses said the woman was injured after the soldiers prevented many Palestinians from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and its surrounding areas.
Furthermore, the soldiers abducted two Palestinian women, identified as Hala Sharif and Sondos Obeid, in Nablus Street, in Bab al-Amoud area, in Jerusalem.
They were taken prisoner after the army prevented dozens of Palestinians fro entering Al-Aqsa, while groups of fanatic colonists, conducted provocative tours in its courtyards.
Het is officieel bevestigd. Morgen, 4 juni, is Eid ul Fitr. Na een maand van vasten, nachtgebed en allerlei andere aanbiddingen nemen wij afscheid van deze gezegende maand. Hopend dat Allah de meest Verhevene onze daden heeft geaccepteerd en onze zondes heeft vergeven.
In dit bericht gaan we in op een aantal regelgevingen met betrekking tot deze grote dag.
Zakaat Elke moslim, die daartoe in staat is, dient de Zakaat-ulfitr uit te hebben gegeven vóór het ‘Iedgebed. Dit zodat ook de armen op deze dag de vreugde van de moslims delen en tevens als goedmaking van onze tekortkomingen gedurende het vasten.
Deze Zakaat-ulfitr bedraagt ongeveer drie kilo aan voedsel (bestaansmiddelen) wat gewoonweg wordt genuttigd in een land. In Marokko volstaat bijvoorbeeld drie kilo graan.
Deze zakaat geef je uit voor jezelf en de mensen die jij onderhoudt. Bestaat jouw gezin uit vrouw en drie kinderen, dan geef je Zakaat-ulfitr uit voor vijf personen.
Zakaat-ulfitr dient als eten te worden uitgegeven en niet als geld. Aangezien dat het bevel van de profeet vrede zij met hem is. Wel is het toegestaan om iemand geld te geven, zodat hij daar eten mee koopt om het vervolgens te verdelen onder de armen.
Deze zakaat-ulfitr mag vanaf twee dagen vóór ‘Ied, oftewel de 28e van Ramadan worden uitgegeven en uiterlijk tot aanvang van het ‘Iedgebed.
Takbeer Het is aanbevolen om veel Takbeer te verrichten vanaf zonsondergang van de laatste dag van Ramadan. Allah zegt:
“En maakt het aantal (dagen van Ramadan) af en prijst Allah’s Grootheid omdat Hij jullie leiding schonk ..” [2:185]
We prijzen Allah’s Grootheid o.a. onderweg naar de moskee en wachtend op het ‘Iedgebed. Je zegt bijvoorbeeld:
(Allaaho Akbar, Allaaho Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallaah. Allaaho Akbar, Allaaho Akbar Wa lillaahilhamd)
Deze Takbeer eindigt met aanvang van het ‘Iedgebed.
‘Iedgebed Verder dient de moslim het ‘Iedgebed bij te wonen. Ook is het sterk aanbevolen voor de vrouw vanwege het specifieke bevel van de profeet vrede zij met hem.
Dit geldt ook voor de menstruerende vrouw wanneer het gebed buiten de moskee wordt gehouden, zoals in een open vlakte (musalla). Wel moet zij dan afstand houden van de plaats waar het gebed plaatsvindt.
De sunnah is om vóór vertrek naar het ‘Iedgebed wat dadels te nuttigen, het beste is een oneven aantal. [Bukhari]
Er kan ook iets anders dan dadels worden genuttigd. Waar het om gaat is dat de moslim niet vastend het ‘Iedgebed bijwoont.
Ook is het aanbevolen om de grote wassing (ghusl) te verrichten voor het ‘Iedgebed.
Een andere Sunnah is om op de terugweg van de moskee naar huis een andere weg te nemen dan de heenweg. [Bukhari]
Bekeerlingen Houd rekening met onze bekeerde broeders en zusters zodat ook zij de ‘Ied als een bijzondere dag ervaren. Het is niet gepast dat wij gezellig met onze familie zitten en dat zij deze dag alleen doorbrengen. Gedenk dat een moslim blijdschap brengen één van de meest geliefde daden bij Allah is.
Zes dagen Shawwaal Verder is het sterk aanbevolen om zes dagen van de maand Shawwaal (de maand na Ramadan) te vasten. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei over de verdienste hiervan:
“Wie Ramadan vast en vervolgens zes dagen van Shawwaal, dan is het net alsof hij een jaar heeft gevast.” [Sahih Moslim]
Het beste is wel om deze zes pas te vasten nadat eventuele gemiste dagen van Ramadan zijn ingehaald.
Deze zes dagen hoeven niet achtereenvolgend te worden gevast. Het mag ook verspreid over de maand Shawwaal.
Na de Ramadan Weet dat we afscheid nemen van deze gezegende maand, maar niet van de aanbidding! De moslim gaat door met het aanbidden van Allah tot aan de dood. Allah zegt:
“Aanbid jouw Heer totdat het zekere (de dood) tot jou komt.” [15:19]
Wees niet van degenen die na de Ramadan terugvallen in het verwaarlozen van het gebed en andere verplichtingen, maar wees standvastig met het praktiseren van jouw geloof.
Beste broeders en zusters De ‘Ied is een dag van familiebezoek, samenhorigheid en gezelligheid. Het is ook een mooie gelegenheid om geschillen en conflicten bij te leggen. De beste is degene die het initiatief neemt, ook al is hij van mening dat de ander fout zit. Al is het slechts met een berichtje waarmee je de betreffende met de ‘Ied feliciteert.
De ‘Ied is een dag van vreugde, en dat mag je laten blijken door je beste kleding te dragen, cadeautjes te geven, allerlei lekkers in huis te halen en de kinderen te verwennen. En door elkaar te omhelzen en te begroeten met begroetingen als: Taqabbala Allaaho Minnaa Wa Minkom of ‘Ied Mubaarak.
Vergeet niet dat de ‘Ied een dag is van dankbaarheid aan Allah. Onze Barmhartige Heer Die het vasten en andere aanbiddingen voor ons makkelijk heeft gemaakt en ons van ontelbare gunsten voorziet.
Tot slot wens ik iedereen alvast een gezegende ‘Ied en vraag ik Allah de meest Barmhartige om ons geluk te schenken in dit wereldse leven en in het hiernamaals.
The New York Times’ reporting on the meaning of Nakba Day shows how the major media systematically whitewash the ethnic cleansing of Palestine from history
By Jeremy Hammond
Jeremy Hammond explains how the mainstream media hides the truth about the Zionist crimes against the Palestinians in the 1940s prior to the creation of the racist Jewish state.
May 15 marks Palestine’s Nakba Day, which commemorates the ethnic cleansing of most of the Arab inhabitants of Palestine in 1948, a crime carried out by Zionist forces in order to establish there a “Jewish state.” But that’s not how the Western mainstream media explain it. Instead, Al-Nakba—Arabic for “The Catastrophe”—is whitewashed from history. The New York Times, America’s “newspaper of record” and arguably the most influential newspaper in the world, provides a useful case study.
The Times sometimes presents an explanation for the Nakba taken straight from Zionist propaganda, contending simply that Nakba Day is when Palestinians lament the establishment of Israel in 1948—as though Palestinians had no cause for lamentation other than an apparent hatred of Jews.
Sometimes in presenting the Zionist narrative, the Times does acknowledge that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians became refugees in 1948, but this is characterised as simply a consequence of a war started by the Arabs against the newly formed state of Israel—thus again leaving readers with the same false impression that the Arabs were the aggressors and had no reasonable cause.
Sometimes, the Times acknowledges that many Arab villages were also destroyed, though the fact that these numbered in the hundreds is rarely if ever mentioned.
On extremely rare occasions in the past, the Times has used the term “ethnic cleansing” in the context of Israel’s founding and the creation of the Palestinian refugee crisis that persists to this day. But the application of this term to what happened in 1948 is characterised as though dubious and controversial.
This is rather puzzling for a newspaper that in 1979 reported how former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had provided a firsthand account of how Palestinian civilians were deliberately expelled from their homes by Zionist forces.
It’s true, of course, that there are those who deny that what occurred was ethnic cleansing, but their denials are simply untenable. Israeli historian Benny Morris, for example, has argued that the term “ethnic cleansing” doesn’t apply, even though his own published research shows that ethnic cleansing is exactly what occurred.
On May 14 of that year, Ethan Bronner wrote in the Times, “After Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, armies from neighboring Arab states attacked the new nation; during the war that followed, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven from their homes by Israeli forces. Hundreds of Palestinian villages were also destroyed.”
A reader wrote to the editors to object to the Times omitting the fact that hundreds of thousands of Arabs had already been expelled from their homes before the Zionists unilaterally declared the existence of their “Jewish state” on May 14, 1948.
The public editor, Arthur S Brisbane, relayed Bonner’s response that “space was limited in a short story and he wasn’t trying to recite the full history.”
In other words, neither Mr Bronner nor his editors considered the fact particularly relevant, and due to space limitations, nothing could be done but mislead readers into believing that the flight and expulsions began only after the neighboring Arab states had sent their armies into Palestine.
We can demonstrate what a sorry excuse that was by simply rewriting the sentence to accurately communicate what happened in the same number of words: When the state of Israel was declared on May 14, 1948, armies from neighboring Arab states were sent to stop the ethnic cleansing operations that had already been underway for several months. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes.
One purpose for the Times
There is only one purpose for the Times’ deception: to whitewash the ethnic cleansing from history. This is in keeping with the function that the major media serve of manufacturing public consent for government policies.
By whitewashing the Zionists’ crimes against the Palestinians, the media whitewash Western governments’ complicity in them.
Indeed, the ethnic cleansing was a crime that was facilitated by the victorious Allied Powersin the wake of the First World War, particularly Great Britain, which enforced a belligerent occupation of Palestine after the dissolution of the defeated Ottoman Empire precisely in order to deny Palestine’s inhabitants their right to self-determination so that the Zionist project could proceed apace to reconstitute the Arab territory into a demographically “Jewish state”.
The policy course instituted by Britain’s infamous Balfour Declaration of 1917 ultimately facilitated the ethnic cleansing of most of the Arab population from their homes in Palestine in order for Israel to be established.
By the time the Zionists unilaterally and with no legal authority declared the existence of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948, more than a quarter of a million Arabs had already become refugees. By the time armistice lines were drawn in 1949, more than 700,000 Palestinians had been ethnically cleansed. The reason this refugee crisis has persisted to this day is because Israel refuses to allow Palestinian refugees to exercise their internationally recognised right to return to their homeland.
There is an institutionalised bias in the Western mainstream media toward the Israel-Palestine conflict, such that the fact that ethnic cleansing operations were already underway before the neighboring Arab states militarily intervened in Palestine is deemed irrelevant. Disclosing such facts doesn’t lead readers toward the desired conclusions.
The New York Times’ treatment of what “Nakba Day” means to Palestinians illustrates how the media attempt to conceal important historical facts from the general public in order to legitimize the heinous crime by which the “Jewish state” came into being and thus also to whitewash Western governments’ complicity in it.
But the truth cannot be concealed from the masses forever. The historical facts, no thanks to the major corporate media, are becoming known to an increasing number of people, prompting many to become active in the struggle for a just peace.
The governments of the world aren’t going to get the job done. The mainstream media refuse to do it. It is up to us to affect the paradigm shift necessary for a just peace to be realised. It is to empower people with the knowledge they need to speak out and help affect that shift that I wrote the book Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
Without US support, Israel would simply not be able to sustain its oppressive occupation regime. Affecting the paradigm shift necessary so that it remains no longer politically tenable for the US to continue its policy of supporting Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians—or for the major media to continue deceiving the public about the fundamental essence of the conflict—should therefore be the primary goal of activists in the struggle for a just peace.
American activists in particular have a special responsibility in that regard.
Gaza (QNN) – The Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad called on Sunday for the Arab and Muslim nations to stand united in support of resistance in Palestine, Quds Press has reported. Ziyad Al-Nakhala accused the Arab regimes of failing the Palestinians and serving the US and the Israeli occupation state.
Al-Nakhala made his comments during a political programme arranged by the Arab National Conference, the Islamic National Conference, the General Conference of the Arab Parties and the International Jerusalem Foundation in Beirut. He stressed that the Palestinians reject the ongoing “conspiracy” being plotted against them which includes “offering the whole of Palestine to the Zionist project.”
“Surely,” Al-Nakhala added, “many people have a lot to say about how to confront the Zionist project, but today we have to stand united and announce the support of resistance.”
The senior official warned of campaigns targeting legitimate resistance against the military occupation in favour of the “Zionist entity”. He noted that the resistance is developing its abilities and “will not hold back on any efforts to defend Palestine, whatever the cost is.”