Dit zijn de laatste tien!

Vandaag, woensdag 13 mei, breken met zonsondergang de laatste tien nachten van de Ramadan aan. Want vandaag is de twintigste dag van de maand Ramadan en na zonsondergang breekt de 21e nacht aan. De 21e nacht is de eerste nacht van de laatste tien nachten!

Deze tien nachten hebben een grote verdienste bij Allah de meest Verhevene. Het zijn de beste nachten van het jaar!

Het was de gewoonte van onze nobele profeet vrede zij met hem om de laatste tien dagen, en met name de nachten, van deze gezegende maand extra goed te benutten. 
 
‘Aicha radia Allaho ‘anhaa overlevert dat de profeet vrede zij met hem zich in de laatste tien dagen van de Ramadan meer inspande voor de aanbidding dan in de overige dagen. [Sahih Moslim]
 
Hij was gewoon om op te blijven voor de aanbidding wanneer de laatste tien nachten aanbraken en maakte zijn vrouwen wakker zodat ook zij deze gezegende nachten in aanbidding doorbrachten.  
 
Lailatoelqadr
In deze laatste tien dagen bevindt zich een nacht die beter is dan duizend maanden! Deze nacht is Lailatoelqadr. Allah zegt: 
 
Voorwaar, Wij hebben hem (de Koran) neergezonden in de Waardevolle nacht (Lailatoelqadr). En wat doet jullie weten wat de Waardevolle Nacht is? De Waardevolle nacht is beter dan duizend maanden. [97:1-3]
 
Het is niet bekend op welke dag deze gezegende nacht valt. Dit motiveert de moslim om iedere nacht van de laatste tien dagen goed te benutten. Wel is de kans groter in de oneven nachten en het grootst in de 27e nacht. Maar dat is niet zeker, zoals sommigen dat denken.

De nacht breekt islamitisch gezien aan met zonsondergang en niet, zoals we dat gewend zijn, na twaalven. 

Taraweeh
De profeet vrede zij met hem zei: “Wie Lailatoelqadr staat (in gebed), diens voorgaande zonden worden vergeven.” [Bukhari]
 
Ontneem jezelf deze grote beloning niet door een Taraweeh-gebed te missen in deze laatste tien nachten.
 
Gedenken van Allah
 ‘Aicha radia Allaho ‘anhaa vroeg de profeet vrede zij met hem: “Als ik wist welke nacht Lailatoelqadr zou zijn, wat dien ik dan te zeggen?” De profeet antwoordde: Zeg: “O Allah U bent Vergevensgezind en houdt van vergeven, vergeef mij.” [Ibn Maajah]
 
De smeekbede in het Arabisch:
 اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي(Allaahomma Innaka ‘Afowwon Tohibbo Al-‘afwa Fa’fo ‘Annie)

 
Wij dienen deze smeekbede vaak te herhalen in deze gezegende nachten in navolging van het advies van onze nobele profeet vrede zij met hem en hopend op de vergiffenis van Allah. 
 
Deze gezegende dagen en nachten brengen we door met het vermijden van zondes en nutteloos tijdverdrijf om vervolgens dichter tot Allah te komen met allerlei vrome daden, zoals de vijf gebeden op haar voorgeschreven tijden, vrijwillige gebeden, Taraweeh, Koran-recitatie, liefdadigheid en het veelvuldig gedenken van Allah. Ibn al-Qayyim zei:
 
“De beste vastenden zijn degenen die Allah het meest gedenken tijdens hun vasten.”
 
Andere smeekbeden waarmee de moslim Allah kan gedenken:
 سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ، سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ العَظِيم

(SubhaanAllaah Wa Bihamdih, SubhaanAllaah Al-‘adhiem)

سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَلَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَر

(SubhaanAllaah Walhamdolillaah Wa Laa Ilaaha Illallaah Wallaaho Akbar)

لاحَوْلَ وَلاَقُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّه

(Laa Hawla Wa Laa Qowwata Illa Billaah)

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْه

(Astagfirollaah Wa Atoebo Ilaih)

 
Deze smeekbedes kan je herhalen zoveel als je wil en je hoeft daarvoor niet in staat van (rituele) reinheid te zijn. Ook de menstruerende vrouw kan dus haar tijd hiermee goed benutten.

Zo mag de menstruerende vrouw ook de Koran reciteren vanuit haar memorisatie of vanuit de moshaf, maar wel zonder direct contact te hebben met de moshaf. Ze kan de moshaf aanraken met de tussenkomst van een handschoen, doekje e.d. Of in plaats daarvan reciteert zij de Koran vanaf een scherm, zoals de smartphone, waarbij direct contact wel is toegestaan.  
 
Begunstigd is degene die van elk mogelijk moment gebruikmaakt om zijn Heer te gedenken. Lopend over straat, wachtend op het openbaar vervoer, liggend op de bank etc …

Beste broeders en zusters

Wellicht dat velen van ons het gevoel hebben dat ze de voorgaande dagen van de Ramadan niet hebben doorgebracht zoals het hoort en zoals Allah daar tevreden mee is. Misschien dat we fanatiek zijn begonnen en langzamerhand zijn afgezwakt …

Misschien dat we niet veel verandering tot stand hebben kunnen brengen en dat we vele goede voornemens niet waar hebben kunnen maken …

Dan is de kans om daar verandering in te brengen nu binnen handbereik. Maak een voor jezelf haalbaar programma voor deze laatste tien en wees verheugd op een mooi einde van deze gezegende maand!

Moge Allah ons allen bijstaan bij het goed benutten van deze gezegende nachten.

(Source / 13.05.2020) 

Israel extends closure of Palestine TV office in East Jerusalem

Palestine TV logo [Twitter]

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erden extended for six more months an earlier decision to close Palestine TV’s office in East Jerusalem and ban the station’s activities in the Holy City and in Israel.

Gilad first issued the closure in November, under the pretext that Palestine TV is affiliated with the Palestinian Authority (PA); banning the crew from working in occupied East Jerusalem.

Palestine TV’s Jerusalem correspondent, Christine Rinawi, said in a statement that she received the order from Israeli police after she was called in for questioning in Al-Maskoubia police station in West Jerusalem.

READ: Press freedom watchdog slams Israel’s raid, closure of Palestine TV

Last November Israeli police and intelligence personnel stormed the ]station’s office in East Jerusalem and handed the closure order to its administration.

Palestine TV says that the Israel authorities often harass its staff, arresting and questioning them.

(Source / 13.05.2020) 

Palestinians face discrimination, even inside Israel, says HRW

Palestinian youths from the village of Deir Nizam, northwest of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, try to remove cement blocks from the village entrance on 15 February, 2020 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian youths from the village of Deir Nizam, northwest of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, try to remove cement blocks from the village entrance on 15 February, 2020

Israel discriminates against its own Palestinian citizens, sharply restricting their access to land for housing to accommodate natural population growth, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

“Decades of land confiscations and discriminatory planning policies have confined many Palestinian citizens to densely populated towns and villages that have little room to expand,” the New York-based rights group explained. Israeli policies nurture the growth and expansion of neighbouring predominantly Jewish communities, many of which are built on the ruins of Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948.

“Israeli policy on both sides of the Green [1949 Armistice] Line restricts Palestinians to dense population centres while maximising the land available for Jewish communities,” said Eric Goldstein, acting Middle East executive director at HRW. “These practices are well-known when it comes to the occupied West Bank, but Israeli authorities are also enforcing discriminatory land practices inside Israel.”

According to HRW, Israel directly controls 93 per cent of the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. All land there is managed and allocated by the Israel Land Authority (ILA), a government agency with half of its members belonging to the Jewish National Fund (JNF). The explicit mandate of the JNF is to develop and lease land for Jews only.

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“Israel’s land policies treat towns inside its own borders in starkly unequal terms based on whether the inhabitants are Jewish or Palestinian,” Goldstein pointed out. “After decades of confiscating Palestinians’ land, Israel confines them to crowded towns while enabling neighbouring Jewish towns that exclude them to flourish.”

Israel occupied Jerusalem and the whole West Bank following the 1967 Six-Day War and began establishing settlements in the area in the following year. The Palestinians have been seeking to create a full-fledged state comprised of the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, and the Gaza Strip on the Mediterranean coast, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The UN considers both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories. Israeli settlement-building activity in these areas is illegal under international law.

(Source / 13.05.2020) 

Israeli Troops Abduct Dozens of Palestinians including Women and Children

Israeli troops reportedly abducted, late on Monday evening and early on Tuesday morning, dozens of Palestinian residents, throughout the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) reported that Israeli troops began their abduction campaigns, in the West Bank town of Ya’bad, near Jenin city, where Israeli soldiers rounded up 16 residents, including a little girl and two women.

In a statement, the society noted that among those abducted are several sets of family members, including Yazzan and Kamal Abu Shammala, along with Mohammad Abu Baker and Marcile Abu Baker.

Local sources in Ya’bad said that the Israeli invasion of the town, was met with strong resistance by local civilians, who responded with stone throwing, since the early hours of Tuesday.

The invasion of Ya’bad came shortly after an Israeli soldier was pronounced dead during an Israeli attack on the town.

The abduction by Israeli soldiers included some 12 residents, including Nazmi Abu Baker, his wife Suheila and little girl, Eman, as well as their grandson, Ali.

They also included resident Rebhi Abu Baker, his wife Jojoud and three other family members, Mohammad, Khaled and Ahmad. Three more residents, identified as Ahmad Qabaha, Haitham Abu Baker and R’afat Abu Baker.

In the West Bank town of Silwad, east of Ramallah city, Israeli troops abducted Palestinian ex-prisoner, Abdelrahman Hammad, 19. While other Israeli troops abducted Feras Abu Snaina, 21, from the West Bank city of Hebron.

In addition, in the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, one more resident was abducted and then released.

In the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem, where more than 100,000 Palestinians live, Israeli troops invaded the Silwan neighborhood, late on Monday evening, and abducted 13 Palestinian youths.

The PPS confirmed that the 13 youths were taken to the Almaskoubiya detention center. The society identified the abducted youths as Amir Mattar, Mohammad Mattar, Ali Jaber, Mahmoud Jaber, Amir Jaber, Yazzan Jaber, Dawood Tawil, Wessam Karky, Montaser Abu Nab, Qusay Abu Nab, Mohammad Abu Nab, Omar Alzaghal and Ahmad Shuwayat.

The PPS held Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for the well-being of Palestinian prisoners, in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic, inside Israel and across the West Bank.

The society denounced what it termed a deliberate Israeli collective punishment against the Palestinian people, by means of the invasion of Ya’bad town, as well as abduction campaigns, throughout the West Bank.

It is important to note, that the Palestinian woman being detained by Israeli forces in the photo was not provided a face-mask for her protection, but rather it was used as a blindfold.

This exposes the absence of concern or consideration by the occupation army, for the health and safety of the Palestinian people.

(Source / 13.05.2020) 

Saudi Paper: “Prisoner Swap Between Hamas And Israel Might Be Held Soon”

According to the Saudi daily Elaph News Agency, senior sources informed its reporter that Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, and Israel, are slated to conduct a prisoner swap as soon as the coming al-Fitr Muslim feast.

Elaph stated that the first stage of this potential prisoner swap agreement is the easy phase, however, the second phase is more complicated as it involves demands for releasing Palestinian detainees serving life terms, including those who were rearrested after their release as part of the Shalit prisoners’ swap agreement, and their life-sentences were reinstated.

It added that Israel has apparently agreed to release all child and ailing detainees in the first phase of the new deal, in exchange for the release of Avraham Mengistu, an Israeli civilian who crossed into Gaza during the 2014 Israeli offensive and has been held by Hamas since then, and Hisham Sayyed, from an Arab Bedouin family in the Negev, who went missing in early 2016, in addition to receiving information about the two soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, who are believed to have been killed during the Israeli offensive on Gaza in the summer of 2014.

Yahia Sinwar, the leader of the Hamas movement in Gaza, has recently stated that he suggested what he called a “humanitarian prisoner swap deal,” during the current coronavirus crises.

Sinwar proposed holding a swap deal that would secure the release of the detained Israelis in exchange for freeing all children, women, and the elderly Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, in addition to all detainees who are suffering from serious health conditions.

Both Hamas and Israel have entered indirect talks mediated by Egypt, however, German, Swiss, and Russian mediators are also involved in these efforts.

It is worth mentioning that the spokesperson of Hamas and a member of its political bureau, Husam Badran, has stated that Hamas wants a “huge achievement” in the swap deal, “but is not keen about discussing the details with the media.”

He stated that when such indirect talks remain away from the media, it is likely that more positive outcomes would be achieved.

During a press conference on Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett, was asked about the possibility of a prisoner exchange deal but refused to comment on the issue.

Last Wednesday, Israeli Transport And Road Safety Minister, Bezalel Smotrich, stated that he intends to oppose any prisoner swap agreement between Israel and Hamas, and added that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected his call for holding a session of the state Security Cabinet, to discuss these issues.

Despite all these statements, the likelihood of a deal as soon as the al-Fitr feast remains elusive.

It is worth mentioning that Israel is holding captive more than 5000 Palestinian detainees, including 41 women, 180 children, in addition to 430 who are held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

(Source / 13.05.2020) 

Israeli Colonists Invade Town Near Ramallah, Write Graffiti

A group of fanatic illegal Israeli colonists invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, the town of Beitin, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and write graffiti calling for “spilling blood.”

Local sources said the colonists infiltrated into the town, and wrote graffiti on many walls, and added that some graffiti said, “I will not leave until blood is spilled here,” and “the lives of our soldiers are more important than the lives of our enemies.”

The sources added that many locals noticed the invading colonists and chased them out of the village.

The incident comes just one day after an Israeli soldier, identified as Amit Ben Ygal, 21, was killed when the army invaded Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin city. in the northern West Bank, after the army invaded it.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, the soldiers invaded the al-Fawwar refugee camp, southwest of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, killed a Palestinian child, identified as Zeid Fadel Qaisiyya, 15, and injured four young men.

(Source / 13.05.2020) 

Israeli Troops Invade Religious Monument in Hebron City

Israeli troops reportedly invaded, early on Wednesday morning, Prophet Saleh’s tombstone area, east of the Ithna town, west of Hebron city.

Local Palestinian sources said that the Israeli forces invaded the tombstone area, which is one of several religious and monumental sites in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

The sources added that the Israeli troops were accompanied by Israeli officials, apparently from the Israeli monuments ministry and that those officials were showing maps and documents.

Local Palestinian residents in the Hebron area expressed their deep concern that such an Israeli army invasion constitutes a prelude to a full Israeli control over the religious site, to which illegal Israeli colonists, backed by Israeli troops, pay frequent visits

It is important to note that Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett recently approved the Israeli confiscation of the land in the vicinity of the Al-Ibrahimi or Ibrahimi Mosque, also located in Hebron.

The Arab League denounced the decision, stating that it considered the latest confiscation plan, a part of Israel’s attempts to change the demographic in the area, and appealed to the international community to pressure Israel to implement all relevant international resolutions regarding holy shrines across the occupied Palestinian territories.

The statement also noted that the decision regarding Hebron’s holy shrine could be a part of Israel’s continued attempts to annex Palestinian territories to the occupation state of Israel.

(Source / 13.05.2020) 

The story of my family’s Nakba

How strange is it to see the events that defined the lives of three generations of my family as a mere paragraph in a book? How strange is it to discover that your family’s lived experience is considered merely a footnote on the pages of history?

Old photo of Qazaza

It is a sweet July night, with the smell of citrus heavy in the air. The sound of women ululating and laughter echoes through the hills. The center of the village of Qazaza is a celebration, with men jovially drinking bitter coffee and children chasing after one another. My grandfather was one of these children, screaming in delight and trying not to trip over the bare earth.

The village had gathered in a pre-celebration of a much anticipated wedding between my grandfather’s older brother, Abdulla, and a woman who was said to be of the most beautiful in the village. The year is 1948. Despite all the hardships the village had seen with recent political upheaval in Palestine, Qazaza remained a simple place, full of families whose duties never extended beyond harvesting their crops.

The air was pierced by a sudden shout; the voice was shrill and the language foreign. Three men appeared in front of the gathering. They spoke again and the foreign language revealed itself to be broken Arabic. The villagers understood who these men were, but strained to understand what words were shattering the air, until eventually the shards formed “etlaa o bara” — “get out.”

Abdulla, the soon to be groom, stepped forward in an attempt to speak to the men. No, we won’t leave. Why are you here? You should leave.

The words barely left his mouth before a gun appeared, then a bullet, then the sound of the shot. It reverberated between the hills, replacing the sound of children and ululations. There was now only silence, a silence that began on that July night in 1948 and has hung over the village since — a stillness unbroken for over 70 years.

I first heard the story of my family’s Nakba, the “catastrophe” that upended the lives of millions of Palestinians, from my father. He told it to me in passing, I don’t recall exactly when or for what reason. I do remember the surprise that I felt. I must have been no older than 10 years old, because I recall that my most pressing concerns involved fitting in with my American peers. I didn’t understand what Palestine was or why we couldn’t return to our village. I forgot about the story for a long time after that.

My mother came to the United States as a teenager, fleeing Kuwait and the Gulf War, where Palestinians were paying the price for politics they had little to do with. My father came here as a university student, one of the first in his family and in his refugee camp community in Jordan to accomplish the dream of receiving an education in the U.S. I knew that my parents were immigrants, that I was the first to not be born in a refugee camp. My perception of my identity began to change with every summer trip my family took to Jordan, where I would spend my days struggling to learn Arabic and running errands with my grandparents.

I heard the story of my family’s Nakba the second time from my grandfather. This time, I was a teenager. I knew more about Palestine but had yet to feel any connection to its place in my family’s story. I was sitting with my grandfather in the courtyard of his home in Amman, the smell of jasmine and citrus and peaches from his garden intoxicating him with the memories of the past. He told me the story. This time, I was hearing it from a survivor. I had never seen my grandfather cry before. He shrank into a boy who had just witnessed his older brother be shot by the Haganah on the night before his wedding.

Years later, as a college student, I learned that the ethnic cleansing of my grandfather’s village was part of a broader campaign of premeditated expulsions conducted by the newly formed Israeli military. In a book by the Israeli historian Benny Morris, “The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited,” I found written in curt academic language the story of my own family’s tragedy. Over the span of a mere 1o days, from July 9 to July 18, in 1948, a wave of ethnic cleansing had destroyed the lives of hundreds of Palestinian families like mine. I recall reading in horror: “On 16 July, Giv’ati HQ informed General Staff/Operations that ‘our forces have entered the villages of Qazaza, Kheima, Jilya, ‘Idnibba, Mughallis, expelled the inhabitants, [and] blown up and torched a number of houses. The area is at the moment clear of Arabs.”

I learned that the story of my grandfather’s Nakba and our village Qazaza was one part of a broader campaign to empty the Palestinian cities of Lydda and Ramle, located today inside Israel proper. How strange is it to see the events that defined the lives of three generations of my family as a mere paragraph in a book? How strange is it to discover that your family’s lived experience is considered merely a footnote on the pages of history?

Too often the Nakba is either denied or hardly acknowledged. It is said that the Palestinians chose to leave their homes, or that they deserved to be expelled for opposing the settlement of their land. Stories of survival are hardly told, yet that moment of trauma continues to define the lives of millions, condemned to a life of exile and rootlessness.

My grandfather is still alive and lives in his house with a courtyard in Amman, a house my father and uncle bought him decades ago. Prior to that, he lived in an Amman neighborhood teeming with Palestinian refugees. Before that, he lived in Baqaa refugee camp, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in the Middle East.

We are not a people confined to the pages of history. The Nakba is not a catastrophe that is contained in the space between paper and ink, one we can only hope will one day be remembered rightfully as the crime that is was. The Nakba is alive in every child who lives under occupation in the West Bank or blockade in Gaza, in every Palestinian refugee who is condemned to the life of a refugee camp. It is ongoing. It is not an unfortunate consequence of war; its victims are not collateral damage or the product of a moment of political uncertainty. The Palestinian people are still here, despite the wishful thinking of some that they might disappear.

I have searched relentlessly for more information on Qazaza, my grandfather’s village. A Wikipedia stub informs me that the village lies in territory considered a closed military zone within Israel proper. There are also some online forums that seek to connect Palestinian refugees whose roots trace to other nearby villages. Most speculate that only a train stop and some buildings remain in the village.

I don’t know how many more generations of my family will be born in refugee camps and exile. I don’t know if Qazaza will forever be held frozen in time, standing still in an inaccessible military zone, or if one day it will succumb to the fate of so many Palestinian villages and towns. I don’t know if the greater Israeli public or the world will ever fully recognize the Nakba for the catastrophe that it was and for the misery it inflicted and continues to inflict on millions. I don’t know if within my lifetime, Palestinian refugees will be granted the reparations and repatriation, in the form of the right of return, that could correct this historic injustice.

Abdulla was buried that same night. The people of the village had no time to mourn. The men and women rushed into their small homes and collected only a few of their possessions. The children were scooped up into arms, strapped onto backs. My grandfather held his mothers’ hand as they tripped over dirt roads, running over damp earth while the night turned to dawn. Maybe this is why, for as long as I can remember, my grandfather would wake up as the sun was rising to tend to his small garden. He would dig down to the roots of the few olive trees and water them with special care. He would mist the branches of the peach trees with a spray bottle, as if perfuming them. Every morning, living the morning that he should have lived as a child in his village.

(Source / 13.05.2020) 

Palestinian youth shot, detained near Jerusalem

Thee youth sustained critical injuries and Israeli occupation soldiers undermined arrival of paramedics for a while

Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded Palestinian youth on Tuesday and detained him nearIsraeli military checkpoint of Qalandiya, north of occupied city of Jerusalem.

Witnesses said that Israeli occupation soldiers at the checkpoint shot a youth, whose identity has yet to be identified, before proceeding to detaining him.

The Israeli occupation soldiers closed off the checkpoint and prevented people and vehicles from crossing in both directions.

Video footage showed the youth lying on the ground, surrounded by armed Israeli occupation troops.

Israeli severely restricts Palestinians’ freedom of movement through a complex combination of approximately 350 fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, settler-only roads and various other physical obstructions.

(Source / 13.05.2020) 

Israeli forces shot dead Palestinian boy in West Bank

The boy was shot with live ammunition directly in the head, witnesses and paramedics said

Israeli occupation forces shot dead on Wednesday morning 14-year-old Palestinian boy in Al Fawwar Refugee Camp in occupied West Bank city of Al Khalil.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the Palestinian boy was shot with live ammunition in the head.

The boy, who was identified as Zaid Qaysia, was among tens of other youths who took to the streets protesting the continuous Israeli violations against the Palestinians and their properties, including homes and mosques.

Palestinian paramedics rushed the boy to the hospital in the city of Al Khalil, but he was pronounced dead upon his arrival.Palestine Post 24@PalestinePost24  

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(Source / 13.05.2020)