Egypt’s Revolution, the Military Council and Islamic wave!!!

before 11.2.11 the Egyptian citizen had one enemy, it was Mubarak. Now Egypt has two main enemies, who have enough reason to defeat the Revolution and that’s why both of them are supported by the West.

-. The Military Council with its 18 members who promised to protect the Revolution, and to hand over the power to a civil government in a time of six month, now we are over ten month since Mubarak has been toppled, and there is no hope that they will do it unless they are forced.

“CAIRO — Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that after meeting with Egypt’s military rulers he doubted they would fully submit to the authority of the civilian democracy they had promised to install. “ ‘Full civilian control’ is a little excessive, I think,” Mr. Carter said, after describing a meeting he had Tuesday with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, leader of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, or SCAF. “I don’t think the SCAF is going to turn over full responsibility to the civilian government. There are going to be some privileges of the military that would probably be protected.”
source:http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypts-brotherhood-floats-immunity-for-generals/2012/01/11/gIQA2czwrP_story.html

and now we see the results of the nasty game they played with the elections, which was not fair at all
-. over 9 million false votes, evidence that one name with the same national nr. has voted about 11 time. 9 million is about 10% of the Egyptian population, and over 17% of the persons that participated in voting
source:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYRGZWjdDMY

-. an example, an older Lady was asked from her son after she voted: „for whom did you vote“ her answer was for nobody I crossed all the names, son asked „so why did you vote“ she said in order not to pay a penalty. So they tried to force the people to elections

-.Article IV of the Constitutional Declaration say: «Formation is forbidden to exercise any political activity or to establish political parties based on religion» .. The Military Council violated the constitutional declaration and got his alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, and left them the chance to commit all the irregularities in the elections
in the last 10 month the SCAF have killed, detain, and they desecrated the Egyptians, could this be the base for democracy? Or is it in order not to let the democracy rule Egypt

they call the Tahrir protesters „Thugs“ what is not right, this video show us where the thugs come from  . This youth are those who see the truth and the reality of Tantawi and his gang

The famous statement of Karl Marx „religion is the opium of the people“. and this is the reason that all the supporters of Mubarak and his System, start to change their strategy, and use the Religion „Islam“. This is in my opinion, the main reason why we got this this Islamic wave success in Egypt, yes the Muslim Brotherhood are the best organized group in Egypt they have suffered a lot under Mubarak and they are the new hope in Egypt.
Then we have the Salafis which are supported from Saudi with its false Islam, which would destroy Egypt.
This two groups which have took the side of the Military council against the Revolution under the name of the Religion.
This Islamic groups in order to get a little power they started to do agreements with the enemy of a democratic Egypt.
those religious groups have only one thing common with the religion its the name.
They make deals with the Devil in order of their intrest, they accept killing civil egyptian, this is not Islam

-. „CAIRO — Leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most powerful political force, say they want to offer the country’s ruling generals immunity from prosecution for alleged crimes committed since they took power in February, an attempt to ensure that the military returns to its barracks and allows a peaceful transition to democratic rule.“
source:http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypts-brotherhood-floats-immunity-for-generals/2012/01/11/gIQA2czwrP_story.html

-. „«Catherine Ashton» to the EU in the ongoing dialogue for more than 10 months with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis and that the meetings took place in London, Paris, Germany, Brussels, Turkey and other countries, Europe between the representatives of EU countries with representatives from the two groups.“
source:http://www.rosaonline.net/Daily/News.asp?id=134649

-. „CAIRO — Egypt’s reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei has withdrawn from the presidential race, saying a fair election is impossible under the military’s grip nearly a year after Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. Many fear that the ruling generals will push through a candidate of their own to preserve their power.“
source:http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/egypt-reform-leader-mohamed-elbaradei-says-he-wont-run-for-president-to-protest-military-rule/2012/01/14/gIQAQbZQyP_story.html

Grand Imam said Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al Azhar, «the right of peoples out peaceful if the ruler was corrupt and unjust».

He said that «the Sunnah legalized peaceful demonstration to confront injustice if the ruler did not listen to the advice of the parish».

He said in his speech on his behalf by his advisor, Dr. Hassan El Shafei at the opening of the Conference «Sunnah between reality and expectations», organized by the Thesaurus, Sunday: «Islam rejects injustice in all its forms, and allows to address him and the rulers of the oppressors, provided they do not take up arms so as not to lead to the outbreak of civil wars, which are presented to the trial of major difficult to control ».

The Sheikh of Al Azhar rejected calls from calling themselves «Quranists» and claim to rely on the Holy Quran only and ignore the Sunnah of the Prophet, saying: «words contrary to the Word of God in the Holy Koran .. (Who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah) », he said, adding:« We must expose those who say they follow only the Quran, because the Sunnah of the Prophet were shown and explaining what is in the Koran, and can never be ignored in any case »
source:http://www.almasryalyoum.com/node/601991

what is your opinion now ???

(gazaconvoy.wordpress.com / 15.01.2012)

722,000 Israelis Live Beyond Green Line

Yisrael HaYom published today one of the more stark and telling statistics about the ‘success’ of the Occupation: in 2011, 722,000 Israelis lived beyond the Green Line, including in settlements and East Jerusalem. This was a 5% increase over 2010. That means that 1 in every seven Israelis lives outside of 1967 borders and explains why the country is rapidly becoming a unitary state from the Mediterranean to the Jordan. Bibiton and the settlers themselves are overjoyed with this development because it means they can continue pursuing their Apartheid Jews-only State.

In that case, it becomes critical to begin thinking, indeed demanding that if Israel refuses to end the Occupation and cede almost all territory outside the 1967 borders to a Palestinian state, then it must accord all individuals living in “greater” Israel full citizenship and rights. We must stop talking about this as a possibility or eventuality, but as a reality. Israel must be given a stark choice. Either it’s one state from river to sea in the old Jabotinskyean anthem or the Occupation must end now.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 15.01.2012)

Studium Generale ‘Een recente discussie over de djihad’

    • ag 27 januari 2012
    • Tijd
      19:00 tot 21:00
  • Op vrijdag 27 januari zal een tweede lezing plaatsvinden in teken van de lezingenreeks Studium Generale aan de Islamitische Universiteit Europa. De eerste lezing werd verzorgd door Prof. dr. Maurits Berger, met als thema ‘Sharia in het Westen’. Voor meer details van die lezing, zie:http://www.iueurope.com/nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=262%3Asharia-in-europa&catid=1%3A-mededelingen

    Emeritus hoogleraar Prof. dr. P.S. van Koningsveld zal een lezing geven met als thema ‘Een recente discussie over de djihad’. In deze lezing zal hij het boek “Fiqh al-djihad” van Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi bespreken.
    Professor Van Koningsveld is emeritus hoogleraar Islamologie aan de Universiteit Leiden. Hij doceert tevens het mastervak ‘Islam in Europa’ aan de Islamitische Universiteit Europa.

    De lezing zal in het Nederlands plaatsvinden. Na de lezing zal er een discussie plaatsvinden waar het publiek aan deel zal nemen.

    U bent allen van harte welkom.

Three Years after the Bombs Fell

 

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Gaza children remember ‘Cast Lead’ via art. (UN)

January 13, 2012

It’s exactly three years ago that 1,417 innocent Palestinians lost their lives in Gaza while the whole world kept silent. And it’s three years ago -to the day- that humanity and everything about it was squashed down to invisibility.

It’s exactly three years ago that the ins and outs of the overpopulated strip were sealed off by the Israeli military just as tightly as the entire “International Community” shut its eyes and ambivalently turned its back on a horrifying massacre that was in the making. And it’s three years ago that we’ve used up what little was left of our quota of sympathy and compassion towards the Palestinians and took our collective apathy to a whole new level.

Three years after the “unilateral cessation of military operations” on January 18th, 2009; and the Israeli apparatus of mass murder and annihilation is still roaring at the borders; ready to be initiated at a moment’s notice, the IOF is literally licking its lips, salivating at the chance of yet another vicious round of wholesale slaughter, its animalistic zeal for more bloodletting is as vigorous today as it was only three years ago –if not more-, Israeli political, diplomatic and military officials alike don’t seem to miss an opportunity to beat the war drums – and they do so with an almost reckless abandon.

The day starts and ends with the gloom of impending war amassing over Gaza; on December 27th, 2011 (third anniversary of the war on Gaza), Israeli army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz stated that another attack on the strip is “inevitable” while southern brigade commander Tal Hermoni was quoted by Haaretz newspaper as saying that another “varied and different military campaign” is being prepared, this is of course not counting the fact that targeted killings, aerial night raids and the occasional ground incursion have already become such horrible albeit daily realities in the strip.

Today, an entire population in Gaza is held hostage to dire living conditions and the Zionist state’s death grip, Israel’s heartless policy of meticulously calculating and determining the calorie-intake for Gazans is still the order of the day; university students are being robbed of their academic futures due to arbitrary travel restrictions, patients denied their right to treatment and systemic disregard for anything even resembling human rights still goes on apace.

Three years after the bombs fell; and Palestinians in Gaza –with so many cards stacked against them- are still trying to piece together the broken shards of their lives and entire families are still living through worn out photographs of their loved ones; those who lost their lives to Israel’s Casting Lead and the rest of the world’s self-incriminating silence.

Three years after the bombs fell; and new injustices heaped on top of ongoing ones. The piercing wail of sirens, keening voices of loss amongst the ruins of the strip still prevail till this very day in the little coastal enclave. Three years after the bombs fell; and the only justice the international community could afford to the people of Gaza was a meek report that was even disowned by its author.

Three years after the sky of Gaza was blanketed with all means of spiraling white phosphorous ammunitions; and the ground of the strip is still littered with leftover shells and unexploded bombs laying in wait for a second chance to claim yet more lives of Palestinian kids. Three years after the bombs fell; and living a normal childhood still remains such a rare feat for Gazan children as the sheer weight of life on Israel’s draconian terms takes its heavy toll on their fragile souls; deathly hues of the last war still take hold of their memories and the overcrowded makeshift classrooms are daily reminders of the horrors they’ve endured in that winter of 2008/2009.

Three years after Israeli “spectators” from nearby southern cities took to hilltops in groups to catch sight of the sky raining death and destruction on defenseless Palestinians, giggling, sharing laughs and passing their binoculars from one person to the next as they cheered enthusiastically for the “might” of the IOF as if the carnage unfolding right before their eyes was a mere sporting event; and killing is still a spectator sport for Israeli authorities, trigger-happy junior Israeli border officers still get their kicks from firing live rounds at Palestinian farmers attempting to harvest their crops near the “buffer zone” while hunting the Palestinians in their tunnels near the Rafah border with unmanned drones is still the “standard operating procedure”.

Three years after the bombs fell – almost one year after the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak was dissolved-; and the crushing weight of Israel’s blockade is still pressing hard against the chests of Gazans, the inhumane siege of Gaza –which has long outserved its theoretical usefulness, if there ever was any to begin with- has gradually morphed into this internationally condoned policy that the world has become, for all intents and purposes, far too comfortable to abandon; eventually this chronic passiveness has sadly maneuvered the Palestinians in Gaza into a seemingly unending life of siege and collective punishment, a life in which they have no choice but to literally tunnel their own way out.

Today “Operation Cast Lead” remains an open wound and a dark stain on the conscience of the world as its sense of morality and justice is rapidly waning and the value of a human life remains gravely skewed. Are Palestinian victims somehow not worthy of mass candle-lit vigils at dusk in honor of their memory? Will they ever have someone to recite each and every one of their names at their own “hallowed ground”? The images of the 22-day long massacre in Gaza are too strong to be forgotten; of grief stricken fathers digging the remains of their loved ones buried under the rubbles of what was once their house, of the injured wheeled into chaotic emergency rooms on office chairs, of unidentified bodies of dead children with the word “anonymous” scribbled in black markers across their tiny bellies at the morgue in the Adwan hospital and of doctors at al Shifa Hospital desperately performing CPR on little infants’ chests to no avail.

Unfortunately the media still has a blind spot when it comes to Gaza; screams of protest from Tunisia, Cairo, Benghazi and Sana’a have drowned out the incessant appeals to lift the blockade. Of course; plenty of exploits to be reaped from the Arab Spring nowadays, where -sadly enough- opportunism and gutter politics reign supreme, and so little time to do so.

Three years after the bombs fell; and it seems that Gaza will remain on the back-burner for a while; largely absent from our TV sets and daily dose of news bites, until perhaps Cast Lead II.

(www.uruknet.info / 14.01.2012)

BDS Action in London – Protest Against Veolia at Natural History Museum

    • Wanneer
      zaterdag 28 januari 2012
    • Tijd
      12:00 tot 14:00
  • Waar
    Exibition Road Entrance , Exhibition Road (Nearest tube South Kensington), London, United Kingdom
  • Veolia is once again sponsoring the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum.

    Saturday, 14 January, between 12:00 – 2:00pm, we’ll be engaging visitors in a public education campaign outside the

    Exhibition Road Entrance, London SW7 5BD

    Veolia, a large French multinational, has helped to build and operate a tramway linking illegal settlements in East Jerusalem with Israel. Not only do the settlements contravene article 49 of the 4th Geneva Convention forbidding an occupier transferring its own civilians into the territory it occupies, but in most cases the establishment of the Israeli settlements involves war crimes too. The tramway tightens Israel’s hold on occupied East Jerusalem, ties the settlements more firmly into Israel and undermines chances of a just peace for the Palestinian people.

    Tovlan landfill
    In the occupied Jordan Valley, Veolia has been supporting illegal settlements by taking their refuse at its Tovlan landfill site. Veolia has now compounded its offence by actually selling Tovlan to an illegal settlement while maintaining an advisory role.

    A Veolia-run bus operates in the occupied West Bank. (Anne Paq/ActiveStills)
    Veolia also operates bus services connecting illegal Israeli settlements to Israel. Palestinians were, until recently, forbidden from using the apartheid roads on which the buses travel and Palestinian use of these services is still severely restricted.

    Veolia must be made to halt these activities which enable Israel to maintain and tighten its grip on the occupation.

    More about Veolia –

    http://londonbds.org/

    http://www.bigcampaign.org/veolia/
    http://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-veolia-connexxion/6417#.TqQdft40_1Y

    Transport –

    Nearest Tube: South Kensington on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines.

    Buses: 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414 and C1.

14 January 2009 – Muhammed Mousa

 

Mahammed Mousa

14 January 2012 |Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

“We would stay up late at night talking with each other about what had happened over the day, we were brothers, if ever I needed anything I could go to them and they would help me out”

On 14 January 2009, at approximately 21:00, Israeli aircraft targeted the Mousa family home near al Sabra pharmacy in the south of Gaza City. Izz Addin Wahid Mousa, 48, his wife, Maysara Afif Mousa, 48, their sons Wahid Izz Addi Mousa, 28, Ahmed Izz Addi Mousa, 27, Mohammed Izz Addi Mousa, 22, and daughter Nour Izz Addi Mousa, 15, were killed in the attack.

The physical scars caused by the attack are still clearly visible on 25 year old Muhammad Mousa. With nerve and bone damage in both his right arm and leg he has been left with a strong limp and his face displays patches of taut skin showing where he was burnt from the fire that engulfed his home. His injuries have left him unable to continue working in the local marble factory, leaving him unable to pick up the pieces of his life after losing his father, mother, sister and three brothers.

Like many who lost their homes during the offensive, Muhammad, has been forced to move frequently. He has moved  five times in the intervening period and, with another years rent due on his current home and no way to pay it, has not yet found stability and security. “After the attack I started rebuilding the destroyed home, but I couldn’t bear to live there, the incident would keep flooding back into my memory,” says Muhammad. “I went to live with my uncle, Hani, but he has a family of his own so I could not stay there.”

Emotionally, Muhammad has found himself hugely altered since the war and has had trouble sleeping since the incident. “At first I could not sleep at night at all, I would sit awake all night and might sleep for a while in the morning.” He now needs help doing basic things that others take for granted, such as preparing food to eat, which leaves him short tempered. “I lose patience very quickly, when I can’t do something myself I get hugely frustrated and become angry.” This is compounded by the sense of helplessness he feels regarding medical treatment for his injuries, which he says he was told by doctors is only available in Germany. He still requires extensive medical treatment on bone and nerves in his leg and for shrapnel wounds in his abdomen.

“I was in hospital for four months in Egypt (of which two and half months was in intensive care) without knowing the fate of my family. My sisters had initially told me that they were fine for the sake of my recovery. When I told them I was ready to come home they were forced to tell me the news that they had died, I immediately regressed and had to spend another two weeks in intensive care before being able to go.”

Muhammad has fond memories of his deceased brothers Wahid, Ahmed and Mohammad who he was very close to. It is clear he desperately misses their company. “We would stay up late at night talking with each other about what had happened over the day. We were brothers, if ever I needed anything I could go to them and they would help me out.” He says they are never far from his mind day or night, asleep or awake.

Muhammad shares the dreams of any young man for his future; he wants to get married, build a home, and one day have children. But he is sceptical his hopes will come true. “How can I provide for a wife and children, I cannot work, I cannot earn a living.” While he is optimistic about the outcome of legal action being taken on his behalf in Israeli courts he says what has been taken from him cannot be replaced, what he wants from the case is accountability for those responsible for his family’s death. “Money cannot replace what I have lost, I want to know why our home, which was nowhere near any military operations, was targeted, and why my family, who were not involved in politics, were killed.”

PCHR submitted a criminal complaint to the Israeli authorities on behalf of the Mousa family on 18 May 2009. To-date, no response has been received.


The series of narratives:
13 January 2009: Hibba al-Najjar
12 January 2009 – The Ayad family
11 January 2009: The Hamouda family
10 January 2009: Wafa al-Radea
9 January 2009 – The Abu Oda family
8 January 2009: The Al-Rahel family
7 January 2009 – The Mattar family
6 January 2009: Al-Dayah family
5 January 2009: Amal al-Samouni
4 January 2009: The Abdel Dayem family
3 January 2009: Motee’ and Isma’il as-Selawy
2 January 2009: Eyad al-Astal
1 January 2009: The Nasla family
31 December 2008: The Abu Areeda family
30 December 2008: The Hamdan family
29 December 2008: Balousha family
28 December 2008: The Abu Taima family
27 December 2008: The Al Ashi family

(www.endisraeliwarcrimes.com / 14.01.2012)

Blast kills PRC operative in south Gaza

Medics wheel a wounded Palestinian man into a hospital in Rafah

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An explosion in the southern Gaza Strip killed a member of the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, the group said late Saturday.

Khalid al-Qaisi, 38, died and five others were injured in the blast at the al-Qaisi home in Rafah, the Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades said in a statement. The injured were not named.

The statement said al-Qaisi was killed in action while performing a “jihad mission” in Rafah, but no other details were disclosed.

A medical official, Adham Abu Salmiya, said the charred corpse of an al-Qaisi family member was transferred to Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital after the explosion in Rafah, which borders Egypt.

A Ma’an correspondent said parts of the city “literally shook” during the explosion, the cause of which was not immediately clear. An Israeli military spokeswoman denied army involvement.

The PRC said secretary-general Zuhair al-Qaisi, a relative of Khalid, was unharmed.

(maannews.net / 14.01.2012)

Money transfer stoppage ‘tightening Gaza siege’

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have told Ma’an that the recent restrictions on Western Union money transfer services are tightening the siege on the coastal strip.

The currency wire service enabled residents to avoid lengthy bank transfer procedures, and the monitoring of transactions by Israel and the US, experts said on Saturday.

Western Union has stopped its services to many currency exchange stores in the coastal enclave over concerns about money laundering, Palestinian Monetary Authority Governor Jihad al-Wazir said last week.

The Ramallah-based official denied on Saturday that the PA government played a role in the service cancellations. The Authority is considering handing out more currency exchange licenses to ease the problem, he said.

His department contacted the Western Union over the stoppage, and the company said money transfers would continue to all the authorized entities both in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.

Professor of economy at Gaza City’s Al-Azhar University Samir Abu Mudallala said the Western Union was vital for Palestinians to transfer money in and out of the Gaza Strip safely.

Banks in the Gaza Strip are monitored by Israel and the US, and every single money transfer sent to Gaza — whether for individuals or organizations — is monitored by Israel, he said. The service outage would thus tighten the blockade on the coastal enclave, he said.

Currency exchange offices will also be hit, as they have already paid considerable sums to the money transfer company for the service, he added.

Money changer employee Nasser Turk told Ma’an that ordinary people will suffer the biggest losses from the lack of Western Union services.

Complicated bank transfer procedures take hours to complete and impose charges for currency conversion, he said, adding “it is much easier for the average citizen to deal with Western Union services.”

Israel tightened a land and sea blockade on Gaza after Hamas seized power in 2007.

Transferring currency to the coastal strip requires coordination with the Israeli military authorities and a shortage of bills has held up public sector employees’ wages in recent months.

(www.maannews.net / 14.01.2012)

Palestinians for Dignity: Saeb Erekat, Go Home

A Palestinian Holds a banner Against Palestinian, on Facebook
Protest against negotiations in Ramallah, Jan. 14, 2012 | Facebook, on Facebook
Protest against negotiations in Ramallah, Jan. 14, 2012 | Facebook, on Facebook

More pictures of today’s protest can be found here

Under the pouring rain, Palestinians for the first time took part in a protest right in front of the Palestinian Authority compound Al-Muqata’a, which has become to symbolize, as one of the more lavish foreign funded state-building projects, an illusion of authority under the Israeli occupation. In her article describing the PA’s spatial organization of state structures, Linda Tabar quotes an official who describes the Muqata’a as an image “of grandeur that creates the impression we have a state.”

The protest, organized by a group of young Palestinians who called themselves Palestinians for Dignity, was against the farcical “negotiations about negotiations” currently taking place in Amman, Jordan between the PA represented by unelected chief negotiator Sa’eb Erekat (who incidentally, resigned his post after it was revealed that the Palestine Papers were leaked from his office in 2011) and the Israeli delegation, headed by Yitzhak Molcho. A third meeting is expected to run today between the two sides, after the first two were conducted last week on January 3rd and January 10th respectively.

From the statement released by the youth, the ongoing negotiations have once again commenced without any pre-conditions:

Counting on the same fruitless and failing process of the past two decades, the negotiations contradict past PLO statements that have explicitly rejected negotiations until settlement expansion is frozen, borders are clearly referenced and defined, and the fulfillment of the release of all political prisoners.

It has become increasingly obvious that the PA and its leadership have stopped pretending to sugarcoat their salient acts with their occupier, which do not reflect the interests of the Palestinians. In fact, twenty years of failed negotiations have only made the life of the average Palestinian more miserable as a result of the enhanced state of occupation they live in, as the rapid land grabs and construction of settlements are implemented with the full knowledge and even blessing of the PA negotiating team.

The statement continues,

Palestinian youth are fed up with illegitimate representation, a national consensus that does not unite them, and of a future state that does not guarantee the rights of the majority of the Palestinian people, in specific, Palestinian refugees in exile.

We demand a strategy that is supported by political, economic, academic and cultural boycott of the Zionist entity, the strengthening of the steadfastness of the people, and preparation for direct elections to the Palestinian National Council (PNC) representative of Palestinians across the world.

The protest didn’t say silent for long. In my opinion, Palestinian silent protests are an oxymoron. Pretty soon, abetted by the expressive posters, vigorous chants were shouted by those in attendance who numbered around one hundred. Plainclothes police once again “infiltrated” the protest, but their faces were familiar to many who were involved in the now obsolete March 15th youth movement.

Chants called for Saeb Erekat to go home, and asserted that the right of return was not for sale. One variation was that the blood of the martyrs was not going to be sold out. Negotiations and normalization were used interchangeably in the chants— such as “The people demand an end to negotiatons/normalization”— as in this context they were really synonymous after all. One popular chant was “Right of Return, Freedom, National Dignity/ عودة, حرية, كرامة وطنية”

The plainclothes police moved to the other side of the street, the side of the Muqata’a. They watched us from inside their cars and a couple even took pictures, which forcibly reminded me of the Israeli army during the weekly protests in the village of Nabi Saleh who carry out the same act. After an hour and a half, the protest was over, but not before the youth shouted that if the message today wasn’t heard by the PA leadership, then there will be more protests to follow.

Shortly afterwards, one young man from Tulkarem who participated in the protest (and who prefers to remain anonymous) was attacked and arrested by the PA security forces. His arrest lasted for two hours, including an hour of interrogation about the names of the people who were chanting against the PA.

There is no longer a psychological barrier of fear against the Palestinian Authority and its security forces. Their interests are to consolidate their elitist status while the majority of the Palestinians continue to suffer from a two-tiered tyranny: The Israeli occupation and its bestial policies, and the suppression and stifling rule of the main Palestinian parties, Fateh in the shape of the PA in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. We will not stand by anymore on the sidelines, as outdated so-called representatives negotiate our rights away with the same side that is continuously oppressing us. It is simply ludicrous, shameful, and outright embarrassing that these negotiations still occupy a space in the Palestinian political spectrum. Only free men and women negotiate, and for all their money, expensive cars and villas, and security coordinated travel permits, the Palestinian leadership is still at the end of the day occupied by Israel and its caprices.

(electronicintifada.net / 14.01.2012)

Arab League Chief Calls for Pressure on Israel

CAIRO, January 14, 2012 (WAFA) – Secretary General of the Arab League, Nabil el-Araby, said Saturday that the international community must pressure Israel in order to push forward peace efforts.

He said that the international community represented by the United Nations Security Council and the US must exert pressure on Israel to force it to make progress on peace.

Araby affirmed that chances to resume negotiations and the peace process under the current circumstances are very low, saying “the peace process was born dead.”

(english.wafa.ps / 14.01.2012)