Bahraini doctors and nurses charged

London, (pal Telegraph) – Medical staff who treated protesters accused of plotting to overthrow kingdom’s monarchy amid reports of more violence.

Scores of Bahraini doctors and nurses who treated injured anti-government protesters have been charged with attempting to topple the kingdom’s monarchy.

The 23 doctors and 24 nurses were formally charged on Monday during a closed door hearing in a special security court.

The 47 accused have been in detention since March, when the country declared martial law in order to clamp down on a wave of demonstrations that swept the tiny kingdom earlier this year.

Though the emergency law was lifted last week, Bahraini authorities have warned opposition activists of “consequences” in case of any further challenges to the government.

‘Firing on marchers’

On Sunday, Bahraini police clashed with Shia marchers at religious processions in villages across the country, the country’s opposition al-Wefaq movement and residents said.

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets, sound grenades and birdshot to break up the marches, which were taking place in several Shia villages around Manama, the country’s capital, residents and members of al-Wefaq said.

Residents said that some gatherings were purely religious, while at others marchers shouted slogans against the ruling al-Khalifa family, including “The people want the fall of the regime”, a chant that has become the symbol of similar protests in Tunisia and Egypt which dethroned long-time rulers.

In Sitra, residents said that several people were injured and that a house was set on fire.

“We condemn this attack, this kind of attack will make the situation even worse,” said Sayyed Hady of al-Wefaq. “This event is so, so normal in Bahrain, we’ve been doing it for centuries … the authorities said they won’t attack religious events, but this is what they did.”

On Sunday, a government official denied that widespread clashes had taken place.

“There are no clashes really, there were some outlaws who caused some problems but these were small incidents that were quickly stopped. The situation is stable and back to normal,” he told Reuters.

Journalists have been unable to verify the reports, as police have set up checkpoints sealing many Shia-majority areas. From outside those areas, the Reuters news agency reported that its reporters heard shouting and smelled tear gas.

The Shia villagers, some beating their chests and chanting religious verses, were marching to commemorate the festival of one of their 12 Imams.

Months of unrest

The fresh unrest comes just two days after the country’s Formula One Grand Prix was reinstated. The race had been postponed from its original March date due to widespread protests at the time.

As that decision was announced, security forces were engaged in a fresh crackdown, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at activists gathered in Manama for the funeral of a protester they said had been killed by tear gas inhalation.

In March, Bahrain’s Sunni rulers asked for military support from its Gulf Arab neighbours to suppress the protests, which have in particular called for democratic reforms and more rights for the country’s Shia-majority citizens.

Bahrain is home to the US Navy’s Fifth fleet, and as such is a key ally for that country in the region. Saudi and Emirati forces appear to be set to remain the country indefinitely in order to ensure that the protesters do not achieve their goals.

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‘Killer-komkommer komt door moslims’

Een Duitse islamcriticus heeft een opmerkelijke verklaring voor het ontstaan van de EHEC-bacterie die de gemoederen in ons buurland momenteel flink bezig houdt. Hij meent te weten dat het virus zich in de groente-voorziening heeft genesteld omdat moslims er overheen hebben gepoept, zo meldt weblog Dagelijkse Standaard.

Udo Ulfkotte heeft geen bewijs voor zijn opmerkelijke stelling, maar kent wel verhalen uit Zwitserland, Engeland en de Verenigde Staten van moslims die poep op chocoladetaartjes smeerden en in kinderboeken kakten. Ook zouden Turkse aardbeienpluksters hun broek tijdens het werk moeten aanhouden omdat ze de vruchten met plas bevuilden.

Udo Ulfkotte is een geboren christen die zich na een korte periode als atheïst tot de islam bekeerde. Dat geloof liet hij ook weer snel achter zich toen hij de gruwelen van het geloof inzag, waarna hij weer terugkeerde tot het christendom.

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Monsters, politics, and a Syrian boy’s agony

WARNING: This column contains graphic details.

By Neil Macdonald

I can’t get Hamza al Khatib out of my head. Like every father, I’ve contemplated the horror of being unable to protect my children from evil. There is no worse fear.

When Hamza was snatched up at the protest he’d attended with his dad back in April, he probably thought his father would appear at the police station and sort it all out.

I can’t help wondering when he realized he was beyond help.

He must have screamed himself hoarse as the torturer crushed his kneecaps and applied the burns. When they shot him — to wound, not to kill — the hot pain would have been quickly followed by numbness and shock.

If Hamza could still talk at that point, he’d have been begging for mercy, or desperately trying to tell them something to make them stop. But of course it wasn’t an interrogation. He was only 13 years old. What in heaven’s name could he have told the Syrian mukhabarat that they didn’t already know? And in any event, shattering his jaw certainly put an end to any intelligible utterances from the boy.

I desperately hope Hamza was already unconscious, or dead, when they started hacking off his penis.

What happened to Hamza al Khatib provokes an atavistic terror, even at this distance. It’s not rational. And that, of course, was the point of the exercise. Hamza was butchered and handed over to his family in order to fill defiant Syrians with uncontrollable dread. To make it plain that the regime of Bashar al-Assad observes no boundaries.

The world isn’t supposed to stand by while dictators slaughter their own people, or at least that is what we were told when Washington and Paris unleashed cruise missiles and fighter jets to protect the people of Benghazi from Muammar Ghadhafi’s vengeance.

Human Rights Watch, which has been documenting the tactics of Assad’s bullies, put it nicely in a report this week: Syria is engaging in crimes against humanity. Posting government snipers on buildings with orders to shoot people randomly, whether they are protesting or not. Lining up prisoners at a soccer stadium and machine-gunning them. Firing live ammunition into crowds of protesters carrying olive branches and baring their chests to show they’re unarmed. Shooting any soldier who refuses to shoot his own countrymen and women. And working overtime behind closed doors on the thousands they’ve arrested. Using “medieval torture,” in the words of a Human Rights Watch official.

A thousand dead. Tens of thousands arrested.

And here’s the question: Where is the outrage? Where the hell is the outrage?

Why haven’t Western nations lined up to denounce it for the evil it is? The world isn’t supposed to stand by while dictators slaughter their own people, or at least that is what we were told when Washington and Paris unleashed cruise missiles and fighter jets to protect the people of Benghazi from Muammar Ghadhafi’s vengeance.

Why isn’t the UN Security Council meeting? Why hasn’t Bashar al-Assad been referred to the International Criminal Court, as Ghadhafi was?

Syrian children carry pictures of 13-year-old Hamza al-Khatib during a protest in front of the United Nations building in Beirut on June 1.Syrian children carry pictures of 13-year-old Hamza al-Khatib during a protest in front of the United Nations building in Beirut on June 1. Jamal Saidi/ReutersThe answer is both understandable and deeply shameful: National interest trumps the agonies of Hamza al Khatib and his fellow Syrians, and will continue to do so.

Bashar al-Assad is far more important than Ghadhafi, and that earns him a pass. The Arab League, which piously denounced Ghadhafi and effectively enabled the bombing of Libya, is saying practically nothing about the terror in Syria.

Saudi Arabia, the most powerful member of the League, has clearly decided this Arab Spring nonsense must end before the contagion spreads into its citizenry. It is helping Bahrain crush its rebellious Shia citizens, and will brook no initiative that might deter Assad.

Turkey is invested heavily in Syria, and has tried to perpetuate the ridiculous notion that the goofy-looking ophthalmologist in Damascus is not a monster, like his father before him, but actually a reformer.

Israel appreciates the fact that the Assads have kept the northern border quiet for nearly 40 years now, and fears any government that supplants the secular tyrants in Damascus may be infected by Islamists.

So do Israel’s allies. As President Obama has said many times, Israel’s security is America’s paramount concern. Hence Obama’s long silence while Assad massacred innocents. Even now, the president’s official position is not that Assad should be charged criminally, but that he should change his ways and institute democracy or “get out of the way,” whatever that means.

Canada, conspicuously, has said practically nothing about Assad.

Then there is Iran, which uses Syria as a land bridge to extend its influence to the Mediterranean. Iran violently crushed its own uprisings, and now, according to some reports, the Iranians are helping Assad hunt and slaughter his own people, lending technical assistance to find those who dare to post images of the dead and dying on the internet.

To be clear: the Assads are guilty of atrocities that only Saddam Hussein could have matched. That Bashar al-Assad is Western-educated, and married to a woman Vogue magazine raves about, is nothing but camouflage for the primitive, vicious dictatorship he leads. He knows, as Saddam Hussein knew, what his fate will be if he is overthrown — and if children have to be tortured to prevent that, so be it.

When Hamza al Khatib’s picture hit the internet, the regime first produced a doctor who declared his injuries inconsistent with torture. Then the government said staff at the hospital — doctors and nurses — had mutilated the body.

Then, this week, an obscenity Orwell could not have imagined. Syrian TV featured an interview with two men it identified as the boy’s uncle and father. Both praised Assad as a great president. Assad, they declared, loved Hamza as though the boy was his own son. He’d personally promised to look into the death, and that was good enough for the family.

Presumably, the father’s and uncle’s penises are still intact. They were terrorized even as they mourned. Like Syria itself.

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Pious Husband – Islamic Poem

Marriage to him is one half of the deen,

To please Allah (swt) is more than a dream.

He wears his beard for his Lord, to please and obey,

…He turns to Allah (swt) for Salah at least five times a day.


He prays in the night and makes sure to wake you,

And strives during daylight to provide and protect you.

He lowers his gaze with firmness because he does not desire,

To displease Allah (swt) and face His just ire,


He asks advice from the ummah, and his wife too,

Before making decisions that he might later rue.

To his wife he is humble and always most kind,

Sharing his burdens with strength and clear mind.


He opens his mouth only to say what is best,

Weighing all options ‘fore denying a request.

He takes care of himself and family too

Knowing that Allah (swt) will see them through.


He is a pleasure from Allah (swt) above

Be thankful to Allah (swt) and His blessings through love.

(Facebook / 07.06.2011)

Israelis Rush for Second Passports

“Perhaps as many as half of the Jews living in Israel will consider leaving Palestine in the next few years if political and social trends continue.”



Perhaps historians or cultural anthropologists surveying the course of human events can identify for us a land, in addition to Palestine, where such a large percentage of a recently arrived colonial population prepared to exercise their right to depart, while many more, with actual millennial roots but victims of ethnic cleansing, prepared to exercise their right of Return.

 One of the many ironies inherent in the 19th century Zionist colonial enterprise in Palestine is the fact that this increasingly fraying project was billed for most of the 20th century as a haven in the Middle East for “returning” persecuted European Jews.  But today, in the 21st century, it is Europe that is increasingly being viewed by a large number of the illegal occupiers of Palestinian land as the much desired haven for returning Middle Eastern Jews.

To paraphrase Jewish journalist Gideon Levy “If our forefathers dreamt of an Israeli passport to escape from Europe, there are many among us who are now dreaming of a second passport to escape to Europe.

Several studies in Israel and one conducted by AIPAC and another by the Jewish National  Fund in Germany show that perhaps as many as half of the Jews living in Israel will consider leaving Palestine in the next few years if current political and social trends continue.  A 2008 survey by the Jerusalem-based Menachem Begin Heritage Center found that 59% of Israelis had approached or intended to approach a foreign embassy to inquire about or apply for citizenship and a passport. Today it is estimated that the figure is approaching 70%.

The number of Israelis thinking of leaving Palestine is climbing rapidly according to researchers at Bar-Ilan University who conducted a study published recently in Eretz Acheret, (“A Different Place”)   an Israeli NGO that claims to promote cultural dialogue.  What the Bar-Ilan study found is that more than 100,000 Israelis already hold a German passport, and this figure increases by more than 7,000 every year along an accelerating trajectory. According to German officials, more than 70,000 such passports have been granted since 2000.

 In addition to Germany, there are more than one million Israelis with other foreign passports at the ready in case life in Israel deteriorates.  One of the most appealing countries for Israelis contemplating emigration, as well as perhaps the most welcoming, is the United States. Currently more than 500,000 Israelis hold US passports with close to a quarter million pending applications.

 During the recent meetings in Washington DC between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s delegation and Israel’s US agents, assurances were reportedly given by AIPAC officials that if and when it becomes necessary, the US government will expeditiously issue American passports to any and all Israeli Jews seeking them.

 Israeli Arabs need not apply.

 AIPAC also represented to their Israeli interrogators that the US Congress could be trusted to approve funding for arriving Israeli Jews “to be allocated substantial cash resettlement grants to ease transition into their new country.”

Apart from the Israeli Jews who may be thinking of getting an “insurance passport” for a Diaspora land, there is a similar percentage of Jews worldwide who aren’t going to make aliyah. According to Jonathan Rynhold, a Bar Ilan professor specializing on U.S.-Israel relations, Jews may be safer in Teheran than Ashkelon these days—until Israel or the USA starts bombing Iran.

Interviews with some of those who either helped conduct the above noted studies or have knowledge of them, identify several factors that explain the Israeli rush for foreign passports, some rather surprising, given the ultra-nationalist Israeli culture.

 The common denominator is unease and anxiety, both personal and national, with the second passport considered a kind of insurance policy “for the rainy days visible on the horizon,” as one researcher from Eretz Acheret explained.

 Other factors include:

The fact that two or three generations in Israel has not proven enough to implant roots where few if any existed before. For this reason Israel has produced a significant percentage of “re-immigration” — a return of immigrants or their descendants to their country of origin which Zionist propaganda to the contrary notwithstanding, is not Palestine.

Fear that religious fanatics from among the more than 600,000 settlers in the West Bank will create civil war and essentially annex pre-1967 Israel and turn Israel more toward an ultra-fascist state.

Centripetal pressures within Israeli society, especially among Russian immigrants who overwhelmingly reject Zionism. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, some one million Jews have come to Israel from the former Soviet Union, enlarging the country’s population by 25 percent and forming the largest concentration in the world of Russian Jews.But today, Russian Jews comprise the largest group emigrating from Israel and they have been returning in droves for reasons ranging from opposition to Zionism, discrimination, and broken promises regarding employment and “the good life” in Israel.

Approximately 200,000 or 22% of Russians coming to Israel since 1990 have so far returned to their country.  According to Rabbi Berel Larzar, who has been Russia’s chief Rabbi since 2000, “It’s absolutely extraordinary how many people are returning. When Jews left, there was no community, no Jewish life. People felt that being Jewish was an historical mistake that happened to their family. Now, they know they can live in Russia as part of a community and they don’t need Israel.”

No faith in or respect for Israeli leaders, most of whom are considered corrupt.

Feelings of anxiety and guilt that Zionism has hijacked Judaism and that traditional Jewish values are being corrupted.

The increasing difficulty of providing coherent answers to one’s children, as they become more educated and aware of their family history, and indeed honesty to oneself, on the question of why families from Europe and elsewhere are living on land and in homes stolen from others who obviously are local and did not come from some other place around the World.

The recent growing appreciation, for many Israelis, significantly abetted by the Internet and the continuing Palestinian resistance, of the compelling and challenging Palestinians’ narrative that totally undermines the Zionist clarion of the last century of “A Land without a People for a People without a Land.’

Fear mongering of the political leaders designed to keep citizens supporting the government’s policies ranging from the Iranian bomb, the countless ‘Terrorists” seemingly everywhere and planning another Holocaust, or various existential threats that keep families on edge and concluding that they don’t want to raise their children under such conditions.

Explaining that he was speaking as a private citizen and not as a member of Democrats Abroad Israel, New York native Hillel Schenker suggested that Jews who come to Israel “want to make sure that they have the possibility of an alternative to return whence they came.”  He added that the “insecurities involved in modern life, and an Israel not yet living at peace with any of its neighbors, have also produced a phenomenon of many Israelis seeking a European passport, based on their family roots, just in case.”

Gene Schulman, a Senior American-Jewish fellow at the Switzerland-based Overseas American Academy, put it even more drastically, emphasizing that all Jews are “scared to death of what is probably going to become of Israel even if the U.S. continues its support for it.”

Many observers of Israeli society agree that a major, if unexpected recent impetus for Jews to leave Palestine has been the past three months of the Arab Awakening that overturned Israel’s key pillars of regional support.

According to Layal,  a Palestinian student from Shatila Camp, who is preparing for the June 5th “Naksa” march to the Blueline in South Lebanon: “What the Zionist occupiers of Palestine saw from Tahir Square in Cairo to Maroun al Ras in South Lebanon has convinced many Israelis that the Arab and Palestinian resistance, while still in its nascence, will develop into a massive and largely peaceful ground swell, such that no amount of weapons or apartheid administration can insure a Zionist future in Palestine. They are right to seek alternative places to raise their families.”

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Israel kills 20 as Syrians march on Golan

Israeli forces opened fire on pro-Palestinian protesters on Golan Heights border on Sunday, June 5, 2011.
Israeli forces kill at least 20 people and injure nearly 325 others near Syria’s Golan Heights, attacking the protesters, who were marking the anniversary of occupation of Arab lands by Tel Aviv.

Israeli forces have opened fire on protesters inside Syria as they were approaching the occupied territories on Sunday. According to the Syrian TV, a child is among those killed by the Israeli gunfire.

The demonstrators have announced that they plan to stage a sit-in along the border in protest at the Israeli occupation and atrocities.

The state-run television also said three of the wounded where in critical condition from Sunday’s shooting.

The television showed footage of Israeli soldiers on top of a tank opening fire on the protesters. Israeli troops have been beefed up near Syria and Lebanon as well as in Jerusalem al-Quds.

The protesters flocked to Golan border on Naksa Day to mark the 44th anniversary of the beginning of Israel’s 1967 Six-Day War against Arabs. Israel declared northern Golan a closed military zone.

Thousands of Israeli security forces were also on high alert on ‘Naksa Day’, fearing possible unrest.

Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops in the Qalandiya village near the city of Ramallah in central West Bank.Live footage broadcast on Syrian TV and Al-Jazeera also showed heavy gunfire along the Golan Heights border and protesters carrying wounded people away.

Israel captured the Golan from Syria in 1967, along with the Palestinian territories of West Bank, East al-Quds and Gaza Strip.

The events came exactly three weeks after tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon and Syria, marked Nakba (catastrophe) Day on May 15.

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military killed two protesters, including one Palestinian teenager, and injuring at least 65 others on the Nakba Day.

Also on May 15, one person was also killed and at least 150 hurt in the Qalandiya on the same day.

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Nieuw bestand Jemen dankzij Saudi’s

President Saleh van Jemen President Saleh van Jemen
Koning Abdullah van Saudi-Arabië heeft bemiddeld bij de totstandkoming van een bestand in Jemen tussen de regering en het hoofd van een machtige stam. Vorige week bemiddelden de Saudi’s ook bij een bestand, maar dat hield niet langer dan een dag stand.

De koning kwam opnieuw in beeld toen het conflict vrijdag escaleerde. Bij een granaataanval op zijn paleis in Sanaa raakte president Saleh gewond.

Het bestand lijkt te worden gehandhaafd. Voor zover bekend is het al enkele uren rustig in de Jemenitische hoofdstad.


Ondertussen melden de Saudische regering en Arabische tv-zenders dat Saleh een medische behandeling krijgt in Saudi-Arabië. Hij zou granaatscherven in zijn borst hebben gekregen. Ook zou de president brandwonden in zijn gezicht hebben.

Vanwege het geweld in Jemen heeft het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken besloten om de ambassade in het land tijdelijk te sluiten.

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Israel’s Operational Plan to Attack the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza

Israel is involved in advanced preparations to attack the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza. The commando attack is scheduled to take place in international waters. A detailed operational plan to be implemented by the Israeli navy has been set in motion. The use of force is explicitly contemplated:

“The Israel Navy has been asked by the government to prepare an operational response to prevent the flotilla from breaking the sea blockade that Israel has imposed over the Gaza Strip. Under the blockade, Gazan fisherman are allowed to sail three kilometers off the coast of Gaza but no further. Ships are not allowed to enter waters that are twenty kilometers from the Gaza Strip. (JP, May 31, 2011)

“….[S]oldiers were under order to use force to neutralize armed danger and neutralize attackers if necessary, but that in general, the objective and the goal would be to take over the ship non-violently and without casualties on either side.” (Ibid)

According to the Israeli navy spokesman, a number of “surprises” await those who dare approach Gazan territorial waters:

“The senior Navy officer said that Israel was preparing a number of “surprises” for the ships that are expected to participate in the flotilla.” (Ibid)

The same commando unit Shayetet 13 which attacked the Marvi Marmara in May 2010 killing nine human rights activists is “undergoing specialized training” involving “mock raids aboard a vessel that simulate events aboard the Mavi Marmara”. (See People’s Daily, May 31, 2011)

The commandos are also to undergo “extensive training in hand-to-hand combat taught by experts from Israel’s Shin Bet security service”.

The commandos, this time, will be heavily armed:

“Navy sources said that despite assessments that most of the activists will engage in passive resistance, the troops that will board the next flotilla are going to carry heavier weapons than the paintball guns and semi-automatic pistols used in the last flotilla.” (Ibid)

Israeli Intervention in International Waters is “Legal”

The report in the Jerusalem Post claims that under international law, Israel’s navy commandos have the right to intercept ships and engage in what is tantamount to acts of piracy:

According to international maritime laws, however, Israel Navy is allowed to intercept and take control of a ship that declares its intentions to sail to Gaza even before it enters the waters that are under the blockade.”

The Marvi Marmara

The articles then proceeds to describe the circumstances of the Marvi Marmara, where nine Turkish human rights activists were killed in May 2010 by an Israeli commando.

Realities are turned upside down. The lie becomes the truth. The Israelis commandos are portrayed as the victims, attacked by Turkish “mercenaries”.

“On May 31 2010, the Israel Navy stopped a Turkish flotilla and when commandos boarded the Mavi Marmara they were attacked by a group of mercenaries.

In ensuing violence, nine of the mercenaries were killed, and a number of Israeli commandos were seriously wounded.

In addition to military preparation, the Foreign Ministry is leading Israeli efforts to convince other countries to use necessary means to prevent the flotilla from departing to Gaza” (JP, May 31, 2011)

The JP report does not explain how these “nine mercenaries” were killed and no casualties were reported on the Israeli side.

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Announcing the Gaza to Ireland Youth Exchange

I am beyond excited to announce that we are formalising a partnership that will ensure one of my fondest goals shall be achieved, that of a youth exchange between the children of Gaza and those of Europe. I am even more excited because we are focusing on the youth of Gaza as well as Belfast and Free Derry in the North of Ireland. These kids, ages 15 to 18, all know what violent conflict is about, and all of them deserve a chance to play with and understand their brothers and sisters from distant but all too similar conflict zones.

Our success will be measured in smiles and laughter and the building of bonds akin to creating a cherished extended family… and we will succeed.


The measure of success.

I have wanted to do this for years, giving serious motivation to youth workers in an attempt to make it happen, trying through volunteers to get a program written up and funding to make it so. But with all that I was doing I simply had not managed to secure the right partners and funding, until now that is.

The Samouni Project, a non-profit company soon to become a charity, is to partner with Mr. Maamon Hashem Khozendar, a prominent businessman and philanthropist from Gaza. As a resident of Gaza, Mr. Khozender is also witness to the atrocities committed by Israel against the 800,000 plus children there. His people are providing logistical support in Gaza and the Samouni Project has partners in the North of Ireland who are doing the same. In Gaza and Ireland we are working to identify eight youth to be part of our first exchange.

First we plan to fly the kids from Ireland to Gaza (via Egypt), or possibly carry them on our convoy from London to Gaza in July of this year. After roughly two weeks of educational tours and fun based activities with four youth from Gaza, all will return to Ireland for similar activities there. Mr. Khozendar will be providing the facilities and funds in both Gaza and Ireland and we have high hopes that the program will soon be expanded; which indeed it will if support from people of goodwill is what I think it will be.

I would love to see 50 or 100 children at a time for each exchange, but we shall start with eight kids, and work our way up from there. Plans are flexible, but again we are looking at two weeks in Ireland, two weeks in Gaza, with ongoing support to facilitate continuing communications and hopefully, regular reunions.

If you live in the North of Ireland and wish to nominate a child for this exchange or support this project in meaningful ways, please contact us at, also cc me at Together we are going to do something truly special and everyone will get to see the initial results by July at the latest.


Ken O’Keefe

Managing Director – Samouni Project

Algerijnse FLN keurt buitenlandse inmenging in Libië af

Het Front de Libération Nationale (FLN), dat deel uitmaakt van de presidentiële alliantie in Algerije, heeft zaterdag de ‘buitenlandse inmenging in Libië’ gelaakt.

‘Wij weigeren de buitenlandse inmenging en vinden dat de tot dusver genomen maatregelen niet in de richting gaan van een oplossing die de wil van de Libiërs weerspiegelt’, zei secretaris-generaal Abdelaziz Belkhadem van het FNL, aangehaald door het agentschap APS.

Minister van Staat Belkhadem benadrukte dat het standpunt van zijn partij ook het officiële Argentijnse standpunt is.

‘Episode in een lange reeks’

Met de interventie van de Navo ‘vrezen we dat wat nu in Libië gebeurt een episode in een lange reeks (van interventies) is, en enkel de auteurs van dit vreselijke plan weten waar dit zal eindigen’, aldus Belkhadem. Wie die ‘auteurs’ zijn, zei de minister niet.

Algerije is de voornaamste leverancier van wapens aan het regime van kolonel Moammar Kadhafi. De bewapening van de rebellen gebeurt vooral via Egypte.

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