Palästinenserpräsident: «Es ist genug, genug, genug»

Palästinenserpräsident Mahmud Abbas hat in einer Rede vor der UN-Vollversammlung Israel vorgeworfen, seit einem Jahr «alle Bemühungen um Frieden» blockiert zu haben. «Alle internationalen Bemühungen und Initiativen um Frieden sind zerschellt an der Haltung der israelischen Regierung, die rasch alle nach der Wiederaufnahme der Verhandlungen vergangenen September aufgekommene Hoffnung zerschlagen hat», sagte Abbas.

Die israelische Siedlungspolitik in Ostjerusalem und im Westjordanland zerstöre die Grundlage für eine Zwei-Staaten-Lösung, wie sie von der internationalen Gemeinschaft befürwortet werde, sagte Abbas. Zudem drohe sie auch die Struktur und die Existenz der palästinensischen Autonomiebehörde zu zerstören. Unter der Bedingung der
«vollständigen Beendigung des Siedlungsbau» und auf der Grundlage der Grenzen
von 1967 seien die Palästinenser aber zur Rückkehr an den Verhandlungstisch
bereit.

Der Palästinenserpräsident betonte zudem, der UN-Antrag solle Israel nicht isolieren oder delegitimieren. Abbas war beim Betreten des Plenums von vielen Vertretern mit stehenden Ovationen empfangen worden. Er hatte zuvor UN-Generalsekretär Ban Ki Moon den Antrag auf Aufnahme eines Palästinenserstaats übergeben. Ein UN-Sprecher sagte, Bans Büro werde den Antrag «rasch» bearbeiten und an den UN-Sicherheitsrat weiterleiten. Die israelische Regierung erklärte, sie «bedauere» den Antrag.

Die Initiative der Palästinenser ist innerhalb der Weltgemeinschaft heftig umstritten, ihr werden aber kaum Chancen eingeräumt. Im UN-Sicherheitsrat müssen mindestens neun der 15 Mitglieder für den Antrag stimmen. Zudem darf keine der fünf Vetomächte dagegen stimmen. Die Vetomacht USA lehnt eine Vollmitgliedschaft der Palästinenser ohne eine Verhandlungslösung mit Israel ab. Deutschland ist derzeit nicht-ständiges
Mitglied im UN-Sicherheitsrat und hat sich ebenfalls gegen einen palästinensischen Alleingang ausgesprochen.

Aus der Rede:

Abbas ist auf der Rednerliste des Tages von Platz 14 auf Platz 11 vorgerutscht; das hatte aber nur protokollarische Gründe. Die Position 14 hat nun Israels Ministerpräsident Benjamin Netanjahu; er soll somit eine knappe Stunde nach Abbas sprechen. (afp)

Abbas tritt ans Rednerpult.

Abbas begrüsst die Anwesenden. Er gratuliert dem Sudan zu seiner UN- Mitgliedschaft

«Wir traten in die Verhandlungen mit Hoffnung ein. Doch unsere Vorschläge wurden von den Israelis zunichte gemacht.»

Abbas spricht die israelischen Siedler an: «Trotz unserer Warnungen hat die israelische Regierung ihnen keinen Einhalt geboten.»

Israel habe seine militärische Macht massiv ausgebaut, sagt Abbas. «Israel konfisziert unser Land und unser Wasser», so der Palästinenserpräsident weiter.

Abbas bezieht sich auf das berühmte Zitat Arafats: «Heute bin ich gekommen, einen Olivenzweig und die Pistole eines Friedenskämpfers zu überbringen. Lasst den Olivenzweig nicht aus meiner Hand fallen!»

Das Ziel der Palästinenser sei ein Palästinenserstaat innerhalb der Grenzen von 1967, sagt Abbas.

Abbas betont, dass die Bedingung für Aufnahme der Friedensgespräche das Ende der
israelischen Siedlungspolitik sein müsse.

«Der Staat, den wir wollen, soll durch Frieden und Demokratie gekennzeichnet sein.»

Die Palästinenser zweifelten das Existenzrecht Israels nicht an, sagt Abbas. Er strecke Israel seine Hände in Frieden entgegen.

Die Palästinenser zweifelten das Existenzrecht Israels nicht an, sagt Abbas. Er strecke Israel seine Hände in Frieden entgegen.

«Unser Volk will die Antwort der Welt hören. Wird die Welt Israel erlauben, uns für immer zu besetzen?»

«Es ist genug, genug, genug» Es sei Zeit für den palästinensischen Frühling, sagt
Abbas.

Eine Annahme des Antrags sei der grösste Beitrag der Weltgemeinschaft zum Friedensprozess

Abbas sagt offiziell, dass er beim Generalsekretär der Vereinten Nationen, Ban Ki-moon, die Vollmitgliedschaft Palästinas bei der UN beantragte. Er zeigt eine Kopie des Antrags. .

Die Rede von Abbas ist zu Ende. Applaus!

(www.freunde-palaestinas.de / 23.09.2011)

 

Palestine 23.09.2011

#Poor little israel maybe the #US could give them some drones … ohhh wait! #FAIL

The generous offer in 2000 was to push Palestinians into non-contiguous Bantustans, control Palestinian resources & occupy East Jerusalem

LOL! Israel left Gaza hoping for peace?!!?!? bahahahahahhaa ohhhhh your F-16s don’t say that Nutanyahoo, you psychotic war criminal bastard.

at was the #Gaza disengagement?

Netanyahu  Who are you to give the “keys of Gaza” to #Abbas ? …and by what right?  #FAIL

Watching Netanyahu’s speech, I’m not sure is it real life, or am I watching a scene in a Hollywood movie “End of Times”! Soon in Cinemas!!

Ramallah: Not sure if parade of UN bid supporters will reach Qalandia , but it is a very loud procession. Loudest in years.

Whenever Netanyahu uses the word “peace” replace it with “Jewish supremacy in a land without Palestinians”

#Netanyahu – the truth is  YOU a LIAR!

Netanyahu talkng about supporting democratic nations in the Arab world after crying over the removal of Mubarak #Zionism #FuckIsrael

Blown away by Mahmoud Abbas’s speech  Every one deserves an equal opportunity in the world and so does #Palestine!

#Netanyahu #SICK !

Bibi talked about 1 soldier, Gilad Shalit, held in #Gaza, but doesn’t mention 1000s of Palestinians in Israeli dungeons without rights

 

 

 

Full Official Text of President Mahmoud Abbas’ Speech at the UNGA

Mr. President of the General
Assembly of the United Nations,

Mr. Secretary-General of the
United Nations,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the outset, I wish to extend
my congratulations to H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser on his assumption of
the Presidency of the Assembly for this session, and wish him all success.

I reaffirm today my sincere
congratulations, on behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the
Palestinian people, to the government and people of South Sudan for its deserved
admission as a full member of the United Nations, wishing them progress and
prosperity.

I also congratulate the
Secretary-General, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, on his election for a new term at the
helm of the United Nations. This renewal of confidence reflects the world’s
appreciation for his efforts, which have strengthened the role of the United
Nations.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Question Palestine is
intricately linked with the United Nations via the resolutions adopted by its
various organs and agencies and via the essential and lauded role of the United
Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East – UNRWA
– which embodies the international responsibility towards the plight of
Palestine refugees, who are the victims of Al-Nakba (Catastrophe) that
occurred in 1948. We aspire for and seek a greater and more effective role for
the United Nations in working to achieve a just and comprehensive peace in our
region that ensures the inalienable, legitimate national rights of the
Palestinian people as defined by the resolutions of international legitimacy of
the United Nations.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

A year ago, at this same time,
distinguished leaders in this hall addressed the stalled peace efforts in our
region. Everyone had high hopes for a new round of final status negotiations,
which had begun in early September in Washington under the direct auspices of
President Barack Obama and with participation of the Quartet, and with Egyptian
and Jordanian participation, to reach a peace agreement within one year. We
entered those negotiations with open hearts and attentive ears and sincere
intentions, and we were ready with our documents, papers and proposals. But the
negotiations broke down just weeks after their launch.

After this, we did not give up
and did not cease our efforts for initiatives and contacts. Over the past year
we did not leave a door to be knocked or channel to be tested or path to be
taken and we did not ignore any formal or informal party of influence and
stature to be addressed. We positively considered the various ideas and
proposals and initiatives presented from many countries and parties. But all of
these sincere efforts and endeavors undertaken by international parties were
repeatedly wrecked by the positions of the Israeli government, which quickly
dashed the hopes raised by the launch of negotiations last September.

The core issue here is that the
Israeli government refuses to commit to terms of reference for the negotiations
that are based on international law and United Nations resolutions, and that it
frantically continues to intensify building of settlements on the territory of
the State of Palestine.

Settlement activities embody the
core of the policy of colonial military occupation of the land of the
Palestinian people and all of the brutality of aggression and racial
discrimination against our people that this policy entails. This policy, which
constitutes a breach of international humanitarian law and United Nations
resolutions, is the primary cause for the failure of the peace process, the
collapse of dozens of opportunities, and the burial of the great hopes that
arose from the signing of the Declaration of Principles in 1993 between the
Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel to achieve a just peace that would
begin a new era for our region.

The reports of United Nations
missions as well as by several Israeli institutions and civil societies convey a
horrific picture about the size of the settlement campaign, which the Israeli
government does not hesitate to boast about and which it continues to execute
through the systematic confiscation of the Palestinian lands and the
construction of thousands of new settlement units in various areas of the West
Bank, particularly in East Jerusalem, and accelerated construction of the
annexation Wall that is eating up large tracts of our land, dividing it into
separate and isolated islands and cantons, destroying family life and
communities and the livelihoods of tens of thousands of families. The occupying
Power also continues to refuse permits for our people to build in Occupied East
Jerusalem, at the same time that it intensifies its decades-long campaign of
demolition and confiscation of homes, displacing Palestinian owners and
residents under a multi-pronged policy of ethnic cleansing aimed at pushing them
away from their ancestral homeland. In addition, orders have been issued to
deport elected representatives from the city of Jerusalem. The occupying Power
also continues to undertake excavations that threaten our holy places, and its
military checkpoints prevent our citizens from getting access to their mosques
and churches, and it continues to besiege the Holy City with a ring of
settlements imposed to separate the Holy City from the rest of the Palestinian
cities.

The occupation is racing against
time to redraw the borders on our land according to what it wants and to impose
a fait accompli on the ground that changes the realities and that is
undermining the realistic potential for the existence of the State of
Palestine.

At the same time, the occupying
Power continues to impose its blockade on the Gaza Strip and to target
Palestinian civilians by assassinations, air strikes and artillery shelling,
persisting with its war of aggression of three years ago on Gaza, which resulted
in massive destruction of homes, schools, hospitals, and mosques, and the
thousands of martyrs and wounded.

The occupying Power also
continues its incursions in areas of the Palestinian National Authority through
raids, arrests and killings at the checkpoints. In recent years, the criminal
actions of armed settler militias, who enjoy the special protection of the
occupation army, has intensified with the perpetration of frequent attacks
against our people, targeting their homes, schools, universities, mosques,
fields, crops and trees. Despite our repeated warnings, the occupying Power has
not acted to curb these attacks and we hold them fully responsible for the
crimes of the settlers.

These are just a few examples of
the policy of the Israeli colonial settlement occupation, and this policy is
responsible for the continued failure of the successive international attempts
to salvage the peace process.

This policy will destroy the
chances of achieving a two-State solution upon which there is an international
consensus, and here I caution aloud: This settlement policy threatens to also
undermine the structure of the Palestinian National Authority and even end its
existence.

In addition, we now face the
imposition new conditions not previously raised, conditions that will transform
the raging conflict in our inflamed region into a religious conflict and a
threat to the future of a million and a half Christian and Muslim Palestinians,
citizens of Israel, a matter which we reject and which is impossible for us to
accept being dragged into.

All of these actions taken by
Israel in our country are unilateral actions and are not based on any earlier
agreements. Indeed, what we witness is a selective application of the agreements
aimed at perpetuating the occupation. Israel reoccupied the cities of the West
Bank by a unilateral action, and reestablished the civil and military occupation
by a unilateral action, and it is the one that determines whether or not a
Palestinian citizen has the right to reside in any part of the Palestinian
Territory. And it is confiscating our land and our water and obstructing our
movement as well as the movement of goods. And it is the one obstructing our
whole destiny. All of this is unilateral.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In 1974, our deceased leader
Yasser Arafat came to this hall and assured the Members of the General Assembly
of our affirmative pursuit for peace, urging the United Nations to realize the
inalienable national rights of the Palestinian people, stating: “Do not let the
olive branch fall from my hand”.

In 1988, President Arafat again
addressed the General Assembly, which convened in Geneva to hear him, where he
submitted the Palestinian peace program adopted by the Palestine National
Council at its session held that year in Algeria.

When we adopted this program, we
were taking a painful and very difficult step for all of us, especially those,
including myself, who were forced to leave their homes and their towns and
villages, carrying only some of our belongings and our grief and our memories
and the keys of our homes to the camps of exile and the Diaspora in the 1948
Al-Nakba, one of the worst operations of uprooting, destruction and
removal of a vibrant and cohesive society that had been contributing in a
pioneering and leading way in the cultural, educational and economic renaissance
of the Arab Middle East.

Yet, because we believe in peace
and because of our conviction in international legitimacy, and because we had
the courage to make difficult decisions for our people, and in the absence of
absolute justice, we decided to adopt the path of relative justice – justice
that is possible and could correct part of the grave historical injustice
committed against our people. Thus, we agreed to establish the State of
Palestine on only 22% of the territory of historical Palestine – on all the
Palestinian Territory occupied by Israel in 1967.

We, by taking that historic
step, which was welcomed by the States of the world, made a major concession in
order to achieve a historic compromise that would allow peace to be made in the
land of peace.

In the years that followed –
from the Madrid Conference and the Washington negotiations leading to the Oslo
agreement, which was signed 18 years ago in the garden of the White House and
was linked with the letters of mutual recognition between the PLO and Israel, we
persevered and dealt positively and responsibly with all efforts aimed at the
achievement of a lasting peace agreement. Yet, as we said earlier, every
initiative and every conference and every new round of negotiations and every
movement was shattered on the rock of the Israeli settlement expansion
project.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I confirm, on behalf of the
Palestine Liberation Organization, the sole legitimate representative of the
Palestinian people, which will remain so until the end of the conflict in all
its aspects and until the resolution of all final status issues, the
following:

1. The goal of the Palestinian
people is the realization of their inalienable national rights in their
independent State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, on all the
land of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, which
Israel occupied in the June 1967 war, in conformity with the resolutions of
international legitimacy and with the achievement of a just and agreed upon
solution to the Palestine refugee issue in accordance with resolution 194, as
stipulated in the Arab Peace Initiative which presented the consensus Arab
vision to resolve the core the Arab-Israeli conflict and to achieve a just and
comprehensive peace. To this we adhere and this is what we are working to
achieve. Achieving this desired peace also requires the release of political
prisoners and detainees in Israeli prisons without delay.

2. The PLO and the Palestinian
people adhere to the renouncement of violence and rejection and condemning of
terrorism in all its forms, especially State terrorism, and adhere to all
agreements signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel.

3. We adhere to the option of
negotiating a lasting solution to the conflict in accordance with resolutions of
international legitimacy. Here, I declare that the Palestine Liberation
Organization is ready to return immediately to the negotiating table on the
basis of the adopted terms of reference based on international legitimacy and a
complete cessation of settlement activities.

4. Our people will continue
their popular peaceful resistance to the Israeli occupation and its settlement
and apartheid policies and its construction of the racist annexation Wall, and
they receive support for their resistance, which is consistent with
international humanitarian law and international conventions and has the support
of peace activists from Israel and around the world, reflecting an impressive,
inspiring and courageous example of the strength of this defenseless people,
armed only with their dreams, courage, hope and slogans in the face of bullets,
tanks, tear gas and bulldozers.

5. When we bring our plight and
our case to this international podium, it is a confirmation of our reliance on
the political and diplomatic option and is a confirmation that we do not
undertake unilateral steps. Our efforts are not aimed at isolating Israel or
de-legitimizing it; rather we want to gain legitimacy for the cause of the
people of Palestine. We only aim to de-legitimize the settlement activities and
the occupation and apartheid and the logic of ruthless force, and we believe
that all the countries of the world stand with us in this regard.

I am here to say on behalf of
the Palestinian people and the Palestine Liberation Organization: We extend our
hands to the Israeli government and the Israeli people for peace-making. I say
to them: Let us urgently build together a future for our children where they can
enjoy freedom, security and prosperity. Let us build the bridges of dialogue
instead of checkpoints and walls of separation, and build cooperative relations
based on parity and equity between two neighboring States – Palestine and Israel
– instead of policies of occupation, settlement, war and eliminating the
other.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Despite the unquestionable right
of our people to self-determination and to the independence of our State as
stipulated in international resolutions, we have accepted in the past few years
to engage in what appeared to be a test of our worthiness, entitlement and
eligibility. During the last two years our national authority has implemented a
program to build our State institutions. Despite the extraordinary situation and
the Israeli obstacles imposed, a serious extensive project was launched that has
included the implementation of plans to enhance and advance the judiciary and
the apparatus for maintenance of order and security, to develop the
administrative, financial, and oversight systems, to upgrade the performance of
institutions, and to enhance self-reliance to reduce the need for foreign aid.
With the thankful support of Arab countries and donors from friendly countries,
a number of large infrastructure projects have been implemented, focused on
various aspects of service, with special attention to rural and marginalized
areas.

In the midst of this massive
national project, we have been strengthening what we seeking to be the features
of our State: from the preservation of security for the citizen and public
order; to the promotion of judicial authority and rule of law; to strengthening
the role of women via legislation, laws and participation; to ensuring the
protection of public freedoms and strengthening the role of civil society
institutions; to institutionalizing rules and regulations for ensuring
accountability and transparency in the work of our Ministries and departments;
to entrenching the pillars of democracy as the basis for the Palestinian
political life.

When division struck the unity
of our homeland, people and institutions, we were determined to adopt dialogue
for restoration of our unity. We succeeded months ago in achieving national
reconciliation and we hope that its implementation will be accelerated in the
coming weeks. The core pillar of this reconciliation was to turn to the people
through legislative and presidential elections within a year, because the State
we want will be a State characterized by the rule of law, democratic exercise
and protection of the freedoms and equality of all citizens without any
discrimination and the transfer of power through the ballot box.

The reports issued recently by
the United Nations, the World Bank, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) and the
International Monetary Fund confirm and laud what has been accomplished,
considering it a remarkable and unprecedented model. The consensus conclusion by
the AHLC a few days ago here described what has been accomplished as a
“remarkable international success story” and confirmed the readiness of the
Palestinian people and their institutions for the immediate independence of the
State of Palestine.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is no longer possible to
redress the issue of the blockage of the horizon of the peace talks with the
same means and methods that have been repeatedly tried and proven unsuccessful
over the past years. The crisis is far too deep to be neglected, and what is
more dangerous are attempts to simply circumvent it or postpone its
explosion.

It is neither possible, nor
practical, nor acceptable to return to conducting business as usual, as if
everything is fine. It is futile to go into negotiations without clear
parameters and in the absence of credibility and a specific timetable.
Negotiations will be meaningless as long as the occupation army on the ground
continues to entrench its occupation, instead of rolling it back, and continues
to change the demography of our country in order to create a new basis on which
to alter the borders.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a moment of truth and my
people are waiting to hear the answer of the world. Will it allow Israel to
continue its occupation, the only occupation in the world? Will it allow Israel
to remain a State above the law and accountability? Will it allow Israel to
continue rejecting the resolutions of the Security Council and the General
Assembly of the United Nations and the International Court of Justice and the
positions of the overwhelming majority of countries in the world?

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I come before you today from the
Holy Land, the land of Palestine, the land of divine messages, ascension of the
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the birthplace of Jesus Christ (peace
be upon him), to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people in the homeland and
in the the Diaspora, to say, after 63 years of suffering of the ongoing Nakba:
Enough. It is time for the Palestinian people to gain their freedom and
independence.

The time has come to end the
suffering and the plight of millions of Palestine refugees in the homeland and
the Diaspora, to end their displacement and to realize their rights, some of
them forced to take refuge more than once in different places of the world.

At a time when the Arab peoples
affirm their quest for democracy – the Arab Spring – the time is now for the
Palestinian Spring, the time for independence.

The time has come for our men,
women and children to live normal lives, for them to be able to sleep without
waiting for the worst that the next day will bring; for mothers to be assured
that their children will return home without fear of suffering killing, arrest
or humiliation; for students to be able to go to their schools and universities
without checkpoints obstructing them. The time has come for sick people to be
able to reach hospitals normally, and for our farmers to be able to take care of
their good land without fear of the occupation seizing the land and its water,
which the wall prevents access to, or fear of the settlers, for whom settlements
are being built on our land and who are uprooting and burning the olive trees
that have existed for hundreds of years. The time has come for the thousands of
prisoners to be released from the prisons to return to their families and their
children to become a part of building their homeland, for the freedom of which
they have sacrificed.

My people desire to exercise
their right to enjoy a normal life like the rest of humanity. They believe what
the great poet Mahmoud Darwish said: Standing here, staying here, permanent
here, eternal here, and we have one goal, one, one: to be.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We profoundly appreciate and
value the positions of all States that have supported our struggle and our
rights and recognized the State of Palestine following the Declaration of
Independence in 1988, as well as the countries that have recently recognized the
State of Palestine and those that have upgraded the level of Palestine’s
representation in their capitals. I also salute the Secretary-General, who said
a few days ago that the Palestinian State should have been established years
ago.

Be assured that this support for
our people is more valuable to them than you can imagine, for it makes them feel
that someone is listening to their narrative and that their tragedy and the
horrors of Al-Nakba and the occupation, from which they have so suffered,
are not being ignored. And, it reinforces their hope that stems from the belief
that justice is possible in this in this world. The loss of hope is the most
ferocious enemy of peace and despair is the strongest ally of extremism.

I say: The time has come for my
courageous and proud people, after decades of displacement and colonial
occupation and ceaseless suffering, to live like other peoples of the earth,
free in a sovereign and independent homeland.

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to inform you that,
before delivering this statement, I submitted, in my capacity as the President
of the State of Palestine and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the
Palestine Liberation Organization, to H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of
the United Nations, an application for the admission of Palestine on the basis
of the 4 June 1967 borders, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, as a full
member of the United Nations.

I call upon Mr.
Secretary-General to expedite transmittal of our request to the Security
Council, and I call upon the distinguished members of the Security Council to
vote in favor of our full membership. I also call upon the States that did not
recognized the State of Palestine as yet to do so.

Excellencies,Ladies and
Gentlemen,

The support of the countries of
the world for our endeavor is a victory for truth,freedom, justice, law and
international legitimacy, and it provides tremendous support for the peace
option and enhances the chances of success of the negotiations.

Excellencies,Ladies and
Gentlemen,

Your support for the
establishment of the State of Palestine and for its admission to the United
Nations as a full member is the greatest contribution to peacemaking in the Holy
Land.

I thank you.

(mideastnews-danmike.blogspot.com / 23.09.2011)

Medics: Israeli forces kill Palestinian in northern West Bank

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday killed a Palestinian man and injured five others during clashes in Qusra village in the northern West Bank, medics said.

Issam Kamal Odeh, 33, died after he was shot by two bullets in the neck and shoulders during confrontations after morning prayers, medical officials said.

Mayor Hany Abu Murad named the dead person as Essam Kamal Badran, 35.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers raided Qusra, near Nablus, after settlers entered the village.

Palestinian Authority settlement affairs official Ghassan Doughlas told Ma’an clashes erupted when residents of Esh Kodesh settlement raided the village carrying Israeli flags.

Soldiers entered and opened fire, he said, adding that Sadeq Tayseer, 22, was shot in his neck and Jawad al-Shaer in his hand.

A military spokeswoman had no immediate comment, but said earlier that forces used “riot dispersal means” during clashes between Israeli civilians and Palestinians in Qusra.

Meanwhile, settlers attacked Jalud village south of Nablus leading to clashes with locals, residents said. No injuries were reported.

Witnesses said dozens of settlers were pelting rocks at Palestinian cars at Zatara checkpoint near Nablus. They said the checkpoint was briefly closed.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 23.09.2011)

Abbas submits application to join UN

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — President Mahmoud Abbas asked the United Nations on Friday to recognize a state for his people, even though Israel still occupies its territory and the United States has vowed to veto the move.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq said Abbas handed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a letter requesting full UN membership, which the Security Council must consider — although this may take some time.

His appeal to the council reflects a loss of faith after 20 years of failed peace talks sponsored by the United States, Israel’s main ally, and alarm at relentless Israeli settlement expansion eating into the land Palestinians want for a state.

It also exposes Washington’s dwindling influence in a region shaken by Arab uprisings and shifting alliances that have pushed Israel, for all its military muscle, deeper into isolation.

“It is not a secret that the US administration has done everything it could to prevent us from going (to the United Nations),” Abbas, 76, told reporters late on Thursday.

“But we’re going without any hesitation and we will continue whatever the pressure … because we are asking for our right, because we want our independent state,” he added.

Abbas will set out his case in a speech to the UN General Assembly, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will also take the podium to argue that only direct negotiations between the two sides can lead to a Palestinian state.

US President Barack Obama, who told the United Nations a year ago he hoped Palestinians would have a state by now, said on Wednesday he shared frustration at the lack of progress.

But he said only Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, not actions at the United Nations, could bring peace — despite a long history of fruitless peace talks.

Abbas is resorting to United Nations even though Israeli and US politicians have threatened financial reprisals that could cripple his Palestinian Authority, which rules the West Bank.

Should that happen, PLO official Saeb Erekat said, the PA could dissolve itself, throwing responsibility for ruling the whole area back to Israel as the occupying power.

“We will invite you to become the only authority from the River Jordan to the Mediterranean,” Erekat told Israel Radio.

In the West Bank, Palestinians expressed a mix of pride and wary anticipation ahead of their UN claim to statehood.

Flags and portraits of Abbas and his predecessor, the late Yasser Arafat, draped buildings in a central Ramallah square where Palestinians awaited a live broadcast of Abbas’ speech.

“This is something we should have done a long time ago,” said Khaled Shtayyeh, 42, carrying a Palestinian flag. “It was always stopped by international pressure. I am very proud.”

Burden of history

A gulf of mistrust separates Israelis and Palestinians, who each feel their existence is at stake in a bitter struggle over borders, security, refugees and Jerusalem.

Political rifts among Palestinians, and the constraints of US domestic politics, where support for Israel is strong, further complicate efforts to bridge the gaps.

The divisions are rooted in a heavy burden of history, painfully contested narratives and recurring bloodshed.

The United Nations partitioned Palestine in 1947, but Arab states rejected that and declared war on the new state of Israel, which then captured more territory than it had been allotted under the UN plan and dispossessed hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, who became refugees.

Two decades after Israel seized the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Middle East war, the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized Israel and reduced its demands to a state on those territories.

A 1993 agreement signed by PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin set out a plan for Palestinian self-rule, which was never fully implemented.

Israel has continued to expand settlements in the West Bank, although it dismantled them in the Gaza Strip, now ruled by Hamas.

Palestinian uprisings erupted in 1987 and 2000, but failed to end Israeli occupation or bring statehood closer.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States would continue to push for a durable, negotiated peace.

“Regardless of what happens tomorrow in the United Nations, we remain focused on the day after,” she said on Thursday.

Abbas, who has won new popularity at home for his UN plan, accepts that negotiations are still necessary, but argues statehood will put Palestinians on a more equal footing.

Israel sees the initiative at the United Nations as a sinister attempt to shear away its own legitimacy.

Hamas rejected Abbas’ statehood bid as unworthy.

“Our Palestinian people do not beg for a state,” said Ismail Haniyeh, who heads the Hamas administration in Gaza.

“States are not built upon UN resolutions. States liberate their land and establish their entities.”

Diplomats are trying to limit the fallout from the Palestinian statehood application.

The Security Council could delay action on Abbas’ request, giving the mediating “Quartet” — the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations — more time to craft a declaration that could coax the two sides back to the table.

But the Quartet, whose envoys met again on Friday, has spent months trying to agree on a statement acceptable to the parties.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said the Quartet would await the speeches of Abbas and Netanyahu before setting out “some guidelines, key points and even some red lines.”

“It’s better to take one or two days more, rather than accelerating and having a weak statement,” he said.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed that the General Assembly vote to upgrade the Palestinians to a “non-member state,” while reviving direct peace talks.

Israel rebuffed the idea. “A Palestinian state should be the outcome of negotiations, which means a Palestinian state should mark the end of conflict and cessation of claims,” Netanyahu’s cabinet secretary, Zvi Hauser, told Israel’s Army Radio.

(www.maannews.net / 23.09.2011)

Waarom wil Palestina zo graag VN-erkenning?

De Verenigde Staten en Israël moeten er niet aan denken: een Palestina dat erkend wordt door de Verenigde Naties. Maar ondanks alle druk zet de Palestijnse president Mahmoud Abbas toch door. Waarom wil hij dat zo graag?

 

Daar zijn op zich genoeg redenen voor te bedenken. Een volwaardig VN-lidmaatschap zou Palestina letterlijk een stem geven bij elke beslissing die door de VN (en de daaraan gelieerde organisaties) wordt genomen. En vooral: elke lidstaat heeft het recht op hulp bij natuurrampen, en op steun als het wordt aangevallen.

Een dergelijke status lijkt dus wel een gokje waard. Maar Abbas weet dat Palestina het VN-lidmaatschap toch niet gaat krijgen. De Verenigde Staten kunnen tenslotte hun vetorecht gebruiken om de aanvraag te blokkeren.

Beren op de weg
De vraag waarom Abbas zoveel risico’s neemt, blijft dus staan. Want er liggen allerlei beren op de weg. Israël en de Verenigde Staten benadrukken dat het vredesproces op deze manier helemaal vastloopt. De VS zouden zelfs een streep kunnen trekken door de Amerikaanse financiëkle bijstand. Bovendien bestaat er een reeël gevaar dat de hoge verwachtingen van de Palestijnen straks alleen maar leiden tot teleurstelling, frustratie en mogelijk een nieuwe geweldsuitbarsting.

Abbas kan het zich echter niet veroorloven door de knieën te gaan voor druk van buitenaf. Dat is in het verleden al iets te vaak gebeurd, en de Palestijnen willen nu wel eens zien dat hun politieke leider aan de eigen wensen vast blijft houden.

Troostprijs
Bovendien is er nog een belangrijke troostprijs. De Palestijnse president kan aan de Algemene Vergadering vragen om de status van waarnemende staat. Daar is een tweederde meerheid voor nodig, en die krijgt hij waarschijnlijk wel bij elkaar.

Als ‘echte’ staat (nu is Palestina slechts een waarnemende entiteit) krijgen de Palestijnen mogelijk voet tussen de deur bij het Internationale Strafhof in Den Haag. Dat is precies wat Israël en de Verenigde Staten vrezen, want dit zou kunnen leiden tot een stroom van Palestijnse klachten – om te beginnen over de grootscheepse Israëlische acties op de Gazastrook in 2008, waarbij zeker 1300 mensen om het leven kwamen.

Grote overwinning
Bovendien zal de erkenning dat Palestina een staat is, zeker in het begin, als een grote overwinning voelen. Vooral ook, omdat Israël betoogt dat de Palestijnen geen echte natie zijn, en dus geen eigen land nodig hebben. Het zijn gewoon Arabieren, zo luidt de redenatie, die zich net zo makkelijk elders in de Arabische wereld kunnen vestigen.

Echte vrede in een veilige eigen staat is niet af te dwingen. Dat komt pas, als beide partijen elkaar genoeg vertrouwen om nader tot elkaar te kunnen komen. Maar het idee, het gevoel, dat het tijd is voor erkenning, en dat daar automatisch een soort gerechtigheid op volgt, is voor de Palestijnen te mooi om nu alweer afscheid van de te nemen.

(www.parool.nl / 23.09.2011)

The Messenger by Tariq Ramadan

The Messenger, The meanings of the life of Muhammad by Tariq Ramadan, who is also known as one of the most important innovators of 21ST century by Times magazine, deserves wide readership. The book has a different style of presenting events and interpreting the meanings of life of Muhammad (saw).

Though classical biographies give us a detailed account of historical facts, great achievements, or famous wars of the messenger but there is no profit in dealing with them exhaustively, this book focuses on narration of the story of his life, on situations , attitudes or words that could reveal Muhammad (saw)’s personality and what it can teach and convey us today. It approaches Muhammad (saw) life from the perspective of our own times considering how it still speaks to us and what its contemporary teachings are.

The book is strictly faithful to the classical biographies as far as chronology is concerned but constantly introduces reflections and comments of a spiritual ,Philosophical ,social , judicial ,political or cultural nature. It tries to make Messenger’s life a mirror through which readers facing the challenges of our times can explore their hearts and minds and achieves an understanding of questions of being and meaning as well as broader ethical and social concerns.
Muhammad (saw)’s relationship and dealings specially with non-Muslims, his trust and treaties with them, His overall approach towards diversity of human thoughts and beliefs is expressed many times in this book. It teaches us lessons and brings out many points which often are neglected or discarded but they play a very vital role in our understanding of how do we address the diversities and live in a plural society. It draws lessons which are crucial for Muslims and Non-Muslims alike.

No book can be last word on the Prophet (saw)’s life, and as time passes we will see many more exploration of this final Messenger. Readers will find a spiritual experience while going through this discourse, It is interspersed with spiritual & philosophical meditations and shows how Muhammad (saw) message can be used to address some of today’s most controversial issues ..from the treatment of the poor and the role of women to the interpretation of jihad and relations with other religions.

Mirza Kamran Baig

(sio-india.org / 23.09.2011)

Obama: America’s ‘first Jewish president’?

After the president’s speech to the UN, our senior analyst wonders why US leaders continue to pander to a foreign power.

Obama is the “the first Jewish President”. That’s the title of New York magazine’s lead article, written by John Heilemann and quoting a major Obama fundraiser.

Listening to Obama speak at the United Nations on Wednesday many would nod in
agreement, not less in Palestine and the Arab world.

The US President has embraced the rejectionist Israeli position on the question of international recognition of an independent Palestinian state.

But that’s not a Jewish position. It’s a radical Zionist position. Many Jews, including US and Israeli Jews, do not embrace such extremist views.

But the fact that Obama surpassed his predecessor

The cover story makes this
conclusion by quoting one of Obama’s fundraisers [Credit: New York
Magazine]

George W Bush, the most radical supporter of Israel among all US Presidents,
has left everyone in Israel dumbstruck. The latest Zionist US president sounded
like Israel’s own founding fathers.

Never have they heard a US president read straight from the papers of the
Israeli government.

Propaganda passes for history

You would think after six decades of dispossession, four decades of occupation and two decades of peace processes that President Obama would recognise a political and moral discrepancy that needs fixing.

That he would underline, not undermine, his own words uttered in Cairo a year and a half ago about the need for Israel to stop its illegal settlements in Palestine.

That he would underline, not undermine his own projection- read promise- from the same podium last September of a Palestinian state within a year, meaning this week.

That he would underline, not undermine, his own rhetoric about freedom in the Arab region.

Or that he would underline, not undermine, his own opening emphasis about a peace based on withdrawal, not more of the same logic of war.

Alas, President Obama undermined his entire “change we can believe in” slogan.

His narrative is inspired by the worst of Israel’s official propaganda. Indeed, much of it is cut and pasted from their playbook.

He spoke of historical “facts” that have long been repudiated by Israeli historians, and of truths that are nothing more than one sided interpretations of a political situation.

Obama claimed that the Arabs launched wars against Israel. But, in actual fact, Israel is the aggressor, launching or instigating wars in: 1956, 1967, 1982, 2006 and 2008. Only the 1973 war was launched by Arabs, but only to recuperate occupied territories after the US and Israel rejected Anwar Sadat’s peace overtures.

He underlined the work of Israelis in forging a successful state in their “historic homeland”. But most of the world, and certainly the Arab world, saw Israel’s inception as a colonial project with theological pretexts.

Serbia also believes that Kosovo is the birth place of its nation; should they be allowed to forge a successful state of their own, an exclusively Serbian state in that territory?

Should each and every occupied people search from accommodation with their occupiers without interference from the international community? Is that how African and Middle Eastern nations gained their independence from European colonial powers?

Should a whole people go on living under occupation until their occupier is satisfied with the conditions for surrender?

It’s politics, stupid

Every other commentator in town would like to remind you not to expect much action from a US president on Israel during an election year.

As Heilemann illustrates in his article, Obama’s career was built on his relationships with generous Jewish contributors in Chicago.

Indeed, the guy who brought the most money to the Democratic Party over the last several decades became Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel. Today, he’s the mayor of Chicago.

But it’s not only about money. It’s also about crucial support in Congress over urgent domestic issues that could make or break the Obama presidency. And the Israeli lobby, AIPAC, can make the president’s life miserable over the course of the next year.

Now, I understand all of that. But what I don’t understand is why it is accepted as a fait accompli! As the nature of politics! Take it or leave!

If this is the case, then let’s at least call a spade a spade; and out the US administration(s) for being what so many seem to say it is: not Jewish or Zionist, rather hypocritical.

It speaks of justice but pursues unfair policies; speaks of repression, but promotes its own interests at any cost. It preaches freedom but supports occupation; speaks of human rights but insists on entrusting the wolf, and only the wolf, with the hen house.

The joke is on everyone

Why should the Palestinians be held victims to US politics while being held hostage to Israeli politics for the last six decades. Why should most Israelis continue to live in a garrison state incapable of normalising relations with their neighbors?

Why should Americans watch as their politicians are held hostage to a foreign power and its influential supporters?

The Pro Israeli Jewish lobby J Street commented on the alarming pandering to Israel not only among Democrats but also Republicans, saying: “There’s no limit, it seems, to how far American politicians will go these days in pandering on Israel for political gain.”

While there has been strategic logic for the US support for Israel in the past, Washington’s current pandering makes little sense.

Washington has long used its influence with Israel as strategic leverage to reign in Arab leaders.  Only Washington can restrain Israel in war and wring concessions in diplomacy, Arab leaders once reckoned.

But the dictators who either exploited Palestine to garner popular support at home, or bartered it in return for Western favours, belong to the past.

Today’s Arabs are bitter and angry at US-Israeli complicity in Palestine and they won’t be as easily bounded or bribed as their fallen dictatorships.

(english.aljazeera.net / 22.09.2011)

Islamic awakening is evident more than any other time: President

New York, Sept 22, IRNA – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that today more than any other time the world  is witnessing vast awakening in Muslim countries throughout Asia, Europe and America.
            President Ahmadinejad made the remarks during  his speech at the United Nations
General Assembly annual meeting in New York.

“The justice- and freedom-seeking developments are increasing every day and Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to work for materialization of such efforts,” he added.

The full text of the speech of the Islamic Republic of Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the 66th UN General Assembly meeting in New York is as follows:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate

The Merciful

All praise be to Allah, the lord of the Universe, and peace and blessing be upon our Master and prophet, Mohammad (PBUH), and his pure household, his noble companions and on all divine messengers

“Oh, God, hasten the arrival of Imam al-Mahdi and grant him good health and victory, and make us his followers and all those who attest to his rightfulness.”

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am grateful to the Almighty Allah who granted me, once more, the opportunity to appear before this world assembly. I have the pleasure to express my sincere thanks to H.E. Joseph Deiss, president of the sixty-fifth session for his tremendous efforts during his tenure. I also would like to congratulate H.E Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser on his election as the president of sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly annual meeting and wish him all success.

Let me seize the moment to pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in the past year, particularly to the victims of tragic famine in Somalia and the devastating flood in Pakistan. I urge everyone to increase their assistance and aid to the affected populations in these countries.

Over the past years, I spoke about different global issues, and the need to introduce fundamental changes in the current international order.

– Today, considering the international developments, I will try to analyze the present situation from a different angle.

– As you all know the dominance and superiority of human beings over other creatures, lie in the very nature and the truth of humankind which is a divine gift and a manifestation of the divine spirit embodying:

– Faith in God, who is the ever-lasting creator and planner of the entire universe;.

– Showing compassion to others, generosity, justice-seeking, and having integrity both in words and in deeds;

– The quest for dignity to reach the pinnacles of perfection, the aspiration to elevate one’s material and spiritual status, and the longing to realize liberty;

– Defying oppression, corruption, and discrimination in contrast to supporting the oppressed;

– Seeking happiness, and lasting prosperity and security for all;

– These are some of the manifestations of common divine and human attributes which can clearly be seen in the historical aspirations of human beings as reflected in the heritage of our search for art and literary works both in prose and poetry, and in the socio-cultural and political movements of human beings in the course of history;

– All divine prophets and social reformers invited human beings to tread on this righteous path;

– God has given dignity to humankind to elevate his status to assume his successor role on Earth;

Dear Colleagues and friends:

– It is vividly clear that despite all historical achievements, including creation of the United-Nations, that was a product of untiring struggles and efforts of free-minded and justice-seeking individuals as well as the international cooperation, human societies are yet far from fulfilling their noble desires and aspirations;

– Most nations of the world are unhappy with the current international circumstances;

– And despite the general longing and aspiration to promote peace, progress, and fraternity, wars, mass-murder, widespread poverty, and socioeconomic and political crises continue to infringe upon the rights and sovereignty of nations, leaving behind irreparable damage worldwide;

– Approximately, three billion people of the world live on less than 2.5 dollars a day, and over a billion people even live without having even one sufficient meal on a daily basis;

– Forty-percent of the poorest world populations only share five percent of the global income, while twenty percent of the richest people share seventy-five percent of the total global income.

– More than twenty thousand innocent and destitute children die every day in the world because of poverty.

– Eighty percent of financial resources in the United States are controlled by ten percent of its population, while only twenty percent of these resources belong to the ninety percent of the population.

– What are the causes and reasons behind these inequalities? How can bone remedy such injustice?

– Those who dominate and run centers of global economic power put the blame on people’s aspiration for religion and the pursuit of the path of divine prophets or the weakness of nations and the ill-performance of a number of groups or individuals. They claim that only their views, approaches or prescriptions can save the humanity and the world economy.

Dear Colleagues and friends

– Don’t you think that the root cause of the problems must be sought in the prevailing international order, or the way the world is governed?

I would like to draw your kind attention to the following questions:

– Who abducted forcefully tens of millions of people from their homes in Africa and other regions of the world during the dark period of slavery , making them a victim of their materialistic greed.

– Who imposed colonialism for over four centuries upon this world. Who occupied lands and massively plundered resources of other nations, destroyed talents, and alienated languages, cultures and identities of nations?

– Who triggered the first and second world wars, that left seventy millions killed and hundreds of millions injured or homeless. Who created the wars in Korean peninsula and in Vietnam?

– Who imposed, through deceits and hypocrisy, the Zionists and over sixty years of war, homelessness, terror and mass murder on the Palestinian people and on countries of the region?

– Who imposed and supported for decades military dictatorship and totalitarian regimes on Asian, African, and Latin American nations.

– Who used atomic bomb against defenseless people, and stockpiled thousands of warheads in their arsenals?

– Whose economies rely on waging wars and selling arms?

– Who provoked and encouraged Saddam Hussein to invade and impose an eight-year war on Iran, and who assisted and equipped him to deploy chemical weapons against our cities and our people.

– Who used the mysterious September 11 incident as a pretext to attack Afghanistan and Iraq – killing, injuring, and displacing millions in two countries- with the ultimate goal of bringing into its domination the Middle-East and its oil resources?

– Who abolished the Breton Woods system and printed trillions of dollars without the backing of gold reserves or equivalent currency? A move that triggered inflation worldwide and was intended to prey on the economic gains of other nations.

– What country’s military spending exceeds annually a thousand billion dollars, more than the military budgets of all countries of the world combined?

– Which governments are the most indebted ones in the world?

– Who dominates the policy-making establishments of the world economy?

– Who are responsible for the world economic recession, and are imposing its consequences on America, Europe and the world in general?

– Which governments are ever ready to drop thousands of bombs on other countries, but ponder and hesitate to send a bit of food aid to famine-stricken people in Somalia or in other places?

– Who are the ones dominating the Security Council which is ostensibly responsible to safeguard the international security?

– There exist tens of other similar questions and of course, the answers are clear.

– The majority of nations and governments of the world have had no role in the creation of the current global crises, and as a matter of fact were themselves the victims of such policies.

– It is as lucid as daylight that the same slave masters and colonial powers that once instigated the two world wars have caused widespread miseries and disorder with far-reaching effects across the globe since then.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

– Do these arrogant powers really have the competence and ability to run or govern the world, or is it acceptable that they call themselves as the sole defender of freedom, democracy, and human rights, while they militarily attack and occupy other countries?

– Can the flower of democracy blossom from NATO’s missiles, bombs or, guns?

Ladies and Gentlemen;

– If some European countries still use the Holocaust, after six decades, as the excuse to pay fine or ransom to the Zionists, should it not be an obligation upon the slave masters or colonial powers to pay reparations to the affected nations?

– If the damage and losses of the period of slavery and colonialism were indeed compensated, what would happen to the manipulators and behind-the-scene political powers in the United States and in Europe? Will there remain any gaps between the North and the South?

– If only half of military expenditures of the United States and its allies in NATO is cut to help solve the economic problems in their own countries will they be witnessing any symptom of the economic crisis?

– What would happen, if the same amount is allocated to poor nations?

– What is the justification for the presence of hundreds of US military and intelligence bases in different parts of the world, including 268 bases in Germany, 124 in Japan, 87 in South Korea, 83 in Italy, 45 in the United-Kingdom, and 21 in Portugal? Does this mean anything other than military occupation?

– Don’t the bombs deployed in the said bases undermine the security of other nations?

Ladies and Gentlemen

– The main question is the quest for the root cause of such attitudes?

– The prime reason should be sought in the beliefs and tendencies of the establishment.

– An assembly of people in contradiction with the inner human instincts and disposition who also have no faith in God and in the path of the divine prophets, replace their lust for power and materialistic ends with heavenly values.

– To them, only power and wealth prevail, and every attempt must bring into focus these sinister goals.

– Oppressed nations have no hope to restore or protect their legitimate rights against these powers.

– These powers seek their progress, prosperity and dignity through the poverty, humiliation and annihilation of others.

– They consider themselves superior to others enjoying special privileges or concessions. They have no respect for others and easily violate the rights of all nations and governments.

– They proclaim themselves as the indisputable custodians of all governments and nations through intimidation, recourse to threat and force, and the abuse of international mechanisms. They simply break all the internationally-recognized and regulations.

– They insist on imposing their lifestyle and beliefs on others.

– They officially support racism.

– They weaken countries through military intervention, and destroy their infrastructures, in order to plunder their resources by making them all the more dependent.

– They sow the seeds of hate and hostility among nations and people of different pursuits, in order to prevent them from fulfilling their goals of development and progress.

– All cultures, identities, lives, values and wealth of nations, women, youth, families, families as well as the wealth of nations are sacrificed by their hegemonistic tendencies and the inclination to enslave and captivate others.

– Hypocrisy and deceit are allowed to secure their interests and imperialistic goals. Drug- trafficking and killing of innocent human beings are also allowed in pursuit of such diabolic goals. Despite NATO’s presence in the occupied Afghanistan, there has been a dramatic increase in the production of illicit drugs there.

– They tolerate no question or criticism, and instead of presenting a reason for their violations, they always put themselves in the position of a claimant.

– By using their imperialistic media network which is under the influence of colonialism they threaten anyone who questions the Holocaust, and September 11 with sanctions and military action.

– Last year, when the need to form a fact-finding team to undertake a thorough investigation concerning the hidden elements involved in September 11 incident was brought up- an idea which is also endorsed by all independent governments and nations as well as by the majority in the United States-, my country and myself came under pressure and threats by the government of the United States.

– Instead of assigning a fact-finding team, they killed the main perpetrator and threw his body into the sea.

– Would it not have been reasonable to bring to justice and try openly the main perpetrator of the incident in order to identify the elements behind the safe space provided for the invading aircraft to attack the twin world trade towers?

– Why should it not have been allowed to bring him into trial to help recognize those who launched terrorist groups and brought wars and other miseries into the region?

– Is there any classified information that must be kept secret?

– They view Zionism as a sacred notion or ideology and any question concerning its very foundation and history is condemned by them as an unforgivable sin. However they endorse and allow sacrileges and insult against beliefs of other divine religions.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

– Real freedom, justice,, dignity, well being, and lasting security are the rights of all nations.

– These values can neither be achieved by reliance on the current inefficient system of world governance, nor through the intervention of the world arrogant powers and the gun barrels of NATO forces.

– These values could only be realized under independence and recognition of others’ right and through harmony and cooperation.

– Is there any way to address the problems and challenges besetting the world by using the prevailing international mechanisms or tools to help humanity achieve the long-standing aspiration of peace, security and equality?

– All those who tried to introduce reforms whilst preserving the existing norms and tendencies have failed. The valuable efforts made by the Non-Aligned movement and Group 77 and 15 as well as by some prominent individuals have failed to bring fundamental changes.

– Governance and management of the world entail fundamental reforms

– What has to be done now?

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

– Efforts must be made with a firm resolve and through collective cooperation to map out a new plan, on the basis of principles and the very foundation of human universal values such as Monotheism, justice, freedom, love and the quest for happiness.

– The idea of creation of the United Nations remains a great and historical achievement of mankind. Its importance must be appreciated and its capacities must be used to the extent possible for our noble goals.

– We should not allow the organization which is the reflection of the collective will and shared aspiration of the community of nations, to deviate from its main course and play into the hands of the world powers.

– Conducive ground must be prepared to ensure collective participation and involvement of nations in an effort to promote lasting peace and security.

– Shared and collective management of the world must be achieved in its true sense, and based on the underlying principles enshrined in the international law; and justice must serve as the criterion and the basis for all international decisions or actions.

– All of us should acknowledge the fact that there is no other way than the shared and collective management of the world in order to put an end to the present disorders, tyranny, and discriminations worldwide.

– This is indeed the sole way to prosperity and welfare of human society which is an established and vivid truth.

– While acknowledging the above truth, one should note that it is not enough and that we must have further faith in that and spare no effort toward its realization.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

– Shared and collective management of the world is the legitimate right of all nations, and we as their representatives, have an obligation to defend their rights. Although some powers continuously try to frustrate all international efforts, aimed at promoting collective cooperation, we must, however, strengthen our belief in achieving the perceived goal of establishing a shared and collective cooperation to run the world.

– The United Nations was created to make possible effective participation of all nations in international decision-making processes.

– We all know that this goal has not yet been fulfilled because of the absence of justice in the current management structures and mechanisms of the UN.

– The composition of the Security Council is unjust and inequitable. Therefore, changes and restructuring of the United Nations are considered as the basic demands of the nations that must be addressed by the General Assembly.

– During last year session, I emphasized the importance of this issue and called for the designation of this decade as the decade of shared and collective Global Management.

– I would like now to reiterate my proposal and I am sure that through international cooperation diligent and efforts of committed world leaders or governments and through insistence on justice and the support of all other nations, we can expedite the building of a common bright future.

– This movement is certainly on the rightful path of creation with the assurance of promising future for humanity.

– A future that will be built when humanity initiates to trend the path of of the divine prophets and the righteous the under the leadership of Imam al-Mahdi, the Ultimate Savior of mankind and the inheritor to all divine messengers, leaders and to the pure generation of our great Prophet

– Creation of a supreme and ideal society with the arrival of a perfect human being who is a true and sincere lover of all human beings, is the guaranteed promise of Allah.

– He will come with Jesus Christ to lead the freedom and justice lovers to eradicate tyranny and discrimination, and promote knowledge, peace, justice freedom and love across the world. He will present to every single individual all the beauties of the world and all good things which bring happiness for humankind.

– Today nations have been awakened and with the increase in public awareness, they no longer succumb to oppressions and discriminations.

– The world is now witnessing more than ever, the widespread awakening in Islamic lands, in Asia, Europe, and America. These movements are ever expanding everyday their specter and influence to pursue the realization of justice, freedom and the creation of a better tomorrow.

– Our great nation stands ready to join hands with other nations to march on this beautiful path in harmony and in line with the shared aspirations of mankind.

– Let us salute love , freedom, justice, knowledge, and the bright future that awaits humankind

(www.irna.ir / 22.09.2011)

2012 Groot Verkiezingsdebat

Tijd
donderdag 20 september 2012 · 19:30 – 22:30

Locatie
in bespreking


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Meer informatie
REVA organiseert op 20 september 2012 een groot verkiezingsdebat.Het is de bedoeling info over de verkiezingen te brengen tot bij moeilijker te bereiken groepen in Antwerpen. Vooraf worden videoportretten gemaakt van de verkiesbare politici die zullen deelnemen aan het debat. Op de avond zelf laten we het publiek aan het woord: de mensen kunnen hun vragen rechtstreeks aan de politici zelf stellen. We werken ook met een vragendoos, waarin iedereen die zijn vraag liever niet ‘en public’ wil stellen, zijn geschreven vraag kan steken, zodat ze zal voorgelezen worden. Op die manier willen we komen tot een werkelijke dialoog tussen het publiek en de verkiesbaren en eenrichtingsverkeer voorkomen.

Partners kunnen ons bijstaan in de organisatie van het debat, promotie voeren, modereren van het debat zelf en meewerken aan de videoproject.

Interesse of vragen?
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an@voem-vzw.be
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