Why did Netanyahu end the offensive on Gaza very quickly?

By Motasem A Dalloul

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu waged short brutal offensive on Gaza and said his campaign against Palestinians did not stop. This is not the truth, the truth is that he is weak, his army is afraid.


Former head of the Israeli National Security Council Yaakov Amidror was asked by Army Radio today whether the Gaza “problem” has a solution? He referred to the rule of Hamas then answered: “No, there is no way to get Hamas out of Gaza without completely defeating it.” But he did not mention anything about his country’s prime minister and defence minister who is not ready for such a mission.

This came about one week after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waged a brutal offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip that lasted only two days and whose stated goal was to deter the Palestinian resistance. Netanyahu did not only get the support of the centre and left during his attack, but he also received the “100 per cent support” of the strongest country in the world.

“Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” the American President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter, justifying the Israeli offensive by describing it as defence against attack rockets of another state equal with army and power. “We support Israel 100% in its defense of its citizens,” he added.

Palestinians and Israelis have different views regarding how quickly Netanyahu’s offensive on the coastal enclave came to an end.

For the Palestinians, the continued bombing of Gaza would lead to international pressure on Netanyahu as a result of the civilian deaths wish would result from the bombing. “If he continued his attacks, he would commit more crimes among civilians and this might arouse an international outcry against him,” Waleed Al-Agha, a specialist in Israeli affairs told MEMO.

He also said that Netanyahu is afraid that he might not make real achievements if he continued his offensive and this would undermine his position as a faction leader who is designated to form a government.

“Netanyahu holds the defence ministry and if he lost or at least achieved nothing from such an offensive, he might lose the opportunity to form the government,” Al-Agha said.

Wisam Afifa, editor of the Gaza-based Al-Resalah newspaper, said that Netanyahu might have been busy with “something bigger, which is Iran and its proxy army – Hezbollah.”

While, Mohammad Mardawi said that Netanyahu was shocked with the “qualitative” abilities of the Palestinian resistance and confirmed that this might have been the reason why Netanyahu ended the offensive as quickly as possible.

However, the Israeli critic Jonathan Tobin of the Jewish News Syndicate claimed that Netanyahu was trying to save Gaza from the “Islamist tyranny”, and this is not his job. So, he fails to carry out the mission from time to time and “allows Hamas to periodically terrorize much of the population of Israel without doing anything to put an end to the problem.”

Israeli Professor Yoram Yuval wrote in Ynet News that Netanyahu is a weak prime minister as he is working hard to separate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank in order to “continue claiming that there is no one on the Palestinian side to talk to, thereby avoiding any peace arrangement that would require the return of territories and the evacuation of settlements.”

“After we allowed Hamas to grow and entrench itself for more than a decade, the cost of ousting it from the Gaza Strip once and for all could be hundreds of dead soldiers.”

But it seems the real reason for Netanyahu’s retreat in Gaza is the reluctance of the Israeli army to enter the coastal enclave. “What do you want from me?” Yuval reported Netanyahu saying. “The army is reluctant to enter into a ground battle, and they tell me to improve the conditions in Gaza so that the Gazans have something to lose, and that’s what I do.”

The New Yorker’s Bernard Avishay wrote that managing “periodic outbreaks of violence” is the best choice for Netanyahu to deal with such an enemy like Hamas in Gaza. “Netanyahu evidently wants observers to believe that, given such an enemy, his government has no choice but to manage periodic outbreaks of violence—to ‘mow the grass,’ as the common military metaphor has it.”

“But he is also seeding the grass—spreading resentment from which Hamas’s support grows,” he warned.

(Source / 14.05.2019)

The Real Solution For Palestine

By: Andi Annisa Nur Dzakiyyah

Today Muslims are rejoicing to welcome Ramadhan 1440 H, but Palestinians are not.  For the umpteenth time, tense atmosphere re-shrouded Palestine. Palestinians are now grieving because the Zionist, Israel, has launched 150 airstrikes. The attack was a response to rocket attack launched by Hamas fighters.

Furthermore, at least 25 Palestinians were killed. The Israeli army has also killed a pregnant Palestinian mother, identified as Falasteen Saleh Abu Arar, 37, and her baby girl, Saba Mahmoud Abu Arar, 14 months, after firing a missile at their home in Gaza city.

When looking at history, the grief of Palestinians were begun when the United Nations declared the state of Israel officially standing on Palestinian land in 1948. Israel got 55% of Palestinian territories. The neighboring countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria declared war on Israel. This war occurred in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973. The war that was full of deception finally made Israel carried out brutal attacks, annexed, and invaded the Palestinian territories called the ‘1967 boundary’. Israel controlled around 78% of the Palestinian territories and finally Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

No Place For Israel

There is no Palestine on Google Maps. If you search Palestine on Google Maps, you surely won’t find it. Moreover, Trump has ever declared that Yerusalem is the Capital of Israel. It shows that how easy it is for Israel to take the palestine region.

In fact, The Zionists don’t have nation and even Israel is not theirs. Based on the history, when Sultan Hamid II became the chaliphate, Theodor Herzl wanted to buy the land of Palestine. Sultan Hamid II was offered a lot of money. But he said “‘I will not sell a single inch of the country, because it is not mine, it belongs to all the Muslims. They paid for this empire with their blood. And we will redeem it with our blood. Let the Jews keep their millions.”

Unfortunately, On November 2, 1917, the British government approved the establishment of the Israeli state on Palestinian land through the Balfour declaration. On the other hand, Indeed, Palestine belongs to Palestinians. So, it is fair when they demanded to return home.

No Glory For Muslims Except With Islam

The tragedies that befell Muslims in Gaza show that nowadays their self-esteems are poor for the enemies. Whereas Rasulullah said that the honour and the sanctity of muslims are grater than the destruction of world as Rasulullah said in hadith:

“The destruction of the world is lighter on Allah than the killing of one Muslim man”, (Tirmidhi)

Moreover, the bulkhead of nationalism and apathy make us ignore the oppressions that other muslims experience. Whereas Rasulullah said that muslims are like one body. It is written in hadith below:

“Believers are like one body in their mutual love and mercy. When one part of a body is in bad health, the rest of the entire body joins it in restlessness and lack of sleep and is busy with its treatment. Likewise, Muslims should run to helping each other” (Bukhari)

This hadith should be contemplation for every muslim. Today we can see hundreds or even thousands muslims being slaughtered and humiliated. It is totally different from what was done by Rasulullah. When a muslim woman came to the market and her aurat was exposed by Bani Qainuqa’ ,Jews, who lived around the market. They laughed. Suddenly, a muslim youth came against them. But he was killed. When Rasulullah knew about it. He suddenly expelled and alienated Bani Qainuqa’ to the border area of Syam.

In line with what Rasulullah had done, a chaliphate namely Mu’tashim Billah sent an army, in the year 837 AD, when a Muslim sister was attacked by the Romans in the Roman city. She was abused and locked up for no reason. Frightened and alone she called out the name of the Caliph ‘Oh Mu’tasim’.

Both stories above are totally different from the condition today Who will we hope to? to the UN? It was the United Nations that approved the establishment of Israel. The UN Security Council, which always becomes the mainstay of the peace mission, has not succeeded in actualizing peace for Palestine.

The saddest thing is when you see Palestinians injured and even dead, theneighbouring countries and other countries only criticize and send medicine and food. Even if it helps them but it’s not solutive because the madicine and food will run out but Israel’s occupation will not stop.

The thing we have to do is to urge the authorities to send army forces to attack the enemy in Palestine as what Rasulullah and Mu’tashim did. Unfortunately, the presidents of many countries just give comments and critize eventhough Palestinians are actually crying for help.

Related to this, our prophet, Rasulullah, said :

“Indeed the Imam (the Leader/Sultan) is a shield. You fight behind him, and you protect yourself with him.” (Muslim).

This hadith shows that to protect muslims, they need Imam who leads in accordance with sharia completely. He is like a protection, because he prevents the enemy from harming the Muslims, and enemies fear him and fear his power. In doing this, The main solution to solve the problems of the people is the existence of chaliphate which will protect and defend the entire territory and land of the Muslims by mobilizing troops to do jihad and against the enemies. This is the one and only solution that God and Rasulullah gave to us. So, Muslims also will be re-glorified and they will get the title as Khoiru Ummah once more as they used to be in the heyday of islam.

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’Ala said in Holy qur’an:

“Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed. [It is] a true promise [binding] upon Him in the Torah and the Gospel and the Qur’an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah ? So rejoice in your transaction which you have contracted. And it is that which is the great attainment.”(At-Taubah Verse 111)

Wallahu A’lam Bish Shawab

(Source /08.05.2019)

Israel’s Eurovision flop

By Asa Winstanley

The Eurovision song contest is set to take place in Israel later this month.

The Israeli government is treating the event as a major propaganda opportunity, with full support from the state, backed by more than $30 million in government financing.

It’s even decreed the effort a “national project”.

But recent Israeli reports suggest that, despite all these efforts, the event could end up as a total flop, with negative future consequences for the prospects of Israel’s efforts to influence global public opinion in its favour.

Since Israel won the competition last year (in questionable circumstances), Eurovision Tel Aviv has been targetted by a major BDS movement campaign. The Palestinian-led global grassroots initiative has made massive waves.

Hundreds of notable cultural figures around the world have called for the event to be boycotted, including 140 leading international musicians, film-makers and other artists.

In January, the indie rock band Wolf Alice, actor Maxine Peake and legendary musician Peter Gabriel very publicly endorsed the boycott campaign.

“Eurovision may be light entertainment, but it is not exempt from human rights considerations,” they wrote in a letter to the Guardian, saying that any “claim to celebrate diversity and inclusion must ring hollow” in these circumstances.

More recently Palestinian campaigners have called specifically on Hatari (the Icelandic entrant to the competition) to pull out of the event in Tel Aviv.

The band is on record as having supported Palestinian human rights, and it was reported at one stage that the Israeli government was considering banning the band from entering the country.

It is rumoured the band may make some sort of statement on stage, although that now seems unlikely, given the Israeli government’s threats.

But PACBI, the Palestinian group which advocated for cultural and academic boycott of Israel, stated that “artists who insist on crossing the Palestinian boycott picket line, playing Tel Aviv in defiance of our calls, cannot offset the harm they do to our human rights struggle by ‘balancing’ their complicit act with some project with Palestinians.”

Despite all of Israel’s propaganda efforts, it is starting to look like the event could be an embarrassing failure.

recent article in Globes (essentially Israel’s imitation of the Financial Times) reported that an expected tourism boom fuelled by Eurovision had utterly failed to materialise.

As well as hotel prices being essentially back to normal for the time of year, “many tickets to the performances are still unsold,” the paper reported.

These performances with many unsold tickets include, “the finals, two semifinals and the rehearsals for each of these performances.”

“The situation in Israel is not normal,” William Lee Adams, a Eurovision blogger and fan, told the Jerusalem Post.

“I’ve never seen a situation where there are so many unsold seats this close to the show. Tickets to the live shows typically sell out immly after each wave of tickets is released,” he said.

Could all this be a sign that the publicity around the boycott of Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv is having a concrete economic effect? Is BDS beginning to bite?

It’s perhaps too soon to say for sure. According to the Globes piece, one factor causing the slower than usual ticket sales is that they have a higher-than-usual cost compared to previous Eurovision events in other countries.

But it seems likely that the fairly widely reported, and attention-grabbing BDS campaign against Eurovision in Tel Aviv is at least one factor causing woes for the ticket sellers.

Even the Guardian letter this week, by pro-Israel celebrities against the boycott (which was in fact organised by a front group for a pro-Israel lobby organisation) paradoxically created publicity for the boycott campaign for people who may not have been aware of its existence.

As PACBI put it in a recent Tweet, “No one wants to party with apartheid”.

It said that “Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is set to be a flop for Israel’s complicit tourism sector.”

Israel needs to get the message: its problem is not bad public relations. The global public by and large actually understands pretty well that Israel’s real problem is the way it mistreats the indigenous people of the land – the Palestinians.

More distractions, white washes and “national projects” won’t fix this. Only the end of occupation and apartheid and the return of refugees will do that.

(Source / 07.05.2019)

Notre Dame fire, Israeli rabbi says burning churches commanded by God

‘Christianity is our number one enemy throughout history,’ the rabbi said

Prominent Israeli Jewish rabbi has said that burning churches is commanded by God and suggested the fire that demolished Notre Dame Cathedral was divine retribution for mass-burning of Talmud in 1200s.

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, the rabbi of the illegal Beit El settlement and head of the Ateret Yerushalayim yeshiva, said that Jews should not commit arson against churches, but also that there was no duty to be saddened by the fire, which gutted the famed 12th-century cathedral.

He made the comments to the religious-Zionist website Srugim as part of a question-and-answer column in Hebrew.

After initially balking at the assertion that the Notre Dame fire was divine vengeance, as “we don’t know the secrets of God,” Aviner went on to say it was “possible to say so.”

Christianity, he explained, “is our number one enemy throughout history. [They] tried to convert us by arguments and by force, carried out an inquisition against us, burned the Talmud, expulsions, pogroms. Western anti-Semitism draws from Christianity’s hatred of the ‘murderers of God.’ It also had a role in the Holocaust.”

He suggested the Notre Dame fire may be divine retribution for the mass-burning of Talmud manuscripts near the cathedral in 1242, following a Talmudic disputation.

“The first great Talmud burning happened in Paris, right there at the Notre Dame Cathedral square,” Aviner wrote. “It was the result of the Paris trial in which Jewish sages were forced to debate Christian sages, and the result was the burning of the Talmud.”

He continued: “Volumes of Talmud were brought in 20 carts and burned there, 1,200 Talmud volumes. So [the fire demonstrates] ‘there is justice and there is a Judge,’” he wrote, the quote a reference in Jewish religious literature to divine justice.

The 1240 Disputation of Paris, in which rabbis were forced to defend accusations that the Talmud was anti-Christian, was remembered by medieval Jews as a traumatic event.

The public “trial” culminated in the burning of some 1,200 volumes of Talmud and other Jewish holy texts in Paris in 1242.

(Source / 27.04.2019) 

What the student debating culture could mean for a future Palestinian state

The debating team of Jerusalem’s Al-Quds University at the 5th International Universities’ Debating Championship in Doha, Qatar.

The debating team of Jerusalem’s Al-Quds University at the 5th International Universities’ Debating Championship in Doha, Qatar, March 2019

By Muhammad Javed

Between 16 and 20 March, the debating team of Jerusalem’s Al-Quds University was at the forefront of the 5th International Universities’ Debating Championship held in Qatar. The team, made up of five Palestinian students studying at the university – Dalia Alayassa, Yasmin Arda, Ahmad Toukan, Amani Ahmad and their coach Rania Al-Muhatadi – not only finished as top Palestinian university but also won the competition overall.

The rigorous annual competition, with 107 teams from 51 countries this year, includes participants from both Arabic and non-Arabic speaking countries. One of its aims is to promote Arabic as a language of innovation, as well as to provide young Arabic-speaking adults and students with opportunities to engage with participants from other cultures and backgrounds in a meaningful way by fostering their critical thinking, listening and debating skills.

According to Dalia Alayassa, the debating clubs in Palestinian universities are hugely important. “They bring students together and create an amazing sense of sisterhood and brotherhood,” she explained. “This is especially apparent given that in the majority of universities in Palestine most of the students focus more on their academic life than their social life.” The clubs, she added, teach students a myriad of other skills. “For example, they teach you how to organise events, how to raise funds and how to plan budgets, so that you may gain many other life skills apart from debating and public speaking.”

READ: Pro-Palestine students ‘banned’ from UK campus during Queen’s visit 

Despite all of the benefits of their debating activities, life for Palestinian students remains difficult. Those in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank have to negotiate military checkpoints just to get to university and back home again on a daily basis. Throughout all of their training sessions, there was also an ever-present threat of Israeli forces invading the university grounds, as they have done, it is reported, on at least two occasions this semester.

The debating team of Jerusalem’s Al-Quds University at the 5th International Universities’ Debating Championship in Doha, Qatar, March 2019
The debating team of Jerusalem’s Al-Quds University at the 5th International Universities’ Debating Championship in Doha, Qatar, March 2019

Despite such obstacles, Al-Quds University student debating team were not only successful in Qatar but also went to compete against other students in Barcelona last week. The opportunity to learn debating skills, Alayassa said, is going to change Palestinian culture, with a huge effect on the way Palestinian students and professionals conduct themselves both locally and internationally. “Since debating is new to Palestine it starts on the micro-level,” she explained, “and affects individuals who start debating and then it affects their surroundings, and then the circles of people thus affected start getting bigger and bigger.” She cited her personal experience by way of example, noting that she saw her future, possibilities and dreams change for the better after starting to debate at the age of sixteen.

Many Palestinian students move on from debating to become volunteer coaches and judges in debating tournaments. “Once your mind and the way you think is changed,” said Alayassa, “you start working to try and change others, so you’re definitely going to change the culture into accepting more positive and new ideas over time.” She has now set up her own debate coaching programme for young female Palestinian students, touring universities with the aim of empowering women of the new generation by teaching them debating skills.

READ: Students at 30 UK campuses demand end to complicity in Israel apartheid 

Not only does this have an impact within Palestine, but it also has a significant impact on how Palestinian students are viewed abroad, particularly through their tournaments in Europe. Another member of Al-Quds University debating team, Yasmin Arda, believes that their victory in Qatar is “very important” for all Palestinians. “It has lifted Palestine’s name up to tell the world that we Palestinians do exist and, yes, we have brains and we have people who are capable of doing things.”

The past few years have witnessed the potential for a future Palestinian state being trampled on by the expansionist policies of the Israeli government under Benjamin Netanyahu and its ongoing building and growth of illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, as well as US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the “undivided” capital of Israel. While the political situation remains troublesome for the people of Palestine as a whole, the education of a new generation of Palestinian students is continuing, including the rising culture of debate within their universities. When coupled with the international recognition that they are gaining from this, the signs are positive for the political and diplomatic potential of any future independent Palestinian state.

(Source / 15.04.2019) 

Statement: Zionism is Not Compatible with Prison Abolition or Reform

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is a signatory of the statement below, initiated by Critical Resistance and members of the U.S. Prisoner, Labor and Academic Delegation to Palestine. We urge groups and activists involved in the prison abolition and prisoner justice movements to add their names to this important document.

Images by Nidal al-Khairy

PLEASE SIGN ON TO SUPPORT THIS STATEMENT

We are formerly incarcerated people, activists and scholars committed to ending mass incarceration and dismantling the U.S. prison industrial complex. We are deeply concerned with the mounting effort on the part of pro-Israel, Zionist organizations in the U.S. to appropriate a criminal justice reform platform in order to advance the racist ideology and practice of Zionism. These organizations are using this platform to win prison reform advocates, especially Black and other people of color, to their political agenda of attacking the human rights of the Palestinian people. This subterfuge is particularly hypocritical at a time when Zionist groups have recently mounted frontal attacks against Black leaders such as Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander and Marc Lamont Hill because of their support for Palestinian freedom, and at a time when Israel is brutally escalating their offensive against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. We call upon all those involved in the prison reform and abolition movements to refuse to participate in these dishonest and destructive programs.

A case in point is the recent Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) conference.  The conference had panels, speakers and workshops on prison reform side by side with workshops and lobbying aimed at attacking and defeating the grassroots movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).  The BDS movement was initiated in 2005 to expose the brutal reality of Israeli apartheid and pressure Israel to comply with international law with respect to Palestinian rights and freedom. Israel and Zionist organizations in the U.S. are determined to undermine the success of BDS through a lethal combination of threats, attacks, repressive legislation and cooptation.

Michelle Alexander explains, in her recent breakthrough opinion piece in the New York Times, that many civil rights advocates have remained silent on the issue of Palestine “not because they lack concern or sympathy for the Palestinian people, but because they fear loss of funding from foundations, and false charges of anti-Semitism. They worry, as I once did, that their important social justice work will be compromised or discredited by smear campaigns.”  Alexander’s article was immediately met with angry denunciations by organizations that are members of the JCPA  such as B’nai B’rith International, which called the piece  an error-ridden “rant,” and the Anti-Defamation League, which condemned it as “dangerously flawed.”

It is two-faced for Zionist organizations to set themselves up as prison reformers while turning a blind eye toand covering upthe abhorrent conditions that Palestinians experience in Israeli prisons.  Since 1967, Israel has imprisoned over 800,000 Palestinians meaning that 1 in 5 Palestinians have been incarcerated since that time.

Some of us have traveled to Palestine and have witnessed firsthand how Palestinian children are tried in Israeli military courts, against international law, and convicted in “trials” conducted in a language they don’t understand.  We have learned about the system of administrative detention where Palestinians can be held in prison without charge or a trial for an indefinite amount of time. We have met with Palestinian families whose homes have been destroyed as “collective punishment” after the arrest of a family member.  We have understood that Israel imprisons Palestinians in order to suppress their struggle for freedom, just as the U.S. criminal legal system targets Black and Brown communities as a means of continuing their subjugation.

Conferences about criminal justice should have formerly incarcerated people as keynote speakers, panelists and workshop presenters.  Even more importantly, formerly incarcerated people should be central to setting the agenda for conferences, organizations and the movement for fundamental change against the U.S. prison industrial complex.  But we cannot challenge a system that is founded on racism by aligning with Zionism, an ideology and practice rooted in racism against Palestinians. Our struggle can only grow stronger when we join in solidarity with Palestine’s struggle for self-determination and freedom.

In Joint Struggle,

– Members of the U.S. Prisoner, Labor and Academic Solidarity Delegation to Palestine

– Critical Resistance

Delegation Members:

Hank Jones, formerly incarcerated activist

Claude Marks, formerly incarcerated activist and archivist

Laura Whitehorn, formerly incarcerated activist and author

Rabab Abdulhadi, professor, author, and activist

Diana Block, activist and author

Dennis Childs, professor, author and activist

Susie Day, writer and activist

Emory Douglas, artist and activist

Johanna Fernándezprofessor, author and activist

Diane Fujino, professor, author and activist

Anna Henry, activist

Rachel Herzing, independent scholar

Isaac Ontiveros, activist

Jaime Veve, organizer

Endorsing Organizations:

Addameer – Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

Arab Resource and Organizing Center

Black for Palestine

Black Youth Project 100

Freedom Archives

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Jewish Voice for Peace – Bay Area

Lynne Stewart Organization

North East Political Prisoner Coalition

Palestinian Youth Movement – USA

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

US Campaign for Palestinian Human Rights

US Palestine Community Network

(Source / 02.04.2019) 

Beware: The Holocaust Is Coming !!

By  Sami Bedouin 

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” 
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

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It should be noticed that the ever first recorded genocide in history was committed by the old invading (slaves of Egypt) jews against the natives of Palestine. This was justified by Toratic bloody verses that calls for annihilating the natives who had been cultivating Palestine and building cities for 6000 years before any jew invaded Palestine coming out of the Egyptian enslavement.

“NOW GO AND SMITE AMALEK, [THE PALESTINIANS] AND UTTERLY DESTROY ALL THAT THEY HAVE, AND SPARE THEM NOT; BUT SLAY BOTH MAN AND WOMAN, INFANT AND SUCKLING, OX AND SHEEP, CAMEL AND ASS.”

Now again, the very same Toratic verses are used to justify the zionist crimes based on old Talmudic heresies of the hallucinating ancient slaves of Egypt !!

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In spring 2002, I used to camp and work in construction in the Galilee Arab villages. As an “illegal” workers, (which I never recognized the Zionist legal system, which constitutionalises assassination, but a racist one) we used to camp in huts outside the villages. At that time, and even up to now, the Zionists don’t issue permissions for workers to stay the night, but just to work and go back home in the occupied West Bank when the workers finish at the end of the day. The local Palestinians in the Galilee villages used to rent apartments to the workers, starting from 2001 they stopped due to the Zionist “legal system” which forbids the local Palestinian of the Galilee to rent the Palestinian workers from the West Bank or Gaza, and who violates that “law” is subject to imprisonment plus thousands of dollars as a punishment fine which could reach to over 12,000 in some cases.

Within this context we were forced to sleep the night in the open nature under the olive trees when there was no rain and build huts during winter. I never traveled out of Palestine, and never applied for a Zionist permission, knowing that I would never get one as a “dangerous” person, and thus I was obliged to follow the “illegal” way of staying and working with our Galilee brothers. A long time before that I took a decision not to work with or for a Zionist occupier, I only worked for and with my Palestinian brothers.

This was our hut (me and another friend from Nablus) which we didn’t use but to store our humble belongings and have a rest, but at night we used to sleep hiding among the olive trees fearing the Zionist police raids which come usually at night. And even if the Zionists raid, which they usually do, they wouldn’t be able to catch but a few as there were some 50-100 workers spread over 1km square.

One day in the evening, me and my friend were resting under an olive tree after a long workday. I loved the Galilee landscape, it is the most beautiful and most peaceful in the world. I have long dreamed to live there for the rest of my life, die there, and stay there forever.

It was a casual chat between me and my friend; I was gazing at the horizon when he asked me: “What do you think would happen?” It took me a while to answer as I was not actually looking at the horizon, but thinking deep in my hollow head and I replied: “It is the horror, the horror is coming, dear.” That was the first time I really saw the coming horror, and from that time the horror didn’t depart my head.

“What horror? What are you talking about?” my friend asked amazed.

“We are going to be slaughtered by the zionists like what the Nazi did to the Jews and the world will stand watching.” I replied and took the discussion seriously then, and on the sand I started to draw the map of Palestine pointing at the Palestinian population blocks and the Zionist ones, SPECIALLY inside “israel” and the West Bank.

There will never ever be any kind of peace with the racist Zionist entity, even if you wanted, simply because the Zionist occupiers never ever wanted peace (and 25 of the futile negotiations proved that), they want more land and less native Palestinians, and if they could to get rid of the Palestinian by merely massacring them or kicking them to a concentration camp like that of Gaza.  they wouldn’t hesitate.

Every single Zionist (including the “peaceful” ones) is a well-trained military person as “Israel” is the only state on earth that obliges every person to join the military forces including the females. Every Zionist house, SPECIALLY in the West Bank, is an arsenal of the most updated weaponry, they are armed to teeth in front of the natives whom they hate and wish to see them vanish fed with their Talmudic diabolical teaching of the Armageddon Day !!

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In the Black October of 2000, the Zionist mobs of “Netzeret Elit” colony (where both Christian and Muslim Palestinians are not welcomed), raided the Palestinian Nazareth town en mass sabotaging there. “Nazareth Elit” colony is not only racist in its people, but also with its mayor backed by the Zionist government who wants his colony clean from the native Palestinians and once wondered replying a journalist: “You think I am racist? then the whole jewish state is racist.”

Once, the Zionist “defense” deputy Minster said: “Our problem is not the Arabs in Gaza or the West Bank, it is in the “Israeli” Arabs.” Another blatant zionist minister is the minster of “justice” said last year that ALL Palestinian mothers should be killed. Also the Minster of Education said once that he killed many Arabs and there is no problem with that. They all call openly, officially and repeatedly for GENOCIDE 

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This, along with the ruling racist mentality of the Zionist government, along with the Talmudic fed racist settlers who attacked Nazareth in October 2000 and attacking the Palestinians on a daily basis nowadays, drew it very clear that there will be more mass attacks against the Palestinian natives.

More and more settlers are brought into the Palestinian land, more and more Palestinians are jammed into the ghettos created by the ziuonist, there will come time, when it is too late to “reconsider the conflict” and definitely there will be no time for “mediation” !!

Some of my FB friends already know that I have been warning for years now that Srebrenica Massacre will be repeated HERE in Palestine. 

Nowadays, the armed to teeth Zionist settlers in the West Bank have been rampaging for years burning the Palestinian children, burning the native fields, uprooting the Palestine olive trees, some of these trees are older than their Zionist entity itself, and shooting the natives freely.They have recently formed an armed and trained militia for their dirty work. It is enough for ANY settler to say that he was attacked by the Palestinian to be let free, it is not only that, but the Zionist soldiers will cover his crime by planting a knife beside the dead Palestinian to make the Zionist lie authentic as it was in this video.

Fueled with their Talmudic hate and the culture of killing within their religious circles of “yeshivot”, the Zionists want Palestine, ALL of Palestine minus the natives, and they will do ALL what they can for that, just wait to see, and there is no difference between the Zionist settler or the Zionist soldiers; they are all settlers and are all armed to teeth to kill the Palestinian natives in a way or another.

The “Blood Festival” of zionist settlers dancing with knives, guns, pistols and firebombs stabbing the photo of the burned Palestinian Toddler Ali Dawabsheh whom they burned along with his mom and dad this summer… as they pass the weapons from hand to hand including to children .. these are the real leaders of “israel” 

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Talmudic Militia in the West Bank

It is clear from the world’s shy condemnation of the “current mutual violence” and asking “both sides to restrain from violence” that the world will keep silent in front of massacring the Palestinian natives over and over again, and as the world gave the Serbs enough time to finish the dirty job, the whole world will give the Zionist more than enough time to massacre the Palestinians in the soon to come holocaust !!!
What makes the world silent if not sharing the zionist crimes for 70 years now …. will make them silent and sharing the zionist holocoast soon !!

(Source / 31.03.2019) 

Today’s Great March Of Return Is A Turning Point In Palestinian Collective Memory

Despite Israeli efforts to deter Palestinians from taking part in today’s Great March of Return, and in spite of the cold weather conditions which prevailed, a tsunami of demonstrators flocked to Gaza’s 25-mile-long fence. Heavily-armed Israeli forces fired live ammunition at protesters, who came in their thousands to mark one year since the start of the marches.

At the time of writing, two Palestinian teenagers have been killed and dozens have been injured by Israeli gunfire and tear gas inhalation. The heavily-armed Israeli forces, backed by tanks and warplanes, justified their actions by stating that the protestors came close to the fence, violating a 300-metre enforced buffer zone and hurling stones at soldiers and snipers.

Crowds started marching in the early hours of today towards Essilik – Arabic for fence – carrying Palestinian flags to mark Land Day, known locally as “Yawm Al-Aard”. Land Day commemorates the 1976 protests against Israel’s appropriation of Palestinian land, in which six unarmed Palestinians were killed and around one hundred others were wounded.

People from all walks of life took part in what was dubbed the “Million Man March,” gathering in five locations along the fence that separates the besieged Strip’s two million people from their ancestors’ lands. The coastal enclave is surrounded by an armistice line enforced after the 1948 War, and reinforced after the Six Day War of 1967 – referred to by Palestinians as Naksa, meaning setback.

The head of Hamas’ military wing, Yahya Al-Sinwar, took part in today’s protests, showing no fear of being assassinated by Israel. A day earlier, the armed wings of the Palestinian resistance factions warned Israel against killing the protestors en masse.

Certainly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli army’s generals were monitoring the developments. Netanyahu said the military reinforcements deployed along the fence earlier this week could be used to wage a large-scale invasion of the Strip, if the security situation deteriorated.

One year on

The Great March of Return protests – which have continued every Friday for the past year – have seen 267 Palestinians killed, including 20-year-old Mohammad Saad who was killed this morning, bringing the number of youths killed by Israeli snipers to 51. In addition to a further 30,000 injured by live ammunition, rubble-coated bullets and subjected to tear gas suffocation, many have been left with permanent disabilities. Let’s not forget that two journalists and three paramedics were among those killed. A United Nations investigation into Israel’s response to the Great March found that its forces have committed human rights violations that may amount to war crimes.

No one denies that the humanitarian situation in Gaza is catastrophic as a result of Israel’s 12-year-old siege, made worse by sanctions imposed by the Palestinian Authority (PA) which has cut the salaries of thousands. Israel was hoping that the spontaneous protests waged across Gaza nearly two weeks ago would bring an end to Hamas’ rule. The prolonged siege has had disastrous consequences, while the Egyptian-mediated efforts to secure a long-term ceasefire that would bring an end to the strangulating land and sea blockade have, as yet, not achieved their aims.

The Great March of Return was initiated in the wake of USPpresident Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May. It was the bloodiest day of the Great March of Return, in which over 60 Palestinians were killed as they took to the fence to mark Nakba Day, which commemorates the catastrophe of 1948 when Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their historic homeland.

“Our demands are simple and honourable, we want to return, we want a dignified life. Even those engaged in armed resistance have started to understand how effective peaceful, nonviolence can be,” Ahmed Abu Artema, the founder of the Great March of Return recently told a media outlet.

Easing of the blockade in return for calm

Earlier this week, in the wake of a renewed Israeli bombardment of Gaza, Egyptian mediators stated that Israel is willing to offer Gaza economic incentives in exchange for its commitment to end the Great March. Israel’s proposal included, among other things, an increase in the number of goods trucks entering the Strip; an increase in the fishing zone to 12 miles; and an improvement in Gaza’s electricity supply.

In exchange, Hamas will end the nightly confrontations along the border, halt so-called incendiary balloons being flown into Israel, and guarantee that today’s mass demonstration was nonviolent.

This year’s anniversary was also marked throughout the occupied West Bank and by Palestinian citizens of Israel, as well as in capitals around the world. One example was London, where crowds of Palestinians and pro-Palestine supporters gathered outside the Israeli embassy to mark the occasion.

This all demonstrates that Israel, which has the fourth most powerful army in the world, was not able to break the will of the Palestinian people, who continue to resist using all means available.

Palestinian armed groups would not have been founded had their homeland not been occupied by Israel. Division between the two major Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, would not have materialised had Palestinians lived in peace in their country. The bottom line is that Israel’s occupation is the root of the conflict. Let’s also stress that peace talks for the past 25 years between the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) or PA and Israel did not achieve Palestinian statehood or freedom.

Gaza has become a source of inspiration for many around the world, while steadfastness has once again become a term describing the Palestinian people, who have been struggling for self-determination and the right to live as a free nation, rather than under Israeli occupation or control, for decades.

(Source / 31.03.2019) 

Why Wouldn’t The World Welcome Hamas If They Organize The Marches Of Return?

The 47th Friday of the Great March of Return - Gaza [Photo File]

The 47th Friday of the Great March of Return – Gaza [Photo File]

By Bahaa Shammala

Why the Great Return March protests?

What’s happening now in Gaza connects directly to the 2014 Israeli assault, in the sense of that on May 14th in the last year when Israel massacred more than 60 Palestinians and injured more than a thousand others. All of the hospitals in the Gaza Strip said that May 14th, 2018 was worse than any single day in the 2014 war when Israel was bombing with F-16s warplanes and missiles. That’s the scale of what’s happening in Gaza now.

Why are Palestinians going to the border?

The Palestinians people are going to protest near the Israeli separation fence because they are under a medieval siege, where Israel’s

deal is offering Palestinians to die quietly or we’ll shoot you.

In 2017, at least 54 Palestinians died in Gaza waiting for permits to be allowed out of this ghetto by Israel for medical treatment; they couldn’t get out of Gaza, most of them were cancer patients and they died. The number of medical permits Israel issued hit the lowest level since statistics were recorded, so that’s the deal, you die quietly, or if you protest we will shoot you dead.

The Palestinians have decided that they don’t want to die a slow death. They chose to protest near the Israeli separation fence to demandtheir legitimate rights which were stolen from them by the Israeli occupation forces.

On May 30, 2018, the commemoration of Land Day, which marks the events of March 30, 1976, when Israeli police shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel as they protested against the Israeli government’s expropriation of land, the High National Commission for Return and Breaking the Siege in Gaza called for Gazans to gather to call for the right of return to their lands occupied by Israeli occupation gangs in the 1948 war and to put pressure on the Israeli authorities to break the immoral siege imposed by them for more than 12 years.

Large Palestinian crowds gathered  alongside the eastern  frontier of the Gaza Strip to take part in the weekly march to break the ongoing Israeli siege every Friday.

Since the beginning of the Great March of Return protests, Israel killed more than 260 unarmed Palestinian civilians among them journalists, medics, civilians, and children, and  injured more than 28,000 others with different injuries.

Israel justified its crimes to the International community that it maintains the right to defend itself as the most of the victims were members of Hamas movement. Thus, Israeli authorities gave the green light to its military troops to kill and target civilians who posed no imminent danger to them.

Israel’s claiming: we killed Hamas “terrorists”

In addition to claim that it defends itself, the only justification that Israel uses  for killing the Palestinians people who took part in the Great March of Return protest was that they were members of Hamas movement.

Israeli repeatedly propagated that Hamas is about erasing Palestinian people’s agency. It’s about saying Palestinians are not autonomous, they can’t organize, they don’t have the same concerns, desires and yearnings as other people.

Suppose that is true, what does Israel want to convey ?

Israel tells us that Hamas’s political strategies are changing.

Israel tells us that Hamas embraced mass civilian protest.

Why would that be a bad thing?

About a year ago in May, Hamas issued a new charter where they talked about their political transformation, which was an enunciation of its political positions they had held for a number of years, and they put it in one document.

Hamas refuses very clearly any notion that the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis is religious. They say; we are not against the Jewish religion or Jewish people; we just fight the Zionists, and we fight Israel because they’re colonizing and occupying us, so it shows clearly that Hamas adopts the anti-colonial nature of the  Palestinian struggle.

Hamas says that we believe resistance is a right for any occupied people, but it’s up to Palestinians to decide how to exercise that resistance and they may choose different means, even while not renouncing the right of resistance.

This clearly shows , that Hamas takes exactly the position of Nelson Mandela which is that they may or may not choose armed resistance, but that they do have the right to choose any legitimate means of struggle. So if Hamas embraces different strategies, why would that be a bad thing?

Meanwhile, many liberals such as Thomas Friedman called upon  Palestinians to embrace the tactics of Gandhi, which introduced to the world the concepts of ahimsa (nonviolence) and satyagraha (peaceful civil disobedience).

So, why wouldn’t the world welcome Hamas if it was the one who called for the peaceful Great March of return protests?!

(Source / 29.03.2019) 

Islamophobia and the elephant in the room …

christchurch mosque al nur

The Al Nur mosque in Christchurch, where dozens were killed and injured last week.  Every human life is precious and sacred, killing one is like triggering a genocide. (Al Quran 5:32)

Jamal Kanj

By: Jamal Kanj, Ph.D.

Were you surprised by Masjid al Noor massacre in Christchurch, New Zeeland? If your answer is yes, I would like to be the first to welcome you to our planet earth. According to FBI records, hate crimes against Muslims have increased by as much as five folds since 2001.

The massacre in New Zealand, or the murders of shop-owners (some were Indian Sikhs suspected of being Muslims) and mosque bombings in the US, or Quebec City mosque massacre and the London van ramming into a crowd of worshippers in 2017. To name just few, these were not abstract singular events, but the outcome of organized virulent campaigns to demonize Muslims in the West.

It is impossible to have constructive discourse on Islamophobia absent of confronting the elephant in the room: Islamophobia is the creation of an unholy alliance between political Zionism and neocons in the West. The depraved alliance made it easy for Islamophobes to normalize Muslim hate and castigate Islam as “radical” religion.

In America, the recent coordinated malicious attacks on Muslim US Congresswoman, Ilhan Omar for questioning Israeli hold on US elected officials, are inseparable from the Islamophobic cultural onslaught vilifying followers of the “demonized” religion and dismissing their views as irreverent and out of touch.

Hordes of Islamophobe predators cast slanderous aspersions on Congresswoman Omar as Anti-Sematic for expressing views on the nation of Israel. The defamatory blackmail label intentionally conflates Anti-Jewish racists—who are for the most part allies of political Zionism—with those who justly criticize the Netanyahu Jewish apartheid regime in Israel.

Throughout the years, political Zionism has successfully perfected this intellectual terrorism tool to silence critique of Israel. Sadly, the same is blindly mimicked by most Jewish leaders, media outlets and Islamophobes to stifle any rational debate on Israel.

It is not mere coincidence that the exact same phrase “radical Islam” is parroted across four continents: Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, John Hagabee  in the US, Scott Morrison and Fraser Anning in Australia, Tommy Robinson and Gerard Batten in UK.

Defying centuries old trends to regionalize the English language, it’s most likely that globalizing the same Islamophobic locutions is part of a cheat sheet to debase Islam and hence, promote Islamophobia. Especially since all these pundits have one thing in common, besides uniting an English lexicon, they’re staunch supporters of Israel and political Zionism.

Neocons and political Zionism mantras like “radical Islam” are fodders for Islamophobia in the West. It blames the belief system of more than one billion human beings for the actions of relatively small number of individuals, although this only applies to Muslims.  

It’s certain that Benton Tarrant massacre will not be attributed to “radical Christianity.” As no one had implicated “radical Judaism” on the celebrated Jewish terrorist Brauch Goldstein—who used an Israeli army supplied automatic rifle to massacre 29 Palestinian worshipers in 1994. And his tomb became a religious shrine with a plaque that read “To the holy Baruch Goldstein, who gave his life for the Jewish people, the Torah, and the nation of Israel”.

Owning to their shared Islamophobic values, anti-Muslim pundits have cultivated unique relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As with his allies in the West, Netanyahu has just entered into unholy alliance with Itamar Ben-Gvir, leader of “Jewish Power”―the Israeli Jewish version of the KKK.

Typical of tribal hate, Gvir calls Christians “bloodsucking vampires” and displays a photo in his room of the Jewish copy of the Christchurch terrorist. Gvir, the decedent of a Kurdish immigrant advocates the ethnic cleansing of non-Jewish Native Palestinians from villages and homes their existence predated Gvir’s birth, and certainly before his father immigrated to Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel.

Israeli racist Jewish politics had drifted too far, prominent Jewish and international Linguist and Scholar Noam Chomsky has recently reminded us of decades old concerns expressed by renowned Israeli biochemist and polymath, Yeshayahu Leibowitz who described Israeli occupation of Palestinian land as “Judeo-Nazi” in nature. Leibowitz had cautioned his compatriots of the danger in making Israel and Zionism more sacred than Jewish humanist values.

The onus is therefore on mainstream Jewish organizations to make sure “Jewish humanist values” are not defined by Israeli Prime Minister alliance with the Jewish version of the KKK, or with Netanyahu’s Islamophobe allies in the likes of Trump, Morrison, Cruz, Hagabee, Huckabee, Batten …etc.   

Mainstream Jewish leaders must stop abusing the “Anti-Semitic” cry to stifle legitimate political debate on Israel’s version of the KKK, or to defend the unholy alliance between political Zionism and Islamophobes in the West.

Else, they risk making the Anti-Semitic label as hollow as the gun barrel that massacred 51 Muslim worshipers in New Zealand.


*Mr Kanj (www.jamalkanj.com) an author who had written weekly newspaper column and publishes on several websites on Arab world issues. He is the author of “Children of Catastrophe,” Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America. His recent coauthored book “Bride of the Sea” was published in Germany and Poland. This Op-Ed piece can be published with the author’s permission.