81 US lawmakers in Israel on ‘tour’ sponsored by Zionist lobbying group

Some background info to read while you keep paying tax while lawmakers enjoy their holiday to learn HOW TO REPRESENT ISRAEL in stead of USA: About the cost of US congressmen: “We pay congressmen $174,000 per year. Then we give them an employee allowance of $900,000. Then we give them $250,000 for office expenses (we provide the office space). The average legislator costs the taxpayers $3.3 million a year. “  Source: The Dirt by Dr. Adrian Krieg

One-fifth of the US Congress is currently in Israel on a free trip sponsored by the American Israel Educational Foundation, an affiliate of the largest Zionist lobby in the US: the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

US and Israeli flag intertwined (image from AIPAC.org)
US and Israeli flag intertwined (image from AIPAC.org)

Although accepting free trips from lobbyists is illegal for Congress members under US anti-graft and corruption laws, the trips to Israel have been granted a special exception by the Congress.

The Congress members, led by Representative Steny Hoyer, will receive briefings from Israeli government officials, tour historic religious sites and receive a guided tour around Israel by Israeli tour guides intent on promoting Israeli policies in the region.

Critics of the trips argue that in addition to the issue of graft, the tours are extremely one-sided and may even provide the Congressmembers with factually false information and history, thereby misinforming their perception of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

There is no part of the tour that allows the Congressmembers to travel to the Palestinian side of the Israeli-constructed Wall independently to meet with refugees and others living under Israeli military occupation since 1967. They will, however, meet with the US-supported Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose term of office ran out two years ago, but who has thus far refused to hold new elections.

Medea Benjamin, of Code Pink for Peace, one of the groups organizing against the Congressional trips to Israel, wrote, “Going on an AIPAC-sponsored trip to Israel is the moral equivalent of using an Anglo-Boer travel company to visit apartheid-era South Africa.”

She says the tour is extremely biased and one-sided, despite the claim that the Congressmembers will visit leaders ‘across the political spectrum’. Benjamin adds, “They won’t spend time with grieving Palestinians whose homes have been demolished to make way for more Jewish-only housing. They won’t spend a few hours at a checkpoint to witness how Palestinians are detained, abused and humiliated, or how this ‘thriving democracy’ forbids Palestinians from driving on Jewish-only roads. They won’t go to Gaza, where 1.5 million people are suffering under an unbearable siege, unable to travel freely, conduct business transactions across borders or even rebuild their homes destroyed by the Israeli invasion. “

Many Americans have argued that the $3 billion in direct aid and $3 billion in indirect aid provided to Israel each year by the US Congress would be better spent reviving the declining US economy.

(occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com / 13.08.2011)

How Islamic inventors changed the world

From coffee to cheques and the three-course meal, the Muslim world has given us many innovations that we take for granted in daily life. As a new exhibition opens, Paul Vallely nominates 20 of the most influential- and identifies the men of genius behind them.

Saturday, 11 March 2006

1 The story goes that an Arab named Khalid was tending his goats in the Kaffa region of southern Ethiopia, when he noticed his animals became livelier after eating a certain berry. He boiled the berries to make the first coffee. Certainly the first record of the drink is of beans exported from Ethiopia to Yemen where Sufis drank it to stay awake all night to pray on special occasions. By the late 15th century it had arrived in Mecca and Turkey from where it made its way to Venice in 1645. It was brought to England in 1650 by a Turk named Pasqua Rosee who opened the first coffee house in Lombard Street in the City of London. The Arabic qahwa became the Turkish kahve then the Italian caffé and then English coffee.

2 The ancient Greeks thought our eyes emitted rays, like a laser, which enabled us to see. The first person to realise that light
enters the eye, rather than leaving it, was the 10th-century Muslim mathematician, astronomer and physicist Ibn al-Haitham. He invented the first pin-hole camera after noticing the way light came through a hole in window shutters. The smaller the hole, the better the picture, he worked out, and set up the first Camera Obscura (from the Arab word qamara for a dark or private
room). He is also credited with being the first man to shift physics from a philosophical activity to an experimental one.

3 A form of chess was played in ancient India but the game was developed into the form we know it today in Persia. From there it
spread westward to Europe – where it was introduced by the Moors in Spain in the 10th century – and eastward as far as Japan. The word rook comes from the Persian rukh, which means chariot.

4 A thousand years before the Wright brothers a Muslim poet, astronomer, musician and engineer named Abbas ibn Firnas made several attempts to construct a flying machine. In 852 he jumped from the minaret of the Grand Mosque in Cordoba using a loose cloak stiffened with wooden struts. He hoped to glide like a bird. He didn’t. But the cloak slowed his fall, creating what is thought to be the first parachute, and leaving him with only minor injuries. In 875, aged 70, having perfected a machine of silk and eagles’
feathers he tried again, jumping from a mountain. He flew to a significant height and stayed aloft for ten minutes but crashed on landing – concluding, correctly, that it was because he had not given his device a tail so it would stall on landing. Baghdad international airport and a crater on the Moon are named after him.

5 Washing and bathing are religious requirements for Muslims, which is perhaps why they perfected the recipe for soap which we still use today. The ancient Egyptians had soap of a kind, as did the Romans who used it more as a pomade. But it was the Arabs who combined vegetable oils with sodium hydroxide and aromatics such as thyme oil. One of the Crusaders’ most striking characteristics, to Arab nostrils, was that they did not wash. Shampoo was introduced to England by a Muslim who opened Mahomed’s Indian Vapour Baths on Brighton seafront in 1759 and was appointed Shampooing Surgeon to Kings
George IV and William IV.

6 Distillation, the means of separating liquids through differences in their boiling points, was invented around the year 800 by
Islam’s foremost scientist, Jabir ibn Hayyan, who transformed alchemy into chemistry, inventing many of the basic processes and apparatus still in use today – liquefaction, crystallisation, distillation, purification, oxidisation, evaporation and filtration. As well as discovering sulphuric and nitric acid, he invented the alembic still, giving the world intense rosewater and other perfumes and alcoholic spirits (although drinking them is haram, or forbidden, in Islam). Ibn Hayyan emphasised systematic experimentation and was the founder of modern chemistry.

7 The crank-shaft is a device which translates rotary into linear motion and is central to much of the machinery in the modern world, not least the internal combustion engine. One of the most important mechanical inventions in the history of humankind, it was created by an ingenious Muslim engineer called al-Jazari to raise water for irrigation. His 1206 Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices shows he also invented or refined the use of valves and pistons, devised some of the first mechanical clocks driven by water and weights, and was the father of robotics. Among his 50 other inventions was the combination lock.

8 Quilting is a method of sewing or tying two layers of cloth with a layer of insulating material in between. It is not clear whether
it was invented in the Muslim world or whether it was imported there from India or China. But it certainly came to the West via the Crusaders. They saw it used by Saracen warriors, who wore straw-filled quilted canvas shirts instead of armour. As well as a form of protection, it proved an effective guard against the chafing of the Crusaders’ metal armour and was an effective form of
insulation – so much so that it became a cottage industry back home in colder climates such as Britain and Holland.

9 The pointed arch so characteristic of Europe’s Gothic cathedrals was an invention borrowed from Islamic architecture. It was
much stronger than the rounded arch used by the Romans and Normans, thus allowing the building of bigger, higher, more complex and grander buildings. Other borrowings from Muslim genius included ribbed vaulting, rose windows and
dome-building techniques. Europe’s castles were also adapted to copy the Islamic world’s – with arrow slits, battlements, a barbican and parapets. Square towers and keeps gave way to more easily defended round ones. Henry V’s castle architect was a Muslim.

10 Many modern surgical instruments are of exactly the same design as those devised in the 10th century by a Muslim surgeon called al-Zahrawi. His scalpels, bone saws, forceps, fine scissors for eye surgery and many of the 200 instruments he devised are recognisable to a modern surgeon. It was he who discovered that catgut used for internal stitches dissolves away naturally (a discovery he made when his monkey ate his lute strings) and that it can be also used to make medicine capsules. In the 13th century, another Muslim medic named Ibn Nafis described the circulation of the blood, 300 years before William Harvey discovered it. Muslims doctors also invented anaesthetics of opium and alcohol mixes and developed hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes in a technique still used today.

11 The windmill was invented in 634 for a Persian caliph and was used to grind corn and draw up water for irrigation. In the vast
deserts of Arabia, when the seasonal streams ran dry, the only source of power was the wind which blew steadily from one direction for months. Mills had six or 12 sails covered in fabric or palm leaves. It was 500 years before the first windmill was seen in Europe.

12 The technique of inoculation was not invented by Jenner and Pasteur but was devised in the Muslim world and brought to Europe from Turkey by the wife of the English ambassador to Istanbul in 1724. Children in Turkey were vaccinated with cowpox to fight the deadly smallpox at least 50 years before the West discovered it.

13 The fountain pen was invented for the Sultan of Egypt in 953 after he demanded a pen which would not stain his hands or clothes. It held ink in a reservoir and, as with modern pens, fed ink to the nib by a combination of gravity and capillary action.

14 The system of numbering in use all round the world is probably Indian in origin but the style of the numerals is Arabic and first
appears in print in the work of the Muslim mathematicians al-Khwarizmi and al-Kindi around 825. Algebra was named after al-Khwarizmi’s book, Al-Jabr wa-al-Muqabilah, much of whose contents are still in use. The work of Muslim maths scholars was imported into Europe 300 years later by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci. Algorithms and much of the theory of trigonometry came from the Muslim world. And Al-Kindi’s discovery of frequency analysis rendered all the codes of the ancient world soluble and created the basis of modern cryptology.

15 Ali ibn Nafi, known by his nickname of Ziryab (Blackbird) came from Iraq to Cordoba in the 9th century and brought with him
the concept of the three-course meal – soup, followed by fish or meat, then fruit and nuts. He also introduced crystal glasses (which had been invented after experiments with rock crystal by Abbas ibn Firnas – see No 4).

16 Carpets were regarded as part of Paradise by medieval Muslims, thanks to their advanced weaving techniques, new tinctures
from Islamic chemistry and highly developed sense of pattern and arabesque which were the basis of Islam’s non-representational art. In contrast, Europe’s floors were distinctly earthly, not to say earthy, until Arabian and Persian carpets were introduced. In England, as Erasmus recorded, floors were “covered in rushes, occasionally renewed, but so imperfectly that the bottom layer is left undisturbed, sometimes for 20 years, harbouring expectoration, vomiting, the leakage of dogs and men, ale droppings, scraps of fish, and other abominations not fit to be mentioned”. Carpets, unsurprisingly, caught on quickly.

17 The modern cheque comes from the Arabic saqq, a written vow to pay for goods when they were delivered, to avoid money having to be transported across dangerous terrain. In the 9th century, a Muslim businessman could cash a cheque in China drawn on his bank in Baghdad.

18 By the 9th century, many Muslim scholars took it for granted that the Earth was a sphere. The proof, said astronomer Ibn Hazm, “is that the Sun is always vertical to a particular spot on Earth”. It was 500 years before that realisation dawned on Galileo. The calculations of Muslim astronomers were so accurate that in the 9th century they reckoned the Earth’s circumference to be 40,253.4km – less than 200km out. The scholar al-Idrisi took a globe depicting the world to the court of King Roger of Sicily in 1139.

19 Though the Chinese invented saltpetre gunpowder, and used it in their fireworks, it was the Arabs who worked out that it could be purified using potassium nitrate for military use. Muslim incendiary devices terrified the Crusaders. By the 15th century they had invented both a rocket, which they called a “self-moving and combusting egg”, and a torpedo – a self-propelled pear-shaped bomb with a spear at the front which impaled itself in enemy ships and then blew up.

20 Medieval Europe had kitchen and herb gardens, but it was the Arabs who developed the idea of the garden as a place of beauty and meditation. The first royal pleasure gardens in Europe were opened in 11th-century Muslim Spain. Flowers which originated in Muslim gardens include the carnation and the tulip.

(www.independent.co.uk / 13.08.2011)

Libya Emergency Relief – Eid Dinner

vrijdag 9 september · 17:30 – 21:00

London Muslim Centre

46-92 Whitechapel Road
London, United Kingdom

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Eid Dinner – Special Fundraising Event

“Let’s not forget Libya’

A serious humanitarian crisis occurred in Libya following the people’s uprising on 21st February 2011. In light of this crisis, Human Aid UK is preparing to send a volunteer team of aid workers to travel to Libya to deliver aid first hand through recognised charities of the National Transitional committee (NTC). Due to the Gaddafi government not supplying food or medi…cations to NTC controlled areas; we are hoping to fundraise to provide food and vital medical aid to various Libyan cities.

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the country, most of them to Tunisia and Egypt. There is limited communications with the outside world.

Human Aid UK requires urgent funds to meet the needs of the Libyan people. The Libyan people need your support, so let’s not forget Libya

Speaker include: Shakeel Begg (Imam of Redbridge Mosque), Abdus Salam (Libyan Community Activist), Omar Deghayes (Libyan Citizen, Ex-Guantanamo Detainee), Yahya Ibn Alkas (Broadcaster, Community Activist)

Friday 9th September 2011 at London Muslim Centre, 46-92 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1JX

Time: 5:45PM

Entry Fee: £20

Ticket Hotline: 0207 650 8922 & 07949 302 557

Buy your tickets online at www.human-aid.eu


On its way to passing a law that would remove Arabic’s status as Israel’s second
official language, the Knesset is simply acknowledging the second-class status
of Arabs in Israel.
The Israeli Knesset is on a roll. First, it passes the anti-boycott bill. Now, it’s considering changing the status
of Arabic
from the state’s second official language into the language of the state’s second class citizens.
I’ll say now what I felt about the anti-boycott law: the Knesset should pass the legislation so the world will
understand what it’s really dealing with.
Arabic might have been the second official language all these years but few Jewish Israelis speak it. NGOs have had to wage legal battles to get Arabic on the street signs funded and posted by the state.
For example, when Adalah filed a petition in 1998 regarding the use of Arabic on national road signs, over 80% of those signs “were posted solely in Hebrew and English; Arabic appeared, if at all, only on signs posted near Arab localities.”
How many times has an Arabic speaker with weak Hebrew gone into a government office and not been able to get the help they need? How many times have they been faced with forms that come in Hebrew only?
And how have those who speak the second official language of the state fared in Israeli courts? I might add that I sat in on a Supreme Court hearing in January and watched a Palestinian man struggle to articulate himself
to the judges in Hebrew, not in the second official language, his mother tongue, Arabic. There was no translator present.
This legislation would formalize the sentiment that has surfaced in a Yafo (Jaffa) school, where a principal has
forbidden Palestinian citizens of Israel from speaking Arabic amongst each other.
The law, as disturbing as it is, is a step towards honesty. Perhaps it will also serve as a wake-up call to those who, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, are still holding on to the belief
that a Jewish and democratic state is possible.
(windowintopalestine.blogspot.com / 13.08.2011)

Marokkaanse verkoper die zichzelf in brand stak overleden

Een rondtrekkende verkoper, die zichzelf zondag in het Marokkaanse Berkane in brand gestoken had, is gisteravond aan zijn verwondingen overleden. De 27-jarige Marokkaan Hamid El Kanouni had zichzelf overgoten met benzine uit protest tegen de politie omdat die zijn verkoopstandje in beslag genomen had. Daarnaast zouden volgens een getuige agenten hem ook geslagen en vernederd hebben.Met ernstige derdegraadswonden werd El Kanouni naar het ziekenhuis gebracht. Vandaar werd hij nog getransporteerd naar Casablanca, maar tevergeefs.

Het was een bakker die de politie gebeld had. Die kon er immers niet mee lachen dat El Kanouni vlakbij zijn winkel hetzelfde product verkocht. De agenten die langskwamen, namen daarop al zijn materiaal in beslag.


Zichzelf in brand steken lijkt wel een nieuwe trend, nadat Mohamed Bouazizi er de Tunesische Jasmijnrevolutie mee ontketende. Als gevolg daarvan moest dictator Ben Ali zijn biezen pakken.

Leden van de 20 februari-beweging -een organisatie die sinds begin dit jaar meer democratie eist in Marokko- hielden intussen een optocht. Hun doel: een onderzoek naar de feiten vragen. De procureur zou inmiddels op dat verzoek ingegaan zijn.

(www.demorgen.be / 13.08.2011)


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Have you seen him who believes the rewards and punishments of the Hereafter? He it is who drives away the orphan and does not urge giving away the food of the poor. (107:1 – 3)QURAN


(O Prophet!) Tell those of My servants who believe that they should establish Prayer and spend out of what We have provided them with, both secretly and openly, before there arrives the Day

Israeli Regime Plants Land mines along Border with Syria

Israel’s army places new land mines along occupied lands-Syria borders,
preventing protesters from rushing into the Golan Heights.

An Israeli army magazine says the military is planting new land mines along the border with Syria, claiming Israel worries about Syrian protesters’ rush into the Golan. “The activities are intended to thicken landed mines and strengthen obstacles,” said engineer Maj. Ariel Iluz. “Combined with our military forces and snipers, these are supposed to delay or even prevent a lot of people from crossing the border,” Iluz added.

International community heavily criticized Israel earlier after its  soldiers opened fire on Syrians and Palestinians who broke through the fenced border into the Golan Heights during rallies. Around 35 protesters were killed, the Associated Press reported.

According to the Huffington Post, Palestinian sprotested Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights, condemning the death of hundreds of thousands of Arabs during the war in 1948.

While waves of revolutionary movements are crossing the Middle East region, Israel disappointedly abuses conditions to justify its mischief towards the residents.

 (europeanphoenix.com / 13.08.2011)

شاب من غزة يرفع العلم الفلسطيني فوق أعلى قمم جبال الألب

أطلس سبورت_ محمود فرج

في بادرة ملفته منه قام احد الشاب الفلسطينيين برفع علم بلاده فوق إحدى
أعلى القمم الجبلية ضمن سلسة جبال الألب على الحدود السويسرية الايطالية موجهاً
بذلك رسالة إلى العالم ليلتفتوا لقضية شعبه المظلوم.

الشاب ‘بسام المصري’ 25 عاما من قطاع غزة أصر على رفع علم فلسطين فوق
جبل weissmies مستغلا علاقته المميزة بأحد
أعضاء نادي المتسلقين السويسريين عندما قرر تسلق الجبل الذي يرتفع عن سطح البحر

يقول المصري في حديث مع شبكة أطلس سبورت عبر الانترنت انه يعلم جيدا كم
تحتاج هذه الرياضة للقوة واللياقة البدنية العالية لكنه عقد العزم وتحمل الصعاب
والبرد الشديد من اجل أن يقوم بهذه المهمة و يرفع العلم الذي يعشقه وينتمي إليه فوق

ويعتبر المصري أول عربي يتسلق قمة جبل weissmies احد أعلى قمم سلسلة جبال الألب على الحدود
الايطالية السويسرية ويقوم فريق نادي المتسلقين السويسريين بتسلقه مرتين في العام

وأكد المصري أن الرحلة استغرقت يومين كاملين و كانت في غاية الصعوبة
وخاصة المرحلة الأخيرة التي استمرت سبع ساعات متواصلة و بدأت منذ الساعة الخامسة
فجر يوم الأربعاء الماضي الموافق 10/8/2011 ليسجل اسمه في التاريخ كأول متسلق عربي
يرفع علم بلاده فوق قمة هذا الجبل.

الجدير بالذكر أن الشاب المصري عضو فريق ‘الدرج تيم’ لغناء ‘الهب هوب’
العربي وهو فريق فلسطيني من غزة.

وأعرب المصري عن سعادته البالغة كونه يقوم بعمل فريد منوعيه في العالم
العربي لعله يستطيع أن يلفت الأنظار للقضية الفلسطينية وتمنى أن يستطيع القيام
بأعمال أخري يساهم من خلالها بفك الحصار عن قطاع غزة.

ويضيف المصري المتواجد في سويسرا منذ شهرين انه دائما يرتدي ملابس مرسوم
عليها خارطة وطنه و عبارات تنادي بفك الحصار عن قطاع غزة ويتجول فيها في الكثير من
الدول الأوربية لافتا الى أن فريق ‘الدرج تيم’الغنائي يقيم العديد من الحفلات في
بعض الدول الأوربية وجميع أغنيهم وطنية بالدرجة الأولى وتتحدث عن معانات الشعب

يشار إلى أن ‘سوزان الهوبي’ المتسلقة الفلسطينية المقيمة في دبي، هى أول
امرأة عربية تتسلق قمة ‘كلمنجارو’، أعلى الجبال في أفريقيا، ‘ألبروس’؛ أعلى الجبال
في أوروبا،’مون بلان’، أعلى جبل في جبال الألب في أوروبا الغربية، ‘اكونكاجوا’؛
أعلى الجبال في أمريكا الجنوبية بالإضافة إلى ‘توبقال’ أعلى الجبال في سلسلة جبال
الأطلس في شمال أفريقيا.

Syrië valt havenstad binnen met tanks; Obama: geweld moet onmiddelijk stoppen



Protesterende Syriërs in Latakia gisteren.

De Amerikaanse president Barack Obama en de Saudische koning Abdullah zijn het er over eens dat het geweld in Syrië onmiddellijk moet stoppen.


Dat heeft het Witte Huis bekendgemaakt. Obama sprak met Abdullah over wat zij beiden de ‘brute campagne van geweld’ noemden. Volgens het Witte Huis houden de Verenigde Staten en Saudi-Arabië ook de komende tijd contact over de situatie in Syrië.

Inwoners van de Syrische havenstad Latakia zijn vandaag massaal op de vlucht geslagen voor een nieuw offensief van de  veiligheidsdiensten van het dictatoriale regime van president Bashar al-Assad.

Het Syrische leger zette onder meer tanks in bij een aanval op Latakia, dat aan de boorden van de Middellandse Zee ligt en waar ongeveer een half miljoen mensen wonen. Zeker twee personen zouden om het leven zijn gekomen door toedoen van het leger. Daarnaast zouden 15 mensen gewond zijn geraakt.

In andere steden, waaronder Deir al -Zor in het oosten en Homs in het westen van Syrië, trad het leger vandaag ook met grof geweld op tegen burgers. In Homs zouden zeker drie mensen om het leven zijn gekomen. Tijdens razzia’s zouden tientallen vermeende tegenstanders van het bewind zijn gearresteerd.

Syriërs betogen al sinds februari tegen Assad. Volgens mensenrechtenactivisten vielen er al zeker 2150 doden bij de onderdrukking van de protesten. Het zou gaan om 1744 burgers en 406 leden van de veiligheidsdiensten in Syrië.

(www.parool.nl / 13.08.2011)

Palestijnen vragen volgende maand om erkenning bij VN

Palestijnse activisten.

De Palestijnse Autoriteiten gaan op 20 september hun verzoek om erkenning indienen bij de Verenigde Naties. Dat meldde de Palestijnse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Riyad al-Malki. De openingssessie van het nieuwe VN-vergaderseizoen heeft plaats op 20 september.

De VN-Veiligheidsraad wordt in het nieuwe jaar voorgezeten door Libanon, dat voorstander is van erkenning van de Palestijnen. ‘Dit zal ons helpen, omdat de voorzitter van de raad een aantal speciale privileges heeft, wat cruciaal is’, aldus Malki.

‘De Palestijnse president Mahmoud Abbas zal het verzoek persoonlijk presenteren aan secretaris-generaal Ban Ki-moon’, aldus Malki. Abbas ‘zal aandringen op dit historische initiatief en Ban Ki-moon zal het voorstel presenteren aan de Veiligheidsraad.’

Sinds de ineenstorting van de vredesonderhandelingen tussen Israël en de Palestijnen in september zijn de Palestijnen het diplomatieke pad ingeslagen. Ze lobbyen om steun te vergaren om door de VN als staat erkend te worden. Het voorstel houdt de grenzen uit 1967 aan.

Israël is fel tegen een mogelijke erkenning van de Palestijnse staat. Ook Nederland heeft laten weten niet in te zullen stemmen met een resolutie die de erkenning van een Palestijnse staat regelt.

(www.parool.nl / 13.08.2011) (Nederlandse media heeft het ook eindelijk door (Red.))