‘Palestine highlights Saudi hypocrisy’

Saudi Arabia sent 1,000 troops to Bahrain to help the ruling Al Khalifa family in its brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters.  Scores of people have been killed and hundreds, including doctors and journalists, arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protesters in Bahrain.

By immediately getting militarily involved in Bahrain and still failing to take action against Israel, Saudi Arabia has once again proven its hypocrisy, a political activist says.

Press TV has interviewed Spokesmen for the Islamic Human Rights Commission, Raza Kazim, to get his views on the influence of Al-Quds Day, set forward by late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini.

Imam Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan as the International Day of Quds in August 1979, calling for international rallies to express rage against the Palestinian predicament and raise public awareness about the roots and nature of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

The following is a rough transcript of the interview.

Press TV: How have these annual rallies that we are seeing taking place, helping or influencing the Palestinian cause with the philosophy that the late Imam Khomeini put forward? Do you think that 30-years on, it has managed to achieve anything for the Palestinian cause?

Kazim: I think with the whole situation with regards to the issue of Palestine, one of the things we need to remember is that when the Egyptian revolution was starting to take place, the media analysis coming out of it was mostly focused on the impact this would have on Israel and the Israelis, instead of on the Egyptians. When you see the Western discourse in the media, it crystallizes the fact that it wants people in the Western powers to be interested in preserving what is in the Zionists’ interests.

Mainly, the US and the UK are at the forefront of that. It is for that very reason that a number of dictatorships that have been allowed to continue for so long, is precisely to make sure that the Zionist entity is not threatened. So, it doesn’t matter what its impact is on the people.

Then, the issue of Palestine and that it needs to be suppressed. The whole thing that Zionists have driven towards was that they wanted the idea of armed resistance against Israel to be crushed. They thought with courts and PLO’s coming into line, and etc. that it would have gotten things in the direction that the Israelis want.

With the issue of Quds being raised internationally, all of the time, it has taken a number of years for a lot of people to recognize that a lot needs to be done. Shahid Morteza Motahhari had called for the boycott, and asked people to remember the people of Palestine, and obviously this Quds Day has been essential in making sure that the issue of Palestine is not going to die, and with the advent and the influence of Hamas and the victories that Hezbollah has achieved, the issue remains.

And I think what we’re seeing is people are trying in the machinations that are going on with each revolution, the will of the people is going to be manipulated and that was the people of different countries really need to be careful about. We’ve seen the hypocrisy of Western positions with regards to the issue of Libya, Bahrain, and Syria. What they are trying to do in all of these different cases, it is something that needs to be kept in mind.

We talk about Palestine, and it has to be kept in this forefront. I think that certainly with the demonstrations that have been taking place in London, there were more people here at the Al-Quds demonstration than we have had in previous years. I think this is because people really feel strongly about what is going on in general. This is linked with other revolutions going on.

Press TV: Speaking of the Arab revolutions, do you think that the region is witnessing a new era in terms of relations now between Arab nations and Israel, considering these revolutions and the fact that on the streets people are showing strong anti-Israeli sentiment?

Kazim: When we talk about Arab revolutions, I think we need to mind that this expands across North African as well. Words being used by protesters on the streets are very important. I think, when they burn the Israeli flag, their intentions are very clear. We see that for many years, people are disconnected with the government in terms of what the government wants to do and what the people want to do. The people’s intentions with regards to helping the Palestinians are very clear.

For example, we see with regards to the issue of Saudi Arabia, we see their interest to send warship equipment to Bahrain, but when it comes to Palestine, we do not see the same interests to offer them defense. So, I think the hypocrisy of the regime of Saudi Arabia, with regards to how it is going to develop with regards to Yemen, Egypt, and so forth, is note worthy. Because what we are seeing is the hijacking of these revolutions or of what people want to be, to something that they do not want.

(www.presstv.ir / 27.08.2011)

Police clash with Bahrainis on Quds Day

Saudi-backed Bahraini regime forces have attacked anti-government demonstrators, protesting both the government’s criticism of a top cleric as well as the ban of the International Quds Day rallies.

Several protesters were reportedly injured as regime forces fired tear-gas to disperse the crowds that had stayed in the streets from Thursday evening until early Friday.

Many were also arrested in the demonstrations, dpa reported.

The Bahraini justice minister had on Monday sent a letter to Sheikh Issa Qassim, one of the country’s top clerics, in which he was accused of inciting sectarian tension.

A number of Bahrain’s leading clerics had therefore called on the people to join them in a unified Friday prayer service in the northwestern village of Diraz to support Sheikh Qassim.

The demonstrators were also protesting the regime’s ban of the Quds Day celebrations.

The rally has been banned in Bahrain for a second year in a row and anti-regime protesters say the regime places the ban from preventing the rally to turn into an anti-regime demonstration.

The late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, in August 1979 declared the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as the Quds Day, calling for international rallies in support of Palestinians and against Israel.

Millions of people around the world come out on this day, calling for an end to Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories.

They further denounce the atrocities committed against Palestinians by the Israelis.

(www.presstv.ir / 27.08.2011)

Israel frees journalists arrested at Bethlehem protest

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces briefly arrested four Palestinian photojournalists early Saturday at a demonstration near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, a Reuters cameraman said.

The journalists, two from Reuters and one each from Ma’an and AFP, were released shortly after being detained while covering protests against land-confiscation in the village of Walaja, the cameraman said.

Walaja hosts weekly protests challenging Israel’s plans to seize a third of its territory, a decision that would cut off the village’s 2,500 residents from farming land, a cemetery and a nearby spring.

Israel’s supreme court on Tuesday upheld the route of its separation barrier that will eventually split the village, ruling that security concerns outweighed the disturbance to livelihoods. Residents had appealed to the court to reroute a portion of the barrier around Walaja rather than through it.

Israel says the barrier is designed to prevent attacks, but the Palestinians view it as an apartheid wall carving off key parts of their promised state. All but 15 percent of its route is inside Palestinian territory.

(www.maannews.net / 27.08.2011)

Two killed in bombing of al-Salama sport club in Beit Lahia

At about 1:30 A.M. on August 25, 2011 Israeli warplanes bombed the Salama Sports Club in Beit Lahia. The building was empty at the time. The sports club, however, is in the middle of a residential area. Two people from a neighboring house were killed in the bombing, Salama Abdul Rahman al-Masri, 18, the son of the house’s owner, who died immediately; and Alaa ‘Adnan Mohammed al-Jakhbeer, 22, from Jabalya. Twenty five other people were injured in the bombing, including eleven children and seven women. The bombing also caused heavy damage to the Dar Al Huda School and several surrounding buildings.

Salama was sitting with seven friends of his in the back yard of his family’s house. After evening prayers they often sat there. This evening, Salama had went shopping for gifts for Eid before joining his friends. Fourteen people lived in Salama’s house, his parents, three of his brothers, five of his sisters, and the wife and baby of one of his brothers. Salama was a hardworking young man. He wanted to help his family have a better life. He worked two jobs, one in a store that sold chickens, and another in at a falafel stand. He did this while he studied to retake the Tawjihi, the exam to enter university. Ambulances arrived quickly, only ten minutes after the bombing, but it was too late for Salama, he was killed instantly when a piece of shrapnel from the bombing struck the back of his head. His brother wants the international community “stop pretending that giving aid is enough, the people who were killed here were civilians, we are treated unfairly, we had to support us in our quest for our rights, not just provide food. Our problem isn’t food, it is that we are refugees expelled from our land and denied our rights.”

His friend Alaa was not so lucky. He died from his wounds two hours later. He and Salama had met through Salama’s older brother, they had become close friends. Despite the fact that Alaa wasn’t from Beit Lahia he often came to Beit Lahia to spend time with Salama. He had recently finished his degree in Islamic Law from a center run by the Waqf in Beit Lahia.

The Salama Sport Club is a large building. Three floors, the top floor was used as area to play sports, basketball, volleyball, football, the middle floor was used for practicing karate and other sports, the lower floor was devoted to weight lifting. The entire building is now destroyed. The bomb penetrated the top floor and exploded in the middle floor. The roof has collapsed onto the lower levels. Equipment lies scattered around the rubble. Thankfully the Israeli’s did not choose to bomb the club a day earlier, it was full of people having a celebration. The club opened in 2005 and served hundreds of local residents, providing much needed recreational possibilities in an area that lacks many choices. Employees don’t understand why the club was bombed, it was a public club, it was not affiliated with any political party, it was only a place for local young people to exercise and play games.

Next to the Salama Sport Club is the Dar Al Huda School. Unlike the Salama Sport Club the school wasn’t empty when the bomb struck. Workers were inside painting it, getting it ready for the new school year which starts soon. Two of them were injured. One of them is in the hospital now, in critical condition.

The Dar Al Huda School serves about three hundred and twenty students. Two hundred students in a kindergarten and 120 students through the sixth grade. When we arrived children were collecting books from the rubble, piling them up, trying to salvage what they could. The building is heavily damaged, the wall on the side facing the sport club is totally destroyed. Rubble fills the classrooms. The walls are still adorned with murals of cartoon characters, Bambi and Snow Whit seem to be the most popular. Dar Al Huda is a private school. It attracted students from all over North Gaza, families of refugees, from Haifa, from Lod, from Ashdod, from Beersheba. They came for the art programs, for the small classes. Now, the children’s paints lie scattered in the rubble, their art projects hang from the ceiling covered in dust. The walls of the kindergarten are still covered in posters of fruits and animals, but no students will be studying there any time soon. The front of the school is covered in plaques thanking donors who helped to build the school. The Canadian International Development Agency has wasted its money, they built a school, but Israel has destroyed it. No more students will be learning to paint in their building. We walk around the school with its director, he asks us why Israel would destroy a kinder garden, did the children learning to paint threaten them? Did the children learning to read threaten it? In truth, the existence of the children is a threat to Israel, they are living reminder of the Nakba, of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. If only the children would disappear Israel might be able to convince the world that its crimes are all in the past, that they are somehow less real. The children exist though, now they live in Gaza, not in their homes in Ashdod, Beersheba, and Lod.

(palsolidarity.org / 27.08.2011)

Islamic Jihad truce ‘to protect Palestinians’

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad leader Dawood Shibab said Saturday that the movement agreed to a truce with Israel to protect the Palestinian people and leaders.

Islamic Jihad agreed to a ceasefire on Friday after a previous truce broke down when Israeli forces killed two Islamic Jihad militants, and the faction launched projectiles across the border.

Shibab told Ma’an that when Egypt initiated talks to renew a ceasefire, Israeli leaders had already threatened to target Palestinian and Islamic leaders.

Shibab said Egypt stepped in to broker the renewed ceasefire after Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said those who fired rockets at Israel would have “their heads separated from their bodies.”

Islamic Jihad officials told Egypt the movement was not interested in escalating violence and sought a mutual ceasefire with Israel
but fired missiles in self defense, Shibab said.

The senior Jihad leader said the ceasefire only applied to Gaza, not the West Bank.

Palestinian sources, meanwhile, say Egypt managed to stop Israel from following through on a plan to assassinate Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister in Gaza, reports said Saturday.

Egypt’s Al-Ahram daily quoted Palestinian sources as saying Israel’s plan, approved in the wake of last Thursday’s deadly attacks in Eilat, was aborted after Egypt pressured Israel to back down.

The report did not specify how Egypt pressured Israel, although media in both countries have reported over the past week that Cairo took an active role in calming tensions between the Israelis and factions in Gaza.

(mideastnews-danmike.blogspot.com / 27.08.2011)

Aipac uses fear of Palestinian statehood initiative to raise money

From an AIPAC fundraising letter, full text below, from Lee Rosenberg, who first brought Barack Obama to Israel in 2006 and whom the president calls Rosey:

“Israelis could be dragged into foreign courts and charged with human rights violations…nations could implement sweeping economic sanctions…the Jewish presence in east Jerusalem could come under severe international challenge.”

Who’da thunk? The letter:

                                                                 Your urgent action is needed
Please reply immediately

Dear Xxxxx:

Next month, the Palestinian Authority plans to ask the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital.

The United States has strongly objected to this approach, with Congress overwhelmingly passing resolutions threatening cuts in aid if the Palestinians continue to shun peace talks and go forward in their harmful efforts at the United Nations.

However, the Palestinians have not yet abandoned this path and more action is now needed to persuade them to change course and return to the negotiating table.

If America fails in this effort, the consequences could be immense: Israelis could be dragged into foreign courts and charged with human rights violations…nations could implement sweeping economic sanctions…the Jewish presence in east Jerusalem could come under severe international challenge.

That is why I am writing to ask for your help by joining the work of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee today.
In the coming weeks AIPAC and its members will be working with our leader in Washington to:
Ensure the United States makes clear to the Palestinians that it will veto any such resolution at the U.N. Security Council.
Urge our government to press the PA to return to the negotiating table with Israel.
Urge the United States to press foreign leaders to oppose Palestinian intransigence and support direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
By joining AIPAC today with a gift of $50, $75, $100 or more you will help AIPAC work with Congress and the administration to address these vital issues in the weeks leading up to the September meeting of the U.N. General Assembly.

For nearly 60 years, AIPAC has worked to make Israel more secure by ensuring American support remains strong.

As an AIPAC member, you help us work year-round with both Democratic and Republican political leaders to enact public policy that strengthens the vital U.S.-Israel relationship.

Thank you for your support. Please watch for additional updates on the Palestinian U.N. bid in the coming weeks.

Onward Together,

Lee Rosenberg
AIPAC President

(mondoweiss.net / 27.08.2011)

 

‘West policy on Syria double standard’

A senior Iranian lawmaker says the policy of the West and the UN Security Council (UNSC) toward Syria shows their double standards over the recent unrest in the Arab word.

“The reaction of the Security Council and the international community to the issue of Syria is indicative of the double standard [policy] of the West and the US,” the spokesman for Iran’s Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Kazem Jalali, told Fars news agency on Saturday.

The legislator made a reference to a UNSC’s Thursday meeting which announced plans to send a team to Syria to assess the humanitarian situation there.

“The Security Council’s move to hold a session to examine what is called the violation of human rights in Syria is merely a political measure and is not a support for Syrian people,” Jalali noted.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Hundreds of people have been killed in protest rallies that turned into armed clashes between alleged protesters and state security forces and in organized attacks by armed gangs targeting the Syrian security forces.

Jalali also referred to the West’s inaction towards the crackdown on anti-government protesters in Bahrain by Saudi-led forces and the killing of civilians in Libya during NATO attacks against the forces of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

“There is no doubt that the crimes committed in Bahrain, Yemen and Libya today, have been given the green light by the US and the big powers,” he went on to say.

In March, a number of Persian Gulf Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, deployed military forces to Bahrain in an attempt to assist the Manama regime’s crackdown on peaceful protests, which started in mid-February.

Elsewhere in Libya, NATO began bombing “military targets” in Libya on March 19, following a resolution approved by the UNSC on March 17.

Since January, two revolutions have led to regime changes in Tunisia and Egypt and a wave of popular uprisings is spreading through other Arab countries.

(www.presstv.ir / 27.08.2011)

Islamofobie wordt met miljoenen gesteund

In de afgelopen tien jaar is er meer dan 42 miljoen dollar (ruim 29 mln euro) gedoneerd om moslimhaat te bevorderen. Dat zegt het Center for American Progress in een 130 pagina’s tellend rapport (.pdf). Het rapport publiceert de namen van de geldschieters, hoeveel ze hebben gegeven en wie het hebben ontvangen.

Het Islamophobia Network, zoals de groep in het rapport wordt genoemd, zou zich de afgelopen jaren hebben beziggehouden met anti-islampropaganda. Zo zouden ze bijvoorbeeld verantwoordelijk zijn voor het gerucht dat Obama een moslim is.

Het Center for American Progress is een progressieve denktank in de VS. Het centrum houdt zich bezig met vraagstukken als energie, nationale veiligheid, economische groei, immigratie, onderwijs en gezondheidszorg. Het heeft zich als doel gesteld conservatief beleid te bestrijden en daar alternatieven voor te bieden.

Sleutelspelers

In totaal zouden zeven stichtingen dat geld hebben gegeven aan vijf vooraanstaande ‘anti-islamdeskundigen’. Het gaat om de volgende vijf sleutelspelers:

Frank Gaffney: voorzitter en oprichter van Center for Security Policy, een neoconservatieve denktank die zich bezighoudt met veiligheidszaken.

David Yerushalmi: Republikeins afgevaardigde die zich sterk maakt voor het bestrijden van de Sharia.

Daniel Pipes: een Amerikaanse schrijver en politiek analist. Hij is oprichter en voorzitter van het Middle East Forum, een conservatieve denktank opgericht in de jaren negentig.

Robert Spencer: schrijver en oprichter van Jihad Watch, een weblog gelieerd aan het David Horowitz Freedom Center, een conservatieve stichting.

Steven Emerson: Amerikaanse journalist en schrijver. Hij schrijft vooral over terrorisme, nationale veiligheid en moslimfundamentalisme.

Vrienden van Geert Wilders

Deze vijf figuren worden onder meer gesteund door Pamela Geller en David Horowicz, vrienden van Geert Wilders. Pamela Geller is de vrouw die Wilders naar New York haalde om te speechen tegen de komst van een moskee in de buurt van Ground Zero. David Horowicz haalde Wilders naar Californië voor een conservatieve conferentie. Horowicz zou zelf ook miljoenen van de fondsen hebben ontvangen.

(nos.nl / 27.08.2011)

What can we do???

In one of my notes lately, a friend´s comment has woke up my attention, and it kept me thinking about it and how we could make it true, its hard but possible.

I will start by asking what are we all doing mainly in the internet and special we with arab native, example in the Palestina Case, we are insulting, spreading news accusing them for our disaster, and if we are right is this the solution, I guess the only progress is spreading the news. Nothing else we reach, but is there a other solution???

We should start to search the faults in us what we do, because if we go back in the History, we can see that what israHELL made till our day today, was never possible if there was no support from our side, such as the traitor leaders.

for example lets Take egypt, since I can remeber it was never really ruled in favour of its nation, if we think from the King time till today the military council (Tantawi), what does this what the west wants.

Libya in which the fight against the Dictator becames the injustice.

and the Arab Goverments instead holding together and creating a own power, no they are fighting against each other, they should get independ.

We here all are fighting for the truth, mainly on Facebook, we blame alot about it and that it is a ziontist tool, yes it is and even several “DEMOCRATIC” goverments as USA UK and Germany wants to start to controll it and blocke it.

Why didnt arab groups make a similar community in which no enemy have the controll, but by this time even the King of Saudi wanted to buy the facebook, but not to support no he was afraid of it.

We should get United, and educate ourself first the culture of fight, fight against injustice and for the truth.

We are not fighting a Goverment, no we are fighting against A system with the most powerful goverments in the world.

we should get united and be one hand but a strong one as the truth is the strongest weapon

Only United we will free Palestine

(Raef El-Ghamri / Facebook / 27.08.2011)

Syrians back Palestinians against Israel

Syrians and Palestinians have held a gathering in the Syrian capital, Damascus, to show their solidarity with the Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation.

Religious dignitaries and several officials from the Syria-based Palestinians also attended the International Quds Day rally on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan to lend their support to the Palestinian resistance and condemn the Israeli occupation, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The participants chanted anti-Israeli slogans and hung banners denouncing Zionism and calling for a continuous struggle against Tel Aviv’s attempts to deface al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Addressing the gathering, Ahmed Jibril, the head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), slammed subservient Arab regimes and warned against the rampant judaization of al-Quds.

“The Arab rulers that I have spoken with supported Palestinian cause in private but they fear the retaliation of their purveyors in the West who threaten if they took action,” said Jibril.

This year’s rallies came amidst the emergence of popular uprisings calling for reforms or regime change in the Middle East and North Africa.

Arab regimes that have long been an accommodating force behind actions and interests of the Israeli regimes and Western powers in the region appear to be falling apart as Tel Aviv’s latest attacks on the Gaza Strip are widely considered as a sign of its growing frustration and isolation in the region.

“The Zionist entity is and will remain alien in the region. It managed to impose itself in the last six decades and it is high time we delegitimized its existence. The Palestinians in the occupied territories have maintained resistance from inside, there is also the growing mobilization among Muslims and Arabs around the world,” said Jamal Aissa from Hamas’ Political Bureau.

Organizers of the International Quds Day say this year’s commemorations mark a turning point in the struggle to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque from ultimate destruction. They insist that Israel is increasingly isolated in the region, particularly following the loss of strategic allies among Arab rulers.

The late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan as the International Day of Quds in August 1979, calling for international rallies to express rage against the Palestinian predicament and raise public awareness about the roots and nature of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

(www.presstv.ir / 27.08.2011)