Dutch Muslim activist, Jewish Rabbi form platform to campaign against ban on ritual slaughter

(KUNA) — A Dutch Muslim activist and a Dutch Rabbi have joined hands to from a Jewish-Muslim platform to campaign against a ban on ritual slaughter and to protect religious freedom in the Netherlands.
Chairman of the Islamic Burial Foundation Ibrahim Wijbenga told KUNA by phone Eindhoven that he and Dutch Rabbi Lody van de Kamp formed the platform to protect the freedom of religion.
The Islamic Burial Foundation is a member of the City Council of Eindhoven and a member of the Christian Democratic party.
He said they have lodged an appeal in the courts of Eindhoven and Amsterdam this week against the legislation to ban ritual slaughter.
Eindhoven is a city of about 213,000 people and lies close to the Belgian border and about 105 kilometers from Amsterdam.
On June 28, the Dutch parliament passed a law proposed by the Animal Welfare Party, which has only two seats in parliament, to ban ritual slaughter.
The ban requires that animals must be stunned before being slaughtered. The Muslim and Jewish ritual slaughter customs are opposed to the stunning.
“We do care about animal health and take good care of the animals before slaughter,” Ibrahim, who is also a politician, told KUNA.
“Here the freedom of religion is at stake. I am very surprised that no Muslim country has commented or said anything about this issue,” he said.
An estimated one million Muslims and 40,000 Jews live in Holland out of a total population of about 17 million.
Ibrahim noted that the prohibition of halal and kosher meat has been widely condemned by both Jewish and Muslim communities in Holland as a violation of their religious freedom. He warned that circumcision “could be the next target” after the expected ban on the face-veil (burqa).

(www.kuna.net.kw / 15.09.2011)

Lezing: ‘Het bestaan van God en Zijn Boek’.

Tijd
donderdag 22 september · 17:30 – 20:30

Locatie
Erasmus Universiteit Woudestein

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Gemaakt door:

Iqra Studentenvereniging organiseert ism Stichting OntdekIslam op Donderdag 22 September een boeiende en leerzame lezing over;

‘Het bestaan van God en Zijn Boek, onderbouwd met wetenschappelijke argumenten’.

Gastspreker is Bas van Noppen. Wees allen van harte welkom en neem gezellig iemand mee ! 🙂

Vink aub even aan of je van plan bent om aanwezig te zijn en nodig ook jullie vrienden uit op Facebook.

Moge Allaah jullie belonen en Zijn Zegeningen doen neerdalen over dit mooie initiatief. Amien !

Motie van afkeuring voor Veldhuijzen van Zanten om pgb

GroenLinks, SP en PvdA hebben vanavond een motie van afkeuring ingediend tegen staatssecretaris Marlies Veldhuijzen van Zanten (Volksgezondheid).

De partijen keuren haar koers af en willen dat de bewindsvrouw eerlijker communiceert over haar plannen met het persoonsgebonden budget (pgb) waarmee mensen zelf zorg regelen. De motie wordt later vanavond in stemming gebracht, maar kan niet rekenen op de steun van een Kamermeerderheid.

CDA, VVD en PVV steunen de staatssecretaris. ChristenUnie, D66 en SGP hebben veel kritiek op de plannen maar willen een bewindspersoon die optreedt en die mensen die zorg nodig hebben, daar zicht op biedt, zo gaf Kees van der Staaij (SGP) aan. PvdA, SP en GroenLinks vinden de voorstellen op los zand gebaseerd. De plannen zijn niet op orde, de zorg is niet gegarandeerd voor mensen die dat hard nodig hebben en rechten van cliënten worden met voeten getreden, aldus Agnes Wolbert (PvdA).

(www.parool.nl / 15.09.2011)

Protests in Northern Gaza

The Palmer Report, recently released by the United Nations, was a moral travesty. It asserted that the naval blockade of Gaza was somehow separate from the land siege of Gaza.  The Palmer Report was an attempt to break up the oppression of Gaza into bite size morsels so that it could be consumed without causing one to choke on the injustice of the occupation, of the siege.

Last week, we planted a Palestinian flag in the buffer zone, it stands alone, everything else has been destroyed by Israel.  We did not leave it alone; we painted another flag on a large piece of rubble.  We moved the flag even farther into the buffer zone, about 30 meters from the wall encircles Gaza.

On Tuesday, September 13, the Local Initiative of Beit Hanoun, fisherman from Beit Lahia, and activists from the International Solidarity Movement gave their response to the Palmer Report.  They gathered on the beach near Beit Lahia and marched north, into the buffer zone, land that has been stolen from the people of Gaza and depleted of any fecundity.  Across from the buffer zone is the land of the refugees in Gaza from which they were ethnically cleansed 63 years ago.

The buffer zone doesn’t stop on the land, as the Palmer Report may suggest, yet it extends onto the sea.   Israel’s disregard for Oslos allotment of 20 miles of sea access to Palestinians has been defamed to a restricted area of three miles off the shore for fisherman to access.

The buffer zone has extended beyond the last grain of Gaza’s beach and continues into the waters under the misnomer of “buffer zone.” Scrap collectors shot to death, farmers murdered, families left without land to support themselves, it is a death zone.  After the balloons popped, the flags survived, just as the Palestinian people have survived all of the Israeli violence directed at them.

We gathered at Waha, a hotel complex destroyed by Israeli bombs, at 8 AM and marched north along the beach, towards the wall that marks the northern boundary of the open air prison that is referred to as Gaza.  We looked out over the sea that marks the western wall of the prison that is Gaza–the sea where earlier this week the Israeli Navy kidnapped eight fishermen, and then destroyed their boats with gunfire.

At 10:30 we gathered in Beit Hanoun to march north into the same buffer zone.  For three years the people of Beit Hanoun have demonstrated weekly against the occupation and against the buffer zone.  Participants marched north chanting and playing music over the megaphone into the buffer zone. They carried Palestinian flags attached to balloons.  As the balloons floated over the buffer zone trailing their flags, they occasionally fell to earth and popped on the thorn bushes which are the only thing to survive the regular Israeli bulldozing of the buffer zone.

Sabur Zaaneen, from the Local Initiative spoke on the need for a Palestinian state, he urged Palestinian leaders to continue the struggle this September, he urged them not to forget their duty to their people, not to forget the right of the refugees to return, the right of their people to justice.  The farmers of Beit Hanoun stand with the fisherman of Beit Lahia, with the people of Bil’in, with the people of Nil’in, we all carry the flag of popular resistance to the occupation.  None of us will give up.  We will be back next week, together, united in one cause, ending the occupation and justice for the Palestinian people

(palsolidarity.org / 15.09.2011)

UK amends law to protect Israelis from prosecution

LONDON (Reuters) — A British law limiting citizens’ rights to seek the arrest of foreign politicians for alleged war crimes took effect on Thursday, removing a thorn in British-Israeli relations.

The law amends legislation which Israel had protested about, saying it exposed its high-profile officials to the threat of arrest for alleged offenses if they visited Britain.

Under the old law, private individuals could start criminal prosecutions, including for international war crimes, by applying to a magistrate for an arrest warrant.

Israel demanded Britain change the law in late 2009 after reports that former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni would have risked arrest on war crimes charges over the 2008-9 Gaza offensive, had she not canceled a visit to London.

Last year, Israel said it had stopped sending delegations to Britain for routine strategic talks out of fear pro-Palestinian activists would seek their arrest for alleged war crimes.

The new law requires the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions before an arrest warrant can be issued in “universal jurisdiction” cases, where a case involves alleged crimes committed outside Britain.

“These new changes to existing law will ensure the balance is struck between ensuring those who are accused of such heinous crimes do not escape justice and that universal jurisdiction cases are only proceeded with on the basis of solid evidence that is likely to lead to a successful prosecution,” Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said in a statement.

Activists attempted to obtain warrants under the old law to arrest visiting foreign dignitaries such as former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, senior Chinese Communist Party official Bo Xilai and Livni, who is now Israeli opposition leader.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has said that the legal jeopardy faced by Israeli politicians and military officers could damage Britain’s efforts to play a role in Middle East peacemaking.

Human rights group Amnesty International condemned the change last year, accusing the government of handing war criminals “a free ticket to escape the law”.

In Israel, Livni’s Kadima party said Britain’s ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, had informed her of the change to the law.

A Kadima statement said Livni welcomed the decision, telling Gould: “I am happy that the arrest warrant against me opened the eyes of the British and will bring an end to the cynical use of the British legislation against commanders and soldiers in the IDF [Israeli army].”

(www.maannews.net / 15.09.2011)

Hamas and Fatah meet in Gaza before UN bid

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Political rivals Fatah and Hamas met Thursday evening in Gaza City, in a surprise discussion which touched on the upcoming Palestinian bid for membership of the UN.

Fatah national relations commissioner Diab al-Loh told Ma’an that officials from both factions discussed the reconciliation agreement which has faltered in implementation since its signing in May.

Al-Loh had said on Wednesday that the next meeting on reconciliation would be held on Sept. 24, after Hamas asked to postpone the summit originally scheduled for the coming Saturday.

After Thursday’s meeting al-Loh said the groups also discussed the UN bid. President and Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas is due to deliver a speech outlining the strategy at the UN in Ramallah on Friday.

Hamas leader Ismail Radwan said the meeting focused on the unresolved facets of the reconciliation, and insisted that the issue of political detainees should be addressed first.

On the UN bid, Radwan said each party has its own point of view, but the main priority is the protection of national unity.

The Hamas official added that parties talked about making further efforts to have more meetings.

Al-Loh told Ma’an that present at the meeting were himself, Fatah Revolutionary Committee Member Abdullah Abu Samhadaneh and Hisham Abdul Razeq from Fatah, and President of Hamas’ security committee Ismael Al-Ashqar, Ismail Radwan and Khalil Nofal from Hamas.

The reconciliation deal signed in Cairo on May 4 set out a path for the creation of a transitional government of technocrats and an end to the animosity which has split the Palestinians into two camps since 2007.

In August, Fatah and Hamas agreed to delay efforts to implement the reconciliation agreement until September.

President Abbas and the Fatah-dominated government in Ramallah have championed the state-building moves including institutional reform and financial strengthening, leading to the bid for UN membership scheduled for Sept. 23.

Hamas have dismissed the move as “a cosmetic step that will not bring any useful result to the Palestinian people,” and refused to allow popular protests in Gaza in support of the UN proposal.

( www.maannews.net /15.09.2011)

The Massacre at the Sabra and Shatila Camps:

A number of events led to the decision of an extremist terrorist group of the Lebanese kata’ib forces and forces belonging to the Zionist Army to carry out  massacres against the Palestinians. From the beginning of the Zionist invasion of  Lebanon, the Zionists and their agents were working toward being able to extirpate  the Palestinian presence in Lebanon. This may be seen from a number of  massacres of which the world heard only little, carried out by Israeli forces and militias under their command in the Palestinian camps in south Lebanon  (al-Rushaidiya, ‘Ayn al-Hilu, al-Miya Miya, and others).32 This massacre was thus the  outcome of a long mathematical calculation. It was carried out by groups of  Lebanese forces under the leadership of Ilyas Haqiba, head of the kata’ib intelligence apparatus and with the approval of the Zionist Minister of Defense, Ariel Sharon and the Commander of the Northern District, General Amir Dawri. High-level Israeli officers had been planning for some time to enable the Lebanese forces to go into the Palestinian camps once West Beirut had been surrounded.33
Two days before the massacre began – on the evening of September 14 – planning and coordination meetings were held between terrorist Sharon and his companion, Eitan. Plans were laid to have the kata’ib forces storm the camps, and at dawn, September 15, Israel stormed West Beirut and cordoned off the camps. A high-level meeting was held on Thursday morning, September 16, 1982 in which Israel was represented by General Amir Dawri, Supreme Commander of the Northern Forces.
The job of carrying out the operation was assigned to Eli Haqiba, a major security official in the Lebanese forces. The meeting was also attended by Fadi Afram, Commander of the Lebanese Forces.34
The process of storming the camps began before sunset on Thursday, September 16,35 and continued for approximately 36 hours.
The Israeli Army surrounded the camps, providing the murderers with all the support, aid and facilities necessary for them to carry out their appalling crime. They supplied them with bulldozers and with the necessary pictures and maps. In addition, they set off incandescent bombs in the air in order to turn night into day so that none of the Palestinians would be able to escape death’s grip. And those who did flee – women, children and the elderly – were brought back inside the camps by Israeli soldiers to face their destiny.36 At noon on Friday, the second day of the terrorist massacre, and with the approval of the Israeli Army, the kata’ib forces began receiving more ammunition, while the forces which had been in the camps were replaced by other, “fresh” forces.37  On Saturday morning, September 18, 1982, the massacre had reached its peak, and thousands of Sabra and Shatila camp residents had been annihilated.
Information about the massacre began to leak out after a number of children and women fled to the Gaza Hospital in the Shatila camp, where they told doctors what was happening. News of the massacre also began to reach some foreign journalists on Friday morning, September 17.38
One of the journalists who went into the camps after the massacre reports what he saw, saying, “The corpses of the Palestinians had been thrown among the rubble that remained of the Shatila camp. It was impossible to know exactly how many victims there were, but there had to be more than 1,000 dead. Some of the men who had been executed had been lined up in front of a wall, and bulldozers had been used in an attempt to bury the bodies and cover up the aftermath of the massacre.
But the hands and feet of the victims protruded from the debris.”
Hasan Salama (57 years old), whose 80-year-old brother was killed in the massacre, says, “They came from the mountains in thirty huge trucks. At first they started killing people with knives so that they wouldn’t make any noise. Then on Friday there were snipers in the Shatila camp killing anybody who crossed the street. On Friday afternoon, armed men began going into the houses and firing on men, women and children. Then they started blowing up the houses and turning them into piles of   rubble.”40
Author Amnoun Kabliyouk [p. 10] writes in his book about the tragedy of a young Palestinian girl who, like the rest of the children in the camp, faced this horrific massacre. Thirteen years old, she was the only survivor out of her entire family (her father, her mother, her grandfather and all her brothers and sisters were killed). She related to a Lebanese officer, saying, “We stayed in the shelter until really late on Thursday night, but then I decided to leave with my girl friend because we couldn’t breathe anymore. Then all of a sudden we saw people raising white flags and handkerchiefs and coming toward the kata’ib saying, ‘We’re for peace and harmony.’
And they killed them right then and there. The women were screaming, moaning and begging [for mercy]. As for me, I ran back to our house and got into the bathtub. I saw them leading our neighbors away and shooting them. I tried to stand up at the window to look outside, but one of the kata’ib fighters saw me and shot at me. So I went back to the bathtub and stayed there for five hours. When I came out, they grabbed me and threw me down with everybody else. One of them asked me if I was Palestinian, and I said yes. My nine-month-old nephew was beside me, and he was crying and screaming so much that one of the men got angry, so he shot him. I burst into tears and told him that this baby had been all the family I had left. That made him all the more angry, and he took the baby and tore him in two.”41
The massacre continued until noon on Saturday, September 18, leaving between 3,000 and 3,500 Palestinian and Lebanese civilians dead, most of them women, children and elderly people.42

(Facebook / 15.09.2011)

Open brief aan minister president M. Rutte

Geachte heer Rutte, beste Mark,

Met stomme verbazing en een grote mate van schaamte kon ik gisteren vernemen dat de PVV gewonnen heeft van de VVD, of wel het boerka verbod wordt besproken en waarschijnlijk ingevoerd.

Gaarne wil ik u wat gedachten meegeven en verzoeken goed na te denken voordat u deze grote stap (voor een deel van de Nederlandse maatschappij)  gaat nemen.

Nederland heeft ongeveer zestien miljoen inwoners, waarvan – gisteren werd het nogmaals gemeld op de Nederlandse tv – 150 dames een boerka dragen. Omgerekend is het erg weinig en dus stel ik u de vraag, waarom moet dit verbod komen, ondanks het feit dat er grotere problemen zijn, zoals de bezuinigingen, de financiële crisis en de crisis om Griekenland, de crisis om Europa en het geweld, waarbij mensen de straat opgaan met pistolen, geweren, messen en wat al niet meer.

In deze tijd weet de PVV u te verleiden om het boerkaverbod in te voeren, in het kader van het stoppen van de islamisering van Nederland.

Meneer Rutte, waar is dit verbod nu op gestoeld? Wilt u de vrouwen werkelijk beschermen tegen de (volgens sommige islambashers  bestaande) druk op vrouwen van m.n. mannelijke familieleden? Of gaat het u echter om de veiligheid op straat? Bij deze verzoek ik u  de officiële cijfers kenbaar te maken van geregistreerde druk binnen families die op vrouwen worden gelegd om
een boerka te dragen. Daarnaast vraag ik bij deze de officiële cijfers op van de aanslagen die in Nederland zijn gepleegd door vrouwen die een boerka dragen en tevens de cijfers waarop u baseert dat het dragen van een boerka een substantiële bedreiging is voor de veiligheid in Nederland.

Tenslotte wil ik u wijzen op twee punten die van belang zijn voor de vrouw die een boerka draagt, nl. de vrijheid van kiezen en haar
religie. Hierbij wil ik u de tekst nog eens laten lezen van artikel 1 van hoofdstuk 1 van de Grondwet voor het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden  (Gelijkheidsbeginsel; discriminatieverbod):

“Allen die zich in Nederland bevinden, worden in gelijke gevallen gelijk behandeld. Discriminatie wegens godsdienst, levensovertuiging, politieke gezindheid, ras, geslacht of op welke grond dan ook, is niet toegestaan.”

Indien het boerkaverbod gaat komen en u kunt de gevraagde cijfers niet openbaar maken, dan bent u bezig met discriminatie van vrouwen die wegens hun godsdienst, levensovertuiging of vrije wil een boerka willen dragen en volgens bovenstaande tekst uit de Grondwet is dit niet toegestaan.

Nogmaals doe ik een dringend beroep op uw verstand van liberale normen en waarden om af te zien van het boerkaverbod.

Als dit verbod er toch gaat komen – ik hoop dat de advocatuur dit zal oppakken – in het kader om de islamisering van Nederland
tegen te gaan, wat zal dan uw volgende stap worden? Een verbod op de foularah (hoofddoekje) van de moslima of een verbod van mijn keffiyah (Palestijnse sjaal)die ikelke dag draag?  Tenslotte kunnen beide ook gebruikt worden om het gezicht voor een groot gedeelte te bedekken.

Meneer Rutte, beste Mark, u heeft steeds aangegeven de minister president van alle Nederlanders te willen zijn, laat dat dan ook zien en toon u een man en ga eens met een moslima met een boerka praten en vraag waarom ze dat doet. Overtuig uzelf dat ze geen bedreiging voor de veiligheid van Nederland is. Werp die juk van de PVV af  – stoppen van de islamisering van Nederland – werp deze verre van u.

Henny A.J. Kreeft
Voorzitter Nederlandse Moslim Partij

@ KhamakarPress