Arabs back Palestinian UN membership bid

The Ministerial Committee of the Arab Initiative for Peace, chaired by HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani, yesterday stressed on the necessity of continuous mobilisation of support to Palestine’s UN statehood bid.
The committee, which met in Doha with participation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, decided to continue supporting the Palestinian bid for full membership in Unesco.
It also decided to study all the legal and political alternatives based on the General Assembly’s position regarding the Palestinian bid.
Arab foreign ministers said in a statement that they would call on the Middle East Quartet, through the General Assembly, to stand in the face of the Israeli illegal settlement policies. They will also ask the Quartet to continue its efforts to bring Israel back to the negotiating table with a clear deadline and pre-conditions that are based on international legitimacy.
The committee discussed the recent Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip, in which many civilians were killed and wounded.
It strongly condemned the aggression and urged the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards the Israeli violations and take action to lift the unjust siege being imposed on Gaza Strip.
The committee stressed its full support to the Palestinian reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.
The ministerial meeting was also attended by the Arab League Secretary-General Dr. Nabil el-Arabi and a number of foreign ministers and representatives of member countries.
The Arab Peace Initiative Committee includes Qatar, as the Chair-state; Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Yemen, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan and the Arab League Secretary-General.

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Latest news of Palestine 30.10.2011

Demonstrators returned to streets in Israel – Tehran Times

Yediot: 6 rockets tonight at Eshkol and western Negev Ashkelon

Sources, the Hebrew Yediot: Islamic Jihad declares state of alert

Qassam exploded in the western Negev. No injuries or damages

#Gaza Movies : Never Ending Story #Drones

Two Qassam rockets exploded in an open field south of Ashkelon. #PRAY4GAZA

Resistance fighters escape from Israeli bombing #Gaza

******* IOF warplanes bombed-open field near the Islamic University of East #KhanYounis (Safa) #Gaza #NOW #Pray4Gaza

Latest raid was in East #Gaza. Initial reports say it fell in an empty area. #Gaza

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Damn you #israel! – AND Every israeli who looks the other way and does not stand against Zionists! #Pray4Gaza #Gaza #Palestine #HRW

Breaking: sounds of bombing in #Gaza now #BeSafe guys #Palestine

What it’s like to have drones in your bones: #gaza

seriously i can’t hear the Rain anymore just the Israeli warplanes voices !! #Gaza

OMG Israeli warplanes are flying !! #WHAT #Gaza :S

IDF to reopen Kerem Shalom crossing to allow goods to Gaza – Jerusalem Post

Libië: Saif niet naar Internationaal Strafhof

Saif al-Islam   Saif al-Islam

De Nationale Overgangsraad in Libië wil niet dat Saif al-Islam wordt overgedragen aan het Internationaal Strafhof in Den Haag (ICC). Ze willen dat Kadhafi’s zoon in Libië wordt berecht voor zijn rol in de Libische opstanden.

“We accepteren niet dat onze soevereiniteit op die manier wordt geschonden”, zei Ahmed Bani, de militaire woordvoerder van de overgangsraad. “We zullen hem hier voor de rechter slepen. Hier moet hij de consequenties van zijn daden ondergaan.” Bani zei ook dat Libië aan de hele wereld zal laten zien dat ze een “beschaafd volk zijn met een eerlijk rechtssysteem”.


Vrijdag werd bekend dat het ICC contact heeft met Saif al-Islam. Saif zou na de gewelddadige dood van zijn vader vrezen voor zijn leven. Hoofdaanklager Luis Moreno Ocampo van het Strafhof zei dat er via tussenpersonen gesproken wordt met Saif. Het ICC vaardigde in mei een arrestatiebevel uit tegen Saif, wegens misdaden tegen de menselijkheid.

De autoriteiten in Tripoli zijn bang dat Saif zich helemaal niet wil overgeven aan het ICC, maar dat hij tijd rekt om te kunnen ontsnappen naar een naburig Afrikaans land. Aangezien de NAVO-missie maandag eindigt, hoeft Saif zich geen zorgen meer te maken over NAVO-toestellen die op hem zouden kunnen jagen. Een konvooi met Saif werd op 19 oktober al aangevallen door de NAVO toen hij vanuit Bani Walid naar het zuiden vluchtte. Saif zou ook contant geld en goud bij zich hebben, waarmee hij mensen zou kunnen omkopen om zo asiel aan te vragen in een staat die het ICC niet erkent. “Dat is waar we bang voor zijn”, aldus Bani. ‘Weinigen denken dat hij serieus is over het ICC.”

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Muslim democrats beat secular tyranny – again

Tunisia, the prime mover of the Arab Spring, had its first democratic outcome: Last weekend, this small Arab nation held free and fair elections, which had been only a dream under the tyranny of its former dictator, the all-secular Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Moreover, the winner turned out to be the Islamic-inspired party that the same Ben Ali brutally suppressed for decades: the Renaissance Party, or, with its original name, Ennahda.

I am sure some eyebrows are now raised in the West, and elsewhere, for Ennahda is defined as an “Islamist” party, which might, say, ban alcohol, put women in burqas and chop off hands and heads. But that really does not seem to be what the party aspires to. Right after its election victory, Ennahda’s second figure, Hamadi Jebali, who is also the candidate to be the next prime minister, dismissed such fears. He said that if Ennahda comes to power, “individual liberties [will be] granted for foreigners and Tunisians alike.” Among these liberties, he explicitly said, are things like wearing bikinis, drinking alcohol or doing “non-Islamic” (i.e. interest-based) banking.

There are good reasons to believe that Ennahda will keep these promises if it comes to power, for its main leader, Rached Ghannouchi, is a thinker who has long reconciled Islam and freedom. Unlike radical Islamist thinkers such as Sayyid Qutb, from which he was influenced initially, Mr. Ghannouchi growingly synthesized Islam not with a totalitarian but a democratic vision.

So, as early as the 1980s, Ghannouchi began advocating “the end of single-party politics and the acceptance of political pluralism and democracy.” He defended women’s rights and education, along with equal rights for non-Muslim citizens.

Yet none of that saved Mr. Ghannouchi and his party from the wrath of the Ben Ali regime, whose secularism was simply an anti-religious madness. People could be arrested simply for frequenting mosques. Members of Ennahda, including Ghannouchi himself, were jailed and tortured. Many of them had to flee to Europe to save their lives and freedom.

With all that terrible history of secular dictatorship, Tunisia is very similar to Turkey: Both countries have suffered from not Islamic but secular fundamentalism, which they imported from France, but took it to even worse extremes. In both countries, for example, the headscarf was banned in the public square and veiled women were degraded to second-class citizens.

But just like in Turkey, democracy in Tunisia brought an end to secular dictatorship. The end of the Ben Ali regime in Tunis, in other words, is not too unlike the end of the Kemalist regime in Ankara. In both cases, powerful oligarchies who positioned themselves against religion were overthrown by masses that aspired for freedom, including freedom of religion.

Similarly, it is not only significant but also telling that Ennahda spokesmen have repeatedly said that they take Turkey’s incumbent Justice and Development Party (AKP) as their “example.” Ironically, Ennahda’s secularist rivals, the leftovers of the Ben Ali regime, seem to have taken an example from Turkey as well: Just like the Kemalists, all they did during their campaign was fear mongering about “the Islamists.” And, again, just like the Kemalists, they terribly failed.

Of course, it is time now for Ennahda to work toward forming a stable government and disproving the fears that secularists pump and some secular people probably genuinely have. If they can be successful in both and form a government that will bring more freedom and prosperity to Tunisia, they will have replicated the “AKP model” in the Arab world. As the initiators of the Arab Spring, and as the heir of a liberal Islamic tradition that dates back to the 19th century, they are simply the perfect people to do that.

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Arab League to Press Syrian FM to End Crackdown

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, October 9, 2011.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, October 9, 2011.

Arab League representatives are scheduled to meet Sunday with Syria’s foreign minister to demand an end to killings of civilians during the government’s crackdown on an opposition uprising.

The Arab League ministerial delegation was due to hold talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in the Qatari capital, Doha. The 22-member Arab bloc sharpened its criticism of Syria after rights activists said Syrian security forces shot and killed dozens of anti-government protesters on Friday.

Many of the protesters were calling on the West to impose a no-fly zone over Syria to protect them from government attacks. NATO airstrikes helped a Libyan uprising topple Moammar Gadhafi earlier this year, but the alliance has shown little appetite for a similar mission in Syria.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a British newspaper that any Western intervention in Syria will cause an “earthquake” and turn his country into what he called “another Afghanistan.” In the interview with the Sunday Telegraph, he said any plan to “divide Syria” will divide the whole region.

Rights activists say at least 90 people were killed in uprising-related violence in Syria on Friday and Saturday, marking one of the bloodiest periods in the country since the anti-Assad rebellion began in March.

The activists say the dead include 45 civilians and 47 security personnel killed in fighting with army deserters in the provinces of Homs and Idlib. One army defector also was killed. There was no independent confirmation of the casualties because Syria bars most international journalists from operating in the country.

In a separate interview with Russian state television Sunday, President Assad said Syria has been “relying” on Russian diplomatic support to withstand Western and Arab criticism of the crackdown.

Western nations have placed economic sanctions on Syria to pressure it to stop using force against protesters. But Russia vetoed a European-led effort to secure U.N. Security Council approval for similar sanctions against Damascus.

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Hosni Mubarak trial postponed until end of the year

Egyptians supporters of former President Hosni Mubarak gather outside the courts set up at the Police Academy

The next session in the trial of  former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been postponed until late December.

The decision follows calls for the appointment of a new presiding judge to replace Ahmed Refax.

Mr Mubarak, 83, is accused of ordering the killing of protesters during the uprising earlier this year which ended his rule. He denies the charges.

His trial is now due to resume on 28 December, two days after a separate court rules on replacing Mr Refaat.

Lawyers for the alleged victims of Mr Mubarak have petitioned the court demanding that the judge be replaced.

In earlier sessions, Mr Refaat defended the court’s integrity and lashed out at critics.

Mr Mubarak, his two sons, the former interior minister and senior police officers – who face a range of charges – were in the Cairo court on Sunday when the judge announced the adjournment. All defendants deny the charges against them.

Riot police have often had to separate anti- and pro-Mubarak crowds who have fought outside the police academy courthouse during the trial.

In mid-August, the judge took the decision to ban live TV coverage, saying he was exasperated by lawyers showing off for the television cameras.

At earlier court hearings, TV images showed Mr Mubarak, who led Egypt for 30 years, in a cage on a sick bed.

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New report on the true reality of Palestinian Prisoners

UFree have released a hard hitting report summarising the situation faced by Palestinians detained by the Israeli occupation.

The report looks at the breaches of international law by the Israeli authorities; the demographic make up and categories of Palestinian prisoners themselves and the 2011 hunger strike.

It highlights the shocking treatment all Palestinians are subjected to, including women and children. One alarming statistic in the report is that one in every four males in the West Bank and Gaza have experienced imprisonment in Israeli jails – forty percent of all Palestinian men.

The demands of the prisoners on hunger strike shows the barbaric and humiliating treatment of the prisoners – who are asking for basic rights such as: permission for prisoners to be allowed visits from family (in Gaza); children to be allowed to touch their parent without a separation barrier; access to education and medical care and the end of collective punishment.

Download report

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Hamas official calls Israeli leaders ‘war criminals’

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Minister of Justice in the Hamas government on Sunday denounced Israeli airstrikes against the coastal enclave and called for Israeli leaders to be tried as “war criminals,” a statement said.

Al-Ghoul condemned the killing of Gaza militants, saying “a crime like this will only increase the stubbornness, stability and resistance of the Palestinian people.”

He called on Arab and Islamic countries, as well as the international community, to put pressure on Israel to end its violent treatment of the Palestinians.

Al-Ghoul also called on the International Criminal Court to pursue Israeli leaders for their violations of international humanitarian law.

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‘Bewijzen tegen Saif al-Islam Kaddafi’

Saif al-Islam Kaddafi

De aanklagers van het Internationaal Strafhof (ICC) in Den Haag beschikken over ‘substantiële bewijzen’ tegen de voortvluchtige Saif al-Islam Kaddafi (39). Dit heeft hoofdaanklager Luis Moreno Ocampo vandaag in Peking verklaard.

‘We hebben getuigen die uitleggen hoe Saif al-Islam betrokken was bij voorbereidingen van aanvallen op burgers. En we hebben in het bijzonder bewijzen voor het huren van huurlingen en andere financiële transacties van de beklaagde.’ Saif al-Islam was een van de prominentste leden van de Kaddafi-clan en gold als mogelijke opvolger van zijn vader, dictator Kaddafi, die 20 oktober in Sirte werd gedood.

Saif al-Islam zou momenteel in de Sahara worden beschermd door huurlingen en een vliegtuig willen regelen. Hij wil vooral niet in handen vallen van strijders van het nieuwe bewind in Tripoli. Saif al-Islam vertoefde eerder gaarne in voorname westerse kringen. Moreno Ocampo herinnerde zich zondag dat hij hem jaren terug ontmoette en dat Saif toen de pogingen steunde van het ICC om de Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir wegens genocide op te pakken.

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This the real meaning of Terrorism

   If you want to know what it is to be a Palestinian, see this picture.

Every day there are bombs falling, warplanes are flying through the air, drones are coming through

Every day on the run for the warmachines of Israel, the terrorist machines

Every day you are not sure to get the evening alive

Every day suffering for goods you need, no water, nothing to eat and running for the war

The machines from Israel …. that is terrorism ….