Ex-voorman Mossad: ons grootste probleem is joods extremisme

Israëls grootste dreiging komt van binnenuit. Joods extremisme is gevaarlijker dan de nucleaire plannen van Iran. Dat zegt Efraim Halevy, voormalig leider van de geheime dienst Mossad.Ultra-orthodox extremisme zou de levens van Israëli hebben ‘verduisterd’. ‘De radicalisering van charediem-joden vormt een grotere bedreiging dan Ahmedinejad’, vertelde Halevy vorige week tijdens een toespraak. Charediem leven volgens strenge religieuze voorschriften. De mannen zijn te herkennen aan hun zwarte kleding en pijpenkrullen.

In september trokken negen kadetten van de Israëlische officiersopleiding landelijke aandacht toen ze weigerden naar zingende vrouwen te luisteren. Vrouwelijk gezang zou bij mannen onreine lusten opwekken. Halevy staat niet alleen in zijn kritiek. De vroomheid van de charediem zou onderwerp van een maatschappelijk debat.

Ultra-orthodoxe joden zijn de laatste tijd regelmatig in het nieuws. Het hooggerechtshof besliste onlangs dat vrouwen tijdens busritten niet op de achterste banken hoeven te zitten. Ultra-orthodoxen houden geslachten in het openbaar graag apart.

Met name in de Jeruzalemse wijk Mea Shearim laten ze zich gelden. Tijdens het jaarlijkse loofhuttenfeest scheiden ze mannen van vrouwen door doeken op te hangen.

Winkels die niet aan de strengste religieuze voorschriften voldoen, lopen het risico vernield te worden. Vorige maand sloopten Sikrim-joden, een bijzonder radicale groep, een ijswinkel omdat het likken van ijs zou uitnodigen tot promiscuïteit.

(www.trouw.nl / 14.11.2011)

Yemen’s Saleh says ready to step down in 90 days

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh addresses a meeting of the ruling
General People’s Congress party leaders in Sanaa October 19, 2011.


SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni President Ali
Abdullah Saleh said on Monday he was ready to step down within 90 days of
reaching a deal on a formal process for implementing a Gulf initiative aimed at
ending the nine-month-old crisis in his country.

Saleh, who has so far refused to sign the accord proposed by the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council in April, told France’s Channel 24 television in an interview that he had given his deputy, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, authority to negotiate a deal with the opposition.

Asked when he would leave office, Saleh said: “When an agreement on the Gulf initiative is reached, and when it is signed, and (it is agreed) on the operational mechanism and when elections are held, the president will leave.”

Asked if there was a time frame for his departure, he said: “It is defined. It is within 90 days (of an agreement).”

“I have 33 years of experience in power and I know the difficulties, I know the negatives and positives. The one who clings to power is mad,” he said.

An opposition official said on Sunday that Saleh was trying to thwart a mission by U.N. envoy Jamal Benomar to implement the U.N.-backed Gulf initiative, by insisting on staying in office until new elections are held.

“Saleh wants to preserve all his powers until the election of a new president and that is rejected by the opposition and because of this the U.N. envoy’s mission is going to fail,” said the official, who declined to be identified.

Benomar urged all Yemeni factions on Monday to reach an agreement “to save the Yemeni people from the sufferings of the current crisis,” the Yemeni Defense Ministry’s website said.

“I am in nearly daily contact with all political sides in Yemen and efforts are continuing to reach a peaceful end to the crisis,” he added.

Under an “operational mechanism” proposed by Benomar, Saleh would step down immediately, triggering the formation of a national unity government ahead of early presidential elections. A body would be set up to restructure the armed forces.

Saleh said he had no objection to restructuring the armed forces, which split after the protests against his rule began in February. “Restructuring the army, I have no problem with that. The army belongs to the homeland and is not a personal property,” he said.

Saleh also slammed the Arab Spring protests, calling the demonstrations “Arab anarchy.”

He said support for these protests had come from a “small and weightless state” — an apparent reference to Qatar, a wealthy Gulf Arab state and home to the Al Jazeera satellite TV channel, which gave sympathetic coverage to the Arab Spring uprisings, particularly those in Libya and Syria.

(www.reuters.com / 14.11.2011)

Freedom Rides highlight the lack of Palestinian rights, and the unjust system attempting to keep it that way

Bill Fletcher Jr., Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies and past president of TransAfrica Forum, comments on tomorrow’s Freedom Rides in the West Bank:

When I first heard about the planned Freedom Rides scheduled for Tuesday, November 15th  to take place in the Occupied Palestinian Territories I realized that  this was a brilliant tactic. Much as with the Freedom Rides that were  used in the USA to dramatize the violence of Jim Crow segregation in the  South, and later the Immigrant Freedom Rides to dramatize the plight of  immigrants, the Palestinian Freedom Rides are about dramatizing  violence—the violence that the Palestinian people face every day as a  result of the Israeli Occupation.

In  my visit to Palestine this past June, the problem of transportation was  discussed in virtually every conversation. The limits on transportation  for Palestinians tell you virtually all that you need to know about the  racist Occupation. One graphic example is that there are different  license plates for Israeli settlers from those of the Palestinians. A  car with Palestinian plates cannot travel into Israel. And, in fact,  there are roads within Occupied Palestine, on which Palestinian vehicles  are prohibited. Another graphic example, which relates directly to the  matter of the Freedom Rides, was explained to me at a border crossing  where Palestinian workers were going into Israel for their jobs. I was  informed that once in Israel they had to ALREADY have their  transportation arranged. Naively I assumed that they could simply hop on  a bus and go to work. Not so fast, it turns out. The Israeli buses will  not stop to pick up Palestinian workers.

The  Palestinian Freedom Rides aim to dramatize that there is no freedom of  movement for Palestinians. They are a population suffering from an  on-going occupation that has become, as I have asserted previously, a  slow-motion annexation. Discriminatory transportation policies which  privilege the freedom of movement of Israelis, and Israeli settlers in  particular, are part of the low-intensity violence experienced by the  Palestinians on a daily basis aimed at further and further marginalizing  them until they feel forced to abandon their own land.

The  Freedom Rides conducted by African Americans in the USA, particularly  after World War II, brought the attention of the world onto Jim Crow  segregation. These were not only demonstrations for rights, but were  demonstrations to illustrate that the absence of rights was tied to a  regime of violence and oppression. To put it another way, Jim Crow  segregation was not solely or mainly the separation of African Americans  and whites, but instead was the violent separation  and subjugation of African Americans by a white supremacist system.  This is not a matter of semantics. Apologists for the Jim Crow South  attempt to portray it as simply a matter of social separation rather  than a system that aimed at dispossessing the African American, thereby  subverting any possibility at democracy. That this was to the advantage  of the white ruling elite in the South is critical to grasp, but it  cannot be overlooked that masses of whites, even contrary to their own  interests, allied themselves with this system of racial subordination.

The  Palestinian Freedom Riders are also displaying that the travesty of  transportation in the Occupied Territories is not simply a matter of  lack of rights. Instead it is illustrative of the manner in which the  larger Occupation system operates with the aim of suppressing the  Palestinian population in perpetuity. For this to work, not only the  Israeli settlers in the Occupied Territories, but the Israeli population  within Israel proper have to decide that the system of racial violence  must be supported, if not reinforced. This is the challenge being thrown  down by the Palestinian Freedom Riders and in doing so they need  solidarity from those of us committed to global justice.

(mondoweiss.net / 14.11.2011)

Syria maintains international support

In the midst of hostility, Syria continues to receive international support

Amid an escalation of hostility, Damascus especially found confusing the statements of Arab leaders, Syria continues to receive the support of countries and polítical leaders. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, reported here, urged the opposition in Syria to abandon all ties with armed groups that are equipped from outside causing the authorities to respond to their acts of terror.

In this context, statements of concern appear from western states, such as the U.S. government, which called on armed groups not to surrender their weapons not endorsing a general amnesty decreed by President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia reiterates its support for the plan proposed by the Arab League (AL), accepted by Damascus to resolve the crisis, and a willingness for Damascus to take it over. For example, Russia details, was the decision on November 4 to release 553 prisoners, besides the general amnesty.

In the opinion of Moscow, the implementation of these measures and other Arab League initiatives pave the way for a constructive and tangible political dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition.

In this sense, opposition sectors were criticized for refusing dialogue proposed by the Arab League, which would help contribute to normalizing the situation in Syria, thus distancing themselves from the spirit of the Arab initiative.

The statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry comes after the secretary-general and under-secretary of the Arab League on Sunday affirmed that Syria did not comply with the agreement and called for a new meeting Saturday to review the issue.

Damascus criticized this attitude and wondered if it were not a power game being played by the centers of power in the West, serving the intention to intervene in Syria as they did in Libya.

Moscow knew that the Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, called a number of colleagues and leaders of international organizations to support the Arab initiative and allow the Syrians to move forward in solving their problems.

As the news spread by some Arab and Western media about acts of violence that have caused victims, particularly in Homs, Russia believes that it is a natural duty of the Syrian authorities to ensure the safety and rights of its citizens and the overall stability “against the vandalism of armed groups.

Speaking to the Syrian news agency, SANA, the general secretary of the Russian Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov, condemned the provocations of the United States that encourage and stimulate acts of terrorism in Syria, such as their call to armed groups to reject the amnesty.

He also recalled that Washington and its allies who now besiege Syria are and have been the perpetrators and / or supported the brutal crimes against Libya, and warned that the only purpose of this campaign is to overthrow the Syrian government.

In turn, the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, recognized that Syria is being besieged by the West because it has been the bastion of Arab resistance, and therefore they create pretexts to push and interfere in Syria’s internal affairs.

Speaking to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Akhbar, relayed in the Syrian press, Ahmadinejad suggested that the Syrians be allowed to solve their problems through understanding and dialogue without foreign interference.

On the attempts of the United States to break the relationship between the countries he called the axle resistance, the Iranian president said that behind Washington’s maneuvers is their interest in rescuing and protecting the Zionist state.

(english.pravda.ru / 14.11.2011)

Grootste koran weegt 800 kilo

De grootste koran ter wereld  De grootste koran ter wereld

In Rusland is de grootste koran ter wereld vervaardigd. Het boek weegt 800 kilo en is anderhalf bij twee meter groot.

Het kunstwerk is gemaakt door Italiaanse ambachtslieden. Zij gebruikten een speciaal soort papier uit Schotland. Voor de versieringen in het boek zijn goud, zilver en edelstenen gebruikt.

De speciale koran wordt eerst geplaatst in een moskee in de stad Kazan, 750 kilometer ten oosten van Moskou. Kazan is de hoofdstad van Tatarstan, een liberale islamitische deelrepubliek van de Russische federatie.

Volgend jaar gaat het boek naar Bolgar, een van de oudste islamitische plaatsen in Rusland. In 922 werd daar besloten dat de islam de officiële godsdienst van de regio moest worden.

(nos.nl / 14.11.2011)

Israel airstrike injures French consular

Palestinian medics wheel a body into a hospital following an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip (File Photo).
Head of the French consular affairs in the Gaza Strip and his family were injured in an overnight Israeli airstrike on the beleaguered Palestinian territory.

Majdi Shakoura told AFP on Monday that the windows of their home west of Gaza City were shattered when an Israeli warplane hit a Hamas naval base north of Gaza and that the flying glass shards cut his left leg and injured his 13-year-old daughter.

He also said that his pregnant wife lost her baby due to the shock of the attack.

According to medical sources, a Palestinian was killed and six others, including two policemen, were injured in the attack on Sunday.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed that an air force fighter jet attacked the Gaza Strip.

(www.presstv.ir / 14.11.2011)

Army raids homes of prisoners freed in swap deal

QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces overnight Sunday raided the homes of seven prisoners freed as part of the Oct. 18 prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel, a Ma’an correspondent reported.

Military vehicles entered the northern West Bank city of Qalqiliya overnight Sunday and issued summons to Akram Mansour, Shadi Zayid and Ibrahim Yasin to report to Israeli intelligence.

Mansour, who had been serving a life sentence since August 1979, took part in hunger strikes while in jail to protest prison conditions. He is suffering from brain cancer.

Soldiers also raided the homes of two former prisoners Nael and Fakhri Barghouthi in the central West Bank village of Kubar near Ramallah.  The two cousins were also issued summons to report to Israeli intelligence.

Nael Barghouti was 20 when he was detained in April 1978. He was the longest serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails, having spent 33 years behind bars for alleged membership of an armed group.

The Jenin home of former detainee Adnan Zeid al-Kilani was also raided by soldiers, Ma’an’s correspondent said.

On Sunday, the Israeli army raided the Ramallah home of former female prisoner Sumud Karaja, 23. Locals said that soldiers issued summons for Karaja to report to Israeli intelligence in the Ofer military base near her village of Saffa.

Karaja was among 27 female detainees released under the terms of the prisoner exchange deal. She had served three years of a 20-year sentence on charges of stabbing an Israeli soldier at the military checkpoint in Qalandiya, near Ramallah.

Israeli forces also raided the home of former female prisoner Latuifa Abu Thiraa late Sunday, a Ma’an reporter said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she had no reports of any of the incidents.

(www.maannews.net / 14.11.2011)