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REMINDER: Tomorrow #MustafaTamimi Funeral starts at 9am from Ramallah gov’t Hospital & burial is at 1pm in #NabiSaleh

Silent gathering for #MustafaTamimi in #Ramallah

#Mustafa Tamimi’s funeral. Beautiful spirit & beautiful people. #NabiSaleh will prevail indeed. #IDF #Israel #Palestine

#NabiSaleh heroes: Your cameras & voices are your weapons, no one can silence the truth! You are not numbers, you’re the breath of freedom!

Protesting the Killing of Mustafa Tamimi

RT @MaxBlumenthal: RT @ibnezra: Mustafa Tamimi’s sister in Ramallah this evening

#MustafaTamimi – A Martyr of Nabi Saleh

To believe is hard to disbelieve as we mourn the death #MustafaTamimi murdered in cold blood in his home village RIP

A photostory: When a nonviolent protests ends in death. Title should read: When an UNARMED protest..etc #MustafaTamimi

No justice, no peace; Mustafa Tamimi and thousands more Palestinian martyrs will not be blotted out by apartheid Israel from our memories.

British government regrets death of #MustafaTamimi

See the Israeli military’s sickening response on #Twitter after shooting Mustafa Tamimi” #MustafaTamimi via@occpal

“Palestine Has to Be More Flexible…” H(ILL)ARY SAYS!

Truth does not matter for “Israel”. Buttons Do. To mute.

In an interview with Egypt’s Al-Hayat TV released Saturday October 1st 2011, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Palestinians need to show flexibility and get back to the negotiating table.

Flexibility… let’s behold that for a moment how long Palestine already has been flexible and talking:

AIPAC ( ALL I PLEDGE AFTER CASH – “Flexible” Translation… )

10.596.664 Million Palestinians

Is the total world population of Palestine. (Jan 2011) of which 4.1 million Live in Palestine’s Occupied Territories, 1.5 million is 1948 Palestine and 4.996.664 worldwide refugees

4.100.000 Million Palestinians

Live inside  The Occupied Territories. The PCBS Palestine bureau said Palestinian inhabitants of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza currently total 4.1 million

1.500.000 Million Palestinians

Live in 1948 Palestine a.k.a. “Israel”  (Israeli statsitics, (PCBS – Jan 2011) live under race-based Apartheid laws (Nazi- and Apartheid-style compulsory race-based ID at all times; race-based marriage prohibition laws; race-based discrimination over property acquisition, property rights, social participation, travel in their own country and family reunion).

4.996.664 Million Palestinians

Is the total of refugees registered with the UNRWA as worldwide refugees. (July 2011)

Are outside Palestine refused Human Rights or Right of Return – video

1.452.709 Million Palestinians

Of the total of  refugees 1.452.709 Palestinians are  living in official camps  and are dependant on foreign aid and assistance.

58 Refugee Camps

There are 58 official camps in which they live. You can watch them here in pictures

19 camps in the West Bank – 848,494
8 camps in Gaza – 1,167,361
10 camps in Lebanon – 455,373
12 camps in Syria – 495,970
9 camps in Jordan – 1,999,466

Download the full factsheet as per July 1, 2011 | PDF | UNWRA

1.700.000 Million Palestinians

According to the official report of the Interior Minister of Gaza as per June 2011, 1.7 Million Palestinians  live in world’s largest open air prison called Gaza which is under an illegal Israeli siege

540.000 Palestinians

Inside occupied territories are unemployed  due to the Illegal Occupation & siege

3705 Gaza Industrial businesses

95 percent of Gaza’s 3,900 industrial businesses are closed or have suspended work. The other five percent are operating at 20 to 50 percent of capacity.

$2900 is the GDP per capita (PPP)

This means per head yes you read well, per year! … while….

6,86 Billion US Dollar per year

is the price of Economic damage Palestine pays for being besieged by Israel

375.000 Dollar per Month Costs

 to get aid into Palestine which mainly Israel is charging or causing.

63 years and ongoing aid

for getting the same sacks of food in, like the sacks brought in 63 years ago!

200 Million $ of Aid Frozen

Because Palestine did a bid for Statehood at the UN and US gives them the “Gaza treatment”

30 Billion $ of Military Aid

is given to Israel, to sustain apartheid and the ongoing genocide while

4.6 Million Kids in USA

don’t get dental care and so pay the price with their health, to kill Palestinians, besides this…

46 Million Americans depend on

government food assistance to feed their families!

24 Billion $ Military Aid  to Israel

Was given from 2000-2009 to sustain the onslaught on Palestine

670 million weapons &  related

military equipment was donated by US to Israel while Palestinians only have … stones?

47 million pieces of ammunition

In just 3 years, namely from 2007-2009, US taxpayers funded enough bullets to kill every1 in Palestine 10 times over.

3,3 Million $ a Year

Is the price of only 1 US Congressman per year,  of which the AIPAC lobby took 81 to Israel, to learn how to represent Israel and it’s atrocities in stead of the US or Human Rights for Palestine. But please US Americans, do not complain for if Palestine has to be flexible, please be so as well… Or at least deny for Netanyahu  said:  ‘America is a thing you can move very easily’

10 Million Shekels

Avigdor Lieberman pulled out of the Israeli Taxbox, to teach the Israeli diplomatics to tweet, at least as a follow up for a previous campaign so you all stay believing in the lies and myths, for truth does not matter, only buttons do, to mute the truth

The previous 1.6 Million $

To recruit and instruct new media warriors not seemed to be effective enough for zionism so you won’t notice…

400 Lives daily in fatal danger

Because of infringement of the Human Right to medical treatment or…  too late for them  – to be exact:

Avoidable Mortality Deaths

0,5 Million Palestinians post 1967

Due to post-1967 avoidable mortality (excess mortality)

The fundamental messages from the World War 2 Jewish Holocaust (6 million victims, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) and the WW2 Holocaust in general (30 million Slav, Jewish and Roma dead) are “zero tolerance for racism” and “never again to anyone” are effectively only mentioned in commemorations, but in reality Israel deploys the same policies to cause avoidable mortality and deprivation of which 1 million of their own kin have been slained in a silent passive genocide.

0,3 Million excess death and 0,2 Million <5 Infant Mortality

Of the post-1967 avoidable mortality (excess mortality) of which 90% had been avoidable, if Palestine had been in some decent circumstances for even an occupier has obligations which it violates… every day .

In the over 40 year occupation and mass imprisonment of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (current population about 4 million), post-1967 excess deaths total 0.3 million and post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 0.2 million. There are 7 million Palestinian refugees; 2,400 Occupied Palestinian infants are “passively murdered” by war criminal Apartheid Israel EVERY YEAR; 85% of Indigenous Palestinian Christians have fled; and outstanding Jewish South African Government Minister and hero in the fight against Apartheid, Ronnie Kasrils, describes the Zionist-occupied Holy Land as “worse than Apartheid” (see:… )

Not only it’s obligations Israel ignores, it ignores International Law, Regulations, as well as:

224 UN Resolutions

Concerning Israel while Palestine is the target of none at all

Over 77 massacres

Were committed only to create  the “State of Israel”  Here is a List   in which 0.8 Million Palestinians we’re exiled, 15.000 people we’re killed,  and 80% of christian Palestinians fled.

24.000.000 Million Lives

Is the human cost of Israel, namely the effect on excess death in its neighbours due to its war and occupation policies. Using UN Population Division data one can estimate that the 1950-2005 excess deaths in all countries partly occupied by the State of Israel in the last 60 years totalled 24 million. The breakdown (1950-2005 excess deaths/2005 population) for the State of Israel and its violated neighbours is as follows:

Israel [0.095m/6.685m =1.4%]
Egypt [19.818m/74.878m = 26.5%]
Jordan [0.630m/5.750m = 11.0%]
Lebanon [0.535m/3.761m = 14.2%]
Occupied Palestinian Territories [0.677m/3.815m = 17.7%]
Syria [2.198m/18.650m = 11.8%]
Total = 23.858m/106.854 = 22.3%

(See: “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007:

Now: 5000 Palestinians Annual

Die in  Occupied Palestinian due to  avoidable under-5 infant death total 2,400; Annual violent deaths total about 800 (20% children); annual excess deaths total 5,000 – deaths in custody at the hands of a racist, Apartheid regime.

215 people assassinated in 2011

The victims of the ongoing genocide on Palestine: The Martyrs of Occupation 2011 as only 1 mean of zionism of ethnic cleansing Palestine of it’s indigenous people after

750.000 people expelled

in 1948 during the Nakba of which

100.000 Christians as well

Still believing the myths it is about Arabs, Muslims bla bla? Wrong! Zionism targets Christians as well… They still undergo occupation, apartheid and daily attacks and violence as well. But H(ill)ary says Palestine has to be flexible so neither have to complain about the largest ethnic cleansing operation since 1948….

350 Palestinian Towns

Have been eradicated from the face of earth . Every Red Dot on this Map once was a Palestinian Town, Ethnic cleansed village.

400 homes in 2011

Have been demolished to make place for illegal settlements

13 Building Permits

91 Building permits have been issued by Israel to Palestinians during the years 2000-2007,which is 13 a year. While hundreds of structures are demolished every year, people are evicted or homes are taken over by settlers (without a permit at all)

800 Palestinians in 2011

Have been displaced only this year, and the year has not yet ended. Israel, creating new refugees every day.

57.000 Bedouin to be cleansed

Because the only democracy in the middle east , the Israeli parliament approved plans to “transfer” 30,000 Palestinian Bedouin from the Negev. Transfer is kind of a “flexible” term if you watch with your own eyes how transfering by Israel works. Besides the 30.000 Bedouin Israel approved to ethnically cleanse from the Negev, it also approved the ethnic cleansing of 27.000 Palestinian bedouins in Area C of West Bank of Palestine itself.Report B’Tselem

In 2005, an advisor to Shimon Peres told US that Negev “development” plan meant “relocation” of 65,000 Bedouin citizens (See: Source)

For the sake of illegal expansion

as well for the sake of expansion of illegal colonies. Also one of the ways to get rid of Palestinians…  if you can not detain them:

Over 750.000 Palestinians

Have been imprisoned by Israel since 1967 while

1/4 of the Palestinian Population

has been put behind bars, which makes them the most jailed nation in the world.

1 Israeli

was in Palestinian Captivity. Just 1. Now (Nov 2011) none at all. Captive Shalit was released.

8500 Palestinian Prisoners

Currently are being abused, denied human rights and tortured in Israeli prisons

90% is denied a Lawyer

only 10% of Palestinian detaineed gets a lawyer. Besides this, Israel violates International Law by detaining prisoners outside occupied territories, making thus impossible family visits as well. Detention inside Israel in violation of Fourth Geneva’s Article 76

900.000 $ Business

Is the profit of the arresting children business in Palestine. In just 9 months Israel collected this amount only by arresting and posing fines to parents in Jerusalem only.

100 torture methods

Israel developed to use on and against Palestinian prisoners even on children

1500 Children

Have been rounded up in 2010 in Israel’s State War on Palestine’s kids

1471 Children died

Since the year 2000, due to Israeli attacks some due to the 

100 tons on bombs

Israel dropped only on the first day of the latest great ground assault on Gaza Operation Cast Lead in which

1417 Palestinians died in 22 days

Of which many children, even sleeping in their beds, slained

60.000 Palestinian homes

We’re damaged in 22 days of indiscriminate bombing and airstrikes

15.000 shekels

Was the additional fee aside Israel forced Basem Hijazi to raze a ten square meter part of his home in the west bank of Palestine with his own hands

1 tent

And a man’s life. Mohamed al-Kurd was thrown out of his own house. He was not as “lucky” and able to be “flexible” as H(ill)ary wants Palestine to be. After being exiled out of his house he put up a little tent with his family and remaining belongings. Settlers and army came demolish even this every night. And in the end he died. While Israel’s never satisfied put up hundreds of tents in a bid for lower prices of cottage cheese and high rents. No one complains about the free taken homes of Palestine.

670.000 truckloads

Construction materials Gaza needs . But only an average of 715 enter per month,  at 11% of pre-blockade levels.

10.000 Construction workers

There was no crisis in Gaza as they want you to believe but the employment in construction is only  42 percent of pre-blockade levels.

290 Truckloads in 7 months

290 truckloads of exports were allowed out of Gaza between November 2010 and May 2011. Before the siege, more than 960 truckloads a month exited Gaza. This is only five percent of pre-blockade levels.

2807 Truckloads Weekly Import

In 2011, only a weekly average of 900 truckloads of goods entered Gaza

8 to 12 Hours Daily Blackout

Due to lack of fuel, the Gaza Power Plant runs at 45 percent capacity, leading to daily blackouts of eight to twelve hours. Blackouts cost lives. People in need of dialysis, breathing appartuses, life maintaining electronics or aparatuses, surgery and more.

5 percent drinkable water

The Gaza aquifer provides 90 percent of Gaza’s water. Only ten percent of that water meets the standards of being suitable for consumption. Water-borne diseases cause 26 percent of illnesses in Gaza.  Which is only known since 2005 and documented. The deliberate pollution by Israel of Palestine’s water resources, sewerage or denial of entry of materials to repair cause deaths

80.000 Cubic Meters Sewage a day

Gaza authorities must release into the Mediterranean Sea on a daily basis.B ecause of lack of treatment capacity and electricity, cause by the illegal blockade of Gaza

85 % of the Sea

to which Gaza fishermen are entitled to use for fishing, is controlled by Israel and unaccessible for Gaza’s fishermen for who only the first 3 Nautical Miles are to use after Israel took various unilateral moves to restrict the International Maritime Law of 20 Nautical Miles further since the Bertini Agreement.  Even within these 3 NM fishermen are attacked, abducted and killed, or their boats sunk, shot or demolished by Israeli Naval Attacks

100 $ a Month

Is the income of 90% of the 4000 Gaza Fishermen, risking their lives every day to try to earn a living for their families.

178 medications Zero Stock Level

Gaza’s hospitals are at “zero stock levels” for 178 of 480 essential medications with another 69 at low stock.

260 Medical supplies Zero Stock Level

Of 700 essential medical supplies, 260 are at “zero stock levels” (update dec 4, 2011)

300.000 Palestinians

Since the blockade began, the number of Palestinian refugees are completely unable to secure access to food and lacking the means to purchase even the most basic items, such as soap, school stationery and safe drinking water  has tripled to 300,000.

75 Million Shekels

Israel allocated to suppress people in “possible” non-violent protest, rehearsing their human right ( UDHR 20(1) “Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.” ) to assembly,  demonstrate for Human Rights, statehood recognition, or at least to create awareness for the violations they daily have to undergo. Daily collective punishment in every way imaginable like…:

200.000 Palestinians

Are daily restricted in movement, another violation of Human Right (UDHR Art. 13:1:”Everyone has the right 2 freedom of movement & residence within the borders of each state”)  due to the checkpoints, roadblocks, closures, curfews and more.

522 Roadblocks and Checkpoints

H(ill)ary says you need to be flexible. Of course as well with the lies of Netanyahu during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, where he told the number had dicreased. From OCHA: 522 roadblocks & checkpoints obstruct Palestinian movement in the West Bank, compared to 503 in July 2010.

120.000 families denied

The right to be together. Israel’s discriminatory and zionist policies to separate families in one of the many modus operandi to make people’s lives miserable

77,5 % of Palestinian Land

Is unaccessible for Palestinians. And even the remaining land and assets are being exploited. Dispossession & Exploitation: Israel’s policy in the Jordan Valley & northern Dead Sea For a comprehensive report, May 2011 | View summary or full report or download the report: PDF

2.5 Million (Olive) Trees

Over 2.5 million have been uprooted, torched, stolen or otherwise destroyed. (SeeReport Page 31)

Olives represent 25% of the agriculture of Palestine are destroyed by Israel or Israeli colonists, uprooted for violating Palestinians livelihood or to make space for settlements or just are being stolen by “Jewish” colonists who forgot their own divine teaching.

“When you lay siege to a city and wage war against it a long time to capture it, do not destroy its trees, wielding an ax against any food-producing tree. Is a tree of the field a man who will come against you in the siege?” (Deuteronomy 20:19)

50.000 New Illegal Settler Homes

Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to build more than 50,000 new homes in the city’s occupied eastern sector over two decades:

23,628 homes have already been approved, 20,263 in East Jerusalem and 3,365 in the west.
13,824 are pending review, 12,819 in East Jerusalem and 1,005 in the west.
23,266 housing units are still in planning stages, 19,281 in the east and 3,985 in the west.

Of these, the municipality plans:

10,366 homes in northern East Jerusalem, including illegal Israeli settlement Pisgat Zeev and Palestinian town Beit Hanina.
5,239 homes in southern East Jerusalem, including Gilo settlement and Palestinian district Beit Safafa.
4,886 new units in central eastern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and Jerusalem’s Old City.

(See report:

Israel Approved to build in the Illegal Occupied Jerusalem are of West Bank Palestine,inside the remaining 22% of Palestinian Lands

100% Annexation of the West Bank

But even with this Israel is not satisfied. It never was and never will until the whole of Palestine is annexated for it only is looking for the “Greater Israel“. So Knesset to vote on full Israeli annexation of the West Bank

20 Years of Talking

  • PLOIsrael Peace Process
    • A. Madrid Conference 1991
    • B. “OSLO I” Accord –Declaration of Principles 1993
    • C. Cairo Summit 1994
    • D. “OSLO II” Accord –Interim Agreement 1995
  • PNA-Israel Peace Process
    • A. Interim Agreement on Hebron 1997
    • B. Wye-River Negotiation 1998
    • C. Sharm Al-Sheikh Conference 1999
    • D. Camp David Negotiation 2000
  • Peace Process after Second Intifada
    • A. US President Clinton Peace Initiative “Bridging Proposals” 2000
    • B. Sharm Al Sheikh Peace Conference 2000
    • C. Mitchell Report 2001
    • D. Tenet Plan 2001
    • E. Taba Negotiations 2001
    • F. Quartet and the Roadmap 2002
    • G. Saudi Peace Proposal 2003
    • H. Aqaba Summit 2003
    • I. Geneva Initiative 2003
    • J. Sharm Al-Sheikh Summit 2005
    • K. Cairo Talks – Palestinian Factions’ National Dialogue 2005
    • Peace Valley Plan (Blair ) May 2007
    • Annapolis Peace Conference
And than we came to 2010, a new round of peacetalks of which Netanyahu, before they even started said:

0% Concessions

Aug 30, 2010, so over one year ago, before peacetalks in 2010, Netanyahu vowed to makeNO CONCESSIONS AT ALL.  And said before going into “peacetalks”: The “Eretz Israel” stretches from the Mediterranian Sea to the River Jordan which includes the West Bank of Palestine as well as Gaza (and even more) for Bibi said it: Israel is not big enough for jewish state.  In an op-ed in New York Times, DannyDanon said the same: “Making the Land of Israel Whole”  and recently Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin reiterated it by saying: “The land of Israel is ours in its entirety

63 Years of Violations

HumanRights, which supposed to be universal, are VIOLATED for 63 years for the so called “security” of Israel

100% Ill!

We think the only flexibility needs to come from occupied brains who have been funneled up with lies and not able to think out of the hasbara-box, Hillary needs to advice to fund less weapons and more psyhological treatment to all people who think, Palestine needs to be more flexible.

The list above is far from complete for this is only a half hour summary, we could go on for months with statistics and facts. Maybe we will do that. At least this topic will be updated and spreaded for awareness, until the world understands that flexibility is a very ill term to determine the attitude of a nation which has endured every crime possible and still is undergoing such on daily basis.

Dear Mrs. Clinton. These kind of remarks make you really “look” ill…..

Feel free to spread, reblog or to submit more facts with the form below. Please include the resource for we are not “flexible” at all regarding Palestine’s reality.

About Hasbara

Forget all details! It’s just about this!

Supported by… AIPAC

Funded by….

And all those supporting it paying for this…

Last but not least….

Or listen to Jewish mankind with a real conscience

Don’t think it’s about “Arabs” or “Islam”… we are all Goyim!

Something to ponder about…
For who not sees or who’s eyes are still closes. IOA has become exactly and even worse than those, they feared and hated once themselves. Using the same atrocities, policies to oppress, ethnically cleanse and eradicate human beings. Creating a new Shoah (Holocaust) for the Palestinians in 1948 with Al Nakba, and sustaining it by hasbara and the world’s ignorance or at least those not using their own mind to reconsider the realistic facts. So Hasbara in 16 words explained:

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it…” 
~ Joseph Goebbels

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( / 10.12.2011)

Mustafa Tamimi – A Martyr of Nabi Saleh

Every time the enemy strikes,
I feel the pain deep inside,
Every time a life is taken by a bullet,
I hear my soul as it cries,
Mustafa you are not alone,
You will forever be with us,
Our brother till the death,
Your soul battles on by our side.

For you she opens her heart and she cries,
You are the pride of Filasteen,
Your blood blessed her soil,
Your life was lost in her name,
Your courage reflected all that a Palestinian should be,
The soul of a martyr will be forever free,
We are all suffering your loss,
Your pain is our own,
We are all in awe of the strength which you showed.
Nabi Saleh, will forever mourn your loss,
Your strength will inspire it’s children to fight,
Your life will inspire them,
You will be their light,
The apartheid will end,
The wall will come down,
They took your life but today,
But your struggle has become the struggle of many more,
Brother, I promise that your sisters in Gaza will be freed,
I promise that your brothers in Ramallah will be safe,
They will continue to fight along the path, that you fought to pave,
We will be with them and we will be their strength,
They will show us courage like you did, right till the end.

If the enemy strikes, we will feel the pain deep inside,
If a bullet takes a life, you will hear our souls as they cry,
If a victory comes, we will speak of you as you are here with us,
Because you will be behind our strength and what we will become,

Mustafa you are not alone,
You will forever be with us,
Our brother till the death,
Your soul battles on by our side.

 Mustafa died after being shot in the face by an Israeli soldier at a weekly protest in the village of Nabi Saleh, WestBank, Palestine.

Spare a moment to pray for Mustafa, his family, and the residents of Nabi Saleh. Keep Filasteen in your dua’s and ACT to stop the death’s of innocent people.
They are us and we are them.

( / 10.12.2011)

Local Council Elections due on Monday with 42889 Candidates across Provinces


PROVINCES, (SANA)- 42889 candidates compete for 17588 seats at 1337 administrative units, including 154 cities, 502 towns and 681 municipalities, in the framework of the Local Council Elections, scheduled on Monday in all the provinces.

The number of the electoral centers is 9849, two ballot boxes in each, where electors vote for their candidates for the administrative unit, and an election committee consisting of a head and two members supervises the process.

The Interior Ministry distributed bottles of invisible ink to prevent fraud and ensure the honesty of elections.

Assistant Interior Minister for Civil Affairs, Hassan Jalali, said in a statement to SANA that the electors will be using the identity card for voting, according to Decree No. 125 for 2011 for those who are 18 years of age and above.

The candidates’ personal data indicates an increase in the number of the holders of university and higher education certificates among the candidates in all provinces compared to former elections.

In Damascus Countryside, the number of candidates reached 4138 competing for 1927 seats, and the electoral centers are 703.

The number of candidates in Damascus is 425 competing for 100 seats, while the number of electoral centers is 585.

In Aleppo, the number of candidates reached 7805 competing for 2283 seats. The number of electoral centers is 818 in the city of Aleppo and 1202 in its countryside.

The province’s data indicate that 1286 candidates hold university certificates, MAs and PhDs.

In Quneitra Province, 812 candidates, 262 holding university certificates, are running the elections to win 330 seats.

In Hama, 3667 candidates are to compete for 1997 seats, more than 55% of whom are holders of university or intermediate institutes certificates.

In Tartous, the number of candidates are 3107 competing for 950 seats.

In Sweida, 1603 candidates, half of them hold university certificates, are participating through 302 electoral centers to win 645 seats.

In Lattakia, 3440 candidates are participating in the elections through 846 electoral centers.

In Daraa, the number of candidates reached 1873, with 410 electoral centers and 1043 seats.

In Homs, 3500 candidates are running the elections through 611 electoral centers to win the 1496 seats allocated to the province.

In Raqqa, 2500 candidates are to compete for 487 seats through 459 electoral centers.

Deir Ezzor has 3314 candidates, 1362 seats and 599 electoral centers.

Candidates in Idleb are 2468 competing for 1907 seats, and the number of electoral centers is 898.

In Hasaka, elections at 850 electoral centers will decide who, out of 4353 candidates, will occupy the 1742 seats.

( / 10.12.2011)

Alarmerende situatie Pakistaanse kernwapens gaat Nederland aan


Luchtopname van de uraniumverrijkingsfabriek van Urenco in Almelo. De Pakistaanse spion Abdul Qadeer Khan deed hier kennis op voor de ontwikkeling van de Pakistaanse atoombom.
Luchtopname van de uraniumverrijkingsfabriek van Urenco in Almelo. De Pakistaanse spion Abdul Qadeer Khan deed hier kennis op voor de ontwikkeling van de Pakistaanse atoombom.

De beveiliging van Pakistaanse kernwapens schiet ernstig tekort, aldus Wouter van Cleef. Nederland heeft een bijzondere verantwoordelijkheid om lessen te trekken uit deze gevaarlijke situatie.

Uit een reconstructie in de Volkskrant van 19 november blijkt dat Nederlandse kennis aan de basis van het Pakistaans atoomwapen ligt. Abdul Qadeer Khan, ”de vader van Pakistans kernbom”, legde, terwijl hij bij Urenco in Almelo werkte, de hand op gedetailleerde beschrijvingen van centrifuges voor uraniumverrijking. Met kennis en bouwtekeningen op zak toog Khan terug naar Pakistan, om het land te helpen strategisch op gelijke voet te komen met aarts­vijand India.

Ondanks weerstand van de VS en Europa slaagde Pakistan er met Chinese hulp eind jaren 90 in een kernwapen te ontwikkelen. Dit leidde tot diplomatiek ongemak en spanningen met India. Toch ontstond er pas na de aanslagen van 11 september 2001 echt brede internationale belangstelling voor het Pakistaanse kernarsenaal.

Na de inval in Afghanistan bleek dat internationale terroristische netwerken ook in Pakistan voet aan de grond hadden gekregen. In grote delen van het Pakistaans-
Afghaans grensgebied is staatsmacht afwezig; militanten hebben min of meer vrij spel. Grote etnische en politieke verdeeldheid maken dat de regering amper in staat is burgers en staatsinstellingen effectief te beschermen. Ook het leger is verscheurd en blijft niet gevrijwaard van aanslagen.

Onbeveiligd transport

The Atlantic Monthly publiceerde deze maand een huiveringwekkende reportage over het gevaar dat Pakistans nucleaire wapens in verkeerde handen vallen. Twee journalisten spraken zes maanden lang met bronnen in Pakistan en daarbuiten. Amerikaanse diplomaten en militairen zijn zeer ongerust dat extremisten een Pakistaans kernwapen kunnen bemachtigen. Zo vielen in mei al-Qaidastrijders een vliegbasis bij Karachi aan, die ze urenlang konden bezetten. Er zijn aanwijzingen dat er op deze locatie kernwapens lagen opslagen.

De VS houden het Pakistaanse atoomarsenaal daarom nauw­lettend in de gaten, tot ergernis van de Pakistanen. Die reageren door kernwapens voortdurend te verplaatsen, met steeds minder opvallende beveiliging. Normaal hoort dit soort transporten streng beveiligd te worden. Ondanks de penibele veiligheidssituatie kiest de Pakistaanse militaire leiding nu voor een heel andere methode: onopvallende busjes rijden zonder bescherming met kant-en-klare kernraketten dwars door het drukke Pakistaanse verkeer van de ene naar de andere lanceerbasis, in de hoop dat het niemand opvalt. Bij het geringste informatielek over een kernwapenverplaatsing kan een gewapende groep eenvoudig wapens ontvreemden.

Daar komt nog bij dat het zeer de vraag is wie de finale beslissing neemt over het gebruik van nucleaire wapens. Een zorgvuldige procedure moet ervoor zorgen dat alleen het hoogste civiele gezag kan besluiten over de inzet van atoomwapens. De journalisten van The Atlantic laten zien dat ook dit proces in Pakistan beter kan. De Amerikanen hebben in het ver­leden zelfs meermaals assistentie aangeboden om de procedures aan te scherpen.

Extra aandacht

De voltallige wereldgemeenschap behoort deze ernstige zaak serieus te nemen. Nederland is op dit moment roulerend voorzitter van de Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), een samenwerkingsverband van landen met een nucleaire indus­trie dat regels opstelt voor handel in nucleair materiaal en aanverwante producten. In die hoedanigheid heeft Nederland tijdelijk een invloedrijke stem in het internationaal beleid met betrekking tot kernwapens en nucleair materiaal.

Hoewel de mogelijkheden voor een klein land als Nederland 
beperkt zijn, zou minister Rosen­thal –juist vanwege onze geschiedenis in deze kwestie– op een aantal punten extra aandacht 
kunnen vestigen. In 2010 heeft 
de NSG toegestaan dat China 
twee nieuwe kernreactoren in Pakistan bouwde. Dat lijkt nu onomkeerbaar, maar op andere punten valt er winst te boeken.

Nederland zou nog meer aandacht moeten vragen voor het gevaar van de verspreiding van kennis en materieel naar niet-statelijke actoren (zoals terroristische netwerken). Daartoe moet vooral effectiever informatie gedeeld worden tussen de NSG-lidstaten. Zo kan de internationale gemeenschap sneller verdachte schakels van netwerken identificeren met een meer dan normale interesse voor nucleair materieel en gerelateerde producten. Ook is uitbreiding van het aantal leden van de NSG, waarbij ook opkomende landen met een hoogwaardige industrie zich binden aan de NSG-regels, van groot belang.

De Nederlandse mogelijkheden om effectief op te treden tegen de huidige levensgevaarlijke situatie met het Pakistaanse nucleaire arse­naal zijn beperkt. Door lessen te trekken uit de fouten die werden gemaakt in het verleden, kan ons land echter wel een belangrijke bijdrage leveren aan het voorkomen van gevaarlijke nucleaire proliferatie in de toekomst.

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Nederland op zijn smalst

Stel: er is een regio in Nederland die opkomt voor zijn mensen, doet aan zorg voor arme mensen, zorgt voor zijn eigen mensen als ze tekort komen met voedsel, opleiding en werk. De mensen kunnen altijd even wat halen tegen een ‘een vriendenprijs’ , want iemand van je eigen groep laat je niet in de kou staan. Dit soort zaken gebeuren, ook in Nederland,  terecht, want je laat je (eigen)  mensen niet in de kou staan.

Echter als dit zelfde gebeurt in Arabische landen (lees islamitische landen) dan zijn de rapen gaar en staat Nederland op haar achterste poten en springt meteen op de barricade, achter de USA, om aan te geven dat dit terroristen zijn.

Hamas, die opkwam voor zijn mensen en de verkiezingen won, werd door de westerse wereld onmiddellijk weggezet als een terroristische organisatie. Maar wat deed Hamas? Hamas kwam op voor de zwakkeren in de maatschappij, gaf ze voedsel, opleiding en werk, want je eigen mensen laat je niet in de kou staan. En terecht of niet?  Volgens de westerse mentaliteit niet dus, want Hamas is een terroristische organisatie die bevochten moet worden.  En dat gebeurt dan weer door de Israëlische bezettingsmacht.

Maar ook in Egypte doet de Moslimbroederschap hetzelfde, ze doet aan zorg voor arme mensen, zorgt dat de mensen die een  tekort aan voedsel hebben, kunnen eten, de jongeren opleiding krijgen en dat mensen aan het werk worden geholpen. En wederom, is dit volgens de westerse mentaliteit een (bijna) terroristische organisatie.

Ook in Algerije was de FIS, Front Islamique du Salut oftewel de Islamitische Heilspartij, een politieke partij maar vooral ook een maatschappelijke beweging die opkomt voor de mensen die hulp nodig hebben, zorg nodig hebben, geld en werk nodig hebben. Maar ook hier wederom wordt deze beweging gezien als een terroristische organisatie, al hoewel het FIS in haar politiek actieve periode niet antiwesters was, ze probeerde banden aan te halen met de Europese Gemeenschap en probeerde westers investeerders binnen te halen.

Als men iets negatiefs wilt zeggen over de Islam, wijst men altijd naar het buitenland en vraagt de moslim een uitspraak te doen over de mensenrechten in Saoedi Arabië, de vrouwenrechten in islamitische landen, maar nooit hoor je de mensen over de zorg aan de mensen die het nodig hebben, nooit over de positieve zaken die de maatschappelijke bewegingen doen.

Elke keer als dit soort zaken weer “op mijn bordje” wordt gesmeten, moet ik denken aan een bepaalde zin over een splinter en een balk. Waarom praten over de buitenlandse landen en buitenlandse zaken met de wetenschap dat ze er niets aan kunnen veranderen, zonder te willen praten over de zaken die worden gehanteerd  in de eigen achtertuin. Zogenaamde struisvogelpolitiek, zolang er een gemeenschappelijke ‘vijand’ is, worden de eigen problemen weggedrukt. Deze politiek wordt steeds gebruikt als men in het eigen land bepaalde zaken niet kan of wil oplossen.

Als men weer eens tracht een maatschappelijke beweging uit een islamitisch land te willen bestempelen als een terroristische organisatie , probeer dan eerst eens te kijken wat er allemaal in het eigen land gebeurt.


Newt Gingrich: Palestijnen zijn een verzonnen volk

De Republikeinse presidentskandidaat Newt Gingrich heeft felle kritiek geuit op het Midden-Oostenbeleid van de huidige president Barack Obama. Volgens Gingrich heeft Obama er geen oog voor dat zowel Hamas als de Palestijnse Autoriteit een ‘enorm verlangen’ hebben om Israël ‘te vernietigen’.

Gingrich: Obama snapt het nietGingrich: Obama snapt het niet

Obama: Problemen kosten tijd
President Obama vindt niet dat hij te hoge verwachtingen bij de bevolking heeft gewekt, zei hij vannacht in een interview metCBS 60 Minutes. ‘Ik heb niet onderschat hoe moeilijk dit zou worden. Structurele problemen in onze economie oplossen die zich in twee decennia hebben opgebouwd, kost tijd.’

Dat heeft Gingrich zaterdag gezegd in een interview met The Jewish Channel.

‘Vergeet niet dat er is nooit een staat Palestina is geweest, het gebied was deel van het Ottomaanse Rijk,’ begint hij.

‘Ik denk dat we te maken hebben met een verzonnen Palestijns volk, dat eigenlijk uit Arabieren bestaat en historisch gezien deel uitmaakt van de Arabische gemeenschap.’

Palestijnse staat
Wat Gingrich betreft is het zoeken naar een ‘tweestatenoplossing’ – een Palestijnse staat naast de Joodse staat – dan ook onnodig. Uit onderzoek blijkt overigens dat veruit de meeste Palestijnen ook niets zien in de tweestatenoplossing.

Gingrich is momenteel de favoriet voor de Republikeinse nominatie. In veel peilingen staat hij op de eerste plaats, gevolgd door Mitt Romney.

De uit Georgia afkomstige Republikein vindt het Midden-Oostenbeleid van Obama naïef. Hij vergelijkt het met een ‘kind meenemen naar een dierentuin en uitleggen dat een leeuw een konijn is’.

De politicus hoopt door zijn uitspraken steun te verwerven onder de vele pro-Israëlische Amerikanen. Anders dan in Europa steunt de Amerikaanse bevolking in overgrote meerderheid de Joodse staat in het conflict met de Palestijnen.

Desondanks stemmen de meeste Amerikaanse Joden niet op de Republikeinen.

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Sheikh Ahmed El Tayyeb

Sheikh of al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb said that casting one’s vote is a sacred thing and a “testimony in front of God and history” and called it a “national and religious duty.”

Al-Tayeb voted on Monday morning at the Masr al-Gadida junior high school in Cairo, accompanied by other clerics from al-Azhar.

He added that not voting, for any reason, is “inexcusable.”

MPACUK comment:

Al Azhar University is an authority when it comes to Islamic scholarship.

If Voting was Haram (forbidden), would the Sheikh of the most important Islamic University in the world be advocating it? Indeed not all scholars are perfect and we don’t encourage people to follow scholars like sheep. However, one would be hard pressed to find a sensible logic to disagree with Sheikh Al-Tayeb.

If voting was haram, then that must mean that all dictatorial, tyrannical and totalitarian systems of government that ban and persecute opposition are doing the right thing. This is obviously illogical because Islam is justice. Islam opposes tyranny and encourages Muslims to stand up to tyrants. The Islamic principle of enjoining good and forbidding evil dictates that every Muslim should be politically active.

In light of the Arab Spring, the argument that voting is haram has proven itself to be a complete fallacy. It is intellectually void and in complete contradiction to Islam.

I guess, if you were interested in making the world a better place, you would be politically active, fighting for justice, humanity and freedom.

It is becoming apparent that the “voting is haram” argument is a lazy excuse for not fulfilling your Islamic duty towards your fellow Muslims. The “voting is haram” argument plays with words to confuse right and wrong. It plays in the hands of the enemies of Islam who want Muslims to be passive, disenfranchised and lazy. The enemies of Islam want Muslims to lack progress, to be powerless and to be as separated as possible from the essence of Islam which is science, knowledge, progress, success, intellect, excellence, entrepreneurship and enlightenment.

If you are a failure in your studies, in your personal life or in your career, rest assured that your actions are against the core values of Islam no matter how strict you are about your ritual acts of worship. It is quite hypocritical to focus so much on rituals,while ignoring Islamic values of activism both politically and socially. Ritual acts of worship (like Praying, fasting, hajj etc.) are not an alternative to your Islamic obligations towards justice, humanity and progress. Political activism is also a part of worship just like salah, fasting and hajj. 

Islam is a system of values, not just empty rituals. The first of which is the value of knowledge. The first word in Quran is ‘Iqra’, which means ‘read’ and ‘seek knowledge’. This is your Islamic duty. The “voting is haram” argument emanates from a lack of understanding of both Islam and politics. Ignorance is a crime in the information age. There are plenty of Quranic verses which denounce ignorance and promotes learning, wisdom and knowledge.

We need to read as many opposing views as we can. We need to be critical in our appraisal of views and interpretations.

Voting is not Haram (forbidden). Fact.

If you don’t believe me, ask the Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar and a multitude of other Islamic scholars.

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Nieuwe regering Jemen legt eed af

Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Jemen heeft officieel een nieuwe regering. Premier Mohammed Basindwa, in het verleden leider van de oppositie, en zijn ministers hebben vandaag de eed afgelegd. Zij moeten Jemen leiden tot de presidentsverkiezingen op 21 februari.

In de ‘regering van nationale verzoening’ werken de oude machthebbers samen met de vroegere oppositie. President Ali Abdullah Saleh droeg eind vorige maand de macht over aan vicepresident Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi na maandenlange protesten tegen zijn bewind. Hij regeerde Jemen 33 jaar lang.

Hadi zat de eerste vergadering van de nieuwe regering voor. Hij riep de regering op om stabiliteit te brengen na 10 maanden van protesten. Het nieuwe kabinet telt in totaal 34 leden.

Bij gevechten tussen aan al-Qaeda gelieerde militanten en het leger kwamen in de nacht van vrijdag op zaterdag nog 11 militanten en twee militairen om. Ook in de hoofdstad Sanaa sneuvelde een militair bij gevechten tussen voor- en tegenstanders van Saleh.

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Injured Palestinian man dies

Palestinian protester Mustafa Tamimi (L) reacting in pain after he was hit in the face by a tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier during a rally in the village of Nabi Saleh on December 9.
A Palestinian man who was hit with a direct shot from a tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier has died of his wounds, medics say.

Mustafa Tamimi, 28, lost his life, from severe brain damage, at an Israeli hospital near Tel Aviv on Saturday, AP reported.

The activist was shot in the face with an Israeli tear gas canister on Friday during a rally in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh, some 10 kilometers northwest of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank.

The incident took place after Israeli troops opened fire on a group of Palestinians protesting the occupation of their lands by Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

“Half of his face was destroyed, pretty much. It looked really, really bad and he lost a lot of blood,” said Lazar Simeonov, a photographer that was in the village when Tamimi was injured.

Palestinians have held weekly rallies in the region for the past few years to protest Jewish settlers’ activity in the area.

Tamimi was the 20th person to be killed at similar demonstrations in the West Bank over the past eight years, says the Israeli rights group Btselem.

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