Tot de niet geringe verbazing van de leiding van de Nederlandse Moslim Partij, heeft minister Rosenthal van Buitenlandse Zaken besloten om de Europese boycot van olie uit Iran en sancties tegen de centrale bank uit Iran te steunen. Zijn redenatie hierbij was: “ We voeren deze actie uit op verdenking van het feit dat Iran mogelijkerwijze zijn atoomenergiekennis gebruikt voor het maken van een kernwapen.”

De Nederlandse Moslim Partij concludeert hieruit twee zaken:

1)      Nederland – en ook het westen – heeft nog steeds niets geleerd uit de recente geschiedenis. We steunden de oorlog tegen Irak vanwege de verdenking van aanwezigheid van massavernietigingswapens. Er waren geen massavernietigingswapens, wel vielen er 100.000 burgerslachtoffers in een oorlog, die niet door de VN gelegitimeerd was. Onze regering had niet eens het fatsoen om hierover te vallen, maar over de verlenging van de missie in Afghanistan, waar we naar mening van de Nederlandse Moslim Partij sowieso niets te zoeken hebben.

2)      Islamitische landen worden gesanctioneerd op basis van verdenkingen en andere landen laten we zelfs na bewezen feiten gewoon hun gang gaan. Voorbeelden zijn de ruim zestig jaar durende bezetting van Tibet door China en de onderdrukking van Palestina door de staat Israël. In beide zaken is door de VN al menige resolutie uitgesproken, maar deze worden niet na gekomen.

De Nederlandse Moslim Partij vraagt zich af of onze minister wel de gevolgen van zijn steun inziet. Griekenland is voor een groot deel afhankelijk van de invoer van relatief goedkope Iraanse olie en moet nu dure olie uit andere landen laten komen. Gaan wij dit ook betalen of komt Griekenland nog dieper  in de schuldhulpverlening?

Tenslotte vraagt de Nederlandse Moslim Partij zich af wanneer Nederland eens ophoudt met het criminaliseren van de Islamitische wereld en een rechtvaardiger wereldbeleid gaat steunen of initiëren. De partij roept  de minister de juiste stap in de goede richting te doen en Israël eens de waarheid te vertellen over haar beleid richting het Palestijnse volk.

Massive march in Al-Khalil against negotiations, violation of rights


AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– A massive march was organized for the 29th time in Al-Khalil on Tuesday against negotiations with Israel and violations of citizens’ rights.

Social activists, relatives of political detainees and sacked civil servants, and human rights activists took part in the weekly march that started in downtown and carried posters against political detention, dismissal from jobs, and negotiations.

Speeches were delivered by representatives of the relatives and the league of Muslim youth, who both organized the rally, charging the PA in Ramallah with giving more attention to the negotiations with Israel than its people’s concerns.

They said that the number of political detainees in PA jails had risen to 140 while more arrests were still being made on daily basis.

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Institute: Jewish extremists destroy Palestinian graves

Racist slogans are sprayed over gravestones in an old Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem, the site of a dispute between Palestinians and supporters of a museum being built on the precinct.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jewish extremists destroyed Palestinian tombstones on Wednesday in the northern Israeli town of Beisan, the Al-Aqsa Institute for Waqf and Heritage said.

A delegation from the institute visited the cemetery in the town, known in Israel as Beit Shean, and found a large number of graves destroyed and vandalized, official PA news agency Wafa reported.

“Extremist Jews seek to obliterate what is left of Islamic landmarks in the city,” said Sami Rizqallah, a deputy in the institute.

In September 2011, racist slogans were sprayed on Palestinian gravestones in the Muslim cemetery of Mamilla in Jerusalem. The graffiti read “price tag” and “death to the Arabs.”

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Palestine to Call for Vote on UN Membership, Says Foreign Minister

RAMALLAH, January 25, 2012 (WAFA) – The Palestinian leadership intends to call for a Security Council vote on the Palestinian application for UN membership regardless of the outcome, Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad Malki told Voice of Palestine radio Wednesday.

He downplayed statements by US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, that the new members that joined the Security Council on January 1 are not in favor of the Palestinian request.

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Israel arrests Palestinian children

Article 40 of the convention on the rights of the child addresses Juvenile justice: it states Children who are accused of breaking the law have the right to legal help and fair treatment in a justice system that respects their rights. And while Israel is a signatory to the Convention, stories of child abuse at its hands continue to surface.

Child arrests and beatings have always been a source of embarrassment for the Israeli Police, particularly in Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem al-Quds. There, Palestinian residents warn that child arrests are frequent and often carried out in violation of the law.

Sara, mother of 10 year old Tamer and 7 year old Amer was shocked when she learnt that her children were arrested just outside of school along with other kids.

Amer and Tamer were lucky that their mother found them just before they were taken to the police station, but other kids aren’t this lucky, explains one human rights activist.

Another story from Silwan.15 year old Mahmoud has been under full house arrest for a year now, awaiting his trial. During this time he had to drop school.

At the time of his arrest Mahmoud was 14. He says he spent one week in detention before being released on condition that he stays under full house arrest. Since then he has not been able to go back to school.

In 2011 it was estimated that over 300 children were arrested in Silwan alone on suspicion of throwing rocks at Israeli settlers or at the Israeli police. According to Silwan Information center all those children were subjected to physical and physcological violence particularly at the hands of undercover units. The Silwan information center further alleges that the Israeli police at some instances withheld medical treatment from injured kids.

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Appreciating Women

Fri 16 Sep 2011
muslim woman

As a Muslim, I feel that Muslim women should be encouraged more to achieve their full potential. They should be empowered to become successful and influential in every field of life.

We should encourage every Muslim woman to work to achieve Ihsan (excellence) in every field of endeavour, for example science, business, entrepreneurship, voluntary work; instead of trying to stifle the talents and contribution of women – who are half of the population, by asking women to stay at home.

Muslim women should be empowered and enlightened. The Prophet’s (pbuh) wife, Khadija pbuh was a successful and influential business woman. Aisha bint Abu Bakr ra, the wife of the Prophet pbuh taught Muslim scholars and made valuable contributions to Islamic thought and civilisation. These wonderful Muslim women are our role models.

In reference to the argument that women should stay at home to take care of their children and shouldn’t go out to study/work, it is important to note that being well educated and having a successful career will make you more capable of raising children who are higher achievers.

The Ummah and humanity need us to work very hard and contribute to human progress. Muslim women should bring pride and honour to Islam by their pursuit of excellence in every field.

It is quite ironic that a small minority of people still oppose womens’ right to work, learn and contribute to society through activism and voluntary work. The basis of their argument is that women shouldn’t mix with men and shouldn’t be faced with the hardships of life at work. This position is diametrically opposite to the evidence from Islamic history, where Muslim women were so active in the community in every possible way, to the extent that they accompanied armies to nurse the wounded and provide moral support. These Muslim women risked being murdered, tortured and raped if captured by the enemy. Their resolve comes from the inherent values of hard work and contribution in Islam.

Imagine a world where all of our Muslim women are excellent scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs etc. Muslim women are able to achieve the pinnacles of success while being modest. There is nothing wrong with Muslim women interacting with men at work, it can be done while remaining within the bounds of Islam. It is quite evident from the Prophet’s times that Muslim women interacted and were active in the community.

As for raising children, most women are able to balance their responsibilities, especially if they have a husband who helps her at home as the Prophet pbuh used to.

Unfortunately, the world has always been an unfair place for women. Women (whether Muslim or non Muslim) have always had to work harder than men and get less recognition. Women have to juggle the responsibilities of their careers, their family lives and their roles as mothers at the same time. It is difficult and challenging.

Women are so dedicated, selfless, patient, industrious, compassionate and intelligent.

‘He (God) it is he who did create you from a single soul and there from did create his mate, that he might dwell with her (in love ).’ (Quran 7:189)

Take a stand for women. Be the best you can be for all the women in your life. Give them the love, support and encouragement they need to excel and achieve everything they dream of for Islam and humanity. Syeda Aisha, the Prophet’s pbuh grand daughter was a vanguard in activism and voluntary work. Her husband and family supported her work and even financed her charitable establishments.

Empowering women is not merely empowering half of the population. Empowering women means empowering future generations. Today’s women are the mothers of tomorrow’s nation. Our women are our future.

The Prophet PBUH said: “The best among you is the one who is the best towards his wife.”

The Prophet pbuh Muhammad said: ‘Your Heaven lies under the feet of your mother.’ (Ahmad, Nasai)

A man came to the Prophet pbuh and said: ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship?’ The Prophet said: ‘Your mother.’ The man said, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: ‘Then your mother.’ The man further asked, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: ‘Then your mother.’ The man asked again, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: ‘Then your father.’ (Bukhari, Muslim)

For all those who oppress women or fail to recognise womens’ contributions: shame on you.

A brief summary on Women in Islam. A library of free downloadable books for further reading in many languages.

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Turkey parl. speaker rejects Israel invite

Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek
Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek has rejected an invitation by his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin, to visit Israel, Press TV reports.

Turkish news agencies reported on Tuesday that Cicek replied to Rivlin in a letter and rejected the invitation.

In the letter, Cicek said, “I don’t accept the invitation now… I am sure that you know Turkey’s expectations for the normalization of Turkey-Israel ties.”

Turkey has repeatedly declared that Israel must apologize for a deadly attack on a Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla in 2010 that killed nine Turkish nationals and must pay compensation to the families of the victims before ties can be normalized.

The Israeli military attacked the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, 2010, killing nine Turkish citizens on board the Turkish-flagged M.V. Mavi Marmara and injuring about 50 other people who were part of the team on the six-ship convoy.

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Palestinian politicians doubt elections will take place

A member of the Palestinian security forces in Gaza casts his vote in 2006 elections
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Several Palestinian officials expressed doubt on Wednesday that elections scheduled for May would take place.

Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan told Ma’an that “the pre-date is nearing…. elections can not be held under two governments as the national unity government has not been formed.”

“Occupation may be a reason, but we have to overcome any obstacles that may be preventing elections,” he added.

Fatah leader Thiab al-Loh told Ma’an that elections need to be prepared for in advance and at the moment “we are at the beginning….now we are not ready.”

The delay in forming a unity government is a major obstacle to elections, he said.

The work of the Central Elections Committee is vital in recommending a suitable time for President Abbas to issue a date for elections, al-Loh added.

PFLP leader Jamil Mizher said that the scheduled May date for elections will be impossible, as parties are stalling and the reconciliation agreement has not been implemented.

“Holding elections needs a presidential decree, and logistical and administrative preparations which are not possible in light of stalled reconciliation measures,” he told Ma’an.

Fatah and Hamas agreed to hold elections within a year in their reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo in May 2011.

Factions also agreed to form an interim government of technocrats to oversee preparations for the vote, but the administration has yet to be established and the West Bank and Gaza remain divided under rival governments.

Fatah leader and President Mahmoud Abbas met with Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal in Cairo in November to try and revive the stalled process of reconciliation.

The party leaders pledged their commitment to unity and several committees were formed to implement the reconciliation agreement, but the parties continue to spar over key tenets of the deal.

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Mayor: Israel to demolish 12 Jordan Valley homes

A man inspects the rubble of his home after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers near Bethlehem.
TUBAS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have handed out 12 demolition orders to residents of al-Aqaba village, the local mayor said Wednesday.

The mayor of Tubas visited al-Aqaba and condemned Israeli threats to demolish homes and shelters in the village in a statement.

Israeli authorities usually demolish homes, wells, barns and infrastructure built without an Israeli permit in Area C — the 62 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees says Israel only grants Palestinians permission to build in 1 percent of Area C, in places which are already built-up.

“More than 94 percent of all Palestinian permit applications have been rejected in recent years,” UNRWA says.

Meanwhile, Jewish-only settlements continue to expand in the West Bank, and villages neighboring settlements are often the targets of demolition orders.

Al-Aqaba village is surrounded by Israeli military training bases and lies eight kilometers from the illegal Israeli settlement Maskiyot. Israel announced plans to expand Maskiyot in 2006.

UNRWA warns that home demolitions have a “devastating” impact on children.

“Many children affected by demolitions show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Their academic achievement often suffers.”

Demolitions also deteriorate living conditions.

“Families and communities face increased poverty and long-term instability, as well as limited access to basic services, such as education, health care, water and sanitation.”

The number of Palestinians displaced by demolitions doubled in 2011 compared to 2010, according to UNRWA figures.

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PNN Reporter Investigates into the Issue of Legality of Palestinian Weapons

The Palestinian cause is neither economic nor social in the first place. It is first and foremost a political cause, and connected with the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, and what the Palestinian parties have taken up in resistance against these continuous blackmail and threats against Palestinians.
And so, tackling the issue of the legality of the Palestinian weapons in Gaza is a critical case. Along with the surreal scene of the charged atmosphere between the parties recently; because of the situation and the ideology and the political factors, it has become impossible for anyone to set moral standards against which the legality of the weapons could be measured.
Following in the footsteps of professionals in the field of the legality of the Palestinian weapons, Ihab Al-Ghsein, the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Gaza confirmed that, “the weapons in the Palestinian streets are the weapons of the security forces and are pointed towards the enemy. The resistance is a legal right. When used in any other way, the weapon would be confiscated and the case would go to court. And when these weapons are present at night and claimed to be used in resistance, there would be identification cards to facilitate their movement. This is an agreement between all parties.
“The difference between this weapon that the resistance weapon used against the occupation, which does not cause any disputes in the Palestinian arena, and the weapon pointed by Palestinians towards Palestinians, such as tribal weapons and so on, the time of which had been, long since, gone.
He continued, “We have plans in the next years. We’re still on those social plans, and continuous campaigns to control and protect the resistance weapon since it is a legal right.”
The definition of Resistance
On the subject of the legality of the resistance weapons, the spokesman of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades Abu Tha’er says, “We use all weapons that are available to us; we use all that we have in Gaza, without going into details.”
He added, “Certainly, nobody can take away the legality of the Palestinian resistance and its weapons. But what happened was the exact opposite. And so, our weapons were taken away as a resistance in Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, but not confiscated in 2007. Later on, these weapons were hidden by the ruling party in Gaza. Recently, it’s clear that there’s a lot of resilience in using these weapons under the name of resistance, as some may claim. Those weapons should be confiscated and not the resistance weapons. As Palestinians, we should act as one unit and have the right outlook upon things in order for the social unity that has been torn by the separation to come back to the families.”
Strategic Plans
The spokesman of Al-Quds Brigades Abu Ahmad said, “The resistance is neither organized nor systematic when it comes to how we use the weapons, even if they were light; such as AK, local missiles, and personal weapons that we have. We hope in the next stage that the resistance could work according to strategic plans and advanced security reasons, and that the weapons could be used against the occupation. I’m speaking on behalf of Al-Quds Brigades and all resistance parties, the weapons should not be used to sort problems; like what happened before in the internal conflict.”
“As Al-Quds Brigades, we have not been disarmed. In particular, at the time of the internal conflict, the resistance weapon got into the streets and we didn’t have any other options. There were martyrs everywhere. We always work cautiously. I hope all resistance fighters in all parties could work on these beliefs and not use the weapons in the narrow areas in Gaza strip since there are no empty and spacious areas there anyway.”
Fighting the Occupation
The Media spokesman of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Abu Jamal, said that the weapon of resistance is legal. For many years they tried to possess advanced technology weapons, and they had no problem taking risks just to have them, whether dangerous or not. The most important thing is to fight the occupation.
“Since the establishment of PFLP 43 years ago, we used the weapon of resistance in a right way. If we ever face a problem between families or an internal confrontation; we would just separate them without using the weapons, as weapons are only here to fight the enemy.”
“We refuse to fight in the residential areas, as we aim to keep the citizens and fighters safe. We hold ourselves responsible for their safety.”
“We condemn anyone who uses the weapons of resistance towards civilians. The resistance is a right for every citizen, not only fighters or specific parties. Despite the circumstances, there is no one who could force us to change our path.”
Scenes and Scenarios
There are many scenarios but not as many theatres. The scene needs to be rearranged, and the internal Palestinian house needs to be reassessed; for the resistance operations to work. Eventually, the goal that we all seek is to free the land, guarantee the right to return on the 1967 borders, and resisting the occupation mainly, as obvious in the national rights. But the problem lies in the fact that new generations lack perspective.”
On the other hand, Jamil Majdalawi, a member of the PFLP claimed that the legality of using the weapons, which are in the hands of the resistance parties, falls under the restrictions that preserve the sacredness of those weapons, and using them in an organized and systematic way.
He continues, “The resistance was not disarmed. What happened was narrowing down the armed operations, especially the resistance on the borders.”
In the middle of the efforts to achieve a Palestinian reconciliation, Abu Tha’er continues to say, “If we continued this way, Israel would destroy us. This weapon is just pointed towards the Zionist enemies’ chests in invasions, assassinations and bombing. In this case, it shows that the weapon of resistance is to protect our nation from danger.”
“I agree with the PLO. It is important that the internal unity is to be applied on reality, under one government and within one legal, organized framework which is the Palestinian Liberation Organization. All the Palestinian parties should call for resistance against Israel. Then all the walls would fall, and only the weapon of resistance would remain in the front lines; facing the occupation. Palestine is the most valuable thing that Palestinians own: we must defend it and protect it from the Israeli aggression.”
The political analyst Hani Habib said, “The resistance is a legal right. It is not that important to unite the Palestinian parties as much as uniting the political vision, so as to use the right to possess weapons in order to achieve a national, political policy that is agreed upon. Any breach in the internal balance would lead to the talk about the resistance as a right without any restrictions. Therefore, the nations have the right to determine their own future, including Palestinians; as they have the right to expel the Israeli occupation.”
As long as Palestine is not free, it is evident that the resistance remains a cause for all Palestinian generations that should be followed up regardless of the party that the fighter belongs to.

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