zaterdag 10 maart 2012
13:00 tot 16:00
Salamun Alaikum beste broeders en zusters,
Zoals we hadden afgesproken, zouden we binnenkort tijdens de geboorte van Imam Hassan Al Askari(as) en Sayyeda Zainab(sa) met een bijeenkomst komen dat speciaal voor jongeren is bestemd in het Nederlands bij Stichting Iman.
Er zal een weergaloze Qur’an recitatie plaats vinden met de vertaling erbij, mooie gedichten en nasheeds voor gelezen worden en om niet te vergeten, er komen natuurlijk ook informatieve, interessante lezingen/discussies!
Ook zullen we insha’Allah de mogelijkheid en ruimte geven aan de jongeren om met elkaar kennis te maken, boeken kopen/lenen tijdens de pauze en afloop van onze programma.
Dus mis het niet er probeer er bij te zijn!!
A general took power in Yemen Tuesday as the sole candidate in a presidential election after a year-long uprising that ousted long-serving ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh but left the poor Arab country still teetering on the brink of chaos.
The election confirms Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who served as Saleh’s vice president and close confidant, as president. He is tasked with implementing a power-sharing deal with Saleh’s political opponents under an agreement negotiated to remove Saleh after 33 years in power.
Yemen’s uprising was one of the bloodiest of the revolts that have swept across North Africa and the Middle East. Saleh becomes the fourth Arab autocrat toppled in the wave of unrest that began in Tunisia more than a year ago. His sons and nephews retain command of powerful military units and security agencies.
In a reminder of the daunting task his successor faces holding Yemen together, at least nine people were killed in election-related violence that cut voting short in southern Yemen, where separatists demanded an election boycott.
“Elections are the only exit route from the crisis which has buffeted Yemen for the past year,” Hadi said after voting.
Minibuses plastered with posters of Hadi and decked out with speakers sped around the capital Sanaa blaring out pop songs to shouts of “Vote to Save Yemen.”
Saleh, now in the United States for treatment of burns suffered in an assassination attempt last June, joins Tunisia’s Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi as leaders toppled in the “Arab Spring.”
He leaves behind an economy in shambles, a rebellion in the north, separatism in the south, a tenacious wing of al Qaeda, and a divided military still partly dominated by his kin.
Long queues formed early in the morning outside polling stations in Sanaa amid tight security, after an explosion ripped through a voting center in the southern port city of Aden on the eve of the vote.
“We are now declaring the end of the Ali Abdullah Saleh era and will build a new Yemen,” prominent Yemeni human rights activist Tawakul Karman, who shared this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, said as she waited to cast her ballot outside a Sanaa university faculty.
Voters dipped their thumbs in ink and stamped their finger prints on a ballot paper bearing a picture of Hadi and a map of Yemen in the colors of the rainbow.
Yellow taxis careened through Sanaa with young men sticking their arms out of the windows waving their freshly dyed thumbs.
TURNOUT SEEN CRUCIAL, HIT BY VIOLENCE
A high turnout would lend Hadi the legitimacy he needs to carry out changes outlined in the U.S.-backed power transfer deal brokered by Yemen’s Gulf neighbors, including the drafting of a new constitution, restructuring the armed forces and preparing for multi-party elections in two years’ time.
Turnout, which one official estimated was as high as 80 percent, was hit by violence in Aden, where an election organizer said attacks forced voting to end by mid-afternoon.
“There was a boycott, and when those who were boycotting found they weren’t winning they turned to resistance and seized ballot boxes and stormed polling places,” Mohammed Hussein al-Hakimi told reporters in Sanaa. He said final election results could take as long as 10 days to emerge.
Election committee official Khamis al-Dayani earlier said nine of some 300 large polling districts were unable to begin voting for security reasons, and that an election official had been killed in the southern city of Taiz.
Southerners, who accuse the north of grabbing their resources and discriminating against them, are demanding a divorce from the north. The two regions were separate countries until they were united in 1990, and fought a civil war in 1994.
Security forces fired on protesters throwing stones during an anti-election rally in front of a polling station in al-Hota, the capital of the southern Lahej province, killing two, witnesses and local officials said.
An officer from the Republican Guards and an armed secessionist were also killed during clashes in the port city of al-Makalla, capital of Hadramout governorate, officials said.
The streets of Aden were nearly deserted and intermittent gunfire could be heard. Masked youths carrying rifles and machine guns patrolled junctions, preventing people from reaching polling stations.
Gunmen attacked voting centers in the districts of Khor Maksar, Mansoura and Maala in the Aden vicinity at dawn, killing one soldier, residents said. They stole ballot boxes and set them on fire in the street.
A leader in the Southern Movement, Abdulhamid Shokri, said four civilians including a child had died in Aden since the morning as a result of clashes between security forces and people opposed to the election.
PARTNERS IN CRIME
The northwest of the country is largely controlled by an insurgent group known as Houthis, whom Saleh tried to crush before a cease-fire in 2010. They have expanded their territory as central government authority crumbled, and called for a boycott of the vote.
“These are not real elections, it is just formalizing the American-backed GCC initiative which aimed to control the Yemeni revolution,” said Dayfallah al-Shami of the Houthis’ leadership council, referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council regional group of states. “It is just a reproduction of the same regime.”
The vote was supported by the United States and Yemen’s rich neighbors led by Saudi Arabia, who – alarmed at signs of al Qaeda exploiting political upheaval to strengthen its regional foothold – threw their weight behind the power transfer deal.
But the poll was denounced in advance by some of the youth activists who first took to the streets to demand Saleh’s ouster. They regard the transfer plan as a pact among an elite they see as partners to the crimes of Saleh’s tenure, including the killings of protesters in the uprising against him.
Some demonstrators dyed their thumbs red in protest at the elections and in memory of those killed during the uprising.
The interim government faces a fiscal and humanitarian crisis, and has sought billions of dollars in international aid since unrest has all but paralyzed modest oil exports that fund imports of food staples.
Washington – which has said it wants a united Yemeni leadership as a partner in its campaign against al Qaeda – is likely to play a role in an impending donors’ conference. Yemen is one of the countries that allow U.S. forces to use drone aircraft to strike al Qaeda militants.
The United Nations Children’s Fund says 57 percent of Yemen’s 12 million children are chronically malnourished – the highest level outside Afghanistan – and half a million face death or disfigurement from poor nutrition.
The U.N. envoy who helped seal the transition pact denounced the violence in the south as a violation of the Security Council resolution that echoes the deal’s terms. He also called for donor cash to avert the collapse of the country.
“They need to step up to the mark and start supporting Yemen if they want to see it survive the transition. The government is still financially crippled,” said Jamal Benomar.
“Expectations are high and if people do not see some improvement in their daily lives, then further unrest is a serious possibility.”
(www.kurat.com / 21.02.2012)
Los van het ongeval van Prins Friso, het opstappen van Job Cohen en het losbarsten van het carnavalsgeweld, zijn er de laatste week nog drie zaken opgevallen, nl. de commotie over de komst van Haitham al-Haddad, het complete gemis aan nieuws in de Nederlandse media over de hongerstaker Khadar Adnan en een klein berichtje over een gebedsruimte in de HvA.
Een verzetsstrijder in Palestina die door Israël gevangen is genomen, is al 64 dagen in hongerstaking. Deze man heeft een naam, nl. Khadar Adnan, is getrouwd en heeft een dochter; echter aangezien hij een Palestijn is en geen Israëli, is hij niet van belang voor de Nederlandse regering en dus ook niet voor de Nederlandse media. Geen woord, geen letter is er ‘gespendeerd’ aan deze Palestijnse verzetsstrijder. Als ‘Den Haag’ de naam al kent, zal Mr. Adnan ‘ingeschreven staan’ als terrorist: hij is moslim, heeft een (lange) baard en vecht voor de vrijheid van zijn land.
Een andere moslim is Haitham al-Haddad, die uitgenodigd was door een islamitische studentenvereniging van een universiteit om in discussie te gaan met studenten van die universiteit. Door toedoen van de moraalridders uit de Tweede Kamer werd hier een stokje voor gestoken daar Mr. Al-Haddad een haatimam zou zijn. Ondertussen was voor het gemak het haatzaaien van een politicus uit die zelfde Tweede Kamer maar vergeten, tenslotte was zijn rechtszaak achter het behang geplakt. Gelukkig voor de vrijheid van mening was er nog iemand zo snugger / zo wakker om Mr. Al-Haddad toch uit te nodigen voor discussie. De discussie is verlopen zoals te verwachten was, men liet elkaar niet uitpraten, schreeuwden door elkaar en de positieve uitleg van de Islam werd wederom door niemand opgepakt. Men hoeft niet eens te zijn met de meningen van andere personen, dus ook niet met de mening van Mr. Al-Haddad, maar men zou best eens wel eens respect kunnen hebben voor mensen die proberen wat uit te leggen. Men kan Mr. Al-Haddad betichten van haatzaaien, maar dan zijn er ook politici in Nederland die zich voor hetzelfde moeten schamen.
Tenslotte, het kleine artikeltje over moslims die willen bidden in de Hogeschool van Amsterdam; dit moet tegenwoordig gebeuren in een trappenhuis, tussen het vuil, kauwgom en mensen die er door moeten. Het College van Bestuur van de Hogeschool wil haar neutraliteit in religie behouden en terecht, anders zou het een islamitische hogeschool zijn (geworden) en dat kan tegenwoordig niet. Echter de oplossing had ook anders kunnen zijn, een stiltecentrum voor ALLE religies, mede gezien de leegstaande gebouwen cq. lokalen binnen de Hogeschool.
Na de carnaval in Den Haag breekt nu de tijd aan van vasten, van bezinning. Misschien kan er in deze tijd bezinning zijn over het feit dat er verzetsstrijders zijn in Palestina (zoals ze ook in Nederland zijn geweest), dat de vrijheid van meningsuiting bestaat in Nederland en dat dit ook geldt voor mensen met een andere mening en dat religies ook samen kunnen gaan in onze maatschappij, zelfs in een hogeschool en dat het schenken van een stilteruimte voor alle religies, misschien wel de ultieme vorm van neutraliteit in religie voor de Hogeschool kan zijn.
Amid a growing chorus of conservative voices urging the arming of the Syrian opposition, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Monday it’s trying to broker a ceasefire that would bring at least a temporary halt to violence that has killed over 6,000 people.
“We are currently discussing several possibilities with all those concerned, and it includes a cessation of fighting in the most affected areas,” the ICRC’s spokesman Carla Haddad told the Associated Pressfrom Geneva on Monday. “The idea is to be able to facilitate swift access to people in need.”
The ceasefire efforts come as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to travel to Tunisia later this week for an international “Friends of Syria” group meeting on the Syrian crisis.
Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) called for the arming of the Syrian opposition, to defend itself from Bashar al-Assad’s brutal crackdown. “It is time we gave the (opposition) the wherewithal to fight back and stop the slaughter,” McCain said at a Cairo news conference on Monday, Agence-France Press reported.
But top U.S. officials and analysts dismissed such proposals as hasty and unwise, especially given recent U.S. intelligence assessments that al-Qaida is operating in Syria to conduct attacks against the Assad regime.
“I think it’s premature to take a decision to arm the opposition movement in Syria because I would challenge anyone to clearly identify for me the opposition movement in Syria at this point,” Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in an interview broadcast Sunday. “There are indications that al Qaeda is involved and that they’re interested in supporting the opposition. … And until we’re a lot clearer about, you know, who they are and what they are, I think it would be premature to talk about arming them.”
In a new Center for New American Security (CNAS) report released Tuesday, author Marc Lynch argues that the U.S. and its international partners should apply pressure against the Assad regime instead of resorting to arming the opposition. “What I think we should be looking for is to accelerate the process of high-level regime defections,” Lynch said in an interview with Yahoo News on Monday, noting that there have been very few so far. “Give Assad a make or break ultimatum. Tell him he can make a deal or go to the ICC [International Criminal Court] to face war crimes charges. That will deliver a real message to the next layer down in the [Assad regime] that they don’t have forever.”
Among the CNAS report’s recommendations: presenting Assad and top Syrian regime officials with the choice of resigning or facing possible war crimes prosecution; increasing international economic sanctions that target top Syrian political and military leaders; stepping up international efforts to help unify the Syrian opposition; and forging a strategic communications campaign to publicize the Syrian regime’s atrocities.
“Unleashing even more violence without a realistic prospect of changing the regime’s behavior or improving security,” wrote Lynch, director of George Washington University’s Institute of Middle East studies, in the CNAS report, “is neither just nor wise.”
(news.yahoo.com / 21.02.2012)
US jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson has canceled her gig this weekend at the Women’s Festival in Holon, following appeals by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists encouraging her to respect the Palestinian call for boycott. She took a public political stand just before she was due to board a plane to Tel Aviv.
Israeli daily Ynet reported (in Hebrew, translated) that Wilson announced, “as a human rights activist, I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel.” The report also stated that concert promoters are considering legal action against her.
Cassandra Wilson joins a lengthening list of international scholars, artists and performers who have refused to appear in Israel due to the government’s apartheid policies against Palestinians.
(electronicintifada.net / 21.02.2012)
Delegates from German speaking countries met on February 11, 2012, in the southern German town of Stuttgart to discuss how to roll out the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) initiative. More than 30 people reported about their local efforts and confirmed the operative GMJ committee for those three countries.
Evelyn Hecht-Galinski, a prominent publicist and daughter of the former president of the Central Council of German Jews, addressed the meeting and pledged her support for the GMJ. She stressed the necessity to overcome Zionism all together and called for one common democratic state for Arabs and Jews. She is considering to participate in the march as well.
The Lutheran priest Jochen Vollmer criticised the unabated and biased support by the churches for Israel regardless of the blatant violations of human rights by this state. The quest for peace means also to defend the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, he said.
Several prominent people from those three countries have publicly stated their endorsement so far: Annette Groth, member of German parliament for the party „Die Linke“ who already has been on board of the Gaza flotilla. Felicia Langer, the German Jewish lawyer and human rights activist, laureate of the German „Bundesverdienstkreuz“ and the Palestinian medal for special merits. Viktoria Waltz, professor emeritus for land-use planning with the university of Dortmund. One of the first to take up the initiative was Leo Gabriel, an Austrian journalist and anthropologist, as well as member of the leadership of the World Social Forum. In Switzerland there has been the former leader of the Social democratic parliamentary fraction Franco Cavalli to break the ice.
For those people who will not be able to participate in the march, solidarity rallies will be staged on the day of the land, March 30. Though preparations just started following cities might see action: Berlin, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Duisburg, Vienna and Basel. More are to be announced.
GMJ preparatory committee Germany, Austria, Switzerland
(gm2j.com / 21.02.2012)
Dr. Ahmed Abu Halbiya, the head of the GMJ national committee in Gaza has announced the formation of this committee that includes many personalities and representatives of different Palestinian fractions, as well as representatives from trade unions, civil organisations , student and youth movements of various political background. He pointed out that the National Committee would organise the Global March to Jerusalem activities taking place in the provinces of Gaza on the 30th of March coincide with the 36thanniversary of “Land Day”.
Dr. Abu Halabiya said that there will be activities carried out by the National Committee in the provinces of Gaza throughout the month of March in preparation for the Global March to Gaza and to show the rejection to the policy of Judaisation which the Israeli occupation continues to practice against the occupied city of Jerusalem. He added that the details of these activities will be announced later on. He also confirmed that the aim of the GMJ is to demand freedom for Palestine and its capital Jerusalem.
The spokesman of the committee Majid Alzubda confirmed that the march to take place in Gaza is part of the Global March to Jerusalem which will mobilise hundred of thousands demanding freedom for Jerusalem across the five continents and from amongst more than twenty different countries. The march will be launched simultaneously from several locations from inside and outside Palestine. He also called upon all spectrum of the Palestinian people to participate in this march to support the occupied city of Jerusalem.
(gm2j.com / 21.02.2012)
The Egyptian government said the amount of electricity supplied to Gaza would be increased to 22 megawatts from an existing 17 megawatts already supplied for free. In addition, emergency diesel would also be supplied.
“The increase comes in the framework of a quick attempt to relieve the suffering of the Palestinian people,” Hassan Younes, the Egyptian minister responsible for electricity and power, said in a statement.
Gaza depends heavily on fuel smuggled in from Egypt to keep its lone power station on line. But as supplies were severely reduced from Egypt, the station was shut down last Tuesday, and Gaza has faced blackouts of up to 18 hours per day.
Many locals have accused Hamas of mismanaging the situation, relying too heavily on fuel brought through underground tunnels, which it taxes heavily, rather than seeking alternative sources of energy via legal channels on which it could not impose levies.
Gaza’s energy supply is bad at the best of times, with a rickety infrastructure system badly degraded during fighting over the past five years between Israel and Hamas. Gaza officials say Israel’s closure regime has blocked import of equipment to upgrade the power station and network.
Omar Katana, head of the PA Energy Authority, told Reuters Egypt was ready to provide the Gaza Strip with emergency diesel in the coming days and would also increase the amount of electricity it supplied to the territory. On Monday, 300,000 liters of fuel arrived in Gaza through the tunnels, which was expected to provide an additional two hours of daily power.
Katana said a plan struck with Egypt will increase electricity flows to 62 megawatts within two to four months.
In future, regular diesel supplies would be trucked into Gaza via the Israeli border crossing at Kerem Shalom, the energy authority chief said.
“Egypt wants to legalize the matter and end the smuggling of fuel because it comes at the expense of the Egyptian people,” he told Reuters, saying that the smuggled diesel was subsidized by Cairo and was meant only for use within Egypt.
Gaza — which is under an Israeli blockade — has come to rely on the vast network of tunnels under its border with Egypt. The Rafah terminal between the countries is not equipped for any type of goods transfer, and its development is restricted by an agreement between the PA, Egypt and Israel.
The Gaza government has been reluctant to accept fuel to be delivered via an Israeli-crossing, fearing Israel will use control of supplies to squeeze the coastal strip. Israel severely restricts the movement of people and goods from the Gaza Strip since it tightened access to the territory in 2007.
Senior Hamas leaders are in Cairo and Taher Al-Nunu, the Gaza government spokesman, said he was optimistic that a deal would be struck following further discussions.
No explanation was given for the halt in supplies from Egypt, but some newspaper commentators speculated that Egypt was looking to pressure Hamas to support a drive to mend bridges with President Mahmoud Abbas’s PA and back a Palestinian unity government.
Abbas is due to meet Hamas leaders in Cairo on Thursday.
Until fuel starts to flow through Kerem Shalom, which borders Israel, Gaza and Egypt, diesel will continue to arrive through the network of tunnels that connect southern Gaza to Egypt, a Palestinian source told Reuters.
Officials in Gaza said their old plant produces 80 megawatts at full capacity, while Israel feeds Gaza with 120 megawatts. Katana said there was a move to resolve longstanding problems by building greater transmission capabilities at the border with Egypt and boost capacity there to 300 megawatts.
“The project may take at least 18 months to be ready and by its completion it will resolve the Gaza power problem once for for all,” he said, adding it would cost $50 million to complete.
Ramallah, 21 February 2012 – Khader Adnan’s hearing at the Israeli High Court was cancelled today, 21 February 2012, only minutes before the hearing was to take place. On Khader’s 66th day of hunger strike in protest of his administrative detention and inhuman and degrading treatment by the Israeli authorities, one of Khader’s lawyers negotiated a deal with the Israeli military prosecutor that Khader will be released on 17 April instead of 8 May and that his administrative detention order will not be renewed. Addameer lawyer Samer Sam’an is actively working to gain permission to visit Khader to confirm whether or not he will continue with his hunger strike.
RAMALLAH, February 21, 2012 (WAFA) – PLO Executive Committee member Saeb Erekat Tuesday warned against an Israeli military strike on the Gaza Strip, holding the Israeli government fully responsible for any such attack.
He told a local radio station that the Palestinian Authority takes these threats seriously because they have been voiced by high ranking political and security officials.
Erekat said that the PA is determined to continue with internal reconciliation despite of Israel’s efforts to foil it.
(english.wafa.ps / 21.02.2012)