Israeli Authorities Arrested Over 300 Palestinian in March

Ramallah, April 11 (QNA) – The International Solidarity for Human Rights said that the Israeli occupation authorities arrested more than 300 Palestinians, including dozens of children and seven women during the month of March.  Lawyer in the International Solidarity foundation Ahmed Tobassi has condemned the Israeli occupation practices of racism against the unarmed Palestinian people, especially the escalation of arrests against children and women.
He called on the international community and international institutions concerned with human rights to take urgent action to halt Israel’s practices which are contrary to international conventions and laws.
Tobassi stressed the need to stand against the policy of arrest pursued by the Israeli occupation authorities in the Palestinian territories which contravenes all international laws and norms.

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‘Israel cannot legally ban pro-Palestinian activists bound for West Bank’

Ahead of planned fly-in protest, lawyer who defended activists who took part in 2011 ‘flytilla’ says protesters must gain entry to Israel in order to request West Bank entry from IDF.

Israel’s Interior Ministry has no authority to refuse entry to activists taking part in Sunday’s pro-Palestinian fly-in protest, a lawyer who represented activists detained in last year’s protest claims.

The fly-in protest, part of a campaign entitled “Welcome to Palestine,” is due to take place on Sunday with the arrival of thousands of international activists at Ben-Gurion Airport. Last July, a similar “fly-in” took place, with over 300 international activists arriving in Israel, and 120 detained.

fly-in, pro-palestinian activist Israeli pro-Palestinian activists at Ben-Gurion International Airport on July 8, 2011.

Attorney Amar Schatz, who represented two Australian activists who arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport for last year’s protest, but were refused entry at the airport, claims that the interior minister is not mandated to refuse entry at the airport based on a visitor’s desire to travel to the West Bank, as the territory is under military control, and given that Israel surrounds Palestine on all sides, travelers have no choice but to pass through Israel in order to reach a checkpoint and ask for permission to enter Palestine.

Schatz says that last year he submitted an appeal on behalf of a former Australian member of parliament, Phyllis Hale, and a friend of hers from New Zealand, who is a member of the organization “Jews for Palestine.” The court accepted the appeal, based on the principle that the interior minister cannot refuse entry to anyone who declares on arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport that they intend to travel to the West Bank, because the area is under miltary control. The interior ministry cannot refuse a request that is under the mandate of the military authority, and must allow those who intend to travel to the West Bank to enter Israel and request permission to travel to Palestinian territories.

Such a decision by the interior minister would be tantamount to annexation of the territories, according to Schatz.

The court ordered the cancellation of the deportation order against the two women, ordered their release on bail, and allowed the two to enter Israel for a 24-hour period, despite the fact that they had not concealed their intention to travel to Israel as part of the fly-in protest. The two were not granted permission to enter the West Bank, and had to leave the country.

A day after the two women were granted permission to enter Israel, the court refused the request of another German activist. The court ordered her to be deported based on Israeli intelligence and the claim that she had not cooperated with investigators.

Organizers of the fly-in protest said that the activists who will be arriving at Ben-Gurion on Sunday do not intend to lie about their intentions to travel to the West Bank when they land at the airport.

The immigration authority responded that entrance through Ben Gurion Airport is to Israeli territory only, regardless of where visitors go afterwards, and that, as such, the Population and Immigration Authority is responsible for entry according to Israel’s Law of Entry.

Meanwhile, Gush Shalom peace bloc activists urged the Minster for Public Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch on Wednesday to cancel the security measures being taken ahead of the arrival of the international left-wing activists to Ben Gurion Airport. A text written by Gush Shalom said that, according to information the organization had received, the fly-in protests will comprise over 1000 international activists, including elderly activists, parents with children, and physically-challenged activists in wheelchairs.

“Their only goal is to go through passport control like any other visitor, and state clearly that they are coming to visit the West Bank after following an invitation by various civilian Palestinian organizations,” Gush Shalom wrote.

“They have no intention of carrying out a provocation at the airport, and as such the massive police force preparation is unnecessary and a waste of tax-payers’ money,” wrote Gush Shalom spokesperson, Adam Keller.

Aharonovitch’s spokesperson said in response that he does not intend to respond to such appeals through the media.

Israel Police are preparing to send reinforcements to Ben-Gurion Airport nextSunday ( )  to prevent the entry of a large group of pro Palestinian activists planning to journey to the West Bank. Their effort is part of a campaign entitled “Welcome to Palestine.” Aharonovitch, in charge of dealing with the fly-in, indicated on Sunday that there has been extensive preparation and planning, similar to preparation leading up to the last year’s protest.

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Israeli Border Police Violently Attack Palestinians and Int’ls in Hebron

Twelve were detained and Three were injured after Israeli forces attacked participants of the Bili’n Conference on the Popular Struggle who toured Hebron.

Israeli Border Police officers attacked a group of Palestinians and Internationals who participated in the 7th International Bil’in Conference on the Palestinian Popular Struggle this afternoon. The incident took place during a tour of the Old City of Hebron. Eight Palestinians and four internationals were arrested and at least three people were injured by the blows they suffered at the hands of police. One Italian woman suffered an injury to her shoulder that required hospitalization.

Israeli Border Police officers attacking attendants of the 7th Bil'in Conference in Hebron's Old City earlier today
Israeli Border Police officers attacking participants of the 7th Bil’in Conference in Hebron’s Old City earlier today

About 200 Palestinians and Internationals attended the second day of the Bil’in Conference, which today took place at the old city of Hebron. After lunch, which was held at a school off of Shuhada Street, participants began to gather at the entrance of the Old City to begin a tour of the area. Settlers who passed by in their cars noticed the gathering and aggressively honked their horns at the group, but continued without incident. Two minutes later, Israeli Border Police officers arrived in the area and arbitrarily detained a three of the Palestinians. A second group of settlers then arrived at the scene in large numbers and began inciting the police against the conference participants, calling on the police officers to “eliminate” the them. the Border Police officers, now joined by regular police, then began pushing and beating the conference participants – men and women alike.

During the attack, the officers arrested eight Palestinians and four internationals. While most were released without charge shortly after, two Palestinians and two internationals are still held at the Hebron police station. Among those still held are two Italians and Issa Amro, a well known grassroots activist from Hebron, who was clearly arrested for who he is rather than anything he’s done. Amro has only recently spent nearly a week in detention after the army evicted Palestinians from a house in the city. The eviction took place despite the fact that the activists had legal claim to the house, which eventually forced the authorities to release Amro unconditionally.

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A One-State Solution for Israel and Palestine

The international community has struggled for two decades to navigate Israelis and Palestinians toward an oasis of peace and stability. Yet it is increasingly clear that this oasis — the two-state solution, whereby each of the two peoples would exercise sovereignty within their own state — is in fact a mirage that continually recedes into the distance, always remaining just beyond reach.

In fact, a genuinely sovereign Palestinian state will not be realized any time in the foreseeable future, and quite likely never will be. The obstacles to meaningful Palestinian statehood are constantly mounting, most tangibly in the form of Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Some 600,000 Jewish settlers now reside there — three times as many as at the beginning of the Oslo peace process in 1993, and their numbers are growing rapidly.

Continuing to chase the two-state mirage under these circumstances will only enable continuing Israeli colonization of the West Bank and entrench a new form of systematic ethno-religious discrimination, where only Jews enjoy full rights — to travel, housing, employment, education, and other basics of a free life.

As it stands, there is one effective sovereign between the Mediterranean Sea to the west, and the Jordan River to the east: Israel. It is the Israeli government whose actions most impact the lives not only of its 7.6 million citizens, but also of its 4.3 million subjects in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. As this functionally unitary state will not be divided, the question that looms is: on what principles will it be organized, ethnic privilege for Jews, as it is now, or equal rights? Ethnic privilege for Jews is currently institutionalized not only in the segregated Jewish communities Israel has established in the West Bank, but also in more than 35 laws within Israel that bestow benefits exclusively to its Jewish citizens.

A growing number of forward-looking Palestinians and Israelis are rejecting Jewish ethnic privilege as both ethically insupportable and politically unsustainable, and are opting for equal rights. That is the position of a number of the participants in a “one state” conference held recently at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School. Recognizing that Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs are destined to live together, the conference participants were seeking ways to share power equitably between the two communities.

Not all support for a single state emanates from progressive thinkers, however. Members of Israel’s right wing are also beginning to seriously mull the advantages of a single state: no borders would have to be drawn, Jerusalem would remain undivided, and Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank — at least if desegregated — could remain where they are. Current Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin, for example, stated in a 2010 interview in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz: “I would rather Palestinians as citizens of this country over dividing the land up.” He further advocated “true partnership” between Jews and Palestinians and relations based on mutual respect and absolute equality.

Right-wing politicians in the United States appear to be following suit. Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, in a recent exchange with a young voter captured on, characterized the West Bank as “Israeli country” and asserted that “All the people that live in the West Bank are Israelis, they’re not Palestinians. There is no ‘Palestinian.'” As a descriptive matter, of course, he was flatly wrong — Palestinian residents of the West Bank are not citizens of Israel and have no vote in Israeli elections. But as a normative statement, Santorum’s could be read as endorsing the inclusion of Palestinians into the Israeli body politic.

In February the Republican National Committee passed a resolution sponsored by national committeewoman Cindy Costa of South Carolina that claimed “peace can be afforded the region only through a united Israel governed under one law for all people.” Elsewhere the resolution denied that Israel was “an occupier of the land of others,” clarifying that the area to be governed under “one law” includes the West Bank. Two state legislatures, in South Carolina and Florida, have passed resolutions in the last year supporting a one-state solution and identifying the West Bank as part of Israel.

By abandoning the still-born two-state solution, the emerging Israeli and American conservative advocates of one-state achieve a form of progress. But real, on-the-ground progress will follow only if the state that ultimately emerges is solidly based on the principle of equal rights. Inequality, in contrast, is a formula for perpetual conflict.

It pays to remember that possibly the largest, and surely the safest and most prosperous Jewish community in the world, is in the United States. We abandoned racial privilege and formally committed ourselves to equal rights in adopting the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868. Is a true democracy — one in which all, not some, enjoy full rights of citizenship — really so threatening to the interests of Israeli Jews? Would not a truly democratic state joining Jews and Palestinians become the “light unto nations” that Israel was always meant to be?

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U2′s Bono visits West Bank

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Irish rock star Bono paid a surprise visit to the West Bank on Tuesday, onlookers said.

In Bethlehem, the U2 frontman was seen visiting the Nativity Church , a center in Aida refugee camp and touring Israel’s separation wall which surrounds the city.

He later visited Wadi al-Qyilt, a valley near Jericho, onlookers said.

The renowned singer and charity campaigner was accompanied by his family and a bodyguard. Palestinian tour guide Wisam Salsa was seen with the group.

On Monday, the singer was spotted in a restaurant in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv, the Israeli press reported.

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Benelux korancompetitie voorrondes Rotterdam

    • zondag 22 april 2012
    • 9:00 tot 18:00
  • Beste broeders en zusters,

    Met de wil van Allah is het weer zover, de voorrondes van de BENELUX KORANCOMPETITIE 2012 staan voor de deur. Voor de regio Rotterdam gaat dit door op 22 april in Moskee Othman te Rotterdam. We heten jullie alvast van harte welkom.

    Voor al wie interesse heeft om aanwezig te zijn of om deel te nemen, kan een kijkje nemen voor de voorwaarden. Deze competitie is voor jong en oud, man of vrouw,… en er zijn verschillende prijzen voorzien voor elke deelnemer!

    Moge Allah deze competitie zegenen en de harten vullen met de liefde voor de Koran.

    Wassalaamoe alaykoem wa rahmatoellahi wa barakaatoeh

    Benelux korancompetitie voorrondes Rotterdam

Hoe kijkt de islam naar andere religies?

De definitie die de koran van een gelovige (Mu’min) geeft, is breder dan de algemene verwachting dat ‘een gelovige iemand is die in de islam gelooft.’ In feite is het zo dat iemand de islam als een manier van leven kan aannemen en beoefenen (de definitie van een moslim), maar niet in de islam gelooft. Mu’min wordt in brede zin gedefinieerd als iemand die in de Ene en Enige God gelooft, in engelen, alle openbaringen, profeten en de wederopstanding. De koran zegt: “Zij zijn niet allemaal gelijk: van de Mensen van het Boek (Joden en Christenen) zijn er die (voor het goede) staan: zij reciteren de Tekenen van God de hele nacht en werpen zich in aanbidding ter aarde. Zij geloven in God en de Laatste Dag; zij gebieden het goede en verbieden het kwade; en zij haasten zich (vol ijver) tot (alle) goede werken; zij behoren tot de( rang der) rechtschapene. Van het goede dat zij doen, zal niets van hen geweigerd worden; want God kent degenen die goed doen het best.” (3:113-115)

Echte, zoals hierboven beschreven, gelovigen kunnen dus overal gevonden worden, ongeacht de naam waarmee de persoon wordt aangesproken. Moslims geloven dat de islam geen nieuwe of unieke boodschap is, maar de meest volledige ‘update’ van dezelfde universele en tijdloze boodschap van God die aan eerdere profeten en volkeren is gezonden (2:132). Daaruit volgend, de ene boodschap die God de mensheid wilde geven.

Moslims noemen Joden en Christenen de mensen van het Boek, dat wil zeggen, mensen die door middel van respectievelijk, Mozes en Jezus ook een boek van God ontvangen hebben. De islam verbiedt elk geloof en elke religie waarin meer dan één God aanbeden wordt en elke vorm die geen God accepteert of aanbidt. Op het gebied van zedelijkheid, zuiverheid en persoonlijke ontwikkeling, zijn er een aantal overeenkomsten tussen de islam en alle grote wereldreligies.

Hoe moslims zich tegenover mensen met een ander geloof dienen te gedragen, wordt goed samengevat in het vers: “En beledigt degenen die zij naast God aanbidden niet, opdat zij God niet zonder kennis onrechtvaardig zullen beledigen. Aldus hebben Wij voor ieder volk hun eigen gewoonten redelijk-lijkend gemaakt; tot hun Heer zullen zij uiteindelijk terugkeren en Hij zal hen vervolgens informeren over wat zij gewoon waren te doen.” (6:108). Niet allen zet dit vers niet tot haat of gewelddadige acties aan, het verbiedt moslims mensen met een ander geloof door middel van beledigende opmerkingen te kwetsen.

Over de hele wereld zijn er vele interreligieuze activiteiten geweest en vinden die nog steeds plaats, vooral met Christenen. Deze betrekkingen reiken ook uit naar Boeddhisten, Hindoes en Joden. Dergelijke initiatieven zullen zich in de toekomst tot tastbare projecten ontwikkelen en de vruchten dragen van wederzijds begrip en acceptatie.

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How BBC views Gaza through a Zionist looking glass

Man sits next to queue of gas canisters

According to the BBC, Palestinians in Gaza are accustomed to a state of constant siege.

Watching, reading or listening to a BBC report on Israel’s occupation of Palestine is like stepping through the Zionist looking-glass and witnessing not the reality of the situation, but Israel’s totally distorted version of it.

In this inverted world, presented to us by a broadcaster with a huge global reach, we were recently told that the besieged people of Gaza have become accustomed to the relentless violence and deprivation of Israel’s occupation and siege, while the residents of southern Israel continue to feel anxiety and dread when crude rockets are fired into their neighborhood.

These extraordinary claims are made in two juxtaposed articles published on one page recently on BBC Online (“Gaza-Israel clashes: The view from each side,” 13 March 2012).

They perfectly encapsulate the BBC’s general attitude towards reporting on the occupation — reporting which, with sad regularity, lacks truth, honesty and integrity.

Published just after Israel had bombed Gaza continuously for four days, killing 27 Palestinians including children as young as seven, the headline for the article about Gaza reads, “Gazans ‘inured’ to conflict.”

This incredible opinion — that the people of Gaza have become used to the mass killings visited on them by Israeli airstrikes, to the destruction of their homes by F16s, to the suffering caused by near-total blockade, to the restrictions on their freedom and movement, to the daily terror of drones flying overhead — is that of the BBC’s correspondent in Gaza, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes.

No evidence

An experienced journalist, Wingfield-Hayes provides no evidence for his article from official sources such as the United Nations or Palestine Trauma Centre, which produce factual reports on the high levels of mental health problems amongst the population. Nor does he interview any Palestinians in Gaza on whether they have become habituated to the Israeli bombs which fall on their homes and incinerate members of their families in order to back up his headline-making claim.

Instead, the basis for his assertion is that, while Israeli warplanes fly overhead as he sits in a building in Gaza City, “down below on the streets the cars kept passing, the shops stayed open, pedestrians kept walking home with their groceries.”

And so, because people continue trying to survive amidst the destruction, the BBC presents them as being “inured” to the violence and injustice that is rained down on them on a daily basis. This public broadcaster, paid for by the UK taxpayer, denies the Palestinians even the luxury of sharing the same human feelings of terror, frustration and longing for freedom that everyone else on the planet is allowed to possess. Described as being “inured” to a situation no sentient human being could become used to, they are, essentially, deemed less than human.

Making the siege invisible

Wingfield-Hayes also renders invisible Israel’s five-year siege, with not even a brief description of the desperate situation currently facing Palestinians in Gaza, as supplies of fuel and cooking gas near exhaustion, electricity is available only six hours in every 24, hospitals cancel operations, schools and universities close, and families resort to candles for light and ancient clay ovens, lit with straw and wood, to cook food.

Is this because reporting honestly on the siege and its effects might elicit sympathy, even understanding, for the Palestinians and clash with the image Israel wants the media to project of a terrorist population threatening its security?

Was a desire to present Israel’s singular view of international law also the reason behind the article’s original claim that the occupation of Gaza had ended in 2005? A written complaint from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign directing the BBC’s Middle East editor to UN resolutions on the matter resulted in a paragraph being added to say that Israel still maintains control over Gaza’s borders and airspace.

Astonishing and inept

Nevertheless, Wingfield-Hayes’ extraordinary questioning of an unfortunate Palestinian in Gaza remains in the modified article. “What do you mean when you say you are struggling against the occupation?” he demands of a man who does not have the freedom to move beyond an area of land measuring 25 miles by 4 miles, whose every aspect of life, including whether he will be allowed enough food to keep his family alive, is controlled by Israel. “After all Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005,” Wingfield-Hayes insists.

This is quite astonishing and, taking into account Wingfield-Hayes’ failure to mention the siege which dominates this man’s life, journalistically inept.

The subconscious message this article is sending out, by denying the desperate reality in Gaza in favor of groundless, unsupported theories put forward by the journalist, is that Palestinians in Gaza are ok, there’s nothing to worry about, you can look away.

This is in stark contrast to the article which runs parallel to it, headlined “Israel’s Iron Dome hopes.” In this piece, the BBC’s Kevin Connolly tells us how “normal life” in southern Israel is “severely disrupted” during periods of rocket fire. He provides us with emotive descriptions of the “anxiety” of the Israelis as they go through “grimly familiar rituals” on hearing “the mournful howling” of sirens and describes a young man running in fear for shelter. We learn about “that familiar sense of dread” experienced by the residents of southern Israel and their hopes that the Iron Dome missile shield will become an “instrument of deliverance” from Gaza’s rockets.

These are clearly not people, Connolly is saying, who are inured to conflict. So why, according to the BBC, do they still feel dread and anxiety and not the Palestinians? Are the Palestinians simply hardier, or are the F16s, Apache helicopters, armored tanks and drones deployed against them just not as frightening as the homemade rockets which terrify the Israelis?

Leaving Wonderland

Connolly’s article focuses on the image of the Israeli state defending itself from the besieged, refugee population of Gaza. As with Wingfield-Hayes’ contribution to “the view from each side,” there is absolutely no mention of the fact that Israel illegally occupies Gaza, has held it under tight siege for six years, committed a massacre of 1,400 people there during three weeks in 2008-09, shoots from remote-controlled watchtowers at Palestinian children collecting rubble and from gunboats at fishermen trying to catch fish to feed their impoverished families, and no mention at all that Israel violates international law every single day of the year in relation to Gaza and the Palestinians.

Connolly talks about the levels of “military balance” between the Israelis (funded to the tune of $3 billion a year in military aid by the US) and the Palestinians (a people with no state and no army). Wingfield-Hayes implies, when he interviews a man whose house has been reduced to rubble by an airstrike, that the Palestinians have brought their collective punishment upon themselves by standing up to Israel and refusing to accept their occupation.

As a BBC journalist who has been asked to step through the Zionist looking-glass, he does not of course tell his audience that, under the Geneva convention, collective punishment is illegal or that international law allows an occupied people to resist their occupation.

To do this would mean leaving Wonderland and stepping back through the looking-glass and into reality. This is something that the BBC, with its twisted, fact-free reporting of the occupation loaded in favor of Israel, seems incapable of doing. After all, this is the same organization which has declared that “Palestine doesn’t exist” while simultaneously warning that to claim it isn’t free is a contentious issue. And with the BBC’s reach extending into every corner of the globe, this inability — or unwillingness — is something that should concern us all.

Amena Saleem is active with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in the UK and keeps a close eye on the media’s coverage of Palestine as part of her brief. She has twice driven on convoys to Gaza for PSC. More information on PSC is available

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Spijtbetuiging voor het minaretten verbod in Zwitserland

Iedereen kent de situatie wel over het minaretten verbod in Zwitserland. Deze campagne is destijds gestart door de politicus Daniel Streich, lid van de Zwitserse Volkspartij (SVP). Hij was de eerste die een boost gaf aan het proces, dat het verbod van minaretten op moskeeën in Zwitserland bewerkstelligde. Echter, de heer Streich schokt echter meer door een compleet andere wending in zijn filosofie.
Daniel Streich haalt de verbazing van Politiek Zwitserland op zijn schouders door het feit dat hij hiervan spijt betuigd en zich zelfs bekeert tot de Islam. Dit wekt de verbazing omdat Streich er alles aan deed om de Islam fobie te verspreiden, tot in de verste hoeken van Zwitserland.

Streich verklaard, dat hij de Islam bestudeerde, zodat hij sterk op het strijdtoneel kon treden, in zijn gevecht tegen de Islam. Het bracht hem uiteindelijk echter dichter bij de Islam waardoor het zijn hart won. Inmiddels heeft hij grote spijt van zijn daden, die er toe hebben geleid dat het verbod van minaretten op moskeeën de juridische status heeft gekregen. Om met zichzelf en God in het reine te komen wil hij nu echter een extra moskee bouwen in Zwitserland, die de mooiste van Europa moet worden. In tegenstelling tot zijn eerdere campagne, wil hij nu werken aan religieuze verdraagzaamheid en een vreedzame samenwerking.

Bijval vanuit Islamitische hoek
Abdul Majeed Aldai, de voorzitter van OPI, een organisatie die werkt voor het welzijn van moslims, zegt dat de Europeanen meer willen weten over de islam. Sommigen van hen doen dit om meer te willen weten over de relatie tussen islam en terrorisme; Zo ook was het met Streich. Tijdens zijn verdieping, bestudeerde hij de Heilige Koran en kreeg steeds meer inzicht in de islam.
Hij wilde hard zijn tegen de islam, maar het uiteindelijke resultaat was anders zegt Aldai verder.

Landelijke stemming
De kwestie van het verbod op minaretten kreeg door een landelijke stemming, de juridische status. Het was namelijk een meerderheid( 57,5%), die voor het verbod was. 42,5% was tegen. In eerste oogopslag, is dit een groot aantal dat voor het wetsvoorstel koos. Als je echter in ogenschouw neemt dat maar 6% van de bevolking in Zwitserland Moslim is, zou er ook kunnen worden geconcludeerd dat er een hoop Zwitsers zijn die voor deze kleine groep zijn opgekomen. Er zijn namelijk genoeg mensen die gedacht zullen hebben, dit heeft niks met mij te maken dus ik blijf(spreekwoordelijk) lekker thuis.

Populair Politicus
Streich was een belangrijk lid van de Zwitserse Volkspartij (SVP). Hij speelde altijd een prominente rol in het maken van het partij beleid. Zijn beweging tegen de minaretten was er vooral op gericht om politieke aandacht en interesse te winnen. Hij zet nu echter een punt achter zijn politieke werkzaamheden voor het SVP. Verder geeft hij aan dat hij een christelijke opvoeding genoot en vaak de kerk bezocht, maar dat hij daarin de waarheid niet kon vinden die hij nu wel heeft gevonden.

Streich een gevaar?
Door zijn militaire verleden, zeggen de Zwitserse militaire autoriteiten, dat zij bang zijn dat Streich, die ooit een militaire instructeur was, leger geheimen zou kunnen onthullen aan de moslims. Het lid van de Raad, van de Nationale SVP, zegt dat Streich als voormalig militaire instructeur een gevaar vormt. Zo lijkt de strijd begonnen om de ooit populaire militair en later politicus, monddood te maken. Streich kreeg bijval vanuit Nederland door bijvoorbeeld de politicus Geert Wilders, die graag het verbod in Nederland ook zou willen doorvoeren. Maar of Wilders ook trots is op deze keuze valt te betwijfelen..

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#Airflotilla2 | Mission “Welcome to Palestine”: The detailed program


Below are details of Palestinian organizations that invite us on the week dedicated to the mission “Welcome to Palestine.”

Source and original article in French :  Mission « Bienvenue en Palestine » : le programme détaillé Mars 21, 2011

– Sunday, April 15:

  • Arrival and welcome in Bethlehem, the place of the Nativity

– From Monday:

  • Building the school for all volunteers who can contribute and participate in the renovation of the kindergarten “Little Prince” in Bethlehem.
  • The electricians are especially welcome, and anyone who can take care of painting.
  • As we will be more than a thousand participants from many countries and that not everyone can participate in the launch of construction of the International School in Beit Jala and renovation of the kindergarten, it is also hoped that Mission participants:
  •  Help to repair damaged wells in the area of Bethlehem (camping on site for 3 to 4 days to thirty volunteers)
  • The cultural center in Al-Rowwad the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem would also like the participation of hundreds of volunteers to build a museum on the history of Palestinian refugees.
  •  The Committee of Beit Ommar offers for its part to fifty volunteers to plant trees in the village.
  • Ancillary activities and optional a la carte for volunteers of all countries, including those who never came to Palestine:

– Monday, April 16:

  • Visit of the Jordan Valley organized by Mubarak Awad Abu Swai & Zawahra

– Tuesday, April 17:

  • Visit to Hebron organized by Mousa Abu Maria

– Wednesday, April 18:

  • Day in Bethlehem, organized by Abdelfattah Abu Srour and Jacques Neno including a seminar in Bethlehem University on “How to end the occupation? “And a festive evening for all.

– Thursday, April 19:

  • Visit to Jerusalem, organized by Lubna Masarwa & Najwa Alsilwadi

– Friday, April 20:

  • Tour of Ramallah organized by Iyad Bornat & Nariman Tamimi

It is still possible to register to participate in this international mission, by writing to: contact (at) 

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