De mot

By Marianna Laarif

Een man vond een cocon van een mot en nam het mee naar huis zodat hij het kon zien als de cocon uitkwam. Op een dag verscheen er een smalle opening. Hij ging zitten en bestudeerde de mot uren lang terwijl het beestje zijn lichaam door het kleine gaatje worstelde.
Toen leek het alsof het beestje geen vooruitgang meer boekte. Het zag er naar uit dat het zover gekomen was als het kon. Het beestje kon niet verder en leek vast te zitten.
In zijn goedaardigheid besloot de man de mot te helpen dus nam hij een schaar en knipte het resterende deel van de cocon af. De mot kwam er toen gemakkelijk uit maar had een gezwollen lijfje en kleine verkreukelde vleugeltjes.
De man bleef de mot bestuderen omdat hij verwachtte dat de vleugels elk moment zouden vergroten en uit zouden zetten zodat ze het lijfje zouden kunnen dragen.
Maar dit gebeurde niet. De kleine mot bracht de rest van zijn leven kruipend door met een gezwollen lijfje en verkreukelde vleugeltjes. Hij heeft nooit kunnen vliegen.
Wat de man in zijn goedaardigheid en haast niet begrepen had, was dat de klemmende cocon en de benodigde worsteling voor de mot om door de kleine opening te komen, een manier was om de vloeistoffen van het lijfje naar de vleugels te dwingen zodat het klaar zou zijn om te vliegen zodra hij zich bevrijd had van de cocon.

Vrijheid en vlucht zouden alleen komen na de strijd. Door de mot van zijn strijd te beroven, heeft de man de mot van zijn gezondheid beroofd.

Soms is strijden precies wat we nodig hebben in ons leven. Als we door het leven zouden kunnen gaan zonder enige obstakels, zou het ons verkreupelen. We zouden niet zo sterk zijn als we hadden kunnen zijn.

” En Wij zullen u een weinig beproeven door vrees, honger, verlies van bezittingen, levens en vruchten; maar verkondig blijde tijdingen aan de geduldigen. “{2:155}

Israeli forces arrest man near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a man on Sunday in a village south of Bethlehem, a local official said.

A popular committee coordinator told Ma’an that Israeli forces arrested Rani Salah, 27, in the village of al-Khader. Clashes broke out following the arrest, with no injuries reported.

Ahmad Salah, 21, and Khaled Salah, 22, were briefly detained during the incident.

(Source / 05.05.2013)

Hezbollah: Powerful pro-Syria, Iran-backed Lebanon force

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The Shiite militant group Hezbollah, apparently the destination for the arms shipment targeted by two Israeli air raids in 48 hours inside Syria, is a staunch ally of Iran, that oversaw its creation in 1982, and the Syrian regime, one of its key military backers.

Hezbollah, or Party of God, was founded in 1982 in response to Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, and has since gained enormous support among Shiites, thanks in part to its extensive social services network.

The movement, which drew inspiration from the Iranian Revolution, receives financial and military backing from Tehran.

It is also supported by the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, which has been accused of smuggling sophisticated weapons to the party through the porous Lebanese-Syrian border.

Hezbollah’s main objective since its creation has been its armed struggle against Israel.

Its popularity rose in 2000 after the Jewish state withdrew its troops from southern Lebanon following a 22-year presence.

The party’s political clout was also bolstered after its devastating 2006 war with Israel, and again in 2008 following a wave of sectarian violence that saw it stage a spectacular takeover of mainly-Sunni west Beirut.

But the war in Syria that broke out after the regime violently repressed a popular uprising in March 2011, has dented Hezbollah’s image in the Arab world, as the movement has taken an unambiguous stance in favor of the regime.

The group’s leader, charismatic cleric Hassan Nasrallah, admitted for the first time on April 30 that his troops have been involved in fighting in the Syrian border region of Qusayr.

He warned in a speech that the “friends of Syria” will not allow the fall of President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria’s opposition immediately denounced the statement as a “threat.”

Last March, U.S. President Barack Obama called on the international community to name Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization.”

It is the only group in Lebanon that has refused to surrender its weapons since the end of the 1975-1990 civil war on grounds they are needed to protect the country against Israeli attacks.

Nasrallah took over as secretary general of the party in 1992 after his predecessor, Abbas Mussawi, was assassinated in an Israeli missile strike.

He has since become one of the most influential leaders in the Arab world, has lived in hiding since the 2006 war and rarely appears in public for fear of being killed by Israel.

In November 2010, Nasrallah threatened to “cut off the hand” of anyone who attempts to arrest Hezbollah members over the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri amid press reports at the time suggesting that senior Hezbollah members would be indicted in connection with the murder.

The party, or some of its affiliates, have been implicated in a number of attacks, notably the bombing of the U.S. marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 that left 241 dead and the 1992 attack on the Israeli embassy in Argentina.

Intelligence officials estimate Hezbollah has amassed an arsenal of more than 40,000 short and long-range rockets as well as other sophisticated weapons including anti-aircraft guns the party claims can reach deep inside Israel.

Although Hezbollah initially sought to impose an Islamic way of life in Lebanon, it has since toned down its rhetoric and claims to seek to live in unity with all the Lebanese.

(Source / 05.05.2013)

Israel Bombs Syria, Again

There is no mystery anymore. Israel has been a major player in the Syrian conflict. The Syrian conflict has been an open arena for all the enemies of Syria – dubbed for historical irony as “friends of Syria” – to help themselves to the destruction of Syria the country and not the regime. In fact, all the enemies of Syria would have preferred a deal that would keep the regime intact in order to reassure Israel.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey were the visible players in Syria, but US and Israel were not far behind (or ahead). After all, the Western media are quite explicit that Qatar and Saudi Arabia would not act without the consent and orders from the White House. This is the second major bombing by Israel in Syria, but Israel has been most likely – as it was in Iraq – complicit in the assassinations of Syrian scientists and its opponents. There has never been a civil war or an internal conflict in the Arab world in which Israel has not played a major role. Some American media noted the presence of Mossad agents in Syria; Free Syrian Army gangs have been working with them.

The US and Israel have decided that the war criminal gangs of the FSA are the chosen militias that can receive US (and presumably Israeli) military aid. Those are very much like the warlords of Afghanistan: criminals who are willing to chant the right slogans and to issue the right press releases in return for large sums of cash and Western assistance.

Watching Saudi and Qatari media today was a return to the past: the spokespeople (let us call them spokesmen as they all are men in this pitiful “revolution” that was ostensibly led by secular and feminist women, according to the early pre-prepared narrative in the Western media and college campus presentations) of the Syrian exile opposition were actually gleeful that their country is being bombed by Israel. They used the same language that Bashir Gemayyel used to justify his relationship with Israel during the long years of the Lebanese civil war (and prior). They spoke about accepting help from anyone, “even Satan.” We know this code language. And some spokesmen of the opposition started to play their assigned role in the Israeli psychological operation by suddenly announcing that “large sections” of the Syrian Army have started to defect basically as soon as the bombing had begun.

This was never a “revolution”. I among other leftists in Lebanon signed a petition early on after the events in Deraa in which we denounced the regime and mocked and dismissed its narrative of armed groups roaming the country and shooting at people. I now figure that I was dead wrong: I do believe that armed groups were pre-prepared and armed to strike when orders (from Israel and GCC countries) arrive. They had a mission and it had nothing to do with the cause of liberation of Syria from a tyrannical regime.

The regime is still silent; probably resorting to its dreaded line about determining “the time and place of the battle with Israel.” But the battle never comes and responses to Israeli attacks never come either. The Golan is still occupied and the regime (like the opposition) is only willing to use its firepower inside Syria (or inside Lebanon in previous years) but not against Israel. Similarly, the Syrian armed groups have been flirting with Israel for a while now and their game has been exposed today. Their token statement of “neutrality” is belied by the statements of opposition “activists” on various opposition Facebook pages.

The US government and media play their usual roles. Never question what Israel does anywhere in the world. Justifications are provided instantly, and it was not a coincidence that the New York Times had a front page story about poor little Israel and how it has to fend for itself to defend itself from the conflict and turmoil in Syria. Only a week ago, David Ignatius of the Washington Post, having received different propaganda marching orders from the Israeli government, reported that Israel was in fact calm and just enjoying the carnage in Syria.

The conflict in Syria has long been outside of the hands of the Syrian people. It is not that a local-internal conflict became regional and international over a two years period. No, it was regional-international from the start. The US and its clients in the Arab counter-revolution movement were ready to steer Arab uprisings in a direction that pleases US and Israel. The fall of Mubarak required the fall of the Assad regime although the US and Israel are discovering that they can continue to do business with the Muslim Brotherhood.

This is not to say that the Syrian people don’t have more than a hundred reasons to overthrow the Syrian regime. They do, but this was not about the underlying causes of revolt in Syria. The Qatari, Saudi, Turkish, Israeli, and US beef with the Syrian regime was never about democracy. The Syrian regime had brutally repressed revolts and uprisings before and there were no criticisms heard and the Saudi government (and later the Qatari) was willing to bankroll the Assad dynasty provided that the two work together in Lebanon and in the region.

It is not that the there is no Syrian revolution (and there is not), but the outcome of the conflict in Syria is now certainly not going to be democratic. You can make that prediction on the basis of the sponsors of the “revolutionaries” and the ideology (and practices) of the active armed groups in Syria. But the Syrian armed groups are being fooled by US and Israel into thinking that the Syrian throne is now within their reach, while the two sides hope for a longer protracted conflict that would exhaust and fatigue the entire Syrian nation and would distract them from considering harming Israeli interests.

The Syrian regime has shown in the past that it was willing to do business under the table with Israel. The Syrian National Coalition and all the active armed groups in Syria have proven that they are willing to align with Israel before they reach power and to do business over the table. That can only bode ill for the future of Syria.

(Source / 05.05.2013)

PA health minister visits Israeli hospital

Palestinian Authority Health Minister Hani Abdin speaks with a child at the Israeli Hadassah hospital, Jerusalem on May 5, 2013.

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Palestinian Authority health minister Hani Abdeen on Sunday paid a visit to the Hadassah hospital in west Jerusalem, the first visit by a Palestinian minister to Israel’s largest medical facility, it said in a statement.

Accompanied by a delegation of senior Palestinian officials, Abdeen met Dr Yuval Weiss, director of Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, and distributed gifts to Palestinian patients.

Abdeen spoke of the importance of increasing the cadre of Palestinian medical staff, which would cut the high payments currently made by Palestinians to Israeli and Jordanian hospitals.

“Hadassah considers cooperation with its Palestinian neighbors a high priority,” Weiss said. “Medicine is a bridge to peace. Borders don’t exist when it comes to caring for people.”

(Source / 05.05.2013)

Hamas condemns Israeli ‘aggression’ against Syria

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Hamas movement on Sunday condemned Israeli strikes on Syria and called for an end to bloodshed in the country, a statement said.

Hamas denounced the “Zionist aggression on Syria,” calling it a continuation of Israel’s “policy of terror.”

The statement expressed sympathy with the Syrian people amid ongoing fighting, and condemned the killing and torture of civilians, including the recent massacre in the coastal town of Banias.

Earlier, hardline Hamas official Mahmoud Zahhar said Arabs must unite against Israeli attacks on Syria.

The senior official appealed to Egypt, Turkey and Iran to stop the bloodshed in Syria and work towards a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

A senior Israeli source said the attacks early on Sunday hit Iranian weapons destined for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is allied with the Syrian regime.

(Source / 05.05.2013)

Israeli PM praises extremely friendly ties with Saudi Arabia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed the existence of “friendly and strong” relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, a report says.

In an interview published on YouTube, Netanyahu said there were friendly and strong relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia in different fields.

The Israeli premier added that Tel Aviv and Riyadh have common economic and political interests in the Middle East.

In May, a report by Tel Aviv University said Saudi Arabia was Israel’s last hope and defense line, describing the Saudis as Tel Aviv’s last chance to protect its political interests in the Arab world.

The report said most of Israel’s allies in the region have collapsed and cannot play a significant role in the Arab world, adding that Saudi Arabia is the only country that stands against the Islamic Republic of Iran and thus it is Tel Aviv’s last line of defense against Tehran.

The report noted that the Al Saud family is very important to Israel because Saudi Arabia is very actively working in countries such as Yemen, Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon to reduce Iran’s influence in those countries.

Moreover, in emails leaked by WikiLeaks and obtained by the Beirut-based newspaper Al-Akhbar, it was revealed that Saudi Arabia had reached out to the Mossad, which assisted the kingdom with “intelligence collection and advice on Iran.”

According to a source quoted in the emails, “Several enterprising Mossad officers, both past and present, are making a bundle selling the Saudis everything from security equipment (to) intelligence and consultation.”

( Oct 27, 2012 / Source / 05.05.2013)

Fayyad denies criticizing Palestinian leadership

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Caretaker prime minister Salam Fayyad on Saturday denied criticizing the Palestinian Authority, a day after an interview published in The New York Times quoted him calling the Palestinian leadership a failure, official news agency Wafa reported.

“The statements in the article are just journalist Roger Cohen’s personal impressions, and certainly not the words of Fayyad, who did not make any statements or conduct interviews for the New York Times or any other newspaper or agency since his resignation,” a statement from Fayyad’s office read.

Roger Cohen’s article, published Friday, directly quotes Fayyad as saying that the Palestinian Authority is broke, the Palestinian leadership is a failure and Fatah will break down.

“Our story is a story of failed leadership, from way early on,” the former prime minister said in the interview.

“It is incredible that the fate of the Palestinian people has been in the hands of leaders so entirely casual, so guided by spur-of-the-moment decisions, without seriousness. We don’t strategize, we cut deals in a tactical way and we hold ourselves hostage to our own rhetoric.”

Fayyad added in the interview that Israel’s occupation remained the biggest problem, and that his state-building efforts and transformation of the security situation were not reciprocated by Israeli measures.

“The Israelis have not rolled back the occupation gene. Let’s make sure our Bedouin population in the Jordan Valley has access to drinking water before we discuss final arrangements. This is a right-to-life issue for Palestinians.”

Fayyad’s office reportedly asked that the article not be published as an interview with the premier, Wafa added.

Fayyad resigned on April 13 and is acting as caretaker prime minister, but will leave office completely in three to four weeks, he told the New York Times.

The ex-premier pinned his resignation on difficulties with President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, as well as Israeli intransigence.

(Source / 05.05.2013)

Chinese ethnic Hui minority muslims

Chinese ethnic Hui minority muslims wait to pray at the Great Mosque in Xi’an city, northwestern China’s Shanxi province, 04 May 2013.

As many as about 80,000 Hui minority muslims gather living around mosques and several streets in downtown Xi’an city. China has total number of 23.14 million muslims all over the country where majority in China’s Ningxia, Gansu and Xinjiang. The Hui ethnic muslims are one of the largest Chinese muslims with a population of 10.58 million, according to China’s the sixth nationwide population census.

(Facebook / 05.05.2013)

Jewish settlers storm Palestinian village of Ras Karkar, two villagers injured

images_News_2013_05_05_settlers_300_0[1]RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Dozens of Jewish settlers stormed the village of Ras Karkar, west of Ramallah, on Saturday evening and clashed with its inhabitants.

Eyewitnesses said that the settlers arrived in more than 40 cars and tried to break into citizens’ homes at the outskirts of the village but were repelled by the inhabitants.

They said that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rushed to the rescue and fired rubber bullets and tear gas at young men inuring two of them.

The sources said that the soldiers cordoned off the entire village and blocked, with the help of settlers, ambulance cars from entering the village to evacuate the wounded.

(Source / 05.05.2013)