29 juni Aftrap Ramadan campagne, demonstratieve fietstocht tegen Israëlische dadels

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Op zaterdag 29 juni houden activisten van BDS, de boycotbeweging tegen Israëlische apartheid, een demonstratieve fietstocht naar een aantal winkelbuurten en markten in Amsterdam West. Met de actie, georganiseerd door het Diensten en Onderzoekcentrum Palestina (docP), roepen zij winkeliers en consumenten op om Israëlische dadels te boycotten. Aanleiding voor de actie is de op handen zijnde vastenmaand Ramadan.
Moslims in de hele wereld bereiden zich voor op deze maand door dadels in te slaan om er na zonsondergang het vasten mee te verbreken.

De grote en sappige Medjoul dadels worden met name tijdens Ramadan veel verkocht.  Wat consumenten niet weten is dat deze dadels uit de bezette Westelijke Jordaanoever afkomstig zijn, m.n. de Jordaanvallei, en worden verbouwd op grond die gestolen is van de Palestijnen. De meeste van de voorheen Palestijnse dadelplantages worden tegenwoordig gerund  vanuit illegale Israëlische nederzettingen. Palestijnen die voorheen eigenaren waren van deze plantages worden er nu door kolonisten te werk gezet onder slechte arbeidsomstandigheden.

Door het kopen van Medjoul dadels, helpen consumenten Israel om de bezetting voort te zetten en de Palestijnen de meest basale mensenrechten te ontzeggen. Hadiklaim, Jordan Plains, Jordan Valley, King Soloman, Mehadrin en Agrexco zijn Israelische bedrijven die handelen in producten uit de illegale nederzettingen.

Daarom roept de boycotbeweging/docP winkeliers en groothandels op geen Israëlische dadels te verkopen. Consumenten  en moskeeën wordt gevraagd deze dadels niet te kopen.

In het kader van de campagne zijn informatieve flyers en affiches geproduceerd die verspreid zullen worden onder de doelgroepen.

Praktische informatie:

  • ·         Start fietsactie: 11 uur
  • ·         Startlocatie: Station Sloterdijk
  • ·         Route: Plein 40-45, Bos en Lommerplein en Mercatorplein

Israeli government ramps up anti-boycott fight

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to implement the recommendations of a prominent think tank with regards to countering international “delegitimization” and boycott initiatives.

Speaking at the launch of the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI)’s report, “Israel and the Jewish People: Geopolitics, 2012-2013,” Netanyahu described “a campaign of incitement” targeting “the State of Israel as the Jewish nation state” as a “wave which has been on the rise.” Netanyahu continued:

Throughout a long period, efforts have been made, by the Israeli government as well as NGOs [non-governmental organizations] in Israel and all over the world, to counter this. However, in order to optimize the efforts, we need to improve coordination between various institutions active in this field, through a comprehensive action plan.

The prime minister declared that he had “assigned the overall responsibility for the campaign against delegitimization to the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, including the coordination of efforts with NGOs in Israel and all over the world,” a role which will include “the establishment of a professional special staff for countering delegitimization.”

The JPPI calls itself “an independent professional policy planning think tank” whose mission is “to ensure the thriving of the Jewish People and the Jewish civilization by engaging in professional strategic thinking and planning on issues of primary concern to world Jewry.” It was established in 2002 by the Jewish Agency, and its board of directors is co-chaired by Dennis Ross.

JPPI’s report states that “anti-Israel sentiment on the settlements issue is gathering momentum throughout Europe” and that “the diplomatic stalemate provides a supportive backdrop to the embargo efforts against Israel.” Citing Stephen Hawking’s boycott of the Facing Tomorrow – Israeli Presidential Conference as an example, JPPI notes an “erosion of Israel’s international standing” and that “de-legitimization … remains a major challenge to Israel and to Diaspora Jewry.”

Meanwhile, prominent Israeli journalist Nahum Barnea wrote in Yedioth Ahronoth this week that at the recent Facing Tomorrow conference, “Netanyahu called a meeting with a small group of Jewish millionaires” where “he sought to raise their money and use their connections for the war against the anti-Israel boycott movement.”

News of these new efforts to fight the Palestine solidarity movement comes just weeks after a conference convened by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs advocated a number of tactics to target boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigners and human rights advocates, including the “professional humiliation” of “scholars attacking Israel.”

(Source / 27.06.2013)

De shaytan en zijn influisteringen

By Marianna Laarif

De shayatien besluiten naar een waarzegger te gaan. Daar aangekomen zien ze veel bezoekers in de wacht ruimte. Ze lachen zich een breuk om de mensen hun verzoeken. Beide shaytans vertellen leugens in de oren van de waarzegger, en die laat de mensen nog meer dwalen.
De shaytan met het kroontje vraagt opeens aan de ander “Wanneer is de laatste keer dat je werd achtervolgt door een vuur vlam?” De ander antwoord “Oh laatst nog, ik wilde afluisteren wat er gezegd werd tussen hemel en aarde en toen zag ik een onwijs grote engel die een vuurbal naar me toe schoot. Ik ben nog nooit zo bang geweest! Grappig hé, dat de mensen op aarde denken dat het een vallende ster is en dat sommigen dan nog wensen doen ook! Hahaha!”
De shaytan met kroontje krijgt honger en ze gaan samen de wachtkamer in. Daar zit iemand met zijn linkerhand te eten. De shaytans eten met diegene mee en vullen er lekker hun buikje mee.

Ze praten een poosje over hun projecten. De shaytan kent een jongen die drugs handelt en erover denkt om te stoppen. De andere shaytan zegt “Je moet ze pakken met armoede. Zeg dat hij arm word als hij stopt, dat doe ik altijd. Laatst ook weer, een jongen werkte in een club aan de bar. Hij hoorde van iemand dat het niet goed was en wilde er mee stoppen, maar ik maakte hem zo gek met armoede, en dat het werk was en dat werken goed was en zo, tot hij besloot er te blijven werken. Oh alcohol is zo gruwelijk slecht. Als iemand drinkt is het echt feest, dan treed zijn imaan uit zijn lichaam en dan weet hij niet meer wat goed of slecht is!”

Ze nemen afscheid van elkaar. De shaytan met het kroontje gaat proberen mensen van het avondgebed af te houden door ze zo moe te maken dat ze het over willen slaan. De shaytan met het kroontje denkt opeens na over een jongen die geld wil geven aan een goed doel. Shaytan wil de tip van zijn vriend nu in de praktijk brengen. Hij sprint naar die jongen die nog een beetje twijfelt over het bedrag wat hij op de acceptgiro van islamic relief wil schrijven en fluistert hem in “Je bent nog een student, je hebt niet zo veel geld, en je hebt al een hele tijd geen nieuwe schoenen meer gekocht. Als je gaat werken laten kan je wel geld geven maar nu niet!” De jongen verscheurt de acceptgiro en de shaytan is helemaal blij! Hij sprint naar de andere shaytan en bedankt hem voor de tip! Hij zegt ook “Als hij wel de acceptgiro had ingevuld dan zou hij dat geld teruggekregen hebben op een andere manier, of in hasanaat, maar wij moeten ze laten dwalen. Stel je voor dat hij wel geld had gegeven dan was een zonde uitgewist of had hij een extra punt erbij, en dan was hij dichterbij het paradijs en verder van de hel!” De shaytan met het kroontje bedacht opeens dat hij nog iemand van het avondgebed moest weerhouden. Hij trok een sprintje maar zag dat hij al te laat was, het gebed was al voltooid. Hij baalde als een stekker. Toen de man de Qur’an op wilde pakken fluisterde de shaytan hem in “Je moet slapen joh, je kan de Qur’an ook morgen nog lezen” maar de man zei voor het reciteren “a’oedzoe billahi mina shaytan irajiem” en de shaytan kreeg echt overal pijn. Hij ging gauw een eindje verderop staan. Shaytan kon het niet uitstaan dat de man Qur’an reciteerde, hij kon niet meer dichtbij komen wat hij ook probeerde. Toen kwam de man bij een aya waarin je sudjud moet doen, de shaytan hoopte dat hij het niet zou doen maar toen de man meteen na de sudjud aya ging knielen werd de shaytan helemaal gek. Hij ging huilen en zei “Dan, toen Allah mij vroeg om te knielen voor Adam weigerde ik en deze man moet knielen voor Allah en weigert niet!” Huilend ging hij weg!

Op zoek naar slachtoffers loopt hij door de straat en gaat een kamer binnen. Hij ziet een jongen in bed liggen die voor het slapen gaan geen woedoe heeft gedaan en geen dou’a heeft gezegd en geen surah heeft gereciteerd. Shaytan denkt ‘Ik ga zijn ziel pakken en laat hem dwalen in een nachtmerrie!’ De jongen zijn ziel is in angst, zijn ademhaling is onregelmatig van zijn droom, en de shaytan ligt dubbel van het lachen. De jongen heeft de gehele nacht last van nachtmerries, de ene na de andere. Hij word niet wakker voor het Fajr gebed en de shaytan begint in zijn oor te plassen. De shaytan lacht keihard en zegt “Ik ben manneke pis, en ik pis in de oren van degenen die niet opstaan voor het ochtendgebed. Ik ben manneke pis en ik gebruik de oren als toilet, blijf maar lekker in je bed.” De jongen staat vermoeid en kapot op en begint te gapen zonder zijn hand voor zijn mond te doen en maakt daar geluid bij. De shaytan moet keihard lachen om het geluid. Shaytan heeft wel zin om bij hem te blijven. De jongen loopt naar de keuken en begint te eten zonder Bismillah te zeggen. Shaytan eet lekker mee. De jongen denkt na over het sollicitatie gesprek wat hij straks heeft. De shaytan fluistert hem in “Nee joh, deze baan is veel te min voor je, blijf lekker chillen. Werken kan altijd nog.” De jongen besluit niet naar het sollicitatiegesprek te gaan en gaat in plaats daarvan met een vriend de stad in. De shaytan is blij dat hij vrienden heeft van dat soort, want die helpen elkaar in het dwalen.

Shaytan kwam een mede shaytan tegen die net terugkwam van Iblies, die zijn troon boven het water heeft. Die shaytan zei “Iblies heeft gezegd dat er iemand is die over ons schrijft, en die dit doorstuurt via de mail. Hij zei dat we diegene moeten stoppen en dat we hem moeten toefluisteren dat het niet goed is!” En eerlijk waar, ik hoorde zo’n stemmetje dat zei “Wat je nu doet is niet goed, je praat over een onzichtbare wereld waar je geen weet van hebt” Maar die verhaal is gebaseerd op vele overleveringen, hadith en Qur’an verzen.

Lieve Ummah, dit project word ook op JOU uitgevoerd door de shaytan!
Jij bent net zoals ieder ander mens die altijd verleid zal worden door de influisteringen van de shaytan!
Vecht hier tegen, en bescherm jezelf van het dwalen richting het hellevuur!

Erdogan To Visit Gaza July 5

Turkish media agencies have reported that Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayiip Erdogan, will be visiting the Gaza Strip on July 5 to meet with Ismail Hanniya of Hamas, and several Palestinian officials in the coastal region.

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Sources at the Hamas-led Palestinian government in Gaza stated that a number of Turkish officials recently held a meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister of the Hamasl-led government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyya, and deputy Foreign Minister, Ghazi Hamad.

The meeting focused on arrangements and preparations of the planned visit.

The Turkish PM said that the protests taking place in Turkey initially caused a delay to the visit that was initially set for June.

The Hamas-led government in Gaza confirmed the reports, and said that a Turkish government delegation and Turkish media crews are currently in Gaza, and already held a meeting with Haniyya to discuss details of the planned visit.

Despite media reports of an addition delay to the visit, government sources in Gaza said that the planned July visit has not been delayed.

(Source / 27.06.2013)

Israel demolishes properties in Tubas ‘without notice’

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday began demolishing two agricultural properties in the Tammun village in the northern West Bank district of Tubas, locals said.

Israeli military bulldozers entered the al-Bukea area of the village and began the demolition works on the properties belonging to Jamil Odeh and relative Lutfi Odeh, which is on going, locals said.

Jamil was injured after trying to remove personal property from one of the structures, locals said, adding that he was transferred to the Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus for treatment of light wounds.

Locals said they had not received demolition orders and were concerned that the remaining 30 agricultural structures would be torn down imminently.

The village is partly in Area A and Area B, where, under the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority has either exclusive or near-exclusive control over security and civil affairs, including the issuance of building permits.

Locals said they were unclear as to why the properties were razed.

A spokesman for Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories was not immediately aware of the demolitions but that he would look into it.

(Source / 27.06.2013)

Israel detains 3 Al-Aqsa Brigades members

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday detained three Al-Aqsa Brigades members in the northern West Bank district of Nablus as they searched for weapons, locals said.

An Al-Aqsa Brigades source said forces detained Samer Ayran, 33, Ghassan Abed al-Haq, 20, and Alam al-Qarm, 35, a Fatah secretary, in the Jabal al-Shamali area in Nablus City.

The source said they had recently been granted an exemption from arrest by Israel under a deal with the Palestinian Authority signed in 2007, giving Palestinian fighters immunity in exchange for renouncing violence and giving up arms.

Locals said that the army was searching for weapons that were still in their possession, which would constitute a violation of the terms of the agreement.

The source said no weapons were found during the raid while an Israeli military spokeswoman said a gun and ammunition was found.

The army later issued a statement saying it had found “two pistols, parts of an M16 rifle, over 100 ammunition clips, different kinds of ammunition, and other military equipment.”

The army also raided the homes of several Al-Aqsa Brigades affiliates in search of weapons, including Nasser al-Kharaz, Shadi al-Shakhel, Mazen al-Danbak and Ali Salameh, locals said.

In May, clashes broke out in the Jenin refugee camp after a similar operation, in which two exempt Al-Aqsa Brigades affiliates were detained.

Meanwhile, 19 Palestinians were detained overnight by Israeli forces across the West Bank. The Israeli army did not elaborate further on the reason for the higher than average number of detentions.

(Source / 27.06.2013)

Student wins right to display Palestinian flag at Texas graduation

Young woman wearing graduation gown smiles while holding Palestinian flag

Malak Abdallahi at her graduation.

Malak Abdallahi had to fight to be allowed carry the Palestinian flag at her graduation ceremony in Texas earlier this month.

She overcame opposition by administrators at the Fossil Ridge High School just outside Fort Worth.

Officially, the school is happy to celebrate the diverse origins of its students by displaying the flags of numerous countries during the graduation procession.

When Abdallahi decided that she wished to have her Palestinian identity recognized during this year’s ceremony, she went first to her vice-principal Buddy Read. He told her that there shouldn’t be any problem with obtaining a Palestinian flag for the event.

A few days later, the vice-principal called her into his office where he informed her that the administrators were not comfortable with her carrying the Palestinian flag. Abdallahi was shocked but did not know how to respond. “I’m not one to argue, and I didn’t want to come off aggressive, immature, or unprofessional,” she said.

Abdallahi decided at that moment that she would fight for her right to represent her homeland, but she needed some time to prepare her response.

“Uncomfortable”

She asked Read for an explanation. Read informed her that there was a conflict and that she could not carry the Palestinian flag, she recounted. He explained that her commencement is a public ceremony and that the administrators did not want to make any of the attendees uncomfortable.

“He was so uncomfortable and couldn’t look me in the eye,” Abdallahi said. “He offered that I could carry another flag. I told him that if he was trying to suggest Israel, then no thank you.”

After her meeting with Read, a visibly upset Abdallahi was stopped by one of her teachers who inquired about what was bothering her. She recounted the conversation that she had with Read. Her teacher encouraged her to resist the administration’s decision, to involve her parents and reminded her that she, like any other student, deserved the opportunity to carry her country’s flag.

She spoke to her older sister, who had been denied the same opportunity a few years earlier. Her sister suggested that she get in touch with local Palestinian activists who would be willing to help her fight this decision.

A few more of Abdallahi’s teachers learned of the administration’s refusal to let her carry the Palestinian flag and quickly offered their help and encouragement. Her boxing coach encouraged her to bring this issue before the head principal David Hadley.

She informed Read that she was appealing his decision to Hadley.

Asked for a comment, Read told The Electronic Intifada that the “only obstacle” to accommodating Abdallahi was a question of “how do we interpret the combination of allowing the student to represent her heritage versus what the political climate is.”

Read admitted that “my initial answer” to Abdallahi’s request was “no.” He added: “I didn’t feel strongly about it. I was simply going on my interpretation of the district rules.”

Read said that he provided advice to Abdallahi on how she could appeal against his decision. “I applauded her for her perseverance for pressing this on,” he said.

Abdallahi worked with a local Palestinian activist to draft a letter to Hadley. She tried on several occasions to make an appointment to meet with Hadley but didn’t receive one.

Finally, she emailed Hadley directly. Hadley replied that he would speak with her the next day.

“I cornered him on Monday and entered his office,” she says. “I didn’t want to come off as stubborn, but I needed [the administration] to understand how important this is and that other students would make requests to carry other flags too.”

“We’ll deal with it”

Abdallahi told him that US foreign policy should not define which students are permitted to participate in the flag ceremony and insisted that students from all backgrounds be entitled to equal treatment, whether they be from North Korea or an indigenous American tribal nation.

Hadley replied that the school’s administrators had met earlier that morning and discussed if the Palestinian flag should be included in the precession. Hadley told her that there was a particular individual who was especially opposed to Palestine being represented. The person’s opposition was based on the United States’ political decision not to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

Abdallahi told Hadley that she was being denied her right to self-expression and being targeted because of one person’s narrow-minded views.

Hadley assured her that he would make his decision based solely on the high school’s mission and eventually agreed to have Palestine represented at the ceremony. “We will buy you a flag and if someone gets upset, we’ll deal with it,” he said, according to Abdallahi. “It’s your graduation and you have a right to represent your heritage.”

Abdallahi was overjoyed. “I cried. I felt so Palestinian. You can go to Palestine or any other place and eat their food and breathe their air, but it’s not until you do something in their name that you feel that pride.”

And so, Abdallahi marched through the Fort Worth Convention Center on 8 June, carrying the Palestinian flag. It was a small victory but not an insignificant one.

(Source / 27.06.2013)

Rizqa warns of a new Oslo Agreement

 

GAZA, (PIC)– Dr. Yousef Rizqa, political adviser to Gaza prime minister, warned against “a new catastrophe similar to the Oslo Accord catastrophe,” in light of PA’s willingness to resume negotiations with the Israeli side.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a new tour in the region to push for the resumption of negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian parties. He will arrive to the Palestinian territories on Thursday.

Dr. Rizqa told Quds Press agency that due to Kerry’s pressure on the Palestinian side, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to return to negotiations.

The occupation authorities are supposed to release a limited number of prisoners, detained before the Oslo agreement, and to stop the settlement construction outside the major settlements, while the Palestinian side will give up its demands concerning the borders of 1967.

Haneyya’s political adviser asserted that the Palestinian people are concerned due to the new waivers submitted by Palestinian side, as they mean accepting land swaps, which forms a threat to Jerusalem.

Rizqa called on the Palestinian public opinion and the leaders of the National and Islamic factions to take firm positions and express their rejection of the return to futile negotiations.

(Source / 27.06.2013)

Supporters of Feiglin call for storming Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday morning

 

 

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said in a statement on Wednesday that a group of settlers who support the MK Moshe Feiglin called for storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday morning.

The Foundation called on Palestinian worshipers to flock to Al-Aqsa Mosque and intensify their presence inside it, in order to protect and defend it.

It added in its statement: “The group describes itself as supporters of Feiglin and his positions regarding the raids on Al-Aqsa and the construction of the alleged temple. They published a leaflet on web pages calling for storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday at 7:45 am.”

Al-Aqsa Foundation pointed out that the settlers intend to perform Jewish prayers in front of the Mosque, and that Moshe Feiglin will deliver a speech before the raid.

It asserted in its statement that Al-Aqsa Mosque belongs to the Muslims, and that these raids and attacks on it will never give legitimacy to occupation.

(Source / 27.06.2013)

Unattainable peace…

By Jamal Kanj

Jamal Kanj

BUT for the chap from Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza who emerged earlier this week as the winner of the “Arab Idol,” the news from Palestine is grim.

The newly appointed Palestinian Prime Minister resigned and Israel still insists it should be able to negotiate over dividing the pie while it continues to eat it.

By the end of April, US Secretary of State John Kerry succeeded in tailoring another peace plan to entice Israel. Arab ministers supposedly agreed to amend a decade-old peace plan to satisfy Israeli demand for legalising major illegal Jewish colonies in the West Bank.

In May 2009, Israel responded to the US mediated overture by issuing permits to build 296 illegal new homes in the Jewish-only colony of Beit El near Ramallah. This week the Secretary of State was scheduled to arrive on his fifth visit since February in an attempt to restart the Palestinian and Israeli negotiation.

The visit seems to be on hold to give time to Palestine’s President to consider a new US economic peace plan and for Israel to give Abbas a face-saving cover to return to the negotiation table.

Israel is already sending mixed messages.

According to news reports that have appeared in Israeli daily Ma’ariv, Netanyahu is considering a token gesture of releasing a small number of Palestinian prisoners and to issue temporary freeze “outside the settlement blocks” in the West Bank.

The deceptive “freeze” may force Abbas to succumb to American pressure while Netanyahu can claim – and rightly so – it is irrelevant as building inside the Jewish-only “settlement blocks” will continue.

Affirming its real intention and to pre-empt Kerry’s renewed efforts – in what is becoming traditional embarrassment for visiting US officials – the Israeli government issued earlier this month plans to build more than 1,000 new Jewish-only homes in two West Bank colonies.

Instead of addressing Israel’s inflexibility, the US is tantalising an economic package worth $4 billion of private American and European investment.

In fact the new American “economic peace” is a repackaged Netanyahu plan from the 1990s, which was intended to dodge tackling the most pressing issues in the peace talk.

In theory, the proposal would expand the Palestinian economy by 50 per cent over three years while granting Israel more time to finish eating the “pie”.

But in reality, past investments were undermined by Israeli closures and military checkpoints or even destroyed as the cases for Gaza’s air and sea ports, leaving Palestinians with false promises and the only measurable expansion was in the size of Jewish colonies.

To bolster Israel’s arrogance, the US House of Representatives passed two weeks ago the National Defence Authorisation Act in which it delegated – for the first time in US history – the power to wage war to a foreign entity when it committed the US to avail “diplomatic, military, and economic support” to Israel should it decide to strike Iran.

Along with that vote and at a time when both sides of the isle wrangled over how much more to cut from the defence budget, the US Congress was united in tripling Obama’s request to finance Israeli missile defence from $96 million to $284m.

It is indisputable that this unqualified US subservient support is directly responsible for Israel’s intransigence and the failure of the peace process. This was exemplified last week when Polish descendent and Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett – an ex US multi-millionaire who renounced his US citizenship – declared on June 17 the death of the Palestinian state idea and that he wasn’t an occupier and the West Bank was his “home”.

Rejecting the Palestinian state, Danny Danon, the Israel’s Deputy Defence Minister, was quoted in the Times of Israel: “The international community can say whatever they want, and we can do whatever we want”. Israeli leaders can’t be more explicit in their rejection of a viable Palestinian state, making the talk about settlement “freeze” meaningless and peace unattainable.