Dutch lawmaker plans Prophet Mohammed expo after U.S. shootings

The platinum-haired Wilders, whose Freedom Party (PVV) gained popularity in the Netherlands on an anti-Islam ticket, denied that a cartoon exhibition would be provocative

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders said on Wednesday he wanted to stage a parliamentary exhibition of the cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed that sparked a deadly shooting in Texas that left two dead.

“I am going to request Parliament to exhibit the same cartoons as those that were displayed in Garland,” Wilders told AFP on Wednesday, referring to the Dallas suburb where the shooting took place on Sunday.

Police said the two gunmen drove up to the conference center in Garland, where the American Freedom Defense Initiative was organizing a controversial Mohammed cartoon contest, and opened fire with assault rifles, hitting a security guard in the ankle.

A Garland police officer then shot and killed both gunmen with his service pistol.

U.S. investigators are probing the backgrounds of the two slain gunmen after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group claimed it had ordered the shooting.

Wilders, 51, had left the conference center, where he made a speech criticizing Islam, shortly before the incident.

“I want to send a message that if you use violence to suppress free speech the only effect is that we’ll do it even more,” Wilders said, adding “we must show we’ll not be intimidated.”

The platinum-haired Wilders, whose Freedom Party (PVV) gained popularity in the Netherlands on an anti-Islam ticket, denied that a cartoon exhibition would be provocative.

“I don’t want to provoke, but at the same time we must show that we’re standing for freedom of speech,” Wilders said.

Ever since forming his own party in 2006, the firebrand politician has been a divisive figure in the Netherlands, which prides itself on its long but fading tradition of multi-cultural tolerance.

Wilders himself has no hesitation in branding the Koran as a “fascist” book and have before likened it to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”

But the politician is facing prosecution in the Netherlands after a controversial statement last year during local government elections in which he vowed to ensure fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands.

Public prosecutors received more than 6,000 complaints of discrimination after television footage in March last year showed Wilders asking party faithful in The Hague whether they wanted “fewer or more Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands?”

“Fewer, fewer,” the crowd shouted with a smiling Wilders saying: “We’re going to organize that.”

The ISIS claim marks the first time that the extremist group, which has captured swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq using brutal methods, is alleged to have carried out an attack in the United States.

(Source / 06.05.2015)

Settlers level lands of town west of Salfit

SALFIT, (PIC)– Extremist Jewish settlers leveled Palestinian lands in Masha town to the west of Salfit governorate under Israeli forces protection on Wednesday.

Local sources revealed that Jewish settlers leveled dozens of dunums of Palestinian lands close to Qana settlement for expansion purposes.

Researcher Khalil Maali said Qana outpost is constructed on Palestinian lands to the west of Masha town. It was previously controlled by the Jordanian army.

Settlement construction has accelerated in the area to the extent that more than 90% of the town’s lands have been confiscated. Three Israeli outposts are surrounding the town, Maali said.

(Source / 06.05.2015)

Nine Palestinian Fishermen Kidnapped by the Egyptian Army

On the 3rd of May, the trial of nine Palestinian fishermen kidnapped by the Egyptian army while fishing in waters of the border city of Rafah, took place in the Egyptian city of Al Arish.

Familie in Gaza

Mohamed’s wife with their three children

Three of the fishermen are brothers, Ali Abu Hamada, 36 years old, with eight children, Mahmoud Abu Hamada, 22 years old, and Mohamed Abu Hamada, 32 years old with three children. Among the hostages there’s also a 13 years old boy.

Since the end of the last massacre in Gaza the situation of the fishermen has been worse than ever. They don’t even dare to reach the four mile limit.

Despite the fact that, officially, the sea blockade imposed by the Israeli state starts at six miles, the attacks on the fishermen are continuous even as close as two miles out.

Palestinians locked in Gaza tell us how much the position of the Eyptian government and its total coordination with the Israeli state regarding the policies towards the Palestinian people surprises and saddens them.

To the destruction of the tunnels that supplied the fishermen with fiberglass, necessary to fix the bullet holes in their boats, and the spare parts for engines, has, in recent months, been added the abduction of Palestinian fishermen and vessels that fish near Egyptian waters.

The mother of the three brothers, Nasmiya, native of Yibna, a Palestinian village wiped out by Israeli colonialism during the Nakba, described the umpteenth misfortune that the creation of the State of Israel in Paletine has brought to her life.

On the 16th March 2015, her sons, along with six other fishermen from Al Shati refugee camp, located in the Northern part of the Gaza Strip, headed south to the city of Rafah, trying to escape from the continuous attacks of the Israeli occupation forces and looking for less polluted and exploited waters.

The day after, the family received a phone call from the Egyptian army telling her that the nine fishermen were dead and that their bodies were in Egypt, ready to be returned the next time Rafah border opened. It wasn’t until two weeks later when one of her sons managed to take a picture of the nine men and sent it to his mother, that she knew they were still alive.

Despite the bad quality of the picture, the signs of torture on their bodies was clear; cigarette burns, black eyes, wounds and bruises. For security reasons Nasmiya asks us not to publish the picture.

The family still doesn’t know the outcome of the trial, and no one dares to make predictions.

(Source / 06.05.2015)

Hezbollah kills 3 Islamist ‘commanders’ in Qalamoun: Al-Manar

BEIRUT: A Hezbollah attack in the Syrian Qalamoun border region killed three Islamist commanders Wednesday, the party’s Al-ManarTV reported.

Al-Manar wrote on its Twitter account that the Nusra Frontcommander in the town of al-Juba, the leader of as-Suqur al-Muhammadiyya Brigade and the commander of the Ras al-Maarra Operation were all killed in a mortar attack.

The report said Hezbollah targeted “a gathering of militant commanders and military vehicles.”

The channel also reported that Nusra Front’s emir for Qalamoun Abu Malek al-Talleh demoted one of the field commanders in the area and replaced him with another man. The report said the move came in a climate of “confusion and chaos.”

Wednesday’s attack comes one day after a Hezbollah ambush on a Nusra convot killed at least 15 fighters on the outskirts of the Lebanese border enclave of Tfail, a security source told The Daily Star.

Toufic Najjar, a Hezbollah field military commander in his 70’s, was also killed in Tuesday’s fighting, according to The Daily Star’s sources.

Another fighter was killed on Monday during clashes that erupted when Nusra launched attacks on Hezbollah and Syrian Army positions in the region.

(Source / 06.05.2015)

Syrian Coalition Welcomes Saudi Invitation to the Riyadh Conference

Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Mohammed Yahya Maktabi welcomes “the cooperation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to host a conference of the Syrian opposition in Riyadh. The announcement about the meeting was made on Tuesday during the final statement of the Gulf Cooperation Council summit held in Riyadh.

Maktabi highly commends the GCC’s support for the Syrian revolution, stressing the vital role of the Council, most importantly Saudi Arabia, in supporting the Syrian people until they achieve their demands for freedom and dignity. He also stresses the Council’s role in bringing about a transitional process in post-Assad Syria and contributing to the rebuilding of Syria.

He reiterates the Syrian Coalition’s commitment to a political solution and resumption of negotiations, stressing the Syrian revolution’s priorities in toppling the Assad regime and ruling elite in any negotiations or initiatives. The Syrian Coalition is however convinced that that the Assad regime is still insisting on a military solution and evades agreeing on international initiatives to gain more time and suppress the revolution.”

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 06.05.2015)

Wat is vrijheid?

Betekent vrijheid alleen dat we de slachtoffers herdenken van vorige, reeds lang afgelopen  oorlogen?

Of denken we ook aan de huidige slachtoffers?

Betekent vrijheid dat een minister-president een vlammetje ontsteekt en oproept dat we even moeten denken aan wat het woord ‘Vrijheid’ betekent?

Of doen we ook echt wat voor mensen die al jaren bezet zijn?

Betekent vrijheid dat een politicus van een extreem-rechtse partij zijn met haat gevulde woorden mag uitspugen over Nederland?

Of mag een iman uit Syrië  of Turkije ook zijn woordje doen zonder daarbij zijn visum wordt ingetrokken?

Betekent vrijheid dat we asielzoekers de keus geven om vrijwillig terug te gaan naar het land van herkomst of teruggestuurd te worden naar hetzelfde land?

Of betekent vrijheid dat ze een keuze hebben om hier zich te vestigen of te vertrekken?

Betekent vrijheid dat je alles mag doen en zeggen in dit land alleen als het de overheid uitkomt?

Of betekent vrijheid dat je je mag uitspreken tegen het koningshuis zonder een onderzoek van het OM aan je broek te krijgen en dat je asielzoekers mag helpen zonder daardoor als activist opgepakt te worden?

Vrijheid

Begin mei worden de slachtoffers herdacht van de Tweede Wereldoorlog, waarbij tevens een aantal andere oorlogen wordt betrokken. We herdenken de slachtoffers middels twee minuten stilte en natuurlijk dat moet gebeuren, ook na 70 jaar.

Dit jaar heb ik me weer door de twee dagen geworsteld, zappend van herinnering naar herdenking, zappend van twee minuten stilte naar feesten, zappend van speeches naar het ontsteken van het vrijheidsvuur en ga zo maar door.

Maar wat ik gemist is, is dat ene woordje, dat o zo belangrijke woordje voor me, namelijk Palestina.

Palestina

Palestina dat al jaren bezet wordt door de zionistische bezetters die alles willen doen om alles uit te wissen aan de herinneringen van vorige oorlogen.

Palestina, waar de mensen op straat ‘gewoon’ worden vermoord, waar kindjes als Inaz Khalil (5 jaar) en Amar Ahmed (2 jaar) bewust worden doodgereden door kolonisten uit illegale nederzettingen.

Palestina, waar politici voor hun mening gevangen worden gezet zonder enige vorm van wat voor rechtszaak dan ook.

Palestina, dat als maar kleiner wordt, omdat de bezettende macht steeds meer gebied inpikt en steeds meer illegale nederzettingen toelaat op Palestijns grondgebied.

Palestina, waar het leven – ja meneer Rutte u had het over de hel in Rotterdam – een hel is in Gaza, waar men niet in of uit kan.

Palestina, het land, waarover zelfs de Israëlische  soldaten nu gaan zeggen, dat het een onmenselijke en onbeschofte aanval op Gaza is geweest

Westers schuldgevoel

Palestina, het land dat geen bestaan krijgt, omdat het westen bewust partij kiest voor de bezettende macht en haar blijft steunen.

Palestina, dat niet mag bestaan, omdat het lijkt dat het westen haar schuld moet blijven inlossen voor hetgeen is gebeurd in de Tweede Wereldoorlog.

Palestina, dat niet genoemd mag worden in de Tweede Kamer, omdat dan de zionistische lobby weer in actie moet komen om alles te ontkennen.

Palestina, dat niet naar het ICC mocht en door het westen hierin werd gedwarsboomd.

Vrijheid?

Ik kan niet zeggen dat er vrijheid is, zolang de Palestijnen worden onderdrukt en het land bezet wordt gehouden.

Ik kan niet zeggen dat er vrijheid is als ik elke dag boodschappen krijg uit Palestina hoe het daar er echt aan toe gaat.

Ik kan niet zeggen dat er vrijheid is, als de Palestijnen niet in vrijheid naar het buitenland kunnen of mogen reizen omdat de grenzen weer dicht worden gehouden door de twee zionistische bezetters (Egypte is toegetreden tot het zionistisch genootschap).

Ik kan niet zeggen dat er vrijheid is, zolang Mark Rutte aangeeft dat de zionistische bezetter zich mag verdedigen omdat het de enige democratische staat in de regio is.

Ik kan niet zeggen dat er vrijheid is, als de Nederlandse politiek en media geen aandacht wil besteden aan het lijden van de Palestijnen.

Ik kan niet zeggen dat er vrijheid is, als de Palestijnse diaspora niet terug mag keren naar het vaderland en de eigen ruimtes weer in kan nemen.

Ik kan niet zeggen dat er vrijheid is, zolang de zionistische bezetter zich niet heeft teruggetrokken tot achter de grenzen van voor 1967.

Vrijheid vieren?

Hoe kan iemand vrijheid vieren als we weten dat er mensen al jaren bezet worden gehouden;  jaar in, jaar uit zich niet kunnen bewegen van de ene kant naar de andere kant van het land.

Hoe kan je vrijheid vieren, Mark Rutte, als je bewust de bezetter steunt? De bezetter steunen en je steekt het niet eens onder stoelen of banken? Heb je dan helemaal niets geleerd van de Tweede Wereldoorlog? Heb je niets geleerd van wat je vader heeft gezegd? Heb je dan helemaal niets geleerd van wat de geschiedenisboeken hebben geschreven over de bezetter en bezet gebied en de onderdrukten?

Begrijp je dan echt niet dat de Palestijnen worden BEZET ? Ja, nu wat groter geschreven, anders is het misschien moeilijk te lezen. Palestina is bezet gebied en dat gebeurt door je vrienden uit Israël . Vroeger werden ze Joden genoemd, nu Israëli’s maar in feite betekent het gewoon hetzelfde.

Wanneer veranderen de gedachten over Palestina en haar bezetter? Wanneer gaan we de waarheid eens in zien? Het lijkt er elke dag weer op dat de Palestijnen de tol moeten betalen wat de Joden zijn aangedaan in vorige oorlogen.

Dit kan en mag niet meer doorgaan. Palestina moet het recht krijgen van een eigen staat en leven in vrijheid en vrede. De Palestijnen in de diaspora moeten het recht krijgen om weer terug te keren naar het vaderland. Palestina moet het recht op haar eigen gebied weer terug krijgen en alle illegale nederzettingen moeten aan de Palestijnen worden overgedragen.

Dan pas zal er vrijheid zijn en zal ik vrijheid kunnen vieren.

Henny A.J. Kreeft

Ambassador for a Free Palestine

Six Palestinians arrested for trying to cross the security fence in Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested six Palestinians for trying to cross the security fence in eastern Gaza Strip this week.

Security sources told the PIC correspondent that the IOF arrested a 22-year-old university student who attempted to cross the fence into the east of Abasan neighborhood.

The sources also revealed that the IOF rounded up two minors, aged 13 and 16, for sneaking into the other side of the fence. They were released in the next day.

Three others were arrested for trying to cross the fence to the east of Rafah. Their identities were not released.
The IOF soldiers forced them all to undress then took them to investigation locations.

Palestinians’ attempts to sneak into the 1848 Occupied Palestine have increased recently due to the continuation of the siege on the blockaded enclave leading to hard economic conditions.
(Source / 06.05.2015)

22.4% of Turkish families lived in extreme poverty in 2014: Study

This file photo shows members of a Turkish family in Kayrakalti village, western Turkey.

This file photo shows members of a Turkish family in Kayrakalti village, western Turkey

A recent official study has revealed that nearly 23 percent of families in Turkey lived in a state of extreme poverty in 2014.

According to the study, entitled “Statistics on Family” and carried out by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), a total of 22.4 percent of Turkish households lived in poverty in 2014.

The survey further disclosed that 28.8 percent of households with a single parent and one or more dependent children lived below the poverty line during the same period.

Moreover, according to the report, poverty and unemployment were more prevalent in the southeastern and eastern parts of the country than in the central and western provinces.

Last month, Turkey’s Public Workers’ Labor Union set the hunger threshold in the country at 1,603 lira (593 US dollars) per month. The poverty line was also drawn at 2,076 lira (767 US dollars) for a single employed individual, while the figure was set at 4,219 lira (1,560 US dollars) for a family of four.

The latest numbers released by the Ankara-based MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center show that 57 percent of the Turkish population believes that the country’s financial affairs are being mismanaged by the authorities.

This file photo shows Turkish lira banknotes.

 

The figure marks a sharp rise compared to the April 2014 survey, in which 44 percent of the respondents held the same opinion.

Last month, the Turkish lira hit another record low against the US dollar amid investors’ concerns about the country’s economic outlook and rising political instability ahead of the June 7 parliamentary elections.

The lira touched a low of 2.6740 against the dollar before recovering slightly to 2.6681.

Meanwhile, credit rating agency Moody’s has painted a gloomy picture for Turkey’s banking system due to the unfulfilled social promises of economic growth as well as the volatility of the lira.

(Source / 06.05.2015)

Lieberman resigns, will not join Netanyahu coalition

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is unhappy with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s views on settlement expansion

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman yesterday announced that he will resign from his post and will not join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government.

Israeli public radio quoted Lieberman as saying during a press conference that he will submit his resignation immediately.

Lieberman said: “Netanyahu’s upcoming government has no intention to construct new settlements or expand Jewish neighbourhoods in Jerusalem… the new government does not have the intention to undermine the Hamas regime in Gaza.”

“Netanyahu spoke out against the two-state solution before his election to a new term but he retreated,” Lieberman said, expressing his protest against Netanyahu’s apology to Arab Israeli voters for the remarks he made during his election campaign last month.

During his campaign Netanyahu said that if elected he would not allow the establishment of a Palestinian state. His remarks were condemned by the Palestinian Authority and the international community which demanded that he accept a two-state solution.

In spite of Lieberman’s sudden announcement, Netanyahu can still form a government that has the support of 61 members in the Knesset through an agreement with other right-wing parties.

The deadline for the formation of a new government is tomorrow.

Lieberman, the head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, said: “It is no secret that over the last few days we debated how to proceed. The dilemma was between principles and cabinet seats. I am happy to say we conceded on the seats. We could have gotten an enhanced Foreign Ministry and Immigration and Absorption portfolio.”

“But we came to the obvious conclusion that it would be the right thing from our point of view not to join the current coalition,” Lieberman added.

(Source / 06.05.2015)

Palestinian female prisoners raise national flag; male Israeli guards beat/isolate them!

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IsraelThe Administration of Hasharon Israeli prison isolated and physically tortured five Palestinian female prisoners on Tuesday.

The lawyer who visited the five detainees said they were isolated after trouble erupted between detainees and Israeli female warders regarding the detainees raising the Palestinian flag

But Palestinian female prisoners were beaten by male Israeli guards, which is illegal even under skewed Israeli laws.  
The Palestinian isolated women have been deprived of their right of family visits for one month.
The Israeli forces are holding 24 Palestinian female prisoners in Hasharon jail under very tough detention conditions. 

(Source / 06.05.2015)