Wahhab: Any Aggression on Hadar Will Blow Lebanese-Syrian-Palestinian Triangle

WahhabThe head of Tawhid Lebanese party, ex-minister Wiam Wahhab, broke the blockade imposed on the Syrian village of Hadar in Mount Hermon and paid a surprise visit to it as its residents hailed his stances and underscored their support to the Syrian army and rejection to the Israeli plots.

Wahhab, who met with the village’s clerics and fighters, said that any aggression on Hadar will blow the Lebanese-Syrian-Palestinian triangle entirely, noting that the village’s locals will face the challenges steadfastly.

“Let all the regional sponsors of the terrorists know that any invasion or aggression on Hadar will be considered as an assault on Rashaya, Hasbayya, Golan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine,” Wahhab said.

Wahhab hailed the Druze in Majdal Shams in the occupied Golan Heights for attacking the Israeli ambulance which was transporting Nusra Front wounded terrorists, stressing that Arabism and supporting President Bashar Assad is the only option which Golan residents have always been sticking to.

The Israeli hypocrisy was exposed after the latest developments in Golan as the Zionist leaders started threatening the people there, Wahhab added, any Israeli oppression against the people in the occupied Golan Heights will be faced with popular resistance.

(Source / 26.06.2015)

Internal differences within Fatah reach their peak

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad attends a reception in Tokyo, Feb. 13, 2013

Palestinian Attorney General Abdel-Ghani al-Awewy made a surprise move June 21 to confiscate $1.6 million from the Palestine Tomorrow for Social Development, a foundation headed by former Prime Minister Salam Fayyad that empowers impoverished segments of Palestinian society. The Preventive Security Force in the West Bank had stormed the foundation’s Ramallah headquarters on Aug. 26, 2014, to investigate its activities.

A senior Palestinian security official told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “Fayyad is suspected of exploiting his foundation for money laundering purposes, as well as the donations received by the foundation for his political purposes through coordination with [former Fatah leader] Mohammed Dahlan, who was expelled from Fatah. These two are trying to return to the Palestinian political scene by carrying out a bloodless coup against President Mahmoud Abbas and thanks to the support of regional and international players” — which the source did not name.

Abbas understands that Fayyad and Dahlan, who have close ties, are two potential candidates to succeed him, as they enjoy international and regional support. When he was head of the government between 2007 and 2013, Fayyad was attacked on the political and media levels by Fatah officials who claimed that he did not give priority to Fatah members in government positions. They also considered him to have been imposed on the Palestinian Authority (PA) by a US-international decision as far back as the era of late President Yasser Arafat, when he was appointed finance minister in 2002.

The confrontation between Abbas and Fayyad sheds light on the organizational differences plaguing Fatah amid several developments. Chief among these is the movement’s failure in the university elections in April; the polarization within Fatah ranks between Abbas’ and Dahlan’s currents; the continuing complaints of Fatah in the Gaza Strip about the marginalization it is experiencing on the part of the movement’s leadership in the West Bank; and media leaks about regional understandings to find Abbas’ potential successor.

On June 17, Hisham Saqallah, a prominent Fatah activist based in the Gaza Strip, said that the current Fatah leadership has wasted the history and strength of the movement and brought it to a stage of confusion and extreme weakness, following the spread of organizational currents within it and the increasing geographical affiliation of its members. Saqallah said this has turned the movement into an entity where personal interests are achieved.

On an organizational level, Fatah is managed by the Central Committee, which is considered the supreme body in the movement and is composed of 21 leaders from the movement. The Fatah movement also includes the 81-member Revolutionary Council, and the leadership of the provinces in the Palestinian territories, neighboring Arab countries and some Western countries.

Fatah’s main weakness is that it is entirely integrated into the PA, which destabilized its organizational environment as the interests in the national cause and the conflict against Israel dwindled in favor of personal matters; Fatah members became more interested in collecting financial rewards and managerial salaries within the PA and its ministries.

This also created internal problems and led to a dispute between the movement’s currents to get closer to the political and security leaders. As a result, in March, the PA stopped paying the salaries of dozens of Fatah members against the backdrop of these differences.

Dozens of Fatah members, whose salaries were not paid for belonging to the Dahlan current, protested on May 22 in Gaza and demanded the closure of the office of Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad; they prevented the holding of a meeting for the movement scheduled to take place on the same day.

A senior member of the Fatah Central Committee told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “Fatah held meetings in several Arab capitals earlier this year to achieve internal unity, but Abbas stated as a condition Dahlan’s non-return to the movement’s Central Committee, of which he was expelled in June 2011.”

On April 17, an initiative was issued by Fatah leaders in Gaza to unite the movement, in light of the organizational weaknesses within its leadership. But Fatah’s parliamentary bloc described in mid-May this initiative as fragile and warned against any declarations made on behalf of the movement to implement foreign agendas, in reference to regional and international interference in Fatah’s affairs.

These are worrisome signs about the growing tension witnessed within Fatah in recent months. Although it seems too early to talk about an organizational split inside the movement, Fatah is suffering from internal splits amid the large number of leaders and loyalties to pay. Although it is not the first time Fatah witnesses disputes since its founding in 1965, the seriousness of the current challenges lies in the absence of a charismatic leader such as Arafat — a trait his successor Abbas lacks.

Attempts to heal the rift within Fatah prompted the Lebanese director general of general security, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, to meet with Dahlan in Abu Dhabi in March and with Abbas in Amman in April, to discuss a reconciliation process between the two — to no avail.

The Lebanese efforts for Palestinian reconciliation emerged following escalating security tension witnessed in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, due to internal Fatah disputes between Abbas’ and Dahlan’s currents.

For his part, Fatah member of the Palestinian Legislative Council Alaa Yaghi announced April 22 that the failure of reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas amid the serious situation in Gaza and unstable conditions in the West Bank raised the importance of the internal Fatah reconciliation.

Fatah members in Gaza and the West Bank told Al-Monitor that since its loss to Hamas in the 2006 legislative elections, Fatah has been marred by settling scores and exchanges of accusations about the reasons behind this electoral loss, and most recently Fatah’s defeat in the university elections.

Fayez Abu Atieh, Fatah spokesman in the Gaza Strip, said June 1 that Fatah’s conditions in Gaza make it imperative for Abbas and the Fatah Central Committee to pay further attention to the movement in Gaza in order for it to enjoy a better organizational status, in light of the many problems the Fatah leadership there faces. These problems include the Fatah provincial elections in Gaza, the financial raises of Fatah cadres there and the issues Fatah employees have been facing since 2005 as they remain stranded to this day.

Regarding Fatah’s internal differences, a Palestinian official told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “An Israeli-Egyptian-US security meeting was held in Cairo early June to discuss Abbas’ successor as president of the PA. Some candidates were excluded, such as Marwan Barghouti — a Fatah leader detained in Israel, because he is devious just like Arafat — and Jibril Rajoub, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, after Israel launched a media campaign against him in response to [Rajoub’s] demand to freeze Israel’s membership in FIFA in May.”

The official added, “Dahlan was retained as a potential successor to Abbas, given the large number of supporters he has in Gaza and the West Bank and his relations with Egypt and the Gulf states. Majid Faraj, head of the General Intelligence in the West Bank, was also retained as he controls the security services and maintains security coordination with Israel.”

Al-Monitor contacted several Fatah leaders, none of whom denied or confirmed the meeting. They noted that the moment of truth in the matter of Abbas’ succession is drawing near, which brings internal polarization in Fatah to its peak amid new Arab, Israeli and international developments, such as Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, as well as the United States, the European Union and Russia.

Finally, the conflicts plaguing Fatah — Abbas and Dahlan, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank — involve power struggles, money and decision-making positions, and not political disagreements in regard to the relationship with Hamas or Israel. Therefore, none of the currents is expected to halt its ambitious attempts to lead Fatah and rise to power, especially amid a supportive regional environment favoring one of the Fatah rival camps.

(Source / 26.06.2015)

Gaza aid ship ‘sabotaged’ before arrival

The file photo shows the Marianne of Gothenberg vessel

The file photo shows the Marianne of Gothenberg vessel

One of the ships with an aid flotilla headed toward the besieged Gaza Strip was “sabotaged” before leaving for the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian coastal sliver, an activist says.

An activist aboard one of the aid ships said on Thursday that the vessel had been sabotaged by “professionals” overnight south of Crete in the Mediterranean and would have sunk if it had gone unnoticed.

“Somebody went underneath the ship at night and sabotaged its propellers, just like they sabotaged the same ship in 2011,” Swedish activist Dror Feiler said, referring to the damage done to a ship which had taken part in a previous flotilla.

The Israeli-born activist, who boarded the Swedish Marianne of Gothenburg with 18 other activists nearly two months ago, added that the remainder of the ships would continue their mission despite the incident.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC), the third flotilla attempting to break the Israeli siege against Palestinians in Gaza, is expected to arrive at its destination within three days.

The vessels are said to be carrying small amounts of medical supplies and aid, including solar panels.

The activists aim to open Gaza’s port and allow freedom of movement and trade there.

Palestinians gather to show support for activists on board the aid flotilla for Gaza in a fresh bid to break Israel’s blockade, at the seaport of Gaza City on June 24, 2015

Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset (parliament) Bassel Ghattas is also aboard a vessel in the flotilla, stirring outrage among Israelis who have called for him to be stripped of immunity from prosecution over his decision to join the campaign.

The activists are preparing to arrive at Gaza despite concerns over possible attempts by Tel Aviv to disrupt its mission as it did to the first flotilla in 2010. Back then, Israeli naval forces attacked the Turkish Mavi Marmara ship, which claimed the lives of 10 activists.

One year later, the second flotilla, Stay Human, also failed to carry out its mission.

In 2007, Israel imposed a complete air, ground, and naval blockade on the Gaza Strip. The crippling siege has caused a serious decline in Gazans’ standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty for the Palestinian enclave’s 1.8 million residents, which has been described by media as the world’s largest open-air prison.

(Source / 26.06.2015)

Iraqi forces find Israeli-made weapons in ISIS position


Iraqi volunteer forces, Hashid Shaabi, found Israeli-made weapons in a position of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists in Anbar province on Thursday.

According to Al-Mayadeen television, the Iraqi volunteer forces found Israeli-made weapons in an ISIL position in al-Karmah city in Anbar province.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

(Source / 26.06.2015)

Report: 90% of Palestinian prisoners suffer continuous, systematic torture in Israeli jails

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As many as 90 per cent of Palestinian prisoners have been subjected to various types of torture and abuse in Israeli jails, a report revealed yesterday.

The report by the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ and Ex-Prisoners Affairs, which came on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, highlighted the increasing practice of torture against Palestinian prisoners after the kidnapping of three settlers in June 2014.

According to the report, torture is systematically practiced by the Israeli Security Agency, Shin Bet, under legal cover from the Israeli government, the Israeli Legal Counsel and the Supreme Court who allow investigators to use violence and internationally prohibited means during interrogations under the pretext that the detainees pose a “security risk for the state of Israel”.

The Committee’s report points out that Israel’s use of torture is considered a war crime according to the Geneva Convention and the International Criminal Court, however the Israeli penal code gives immunity for Shin Bet interrogators.

Earlier this week, the Israeli Knesset extended a law which allowed security officials not to record the interrogation of detainees held on security charges, which many believe leaves them open to being tortured and forced to confession under duress.

The report said the Israeli intelligence used brutal and immoral methods of torture during interrogations including: severe beatings, insults and curses, isolation in solitary confinement, no access to lawyers, arrest of family members as a means of pressure, sexual harassment, sleep deprivation, violent shaking, electric shocks and stress amongst others.

According to the report, the percentage of complaints on the use of torture increased after mid-2014 to reach twice the number documented in 2013.

Human rights organisations point out that as many as 850 complaints were filed by Palestinian prisoners against the practice of torture; however the cases were rejected by the Israeli judiciary.

Israel’s Civil Wrongs Law passed on 23 July 2012 prevents Palestinian victims from filing complaints against Israeli officials who committed crimes including torture against them.

(Source / 26.06.2015)


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As of midday local time today, Friday, the Kurdish YPG were still fighting enclaves of Islamic State fighters embedded in Kobane City.



Smoke Rises Over Kobane Once Again

The death toll had also escalated with as many as 146 dead and 200 injured (some sources putting it even higher), the vast majority civilians including the elderly, and women and children.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) described it as the second worst IS massacre in Syria since they declared their “Caliphate”. Many of the injured remain critical.

Latest reports say that 80 Kurds trapped in the districts of Şehid Moro, Mektele and Kaniya Kurda have now been freed and the last remnants of the IS Jihadist attacking force are holed up in buildings that were damaged in battles last winter.

However, the IS fighters are still holding hostages at 3 locations: a house near Mishtenur Hospital, a house near the town’s cultural centre and a home close to the Mahdathe school.

Some Kurdsih hostages held in a 4th location, a restaurant, have been released and their IS captors killed.

Reports on the original attack are still confused, with many still accusing Turkey as complicit in the attack or allowing it to happen – though there is no definitive proof of that.

The attack started at around 4.40am Kobane local time when 5 vehicles entered the centre of the city from the west and one of them exploded near the Mursitpinar border crossing into Turkey, the site of a similar attack some months ago.

The explosion was captured on CCTV footage from a camera on the Turkish side of the border, here:


The reason that this IS force was able to penetrate into the heart of Kobane is that they had shaved off their beards and were wearing YPG and FSA uniforms. Their vehicles were also decked out with Burkhat Al-Firat, YPG and FSA flags. Burkhat Al-Firat (“Euphrates Volcano”) is the combined force fighting the Islamic State.

Following the primary suicide bomb attack at the frontier gate, the IS Jihadists then attempted to take control of the Kaniya Kurda neighbourhood, the Doctors without Borders Hospital, the Botan district and the Reshad Mosque.

With the Jihadist group were many snipers who then proceeded to shoot randomly at anybody on the street and who also broke into a number of homes wiping out entire families.

The YPG/YPJ quickly surrounded the attacking IS fighters and kill their core group but other individuals and bands of attackers managed to establish footholds in previously destroyed buildings and Mishtenur Hospital.

Recent video, released this morning, of the YPG repelling the Islamic State in Kobane is HERE: and HERE:

While fighting was taking place another vehicle bomb was exploded near the frontier gate and there are also unconfirmed reports of a third.

Estimates suggest the IS attacking force numbers 30 or 40 men. There are also unconfirmed reports that 300 Jihadists who escaped from Tal Abyad are now in Jarablous, west of the Euphrates, and some of the attackers may be a remnant of that force.

Many of the civilians wounded in Kobane have been shipped across the border to hospitals in Turkey, while hundreds of others (uninjured) slept on the ground near the frontier, too terrified to return home, here:


Concurrent with the primary attack on Kobane early on Thursday morning, the IS Jihadists attacked the village of Berxbatan (Barkh Butan), at 5.30am on Thursday morning, as reported previously, on Kobane Canton’s southern frontier.

The death toll there is now reported as 33 villagers, many of them having been beheaded, and at least 15 wounded. The nearby village of Zerik and a hill at Sevê were also attacked, but as many as 30 x IS fighters were reported killed in the ensuing gun battles with the YPG in the area.

Many are now seeing the IS attack as revenge for the capture of by Kurdish forces of Tal Abyad and Ain Issa and for getting “far too close” to their “Syrian capital” of Raqqah.



Dr Muhamad Ali Lost His Entire Famly to IS Attackers

(EDITOR: I doubt if the Kurds will be deterred. With the help of the FSA and the Coalition they will, hopefully, be spurred on to wipe this dreadful evil from the Earth.

IS related attacks have also been reported today, Friday, in France, Kuwait and Tunisia.)

Between Ain Issa and Raqqah the YPG have also confirmed that they have control of the main road and have liberated 2 villages near the Belikh water tower.

6 x IS Jihadists were killed and weapons and ammunition captured in the clashes.

France24 has a report and commentary on events in Kobane over the last 24 hours.

In Hasakah city, the Islamic State are reported to have taken control of the “petroleum barrier” to the east of the city as well as the southern districts they took hold of yesterday.

There are also unconfirmed reports that they have been aided by defectors from Assad’s National Defence Force (NDF), who cleared the way for the Jihadists entrance into the city. (Reports of armed conflict between elements of the NDF and Assad’s regular troops have been reported on several occasions.)

Between 50,000 and 60,000 local residents in Hasakah are said to have fled the city, 10,000 of them heading northwards towards the Turkish border. All of which makes a nonsense of the Syrian Government’s claims, published on state media, that “Hasakah is safe” and the situation there is “stable”.

You can read more, HERE:

So far the Coalition has not got involved in helping the Assad regime defend against the Islamic State, but if Government areas in the Hasakah fall, will they come to the aid of the YPG defending the northern Kurdish districts in the city? Time will tell.



In the very south of Syria, the Opposition coalition, the Southern Front, have launched a major campaign to try and capture the city of Daraa, where the Syrian revolution began in 2011 when some children were arrested and tortured after putting up anti-Assad graffiti.

Due to have been launched early on Wednesday, it was delayed 24 hours to let more civilians flee the city.



Opposition Tank Shells Assad’s Troops in Deraa 25.06.15

Currently the campaign, called “Southern Storm”, is targeting Assad regime forces inside the city with mortar rounds and artillery and directing heavy fire on troop concentrations near Atma a few kilometres north of the city.

A direct hit on a power station to the north of Daraa has cut electricity supplies.

Assad’s Air Force has retaliated with between 60 and 70 barrel-bomb attacks in the last 36 hours on Opposition-held villages in the province.

3 shells also landed in the Jordanian border town of Ramtha, killing 1 man and injuring 4 more.

Reports yesterday said that the Opposition had taken 5 checkpoints and were very near the National Hospital in Daraa and a key roundabout, but they have met stiff resistance.

34 Opposition fighters and a similar number on the regime side were reported killed in the first 24 hours, including 2 brigadier generals.

However, the Opposition, a coalition of 51 brigades, many aligned to the FSA, seem very well equipped and prepared for a long battle if necessary.

They prepare for battle, [EDITOR: Commander has very nice hair! :)] HERE:

The Opposition shell Assad’s troop concentrations, HERE:  and hit them with tank shells, HERE:

More attacks on regime areas, HERE: and an Assad tank destroyed with a TOW missile,  [EDITOR: Though the cameraman is not paying attention! :)]HERE:

Lastly, more footage of heavy fighting but with the funniest/most over-produced intro of the year! HERE:

De kracht van Du’a!

[Ramadanbericht nr 13]
Allah lof zij aan Allah onze barmhartige Heer. Hij Die ervan houdt om gevraagd te worden en de smeekbeden van Zijn dienaren verhoort.

Eén van de meest vrome daden die je als moslim kunt verrichten is Du’a; het aanroepen van Allah de meest Verhevene. Allah zegt:

Jullie Heer zei: roep Mij aan en Ik verhoor jullie. [40:60]

En de profeet vrede zij met hem zei:

“Du’a dat is dé aanbidding.” [Tirmidhi]

Het aanroepen van Allah was één van de gewoontes van de profeten. Zoals Allah bijvoorbeeld vertelt over de profeet Ayoub vrede zij met hem:

“En (gedenkt) Ayoub toen hij zijn Heer aanriep (en zei:) “Voorwaar, tegenspoed heeft mij getroffen en U bent de Barmhartigste der Barmhartigen. Toen verhoorden Wij hem en hieven de tegenspoed voor hem op.” [21:83,84]

Deze aanbidding mag alleen naar Allah de meest Verhevene worden gericht. Wie zijn smeekbede richt tot iets of iemand anders dan Allah, begaat shirk. Dat is dé grootste zonde.

Er zijn geen tussenpersonen tussen ons en Allah, daarom richten wij ons direct tot Hem. Allah zegt:

“En wanneer Mijn dienaren jou (O Mohammed) vragen stellen over Mij: voorwaar, Ik ben nabij (met Zijn kennis), Ik verhoor de smeekbede van de smekende wanneer hij Mij smeekt. Laten ze aan mij gehoor geven en in mij geloven opdat zij rechtgeleid zullen zijn.” [2:186]

De Du’a heeft bepaalde (aanbevolen) manieren:

  • De Du’a beginnen met het prijzen van Allah en het uitspreken van vrede zegeningen over de profeet.
  • Handen opheffen tijdens de Du’a.
  • De Du’a herhalen en aandringen op datgene wat wordt gevraagd.
  • Nederigheid en concentratie (i.e. niet afdwalen in gedachte tijdens de smeekbede).
  • Wodoe hebben.
  • Je wenden tot de Qiblah.

Ook is het aanbevolen om Du’a te verrichten voor jouw medemoslims, met name buiten hun weten om, want in een authentieke overlevering staat, dat een engel dan zegt:

“Amin, en voor jou is er het soortgelijke”.  [Sahih Moslim]

Er zijn bepaalde tijden waarop de smeekbede extra wordt verhoord. Deze zijn o.a.:

  • Laatste derde deel van de nacht (nacht is de tijd tussen magreb enfajr).
  • Tussen de adhaan en iqama van het verplichte gebed.
  • Tijdens de sodjoed (wanneer het voorhoofd op de grond is tijdens het gebed).
  • Aan het einde van het gebed, vóór de tasleem (de groet links en rechts).
  • Op vrijdag, en dan met name vóór zonsondergang.
  • Bij het drinken van zamzam.
  • Wanneer je op reis bent.
  • Wanneer het regent.
  • Wanneer jou onrecht is aangedaan.

Ook zijn er bepaalde zaken die het beantwoorden van de Du’a in de weg staan. Deze zijn de zondes in het algemeen en het bezitten en gebruikmaken van verboden (verworven) inkomsten in het specifiek.

De voorkeur gaat uit naar het verrichten van Du’a met de smeekbedes die zijn overgeleverd in de Koran en sunnah, aangezien deze al het goede van dit wereldse leven en het hiernamaals bevatten. Dit neemt echter niet weg dat een persoon een andere Du’a verricht dan is overgeleverd wanneer daar aanleiding tot is. De Du’a mag ook in eigen taal worden verricht, voor diegene die de Arabische taal niet machtig is.

Een van drie
Wanneer de gelovige Allah aanroept, dan krijgt die een van de drie volgende zaken, zoals dat in een authentieke overlevering staat:
  1. Hij krijgt datgene waarvoor hij Du’a heeft gedaan.
  2. In de plaats van datgene wat hij heeft gevraagd, wordt iets van het slechte soortgelijk aan de Du’a van hem afgewend.
  3. De beloning voor de Du’a wordt voor hem bewaard en hij krijgt deze op de Dag des Oordeels.
Toen de metgezellen van de profeet deze overlevering hoorden, zeiden zij: Dan zullen we veel Du’a verrichten! Hierop zei de profeet: ِ’Allah’s (barmhartigheid en gunst) is meer (dan wat jullie van Hem vragen)!’

Uit de voorgaande overlevering maken we op hoe enorm de barmhartigheid van Allah is en dat Hij Zijn dienaren niet met lege handen achterlaat. En dat het niet noodzakelijk is dat we datgene krijgen waarnaar we vragen in onze Du’a en dat dat ook niet betekent dat de Du’a niet is verhoord.

Allah de meest Verhevene is de Alwijze en de Alwetende. Hij heeft kennis van wat is geweest en wat zal komen. Vaak wensen wij iets vurig terwijl datgene in werkelijkheid niet goed voor ons is, hoe moeilijk dat soms ook in te beelden is. Vaak wensen we iets spoedig, terwijl het juiste moment voor datgene wat we vragen nog nog niet is aangebroken en Allah het verhoren van de smeekbede daarom uitstelt.

De gelovige ontdoet zich van al datgene wat het beantwoorden van de Du’a in de weg kan staan, zoals verboden (verworven) inkomsten en verricht Du’a. Hij herhaalt deze, dringt aan bij Allah, gaat ervan uit dat deze wordt verhoord en wanhoopt niet. De profeet vrede zij met hem zei: “Jullie smeekbedes worden verhoord zolang jullie niet haastig zijn.” Daarop vroegen de metgezellen wat met ‘haastig zijn’ wordt bedoeld. Hierop zei de profeet: “Jullie verrichten smeekbeden en vervolgens zeggen jullie ‘mijn smeekbede is niet verhoord’ en laten jullie het verrichten van Du’a.” [Sahih Muslim]

Beste broeders en zusters:

De gelovige verlangt naar de gunsten van Allah en Zijn barmhartigheid en vraagt Hem continu en vertrouwt erop dat zijn Heer hem datgene geeft wat goed voor hem is. De gelovige beseft zich, wanneer hij Allah vraagt, dat hij Degene vraagt in Wiens Handen de heerschappij van de hemelen en aarde is en Die barmhartiger voor ons is dan wij voor onszelf zijn. De profeet vrede zij met hem overlevert van zijn Heer dat Hij zei:
“O Mijn dienaren, als de gehele schepping van begin tot eind, en zowel de mensen als de djinn (geesten), allen bijeen zouden komen op een uitgestrekte vlakte en iedereen zou Mij iets vragen, zou Ik iedereen datgene geven wat die wenst zonder dat dit ook maar iets van Mijn heerschappij vermindert! [Sahih Muslim]

Moge Allah onze smeekbeden verhoren in deze gezegende dagen en nachten.

Student aan de Universiteit van Medina, Saudi Arabië.

9 Ramadan 1436 /  26 juni 2015

In rejecting PA overtures, Hamas defines its commitment to the anti-colonial struggle

Just as Hamas outlined its conditions for participating in the forthcoming Palestinian unity government, France is escalating its interference by seeking assurances from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that the preconditions outlined by the international community and, notably, the Middle East Quartet, will remain in place. Thus, once again, we face the probable exclusion of Hamas, rendering the concept of Palestinian political unity more farcical than ever.

The Islamic Resistance Movement has insisted upon the removal of current Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the rejection of the recognition of Israel and an implementation of the reconciliation agreement as preconditions for participating in the unity government.

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said that Abbas is insisting upon the internationally-recognised conditions. Speaking in Jerusalem, Fabius declared, “We must both guarantee Israel’s security and at the same time given Palestinians the right to have a state.” The latter was uttered almost as a reluctant afterthought.

Fabius claimed that Abbas told him that the national unity government, “could only include women and men who recognise Israel, renounce violence and who are in agreement with the principles of the (Mideast) Quartet.” Marginalising Hamas completely, therefore, “suits us perfectly,” the French minister concluded. How, though, would the result be a “unity” government, if a major player like Hamas is deliberately excluded?

As far as the international community and the PA are concerned, Palestinian unity should be bludgeoned and ripped from its essence, thus enabling its narrative to be dictated by entities whose aim is to see Israel’s colonisation process complete. Hence, despite laments about “waiting”, as expressed by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maliki in Malta, the PA’s alleged reconciliation process is grounded firmly in leniency, the extension of timeframes, manipulation of resistance and collaboration with pro-Zionist countries such as France. The government in Paris, it seems, continues to revel in its role that combines drafting UN Security Council resolutions with furthering Israel’s agenda.

With Hamas once again embarking upon the definition of strict parameters for participating in the unity government, it is clear that the resistance movement has recognised anti-colonial struggle as the basis for Palestinian unity; it’s a return to what has defined Palestinians since the start of the Zionist colonisation project. Having already voiced opposition to France’s perpetual interference in Palestinian politics and the relentless pursuit of the two-state compromise, Hamas is clearly giving priority to the Palestinian narrative. Speaking to Anadolu News Agency, senior Hamas leader Ismail Radwan emphasised, “We notify everybody never to give a positive response to any sort of bids that would flout Palestinians’ rights and tenets, including the right of return and the right to the land.”

However, Hamas should also aim for more coherence within the movement, as well as stipulate clearly its repudiation of the 1967 borders, if anti-colonial struggle is to be completely embraced and implemented. There have been several instances since the formation of the former Palestinian unity government in 2014 when Hamas fluctuated between different assertions in an attempt to retain a hold on both resistance and diplomacy, resulting in a scenario where the latter brought about the movement’s marginalisation due to the bias of the political actors involved, such as Egypt. Unity and reconciliation as dictated by the PA and its allies have failed. However, Hamas has been presented with an opportunity to determine unity and resistance as a Palestinian right. Continued refusal to participate in Abbas’ dangerous compromises would define Hamas’s renewed consistency and commitment to the anti-colonial struggle.

(Source / 26.06.2015)

PHR-Israel, Ad-Dameer, Call For Immediate Release Of Khader Adnan

The Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel call for Khader Adnan’s immediate release as he enters a life-threatening condition after 51 days of hunger strike.

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Khader Adnan in life-threatening condition after 51 days of ongoing hunger strike:

Administrative detainee Khader Adnan has been on a hunger strike for 51 days. He told Adv. Samer Simaan, a lawyer for Addameer and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel), who visited him in Assaf Harofeh hospital on June 23, 2015, that he was determined to continue his hunger strike until he was released.

He continues to refuse vitamins, minerals and medical examinations and his health keeps detriorating. He told Adv. Simaan that he constantly vomited and had serious difficulties drinking and swallowing water, which endangers him further.

According to the World Medical Association, after 42 days of such a hunger strike, it is expected that the hunger striker will suffer from loss of hearing and blindness.

The body also shuts down progressively, causing extreme bradycardia, Cheyne-Stokes respiration and diminished metabolic activity. Eventually, death can occur from cardiovascular collapse and/or severe arrhythmias.

Adnan is shackled to hospital bed at all times, which constitutes a violation of medical ethics, and is also constantly under surveillance by guards and life-monitoring cameras.

He is also denied visits and all contact with his family. On June 23, 2015, PHR-Israel addressed a demand to the Israel Prison Service (IPS) to remove his restraints without delay.

It was argued, among other things, that, in light of his medical condition, “his ability to constitute any kind of ‘danger’ to anyone was negligible”. A court appeal will be considered by both organizations if the shackles are not removed during the coming days.

Adnan was among thousands of Palestinians who were arrested as a form of collective punishment during the war on Gaza in 2014.

He has been held under administrative detention since July 2014 without charges or trial. There are currently 414 Palestinians in administrative detention, all of whom are held under secret evidence.

Adnan has been under constant political persecution by the Israeli authorities. He has been arrested nine times, and has spent over six years in prison, mainly in administrative detention.

For this reason, he has undertaken several hunger strikes, the most recent of which took place in December 2011 and lasted 66 days. He was on the brink of death before reaching an agreement for his release with the Israeli authorities.

The following mass hunger strike of 2012 ended after an agreement was reached between prisoner representatives and the IPS, according to which Israel would limit the use of administrative detention to ‘exceptional circumstances’ only, as is required under international law. It is quite clear that Israel has since reneged on the agreement.

Addameer and PHR-Israel call upon Israel to release Khader Adnan. Meanwhile, his family should be allowed to visit him, and his shackles should be removed.

(Source / 26.06.2015)

Syrian Coalition: ISIS’s Expulsion of Kurds from Raqqa is Unacceptable

Spokesman for the Syrian Coalition Salem al-Meslet said that ISIS’s displacing of Kurds from Al-Raqqa city is unacceptable, adding that the Syrian people who coexist with each other will not accept these crimes and will speak up against them.

Meslet calls on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards the crimes of the Assad regime and ISIS and taking a tangible firm stand to stop these atrocious acts.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 26.06.2015)