‘Israel has to end ill-treatment of hunger striking Pal detainee’

The Israeli occupation military arrested Al-Qeq from his home in ccupied West Bank, and initially took him to a detention centre in the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El

Amnesty International has called on the Israeli occupation to “end ill-treatment of hunger striking Palestinian detainee” who has been on hunger strike for more than two months.

Regarding the health condition of the hunger-striker, Amnesty International said: “Al-Qeq’s health is now in serious danger.”

Days of Palestine, London –Amnesty International has called on the Israeli occupation to “end ill-treatment of hunger striking Palestinian detainee” who has been on hunger strike for more than two months.

“The Israeli authorities must immediately cease all non-consensual medical treatment and other punitive measures against Palestinian journalist Mohamed al-Qeq, who has been held without charge or trial for two months and on hunger strike since 25 November,” Amnesty International said.

It added: “The authorities have undertaken a number of measures aimed at pressuring him to end the hunger strike, some of which violate the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment”

Amnesty International pointed out that “Al-Qeq has been on a hunger strike, refusing everything but water, in order to protest the torture or other ill-treatment to which he says he was subjected in Israeli custody, and to demand his release from detention he believes is motivated by his work as a journalist.”

Regarding the health condition of the hunger-striker, Amnesty International said: “Al-Qeq’s health is now in serious danger.”

Therefore, it said: “The Israeli authorities should release him unless he is charged with an internationally recognisable criminal offence and tried in proceedings adhering to international standards.”

It continued: “They should also conduct independent investigations into his complaints of torture or other ill-treatment and prosecute those responsible if sufficient admissible evidence is found.”

The Israeli occupation military arrested Al-Qeq from his home in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, on 21 November 2015, and initially took him to a detention centre in the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El.

Then, he was transferred to a detention centre in Jerusalem, and then the Kishon (Jalameh) detention centre, near Haifa.

(Source / 24.01.2016)

Hebron: IOF kidnap six Palestinians, including MP and ex-minister

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Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Sunday dawn kidnapped from Hebron and its district villages six Palestinians, including MP Hatem Qufeisheh and ex-minister of Local Governance, Issa al-Jaabari.

IOF have kidnapped six Palestinians who were “wanted” for Israeli Occupation Authorities, from their homes.

One of them was kidnapped from his home in Halhul village north of Hebron, another from Deir Samet south of Hebron, and four others from Hebron city.

The Palestinian Information Center, PIC reported from MP Qufeisheh’s brother, Subhi, that Israeli soldiers wreaked havoc on his brother’s home and kidnapped him shortly after undercover Israelis broke into the house and torched the MP’s car.

PIC said that Qufeisheh was released 10 months ago from the occupation jails after he had served two years in administrative detention, with neither charge nor trial. He had reportedly been held administratively for a total of 141 months in nine separate occasions.

Furthermore, ex-minister Al-Jabari was kidnapped from his home in central Hebron.

(Source / 24.01.2016)

3 Palestinians arrested for allegedly helping Tel Aviv shooting suspect

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Three Palestinian youths, from Arara town north of 1948 occupied Palestine, are set to be indicted for helping Tel Aviv shooting suspect Nashat Milhem.

According to Israeli media sources, Israeli prosecutors issued a statement declaring they will indict the three, who are accused of being accomplices, within five days.

The detainees’ names are under a gag order, the sources added.

The prosecutors statement alleges that one suspect hid Nashat, while another brought him food.

Father of one of the three suspected detainees denied Israeli claims, stressing that his son has no relation whatsoever with Nashat.

Israeli police had earlier arrested a number of Palestinians in Arara town including Nashat’s father for allegedly helping him. Some of them were then released after being subjected to tough investigation.

On January 1, 2016, Nashat Milhem, a Palestinian young man living within the Green Line, carried out a shooting attack in Tel Aviv, killing three Israelis and injuring six others.

(Source / 24.01.2016)

Al-Qeiq renews his determination to continue hunger strike

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The imprisoned journalist Mohamed al-Qeiq, who entered his third month of indefinite hunger strike, renewed his determination to continue his protest strike until release or martyrdom.

“I’m not a hostage, either freedom or martyrdom”, al-Qeiq told his lawyer during his visit to Afula hospital on Sunday.

The lawyer Jawad Boulus said that al-Qeiq’s life is in real danger as he may fall into coma at any time.

Al-Qeiq’s health condition is quite critical and entered a very serious stage after he stopped taking vitamins, Boulos underlined.

Al-Qeiq is unable to speak,  and is suffering from severe weakness, muscle pains, and constant dizziness, according to his lawyer.

He pointed out that Israeli authorities did not show any willingness to reach an agreement regarding al-Qeiq’s demands. There is a total Israeli disregard to al-Qeiq’s hunger strike, the lawyer stressed.

The 33-year-old Palestinian journalist Mohamed al-Qeiq is being shackled to his bed 24 hours a day in Afula hospital. Next to him stands two prison guards.

Although it is unclear what he is being accused of, al-Qeiq was put under administrative detention and violently interrogated for weeks without being allowed to see a lawyer.

After realizing that his arrest was political, al-Qeiq declared a hunger strike. Sixty days have passed since he began refusing food, and according to those around him, his life is in danger.

(Source / 24.01.2016)

Sisi praises 2011 uprising, urges patience

Members of security forces keep watch in Tahrir Square before the fifth anniversary of the January 25 uprising, in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 24, 2016

Egypt’s president paid tribute on Sunday to the country’s 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, saying that protesters killed during the 18-day revolt had sought to revive “noble principles” and found a “new Egypt.”

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi delivered his remarks via a televised speech on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the uprising. A recent spate of arrests and a heightened security presence in the capital Cairo have made clear Egyptian authorities’ determination that the occasion will not be marked by popular demonstrations- or militant attacks.

Sisi said the 2011 uprising had deviated from its course and was forcibly hijacked for “personal gains and narrow interests.” That was a thinly veiled reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been banned and declared a terror group after Sisi, as military chief, led the ouster in July 2013 of Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, who hails from the Brotherhood.

The “June 30 revolution” – a reference to the day in 2013 when millions of Egyptians demonstrated on the streets against the rule of Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood – corrected the course of the 2011 uprising, Sisi said.

The June 30 revolution, he said, took place to “restore the free will of Egyptians and continue to realize their legitimate aspirations and deserved ambitions.”

Sisi, who came to office in 2014 after a landslide election win, cautioned against high expectations for democracy and freedoms.

“Democratic experiences don’t mature overnight, but rather through a continuing and accumulative process,” he said, before emphasizing the need to exercise “responsible freedom” to avoid “destructive chaos”- rhetoric harking back to Mubarak’s 29-year authoritarian rule, when he repeated assertions that gradual democratization ensures stability.

“Egypt today is not the Egypt of yesterday, we are building together a modern, developed and civilian state that upholds the values of democracy and freedom,” he said of the 2 ½ years since the removal of Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected president.

Sisi has since presided over one of the harshest crackdown seen in Egypt in decades, detaining thousands of Brotherhood leaders and supporters as well as scores of the liberal, pro-democracy activists who fueled the 2011 uprising.

Under Sisi, rights activists say, the country’s highly militarized police have resumed the Mubarak-era practices that played a large part in igniting the uprising, including torture, random arrests and, more recently, forced disappearances.

Sisi supporters, however, say the ex-general has tirelessly worked to spare Egypt the chaos and bloodshed roiling regional neighbors like Libya, Syria and Iraq.

(Source / 24.01.2016)

MUSLIM SICILY PART 1: THE RISE AND FALL OF ISLAM IN ITALY

Regarding the topic of Islam on the European continent, the focus is usually exclusively on the period of Muslim Spain, al-Andalus, that lasted from 711 to 1492 (with a Muslim minority population that remained until 1609) and the Ottoman Empire, which crossed from Anatolia into Southeastern Europe in the early 1300s.

What is usually forgotten is the period of Muslim rule in Sicily, an island off the southern coast of the Italian Peninsula. It was here that Muslim dynasties ruled for over 200 years and a sizable Muslim populace called the island home. This article will explore the rise of Islam in Sicily under the Aghlabid Dynasty, subsequent Muslim control of the island, and the eventual Norman conquest of the 11th century. Part two will examine the social and intellectual history of Muslim Sicily.

Aghlabid Rule in North Africa

The Muslim conquest of North Africa can be seen as a continuation of on-and-off warfare between Muslim polities and the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire that dates back to the life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. After the initial outburst of Muslim expansion during the caliphate of Umar (r. 634-644) that conquered Egypt and the eastern half of modern Libya, Muslim military activity slowed during the caliphates of Uthman and Ali. Further military activity continued after the establishment of the Umayyad Caliphate by Mu’awiya in 661. By the late 7th century, Muslim armies under the command of Musa ibn Nusayr reached the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Morocco.

The political scene of the Mediterranean in the 9th-10th century, with the Aghlabid Dynasty in the center.

The Umayyad government’s hold on North Africa was tenuous at best. While the major cities along the coast were firmly under Umayyad control, the rural areas were dominated by the region’s native people, the Amazigh, who did not always accept Umayyad overlordship. The relative autonomy of North Africa only increased after the Abbasid Revolution in 750, which saw a new family accede to the caliphate and a new capital for the Muslim world built at Baghdad.

Due to the difficulty involved in governing distant North Africa, the Abbasid government allowed a local governor, Ibrahim ibn al-Aghlab, to rise to power and establish a semi-autonomous dynasty based in Qayrawan (in modern Tunisia) in 799 that nominally accepted Abbasid overlordship. Unlike the earlier Umayyad focus on expansion, the early Aghlabid emirate focused on managing the competing factions within its domain, particularly the Arab-dominated standing army and the native Amazigh.

The Conquest of Sicily

During the instability of the early 800s, a few factors came together that caused an Aghlabid expedition to Sicily. First, political problems on the island led to the arrival at the Aghlabid court in 826 of Euphemius, a Byzantine naval commander in revolt against the Byzantine Empire. The reasons for his revolt are unclear, and the Aghlabid emir, Ziyadat Allah I, was initially hesitant to offer help, especially considering that a peace treaty with the Byzantines in 817 was ostensibly still in effect.

Another major figure factors into story that helped make the invasion a reality. Asad ibn al-Furat was a scholar of Islamic law (fiqh) who had studied in the East with Imam Malik as well as with two of Imam Abu Hanifa’s students, Abu Yusuf and Muhammad al-Shaybani. He was politically active in the Aghlabid emirate and commanded great respect among the people due to his studies with some of the greatest scholars of his era. To Ziyadat Allah I, he was a nuisance that could potentially cause problems, particularly considering with the tenuous stability of the emirate in the first place. Luckily for the emir, Ibn al-Furat was in favor of an invasion of the island and argued that the peace treaty was void anyways due to the Byzantine capture of several Muslim merchants.

To Ziyadat Allah I, the situation was perfect. He could simultaneously attack the Byzantines, weakening their commercial presence in the central Mediterranean Sea, and strengthen his own control by sending Asad ibn al-Furat (along with numerous other potentially rebellious laymen and soldiers) on what he probably thought would be an ill-fated expedition to the island.

But the expedition ended up being far more successful than most probably imagined. The army (which probably numbered no more than 10,000) left North Africa in June of 827 and arrived on the western coast of Sicily within a few days. A subsequent pitched battle between Asad ibn al-Furat’s forces and the local Byzantine soldiery ended in victory for the Muslims and the retreat of most Byzantine soldiers to the fortified towns of Palermo and Syracuse, on the island’s northern and eastern coasts, respectively.

After a failed siege of Palermo, in which Asad ibn al-Furat died of disease in 828, the Muslim army went inland, pursued by the Byzantines, now reinforced with new troops and ships transferred from the Aegean Sea. After numerous losses in battle and deaths due to disease, the invasion seemed to be on the brink of failure when a contingent of soldiers from Umayyad al-Andalus arrived on the island in 830 and joined forces with the remnants of the Aghlabid expedition. This was a major turning point, as the rejuvenated Muslim army now marched on Palermo and successfully besieged it.

The island of Sicily

At this point, Ziyadat Allah I, who was not particularly involved in the invasion, took an interest in the island and sent a cousin to act as the governor of Palermo (known as Balarm to the Arabs). Sicily now began to be considered a province of the Aghlabid emirate, with a functioning government and economy. With a renewed interest in the island, the conquest continued in a piecemeal fashion. Villages and towns individually accepted Muslim control based out of Palermo, with the eastern half of the island holding out the longest. Syracuse was eventually conquered in 878 and the last Byzantine holdings were taken in 965.

With regards to governance, the system set up on the island was similar to Aghlabid governance in other regions. The province was led by a governor, who was nominally under the authority of the Aghlabid emir in Qayrawan, but oftentimes ruled semi-independently. While Muslims were subject to Islamic law as dictated by the qadi and religious scholars, Christians and Jews were free to be governed by their own laws so long as they paid the poll tax (jizya) and any land taxes (kharaj) they owed. Muslims were subject to the alms tax (zakat) and land taxes.

Fatimid Rule

The early 900s saw a momentous movement arise in North Africa that would affect Muslims throughout the Islamic world. In 909, a claimed descendant of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, Abdullah al-Mahdi, declared himself Imam of the Isma’ili Shi’a community and the rightful leader of the Muslim world. Using a network of informants and proselytizers across North Africa and playing off of Amazigh discontent with Arabs, he quickly consolidated power and captured Qayrawan, overthrowing the Aghlabid Dynasty.

Since its inception, the emirate of Sicily had been tied to North Africa’s government, and the local leaders recognized that this would probably have to continue even with the Shi’a Fatimids. A representative chosen by Sicily’s elite attempted to meet with the Fatimid leader to secure Sicily’s relative autonomy, but was imprisoned in North Africa. In his place, al-Mahdi sent a Shi’i governor and qadi to rule over the island in the name of the Imam.

With Sicily’s reputation of rebelliousness, the new Fatimid administration enacted heavy-handed policies meant to subdue the province. The attempt at direct control, coupled with a new tax, the khums, which decreed that 1/5th of all earnings were to be forwarded directly to the Fatimid Imam, led to widespread opposition by the Sunni population and the almost immediate overthrow of the first Fatimid governor.

A subsequent rebellion in 913 entirely rid the island of Fatimid domination for a few years, but was brutally suppressed by the Fatimids in 918. Another revolt began in 937 in Agrigento and was supported by Muslim communities across the island starting in 939. A Fatimid expedition put down this revolt, massacring towns which were then repopulated by new immigrants from North Africa who were more loyal to the Fatimid government.

In an attempt to solidify their control over the island, the Fatimids appointed al-Hasan al-Kalbi, a military governor loyal to the Fatimid Imam, as governor of the island in 964. He would inaugurate a dynasty on the island, where his descendants would rule under Fatimid authority for the next hundred years.

While the era of the Kalbid Dynasty in Sicily saw the conquest of the last remaining Christian outposts, ongoing conflict on the island did not cease. Fatimid repression of Sunni Islam, to which the vast majority of the island’s Muslims adhered, exacerbated tensions, while conflict between native Sicilian Muslims and North African Arabs and Amazigh immigrants caused a major social divide.

Militarily, the Kalbid Dynasty saw the waning of Sicily’s power in the central Mediterranean. By the early 1000s, Kalbid emirs were not inclined to continue raids against Byzantine outposts on the southern part of the Italian Peninsula. Furthermore, the populace itself became more sedentary, with numerous men seeking exemptions to avoid military conscription.

The Norman Conquest and the Fall of Muslim Sicily

The early 11th century saw the imposition of new taxes on Sicily’s Muslims by the Kalbid emir al-Akhal meant to strengthen the island as an independent polity that can manage its own defense. Since the Fatimid conquest of Egypt in 969, the bulk of North Africa’s naval and military power shifted to the eastern Mediterranean, leaving Sicily vulnerable to Byzantine attack.

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The new taxes, coupled with pre-existing tensions between the island’s population and its Fatimid/Kalbid rulers, caused a group of Sicilian notables to seek the help of the newly-independent Zirid Dynasty of Tunisia. In 1036 a Zirid force crossed from North Africa to Sicily and quickly took over Palermo and killed al-Akhal.

The Zirids may have wanted to bring the island under their own control, much like the Aghlabids two centuries earlier. Fears of North African domination caused Palermo’s residents to revolt against their new Zirid governors and force the expedition back to Tunisia not long after it arrived on the island.

At this point, control of the island entered a period of decentralization, as provinces, led by military leaders, declared their independence in the absence of a central government on the island. Much like the Ta’ifa Period of al-Andalus, ethnic, political, and economic rivalries divided the region’s Muslims into competing factions.

Another similarity to the Andalusian model was the arrival on the scene of powerful Christian kingdoms eager to take advantage of Muslim disunity. The Normans, a dynasty originally from Northern Europe that was famed for its military ability (as evidenced by their conquest of England in 1066) ruled over southern Italy and took the opportunity to invade the island in 1052. A Zirid attempt to defend the island never materialized due to their preoccupation with tribal wars in North Africa, coupled with the determination of the Sicilian Muslims to not be ruled by a North African power.

The church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti in Palermo, Sicily. It operated as a masjid during the era of Muslim Sicily.

By 1065, most of the island was under Norman control. Palermo fell in 1072, Syracuse followed in 1085 (incidentally the same year the Andalusian city of Toledo fell to Castile), and the final outpost of Islamic control in Sicily, the southern coastal city of Noto, fell in 1090.

Like in al-Andalus, a Muslim population (it’s likely the majority of the island followed Islam by the time of the Norman conquest) continued to live under Christian rule. Treatment of the Muslim population was dependent on the aims and temperament of the Norman king in power at the time. The reign of Roger II from 1130 to 1154 was particularly tolerant. It was during his reign that the great geographer al-Idrisi completed his world atlas known as Tabula Rogeriana.

Regardless, thousands of Muslims chose voluntary migration to Muslim lands over continuing to live under Norman Christian control. Meanwhile, the ongoing Crusades in the Levant, coupled with sporadic Muslim revolts in Sicily worsened relations between Muslims and Christians throughout Europe. In 1189, Palermo’s Muslims were massacred and in 1199, Pope Innocent III declared Muslims in Sicily to be “hostile elements” to the state. Numerous forced and self-imposed exiles continued during the 12th and 13th centuries, and in 1266 the last Muslims were forced from the island, ending over 400 years of Islam in Sicily.

Part two of this article will examine the social and intellectual history of Muslim Sicily.

(Source / 24.01.2016)

Settlers Torch Palestinian School in Galilee

A group of Israeli settlers, on Saturday night, set fire to a Palestinian school in Tuba village of the Galilee area, inside the 1948 lands.

Galilee school

Locals said, according to the PNN, that the fire escalated at around 11 PM, when the firefighters rushed to the scene and put out the fire.

Israeli media said that the school was burned by the “Pay The Price” Israeli group which is accused of numerous fatal arson attacks on Palestinian families, churches, mosques and schools.

Three days ago, the same group was suspected of vandalizing the house of an Israeli atheist leader with slogans from the old testament on the doors and walls. The threats also included a letter and a knife planted by the entrance of the house.

Last Sunday, as well, the group sprayed slogans, calling for the slaughter of Christians, on the walls of an old monastery in Jerusalem. In July, they torched the home of the Dawabsha family overnight, in Douma village near Nablus, killing 11-month-old baby Ali Dawabsha and both his parents. Only one member of the family survived, Ahmad Dawabsha (4), and he is still recovering in the ICU.

They are also suspected in the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir (16), whom they abducted and burned alive in July of 2014.

According to Reuters, there have been more than 43 similar attacks against churches, mosques and monasteries in Israeli-occupied land, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2009, and the number has been rising sharply since last year.

Israeli authorities repeatedly claim to start an investigation, but most often fail to hold the terrorists accountable for their crimes, as in the Dawabsha case, where Israel said that the evidence against the Jewish suspects was “not enough” to try them.

A report by the Israeli Yesh Din Human-Rights group found that, in the past five years, only 3 percent of the criminal investigations launched by the Military Police Criminal Investigations Division, into alleged offenses by Israeli soldiers against Palestinians, resulted in the indictment of suspects.

The report said that “Israeli police closed 85.3 percent of investigations due to the failure to locate suspects or find sufficient evidence to indict suspects; only 1.9 percent of Palestinian complaints against Israeli civilian/settler attacks resulted in a conviction, and 7.4 percent of investigations generated indictments against suspects.”

(Source / 24.01.2016)

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

By Sami, The bedouin

One cant understand the Palestinian-zionist conflict without bringing the whole geopolitical context that happened for half a century before the actual ethnic cleansing of Palestine:

First, Palestine was inhabited with the native Palestinians for Thousands of years before the zionist thought to build their “jewish state” in Palestine.

In the late 19th century, and due to the European persecution of the European jews, the European zionist “jews”started a European national jewish political movement (The Arab jews were absent) calling for finding a separate homeland for the jws. They were given three options by the European governments, Argentina in South America, Uganda in Africa, and Palestine in the Arab world.

Now, because that the jewish religion has ancient ties to Palestine they chose Palestine as a “homeland” to be established for the jews,

The jews, just like any other nation that invaded Palestine, have never ever been the natives of Palestine but invaders:

1. Before the old jewish invasion Palestine, the area inhabited for thousands of years by the native Canaanites, Jebusites, plesheth in the south, and the Phoneticians in the north that BEFORE any jews imagined to create a “god” to promise him Palestine.

2. the old jews were OUTside Palestine, a bunch of nomads roaming the Middle East, until they created their own “god” and made Him to promise them a land that originally is not theirs.

3. the old jews occupied parts of (but never all of) Palestine for less than 240 years before they were driven out, and the toppled the original Jebusite temple and built theirs on its rubble.

4. The old jews were invaders and simply were kicked out very soon compared to the Muslim occupiers of Spain who occupied Spain for over 600 years… So, the Muslims have zero right in Spain just the same like both the old and modern jews had and have zero right in Palestine… unless you want to believe in their Talmudic heresies of the “promised land” which anybody can claim a land property anywhere lying at his invented “god”.

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After the zionist European jews decided to colonize Palestine in the modern time aided and encouraged by the European colonization powers who (just like God in the old ages) promised them Palestine by the British “God” Arthur Balfour.

So, in the old ages, the jews invented their “god” to promise them Palestine and nowadays they found the British “god” to promise them Palestine again !!

soon after modern European jews had decided to colonize Palestine in their First conference held Basle, Switzerland (1899), they created the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in order to start buying land properties in Palestine to pave the way for establishing the “jewish state”, But this project didn’t work well for them as the Palestinians not only didnt sell their land but fought against that policy., and in 1947 (and despite the British facilitation of the jewish activities in Palestine) the JNF didn’t buy but less than 5.8% from Palestine (a place less than Te-Aviv city now.

Seeing that their (buy and sell) project wouldn’t work, The zionist colonizers needed and did two things as Ilan Pappe illustrates:

1. a detailed information about the local Palestinian inhabitants which (the JNF was asked to compile)…. the JNF Arab village a inventory that was a blueprint completed by the late 1930s that included the topographic location of each village with detailed information including husbandry, cultivated land, number of trees, quality of fruit, average amount of land per family, number of cars, shop owners, Palestinian clans and their political affiliation, descriptions of village mosques and names of their imams, civil servants and more. The final inventory update was finished in 1947 with lists of “wanted” persons in each village targeted in 1948 for search-and-arrest operations with those seized summarily shot on the spot in cold blood.

2. to create several terrorist gang groups like Lehi, Irgun and Stern which started operating as early as 1920s by assassinating the Palestinians that posed an obstacle to the zionist colonization project.

Now, having done so .. the zionist needed a systematic plan for the actual ethnic cleansing which started way before 1948:

President Franklin D. Roosevelt (enough time before the actual cleansing of Palestine) put it in December 1942 , “I actually would put a barbed wire around Palestine, and I would begin to move the Arabs out of Palestine…. Each time we move out an Arab we would bring in another Jewish family…” And this was exactly what happened with planned massacres !!

The plan was set:

“Red House” in Tel-Aviv that became headquarters for the Hagana, the dominant Zionist underground paramilitary militia during the British Mandate period in Palestine between 1920 and 1948 when the Jewish state came into being. He details how David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, met with leading Zionists and young Jewish military officers on March 10, 1948 to finalize plans to ethnically cleanse Palestine that unfolded in the months that followed including “large-scale (deadly serious)intimidation; laying siege to and bombarding villages and population centres; setting fire to homes, properties and goods; expulsion; demolition; and finally, planting mines among the rubble to prevent any of the expelled inhabitants from returning.”

Nakba 2

During the ethnic cleansing of the native Palestinians some 70 documented massacres ( Israeli Massacres on Palestinians )were perpetrated by the Zionist terrorist groups in a systematic way to terrorize the natives out of their homes and villages:

Once the ethnic cleansing begun, the whole ugly business took six months to complete. It expelled about 800,000 people, killed many others, and destroyed 531 villages and 11 urban neighborhoods in cities like Tel-Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem. The action was a clear case of ethnic cleansing that international law today calls a crime against humanity for which convicted Nazis at Nuremberg were hanged. So far Israelis have always remained immune from international law even though names of guilty leaders and those charged with implementing their orders are known as well as the crimes they committed.

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It should be noticed that:

1. Ethnically cleansing Palestine and creating “israel” is a European colonization project that was done by European jews. There has never been hatred or enmity between the Arabs-Muslims and the jews over history and it should be noticed that the jews had run out of Spain along with the Arabs fearing the European pogrom. In addition, in the modern history, while the jews were persecuted and massacred throughout Europe, they had a safe haven among the Arabs and in the Muslim countries.

2. The Arabs and Muslims didn’t kick the jews out of their homes from the Arab countries but it was the European zionist jews who had done the dirty job and MOST of the jews in the Arab-Muslim countries didnt migrate to occupy Palestine but AFTER the creation of the zionist “jewish state” …. I would site here exactly what my jewish Iraqi brother wrote after discovering the criminal zionist techniques:

” I write this article for the same reason I wrote my book: to tell the American people, and especially American Jews, that Jews from Islamic lands did not emigrate willingly to Israel; that, to force them to leave, Jews killed Jews; and that, to buy time to confiscate ever more Arab lands, Jews on numerous occasions rejected genuine peace initiatives from their Arab neighbors. I write about what the first prime minister of Israel called “cruel Zionism.” I write about it because I was part of it.”

3. You should know the fact that the zionist settlers systematically and deliberately ethnically cleansed Palestine from its natives (regardless of their religion) as it they expel over 750,000 Palestinians among them over 100,000 Christians and razed 540 native villages among them over 80 ancient Christian villages.

So … the whole fight is NOT between the “the Arabs-Muslims and the jews” as the zionist lie again, it is between European zionist occupiers ( who ethnically cleansed the native Palestinians in the name of Judaism) and the natives of Palestine (both Muslims and Christians) who unjustifiably were massacred out of their homes and their villages were erased.

(Source / 24.01.2016)

PFLP prisoners to protest in solidarity with prisoner held in solitary

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian supporters of the the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), in a statement on Sunday, threatened to launch an in-prison protest in support of a PFLP-affiliated prisoner of Israel who has been kept in solitary confinement for more than five months.PFLP-affiliated prisoners in Israeli jails said Israeli forces have been keeping prisoner Bilal Kayid in a segregated, “bottleneck, putrid cell without ventilation, light or proper winter blankets.”The statement highlighted that prisoners’ representatives have sent several requests to the Israeli Prison Service asking for Kayid’s release from solitary “to no avail.”In response, PFLP supporters in Israeli jails have announced that they plan to gradually refuse meals, and eventually launch a mass hunger strike if Kayid is not released from solitary confinement.Kayid was detained on Dec. 14, 2001 and has served more than 14 years in Israeli prison.In a 2011 statement, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture called for a world-wide “absolute prohibition” of solitary confinement in excess of 15 days, adding that “scientific studies have established that some lasting mental damage is caused after a few days of social isolation.”The Physicians for Human Rights group found that “a review of the medical literature on solitary confinement provides convincing evidence that isolation has severe psychological and physical effects.”The group said that it is the “unequivocal position of Physicians for Human Rights is that solitary confinement should not be used at all” in national security detention.

(Source / 24.01.2016)

Israel razes EU-built West Bank humanitarian buildings, announces land grab

File photo of Israeli bulldozers detroying a Palestinian home in the Al-Aroub Refugee Camp near Hebron, West Bank

File photo of Israeli bulldozers detroying a Palestinian home in the Al-Aroub Refugee Camp near Hebron, West Bank

Amid heightened tensions between Israel and Western allies, Israel on Thursday confirmed a major annexation of 154 hectares (380 acres) of territory north of the occupied West Bank.

Israel’s announcement of it’s largest agricultural land seizure since 2014 has drawn harsh criticism from Palestinian and Western authorities. Palestine officials announced they would push for a UN resolution decrying Israeli settlement policies.

“Settlement activities are a violation of international law and run counter to the public pronouncements of the government of Israel supporting a two-state solution to the conflict,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement.

The move follows diplomatic clashes this week between Washington and Jerusalem, as US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro angered Israeli state representatives by issuing a statement that the US was concerned and perplexed by Israel’s West Bank policy.

“We believe they’re fundamentally incompatible with a two-state solution and call into question, frankly, the Israeli government’s commitment to a two-state solution,” deputy State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Wednesday.

In a move certain to bite the hand that feeds, Israeli forces destroyed six housing structures in the West Bank that were part of a project funded by a humanitarian arm of the EU. The structures were intended for Bedouins living in an area between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, locally known as E1. Israeli construction in the area would split the West Bank, cutting Palestinians off from East Jerusalem, the city they seek to make their capital.

Israeli officials have not responded to global condemnation of the demolitions and incipient annexation, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested last week that EU construction in the area, whether humanitarian or otherwise, was not legal.

“They’re building without authorization, against the accepted rules, and there’s a clear attempt to create political realities,” he remarked to media.

To justify the seizure of land, Israel has previously used an 1858 Ottoman law stipulating that land that lies uncultivated for a specific period of time can revert to government property.

Territories that Israel intends to appropriate are part of the land Palestinians claim for the recognition of their independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem; areas Israel seized in the 1967 Six-Day War.

(Source / 24.01.2016)