Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar delivers a speech during an event organized for the International Women’s Day in Gaza City, Gaza on 8 March, 2017
A senior Hamas official said on Sunday that talks on a prisoner swap with Israel “ebb and flow”, Al-Watan Voice has reported. Mahmoud Al-Zahar made his comment in an interview with the Arabic language Al-Ghad TV.
“We must take a deep breath, have good preparation and be prepared to exert pressure,” explained Al-Zahar. “Moreover, there must be a mediator.”
The veteran politician said that the mediator could be from the Arab or the wider world. “But he must bring what the Palestinians want.”
Hamas has confirmed in an official statement that no significant progress has been made in the indirect talks with Israel for a prisoner exchange deal. The movement accused the Israeli occupation authorities of seeking to mislead the families of its missing soldiers and undermine the morale of the Palestinian prisoners and their families through an online media campaign.
According to the Red Crescent, four Palestinians were injured during the clashes, including one hit by a gas grenade
Israeli occupation forces this morning demolished the family home of a Palestinian suspect in last August’s killing of 17-year-old Rina Shnerb during a blast from a homemade bomb at a natural spring near the illegal Israeli settlement of Dolev in the occupied West Bank. Shnerb’s father and brother, who were hiking with her, were wounded in the attack.
The house in the village of Kobar, north of Ramallah, belonged to Qassem Shibli who is accused of carrying out the attack and was approved by the High Court of Justice rejected petitions from his family against the demolition. The notice issued in January is one of many threats faced by Palestinians standing trial.
However the action by the military was met with dozens of Palestinians protesting in response by burning tyres and throwing stones at soldiers, who in turn responded with “crowd dispersal methods” reported Haaretz.
According to the Red Crescent, four Palestinians were injured during the clashes, including one hit by a gas grenade.
In March the Israeli army also demolished the homes of two other Palestinians allegedly involved in the attack; Walid Hanatasha and Yazan Magamis. Both had been notified of the intent to demolish their family’s homes in February and also filed petitions. Israel does not allow demolished houses to be rebuilt and threatens to knock down any attempts to restore the residence.
Israel’s wildly practiced policies of home demolitions targeting entire families are acts of illegal collective punishment and come in direct violation of International Human Rights Law.
Palestinian media sources reported, on Sunday, that Israeli troops, stationed around the Alfawwar refugee camp in southern Hebron city in the West Bank, opened fire towards local Palestinian youths, injuring at least two of them.
The sources said that the Israeli army’s fire came amidst protests by angry youths, at the entrance of the Alfawwar refugee camp, in the southern occupied West Bank..
They added that Israeli soldiers, who responded to Palestinian stone throwers, in Alfawwar, shot and wounded two young men.
Medical sources in the area confirmed that one of the two injuries was by a live round, while the other was hit by a rubber-coated steel bullet. Both cases were transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Recently, Arab-Palestinian Muslim residents of Hebron city, have expressed their anger against what they consider to be Israeli plans to change the demographic of the ancient Islamic shrine of the Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi Mosque.
The reported plans have been rejected by many regional and international bodies.
The Al-Azhar Al-Sharif Grand Islamic Institution in Egypt, issued a statement this week, in which it denounced what it described as Israeli schemes to transform the holy Islamic shrines of Hebron city.
Over the past four decades, Israel has escalated its illegal colony construction in and around the old city of Hebron, where currently, tens of thousands of Israeli settlers live in several illegal settlements.
For the fifth time in row, Israeli authorities reportedly extended, on Sunday, the imprisonment of a Palestinian teen from the West Bank city of Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank.
Family members of the teen detainee, Qassem Abu Bakr, 17, told media outlets, on Sunday, that the Israeli military court of Salem, near Jenin, extended the detention of their son for five more days, without charges.
The family sources confirmed that the youth, Qassem, was sentenced to 18 months, in August of 2018, and has been imprisoned in the Jalama Israeli prison since he was abducted from his home town of Ya’bad, southwest of Jenin city.
Israeli authorities continue to hold around 5,000 Palestinian prisoners inside various detention centers and prisons. 183 of those incarcerated, are children under the age of 18.
A Palestinian worker was injured, on Sunday, when Israeli forces shot him near the Israeli Apartheid Wall, west of the town of Far’un in the Tulkarem district, northern occupied West Bank, according to witnesses.
Witnesses told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers fired live rounds at an unidentified worker, as he was trying to pass through a gate in the Apartheid Wall, where Palestinian workers enter Israel.
The worker was reportedly shot in the foot, and was deprived of medical assistance by Israeli troops.
Soldiers subsequently closed the gate, denying Palestinian workers the ability to go to make a living, in the lands occupied by Israel in 1948, on the other side of the so-called Separation Barrier.
According to the Palestinian Information Center, the man was also detained by Israeli troops.
Israeli forces arrested Palestinian journalist Anan Najib, a former detainee, after ransacking his home, in Beit Hanina town in Jerusalem, on Sunday, PIC further reported.
Also of note, on Saturday, a Palestinian university student, and former prisoner, identified as Mohamed al-Namrouti, was abducted
by Israeli soldiers from a military checkpoint in southern Nablus, northern occupied West Bank.
De nabestaanden maken hun overledene klaar voor het graf. Hij wordt geëerd met de wassing waarbij hij wordt ontdaan van eventuele onreinheden en wordt geparfumeerd. Hierna wordt hij gewikkeld in een aantal doeken.
Vervolgens wordt hij een andermaal geëerd met het begrafenisgebed. Na dit gebed wordt de overledene gedragen op de schouders van zijn geliefden op weg naar zijn nieuwe verblijfplaats: het graf. Als de overledene een vroom persoon was, zal hij terwijl hij wordt gedragen zeggen:
“Maak haast, maak haast!”
En wanneer het een slecht persoon was, zal hij zeggen:
“O wee, waar gaan jullie naartoe met mij?!”
Iedereen hoort deze kreet behalve de mens en djinn, als zij deze zouden horen, zouden zij ter plekke sterven!
De gelovige weet wat hem te wachten staat aan genieting en kan daarom niet wachten, terwijl de ongelovige en de zondaar weet wat hem te wachten staat aan bestraffing en deze op iedere mogelijke manier zou willen ontvluchten.
Graf De profeet vrede zij met hem zei:
“Ik heb geen vertoning gezien, of het graf is angstaanjagender.”
In een andere overlevering:
“Als het niet (de angst) was dat jullie jullie doden niet ten aarde zouden brengen, had ik Allah gevraagd om jullie datgene wat ik hoor van de bestraffing van het graf te laten horen.”
Reden bestraffing in het graf De zonden en het nalaten van verplichtingen in het algemeen zijn reden van bestraffing in het graf. Daarnaast is, in verschillende overleveringen, naar een aantal zonden specifiek verwezen dat zij reden van bestraffing van het graf is. Dit zijn o.a. overspel (zina), rente, stoken tussen de moslims, liegen en nonchalant omgaan met urine bij het doen van de behoefte waardoor deze in aanraking komt met lichaam en kleding.
Net zoals zonden reden van bestraffing in het graf is, zijn goede daden bescherming tegen de bestraffing van het graf. Zoals overgeleverd zal het gebed bij het hoofd van de gelovige zijn, het vasten aan zijn rechterzijde, de zakaat aan zijn linkerzijdeen goedheid jegens de mensen bij zijn voeten. Wanneer de bestraffing dan bijvoorbeeld van rechts tracht te komen, zegt het vasten: “Van mijn kant is er geen entree.” Hetzelfde geldt voor de overige daden.
Beproeving van het graf Zoals vermeld in het vorige artikel keert de ziel na haar hemelse reis terug naar het lichaam dat ondertussen is begraven. Er wacht de overledene namelijk een aantal belangrijke vragen; de beproeving van het graf.
De gelovige, die het gebed verrichtte, heeft in elk gebed bij Allah zijn toevlucht gezocht tegen dit moment. De sunnah is namelijk dat je voor de tasleem (het beëindigen van het gebed) je toevlucht zoekt bij Allah tegen de bestraffing van het graf en de beproeving van de dood.
Het beantwoorden van deze vragen is het begin van genietingen en het falen bij het antwoorden is het begin van bestraffing.
Nadat de overledene in zijn graf wordt geplaatst en zijn dierbaren bij hem weglopen en hij hun voetstappen nog hoort, komen er twee engelen naar de overledene, genaamd munkar en nakier
Geheel in het zwart met blauwe ogen, een zeer enge vertoning, komen zij naar de overledene toe en laten hem rechtop zitten. Vervolgens stellen zij hem de volgende vragen:
“Wie is jouw Heer?”
“Wat is jouw geloof?”
“Wie is die persoon die naar jullie gezonden is?”
Het beantwoorden van deze vragen lijkt simpel, maar dat is alles behalve dat. Al deze angstaanjagende gebeurtenissen die een persoon nooit eerder heeft aanschouwd, doen hem alles vergeten, behalve degenen die naar deze vragen hebben geleefd. Hun schenkt Allah standvastigheid. Allah zegt:
“ِAllah versterkt (het geloof van) degenen die geloven met de standvastige uitspraak tijdens het wereldse leven en in het hiernamaals (o.a. in het graf).” [14:27]
Zij die standvastig waren in het wereldse leven en vele verleidingen hebben gelaten uit angst voor Allah, zullen worden beloond met standvastigheid op het moment dat zij dat het hardst nodig hebben.
Genieting van het graf De gelovige beantwoordt deze vragen met het juiste antwoord. Hierop wordt er uit de hemel geroepen:
“Mijn dienaar heeft de waarheid gesproken!
En er wordt gezegd:
Bedek het graf met een bed van het paradijs en kleed hem vanuit het paradijs en open een deur voor hem naar het paradijs. Waarop de gelovige haar genietingen en geur bereikt, zijn graf wordt verlicht en zo ruim gemaakt als zijn zicht reikt.
Vervolgens komt er een persoon naar de overledene in een aangename verschijning en geur en verheugt hem op de tevredenheid van Allah en de eeuwige genietingen!
Hierop vraagt de overledene deze persoon wie hij is, waarop deze antwoordt:
“Ik ben jouw goede daden. Bij Allah, wij kenden jou als iemand die zich haastte naar de gehoorzaamheid van Allah en traag was als het ging om ongehoorzaamheid van Allah.”
Vervolgens wordt er een deur naar het Paradijs geopend en een deur naar het Vuur. Over het vuur wordt gezegd: dit zou jouw bestemming zijn geweest als je ongehoorzaam was. Wanneer hij dan de genietingen van het paradijs aanschouwt, vraagt de gelovige Allah om het Uur snel te doen plaatsvinden!
Bestraffing van het graf De ongelovige en hypocriet zijn niet in staat om te antwoorden en zeggen iedere keer: “haahhaah, ik weet niet.” Waarop iemand uit de hemel roept:
“Hij heeft gelogen!”
En er wordt gezegd:
Bedek het graf met een bed van het Vuur en open een deur naar het Vuur. Waarop hem haar hitte en hete wind bereikt. Het graf wordt zo nauw gemaakt dat de ribben in elkaar worden gedrukt.
Vervolgens komt er een persoon naar de overledene in een enge verschijning en een smerige geur. Hierop vraagt de overledene deze persoon wie hij is, waarop hij antwoordt:
“Ik ben jouw slechte daden. Bij Allah, wij kenden jou als iemand die traag was met gehoorzaamheid aan Allah en haastig was als het ging om ongehoorzaamheid aan Allah.”
Vervolgens wordt er een deur naar het Vuur geopend, waarop hij zegt: “O Allah, laat het Uur niet plaatsvinden!”
In het wereldse leven kan de mens door uitstel van Allah denken dat hij wegkomt met zijn zonden, maar in het hiernamaals is dit duidelijk anders. Allah zegt:
“Dachten degenen die slechte daden verricht hebben, dat Wij hen hetzelfde zullen behandelen als degenen die geloofden en goede daden verricht hebben, zowel in hun leven als in hun sterven? Slecht is hoe zij oordelen!” [45:21]
Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces last night demolished the house of Widad Barghouthi, a professor of media at Birzeit University and mother of a prisoner in Israeli jails, in the village of Kobar in Ramallah.www.facebook.com/watch/?v=236687451097901
In a video footage, Prof Widan Barghouthi stressed that no matter what the occupation state does, it will never weaken the Palestinian people.
“I’ve been teaching you for long years how to write news and prepare stories. Now, you are covering news about me, my house, and my son, and I’m proud of you all”, Barghouthi said addressing journalists.
Israeli forces had arrested Qassam Barghouthi on August 26, 2019, and he was subjected to severe torture at the Russian interrogation center in Jerusalem for nearly 80 days.
The family of Qassam Barghouthi was targeted by Israeli arrests several times. His brother, Karmal, was also arrested in September 2019.
Resistance factions slammed the Israeli collective punishment policy. The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) stated that the demolition of the house of Qassam Barghouthi is “another war crime in the long series of Zionist militia crimes.”
The Islamic Jihad Movement stated that the demolition of Barghouthi’s house is a crime that targets our people and prisoners but it will never weaken them.
Members of Zionist militia forcing native Palestinians to leave Haifa
By Qassam Muaddi
This week, Palestinians commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba. The event that gave birth to the Palestinian cause. The “catastrophe”, became the center of the most debated and conflicting political issue in the last century, influencing political debate in the five continents. Yet, this event remains among the most misunderstood of modern history and many of the misconceptions surrounding it are still present in the media, in popular culture, and even in academia. Here are five top misunderstandings about the Nakba.
#1: It was a war
The Nakba is often confused with the first Arab-Israeli war of 1948. In fact, while the war started on May 15th, the process that led to the dispossession of the Palestinian people and their displacement, known as the Nakba, was actually set in motion after the November 1947 UN vote of the resolution 181 of the partition of Palestine, which gave the international legal cover for everything that happened later. The resolution meant to split Palestine in two, implicitly laying the grounds for population displacement.
The Zionist operations began in December 1947. The village of Beit Safafa, near Jerusalem, was the first target on December 25th. The villagers resisted the attack and the Zionist forces left, only to return two months later. The neighboring village of Lifta was next, attacked on the 27th. It fell and inhabitants fled, under a barrage of mortar shells. Attacks intensified in the following weeks concentrating on the Jerusalem area and city, where the Zionist paramilitary used bomb-attacks in streets and markets to terrorize and demoralize the population. A tactic used for the first time in the Middle East, like the bomb-attacks on the Damascus gate on December 27th, on the Semiramis Hotel on January 5th and on Hebron gate on January 7th. Zionist attacks became increasingly brutal, evolving into massacres
Although several massacres had happened since January, the first major massacre to have a nation-wide impact happened on April 9th in the village of Deir Yassin, next to Jerusalem’s old city, where elements of the Zionist Etsel and Lehi militias killed more than 100 Palestinian civilians. Major cities started to fall in April. Tiberias fell on April 19th, almost a full month before the war started. Haifa fell on April 22nd and Yafa on April 27th after three days of straight mortar shelling. By May 14th, the night before the war started, already 300.000 Palestinians had become refugees.
#2: They just left
The Palestinian exodus was not out of choice, nor it was a natural result of the war. Palestinian historians like Walid Khaldi, Rashid Khaldi, Anis Sayegh and Aref Al Aref began to document available sources in the sixties and seventies, confirming that the exodus was a forced one. Later, Israeli historians began to have access to the Israeli archives in the late 1980s and started challenging the official Israeli version of events, confirming that the Palestinian people were forcibly expelled.
Benny Moris, for example, dismissed the Israeli theory of Palestinians leaving their country following instructions coming from outside, affirming that were driven out. However, he denied the existence of a systematic policy of expulsion by the state of Israel, arguing that the decision in each place was made separately based on local circumstances. Ilan Pappe, on the other hand, not only confirmed the systematic nature of the expulsion but also provided evidence of the discussion and the planning, including meeting minutes and orders scripts.
Some Israeli leaders who participated in the events confirmed that the Palestinian exodus was forcible and that the expulsion was, at least, deliberate and decided. One of them was Yitzhak Rabin, who in 1948 was an officer leading the Zionist forces in the cities of Lod and Ramleh. Rabin said in an interview with the Israeli historian Michael Bar-Zohar in 1977 that he received direct orders from David Ben Gurion to drive the Palestinian population out of the twin cities, after they had surrendered. Rabin confirmed this event in his memoirs in 1979.
According to Rabin’s account to Bar-Zohar, Ben Gurion was asked by Yigal Allon, another officer, what to do with the inhabitants and Ben Gurion waved his hand and said “goresh otam”, Hebrew for “drive them out”. In his memoirs, Rabin wrote that Ben Gurion did not pronounce the words, but only waved his hand and that he understood what it meant. In both versions, Rabin admitted that he signed the order of mass eviction of over 50.000 Palestinians on July 13th at 13:00, which resulted in pushing them into a 15-miles march in the desert, where many died of thirst and fatigue.
Rabin wrote in his memoirs: “…This was one of the most difficult actions we undertook. The population of Lod did not leave willingly. There was no way of avoiding the use of force and warning shots in order to make the inhabitants march the 10 to 15 miles to the point where they met up with the [Arab] legion”.
#3: Israel was fighting for its survival
One logical conclusion of the fact that the expulsion of Palestinians began before the war, is that it was not an Israeli act of self-defense. However, for decades, it has been a commonplace worldwide, that when the war broke out on May 15th, the just-born Jewish state was fighting an existential war against a much stronger Arab enemy. It is commonly said that there were seven Arab armies against one Israeli army.
Facts show that the Israeli army, formed out of the merging Zionist militias two weeks after the war started, was superior to the seven Arab armies combined, in numbers, equipment, training, resources, and political support.
According to Arab sources, Arab armies counted between 14.000 and 15.000 soldiers at the beginning of the war, never exceeding 25.000. The Zionist forces, on the other hand, started the war with 29.000 and had over 88.000 at the end of it, according to Israeli military historian Yoav Gelber.
These Zionist forces, for the most part, were trained and armed by the British army who controlled Palestine since 1917. In places like Haifa, the British army evacuated their positions weeks before the expected date and handed them over to the Zionist forces. Zionist leadership also enjoyed resources that allowed them to buy modern weaponry, including airplanes, from the US, Czechoslovakia and South Africa, during the war.
The Arab side, on the contrary, was left in the field, in many cases without orders. Palestinian historian Aref Al Aref documents, for example, the case of Abdel Wahab Al-Sheik Ali, an experienced Iraqi officer who volunteered to the call of the ِArab league’s Palestine defense commission, to go and lead the defenders of Yafa in February 1948.
According to Al Aref, Ali saw the miserable conditions of the civil population, who were trying to put up a resistance to the well-armed and organized Zionist forces, so he wrote to the Palestine defense commission in Damascus requesting reinforcements and equipment, without which Yafa could not be defended. When his letter was not answered, he personally traveled to Damascus to follow-up, but with no success. Disillusioned, he eventually dropped the mission and returned to Iraq, only weeks after arriving.
#4: It happened without resistance
By 1948, the Palestinian people were weakened by decade-long British repression, which left the Palestinians practically unarmed and with no leadership. However, they were not an easy bite. Together with Arab soldiers, officers, and volunteers, often abandoned by their own leaders, they offered stiff resistance before losing their homeland. In hundreds of villages, Palestinians organized local defense forces, sometimes taking turns to use the few available guns
On Christmas day of 1947, in the mountains of Hebron, a partisan force was formed of 25 men who called themselves “The Holy Struggle Army”. They were formed and led by Abdel Qader Husseini, who had fled to Iraq after participating in the 1936 Palestinian revolt, escaping British retribution. He had returned in secret after the UN vote of the partition plan to try to organize the resistance.
Abdel Qader’s small army grew in the following months to reach several hundred, poorly armed, but with great resolve to fight. They performed successful attacks on Zionist strategic targets, including the Zionist “Jewish agency’s” headquarters in Jerusalem on March 11th. The “Holy Struggle Army” fought the Zionist forces in the surroundings of Jerusalem, defending the holy city completely alone until May. Abdel Qader himself was killed in combat on April 8th.
Arab legionaries entered the battle for Jerusalem from the Jordanian side when the war began on May 15th. Along with Palestinian partisans of the “Holy Struggle”, they fought a fierce battle in the Latroun valley, where hundreds of Zionist soldiers were killed and made prisoners. A week later, both sides fought again in the Bab Al Wad valley, with Zionists suffering heavy losses too.
In Yafa, the civilian population organized resistance out of donations they collected. Associations and professional unions formed a joint defense committee to support the 500 volunteers led by Hassan Salameh. Even the local women’s association turned into a female combat unit under the leadership of Muhiba Khorshid, the first Palestinian woman to lead in battle. The defenders built barricades on all the entrances of the city and fought for months. The Zionist forces launched a massive charge on April 25th under a rain of mortar shells, literally taking Yafa over the corpses of its defenders, who fought to the last bullet.
#5: It is over
The expulsion of Palestinians continued until 1952. Half of the Palestinian people became refugees and half of Palestine’s cities and towns were depopulated, and for the most part destroyed. But that was not the end of the Nakba. The newly born state of Israel institutionalized the results of the Nakba, giving it continuity, by law.
Instead of a constitution, Israel issued “fundamental laws”. Two of the first Israeli fundamental laws, adopted in 1951 by the Israeli Knesset, are the legal, continuing legacy of the Nakba. The first is the “Absentees’ Property law”, which allowed the state to confiscate the properties of every person who has been out of the country for three years, effectively dispossessing Palestinian refugees, in addition to preventing them from returning. The second, the “Return law”, allows any Jewish person anywhere in the world to move into Israel, become a citizen, and acquire a property.
These two fundamental laws resume the Nakba and Zionism as a regime. Over the years, Israel has passed countless laws deriving from the same logic. Laws and regulations that over the last seven decades have prioritized urban development for Jewish communities, depriving Palestinian ones of services, revoked residency rights of Palestinians in Jerusalem, demolished thousands of homes, and confiscated more and more land. At the same time, Palestinian refugees have grown to become near 6 million, with four generations being born and raised in the diaspora.
In 2017, the Israeli Knesset passed the “Jewish Nation-State” fundamental law, explicitly stating that Israel is the state of Jews and of Jews only. However, this state has never defined its borders, allowing itself to annex occupied territory against international law, like the annexation of East Jerusalem in 1980 and of the Syrian Golan in 1981. The same type of annexation that Israel is planning to do in the West Bank today. The Nakba is far from over. It is not a single event that happened 72 years ago, It is rather a process. A colonial process that started in 1948 and is still ongoing, just as the resistance to it.
Activists all over the world tweeted on the hashtag #Nakba72 to remind everyone that Israel’s ‘independence day’ is a celebration of ethnic cleansing
Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Amid Israeli celebrations of the so-called ‘Israeli independence day’, a wave of posts and stories swept social media platforms, reassuring that what the Israelis are celebrating is actually the ethnic cleansing and expulsion of the native Palestinians from Palestine.
Thousands of activists all over the globe participated in the ongoing social media campaign using the hashtag #Nakba72 to remind everyone how ‘Israel’ was created on the dead bodies of an indigenous people and the ruins of their villages.
Some activists thought it would be good to remind people of historic facts.❀ Palæstina ⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖ ❀@Ghalianno
❀ On May 15, Palestinians commemorate #Nakba, the Catastrophe, their forced exile from home. During the Nakba, zionist forces expelled 750,000 Palestinians from their home, committed 31 massacres, & destroyed 531 Palestinians towns. ❀
Others stressed the Israeli ethnic cleansing and displacement are still taking place.Rima Najjar@rima123
The #ThievingBastards are still dispossessing us 72 years later. “And while condemnations of Israel’s settlements usually cite illegality and a hindrance to the so-called ‘two-state solution’ .. are two separate war crimes, which together amount to genocide.” #Return#Nakba72