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Special Palestine Cry Blog articles: The Catholic Creed: The meaning of the Pasch of Christians.


For as it was not possible that the man who had once for all been conquered, and who had been destroyed through disobedience, could reform himself, and obtain the prize of victory; and as it was also impossible that he could attain to salvation who had fallen under the power of sin,-the Son effected both these things, being the Word of God, descending from the Father, becoming incarnate, stooping low, even to death, and consummating the arranged plan of our salvation, upon whom [Paul], exhorting us unhesitatingly to believe, again says, "Who shall ascend into heaven? that is, to bring down Christ; or who shall descend into the deep? that is, to liberate Christ again from the dead." Then he continues, "If thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shall be saved." And he renders the reason why the Son of God did these things, saying, "For to this end Christ both lived, and died, and revived, that He might rule over the living and the dead." And again, writing to the Corinthians, he declares, "But we preach Christ Jesus crucified; "and adds, "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? " - St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book III, Chapter XVIII, Section 2.

The Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, Mary and John and the women at the foot of the Cross

Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour, there was darkness over all the earth, until the ninth hour.

Origen tell us this darkness was only in Palestine, and the neighbouring countries: for as to the words, over the whole earth, or over the whole land, we find one kingdom or empire, by a common way of speaking, called the whole earth, or the whole world. As to the cause of the obscuration of the sun; and secondly, as to the extent of its darkness. Origen tells us that the darkness was partial, and confined to Judea and the neighbouring countries, as the darkness of Egypt was only perceived in that country, and not in Gessen, where the children of Israel were. Saint Jerome tells us that the obscurity was caused by the rays of the sun being suddenly withdrawn by divine power, as was the case in Egypt. The darkness in Egypt during the Passover of Moses was due to God's protection withdrawn from that land at that time. The darkness when Christ was Crucified for us is the judgement of God upon His Son Jesus Christ, in our place. For Jesus Christ knew NO sin. He never sinned, nor could He ever.

The meaning of the Pasch of Christians.

The Book of Wisdom, Chapter 17, describes the devils and demons thrown back upon the Egyptians when the Israelites under Moses were brought out of Egypt by God for God’s purposes (to prepare a place for the Crucifixion of Our Lord for the Redemption of the whole world of those who are saved). In the same way the same false gods and goddesses that the Egyptians served and which in so doing were the reason the Egyptians sacrificed their sons and daughters to the devils and demons behind the false gods/goddesses were the spirits that killed the Egyptian children that perished when the Israelites were brought out of Egypt. God does not murder children, period. The angel of death which destroyed in Egypt was one of the fallen spirits. God did not cause any of the fallen spirits to hurt anyone. God allowed the fallen spirits to do what it is their nature do to when He brought the Israelites out of the gates of hell which was Egypt. The children below the age of reason that died went to be with God for eternity, they will be resurrected with the just at the Second Coming of Christ. This principle of God allowing the innocent to be afflicted along with guilty finds its ultimate fulfillment in Christ’s singular and only salvific Kenosis. Jesus Christ committed no sin, not ever nor could He, and was and is and only could be utterly and absolutely and completely innocent of any and all wrongdoing and sin by His very nature as the Holy and True God. The guiltless sacrificed by His own will for the guilty. Even when the innocent are afflicted by the actions and evils instigated by the fallen spirits in the world, the innocent are not possessed by those fallen spirits. The principle of all being afflicted by the evil set loose upon the world for its unrepentant sin will occur when the universal plagues are let loose upon the world. See Apocalypse 16

The principle of our always, for our part, protecting children is given us by Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 18

1 At *that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who, thinkest thou, is the greater in the kingdom of heaven?

2 *And Jesus calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them,

3 And said: Amen I say unto you, *unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven.

5 And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.

10 Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, *that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

The principle of our ONLY worshipping the True God, the Father and the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit is given first in the historical truth of the Garden of Eden when Christ, who is the Tree of Life commands the first man and his wife, Adam and Eve to not have anything to do with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which is Satan, the first fallen angel, nor with any of the fallen angels with Satan. Assisi of Babylon/Vatican/Rome is absolute and complete violation of that principle and is the Great Apostasy in full blown Satanic evil. Have nothing to do with the Vatican or suffer its eternal damnation in hell with it. The devil and demon worshipping pagans and the perfidious deicidal Jews are not ever any part of the Salvific action of Christ upon Golgotha/Calvary. Individual pagans and Jews if they repent of their not confessing Jesus Christ as the Immortal Son of God become flesh for our sake and sacrificed for our salvation and who confess publicly their sin of devil and demon worshipping and perfidy and deicide and who beg the Lord of all, the Lord God, the Father and the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for forgiveness of their horrid and abominable sins, can and will be forgiven if they do so now in this life and will enter into the only path of salvation there is as dictated by God Himself. The Church, all the faithful – there is no other meaning acceptable to God for the word Church, is commanded by God to not have anything to do with the Apostasy.

Book of Wisdom, Chapter 17

1 For thy judgments, O Lord, are great, and thy words cannot be expressed: therefore undisciplined souls have erred.

2 For while the wicked thought to be able to have dominion over the holy nation, they themselves being fettered with the bonds of darkness, and a long night, shut up in their houses, lay there exiled from the eternal providence.

3 And while they thought to lie hid in their obscure sins, they were scattered under a dark veil of forgetfulness, being horribly afraid and troubled with exceeding great astonishment.

4 For neither did the den that held them, keep them from fear: for noises coming down troubled them, and sad visions appearing to them, affrighted them.

5 And no power of fire could give them light, neither could the bright flames of the stars enlighten that horrible night.

6 But there appeared to them a sudden fire, very dreadful: and being struck with the fear of that face, which was not seen, they thought the things which they saw to be worse:

7 And the delusions of their magic art were put down, and their boasting of wisdom was reproachfully rebuked.

8 For they who promised to drive away fears and troubles from a sick soul, were sick themselves of a fear worthy to be laughed at.

9 For though no terrible thing disturbed them: yet being scared with the passing by of beasts, and hissing of serpents, they died for fear: and denying that they saw the air, which could by no means be avoided.

10 For whereas wickedness is fearful, it beareth witness of its condemnation: for a troubled conscience always forecasteth grievous things.

11 For fear is nothing else but a yielding up of the succours from thought.

12 And while there is less expectation from within, the greater doth it count the ignorance of that cause which bringeth the torment.

13 But they that during that night, in which nothing could be done, and which came upon them from the lowest and deepest hell, slept the same sleep.

14 Were sometimes molested with the fear of monsters, sometimes fainted away, their soul failing them: for a sudden and unlooked for fear was come upon them.

15 Moreover if any of them had fallen down, he was kept shut up in prison without irons.

16 For if any one were a husbandman, or a shepherd, or a labourer in the field, and was suddenly overtaken, he endured a necessity from which he could not fly.

17 For they were all bound together with one chain of darkness. Whether it were a whistling wind, or the melodious voice of birds, among the spreading branches of trees, or a fall of water running down with violence,

18 Or the mighty noise of stones tumbling down, or the running that could not be seen of beasts playing together, or the roaring voice of wild beasts, or a rebounding echo from the highest mountains: these things made them to swoon for fear.

19 For the whole world was enlightened with a clear light, and none were hindered in their labours.

20 But over them only was spread a heavy night, an image of that darkness which was to come upon them. But they were to themselves more grievous than the darkness.

The Catholic Creed: The Final Trial: Traditional Catholic Prayers: Baptism

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Israeli Order of Mass Expulsion

The Israeli Order of Mass Expulsion

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April 29 2010 – The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) in London issues a report on the recent Israeli order of mass expulsion.

Briefing on the Israeli Order regarding Prevention of Infiltration (Amendment No. 2) and the Order regarding Security Provisions (Amendment No. 112) passed on Tuesday April 26th 2010. Behind the euphuism ‘prevention of Infiltration’ lies a truth which Israeli officials are trying desperately to conceal. This simple truth has been cardinal throughout Israel’s existence and continues to be so. It is a truth that connects the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948 and the recent military order that would result in the forced expulsion of many thousands of Palestinians. It is the truth that Israel was founded on a policy of systematic population transfer and it has been committed to this policy ever since its inception.

This simple fact is a natural outcome of Israel’s central creed: ‘redemption of the land with as few of the indigenous people as possible’. Since its inception its central strategy has been efficiently carried out through modern methods of population transfer and land appropriation. This explains why, even as rhetoric and politics change, expulsion and dispossession continue through various methods.

Israel’s existence commenced with a total denial of the Palestinians as a people. Since then, over many decades, Israel has developed and refined policies to disperse, imprison and impoverish the Palestinian people, in a relentless effort to destroy them as a nation. It has industrialized Palestinian misery through ever more sophisticated systems of curfews, checkpoints, walls, permits and land grabs. It has transformed the West Bank and Gaza into laboratories for testing the infrastructure of confinement, human resolve and the limits of human despair.

Throughout its history Israel has rarely missed an opportunity to implement the core principal of population transfer, relentlessly pursued through its many wars, creeping colonisation through illegal settlement building, a regime that combines occupation, apartheid and colonisation.

Israel’s entire legal structure in the occupied territories is designed to serve this end. Since 1967, in order to control the occupied Palestinian population, Israel has enacted more than 1,200 military orders and has altered the administrative and legal situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in violation of international humanitarian law. Other parts of the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, were annexed by Israel immediately after the 1967 war and colonisation of the occupied city is ongoing in violation of international law. Its military regime has in effect legalised the illegal.

In securing its aspiration and maintaining Jewish privileges over the land, Israel enacted the Law of Return (1950), the Law of Absentee Property (1950), the Law of the State’s Property (1951), the Law of Citizenship (1952), the Status Law (1952), the Israel Lands Administration Law (1960), the Construction and Building Law (1965), and the 2002 ‘temporary’ law banning marriage between Palestinians in Israel and Palestinians of the occupied territories. Consistent with this trend it enacted in April 2010 two further military orders, the Order regarding Prevention of Infiltration (Amendment No. 2) and the Order regarding Security Provisions (Amendment No. 112).

This military order is part of a series of steps implemented by Israel to empty the West Bank of Palestinians, specifically by removing them to Gaza. It will cause tens of thousands of Palestinians to be deported from the occupied West Bank. The orders substantively changed the definition of “infiltrator” and in effect apply it to anyone who is present in the West Bank without an Israeli permit.

The orders do not define what Israel considers a valid permit. The vast majority of people now living in the West Bank have never been required to hold any sort of permit to be present in their own land and a demand to do so is outrageous.

There are tens of thousands of people at risk, who pose no security threat whatsoever. The order will turn them into criminals – making it a criminal for them to be present in their own home and tearing away at the fabric of life in the West Bank.

The order classifies people without the correct Israeli paperwork as “infiltrators”. The wording of the order has been amended from the original order drawn up in 1969, which even then was in contravention of international law. The definition of “infiltrator” was then: “A person who entered the area knowingly and unlawfully after having been present in the east bank of the Jordan, Syria, Egypt or Lebanon following the effective date (of the order being given).” Under the new order this is to be changed to: “Infiltrator – a person who entered the area unlawfully following the effective date, or a person who is present in the area and does not lawfully hold a permit.”

The orders are worded so broadly that they allow the military to empty the West Bank of almost all its Palestinian inhabitants. The document itself does not specify exactly what is meant by “a permit” and leaves Palestinians at the mercy of the Israelis.

Such an indiscriminate proposal is criminally indifferent to the composition of the Palestinian people. Since the expulsion of the Palestinian people from their land in 1948 the vast majority are forced to live as refugees in host countries across the Middle East and many have also been forced to flee to other parts of the world. The nature of Diasporas is such that people are forced to live under various different regimes with many different challenges and the community functions under extreme duress. Such challenges have not stopped Palestinians from returning to their land and living as Palestinians in Palestine.

This indiscriminate assault on the Palestinian family and the Palestinian community contravenes international law and basic humanity. The average Palestinian family has global ties and this military order has been granted to separate Palestinian families. This will have huge implications and the pain, anger and frustration felt may well be vented on the streets.

As many as ten different human rights group condemned these measures including B’Tselem, the leading Israeli group. The groups have raised grave concerns over the long-term impact of the orders which mean tens of thousands of Palestinians can conceivably be thrown out of their
homes. The human rights organisations have also mentioned its immediate impact, which will be felt by two distinct groups of Palestinians; those from Gaza and Palestinians and non-Palestinians from other countries married to Palestinians in the West Bank. Suspected “infiltrators” could also be jailed for up to seven years under the new orders. Furthermore, anyone being removed might also have to pay for the cost of their own deportation.

Implicit in the order is Israel’s effort to further fragment the Palestinian cause and hasten Palestinian ‘politicide’. Gaza and the West Bank are a single entity and Israel has no jurisdiction
legitimacy to alter that fact. Palestinians in Gaza and Palestinians in the West Bank are all Palestinians exactly as British citizens in London and British citizens in Birmingham are equal, and there is no moral and legal authority to prejudice the rights of one over the other.

Dividing the Palestinian people is a blatant attempt to dissolve the Palestinian cause into manageable units with the intention to prejudice and maybe even scupper final status negotiations.

Israel’s policy of annexation knows no bounds. It continues to behave like a rogue state with wanton disregard for human rights and international law. The international community cannot be surprised at this new development as it is simply another manifestation of its core tenet coursing through its history.

These military orders belong in an apartheid state not in a celebrated democracy. They are products of a world view based on racist assumptions and not the values of human rights and human freedom.

The international community, if it is serious about peace and the rule of law, should not accept this military order. No propaganda should be allowed to mask the fact that this is 21st century legalised mass expulsion. It is a product of a creed that seeks systematic transfer and expulsion of Palestinians from their land; when war is not an option, when open population transfer is internationally intolerable it seeks other, less conspicuous, means.

The West knows that this is occupied territory and that Israel’s occupation contravenes international law every day without any compunction and yet rewards it with a likely membership to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Rewarding Israel when Israel is little short of a pariah state has been a constant theme and is the root cause of the constant failure to bring peace and justice to the region. Peace requires justice and justice is never served by double standards in statement and action.

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A Para-State Institution in the Service of Colonialism

A Para-State Institution in the Service of Colonialism

29 April 2010 – The Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights is pleased to announce the publication of the Winter-Spring 2010 issue of al-Majdal (issue #43), titled The Jewish National Fund: A Para-State Institution in the Service of Colonialism
and Apartheid

In this issue of al-Majdal, we look at the Jewish National Fund from various vantage-points. Joseph Schechla examines the ideological roots of Zionist organizations such as the JNF. He shows how the conflation of religion, race, nationality and citizenship, and its incorporation into Israeli law and statutes of Zionist agencies constitutes the pillar of the colonial apartheid regime that harms not only Palestinians but also Jews worldwide. Alaa Mahajna situates the JNF in Israel’s legal regime over land, analyzing recent changes to Israel’s land laws in this light. Mahajneh’s analysis is supplemented by a useful diagram prepared by attorney Usama Halabi that provides a visual map of Israel’s legal regime over land.

Ahmed Abughoush, Vivian Tabar, and Yeel Raanan provide us with case studies from both sides of the green line. These are complimented by a photo-story that describes what one would see on a visit to the JNF’s Menachem Begin park built on the ruins of the Palestinian villages al-Qabu and Ras Abu Ammar. Dan Freeman-Maloy attempts to untangle the workings of the JNF within the web of Zionists lobby, community and fundraising organizations operating in North America. Finally, Sofiah Macleod and Sara Kershnar provide us with an overview of already existing campaigns to challenge the JNF, providing a starting point for discussions on how to develop such campaigns in the near future.

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To Live and Love in Palestine

To Live and Love in Palestine

“To Live and Love in Palestine” is a literary, musical and cultural evening which will take place on May 7 2010 in the Odeon in Vienna. The event is organized by Society for Austro-Arab Relations headed by Mr. Fritz Edlinger. Dr. Sahar Khalifeh, a famous Palestinian writer and novelist will take part in the event next to the famous Austrian actor of theater and television, and film director Karl-Heinz Hackl, who will read part of his book in German. Musician Marwan Abdo will perform typical Arab music at the event. At the end of the evening, a dialogue between Khalifeh and Viola Raheb will be featured.

Marwan Abdo, born 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon, is a Palestinian refugee. As a child he experiences the fate of living the Diaspora. In 1985 moved to Austria to continue his studies, In Vienna he finds a new home as musician, singer, composer and poet Abdo´s instrument, the Oud (the oriental, short-necked lute), is for the Arabian music nearly of the same importance as the piano in the Western culture, his music has its roots in the classical Arabic music which is not restricted to particular rhythms. (Read More about Marwan Abdo). (Click on pictures to see them bigger).

Sahar Khalifeh is a Palestinian writer and novelist born in 1942 in the occupied city of Nablus in the West Bank. She received a BA in English and American Literature from Bir Zeit University in 1977, a Diploma in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa, 1978, a MA in English and American Literature from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, USA in 1982. She received a Ph.D. in Women Studies & ِAmerican Women’s Literature from the University of Iowa, USA in 1988.

Sahar Khalifeh wrote the famous novels “We Are No More Your Slave Girls”, “Wild Thorns”, “Sunflower”, “Memoirs of an Unrealistic Woman”, “Al Saha”, “The Inheritance”, “The Picture, the Icon, and the Covenant”, “Hot Spring, Roots and Branches”, “The Door of the Courtyard”

On May 5 2010 Sahar Khalifeh will hold a lecture in St. Poelten. The theme of her speech will be “Caught between Western Prejudices and Islamic Fundamentalists”. The text of her speech follows below. The text was sent to me by Mr. Fritz Edlinger of SAAR, who organized this cultural event and also other activities of Sahar Khalifeh.

Caught Between Western Prejudices and Islamic FundamentalistsBy Sahar Khalifeh

Before delving into the core of my presentation in which I explain how we Palestinians, we Arabs, We Arab women are caught up between Western Prejudices and Islamic Fundamentalists, allow me first to introduce myself. I am a Palestinian, I am an Arab, and I am a Moslem. In short, I am a Moslem Palestinian Arab woman. This means, according to the Western media and Western traditional prejudices, that I am a dangerous creature who belongs to a dangerous culture that has a fixed nature, unable to be converted, unable to change. According to those prejudices, we Moslem Arabs are fixed in one static reality, in one static phase. A Palestinian is a synonym to a terrorist; an Arab is a synonym to a filthy, greasy sheikh with a beard and beads, a camel in the background and a dagger behind his back. We are reduced to a picture that does not change in time or seen under a different light: A Moslem Ben Laden, a Moslem fundamentalist, a Moslem terrorist, a Moslem wrapped up woman, a Moslem filthy oil- sheikh. We are fixed in one reality, one image, one picture which is considered real and true.

But, is there an image, which is real and true? Is there a reality that is fixed in nature, which is unmovable and unable to change? Let us remember the findings of the great impressionist artist Cezanne, who used to study the effect of changing light on the same landscape or view. What he found out is that the same landscape, or view, under different light produces different pictures. He also found out that we see the same view differently through our 2 different eyes. I mean the right eye and the left eye do not see the same view the same way because each eye sees the view from a different angle! So, if a pair of eyes of the same person see the same view differently, can we infer then that the same view cannot but be seen differently by 2 different people? Can we also infer that not only light or different eyes make things look different, also different times, different imaginations, emotions, prejudices and pre-conditioned concepts can have the same impact on vision and sight?

Let me show you from real examples, from down-to-earth experiences that things cannot be static and people can never be fixed in one reality, in one static phase.

I started by saying that I am an Arab woman, assuming that an Arab woman is a fixed reality or an unchanging identity that is clear and complete. It sounds as if I assume that an Arab woman is a being, or a creature, or a substance that is seen or comprehended the same way by all. But, as we all know, a woman in the Arab culture, and many other cultures, means the weak sex, the other sex, the unequal sex, the sex that does not inherit the legacy or perpetuate the family’s name, the sex that can bring children as much as it can bring dreadful shame. Within the family where I was borne, I was received with disappointment that reached sobs and tears. Everybody was waiting for a boy. To their dismay, I was a girl. I was the fifth girl in a raw, which meant that I was the fifth disappointment, or what my mother considered her fifth defeat. Compared to my uncle’s wife who victoriously produced 10 precious boys, my mother was a loser, an unblessed wife. My uncle used to tease his brother, my father, by saying: “Don’t worry brother, my sons will carry my name and yours! My mother was more beautiful, more intelligent and more dignified than my uncle’s wife and all other wives in the family. Nevertheless, every one looked at her as the least productive, with no valuable fruits.

I inherited those prejudices and concepts. Since childhood I repeatedly heard them say that we girls of the family, girls of the neighborhood, and all girls of the world were powerless, helpless, a sex doomed by nature, the sex that is permanently weak. Thus, as far as I can remember, I started my fight with nature since I was a child.

As a child, they considered me rebellious, over dynamic, very loud and fussy and uneasy to cope with. I wanted to prove that despite my doomed nature, I was good and worthy, bright and clever, cute and funny. I could make people giggle with laughter and fill them with joy. I wanted to prove that I was important as my adored brother – the only boy among six girls – and that I deserved the same importance and love. Of course, I failed. For years, I failed. People continued saying: women are weak, women are worthless, and women are nameless. They do not inherit the legacy or perpetuate the family’s name.

To my surprise, and I hope to yours, a few months ago, my younger sister told me that she accidentally discovered that I was the only member within the Khalifeh family, which is as large as a tribe, whose name was listed in the Palestinian encyclopedia. With a sigh of relief, she added: “Not my father, not my brother, not my uncle with his 10 precious boys, not any male in the family was mentioned in our encyclopedia, it was only you!” I also sighed with relief and told her: “My dear sister, you have to notice that many women are also listed in the Egyptian encyclopedia, the Syrian encyclopedia, the Lebanese encyclopedia, the Algerian, the Moroccan and the rest of Arab encyclopedias? Things are changing. Things have changed!

When I say that things change I mean that things are not static. Things are moving. Things are apt to change. For me as an Arab woman, I passed different phases, I was transformed by currents, and I was a transmitter of change. Even among the most conservative Arab families, women now go to school. When they earn education, they become teachers, doctors, engineers, pharmacists, writers and journalists, musicians and artists. Many women are now considered indispensable, stronger than men, more creative than men and more important than men. Things have changed.

But mind you. When I see our image in the Western media as dreadful creatures wrapped up in their chadors, with masques of leather, harems behind their veils, I ask with amazement: “Why do they see us fixed in one reality, in one static phase?! They draw us a picture that is constantly gloomy, seen through one single light! Is this what they consider a true picture? Do they think that God has created us differently than the rest of the female sex, unable to change?!”

Now let me tell you the story of how I was introduced to a reality that does not believe in a static reality. How I discovered that what people in a certain culture consider true is not the Truth because things are not fixed or static, because things keep moving , keep changing in essence and shape.

When I was still a child, I had a teacher who constantly mentioned the word Change in different tones and meanings. He mentioned the word Change when he spoke about social justice. He mentioned Change when he spoke about a fair distribution of Arab wealth. He mentioned Change when he spoke about Arab women’s status and he mentioned Change when he spoke about Arab out-of-date regimes. Everyone I new respected and admired that teacher. The young ones wanted to be like him, the old ones were keen to hide him when the police chased him.

When I became a teenager, I discovered that my great teacher was not the only one who spoke about Change and justice. Most of our educated people believed in and spoke for those beliefs and thoughts. I also discovered that thousands of our enlightened men, similar to my teacher, were either chased by the police or rotting in jails of regimes supported and nourished by Western powers: British, French, and later on the Americans.

Until the mid sixties, the national and international policies of our great nationalist leader: Abdul Nasser encouraged that mood for liberation and change. His influence was so great that a number of successful codetta took place in different Arab states. The West considered him a threat to Western interests and their reactionary allies in the region, but we thought we were witnessing the beginning of real good change.

The fifties and sixties were the golden era of Arab nationalism. The Arab street was full of vigor and hope for transformation. Our attitude towards our traditional socio-political systems was rebellious and sharply critical. We reflected our themes of liberation and social justice in our literature, our theater, our songs, music, and the idioms we used in our daily life. Literature from all over the world was pouring into our culture. In our bookshops and on street pavements you could find existentialist literature, socialist literature, black literature and every literature that called for liberation, revolution and change.

That mood for liberation and change influenced everyone including the illiterate peasants. Women too were touched. They started to go out in the street without their veils. Tens of thousands of young women graduated from universities. Some of them started to get involved in politics and enrolled in political parties. Women not only took their veils off, they also wore the sleeveless and mini skirts. We were dancing tango and Rock and Roll, listening to Western songs and music despite our hatred to the West. We wanted to be like the West but not under its domination or control.

That entire dream-like atmosphere came to a halt when Israel, backed by the West, defeated Nasser in 1967. That defeat represented the defeat of our national movement and our socialist beliefs. The Americans and their conservative allies in the region took that opportunity. They forcefully supported the move away from our leftist nationalism by backing the Islamists. They poured millions of dollars in that direction. The Moslem Brothers’ party, which was completely ignored by the masses started to gain power. What happened in our region in the seventies and eighties was very much similar to what happened in Afghanistan when the Americans supported the Islamists, including Ben Laden, to bring down the left. A similar scenario, almost the same, took place in our region. Surprisingly, to America’s dismay, the Islamists turned their back against their supporters once they took hold of the street. They became a crystallized power. They no longer needed America. After being pampered and nourished by America, America started calling them “terrorists,” and Europe followed the American style. That was the time when we started witnessing the birth of a new era which we ironically defined as change, but what kind of change!

In Palestine, the Israelis copied the American model. They encouraged the Islamists to stand in the face of the nationalist-socialist PLO. While they were chasing, harassing and assassinating PLO leaders and activists, they pretended not to see what the Islamists were doing to women and society at large. They even favored them in educational positions. They infiltrated thousands of them, men and women, in our educational system. Thus, the Islamists gained more power through influencing students at an early age. Once they were sure of their grip, they turned their forces against the West and Israel. They became a crystallized power. What helped them reach that stage was not just the nationalist – socialist defeat deepened by the downfall of the Soviet Block. Nor was it the early American- Israeli support. The mal-administration of many corrupt leaders of the PLO added to their success.

Historically, after the defeat of 1967, the PLO filled the gap created by Nasser’s absence. Arab revolutionists clustered around the PLO hoping to bring change to the entire region. During the seventies and eighties, the PLO represented the force that could bring socio-political change and unity against our conservative regimes. Unfortunately, by time, the PLO itself became not much different from other conservative, corrupt Arab regimes. The PLO leaders were either affected by the Arab petro-dollar or lost track and vision by losing a great number of their distinguished intellectuals that were assassinated by the Israeli Mossad. Those who made the Oslo agreement were certainly not the brightest. They failed as administrators as much as they failed in bringing peace. Their corruption added to people’s poverty, and the Israelis made it impossible for them to bring stability and hope. People started to be fed up and bitter. Writers, journalists, artists and intellectuals were writing, calling, begging for change, with no avail. The masses, beaten by poverty, lack of vision and hope turned to the Islamists. They meant to bring to power a front that could rid them of poverty, corruption and occupation. This is how Hamas won the elections in Palestine. This is how Hamas took over Gaza. This is how the Arab masses are turning towards the Islamists to rid them of poverty, and defeat.

We are now in a mess. Israel is taking advantage of this mess. Beside the continuation of occupation and the building up of new settlements, thousands of settlements that leave us no space to breath, every year, or every other year Israel launches a new operation or war similar to the one you saw on TV taking place in Gaza. They shell; they rocket, they kill and destroy. They destroy the infrastructure of towns and villages. They destroy electricity plants, water systems, sewage systems, hospitals, homes, buildings, and refugee camps. They destroy UN and NGO offices, storage places of wheat and flour, milk and sugar, gasoline stations, cars, buses and even ambulances. They wound and kill hundreds, at times thousands of Innocent civilians, including women and children.

As you might see, I told you my story as a woman, as a Palestinian, and as an Arab. I told you those stories from my perspective, from my experiences, and from my beliefs, which I consider real and true. But for you as Westerners, from what you have learnt or came to believe, you might have different thoughts, beliefs or visions about all what I have mentioned, right? This is normal and understandable. You know why? Because we too as Arabs, as Palestinians and as Arab women have different beliefs and visions about your culture, about your history and about your behaviors. But what we see, and what you see, is it true and real? Is it the Truth? We have to raise these question unless we are satisfied with our prejudices and fixed in our traditional beliefs.

To wrap up, let me remind you of Cezanne’s discovery about the connection between light and sight. How a scene or a view looks differently under a different light. In this context, allow me to revise the different cultural prejudices seen differently under different lights.

First prejudiced image: I examined women’s nature as seen through the eyes of a traditional society that considers women unchangeable, permanently helpless, and unable to inherit their families’ legacies or perpetuate their families’ names. How can I define that image, true or false? Please answer, true or false? False.

Second prejudiced image: I examined Arab women’s image as presented in Western media. That image assumes that Arab women are harems trapped in their veils as much as they are trapped in time. They are permanently helpless, frozen in one static phase. That image ignores women like me; ignores the presence of thousands like me that fight against sexism, racism, colonization and occupation. That image ignores the presence of millions of younger women that fight for education, light and liberty. They fight against the prejudices of the East and those of the West. They fight to be able to inherit their families’ legacies and perpetuate their families’ names. A number of them will ultimately succeed, as I did, in printing their names in Arabic encyclopedias and leaving their marks in our modern history. The one-sided image about Arab women, presented in the West, how can I define it, true or false? Please answer, true or false? False.

Third prejudiced image: Western media presents Moslems as fundamentalists, Moslems as terrorists, Moslems as Ben Ladens, thousands of Ben Ladens hidden in every corner of the Middle East. Arabs have one static nature that produces violence, one-track mindedness, one-track social structure that ultimately gives birth to corruption and reactionary backward regimes. Western media forgets to mention that historically, the West has supported reactionary backward regimes against the will of their people to protect Western interests. Western media forgets to mention that historically, Western powers had helped the Islamic fundamentalists to have power and control in our region, just like what happened in Afghanistan. That image about Arabs as having one reality, trapped in one static phase, how can we define it, true or false? Please answer, true or false? False.

The final image is about Israel. Israel is the only enlightened, secular democracy in the Middle East. Israel is not racist. Israel is not sexist. Israel is not religionist that discriminates against other religions and creeds. Israel is a permanent ally that protects Western interests in the Middle East. Villains, powerful villains, very well armed villains, that are full of hatred, that are full of grudge, ready to kill and ruin, surround innocent Israel. Those villains do not listen to reason or common sense, do not obey international law, ignore UN resolutions, kill and destroy with highly organized force, on their way to develop nuclear weapons and phosphorus bombs. How can I define that image? Is it true? Is it real? Is it reality? I will not answer this question; I leave it to you to think about.

Now I would like to examine the concept of “freedom of expression.” In the West, or in the First World, as we call it, they assume that suppression in the Third World or in Arab countries makes it difficult, or even impossible to say the Truth. But, my dear friends, with all the freedom of expression you have in the West, I just showed you that you receive images that look differently through different eyes affected by different lights! Where is the Truth in what you see? Where is the Truth in what we all see? In the West, there is a tendency to put all Palestinians, all Arabs, and all Arab women in one static image, in one static phase. We too in the Arab world, and perhaps in other Third World cultures, we see the West as whole as one entity, one identity and one frozen face.

Not only the media that tends to show things differently or draw twisted conclusions or put all images in one single frame. Also religion, politics, race, sex and interests, all these can twist images and play a role in forming impressions and framing minds. From my place in the Middle East, with my identity as a Palestinian, as an Arab, as a Moslem woman, how dare I talk about the Truth? Can any one here tell me if we ever can reach the Truth?

Where did I reach with my rambling thoughts and scattered images? That there is no Truth to believe in or work for? That we are all victims of prejudiced cultures. This is really absurd! It is unfair and depressing. For we human beings, despite our difference, our fences and our limited spheres and visions we all share one Truth that is absolutely true and worthy, that is bright and hopeful, that is worth living for and dying for. It is the Truth that is based on love and liberty. Love for all and liberty for all. And again, despite our differences of race, religion, sex and politics, we all need love, we all need warmth, we all need intimacy. We all need to be recognized as humans, sensitive humans, tender humans and capable humans. We all need to communicate our thoughts and feelings. We all need to hold and embrace. Since childhood until we become very old, we need to love and be loved. We search for love, we cry for love, and at times, we die for love. We break into pieces when we lose love or feel betrayed by love. Is there a truth beyond this truth, more real, more genuine, and more precious and worthy?

And liberty. Is there a human being who does not seek liberty or spends a whole life searching for liberty? We call it liberty that leads to freedom, freedom of the body, freedom of the soul, freedom of the heart, freedom of the mind and freedom of speech. So there is a Truth I believe in despite my suspicions and critical mind. Deep in my heart, I believe that people deserve love, love and liberty that make them whole, fill them with light.

Did you believe me when I started my talk saying that there is no Truth that is eternally fixed? Did you believe me? Well, that wasn’t true, it was a trick, a game, or what we call in literature, a technique. All what I meant is to draw your attention, to shake some prejudices and shed different colors on different lights and sights. I hope you forgive me, I hope you recognize me, I hope you love me despite differences of color and light, vision and sight.

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Islamophobia: Between Propaganda and Facts

Islamophobia: Between Propaganda and Facts

I am not a hater or a defender of Islam, I am not a spokesperson of Europe or Austria, of leftist or rightist parties, and religion is far away from my interests. I sent this article, “Islamophobia between propaganda and facts” in response to Professor F.H. from the University of Vienna, who wrote to tell me about his speech in acceptance of a prestigious award for his book about islamophobia in Austria. Dr. F.H sent me an e-mail saying: “I have just visited your homepage and thought that you may find this interesting: http://www …”. I read the speech of the doctor and I sent him as answer what I wrote below. I asked him to permit me to publish his speech. I have not yet received an answer from him. Even the issue of “islamophobia” is not something that I see touches me directly, and until Professor F.H. wrote me, was not something I would have given too much thought. I think that labeling this complex political issue as “phobia” on part of the Europeans rests from its urgency and also belittles the real worries of many people.

Dear F.H.,

Thank you for your interest in my writing, and for sharing with me the very interesting text of your speech. I think that it accurately reflects a part of the problem. I normally do not talk about this subject, and religion is also far away from my interests. Your speech about islamophobia brought this issue to my attention again. I think that islamophobia is actually hatred and violence directed against women under the guise of religion and religious differences. Hopefully, on a day not too distant, a cleansing process similar to what has been forced upon the Catholic Church will take place within Muslim communities too. On that day, I will be the first one to open my mouth to relate what I have heard from other women and seen myself.

In my view, and from my experience, we are individually and as communities of immigrants responsible for how the peoples of the countries perceive and receive us. While many people like to think that we come here with rights, it is too often forgotten that we also come here with duties, like respecting the peoples, cultures and customs, the laws and the religion of these countries. We do not need to forget our culture, which is part of us, and we also have no right to impose our culture and values on the Austrians and the other European peoples. As foreigners, regardless of out legal status in these countries which have received us very well on average, we must know how to be foreigners and always remember that each one of us is an ambassador for all of us.

The Austrians, and other European peoples, correctly view us as “other” and “foreigners”, whom they must get to know better before extending us their personal approval or rejection. This has nothing to do with “racism” or “islamophobia” but is normal to thinking, adult persons. Racism, religious discrimination, misogyny and other forms of hatred of the “other” are almost always instigated by groups acting for their own political and/or economic interest, building on this perception of “other” which is natural to us all. “Islamophobia”, the rejection and hatred of all people and things identified as “Muslim” and “Islamic”, is exactly one such phenomenon: hatred of the other because of who and what they are not, instigated by interests which try to remain in the shadows.

But also, “islamophobia” as you call it, does not happen in a vacuum, it happens in the context of many anecdotal events which are perceived and remembered by the silent majority of Europeans who have seen Muslims living here during the last several decades. In my experience, Islam is perceived as misogynist by westerners, and the most often discussed trait of Islam among westerners is treatment of women. Europeans see, and correctly reject in disgust, the miserable conditions in which many Muslim women live and how they are treated. What are most visible to Europeans in public are Muslim women walking around covered to various degrees, in shabby attire which reflects miserable living conditions. Covered Muslim women have become the symbol for everything about Islam that is objectionable. These women at once are the victims of a system of brutal suppression exerted on them by misguided men under the influence of interpretations of Islamic religious literature which are simply wrong, and at the same time they carry the full weight of the rejection of these host societies while being the weakest and most vulnerable members of these Muslim immigrant communities.

While the religion of Islam offers ample material which recommends treating women in the most respectful way, it is true that a morass of customs and a whole culture of hatred based on misinterpretations of the religious texts in ways which are against women exists in most Islamic countries, and that these customs are for the most part followed in Muslim communities throughout the western countries. The religious literature says that “the wives of the believers” should cover (dress) themselves in a way which makes them appear as respectable and respected members of society and which will not specifically identify them as “wives of believers. In cases where a woman of exceptional beauty fears that she will be harmed because of this, she may cover herself.

These orders were given by God to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and to his followers during a time when Islam existed surrounded by pagans not always well-disposed towards Muslims. In my knowledge, there are no Prophets and Khalifas in our day, but merely men imposing their power upon women by use of raw force and under the pretext of wrong interpretations of Islam, and worse, by disregarding all respect for them.

The introduction of covers like Niqab under the guise of religious duty could be seen as blasphemous. For Muslim women living in western societies to cover themselves using Niqab, Burqa or even less restrictive attires, has the net effect of bringing social disadvantages upon themselves and their families, so alone on this account the practice should be viewed as being against the Islamic religion. Cover of any kind should also be seen as unnecessary because all women are protected in their persons and rights by law which are generally respected, and customs respectful towards women which are the cause of pride to many Europeans.

What is much less visible in public, and is never spoken about, is the comportment of Muslim men towards their female relatives and other women. Two cases in point are a recent case which happened in Vienna about which I wrote (see here and see here), and the case of the woman who was recently fined for driving with a veil in France. I saw her husband flippantly claiming on TV that there is nothing in law forbidding one to have a mistress or four. How can these women allow themselves being denigrated in public in such a way, characterized as doxies by the man who is their husband under Islamic religious law? Why did the woman seen with him on TV not spit on him?

Fact is, laws forbidding polygamy in European jurisdictions are routinely circumvented in this way, by declaring the “other” wives as mistresses or not at all. Many Muslim men living here often enough marry several women under Islamic law and not declare these (illegal) marriages before the government. These undeclared wives will then be sent to ask for money from the government, often expressly forbidden by the husband to work even if she would like to. If the woman objects, she will be subject to violence, threatened with divorce or sent back to her parents, what will render her unmarriable and dishonorable, sealing her fate. If there are children, the man often keeps them, as they also mean “income” from social services. This process can be repeated. This practice also bases on a “convenient” interpretation of Islamic literature. Fact is, the Quran allows a man to marry up to 4 women IF he is wealthy and has the means to sustain them. Also, it must be noted that this practice was originally intended to protect widows and destitute women from social decline or poverty, and not so that lazy men could send women to beg money for them.

Today it is still normal to find Muslim women living in Europe submitted to genital mutilation, for them to be locked in by their fathers, husbands or sons, to be brought up to be servants of their male relatives, to be coerced into polygamous relations, to be engaged by their fathers, as children, to boys in far-away lands and to be shipped off as soon as they arrive at puberty. Boys on their part are taught to expect that their sisters, mothers and daughters must obey their whims at once. Woe to the woman of Muslim background who does not submit to this system of suppression and repression, as we must fear being murdered by the family for “honor”, and if this is not possible here, to be shipped back to where the family originated and have the deed done by a cousin or uncle, or be forced to marry somebody there. A personal acquaintance, somebody who has lived for 40 years and prospered here, told me that “to receive a girl in this society is a catastrophe” (because women could learn to think by themselves), from another I know that he shipped a daughter aged 14 off to be married to somebody in a catastrophe area.

In the current misguided discussion about Burka, Niqab and other forms of cover, the losers are women in all cases. The net result of the law proposed in France by that simpleton Sarközy, and similar laws and edicts which will probably follow throughout Europe, will be that most of these women, who must cover themselves in public in order to not fall afoul of their male relatives, will not be able to participate in life beyond the walls of their homes, they will effectively be put under house arrest.

If we wish to eliminate the visible signs of mistreatment and dejection of women within Muslim communities, laws can only be the last step of the process. The change should come from within the communities, and it should involve not only an abstract change in thinking, but the active disenfranchisement of religious and political figures which in any way or form tolerate, condone or even look the other way when it comes to the dehumanization, mistreatment or suppression of women for any reasons whatsoever. This should not be limited to the figures within the Muslim communities, but should extend to judges who excuse violence against women because “such are the customs of the perpetrator”, as was recently the case in a verdict in Korneuburg if I remember correctly.

I think that visibly taking responsibility for the lacking treatment of women from within Muslim communities will go a long way in conferring these communities, and Muslims in general, more acceptance and respectability from outside and ultimately give us influence in the political process of the country.

Beyond the women issue, what the Austrians (and other Europeans) see of us Muslims, and this determines their perception of us, are community markets which are increasingly dominated by Muslim immigrants and which do not meet their expectations of hygiene, a proliferation of Kebab-stands which sell inedible wares and blight the city, favoritism from of the authorities, which are seen as lowering their standards when conceding business permits to immigrants, courts of justice which condone violence against women on part of Muslim men, cover-up on side of the commercial media of crimes perpetrated by Muslim immigrants, vast abuse of the social system on side of mostly Muslim immigrants, gangs of Muslim immigrant youths on the streets who do not care about the customs of the country, who are often involved in violence, harassment of women and petty crime against others.

We must also take responsibility for this, as we can not expect from the common European, Austrian man or woman to understand what causes all these issues, which in sum threaten, to them, to overwhelm the character of this country as a place worthy living in. To them we are people who have brought problems here which did not exist before. I think that these issues should be taken care of, in the best interest of everybody.

The FPÖ and their objectionable anti-foreigner stance, the Swiss minaret referendum and other related issues are perfectly valid and legitimate expressions of the worries of an increasing part of the people of Austria and other European countries. It is wrong to dismiss them as “racist” without a second thought, and we do so at our own peril. The FPÖ, the minaret referendum, and related political issues are at once made possible by decades of constant propaganda demonizing and dehumanizing Muslims, Arabs and anything and anybody related to us, by behavior of immigrant Muslim communities which is objectively and visibly inappropriate when taking in consideration the laws, expectations and values of the Austrians, and by (perceived) attitudes and activities of the academic and political agencies of public life which are appropriate towards exacerbating existing conflicts, not to solve them in the best interest of us all.

What the Europeans and Austrians seldom see, are the many immigrants from Muslim countries who have become doctors, engineers, academics, traders, workers and employees, who together with their families have done their best to integrate into and contribute their part to the society of this country, people who often do not rest on religion as the main trait defining their identity. These people, who do not correspond to the image of retrograde, extremist religious zealots, are seldom shown in the media and are at best given lip service by established political forces. This shows, in my opinion, that the religious groups which are traded as our representatives on the political scene in this country do not represent our interests well, and that they probably do not understand which are the interests of this community outside their own shortsighted views. I hold that our common interests should not be represented against Austrian customs as seems to be the case, but within what is considered acceptable by the Austrians who are not of immigrant background.

While the clienteles of FPÖ and similar forces on the “right” of the political spectrum complain about what are the most visible activities and attitudes of immigrant Muslim communities, my impression is that the “left” of the established political spectrum, out of opportunism, courts out of political opportunism (securing votes) groups constituted around a reactionary religious establishment which at once promotes a role of women which is undesirable by Austrian (actually, any) standards, which promotes exactly the attitudes criticized by the “right”, and which stands in the way of a constructive and lasting integration into a common Austrian culture of Muslim immigrants.

The main outside factor in the generation of “islamophobia” is in my opinion a decades old, pervasive, subtle and brutal propaganda campaign which is being waged through all western media with a very definite and clear intention. The visible political movements of the right, such as FPÖ in Austria, have nothing to do with this campaign; they are only opportunists picking the ripe fruit falling from this tree of evil. Without exception, western media portrays Muslims as a mixture of dangerous wild beasts, crazy religious zealots, woman beaters, terrorists, violence-prone idiots, thieves, rabble, backward, uneducated, dishonest desert-dwellers, and with other even less appealing and even more dehumanizing epithets which hugely overstate and exaggerate social problems which we have.

In sum, this relentless campaign of propaganda against Muslims can be characterized as being the second or third stage of genocide if we restrict our view to Europe – see

I include a quote from that Wikipedia article, which I think mentions clearly what this campaign of vilification of Muslims is about:

… members of the dominant society must perceive their potential victims as less than fully human: as “pagans,” “savages,” “uncouth barbarians,” “unbelievers,” “effete degenerates,” “ritual outlaws,” “racial inferiors,” “class antagonists,” “counterrevolutionaries,” and so on. In themselves, these conditions are not enough for the perpetrators to commit genocide. To do that—that is, to commit genocide—the perpetrators need a strong, centralized authority and bureaucratic organization as well as pathological individuals and criminals. Also required is a campaign of vilification and dehumanization of the victims by the perpetrators, who are usually new states or new regimes attempting to impose conformity to a new ideology and its model of society.

The results of this unrelenting propaganda campaign are impressive, and in sum they have shown themselves as extremely useful for the ruling elites of the western nations, to which Austria ultimately belongs. Countries which are dominantly Muslim or where sizable Muslim minorities live either are ruled by ruthless and murderous dictatorships which are invariably backed by US or European secret services, or they are the victims of interminable strings of wars, overt and covert genocide, or various stages of civil war. In these countries, the suppression of women from the social process is part of the warfare of these western-backed criminal regimes against the peoples which they rule by terror.

This is the picture between Morocco in the West and Philippines in the East. A prime example of such a regime is the wretchedly criminal PA which has been imposed upon Palestine by the zionists. As a result of this propaganda campaign, the genocide against Palestinians being perpetrated by zionist jews is regularly portrayed as something honorable in character, two wars between Iran and Iraq instigated by the CIA and MI6 were somehow dismissed in the media as “business as usual between brutes”, the wholesale destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan and the ensuing genocides perpetrated by the USA against these peoples are portrayed in the media as “the right thing to do”, “our only alternative”, “war against terror”, and other wholesome falsities.

As a result of this campaign, it is possible for Germany to give for free to the criminal operation called Israel six or seven submarines able to launch nuclear weapons; it is possible for president Sarközy to say that he wants to “Karcherize” the banlieus and be applauded as funny instead of being dismissed as the bigoted racist which he is; it is possible for Austria to support with troops for about 40 years the occupation of the Golan heights, in direct contravention to international law, and defend this as “peace keeping”; it is possible for the USA to account for the disappearance of 5 million Afghanis since the invasion in 2001 with a simple “accounting error” claim instead of seeing this as an instance of genocide; it is possible for the zionists to get away with over 60 years of dedicated genocide against us Palestinians and explain it away as “nation building”; it is possible for the city of Vienna to finance at enormous cost a PR campaign of the city of Tel Aviv which is designed to justify and normalize genocide and cleanse the stench of murder from Israel; it is possible for Ehud Barak, a criminal accused of genocide and crimes against humanity, to visit Austria and be called a “friend”. Many other similar instances of insane behavior and shows of moral depravity are all made possible by this campaign, and we see them everyday on TV mostly without noticing them.

This campaign of propaganda and perception management works through all media and many institutions of public life: it consists of computer games such as “Call of Duty 4” or “ Amer icas Army” where Muslim enemies, always portrayed as terrorists brandishing RPGs and AK47 guns can be shot at will; it consists of out-of-place skits by american actor Eddy Murphy which force the line that Muslims are terrorists; it consists of the misrepresentation of legitimate political groups in Muslim countries as terrorists; it happens each time when an Arab or Muslim from far-away lands is called “radical muslim” in news programs such as ZIB; of articles published in zionist newspapers which misrepresent, obfuscate and justify the zionist crimes against Palestinians; it consists of the vile bigot Sascha Baron Cohen and his “Borat” character, and of the director of the University of Vienna who disallowed a speech by Dr. Norman Finkelstein about the zionist crimes in Palestine on his premises of the university.

The most potent weapon of this propaganda campaign is the abstract slander of “anti-semitism”, which, while nobody knows exactly what it means, makes everybody shudders at being the target of this accusation, and it effectively silences any criticism of the many crimes of the zionist interests in its tracks.

This unrelenting campaign of vilification and active suppression of Muslims in western media should concern everybody, Muslims, Christians and also the followers of other religions. To ignore it for much longer will ultimately allow for “justified” outright mass murder against Muslims in many western nations, as has been the case in isolated incidents in Thailand, India, and the Philippines. When that happens, it will be too late, perhaps for decades, to look for a common ground with other population groups.

The campaign is waged by zionist interests, it is designed to vilify, belittle, dehumanize Muslims everywhere in ways not easily identifiable to the casual consumer of media, because they, zionists, perceive Arabs and Muslims (right or wrong) in general as a primary “support group” of the Palestinian cause, which they must discredit and weaken in order to attain legitimacy for their colonization of Palestine. In western countries, among them Austria, the campaign also has the purpose of hindering solidarity between Christians and Muslims, as it denigrates the “other” side and so prevents us to see that we actually have many common interests when we see beyond outwardly apparent differences.

As interested Muslims, we should concern us with solving to the best of our capacity the existing and most visible problems in our communities, starting with the suppression of women. Of equal urgency is that we concern us actively with the propaganda campaign waged by zionist interests against us. We will survive neither as communities nor as individual persons if we do not interest us in these problems affecting us. In order to be able to counter the vilification directed against us, Muslims must first solve the internal problems which affect these communities. We should equally take account of the worries of the host societies into which we have come, not by silencing them and denigrating their worries as racism or worse, but by respecting their laws and traditions, by listening to them attentively and doing our best to find the common ground which we have.

Lastly, it is of primary importance for a peaceful and constructive coexistence to unmask zionism as a poisonous, criminal ideology which parasitizes upon judaism just as the Nazi ideology parasitized upon the idea of being German, because no sensible discussion of politics in any context is possible without extensively analyzing the mostly undue influence exerted by zionists in political and social processes.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Putin in Wien: Judo, Gas und Heldenehrung

Putin in Wien: Judo, Gas und Heldenehrung

Mehr Fotos: Putin-Faymann, Putin-Darabos-Fekter und Judo-Europameisterschaft 2010.

Wien – Kawther Salam – April 25 2010 - Der Vorsitzende der Regierung der Russischen Föderation, Wladimir Wladimirowitsch Putin, hat Österreich in Begleitung einer hochrangigen politischen Mannschaft besucht. Nach seiner Ankunft in Wien, hat Putin Kanzler Werner Faymann und Präsident Fischer zu gesprächen über die zu unterzeichnenden Verträge getroffen, so die Auskunft von Faymann während der Pressekonferenz bei der die Verträge unterzeichnet wurden.

Premierminister Putin und seine politische Mannschaft haben am Sonntag, zusammen mit Bundesminister für Verteidigung Mag. Norbert Darabos und Bundesministerin für Inneres Mag. Dr. Maria Fekter, ein Kranz beim „Russendenkmal“ am Schwarzenbergplatz deponiert. Das Denkmal erinnert an die Sowjetischen Soldaten, die bei der Befreiung Österreichs vom Nazi Regime gefallen sind.

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V.l.n.r. Ministerin Fekter, Minister Darabos und Premier Putin vor Ehrengarde bei der Kranzniederlegung am Schwarzenbergplatz

In Anwesenheit von Bundeskanzler Faymann und Premierminister Putin wurden zwei Abkommen unterzeichnet: ein Abkommen zwischen der Russischen und der Österreichischen Regierung über „Zusammenarbeit und Bau einer Erdgaspipeline auf dem Hoheitsgebiet der Republik Österreich“ („South Stream“), es wurde vom Energieminister der Russischen Föderation Sergei Shmatko, und Wirtschaftsminister Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner unterzeichnet. Die Pipeline soll zur Energieversorgung Europas beitragen, und in ihrem Endausbau bis zu 2 Milliarden Kubikmeter Erdgas transportieren. Das zweite Abkommen wurde von Dr. Wolfgang Ruttensdorfer für ÖMV und Alexei Borisovitch Miller für Gazprom unterzeichnet.

Es ist ein „Basisabkommen über Zusammenarbeit zwischen Gazprom und ÖMV „Gas and Power“. Weiter war im Gespräch ein künftiges Projekt um eine Breitspurbahn zwischen Russland und Österreich zu bauen, mit einem Terminal in Wien, allerdings ohne nähere Information.

Laut der Verlautbarung der Regierung, sagte Bundeskanzler Faymann während der Pressekonferenz :”Wir haben über die gute Zusammenarbeit unserer beiden Länder und der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung nach der Finanzkrise gesprochen.“ Im Vordergrund sei die Sicherheit der Energieversorgung gestanden: “Auch wenn wir in Österreich stark auf erneuerbare Energien setzen, so sind doch die Gaslieferungen aus Russland für unsere Energiesicherheit unentbehrlich” sagte Faymann. “Klicken Sie auf die Fotos, um sie größer zu sehen”.

Premierminister Putin hat erklärt, dass Russland nach der Wirtschaftskrise einen Minister Sergei Shmatko und Minister Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner unterzeichnen das Abkommen.Schwerpunkt auf den Ausbau der Erdöl- und Erdgasleitungen legen werde: “Wir müssen die Leitungen diversifizieren, um die Liefermöglichkeiten nach Europa steigern zu können”, so Putin. Deshalb sei auch bereits mit dem Bau sowohl der South Stream Pipeline als auch der North Stream Leitung begonnen worden. “Russland besitzt hohe Vorräte an Erdgas, die den Bedarf Europas auf Jahre hinaus decken können”, versicherte der russische Premierminister.

Während des Besuchs des russischen Premierministers hat der iranische Außenminister, Manoucher Mottaki, Österreich auch besucht. Es ist nicht bekannt, ob die österreichische Regierung ein Treffen zwischen den russischen Politikern und dem iranischen Außenminister in Wien arrangiert hatte, aber alles ist möglich. Mein Eindruck ist, dass die österreichische Regierung in den internationalen Beziehungen eine politische Rolle spielt, die darum bemüht ist, Konflikte zwischen anderen Parteien auf friedliche Weise zu bereinigen.

Putin hat eine Kranzniederlegung am Ehrenmal der Roten Armee („Russendenkmal“) am Premier Putin bei KranzniederlegungSchwarzenbergplatz vorgenommen. Das Ehrendenkmal gedenkt der in Österreich 1945 gefallenen Soldaten der Roten Armee. Formelle militärische Zeremonien fanden am Schwarzenbergplatz nach der Ankunft von Präsident Putin statt. Die Garde des Österreichischen Bundesheers war anwesend, um die militärischen Ehren zu erweisen.

Neben dem bilateralen Besuch hat Putin zusammen mit Landesverteidigungsminister Norbert Darabos auch der Judo-Europameisterschaft 2010 in Wien beigewohnt. Präsident Putin benutzte seinen Besuch in Wien, um das Russische Team bei der Judo-EM zu unterstützen. Der Russische Premierminister übt selbst Judo, er ist Vorsitzender des Russischen Judoverbands, und Ehrenvorsitzender des Europäischen Judoverbands. Darabos und Putin sind während dem Finale im dem Publikum gesessen, sie haben Kaffee getrunken und den Siegern applaudiert. Das Italienische Team der Damen hat im Finale Polen geschlagen und hat sich den Titel im Damenwettbewerb gesichert. Der 3. Platz der Damen ging an Frankreich nach einem Sieg über Großbritanien, und an die Ukraine nach einem Sieg gegen Spanien.

Putin hat dem Italienischen Damenteam die goldene Medaille überreicht.

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German to English translation
Putin in Vienna: Judo, gas and heroes honored

More pictures: Putin Faymann, Putin Darabos Fekter and Judo Championship 2010th

Vienna - Kawther Salam - April 25 2010 - The chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, has visited Austria, accompanied by a high-level political team. After his arrival in Vienna, and President Putin, Chancellor Werner Faymann Fischer conversations about the contracts to be signed is made, the information from Faymann during the press conference at which the contracts were signed.

Prime Minister Putin and his political team have deposited on Sunday, along with Minister of Defence Norbert Darabos and Federal Minister of Interior Dr. Maria Mag Fekter a wreath at the "Russian monument" at the Schwarzenberg Platz. The monument commemorates the Soviet soldiers who fell during the liberation of Austria from the Nazi regime.

V.l.n.r. Fekter Minister, Minister and Premier Putin before Darabos honor guard at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Schwarzenberg Platz

In the presence of Chancellor Faymann and Prime Minister Putin, two agreements were signed: an agreement between the Russian and the Austrian government for "cooperation and building a natural gas pipeline on the territory of the Republic of Austria" ("South Stream"), is the Minister of Energy, the Russian Federation Sergei Shmatko, and Economic Affairs Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner signed. The pipeline will contribute to Europe's energy supply, and transport them to their final stage up to 2 billion cubic meters of natural gas. The second agreement was signed by Dr. Wolfgang Ruttensdorfer for OMV and Gazprom Alexei Miller for Borisovitch.

It is a "basic agreement on cooperation between Gazprom and OMV" Gas and Power ". Further conversation was a future project to build a broad gauge between Russia and Austria, with a terminal in Vienna, but without more information.

According to the announcement of the government, Chancellor Faymann said during the press conference: "We have talked about the good cooperation between our two countries and economic development after the financial crisis." The focus was the security of energy supply confessed: "Even if we are to strong in Austria are to renewable energy, yet the gas supply from Russia is indispensable for our energy security, "said Faymann. "Click on the photos to see them larger."

Prime Minister Putin said that Russia will adopt after the economic crisis a focus on expanding oil and gas pipelines, "We must diversify the lines in order to enhance the delivery options for Europe," said Putin. Why was already with the construction of both the South Stream pipeline and the North Stream line was started. "Russia has large reserves of natural gas to Europe can meet the needs for years to come," assured the Russian prime minister.

During the visit of Russian Prime Minister, the Iranian foreign minister, Manoucher Mottaki, Austria also attended. It is not known whether the Austrian government had arranged a meeting between the Russian politicians and the Iranian foreign minister in Vienna, but everything is possible. My impression is that the Austrian government plays in international relations a political role, which is keen to resolve conflicts between other parties in a peaceful manner.

Putin has made a wreath at the memorial of the Red Army (Russian Monument) at the Schwarzenberg Platz. The monument commemorates the honor fallen soldiers in Austria in 1945 the Red Army. Formal military ceremonies were held on Schwarzenbergplatz place after the arrival of President Putin. The guard of the Austrian Armed Forces was present prove to the military honors.

In addition to the bilateral visit, Putin has attended along with Defence Minister Norbert Darabos also the country's Judo Championships 2010 in Vienna. President Putin used his visit to Vienna to support the Russian team at the Judo Championship. The Russian prime minister exerts himself Judo, he is Chairman of the Russian Judo Federation and Honorary President of the European Judo Federation. Darabos and Putin have been sitting in the audience during the finale, they have been drinking coffee and applaud the winners. The Italian women's team beat Poland in the finals and has secured the title in the women's competition. The third Place of the ladies went to France after a victory over Great Britain, and Ukraine after a victory against Spain.

Putin has awarded the Italian women's team gold medal.

by Kawther Salam

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Murder of Donkeys and Detained Goats by Israel

The Murder of Donkeys and Detained Goats by Israel

On April 13 2010 I wrote an article about animals in Israeli jail. For me as a Palestinian journalist, this was not a new subject or story, but it was new for my readers. It looks like this was the first time that foreigners and the defenders of animals rights hear about the treatment of animals by the IDF – the mistreatment of animals by the IDF is part of the jewish genocide being perpetrated against us Palestinians. The IDF always arrests and/or murders animals belonging to Palestinian farmers, they destroy their wells, their caves in the southern hills of Hebron, in Yatta as well in other towns and cities in the West Bank.

According the the former director of the Israeli Police of Hebron, Colonel Efraim “Effy” Ardity, in 2001 the investigation of the murder of a donkey belonging to Mahoud al-Jonaidi in Yatta by the IDF lead to a discovery of a cave full of weapons (guns, Kalashnikov, ammunition, pistols) stolen from the IDF. The thief was a soldier, and the weapons were to be used in the perpetration of terrorist attack against Palestinians and their animals.

The criminal treatment of animals by the IDF and the jewish squatters is not directed at the animals per se, but is part of their strategy of genocide and ethnic cleansing against us Palestinians. The animals, donkeys, mulis, sheep, goats, chicken, dogs, cats … are kept by their owners as part of their business. They represent work resources, food, the livelihood of these farmers and their families. The purpose of “arresting” (holding for ransom), stealing, killing these animals and to destroy or poison artesian wells is to ruinate their owners. One the animals have been exterminated and the wells poisoned or destroyed, these farmers are expelled from their lands, which are duly declared “military zone” by the IDF or the thieves from the so-called civil administration.

The president of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel, Hilma Shmoshkovitz, left an irate reader comment on my article “Donkey, Horse and Cat in Israeli Jail”. The comment is typical for what I receive from Israelis and what mostly lands in the thrash: hysteric rants denying everything and assigning guilt to others. Each time, I am surprised by the blindness, the all-encompassing ignorance of these people so completely unable to assume responsibility for their collective crimes. (Click on pictures to make them bigger).

I wonder how somebody “in the middle of animal welfare” is so unaware of the atrocities which the army and the jewish squatters perpetrate on a daily basis in her name just a short distance from where she lives. Her comment:

As a person in the middle of animal welfare work in Israel, as a Christian as well, I can say that the whole story is a fabriated one. I checked it throrougly. I absolutely dislike to give people stereotypes but the average Israeli Jewish person came a long way and is no worse than those in Western countries. However with the Arabs a little more education about anmal suffering is needed.

I wonder if this superficially so probate citizen is truly ignorant of what goes on, or if she understands at a deeper level that the abhorrent crimes which she tolerates with silence or perhaps even encourages in various ways, are so disgusting, so impossible to justify by any human standards, that there is no hole deep and dark enough where to crawl into once she consciously even admits to them. This is something I wonder about in the case of most jews living in Palestine and elsewhere.

I wonder if Hilma Shmoshkovitz and others like her understand the depravity of running an organization dedicated to prevent cruel treatment of animals, while at the same time perpetrating, financing, supporting, encouraging, rationalizing, justifying, affirming and celebrating the horrendous crimes of all her people against us Palestinians, and, when these crimes are spoken about, to proceed to deny, transfer culpability, reject responsibility, rationalize, find a “compromise” in the description of their crimes. In the present case, Hilma says that “Arabs need more education about animal suffering”.

In the case of the Gaza massacre of past January 2009, the israeli crimes were celebrated and at the same time it was (and is being) denied that these atrocities even took place. In a true show of what a split personality means, Hilma and her people at once treat us Palestinians worse than anybody in their right mind would treat animals, and then proceed to impute “us Arabs” with mistreatment of animals. Beyond obvious personality problems, Hilma does not understand that to us animals are livestock which have a utility to the owner, and that we do not humanize or keep animals “for fun” in ways which are often far more denigrating to the animal than an existence as livestock.

Hilma Shmoshkovitz apparently became irate that I would write about the mistreatment of animals by the IDF and the israeli jails administration, and proceeded to declare the whole story to be “fabricated”. Possibly she spoke to spokespersons, or possibly she just had a fit of rage. In any case the story is 100% true, and I know from over 20 years of working with these people that all the IDF and the israeli jail administration spokespersons are 100% professional liars.

They ALWAYS deny their atrocious crimes. Rape, murder, theft, uncalled for violence, callous treatment of animals, the behavior of insane people, that is the truth about all the murderous garbage which collectively call themselves “Israeli Defense Forces”. The whole massacre of Gaza was denied by these conscienceless murderers, despite massive evidence of every imaginable kind. While I was working in Palestine, murders of children perpetrated by the IDF before my eyes were later denied to have happened by the spokesperson.

Given the comment of Hilma Shmoshkovitz and her name, it is difficult to believe that she is a Christian, and it is difficult to believe that she “checked it thoroughly”, and even if, she must have given credibility to the lies of the IDF or the jail spokesperson. If Hilma had any capacity to see the truth of what goes on immediately around her, it should be clear to her that such incidents happen on a regular basis. As somebody involved in “animal care”, it should have reached her long ago that jews treat us Palestinians worse than animals. I find it interesting to note that I have never heard of Israeli animal care organizations protesting about this.

Even here, her only protest was to deny the shameful treatment of animals perpetrated by the IDF soldiers “hayalim” and jail personnel before many witnesses and instead resorting to denigrate “Arabs”. It is fit of the worst antisocial elements to care for animals while denying ones own criminal behavior and instead dehumanizing a whole people for fun and profit, and to escape the unavoidable self examination which sane people do.

Perhaps she thinks that we are really less than animals, and this has often been said by the jewish political and religious authorities. To us, the collective inability of jews to see error in their actions means that they have lost sanity, their insistence in continuing a path of crime means that they have lost their soul, and their inability to shame of behavior which is indefensible to normal human beings means the loss to their claim of being members of the human family.

Just as evil destroys itself, the jews who have come to Palestine following false promises by false teachers are destroying themselves with their boundless hatred of everything that makes us human. It is now long past due time for the jews, all jews, to stop denying their collective culpability in their crimes of genocide against us Palestinians. All their crimes are documented, and increasingly more people are looking. It is time for the IDF to stop misleading the jewish society about their unconscionable crimes against us. It is time that all jews assume their culpability and responsibility for all their crimes perpetrated against us.

It is time that jews of all walks of life to shame of what they have perpetrated and tolerated for too long, and ask for forgiveness. It is time that jews reject the false and inhuman teachings of the pharisees in their middle, and recognize them for what they are, psychopaths, creatures with a defective psyche who belong into institutions for the insane. It is time for all jews, in Palestine and elsewhere, to understand that they follow these creatures at their own peril, and that the greatest danger to the jewish people comes not from us, but from these teachers of failed precepts.

The pictures in this article are of animals detained or killed by IDF and armed squatters who belong to paramilitary death squads organized within the IDF. They are from a source which I trust. The incidents depicted were even spoken about in the Knesset. I publish them here to show Hilma how things really are.

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