Israel’s war on the Palestinian people in Gaza

July 15, 2014

Israel is hitting Palestinian civilians, and it is hitting them hard. To even speak of a ‘war’ risks confusion. This is not a clash or a conflict, a tit-for-tat cycle or tribal tussle. This is an anti-colonial revolt

Israel is at war with the Palestinian people. More accurately, Israel is writing a new, brutal chapter in its ongoing war against the Palestinian people, a horror story stretching back decades, and, appallingly, with more pages to be written.

As of now, the Israeli military has killed 100 Palestinians, and wounded an estimated 680, figures that continue to rise. OCHA, a UN body, reported at 15:00 local time Thursday that 58 civilians were among the dead, including 11 women and 21 children. The headline in today’s Daily Telegraph: ‘Half of Gaza’s dead ‘are women and children”. OCHA also recorded 70 destroyed homes, with 342 housing units destroyed or severely damaged overall.

On Thursday, an unnamed IDF official told Israeli media that strikes on the Gaza Strip were being conducted at a rate of one attack every four and a half minutes. The source also claimed that when “Gaza residents see the great damage to the Strip”, it “will speak for itself”. Collective punishment then, wrapped and packaged as ‘self-defence’.

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Gaza is burning and the Arabs sit and watch

July 14, 2014
Dr Mohammed Al-MisferDr Mohammed Al-Misfer

There have been many times when oppressed people resisting their oppressors gain international solidarity for their cause as public opinion sways in their favour. They embody bravery as they continue to resist against their enemies. We saw this pattern manifest itself in Vietnam when the people struggled against the biggest superpower in the world. The Vietnamese demonstrated how they turned to each other for support when the northern city of Hanoi stood as a beacon of light for its counterpart Saigon in the south. Soon after, the southern Vietnamese people embodied the spirit of resistance and achieved all of their goals.

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When it comes to the Palestinian case, the situation is entirely different, for in the Gaza Strip (Southern Palestine) we see true armed resistance being engaged in the battle against the Zionist enemy, which is armed with the most sophisticated weapons and is using all of its power and influence throughout the world to frame this conflict as it sees fit; it is from this that the Palestinian people in Gaza can find no escape. Gaza is burning and its natural supporters, the Arabs of the region, sit and watch. The Palestinian Authority under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas, based in the West Bank city of Ramallah (which we can consider here to be the northern region of Palestine), should be the biggest advocate for its people in Gaza. And yet, all we here are murmurs and useless statements being made here and there.

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Jeremy Corbyn: Who mourns for the Palestinians?

July 3, 2014

 Morning Star, July  3, 2014

A one-sided response to the killings of three Israeli settlers ignores the Palestinians’ ongoing oppression, says JEREMY CORBYN MP


NOTHING can justify these abductions and murders, which we again condemn. Those responsible must be brought to justice … but justice will not be served by Israel seeking revenge by imposing collective punishment, or committing other violations of Palestinians’ rights.”

Thus said Philip Luther of Amnesty International in response to the murder of three Israeli settlers in Palestine. However, retribution is very much the order of the day, as has been widely reported around the world.

Palestinian residents in Shuafat, an Arab suburb of Jerusalem, told Reuters they had seen a teenager forced into a vehicle outside a supermarket on Tuesday night. They identified him as 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudir.

A few hours later his body, partly burned and bearing marks of violence was found abandoned on the outskirts of the city. In response to this, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on all sides not to take the law into their own hands.

A strange choice of words as TV screens all around the globe showed the bombing and burning of Gaza in Israeli air strikes supposedly targeting Hamas positions, despite having no evidence that Hamas had been involved in the abduction of the teenagers.

Netanyahu calls for respect for the rule of law while his government indulges in collective punishment and has been condemned as such in respect of the Geneva Conventions for past incursions and bombings in Gaza.

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The Holy Month of Ramadan 2014

June 29, 2014

Nasir Khan, June 29, 2014

My greetings to all Muslims and other believers on the start of the holy month of Ramadan. We learnt at school that Satan is chained during this holy month, unable to do any usual mischiefs or mislead any good Muslim. That was good to know. Possibly, this referred to that Satan who has been around from the beginning of the universe. But there are still many people who call themselves Muslims but are doing exactly the opposite of what Muslims or other human beings should do. They are killing each other on sectarian grounds, misusing the name of God and Islam to unleash violence upon innocent people in various countries. This is so in case of the indoctrinated and misguided Muslims. Many so-called Muslim rulers are also doing the same by patronising and fanning such anti-human violence and hatred for their own political ends. In my view, these actions and crimes are the actions of Satanic forces and the followers of the Satanic forces. These actions have nothing to do with the forces of good and humanity.

‎كل عام وأنتم بخير To all Muslim brothers and sisters‎

JPost: Netanyahu suggests pinning ISIS against Iran

June 28, 2014

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Editor’s Note: Both America and Israel did the same thing during the Iraq-Iran War. They made sure no one side wins and did so by selling more arms to both sides during the war so that they prolong the war and weaken each other. Indeed, this they did. The resulting slaughter of Muslims on both sides was not a human tragedy for them but a strategic victory of U.S.-Israeli objectives.

Nasir Khan

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Netanyahu suggests pinning ISIS against Iran

By MICHAEL WILNER,  The Jerusalem Post, June 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — ​Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu waxed broadly of a Middle East in turmoil on Sunday, in his first public comments on the threat posed to the region by ISIS, a terrorist militia conquering swaths of territory in eastern Syria and northern Iraq.

Threatening a borderless conflict between “extremist Shi’ites,” funded by leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and equally extreme Sunnis— a soft “alliance” between ISIS and al Qaeda— the Israeli prime minister suggested the United States should largely stay out of the fight, and instead allow the parties to weaken one another.

“Don’t strengthen either of them. Weaken both,” Netanyahu said.

As  US President Barack Obama weighs precise air strikes against the Sunni terrorist group, which seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate across Iraq and the antiquated al-Sham lands, Netanyahu declined to comment on the wisdom of direct intervention.

 

Remarks on science and scientific thinking

June 26, 2014

 

Nasir  Khan, June 26, 2014

When did  ‘science’ start in human history? And when did the ‘scientific thinking’ start? These seemingly simple questions can only be answered by a historian of science who has acquaintance with historical data relating to the issues. In other words, to find an answer we need the expertise of specialists. However, we should keep in mind that science is not any static body of knowledge but rather an active process through the ages.

Man’s use of his near environment and his attempts to understand the phenomenon around him goes back to the times when he started to use his hands and much later in the history of his social evolution he started to use stones and flint, for instance, to hunt and skin off the animals for food and clothing. That is the time when man started to affect his near environment intentionally that was primarily to meet his practical needs for his survival. These can be called man’s first steps towards ‘science’ in a general sense.

But the question of scientific thinking has a dialectical relationship with man’s relationship with nature as he started to form some ideas about how things work. These were his early steps towards understanding how things worked. That process has gone on in history for long. What we associate with scientific thinking’ in contrast to idealistic, speculative and mythical thinking

(eventually becoming religious thinking) belongs to the period after the Renaissance. But to a historian of ideas and science any such periodization is only for our convenience, not for its historical accuracy.

Prof. Richard Falk: Force-Feeding Palestinian Hunger Strikers

June 15, 2014
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Hunger Strike and Israeli Force-Feeding Pending Legislation

             The highly respected human rights NGO, Adalah (meaning justice) dedicated to securing human rights for Palestinians living in Israel, has issued an urgent appeal on behalf of a reported 125 Palestinian prisoners who are engaged in a hunger strike protesting their being held in Israeli jails on the basis of ‘administrative detention’ procedures. It is the longest collective hunger strike in Palestinian history. Administrative detention is an objectionable practice by which individuals are held in prison, sometime for months or even years, without being informed of charges or facing trial. According to international law reliance on administrative detention is regarded as prohibited unless there are overwhelming reasons in the form of imminent and severe security threats to justify the failure to produce criminal charges and hold a trial. Israel has made no such appeal, and appears to use administrative detention procedures routinely and against individuals who cannot be considered security threats.

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Criticising Israeli policies towards Palestinians is not anti-Semitism

June 13, 2014

Nasir Khan,  June 13, 2014

I perceive some formulations of Gilad Atzmon a bit simplistic. But he produces facts to support his views whereby he maintains some Jews, NOT all, have been instrumental in standing for and supporting the Gulf War and the Iraq War, etc. Their names are familiar to anyone who has followed the events for the last two decades, if not more. The arguments of Gilad need to be faced and refuted by those who feel they are racist or unsubstantiated projections. But without refuting the evidence he has produced, it is unfair to dub him anti-Semite or racist. He himself is a Jew. I am also aware that many people use the shield of anti-Semitism and racism to cover-up the ugly policies of the apartheid state of Israel and its backers. Aren’t we well aware that whenever the Zionist leaders of Israel are condemned for their crimes against the captive populations of the West Bank and Gaza, they readily resort to the charge of anti-Semitism against their accusers? When Professor Richard Falk, the UN rapporteur on the occupied territories, told the facts, he was called a self-hating Jew and anti-Semite by the Zionist lobby and Israeli propagandists. To my knowledge, Zionists’ standard response is to call those people anti-Semite who voice their opposition to the oppressive Israeli policies towards the Palestinians. But that is a lie and a deceptive camouflage.

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The document, later labelled as ?Yinon Plan?, implied that Arabs and Muslims killing each other in endless sectarian wars was, in effect, Israel?s insurance policy.
dissidentvoice.org

Oddbjørn Leirvik’s constructive role in Norway

June 8, 2014

 

Nasir Khan, June 8, 2014

In Norway one social activist and theologian within the Lutheran church  who has done much to advance the cause of religious dialogue  amongst  the believing communities is  Oddbjørn Leirvik. He has focused on creating bonds of understanding and toleration between diverse religious communities. He represents an enlightened perspective in matters of religion that traditionally have led to much conflict and acrimony  in history. Single-mindedly he has followed an open and all-inclusive approach in inter-religious dialogue instead of the more familiar practice where people beat the drums of their own faith being the best and repository of all the truth for the whole of humanity.

Professor Leirvik is one of those people who understand that in these times social and political conditions have changed fast. Many countries in Western Europe have become multi-ethnic,   muti-cultural and multi-religious.  Now we find an increasing number of people from different parts of the world, belonging to different religions, religious traditions and non-religious ideologies living and working in the same country. They are all part of the same society. To live and work together in a humane and peaceful way we need to understand and respect others. That does not mean that we have to accept the misuse and manipulation of religion by some groups or individuals or bow down before those traditions that violate basic human rights and relegate an inferior social status to women. In all such things, Professor Leirvik stands for a just and equitable society where basic human values take precedence over bigotry and crude anti-social indoctrination.

The D-Day Celebrations

June 6, 2014

Nasir Khan, June 6, 2014

The Normandy landing on June 6, 1944 was a decisive military operation on the Western Front. It dealt a heavy blow to the Nazi occupation of Western Europe and liberated France from the German occupation. Joseph Stalin had for long asked United States and Britain to open up a western front that could have eased up the Nazi military pressure on the Eastern Front. President Roosevelt was willing to do so but Prime minster Winston Churchill hesitated. However the great D-Day was a monumental military operation in 1944.

We congratulate all those who opposed the Nazi war and brutal occupation and helped liberate Western Europe and Eastern Europe. Our solute to the brave men and women who took part in this war of liberation both on the Western and Eastern fronts and bow our heads in gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives in the war against the Nazi scourge.

 


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