Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mahathir's Resignation: Peoples' Say!

MuslimUsually, a blogger writes then visitors comment. This time, we'll changes positions. People write and I will comment later Insha'allah.

How Do You See Mahathir's Decision To Quit UMNO?

all are welcome to contribute.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Israel 'committing memorycide'

By: Aljazeera

As part of Al Jazeera's coverage of the anniversary of the creation of Israel and the Palestinian 'Nakba', Israeli historian Ilan Pappe reflects upon the events of 1948 and how they led to 60 years of division between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Between February, 1948 and December,1948 the Israeli army systematically occupied the Palestinian villages and towns, expelled by force the population and in most cases also destroyed the houses, looted their belongings and took over their material and cultural possessions. This was the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.
During the ethnic cleansing, wherever there was resistance by the population the result was a massacre. We have more than 30 cases of such massacres where a few thousand Palestinians were massacred by the Israeli forces throughout the operation of the ethnic cleansing.
Pappe says the Israeli army systematicallyforced Palestinians from their homesThe Israeli army became a bit tired toward the end of the operation and the Palestinian villages became more aware of what was awaiting them and therefore in the Upper Galilee the Israeli army did not succeed in expelling all of the villages. This is why today we have what we call the Arab-Israelis or Israeli-Arabs.
This is a group of 50 to 60 villages that remained within the state of Israel and its population was steadfast and was not expelled over to the other side of the border - to Lebanon or Syria.
The international community was aware of the ethnic cleansing but the international community, especially in the West, decided not to confront head on the Jewish community in Palestine after the Holocaust.
And, therefore, there was a kind of conspiracy of silence and again the international community did not react and was complacent and this was very important for the Israelis because it showed them that they can adopt as a state ideology ethnic cleansing and ethnic purity.
Erasing history
Part of any ethnic cleansing operation is not just wiping out the population and expelling it from the earth. A very typical part of ethnic cleansing is wiping people out of history.
For ethnic cleansing to be an effective and successful operation you also have to wipe people out of memory and the Israelis are very good at it. They did it in two ways.
They built Jewish settlements over the Palestinian villages they expelled and quite often gave them names that reflected the Palestinian name as a kind of testimony to the Palestinians that this is totally now in the hands of Israel and there is no chance in the world of bringing the clock backwards.
Pappe says many former Palestinian villageswere turned into recreational spacesThe other way they did it is planting trees - usually European pine trees - over the ruins of the village and turning the village into recreational spaces where you do exactly the opposite of commemoration - you live the day, you enjoy life, it is all about leisure and pleasure.
That is a very powerful tool for 'memorycide'. In fact, much of the Palestinian effort should have been but was never unfortunately - or only recently began - was to fight against that 'memorycide' by at least bringing back the memory of what happened.
I think that there should be no reason in the world that two people - the Palestinians and the Jews - despite everything that happened in the past should not be able live together effective and in one state.
You need three things for that to happen. You need closure for the 1948 story - namely you need an Israeli acknowledgment of the crime it committed against the Palestinian people.
The second thing that you need is you need to make Israel accountable for this and the only way of making Israel accountable is by, at least in principle, accepting the Palestinian refugees right of return.
And thirdly you need a change in the Palestinian and Arab position towards the idea of a Jewish presence in Palestine as something legitimate and natural and not as an alien colonialist force.
I think these principles have to emerge and so far the political elites on both sides are unwilling to accept them.

The views expressed by the author are not necessarily those of Al Jazeera nor muslim4islam.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Will Obama Make It To The White House?

It seems people just like this man. Non-Americans of course.
With few more weeks left for the Democratic Party final decision on who to nominate, Americans seem to be confused on whom to choose. Hillary, the lady who, most probably, will carry on with her husbands' policies. Or, Obama, the man with the new strategies and foreign policies.

Well, to us, non-Americans both sides are not so different. I might be a bit optimistic and say Obama is different. I believe this man has something to say regarding America's crimes worldwide. Since the first day he came into politics, he has been talking about a new America. A superpower that does not suck the third world oil like what is happening now. He has been talking about a superpower that does not hate the world! a superpower that will negotiate with others, not attack their lands!

Well, whether I agree with him that U.S. must be a superpower or not, I think he is offering something different.

In fact, if the U.S. treats other nations with respect, no one on earth will think about attacking the U.S. But, so far, Bush and the past American leaders have not given others a chance to think.
America has always been committing crimes. Not only in Iraq and Afghanistan which they still occupy. But also in Vietnam, Hiroshima & Nagasaki and many other parts of the world.
In fact, Guantanamo Evil Prison is a clear evidence that the U.S. still continues to commit international crimes, crimes of a very high scale!

I believe, time has come for all Americans to think wisely before choosing their president. The world is sick of America's arrogance. So, please my dear American brothers and sisters, choose the right one. Choose a leader who will respect others. Who will treat other nations with diplomacy, not weapons of mass destruction!

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Finally, we ask the same question again. Will Obama make it to the White House?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Palestinian NAKBAH: 60 Years of Agony!


Today, Palestinians remember their grief over the loss of Palestine. On this day, sixty years ago, the satanic state of Israel was declared. a million Palestinian were expelled out of their homeland to become refugees.
It should be known that the establishment of Israel could never happen without the murder of thousands of Palestinian innocents.
Today, the number of Palestinian refugees accounts up to 7 millions, or more.
When will the day come for theses million to go back home?!

This thread is open for your contribution in remembrance of our stolen dream, our homeland, Palestine.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Rats are treated with more humanity!


“Rats are treated with more humanity!” These were the words of Sami al-hajj, aljazeera cameraman, moments after being freed from the American-made hell in Guantanamo Bay!
The man, who spent more than 6 years in that evil prison, did not hesitate to speak up for his fellow friends in that prison. He could just celebrate his freedom with family and friends, and continue his life peacefully!
Sami spoke up! With the dignity of an Arab, he couldn’t forget those years of insult!
Was it because he is a Muslim, he had to face years of humiliation. Or it could be because he is an Arab? Or maybe because he is an African! All reasons show America’s real face! A regime filled with racism and arrogance, that’s the real face of Bush’s administration.
Sami was finally released. But, about 275 of his mates are still behind the bars! Sami had people to back his freedom. But, many others don’t have!

When the freedom of one man is very difficult to achieve, this means something is wrong! Unfortunately, many things are wrong these days!

America, world’s number one democracy is demonstrating the true face of its democracy! Just like Aristotle’s democracy; value the voice of your people only. Never others!

I ask myself now, is the west falling in the same mistake again? Thinking they are worth respect while others are not! When Plato spoke on his Ideal Republic, he spoke as if Greeks were the only living humans on earth! And now, when Americans practice democracy, the practice it on their people only!

I don’t hate the West. And I’m not into such sick ideas like the Conflict of Civilizations or the Conspiracy Theory. I’m just reading their history. And every time I try to see the good face of the Western Civilization. I see an unjust and racist one!

For God’s sake, why?!

Habib: Muslim Brotherhood Stance on May 4 Strike Has no Relation to Military Verdicts

IkhwanWeb - Cairo, Egypt

In a statement to Ikhwanweb, Mohamed Habib (first deputy-chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood) denied any relation between the harsh military tribunal verdicts against MB leaderships and the movement’s decision to join the call for May 4 strike.
He stated that the decision is based on careful examination of the situation on the ground, which necessitates training people on peaceful protests in an organized way, and enhancing the culture of protest among them which is no longer a taboo.
The MB endorsed May 4 strike because of the deepening economic and political crises in Egypt and because the regime turns a blind eye to all reform calls, Habib said.
“We reacted positively to this call in an attempt to exert pressure on the government to address people’s demands concerning low incomes, bread crises, and price hikes,” he added.