Archive for January, 2009

Hamas, The Palestinian People’s Choice….

January 26, 2009

   Can Hamas Do Things Right…..

 Israel’s latest brutal aggression and devastation of Gaza, did not need a pretext. Israel has been plotting and planning this haines action for over a year, in collaboration with Egypt and none other than the Palestinian authority, headed by Abbas.

 All Hamas was doing is keeping the pressure on by firing those insignificant highly inaccurate, home made rockets, that injured few Israelis and killed even fewer. The only action that Hamas had control of…

 The Israeli hugely devastating and lob sided aggression, must not go unpunished, Israel used Gaza and it’s inhabitants as ginny pigs, and testing ground for Israeli and American latest unforgiving and outlawed weapons newly invented for mass killings.

 As if the siege was not good enough or fast enough to liquidate those innocent Palestinians, those people has done nothing to deserve what the most ruthless and punishing war machine on the face of this earth.

 All Israeli lies are coming home to roost, the world is a little wiser and more of the independent media are watching more closely than ever before. The bombing of schools, mosques, hospitals, universities, and strictly private home, that the People of Gaza have built with their hard earned money, sweat and blood…

Israel must be made to compensate and rebuild and pay reparations for what Israel has unjustly done to those courageous and innocent Palestinians.

 Israel actions in Gaza had the opposite calculated result. The aim was to finish Hamas, the words of Livni, and other Israeli leaders. But what happened was remarkable, not only that Hamas fighters held their own against one of the most powerful armies in the world, but the people have not turned on Hamas or abandoned their right to self defense against the sustained and brutal Israeli occupation.

 The main stream western media have been promoting and enhancing Israeli tarnished image. I heard today Fox news reporter saying that Hamas have been giving the People of Gaza money to compensate some of their loses of their homes and things, the way the reporter put it , Hamas is giving this money to shore up their situation in Gaza, is there no end to the Hatred and misrepresentation of Hamas by the dominated and controlled main stream media, enough already….

 Face the facts, Hamas was elected in a democratically, open and fair election, it is high time that under a new American administration headed by president Obama, started talking and negotiating with the Palestinian people’s choice rather than the hand picked corrupt Fatah headed by Abbas. So lets give Hamas a chance and you just might be surprised of the results, I’m confident that Israel would have a better Peace, if it sheds it’s policies of hate and the harsh and unjust treatment of the Palestinian people, and talking and dealing with Hamas is a very good first step

 Kamal Hassan,

Palestinian Peace Activist,

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January 13, 2009

                                                                                                             ISRAEL THE SERIAL KILLER          

 There is a serial killer, that resides’ in the eastern mediterranean, south of Lebanon and west of Jordon . This serial killer has been killing people in the Middle East for a very long time , with out remorse , deterrent or impunity.

Israel is that serial killer, in the name of self defense and security, Israel has been killing many Arabs in general , and Palestinians in particular . It seams that Israel can not live with out killing Palestinians.

 Over the years Israel has been offered many opportunities for Peaceful resolution to the Palestinian dilema, in fact in 2002, all Arab countries offered Israel ,a full and lasting Peace for the return of Palestinian land in accordance of the 1967 borders. Israel has yet to take that offer….

Israel is very quick to talk Peace, but thats’ all Israel is willing to do is talk. Israel’s action speaks louder than words . Israel has been negotiating with the Arabs/Palestinians for many years, not only that no progress has been made , but indeed the situation has gotten worse and worse, more illegal settlements , more check points, more restrictions and misery for the Palestinians.

 The Gaza siege situation has gotten so bad , people were dying from lake of basic living items, Palestinian fishermen could not even fish off the cost of Gaza with out being shot at and harassed by the Israel navy.

Israel’s claim that the Gaza war is in self defense does not hold water, this war is nothing less than a holocaust and murder. Hamas home made rockets is in no way a match to the Israeli killing machine. Israel has bombed , schools, hospitals, universities, mosques , with the claim that Hamas fighters have either fired from there or have weapons there. That by itself does not give Israel the right to kill every one in sight, as it has been doing all along.

 Israel’s claim that Hamas leaders hide behind their children is falls, this claim is very syndical and evil, no parent that I know of would ever do such a thing, Israel would go ahead and kill every one any way. The fact of the matter is that, Israel has not once stopped from targeting Palestinians with or with out children, in fact Israel’s track record shows Israel targeting children with out their parents or provocation as they did in the Lebanon War.

 The propaganda war is getting as ugly as the war itself, just because Israel says it , that does not make it so. Israel has been practicing the untruth for a very long time, so Please research and find the truth on your own

 We know where that Serial Killer is, the world criminal court must act and bring Israel to face justice , right the wrong and help the innocent get justice, once and for all…..

” Hamas ” The Untold Story….

January 11, 2009

                                                                                               ”  HAMAS ”  THE UNTOLD TRUTH

I’ve been watching the media very closely these days, and a very disturbing phenomena has been emerging. The Media War, The Israeli government has discovered that the Palestinians have been using the internet to inform people and tell the real story that has been distorted by the Israeli propaganda machine….

The truth of the matter is that, Hamas is not a terrorist organization nor that Hamas was the aggressor in any of the Israeli Palestinian confrontations.

To set the record straight, Hamas was originally created with the help and blessings of the Israeli government about 25 years ago to offset the more powerful Fatah movement that was headed by Arafat. So Hamas was an organization that took care of the Palestinian people’s daily lives, Hamas was a social entity, Hamas built schools, Hospitals , clinics , universities etc. When Hamas started to get more powerful and more popular with Palestinian masses, Israel started to get worried.

In 2006 , there was a democratic and open and fair election in the Palestinian occupied West Bank and Gaza to elect the people that would represent the Palestinian people, Israel and the US, would favor the so called moderate Fatah, from a Palestinian point of view, Fatah people were corrupt and did nothing to further the Palestinian cause , and would rubber stamp what ever Israel and the US wanted. Hamas on the other hand was very much in sink with the real issues that concerns the average Palestinian, therefore Hamas was overwhelmingly elected to govern. Immediately after the vote and Fatah’s defeat, Israel and the US ignored the results and called Hamas a terrorist entity. soon after, Israel and the US were plotting to liquidate and finish Hamas totally. Hamas was tipped off by a courageous Fatah man , his name is Hani al-hassan, for what about to happen to Hamas in Gaza. So Hamas took the initiative and routed up the Fatah people in Gaza. from that point on Gaza was declared a hostile area by Israel and the US.

Israel started to provoke a fight with Hamas by targeting and killing their leaders and fighters, so Hamas started firing home made rockets on to Israeli towns with little damage or casualties, but that was what Israel was waiting for to hit Hamas and finish the job that was not done by fatah earlier.

On Nov. 6th , Israel attacked Hamas fighters and killed 6. This Israeli action violated the cease fire that was in effect for six mons. signed by Hamas and Israel.

So when Israel claims that Hamas violated the cease fire, Israel is completely wrong, Israel has been preparing for this moment for over two years. And now Israel is killing hundreds of innocent children, women and elderly Palestinians . Those Palestinians all they wanted is for the siege to be lifted and to be left alone to live in Peace, what ever that means under the Israeli brutal occupation. So please check and  investigate for your self what ever Israel is claiming to be the case . And thats’ what I know to be the truth…..

Kamal Hassan,

Palestinian Peace Activist.

Gaza Is Bleeding….Stop The Killing Now….

January 10, 2009

The Truth Is Out There, Please Seek It….
 
 “When the truth is replaced by silence,” the Soviet dissident Yevgeny Yevtushenko said, “the silence is a lie.” It may appear the silence is broken on Gaza. The cocoons of murdered children, wrapped in green, together with boxes containing their dismembered parents and the cries of grief and rage of everyone in that death camp by the sea, can be viewed on al-Jazeera and YouTube, even glimpsed on the BBC. But Russia’s incorrigible poet was not referring to the ephemeral we call news; he was asking why those who knew the why never spoke it and so denied it. Among the Anglo-American intelligentsia, this is especially striking. It is they who hold the keys to the great storehouses of knowledge: the historiographies and archives that lead us to the why.

 They know that the horror now raining on Gaza has little to do with Hamas or, absurdly, “Israel’s right to exist.” They know the opposite to be true: that Palestine’s right to exist was canceled 61 years ago and the expulsion and, if necessary, extinction of the indigenous people was planned and executed by the founders of Israel. They know, for example, that the infamous “Plan D” resulted in the murderous depopulation of 369 Palestinian towns and villages by the Haganah (Jewish army) and that massacre upon massacre of Palestinian civilians in such places as Deir Yassin, al-Dawayima, Eilaboun, Jish, Ramle and Lydda are referred to in official records as “ethnic cleansing.” Arriving at a scene of this carnage, David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, was asked by a general, Yigal Allon, “What shall we do with the Arabs?” Ben-Gurion, reported the Israeli historian Benny Morris, “made a dismissive, energetic gesture with his hand and said, ‘Expel them’. The order to expel an entire population “without attention to age” was signed by Yitzhak Rabin, a future prime minister promoted by the world’s most efficient propaganda as a peacemaker. The terrible irony of this was addressed only in passing, such as when the Mapan Party co-leader Meir Ya’ari noted “how easily” Israel’s leaders spoke of how it was “possible and permissible to take women, children and old men and to fill the roads with them because such is the imperative of strategy … who remembers who used this means against our people during the [Second World] war … we are appalled.”
 
  Every subsequent “war” Israel has waged has had the same objective: the expulsion of the native people and the theft of more and more land. The lie of David and Goliath, of perennial victim, reached its apogee in 1967 when the propaganda became a righteous fury that claimed the Arab states had struck first. Since then, mostly Jewish truth-tellers such as Avi Schlaim, Noam Chomsky, the late Tanya Reinhart, Neve Gordon, Tom Segev, Yuri Avnery, Ilan Pappe and Norman Finklestein have dispatched this and other myths and revealed a state shorn of the humane traditions of Judaism, whose unrelenting militarism is the sum of an expansionist, lawless and racist ideology called zionism. “It seems,” wrote the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe on 2 January, “that even the most horrendous crimes, such as the genocide in Gaza, are treated as desperate events, unconnected to anything that happened in the past and not associated with any ideology or system … Very much as the apartheid ideology explained the oppressive policies of the South African government, this ideology – in its most consensual and simplistic variety – has allowed all the Israeli governments in the past and the present to dehumanize the Palestinians wherever they are and strive to destroy them. The means altered from period to period, from location to location, as did the narrative covering up these atrocities. But there is a clear pattern [of genocide].”

 In Gaza, the enforced starvation and denial of humanitarian aid, the piracy of life-giving resources such as fuel and water, the denial of medicines and treatment, the systematic destruction of infrastructure and the killing and maiming of the civilian population, 50 per cent of whom are children, meet the international standard of the Genocide Convention. “Is it an irresponsible overstatement,” asked Richard Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and international law authority at Princeton University, “to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not.”

 In describing a “holocaust-in-the making,” Falk was alluding to the Nazis’ establishment of Jewish ghettos in Poland. For one month in 1943, the captive Polish Jews led by Mordechaj Anielewiz fought off the German army and the SS, but their resistance was finally crushed and the Nazis exacted their final revenge. Falk is also a Jew. Today’s holocaust-in-the-making, which began with Ben-Gurion’s Plan D, is in its final stages. The difference today is that it is a joint US-Israeli project. The F-16 jet fighters, the 250-pound “smart” GBU-39 bombs supplied on the eve of the attack on Gaza, having been approved by a Congress dominated by the Democratic Party, plus the annual $2.4 billion in war-making “aid,” give Washington de facto control. It beggars belief that President-elect Obama was not informed. Outspoken on Russia’s war in Georgia and the terrorism in Mumbai, Obama’s silence on Palestine marks his approval, which is to be expected, given his obsequiousness to the Tel Aviv regime and its lobbyists during the presidential campaign and his appointment of Zionists as his secretary of state, chief of staff and principal Middle East advisers. When Aretha Franklin sings “Think,” her wonderful 1960s anthem to freedom, at Obama’s inauguration on 21 January, I trust someone with the brave heart of Muntadar al-Zaidi, the shoe-thrower, will shout: “Gaza!”

 The asymmetry of conquest and terror is clear. Plan D is now “Operation Cast Lead,” which is the unfinished “Operation Justified Vengeance.” The latter was launched by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001 when, with Bush’s approval, he used F-16s against Palestinian towns and villages for the first time. In the same year, the authoritative Jane’s Foreign Report disclosed that the Blair government had given Israel the “green light” to attack the West Bank after it was shown Israel’s secret designs for a bloodbath. It was typical of New Labor Party’s enduring, cringing complicity in Palestine’s agony. However, the 2001 Israeli plan, reported Jane’s, needed the “trigger” of a suicide bombing which would cause “numerous deaths and injuries [because] the ‘revenge’ factor is crucial.” This would “motivate Israeli soldiers to demolish the Palestinians.” What alarmed Sharon and the author of the plan, General Shaul Mofaz, the Israeli Chief of Staff, was a secret agreement between Yasser Arafat and Hamas to ban suicide attacks. On 23 November, 2001, Israeli agents assassinated the Hamas leader, Mahmud Abu Hunud, and got their “trigger”; the suicide attacks resumed in response to his killing.

 Something uncannily similar happened on 5 November last, when Israeli special forces attacked Gaza, killing six people. Once again, they got their propaganda “trigger.” A ceasefire initiated and sustained by the Hamas government – which had imprisoned its violators – was shattered by the Israeli attack and homemade rockets were fired into what used to be Palestine before its Arab occupants were “cleansed.” The On 23 December, Hamas offered to renew the ceasefire, but Israel’s charade was such that its all-out assault on Gaza had been planned six months earlier, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz.

 Behind this sordid game is the “Dagan Plan,” named after General Meir Dagan, who served with Sharon in his bloody invasion of Lebanon in 1982. Now head of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence organization, Dagan is the author of a “solution” that has seen the imprisonment of Palestinians behind a ghetto wall snaking across the West Bank and in Gaza, effectively a concentration camp. The establishment of a quisling government in Ramallah under Mohammed Abbas is Dagan’s achievement, together with a hasbara (propaganda) campaign relayed through a mostly supine, if intimidated western media, notably in America, that says Hamas is a terrorist organization devoted to Israel’s destruction and to “blame” for the massacres and siege of its own people over two generations, long before its creation. “We have never had it so good,” said the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Gideon Meir in 2006. “The hasbara effort is a well-oiled machine.” In fact, Hamas’s real threat is its example as the Arab world’s only democratically elected government, drawing its popularity from its resistance to the Palestinians’ oppressor and tormentor. This was demonstrated when Hamas foiled a CIA coup in 2007, an event ordained in the western media as “Hamas’s seizure of power.” Likewise, Hamas is never described as a government, let alone democratic. Neither is its proposal of a ten-year truce as a historic recognition of the “reality” of Israel and support for a two-state solution with just one condition: that the Israelis obey international law and end their illegal occupation beyond the 1967 borders. As every annual vote in the UN General Assembly demonstrates, 99 per cent of humanity concurs. On 4 January, the president of the General Assembly, Miguel d’Escoto, described the Israeli attack on Gaza as a “monstrosity.”

 When the monstrosity is done and the people of Gaza are even more stricken, the Dagan Plan foresees what Sharon called a “1948-style solution” – the destruction of all Palestinian leadership and authority followed by mass expulsions into smaller and smaller “cantonments” and perhaps finally into Jordan. This demolition of institutional and educational life in Gaza is designed to produce, wrote Karma Nabulsi, a Palestinian exile in Britain, “a Hobbesian vision of an anarchic society: truncated, violent, powerless, destroyed, cowed … Look to the Iraq of today: that is what [Sharon] had in store for us, and he has nearly achieved it.”

 Dr. Dahlia Wasfi is an American writer on Palestine. She has a Jewish mother and an Iraqi Muslim father. “Holocaust denial is anti-Semitic,” she wrote on 31 December. “But I’m not talking about World War Two, Mahmoud Ahmedinijad (the president of Iran) or Ashkenazi Jews. What I’m referring to is the holocaust we are all witnessing and responsible for in Gaza today and in Palestine over the past 60 years … Since Arabs are Semites, US-Israeli policy doesn’t get more anti-Semitic than this.” She quoted Rachel Corrie, the young American who went to Palestine to defend Palestinians and was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer. “I am in the midst of a genocide,” wrote Corrie, “which I am also indirectly supporting and for which my government is largely responsible.”

 Reading the words of both, I am struck by the use of “responsibility.” Breaking the lie of silence is not an esoteric abstraction but an urgent responsibility that falls to those with the privilege of a platform. With the BBC cowed, so too is much of journalism, merely allowing vigorous debate within unmovable invisible boundaries, ever fearful of the smear of anti-Semitism. The unreported news, meanwhile, is that the death toll in Gaza is the equivalent of 18,000 dead in Britain. Imagine, if you can.

 Then there are the academics, the deans and teachers and researchers. Why are they silent as they watch a university bombed and hear the Association of University Teachers in Gaza plea for help? Are British universities now, as Terry Eagleton believes, no more than “intellectual Tescos, churning out a commodity known as graduates rather than greengroceries”?

 Then there are the writers. In the dark year of 1939, the Third Writers’ Congress was held at Carnegie Hall in New York and the likes of Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein sent messages and spoke up to ensure the lie of silence was broken. By one account, 3,500 jammed the auditorium and a thousand were turned away. Today, this mighty voice of realism and morality is said to be obsolete; the literary review pages affect an ironic hauteur of irrelevance; false symbolism is all. As for the readers, their moral and political imagination is to be pacified, not primed. The anti-Muslim Martin Amis expressed this well in Visiting Mrs. Nabokov: “The dominance of the self is not a flaw, it is an evolutionary characteristic; it is just how things are.”

 If that is how things are, we are diminished as a civilized society. For what happens in Gaza is the defining moment of our time, which either grants the impunity of war criminals the immunity of our silence, while we contort our own intellect and morality, or gives us the power to speak out. For the moment I prefer my own memory of Gaza: of the people’s courage and resistance and their “luminous humanity,” as Karma Nabulsi put it. On my last trip there, I was rewarded with a spectacle of Palestinian flags fluttering in unlikely places. It was dusk and children had done this. No one told them to do it. They made flagpoles out of sticks tied together, and a few of them climbed on to a wall and held the flag between them, some silently, others crying out. They do this every day when they know foreigners are leaving, believing the world will not forget them.

Gaza Is Bleeding….

January 8, 2009
Please Be Informed. The Truth Is Out There……Please Seek It….
As citizens of the world, we strongly condemn the Israeli attack on the Palestinian people in Gaza. We believe that Israel has committed and is committing war crimes during its current military campaign.  As the occupying power, Israel has violated its obligation as to protect the occupied citizens of Gaza.  At the same time, State of Israel has violated the Geneva conventions and the Statutes laid out in Article 8 of the International criminal court by the deliberate targeting civilians, humanitarian aid workers, halting the full delivery of aid to Gaza, and the total destruction of the infrastructure in Gaza. On Tues Jan 6th three Israeli artillery shells fired at a UN School sheltering 350 refugees in the Jabalya Refugee Camp killed 40 Palestinians and injured 50. This is just one of many reports coming out of the Gaza strip of the deliberate and discriminate targeting of civilians. We ask the Prosecutor General of the International Criminal Court to conduct an immediate investigation into all these reports and to bring those responsible to justice. We also ask the ICC to join the world in condemning these brutal and inhumane attacks on the civilian population of Gaza.    
sincerely,
Kamal c hassan,
Palestinian Peace Activist.