September 6, 2012
I am a refugee
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“I am a refugee” campaign puts Jewish refugees from Arab countries on world agenda…
“It is time to correct an historic justice and deal with the Jews who were forced out of Arab countries.”
Top: Immigrants from Iraq arriving at Atlit transit camp, June 1951. Top right: Israeli stewardness at Lod Airport giving a drink to young immigrant from Morocco, Nov 1949. Bottom left: Registration of immigrants from Iraq at Lod Airport, May 1951. Bottom right: Every three hours a plane arrived at Lod Airport carrying immigrants from Iraq and Kurdistan via Teheran, May 1951
Many Jews who had lived for generations in Arab countries were driven from their homes as a result of antisemitism and anti-Jewish riots after the declaration of the Jewish state. Between 1948 and 1952, 856,000 Jews from Arab countries became refugees.
The “I am a refugee” campaign is being conducted online and on Facebook. On the Facebook page can be found personal stories of Israelis from Arab countries who were expelled from their homes and their countries, but not before their property was confiscated and their rights were taken from them by the rulers.
“The time has come to correct an ongoing historical injustice affecting half the population of Israel,” says Deputy FM Ayalon, and adds, “We started 64 years late, but not too late. For the sake of true reconciliation with our Palestinian neighbors, the issue of the Jewish refugees must be resolved.”
The campaign led by the deputy foreign minister has whipped up a storm in the Arab world, including the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Algeria, Egypt, Al-Hayat and more.
DFM Ayalon calls on all refugees and their descendents to take part in the campaign and to upload their personal stories, by means of videos, written text, documents and pictures, to the Facebook page. “Tell the world your personal story, which is an inseparable part of the story of the Jewish people and the story of the re-establishment of the State of Israel,” Ayalon urges.
The next stage of the campaign will be an international conference of jurists and experts. The conference will be held in Jerusalem on September 10, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Pensioner Affairs and the World Jewish Congress. In addition, a conference will take place in New York when the United Nations General Assembly convenes at the end of this month. The personal stories that appear on the Facebook page will be presented at the conference.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om
June 23, 2012
Islam is ‘a religion of war’ says son of Hamas founder on a visit to his ‘beloved Israel’
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Mosab Hassan Yousef in Jerusalem, June 19 (photo credit: Elhanan Miller/Times of Israel)
Mosab Hassan Yousef has a knack for controversy. The son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, he has already broken every taboo in the Palestinian book. He has worked for Israeli intelligence and converted to Christianity. Now he is developing a new film which is sure to be no less sensational: a biography of the life of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.
Yousef, 33, broke ranks with Hamas in 1997 and began working for the Israeli internal intelligence service Shin Bet. Ten years later, after helping Israel thwart dozens of terror attacks and arrest many members of his former movement, Yousef left for the United States where he sought political asylum and later converted to Christianity.
Today, he says, he is back in Israel for the first time on a personal visit “to inspire a new generation of Palestinians.”
“I love Israel because I love democracy,” he told journalists in Jerusalem Tuesday. “I am here to protest religion’s absolute control of people’s lives.”
Standing next to his retired Shin Bet handler, Gonen Ben-Itzhak, Yousef refused to answer questions in Arabic. He said he was on a mission to educate the public about the true nature of his former religion.
“Islam is not a religion of peace. It’s a religion of war,” he said. “Muslims don’t even know the true nature of their own religion.”
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Mosab’s autobiographical book ‘Son of Hamas’ (photo credit: courtesy/Tyndale Publishers)
April 8, 2012
NEVER MIND THE ‘BROTHERHOOD’: OBAMA FUNDS EGYPT
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An Egyptian Muslim cleric shouts slogans with hundreds of supporters of Muslim Brotherhood presidential hopeful Khairat el-Shater outside the Higher Presidential Elections Commission, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, April 5, 2012. The presidential election scheduled in May will mark the beginning of a handover of power by the ruling military to an elected civilian, following last year's popular uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. Arabic slogans, background, read, "El-Shater for Egypt's renaissance." The partial translation on the banner in Arabic, right, reads, "western." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
In October 2010, on the eve of the Islamic revolution that the media fancies as “the Arab Spring,” the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood called for jihad against the United States. …
This week, the Obama administration quietly released $1.5 billion in foreign aid to the new Egyptian government, now dominated by a Brotherhood-led coalition in parliament — soon to be joined by an Ikhwan (i.e., Brotherhood) luminary as president. …
Obama has overlooked the MB’s intimate ties to Hamas, which self-identifies as the Ikhwan’s Palestinian branch and is formally designated a terrorist organization under American law. Administration officials have absurdly portrayed the Brothers as “secular” and “moderate,” although the organization, from its founding in the 1920s, has never retreated an inch from its professed mission to establish Islam’s global hegemony.
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So President Obama supports…freedom, equality, human and civil rights. women’s rights etc. in Egypt! Apparently supporting the Brotherhood through generous foreign aid makes sense to him. And meanwhile at home….
April 7, 2012
TOP SAUDI CLERIC ORDERS CHRISTIAN CHURCHES DESTROYED
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Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric, Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Shaikh, issued a fatwah against his country's Christians in March, demanding that every Christian church on the Arabian Peninsula be demolished.Photo Credit:AP
Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim leader recently issued a religious decree calling for all Christian churches on the Arabian peninsula to be demolished, a move that elicited protests from the U.S. government and undermines recent efforts in the kingdom to promote interfaith tolerance.
Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Shaikh issued the fatwa, or Muslim religious decree, on March 11, although government-controlled media in the country so far have not reported it.
A U.S. official said the mufti’s fatwa is causing embarrassment for King Abdullah because al-Shaikh is said to be closely aligned to the king and ruling royal family.
So how should all the Christian countries of the world react?
March 4, 2012
An urgent Letter to His Execellency the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
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wa `alaykumu s-salāmu wa rahmatu l-lāhi wa barakātuh Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
I have always admired your role in the Middle East and the support you continually give to the Arab Cause. Many among us view Qatar as a Modern Muslim State with a vibrant ethos.Your continued support of Al Jazeera is commendable for it gives another perspective to World News.
Qatar is the jewel in the crown in the Middle East.
I have just read about your support to the Syrian Cause, the offer of US$63 M in aid to buy arms. This is a brave step considering the rest of the Arab League appears to be wringing their hands and not really doing anything.
Now one last request, please send in Qatari and other Arabs to finish the job. Assad is a monster…a Muslim killing other Muslims even women and children. This is shameful. A slur on Islam and all that it stands for.
Finish the job and let the world see that the Arabs and in particular the Muslims can sort out their own problems without having Western Powers to fight their battles.
This is about honour.
wa `alaykumu s-salāmu wa rahmatu l-lāhi wa barakātuh Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the emir of Qatar,
Mark Ulyseas, Editor, Live Encounters Magazine
February 15, 2012
Breaking News – Iran the North Korea of the Middle East!
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So what will it be? War or Negotiations? Will sanity prevail?
TEHRAN: State television reported on Wednesday that Iran has made advances in its nuclear programme, building new uranium enrichment centrifuges and producing its own nuclear reactor fuel plates.
The announcement, due to be confirmed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad later Wednesday, was likely to further unsettle the United States and allies who believe Iran is also forging ahead with atomic weapon development.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration has urged the world to isolate the Islamic country in the wake new nuclear announcements.
Iran has also stopped oil supplies to Netherlands, Greece, France, Portugal, Spain and Italy.
November 21, 2011
The revolution in the revolution
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The revolution in the revolution has yet to begin but the signs are there – corpses lying in the morgue in Cairo. Soon Libya will follow. The killing has just begun. The gutters will run red with hatred and revenge. And when enough innocent people have been murdered in cold blood then the Brotherhood will arrive to preach death to the infidels…
All this has come about because certain Western nations decided to assist the ‘revolution’ in overthrowing the prevailing regimes with an unwritten understanding that they would get a slice of the natural resources…
There has never been an Arab Spring.
It was a product manufactured and slickly marketed by media and vested interests.