News Room Latest Topicshttps://www.gawaher.com/forum/140-news-room/News Room Latest TopicsenUK: Terrorist shout “All Muslims must die” and stab one!https://www.gawaher.com/topic/743336-uk-terrorist-shout-%E2%80%9Call-muslims-must-die%E2%80%9D-and-stab-one/ UK: Terrorist shout “All Muslims must die” and stab one!

It comes after at least 52 people were killed in a horrific far-right terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, by Australian-born Extremist.

A stabbing in Surrey which saw a man rampage with a baseball bat and knife while allegedly shouting ‘all Muslims must die’ is being treated by police as a terror incident ‘inspired by the far-right’.

Neighbours in Viola Avenue, Stanwell, near Heathrow Airport, said the 50-year-old suspect had also been screaming ‘white supremacists rule’ before knifing a 19-year-old man in a nearby Tesco car park on Saturday night.

He also asked the teenager ‘Do you wanna die? Well you’re gonna die!’ ahead of the horrifying attack, according to witnesses.

The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and remains in hospital, while the suspect is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and racially aggravated public order.

Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the Surrey attack on Sunday evening and thanked the emergency services for their ‘handling of the terrorist incident’. 

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743336Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:45:21 +0000
Dozens killed in 'terrorist' attack on Masjidshttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/743335-dozens-killed-in-terrorist-attack-on-masjids/ https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/shooter-situation-zealand-mosque-attack-190315015927391.html

 

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743335Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:30:26 +0000
USA: Muslim Woman Sues Jailers for Removing Hijabhttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/743171-usa-muslim-woman-sues-jailers-for-removing-hijab/

LOS ANGELES (CN) – When a Southern California woman was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence last year she was told she could not wear her headscarf in the Ventura County Jail even though she’s Muslim, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court Monday. jail, cell, inmate, incarceration, prison, bars

Jennifer Hyatt, 44, said Ventura County officers yanked her hijab from her head and she suffered “severe discomfort, humiliation, and emotional distress,” according to the federal lawsuit filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in California on her behalf.

On Jan. 1, 2017, Hyatt was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence near Thousand Oaks in California. When Ventura County Sheriff’s officers arrived on the scene she was placed into the back of a police car and was not allowed to explain what had happened in the incident between herself and her husband, according to the complaint.

“Ms. Hyatt asserted that she had never touched her husband and told the arresting officer that her arm was hurting,” said the complaint. The officer said he’d already seen her arm, but that was not possible because Hyatt was wearing long sleeves at the time.

In accordance with her religious beliefs, Hyatt covers her head and much of her body for the sake of dignity, modesty, and bodily integrity, according to the complaint. But at the Ventura County Jail a female deputy “snatched one piece of Ms. Hyatt’s two-piece hijab off of her head” while male officers were in the room.

Despite being searched and explaining she can’t be seen by other men without her hijab because she’s Muslim, an officer said, “Not in here, you’re not,” according to the complaint.

“She cried throughout the ordeal and experienced humiliation when both her religious beliefs and personal integrity were violated,” according to the complaint.

“She felt that the male officers and male inmates had seen parts of her body that they should not have seen, according to her religious beliefs. Ms. Hyatt, who hails from Arkansas, was shocked and disappointed to receive such treatment in the supposedly tolerant state of California.”

When Hyatt said she deserved constitutional protection for her religious beliefs an officer yanked off the second part of her hijab and left her uncovered, she says in the lawsuit.

She asked for a blanket to cover herself but was denied, she says, adding her fingerprints were taken by a male officer.

Hyatt was placed in a room with glass walls where she could be viewed by other men without her hijab as a means to intimidate her, according to her complaint. She tried to cover her head with her hands.

She says she was taken to a cell with other women in custody, but was not provided any type of cover for her head and her hijab was only returned to her after her husband posted bond and she was released from jail.

A booking photo was taken without her headscarf and this also distresses Hyatt, according to the complaint.

Hyatt is also represented by Los Angeles-based attorney Erin Darling, who said in a statement, “It is shocking that in 2018 the county of Ventura permits its sheriff’s deputies to strip a Muslim woman of her religious head covering.”

She added, “Religious expression is protected under the law and the county of Ventura cannot single out Muslim women as being undeserving of this basic right.”

In a statement, Hyatt said, “I am seeking justice because I do still have the right to be a covered Muslim woman – even in jail.”

Named defendants include Ventura County, its sheriff’s department and Sheriff Geoff Dean.

Hyatt seeks compensatory and punitive damages on claims of federal and California civil rights violations.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said it hasn’t seen the lawsuit and doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

https://www.courthousenews.com/muslim-woman-sues-jailers-for-removing-hijab/

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743171Tue, 08 May 2018 12:37:59 +0000
Inaction by Sri Lankan police over spate of Muslim businesses torched by Buddhistshttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/743142-inaction-by-sri-lankan-police-over-spate-of-muslim-businesses-torched-by-buddhists/ The Sri Lankan government has imposed a curfew in a popular tourist town after days of unrest between religious communities with a spate of Muslim businesses being torched by Buddhist mobs.

Police confirmed yesterday that there had been arson attacks and riots in the weekend in Kandy district, while other media outlets have reported that violence had spread throughout the across the country.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said: “The curfew was imposed to control the situation in the area.”

The government said in a statement that police officers were placed on high alert in Kandy to ensure the “situation does not spiral into inter-communal conflagration”.

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Buddhist mobs set fire to Muslim-owned businesses and attacked a mosque in the east of the country.

Local officials said more than two dozen suspects had been arrested by police in relation with the string of arson attacks, while senior officers also launched an investigation into the conduct of the police.

Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon, executive director of the Centre for Human Rights Sri Lanka, condemned the “unfathomable police inefficiency” that he said led to the violence.

Mr Tennakoon told Al Jazeera: “Social media pages rallied Sinhalese mobs to assemble in Teldeniya town at 10am. At 11am, there was a proclivity for violent confrontations to take place as mobs gathered. The destruction of Muslim properties started taking place from around 1pm.”

Kandy is the latest region to be plagued by ethnic and religious violence in Sri Lanka.

Najah Mohamed, secretary of the National Front for Good Governance party in Sri Lanka, told Al Jazeera attacks are spreading all over the country, and not just in Kandy.

He said: “We are facing the same situation that we had experienced with the previous government with tension, hate, and violence against Muslims are rampant especially where they are a dispersed community.”

Ethnic and religious conflict can turn deadly in Sri Lanka, where Muslims make up for 10 percent of the population and Buddhists Sinhalese account for 75 percent.

Some observers blame the hardline Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) group for the ongoing violence.

Mr Mohamed said: “The violent BBS mobs manipulated the situation to fuel attacks against Muslims in an unprecedented way and started attacking people. In the afternoon the police and curfew were here, but there are still rising underreported incidents taking place.”

President Maithripala Siresena had promised to investigate anti-Muslim violence after coming into power in 2015, but no significant progress has been made.

Both Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Sirsena are yet to make an official statement in response to the recent unrest.

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743142Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:29:19 +0000
Away from Palestine, at home in Delhi - Hindustan Timeshttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/136658-away-from-palestine-at-home-in-delhi-hindustan-times/

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Hindustan Times, India - 2 hours ago

When Basil Yousef, a Palestinian came to Delhi in 1996, he was just out of school. But even at that young age he had made his plans. ...

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136658Wed, 26 Dec 2007 17:59:01 +0000
Usa: Ypsilanti Mosque Fire, Feds Called In To Investigate.https://www.gawaher.com/topic/742846-usa-ypsilanti-mosque-fire-feds-called-in-to-investigate/Ypsilanti — Authorities are calling in federal law enforcement officials to lead an investigation into a fire at an Ypsilanti Masjid.
Pittsfield Township Fire Chief Sean Gleason says there is no indication this early on in the investigation that the cause of the fire at the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti is suspicious. But because of its designation as a Masjid, officials contacted the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations today asked local, state and federal fire investigators and law enforcement authorities to probe the fire as a possible act of arson.
“”We urge state and federal agencies to use their full resources to investigate this fire to determine a cause and, if it is determined to be arson, a possible motive,” CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid said in a statement. “Anyone who has information about this fire, or saw anything suspicious at the time of the blaze, should immediately contact law enforcement authorities.”
The fire department was called to the Masjid shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday. When firefighters arrived, they found the middle section of the building in flames. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. Nobody was inside the building at the time.

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An agent from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigates a fire at a Masjid in Pittsfield Township, Sunday, March 12, 2017. (Photo: Courtesy of Ronnie Dahl / ATF)


A dozen ATF agents were on the scene Sunday, with some focused on determining the cause of the fire and others canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses, said spokeswoman Ronnie Dahl.
She said anyone with information is asked to contact the ATF tipline 1-888-ATF-TIPS or report the information through the Report-It App (a free download).


https://islamicnafahat.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/usa-ypsilanti-mosque-fire-feds-called-in-to-investigate/

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742846Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:55:49 +0000
American Terrorist Arrested For Burning Texas Mosquehttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742845-american-terrorist-arrested-for-burning-texas-mosque/A man suspected of burning the Victoria Islamic Center is a homegrown product with an apparent hatred of Muslims, according to testimony Thursday in federal court.

News of the arrest is allowing congregation members to start to shake off the fear that has pervaded their lives, mosque spokesman Abe Ajrami said.

“This incident really shook us to the core,” Ajrami said at a news conference at the site of the burned Masjid. “I hope people understand that this is not something we watched on TV or read in the newspaper. This is something we lived daily.”

Prosecutors presented evidence Thursday alleging Victoria resident Marq Vincent Perez, 25, burglarized the Masjid twice in January and set the building on fire the second time. A March 3 raid on Perez’s North Jecker Street home recovered homemade explosive devices and electronics reported stolen from the Masjid.

After the fire was ruled an arson in early February, investigators have searched for the person or people responsible. Before Perez’s arrest, investigators have held back from describing the arson as a hate crime.

“If you ask our honest opinion, we were hoping that a miracle would happen and this would not be a hate crime,” Ajrami said.
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Despite Perez’s lack of a criminal record, a federal judge ultimately found him to be a “serious danger” to the community and likely to flee if released, ordering him kept in U.S. Marshals’ custody.

Perez is charged with the possession of a destructive, incendiary device. That sole charge stems from a Jan. 15 incident in which Perez is suspected of attempting to set a car on fire by igniting fireworks taped together. A confidential informant who admitted to burglarizing the Masjid Jan. 22 and 28 with Perez also identified Perez as the arsonist, special agent Rick Miller of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified Thursday.

https://islamicnafahat.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/american-terrorist-arrested-for-burning-texas-mosque/

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742845Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:31:42 +0000
American Dropping Bombs Dibsi 'afnan In Syriahttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742776-american-dropping-bombs-dibsi-afnan-in-syria/Dibsi 'Afnan has been labeled as a historic site by UN.  There is no Islamic State there, no Alqaeda, just civilains and yet American airplanes pounded the area with bombs.

 

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742776Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:25:48 +0000
Comments On Recent Events In Parishttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742456-comments-on-recent-events-in-paris/Hi all.  I was searching for a site that might cover this topic, but I'm probably looking in all the wrong places.  Can someone out there give me a heads up?

 

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742456Sat, 21 Nov 2015 04:19:36 +0000
Palestinian Ambulance Delayed 90 Minutes By israeli Soldiershttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742320-palestinian-ambulance-delayed-90-minutes-by-israeli-soldiers/Today at around 6:15 PM, we received a call from Abed, one of our contacts and a member of YAS (Youth Against Settlements).

A Red Crescent Palestinian ambulance had driven down to his neighbourhood, which is located on Shuhada Street, to help a woman who was suffering from some health complications. Although Palestinians are not allowed to walk down Shuhada Street, except for one small section, and their cars are not allowed on any part of it, the israeli Army allows ambulances.

It seems the woman was treated on the spot and did not have to go to the hospital at all, The two drivers were about to go to their base where they would have waited for more calls, but some soldiers had a different idea. They told the ambulance drivers that they could not go anywhere, effectively delaying the ambulance. The reason they gave for their action is that they allegedly needed permission from their commander, although Palestinian ambulances have been allowed to drive down Shuhada before.

A long wait began. The drivers got a call, asking them to drive to Bani Naim, a municipality outside of Hebron. The soldier said they couldn't go, and the drivers needed to call back and pass this on. An ambulance had to be dispatched from Yatta, which is a city that is eight kilometres (approximately 30 minutes of driving through very busy streets and roads not in the best condition) from Hebron.

By the time we arrived, the situation had taken on an almost surreal, carnival atmosphere... for both the Army and settlers, who came out to watch. Boys of 8 to 12 years of age stood beside the ambulance and in front, laughing at the predicament of the drivers. A group of visiting Jewish tourists from America came by also, and after I pointed out to them the situation, one of them told me he plans to become an israeli soldier also. Another one of them, a woman, told me that Palestinians should know they can't go down Shuhada.
One of the soldiers brought forth a soccer ball, and began playing with the settler kids, in front of the ambulance. An adult israeli settler leaned against its bumper to have a smoke, and later sat down a short distance away and began playing classical music on an electric keyboard.

Along with Abed, the ambulance drivers and myself tried to reason with the soldiers; asking them to let the ambulance through. They first ignored us completely, then said their commander could not be reached. An israeli settler driving by (whose car of course was not stopped) asked rudely and in a loud voice "what is the problem???"
Some of the settler kids asked us what we were doing, and I replied it is wrong to stop ambulances. Unfortunately, they did not speak much English, but Hebrew and Russian. They did know enough however to tell us to "shut up".

I felt terrible for them, to be honest. They are victims also, of their parents and of a society that teaches them it is alright to treat other people like second-class citizens. Children aren't born with such values, hatred is something that is taught.


I felt even worse for the two drivers, and the people whose ambulance was delayed by probably at least half an hour, whom the drivers now couldn't reach.

Last year, in a similar situation, a elderly Palestinian woman died after suffering a stroke, because the ambulance coming for her was delayed two times at two different checkpoints, and then again after she was loaded into it.
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Fortunately, there was no sick or wounded or dying person in the delayed ambulance today. However, there is no way of knowing what the delay of medical care, that was caused by the israeli Army today, resulted in for the people who had to wait at least an extra 30 minutes for their ambulance.


Eventually, after 45 minutes following our arrival and an hour and a half in total of waiting, the soldiers allowed to ambulance to leave.


When Jesus was on the earth, a huge part of his ministry was healing the sick.

Unlike Christ, ambulance drivers do not have miraculous and divine powers. They only have their knowledge, skills, compassion, dedication, and equipment. None of that however is of use when the people whose mission in life is to help those in need, are stopped by armed bullies with guns to whom harassing innocent people is a form of entertainment.

As a Christian, I believe Jesus will return one day, and we will all be accountable to God. I hope the soldiers and settlers, and everyone else who victimizes innocent people, repents and turns to Him before it is too late.

Pictures and videos of the incident can be found on my blog, http://hungryandthirstyforjustice.blogspot.com/

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742320Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:58:39 +0000
Acts Of Kindness By israeli Soldiershttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742313-acts-of-kindness-by-israeli-soldiers/While in Hebron with ISM, one gets used seeing israeli soldiers, police officers and Border Police officers treating Palestinians with cruelty, sometimes intentional and personal and other times purely bureaucratic.

Soldiers and police keeping hundreds of people in a narrow ramp in the hot sun, yelling at them (this is actually not in Hebron, but the Bethlehem-Jerusalem checkpoint). Soldiers stopping teenagers late at night and holding them up for not carrying ID. Soldiers throwing rocks at kids, and then accusing the kids of attacking them. A young Palestinian man being taken to a settlement and beaten and threatened with rape.

I have been in the West Bank for less than two full weeks, and have seen all these things and more take place.


What is more rare, but what also sometimes happens, is some soldiers who act differently than their counterparts. I see some soldiers smile at kids and play frisbee with them. Others will greet Palestinians by saying "salaam alaikum". I have seen a soldier pick up an older woman's bag for her after she dropped it at a checkpoint. I have had a police officer tell me, when settlers were demonstrating in front of a Palestinian store, that he did not agree with their behaviour.

These are small acts of kindness; proof that the people wearing the uniforms are capable of humanity, and that some of them display it.

It doesn't change the reality of the occupation- the checkpoints that people go through on a regular basis, the arrests and detentions that are inflicted on Palestinians often on trumped up charges or for stupid reasons like not having their IDs on them, the water shortages and long walks uphill for some people but not others, the impunity enjoyed by police and military and settlers who choose to abuse their Palestinian subjects.

Unlike the police and Border Police, the Army soldiers here have little choice. Their options are to either serve in the military, or go to prison... and after being released have problems finding work, and sometimes have members of their families and friends cut ties with them. While some of the soldiers here clearly enjoy humiliating and hurting people and others are "just doing their job", there are others who are only here because they have to be.

There are many soldiers who give up their humanity when putting on their uniforms, and become either sadistic abusers, or obedient tools of the system that is designed to keep an occupied population subservient to their masters. I would argue that every soldier does at least a bit of the second. However, there are some who, despite the uniform they wear and the job they have, attempt to treat the Palestinian people with respect and in that way act differently from their comrades.

Source: http://hungryandthirstyforjustice.blogspot.com/

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742313Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:25:16 +0000
Acts Of Kindness By israeli Soldiershttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742312-acts-of-kindness-by-israeli-soldiers/While in Hebron with ISM, one gets used seeing israeli soldiers, police officers and Border Police officers treating Palestinians with cruelty, sometimes intentional and personal and other times purely bureaucratic.

Soldiers and police keeping hundreds of people in a narrow ramp in the hot sun, yelling at them (this is actually not in Hebron, but the Bethlehem-Jerusalem checkpoint). Soldiers stopping teenagers late at night and holding them up for not carrying ID. Soldiers throwing rocks at kids, and then accusing the kids of attacking them. A young Palestinian man being taken to a settlement and beaten and threatened with rape.

I have been in the West Bank for less than two full weeks, and have seen all these things and more take place.


What is more rare, but what also sometimes happens, is some soldiers who act differently than their counterparts. I see some soldiers smile at kids and play frisbee with them. Others will greet Palestinians by saying "salaam alaikum". I have seen a soldier pick up an older woman's bag for her after she dropped it at a checkpoint. I have had a police officer tell me, when settlers were demonstrating in front of a Palestinian store, that he did not agree with their behaviour.

These are small acts of kindness; proof that the people wearing the uniforms are capable of humanity, and that some of them display it.

It doesn't change the reality of the occupation- the checkpoints that people go through on a regular basis, the arrests and detentions that are inflicted on Palestinians often on trumped up charges or for stupid reasons like not having their IDs on them, the water shortages and long walks uphill for some people but not others, the impunity enjoyed by police and military and settlers who choose to abuse their Palestinian subjects.

Unlike the police and Border Police, the Army soldiers here have little choice. Their options are to either serve in the military, or go to prison... and after being released have problems finding work, and sometimes have members of their families and friends cut ties with them. While some of the soldiers here clearly enjoy humiliating and hurting people and others are "just doing their job", there are others who are only here because they have to be.

There are many soldiers who give up their humanity when putting on their uniforms, and become either sadistic abusers, or obedient tools of the system that is designed to keep an occupied population subservient to their masters. I would argue that every soldier does at least a bit of the second. However, there are some who, despite the uniform they wear and the job they have, attempt to treat the Palestinian people with respect and in that way act differently from their comrades.

Source: http://hungryandthirstyforjustice.blogspot.com/

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742312Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:25:15 +0000
Checkpoint 300https://www.gawaher.com/topic/742307-checkpoint-300/ Checkpoint 300

 
When going from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, you will hop on Bus 21 and it will take you to a large building, through which you have to cross in order to get to the other side. The building is known as Checkpoint 300. Thousands of Palestinians go through it everyday, as they enter and leave Bethlehem. It is designed mostly for them, as well as the occasional tourists- we can cross into Bethlehem and leave it in a less chaotic way.

 

I chose to take the way that many Palestinians need to take. When entering the checkpoint, people go up a ramp, then step outside a gate, then re-enter it, then go up another ramp. The passageways are narrow, and above and around them are large, ugly, metal bars. They are herded along up the ramps. Today, there were hundreds of people; according to a Palestinian man who was with me, they numbered about one thousand. Many were coming from Jerusalem, as today was the fourth Friday of Ramadan and many were praying.

 

People were pressed tightly against each other, for any claustrophobe it would have been an unbearable situation. All the movement was in the hands of the police and soldiers, who would allow only two or three people in at a time. Men, women, the young, the infants, the elderly... all were squeezed together like cattle. We stood in this line for about two and a half hours. Fortunately it wasn't too hot.

 

The photos I took can hopefully show the overcrowding. What they can't communicate however are the sounds. Some children complaining quietly, then crying. Others being stoic and trying to make the best of it. Babies and infants crying and screaming, their parents unable to do anything to help. Some people snapping at others, losing their wits in the unbearable situation.

It is hard to describe the mass of flesh of human beings being pressed tightly against one another. Some tried to push their way through the crowd, and others almost fell down from the jostling, which could have had potentially dangerous consequences in the mass of people.

 

The soldiers and police at the end of the checkpoint were impatient with the people. One of them, a short guy with dark hair and a dark mustache, yelled constantly at the men in the line. He saw my camera out and screeched at me to put it away. I did so, not wanting to risk arrest or even worse, him taking out his frustration with me on the people trying to get through.

 

People were waving their papers. Some were allowed in, others waved away, and after waiting for three hours, had to push their way through the crowd, denied entry to the city. I heard that some people tried to enter Jerusalem illegally... to pray... and were now denied return to their city of birth. I saw a young woman leaving with tears in her eyes.

 

After some 2.5 hours of this, those of us who were fortunate enough to be allowed through sooner than the others- the guy who yelled at me demanded my passport and once he saw it, let me through right away- had to go up to a CT scanner, where we had to put our bags. Here is the unbelievable part... absolutely no one was guarding it. That's right. My backpack went through and I just took it. No one was checking and no one cared. It is almost as if control over the masses of people was the point. The exercise seems to have more to do with humiliation and power than security.

 

As I left the building, there was a bored female soldier taking Palestinians' papers and flipping through them, then wordlessly giving them back. The Palestinians had to place their thumbs on a scanner, something we did not have to do.

 

As terrible as crossing this checkpoint was today, it could have been far worse. It wasn't too hot, unlike some other days. And there were no fatal accidents.

In January of this year, at a similar checkpoint near Tulkarem, a 39 year old Palestinian worker about to enter israel to work, collapsed and was crushed to death in the mass of people.

http://mondoweiss.net/2015/01/palestinian-crushed-overcrowded-checkpoint

 

No one died today at Checkpoint 300. However, the suffering and humiliation was very evident.

 

What I saw today at checkpoint 300 was nothing out of the ordinary, and the scene replays itself day after day all over occupied Palestine.

The politicians who invented this sick system and the soldiers and police who run may be doing everything possible to dehumanize the Palestinian people and make them feel humiliated and defeated, but they fail to realize one important thing- they also dehumanize themselves. Their cruelty and arrogance reflects on their moral failings, not that of their victims.

 
 
To read the article on the blog and see the accompanying pictures, please refer to:
http://hungryandthirstyforjustice.blogspot.com/2015/07/checkpoint-300.html
 
 
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742307Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:59:07 +0000
Hello From The West Bankhttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742304-hello-from-the-west-bank/Hello everyone. Salaam and Shalom. This year I am volunteering again in the West Bank with International Solidarity Movement, an organization that works to document and when possible try to stop abuses against Palestinian civilians at the hands of the israeli Army and settlers. I am volunteering this year with my wife, although she leaves very soon and I hope to stay on for a few more weeks. 

If you would like to view or follow the blog, please feel free to see the link below: 

http://hungryandthirstyforjustice.blogspot.com/

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742304Thu, 09 Jul 2015 07:51:35 +0000
Al Shabab Attack On Universityhttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742204-al-shabab-attack-on-university/Today , Kenyan Authorities are reporting they have ended an attack at a University there . 147 Students have been slaughtered .

 Those killed were Christians who were  separated out for killing . Al Shabab is affiliated with Al Queda .

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742204Thu, 02 Apr 2015 21:10:12 +0000
Child And Women's Right ?https://www.gawaher.com/topic/742190-child-and-womens-right/Salam alikum, 

 

In 2014 3,501 child and 1,987 women have been killed by Assad. That should be in news a lot.

 

But also what should be more in news, how the people who claim to be human rights activists and defending children and women's right and all that rights issues they talk about REACTION !!! 

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742190Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:36:00 +0000
Muslim Lives Matterhttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742134-muslim-lives-matter/

 

"Muslims are always shown as terrorists but when the victims of the xenophobic attacks are Muslims their stories get ignored", the statement said. The statement, read by Sabby Dhalu, added that Muslims are disappointed and saddened that the killing of three North Carolina Muslims has not received the attention it deserves, while attacks in Paris had recieved extensive coverage in British media channels. 

 

http://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2015/02/13/muslimlivesmatter-british-muslims-protest-against-the-bbc

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742134Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:20:17 +0000
An Expert On Terrorism!https://www.gawaher.com/topic/742081-an-expert-on-terrorism/Anyone seen the video of the guy on Fox news claiming that Birmingham is a Muslim city? I have to laugh at the reactions he has been getting...but jokes aside, I can't believe these are the type of people hired as experts on terrorism! Of course Fox news is known for its pathetic news and seems to welcome these type of people on its shows all the time. He even goes as far as to suggest that the sharia police are running around parts of London beating those who do not dress properly! 

 

The news host of course believes everything he says without questioning saying 'it's like a caliphate within a particular country'! 

 

Of course for anyone who doesn't know already, Birmingham is far from being a no go area for non Muslims! And the sharia police are not running around London. 

 

http://youtu.be/-_zF7nbEvwY

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742081Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:33:26 +0000
Pope In Turkeyhttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742004-pope-in-turkey/The pope is in Turkey today and it is an important visit. At a time when atrocities are happening in Syria/Iraq, the pope has prayed that Turkey can be a peacemaker between Muslims, Christians and Jews.

 

Mehmet Gormez, the top Islamic cleric in Turkey and has given an important speech. He discussed the media discussing muslims in hateful ways, the negative acts by israel on Al Aqsa, the importance of people to live by conscience, the importance of protecting minorities. He has spoken out against dirty politics which has used religion has a means of war. He also talked about the importance of religious communities to work together on common morals such as preventing poverty. 

 

We will see how the western media report on this, will there be as much coverage as ISIL has received or will it be another back page story?

 

If I find a full translation of his speech I shall post it here.

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742004Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:42:50 +0000
The Hardship Of The Muslims In Carhttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742077-the-hardship-of-the-muslims-in-car/The Central African Republic (CAR) has gone through big changes in the past 2 years with a civil war between Muslims and Christians who once lived side by side peacefully. While the conflict has similarities with the conflict in Syria, it has gone unnoticed by most. The lack of coverage of this story in the news reinforces that not all human life is equal, especially if you are from Africa, and especially if you are Muslim. 

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2015/01/un-muslims-ethnically-cleansed-car-2015196546788288.html

 

If anyone is interested in the main details of how the conflict began there is a good news report by vice news on their website called 'war in the central african republic', - it is also available through youtube. 

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742077Sat, 10 Jan 2015 19:38:51 +0000
Germany And Anti Islam Protestshttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742070-germany-and-anti-islam-protests/Recently there have been a lot of anti Islam protests in Germany. Yet it is clear that these protests are not solely about religion and rather reveal the racist ideas of some groups in Germany. Having scanned the news recently I came across protest banners which were clearly more racist than anti Islam. It is amazing how some countries 20 years ago were happy to invite foreigners as cheap labour, but did not plan what would happen in the future when they would have children. It is easy to blame the foreigners of course though than take responsibility of the failure of future planning. 

 

The good news though is that there have been many organised counter protests. Keep an eye out in the news for developments. 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/11327172/Germany-Pegida-protests-Rallies-over-Islamisation.html

 

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742070Tue, 06 Jan 2015 18:00:12 +0000
200 Muslims Coverted As Hindus In Agrahttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742031-200-muslims-coverted-as-hindus-in-agra/Assalamualiakum Rahamatullahi Wabarakathahu

 

A really disturbing news here for the past few days

 

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/rss-says-it-converted-200-muslims-into-hindus-in-agra/1/405918.html

 

Regards

 

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742031Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:51:14 +0000
Sad Day For Humanityhttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742034-sad-day-for-humanity/It is a very sad day for humanity as the news of the deaths of innocent children hit the headlines today. No matter the reasons or motives behind what was done, it is unjustifiable to kill innocent children.

 

I pray for their souls, may Allah have mercy on them. 

 

 

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742034Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:02:29 +0000
Failed Promises For The Oppressedhttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742040-failed-promises-for-the-oppressed/After the brutal oppression against the Palestinian people during the summer, many countries pledged to donate money to help areas such as Gaza to rebuild. 5.4bn dollars was pledged overall and surprisingly only 2% has actually been transferred! 

 

Even though the EU and America, have been slow in transferring funds, officials say that it is the Arab states which have completely done a u-turn on their pledges, making news commitments of support. 

 

Just reinforces the fact that many Arab (so called Muslim) states lack any sort of Islamic values, including one of the main aspects of Islam - giving money to the poor. 

 

Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/12/only-fraction-gaza-pledged-aid-delivered-2014121915182510695.html

 

 

 

 

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742040Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:17:01 +0000
Syrian Refugeeshttps://www.gawaher.com/topic/742007-syrian-refugees/_78920731_syria_refugees_624_nov_2014_v2

 

It is a shame really that I couldn't find a map to show the numbers of Syrian refugees in America/Europe. The numbers are insignificant to the numbers being hosted in the countries above. The lands that talk about human rights and protecting victims of war, well that is all they do..talk talk talk, no action. The hypocrisy never fails to amaze me. 

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742007Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:59:27 +0000