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Annie, you're invited to south Lebanon anytime. I'd be more than happy to show you around our villages, and especially where the Resistance kicked out Israel :)
Walid do you mind emailing me? Check my site http://frustratedarab.com for my email/contact form! Yallah :)
Oy, Taxi is a she? Lak shu hayda! And email me so we may meet up while I'm there, else' I am afraid we'll completely demolish this thread: roq.chams (@) gmail.com
So glad Mondoweiss has this piece up!
I'm reading a number of unsubstantiated comments re: Hezb'Allah's popularity in Lebanon, by commentators I assume are not Lebanese; the audacity, ay?
Well, as a Lebanese woman from the glorious region of the south, which produced Hezb'Allah, I beg to differ.
Hezb'Allah remains a popular resistance group and Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah remains a well-respected and revered leader - a position much deserved. Also, an assortment of Lebanese, from the Christians to the Athiests, to the Muslims and all in between speak positively of Hezb'Allah. Sayyed Hassan, though a religious leader of sorts, draws in everyone - even when speaking of Palestine: have any of those co-opting our Lebanese voices heard a single speech of his (yes there are English translations available) - I would assume not.
I suggest the lot of you visit Mleeta and see the Resistance museum, it is centered in the region of the south touted as being "where heaven meets earth", and when you climb towards the tip-top of the museum's middle path, leading towards Sayyed Hassan's letter to the fighters, you will contend that it is indeed where heaven meets earth.
Also, this invitation is not open to Zionists; sorry. Though the museum does have photographs of the "brave" IDF wailing and bawling, if that makes you feel any better.
Also re: Taxi's comment on the flag, he's right! Indeed the party of God (Hezb'Allah) are the victors.
They are the victors. Deservedly and rightfully so.
The "American Task Force on Palestine" should be dismantled, and every member shamed; ousting Asali would do little, and I'd argue that it would only allow for another pompous occupation-normalizer to take the position. Instead there should be a call for the dismantling of the ATFP. I say enough "galas" for these undignified fools, who are building careers off the backs of Palestinians.
For those who would like to be more involved and send the stores involved an email, I've drafted one!
Thank you again
link to t.co
Thank you all for the support; it means more than I can express in words, to both myself and my family.
Your premise is based on the argument of the USDOJ and the US Attorney's Office of the District of Massachusetts re: his travels; the witness in the recordings by the FBI was cooperating and soon after the recordings were listened to Mehanna was asked to become an informant for the FBI, which he refused to become. If he was such a threat why push him into cooperating (i.e. becoming an informant) and not just arrest him, immediately seek a case against him? Why wait years if he was such a threat to society?
Also, why did authorities deny Mehanna to turn himself in at an earlier time? Why did his lawyers have to send a letter to the FBI relaying to them that since they have kept in contact with Mehanna and alleged he is to be charged with serious crimes that he would willingly turn himself into authorities? link to freetarek.files.wordpress.com
Again, In 2006 Tarek Mehanna became aware that the government was investigating him, and instead of fleeing, he spoke with an attorney.
When the FBI first contacted Mehanna in 12/16/06 asking him about the whereabouts of Maldonado he immediately contacted his lawyers for counsel.
On 11/08/08 he was charged with "making false statements" and, even though your farcical premise alludes to such, he was not considered a threat to the community as his court ordered curfew was lifted and he was allowed to attend religious services, teach and work.
The government proffer in 2009 against Mehanna relied almost entirely on his instant messages from 2006, not the recording, not the cooperating witness statements etc. It was almost entirely based on his online activity; so no, there is no white-washing. You have obviously not read the case as thoroughly as you would like many to believed because it has a lengthy history and it began much earlier and involves many twists and turns. The government proffer and memorandum filed on 11/05/09 focused almost exclusively on his online activity; not his travels, nor his time in said countries but his instant messaging, viewing of videos etc.
Your premise, that if Hamas et al. would simply "stopped raining rockets on Israel then there would be no violence" is fallacious; it is a bold-faced lie.
Israel admitted to preemptively striking the Gaza Strip. Yet you, and many others, will stop at nothing re: defending the apartheid entity despite this flagrant murderous act against a people living under siege. Despite IDF officials admitting that they attacked the people of Gaza, before any rockets were launched.
link to electronicintifada.net
Also, the Islamic Jihad's reply was rockets, yes. And what of it? The international community does not expect any people to simply allow a foreign, and in this case occupying, entity to attack them without them striking back. The people of the Gaza Strip live under Israeli siege; their skies, their sea and their borders are monitored by Israel, routinely bombed by Israel and they are unable to freely travel, receive a plethora of goods, fish, etc. because of Israel.
Israel acted with cowardice, not strength; Israel acted with despicable cruelty.
This yawn-inducing charade of pitting the blame on the Palestinians each time Israel kills them is getting old.
The Afghans were not simply protesting the burning of the Qur'an, this is a fallacy spread on purpose in order to trivialize what transpired:
Most American media accounts and commentary about the ongoing violent anti-American protests in Afghanistan depict their principal cause as anger over the burning of Korans (it’s just a book: why would people get violent over it?) — except that Afghans themselves keep saying things like this:
Protesters in Kabul interviewed on the road and in front of Parliament said that this was not the first time that Americans had violated Afghan cultural and religious traditions and that an apology was not enough.
“This is not just about dishonoring the Koran, it is about disrespecting our dead and killing our children,” said Maruf Hotak, 60, a man who joined the crowd on the outskirts of Kabul, referring to an episode in Helmand Province when American Marines urinated on the dead bodies of men they described as insurgents and to a recent erroneous airstrike on civilians in Kapisa Province that killed eight young Afghans.
“They always admit their mistakes,” he said. “They burn our Koran and then they apologize. You can’t just disrespect our holy book and kill our innocent children and make a small apology.”
link to salon.com
I take issue with bits and pieces here; there are certainly schools of thought within Shi'ism but none which are so varied, especially in respect to Iran, that would qualify as having their own "versions" - i.e. there is no Iranian version of Shi'ism.
According to the teachings of Shi'ism followers are to despise oppression and oppressors and so in the case of Palestine they are to despise Israel and those who back the apartheid regime, those who in any way (publicly or behind closed doors) support the oppression of the people of Palestine.
If Iran is attacked by Israel, the US or any other foreign body I believe that there will be a reaction that will shake the entire globe; Shi'as around the world will rise up as never before, and so will those who choose to side with the Shi'a despite religious differences. It will be seen as Karbala-esque - "...when the sky rained blood..."
Iran, despite all its shortcomings, will not make this out to be Jews vs. the Islamic Republic of Iran, on the contrary I see it forcing the Zionist Lobby of the US out into the open, as some have already stated. Iran will accuse Israel, the US and those who back the Zionist apartheid regime of creating the atmosphere leading up to the attack and blame them for it, as they should be held accountable.
But yes, war is a racket (General Smedley D. Butler) and "to hell with war" - it's time to smash it before it's too late.
Yes, and many others.
Spot on piece published on Gawker re: Marines urinating on Afghans -
link to m.gawker.com
"Do you know what is worse than having your dead body urinated upon? Being killed. Being shot. Being bombed. Having your limbs blown off. Having your house incinerated by a drone-fired missile that you don't see until it explodes. Having your children blown up in their beds. Having your spouse killed. Having your hometown destroyed. Being displaced. Becoming a refugee. Having your entire life destroyed as a consequence of political forces far, far beyond your control."
And in respect to Geller, well, she's a monster.
See you there. I'm about as excited as you, maybe even more!
I wish more people would indeed donate, especially those who wish to go but are unable to. The PennBDS organizers are brilliant and they deserve all the help we all can provide.
I am so excited - and I'm counting the days until I get to attend this inspiring event.
Is there an actual 'discussion' going on re: whether or not those supporting war-crimes should be listened to? It's maddening to read this tripe. Really.
Not only should these disgusting vermin be ignored they should be spat on, egged, shunned from public life. When they enter a grocery store they should be booed. When they walk into a gas-station they should be verbally assaulted. When they attempt to give speeches on anything not involving defecation, cow manure or any topic not involving shit, they should be body-slammed into the ground.
That's the least we could do for the over 1 million dead Iraqi's.
Is anything really discussing whether these sick bastards have a right to say anything to anyone about any more brown people? about democracy? about truth?
These vermin deserve no less than to be shunned from ever facet of public life. And that is if we choose the 'nice' route.
I'm planning on flying down for the conference; extremely excited! Spots are limited so spread the word, sign up and let's get the ball rolling!
I was lucky enough too see the exchange between Ali and StandWithUs on Twitter; it was sad, to say the least. Ali wiped the floor with the person(s) behind the SWU handle.
As someone who has read his work, followed his Twitter and gotten to know how his writing style/thought process is - he never blames the Jews; if anything he continuously highlights how Zionism is bad for the Jews.
StandWithUS fell flat on their faces, once again. Good going Alex, Ali, et al!
Have any of those so eager to comment on Hezb'Allah ever been to Mleeta, where you can find the Resistance Museum, or even South Lebanon? Ever studied their history beyond what's written in the mainstream media? Ever watched a full length speech by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah? No? I thought so.
If anyone believes that Hezb'Allah would be firing rockets at Israel in such a juvenile manner or that they are attacking UNIFIL you're delusional; and this is me being fairly nice about it. What benefit would they get? Do you honestly believe that Hezb'Allah would put the South, their organization and all of Lebanon in jeopardy this way? What benefit is there in it for them? None, whatsoever. If anything it would cause more pressure to be pushed against them by March14 et al.
Usually those so eager to comment on Hezb'Allah have either never studied their ideology, their leader(s) or have only gone as far as beloved tourist hub "hamra street" in Lebanon and thus dub themselves connoisseurs of all things Lebanon related.
A Southern Lebanese native
PS. Here's analysis on understanding Hezb'Allah post-Syrian conflict
link to cynicalarab.org
I honestly cannot hold back my rage. I keep wanting to scream behind these damned walls, in vain as I know that no one listens and no one cares.
They killed him for a slingshot? For a rock?
You bastards, you fucking bastards.
You all saw the IDF Spokeperson's reason behind killing Mustafa? She, this putrid, vile, disgusting pile of shit, said a SLINGSHOT was why he had part of his head blown off:
@Gellian the excuse you're trying to use, that the soldiers are just doing as told (more or less) is clear-cut nonsense. Whether it's your intention to lunge for the sympathy button or not, it won't work with me and obviously no one else.
On another note, I saw the picture of Mustafa's face post-attack. I didn't flinch. It's not something I'm saying out of pride, no; I'm numb to seeing this type of gore and it scares me. They've made whole generations of Arabs accustomed to suffering. After seeing body parts ripped from sockets, corpses piled atop one another, I have become almost numb to the blood and the piles of skin. I hate Israel, for taking away even the innocence that lay behind our own eyes.
That some of us do not lower our gaze or vomit shows the extent of the damage their brutality has had on our very hearts.
Why do Palestinians have to continuously defend themselves re: throwing stones, firing rockets etc.? Why? Have none of these self-righteous clowns read Fanon? Malcolm X? et al.
I am sick, much like Linah, of hearing the tired old adage of looking for a Palestinian Gandhi, of wanting Palestinians to be more peaceful etc. etc. ad nauseam.
Even when Palestinians are peacefully protesting they are dispersed with live-fire. When they sleep in their homes, uninvolved in the exchange with Hamas and the Israeli Army, they are slaughtered - see: latest killing in the Gaza Strip of children.
Why do we even need to argue that it is not violent? And if it is? The occupied have a right to violently oppose their occupiers. Palestinians throw stones at the army occupying their land, slaughtering their people en masse, so why argue anything besides their RIGHT to oppose those subjugating them? The tactics used are justifiable.
Educate yourself: link to zeroanthropology.net
This article makes my brain hurt; then again, the only reason I would "serve" an Israeli delegation would be if the service they'd require would involve me spitting on their faces and pelting them with shoes.
Arabs, in general mistreat Palestinians; having visited and stayed a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut I saw it with my own eyes. But your asinine premise, that the Lebanese have killed "more Palestinians" is lunacy; You forget who helped conduct the massacre against Palestinians in the camps? Who made sure the Lebanese Phalangists kept killing and raping Palestinians? Who blockaded the area so the killing could go on, with no outside interference? The Israel "Defense" Forces.
So please, spare me your bullshit.
As a Lebanese citizen I am ashamed of how Arabs treat Palestinians. But this does not mean there are not points in our history with bright spots; there are stories of Palestinians welcomed into my relatives' village in South Lebanon after the Nakba etc.
Spare me, you don't know my people or our history. We may have spots of darkness but your half-truth cannot shield others from the light of reality, of truth.
As a Lebanese citizen, of South Lebanon, I can only stress the importance of not referring to Occupied Palestine within the context of conversation as Israel.
I learned the name Palestine before Lebanon within my household. The heart-warming story above is one of many; we, the Lebanese people, put Palestine and the Palestinian people unashamedly 'above our heads', as said more beautifully in Arabic.
Geller is a complete and utter loon. I do not see how eating halal meat will in any way hurt you. The argument shouldn't be that you don't "have to" eat the turkey but that the halal turkey is in no way detrimental to your health. If you're a crazed religious fanatic like Geller it may pain you to chew and swallow the turkey. I wonder how many of her insane followers are now crying in their bathrooms after finding out that butterball whole turkeys may be "halal"
It immediately brought to mind Mahmoud Darwish's 'ID Card':
Record!/ I am an Arab/ You have stolen the orchards of my ancestors/ And the land which I cultivated/ Along with my children/ And you left nothing for us/ Except for these rocks./ ... Record on the top of the first page: I do not hate people/ Nor do I encroach/ But if I become hungry/ The usurper’s flesh will be my food/ Beware/ Beware/ Of my hunger/ And my anger!”
I was the second one heard in the video ("you belong in the Hague..you have no right to solicit your book...etc)
I had to stand in line with these poor ignorant souls; braying livestock is what I would compare them to.
Notice: "what -they- call discriminatory measures"
Again, an attempt to ignore the overwhelming cries of the international community, that these discriminatory practices not only exist but continue to become more and more perverse. It is not only "they" who call these measures discriminatory, but the entire bloody world.
They've stolen, pillaged, massacred etc. etc. ad nauseam.
If anyone would read Fanon they would understand the mind of the oppressed, in why they choose to react against violent measures with violent resistance and even - why they should. It is their right, as subjugated peoples, to resist.
You'd think Obama had, you know, cut off funds to their apartheid State.
I loved watching the reaction of so many re: surprise of the flotilla. There was no idea there was a flotilla, let alone that it was already in international waters!
As someone who was a part of the first Gaza Freedom March, denied - along with many others - entry to Gaza by Mubarak's regime, I wish every involved the best. Good luck, stay strong -I hope one day we can all be able to visit a free Palestine - from the river to the sea!
Master is not going to be happy about this...
I must admit, as cynical as I am, this made me cry. Though I don't consider this as monumental as many are making this out to be it was touching to see so many in support of Palestine being admitted into UNESCO. I especially liked the bit with Venezuela saying Si¡ loudly. Beautiful yet painful all at once; to grant an occupied nation membership in a part of the body which aided in dismembering it to begin with.
Do they also have a US drone costume? Slaughters 16 year old kids, commits extrajudicial assassinations?
Do they also have US Occupation soldier? Or Olive Tree burning Israeli settler?
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