Archive for February, 2010

Al-Nakba (The Catastrophe)

February 27, 2010

Many Palestinians still carry around their neck the key to their homes in Palestine – homes that they were forced to leave and cannot return to.

Al Nakba is the name Palestinians give to 15th May, 1948 when the State of Israel established itself on the lands, homes and lives of the Palestinian people.

Al Nakba translates to “The Catastrophe”.

Al Nakba was the moment when the Palestinian people became a nation of refugees. 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes and forced to live in refugee camps. Many who were unable to flee were massacred.

Al Nakba remains in the Palestinian consciousness as the time when their freedom was stolen and to this day it is yet to be returned.

Al Nakba is the soil in which many Palestinian stories are buried, and it is the aspiration of this project 1948 to bring some of these stories to the surface.

What has kept the Palestinians alive since Al Nakba is the dream of return to their land. It is their survival and determination that we also wish to celebrate.

May15th, 1948

February 26, 2010

A date that is so hard to forget and will never be forgotten. This date is usually referred to as Al-Nakba (day of the catastrophe).  I always feel upset by this time of the year and usually at all times when this date crosses my mind. I envy those Zionists who get to go in and out of Palestine and I can’t. I literally had to stand in the boiling sun for countless hours trying to get in Gaza but no use.

Why can’t people understand that this land is ours whether they like it or not.  Palestinians are abused everyday, kicked out of their houses and told to leave. Ask yourself how would you feel if one day a visitor comes to your house and then takes it over and kicks you out? Won’t you be mad? Don’t say “No” because I am 180% sure you will be.  I have the full right to be upset at the moment because it drives me crazy whenever I talk about this particular subject people tell me to calm down and it’s okay, well hell no! It’s not okay! what makes it okay? being kicked out of your land because a racist tribe of people decided to own the land and claim it theirs. Then decided to call Palestine “Israel”. For God’s sake those people are “normal” people in an abnormal region. They do NOT belong here! They lived in Europe, India and other places and suddenly they claim Palestine as their Jewish homeland, ridiculous!

If you’re about to call me anti-Semite then go ahead, you know why? Because I don’t give a crap. I know myself better. I am not against Jews nor any people with belief. I am against and highly against Zionism . Zionsim itself promotes anti-Semitism.

Palestinians have been ever since 1948 fighting for their right to return, I am one of those Palestinians who lives at the end of the world fights on a daily basis for my right to return. Within my self and with my friends. I fight to educated them and open their eyes because what the media says about us is absolutely not right. We are not barbarians, we are not terrorists and NO! we are not criminals. We are highly educated people, with great open minds.  

In conclusion… This day means a great deal to me. One day I hope Palestine will be free before I die and be able to visit my beloved country.

سبعة أيام بعد هدم الأقصى!

February 26, 2010

سبعة أيام بعد هدم الأقصى! * ماهر أبو طير

كانت الساعة تشير إلى التاسعة صباحا. استيقظت متثاقلا. شاشة التلفزيون أمامي تبث خبرا عاجلا، يقول: انهيار المسجد الأقصى بشكل مفاجئ، وقوات الاحتلال تحيط بالموقع وتمنع دخول أحد إلى الحرم القدسي.

بعد يوم واحد من انهيار المسجد الأقصى يتداعى العرب إلى قمة عربية عاجلة لبحث الحدث الجلل، بيان منسوخ عن القمم السابقة سوف يصدر وتهديد ووعيد لإسرائيل، واتصالات سرية معها، لطلب صبرها على الغضبة العربية المباعة للجماهير فقط. مسيرات ومظاهرات في الشوارع من موريتانيا إلى باكستان. مواجهات مع شرطة. القمع في كل مكان وحرائق لدمى تمثل نتنياهو وأوباما، وبضع حجارة تتساقط على سفارات غربية هنا وهناك، ومسيرات غاضبة في الضفة الغربية يتم إطلاق مليون رصاصة فيها إلى السماء، بدلا من العدو على الأرض، وشموع في فلسطين الثمانية والأربعين، وغضب عارم في غزة.

اليوم الثاني تزداد حدة المظاهرات والمسيرات، وتمتد إلى دول أخرى، وقد تأمر بها أنظمة شمولية لاستيعاب رد فعل الجماهير. ودعوة لقمة إسلامية عاجلة، يتم خلالها إصدار بيان آخر يشابه بيان القمة العربية، واعتذارات من تحت الطاولة لإسرائيل، لأن البيان حاد قليلا في اللغة، وشكوى يُقرر العرب والمسلمون تقديمها إلى “اليونسكو” باعتبار أن الأقصى أثر تاريخي، وليس مسرى محمد ومعراجه صلى الله عليه وسلم، وشكوى إلى الأمم المتحدة، وقرار دولي يُندد ويبقى حبرا على الورق، ويضاف إلى سلسلة القرارات التي تصدر ويمسح دبلوماسيو الأمم المتحدة أفواههم بها، بعد تناول “السوشي” في مطاعم نيويورك الفاخرة والآسيوية.

في اليوم الثالث، يتم توزيع رسائل عبر الموبايل لقراءة سورة “الزلزلة” على إسرائيل، وقراءة سورة “الكافرون”، ونواح على شاشات التلفزة من فقهاء مستأجرين لهذه الغايات، يقولون لك بشكل خبيث إن ما جرى دليل على الحقد الصهيوني، وإن هذا قضاء وقدر، ويأتي شيخ مُعمم من أولئك الذين باعوا عرضهم وضميرهم للشيطان، فيقولون إن النصر قريب، وإن النصر صبر ساعة، وإن الأرض كلها طهور، وإنه يجوز الصلاة في أي مكان في القدس، باعتبار أن كل القدس حرم، وإنه يجوز الصلاة فوق الأنقاض، ربما، وإنه أيضا هناك وعد رباني لليهود بقيام دولتهم، وقوتهم، وإن الله يُمددهم بأموال وبنين لا قبل لنا بها، وإن الله سينتقم من الأعداء.

في اليوم الرابع، تبدأ جرافات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي بإزالة الأنقاض، تجرف كل حجارة المسجد الأقصى، وكل البنيان، وتزيلها من المنطقة، فيما تقوم القوات باعتقال المئات من أبناء القدس، من سكان البلدة القديمة والشيخ جراح وسلوان والمناطق المجاورة، وتنقل إسرائيل الأنقاض إلى ساحة “المصرارة” قرب أسوار القدس، وتمنح المقدسيين فرصة لأخذ حجر لكل بيت على سبيل التذكار، من حجارة المسجد المهدوم، تحت شعار “العوض بسلامتكم”، وقد تتبرع إسرائيل بإرسال حجارة على سبيل التهادي إلى دول عديدة، على أساس “تهادوا تحابوا”.

في اليوم الخامس، يتدفق المتطرفون والحاخامات الإسرائيليون إلى الموقع الذي تم تنظيفه ويصلون بضع صلوات شكرا وحمدا على هذا الإنجاز، ويحرق المتطرفون أطنانا من الصحف العربية والقرارات، في موقد يقام للتدفئة في ذلك الموقع، كون الفصل فصل شتاء، وتمنع دول عربية وإسلامية المظاهرات، باعتبارها مضيعة للوقت، وأن قضاء الله قد حل، وأن لا راد لأمر الله، وأن للبيت ربا يحميه، ويخرج “دجال” عبر الشاشة ليقول: إذا كان ربه لم يحمه كمسجد، فهل سنقدر نحن على حمايته والعياذ بالله، ومن نحن يا عبيد حتى نقدر على شيء لم تفعله إرادة الله. نسكت ونفكر في الكلام، ونبدأ بدخول عهد الردة بشكل رسمي، لأننا فهمنا أننا أحسن الخلق، وأننا نستحق نزول الملائكة عند كل مشادة.

في اليوم السادس، يعود العرب إلى بيوتهم. بعضنا يشتري أغراض المقلوبة. البعض الآخر يفكر بصحن فول مُدمس ساخن. البعض الثالث يُفكر بتهريبة مخدرات تقيه شر الفقر عبر البحر المتوسط إلى أوروبا. البعض الرابع يقرر أن يبحث عن حل عبر الزهد والهروب إلى الجبال. البعض الآخر يطالب بقطع أيدي النساء أارجلهن باعتبار أن كشف العورة أدى إلى كل هذه الهزائم. والبعض الآخر يرتد عن أمته ودينه والعياذ بالله، والبعض الأخير يتيه في بحر مالح، أمام هذه الفتنة، وبعض آخر يريد فتوى تسمح له بزواج المتعة.

في اليوم السابع، ويكون يوم جمعة، تقام صلاة الجمعة في كل مكان، عدا المسجد الأقصى. نأخذ دشا ساخنا في الصباح، بعد ليلة باهته أو ساخنة، لا فرق. نذهب إلى المساجد القريبة. نُصلي وندعو على الكافرين، ونعود إلى جبل من الأرز لالتهام الغداء والنوم مثل سلحفاة مقلوبة على ظهرها. فيما تضع إسرائيل حجر الأساس لبناء هيكل سليمان على أنقاض المسجد الأقصى، ويخرج خطيب مستأجر لهذه السلطة أو تلك ليقول إن المسجد الأقصى ليس مهما يا جماعة، ولو كان مهما لما انتقلت القبلة منه إلى الكعبة ذات زمن.

اللهم إليك نشكو ضعفنا وهواننا على الخلق

The beginning of destruction of Al Aqsa on the 16th of March 2010 ? : Rabbi Vilna Gaon Prophecy

February 25, 2010

Sources : http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1131599.html

http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2009/11/third-temple-on-its-way.html

http://beltwayblips.dailyradar.com/story/if-the-vilna-gaon-was-right-the-3rd-temple-is-on-its/

http://209.157.64.201/focus/f-religion/2428550/posts

http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/pages/ShArtStEngPE.jhtml?itemNo=941834&contrassID=2&subContrassID=5&title=‘The%20Messiah%20brought%20the%20first%20immigrants%20’&dyn_server=172.20.5.5

If the 18th-century rabbinic authority the Vilna Gaon was right, on March 16, 2010, construction will begin on the third Temple. His projection states that the auspicious day will coincide with the third completion of the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter.

The great day is at hand: On March 15, the reconstructed Hurva Synagogue, considered the most important house of prayer in Jerusalem will be rededicated. It was last destroyed in the War of Independence.

However, during the reconstruction process, the Hurva has become a bone of contention between ultra-Orthodox and other Jerusalemites.
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The conflict is over what kind of institution the Hurva will be. A group of secular and national-religious Jerusalemites say that if the state does not act quickly, the Hurva will become another ultra-Orthodox synagogue, where women and tourists are unwelcome.

“The government has invested millions in the restoration of the synagogue. It is a place of special value to tourists. The Jewish Quarter has dozens of synagogues and it doesn’t need another one,” said Tehila Nahlon, an activist.

The debate reflects wider issues of identity facing the Jewish Quarter, which has become increasingly ultra-Orthodox in recent years.

City councilwoman Rachel Azariya said, “The Hurva must not become just another synagogue, and the Jewish Quarter just another Haredi neighborhood.”

The Hurva, whose name means “ruin,” was initially built by disciples of Rabbi Judah Hahasid in the early 18th century. It was destroyed shortly thereafter by Muslims demanding the return of loans given to build the synagogue. After it was rebuilt in the mid-19th century, it became the most important synagogue in the country, but it was blown up in 1948 by the Jordan Legion a few days before the fall of the Jewish Quarter in the War of Independence.

In 2001, after years of debate, the government decided to restore the building.

The historic building, whose famous dome one more dominates the skyline of the Jewish Quarter, has now been meticulously recreated, including furnishings and wall frescoes.

MY personal commentary : And if we don’t do something RIGHT NOW they will destroy it !! and by the way , the coward and treacherous arab governments still didn’t make ANY SORT OF REACTION against the joining of our Islamic holy sites to the list of ” jewish heritage ” !!!

-Hussein M. Azmi.

Please pass on this note and inform your family and friends.

Palestinian Art: Trio Jobran ثلاثي جبران

February 21, 2010

فرقة عود موسيقية فلسطينية، تتكون من الأخوة سمير ، عدنان و وسام جبران من مدينة الناصرة . أنطلقت في بادئ الأمر بشكل فردي عبر الأخ الأكبر سمير عام 1996 ومن ثم تلاه الأخوان الأخران. أحيى الثلاثي عدة حفلات داخل وخارج فلسطين ، منها في رام الله و بيت لحم و القدس و الناصرة وحيفا و عمّان و كثير من المدن الأوربية ، سواء على المستوى الفردي أو الجماعي ، كان أهمها تلك الحفلات التي أقيمت بمشاركة الشاعر العربي محموددرويش ، حيث رافقته الفرقة في العشر سنوات الأخيرة من عمره

Palestinian Hip-Hop/Rap

February 20, 2010

Some of the few groups or individuals in the Arab world who I think are successful in the music they make and the lyrics they write.

Four of my favourites were; Darg Team, Rami GB, Majzarrah, and DAM.

Starting with: Darg Team

This group is based in Gaza and most of their lyrics reflect their life in Gaza.

Majzarrah ( Fouad Abdul Hadi)

Majzarrah (Fouad Abdul Hadi) is originally Palestinian from Tulkarem and he’s been rapping for a few years now. Most of his songs go to Palestine and the Israel occupation.

Rami GB

One of the very good songs I have heard for this particular rapper. He’s honestly got great beats and strong lyrics. Rami is Palestinian from Jenin and because of the destruction that was caused by Zionist Israel he had to move and live in Ramallah. His album just recently came out in December and this is the play list to his CD.

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=2FE15507F04DA382&search_query=Rami+GB

DAM (Da Arab MCs)

This band is from the occupied lands of Palestine. This song is one of the most popular songs ever. It’s world wide and I think it’s their best song. Very emotional and truly describes the hardship the Palestinian go through. Some of the scenes in this song made me cry in anger…

I hope you enjoy my taste in this genre… I really like those two groups and two artists. They have got deep lyrics that struck me really hard inside.

Absolutely Nothing To Do- Stalkers & Freaks

February 20, 2010

So, I thought I would start writing since there is nothing to do but to take it all out before I explode upon my brother. I wake up this morning and I realize I am home alone with my younger brother and with nothing to do. Thanks pa, for leaving us! I walk to the window to make sure my car is still parked but nope, it seems like my dad decided take my car and drive around town.

So here I am complaining and bitching about it because there is nothing better to do and with no chores to be done, I’ll be stuck all day long typing random crap on my blog (apparently the word “blog” doesn’t exist, because it’s underlined in red which usually means there is something wrong about it) or maybe it should be written Blog- nope! it’s still wrong. Enough with that LOL, you can probably tell by now that I am bored.

Today, one of my friends was complaining about how her “friend” or shall I say her stalker isn’t leaving her alone. Honestly, I have had this problem before but thankfully I decided to ignore this person and when I did this person decided to threaten me so I simply  said in Arabic “أعلى ما بخيلك إركب”  which means “do whatever you want, I don’t give a crap” or something like that, and  this person simply stopped harassing me because obviously I wasn’t scared. People like this should just be left ignored and whatever they post on your blog, Facebook or whatever can just be deleted it or simply blocked. They need to get a life as well. That’s another.

This really pisses me off, because those people only want to make your life miserable, but lol who do they think they are messing with, either it was me or my friend. I think she can handle a freak who keeps following her everywhere.

Another thing really bugged me about this situation is the fact marrying someone or getting engaged to a certain person from a different country doesn’t make you like a person who doesn’t care about their traditions. “يعني بالاحرى مش معناتو إنو الواحد بكره أهل بلدو، بس شو صار لو الواحد يغير … القيامة مش حتقوم.” But I personally is a very patriot person, and I would only choose a person from my country… But it’s never a problem to marry someone from a different region or country. Enough with that, I am bored of the subject.

I think I have to go now make lunch before my brother breaks something on my head for being so lazy, LOL.

buh-bye!

Haiti Takes Over The Spot Light.

February 16, 2010

Gaza, who the world stool silent to when it was under the Zionist attack for over 20 days. The city was greatly damaged and yet no one offered help.  You would say I am feeling pretty jealous at the moment of the Haitians but I am not. I truly find it unfair that they receive this huge amount of help while some other parts of the world are being ignored even thought they have suffered great damaged. We always turn our eyes and ears away from the true victims not that the Haitians aren’t victims but still. I see Arab leaders running to help the victims of Haitians and I have no problem with that at all, but I feel disgusted of what they are doing. They are total hypocrites. When Gaza was under attack they did nothing to aid them or help them. Some countries even banned demonstrations to be held for the people of Gaza. I just realized how unfair our leaders are. They should have helped the people of Gaza that supposedly are their brothers and sisters as they claim in public speeches but when it comes to reality those speeches are just faded memories and dreams.

Abused Soul #1

February 15, 2010

Dang! I am late!

I woke up at 7:30 this morning realizing the fact that I am late to my first morning class thinking and blaming myself for the long hours I have stayed the night before.  I call my mom on the way down the stairs and tell her how much I have missed her.

I walk into the kitchen barefooted feeling the chill in my feet because of the cold floor and I greet my dad and make myself some coffee and picked up the news paper…

So, how’s it looking today? Any good news at all?, my dad disturbed my deep thoughts like always.

No, I replied. As always there has to be some bad news to ruin the start of your day.  I finish my coffee and hurry to my room to get dressed. My sight falls on a little piece of paper with a little message from my ex boyfriend, “Farah, call me when you wake up. I missed your voice”, I miss those days… I and he were so tight and so lovely oh well; I leave the thought and finish dressing.

I leave the house after kissing my dad’s cheek and hugged my brothers. I look at the baby blue skies and think of the day I had to stand at the borders of Rafah for 7 straight hours under the burning sun waiting for the officer’s mercy to let us in, yet no use… My mother got tired of waiting and my brothers started whining, “Why do we have to go to Gaza? What if the “Jews” start dropping rockets on us, mom let’s leave!” Omar kept questioning the reason why we had to go to Gaza. He was too young to realize the fact that we NEED to see our grandparents and our land for once in our life time even if we didn’t have the chance to live there…

I arrive at the station where I waited another half an hour to get on the train. Why did I sleep so late last night! Farah, God dammit! I kept blaming myself.  I look around the brown like walls that are covered with colourful graffiti; I truly enjoy those pieces of art done by maybe Negros, white people, or maybe Asians… Whoever they are they fall under some kind of race.

The word Arab and brown were always some of the words I hated the most. Something that I was described. Terrorist is another word I was called by those who think they are better. But who cares… In the end we all fall under some kind of race whether it’s Arab, or brown.

I always thought this neighbourhood was peaceful and quite until the day I was followed by a few racist “Jews” who wanted to hurt me because of all my work for my beloved Palestine. You’re a bitch, you know nothing and you’re brainwashed by what your fucking parents have taught you over the years. They have beaten me, slapped me, pulled my scarf and laughed at me. I was left bleeding on the ground until an old lady saw me and called the police. I hate them all! I hate every single hater in this world that is out to abuse an innocent person. What have I ever done to them for them to beat me? I feel helpless…

Thankfully the train has arrived because I was seconds away from crying over those days…

Violent Zionist Settlers.

February 14, 2010

Zionist settlers tour Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem. Filmed by Mona.