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I met with some friends from Turkey recently, and I was informed that Mavi Marmara will set sail again. Mavi Marmara will be sailing under the new flotilla freedom II campaign soon.
Those who are interested to join the flotilla are welcome to fill in the participation form. Who knows you’ll be chosen as one of its passenger. I’ve already filled my form. http://www.ihh.org.tr/filo-katilim-formu/en/
Aku membeli dua buah naskah buku yang diterbitkan oleh Jundi Resources. Buku pertama – Cinta di langit Gaza – tulisan Ust. Riduan Mohamad Nor, buku yang mengisahkan perjalanan beliau berserta suka duka yang dilalui sepanjang melaksanakan misi bantuan kemanusiaan di berbagai buah tempat, antaranya – Lebanon, Acheh, Kashmir, Kemboja, Pakistan dan Bangladesh. Juga dikongsi anekdot perjalanan beliau di merata pelusuk dunia. Aku cuba juga untuk menulis pengalaman aku, tapi sering dihambat dengan lelah dan kesuntukan masa. Mungkin aku yang tidak pandai mengurus masa…
Buku kedua pula, ditulis oleh Ust. Riduan Mohamad Nor berserta C.N Afghani, buku ini bertajuk duka – Memoir Tragedi Memali. Aku tahu kisah Memali ini, dan aku ingat ketika itu aku masih di tingkatan satu. Seperti rakyat yang lain, aku juga ditipu dan disuap dengan maklumat haram lagi palsu… hinggalah aku dapat menjejak letak berita yang sebenar. Buku ini menjadi panduan untuk aku mengetahui kisah sebenar yang terjadi sebelum ianya menjadi sejarah songsang sepertimana perjuangan menuntut kemerdekaan ditulis.
Shahrul Peshawar, Kota Bharu
KLIA 21 Sept -Adik Muhammad Moussa selamat berangkat ke Palestin malam tadi setelah berada di Malaysia selama 2 bulan 3 hari menjalani rawatan mendapatkan kaki palsu. Beliau mengucapkan ribuan terimakasih kepada semua pihak yang terlibat terutamanya pihak MRA dan Hospital Pakar Al Islam yang sentiasa bersama beliau. Beliau menyatakan ini adalah merupakan satu pengalaman manis yang beliau tidak akan lupakan disepanjang hayat beliau. Turut bersama beliau di lapangan terbang KLIA ialah para EXCO MRA yang terdiri dari Dr. Hyzan, Pn Yasmin, Sr. Shireen dan Sr. Fauziah.
Satu sidang media untuk mengucapkan terimakasih kepada seluruh penderma telah diadakan di Hospital Pakar Al Islam Kampung Baru pada hari Jumaat, 18 Sept. telah diberikan kepada wakil-wakil dari MSRI, COMPLETE, Hospital Serdang dan Hospital Pakar Al Islam. Dato’ Dr. Abdul Razak Kechik dalam ucapan beliau memaklumkan beberapa projek yang sedang dan akan dijalankan oleh MRA seperti bantuan pendidikan di Sri Lanka, bantuan kepada dan di selatan Thai dan bantuan berterusan di Palestin. Dalam konteks dalam negara pula, beliau menyatakan usaha berterusan sedang dijalankan membantu masyarakat terpinggir seperti orang asli, pencari suaka politik dan latihan kepada sukarelawan.
Dr. Hyzan selaku Ketua Biro Bantuan Perubatan memaklumkan bahawa pihak MRA sedang mengenalpasti beberapa pesakit lagi yang akan dibawa ke Malaysia untuk mendapatkan bantuan perubatan. Disamping itu beberapa orang doktor perubatan dari Palestin juga akan dibawa ke Malaysia untuk mendapatkan latihan intensif dalam bidang bius. Menjawab soalan wartawan, Dr. Hyzan menyatakan keseluruhan perbelanjaan perubatan adik M. Moussa adalah melebihi RM80,000.00 dan jumlah ini telah ditaja oleh beberapa pertubuhan dan orang perseorangan.
Adik Muhammad Moussa juga sempat menunjukkan demonstrasi bagaimana beliau menggunakan kaki yang baru walaupun masih dalam keadaan yang agak kekok. Kita semua mendoakan semoga adik M. Moussa dapat menyesuaikan diri dengan segera dengan kaki yang baru dan dapat memulakan kehidupan yang baru sebagai seorang remaja yang aktif dan dinamik, insyaAllah.
A demonstration will be held at 11am today infront of Embassy of Egypt in Jalan Rhu, Ampang to protest the detention of Maj (R) Azlan Muhammad Shariff in Cairo.
Dunia Kemanusiaan urged unconditional release for Mr. Azlan. It was reported that the authority of Egypt was the party who had detained him and the Egypt intelligence had interrogated him. Shockingly, CIA, MOSSAD and M15 was also involved in the interrogation.
This is not his first trip to Gaza and his mission to assist Palestine had been published in official webiste of Global Peace Mission a long time ago.
Egypt should be seen as a friend of Palestine and not as tools of Israel and America.
FREE AZLAN NOW!
SHAHRUL PESHAWAR, Alor Setar
Satu perhimpunan membantah penahanan aktivis kemanusiaan, Mej (B) Azlan Muhammad Shariff di Kaherah akan diadakan di Kedutaan Mesir yang terletak di Jalan Rhu, Ampang pada jam 11 pagi ini.
Dunia Kemanusiaan mendesak agar Sdr. Azlan dibebaskan tanpa syarat sesegera mungkin. Dilaporkan bahawa Azlan telah ditahan oleh pihak berkuasa Mesir dan telah disoal siasat oleh wakil agensi perisikan Mesir dan mengejutkan lagi wujudnya pembabitan secara langsung wakil dari CIA, MOSSAD dan M15.
Azlan bukanlah kali pertama berada di bumi Gaza dan misi bantuannya ke Palestin ini telah lama diwar-warkan oleh laman sawang rasmi Global Peace Malaysia.
Mesir seharusnya dilihat sebagai sahabat kepada Palestin dan bukannya sebagai balaci atau pencacai kepada Israel dan Amerika.
BEBASKAN AZLAN SEKARANG!
SHAHRUL PESHAWAR, Alor Setar
Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children’s graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques – these are a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days to print on shirts they order to mark the end of training, or of field duty. The slogans accompanying the drawings are not exactly anemic either: A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription “Better use Durex,” next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and a teddy bear beside him. A sharpshooter’s T-shirt from the Givati Brigade’s Shaked battalion shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull’s-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, in English, “1 shot, 2 kills.” A “graduation” shirt for those who have completed another snipers course depicts a Palestinian baby, who grows into a combative boy and then an armed adult, with the inscription, “No matter how it begins, we’ll put an end to it.”
There are also plenty of shirts with blatant sexual messages. For example, the Lavi battalion produced a shirt featuring a drawing of a soldier next to a young woman with bruises, and the slogan, “Bet you got raped!” A few of the images underscore actions whose existence the army officially denies – such as “confirming the kill” (shooting a bullet into an enemy victim’s head from close range, to ensure he is dead), or harming religious sites, or female or child non-combatants.
In many cases, the content is submitted for approval to one of the unit’s commanders. The latter, however, do not always have control over what gets printed, because the artwork is a private initiative of soldiers that they never hear about. Drawings or slogans previously banned in certain units have been approved for distribution elsewhere. For example, shirts declaring, “We won’t chill ’til we confirm the kill” were banned in the past (the IDF claims that the practice doesn’t exist), yet the Haruv battalion printed some last year.
The slogan “Let every Arab mother know that her son’s fate is in my hands!” had previously been banned for use on another infantry unit’s shirt. A Givati soldier said this week, however, that at the end of last year, his platoon printed up dozens of shirts, fleece jackets and pants bearing this slogan.
“It has a drawing depicting a soldier as the Angel of Death, next to a gun and an Arab town,” he explains. “The text was very powerful. The funniest part was that when our soldier came to get the shirts, the man who printed them was an Arab, and the soldier felt so bad that he told the girl at the counter to bring them to him.”
Many controversial shirts have been ordered by graduates of snipers courses, which bring together soldiers from various units. In 2006, soldiers from the “Carmon Team” course for elite-unit marksmen printed a shirt with a drawing of a knife-wielding Palestinian in the crosshairs of a gun sight, and the slogan, “You’ve got to run fast, run fast, run fast, before it’s all over.” Below is a drawing of Arab women weeping over a grave and the words: “And afterward they cry, and afterward they cry.” [The inscriptions are riffs on a popular song.] Another sniper’s shirt also features an Arab man in the crosshairs, and the announcement, “Everything is with the best of intentions.”
What is the idea behind the shirt from July 2007, which has an image of a child with the slogan “Smaller – harder!”?
“It’s a kid, so you’ve got a little more of a problem, morally, and also the target is smaller.”
Do your superiors approve the shirts before printing?
“Yes, although one time they rejected some shirt that was too extreme. I don’t remember what was on it.”
A shirt printed up just this week for soldiers of the Lavi battalion, who spent three years in the West Bank, reads: “We came, we saw, we destroyed!” – alongside images of weapons, an angry soldier and a Palestinian village with a ruined mosque in the center.
A shirt printed after Operation Cast Lead in Gaza for Battalion 890 of the Paratroops depicts a King Kong-like soldier in a city under attack. The slogan is unambiguous: “If you believe it can be fixed, then believe it can be destroyed!”
Y., a soldier/yeshiva student, designed the shirt. “You take whoever [in the unit] knows how to draw and then you give it to the commanders before printing,” he explained.
What is the soldier holding in his hand?
Y. “A mosque. Before I drew the shirt I had some misgivings, because I wanted it to be like King Kong, but not too monstrous. The one holding the mosque – I wanted him to have a more normal-looking face, so it wouldn’t look like an anti-Semitic cartoon. Some of the people who saw it told me, ‘Is that what you’ve got to show for the IDF? That it destroys homes?’ I can understand people who look at this from outside and see it that way, but I was in Gaza and they kept emphasizing that the object of the operation was to wreak destruction on the infrastructure, so that the price the Palestinians and the leadership pay will make them realize that it isn’t worth it for them to go on shooting. So that’s the idea of ‘we’re coming to destroy’ in the drawing.”
According to Y., most of these shirts are worn strictly in an army context, not in civilian life. “And within the army people look at it differently,” he added. “I don’t think I would walk down the street in this shirt, because it would draw fire. Even at my yeshiva I don’t think people would like it.”
Y. also came up with a design for the shirt his unit printed at the end of basic training. It shows a clenched fist shattering the symbol of the Paratroops Corps.
Where does the fist come from?
“It’s reminiscent of [Rabbi Meir] Kahane’s symbol. I borrowed it from an emblem for something in Russia, but basically it’s supposed to look like Kahane’s symbol, the one from ‘Kahane Was Right’ – it’s a sort of joke. Our company commander is kind of gung-ho.”
What’s the idea behind “Only God forgives”?
The soldier: “It’s just a saying.”
No one had a problem with the fact that a mosque gets blown up in the picture?
“I don’t see what you’re getting at. I don’t like the way you’re going with this. Don’t take this somewhere you’re not supposed to, as though we hate Arabs.”
After Operation Cast Lead, soldiers from that battalion printed a T-shirt depicting a vulture sexually penetrating Hamas’ prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, accompanied by a particularly graphic slogan. S., a soldier in the platoon that ordered the shirt, said the idea came from a similar shirt, printed after the Second Lebanon War, that featured Hassan Nasrallah instead of Haniyeh.
Shlomo Tzipori, a lieutenant colonel in the reserves and a lawyer specializing in martial law, said the army does bring soldiers up on charges for offenses that occur outside the base and during their free time. According to Tzipori, slogans that constitute an “insult to the army or to those in uniform” are grounds for court-martial, on charges of “shameful conduct” or “disciplinary infraction,” which are general clauses in judicial martial law.
Sociologist Dr. Orna Sasson-Levy, of Bar-Ilan University, author of “Identities in Uniform: Masculinities and Femininities in the Israeli Military,” said that the phenomenon is “part of a radicalization process the entire country is undergoing, and the soldiers are at its forefront. I think that ever since the second intifada there has been a continual shift to the right. The pullout from Gaza and its outcome – the calm that never arrived – led to a further shift rightward.
Levy: “I’m familiar with things of this sort going back 40, 50 years, and each time they take a different form. Psychologically speaking, this is one of the ways in which soldiers project their anger, frustration and violence. It is a certain expression of things, which I call ‘below the belt.'”
Do you think this a good way to vent anger?
Levy: “It’s safe. But there are also things here that deviate from the norm, and you could say that whoever is creating these things has reached some level of normality. He gives expression to the fact that what is considered abnormal today might no longer be so tomorrow.”
Hj Mohd Nur Anuar Hashim, President of GPM represented GPM at the ceremony. Exco members Mohd Azlan Shariff and Mohd Halimi Abdul Hamid together with CEO Mohd Asri Abdul and Mohd Shakir Fahmi were also present.
All together 13 NGO’s received a total off RM11,000,000. 00 in allocations; as recognition for their involvement and activism in helping the Palestinian cause especially in Gaza.
For Immediate Release
13th Friday 2009, Ni’lin Village: An American citizen has been critically injured in the village of Ni’lin after Israeli forces shot him in the head with a tear-gas canister.
Tristan Anderson from California USA, 37 years old, has been taken to Israeli hospital Tel Hashomer, near Tel Aviv. Anderson is unconscious and has been bleeding heavily from the nose and mouth. He sustained a large hole in his forehead where he was struck by the canister.
Tristan was shot by the new tear-gas canisters that can be shot up to 500m. I ran over as I saw someone had been shot, while the Israeli forces continued to fire tear-gas at us. When an ambulance came, the Israeli soldiers refused to allow the ambulance through the checkpoint just outside the village. After 5 minutes of arguing with the soldiers, the ambulance passed.
– Teah Lunqvist (Sweden) – International Solidarity Movement
The Israeli army began using to use a high velocity tear gas canister in December 2008. The black canister, labeled in Hebrew as “40mm bullet special/long range,” can shoot over 400 meters. The gas canister does not make a noise when fired or emit a smoke tail. A combination of the canister’s high velocity and silence is extremely dangerous and has caused numerous injuries, including a Palestinian male whose leg was broken in January 2009.
Adam Taylor (English), ISM Media Office +972 8503948
Sasha Solanas (English), ISM Media Office – +972 549032981
Woody Berch (English), at Tel Hashomer hospital +972 548053082
Tristan Anderson was shot as Israeli forces attacked a demonstration against the construction of the annexation wall through the village of Ni’lin’s land. Another resident from Ni’lin was shot in the leg with live ammunition.
Four Ni’lin residents have been killed during demonstrations against the confiscation of their land.
Ahmed Mousa (10) was shot in the forehead with live ammunition on 29th July 2008. The following day, Yousef Amira (17) was shot twice with rubber-coated steel bullets, leaving him brain dead. He died a week later on 4 August 2008. Arafat Rateb Khawaje (22), was the third Ni’lin resident to be killed by Israeli forces. He was shot in the back with live ammunition on 28 December 2008. That same day, Mohammed Khawaje (20), was shot in the head with live ammunition, leaving him brain dead. He died three days in a Ramallah hospital.
Residents in the village of Ni’lin have been demonstrating against the construction of the Apartheid Wall, deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004. Ni’lin will lose approximately 2500 dunums of agricultural land when the construction of the Wall is completed. Ni’lin was 57,000 dunums in 1948, reduced to 33,000 dunums in 1967, currently is 10,000 dunums and will be 7,500 dunums after the construction of the Wall.