June 23, 2013

"Mass celebrations for Mohammed Assaf in Ramallah, Gaza, Nazareth and Jerusalem tonight are breaking the shackles of imposed separation."
Joseph Dana, June 22, 2013

April 9, 2013
thehummusdance:

Deir Yassin Massacre - April 9, 1948
Or, the other shoe that fell; a symbol of the Palestinian Nakba, which sparked 750,000 Palestinians to flee their homes crying “Deir Yassin!”
This anniversary does not only mark the gruesome massacre carried out by three terrorist gangs against unarmed Palestinian civilians (which the April 13, 1948 New York Times coverage reported Zionist forces went “house-to-house” killing 254 Palestinians, including 25 pregnant women who were bayoneted and 52 children who were maimed in front of their mothers before being beheaded and the mothers slain) but it also marks the beginning of the policy of cleansing Palestine’s villages so as to demolish what was once known as Palestine through depopulation. 
Let’s not forget, however, that Dier Yassin not only had a “good reputation” but it also stood neutral during the 1947-1948 Civil War between Arabs and Jews, and that Dier Yassin had prevented Palestinian fighters from using its land to fight the Zionist terrorists, in addition to the fact that it had signed a non-aggression treaty with the Zionists. Therefore, I believe the moral lesson out of this is that:

“Deir Yasin must always remain a warning and a reminder to every Palestinian, to every Arab as the village that signed a “peace agreement” with the Zionists and ended up being ethnically cleansed, wiped off the map and its residents either savagely massacred or made refugees.”

Lastly, I believe it is only ironic that Dier Yassin, where all of this insanity began, is now the site of Kfaur Shaul Mental Health Centre; an Israeli public psychiatric hospital.

thehummusdance:

Deir Yassin Massacre - April 9, 1948

Or, the other shoe that fell; a symbol of the Palestinian Nakba, which sparked 750,000 Palestinians to flee their homes crying “Deir Yassin!”

This anniversary does not only mark the gruesome massacre carried out by three terrorist gangs against unarmed Palestinian civilians (which the April 13, 1948 New York Times coverage reported Zionist forces went “house-to-house” killing 254 Palestinians, including 25 pregnant women who were bayoneted and 52 children who were maimed in front of their mothers before being beheaded and the mothers slain) but it also marks the beginning of the policy of cleansing Palestine’s villages so as to demolish what was once known as Palestine through depopulation. 

Let’s not forget, however, that Dier Yassin not only had a “good reputation” but it also stood neutral during the 1947-1948 Civil War between Arabs and Jews, and that Dier Yassin had prevented Palestinian fighters from using its land to fight the Zionist terrorists, in addition to the fact that it had signed a non-aggression treaty with the Zionists. Therefore, I believe the moral lesson out of this is that:

Deir Yasin must always remain a warning and a reminder to every Palestinian, to every Arab as the village that signed a “peace agreement” with the Zionists and ended up being ethnically cleansed, wiped off the map and its residents either savagely massacred or made refugees.”

Lastly, I believe it is only ironic that Dier Yassin, where all of this insanity began, is now the site of Kfaur Shaul Mental Health Centre; an Israeli public psychiatric hospital.

(Source: lastuli)

April 9, 2013
"Today is the 65th anniversary of the massacre at Deir Yassin, a village near West Jerusalem. Early in the morning of 9 April 1948, around 120 members of the underground Jewish militia groups, the Irgun (also known as the IZL), and the Stern Gang, entered the Palestinian Arab village of Deir Yassin and killed somewhere between 100 and 250 people, including men, women, children, and the elderly. Some died from gunshots, others from hand grenades being thrown into their homes. Other villagers were killed after being taken on a victory parade through West Jerusalem. (This was later disputed). There were reports of rapes and mutilations."

Samira Shackle, Deir Yassin remembered, Middle East Monitor, April 09 2013

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Deir Yassin was a peaceful village that had signed a non-aggression pact, but fell into the UN’s plans for the independent Jerusalem area. What happened there was not unique: there were other massacres. But it marked the first time that Jewish forces really went on the offensive, and had far-reaching consequences that explain the fact that it retains such symbolic value.

News of the killings at Deir Yassin and other villages sparked terror within the Palestinian community, causing hundreds of thousands of them to flee from their towns and villages as Jewish troops advanced. It also strengthened the resolve of neighbouring Arab nations to intervene. On 15 May 1948, one day after the British Mandate ended and Israel declared its independence, several Arab armies invaded and the 1948 Arab-Israeli war began.

Menachem Begin, leader of the Irgun, said at the time: “We created terror among the Arabs and all the villages around. In one blow, we changed the strategic situation.” Indeed, the events changed the course of the conflict. Although the two groups carrying them out were underground, extremist militia, both of their leaders - Begin, and Yitzhak Shamir of the Stern Gang - later became prime ministers of the newly formed state of Israel. [In Full]

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March 31, 2013

thepalestineyoudontknow:

Happy Easter From Occupied birth place of Jesus , Palestine !

In the annual Palm Sunday procession, Palestinian Christians carry signs naming their West Bank communities, all of which are cut off from Jerusalem by the Israeli separation barrier, requiring their residents to obtain special permits to enter, March 24, 2013. Such restrictions have dramatically reduced the number of Palestinians able to participate in religious traditions of any faith in Jerusalem

Palestinian Christians protest Israeli permit regime during Palm Sunday procession .(x)

During the annual Palm Sunday procession, Palestinian Christians protest permits delayed and denied during the Easter season. Photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org

Whether during Ramadan or Easter, every year, Palestinians with West Bank IDs face challenges entering Jerusalem for religious worship. Despite claims by Israeli authorities of granting more permits and relaxing restrictions, each year thousands of worshipers are denied entry.

This Easter season, early reports indicate that Palestinian Christian communities from the northern West Bank had to cancel their Palm Sunday celebrations in Jerusalem due to a lack of permits. Parishes from the Bethlehem and Ramallah areas received between 30% and 40% of the permits they requested.

One individual from the Bethlehem area lamented that while he was granted entry, the rest of his family was turned away at the checkpoint. Such arbitrary policies are typical with Israel’s permitting system, which rarely provides a coherent rationale for who is granted and who is denied, other the than the catch-all excuse of “security reasons”.

Palestinian Christians and Muslims rightly ask why if they are granted special permission to visit Jerusalem for religious holiday seasons–and are at that time not considered a security threat–why they are not allowed to freely visit throughout the year.

The heavy Israeli military presence along the procession route contrasts with the original meaning of the holiday. Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem, marking the beginning of the Christian Holy Week. According to the Christian scriptures, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem, and the celebrating people there lay down their cloaks in front of him and waved palm branches as a symbol of victory. Additional symbolism included his choice to ride on a donkey, perhaps referring to Eastern traditions that it is an animal of peace, versus the horse, which is the animal of war. A king came riding upon a horse when he was bent on war and rode upon a donkey when he wanted to point out he was coming in peace. Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem would thus symbolize his entry as the Prince of Peace, not as a war-waging king.

The Gospel of Luke also contains this prescient passage of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem: “As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.’”

March 30, 2013
Who Guards The Most Sacred Site In Christendom? Two Muslims | International Business Times

February 12, 2013
Israel to demolish home of Palestinian Grand Sheikh in Jerusalem | Middle East Monitor
February 11, 2013
The Israeli occupation authorities have issued eviction and demolition notices on an apartment block in Jerusalem in which the city’s Grand Sheikh lives. Sixteen apartments and their owners will be affected by the move. Sheikh Ikrama Sabri is one of the Imams at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The Sheikh told local media that the Israelis have given no reason for the demolition of the building. However, he believes that it is part of Israel’s “Judaisation” policy for the Holy City, which has seen the number of Palestinian buildings being demolished by the authorities increase recently.
According to Sheikh Sabri, the Israelis clearly want to remove all traces of Jerusalem’s indigenous Arab population. At the moment, Arabs and Muslims make up 36 per cent of the population of Jerusalem. “Israel plans to reduce this to 12 per cent by 2020,” said the eminent scholar.
He called on Arab and Islamic countries to support the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, especially with funds for housing projects to encourage them to resist Israel’s ethnic cleansing.
Copyright © 2013 Middle East Monitor.

Israel to demolish home of Palestinian Grand Sheikh in Jerusalem | Middle East Monitor

February 11, 2013

The Israeli occupation authorities have issued eviction and demolition notices on an apartment block in Jerusalem in which the city’s Grand Sheikh lives. Sixteen apartments and their owners will be affected by the move. Sheikh Ikrama Sabri is one of the Imams at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Sheikh told local media that the Israelis have given no reason for the demolition of the building. However, he believes that it is part of Israel’s “Judaisation” policy for the Holy City, which has seen the number of Palestinian buildings being demolished by the authorities increase recently.

According to Sheikh Sabri, the Israelis clearly want to remove all traces of Jerusalem’s indigenous Arab population. At the moment, Arabs and Muslims make up 36 per cent of the population of Jerusalem. “Israel plans to reduce this to 12 per cent by 2020,” said the eminent scholar.

He called on Arab and Islamic countries to support the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, especially with funds for housing projects to encourage them to resist Israel’s ethnic cleansing.

Copyright © 2013 Middle East Monitor.

January 20, 2013
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December 14, 2012
israelfacts:


“Death to Christianity” “Jesus, son of a whore” — Vandals Spray Hate Graffiti on Jerusalem Church
Vandals have spray-painted “Death to Christianity” and “Jesus, son of a whore” on a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem.
The overnight attack on the Monastery of the Cross was the latest in a series of vandalisms of Christian holy sites. Extremist Jews sympathetic to Israel’s settlement movement are suspected.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Wednesday the vandals also sprayed “price tag” on the monastery’s outer wall — a form of retribution settlers and their sympathizers use in retaliation for acts they consider to be pro-Palestinian. Extremists have carried out similar “price tag” attacks on other churches, mosques and Israeli military bases.
Israel has 155,000 Christian citizens, less than 2 percent of its nearly 8 million people.
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There are approximately 167,000 Palestinian Christians currently living in the West Bank and 10,000 in Hamas-run Gaza.
Muslims hold Jesus in high regard as they believe he is a prophet, along with Abraham, Moses, Muhammad and others. He is mentioned more times by name in the Koran than Muhammad. Mary, known as Maryam in Islam, is mentioned more in the Koran than in the entire New Testament.
Photograph: Graffiti found on Monastery of the Cross, on the morning of December 12, 2012. Credit: Emil Salman

israelfacts:

“Death to Christianity” “Jesus, son of a whore” — Vandals Spray Hate Graffiti on Jerusalem Church

Vandals have spray-painted “Death to Christianity” and “Jesus, son of a whore” on a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem.

The overnight attack on the Monastery of the Cross was the latest in a series of vandalisms of Christian holy sites. Extremist Jews sympathetic to Israel’s settlement movement are suspected.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Wednesday the vandals also sprayed “price tag” on the monastery’s outer wall — a form of retribution settlers and their sympathizers use in retaliation for acts they consider to be pro-Palestinian. Extremists have carried out similar “price tag” attacks on other churches, mosques and Israeli military bases.

Israel has 155,000 Christian citizens, less than 2 percent of its nearly 8 million people.

ABC News

There are approximately 167,000 Palestinian Christians currently living in the West Bank and 10,000 in Hamas-run Gaza.

Muslims hold Jesus in high regard as they believe he is a prophet, along with Abraham, Moses, Muhammad and others. He is mentioned more times by name in the Koran than Muhammad. Mary, known as Maryam in Islam, is mentioned more in the Koran than in the entire New Testament.

Photograph: Graffiti found on Monastery of the Cross, on the morning of December 12, 2012. Credit: Emil Salman

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February 13, 2012

القُدس، فلسطين

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February 12, 2012
Price tag graffiti daubed on Jerusalem monastery | Reuters
JERUSALEM | Tuesday, February 7, 2012
(Reuters) - A Jerusalem monastery, built on the site where tradition says the tree used in the making of Jesus’s cross once stood, was defaced with “Death to Christians” graffiti on Tuesday.
The words “Price Tag” daubed on a vandalized  car parked outside the 11th-century Monastery of the Cross suggested  that militant Jewish settlers were responsible and police said they were  investigating that possibility as well as other angles.
The  term refers to retribution the settlers say they will exact for any  attempt by the Israeli government to curb settlement in the West Bank,  an area Palestinians seek as part of a future state.
"Price  Tag" attacks have targeted mosques, Palestinian homes and Israeli  military installations in the occupied West Bank but vandalism of  Christian holy sites in Jerusalem is extremely rare.
Police  said “Death to Christians” was painted in Hebrew on the outer wall of  the fortress-like monastery administered by the Greek Orthodox church in  a valley overlooked by Israel’s parliament.
"I am a priest and I forgive," Father Claudio of the monastery told Reuters.
Elsewhere  in Jerusalem on Tuesday, “Death to Arabs” was painted in Hebrew on the  wall of a playground of a Jewish-Arab bilingual school.
In  the West Bank, anti-Muslim slogans were daubed on the walls of several  homes in the village of Al-Lubban al-Sharqiya overnight, a Palestinian  official said, blaming Jewish settlers.
A similar incident occurred on Sunday in the West Bank village of Al Janiyeh, the official said.
(Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Additional reporting by Ali Sawafta in Ramallah, Editing by Ori Lewis)
© 2012 Thomson Reuters
[Image: A nun and a priest stand outside the Monastery of the Cross after it was defaced with graffiti in Jerusalem February 7, 2012. (© REUTERS/Baz Ratner)]
[See also: Vandals attack Jerusalem monastery, school | The Associated Press - February 7, 2012]

Price tag graffiti daubed on Jerusalem monastery | Reuters

JERUSALEM | Tuesday, February 7, 2012

(Reuters) - A Jerusalem monastery, built on the site where tradition says the tree used in the making of Jesus’s cross once stood, was defaced with “Death to Christians” graffiti on Tuesday.

The words “Price Tag” daubed on a vandalized car parked outside the 11th-century Monastery of the Cross suggested that militant Jewish settlers were responsible and police said they were investigating that possibility as well as other angles.

The term refers to retribution the settlers say they will exact for any attempt by the Israeli government to curb settlement in the West Bank, an area Palestinians seek as part of a future state.

"Price Tag" attacks have targeted mosques, Palestinian homes and Israeli military installations in the occupied West Bank but vandalism of Christian holy sites in Jerusalem is extremely rare.

Police said “Death to Christians” was painted in Hebrew on the outer wall of the fortress-like monastery administered by the Greek Orthodox church in a valley overlooked by Israel’s parliament.

"I am a priest and I forgive," Father Claudio of the monastery told Reuters.

Elsewhere in Jerusalem on Tuesday, “Death to Arabs” was painted in Hebrew on the wall of a playground of a Jewish-Arab bilingual school.

In the West Bank, anti-Muslim slogans were daubed on the walls of several homes in the village of Al-Lubban al-Sharqiya overnight, a Palestinian official said, blaming Jewish settlers.

A similar incident occurred on Sunday in the West Bank village of Al Janiyeh, the official said.

(Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Additional reporting by Ali Sawafta in Ramallah, Editing by Ori Lewis)

© 2012 Thomson Reuters

[Image: A nun and a priest stand outside the Monastery of the Cross after it was defaced with graffiti in Jerusalem February 7, 2012. (© REUTERS/Baz Ratner)]

[See also: Vandals attack Jerusalem monastery, school | The Associated Press - February 7, 2012]