Jumat, 11 Juli 2014

Thousands Gather for NYC Protest for Palestine

Max Blumenthal Speaks At NYC Rally For Palestine July 9 2014

Max Blumenthal addresses the crowd gathered outside the Israeli Consulate on 42nd St & 2nd Ave in NYC on July 9, 2014.
Thousands gathered in New York City on Wednesday, July 9, for a protest against the occupation of Palestine. The demonstration began with a rally in front of the Israeli Consulate on 42nd St and 2nd Ave, followed by a march down 42nd St to the News Corporation building, home of Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post.
Protesters were particularly concerned with Israel's ongoing collective punishment of Palestinians following the recent kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in the West Bank and the biased media coverage of these events. Over 400 Palestinians have been arrested in the West Bank and eight were killed during the military campaign. The houses of two suspects outside Hebron were destroyed. Airstrikes on Gaza have killed at least 78 over the last few days, including 14 children. Israeli officials have yet to release any evidence in the kidnapping.
Protesters were also concerned with placing the current conflagration into the context of the overall occupation. The abduction and murder of 16 year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir by an Israeli lynch mob in Jerusalem drew particular condemnation, as well as the beating of his Palestinian-American teenage cousin Tarek Abu Khdeir by Israeli police.
"We are not the extremists. The extremists are the ones who believe in an ethnically pure Jewish state," Max Blumenthal, author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, told the crowd.
"You stand in the footsteps of Martin Luther King. You stand in the footsteps of Malcolm X. You stand in the footsteps of Stephen Biko. And you will carry this movement forward until Palestine is free."
(Text & thumbnail: Megan Iorio, Just Foreign Policy)


Israel's 'Brutal Attack' on Gaza Kills At Least 8 Children

Israel's 'Brutal Attack' on Gaza Kills At Least 8 Children

'The death and injury to children caused by Israel’s military offensive on Gaza demonstrates serious and extensive disregard of fundamental principles of international law.'

- Jon Queally, staff writer
Palestinians stand atop the rubble of a house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 9, 2014. (Credit: Reuters/Mohammed Salem)At least eight children are among those who have been killed in the Gaza Strip over the last twenty-four hours, according to various reports, as the Israeli military continued to bombard the Palestinian enclave using naval ships, fighter jets, and aerial drones.
Palestinian women grieve following the deaths of several people after an Israeli air strike on a home in the northern of Gaza Strip early Wednesday. (Credit: Mohammed Abed / AFP/Getty Images) According to a report from the Defense of Children International (DCI-Palestine), six children were killed when a building was leveled by a missile that may have been fired from an Israeli drone on Tuesday afternoon in the city of Khan Younis.
According to the group:
The five families that reside in the building evacuated immediately after an Israeli aerial drone fired a warning missile. A number of neighbors, however, gathered on the roof in an effort to prevent the bombing. Shortly after 3 p.m., an Israeli airstrike leveled the building, and killed seven people, including five children, on the spot and injured 28 others.
Hussein Yousef Hussein Karawe, 13, Basem Salem Hussein Karawe, 10, Mohammad Ali Faraj Karawe, 12, Abdullah Hamed Karawe, 6, and Kasem Jaber Adwan Karawe, 12, died immediately, according to evidence collected by Defense for Children International-Palestine. Seraj Abed al-Aal, 8, succumbed to his injuries later that evening.
“The death and injury to children caused by Israel’s military offensive on Gaza demonstrates serious and extensive disregard of fundamental principles of international law,” said Rifat Kassis, executive director of DCI-Palestine. “Israeli forces must not carry out indiscriminate airstrikes in densely populated areas that fail to distinguish between military targets, civilians and civilian objects.”

RT.com posted dramatic and graphic footage that followed the bombing in Khan Younis:

"In Gaza, it is not a war or a military operation though it may look so. It is collective punishment and it is a brutal attack against all Palestinian people, and mainly civilians are paying the price." —Dr. Mona El-Farra, from Gaza
In a post published by Common Dreams on Tuesday, Dr. Mona El-Farra, a Palestinian physician and human rights activist currently on the ground in Gaza, said the people there "do not have bomb shelters to escape to and hide" and rejected the idea that Israel's assault could possibly be justified.
"These air raids fall on the majority of the population living in very crowded areas, so while they hit their targets, civilians pay a big price - we have many causalities and the numbers are rising every hour," El-Farra said. "In Gaza, it is not a war or a military operation though it may look so. It is collective punishment and it is a brutal attack against all Palestinian people, and mainly civilians are paying the price."
As Maureen Clare Murphy, managing editor of the Electronic Intifada website, notes:
The ongoing bombing campaign is the most severe violence inflicted by Israel on Gaza since its eight-day assault in November 2012, during which more than 150 Palestinians were killed, 33 of them children.
More than 1,400 Palestinians were killed in Gaza, including 350 children, during Israel’s three consecutive weeks of attacks from air, land and sea during winter 2008-09.
Twenty-five lives have been claimed by Israel in Gaza since Monday, including at least eight children, as warplanes bombed areas across Gaza, whose 1.7 million Palestinian residents live under a tightly-enforced siege and are unable to flee and have nowhere to seek shelter.
         According to DCI-Palestine:
International humanitarian law prohibits indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks and requires that all parties to an armed conflict distinguish between military targets, civilians and civilian objects. Israel as the occupying power in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the Gaza Strip, is required to protect the Palestinian civilian population from violence.
While Israel relies on the principle of self defense to justify military offensives on Gaza, Israeli forces are bound to customary international law rules of proportionality and necessity.
Hamas’ military wing claimed responsibility for firing around 120 rockets from Gaza into southern and central Israel, with some reaching Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, according to Haaretz. Israel’s “Iron Dome” anti-missile system has reportedly intercepted at least 23 rockets. While minimal property damage has been reported, there have been no serious casualties.
The Israeli military has mobilized thousands of reserve soldiers in preparation for any further escalation, according to news reports.


Israel attacks two sites in Gaza Strip

Army claims to have hit an underground rocket launcher and a "terror site" in Gaza in response to an earlier attack.

The Israeli military says it has hit an underground rocket launcher and a "terror site" in two air strikes in the occupied Gaza Strip.
An unnamed Israeli army spokesman told the AFP news agency on Tuesday that the overnight attack came in response to a rocket fired from Gaza that struck the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.
"In retaliation the IAF [Israeli Air Force] targeted an underground rocket launcher in the central Gaza Strip and a terror site in the northern Gaza Strip," he said.
Palestinian security sources said the first Israeli raid targeted a training camp of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, near the Nuseirat refugee camp in the centre of the Gaza Strip.
The second raid struck in the northern part of the strip near the community of Beit Lahiya, the security sources said.
No injuries were reported from Gaza or Israel.
Spike in violence
Violence has spiked in recent weeks along the Gaza-Israel border after a period of relative calm following a 2012 battle between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.
The military says more than 30 rockets have been launched toward Israel since the start of 2014, AP news agency reported.
Israel this week targeted a fighter accused of carrying out numerous rocket attacks on Israel. The man, identified as Abdallah Kharti, was critically wounded in the strike.
The increase in Israeli raids and Palestinian rocket attacks as well as border incidents in the last few weeks raise the possibility of a major new confrontation between Israel and the Hamas movement, which has run Gaza since 2007, AFP reported.


Israel Attacks Gaza - Again.

Israel Attacks Gaza - Again

by Stephen Lendman

Israel invents pretexts to attack. Other times, it provokes them lawlessly. Palestinians are wrongfully blamed for its crimes. Incidents happen repeatedly.

Islamic Jihad (IJ) responded to multiple Israeli killings. So did other Gazan resistance groups.

They included the National Resistance Brigades, Abu Mustafa Brigades, and Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade.

They called doing so "Breaking the Silence." Ihab al-Ghussein is Gaza-based Palestinian Authority Interior Ministry spokesman.

He called Israel "responsible for any escalation." He warned of "consequences."

"Resistance is the right of the Palestinian people to defend themselves," he stressed.

Israeli attacks were the most intense since Operation Pillar of Cloud (aka Cloud Column/Pillar of Defense) from November 14 - 21, 2012.

Over 170 Palestinians were killed. Over 1,000 were injured. Nearly half were women and children. At least 963 houses were damaged or destroyed.

They included 10 health centers, 35 schools, 2 universities, 15 NGO offices, 30 mosques, 14 media offices, 92 industrial and commercial facilities, 1 UNWRA food distribution center, 8 government buildings, 14 police/security stations, 5 banks, 34 vehicles, 3 youth clubs, 3 cemeteries, and 2 bridges.

Whether Israel intends more of the same ahead remains to be seen. On Thursday, an Islamic Jihad leader said Egypt brokered a ceasefire. Maintaining it is another matter.

Overnight Wednesday, an IDF statement reported 29 Israeli air strikes. Israel didn't comment on halting them. A senior Defense Ministry official said he expected them to end soon.

Multiple Israeli murders occurred days after Amnesty International's scathing report. It's titled "Trigger-Happy: Israel's Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank."

It accused Israel of cold-blooded murder. In 2013, Israel killed at least two dozen nonviolent Palestinians. Four were young children. They were shot in cold blood. Some in the back.

Thousands of Palestinians are wounded annually. Thousands more are lawlessly arrested, detained, and brutalized in Israel's gulag. It's one of the world's worst.

Palestinian resistance groups fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel. No casualties were reported. More on this below.

Days earlier, Israel murdered seven Palestinians in cold blood. Three were killed in separate West Bank incidents.

An Israeli air strike killed three others in Gaza. An Israel soldier murdered a Palestinian judge at Allenby crossing.

Raed Zeitar lived in Jordan. He was en route home by bus to visit his daughter. She's aged six. She's hospitalized in a coma.

An IDF spokesman lied, saying:

"A short while ago a Palestinian attempted to seize the weapon of a soldier at the Allenby Bridge crossing from Jordan."

"In response, the forces at the scene opened fire towards the suspect. A hit was identified."

Eyewitness Mohammed Zaid said:

"(A)n Israeli soldier pushed Zeiter. They started scuffling and (he) was brought to the floor."

He "then stood up and shoved the soldier, who in turn fired a shot that barely missed" him.

"The soldier then proceeded to fire three shots that hit Zeiter in the chest, leaving him dead on the floor."

Efforts to resuscitate him failed. Medics arrived too late. "Israeli police closed the scene and unloaded passengers off the bus and ordered them to the ground in order to search them," said Zaid.

The Jordan Times disputed Israel's explanation. It headlined "Eyewitness says Israeli army lying, judge did not try to seize soldier's gun."

Zaid said he was meters away from what happened. "It is not true that (Zeiter) tried to take the soldier's gun," he said.

"Passengers were shocked and started crying and screaming." Other Israeli forces arrived. They detained bus passengers for six hours.

On March 11, Zeiter was laid to rest. He was wrapped in Palestinian and Jordanian flags.

The same day, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) headlined "Israeli Forces Kill a Judge in Cold Blood at al-Karamah Border Crossing with Jordan."

He served in Jordan's Magistrate Court. Israel lied claiming he tried seizing a soldier's weapon, said PCHR.

"Investigations (it) conducted refuted the Israeli claims and emphasized that the judge did not constitute any threat to the lives of the Israeli soldiers," it said.

Eyewitness testimony confirmed it. Zeiter was maliciously mistreated. He was pushed to the ground.

He was shot at point blank range. He was murdered in cold blood. "He bled to death." No one came to his aid in time to save him.

"PCHR strongly condemns the cold-blooded murder of Zeiter and stresses that this Israeli crime proves again (its) disregard for civilian lives."

PCHR wants international community action. It wants repeated Israeli crimes stopped. It wants guilty parties held responsible. Fourth Geneva High Contracting Parties are legally obligated to act.

Article 146 calls for "effective penal sanctions for persons committing, or ordering to be committed, any of the grave breaches of the present Convention (as) defined" under Article 147.

They include "willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement of a protected person, compelling a protected person to serve in the forces of a hostile Power, or willfully depriving a protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial prescribed in the present Convention, taking of hostages and extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly."

Jordanian anger is palpable. Its parliament held two emergency sessions. Discussion included recalling its ambassador.

Hundreds of lawyers protested. So did students on university campuses. Lawyers want a stiff government response. They want more than verbal condemnation.

Some want Amman's peace treaty with Israel ended. They want Israel's ambassador expelled. Some parliamentarians threatened a no confidence vote if their demands aren't met.

They want an independent transparent investigation. Others want King Abdullah to intervene directly.

Overnight Wednesday, Israel launched multiple air strikes. No reports of casualties so far. Civilians are always harmed most.

Israel treats them like combatants. Doing so violates international law. Israel spurns it repeatedly. It does what it wants with impunity.

World leaders able to make a difference turn a blind eye. They do nothing to confront wanton Israeli lawlessness. Inaction lets Tel Aviv get away with crimes of war, against humanity and genocide.

Netanyahu is Israel's worst ever leader. He's a world class thug. He pledged to act "with great force" against anyone seeking to harm Israel, he said.

"If there won't be quiet in the south, there will be noise in Gaza - a lot of noise, and this is an understatement."

Through his spokesman Ofir Gendelman, he added a statement saying:

"We will continue to strike those who want to harm us. We'll act against them very forcefully."

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon ordered closure of Gazan border crossings with Israel. He suspended rare visitation rights for Gazans incarcerated in Israel.

"Israel will not stand idly by," he said. "We will not allow Islamic Jihad or any other player in (Gaza) to disrupt the lives of the citizens of Israel."

"When there is no quiet in the south, there will be no quiet in the Gaza Strip - in such a way that will make the Islamic Jihad terrorists regret the volley."

Israel systematically blames victims for crimes it commits. It calls aggression self-defense. It calls legitimate self-defense "terrorism."

Ultranationalist/serial felon/latter day Kahanist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman represents Israel's far right lunatic fringe.

On Israel's Channel 2, he said:

"Following an attack like this - a barrage of more than 50 rockets - there is no alternative to a full reoccupation of the entire Gaza Strip."

He outrageously called Gaza a weapons arsenal. It's "hostage in the hands of a group of terrorists," he added."

"No sovereign country can accept a situation whereby dozens of rockets land on peaceful cities, villages and kibbutzim."

"There is no price we cannot pay for the security of the citizens of Israel."

Washington ignored Israeli cold-blooded murder. It issued one-sided statement saying it "condemns in the strongest terms today's rocket attacks into Israel by terrorists from the Gaza Strip."

"It is reprehensible that dozens of rockets have been fired today alone. There is no justification for such attacks."

"We call for these terrorist attacks to cease immediately. Israel, like any nation, has a right to defend itself."

On Thursday, Israel ignored Egypt's brokered truce. It launched more airstrikes. Southern Gazan targets were attacked. No deaths were reported. At least three Palestinians were injured.

Israel confirmed the attacks saying:

"Since yesterday there has seen a substantial deterioration in the safety of the residents in southern Israel."

"We have responded and will continue to do so in order to eliminate threats as they develop. This is our obligation and responsibility to those exposed to Gaza terrorism."

What Israel intends going forward remains to be seen. Rogue states make their own rules. Israel and America are by far the world's worst.




Senin, 07 Juli 2014

Biarkan Racun itu pergi melalui puasa

Berpuasa kadang untuk sebagian orang memang membuat jadi kendala, tubuh lemas akibat porsi tidur kita yang sedikit berkurang, gak bisa makan seenak waktunya, dll. Kegiatan pun agak sedikit dikurangi, jam kantorpun menjadi lebih siang dan waktu pulang yang lebih cepat. hal ini dilakukan untuk menghemat energi yang ada dalam tubuh kita.
Untuk sebagian anak-anak kecil dan remaja kadang mereka enggan untuk berpuasa mungkin mereka merasa kegiatannya jadi terhambat ataupun mereka suka cita menyambut ramadhan tetapi hanya untuk suasananya saja. Karena pada saat ini mereka bisa melakukan beberapa permainan seperti kembang api, mercon, kucing-kucingan, galah asin, rerebonan ataupun bentuk-bentuk permainan lainnya. Bahkan untuk para remaja desa mereka berkumpul untuk melakukan permainan seperti karambol, bermain kartu remi bahkan gapleh atau sekedar bermain monopoli, lido juga halma. walaupun permainan ini sudah agak bergeser manjadi permainan yang lebih canggih tetapi tidak memupuk rasa kebersamaan seperti Playstation.

Begitu banyak manfaat yang bisa diambil dari berpuasa. Salah satunya adalah semua racun-racun yang ada di badan kita bisa dihabisi dan bersih kembali setelah puasa, layaknya seperti rambut kita sehabis dikeramas, segar kembali. Dalam buku Food Combining karangan dari seorang ahli Gizi Andang Gunawan mengatakan bahwa ketika seseorang sedang berpuasa terjadi detoksifikasi atau pengeluaran zat-zat beracun dalam tubuh. Pada saat kita makan dan minum untuk memenuhi kebutuhan gizi, pada saat itu racun ataupun toksin yang akan masuk ke dalam usus bersamaan dengan makanan yang lama-kelamaan akan menumpuk di usus. Nah pada saat berpuasa inilah tubuh berkesempatan membuang bahan-bahan beracun yang mengendap di tubuh. Maka puasa mengakibatkan tubuh menjadi sehat terbebas racun. Karena pada saat berpuasa distribusi makanan ke dalam tubuh dan aliran darah akan terhenti selama 14 jam. Sehingga sel-sel tubuh akan diberi kesempatan untuk melakukan metabolisme dan membuang zat-zat beracun tersebut.


Bobotoh geulis

MAUNG GEULIS-Bobotoh Geulis Serius Jadi Loyalis

MESKI baru sebulan dibentuk, animo Bobotoh, terutama Bobotoh perempuan, terhadap kelompok suporter Persib Bandung, Maung Geulis ternyata cukup tinggi. Hanya dalam rentang waktu satu bulan, jumlah anggota Maung Geulis sudah memiliki ratusan anggota.

Besarnya apresiasi Bobotoh perempuan terhadap Maung Geulis juga terlihat dari jumlah follower akun Twitter resmi kelompok suporter Maung Bandung yang satu ini. Dalam waktu yang cukup cepat, jumlah follower akun Twitter @maunggeulis sudah mencapai 3.000 lebih. Menurut salah seorang penggagas sekaligus Ketua Maung Geulis Fitri Fatimah,

awalnya Maung Geulis dibentuk karena di antara mereka yang sekarang menjadi anggotanya punya hobi yang sama, yakni mendukung langsung perjuangan pasukan Maung Bandung saat berlaga di lapangan, terutama di laga kandang. “Semuanya berawal dari hobi. Ketika awal dibentuk, anggota kami ada sekitar 100 orang. Karena cukup mendapatkan sambutan, kami kemudian membuka pendaftaran secara gratis buat Bobotoh yang ingin bergabung dengan Maung Geulis,” papar Fitri.

Animo suporter Persib dari kalangan perempuan untuk bergabung dengan Maung Geulis diakui Fitri datang dari luar Kota Bandung. “Banyak juga yang dari luar kota pada nanyain gimana caranya menjadi anggota kami. Bahkan, ada juga yang ingin bikin Maung Geulis di kota mereka,” sebut karyawan, di salah satu perusahaan swasta tersebut.

Meski baru terbentuk dan para anggotanya adalah kaum perempuan, Fitri bertekad Maung Geulis bakal jadi kelompok suporter Persib yang loyal seperti Viking ataupun Bomber, dua kelompok suporter Maung Bandung dengan massa cukup besar. “Kami akan tunjukkan bahwa kami juga loyal seperti kelompok suporter Persib lainnya.

Kalau soal harapan, tentu saja kami ingin Maung Geulis ini bisa sebesar Viking yang memiliki banyak anggota di sejumlah kota dan orovinsi di Indonesia,” tandasnya. Maung Geulis selama ini memang kerap terlihat cukup menonjol di tribune VIP. Kehadiran mereka sering kali mampu menyita perhatian Bobotoh lainnya, terutama Bobotoh laki-laki. Meski kerap digombali Bobotoh laki-laki, Fitri mengungkapkan hal itu tidak akan menghalangi kreativitas anggotanya. ● mohamad taufik