Saturday, April 30, 2011

Iran is not my Enemy

Note this is not a defend for the Iranian regime and it's policies towered it's own people.

For the last weeks I got in a huge argument with my relative regarding the revolutions in Bahrain and the "Saudi invasion" to suppress the people's revolution there. the conversation usually ended up with me falling in silent as I realized the uselessness of arguing with someone work for the Saudis!

My relative argument started, by claiming he supported Bahrain's revolution until he saw the killing of the Police officer by some angry protesters, also hearing them chanting for "Bahrain is Iranian" or seeking help from the Iranian republican guards, helped in his side switching. 

This is something I understand, but if we took a look on the events that lead to those actions, you can easly understand the Bahrain Shias feeling and why they seek the Iranian regime help. I really dont have much to say about what happen in Bahrain, but i think Anna Neistat recorded statement from Human right watch can help. 
also this video will be a great edition

I know, so far I didn't even mention Iran, well, this is what I am going to talk about now, my cousin as a part of his argument, "this is where I lost my interest in arguing with him" started to talk about the Iranian threat to the Arab countries, which is something I never understood. 
Iran and the Gulf countries, such as UAE, Bahrain and Iraq has some unsolved boarders issues, where Iran "as they claims" occupied some Island that belongs for those countries. 

The Iranian threat myth was the perfect card for the US weapons companies, as they used as an excuse to sell weapons with to those threatened countries, Jet fighter and missile defense system were sold to stop the never came Iranian invasion.
The gulf exploited their resources to stop an imaginary threat "they also exploited it on their royal families". giving everything to the American to protect them, giving them oil, money, military bases...etc. US has become the Gulf mercenaries. 

At the same time other Arab countries had normal relation with Iran. Syria, Lebanon, Tunis, Sudan, Egypt"after they get rid from the American puppet regime"...etc, they considered Iran as a friend, scary friend, yet less risky than the imperialist power of USA and the EU. 

But I don't think the gulf state are just threatened, I think they are Jealous "I am being Ironic, but yes they shout be jealous, if they still have dignity", Iran since the Islamic revolution until our current days managed "Independently" to have their own Space program, Nuclear program, missile system, Jet fighter....etc.. 

At the same time Arab countries has............ American military bases. 


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

When the UN backed down

In November 10, 1975, a 139 countries voted in the United Nation resolution 3379: 


General Assembly

A/RES/3379 (XXX)
10 November 1975

Thirtieth session
Agenda item 68
RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY[on the report of the Third Committee (A/10320)]
3379 (XXX). Elimination of all forms of racial discrimination
The General Assembly,
Recalling its resolution 1904 (XVIII) of 20 November 1963, proclaiming the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and in particular its affirmation that "any doctrine of racial differentiation or superiority is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous" and its expression of alarm at "the manifestations of racial discrimination still in evidence in some areas in the world, some of which are imposed by certain Governments by means of legislative, administrative or other measures",
Recalling also that, in its resolution 3151 G (XXVIII) of 14 December 1973, the General Assembly condemned, inter alia, the unholy alliance between South African racism and zionism,
Taking note of the Declaration of Mexico on the Equality of Women and Their Contribution to Development and Peace, 1/ proclaimed by the World Con-ference of the International Women's Year, held at Mexico City from 19 June to 2 July 1975, which promulgated the principle that "international co-operation and peace require the achievement of national liberation and independence, the elimination of colonialism and neo-colonialism, foreign occupation, zionism, apartheid and racial discrimination in all its forms, as well as the recognition of the dignity of peoples and their right to self-determination",
Taking note also of resolution 77 (XII) adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity at its twelfth ordinary session,2/ hold at Kampala from 28 July to 1 August 1975, which considered "that the racist regime in occupied Palestine and the racist regimes in Zimbabwe and South Africa have a common imperialist origin, forming a whole and having the same racist structure and being organically linked in their policy aimed at repression of the dignity and integrity of the human being",
Taking note also of the Political Declaration and Strategy to Strengthen International Peace and Security and to Intensify Solidarity and Mutual Assistance among Non-Aligned Countries,3/ adopted at the Conference of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Non-Aligned Countries held at Lima from 25 to 30 August 1975, which most severely condemned zionism as a threat to world peace and security and called upon all countries to oppose this racism and imperialist ideology,
Determines that zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.2400th plenary meeting10 November 1975

The resolution was sponsored by the 25 Arab countries in the United Nation, 47 other countries voted YES. 35 voted NO, while 32 countries absent. 

In 1991 as a condition of Israel participation in the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991. Resolution 3379 was revoked by UN General Assembly Resolution 4686.
"The general assembly decides to revoke the determination contained in its resolution 3379 (XXX) of 10 November 1975." 

111 countries voted YES, 25 voted NO, 13 Abstaining
which made resolution 3379 to be the first revoked UN resolution, by the shortest UN resolution ever.(4686 is special in all of it's aspects!)

36 years later from 3379 resolution and 20 years after the revocation. Zionist Israel had this advertisement for Subaru, published on Subaro fan page "a Hebrew and English page" 

It says: will see who can stop you 


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Itemar new victims

Israel announced this morning that they have captured the Itemar murderer, as I went through the article I couldn't help not to smile when I read the expected result, they are accusing Palestinians with this crime, Nothing new here. Israel officially accused Palestinian since the early minutes of the attacks. and this my dear reader lead to (the Racist police officer) investigation methodology, "we got the suspect, he is guilty, just find an evidence to prove it...NO need for concrete evidence, anything will work."
remind you with Robin Carter story.

In the 40 days after the Attack, Israeli army and almost every Israeli security forces working in the west bank(Shabak, DofDofan, Police, Border Police, collaborators....etc), will raid the near village of Awarta, dragging around 8000 Palestinian to interrogation, including old men, women and children.

Um Adam and her 80 years old husband were dragged to Hawara military camp, where she was interrogated, by an Israeli soldier, who "stupidly" accused her with the Attack in Itemar, she responded by pointing out what he missed, she is old! she was released 4 hours later.

anyway, I don't trust the methodology Israel has used, they accused a whole village, with a crime, then looked for the weakest and waited for someone to crack under the Investigation pressure.
Until now as the only evidence Israel have are the suspects confession.

so, as Israel arrested those teenager based on racial and ethnic back ground, rather than following the professional and objective investigation path, I strongly believe Israel must release them and all the Palestinian they arrested in relation to this crime and start an objective investigation....

which will NEVER happen, they got their Prise!

PS: one of the 2 suspect is recovering from a recent surgery, maan reported.

I seek no justice from my oppressor, I just remind you in case you forgot


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ask an IDF Part 2 (the last 3 questions!)

let me start this post, referring to my previous post regarding this topic, as i am going to jump to the questions, the answer and my comments on it, with no introduction.

The Questions:

1- how you look at Israeli Army Violation to Human rights, either during combat by over using of power, or on daily basis such as checkpoint and home raids..etc?
2-  Lets say during your service, you witnessed a violation to basic human rights of Palestinian, Lebanese,..etc combatant or civilian being made by your brothers in arms. will you report it? or just look the other way? 
3-  If a Third Palestinian Intifada broke, how you think the IDF will response to it? specially if the Palestinian, used unarmed popular resistance? I know, you wont provide me with maps or plans, this would be nice tho. 

The answer:

Hey Ahmad, 
Thanks for writing and sorry for the delayed response. 

The Israeli Army is overall a very humane army(1), and I stand by that point. No, the IDF is not perfect and there's been more than a few examples of human right violations. You must understand that when dealing with a populous who is hostile (rightfully so) towards the army, and you are in day to day contact with them especially in checkpoints and patrols then with all the tension between the two sides, these types of incidents do occur. But I can tell you that from personal experience, as a soldier you try as much as you possibly can without forgetting about your mission and responsibilities to be as humane as possible(2). Your commanders constantly remind you of this, and it's often discussed amongst the soldiers. During arrests it is a much more serious and dangerous situation, since you never know if something will spark and getting your man the fastest and without having to use any force is the goal. Of course seeing your father or brother being arrested in the middle of the night is not an easy sight and I would be just as pissed. With that being said, power abusing is not something that I like to see and most of the time those in power and with responsibility know what is at hand and will act in a professional manner. Again, the IDF isn't perfect and some do take advantage of their power, but in the end realize they are only harming their image and the units image. Thus, many of them learn the hard way this is unacceptable and won't be tolerated(3.1).  

For your second question it would depend on the situation and what I saw. It would be a very tough decision and am glad I was never in fact put in that situation. However, if it was something out of the ordinary and obviously a violation of human rights I would probably talk it over with my commanders and let them know. It would then probably be up to them to decide what to do with such a case. Most likely if there was such a situation I wouldn't be the only one witnessing it, and others in my unit (knowing my guys well) would report it or stop the violation as it happens. If it's in the middle of a combat stressful situation i'm not sure how I would react if I saw something. It's definitely a tough call and anyone put in such a situation would have a hard time making a decision one way or another. However, I can also tell you that on average these cases and incidents are relatively low and when they do happen those responsible are prosecuted and punished quite harshly(3.2). 

It is my hope just like everyone here that a third intifada does not break out. Both sides would suffer from it and only cause more of a set back to a future Palestinian state. If unarmed resistance was used, i'm pretty it would first of all mean a lot less killed on both sides but i'm also pretty sure Israel would also tighten up security just in case. As we've seen from protests all around the middle east sometimes violent does break out(4), even if that's not the intention of either side. Either way i'm sure the IDF would take many precautions and from experience know how to handle the situation. Unfortunately if any terrorist organization like Hamas or Islamic Jihad would decide to take up arms then again we would be back to witness similar incidents like in 2000 during the 2nd Intifada. 
I very much enjoyed answering your tough but well thought out questions(5).
Keep in touch, if you have anything else in mind.


those were the questions and the answers, copied and pasted from the email I received. with highlights on the point I am going to comment at. so, here we go 

1- The Israeli Army is overall a very humane army
I am sorry, WHAT? first of all, since when armies "in general" are humane? since when an armed man is humane?  
Armed man is an Armed man, I am sorry but you can NEVER call any army Humane. 
The IDF in particular has a long records of human right violations, and mass killing of unarmed civilians intentionally or by what's called "mistake".

First of all, the IDF or the Haganah(as it used to be called then), took part of Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of Historical Palestine, they destroyed and ethnically cleansed 531 Palestinian villages and cities, forcing 750 thousand of it's resident to become refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and all over the world, killing more than 15 thousand in process. whether by mass killing such as the massacre of Dair Yassen, or by opening fire on refuges caravans, to rush them out, and kill some for fun!! Very human. 

Second, the mass killing in the 50's. In November 12, 1956 just few days after the IDF invaded Gaza strips, The IDF troops in Khanyounes refuge camp called all men (between age 16-60) to gather in the UNRWA school, that day, over 500 soul have been claimed by the IDF. another 100 were killed in Rafah refuge camp.

Not to forget, KufrَQassem Massacre that took place in October 29, 1956, where 48 civilian were killed by the Israeli border police. 
Very Human.

Jumping to 1982 "Sabra and Shatila" I know the IDF didn't do it, and I also know that IDF soldiers (individuals) were the one who stopped it, yet IDF commanders ordered unites to provide the murderer (Phalanges) with logistic support, either by providing trucks and bulldozer or by lighting the nights. Wanna Denies it!? ask the guy from Waltz with Bashir

First Intifada,
The popular Intefada of Palestinian in the west bank and Gaza strip broke out in late 1987, back then, Israeli Army used tear gas, rubbers(Metal covered with thin rubber) bullets and live Bullets including explosive ones, to control the revolting population.
Kinda human comparing to what Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin (later Prime Minister) ordered his men to do!. 
Break their Bones. by doing so the IDF has become the fist policing forces to use physical punishment against civilian "I mean Physical as beating youth until they break their bones, not shooting, which sound pretty human in this case!" the other countries that used such punishment are usually labeled (by, the so called civilized white man) as brutal dictatorship or religious fanatic state.. such as, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and many African state!  

I guess the following videos explain the break the bones policy better! 

another video.
Not Very Humane!. don't you think?

Second Intefada, 
The second Intefada witnessed much more brutalities than ever, the IDF used much more force dealing with the lightly armed Palestinian. using Apache, and F-16 against men with AK-47, in best case with RPJ. 

At the same time Israeli government continued to adopt target killing as a policy. "suspected" militant, would be killed with no Arrest, evidence or trial.
Israel usually use Air strikes to execute those assassination, in an over populated areas, such as Gaza strip, which cause the high number in civilian causalities, I don't like to say Israeli army intentionally targeted Palestinian civilian (although that did happen in several occasions), but I can simply say (which I Believe is TRUE), Israel have been using unnecessarily heavy fire power in over populated civilian. 
They want the Job done, and they just don't care, they do have a good excuse, after all, it's War on Terrorism.
lest take the Assassination of Salah Shehadah as an example, one of AlQassam(Hamas) founders. The IDF dropped a 1 tone bomb on civilian neighborhood to kill him, killing 15 civilians including children. Tell me this is not abusing of fire power? 
I don't think I need to talk about humiliation at checkpoint, or the other forms of humiliation, I have already drifted away from my point.  

Israeli soldier beating Palestinian at checkpoint

Israeli soldiers taking picture with dead Palestinian body

2-to be as humane as possible
well,... Good luck.
Small note to my fellow Palestinian, and West Bank visitor, if a soldier gave you a really hard time at the chechkpoint, please understand he try to be as humane as possible, and this is as good as he can be.

3- "this is unacceptable and won't be tolerated", "I can also tell you that on average these cases and incidents are relatively low and when they do happen those responsible are prosecuted and punished quite harshly."

I love the term "Quite harshly", implying the punishment is much worse than the crime, but lets take 1956 massacres of 48 Palestinian civilians in Kafar Qassem "PS: those civilian are supposed to be Israeli Citizen" 
the soldiers who committed the crime were all suntanned for jail time from 17 years max, to 8 year minimum, Yet, the last one was released early 1960. At the same time the commander who gave the order Beskhar Shadmi was fined 1 Israeli Penny. and that's it, this is how much Palestinian life worth.

I guess this is enough, example of the Israeli justice system, when it come to Palestinian(Arab as they call us), needless to say almost every investigation the IDF conducted ended up by saying, "Not Guilty" the Flotilla incident is the latest example, I recall. 

Seeking Justice from your oppressor is like seeking.............

4-protests all around the middle east sometimes violent does break out 

this generalizing, I strongly refuse, it's also very offensive, I felt like violence only break in middle east during protest. UK, USA and Europe Protest usually go smoothly, with no violence.(the white man riot is more civilized than brown man riot) 
3 words, WTO, Seatle, USA. 

Lets talk about violence in middle east, by taking the latest Arab revolutions as an example.  
1- Tunis: almost NO violence, the killing that took place by the governments thugs and Police. 
2- Egypt: No Violence, other than the Police, and the governments thugs and the released prisoners by the gov. the protesters burned Police stations, is something totally understandable, specially when you consider the fact, every police station in Egypt had a torture room. 

So, is this away of saying we are going to use the same mean the Arab regimes used. well. the IDF already used teargas, rubber bullets, live bullets and even air strikes against civilian "they did strikes civilian protest to break the siege on Rafah in 2005, not sure about the date, but those children shredded body is unforgeable scene".

5-tough but well thought out questions.

no point really, just a nice acknowledgement for my smartassness. 

In the end, I must say, I am not demonizing Individuals who served or still serves in the Israeli Occupation Forces. as Human, I strongly believe, we all posses the same amount of qualities, taking it from any race or ethnicity, is like taking it from us all.