Monday, January 30, 2012

2 New, Must Listen Songs

Although I am writing in English the 2 songs are in Arabic, both from the Lebanese singer Julia Butroos's new Album Yoman Ma "One day".
Both of the songs praise Armed resistance and the nations struggle against the oppression and invasions, although she doesn't direct the songs to anyone in particular, the hints to Hizbuallah and the 2006 war are obvious.

The First song called Muqawem "Resistance Fighter"

The Second song called Atleq Nirank "Fire your guns".

Hope you enjoy them! 


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Last Time in AlQuds

What AlQuds mean to you?

Personally, I never liked the city, every time we had a school trip, guess to where they would take us "here is the dome of the rock, here is Alqasa mosque, stay together kids.... and here u can see...". You know what!? We figured it all by ourselves, can we go to swim, now!?

In 2000 I went to AlQuds with my scout team, we went to it to compensate the actual school trip to Jabal Al Shaikh and Tabaria"yaa, AlQuds is Equally fun, WoHoo". We missed it to go to scout training.

We reached Jerusalem around 10AM, all the trip long from Nablus to Jerusalem we had no music in the bus but the tape our teacher found in his car. It was the worse Hamas's album ever.. "Blood, Blood, Blood, they killed our ancestors and slaughtered our uncles....".

The tape was gone as we stepped out of the bus. we would rather walk back, but god know, we are not listening to this tape again. Well, what else you expect we were living in Oslo era. When the illusion of independence took over. who gave a damn about some Hamas over reaction. Fuck this shit.  

When we were in the Haram Shareef, we went to Wodo'o, before we go for a prayer in the Morwani mosque, as we were gathering around the phantom in the middle of the square, a group of tourist came by with their Israeli guide. He started to explain the washing up the Muslims do before they pray.
We stopped, as we couldn't finish from laughing. The guide fuck it up! Everything he said was pretentious, stereotyping and Ignorant. Well, he was Zionist what else you expect!

After the usual ritual of praying at the Haram Shareef we headed to Omar mosque next to the church of the Holy Sepulcher. after visiting the mosque we went in a tour in the church.
As we walked out, we went face to face with a bunch of Israeli soldiers, also in a tour in the old city. as I walked passing them I was surprised about similar my scout uniform to what they wearing. The only difference was the badges.
I looked to my instructor in protest, "What on Earth was that!?"
"Border police" he said.
"I know, why we were the same uniform!"
He node to the huge scout badge on my shoulder, and the ranks below it, and said nothing.

Something like that.
without the guns of course

But we had this colorful badge on!  
I was proud of it

Few months after this trip, the Second Intifada started, and the chances of going to AlQuds again, started to fade away every time a young man dies. in No times the whole idea of leaving Nablus became a far away dream.

I didn't step a foot in AlQuds since then, although I had a lot of chances of maintaining a permit, or smuggled in Palestine48. But I refused, and I will never accept either of those options.

I still don't like AlQuds.
Doesn't mean I will ever give up on having it back!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Palestinians for Syria

21/01/12 is the Global Day Of Rage For Syria. "Arabic Follow"

A peaceful revolution…a revolution against foreign intervention…a revolution against sectarianism and factions.This is the revolution of the Syrian people we know.

For ten months now the Syrian people have marched towards freedom and we have no doubt that they will achieve their liberation. For this reason we see it as a duty to warn them of the dangers of foreign intervention and to express our support for their peaceful revolution against sectarianism and factions.

For ten months the Syrian people have marched steadily towards freedom, despite the criminal oppression of Bashar al-Assad’s regime which uses weapons against its own people, instead of using them to liberate their occupied land, and despite the disagreements among their representatives whom the people gave trust in.

For ten months the Syrian people have marched towards freedom as martyr after martyr is sacrificed, which has only strengthened their resolve and steadfastness to continue their march.

For ten months the Syrian people have marched towards freedom as the world analyzes the meanings behind slogans raised in protests, and satellite channels have garnered more viewers with the increase in bloodshed and murders. The media sells to its viewers talks of a conspiracy or of a civil war, and many powers, sells us their support to freedom or democracy in the Middle East, when they never did. We are confident that these plots will fail and be crushed under the feet of the Syrian Arab People.

Ten months and we have avoided watching the disfigured bodies and the brave women who do not fear facing the live ammunition. Ten months and we chose which channel to hear from about the news of 30, 70, 100 martyrs of Syria, which made us ashamed from our miserable show of solidarity, as at the end of every day dozens of families lose their sons and daughters, with seemingly no one to share their pain with.

We, Palestinian activists and bloggers, on the Global Day of Rage for Syrian Revolution, stress our support for the brave revolutionary Syrians. We strongly reject manipulating the Palestinian cause as a cover under which the Syrian martyrs’ bodies are brushed under and stamped upon by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. It is true we must think logically about the dynamics of the Syrian revolution, but we must put the overwrought analyses aside, because the cost is the blood of our Syrian brothers and sisters. We reiterate our support for the peaceful Syrian revolution and its rejection of foreign intervention amidst the threats of sectarianism, as without our solidarity and faith we have no right in theorizing and preaching to the Syrians who are being murdered one after the other.

تحية فلسطينية للثورة السورية

21.1.12 يوم الغضب العالمي لنصرة الشعب السوري

ثورة سلمية.. ضد التدخل الأجنبي.. ضد الطائفية والفئوية..

منذ عشرة شهور يسير الشعب السوري نحو الحرية وثقتنا به لا تشوبها شائبة لذا نرى أن من واجبنا أن نحذره من خطر التدخل الأجنبي وأن نشد على أياديه للحفاظ على سلمية الثورة التي عودتنا منذ بدايتها على رفض الطائفية والفئوية.
منذ عشرة شهور يسير الشعب السوري نحو الحرية بثبات، رغم تعثر خطواته التي يقطعها إجرام نظام بشار الأسد بأسلحة كانت أولى بحرب تحرير أرضه المحتلة، أو يقطعها اختلاف من ائتمنهم الشعب السوري على تمثيله.
منذ عشرة شهور يسير الشعب السوري نحو الحرية يسقط في مسيرِه شهيدا من يسقط، دون أن يَحدّ القتل ومحاولة تفريق الصفوف  من صموده البطولي.

منذ عشرة شهور يسير الشعب السوري نحو الحرية والعالم كله يُحلل شعارات مظاهراته وتحقق الفضائيات نسب المشاهدة المرتفعة فوق دماء شهدائه ويبيع الإعلام الكلام والصور عن حرب أهلية أو مؤامرة،  ويتهالك على سورية من لم يدعموا يومًا الحرية والديمقراطية في شرقنا، معتقدين أن مؤامراتهم ونواياهم تنطلي علينا. ونحن على ثقة أن هذه المؤامرات ستتهاوى عند أقدام الشعب السوري العربي العريق، حالما يستعيد عافيته.

عشرة شهور ونحن نتفرج ونؤدلج الموقف ونتفادى مشاهدة الجثث الممثل بها والنساء اللواتي لا يتظاهرن خوفا من الرصاص وننتقي القناة التي سنشاهد فيها خبر استشهاد ثلاثين وسبعين ومئة سوريّةً وسوريًّا ونخجل من تضامننا البائس. . وعندما ينتهي كل يوم ثوري تنام عشرات الأسر السورية دون أحد أبنائها ودون أن يقاسمها ألمها أحد.

نحن نشطاء ومدونون فلسطينيون، وفي يوم التضامن العالمي مع الثورة السورية، نؤكد وقوفنا  إلى جانب الشعب السوري الثائر. نرفض بشدة استخدامنا واستخدام قضية فلسطين كسجادة يكنس نظام الأسد جثث ثوار سورية تحتها ثم يدوس عليها أمام عيوننا جميعا. لنفكر عميقا بما يدور حول الثورة السورية وداخلها لكن لنترك التحليل المفرط والفذلكة جانبا لأن الثمن ليس أقل من دماء إخوتنا. لندعم الثورة السورية لتظل ثورة ترفض التدخل الأجنبي وتلفظ الطائفية وتحتفظ بسلميتها، فدون ثقتنا جميعا بها ودعمنا لها لن يكون لنا أي حق بالتنظير والمزاودة على الشعب السوري الذي يُقتل كل دقيقة.

PS: The Illustrations used in this post were made by Palestinian Artist

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hamas and Islamic Jehad Merging Talks

Hamas and Islamic Jehad are discussing the merging of the 2 factions into one. uniting the Palestinian political  Islam under one flag, leaving behind some small factions such as Hizb AL Tahreer and the Salafies, who might join later.

Although I support all unity effort between the different Palestinian's factions everywhere, I cant hide my concerns about this unity "if it ever happened!".

In one hand, the merging between Hamas and Islamic Jehad will unite the Palestinian armed resistance against the Israeli colonialism creating a much bigger army, advancing the resistance tactics, and even make all actions against the Israeli oppressor more direct and painful. For me this is a dream coming true.
Islamic Jehad Fighter

In other hand, this will mean putting the armed fighter under a joint leadership, a leadership that might have it's personal agendas, or objectives that are not in the interest of the Palestinian people. Which will put a lot of the resistance in one basket. If they decided to stop. EVERY thing will stop"we are talking about the 2 biggest armed groups here" anytime they don't feel like it. As what happened when the PLO decided to go with the piece talks in 1993.
I wont say this will be a problem if this leadership will be elected democratically by the members "if not the whole nation" Islamic block.".
Hamas Fighter

Finally we cant ignore any unity between Hamas and Islamic Jehad will create an Islamic block equally strong, and equally representative faction of the Palestinian people as the PLO, if not more. Which will make the PLO weaker than it's now, as many frustrated Palestinian individual "don't have to be Islamic" will join this block.

Their is still many issues Islamic Jihad and Hamas have to overcome, but if they managed to achieve unity between themselves. As a Palestinian citizen I demand them to join the PLO. or the PLO can join them.

Maybe for once we will work for Palestine

In the End, I might be wrong, I might be right, If I am wrong. Please, correct me in the comment section below.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Post to Say, "I don't feel Like Blogging"

This will be very short, but since my last post, I didn't have much to say. I have many posts still listed as Drafts, though

A lot happened since 1/1/2012, I am 26 now, yes my birthday was 10 days ago, thanks you for your wishes :).
and...... well, that's pretty much it.  
I hope I will be able to post more in the coming weeks! 

I leave you with my wishes for you with a happy new year "late better than never!"  and hope this year when we achieve justice, equality and freedom for people all over the world!

Some pictures from the latest protest in Nabisaleh, 13/1/2011.