Change must come from women…. in Israel too!

I LOVE these three women, because they show us that in Israel there are young people who obey their conscience.

They make us proud to be Israeli.

As long as we have youngsters like these, ready to stand up for democracy, peace and justice, take risks and make personal sacrifices, Israel has a future.

For me, they are the real Israel.

Three Women – Gush Shalom – Israeli Peace Bloc.

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I have always loved Noa’s voice.

She is also a living proof, (same as other yemenites, sefardis, etc….) that judaism is a middle eastern thing, intimately linked to the arab world, to an extent that political-religious integrist twisting (may it be from israelis or from arabs) cannot reject or deny. 

The mere existance of this kind of sensitivities among Israelis gives us hopes of peace for a future. Maybe they are few and discrete…. but actions always speak louder than words. 

Same as Noa’s songs. Same as the arabic singing jews from Yemen Blues… same as many others who had hopes and a voice to express them. 

Because these are the Israelis that deserve that land. The ones who defend the respect for the same human rights, the same democracy, the same acceptnce for religious and ethnic minorities, the same cultural openmind, the same orientalism and the same tolerance … that made the world approve the Statehood for Israel in 1948. Because it was because of that UN assembly support that it happened, nothing else and nothing less.

And as far as it was under that premise and in defending it that Israelis enjoyed respect and comprehension from us for decades, they must understand that once those values and ways of conduct are not respected, they won’t be accepted as they were. 

Israelis must understand that it’s been a long time since 1948.

Their special consideration cannot last forever, so they cannot expect the world to treat them differently than any other mature “democratic” nation of 2014. 

Nowadays they must understand that if they want to call themselves a democracy, they must behave under the same rules as any other 21st century democracy.

If they don’t do… they will only see people, not governments, but common people, expressing their dissent and their opposition against that.

Basically, taking colonial expansionism of 19th century’s democracies as an example to follow in 2014 is not the way, sirs. 

Shalom! Salaam! Peace!

“É un mondo difficile…” … yeah… this world of us is hard to understand!

” And the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city [Jericho]. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.”  And later the Children of Israel under the leadership of Joshua moved on to  Ai : “And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword.And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai. For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.” And then on to Makkedah: “And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof/ He utterly destroyed them, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain”. 
In fact, among modern historians this description is doubted, and considered an exaggeration by a writer a bit later among our ancestors – presumably someone with a particularly morbid imagination. But in order to hear such skeptical thoughts one needs to get to university. Pupils in Israeli schools are taught to regard the wars and massacres of Joshua as undisputed facts, and as acts committed under the direct command of God Himself.

Crazy Country: From Canaan to Spain.

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Sometimes I feel we insist in being smthg different than ants… while history and politicians keep telling us the opposite. 

Same stories, different faces.

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“My friend Somar, you are alive and soon you’ll be among your family and friends… I am sure of that… Sure I will see you again”

That sentence above was written by a friend of mine on another friend’s Facebook wall. The guy was supposed to be in “Jobar” a place which was bombed yesterday. They couldn’t hear anything from him since then. The words written reminded me of another guy named “Humam”, an old friend of my brother.  When I mention his name I recall his picture as a little boy. He was a very short boy, much shorter than my brother which made him always look younger than the rest of the boys. He used to come over wearing a white shirt usually and black pants with his brown hair tidily combed from the right to the left like the old days. His white pale skin makes you feel…

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A LETTER FROM PRISON WRTITTEN BY HASHEM SHABBANI THE AHWAZIAN PRISONER

A farewell to life. I tend to like the changes that Rouhani has offered to Iran, in the way of easing a bit the turbulent international playground …. but so many people executed since he arrived…. and under these terms… is a shame.

Iranian poet executed for

“raging War on God”

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A LETTER FROM PRISON WRTITTEN BY HASHEM SHABBANI THE AHWAZIAN PRISONER
The Ahwazi cultural and intellectual activist, Hashem Shabani has revealed a humanitarian appeal from Karoon prison that is addressed to all human rights organizations and the amnesty international organization highlighting the fact that the whole accusations which flung out on him and his mates are fully fabricated by the Iranian intelligence service which is now playing with the lives of our best highly educated youths through accusing them with vague accusations to bring them to the gallows rope.

In his letter which is written in Arabic by his own handwriting, he describes the imposed charges on himself and his cellmates are really cruel and unfair. He starts his desperate appeal as follow:

To those whom concern about human rights
Dear sisters and brothers:
I would like to take up this opportunity to thank you on your continued humanitarian supports…

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Medieval Times

It’s some old link, but still has plenty of vigence… things move slow in arab nations, even after the scents of spring came…

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It is high time that Shari’ah-relevant penalities like beheadings, flogging and chopping off hands are amended to cope with today’s world. Such laws conjure up Medieval times and tarnish the image of Islam in the outside world. Islam itself is a religion for every time and place, adaptive and flexible

In 1478 AD, the Spanish Inquisition was founded. Its main mission was to combat heresy and punish violators or deviators from the church teachings. It later expanded to prosecute sorcery, and was also used as a political tool for the prosecution of non-Christians such as Jews and Muslims.
Historians refer to the 13th-15th centuries as Medieval or The Era of Darkness in Europe. The Church seized control of all aspects of public, political and social life.  Heinous crimes against humanity, like persecution and torture, were committed in the name of God.
Grand Inquisitions persisted until the mid 19th century. In…

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