Archive for June 13th, 2007

Well, it’s not rare, considering what it’s happening

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The charred home of Jamal Abu al-Jediyan in northern Gaza. Mr. Jediyan, part of the Fatah leadership, was killed Monday by Hamas fighters.

that the Palestinians flee from their houses: from Jihad Watch: Fatwa forbids PA Muslims to emigrate

Alarmed by the growing number of Palestinians who are emigrating from the Palestinian territories, the Palestinian Authority’s mufti has issued a fatwa [religious decree] forbidding Muslims to leave.

Sources in the PA Foreign Ministry told The Jerusalem Post that some 10,000 Palestinians have filed requests to emigrate from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the year. They said the requests had been approved.

[…] The sources said most of the applicants were young men seeking work abroad. They said the majority of them wanted to move to the US, EU and Canada.

Abid Katib/Getty Images (left).Hamas fighters in Nusairat, in the Gaza Strip, defended a national security headquarters they had seized from Fatah Tuesday.

NYT writes:

That agreement to govern jointly, negotiated under Saudi auspices, put Fatah ministers into a Hamas-led government in an effort to secure renewed international aid and recognition and to stop what was already serious fighting between the two factions.

But the new government has failed to achieve either goal, and it appeared to many in Gaza that the gunmen were not listening to their political leaders. Mr. Abbas is under increasing pressure to abandon the unity government he championed and to try once again to order new elections, which Hamas has said it will oppose by any means.

Hmm, of course not…

14 Palestinians have also been killed in the Gaza Strip.

Fighting on the streets of Gaza, June 13, 2007.

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Fighting on the streets of Gaza, June 13, 2007.

From Newsweek:

June 13, 2007 – As gun battles continue to roil the Gaza Strip this week, militants from Hamas are tightening their grip on power. The Islamists have already taken over several hospitals and a number of key Fatah security installations. In the meantime, more than 50 Gazans have been killed, dozens more wounded. Militiamen executed rivals by throwing them off the roofs of high-rises, and masked gunmen set up checkpoints throughout the territory. Even some aid workers are finding themselves caught in the cross-fire. Two Palestinian employees of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) were shot to death on Wednesday, and the agency announced that it would temporarily suspend most of its Gaza operations. (UNRWA distributes food and offers health services to Gaza’s 1 million refugees; some essential aid will continue.)

And then there is an interview to the UNRWA delegate (UNRWA is responsible for the refugee camps both in Lebanon and Palestine). And of course, who should show restraint:

Q: How do you judge Israel’s response to all this?

A: We just hope that everybody shows restraint. This is first and foremost the responsibility of the Palestinians. Israel has legitimate security concerns, but they have to find solutions without adding to or compounding the problem here. Israel, in our view, can significantly contribute to stability by finding a solution to the issues at the border crossings which allow the borders to function. In economic collapse, there’s fertile ground for extremism. Peace is a dividend of economic wellbeing.

So, it’s not rare that Palestinians blame Israel for the clashes: This is not civil war, it’s a prison riot.:

The conflict started as a power struggle between Hamas and Fatah – with Fatah being under immense pressure from the United States and Israel to strip Hamas of its power. But Palestinians also know that now the fighting has gotten out of hand. Neither Hamas nor Fatah has much success maintaining any ceasefire as frustrated youths, born in the Gaza pressure-cooker with no future prospects and no hope in sight, take over the streets. My cousin described it best: “This is not a civil war. It is a prison riot.”

At the same time h/t Jihadi du Jour:

Because of the worsening security situation and infighting in Gaza, “Hamas fires its rockets to kill Israeli women and children, while cynically trying to provoke Israel’s reaction and…thereby blame the common enemy of the Palestinian people, which – as Palestinians are brainwashed from childhood to believe – is Israel.

Time says this is a blow for US policy. I really think this is teaching what the real nature of Hamas is.

What has really happened is that Hamas has seized armored personnel carriers. h/t New Media Journal.

Last developments:

  • At least 200 gunmen of the Fatah-allied Bakr clan surrendered to Hamas in Gaza City, clan elders and witnesses said
  • An explosion wrecked the Khan Younis headquarters of the Fatah-linked Preventive Security force, killing five people
  • There were clashes in Gaza City near a local
    Fatah commander’s home and in high rise buildings for control of sniper
    posts. Six militants were reported killed
  • Hamas gunmen gained control of Gaza’s main north-south road
  • And Hamas said it had taken control of the border in the south between Gaza and Egypt.

  • Palestinians carry a wounded man during clashes between security members and militants from the Hamas Islamist movement in Gaza City, 13 June 2007. MAXPPP / LANDOV

    EU has condemned Gaza Strip violence, while thousands of Palestinian security officers loyal to Fatah are under Hamas siege at their last bastion.

    The Gaza doctors, in the middle of the struggle. More here.

    But has this terrible struggle ended terrorism? No, Le Monde reports that a pregnant woman, mother to 8 children, and her cousin, mother to 4 children, have been detained before committing suicide and killing in Israel. They had been recruited by the Palestinian Jihad. Klovs: “I do not believe that nobody condemns Palestinian Authority for using humanitarian permissions for entering Israel“.

    Remember the attack on an Israeli key border crossing on Saturday? As you know they used a car disguised as if it were from a TV. Well, journalists have condemned the attack because “the new tactic would make their jobs significantly more dangerous” h/t O Insurgente. 😀 Well, then, we will see if that makes them give more accurate picture of what it’s happening.

    Related news:
    Shimon Peres has been named President of Israel.
    Bargouti: if only Israel would meet us half the way”.
    Human Rights Watch denounces “war crimes” committed between Al Fatah and Hamas.

    Also blogging about this: Gateway Pundit, SC&A, Klovs (in Spanish).

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    BBC NEWS | Business | Yahoo’s China policy rejected h/t Chinaview.

    Yahoo shareholders have rejected plans for the company to adopt a policy that opposes censorship on the internet. Proposals to set up a human rights committee which would review its policies around the world, specifically China, were also heavily defeated. Yahoo has been criticized by human rights groups since 2005 for its role in turning over some political dissidents’ e-mails. The materials were used to prosecute and imprison them. But Yahoo insists it must comply with local laws in areas where it operates.

    And this happens the day it’s announced that Flickr has problems to be viewed in China… it’s confirmed: Flickr has also been censored.

    Do we have to remind about Shi Tao, the blogger condemned to 10 years in prison because Yahoo! gave his personal data to Chinese authorities?

    At the same time from The Irrawaddy News Magazine Online Edition:

    An Internet anti-censorship activist group in Thailand is distributing free software that will allow access to prohibited Web sites blocked by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. The Bangkok-based Freedom Against Censorship Thailand (FACT) has placed the software and operating instructions o­nline as “a gift of freedom” to the Thai people.


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    I have found this article by Melanie Phillips at O Insurgente about the honour killing I wrote yesterday:

    Melanie Phillips’s Diary » The lethal reality of Londonistan

    Police are failing to protect young women at risk of being murdered by their families in so-called ‘honour’ killings, despite a high-profile prevention scheme set up four years ago, senior officers have told the Guardian. They say a raft of measures aimed at saving lives have been shelved, delayed or ignored by Scotland Yard…. One detective, who asked not to be named, said that if the Met prevention scheme had been in place Ms Mahmod might be alive today. He said: ‘We started to learn lessons and then stopped learning them as a result of political correctness. And then Banaz died and that should never have happened.’… Jasvinder Sanghera, director of Karma Nirvana, a group that supports victims of ‘honour’-based violence, accused police of ‘fumbling in the dark’. ‘There is a lack of confidence among women that police will protect them,’ she said. ‘There is a misconception that forced marriage and “honour” killing is part of our culture – but these are criminal activities and they need to be treated as such.’

    The elephant in the room here — as so often — is that ‘honour killings’ are largely a Muslim phenomenon. The reason the police failed to follow this up is because they are paralysed on two fronts. First, the doctrine of victim culture they now so lethally espouse ordains that minorities are always victims of the majority; so when the police are faced with evidence that a minority might be victimising one of its own (or anyone else, for that matter) they simply cannot deal with it and so look the other way.
    Second, they are utterly terrified of doing anything that the Muslim community will take to be an assault on their way of life. And honour killings, the need to avenge the shame caused by a loss of honour, are rooted in values intrinsic to the way of life of many Muslims. There are the usual claims that they are in fact ‘un-Islamic’, but whatever the theology may say the brutal fact remains that honour killings — which do occur in other cultures —are most prevalent within the Muslim world, particularly in certain societies.

    Go on reading.  It’s very important.

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    Trying UBUNTU

    WOW! It’s great!

    I have found a way to try Ubuntu, without having to erase Windows. I have installed Wubi, a new program that installs it and if you don’t like it, you can unistall it from your install/uninstall applications from Windows.

    I haven’t have any real problems. Even the printer – a normal HP printer-, prints normally. It recognises all the files I have on Windows. And it’s password protected.

    Hmm, I only have some problems with .wma archives -as they are from Windows Media Player- but I believe I am going to solve it one way or another… 🙂 [Solved also].

    I haven’t had any problems installing it, and by now it is functioning right.

    Ohh, I forgot: it has pre-installed Open office, Firefox, Evolution Mail, Gaim and some programs to play music and films/DVD, mainly. I have added some others like Akregator for the RSS feeds

    I have to search for a blog editor, though. I was so used to Windows Live Writer…. 😀

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