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The curse of leadership in Israel and Palestine

Palestinian leadership says another Trump term would be a disaster.
Palestinians have an enemy that is definitely going to destroy them, that enemy is not Trump, it is not “The Joos”, it is the Palestinian leadership…Hamas and Fatah.. Those two factions are so focused in being the sole leaders of a now-fantasy Palestine, that they have lost the skill of calulating their advantages when they have them.

Peace, Justice & Equal Rights for all

I am not talking about refusing the many “wonderful oppotunities” that Israel offered Palestinians because those were the most mean-spirited choices anyone could get, but packaged as gifts from Heaven. I am talking about the FACT that nothing can give them a Palestine that has any hope of survival, that can ever expect to be more than an Israeli Bantustan.
Palestinian leadership should publicly give up the idea of a Palestine for Palestinians and agree to merge with Israel as a single country with equal rights, protections and opportunities for ALL, regardless of whether they may be Jews, Christians or Muslims. The new Israel CAN be called Israel and it can also be called Palestines, that is immaterial. After all, Switzerland remains an internationally-respected, neutral country in spite of the fact that it has FOUR ethnicities and Four official lanuages…French, German, Italian and Rommansh Those languages are being used in the whole country. Switzerland also has names in each langauge, for the same city and geographic areas such as lakes and mountains. Quite importantly in contrast with Israel, the different ethnic groups are often not accepting of one another but in expression only. Perhaps the one thing they have in common with Israeli Jews is that they too, hate Muslims but to a much lesser extent.

Jews and Palestinians are being forced apart largely because of Western support against Palestinians. There is NOTHING keeping a united Israel-Palestine from happening except for the egotistic, bigoted, leaders in Israel and in Palestine. In this tragedy, only the Palestinians will continue to suffer deprivation, deaths, genocide, and humiliations. It is time for the Jews of Israel and their supporters to forget the idea of a “Jewish character” of Israel: because thus far, the only “Jewish character” shown is that of a genocidal organization against Palestinians. It is also time for Palestinian leaders to help Palestinians lose the idea of a “Free Palestine” for what would appear to be a single-faith (Islamic) nation. Get used to the idea of a multi-faith nation working with each other with Peace and Justice for all. The current Palestinian leaderships (Hamas and Fatah) offer neither Peace, nor Justice nor and semblance of a democracy; one is tootalitarian and the other corrupt.

October 13, 2020 Posted by | Gaza, Israel, Middle East, Palestine, peace in Israel, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Oh, the ever-arrogant French!

French President Emmanuel Macron is proposing legislation to “protect” the “French identity”. His proposals supposedly aim to oppose “religious separatism” such as (of course!), “Islamic Separatism”.

The rhetoric has mass-appeal…elections in France are not far…because only the most naïve would believe people other than Muslims are the targets in spite of the insistence that “White separatists” are also targeted. “Secularism is the cement of a united France” insists Macron but in France as in other countries, “United” means abandoning your own faith and cultural identities to become on with the majority identity.

Among the measures proposed include money allocated to help control “Islamic separatism”, mosques will be placed under local government control, imams will be required to be trained and certified in France, bar foreign imams, increase surveillance of organizations suspected of “Separatism”, ban foreign funding of mosques. There is also a €10 million funding for teaching Islam and Islamic civilization.

Some aspects of the proposed legislation can be for the good. Imams must understand other faiths as well as other Islamic sects in order to better minister to their own congregations; mono-theistic faiths are NOT outside of Islam as defined in the Quran and mono-theistic faiths are more than just the three Abrahamic faiths (Islam Christianity and Judaism). The question is, are the other dominant faiths (Catholicism and Judaism) also subjected to such rules in the Oh-so-secular France? Would they be required to also understand Islam in order to not spread false stories about Islam?
Of course not!

There are most likely, not enough locally-educated Muslim imams to fill the needs of the faithful in France. Would it not be reasonable to have imported imams undergo a six-month comparative religions education?
Placing Mosques under local control simply allows local governments to impose their bigotry on Muslims because the local governments would be setting the rules. Similarly, placing organizations that may be suspected of “separatism”, under surveillance is simply a fig-leaf for placing all Muslim organizations under surveillance.

The €10 million to teach Islam and Islamic civilization across France will barely make a dent on educating people, it is merely symbolic to show how sincere Macron is, instead, it shows as a shallow gesture.

What is “Religious Separatism” anyway? Muslims are neither in sufficient numbers nor in sufficient concentrations to mount a separatist movement. Why is France so paranoid about Muslims and not so much about other groups who are actually separatists within France?
Corsica for example, maintains its own language and has a largely autonomous identity. In spite of all these special treatments, there is an active separatist movement in Corsica. Provence has an active separatist movement. Brittany actually has a political party that aspires to the independence of Brittany. The Basques have been agitating for independence for a long time. The Alemannic-German speaking region has historically wanted to separate from France and join the Swiss Confederacy.

The French in France do not feel threatened by the REAL separatist movements of the above groups because those groups are still “Judeo-Christian”. No, the “Separatism” that the French fear is the creation of another religious identity in France…Muslims, who are neither “Judeo” nor “Christian”. It took France a long time to accept Judaism and Jews as French; the French had no problems with allowing the Nazis to truck away uncountable French Jews during WWII. But MUSLIMS are an entirely different, foreign, group that will not be accepted as French by the Judeo-Christians of France for a long time. France is more used to fighting the Muslims in colonial wars, colonizing them, exploiting them and then slaughtering them in mass numbers (as in Algeria) if they dared to demand freedom. True. Some Muslims have defiled the name of Islam by murdering some people in France, but how does that differ from other groups who did similar things but were Christians? French Jews and Christians are not forced to live in the squalor of ghettos like Muslims are. Jews and Christians are not denied jobs because of their faith like Muslims are. Muslims are persecuted, targeted and treated like less than humans, they are not permitted to wear what they feel, are religious symbols such as hijab. On the other hand, Orthodox or Hasidic Jews may maintain their markedly-different appearances and nuns may wear their hijabs.

Nuns at the French beach
French Police approach a sleeping Muslim woman
French Police force Muslim woman to remove Burkini

As if to justify their position that Muslims do not believe they are French, an IFOP poll  showed that 74% of French Muslims place their faith ahead of the French Republic . More like the FRENCH do not believe Muslims are French. Are there ANY devout faith-followers (Christians, Jews etc.,) that would place their God and their faith AFTER their country? I would pay to find such a poll among Christians or Jews.

The French have gone out of their way to fight Muslims when they should be fighting extremism and when they should be treating Muslims as equals in France. Helping Muslims feel they actually do belong in France, means recruiting Muslims in government jobs and promoting Muslim jobs in the private sectors, getting Muslims out of their ghettos and not banning their traditions that harm nobody. Once Muslims feel French, extremism will wither. Instead, France is seeking to hammer a mono-culture as French that is actually working like poison within its own body. No successful country today, can claim a mono-culture and any country that does (as many are) make a pretense of a “united”, mono-cultural, nation, is mired in internal divisions, there are no forced national identities. But France is too arrogant to understand or accept such a reality.

When colors work together Faig Ahmed Azerbaijan

October 2, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Pakistan’s Dive into the Sewer of Religious Intolerance

The religious zeal and violence we see in Pakistan has nothing at all to do with religion, it is simply a function of manipulation of ignorant masses in order to get control of the country. It appears that even the leaders, the so-called “scholars of Islam” who whip up mass hysteria, do not understand the very basics of Islam. Often the very respected “religious scholars” themselves are too illiterate to even understand the local language, let alone the Arabic of the Quran. The most illustrative example of ignorance and illiteracy that drives fanaticism in Pakistan is the picture below. It is a recent demonstration led by a large sign that is supposed to declare, “Punishment for rudeness towards the prophet is beheading, beheading”. On the sign, however, they omitted a crucial accent which changed the meaning to read, “Rude prophet’s punishment is beheading, beheading”. It should have started with, “Gustakh-e-nabi…” but it was printed as “Gustakh nabi…”.

The demonstrators themselves, are guilty of “blasphemy”!

Tragically, even as we discuss Pakistan’s situation, we run the risk of being accused of “blasphemy”; no idle accusation for, it can carry a death sentence or, result in a lynching death before the trial takes place. Anything can be twisted such that it becomes an accusation of blasphemy in fact, simply an accusation without evidence, can result in a guilty verdict (or pretrial death) from judges who are terrified that THEY will be killed by some mob or, their families will be attacked by an ignorant public whipped into a murderous frenzy, justified by religion and led by “religious scholars”. Continue reading

September 22, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oh Pakistan…!

Oh Pakistan!

Oh Pakistan, how many times must you make us cry? How many times must you break our hearts?

You are so full of contradictions that we don’t know which way to turn.

People have no jobs, they have nowhere to get food for their families. Government-run  hospitals are inadequately stocked, insufficient staff and not to be seen in deep country.
Education is unavailable except to the rich. Government schools are poorly-run, many teachers are collecting salaries from two or more, different schools while none of the schools even have any students.
Fanatic mullahs are allowed free reins to run the public in any way they may so they teach things that do not exist in Islam. They promote hate and violence saying God wants His followers to kill the infidel; “Infidel” being anyone who does not belong to the mullahs own sectarian club. Yesterday, the “enemy”, the “Kuffar” (infidels) was the Christians, the Hindus or the Jews while today, the list of “infidels” has expanded closer to home to include; the Shia, the Sufis, the Ahmediyya. Continue reading

September 13, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Biden AND Harris?? Should I vote?

Bottom-line; I will be voting for the Democratic team.

 

But oh, the Sanders-Warren team would have been dynamite and exactly what this country needs to get out of the selfish rut that we are stuck in. Biden is not expected to make any significant changes in crucial areas such as reductions in Defense expenditures. Other issues such as environmental protections, gun controls, introductions of universal healthcare, free education through Bachelor’s programs, food support, shelter support and living support that all European countries have had since after WWII. Biden’s paymasters will not permit that.

The most we can hope for, from Biden, would be a roll-back of the destructive changes made by the Republicans under Trump which alone, would be a major accomplishment.

 

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August 17, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Low, How?

Sadly, the FBI’s published list of hate incidents only proves what Muslims have known for years; that law enforcement doesn’t see a problem with anti-Muslim incidents..

I see that in 2018:
  1. Anti-Arab incidents were only 82
  2. Anti-Muslim were 188 (item #1 probably included in item #2) … but …
  3. Anti-Jewish incidents were 835
This COULD mean there are more people hating Jews than there are people hating Muslims, it could also more likely, mean that offences against Jews are taken much more seriously than offences against Muslims. I am inclined to believe the latter because I have personally seen incidents that the local Police did not even dignify as a crime (bomb threat against Lynnwood Mosque?) so the threat was not even investigated and the FBI chief CT agent whom I knew, said it was nothing. The notorious triple-murder of three Muslim students on the East coast was minimized for the longest time, as murder because of a “Parking lot dispute” and only after national outcry, did they start to recognize it as a hate crime. I am not sure if even then, it was recorded as a hate crime. I could write a book listing anti-Muslim hate events just in one year, but this is only a brief article. I also know that Muslims have faced hate incidents but avoided reporting them because they did not wish to get the Police involved for fear the victim could get into trouble as it happened in one egregious case in Tacoma. Muslims in America live in dangerous times when our supposed protectors are our persecutors. Time and again, the Police has been found to be more interested in targeting Muslims than in treating us as equal Americans. Even respected media outlets use language that biases people against Muslims.

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July 14, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Can Deadly Have Humor?

As many know by now, a Christian Church bought an ad that was published by The Tennessean newspaper. The Ad said in part, “…on July 18, 2020, Islam is going to detonate a nuclear device in Nashville, Tennessee…

“Islam to Nuke Nashville”

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June 24, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Pakistan and its Fanatics

What has happened to my Pakistan? I want my Pakistan back from the blood-drenched hands of the fanatic Mullahs who think the length of their beards is a sign of their devotion to God. These fanatical leaders march their idiotic, ignorant followers into the Hell of intolerance, hate, fear and murder, as though “protecting” the name of the prophet Mohammed and “defending” Islam. They fail to understand that their hate-filled, self-aggrandizing actions only lead the world of non-Muslims to fear and hate Islam and Muslims; non-Muslims cannot be faulted for believing Islam is as represented by the idiotic, ignorant and violent people we see in the news all the time.

Intellectuals and dissidents are targeted and accused of blasphemy in order to suppress them or shut them up. Sometimes, people from minority faiths are accused of blasphemy because someone has a vendetta against them, wants their property or their job. Once thus accused, the person has no recourse, if the religious courts don’t get him, the ignorant and fired-up public will. Continue reading

June 17, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Controlling “Anti-Semitism” Accusations

It all began when a friend posted a report that Trump had signed into law, a legislation that allocated $10 million to further Holocaust (Shoah) education in the US. I groaned but kept my silence until someone posted how it was “not a bad thing to teach about the Holocaust”. I objected because there is no monopoly of genocides, to try and distinguish which one is greater or worse than another is repugnant. By all means, spend the money on education about genocides across history, genocides after WWII, genocides today and how to work to stop such things from happening again, but not on the Shoah as if it is the most scared of all memories.

Why fund Shoah education when there are so many other genocides also standing in line, begging for recognition? Continue reading

June 6, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Police After George Floyd

After George Floyd was murdered as a completely casual act by the Minneapolis Police, America was literally lit up by protestors. People of color, especially Black folks, had hundreds of years of brutality and oppression burst out in the form of uncontrollable crowds. Crowds wanted justice for Floyd and punishment for Officer Chauvin, the cop who murdered Floyd and his three fellow cops who just stood there, not intervening for all of the nine minutes during which Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck, preventing him from breathing. Around four minutes after the knee was first applied, one cop checked Floyd for pulse and said he found none, yet neither he nor any of the other two officers, did anything to stop Chauvin.

How and why do these terrible things continue to happen at the hands of Police officers all across the nation?

What things need to be changed before a change in Police culture can be seen and felt?

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June 4, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments