Archive for October, 2007

31
Oct
07

Intellectual terrorism

Intellectual terrorism
By Ghada Karmi
The Guardian, 26/10/07

The newest and least attractive import from America, following on behind Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Friends, is the pro-Israel lobby. The latest target of this US-style campaign is the august Oxford Union.

This week, two Israeli colleagues and I were due to appear at the union to participate in an important debate on the one-state solution in Israel-Palestine. Also invited was the American Jewish scholar and outspoken critic of Israel, Norman Finkelstein. At the last minute, however, the union withdrew its invitation to him, apparently intimidated by threats from various pro-Israel groups.
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30
Oct
07

Cheney’s Plan for Iran Attack Starts With Israeli Missile Strike

White House Leak
Cheney’s Plan for Iran Attack Starts With Israeli Missile Strike
By Gregor Peter Schmitz and Cordula Meyer
Der Spiegel, 26/10/07

 

US Vice President Dick Cheney-the power behind the throne, the eminence grise, the man with the (very) occasional grandfatherly smile-is notorious for his propensity for secretiveness and behind-the-scenes manipulation. He’s capable of anything, say friends as well as enemies. Given this reputation, it’s no big surprise that Cheney has already asked for a backroom analysis of how a war with Iran might begin.

In the scenario concocted by Cheney’s strategists, Washington’s first step would be to convince Israel to fire missiles at Iran’s uranium enrichment plant in Natanz. Tehran would retaliate with its own strike, providing the US with an excuse to attack military targets and nuclear facilities in Iran.
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29
Oct
07

Freedom Writ Large

Freedom Writ Large
By John Pilger

(This is John Pilger’s address to a London meeting, ‘Freedom Writ Large’, organized by PEN and the Writers Network of Burma, on October 25.)

Thank you PEN for asking me to speak at this very important meeting tonight. I join you in paying tribute to Burma’s writers, whose struggle is almost beyond our imagination. They remind us, once again, of the sheer power of words. I think of the poets Aung Than and Zeya Aung. I think of U Win Tin, a journalist, who makes ink out of brick powder on the walls of his prison cell and writes with a pen made from a bamboo mat – at the age of 77. These are the bravest of the brave.

And what honor they bring to humanity with their struggle; and what shame they bring to those whose hypocrisy and silence helps to feed the monster that rules Burma.
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21
Oct
07

Palestinian National Council Declaration of Independence

Palestinian National Council Declaration of Independence
(November 14, 1988)

Meeting in Algiers, the PNC accepted the new policy of Arafat and called for the convening of an international peace conference for the Middle East, under the auspices of the Security Council and based on resolutions 242 and 338 and the assurance of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. They also renounced terrorism but accepted the right of people to fight against foreign occupation. It also called for the continuation of the intifada. The document proclaimed the independence of Palestine without defining its borders with Jerusalem as its capital. Texts of the declaration of independence and the PNC political resolution follow:

In the valiant land of Algeria, hosted by its people and its president, Chedli Benjedid, the Palestine National Council held its 19th extraordinary session – the session of the intifada and independence, the session of the martyred hero Abu Jihad – in the period between the 12th and 15th of November, 1988.

The session culminated in the announcement of the rise of the Palestinian state in our Palestinian land, the natural climax of a daring and tenacious popular struggle than started more than 70 years ago and was baptized in the immense sacrifices offered by our people in our homeland, along its borders, and in the camps and other sites of our diaspora.

The session was also distinguished by its focus on the great national Palestinian intifada as one of the major milestones in the contemporary history of the Palestinian people’s revolution, on a par with the legendary steadfastness of our people in their camps in our occupied land and outside it.
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21
Oct
07

THE CHARTER OF THE HAMAS

The Charter of Allah
The Platform of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas)

THE CHARTER OF THE HAMAS(1)

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In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate

“You are the best community that has been raised up for mankind. Ye enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency; and ye believe in Allah. And if the People of the Scripture(2) had believed, it had been better for them. Some of them are believers; but most of them are evil-doers.

They will not harm you save a trifling hurt, and if they fight against you they will turn and flee. And afterward they will not be helped.

Ignominy shall be their portion wheresoever they are found save [where they grasp] a rope from Allah and a rope from man.(3) They have incurred anger from their Lord, and wretchedness is laid upon them. That is because they used to disbelieve the revelations of Allah, and slew the Prophets wrongfully. That is because they were rebellious and used to transgress.” Surat Al-Imran (III), verses 109-111.(4)

“Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.” (The Imam and Martyr Hassan al-Banna(5). May Allah Pity his Soul.)

“The Islamic World is burning. It is incumbent upon each one of us to pour some water, little as it may be, with a view of extinguishing as much of the fire as he can, without awaiting action by the others.” (Sheikh Amjad Al-zahawi. May Allah Pity his Soul.)

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19
Oct
07

The Palestine National Charter

The Palestine National Charter
(July 17, 1968)

1. This Charter shall be known as ôThe Palestine National Charter.ö
Articles of the Charter:

Article 1. Palestine, the homeland of the Palestinian Arab people, is an inseparable part of the greater Arab homeland, and the Palestinian people are a part of the Arab Nation.

Article 2. Palestine, within the frontiers that existed under the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit.

Article 3. The Palestinian Arab people alone have legitimate rights to their homeland, and shall exercise the right of self-determination after the liberation of their homeland, in keeping with their wishes and entirely of their own accord.

Article 4. The Palestinian identity is an authentic, intrinsic and indissoluble quality that is transmitted from father to son. Neither the Zionist occupation nor the dispersal of the Palestinian Arab people as a result of the afflictions they have suffered can efface this Palestinian identity.

Article 5. Palestinians are Arab citizens who were normally resident in Palestine until 1947. This includes both those who were forced to leave or who stayed in Palestine. Anyone born to a Palestinian father after that date, whether inside or outside Palestine, is a Palestinian.
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18
Oct
07

The Original Palestine National Charter

The Original Palestine National Charter

We. The Palestinian Arab people, who waged fierce and continuous battles to safeguard its homeland, to defend its dignity and honour, and who offered, all through the years, continuous caravans of immortal martyrs, and who wrote the noblest pages of sacrifice, offering and giving.

We. The Palestinian Arab people, who faced the forces of evil, injustice and aggression against whom the forces of International Zionism and colonialism conspired and worked to displace it, dispossess it from its homeland to realize its freedom and dignity and who has determined to amass its forces and mobilize its efforts and capabilities in order to continue its struggle and to move forward on the path of holy war until complete and final victory has been attained.

We. The Palestinian Arab people, depending on our right of self-defense and the complete restoration of our lost homeland û a right that has been recognized by international covenants and common practices including the charter of the United Nations and in implementation of the principles of human rightsÆ and comprehending the international political relations, with its various ramifications and limits, and considering the past experiences in all that pertains to the causes of the catastrophe (al-Nakba), and the means to face it.
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