Archive for November 2006

We are ALL palestinians…

November 27, 2006

I cant seam to get over cartoons. But they are a really good way to convey messages.

Carlos Lutoof has some cartoons that I found very interesting. I may not agree with all, or may find it a bit exagerated.  But there is a lot of truth in most.

I found out about Carlos Lutoof here:

http://abulsharif.blogspot.com/

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We are all Palestinians

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US in Iraq

November 27, 2006

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Occupation 101

November 20, 2006

Is Islamaphobia Racism?

November 15, 2006

I found this post interesting and thought provoking. Sometimes we fail to see the wrong in things just becuase it is “ordinary” or “normal” for us. We should question our thoughts according to the truth, not according to what others think.

http://thinkingbrother.blogspot.com/

Is Islamophobia Racism?

The probably the last kind of “acceptable” racism, Islamophobia is just an manifestation of the unbroken chain of racism launched against a “minority” in a time of paranoia and ignorance.

During WWII, it was “acceptable” to refer to the Japanese as “Japs”, a racist slur meant to degrade those of Japanese origins. The press used the term, it was used on movies and even in cartoons and no one got in trouble or feared any backlash. Many justified it as treating the Japanese as the enemy and as the enemy, there is no need to respect them.

Although America was at war with the Germans, Italians, and Japanese, only the Japanese Americans were made to suffer persecution and eventually forced into internment camps. The Japanese were seen by the ignorant and racist people as all or mostly sly and sneaky and people who cannot be trusted. German and Italian Americans did not suffer such a fate because they were white, and just from appearance alone, you cannot tell if someone is a German or an Italian or if he or she is Irish or French.

Now blacks back then were called Negro or colored. If a black person did anything or even was mentioned in the news, his race was always identified. If a white person did anything or even was mentioned in the news, his race was not identified except on rare occasions. It took many decades to fight the double-standards and racism against blacks to even come to this point where the race of the individual is not always mentioned if they are not white, and we still have a long way to go to seeing the evil of racism go away for good.

Now to the current reality. There is an acceptable racism today and it is Islamophobia. Islamophobes try to justify this in the same way and approach as the racists trying to justify calling people “Japs” or fearing racial integration because it might lead to problems between the races and what not. It’s a time of war, it’s a time where we need to know the enemy, it’s a time where we cannot afford to be politically correct because that can cause us to have more problems from our enemies in the future and so on. The endless list of justifications continues to be the tool for trying to make Islamophobia acceptable to the public.

But the racists never learn from history. History has shown that there has been a momentum in movements that are preaching racism and paranoia of a people, but decades, and some cases centuries later, people realized the flaw and the evil of such things. But unfortunately, racism has managed to pop its ugly head out and control the minds and actions of many people who have fallen into its wicked traps over and over again. We are supposed to learn from mistakes not repeat them, thinking that someday these mistakes will no longer be mistakes.

Hate crimes have origins from ignorance and paranoia. It is a reaction to something a person thought was wrong or not good. If an ignorant person is fed with constant stream of information that are negative about a people and their culture and beliefs, he or she might react in a negative way.

But are Muslims a race? Of course not, so how can Islamophobia be defined as racism?

Simple. Nearly all Muslims are non white, while the overwhelming majority of Islamophobes are white. But that per se does not make it racism unless the pattern follows a certain trend.

You may ask, what is this trend? The trend of shifting racism from one group to the next and create a case or even a cause to justify the racism. Decades ago, whites had no problem being openly racist against blacks. Decades later, most racist would not dare to be openly racist against blacks because the fear of a backlash. Now there is a new bogeyman and it happens to be Muslims.

It would be totally politically incorrect to say blacks are more prone to crime, even though some people will say that statistics will prove that to be the case. But for some reason, it is acceptable to say that Muslims are more prone to terrorism and people will say that statistics will prove this to be the case. Why the double-standard? Because today, it is unacceptable to be openly racist against blacks and to even say blacks are more prone to crime would be politically incorrect, but to say Muslims are more prone to terrorism is acceptable. So now we see a clear shift of open racism against one minority group (blacks and other non whites) to another (Muslims).

So why when a Muslim does a violent act, his religion affliation is always mentioned, even if was not done in the name of Islam? Why did the press decades ago always mentioned the race of a person who happened to be black, regardless of what he did? The trend of double-standards and racism continue today and we must learn from the mistakes in the past and try not to repeat them.

But for some reason, we continue to repeat what is wrong instead of what is right….

Imperial History in 90 seconds

November 14, 2006

Watch the worlds imperial history in 90 seconds

http://www.mapsofwar.com/ind/imperial-history.html

Coming Up…..

November 11, 2006

InshAllah an exclusive  interview of “The Sound Of Reason” is coming up soon!

Dont miss it!

www.thesoundofreason.com

Beit Hanoun BLEEDS

November 8, 2006

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November 8, 2006

By IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press Writer

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip – Israeli tank shells landed in a residential neighborhood north of the town of Beit Hanoun early Wednesday, killing at least 18 people in their sleep, Palestinian witnesses and officials said.

According to witnesses, all those killed were women and children.

Palestinian hospital officials said dozens of wounded people were being treated at four Gaza hospitals.

Hundreds gathered outside the Kamal Adwan hospital, weeping as bodies arrived. Witnesses said that many of the dead arrived in their sleeping clothes.

Schoolchildren swept out to the street to protest the attack as mosques broadcast angry speeches on the street.

Rahwi Hamad, 75, said he was awakened by the sound of explosions at about 5:15 a.m. and emerged from his home to find bodies and blood in the streets.

“I saw people coming out of the house, bleeding and screaming. I carried a girl covered with blood,” he said. “Inside the houses, we evacuated dismembered bodies … Everything was disgusting. This is the worst, bloody scene I have ever seen.”

Khaled Radi, a health ministry official, said that, of the 18 dead, seven were children and 13 were from the same family. He said at least 40 more were wounded, all civilians.

Palestinian security officials said that five tank shells landed in the area within 15 minutes.

The Palestinian cabinet announced it would convene for an emergency meeting to discuss the “massacre.”

The Israeli army did not comment.

The shelling came after Israeli attacks in Gaza and the West Bank killed at least 15 people following a pullout from the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun at the end of a bloody weeklong sweep.


http://peace4palestine-housewife4palestine.blogspot.com/2006/11/israeli-tank-shells-kill-18.html