TOMIE JONES-why surport the infidels you are an athiest,,, people say, why, because though they have nothing in common with me, apart from the human right to live as you please ,without forcing your views down others throats .The zionists have stole their land ,their homes and destroyed their culture,,, fair words spoken not by me but by israelis jewish Israelis, who want the ZIONISTS TO STOP,, RETURN THE LAND AND LIVE PEACEFULY WITH THE MUSLIMS .
Since I was sitting on my praying mat, let me hold that position as I reach back in time six years earlier, in the 2008-2009 Gaza Massacre – that moment when I was in the exact same posture, on my knees, on the floor, praying. That time, my mother, my siblings and I were all repeating after my dad’s supplication for Allah to save and protect us from that hard situation we were going through.
That day when our building was surrounded with more than twenty ‘Israeli’ bulldozers, spending nearly twenty-three hours in the corridor in our apartment not knowing whether we will be able to see each other again or not, because of the huge number of rockets, airstrikes and bombs thrown directly on our building!! And remembering that time during the 2012 ‘Israeli’ aggression on Gaza, when my family returned back to our house to find that ‘Israel’ has attacked the house by an air strike and it was partly damaged!
I was thinking how the situation would be if we stayed at the house?! One of my friends abroad once asked me why we don’t leave our house as it’s near the buffer zone and the place we live is dangerous. To which I can only reply: “The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.” Today, I’m trying to convince myself that the situation will soon come to an end and life will continue from the time the ‘Israeli’ aggression started, even after the huge damage and loss in Gaza. But what if it was a different end this time; what if it was the end of our lives?!
This loss upon loss amongst our people in Gaza has left me feeling sad and brittle. Not to mention that I have arrived to a situation where one starts waiting for his/her death, which becomes much closer than anyone can imagine every time I hear in the news that ‘Israel’ has targeted X family’s house and destroyed it over the people inside. And the only question that comes to your mind is that: Who will be the next family…?!
Then imagine, what’s the first thing you will do if you received a threat message from ‘Israel’ saying that your house will be destroyed in about ten minutes?! What will you take? Who will you carry? What if your grandmother lives with you and she can’t walk due to her old age? Or, what will you do when you see your parents or siblings or both are injured?! Who will you help first? Or even worse, what will your first reaction be when you see most of your family members DEAD in front of you?!!At that moment, you will never forget that once upon a time, you had a house you used to live in and a family who you used to live with!!
The reality is much more painful than these typed words. The tears of a young child who lost his/her mother are enough to tell that the story of humanity is very very over. What should Palestinians do then? Imagine, if thousands of rockets were fired into your community every day and every night? And imagine that the Israeli occupation continues the rockets’ attacks and deliberately fires rockets into civilian’s houses. What would your country do? Doesn’t Palestine have the duty to protect its citizens? Palestinians has no choice but to react in self-defense. Palestine, just like any other country, has a right to defend its citizens!
The following verses besides resistance are the two things, at least for me, which makes it endurable: “You, who believe, seek help through steadfastness and prayer, for God is with the steadfast. Do not say that those who are killed in God’s cause are dead; they are alive, though you don’t realize it. We shall certainly test you with fear and hunger, and loss of property, lives, and crops. But [Prophet], give good news to those who steadfast, those who say, when afflicted with a calamity, ‘We belong to God and to Him we shall return.’ These will be given blessings and mercy from their Lord, and it is they who are rightly guided.” Quran 2:153-157
“Those whose faith only increased when people said to them, ‘People have gathered against you, so fear them,’ and who replied, ‘God is enough for us: He is the best protector,’ returned with grace and bounty from God; no harm befell them. They pursued God’s good pleasure. God’s favour is great indeed.” Qur’an 3:173-174
In the end, maybe it’s wiser to say alhamdulliah – all praises due to Allah – for everything as long as we are living. For the jihad, patience and satisfaction He provided us with, may Allah sustain these very precious bounties upon us. May Him (SAW) strengthen us to face all difficulties and may Him support the Mujahdeen with more power, patience and tranquility. I also ask Allah the Almighty to help those who got their houses damaged and compensate them a better life. Ya Allah protect our land from the oppressors.
The Original Hungry Monk Banoffi Pie Recipe
|Invented at the Hungry Monk in 1972, Banoffi Pie (originally known as Banoffee Pie), is still as popular today as it was the first time it appeared on the menu. There have been many imitations as far and wide as Russia and the United States; it is even rumored to be Mrs Thatcher’s favourite pudding! Below is the original Banoffi Pie recipe as it first appeared in‘The Deeper Secrets of the Hungry Monk’ in 1974.|
|Banoffi Pie Recipe (to serve 8-10 people)12 ounces uncooked shortcrust pastry
1.5 tins condensed milk (13.5 ounces each)
1.5 pounds firm bananas
375ml of double cream
Half a teaspoon powdered instant coffee
1 dessertspoon caster sugar
A little freshly ground coffee
The secret of this delicious pudding lies in the condensed milk.
Remove the tin from the water and allow to cool completely before opening. Inside you will find the soft toffee filling.
Hint – Banoffi is a marvellous “emergency” pudding once you have the toffee mixture in your store cupboard. We therefore suggest that you boil several cans at the same time as they keep unopened indefinitely.
Brian Eno’s letter to America: WHY? I just don’t get it
Brian Eno is an artist, musical innovator, record producer for artists ranging from David Bowie to U2 and Coldplay. He has been a consistent supporter of Stop the War Coalition since it was first founded.
Dear All of You:
I sense I’m breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can’t keep quiet any more.
Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He’d been shredded (the hospital’s word) by an Israeli missile attack – apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are – hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4 years old.
I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.
Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won’t sign up to it.
What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But – for Christ’s sake! – it’s not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don’t get it. I really hate to think its just the power of AIPAC… for if that’s the case, then your government really is fundamentally corrupt. No, I don’t think that’s the reason… but I have no idea what it could be.
The America I know and like is compassionate, broadminded, creative, eclectic, tolerant and generous. You, my close American friends, symbolise those things for me. But which America is backing this horrible one-sided colonialist war? I can’t work it out: I know you’re not the only people like you, so how come all those voices aren’t heard or registered?
How come it isn’t your spirit that most of the world now thinks of when it hears the word ‘America’? How bad does it look when the one country which more than any other grounds its identity in notions of Liberty and Democracy then goes and puts its money exactly where its mouth isn’t and supports a ragingly racist theocracy?
I was in Israel last year with Mary. Her sister works for UNWRA in Jerusalem. Showing us round were a Palestinian – Shadi, who is her sister’s husband and a professional guide – and Oren Jacobovitch, an Israeli Jew, an ex-major from the IDF who left the service under a cloud for refusing to beat up Palestinians. Between the two of them we got to see some harrowing things – Palestinian houses hemmed in by wire mesh and boards to prevent settlers throwing shit and piss and used sanitary towels at the inhabitants; Palestinian kids on their way to school being beaten by Israeli kids with baseball bats to parental applause and laughter; a whole village evicted and living in caves while three settler families moved onto their land; an Israeli settlement on top of a hill diverting its sewage directly down onto Palestinian farmland below; The Wall; the checkpoints… and all the endless daily humiliations. I kept thinking, “Do Americans really condone this? Do they really think this is OK? Or do they just not know about it?”.
As for the Peace Process: Israel wants the Process but not the Peace. While ‘the process’ is going on the settlers continue grabbing land and building their settlements… and then when the Palestinians finally erupt with their pathetic fireworks they get hammered and shredded with state-of-the-art missiles and depleted uranium shells because Israel ‘has a right to defend itself’ ( whereas Palestine clearly doesn’t). And the settler militias are always happy to lend a fist or rip up someone’s olive grove while the army looks the other way.
By the way, most of them are not ethnic Israelis – they’re ‘right of return’ Jews from Russia and Ukraine and Moravia and South Africa and Brooklyn who came to Israel recently with the notion that they had an inviolable (God-given!) right to the land, and that ‘Arab’ equates with ‘vermin’ – straightforward old-school racism delivered with the same arrogant, shameless swagger that the good ole boys of Louisiana used to affect. That is the culture our taxes are defending. It’s like sending money to the Klan.
But beyond this, what really troubles me is the bigger picture. Like it or not, in the eyes of most of the world, America represents ‘The West’. So it isThe West that is seen as supporting this war, despite all our high-handed talk about morality and democracy. I fear that all the civilisational achievements of The Enlightenment and Western Culture are being discredited – to the great glee of the mad Mullahs – by this flagrant hypocrisy. The war has no moral justification that I can see – but it doesn’t even have any pragmatic value either. It doesn’t make Kissingerian ‘Realpolitik’ sense; it just makes us look bad.
I’m sorry to burden you all with this. I know you’re busy and in varying degrees allergic to politics, but this is beyond politics. It’s us squandering the civilisational capital that we’ve built over generations. None of the questions in this letter are rhetorical: I really don’t get it and I wish that I did.