Jericho ONE MORE STEP FOR LORA LUCERO,TO ACHIEVE HER AIM. AGAINST THE INHUMAN ZIONIST STATE OF ISRAEL.TO HELP THE PALESTINIAN STATE TO BECOME FREE AND WHOLE AGAIN MAY YOUR GODS GO WITH YOU LORA

Jericho

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A good day to reflect on my week in Jericho because the rain and wind are keeping me inside in Jerusalem.

Jericho is located near the Dead Sea, and many consider it the oldest inhabited city in the world, more than 11,000 years old. An Arab geographer in 985 wrote that the “water of Jericho is considered the highest and the best in all Islam.”

I saw the concrete lined channels carrying the water to the fields and the bounty of date and banana trees, cauliflower and many other vegetables growing under plastic sheeting with drip irrigation.

Jericho’s long, long history might be summed up as conquest after conquest. When the Ottoman Empire collapsed at the end of World War I, Jericho came under the rule of the British in Mandatory Palestine.   Then in 1948 Jericho was occupied by Transjordan during the Arab-Israeli war.

The Jericho Conference, organized by King Abdullah and attended by over 2,000 Palestinian delegates in 1948 proclaimed “His Majesty Abdullah as King of all Palestine” and called for “the unification of Palestine and Transjordan as a step toward fullArab unity.” In mid-1950, Jordan formally annexed the West Bank and Jericho residents, like other residents of West Bank localities became Jordanian citizens.[51]

During the Six Day War in 1967, Jericho was occupied by Israel along with the rest of the West Bank. During my visit, I saw very few signs of the presence of Israel or the occupation in Jericho. Jets flying overhead signaled Israel’s presence. I later learned that it was the first city handed over to Palestinian Authority control in accordance with the Oslo Accords.

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The limited Palestinian self-rule of Jericho was agreed on in theGaza–Jericho Agreement of 4 May 1994. Part of the agreement was a “Protocol on Economic Relations”, signed on 29 April 1994.[53] The city is in an enclave of the Jordan Valley that is inArea A of the West Bank, while the surrounding area is designated as being in Area C under full Israeli military control. Four roadblocks encircle the enclave, restricting Jericho’s Palestinian population’s movement through the West Bank.

Israel sent her troops into Jericho during the second intifada and even dug a deep trench around a large portion of the city to control Palestinian traffic in and out of Jericho. I met a man in Jericho who described what it felt like when the Israeli soldiers entered his house, demanding that he come downstairs from his bed where he was recuperating after surgery. Soldiers could re-enter Jericho at any time, and it’s this reality that hangs like an oppressive unseen blanket over the city.

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In 1994, Israel and the Palestinians signed an economic accord that enabled Palestinians in Jericho to open banks, collect taxes and engage in export and import in preparation for self-rule. In 1998, a $150 million casino-hotel was built in Jericho with the backing of Yasser Arafat.

I never saw the U.S. presence in Jericho but learned later …

In 2009, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs David Johnson inaugurated the Presidential Guard Training Center in Jericho, a $9.1 million training facility for Palestinian Authority security forces built with U.S. funding.

Most of my time was spent with family and friends in Jericho, observing the strength of filial bonds, the tradition of sitting and talking over coffee and sweets, and the absolute certainty that Palestine is their land and they will prevail someday.

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The take-away message for me was one of “patience”.  The Palestinians I met in Jericho (Muslims and Christians) seem to have patience in their DNA.

One man in particular made an impression on me. He was a young (30+ something) caretaker of a small Mosque. He noticed me taking photos of the Mosque and greeted me. He spoke broken English but I learned enough to know that he was a volunteer caretaker and lived on the property with his wife and two young children. He held out his hand to me, palm up, and showed me his fingers. He pointed out the joints in each finger and said: “We are like these joints — the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims. Each connected and working together to make the whole hand work as one.” I interpreted his message as meaning that all of us are connected, as one hand, and we must help each other and live together.

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Mnar Muhawesh one state solution is the only solution for peace in Isreal

Mnar Muhawesh
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Mnar Muhawesh

esMnar Muhawh is founder, CEO and editor in chief of MintPress News, and is also a regular speaker on responsible journalism, sexism, neoconservativism within the media and journalism start-ups. In 2009, Muhawesh also became the first American woman to wear the hijab to anchor/report the news in American media. Muhawesh is also a wife and mother of a rascal four year old boy, juggling her duties as a CEO and motherly tasks successfully as supermom. Follow Mnar on Twitter at @mnarmuh

(VIDEO) MintPress Founder, Mnar Muhawesh: One State Solution Is Only Solution For Peace In Israel

On February 24, 2015, Augsburg College presented a panel discussion on “Palestine-Israel: Understanding The Conflict At Hand” to discuss the solution for peace in Israel/Palestine through a one state solution. The panel included MintPress founder & editor in chief Mnar Muhawesh along with Jewish Voice for Peace members & anti-war activist Sabry Wazwaz.
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MINNEAPOLIS — “Palestine-Israel: Understanding The Conflict At Hand” presented MintPress founder & editor in chief Mnar Muhawesh  as a panelist, along with two members of Jewish Voices for Peace , Cindy Cohen and Asa Diebolt,  joined by Palestinian-American and Anti-War Committee member Sabry Wazwaz to discuss solutions to peace in the Holy Land and ending Israeli apartheid.

Below is an edit of the highlights from the peace forum. Panel members asked for more understanding of the real human issues–religion aside– and knowledge about the extent of the Zionist Israeli government apartheid action and relief from the futile argument that Israel is a democracy and home to only the Jewish people– making genocide and ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Muslims and Christians acceptable in the name of Judaism. Muhawesh discussed the media’s responsibility in covering this conflict as a human rights issue, how to identify this as an effect of imperialism of dividing Muslims and Jews to exploit those two religious populations to further “conquer” the Middle East region.

So what’s the solution? End religious privilege and superiority in the Holy Land and create a one state solution where all religious people, whether Christian, Muslim or Jew have equal rights living side by side in peace as they did for generations before the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

 

Video courtesy of Bill Sorem.

‘ I Stand With Israel ‘ Hecklers Interrupt & Attempt to Hijack Panel

Below is the full length panel discussion on the solutions for peace in the holy land and ending the violence. The panel was interrupted by hecklers who demanded to stand with Israel despite Israeli apartheid and genocidal actions.

Video courtesy of Bill Sorem.

 

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Chairperson of the Board of israAID Meira has been active in the world of non-profits and their management for over 30 years.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Chairperson of the Board of israAID Meira has been active in the world of non-profits and their management for over 30 years.
You can continue wasting your breath and time hating Israel but it just washes over their heads as they get on with life and helping others. What have you done today to help anyone? Maurice Boland.italkfm.blogspot.com.es

Meira Aboulafia

She holds a BA in General History and Art History from Hebrew University, and studied Management at the Lahav School for Executive Education Tel Aviv University. For 15 years, she served as the Coordinator for Special projects and events at the JDC-Brookdale Institute, as well as the Manager of their Middle East program meant to enhance the quality of health care systems in the entire region. She co-chaired the Israeli NGO Aid without Borders from 2000-2002, and has spent the last 10 years fighting for Humans and Human rights for Palestinians. In addition to chairing the board of Directors, Meira has organized IsraAID workshops, conferences, and forums, as well as co-lead programs in the field.

I can find no affiliation to Zionism or zionist Israel in fact the chairperson of the board states” I for the past 10 years have been fighting for humanity and equal human rights for Palestinians”.

Below is the list of donors and partners,none have a stated interest in ZIONISM APART FROM Israel foreign affairs department  possibly.

 

  • ADRA Japan
    • Jewish Federation of Greater Baton Rouge
    • Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
    • Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
    • Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
    • Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
    • Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
    • Jewish Federation of St. Louis
    • Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)
    • Jewish World Watch (JWW)
    • Ministry of Gender and Social Development of South Sudan
    • Operation Blessing International (OBI)
    • Pears foundation
    • Pratt foundation
    • Serving Friends
    • Ted Arison Family Foundation
    • The Congregation of Jesus - Beit Shalom
    • The Jewish United Fund (JUF)
    • UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
    • UJA-Federation of New York
    • WNC Jewish Federation

     

  • All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives (ACFSMC)
  • American Jewish Committee (AJC)
  • American Jewish Congress
  • Ben Gurion University International Medical Program
  • B'nai Brith International
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)
  • Community Chest Korea (CCK)
  • Don Bosco planning and Development Office
  • Federation CJA
  • Fish Family Foundation
  • Global Giving
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation
  • Habitat for Humanity International
  • Haifa University's Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies
  • Hilton Tokyo
  • HP Indigo
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  • Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
  • J/P HRO
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York
  • Japanese Consumer Co-operatives (JCCU-COOP)
  • Jewish Federation of Cleveland

So as they say the devil is in the research ,and paperwork.So as far as hating Israelis,  Israel AND THE JEWISH RACE, I don,t .I DO HATE WHAT THE LIKES OF BIBI NETANYAHU, THE I D F,ZIONIST FAR RIGHT,  Israelis Zionists, Zionist jews of America,for what they are doing to the PALESTINE STATE AND ITS SHOOT TO KILL POLICY OF THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIANS.I do believe that the JEWISH ZIONIST MOVEMENT WISHES TO FULFILL THE WORDS OF THE TALMUD.”TO ENSLAVE ALL NONJEWISH  ,”GENTILES” , STARTING WITH THE GENOCIDE OF THE PALESTINE PEOPLE AND ERASING ALL VILLAGES ,TOWNS ,AND CULTURE FROM THE FUTURE GREATER ISRAEL STATE.

 

 

 

 

 

A prophesy fulfilledWhy it’s scarier this time around.There is nothing new about the multi-pronged attack on human rights and anti-occupation activists in Israel, but there’s something different this time. Something scarier.

As scary as the current political atmosphere is for the anti-occupation Left in Israel, it is no surprise to anybody who has skin in the game. Just months after Israel conquered the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1967, Jewish Israeli philosopher Yeshayahu Leibowitz warned that sooner or later the occupation would come home to roost.

“A state ruling a hostile population of 1.5 to 2 million foreigners would necessarily become a secret-police state, with all that this implies for education, free speech and democratic institutions,” Leibowitz wrote in 1968.

Yeshayahu Leibowitz. (Bracha L. Ettinger/CC-BY-SA 2.5)

And yet, we return to our original premise: why is the current atmosphere any different than the years and decades past? People have been declaring Leibowitz’s prophesy fulfilled for over four decades now. Maybe there has been no dramatic turn for the worse. Maybe we are simply witnessing the latest dip in the depressing trajectory we’ve been following since June 6, 1967 — or, as many Palestinians would argue, since May 15, 1948.

At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. Soon Israeli Right will celebrate 50 years since the occupation began, while multiple generations of Israelis and Palestinians will have never known a political system that treats all of its subjects equally. Institutional psychology teaches us that institutions are inherently averse to change, that their natural state is fighting to preserve the status quo. In Israel, that means fighting to maintain the occupation, fighting to retain military control over the West Bank, to some extent over the Gaza Strip, and on a number of levels, over the Palestinian people themselves.

After 50 years, it is only natural to perceive anything that challenges the occupation and Jewish political supremacy, the status quo Israel’s government is fighting to preserve, as a threat to the regime. And in the popular lexicon of contemporary Israeli political thought, a threat to the current Israeli regime is a threat to the Jewish people. And that, although it may not be articulated quite in those terms, is where human rights and anti-occupation activists find themselves today.

Remembering the context

The important thing to remember, and this becomes exponentially more difficult as it becomes more personal, is that Israeli human rights and anti-occupation activists are not the ones who most need and deserve the world’s attention here. Israeli human rights activists are not under attack not because of who they are or what they believe in, they are under attack because work threatens the occupation.

And while the political atmosphere in Israel is becoming increasingly hostile to the politics of left-wing Israelis, Palestinians living under Israeli military rule have not had freedom of expression for five decades. They do not have the rights of assembly, of free speech, to vote, to enter or leave their country, to move about freely within that country, to conduct trade, to live with their chosen spouses.