As our honourable sister Hana al-Shalabi of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad enters the 35th day of her hunger strike to protest Israeli ‘administrative detention’, or to give it its proper name: kidnap and false imprisonment. Palestinian prisoner affairs minister Issa Qaraqaa announced that Hana, 28, is in critical condition and was taken to hospital to undergo a series of tests. Independent doctors from the ‘Physicians for Human Rights’ group declared that she was suffering from severe muscle wastage, a fall in blood sodium levels and a weak pulse: “After the examination, the doctor established that the patient’s life was in danger and recommended her immediate transfer to hospital for observation”, said Qaraqaa. It was later reported that Hana al-Shalabi had been discharged from hospital and retaken by her Israeli captors.
The prognosis doesn’t look promising and there are those who say that Hana is close to death, others; that she has already embraced martyrdom but that the Israeli occupation fears the international backlash this news will cause. Especially since a wave of solidarity hunger strikes, inspired by Khader Adnan Mohammad Musa’s successful 67 day protest, are already beginning to cripple IDF dungeons across occupied Palestine. But whatever the outcome; the fact remains that her courageous stance has embarrassed the wretched parasites of the illegitimate state of Israel and the equally illegitimate, collaborationist popinjays who call themselves leaders of the Arabian Peninsula.
Hana al-Shalabi, from Burqin, Jenin was only a child when heavily armed IDF conscripts, shipped in from every corner of the globe, besieged her hometown. The Israeli occupation of the West Bank took on the form of checkpoints, terror attacks, home demolitions, kidnappings and disappearances. For Jenin has always been the heartland of Palestinian resistance; in 1935 Mujahid Sheik Muhammed Izz ad-Din al-Qassam made his heroic last stand against the Rothschild controlled British Empire, even in the midst of disaster in 1948, Arab fighters still managed to hold off hordes of Jewish terrorists and prevent the fall of Jenin. ‘The Second Intifada’ saw Jenin become a focal point for resistance once again, and the target of numerous Israeli terror attacks; Hana’s brother was also martyred in such an attack in 2005. The Palestinians, to their eternal credit, tried to conduct retaliatory strikes to the best of their ability and means: Islamic Jihad volunteers managed to put up a spirited defence of their country, but outgunned, outnumbered and under siege, any hopes of a meaningful victory were soon dashed. As the world’s fourth largest army, sustained by conscription and in receipt of at least $8.3 million a day in U.S. military aid; soon encircled the fledging resistance.
Hana al-Shalabi was taken from her home at gunpoint by Israeli kidnappers in September 2009. Held hostage for over 2 years, Hana, along with other Palestinian captives, was released as part of a prisoner swap for French IDF conscript Gilad Shalit in October 2011. Hana’s elderly parents and surviving siblings were overjoyed to have her back. Severely maltreated by the Israelis, Hana slowly began to readjust; trying as best she could to resume what passes for a normal life under occupation. But her freedom was short lived. Four months later, on 16th February 2012, armed Israelis burst into the al Shalabi family home, took Hana into custody again and put her under what the Jewish occupation calls ‘administrative detention’.
Tortured and viciously assaulted by the Israelis, Hana al-Shalabi was placed in solitary confinement and subjected to an increasingly depraved series of attacks. The wounds inflicted upon her are a disgrace only to her persecutors, those extremist Jew villains who, for shame, could not beg for grace.
And what of our pious and upright Ullama in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, how can they stand to see their mothers, sisters and daughters harassed in so brazen a manner? Why do our noble Imams, who so eloquently sermonise about the importance of Hijab; not demand, by the will of Allah (swt), that their Kings show some measure of decency, some indication that they’re still Muslims, some respect for their race and lineage? Are they aware that the Israeli abomination is but a few minutes away from their ivory towers and luxury resorts? Must we, like Qadi Abu Sa’ad Al-Harawi, shave our heads in mourning and enter their palaces? For no doubt, we shall see the same scenes today as Al-Hjawari saw at the court of the great Caliph al-Mustazhir in Baghdad, days after the fall of Al-Quds Jerusalem and the massacre of the Muslim population by European invaders in 1099 A.D:
“How dare you slumber in the shade of complacent safety, leading lives as frivolous as garden flowers, while your brothers have no dwelling place save the saddles of camels and the bellies of vultures? Blood has been spilled! Beautiful young girls have been shamed . . . Shall the valorous Arabs resign themselves to insult and the valiant Persians accept dishonour? Never have the Muslims been so humiliated. Never have their lands been so savagely devastated.”
Qadi Abu Sa’ad Al-Harawi
And at least al-Mustazhir and others could plead ignorance and were quick to organize resistance once made aware of the situation Our leaders today, be they Sunni or Shia, are denied that refuge and reprieve; their excuses, should they fail to act despite being gifted all the means with which to do so, will not be accepted in this life or the next.
African American civil rights activist Kwame Ture a.k.a. Stokely Carmichael once said, that the main flaw of non-violent resistance “…is that it requires your oppressor to have a conscience”. A conscience that Carmichael correctly observed was absent in the U.S., and a conscience that has never existed in any regime run by extremist Jews and their acolytes. Now I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again; there’s little glory in martyrdom without victory. And unless Hana Al Shabali’s sacrifice instigates a process whereby civilised countries finalize a new policy to formally engage the criminal state of Israel and begin an open ended, humanitarian intervention in occupied Palestine, then she needn’t have bothered. Each Palestinian life is precious, and ought not to be placed in harm’s way without serious consideration, for to paraphrase General Patton; in any war, the trick isn’t to die for your values, but to get the other lot to die for theirs.
That said, Hana al-Shalabi is the bravest woman in the world. And I echo sentiments expressed by Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh: “The Palestinian people, with all its components and its factions, will never abandon the hero prisoners, especially those who lead this hunger strike battle.”
Hana al-Shalabi recently reassured her supporters in a statement released by her lawyer: “It’s true our lives are very precious, but our freedom is even more precious and more powerful than their cells”, she said. I’m inclined to agree, but at the same time, lament the state of affairs that led her to believe that Palestinians were so alone in their struggle that they had to embark upon this course of action. And perhaps Khader Adnan Mohammad Musa put it best, when he said:
“I started my battle offering my soul to Allah almighty and adamant to go ahead until righteousness triumphs over falsehood. Here I am in a hospital bed surrounded with prison wardens, handcuffed, and my foot tied to the bed. The only thing I can do is offer my soul to Allah as I believe righteousness and justice will eventually triumph over tyranny and oppression. I hereby assert that I am confronting the occupiers not for my own sake as an individual, but for the sake of thousands of prisoners who are being deprived of their simplest human rights while the world and international community look on.”
Khader Adnan Mohammad Musa
Just back from the annual United Nations happy-clappy session about drug prohibition in Vienna, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. I was there as part of the delegation from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a global campaign of serving and former police officers, lawyers, judges, intelligence officers, customs officers and prison governors, all with years of experience on the front line of the drug war, and all of whom campaign against prohibition.
Why do they do this? Precisely because they have, during their professional lives, witnessed the terrible failure of the drug prohibition laws.
LEAP’s message is simple, logical and powerful, and its membership credible and experienced – have a look at the website.
The UN delegation consisted of former US drug prosecutor Jim Gierach, retired Brazilian judge Maria Lucia Pereira Karam, award-winning US prison superintendent Rick Van Wickler, and myself.
Needless to say, LEAP and all this breadth of relevant expertise was marginalised at the UN.
Each country around the world funds the UN via voluntary donations. Once they have coughed up, they are allowed to send national delegates to represent “their” interests at shindigs such as the CND. Those delegates are pre-briefed by their bureaucrats about the line they must take, and no dissent is allowed.
NGOs are notionally able to feed in their views to their delegates, although access is limited, and over the last few years the language of the CND has indeed moved towards harm reduction and children’s rights. But this merely propagates the basic, flawed premise that “drugs” are bad, not that the “war on drugs” has comprehensively failed, is ill-thought out, and actively damages society.
UN decisions on drug policy are made by consensus, which means that there is no real democratic debate and that the resolutions are so bland as to be meaningless. At no point whatsoever are evidence-based alternative solutions, such as regulated legalisation, even whispered in the corridors of power.
The CND’s key achievement this year was to get all the nations to reaffirm their commitment to the 100-year old International Hague Convention, the first drug prohibition law in a long and escalating legal litany of failure and harm. And this in the teeth of all evidence provided by the successful decriminalisation experiments in Portugal, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
So here’s where the fun kicks in, but I stress that this is my highly personal take on what it was like to attend the CND last week:
WARNING: CND appears to be a potent psychotropic drug which has unknown and potentially damaging effects on the human brain. Exposure to CND for even so short a period as a week can lead to disorientation, numbness, depression and a dislocation from reality. No data exists about the long-term psychological effects of prolonged exposure, but some subjects can display uncharacteristic aggression after only a couple of days’ experience of CND.
CND appears to be highly addictive leading to rapid dependency, and delegates return year after year for another hit. For a week, it’s party time, but then comes the crashing low, as they have to push CND on their own countries for another long year, against all common notions of decency, humanity and community.
CND is continually presented to vulnerable delegates as the only lifestyle choice. Those who question its efficacy are outcast from the gang. But what of the delegates’ rights to live a CND-free life, away from the peer pressure, bullying and violence? What about reducing the harm that CND increasingly causes to communities across the world?
As the godfathers of CND push the line of harm reduction programmes, developing countries are increasingly drawn into a life of sordid “money dependency”, even prostituting themselves politically to enable their continued reliance on CND.
The organisations controlling CND garner huge profits, and there is little political will to change the current set-up.
So, a win-win for the drug cartels, terrorists, enforcement agencies, governments, bureaucrats and the wider global “drug war” infrastructure.
Not so good for the rest of us.
The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy was criticised yesterday for comparing the killing of three children and a rabbi in a shooting attack in France to the situation in Gaza.
At the “Palestine refugees in the changing Middle East” conference in Brussels, Baroness Ashton, described the murders in Toulouse as a
terrible tragedy”, but she then added: “When we see what is happening in Gaza and in different parts of the world – we remember young people and children who lose their lives.”
Seemingly some prominent Jewish and Israeli leaders couldn’t agree less. For them Jewish suffering exceeds all other suffering and Palestinian’s in particular.
The London Jewish Chronicle quoted some of the outraged critics. “Even when read in context, Ashton’s words are beyond unacceptable,” said Oliver Worth, the British chairman of the World Union of Jewish Students. He said they were “truly outrageous and revolting” and called for her to resign because she had “lost all credibility”. And yet, Mr Worth fails to explain why is it “outrageous and revolting” to equate Jewish suffering with Palestinian one.
Baroness Ashton’s remarks were both crass and wholly inappropriate,”
said the chief executives of the Board of Deputies, yet he also fails to provide any reasoning.
“There is absolutely no equivalence between the situation in Gaza and the cold and callous murder of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler and the three children,”
said Stefan Kerner, director of public affairs for the Zionist Federation.
And I wonder why there is no ‘equivalence’, is it because the Jews are yet to withdraw from Toulouse? Or may be Mr Kerner actually expects the French to withdraw from Toulouse and to leave it to Rabbi Sandler and a few other Jews. I obviously find it really difficult to follow the Zionist logic anymore.
The Rabbi added: “For a person in Baroness Ashton’s position to even consider her comments appropriate is disgraceful. She should withdraw her statement immediately and apologise unreservedly for the offence that she has caused.” And I wonder why is it offensive to Jews when someone equates their grief with Goyim’s suffering. Does the Rabbi really believe that Jewish suffering is somehow superior?
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Foreign Minister, said he viewed her remarks as “inappropriate”. He said he hoped that she “re – examines and retracts them”. And I wonder, what kind of a retraction would please the Israeli Government. Do they really expect Baroness Ashton to accept that Jewish suffering is the ultimate form of human grief?
Israeli war criminal as well as Opposition leader Tzipi Livni also, attempted to offer some reasoning. She described Ashton’s remark as “reprehensible, infuriating, and wrong” to draw any link “between the murder of children in Toulouse and the massacre Assad is leading in Syria and the situation in Gaza”. Livni may be right for a change, the crime committed in Gaza by the Jewish State in the name of the Jewish People is indeed unique in the history of brutality. Also the fact that 94% of the Israeli Jewish population supported IDF genocdial tactics at the time of operation Cast Lead is also very unique. Israel’s war crimes are indeed uniquely cruel and beyond comparison.
But Livni didn’t just stop there, she tried to qualify her statement.
“A hate crime or a leader murdering his people is not like a country fighting terror, even if civilians are hurt.”
According to Lvini, the Baroness had failed to make “the appropriate moral distinction”. To start with we do not know yet what led to the tragic event in Toulouse. However, the fact that Israel defines the Palestinians as “terrorists” is yet to provide the Jewish State with an moral excuse to slay indigenous people of the land and to abuse every possible human right.
I guess that we are all becoming impervious to Jewish political logic. But maybe this is another symptom of the Zionification of our reality. From now on we are expected to obey.