A court in Germany has ruled that parents may not have their children circumcised on religious grounds because it is in fact – Minor bodily harm without consent. The move has angered Muslims and Jews alike who adhere to the Abrahamic Covenant with God; which boils down to something like – In order to feel part of the chosen crowd men must be circumcised.
The physical descendants of Abraham received a token of the Abrahamic Covenant – circumcision. Abraham was told by God in Genesis 17:10 (see notes), “Every man child among you shall be circumcised.” God adds in verse 11, “…it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.”
Strangely, most people are agreed that F.G.M (Female Genital Mutilation) is Haram (Forbidden), yet M.G.M Male Genital Mutilation is perfectly OK. The reason that is generally cited is that it is for religious traditional reasons and therefore “encumbant upon all men” to be circumcised in order to maintain good relations with … GOD.
In Britain in May two men were arrested in Birmingham who were offering F.G.M to Muslims. According to reports upwards of 20 000 women are at risk of FGM in Britain. Depite the furore surrounding FGM, Male Genital Mutliation carrys on regardless. But Germany is waking up to what is a Human rights Issue.
The court in Cologne decided that a legal guardian’s authority over a child does not allow them to subject them to the procedure, which the court called minor bodily harm, reports The Financial Times Deutschland.
Various religious groups have hit back, claiming that it is a restriction of their religious freedoms. It will be very interesting to see how the religious groups respond to this development and whether this ruling will affect other countries attitude towards this practice.
A group of some of Britain’s top lawyers has issued a report critical of the way Israel treats Palestinian children.
It says the Israeli forces
- force Palestinian children to make false confessions
- make them sign statements in Hebrew
- hold them for eight times as long as Israeli children before bringing them to court
- hold them for forty-five times as long before allowing them access to a lawyer
- hold them five times as long (188 days) before charging them
- sentence younger children to custodial sentences
- do night-time arrests
- use blindfolds and painful plastic wrist ties
- commit physical and/or verbal abuse
- fail to inform children of the right to silence or to see a lawyer
- use solitary confinement and self-incrimination
- allow extremely restricted access to families
- break the United Nations convention on the rights of the child in six different ways
These lawyers are backed by Britain’s Foreign Office, not an organization known for militant anti-Zionism. The above statements err on the side of caution.
Israel claims to be a state committed to the rule of law and international standards. To make good that claim, it must formulate a legal structure for all Palestinian children in compliance with the convention of the rights of the child and international law. Further steps must be taken to close the gaps between the treatment of Israeli and Palestinian children…
whine the lawyers.
These lawyers are clever people. They know as well as I do that Israel is not committed to the same standards as the other Western countries – it’s an overtly racist state. They know that is the reason it mistreats Palestinians – its very existence is premised on ethnically cleansing them. They know that the mistreatment of non-Jewish children is part of the essence of the Jewish state.
Working for the UK government, they can’t really say that. So they confine themselves to half-truths and ineffectual pleading:
The prohibition on violent, threatening or coercive conduct towards children should be strictly observed…
they say, as if Israel is going to listen.
Whom do they think they’re kidding?
The State of Israel is Over…Long live Palestine.
This report just in from Lauren Booth.
Last week the Canadian Jewish Independent decided to look into the notion of “choseness” only to find that Jewish supremacy is actually “kosher” since everyone else also wants to be chosen. “Is there any religion on earth that does claim its adherents are chosen as God’s special children?” asks this Jewish outlet. So, rather than look into the mirror, the Jewish Independent simply blames the Goyim for wanting to be Jews “Our (Jewish) ancient ancestors may have trademarked the term, but when we look at the theology and behavior of other major religions, it is they, as much or more so than Jews, who behave as if they are God’s chosen.”
The Jewish Independent writes: “In both Islam and Christianity, entrance to heaven is available only to those who adhere to the word of the earthly messengers of the divine.” But for some reason, the Jewish outlet fails to inform its readership that unlike Judaism that is tribal, uniquely nationalist and racially exclusive, Christianity and Islam are inclusive, universal and open to all.
But it isn’t just Judaism that the Canadian Jewish Independent is there to vindicate. After all, the Jewish Independent is also a devoted Zionist outlet. For the sake of defending Israel, the Jewish paper would slander every nation on the face of our planet. “Nations too, are founded on a form of chosenness, a chauvinism that manifests in forms ranging from harmless football rivalries to war. And yet, who gets the guff for being uppity? Oh yeah, this century, like others, it’s still the Jews.”
It seems as if, for some peculiar reason, the Jewish Independent has failed to notice that the Zionism and the ‘Jews-only state’ have been celebrating Jewish choseness at the expense of the Palestinians and Arabs for more than a century. However, In case independent Canadian Jews fail to notice, I must remind them that seven million Palestinian refugees are still waiting for the Jewish state to allow them to return to their homes, villages, cities and land.
The Jewish outlet doesn’t even attempt any new or original analysis of choseness. Instead, it offers the same, old, recycled explanation – everybody is equally bad, but the Goyim always ‘pick on us’, the Jews. “Everyone else might exhibit the same characteristic, but the world notices it most in Jews. The basis of stereotyping is the application to one people of an exaggerated version of a human characteristic.” There you go – the Jews are picked out only because they are actually ‘uniquely human’. It continues: “Jews, it has been said, are like everyone else only more so. In other words, characteristics that are innately human are perceived by others to be exaggerated in Jews.”
But is this true? Is the Jewish state that enjoys the support of the vast majority of world Jewry ‘innately human’? Is AIPAC, that is pushing us into a new global conflict ‘innately human’? Is ethnic cleansing uniquely or ‘innately human’? Does shelling a UN refugee post with white phosphorous just one more Jewish experiment in universal compassion? And most importantly, does the Jewish Independent expect the Goyim to buy this nonsense? The answer is yes! Interestingly enough, the Goyim have been known to buy into this clumsy Judeo-centric narrative. But then for some (tragic) reason they always wake up. Recent BBC polls show that in spite of relentless Hasbara, Jewish controlled media and extensive lobbying, Israel is already one of the most despised states on earth.
The Canadian Jewish Independent has to appease its devoted tribal followers. Though it initially tried to claim that Jews are ‘as special as anyone else’, it ends up admitting that the ‘Jews-only state’ is somehow after all, superior. “Because of all its technological innovation and for creating a world-leading economy out of little more than sand and ideas, Israel is the envy of its neighbors. But despite this, there is little to celebrate, since Jews throughout the centuries have known only the dangers of envious neighbors.” Seemingly, it is not Israeli criminality but rather Jewish greatness and proactive choseness that puts Jews and their beloved state at constant risk.
Seemingly, the Jewish Independent doesn’t even try to disguise its supremacist inclinations. It is there to support Israel and Jewish tribalism and to defy any criticism of the ‘chosen’. “At anti-Israel protests in this city, we have heard the chant ‘No more Chosen People’! In countless online screeds against Israel and against Jews, there is a sneering invocation of the term. Even in mainstream moderate contexts, the idea of chosenness is raised, only to be left hanging for the observer to decipher.”
I may as well admit that the Jewish Independent makes me feel proud. It is no secret that, along with a few others, I am one of those who argue that political condemnation of Israel must be expanded into a vast criticism of Jewishness* and choseness. Zionism and Israel are, obviously, just symptoms of choseness.
In my latest book The Wandering Who I offer a conclusive criticism of Jewishness, Jewish identity politics and choseness. I have been subject to some relentless but futile Zionist and ‘anti’ Zionist harassment. Last March I was even criticized by a few Palestinians for exposing their Jewish backers. However, it seems that against all odds, truth has again prevailed. The message is clearly filtering through: ‘choseness is once again at the core of the discussion. As much as Anti Zionist Zionists (AZZ) are determined to silence this crucial discourse, the Jewish Independent and other Zionists seem to grasp that we are heading towards criticism of Jewish identity politics, its exclusive tendency and its inherent supremacist characteristics.
* Jewishness –Jewish ideology (as opposed to Judaism) is defined as different ideologies, tactics and practices celebrating Jewish tribal choseness.
The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity Politics, phony socialism, choseness and more..
When the white settlers of the North of America decided to win completely the war over the Natives of the country, they followed many strategies that proved all to be efficient. Of course they waged war on them and starved them by burning their crops or slaughtering the animals that fed them, they enslaved them and displaced them and killed them. They killed their chiefs and leaders one after the other. They contaminated them – intentionally – with diseases ranging from small pox to syphilis – not to forget tuberculosis – which killed 90% of the Native population in the first biological war ever waged. This, along with the introduction of the use of alcohol to which many Natives became addicted, took care of whoever survived the slaughters or diseases.
The Yankees never honored the hundreds of treaties they signed with the natives, they back stabbed them and used every treachery to set them up and kill them with their children, they won their wars by treachery and deceit because they could not win them otherwise. However, the most effective weapon the Yankees used and are still using and in which they excelled was introducing corruption to the Native Communities. This is what – really and finally – defeated the Natives and made them surrender – as a nation – and give up hope on any kind of autonomy and independence. This is the same corruption using which – nowadays- Israel and the world establishment are seeking to liquidate – for good – the Palestinian cause as they liquidated the Indigenous one.
What the Yankees did and are still doing was infiltrating the Natives communities by way of bribery or reward, and to corrupt these communities from within creating Native factions that served –fully- the Yankees’ interests. The Natives became divided and powerless, they were betrayed by their own brothers and turned in by their own people. Not only Uncle Sam was exploiting and confiscating their resources and oppressing them but Natives themselves were doing so to other natives endorsing fully the role given to them by their white masters. The native Nations – up to this very day–are still being betrayed and turned down and defeated by the same people who are natives like them and who are usurping the Native wealth and hijacking the Native Cause .
Now -if we want to compare this with our condition as Arabs and Palestinians- we will find out that we are not faring any better. Look at the Palestinian cause, look at what happened to Palestinians, what happened to their leaders, how they were killed one after the other like some horror series shot in some evil dark place, from Kamaal ‘Udwaan and Kamaal Nasser to Abu Jihad, passing by Ghassan Kanafani and Abu Iyaad, not to forget Ahmad Yassine and al Rantissi and Fathi al Shuqaqi and Mahmoud al Mabhouh and Yahya Ayyash and so many others that could not be contained in pages and pages. They killed them all, even Arafat whom they spared to the end to make full use of his indecisive stands and compromising attitude.
But this is no big deal, the struggle could have resumed and the cause could have produced other leaders- equally good- and despite the deep infiltration the Israelis and the world establishment operated within the ranks of Palestinians , the cause itself could not be defeated, on the contrary, in many cases, these unhappy events and circumstances made many people more determined to continue on the same path of struggle and sacrifice.
Despite all hardships and obstacles, this faith in the righteousness of the cause was still then inspiring many Arabs and Palestinians while – on the other hand- huge amounts of money were poured as bribery by the enemies of the cause to many Palestinian officials. Millions and billions were paid by the establishment to aids and assistants and other people in key positions. PLO security people and non affiliated individuals –as well- were fully cooperating with Israeli Mossad and Shin Bet in order to locate Palestinian leaders and have them assassinated, and these local agents remained unpunished feeling free to turn in more people and get more money.
What more can one say since PLO security people are being trained by CIA? What more can one say when the wall of segregation was financed by a Palestinian businessman who was a prime minister then? What to say when officials have been accumulating millions while Palestinians -among them leaders -are rotting in Israeli prisons or living a miserable life in refugee camps or being thrown out of their houses and properties or demolishing their own houses with their own hands or having their children and relatives killed everyday or arrested or humiliated on checkpoints? What to say when the whole negotiation process is nothing but a vicious circle with no results whatsoever -on the ground- except to provide Israel with more time to fulfill its schemes?
What to say when NGOs have infiltrated every Palestinian group or society or compound inside and outside Palestine recruiting so many intellectuals and students and academicians who are all embracing an Israeli agenda either of Apartheid or of Boycott or of the two states or the one state, all financed by the world order and by pro Zionist states and corporations like Soros and his like? What to say when Palestinian so called activists like Mustapha or ‘Omar Barghouthi are competing to appear in Zionist company and gain Zionist approval and benediction hijacking their people’s cause to sell it in the cheapest way while posing as boycotters and defenders of Palestinian rights? What to say when the Electronic Intifada of ‘Ali Abu Nimah is nothing but an Israeli tribune trying to find the most suitable solution for the Israeli problem by recognizing the legality of Israel hoping to get Israel’s favors?
The whole of Palestinian NGOs has turned into an army at the service of Israel and the western establishment. Where is Palestine in all this? Where are the rights of the Palestinians? Their right to Palestine, their right to their homeland, to their lands and usurped villages, their right to have their country back as Palestine? Their right to use the armed struggle to retrieve what is theirs and what has been denied to them by the International Community?
This war is waged on the Palestinian Cause itself, it is waged in order to disseminate a certain kind of knowledge and conviction according to which there is no possible victory for the Palestinians over Israelis, no possible recuperation of the Palestinian land or Palestinian rights, no possible Palestinian return and no possible justice; therefore the door is open to concessions and compromises which seem the only way out of this impasse.
There is an attempt to kill the burning flame that kept the cause alive for decades in the hearts of the Palestinian people, because if Israel is going to be defeated, and it will be defeated, this is going to happen first in the hearts of those who have faith in the cause, in the pure resolves of those who are determined to have Israel defeated and witness such defeat and see that the Palestinian rights are fully restored. From such beliefs and resolves victory starts, from there it will grow to materialize, and this is how it happened when Israel was defeated and had to withdraw from Lebanon without achieving any of its military objectives.
Lebanon defeated Israel, the Resistance defeated Israel, not because it had better weapons or a larger army, but because it believed in its inherent right to defend the country and the people and therefore in its capacity to do so. In this deep conviction of the men of Allah lied the defeat of Israel and the truth is that anything other than this faith and determination, than this resolve to perform one’s immanent duty regarding one’s own self and country and people, will breed corruption and distortion and bring destruction to the people and the cause. It is mostly important for Israel and allies to eradicate such faith from the Palestinian hearts and to replace- at the hands of corrupt politicians and NGOs -the certain victory over the evil enemy by a shameful pitiable surrender and defeat.
Opposing alliances create concentric rings around Eastern Mediterranean gas fields
Egypt is back in the new version of the Great Game; in this century the race is not after the vast territories of Central Asia, but after the rich gas fields discovered in the Eastern Mediterranean. On Sunday, June 24, 2012, Mohamed Morsi was declared Egypt’s first Islamist president in the freest elections in the country’s history. Morsi won with 51.7% of last weekend’s run-off vote versus 48.3 for Shafiq; the latter was the last Prime Minister of President’s Mubarak corrupt regime. A new Egypt has been born and is ready to return to its central role in the Arab and Muslim worlds… just a sec, not so fast.
Not so fast…
Morsi is the first civilian president in the history of modern Egypt. The other four presidents came all from the military ranks. Moreover, he is the first president openly identified with the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that was defined illegal by the military-run regime. When it became clear that the army-backed candidate had little chance to win (see Rigged Democracy: Egypt as Israel), the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) running the country since Mubarak was deposed, illegitimately changed the rules of the game. President Mursi will have much less power than his predecessor Mubarak; the real power will remain in the hands of the military. The SCAF granted itself legislative powers, and reinforced its role in the drafting of a permanent constitution. Moreover, Field Marshal Tantawi announced the re-establishment of a National Defense Council, leaving the generals in charge of Egypt’s national security policy even after their last president was jailed for life.
Yet, reality is clear. Egypt finally recognized its Muslim heart and the army won’t be able to change that, mainly because most of its soldiers are Muslim. The generation of Field Marshal Tantawi and its America-funded generals will be replaced by a new generation that didn’t know the sweetness of corruption. Hours before his victory was announced, Mursi gave an interview to Iran’s Fars news agency. He declared that he will aim at bettering the relations between the countries, which had not been allies in the last century, in order to “create a balance of pressure in the region.” Shortly afterwards, Iran praised the election of Morsi, as a “splendid vision of democracy” that marked an “Islamic Awakening.” Sunni Egypt and Shi’ite Iran are among the biggest and most influential countries in the Middle East. They haven’t had diplomatic relations since 1980, following Iran’s Islamic Revolution and Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. Yet, the current warming up between the countries is not a mere consequence of Islam revival in Egypt. The reference of Mursi to the “balance of power” was a clear reference to the New Great Game. Until now, Egypt was out of it.
An Alliance is Born
At the bottom of this page is a box linking relevant articles on the recently discovered gas fields in the Eastern Mediterranean; in this article I’ll just make a short summary of the issue and link it to the new Egyptian reality. The fields have been discovered from 2009 onwards, with new ones being discovered every few months. Some of them are in disputed areas between Israel and Lebanon; others in areas controlled by Cyprus. Studies show that the area between Northern Cyprus and Turkey may also be rich in gas. Because the distances among the countries are less than 400 nautical miles, it is up to the states to delineate the actual boundaries. Israel and Lebanon are not at peace with each other, and Israel and Turkey have lowered their relations to the minimum possible following the Freedom Flotilla Affair. Thus, a peaceful solution is not the most likely outcome.
Following the gas discovery, Israel was fast to create a close military alliance with Cyprus. This has encroached most of the fields between the two countries. Greece was brought into this alliance—providing peripheral support—in a military exercise conducted together with the USA. Israel also strengthened its relations with NATO, to the extent that it got access to NATO’s communications codes (NATO-Israel Joint Drill: Access Codes); thus, despite Turkey being formally part of NATO, it is hard to believe NATO will attack Israel if the conflict escalates. Finally, in the far periphery of the area, Israel has an energy-based alliance with Azerbaijan.
Lebanon was the first country of the opposite alliance to clearly state its intentions regarding the gas fields. Turkey subsequently declared its support, and that it will protect the Northern Cyprus fields when discovered. This almost surrounded the inner ring of Israel-Cyprus, leaving only its southern flank exposed. Shortly after, Iran announced its active support of Lebanon in its claims. Syria was left outside due to the civilian unrest still dominating reality there. In 2009, Egypt was a close ally of Israel and thus didn’t get involved on the issue. After Mubarak’s fall, the political instability caused the gas fields to be neglected by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Now things have changed. Egypt is in position to claim sovereignty over many of the discovered fields; new ones may be discovered between Egypt and Cyprus, as the map above shows. Mursi’s statement regarding the warming up between Egypt and Iran signal which alliance Egypt wants to join. It makes sense in the military angle; with Egypt joining Lebanon and Turkey, an outer naval ring surrounding the Israel-Cyprus one, a new “balance of pressure”—as it was defined by Mursi—will be created. Though cautious, the fine-print in Mursi’s statement is crystal clear. Israel’s claims of ownership will soon be contested at higher levels; an energy-war may erupt in the near future.
Whilst it is easy to point out the many problems that Egypt is likely to face in the coming months and years, it should not be forgotten that a huge victory has taken place. The people of Egypt for the first time in decades were able to vote for a Presidential candidate and what is more they voted for Islam over secularism.
Mohammed Morsi the new President of Egypt was a prisoner of Mubarak’s government but is now the President of Egypt whilst Mubarak himself is in detention. Read here Dr Morsi’s victory speech.
For myself and I am sure all of those people whom I travelled with on the first Viva Palestina convoy from London to Gaza, just weeks after operation “Cast Lead” in early 2009, such a huge step in Egypt was impossible to imagine. As our humanitarian aid convoy tried to enter Egypt from Libya after driving thousands of miles from London across Europe and North Africa, we were met with unprecedented security at the border. Some of our convoy members were apparently randomly selected and refused entry to Egypt and deported back to Libya with no reason given. The convoy then set out across Northern Egypt with a security/riot police officer posted every 20 metres along the road between the border and the Sinai. We were taken to military hotels and kept as prisoners overnight. We were kept away from any civilian population centres, swept by police escorts down the back roads where no one could see us. We were taken into tents in the desert for food stops and speeches, escorted by rows of Mubarak Youth who were brought into the desert by coach and we endured numerous speeches telling us that the Egyptians had done more for the Palestinians than any other nation. The finale was an attack on us by Baltagia in Al Arish which was orchestrated from the very highest levels as they managed to have all of the electricity in the town cut off so they could attack us in the dark. But this was not the worst experience by far, a year later we return to Gaza and suffered much worse beatings in Al Arish followed by detention and forced deportation after our exit from Gaza. The last time I tried to enter Egypt I was detained and deported at Cairo airport because my name is on the Security Black list – and for what? For being amongst those who took humanitarian aid to Gaza – where was their Islamic love for their besieged brothers and sisters in Gaza? My intention is just to give the reader a small insight of how a police state feels when you are inside it as a “guest”.
But I was only a visitor to Egypt what about those who lived there under the brutal state with it’s horrifying security apparatus? Let us remind ourselves that the Muslim Brotherhood were a banned party for decades and their candidates stood for parliament as independents. Muslim brotherhood members were imprisoned frequently and most especially just at the time where they had to register their intention to stand for election thus making it impossible for them to register.
One of the most shameful aspects of this brutal period of Egypt’s history is the fact that the U.S.A. – the U.K. and Western governments praised Mubarak as a moderate and as a partner in the phony war on terror whilst at the same time using the torture facilities in Egyptian prisons for rendered prisoners on their way to Guantanamo. I for one will never forget or forgive my own government’s complicity in torture and in propping up brutal dictatorships where it suited their agenda. I really hope that Jack Straw and others who allegedly knew of the torture and who “signed off” the papers for rendering prisoners, will be brought to justice.
Despite the obvious reality that Egypt has many struggles ahead, particularly with the U.S. being a major contributor of military aid – which no doubt is their way of buying peace between Egypt and Israel, there is still room for hope that there will be a just and accountable government for the Egyptian people. It has taken years of small steps in Turkey to loosen the grip of the secular military and judiciary over politics, just to reach the stage where there is not a military coup every time the government takes a step the military do not like, there is no doubt that Erdogan has had to walk a very fine line.
One of our British scholars of Islam Sheik Haitham al Haddad has written a beautiful article on the victory in Egypt which I will post below. When I read the article yesterday I was very moved just thinking about how the people of Egypt have been so brutally oppressed but now there really is now a reason to hope. Of course it goes without saying that Egypt’s neighbour Israel is not totally convinced by any promises made to keep peace treaties intact – Israel knows very well that they are hated by all of their neighbours and with good reason. Here a video that they helpfully translated for us on the reality that Muslims are never going to rest until Al Quds is liberated.
The Egyptian elections: Victory for Mohammed Morsi
The victory for Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s presidential election is a milestone in the history of modern Arab countries. After having been imprisoned by the ex-president Husni Mubarak, one of the most corrupt dictators of the Middle East, he will now replace him as the president. This is not a victory for the Brotherhood or even political Islam, but a victory of truth over falsehood and a manifestation of the real colour of Muslims, whether they are educated, lay people, men, women, young or old.
The victory for Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s presidential election is a milestone in the history of modern Arab countries. After having been imprisoned by the ex-president Husni Mubarak, one of the most corrupt dictators of the Middle East, he will now replace him as the president. This is not a victory for the Brotherhood or even political Islam, but a victory of truth over falsehood and a manifestation of the real colour of Muslims, whether they are educated, lay people, men, women, young or old. Allah says,
“He sends down water (rain) from the sky, and the valleys flow according to their measure, but the flood bears away the foam that mounts up to the surface, and (also) from that (ore) which they heat in the fire in order to make ornaments or utensils, rises a foam like unto it, thus does Allah (by parables) show forth truth and falsehood. Then, as for the foam it passes away as scum upon the banks, while that which is for the good of mankind remains in the earth. Thus Allah sets forth parables.”
“And [mention] when Abraham said, “My Lord, make this a secure city and provide its people with fruits – whoever of them believes in Allah and the Last Day.” [Allah] said: “And whoever disbelieves – I will grant him enjoyment for a little; then I will force him to the punishment of the Fire, and wretched is the destination.”
“And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.”
“Whoever has the Hereafter as his main concern, Allah will fill his heart with a feeling of richness and independence; he will be focused and feel content, and this world will come to him in spite of it. Whoever has this world as his main concern, Allah will cause him to feel constant fear of poverty; he will be distracted and unfocused, and he will have nothing of this world except what was already predestined for him.”
“Allah has promised those who have believed amongst you and performed righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth just as He granted it to those before them and that He will surely establish for them [therein] their religion which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute for them, after their fear, security, [for] they worship Me, not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that – then those are the defiantly disobedient.”