samedi 3 octobre 2009

Mourn this sad world

4000 burried under quake rubbles

Each time the same disaster strikes and leads to the same humanitarian misery.Have anyone helped to prevent, with early warning to make it less miserable? Is everyone helping to ease their wounds?

jeudi 16 avril 2009

Iran out of Arab games

Watching the news has become a real challenge these times. Since the last Israeli campaign against Gaza, and as it has been considered by international community as a unilateral massacre aginst civilians, we have been expecting a " correct " end rather than a happy one. Al least, that the Aid awaited by the population would enter: medical, food and material to rebuild houses for the sick and most poor. But, unfortunately, both Arabs and Israelis have made it impossible to carry out such a simple and largely approved scheme. They , at least, have agreed on making the miserable suffer more. Because no one is really suffering except Palestinians. Egyptians, after , big pressure , inside and outside their own state, have chosen to face the crises otherwise than expected: a big campaign against Hizbullah( and Iran). Such a scoop from a ME giant: Isralis have not dreamt of such a big deal. Accusing Hizbullah of the same charges than Al Qaida, makes things worse. In the dark; prominent arab figures are not sharing the same views, so they build obstacles against each other.
To sum it up; Al Qaida is not good! Hamas is not good! Hizbullah is worse! Arabs are devided! Iran is out of Arab games! So wake up the sleeping conscience because we are lost before dawn. Some Palesitinians alone have chosen to face forgery and misery with a brave gesture. They are trying to protect their and our Mosque , from Israli excavating machines and mad settlers.
Does anyone care in this mad world about the real challenges?
لاف الفلسطينيين يرابطون حول المسجد الاقصى للدفاع عنه

Apr 16, 2009 - 12:57 -

الاقصى / فلسطينيون / مرابطة

القدس المحتلة في 16 أبريل / وام / تجمعت طلائع من الفلسطينيين القادمين من الجليل والمثلث في القدس المحتلة أمام باب الاسباط مع سكان القدس الذين استنفروا اليوم لمواجهة أية محاولات اسرائيلية لاقتحام المسجد الاقصى وسط هتافات بالروح بالدم نفديك يا اقصى.

ووصلت الى القدس اليوم حافلات انطلقت ليلا للدفاع عن المسجد الذي حظرت قوات الاحتلال الوصول اليه الا لمن هم فوق الخمسين من العمر.

وشددت قوات الاحتلال تواجدها في البلدة القديمة وعلى الحواجز والجدار الفاصل المحيط بالقدس .

كما وصل أعضاء كنيست عرب على رأسهم احمد الطيبي وابراهيم صرصور ..

في الوقت الذي تمكن فيه قرابة ثلاثة آلاف مواطن مقدسي من الوصول الى المسجد فيما رابط الآلاف خارج سور القدس وعند ابوابها.

وام / قد وام/ع ا و

samedi 28 février 2009

Smart faces

I was angry when I saw A. Merkel; the woman who came after men like H.Kohl and others, behave against Palestinians the way she did when in fact she simply paid tribute to Israel. I regretted, in fact, because, we should less judge and more help. Further, woman could have given to me and to many students, in other circumstances a true illumination for the study of her background as a leading actor in Europe. Europe without a positive German role is very low. But, from that date on, when I felt injustice towards Palestinian women considered as terrorists while they are not, I just stepped it out… and said wildly my opinion because I am not a diplomat. Now, I am sure I was right , look at what they are doing to Muslim women ( head scarfs)in Germany, like in some Arab countries. But if we understand that Arabs lack democracy in their views and behaviour, I really do not get it when the situation is related to Western countries. I know that this policy goes within larger scope, but who cares?
The following article from HRW gives better insight:

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Germany: Headscarf Bans Violate Rights
State Restrictions on Religious Dress for Teachers Target Muslim Women
February 26, 2009

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Discrimination in the Name of Neutrality

People should be judged on the basis of their conduct, not views imputed to them by virtue of a religious symbol they wear.
Haleh Chahrokh, researcher in the Europe and Central Asia division

(Berlin) - German state bans on religious symbols and clothing for teachers and other civil servants discriminate against Muslim women who wear the headscarf, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

The 67-page report, "Discrimination in the Name of Neutrality: Headscarf Bans for Teachers and Civil Servants in Germany," is based on extensive research over an eight-month period. It analyzes the human rights implications of the bans and their effect on the lives of Muslim women teachers, including those who have been employed for many years. It says that the bans have caused some women to give up their careers or to leave Germany, where they have lived all their lives.

"These laws in Germany clearly target the headscarf, forcing women who wear it to choose between their jobs and their religious beliefs," said Haleh Chahrokh, researcher in the Europe and Central Asia division at Human Rights Watch. "They discriminate on the grounds of both gender and religion and violate these women's human rights."

Half of Germany's 16 states (Länder) - Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Bremen, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Saarland - have laws prohibiting public school teachers (and other civil servants in several states) from wearing the headscarf at work. The laws were all introduced in the last five years, following a 2003 Constitutional Court ruling that restrictions on religious dress are only permissible if explicitly laid down in law. The other eight German states have no such restrictions.

Some of the laws allow some exemptions for Christian and "Western" cultural traditions. None of the laws explicitly target the headscarf, but parliamentary debates and official explanatory documents prior to their introduction make clear that the headscarf is the focus. Every court case about the restrictions (the most recent ruling was on January 26, 2009, on a case in Baden-Württemberg) has concerned the headscarf issue.

"The claim that these restrictions don't discriminate doesn't stand up," said Chahrokh, "In practice, the only people affected by them are Muslim women who wear the headscarf."

Human Rights Watch has repeatedly criticized governments such as Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iran when they force women to wear religious clothing. But laws such as those in German states, which exclude women who wear the headscarf from public employment, run afoul of the same international standards, undercutting women's autonomy, their right to privacy, self expression and religious freedom in a similar way.

The research for the report included interviews with Muslim women in Germany affected by the ban. It documents the profound effect of the bans on women's lives. The laws in all eight states effectively prohibit women who wear the headscarf from working as teachers. Teachers wearing the headscarf have been told to remove it and been have subject to disciplinary action if they refused.

If a teacher refuses to remove her headscarf and subsequently is unsuccessful in court proceedings, she runs the risk of losing her civil servant status and of being removed from her teaching position. Muslim trainee teachers cannot find employment as public school teachers after successful completion of their education unless they remove their headscarves.

State officials justify the restrictions on the basis that teachers have a duty to ensure that schools remain neutral on questions of religion and ideology. But there is no evidence that the teachers' conduct violated that duty. Instead, the bans are based on the notion that merely wearing the headscarf places neutrality at risk.

"People should be judged on the basis of their conduct, not views imputed to them by virtue of a religious symbol they wear," said Chahrokh. "If there are concrete concerns about individuals, they should be addressed through ordinary disciplinary procedures, on a case-by-case basis."

Some of the teachers affected told Human Rights Watch that they had offered to wear alternatives to the headscarf, such as large hats, or to tie the scarves in atypical styles, but that these offers were rejected. As a result of the bans, some of the women left their home states or Germany altogether, while others felt compelled to remove their headscarf to keep their jobs, after years of studies and investment in developing their skills. They complained of feeling alienated and excluded, even though many have lived in Germany all their lives.

Proponents of restrictions on the headscarf frequently argue that bans protect women from oppression and empower them. The women interviewed by Human Rights Watch said they had all freely chosen to wear the headscarf. Even for women who are pressed to wear a headscarf, but are able to become teachers, blocking access to their profession will not protect them from oppression. Some affected women pointed out that, far from empowering them, the bans had led to deterioration in their social position. In the words of one woman: "As long as we were cleaning in schools, nobody had a problem with the headscarf."

Human Rights Watch calls on state governments to revise and repeal legislation on prohibition of religious dress and symbols and ensure that their legislation and procedures comply with Germany's international human rights obligations. The German states should guarantee in particular that regulations do not discriminate on grounds of gender or religion and that freedom of religion and expression are fully protected."""""""