Saturday, April 22, 2006

My colleague, Mr. Rashid Shahin, wrote an analysis for the Palestinian Prime Minister's speech on April 14th:

Haniyeh's Friday Noon Speech - Many layers of Meaning

In his Friday Noon Prayer Speech, Palestinian Prime Minister, Mr. Ismael Haniyeh, called on the Palestinian people to make olives, thyme and olive oil a staple of their meals, pointing to the strangling economic crisis hovering on the horizon. This crisis was being caused by the suspension of US and EU aid to the Palestinian government and people, in a step that Palestinians view as supporting and backing the Israeli decision to collectively punish Palestinians for democratically electing the Hamas Movement on 25 January 2006.
Thyme, olive oil and olives, for those who don't know, is a substantial meal- especially when eaten in the morning, which is when it is most commonly eaten in Palestine. These are the most common components of breakfast in Palestine, and they have great nutritional value.
The Israeli mass media quoted the speech out of context, and made irresponsible and pathetic comments about it. Had it been the Americans or Europeans who discussed his comments in this way, it might have been understood and accepted by Palestinians, as they may have little knowledge about Palestinians food, meals, or way of life.
The Israeli mass media should have looked at the topic of food, if not as occupiers, then at least like neighbors, who are familiar with the people they are talking about. They are totally aware of the diet of Arabs and are well-able to give a detailed menu of Palestinian and Arabs foo.
This is the least they can do, having stolen even the food that Palestinians have eaten for thousands of years, and claiming it as their own cultural heritage, which they have brought from the Diaspora when they fled Egypt, according to their own Judaic beliefs.
The Israeli governments now impose steep fines on Palestinians who try to collect thyme, which is eaten in most meals. Israelis justify these fines by saying that Palestinians are investing it and using it for medicinal purposes.
The Israeli media's treatment of the speech was subjective and superficial - either because they could not read between the lines or because they were not willing to do so.
Haniyeh's speech had layers of meanings and like those who listened to him, Haniyeh himself knows well that the sky does not send rain of silver or gold; and that the world will not turn upside down and allow the fish in the sea to fall into the hands of people so that they will have fish to eat.
For those who wanted to know what Haniyeh was thinking, there was a layer of meaning, but for those who want to ignore reality, there was nothing in his speech- not even thyme and olives.
Haniyeh placed responsibility for the consequences of any starvation that may occur in Palestine, squarely on the shoulders of countries in the region and those in the International community that support the blockade and suspension of aid to the Palestinian Government. He was warning those behind these decisions to be afraid of the rage, anger and revolt they will awaken in the people if they were hungry and unable to feed their families. He was also warning of terrible reactions from the people if children became sick because of the lack or shortage of food. He was saying, as it is the duty of a Muslim to say “God is a witness, God know that I have informed you.”
Those who trivialize and under-estimate the importance of Haniyeh's words are mistaken, as they failed to hear what he wanted them to hear, and heard only what they wanted to hear.
The huge demonstrations in the streets after the speech and prayer showed that the speech accurately reflected the level of frustration and pent-up anger in the hearts of people. The demonstrations are a reflection of how dangerous the next phase will be, as the slogans that the crowds shouted out and the statements they made pointed to a looming danger.
Some historically moderate leaders of Hamas say that it is the start of a new era and that the conflict will start to take a different shape. They say that the threat of “Zarqawi- style” operations is new to the Palestinian mentality. It is also a pointer which shows what the Palestinian may do if he is going to suffer anymore: He is going to eat the flesh of his guard, as he would not accept to eat just thyme and olives.
And to those who are trying to underestimate the seriousness of the impact of starvation, they should be more careful as the next meal for the starving Palestinian, may be his own flesh and blood.

Rashid A. Shahin - Bethlehem
rashidsha@hotmail.com

33 Comments:

At 12:43 AM, Blogger umkahlil said...

Thanks for printing this excellent story.

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger wessel said...

". . .having stolen even the food that Palestinians have eaten for thousands of years, and claiming it as their own cultural heritage, which they have brought from the Diaspora when they fled Egypt, according to their own Judaic beliefs."

That's really a strange thing to say, considering that Islam is a religion which has been based largely upon concepts stolen from Judaism and Christianity!!! My goodness! You have put one of your holy sites upon the Jews' holiest sites -- in English we call that a "pissing contest." The you copped the whole story of Abraham and Isaac, inserting Ishmael instead. You have usurped all the Jewish holy sites in the land of Israel, laying claim to them as your own. What spiritual plagiary!

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

Imagine my surprise when I read an article in the MSM about an "Islamic concept" of 36 righteous souls upon whom the entire world rests at any given time. This is a JEWISH concept! They are called "lamed vavniks." And Judaism is thousands of years older than Islam is, so three guesses as to who is stealing from whom.

Good golly, don't you people ever study history? You should be humiliated. (oh, wait . . . )

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger الفلسطينية said...

wessel-

there are many palestinian christians- together palestinian christians and muslims have a united palestinian heritage and culture. so, your arguement makes no sense.

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger Khaled said...

I don't know what History you read Wessel, but it seems to be very "objective"! Since you believe your history and claim that ours is not believable at all, or that we don't read it in the first place, I would strongly recommend you that before you set your mind on who is right and who is wrong you hear at least for one time the story from the other side instead of swallwing what is dictated to you. The day that za'atar becomes Jewish I guess would be the day that I do too.

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger jerusalemgypsy said...

You mean za'atar which means hyssop, not thyme. It is also mentioned in the Bible! Folks - what the F does it matter whose food it is. It is indigenous to the region, which is why it is mentioned in the Bible. We are the children of Abraham. I love bread dipped in olive oil and zaatar (a traditional biblical/Palestinian dish).

 
At 5:14 PM, Blogger jerusalemgypsy said...

Let me rephrase the previous comment - we are BOTH the children of Abraham.

There.

 
At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its a fallacy to assume that one side has the original, true version of history, which the other side stole and corrupted. everyone constructs the facts of history to suit their own needs.

khaled- why do you need to claim za'atar as only arab and not Jewish? Aside from it's ritual use in the bible, the majority of Israelis came from Arab lands, and their food is more similar to arab than european food.

wessel- our own tradition does not argue with the arabs identity as decendents of Abraham. their version of the story may be as old as ours.
if we have the same stories, lets pray for the time we can sit down and learn them together; if we eat the same food, maybe one day we'll find it easier to sit down to a meal together.

I dont mean to whitewash or ignore the larger conflict, but these just seem like really pointless things to fight over.
-sm

 
At 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fayrouzsh- As you've explained your problems with how Israel, the US and the EU is currently isolating Hamad, would you be interested in posting your thoughts on how they should act towards Hamas?

 
At 1:03 AM, Blogger AuslaenderQueerPunk said...

As much as I love reading your stories , in equal terms I hate laying an eye on them! They are only a constant reminder of an injury, an insult to a collective soul I can not refrain from feeling and tasting every single time I read about what these "people" are doing to our country.

Is there a way to stop crying? Is there a way to cool down the rage? Does anyone know a recipe against stranlging people like "wessel"? Does anyone on this blog know of a method to reconcile one's self with the abundant violence in my heart growing up with no country and being terrorized on a daily basis by some ignorant, retarded folk claiming kin to a god who's entire existence they deny?

If any Palestinian has ever found peace of heart despite all what has befallen our nation, drop me a line. Let me share in that magic potion, ,let me take a look at your holy grail. Or help me find mine before I implode.

 
At 3:53 PM, Anonymous christian said...

Hoi Hoi,

Thyme, olive oil and olives as breakfast.
I was wondering do you eat this with bread or with out?
It could be nice I think.
Could it be compared with the Spanish tapenada?

Greetings

 
At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Khaled, I think the point is that Judaism is thousands of years older than Islam. Islam was created around 700 CE, and it has stolen much from Judaism. Christianity has also stolen from Judaism, but that is neither here nor there. Yes, Ishmael was a son of Abraham -- Jewish tradition teaches this. Beyond that one thing we can agree on, you have to admit that Muslims and Christians have both taken a lot of liberty with Jewish spiritual tradition and concepts, and in most cases, distorted them terribly. Why argue that you discovered thyme? Who cares? You can have it. Good grief. It is much more bothersome to me that so many people are very ignorant of Islam's spiritual thievery.

 
At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muslims, save yourselves while you still can:

http://www.faithfreedom.org/testimonials.htm

 
At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah! We caught one of the subhuman savages today:

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1148287845230&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger Pete said...

When will we hear more from the mysterious Fayrouz??? Soon, I hope.

 
At 8:56 PM, Blogger Pete said...

When will he hear from the mysterious Fayrouz again??? Soon, I hope. I need my fix.

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger Pete said...

I am glad that anonymous decides to remain so. Frankly, I wish that this person would exercise a bit more discretion when posting comments on this blog. This should be a forum for genuine and thoughtful exchange, not a venue for inflammatory rhetoric. Please refrain from terminology the likes of "sub-human savages." You likely don't want to be associated with the kinds of folks who used that phrase before you; Nazi's, Hutu's, the Janjaweed, Serbs, Early American & Australian colonists. "Subhuman savages" is the language of genocide. Please refrain from it on this site.

 
At 1:24 PM, Anonymous anonymous said...

Pete, let me ask you something: do you think homicide bombers are anything other than subhuman savages?

Do you have anyone in your life that you dearly love? A wife perhaps, a child, a mother? Do you think you'd be as prone to smug and self-righteous comments if your child was a victim of a homicide bomber and suffered burns over 60% of her body? What if your pregnant wife and all your children were shot in the head by one of these "freedom fighters"? There, did you find that term less offensive? We can call them freedom fighters if you wish, so long as we take care to define that term in all its gory detail each time. Personally, I find "subhuman savage" far more honest and accurate.

We in Israel have been dealing with these subhuman savages for years now. But your turn is coming -- I assume you are from a western country -- terror cells are everywhere just waiting to be activated and in case you weren't aware, I'm pretty sure they don't stop and ask their victims, "Excuse me, are you a Useful Idiot in the sympathetic service of Muslim extremists? Oh, you are? Kindly exit this bus now, as it is going to explode in a few moments. Thank you."

 
At 6:54 PM, Anonymous American View said...

Man, you just can't make this stuff up! This is the reason why no one respects Islam:

HARPER'S MAGAZINE

"I'm Hatin' It"

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2006.

From a September interview with Rashad Akhtar, a twenty-seven-year-old British Muslim, who alleges that the graphic used on the lid of Burger King ice-cream cones resembles the Arabic spelling of “Allah.” The interview was conducted by Davina Patel, a reporter for the London newspaper Eastern Eye. Burger King apologized and said they would redesign the lid. Originally from Harper's Magazine, March 2006.
Sources

The Enlightenment happened at half past 12 a.m. in Burger King, Park Royal. I had ordered my food, and a French guy got talking to me and asked, “Are you Muslim?” He said, “Look at this,” and he showed me the cone. I saw it and I thought, “Wow,” like anyone would. He said, “Turn it around.”

I was thinking of my stomach. I was hungry. I would have loved to eat an ice cream. When I saw it, my mouth fell open. I dropped the ice cream. I canceled my order. That was the defining moment of my life.

The Burger King logo is there in Arabic. “Allah” is spelled exactly how it is there, and the Burger King logo is where the ominah should be. Why, there is no way it could be a coincidence. How can you say it is a spinning swirl? How does it spin on something that is static? You cannot spin it around unless you have a mechanical device. You spin it one direction, to the right, and it is offending a billion people.

I’m not talking about Muslims in the Park Royal vicinity, or in the U.K. I’m talking about globally. Everyone who sees this is going to be offended. If you put a different symbol on there, you’re offending Jews, Christians, Sikhs, or Hindus. I am going to try my best in life, so that these people do not operate in a single Muslim country again, so that we get an apology to every single Muslim on this planet in their language, in their country, on a national TV station: “Sorry. We, as an American company, are sorry. We didn’t mean to offend you.”

What angers me most is that most people, once they have finished with it, they look at it and say, “Nice cone. Nice design. Nice cone design.” They chuck it away. That is disrespectful. Don’t throw it away. Keep it as evidence. A reminder of what these people are doing every single day of our lives.

We showed this to Muslim customers in Burger King and they were disgusted. We went to the manager. “Is this true?” we asked. He said, “Yes, my brother. It is true.” I spoke to two other Pakistani Muslim guys there and they said, “We are sickened.” They were cussing Burger King.

I feel humiliated. I want to humiliate the person who did this to an extent that he never works again. I’m going to make him see that it was the biggest mistake in his life. I want to meet the guy. I want to ask the guy, “What does this mean to you?” then never see his face again.

In a way, I’m glad he did this to me. It has opened my eyes. The fear of God, the love of God, the love of not letting anyone disrespect God. Even though it means nothing to some people and may mean nothing to some Muslims in this country, this is my jihad. I’m not going to rest until I find the person who is responsible. I’m going to bring this country down.

 
At 8:40 AM, Anonymous sarit safadi said...

The humanitarian crisis of the Palestinians is a tragedy of their own leadership's making. They've received billions in free money to create a virtual welfare state whose main export is terrorism and professional victimhood. Why should the world continue to fund a corrupt terrorist oligarchy who spends its welfare money on guns, rockets, suicide bomb belts and lets its educational and medical infrastructure collapse? If the Palestinians can smuggle drugs, weapons and whores through their tunnels, certainly they can get food and medicine in.

 
At 1:58 AM, Blogger Edward Ott said...

thank you for posting this wonderful article on the horrible condition that palestine is under.

Salam

 
At 7:21 PM, Blogger Pete said...

Anonymous,

Your rhetoric and style of framing an argument are manipulative. You choose to center discussion on the end result of a long process rather than allowing any room for discussion of that process. By avoiding this element you deprive yourself and others of a reasonable view of the situation.

I disagree with suicide bombing and the other acts of terrorism you mentioned. Not only do these actions kill innocent civilians, they undermine the legitimacy of the Palestinian struggle. If Palestinians would remain non-violent, holding mass candlelit vigils at checkpoints around Nablus and Karni Israel would encounter increased difficulty colonizing Palestinian land. By terrorizing Israeli civilians, the Palestinians provide the Israeli right with the excuses necessary to continue the occupation and colonization of the West Bank. Remove the security issue and Israel would not longer have an excuse to retain control over the lands it covets.

More to your point regarding “sub-human savages,” I’ll offer a few thoughts. I am wary of ever using terminology that denies humanity to a group of people, regardless of their crimes. Denying humanity to a collective group is often a prelude to genocide. My feel here is that suicide bombers were not born with inherent hatred towards Jews or Israelis. They were not born as blood-thirsty savages. Gradually, through years of suffering and humiliation at the hands of Israeli soldiers who systematically deny them freedom, they became willing to kill. They kill in ways that are so egregious because they lack the capacity to kill in more “acceptable” ways [sic].

Suicide bombing is a relatively new phenomenon, beginning in the mid-90’s. It is not an ancient Islamic tradition or something that Palestinians/Arabs are inherently inclined towards. Moreover, I believe that no Palestinian would forfeit his/her life to kill Israeli civilians if he/she could fight the Israeli military in a reasonable way.

Israelis and their supports harp on Palestinian terrorist tactics as the worst crimes imaginable. I ask, would it be better if the Palestinians were militarily equipped to challenge Israel in a way that negated their need for terrorist tactics? This would mean a substantial increase in Israeli deaths (albeit perhaps fewer innocent civilians are more targeted individuals). Palestinian choppers could make raids over Tel Aviv and fire hellfire missiles at the commanders of Israeli army brigades. Palestinian army units could storm Jerusalem neighborhoods arresting off duty Israeli soldiers for abuses they commit in the Territories. Palestinian air force would fire rockets into settlements where right wing settlers were planning illegal activities. When Israelis fought back against Palestinian forces, they would be called “terrorists.” If this situation could be realized, I’m sure we see a stark decline of the dreaded suicide bombings.

What are your thoughts on this kind of thinking?

 
At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exterminate all the fucking Kikes.

 
At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fatah bought 10's of thousands of M-16's at $1800 a pop in the last 3 months. Maybe they were planning on eating them. In either case they're not poor, just bad shoppers.

 
At 3:55 AM, Blogger whoami123 said...

.

"Who is this who darkens
counsel by words without
knowledge? Now prepare
yourself like a man; I will
question you, and you shall
answer Me.

"Where were you when I
laid the foundations of the
earth? Tell Me, if you
have understanding. Who
determined its measurements?

Surely you know! Or who
stretched the line upon it?
To what were its foundations
fastened? Or who laid its
cornerstone, When the
morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God
shouted for joy? "Or who
shut in the sea with doors,
When it burst forth and
issued from the womb;
When I made the clouds
its garment, And thick
darkness its swaddling
band; When I fixed My
limit for it, And set bars
and doors; When I said,
'This far you may come,
but no farther, And here
your proud waves must stop!'

"Have you commanded the
morning since your days began,
And caused the dawn to know
its place, That it might take hold
of the ends of the earth, And
the wicked be shaken out of it?
It takes on form like clay under
a seal, And stands out like a
garment. From the wicked
their light is withheld, And
the upraised arm is broken.

"Have you entered the springs
of the sea? Or have you walked
in search of the depths? Have
the gates of death been
revealed to you? Or have
you seen the doors of the
shadow of death? Have
you comprehended the
breadth of the earth?

Tell Me, if you know all this.

"Where is the way to the
dwelling of light? And
darkness, where is its
place, That you may
take it to its territory,
That you may know
the paths to its home?

Do you know it,
because you were
born then, Or because
the number of your days
is great? "Have you
entered the treasury
of snow, Or have you
seen the treasury of hail,
Which I have reserved
for the time of trouble,
For the day of battle
and war? By what way
is light diffused, Or
the east wind scattered
over the earth?

"Who has divided
a channel for the
overflowing water,
Or a path for the
thunderbolt, To
cause it to rain
on a land where
there is no one,
A wilderness in
which there is no
man; To satisfy
the desolate waste,
And cause to spring
forth the growth of
tender grass?

Has the rain a
father? Or who
has begotten the
drops of dew?

From whose
womb comes
the ice? And the
frost of heaven,
who gives it birth?

The waters harden
like stone, And the
surface of the deep
is frozen. "Can you
bind the cluster of the
Pleiades, Or loose the
belt of Orion? Can you
bring out Mazzaroth in
its season? Or can you
guide the Great Bear
with its cubs? Do you
know the ordinances of
the heavens? Can you
set their dominion over
the earth? "Can you lift
up your voice to the clouds,
That an abundance of water
may cover you? Can you
send out lightnings, that they
may go, And say to you,
'Here we are!'? Who
has put wisdom in the mind?

Or who has given understanding
to the heart?

Who can number the clouds
by wisdom? Or who can pour
out the bottles of heaven,
When the dust hardens in
clumps, And the clods cling
together?

"Can you hunt the prey for
the lion, Or satisfy the appetite
of the young lions, When they
crouch in their dens, Or lurk
in their lairs to lie in wait?

Who provides food for
the raven, When its young
ones cry to God, And
wander about for lack
of food?




Check all this out soon my good friend:


Is Jesus God?
Religion Comparison
Watch The Jesus Movie
Muhammad or Jesus???
Answering Islam
A Short Look At Six World Religions
God's Word in different languages...
How to become a Christian
Who Is Jesus?
Around the Well
Every Student
'Thought & Humor'


Best Wishes,
Dr. Whoami

P.S. For enquiring minds only.

 
At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Alfie said...

Great site - keep up the great work. Here’s my question. Since it’s clear that by the end of this year, or sometime next year the latest, Iran will use its arsenal to finally strike the zionists from Palestine, probably through nuclear force, we can finally start to talk rationally about making plans to let the Palestinians return to their homeland. The zionists will not stay if their fragile and cowardly society is seriously hurt by Iran but most of the infrastructure will be left intact. So my question is, now that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel what steps are folks actually making to plan for this great day? How can we help. Thanks. And again keep up the good work.

 
At 9:07 AM, Blogger europa said...

Eerst Europa Doelstellingen: De Ci2i Verzekering (Ci2i) zal het nummer een gebrandmerkte pan Europese commoditized online verzekeringsmakelaar door 2010 zijn.

 
At 6:46 PM, Blogger nuh ibn zbigniew gondek said...

As salaam alaikum,

I am a Canadian Muslim writer of short fiction, poetry and ‘daily news commentary’. Come by inshallah for a quick read when you have 59 seconds or so.

Wa salaama,

nuh ibn

 
At 5:56 PM, Anonymous elisa (ItalY) said...

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Elisa

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At 5:52 PM, Blogger Alex said...

Hi

Please consider writing news pieces or an op-ed for Jewrusalem: Israeli Uncensored News. We strive to present different views and opinions while rejecting political correctness. Ideally, we try to make the news "smart and funny." Thus, your input is very welcome.

Best,
Alex
www.jewrusalem.net/en

 
At 11:16 PM, Blogger HerrDirektor said...

I just watched the movie Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land. I don't know if you've seen it. There's so much racism and when the racists have guns, tanks and support by their own people, well it's disastrous. Even the internet bullys. It all has to change!

 
At 1:52 PM, Anonymous rabbi lars shalom said...

we keep praying

 
At 6:08 PM, Anonymous lars shalom said...

wonderfully written

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger Nancy said...

The speech is thought-provoking. Indeed it has many layers.

Keep writing!!

This is Nancy from Israeli Uncensored News

 

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