08 January 2011

this blog is retiring

This blog will no longer be updated (after being online since October 2003, that's pretty old ;))

Any future blogging will, from now on, be taking place at this address.

I thank you all for the time shared and spent here and best of wishes always. :)

04 July 2010

'Ten big media lies' about Israel

Michel Collon, a Belgian journalist and author, in his book "Israel, let's talk about it," has slammed European media over decades of "lying" to people in order to support Israel.
Collon, in his book, has recounted "10 big lies" spread by Western media in order to "justify the existence and actions of Israel", which are concisely presented below:

1. The first lie is that Israel was established in reaction to the massacre of Jews during the World War II.
This notion is completely wrong. Israel is in fact a domineering project which was approved in the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, in 1897, when nationalist Jews decided to occupy Palestine.

2. The second justification for establishing and legitimizing Israel is that the Jews are returning to their forefathers' land, from where they had been driven away in 70 A.D. This is a tale. I have spoken to the famous Israeli historian Shlomo Sand and other historians and they all believe that there has been no "exodus," so "return" is meaningless. The people living in Palestine have not left their land in the ancient era.
In fact the descendents of Jews residing in Palestine are the people who are currently living in Palestine. Those who claim they want to return to their lands originate for Western and Eastern Europe and Northern Africa.
Sand says there is no Jewish nation. The Jews do not have common history, language or culture. The only common thing between them is their religion, and religion does not make a nation.

3. The third lie is that when Jewish immigrants occupied Palestine, it was an empty and uninhibited country.
However, there are documents and evidences that prove that in the 19th century the agricultural products of Palestine were exported to different countries, including France.

4. Fourth, some people say Palestinians left their country on their own free will.
This is another lie, which lots of people believed, including myself. Until Israeli historians like Benny Morris and Ilan Pappe said that Palestinians were driven away and banished from their lands by using force and terror.

Read the Rest Here...

13 June 2010

on why lebanon is the true host of the world cup

In early April, silly flags were already flapping all around Beirut. A non-resident would think that dignitaries from the entire United Nations were about to make an appearance, adding a touch of color to our city. According to numerous sources, the flags had sprouted much earlier. As early as January, my sister made sure to tell me. I don’t think any earlier than that, my mother said. People were too busy with Christmas and New Years, and in 2009, Ashura, the Shiite holiday fell at the same time—far too much going on for anyone to concentrate. It was still not 2010, in any case.  read the rest here at the New Republic...

Palestine/Gaza: The Siege

The three year old siege on the Gaza Strip and its 1.5 million inhabitants is a testament to the Israeli regime's disregard of law, decency and morality. This siege amounts to collective punishment, an action outlawed by various conventions and humanitarian laws. This is not to mention the suffering and humanitarian crisis caused by this law. This siege has been disgracefully condoned by the "international community" and justified by the "free world" as a measure that safegurads the security of the Israeli regime.

The same position was applied to the various humanitarian aid ships that were attacked and abuducted in international waters, and the aid carried by those ships confiscated. The killing of 9 Turkish activists on the the Freedom Flotilla on 1 June brought an abrupt end to international silence regarding the siege. It is unfortunate that the world needed to see the blood of those brave men to realize the brutality of the siege and of the besieger.

Nevertheless, it is our duty to finish what the brave men and women of the Freedom Flotilla and the campaigns that preceded it. It is time to brieak the siege.


12 June 2010

Roger Waters - "We Shall Overcome"

Over the new year 2009-2010, an international group of 1500 men and women from 42 nations went to Egypt to join a Freedom March to Gaza. They did this to protest the current blockade of Gaza. To protest the fact that the people of Gaza live in a virtual prison. To protest the fact that a year after the terror attack by Israeli armed forces destroyed most of their homes, hospitals, schools, and other public buildings, they have no possibility to rebuild because their borders are closed. The would be Freedom Marchers wanted to peacefully draw attention to the predicament of the Palestinian population of Gaza. The Egyptian government, (funded to the tune of $2.1 billion a year, by us, the US tax payers), would not allow the marchers to approach Gaza. How lame is that? And how predictable! I live in the USA and during this time Dec 25th 2009-Jan3rd 2010 I saw no reference to Gaza or the Freedom March or the multi national protesters gathered there. Anyway I was moved, in the circumstances, to record a new version of " We shall overcome". It seems appropriate.
Roger Waters
Many thanks to G.E Smith: lead guitar and Thor Jonsson, drum programming and whatever. Thanks guys!!!

PS. 3rd June 2010

And now piracy!!!!!!!

29 March 2010

"This Time We Went Too Far"

The simmering discontent with Israeli conduct reached a boiling point in December 2008 when Israel invaded Gaza. The merciless Israeli assault on a defenseless civilian population evoked widespread shock and disgust. Deep fissures opened up in the Jewish communities, especially among the younger generations. Many of Israel’s erstwhile supporters who did not vocally dissent chose to remain silent rather than defend the indefensible.
Part of the forward in Norman G. Finkelstein's new book: "This Time We Went Too Far, Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion"

14 February 2010

تجربة نساء لبنانيات حملن السلاح

تحت المجهر - السلاح في ايد ناعمة
فيلم وثائقي يحكي تجربة نساء لبنانيات حملن السلاح في الحرب الأهلية وضد إسرائيل يحكين بعضا من تجاربهن وكم أثر السلاح على أنوثتهن
السلاح في أيد ناعمة من إنتاج قناة الجزيرة
بحث وتحقيق : رياض قبيسي وجوزفين ديب
إعداد وإخراج : بلال خريس
نور زعزع بدور الشهيدة سناء محيدلي
تاريخ بث البرنامج: 12-11-2009

19 January 2010

"I am the Resistance"

Whenever there is injustice, there are people fighting it with every possible means. We have seen it so many times before: the oppressed rise up, the oppressor dehumanizes them calling them such names as "terrorists", "saboteurs", "death loving" extremists... It is only normal that the oppressor will always lie to justify his actions and its crimes.

What is different in the case of Palestine, is that the Israeli regime has built an effective media and communications networks and campaigns to distort the image of the Palestinian resistance, and that a large portion of the world has believed the Israeli line and hence adopted it.

It is our duty to remember and remind the world that the Palestinian freedom fighter is a man, a woman, like any other. He loves his family. She loves her country. They seek a better future. They are willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of justice and freedom. They waited for the world to lift the blatant injustice that has befallen them since 1948. They expected the world to understand when they took up arms to lift this injustice themselves.

Now, they don't care what anyone else calls them. They do not seek anyone's permission, just like any resistance movement. They believe that their cause will be triumphant because it is a cause for justice and humanity. They are merely fulfilling their duty to make the day of justice in Palestine come sooner. So should we.

17 January 2010

Finkelstein: "I don't respect the crocodile tears... I don't like to play... the holocaust card"

A must see clip of Norman Finkelstein responding to the use of the Holocaust as an excuse for Israel's atrocities against the Palestinians.

03 January 2010

different path to the same content

testing a different address: moussabashir.com to the same content: urshalim.blogspot.com

29 December 2009

Gaza / Palestine tribute مي نصر - يما مويل الهوا

يما مويل الهوا يما مويليا
ضرب الخناجر ولا حكم النذل فيا

ومشيت تحت الشتا والشتا رواني
والصيف لما أتى ولع من نيراني
بيضل عمري انفدى ندر للحرية
يما مويل

يا ليل صاح الندى يشهد على جراحي
وانسل جيش العدا من كل النواحي
والليل شاف الردى عم يتعلم بيا
يما مويل الهوا

بارودة الجبل أعلى من العالي
مفتح درب الأمل والأمل برجالي
يا شعبنا يا بطل أفديك بعينيا
يما مويل الهوا


27 December 2009

Gaza - Palestine: montaging the massacre

"A montage documenting the massacre committed by Israel during the atrocity dubbed "Operation Cast Lead"."

Gaza Lives On - children laugh despite everything

"One year later, it is very important to remember what happened in Gaza. But it is more important to realize the aspirations of the Palestinian people in Gaza. They deserve our solidarity, respect and reverence. They deserve justice. It is the duty of every person to contribute to break the unprecedented siege and bringing the criminals behind this atrocity to justice.

On 27 December 2009, after a year and a half of total siege, the brutal war on Gaza was launched. It was carnage, a disgrace to humanity and civilization, and indictment of the free world. One year later, the siege continues, the disgrace has not been lifted, and the Palestinian people still endure, resist and live. The Zionists either don't understand that, or don't want to. Delusion is a characteristic of mass murders and racist criminals."
The Never Before Campaign for Palestine

25 December 2009

Bethlehem Christmas cancelled: The Wall must fall

"I produced this video to go with the soundtrack to Garth Hewitt's song "They've cancelled christmas in Bethlehem (The wall must fall)..."

24 December 2009

Age of Similitude

This is the age of Similitude conquering all.
هيدا وقت الشبه محتل الكلّ
Written, composed and directed by Nadim Mohsen.


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