7,000 Palestinian children imprisoned by Israel since 2000

By Elham Asaad Buaras

Human rights bodies have voiced their concern at the growing number of Palestinian children imprisoned and abused by the Israeli police and defense force.

Defence for Children International – Palestine Section (DCI-Pal), UN’s Special Rapporteur on torture, the UN Human Rights Committee as well as Israeli groups like Machsom Watch and B’Tselem have all addressed the growing ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children within the Israeli military system.

DCI-Pal estimates that since 2000 alone, around 7,000 Palestinian children have been detained and prosecuted in the system.

According to the latest report released this month by the Palestinian Ministry of Detainee Affairs, 1,100 Palestinian children, mainly from Hebron and East Jerusalem were arrested last year.

B’Tselem says at the end of January, there were 187 children in detention (including 34 under-16s) while DCI-Pal says 222 children were detained in the first month of 2011.

The statistical disparity is due to the fact that DCI-Pal gets the information directly from prisons themselves, whereas B’Tselem relies on the Israeli Prisons Service and the Israeli Defence Force for their information.

On January 29, DCI-Pal submitted a damning report to the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Based on the sworn affidavits of children detained in the military court system In their own Words concluded that: “Each year, approximately 700 Palestinian children from the occupied West Bank some as young as 12 years are arrested, interrogated and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system.”

In the Israeli military court system, children are frequently arrested from their homes by heavily armed soldiers in the middle of the night and are painfully tied and blindfolded before being placed in the back of a military vehicle and transferred to an interrogation and detention centre.

It is rare for a child, or his/her parents to be told the reason for arrest, or where the child is being taken. The arrest and transfer process is frequently accompanied by physical and verbal abuse.

On arrival at the detention centre, the children are questioned without audio-visual recording of the interrogation. “Children are frequently threatened and physically assaulted during interrogation often resulting in the provision of a coerced confession, or the signing of documents which the child has not had a chance to read or understand,” say DCI-Pal.

Children are then brought before a military court which has jurisdiction over children as young as 12 years old.

16 year olds are considered to be adults in the Israeli military court system and “in the overwhelming majority of cases bail will be denied and an order for detention until the end of the legal process will be made.”

To speed their way out of the system most children plead guilty, whether the offence was committed or not. DCI-Pal report says that in 2009, 83 % of the cases in Israeli military courts result in custodial sentences in contrast to only 6.5 % in the Israeli civilian juvenile justice system.

In a statement to The Muslim News DCI-Pal say they are “becoming increasingly alarmed at reports contained in sworn affidavits received from children that they are being subjected to sexual assault, or threat of sexual assault, in order to obtain confessions.”

In a one of the affidavits a 17 year-old who was held at Al Jalame Interrogation and Detention Centre in Haifa told DCI-Pal:

“‘Be straight forward or I’ll f**k you,’ the interrogator started the interrogation. ‘Did you throw Molotov cocktails at the jeep in Abu Dis?’ he asked.

‘No I didn’t and I’ve never thrown anything,’ I said. Once he heard this, he jumped up and turned out the lights and kept me standing there in darkness. He picked up a chair and threatened to hit me with it. Then he put it down without hitting me and turned the lights on … ‘I’ll lock you up here for five years and now I’ll send your dad away because you haven’t been honest with me.’”

Another 17 year-old who was held in Ofer Prison in the occupied West Bank writes, “This time an interrogator named Sami handled the interrogation. I entered the room and sat in the chair. ‘I’ll f**k you and I’ll f**k your mother and sister,’ he said to me. He stood up and came to me and started slapping me across my face and head.”

Last year, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Carina Knaul de Albuquerque e Silva, expressed concern that the legal practices of the Israeli military do not comply with international standards.

Silva said: “The exercise of jurisdiction by a military court over civilians not performing military tasks is normally inconsistent with the fair, impartial and independent administration of justice.

“This should even more evidently apply in the case of children. There appears to be a practice by which Palestinian detainees are being made to sign confessions written in Hebrew. It is reported that once these confessions are obtained, they constitute primary evidence against Palestinians in the military courts.”

On September 3, 2010, the UN Human Rights Committee recommended that Israel refrain from holding criminal proceedings against children in military courts and guarantee that proceedings involving children are audio-visually recorded.

Further, the Committee recommended that all reports of torture and ill-treatment are investigated promptly by an independent body.

However, Israel continues to ignore UN appeals to stop their illegal practices. Israeli web magazine +972 says children from occupied villages have been targeted since January as a means pressuring villagers to end popular unarmed resistance.

The most high profile case involves Islam Tamimi, a 14 year-old child from Nabi Saleh who was pulled out of his bed by invading soldiers at 3 am on January 23; he was held in an undisclosed location and then brought to Shin Bet (Israeli internal security) the following morning.

His lawyers were present when he was brought into the station but denied access to the youngster for over 5 hours. The child remains in prison.

Britain’s Foreign Office did not respond to our request on whether not the Foreign Secretary addressed the abuses at any point since his incumbency last May.
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100 Civilians Killed in Libya due to the Western Coalition Attacks

Tripoli, Libya, March 24, 2011 /WNCNews/ – Air strikes from Western coalition forces which are the more incentive are reported to have killed many civilians in Libya.

Libyan government claimed the attacks which had lasted for five days had killed nearly 100 civilians. Western governments are accused of being behind the rebels in Libya.

“What happens now is the Western governments fight on the side of the rebels. It is not permitted by UN resolution,” said a spokeswoman for the Government of Libya, Ibrahim Mussa as quoted by Reuters news agency on Thursday (March 24, 2011).

Ibrahim said the government of Libya believes the western troops have planned to attack broadcasting infrastructure, on Thursday. “We have received news that the broadcasting and communication infrastructure will be targeted, perhaps this evening by air strikes,” he said.

“If this happens, it is immoral and illegal. The target is civilians ,” Mussa added.

Ibrahim said, the number of civilians who are victims of allied air strikes have reached nearly a hundred people. But Western military officials denied the existence of civilians were killed in the Western military operation to enforce the no-fly zone in Libya and to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

“We only respond to air attacks, which is our right. And the rebels in the east is attacking our troops from air attack,”said Ibrahim Mussa again.

Hadith Literature It’s Origin, Development and Special Features

M Zubayr Siddiqui
The hadiths, the sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad, form a sacred literature which for Muslims ranks second in importance only to the Qur’an itself. As a source of law, ethics and doctrine, the immense corpus of hadiths continues to exercise a decisive influence. Islamic scholarship has thus devoted immense efforts to gathering and classifying the hadiths, and ensuring their authenticity, an undertaking which stands today as a highly original and impressive scholarly achievement.
The present book is the only introduction in English which presents all aspects of the subject. It explains the origin of the literature, the evolution of the isndd system, the troubled relationship between scholars and the state, the problem of falsification, and the gradual development of a systematic approach to the literature. An interesting appendix demonstrates that a high proportion of medieval badith scholars were women. In a second appendix, a brief account is given of the varied opinions held by Orientalist writers in this field.
This edition is a fully revised and updated version of the original, which was first published in 196-1 to considerable scholarly acclaim. The author, the late Muhammad Zubayr Siddigi, was Professor of Islamic Culture in the University of Calcutta, and author of a number of other studies, including Studies in Arabic & Persian Medical Literature (1959)
Some Reviews:
`A well-informed and commendable thesis . . . a valuable contribution to Hadith scholarship.’ Mohammed Yusufuddin, Islamic Culture
`An excellent introduction to the subject, presenting it with considerable detail.’ James Robson, The Muslim World
`A useful work on an important subject.’ David W. Littlefield
`Professor Siddigi is to be congratulated on this richly documented and highly readable book.’
S. D. Goitein, Journal o f the American Oriental Society

MALCOLM X: “Wake up, clean up and stand up!”


Of course I don’t support racist rhetoric. Yet, if one applies what is being said to the reality of the Muslim Ummah and the West. Which has used calculated means to remove the history of Islam from the very mind of the average Muslim. I am sure you will find much truth in Malcom’s words.

Some of shaheed Malcom word’s are among the most poignant in exposing the sell outs of any nation.

Allah knows best.

Internet Porn: Worse Than Crack

Internet pornography is the new crack cocaine, leading to addiction, misogyny, pedophilia, boob jobs and erectile dysfunction, according to clinicians and researchers testifying before a Senate committee Thursday.

Witnesses before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Science, Technology and Space Subcommittee spared no superlative in their description of the negative effects of pornography.

Mary Anne Layden, co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy, called porn the “most concerning thing to psychological health that I know of existing today.”

“The internet is a perfect drug delivery system because you are anonymous, aroused and have role models for these behaviors,” Layden said. “To have drug pumped into your house 24/7, free, and children know how to use it better than grown-ups know how to use it — it’s a perfect delivery system if we want to have a whole generation of young addicts who will never have the drug out of their mind.”
Pornography addicts have a more difficult time recovering from their addiction than cocaine addicts, since coke users can get the drug out of their system, but pornographic images stay in the brain forever, Layden said.

Jeffrey Satinover, a psychiatrist and advisor to the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality echoed Layden’s concern about the internet and the somatic effects of pornography.

“Pornography really does, unlike other addictions, biologically cause direct release of the most perfect addictive substance,” Satinover said. “That is, it causes masturbation, which causes release of the naturally occurring opioids. It does what heroin can’t do, in effect.”

The internet is dangerous because it removes the inefficiency in the delivery of pornography, making porn much more ubiquitous than in the days when guys in trench coats would sell nudie postcards, Satinover said.

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas), the subcommittee’s chairman, called the hearing the most disturbing one he’d ever seen in the Senate. Brownback said porn was ubiquitous now, compared to when he was growing up and “some guy would sneak a magazine in somewhere and show some of us, but you had to find him at the right time.”

The hearing came just days after a controversy over a sexually suggestive Monday Night Football ad that has many foreseeing a crackdown on indecency by the Federal Communications Commission.

It is unclear what the consequences of Thursday’s hearing will be since it was not connected to any pending or proposed legislation.
Brownback, a conservative Christian, is also scheduled to be rotated off the sub-committee in the next session.

When Brownback asked the panelists for suggestions about what should be done, the responses were mild, considering their earlier indictment of pornography.
Several suggested that federal money be allocated to fund brain-mapping studies into the physical effects of pornography.

Judith Reisman of the California Protective Parents Association suggested that more study of “erototoxins” could show how pornography is not speech-protected under the First Amendment.

The panelists all agreed that the government should fund health campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of pornography. The campaign should combat
the messages of pornography by putting signs on buses saying sex with children is not OK, said Layden.

However, as the panelists themselves acknowledged, there is no consensus among mental health professionals about the dangers of porn or the use of the term “pornography addiction.”

Many psychologists and most sexologists find the concepts of sex and pornography addiction problematic, said Carol Queen, staff sexologist for the San Francisco-based, woman-owned Good Vibrations.

Queen questioned the validity of the panel for not including anyone who thinks “pornography is not particularly problematic in most people’s lives.”
Queen acknowledges she can name people who have compulsive and destructive behavior centered on pornography, but argues that can happen with other activities, such as gambling and shopping.

Queen also criticized the methodology behind research showing that pornography stimulates the brain like drugs do, saying the research needs to take into account how sex itself stimulates the brain.

“There’s no doubt the brain lights up when sexually aroused,” Queen said.
Queen too would like to see more money devoted to research on sex, but thinks it is unlikely that researchers on either side of the divide are likely to receive large grants any time soon.

Studies intended to show the harmful effects of pornography must contend with ethical rules prohibiting harm to human subjects, while sex researchers have a hard time getting any funding, unless their study is specifically HIV-related, according to Queen.


“Exposing Pornography” by Sh. Yassir Fazaga


The “caring” nature of the land of “free”

Purification of the soul

For a number of reasons, this is a very important time to be writing a book of this nature. First, the concept of purification of the soul as a whole is and always will be central to the message of Islam and to the welfare of humans, both in this life and the Hereafter. Indeed, it was a main mission of the messengers and prophets themselves.

Second, there is a very strong need to shed light on the correct path of purification as delineated by the Quran and Sunnah- free of the foreign influence, deviations and heresies that have found their way into the realm of the religion and have caused a great deal of harm. The path described by the Quran and Sunnah is the only path that can result in a true purification of the soul. Indeed, it is the only path that is truly consistent with the purpose for which humans were created. Hence, any discussion of purification of the soul must rely heavily and exclusively on the Quran and Sunnah and what can be correctly derived from those two sources.

Third, many Muslims themselves are today being influenced by secular, materialistic psychology, leading them to neglect the spiritual side of humans and to ignore the guidance that Islam offers for the purification of the soul. This influence often occurs at a level wherein the person himself may not be completely aware that it is occurring.

Fourth, for some time now, there has been an Islamic revival spreading throughout the Muslim world. Upon closer inspection, it seems that this revival is somewhat tenuous and delicate, in the sense that for many Muslims it is more of an emotional phenomenon. In order for this revival to be truly successful and lead to what it needs to lead to, it must be guided by the comprehensive teachings of Islam. First and foremost among those teachings is what is related to the purification of the soul. Without the purification of the souls, the revival will only be on the outer shell and will, in fact, be a “deceptive” revival, in the sense that the inner consciousness will not have been reformed and the lapse back to the pre-revival times may be very close at hand. Indeed, without the purifications of the souls, the very goals of the revival from the outset may be wrong.


Dumbing us down

This radical treatise on public education has been a best-seller for 10 years! Thirty years of award-winning teaching in New York City’s public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory governmental schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders as cogs in the industrial machine. In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of ‘Dumbing Us Down’ and to keep this classic current, the publisher has renewed the cover art, added new material about John and the impact of the book, and a new Foreword.

About the Author

John Gatto has been a teacher for 30 years and is a recipient of the New York State Teacher of the Year award.

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Their oppression even against animals..

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