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Sep 26, 2017

There has never been a conflict that generates strange language like the one between Occupying Israel and Palestinians. It is one conflict that gives new meaning to the words and phrases to even the best of language experts.

To have an idea, just consider the following:

Facts on the ground:
Deliberately created illegal ‘permanent structures’ such as settlements in attempts to erase Palestinian history and bring about legitimacy to an illegal occupation which will have to be accepted as a fait accompli.

Two-state solution:
An imagined outcome which claims that Israel will coexist alongside a ‘viable Palestinian state.’ It is an outcome which is now not believed even by those who proclaim it. Thanks to ‘Facts on the ground’!

Peace process: An endless attempt to bring ‘parties’ to the table for a negotiated peace settlement in the course of which the occupier makes ridiculous claims and demands on the other side. The occupier sabotages any approaching resolutions, buying time to continue creating ‘Facts on the ground’!

Final status negotiations: Taken with ‘peace process,’ this proves to be an oxymoron of sorts. How can ‘final status negotiations’ be held when the peace process itself is by design endless? How can they be called negotiations when they are made by unequal parties with one using a superpower to beat another into submission?

Terrorists: Those who have refused to give up their right to resist through armed struggle and have genuinely pointed out that the occupier has no motivation for a peaceful settlement. These terrorists have to be isolated, decimated, cordoned off under siege and their resources have to be frozen and confiscated. Terrorists are never a true voice of their people even if they are popularly elected.

Proximity talks: This is a fresh one coming at a juncture when it becomes apparent that neither the occupying power’s government nor the occupied people’s supposed representative has the legitimacy of making any meaningful deals without any backlash from their respective constituencies.

The parties are supposed to talk through a shuttle mediator without a public ‘face-to-face’ contact. The talks have so far stalled before launch. Thanks to continued creation of ‘Facts on the ground’!

All this holds because this is a futile project in hypocrisy. The recent AIPAC conference (in Washington) as well as other developments in the run up to it, have proved beyond any doubts that the occupier, is determined to do as she wishes.

The murmurings are however getting louder. How can it be that Israel’s interest is more important than America’s? How much longer are we going to ignore the suffering of Palestinians? What price are we going to pay for this unsustainable occupation…?
Courtesy of Jamiatul Ulama Fordsburg

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First in a series of videos produced by Moulana Yusuf Bemath

MAY 2010 (Jamadul Ulaa 1431), Lilongwe, Malawi
باسمه تعالى
25 Thul Qaadha 1430 / 13 November 2009

Assalaamu Alaikum
Respected Ulama


The Ulama of Malawi hereby take pleasure in inviting you to the Fifth Southern Africa Ulama Conference scheduled to be held on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd morning of May 2010, Insha Allah

The purpose of the conference, which takes place every two years, is to establish a network among the Ulama of Southern Africa and to adopt where possible, a consistent policy on issues that commonly affect us. Your esteemed presence will certainly have a positive contribution which will enhance the impact of our operations in the region.

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All praise is due to Allah and may His choicest salutations descend upon our Master and Leader Muhammad Sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam

"We sent aforetime our messengers with clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance so that men may stand forth in Justice." (57:25).

The concept of Justice serves as the edifice of Islam. Justice is the underlying rationale of every law of the Quran, and permeates all Islamic values, since there can be no sense of peace in the absence of justice. In the verse mentioned above the phrase 'Our Messengers' shows that justice has been the goal of all revelation and scriptures sent to humanity. The verse also shows that justice must be measured and implemented by the standards and guidelines set by revelation.

Timeless commitment to Justice:
The timeless commitment of the Quran to the basic standards of justice is found in its declaration:
“And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled in truth and in justice. None can change His Words.” (6:115)

The Quranic concept of justice also extends justice to being a personal virtue, and one of the standards of moral excellence that a believer is encouraged to attain as part of his proximity to the Creator.

“…Be just, for it is closest to Allah consciousness…” (5:8)

To render justice is a trust that Allah has conferred on the human being and, like all other trusts, its fulfilment must be guided by a sense of responsibility Thus, the Quran states: “Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due, and when you judge between people, judge with justice…” (4:58)

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Media Release: Muslim delegation meets leadership of State Security Agency

4 February 2010 

A group comprising of 12 members of the Muslim community today met with three leadership figures within South Africa’s intelligence community, representing both the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the South African Secret Service (SASS). 

The 12 were drawn from a number of organisations within the Muslim community, including the ‘ulama, legal, academic and media fraternities. Organisations represented at the meeting included the United Ulama Council of South Africa, Muslim Judicial Council, Jamiatul Ulama, Sunni Jamiyat-e-Ulama, the Muslim Lawyers’ Association and the Somali Association of South Africa. The meeting was initiated by Ebrahim Patel, who requested the State Security Agency (SSA) – which encompasses NIA and SASS – to meet with a delegation from the South African Muslim community to discuss what he called a “campaign to spread fear in South Africa through rumours of a terror threat to the Soccer World Cup”. 

The two-hour-long meeting discussed security matters in general and, especially, recent media reports about a “Muslim terror threat” to the Soccer World Cup.

The meeting focussed on where these allegations were emanating from and the sources informing this narrative which aims to alienate and demonise Muslims. Of particular concern was the work of agent provacateurs who are involved in an apartheid style campaign of disinformation. 

 The difficulties experienced by members of the Somali community were also discussed in the wake of rumours and news reports about such alleged threats and allegations of ‘Al-Qaeda’ cells in South Africa. 

The discussions were amicable and both parties agreed that it was essential that the holding of the World Cup not be marred by any terrorist activity. The Muslim delegation made it clear that, as far as it was concerned, there was no terror threat to the World Cup
and that both the rugby and cricket world cup events went off peacefully in South Africa. They emphasised the need to be alert to the agenda of the US led “war on terror” and how certain allies in this coalition would like to see destabilisation in Southern Africa.

Both parties agreed on the importance of channels of communication to be kept open between SSA and the Muslim community, and the Muslim delegation said it could serve as a liaison between the intelligence services and the community. Muslim delegates also expressed the concern that the spurious “terror threat” campaign was itself spreading fear within South Africa and that it was promoting the objectives of another agenda.

Ebrahim Patel said that he hoped this initiative would become inclusive of the spectrum of role players within the Muslim community and would be able to proactively engage with the state on matters of security for 2010 and beyond.


The rhetoric of ‘change’ is as hollow as never before. The anti-war movement that drove President Barack Obama to power is dumfounded. The presidency that was touted to be not just change in Washington but change to Washington is alienated to its supporters as it grows as hawkish as the Bush Administration.

Ryan Jaroncyk of California Independent Voter Network opens our eyes with the following sobering facts about Barack Obama:

• He just signed a record $708 billion military budget, bigger than President Bush's largest defense budget.

• He allocated over $100 billion in supplemental funding for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

• The CIA has carried out a record number of Predator Drone attacks on targets in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other nations, attacks which led to the deaths of over 700 Pakistani civilians last year.

• He instituted two new troop surges in Afghanistan, which added an additional 50,000 troops.

• His two troop surges led to 2009 being the bloodiest year for American & NATO soldiers in Afghanistan.

• A record number of private war contractors, approximately over 200,000, now operate in Afghanistan and Iraq under Obama's command.

• U.S. soldiers, mainly special forces, are now operating in Pakistan and Yemen.

• Over 100,000 soldiers are still on the ground in Iraq, despite campaign pledges to commence a fairly rapid drawdown. In addition, a significant spike in sectarian violence has occured in Iraq over the last six months, arousing new worries of yet another delay.

• Guantanamo Bay is still open, despite Obama's pledge to close it in a year's time.

How amazing that one year can bring about so much change in a man!

With the left wing so right, who needs the left?

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