Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Rule of Law...

"Who knows what might have happened?" she said. "It need not have been an armed stand off. They could have stopped the plane from taking off, and brought in negotiators from the Foreign Office. Can you allow people from other countries to put the police in a situation where they can't enforce British law?"

"this matter was of national significance to the Jewish community... any police action could significantly impact on community confidence in the police."

"He apologised for a judicial process," Mr Maynard said. "This case was not a stunt; it was an effort to bring Almog to justice in a place where he would have a fair trial, because he has complete immunity in Israel. To have it thwarted, and then to have an apology, is incredible."


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Al-Aqsa Landslide Sounds the Alarm

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — A landslide at part of Al-Aqsa Mosque esplanade has sounded the alarm over the ongoing Israeli excavations near Islam's third holiest shrine.

Worshippers witnessed a crater at the esplanade as they were en route to the Friday prayer, Al-Aqsa Online reported Saturday, February 16.

The crater is two meters in length and 1.5 meters in width.

"I was cleaning the mosque's esplanade for the Friday prayers," said Ashraf Al-Sharyati, the driver of the mosque's cleaning vehicle.

"Suddenly, some bricks fell down at 10:00 a.m., creating a crater. We covered the big hole with wooden plans for worshippers' safety."

The landslide occurred near Al-Selsela (Chain) Gate and Qatibai Water Fountain at the mosque's western side.

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the Muslims’ first Qiblah [direction Muslims take during prayers] and it is the third holiest shrine after Al Ka`bah in Makkah and Prophet Muhammad's Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

Its significance has been reinforced by the incident of Al Isra'a and Al Mi'raj — the night journey from Makkah to Al-Quds and the ascent to the Heavens by Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be Upon Him).

The holy place represents the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict as Jews claim that their alleged Haykal (Temple of Solomon) exists underneath Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

Israeli Diggings

Palestinians blamed the Israeli diggings adjacent to Al-Aqsa for the earth moving.

"The diggings and tunnels Israel is building beneath and around Al-Aqsa Mosque are the cause of the new landslide," said Al-Aqsa Foundation for Reconstruction of Islamic Sanctities in an online statement.

"The Jewish tunnels network have reached Al-Selsela Gate."

The Islamic Movement in Israel also blamed the Israeli diggings for the landslide, calling on Muslim countries to step in to stop Israeli excavations near the holy mosque.

The movement's leader Sheikh Raed Salah has warned that Israel plans to build a colossal synagogue at the heart of Al-Haram Al-Sharif and contiguous to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli bulldozers started last February demolishing the wooden bridge leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque's Al-Maghariba Gate and two underground rooms, sparking widespread protests in the Palestinian lands and Muslim countries.

Archeologists warn that leveling the mound upon which the wooden bridge is built would threaten the foundation of Al-Aqsa Mosque and open the way for more Israeli excavations.

A part of the road leading to one of the mosque’s main gates collapsed in February of 2004 due to the destructive Israeli digging work.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Death Penalty for Detainees

Military prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty for six
Guantánamo detainees who are to be charged with central roles in the Sept. 11,
2001, terror attacks on the United States, government officials who had been
briefed on the charges said.



Next Stop: Mexico City

Women Only Buses


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Turkey: Hijab Ban Lifted

ISTANBUL: Turkey's Parliament took a major step on Saturday toward lifting a ban against women's head scarves at universities, setting the stage for a final showdown with the country's secular elite over where Islam fits in the building of an open society.

Turkish lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a measure supported by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to change Turkey's Constitution in a way they say would guarantee all citizens the right to go to college regardless of how they dress.

Turkish authorities imposed the ban in the late 1990s, arguing that the growing number of covered women in colleges threatened secularism, one of the founding principles of modern Turkey.

Secular opposition lawmakers voted against the change, with about a fifth of all ballots cast. Crowds of secular Turks backed them on the streets of Turkey's capital, Ankara, chanting that secularism — and women's right to resist being forced to wear head scarves by an increasingly conservative society — was under threat and demanding that the government step down.

"This decision will bring further pressure on women," said Nesrin Baytok, a member of Parliament from the opposition secular party, during the debate in Parliament. "It will ultimately bring us Hezbollah terror, Al Qaeda terror and fundamentalism."


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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Turks protest over headscarf plan

By Sarah Rainsford

BBC News, Istanbul

The issue is highly controversial in a mainly Muslim country. Thousands of Turks have rallied in Ankara to protest against a government plan to allow women to wear the Islamic headscarf in Turkish universities.

The protestors fear such a move would usher in a stricter form of Islam in Turkey, which is a secular state.

Turkey's parliament is expected to approve a constitutional amendment to ease the ban next week.

The ban on the headscarf in higher education was imposed in the 1980s, and has been enforced for the past decade.

A huge crowd gathered at the mausoleum of Ataturk - the man who founded Turkey as a modern, secular republic.

Fearing the gains of his revolution are in danger, the protestors came waving Ataturk's image on banners and carrying the national flag.

Political symbol

The government - which is led by devout Muslims - is pushing a reform that would allow women to wear the religious headscarf to university.

The scarf has been banned outright in private and state universities for almost two decades.

The government argues the ban deprives thousands of women of a higher education.

But Turkey's powerful, secular establishment sees the headscarf as a symbol of political Islam - a threat to their secular way of life, and to the political system here.

Those opposed to the reform include the military, Turkey's judges and university rectors.

They fear it is just the first step to allowing religious symbols into all aspects of public life.

The constitutional amendment is likely to be passed by parliament, where the government has the support of the main nationalist party.

But such is the controversy that the changes are almost certain to be contested in the constitutional court.

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Monday, January 21, 2008


Paxman complains that M&S underwear "no longer provide adequate support' and that they are "wearing out much more quickly"


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Monday, January 14, 2008

Timberland: Old news, but interesting.

Timberland boss: Israeli message is not reaching US

By Etgar Lefkovits, JPost

Israel has failed in the public relations war against the Palestinian Authority, and is likely to lose the support of the American public unless it stops reacting and starts communicating its own point of view, Jeffrey Swartz, president and CEO of the Timberland Company said yesterday.

"I'm a shoe guy, and if I did as lousy a job building my brand as Israel does in telling her side of the story, than I'd certainly be fired," Swartz said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post at the culmination of a four-day Boston solidarity visit he made to Israel this week.

Saying "a truth not told is a truth not heard is no longer a truth," Swartz, an observant Jew who oversees operations of the $1.1 billion global footwear, apparel, and accessories company, said part of the problem is Israel always seems to be on the defensive - responding to Palestinian claims - and does not succeed in getting its message across.

"We know [PA Chairman] Arafat is the bad guy, but how are you going to solve the problem?" he asks.

The issue, he concedes, is exacerbated because it needs to be explained in 10 second sound-bites for the American audience.

Swartz proposes that 100 reservists who took part in the recent military operation be sent for a week to speak to thousands of American Jews in the 50 largest US markets.

"They should tell the American Jewish community what is going on through the eyes of a simple average person, which will be much more informative, impressive, and effective than your well oiled politician doing the same thing," he said.

The goal of such a mission, Swartz says, should be threefold - encourage American Jewry to visit Israel and see the situation for themselves; mobilize 100,000 American Jews to be more politically involved; and encourage them to write a check to help Israel.
Swartz voiced the hope such a campaign would bring 25,000 American Jews to Israel by the end of the summer, helping Israel's ailing economy.

He said the editorial pages of most leading US newspapers have turned against Israel in recent weeks. He noted the pro-Palestinian attitudes prevalent on university campuses, which he said are often an indication of future developments.

"You put CNN and [US Secretary of State] Colin Powell together and this could make things very bad for Israel," he said, noting UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UN special envoy Terje Larsen are "hard at work" trying to reduce mainstream America's support for Israel.

Swartz said that after his 96 hour visit he is going home with a "sense of duty" to ensure the "overwhelming and life changing" things he saw during his trip - including a bag of the steel shrapnel doctors at Hadassah-University Hospital, Ein Kerem pulled out of the insides of a 25-year-old reservist wounded by a car bomb in Hebron - are publicized.

Timberland operates six stores in Israel, and it products are sold in 17 other sporting-goods stores owned by its Israel distributor, Sakal.

Their store in Jerusalem closed several years ago due to poor sales, but Swartz said he wants to see more stores open - especially now.

Swartz said that he has heard of many American businesses having second thoughts about investing in the country due to "canards" spread in the US media. He said the "canards" are based on unconfirmed rumors about Israel's military operation, something he vows to fight with all his strength.

"There is a right and wrong, and American Jews need to be informed, inspired, and engaged because we are losing the battle for their hearts and minds," he said.

"Did I come here as a Jew and as the CEO of Timberland? Yes. Might my board of directors say to me - what are you doing giving an interview to The Jerusalem Post expressing such strong feelings? Sure. But I owe this to my children, to my family, to you, and to the nation of Israel," he said.

"The Godfather was wrong when he said this is nothing personal, it's just business. This is deeply personal," he concluded.

-Thanks to Maryam M