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Father Roy writes: This Muslim is a woman.  We can learn a lot about Islam, rightly understood, from her.  Scroll down to read about the author in her own words.  The highlights are mine.   Peace, Roy

Sinem Tezyapar

Sinem Tezyapar

source: www.israelnationalnews.com…

Islam Mandates Abiding by the Peace Agreements

Sinem Tezyapar, Turkey

As a Muslim, I do not want there to be war, and I want no military operations against Palestinian Arabs. However, I also do not want Israeli citizens living under the threat of rockets or suicide bombers, and I do not want rockets falling onto their homes and school gardens either.

For me there is nothing justifiable about bloodshed. I stand opposed to the warmongers who see war as a game, to those who “benefit” from war and I stand opposed to anyone who sheds blood. I don’t discriminate among those who spill blood for what reason; I find it all wrong, I oppose whoever seeks solutions through violence.

I am not going to entertain the ceaseless debate of which side is right or wrong because for me both sides have their own reasons, excuses, wrongs and rights. But what is important is to stop this needless spilling of blood right away and permanently. Rather than taking one side and blindly blaming the other side, we must approach the matter with justice and work to overcome prejudice and educate people about their false beliefs and ideas so that we may stem the cycle of violence at its beginning.

This is such a sensitive issue that anyone personally hurt or otherwise effected might react to, but I feel the pain of both sides and since I am a Muslim, I have to clarify about some false ideas that have been taken for granted as “Islamic”. What goes between Israel and ‘Palestine’ is an artificial conflict and what is more it is against Islam from several points. Let me put a few of them forth very briefly:

Relations with Jews- Muslims are not at war with Jews. According to the Qur’an, Jews have a special status as ‘People of the Book’ and Muslims can establish good relations with them through marriage and the sharing of food. Kosher food is also lawful for Muslims to eat and permission has been given for Muslim men to marry Jewish women. So from an Islamic perspective, this shows that there can be no obstacle to living together and in harmony, and this is clear evidence that enable the formation of warm human relationships and tranquil togetherness between Jews and Muslims.

War only for self-defense- From an Islamic point of view, there can be only defensive war and war is only an unwanted obligation when one’s life, security and honor is under attack. Muslims do not attack, they can only defend themselves. War has to be inevitable at the point that one has to defend itself. Even if it is considered obligatory for self-defense, it has to be carried out with strict observance of humane and moral values. To put it in another way, God granted permission for war only for defensive purposes, and Muslims are warned against the use of unnecessary violence; “Fight in the Way of God against those who fight you, but do not go beyond the limits. God does not love those who go beyond the limits.” (Qur’an, 2:190)

In another verse, God commands justice and warns Muslims against feeling rage toward enemies so that their judgments are not impaired: “You who believe! Show integrity for the sake of God, bearing witness with justice. Do not let hatred for a people incite you into not being just. Be just. That is closer to heedfulness…” (Qur’an, 5:8) I don’t accept any kind of hatred between people but even at those times when they are not strong enough to overcome their anger, they still are responsible to be just.

Protecting peace- When there is a peace treaty, both sides should adhere to the peace agreement meticulously, and commit not to attack to each other. Especially for Muslims, after making a peace agreement, according to the Qur’an one has to watch out to protect it and abide by it. This the way according to the Qu’ran. God says; “If they incline to peace, you too incline to it…” (Qur’an, 8:61) In the case of the Palestine-Israel conflict, when one side fires rockets at the other side, the other side is fully entitled (and obligated) to protect its citizens. If there is a peace agreement, in times of peace launching rockets from Gaza is a violation of the Qur’an. When Hamas fires rockets, it’s not firing rockets only at Israel, but at its own people as well; Israel retaliates and it becomes inevitable that civilians, innocent children are severely effected by this. The same goes for Israel.

Protection of civilians- There is no justification in the Qur’an for killing innocent people. God says that this is like killing all mankind. (Qur’an, 5:32) It is a sin to target civilians or be reckless of their security during an attack. When Hamas launches rockets over Israel, there is no aim, no precise target, and thus these rockets fall sometimes on empty land but sometimes onto the homes of innocent Israeli civilians. It is a sin to take an innocent life, and it is also a sin to cause disorder, to panic people. Another important matter is that Islam absolutely forbids suicide attacks. God says; “Do not kill yourselves.” (Qur’an, 4:29) Consequently, killing oneself and killing other people are both prohibited in Islam.

The right to live in the Holy Land- It is against any conscience and above all against the Qur’an to tell Jews to go somewhere else. Jews have been expelled from Spain, they have been slaughtered in Europe and there has been enormous intimidation against them in many places all over the world. So where do they have to go? These lands are places that their forefathers lived. The graves of their grandfathers are on these lands. And it is confirmed by the Qur’an that Bnei Israel will be living in the Holy Land till the end of the world. God says; “And thereafter We said to the Children of Israel: ‘Dwell securely in the Promised Land.'” (Qur’an, 17:104) and the Prophet Moses (pbuh) says “O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah hath assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously…” (Qur’an 5: 21) Thus, it is against the Qur’an to tell Jews to leave these lands; any Muslim who does so is in contradiction to the very Word of God Himself.

Let us not forget the sons of Ishmael and the sons of Jacob, the descendants of the prophets, are fighting one another. Both sides are Abraham’s children and surely the land is spacious enough for all. There is no real reason that we can’t coexist together. Let’s live together as brothers; dine together, have conversations together; let us pray side by side, Jews in synagogues, and Muslims in mosques. Let us adopt a language of peace, a language of love. This is easy! And there is no other way.

More about the author, in her own words:

Sinem Tezyapar is a political and religious commentator, peace activist and an Executive Producer at A9 TV, broadcasting from Istanbul. She is also the spokesperson of a prominent international interfaith organization, as well as its coordinator for international relations with political and religious leaders. She is working with interparlimentary and non governmental organizations for the establishment of the United Nations Permanent Forum for a Culture of Peace and Global Ethics.

As a devout Muslim, she denounces terrorism, anti-Semitism, and all kinds of violence. She is against radicalism, fanaticism, racism, bigotry and all atheistic and bloodthirsty ideologies. She defends the unity of all under belief in One God. She wants there to be faith, love, brotherhood and peace prevailing throughout the world, and stands ready to cooperate with like-minded people in accomplishing such goals.

She frequently talks about concepts like democracy, laity, freedom in Islam, global security, how to combat terrorism, radicalism, anti-Semitism and bigotry, Turkey’s role in the region, the problems of Jews and Christians in the Middle East, current relations between Israel and Turkey, the Iran-Israel conflict, the latest situation in the Middle East, the concerns of the Western world about Islam and Muslims in general.

She has been influential in setting up many meetings and conferences between religious and political leaders of Turkey and Israel including Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Deputy Minister Yitzhak Cohen, Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara, Knesset Member Nissim Zeev, Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar and others. She is a personal friend of many Israelis such as advisors, experts, academicians, religious leaders and politicians.

Some of the people she has arranged to be interviewed by A9 TV are:

Israeli Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara (Likud), Dr. Marina Solodkin (Israeli Knesset Member, Kadima), Rabbi Nissim Zeev (Israeli Knesset Member, Shas), Michele Marie Bachmann (Republican member of the United States House of Representatives), John Kyl (United States Senator), Congressman Steve Rothman, Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau (Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, former Chief Rabbi of Israel), Rav Dr. Izhak Dayan (Chief Rabbi of Geneva), Rabbi Abraham Cooper (Deputy Dean of Simon Wiesenthal Center), Ambassador Charles Ries (Former US Ambassador to Greece, Director, RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy), Aaron David Miller (Woodrow Wilson International Center), Douglas Johnston (Director of International Center for Religion & Diplomacy), Dr. Richard Hellman (Founder of CIPAC), Morton A. Klein (president of ZOA, The Zionist Organization of America), Dr. Ely Karmon (Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center, and at the Institute for Policy and Strategy), Moshe Amirav (Former adviser to Israeli PM Ehud Barak), Lt. Col. (ret.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Former IDF Military Intelligence, Begin Sadat Center expert on Islam and Arabs), Prof. Avraham Diskin (Political adviser to Knesset), Prof. Moshe Maoz (Political adviser to Knesset), Dr. Gil Feiler (Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies), Prof. Charles Asher Small (Director of Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy), Seth Cropsey (Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute), Gershon Mesikha (Mayor of Shomron Regional Council), Prof. Hooshang Amirahmadi (President of the American Iranian Council) and many others.

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Father Roy writes:   Jordan’s King Abdullah will be the first leader of an Arab country to visit Palestine after it was recognized as a non-member state in the UN General Assembly.  He has been referring to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as the “core” problem for the Arab World for years.   Peace, Roy 

King Abdullah II of Jordan

King Abdullah II of Jordan

King of Jordan to visit Palestine Thursday 

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — King Abdullah II of Jordan will visit Palestine on Thursday, the ambassador of Palestine to Jordan Atallah Khairi said Wednesday.

Khairi confirmed that Abdullah’s helicopter would land at the Muqataa in Ramallah midday Thursday.
The Jordanian monarch will pay a short visit to Ramallah in the central West Bank where he is scheduled to meet with President Mahmoud Abbas.

Jordan’s premier Abdullah al-Nusoor will accompany Abdullah along with foreign minister Nasser Judah, Jordanian Royal Court chief Riyad Abu Karaki, director of the king’s bureau Imad Fakhouri and the king’s special secretary.

A delegation of journalists will arrive in Ramallah earlier Thursday morning.

King Abdullah of Jordan will be the first leader of Arab country to visit Palestine after it was recognized as a non-member state in the UN General Assembly.

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Germany has turned! It seems that Angela Merkel has had enough! Four years of humiliation by Netanyahu has taken its toll.

But how far will Germany push the envelope? Is it possible that Germany could become a leading voice in Europe for the rights of the Palestinian people? That is surely too much to hope for, and yet who expected the German Chancellor to go this far?!

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(nb. highlights are courtesy of Father Roy)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

source: Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Merkel to warn Netanyahu: Promote peace process or face world seclusion

Prime minister to meet German chancellor in Berlin on Wednesday evening.

By Barak Ravid | Dec.05, 2012 | 1:02 AM

With Israel and European Union states embroiled in a diplomatic crisis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday night in Berlin.

Merkel, who has had rocky relationship with Netanyahu over the past four years, is expected to stress that the Israeli leader must choose between promoting the peace process, including establishing a Palestinian state, or facing international seclusion.

Despite the diplomatic crisis and the tension with Netanyahu, Merkel insisted on holding the government summit with Israel in Berlin. A senior German official said that Merkel had never considered a sanction as severe as halting the supply of nuclear submarines to Israel, since “as far as she’s concerned, Israel’s security is sacred.”

The official added that the government summit was Merkel’s idea of cementing and constitutionalizing the German-Israeli relationship so that it is not dependent on the politics of either state.

This main issue of this year’s government summit is science. Leading scientists from both countries are scheduled to join senior ministers.

Netanyahu arrives in Berlin less than one week after the United Nations General Assembly recognized Palestine as an observer state. In contrast to recent years, Germany refrained from assisting Israel’s diplomatic efforts at the UN. The chancellor was raging at Netanyahu’s conduct and decided, at the last moment, to abstain instead of voting against the resolution. Netanyahu reacted angrily to Germany’s vote, and his national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror, had a heated phone call with Merkel’s senior adviser, Christoph Heusgen.

Merkel reversed course on the UN vote for at least two reasons. First, for four years she has repeatedly requested gestures of goodwill from Netanyahu on the settlement issue – but he has refused. Second, Merkel apparently felt her support was being taken for granted and used as a tool to manipulate other European states on the Palestinian issue.

Der Speigel reported on Monday another possible reason. On the eve of the vote, she received a phone call from Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim, musical director of the Berlin Opera. Barenboim, known for his severe criticism of Israel’s policies in the Palestinian territories, requested that the chancellor not oppose the Palestinian move, and noted that the resolution mentions the two-state solution and Israel’s right to exist.

From the start, Netanyahu and Merkel have clashed on the question of settlements. Merkel apparently often felt she was misled by Netanyahu, such as when he leaked specific parts of their conversations and did not fulfill promises on the Palestinian issue.

It is commonly known in Berlin that Merkel has no illusions regarding Netanyahu’s intentions as far as the peace process goes, and no longer believe he will surprise anyone with a sudden change of direction. Apparently, as far as Merkel is concerned, Netanyahu cares more about tactics and political survival than about a long-term strategy that would secure the future of Israel and the Jewish state.

Netanyahu should expect to hear some unequivocal messages concerning the punitive measures Israel announced against the Palestinian Authority, as well as his plans to promote construction in the E-1 area, which would connect Ma’aleh Adumim settlement with Jerusalem, and to add 3,000 units in the West Bank settlements and East Jerusalem.

In contrast to France and Britain, Germany did not summon the Israeli ambassador; Merkel apparently prefers to hold a tough discussion directly with Netanyahu. The chancellor is expected to demand that Netanyahu cancel the settlement decision, or at least commit to freezing its implementation immediately after the elections in Israel.

Merkel is expected to tell Netanyahu that he must choose between promoting the peace process and establishing a Palestinian state, a move that would secure the existence of Israel as a Jewish democratic state, or continue expanding settlements, thus leading to the transformation of Israel into an apartheid state that is isolated internationally.

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This incident again raises the question of what counts as anti-Semitism.

I suspect that most statements made about Jews controlling the media are anti-Semitic outpourings, scapegoating Jews for the world’s problems, but censuring all discourse on this subject surely goes too far?

Why is Zionism such a powerful ideology amongst ordinary Americans? I suspect that the answer to this is complex, but surely it’s a question that should be open to discussion?

Highlights are courtesy of Father Roy.

Finnish lawmaker defends ‘Jews control U.S. media’ comment

Pertti Salolainen lawmaker for the ruling National Coalition Party – made the statements during a televised interview.

A Finnish lawmaker reportedly has dismissed criticism of his references to “Jewish control” over U.S. politics as “a pure analysis of foreign policy.”

According to the Finnish broadcaster YLE, lawmaker Pertti Salolainen sent the broadcaster an email on Saturday in which he denied he had made anti-Semitic statements when he said Friday that the United States had “a large Jewish population who have a significant control of the money and the media. The U.S. for internal political reasons is afraid to become adequately involved. This is a sad truth about U.S. politics.”

Salolainen – a lawmaker for the ruling National Coalition Party – made the statements during a televised interview for YLE, in which he offered his analysis as to why the United States had voted against upgrading the Palestinian Authority to nonmember state observer status at the UN General Assembly.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Friday urged the Finnish government to officially condemn Salolainen’s remarks. His statement “parroted the anti-Semitic canard that an evil cabal of Jews controls the media and the U.S. government,” the center said in a statement.

Mark Weitzman, the Wiesenthal Center‘s director of Government Affairs, wrote to Ritva Koukku-Ronde, the Finnish ambassador to the United States, “that such remarks can come from a pillar of the political elite in Finland is dismaying and astonishing; but that this remark was unchallenged makes it appear that such ideas are part of acceptable discourse in Finland.”

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Father Roy writes:  Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to comment on the decision, but many observers view it as a deliberate impediment to the two-state solution.  Also note: U.S. condemns Israel’s settlement expansion plan in Jerusalem, West Bank and Hillary Clinton warns Israel on settler homes.  Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert calls the decision A slap in Obama’s face… JPost.  The International Debate about the Holy Land issues is growing more robust every day.   Peace, Roy

source: news.antiwar.com……

Israel Authorizes Controversial New Settlements in Revenge for Palestine’s UN Bid

The location of the new settlements are intended to break the contiguity of Palestinian territory in the West Bank, negating two-state solution

by John Glaser, November 30, 2012

Following the overwhelming UN vote for implicit recognition of Palestinian statehood, Israel has authorized the construction of 3,000 more housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and is also speeding up the processing of 1,000 additional planning permissions.

According to the New York Times, the bulk of the new housing units are set to be built “in a controversial area of East Jerusalem known as E1, where Jewish settlements have long been seen as the death knell for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Other parts of the construction projects will connect Jerusalem and the illegal Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, and “therefore make it impossible to connect the Palestinian cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem to Palestinian neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.”

Connecting Jerusalem to Maale Adumim “will create geographical continuity between the capital and its northern suburb, a move that the US and European countries have warned against,” Haaretz reported.

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to comment on the decision, but many observers view it as a deliberate impediment to the the two-state solution, in revenge for the Palestinians’ peaceful diplomatic efforts to national self-determination at the UN, which was supported by an overwhelming international consensus.

Israel, and especially the administration of Benjamin Netanyahu, simply refuses to accept a Palestinian state. Their efforts, including this latest settlement authorization, to colonize Palestinian territory and undermine the viability of a Palestinian state is representative of their refusal to give up the prospect of a Greater Israel with full sovereignty over all of historic Palestine.