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Friday, March 7, 2008

In Sorrow

Less than 24 hours ago yet another act of terror has struck the Middle East. Personally, I cannot get my own mind to comprehend how any human being can want to kill another. But I am speaking from a vantage point of safety. I have not personally experienced acts of terror against myself personally, although as an American, I experienced 9/11 and all the physical and mental fear that accompanied it.

I could sit down here at my computer and write til exhaustion finally overtakes me, sleep, and come back to write more of why violence as a means of obtaining justice and peace will never work.

Yet I do not have the energy in my sorrow to do this, I only beg for all those reading here, whoever you may be, to simply look at what Israel/Palestine is going through currently and ask yourselves if any acts of terror, either the state sponsored acts of Israel or the asymetrical terror acts of a certain faction of the Palestinian resistance movement has accomplished anything other than perpetuating more terror. Has vengeance achieved ANYTHING other than more vengeance by EITHER party?

The answer is quite clearly no.

In silence I ask you to pray together with your brothers and sisters, be they Muslims, Jews or Christians, and in outward actions I ask as a lone individual for you to condemn ALL violence and to act towards peace in non-violent action.

Annies Letters has a post,

ADC Condemns Killing of Innocent Civilians, Calls for End to All Violence

(please note, Alex Odeh who worked for the ADC in Santa Ana, California, was murdered by a bomb planted at his office in 1985. His murder is still unresolved and Israel has refused to cooperate in the investigation. Two of the suspected perpetrators, Fuchs and Green continue to reside in (relative) safely at Kiryat Araba, a Jewish settlement near Hebron in the occupied West Bank. All three were disciples of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, the rabidly anti-Arab founder of the JDL. Read HERE)

Desert Peace also has a post, "Violence Begets Violence"


ZIONISM which established a RACIST state in 1948, BEGETS VIOLENCE.

One man's "celebration of statehood" is ANOTHER man's CATASTROPHE!!!!


SHOOTING students in a Yeshiva BEGETS VIOLENCE.

You can ONLY be responsible for your OWN actions, act in PEACE!!!! Act in a manner which will NOT bring more bloodshed!

In Palestine, Murder Will Bring Neither Freedom Nor Justice

Date Posted: Friday, March 07, 2008

Ibrahim Abdil-Mu’id Ramey, MAS Freedom Civil and Human Rights Director

From the Desk of Ibrahim Abdil-Mu’id Ramey, MAS Freedom Civil and Human Rights Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MASNET) March 7, 2008 On March 6, 2008, the world received news of yet another tragedy in the ongoing conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. In an apparent act of revenge, armed Palestinians infiltrated a Rabbinical school in Jerusalem and attacked a group of teenage Jewish students, leaving eight of them dead. They were not combatants, and the act did not take place in self-defense or in the heat of combat.

Most of the world, especially in Israel, was stunned and horrified by the killings. But in Gaza, at least according to news reports, people were jubilant in their celebration of the deaths.

Should Muslims in the United States also feel a sense of joy and vindication? No. We must recognize the attack for what it was: an act of murder. And we must now ask ourselves the difficult question of how we, as activists in support of the people of Gaza and Palestine, can go forward in the wake of an act of senseless brutality that could threaten to derail some significant support for the cause of ending the occupation and respecting the human rights of the people in Gaza and the West Bank.

Sadly, acts of deliberate murder are hardly rare in the context of this part of the world. I remember, a few years ago, the act of murder in a mosque in the West Bank that left nearly 30 Muslim worshippers murdered by a fanatic named Baruch Goldstein. The Muslim world, and most people of conscience, were enraged. Yet some extremists in Israel not only celebrated the killings, but actually made Goldstein (who was killed after the attack), a cult hero among some ultra-Zionists.

But murder, by whomever, is simply a crime against humanity and against the Almighty. And the killing of Jewish students in Jerusalem was exactly that kind of abomination.

The pursuit of liberation is a human response to oppression, and one that is common to all oppressed people, in all periods of history. But there is a moral and practical, distinction between legitimate political struggle on one hand, and acts of criminal revenge on the other.

As Muslims, we believe that struggle against oppression, and self-defense, are not only legitimate, but also required. The killing of innocent people, on the other hand, is morally repugnantand Haram.

I hope that the Palestinian leadership, and especially Hamas, will recognize that the celebration of these murders will only serve to further isolate them, and make it more difficult for them to claim some moral high-ground in the eyes of world opinion. I also hope that they will consider that activists throughout the world, who support the rights of the people of Gaza, must now labor under yet another burden of suspicion, and even outright rejection, by opponents who are all too anxious to equate the Palestinian cause with savagery and terrorism. Further, it obliterates, in the consciousness of many, the nonviolent responses to the occupation that would ultimately be more effective as instruments of liberation vs. sensational and counter-productive acts of killing and mayhem.

As I have said in a previous essay, it's long past time to end the violence, and the killing, in Israel and Palestine. We mourn the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, especially in Gaza.

But now, we should also mourn the killing of the Jewish students in Jerusalem, and call for the respect for human life as a core value for both sides of this conflict. I, as a Muslim in America, offer my condolences to the families and communities of the young people who were killed in this act of violence.

The struggle for freedom has no room for the murder of innocent people. It is not acceptable in the modern world.

An eye-for-an-eye, as Dr. King reminded us, will simply make both Palestinians and Israelis blind.


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