Wednesday, July 20, 2005

MSU Alkalima Speical Project: For Justice We Fight

Posted originally May 19, 2007 5:11 PM
Found this on the Alkalima website on July 20, 2005
Original Link:

Front side:
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(center bottom)

A rock in the hand of a Palestinian is considered to be a weapon of mass destructions, while the Zionists are armed with tanks and nuclear weapons and they are only considered to be "defending their interests against hostile elements"

(right side)
Why we fight

Zi·on·ism, n. : An organized movement of world Jewry that arose in Europe in the late 19th century with the aim of reconstituting a Jewish state in Palestine. Modern Zionism is concerned with the development and support of the state of "Israel." -American Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition

Islam is a religion that advocates justice. It requires that its followers stand up against oppression everywhere. In Islam, fighting against oppression to make justice prevail is an act of worship. The jihad [struggle] for justice in Palestine may be sought through speaking out against the aggression; however, if all peaceful attempts do not resolve the crisis, the use of force is then justified to deter the oppressors until justice is established.

Jihad consists of many kinds of worship, of both internal and external forms. However, its main implications are love and devotion for God, trust in Him, the surrender of one’s life and property to Him, patience, asceticism, and glorification of His remembrance. The individual or community that participates in jihad finds itself between two blissful outcomes, either victory and the establishment of justice, or the reward of martyrdom and Paradise. At the core of the Islamic resistance movement in Occupied Palestine is an issue of universal justice.

Muslims must fight injustice to fulfill their religious obligation to defend the oppressed, weak, as well as their families and homes in the Holy Land. Palestinians are the rightful inhabitants of the land, not the foreign Zionists who have forcibly displaced the Palestinians and let them to live in squalid conditions. It is not befitting for any human being to be forced to live this lifestyle, not even under the pretext of peace. It is better to die on ones feet than to live on ones knees, an attitude the freedom fighters defending Palestine embody today.

Although the Zionist occupiers may use terrorism and assassination to thwart the continually resisting indigenous population, the freedom fighters will continue to fight until their land is liberated or until they are blessed with martyrdom.

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Zionist Torture Exposed

Perhaps most notable in Israeli practice is the institutionalization of torture as a normal part of the interrogation process in dealing with Palestinians (not Jews). This was well established in a London Times investigation back in 1977, but it has been maintained and eventually enlarged in response to the Intifada, and given open, official legal status.

A report of Justice Moshe Landau in October 1987 concluded that "moderate physical pressure" is legitimate when interrogating Palestinians, which led one Israeli Knesset member to ask: At what voltage does an electric current applied to one’s testicles stop being "moderate physical pressure?" This gross perversion of human and civil rights became Israeli law and legitimized torture, without any reaction whatever from the West.

It is now standard practice to handcuff, blindfold, insult and beat, and often further torture Palestinian prisoners, including small children, many of whom are psychologically shattered by their experience in the hands of security police (Shin Bet, also called Shabak) interrogators. An April 1992 report by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem estimated that 5,000 Palestinians had been tortured in the prior year, or some 420 per month.

Every few months there is a small back page article about another Palestinian prisoner who died in jail during or after "interrogation." In one case in 1992, a young man named Al-Akawi, brought to court after "moderate physical pressure," looked so badly beaten and unwell that the judge took the "unusual step" of giving the Shin Bet only eight more days for interrogation. But by 5 PM the next day the authorities summoned Al-Akawi’s father to come and remove his son’s body.-Edward S. Herman

Back side:
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(to be done later)