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Ashrawi praises popular resistance in E1 area
Published Friday 11/01/2013 (updated) 12/01/2013 20:31
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- PLO leader Hanan Ashrawi praised Palestinian activists on Friday after hundreds of people set up protest tents in the controversial E1 corridor area near Jerusalem.

"This initiative is a highly creative and a legitimate non-violent tool to protect our land from Israeli colonial plans," a statement said.

Earlier, Palestinian activists had erected over 25 tents, called Bab al-Shams, or 'Gate of the Sun', in protest against Israeli settlements, a local activist said.

"We will not be silent while settlements and the colonization of our land continues, and confirm that the village will endure until the rightful owners of the land are installed," Said Abdullah Abu Rahma, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Bilin, told Ma'an.

Ashrawi lauded the "collective effort initiated by civil society, including youth, social, and political organizations, who came together to support the right of the owners of the land to make use of it as they see fit."

The PLO official said she fully supported and encouraged non-violent popular resistance against Israeli occupation.

The name of the village was inspired by Lebanese author Elias Khoury's novel, which tells the story of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Although there was no immediate response from the Israeli authorities, police and soldiers in the past have moved quickly to shut down any such spontaneous Palestinian camps.

"What is happening at Bab al-Shams is a reminder of the apartheid regime that Israel has imposed for the exclusive use of land for Jewish Israeli settlers all over Palestine," Ashrawi added.

In December, Israel announced plans to build some 3,000 settler homes in the E1 corridor near Jerusalem, drawing widespread international condemnation.

Britain, France and several other European countries summoned Israeli envoys to protest the plan, while President Mahmoud Abbas called the E1 area "a red line that cannot be crossed."

Construction in E1 would divide the West Bank and make the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state - as envisaged by the internationally backed two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict - almost impossible.
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1 ) Abdullah Abu Rahma / hero
12/01/2013 08:11
remember his name

2 ) ghada / palestine
12/01/2013 11:18
SALUTATIONS to the Palestinian activists.......

3 ) PA (fr) / Pa
14/01/2013 10:06
Ashrawi is a "canaanite". In around 1475BCE, according to Exodus chapters 21-34, the score between the life-game played between the Canaanites & the Israelites was the Canaanites 0, the Israelites 1. Since when can losers claim they won?

4 ) ian / australia
15/01/2013 01:12
#3 Easily the most insane post for a while. 'Ashrawi is a "canaanite" '. If Biblical Jews aren't Canaanites what else can they possibly be? Are they "Iraqis" because Abraham came from Ur? Exodus 21-34? You mean where Yahweh demands human sacrifice of first born males ("all that openeth the matrix is mine") but then says they can be "redeemed" ("the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem" 34:20) by killing a lamb instead? (Leviticus disagrees: "None devoted...shall be redeemed; but

5 ) ian / australia
15/01/2013 01:13
(contd.) shall surely be put to death." 27:29) Or outlines early settler policy: "...ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves". "Canaanites 0, the Israelites 1. Since when can losers claim they won?" Are you like six or something? Since the Geneva Conventions and UDHR defined the rights of defeated (or occupied) peoples regardless of their defeat (or occupation).

6 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
16/01/2013 16:23
@ 4), Fully agree with you regarding post of 3) so let me just back you up and speak for myself: @ 3), You don't know what the hell you're talking about. Stop making a jackass out of yourself regarding your Exodus interpretation; however, Ian, again (and you know I've said this a million times but it appears I'm just going to have to keep it up) you also continue to be very confused and wrong about calling us Canaanites. We remained a distinct people all during our Egyptian slavery (cont.)

7 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
16/01/2013 16:24
and AFTER our exodus. For the zillionth time, you must also stop ... again, STOP !!! thinking of us (and the Arab Peoples, biblically or not) as being or as descended from Canaanites; we (and all Arab Peoples) are NOT (despite Abraham coming from Ur in Mesopotamia). If Moses and Mohammad were alive today they'd bust their guts laughing at you like hell. You also totally misunderstand Exodus and Leviticus regarding sacrifices and redemptions. PAY attention: All_h bans all human (cont.)

8 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
16/01/2013 16:25
sacrifice, male or not. Your reference about "all that openeth the matrix ..." (Exodus 34:19) pertains to designated 1st-born, male animals (such as cows, sheep), NOT people. (Actually, in the following verse, All_h demands that all 1st-born, male sons BE redeemed.) The 1st-born, male son redemption was done in Bible times by appropriate money payment to the Levitical priests. Leviticus 27:29 pertains to CAPITAL crimes where the convicted criminal is devoted to death (executed). GOT IT ???

9 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 04:51
#8 "Your reference about "all that openeth the matrix"...pertains to designated 1st-born, male animals (such as cows, sheep), NOT people." Not according to Micah it doesn't ("Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?" 6:7) or Ezekiel ("...thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to...pass through the fire..." 16:21) or Jeremiah ("They have built also the high places...to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal..." 19:5).

10 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 04:52
(contd.) The consensus is that something pretty sinister was happening in the Valley of Hinnom a LONG time ago, and that many Prophets railed against it and King Josiah ended it.

11 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 04:54
#8 "Leviticus 27:29 pertains to CAPITAL crimes where the convicted criminal is devoted to death (executed). GOT IT ???" I think you're just making that up Yehuda. Lev. 27 is about votive offerings, things promised ("devoted") to G-d ("both of man and beast, and of the field of his possession") and what it costs for them to be "redeemed". (I see I am worth 50 shekels of silver! 27:3) There's NOTHING about "CAPITAL crimes" or criminals "devoted to death" anywhere in it! What it DOES say

12 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 04:54
(contd.) is that while animals, houses and land CAN be redeemed for a payment, the first-born "both of man and beast" CANNOT be promised to G-d in the first place because they belong to G-d already and hence CANNOT be "redeemed" by payment. Then comes the sinister bit: the first-born "man or beast" "devoted to destruction" (ie. condemned to be sacrificed) "is most holy unto the Lord" and "shall surely be put to death." Or as the RSV translates it in full: "No human beings who have been

13 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 05:03
(contd.) devoted to destruction can be ransomed; they shall be put to death." (Lev. 27:28-29). I think that's pretty clear. The last line ("These are the commands the Lord gave Moses at Mount Sinai for the Israelites") seems designed by the Levites in Babylon (standing in for Moses on the plains of Moab) to instil "the dread of thee and the fear of thee" and send a cold shiver down the spine of the reader. Certainly does mine.

14 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 05:23
A tiny bit more. Pretty much a shakedown by the Levites, but in Numbers 3, they have a brainwave. The sinister requirement of the first-born (which alone among votive offerings can't be bought off) is transformed into a special status for the priesthood: "And behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix...therefore the Levites shall be mine." (Numbers 3:12). Which is breathtaking. Like witnessing the dawn of chutzpah!

15 ) ian / australia
17/01/2013 08:59
(contd.) Because under the new system, being "the firstborn that openeth the matrix..." doesn't involve being sacrificed as "burnt offerings unto Baal" or any Levite being caused "to pass through the fire". That all becomes symbolism, expressive of their high status and all the material privileges implied. It's incredible sleight of hand: controlling meaning and consolidating power. One stands in awe. An object lesson in how it's done.

16 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
18/01/2013 04:22
@ 9) to 15), Ma'an News Agency is extremely generous in allowing all this posting by you, me (and others) so I will submit my final series of posts as briefly as I can to this subject. All these quotes from your referenced Prophets are not germane to what I've said previously in correcting you from your erroneous beliefs about what G_d says and MEANS by his commandments in our Torah. Yes, Micah's, Ezekiel's and Jeremiah's statements are all true but ALL the Prophets (back then) were (cont.)

17 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
18/01/2013 04:42
speaking to basically strongly urge us to repent from our evil ways and return wholeheartedly to our commandments. They were therefore condemning us by pointing out our transgressive behavior (back then) by pointing out the evil behavior we WERE doing. So, yes, they rallied against all that and when the (good) King Josiah became king he ushered in a reign of major repentance and correction. Regarding Leviticus 27 ... Within the confines of something devoted (votive, dedicated offerings(cont.)

18 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
18/01/2013 05:43
sacrifices, possessions (your home, land, field etc.)--to the L_rd--as commanded in Leviticus 27, I will re-post (in time, elsewhere) with better explanation. I understand your confusion so instead of making it worse with details about the meanings and differences between devoted people (or animals for sacrificial offerings), their redemptions and other non-sacrificial devotions (of homes, land, fields, etc., as mentioned in Leviticus 27), I'll re-visit all that later. Suffice it to say (cont)

19 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
18/01/2013 06:27
for now--and I don't make stuff up--is that, yes, although that entire Leviticus chapter (Leviticus 27) is about devotive possessions and there are no accompanying commandments/explanations regarding Leviticus 27:29, Leviticus 27:29 IS connected to such capital offenses, as associated elsewhere in our Torah, where a violation of a commandment (such as worshiping false gods/idols) demands death. In other words, such persons can NOT be redeemed. (See examples in Exodus 22:18, 19 and 20.)(cont.)

20 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
18/01/2013 06:50
Finally, Ian, no, ... no, ... you really are not getting it straight at all. The Levites (or the priests among the Levites--the priests being the male Levites who descend from our 1st Priest and High Priest, Aaron) never designed (in Babylon or anywhere the hell else) a "shakedown" of first-born (male) requirements to exalt themselves to special privilege by some evil sleight-of-hand to pull the wool over everyone's eyes. TOTAL nonsense. (If Jesus were alive, even he would say so.)

21 ) ian / australia
19/01/2013 07:25
#16-#20 Thank you for your thoughful reply Yehuda. I enjoy these discussions and am not nearly so aggressive as I might seem in print. And yes, Ma'an IS generous to the less concise poster like myself. (I've been told to learn to edit. Twice.) BTW I had a question which I asked under the story "Jewish settler convicted of killing 2 Palestinians" and would be very interested in your answer. Shukran jazeelan.
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