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Gaza Kids slain in Gaza by Israelis

English: Damaged housing, Gaza Strip, April 2009

English: Damaged housing, Gaza Strip, April 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Gaza Strip, November 15, 2012

Israeli occupation forces slaughtered Palestinian kids in the Gaza Strip!

Gaza is under heavy Israeli attacks since yesterday!!

Israelis officials said that they are going to extend the military offensive against the Gaza Strip.

These are some photos for massacred kids in the Gaza Strip!!

Death toll hit 9 in Gaza

A child wounded in an Israeli air strike against Gaza

A child wounded in an Israeli air strike against Gaza

Gaza, November 14

The number of fatalities in the Gaza Strip killed by the Israeli strikes against civilians reached nine and the number of wounded hit 50.

Scenes of mutilated children entering to Al-Shefa hospital are horrifying and the continuous bombardment against civilian houses made it difficult to children to go to their beds.

Following up an Israel attack against a civilian house in Tel-al-Islam neighbourhood, I saw how little kids and elderly were evacuated by paramedics while they were bleeding. I could hardly block my tears.

Another attack against an apartment near to my house, three from the same family were killed. A BBC journalist, his brothers wife and his 13 year old nephew. It was a horrific scene to see them evacuated while torn into pieces!

Israeli cabinet said: “Israel is continuous in the attack against Gaza until Gaza residents say enough.”

An urgent word in the occasion of the death of Chris Stevens

Thousands of Muslims burst to streets to protest against the film which insults to the Prophet

Thousands of Muslims burst to streets to protest against the film which insults to the Prophet

Motasem A Dalloul, September 12, 2012

A huge bout of demonstrations erupted in most of the Arab and Muslim countries after the broadcast of an Israeli-American film which insults the Prophet Mohammed peace be upon Him.

The Israeli-American film which offends the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon Him, is not the first blasphemous action carried out by anti-Islam individuals or communities. I am sure; it would not be the last, too. Islam is a religion that is spread among nations in a strange manner despite all campaigns aimed to discredit it. This ignites the spirit of jealousy, which turns to hostility, in the hearts of Islam’s enemies.

In fact, I personally, regret the violence erupted after broadcasting the film on YouTube, and regret the unjustified attacks against innocent, be they Americans or from any other nation. But I do not exempt the West and the US the responsibility for this kind of violence for several reasons.

The first reason is that the laws which these countries have that criminalise offenses against general people and general races, while they do not criminalise offenses against religions and God’s Prophets. If some people will tolerate offenses against their religion, some others will not. And the most will not. It is the nature of the human even if his religion was fake.

The other reason is that such or similar incident which means an offense to about ¼ of the earth inhabitants, less or more, needs to be, at least, directly condemned by officials of the country where the incident took place. This could, and did palliate the anger of Muslims when it happened before. But the problem is that when US soldiers in Afghanistan burnt one time papers of the Mus-haf and another time tore them into piece, the US administration vowed to bring those who did the action into justice. That did not happen. Therefore, Muslims youth zealots took the action by themselves.

Again, I say that I agree on peaceful demonstrations, but I disagree on killing innocents. This is opposed by our religion as the Prophet Mohammed peace be upon Him was reported saying in a sahih Hadith* that the Muslim who kills any person who has a contract with Muslims, he will not smell the fragrance of the Jannah. It means that he is absolutely going to be punished in the Hellfire. This is a capital punishment in the Muslims’ beliefs. I mean that it is not an easy action to kill the non-Muslims who live, temporarily or permanently, in the Muslim countries.

All Muslims believe that Jesus Christ is the God's Prophet and do not allow Him to be offended

All Muslims believe that Jesus Christ is the God’s Prophet and do not allow Him to be offended

Anyway, I hope that this incident will be a lesson for Muslims and non-Muslims who do not respect religions or believe in chaos to achieve justice to try change their beliefs or, at least, review them. It is the time of the mandatory tolerance among all nations as the whole world became as a small village.

I am calling on those who consider them the guardians of human rights and free speech to review the laws which give a room for anyone to criticise religions. It is possible because many of the countries of those have already regulated laws that criminalise the one who denies the holocaust and some criminalise the one criticises it.

So that, there is a room for regulating and enacting laws which criminalise religions and God’s Prophets. If not for respecting religions, it is for the sake of keeping on tolerance among nations as Muslims will not agree any time on any kind of insult for their religion or any of God’s Prophets.

*Sahih Hadith: the speech of the Prophet Mohammed peace be upon Him which is the most approved accurate.

To those blame the internal Palestinian division for their failure!

Palestine Bleeding...

By Motasem A Dalloul

A lot of the so-called politicians, writers or thinkers blame the internal Palestinian division for their failure in solving or to take part in solving, or at least suggesting something useful for the Palestinian cause. They claim that this division has delayed the Palestinian efforts in regaining their rights or wasted the return of these rights or stopped the wheel of resistance.

I am asking those who raise this claim: what is your effort or what other efforts have you done to regain the Palestinian’s rights? For the Arabs and Muslims: what have you done to resolve Palestine’s cause? For Palestinians: what have they have done to regain the Palestinians’ rights?

All what the Arabs and Muslims have done is concessions to the occupation, normalisation with it and you gave it more time carry out its occupation and settlement plans to strengthen itself in the land of Palestine.

All what Palestinians have done is signing peace accords which recognised the right of the occupiers to live on the land of Palestine and agreed on a two-state solution with the division of the third holiest city for Muslims: Jerusalem.

They also signed economic agreements in Paris that made Palestinians servants under the foot of the Israelis and beggars at their door if they wanted to claim their tax revenues or export any of their products or import anything from abroad.

What shameful achievements that Palestinian negotiators and leaders of the oldest Palestinian national movement (Fatah) have achieved? They always regret their loss and blame the internal division, which they waged by the help of the International community and the occupation.

What shameful achievements by the Arab leaders and the Arab League has Palestine seen? The Arab Peace Initiative which was born dead and the Arabs are begging the occupation to accept it.

And the writers and thinkers who got rich for their articles and books about the Palestinian cause, who of you dare to reveal clearly what is the reason behind the internal division? Where is you patriotism?!

So that, I am calling on all of you, who are weeping on the remains of those decaying achievements which have not been accepted by all real Palestinians, please and please and please, do not blame the internal division for your failure.

I am telling junior and senior politicians, who are trying to market themselves by changing the facts, claiming that they are taking an objective stance please, stop this and do whatever deserved to be done for the sake of the Palestinian cause, not for the sake of your own.

And I am also telling the writers who are trying to market themselves by saying that they are taking objective stances in order to find a good market for their opinions or articles, please, stop blackmailing Palestine and Palestinians’ suffering for personal interests. Please, enough and enough!

Israel’s inhumane control of water poisons Palestine

Watch me speaking to Press TV about the water crisis:

Israel’s inhumane control of water poisons Palestine

The battle for water in Palestine has become a fight to survive as wells drain and water quality turns deadly due to Israel using water as a tool of control.


Press TV in its program Remember Palestine has interviewed Mr. Motasem Dalloul, a journalist from Gaza currently in London about the state of water access and quality under the occupational control of Israel and how this is impacting Palestinian’s lives and its economy. What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: We saw a little bit about the crippling effects of not being able to go about ones business as you would see fit and water is being used as a vital mechanism in this thing. You are also a business man so you know about the economic effects of this. Explain a little if you will.
Dalloul: I want to say something at the beginning that the founders of the Israeli state in the late 19th century thought of the issue of water as a strategic factor for their long term existence for the future..

Press TV: So this is not accidental?… This is not an accident in the way this situation has unfolded…

Dalloul: Of course, they have thought of this for 100 years and during the British rule in that region they started to have franchises from the British government over some resources of water in that area.

Then in 1965 before the 1967 war, the Arabs decided to build some dams in the area. Israel targeted those projects and they destroyed all of the equipment used and it has prevented the Arabs from renewing such projects until today.

In the 1967 war, Israel controlled all the water resources in the area, among them the River Jordan and all the passages of that river and of several other rivers.

Israel itself consumes more than 60 percent of all the underground water of the River Jordan. Compared with Jordan where most of the passage of that river passes through its soil, it consumes only 25 percent and Syria consumes 15 percent of that water.

And then in 1993 under the Oslo Peace Agreement between the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Israeli side, this water issue remained a major outstanding issue…

Press TV: So no solutions were put on the table, because it’s a way of controlling the people, their movements, their ability to develop…

Dalloul: Yes. They want to continue controlling the people from a sensitive area. In 1995, in Tarba what was known as the Transitional State Agreement between 1995 and 1999, which should have ended in 1999, the water issue on the Palestinian and Israeli sides agreed on setting up a committee for dealing with the water issue.

According to the committee, the Israeli side should have supplied the Palestinians with their needs of water…

Press TV: … Which isn’t being done. The water shortage is something even the UN has highlighted…

Press TV: The crucial thing Zayneb mentioned at the start is that the area isn’t in a state of drought. There shouldn’t be a crisis; the crisis is purely political.

Dalloul: Yes. As I told you, the Israeli policy is holding the neck of the bottle of water in that area and allows only slight drops for the Palestinians and even for the other countries surrounding Israel.

I want to tell you something surprising that Israel supported by the US is trying to go over the line. On 26th April 2012, it signed with a US aid organization an investment agreement to invest in agricultural projects in the countries of the River Nile passing such as Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda. These projects are to build dams and these dams will elicit an amount of water for Egypt and for these other Arab countries.

Press TV: So now not only are things being done from one side, they have moved over to the Nile…

Dalloul: Yes. And what they are also doing is that they are stealing the water from the underground reserves in Sinai also.
Israel has deep wells along lines between Israel and Sinai and these wells withdraw the underground from water from the Sinai so that the Bedouins there… the wells of the Bedouins… they are drained and they suffer problems for their work. This also happens with the wells of the Palestinians.

Press TV: They can’t dig far enough to try and counteract…indeed.

Dalloul: The depth of the Palestinian wells ranges from only 60 to 70 to a maximum of 100 meters, but the Israeli wells range from 1,500 to 2,000 meters.

My uncles are farmers and before coming here they told me that their well has been drained. Before draining… the amount of saline had increased too much.

Press TV: So there is completely nothing there? …

Dalloul: It is a point about the daily consumption of water by the Israeli citizens.
It is OK that Israeli citizens consume from 240 to 280 liters per day, but the consumption of the settlers hits 700 liters per day.

Compared to the Palestinians as Zayneb said, the Palestinians have only 50 liters per day. This is half of the minimum amount decided by the World Health Organization.

Press TV: In Ramallah in terms of the way in which some of these areas have been completely drained of all the resources. Sister Zeinab mentioned there that Ramallah has a rainfall equivalent to Berlin – as we know, not the driest city in the world – the West Bank is comparable to Paris. These areas should be plentiful, the economy should be able to flourish and grow.

Dalloul: It should be for sure, but what the Israelis do to steal the water from the wells of the Palestinians, the Israelis have the equipment and have the political weight to dig and they don’t need licenses to dig deep wells.

The wells of the Palestinians, yes, they don’t exceed 100 meters, but the Israeli wells range from 1,500 to 2,000 meters and this drains all the underground water and so that the salinity in the water increases and toxic materials appear in the water such as chlorides and lead. The water in the Palestinian territories contains a high amount of lead, which is highly toxic and highly poisonous…

Press TV: What does this do to the economy because surely agricultural land is destroyed?

Dalloul:
It destroys the economy. A lot of farmers give up work because they don’t have enough water. If they have enough water, they suffer because of the poisons; it is not good for agriculture and even for manufacturing and factories. Because of the shortage of water and they need the water for industries, they sometimes give up or they don’t know what to do.

The expenses of industry became high because of the high expenses being spent on water. Something important I want to mention here is that the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs mentioned in their book some statistics, [including] that 50,000 children from the Palestinian Territories don’t have any kind of access to water; 150,000 have limited access and they give the example of a few hours every six days access to water resources. 28,000 children in the Palestinian Territories in health problems related to water poisons.