24 July 2014

What Does Hamas Believe? Article 13

Yale University's Avalon Project has a copy of the Hamas Covenant 1988 in their archives. The following is a direct quote. I encourage all readers to read the entire Covenant and to form your own opinion based on your personal interpretation of the document.

Article Thirteen: 

Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. 
Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse directed against part of religion. 
Nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion. Its members have been fed on that. For the sake of hoisting the banner of Allah over their homeland they fight. "Allah will be prominent, but most people do not know."

Source: Hamas Covenant 1988, The Avalon Project
Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from Tel Aviv on 22 July

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Middle East this week. He met Israeli Prime-Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and gave a speech on Tuesday 22 July 2014 from Tel Aviv, Israel.

It gladdens me that the United Nations fully support Israel's right to protect itself. It gladdens me to see that the UN condemns the use of their facilities for terrorist purposes. It gladdens me to see that the UN, unlike so many people I hear from and speak to these days, seem to care about both sides instead of praising one side and condemning the other.
"My message to Israelis and Palestinians is the same: Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict, so we are not back to the same situation in another six months or a year."
Source: Ban Ki-moon's speeches: Remarks at press conference with Benjamin Netanyahu, United Nations News Centre

23 July 2014

What Does Hamas Believe? Article 07

Yale University's Avalon Project has a copy of the Hamas Covenant 1988 in their archives. The following is a direct quote. I encourage all readers to read the entire Covenant and to form your own opinion based on your personal interpretation of the document.

Article Seven:  

The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:   
"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees.   
The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.   
Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." 
(related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).


Source: Hamas Covenant 1988, The Avalon Project
Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library

GAZA : Again, Rockets Found in UNRWA School

Israel National News reports that for the second time since the start of Operation Protective Edge; United Nations workers have found rockets stored in one of their schools in Gaza.

United Nations relief agency UNRWA has discovered, for a second time during the current war in Gaza, Hamas terror rockets stashed in one of its vacant schools. 
A statement by UNRWA Tuesday said that “Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip.”

Source: Again, Rockets found in UNRWA schools, Arutz Sheva - Israel National News

22 July 2014

Timmermans: "Imagine that you first get the news that your husband was killed..."

Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Frans Timmermans spoke to the United Nations Security Council about the 'downing' of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 carrying a total of 298 innocent men, women and children, 193 of whom were Dutch.

Parts of Mr. Timmermans' speech were shown on Dutch television news (NOS Nieuws) such as the statement I transcribed below in order to share it with readers of this blog. Minister Timmermans' speech can be viewed here on YouTube. Any transcription errors are mine.

"Just for one minute, I'm not addressing you as representatives of your countries... But as husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. 
Just imagine that you first get the news that your husband was killed. And then within two or three days you see images of some thug removing a wedding band from their hands. Just imagine that this could be your spouse. 
To my dying day I will not understand that it took so much time for the rescue workers to be allowed to do their difficult jobs and that human remains should be used in a political game. If somebody here around the table talks about a political game, this is the political game that has been played with human remains and it is despicable. 
I hope the world will not have to witness this again any time in the future. Images of children's' toys being tossed around... Luggage being opened and passports, including passports of children, being shown on television. 
They are turning our grief and mourning into anger of a whole nation. We demand unimpeded access to the terrain. We demand respectful treatment of the crash site. We demand dignity for the victims and the multitudes who mourn their loss. I call on the international community, on this Security Council, on anyone with influence on the situation on the ground: Allow us to bring the victims' remains home to their loved ones without any further delay. They deserve to be home."

We are indeed grieving and mourning. Yet our Foreign Minister is right - We are also becoming angry. Very much so.

We see the photos and the video footage.

We see pro-Russian rebels, reporters, men who look like rescue workers, photographers and camera crews all walking through the debris field, all poking through the personal possessions of the victims. We see footage of rebels moving bodies without any regard for the fact that what they are carrying are human remains.

We see the disrespect. We see and we will remember.

Link: Overzicht van handel met Rusland

Een kort artikel met wat uitleg over de handelsrelaties tussen Rusland en verschillende Europese landen, waaronder Nederland.

"De Europese ministers van Buitenlandse Zaken zijn dinsdag bijeen om te spreken over eventuele handelssancties tegen Rusland. Sommige van hen vinden dat de Europese Unie moet ingrijpen om te voorkomen dat het land wapens blijft leveren aan de pro-Russische separatisten in Oekraïne. Maar hoe groot is de handel met Rusland eigenlijk?"

Bron: Overzicht van handel met Rusland, Nieuws.nl
Gepubliceerd: 22/07/14

21 July 2014

Dutch PM Mark Rutte: "We want our people back"

BBC News reports earlier today that Dutch experts have been given limited access to some of the bodies of the victims of the rocket attack against Malaysian Airlines flight #MH17.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose country lost 193 people, said all political and economic options were on the table if access to the crash site remained unsatisfactory. 
"We want our people back," he told parliament in The Hague.

Source: MH17 plane crash: Dutch experts examine bodies, BBC News

Absolutely NO RESPECT for innocent victims of Flight MH17 : "Koeling trein slachtoffers uitgeschakeld"

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported yesterday that some of the bodies of the 298 innocents who died after being shot down BY A ROCKET  (which according to both Ukrainian and American sources was sent from the rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine area) last Thursday were being kept in a train.

The train not only stored bodies of the victims, it also kept these bodies cool (to keep them from smelling, decomposing etc.). In the middle of European summer, that was very necessary.

De Telegraaf reports today that the cooling system in the storage train had been TURNED OFF overnight from Sunday to Monday. Apparently no one understands how this could happen...

20 July 2014

Hillary Clinton speaks about attacks against Israel and the war in Gaza

The always inspirational Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, former Secretary of State and presumed Democratic presidential candidate, appeared on the 15 July 2014 episode of The Daily Show.

She gives a candid four-part interview, talking about a very wide range of topics. I highly recommend watching all four parts of the interview - part one here and part two here. Parts three and four deal with the ongoing attacks against Israel and the war in Gaza.


The Daily Show


The First Video:
Part Three

The Second Video:
Part Four





Weapons found in UN school in Gaza

"Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip. 
UNRWA strongly condemns the group or groups responsible for placing the weapons in one of its installations. This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law. 
This incident, which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA’s vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza." 

Source: UNRWA strongly condemns placement of rockets  in school, UNRWA
Published 17 July 2014.