Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Saving Khader Adnan's Life

The world watches as tragedy unfolds beneath its gaze. Khader Adnan is nearly entering his 70th day as a hunger striker in an Israeli prison, being held under an administrative detention order without trial, charges, or any indication of the evidence against him.
The case of Khader Adnan is a revealing microcosm of the unbearable cruelty of prolonged occupation. It draws a contrast in the West between the dignity of an Israeli prisoner and the steadfast refusal to heed the abuse of thousands of Palestinians languishing in Israeli jails through court sentence or administrative order.

And who is Khader Adnan? We do not know very much about him except that he is a member of the Islamic Jihad Party. There are no accusations against him that implicate him in violence against civilians. His fellow prisoner from an earlier period of confinement in Ashkelon Prison, Abu Maria, recalls his normalcy and humanity while sharing a cell, emphasising his interest in informing other Palestinians: "Prison was like a university in those times and he was one of the professors." Commenting on his hunger strike that has brought him extreme pain, Abu Maria says he is convinced that Khader Asnan wants to live, but will not live in humiliation: "He is showing his commitment and resistance in the only way he can right now, with his body."

Adameer, the respected Palestinian NGO concerned with prisoners, "holds Israel accountable for the life of Khader Adnan, whose health has entered an alarmingly critical stage that will now have irreversible consequences and could lead to his fatal collapse at any moment". Physicians who have observed his current condition conclude that, at most, he could live a few more days, saying that such a hunger strike cannot be sustained beyond 70 days in any event. Any attempt at forced feeding to keep a prisoner from dying is widely viewed as an additional abuse, a form of torture.

Have we not reached a stage in our appreciation of human rights that we should outlaw such state barbarism? Let us hope that the awful experience of Khader Adnan does not end with his death, and let us hope further that it sparks a worldwide protest against both administrative detention and prisoner abuse. The Palestinian people have suffered more than enough already.

Khader Adnan represents not only how demoralized this world is, but represents the Palestinian struggle, an illegal occupation that the world SUDDENLY turns blind to. He represents the language of freedom and how humanity struggles to breake the chains that are wrapped around us.

It is obvious that Khader Adnan is in critical danger, but unfortuntaly only a minority know, the role that media have played is appalling. But its certainly not surprising, when have you have ever seen western media potraying Israeli for WHAT IT REALLY IS? So we, as muslims, we, as humanity, acted together and spreaded the harshness of reality through social networks such as twitter, facebook etc. From us organizing protests throughout the world to have Khader Adnan trending number 1 worldwide, if anything, the suffering of Khader Adnan is bringing out the BEST OF HUMANITY.
But as the days go by, our freedom will be restricted, SOPA & PIPA will act and things will change. And they won't change for the better.

Khader Adnan is only an example of what humanity is today, how we struggle for just an ounce of freedom, how we struggle for happiness, and I fear it will only get worse. Regardless, the Muslims are growing some sort of unity,something that I can't describe. From all walks of the earth, its something that we muslims haven't felt for a long time, Zionists & western intervention have taken serious measures to prevent this but they fear that its not in their control. Since the split of the Ottoman empire western intervention has so far succeeded. But they have forgotten that we people have our own minds, and we are NOT controlled like out pupper leaders.

You these chains on our hands? THEY WILL BE BROKEN
Emancipating our self and breaking free ? WELL WE HAVE SPOKEN
You see the blood that bleeds? IT BLEEDS FOR FREEDOM.
You see the tears that fall? THEY SPEAK OF OUR DEMONS

Khader Adnan will be free, unfortuately only clocks have mouths

And only time will tell.

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This post was written by me on 19th of February 2012

Khader Adnan was released from his cell and ended his 66 days of hunger strike on 21st of February 2012,

For God looks after those who believe in him.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Egypt; The PortSaid Massacre

What happened in Port Said is not alien to the world of football. Sheffield, Johannesburg, Guatemala, Kathmandu, Brussels and Moscow all have horror stories to tell about football and death. In 1974, 49 people were trampled to death in Cairo Stadium - more than today, if one considers Egypt had at the time less than half of the current population of 80 million.

Why would 70 - 80 people die over a match off football? Regardless, the SCAF (Egyptain Military) had frankly fooled us all. They've had a history with the Egyptian football team, and in this case, it was a bad one. I received reports that Security were only ordered to protect the referees, and that they allowed people to die infront of them.
Has this what we humans have succumb to?
Its pathetic. Its disgusting. It shows how demoralized our world is.

Ironically,  there is a "trophy" and there is a game, except it is not "football". It is the only game in town brought about the winds of the Arab Spring and the revolutionary youth of Tahrir Square: dignity, bread and freedom - the game of democracy, as Western transitologists would call it.
The "trophy" of power - may be as a zero-sum game - is what is coveted. The Muslim Brotherhood have not won this trophy. But they have come closest through a majority of seats through free elections to claiming the trophy of power.
One thing in Egypt, that is, its prowess in the process of what is going to be an arduously complex and protracted transition is both its blessing and its curse: its multi-layered and pluralist society.

Right now, this is normal in the midst of a revolutionary moment - especially one that is not engendered through intellectual or ideological fervour. As if the Arab revolutions are seeking the "thinking" and "knowing" substance so far still missing

In Egypt, the centrestage that was Tahrir Square is now the "launching pad" of all kinds of sites of "struggle" - regardless of their legitimacy or lack thereof. Contests and counter-contests abound.

There is always a chicken-egg dynamic: what comes first?
 Elections, constitution or president?
What to do with SCAF?
The elections to be boycotted or not?
The election results to be respected or rejected?
Are the Muslim Brotherhood friend/foe of the revolution or of SCAF?

The PortSaid massacre has led to protests day in and day out but
There is nothing imaginative in pointing the finger at SCAF as benefiting from the chaos: it instigates it to hang on to power. Nothing is straightforward. However, SCAF is not to be blameless in the Port Said violence. Standing as an incompetent "protector" or "caretaker" of the revolution hurts more than helps the embattled SCAF. The revolution has confirmed one thing: the army is not fit to govern - neither in Egypt nor in Syria or Yemen.
Bending the rules of the political game is vital when asserting people's sovereignty. All nations with great revolutions had to undergo this. But to bend all politics as if it were a ball - before reaching the stage of defining new rules for the political game - should not jeopardise the life of the baby (revolution) in the process of seeking to throw out the bathing water.

I personally, recieved several reports claiming that the SCAF planned this nightmare, and that they allowed people to hit each other. I was also told they were only instructed to protect the referees and leave the rest to die. I, was not the only one to recieve these absurd, but true, reports. Its shocking.

It just shows how dark this world really is. Its not filled with fairytales, like one would like to imagine. Its only going to get worse from here. I ask those who read this, to prepare, prepare for the mass killings, prepare for the calamities that will hit us. Prepare, just prepare. The day is near, I can feel it in my heart that beats in the warmth of the night.

Thank you for reading.

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