This Isn’t Its Name, A Campaign to Liberate the Names of the Stolen Palestinian Towns and Villages

In commemoration of the sixty fifth anniversary of the Palestinian day of al-Nakbah, Catastrophe, a group of Palestinian youth using the name “Memory” launched a media campaign they called “This Isn’t Its Name”. This campaign is part of a number of regular media campaigns organized by the Information Center based in the Palestinian city of Nazareth. The launching of “This Isn’t Its Name” is a way of challenging and confronting the Israeli policies aiming at the destruction and the erasing of Palestinian memory and identity. Such Israeli policies are usually coupled with massive confiscation of Palestinian land and properties and placing them under government control for the exclusive Jewish use.

This youth campaign aims at reminding the third and fourth generations of Palestinians following al-Nakbah of the real Arabic names of the Palestinian villages and towns whose populations were evicted by the Zionist forces and gangs in 1948 and the Judaization of those villages and the Hebrwization of their names. The Palestinian population of more than 530 Palestinian villages and towns were evicted in 1948, including the populations of major cities like Haifa, Jaffa, Safad, Askalan, and Tiberius. “This Isn’t Its Name” is part of a special training session on the production of media campaigns organized by the Information Center which included a number of workshops supervised by professionals and specialists in human rights, journalism, and media campaigns. The filming of “this Isn’t Its Name” took place on the grounds of the Palestinian town of Saffuria whose population was evicted in 1948. A number of young Palestinian men and women participated in the filming of this campaign. At the same time, a page for this campaign was created onFaceBook.

In the 65th Anniversary of al-Nakbah, “Return to Iqrit: how one Palestinian village is being reborn”

“Their parents and grandparents were evicted 65 years ago, when Israel was created. Now they are coming back
Walaa Sbaid lives in IqritWalaa Sbaid, 26, says people currently have the legal right to return to Iqrit‘only in a coffin’.”

“This is Iqrit, a Palestinian Christian village in northern Galilee, whose inhabitants left in the bitter war that followed the declaration of the state of Israel in 1948, and who have never been permitted to return to their land and razed homes.
But in recent months, a group of young men, grandsons of Iqrit’s original residents, have moved back in an attempt to reclaim and rebuild the village.
And as Palestinians commemorate on Wednesday the Nakba, or catastrophe, of the loss of their land to Israel 65 years ago, work is being completed on a proposal for around 500 homes to be built on the site for the descendants of Iqrit’s inhabitants,90% of whom wish to return to the village. The plan is expected to be published in September.
What is unusual about this demand for the “right of return” is that the villagers and their descendants are Israeli citizens, mostly living in the area, rather than refugees in Palestine and in the diaspora.”

“The original villagers and their descendants – now around 1,500 people scattered across northern Israel – are allowed only to hold services in the church and bury their dead in the cemetery. “We are refugees inour own country,” said Nemi Ashkar of the Iqrit community association.
Last summer, around a dozen young men decided to take matters into their own hands. “At the moment Iqrit people have the right to return only in a coffin, but we want to live here,” said Walaa Sbait, 26, a schoolteacher in Haifa, 40 miles away.
The group planted young saplings and built a chicken coop, which Sbait said the Israeli authorities had demolished. “They are making the chickens refugees, too,” he said, adding that the two donkeys had also been threatenedwith eviction.

Canada Only Welcomes Criminals from Israel, Israeli spies and agents from Lebanon, and Human Rights abusers from Africa

“Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced today that Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad, convicted in a deadly attack on an Israeli plane in the 1960s, has been deportedto Lebanon a quarter-century after he was first ordered to leave Canada.
Kenney said”.

I say, Canada only welcomes Israeli criminals and Pro Zionists from all over the world. How many Israeli soldiers or Israeli spies from Lebanon and the other parts of the world did Canada diport?

Under Zionist Pressure, the Newseum decided to exclude two Palestinian Journalists from its Wall Memorial

In Al-karmil’s previous post, I reported the inclusion of two fallen Palestinian journalists on the Newseum’s wall memorial of the journalists who are killed in the line of duty. I think I rushed reporting this story. Now under Zionist pressure in Washington DC, the Newseum has decided to exclude the two Palestinian journalists from its wall memorial. I seem to have momentarily forgotten that Washington DC is an Israeli occupied territory, and that nothing can be done without the Zionist lobby’s approval.

In its online statement yesterday,the Newseum wrote: “Serious questions have been raised as to whether two of the individuals included on our initial list of journalists who died covering the news this past year were truly journalists or whether they were engaged in terrorist activities. We take the concerns raised about these two men seriously and have decided to re-evaluate their inclusion as journalists on our memorial wall pending further investigation.”

Tell the Newseum that such an investigation, which would involve deciding who is qualified to be counted as a journalist, is far beyond the Newseum’s mandate and capacity. Rather than conducting an investigation in a few days, the Newseum should rely on information prepared by top international organizations whose expertise and objectivity confer confidence in their findings.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, and The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers have all stated that they recognize these men to be “journalists” killed in the line duty.

Excluding journalists because of their national origin or political affiliation sets a very dangerous precedent. It sends the wrong signal that killing some journalists is acceptable. This particularly dangerous for our American journalists working overseas. It tells America’s enemies that American journalists are legitimate targets, just as America and Israel consider the journalists of their enemies legitimate targets.

84 percent of the Palestinian Children in Jerusalem Live Under the Poverty Line

The annual report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development revealed that 84 percent of the Arab Palestinian children in Jerusalem live under the poverty line, and that the level of poverty among the Palestinian families is three folds higher than that among the Jewish families in the city. The report concluded that the poverty among the Palestinian children in East Jerusalem in 2010 reached 82 percent, while it reached 45 percent among the Jewish children in West Jerusalem for the same year. The percentage of poverty among the Palestinian families reached 77 percent in 2010, while it reached only 25 percent among the Jewish families. The same report also concluded that the economy of the city lost half of its value since 1993, the year that marked the beginning of the Oslo Process between the Palestinians and Israel. One of the main reasons for this decline is the Apartheid Wall which separates East Jerusalem from its main Arab suburbs, and from the rest of the Palestinian economy in the West Bank. The report also indicated that the economy of East Jerusalem constituted approximately 15 percent of the Palestinian economy before 1993, while it barely reaches seven percent in the last few years. The report estimated the size of the Palestinian economy in Jerusalem by approximately 600 million US dollars, and that it lost approximately one billion dollars since the construction of the Apartheid Wall in 2003. The negative impact of the Apartheid Wall according to the United Nations’ report is formidable. It adversely affects trade and labor opportunities which costs the economy of the city approximately 200 million US dollars annually. The Palestinian economy in East Jerusalem is now totally isolated from both the Palestinian economy and the Israeli economy, although it is linked to both. Now it is not integrated into any of the two economies.

The American Newseum decided to Honor Two Fallen Palestinian Journalists

The American Newseum in Washington DC has decided to honor the two fallen Palestinian photographers, Hussam Salamah and Mahmoud al-Kumi by adding their names to the wall memorial of those journalists who have been killed while performing their responsibilities on the line of duty in reporting the news. The photos of the two fallen photographers have been posted on the wall memorial of the Newseum last week. Both worked for al-Aqsa TV, and both of them were killed by the Israeli military last November, during the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. The two were killed in an Israeli air raid although the car which was carrying them had a visible sign indicating that it was a TV vehicle.

The Newseum is a large special memorial that occupies over 250,000 sq feet on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Heart of the American Capital. It was established in 2008 to honor the Journalists who are killed around the world while performing their duties. It has photos of over 1000 journalists from all over the world, including photos of Arab journalists from Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. The photos are posted on the high glass walls of the memorial which is comprised of two stories. It has also a list of names of those journalists who won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism. In addition, it has 15 theaters and 14 exhibit rooms, and a permanent exhibit about the Berlin Wall.

The Church of Scottland Issued a Report Challenging the Notion of the Promised Land, then Cowered in and Took it Down from its Website.

Let me make it clear from the outset that I do not really care about religious claims of any people to anything, be it pieces of real estate in this life, or gardens and mansions in the hereafter. To me it is justice, human dignity, and freedom that matters. All of them are not present in the Zionist doctrine and practice towards the Palestinian people. It is because of my determination to uphold these principles I shall continue my struggle in defense of Palestinian rights until the demise of the Zionist enterprise and replacing it with a secular democratic and progressive state where Muslims, Christians, and Jews can live in peace and equality regardless of their faith and racial origins. I find religious claims and their Rebuttals extremely boring and lead nowhere. The basic reasoning and logic would lead anyone to raise two fundamental questions: First, why should the adherents of any particular religion listen to the religious dictates of another religion they do not belong to? In concrete terms, why should the Palestinian Muslims and Christians accept the dictates and promises present in Judaism to the Jewish people, Especially that such promises are very detrimental to both Christians and Muslims alike? Second, how could an omnipotent and just god behave like a real estate agent and engage in land distribution and favoritism while maintaining justice as an essential attribute of his being?

Therefore, I am only blogging on this topic for two reasons: The first is to expose the fallacies inherent in the notion of Western respect for freedom of expression and freedom of religion. As the story of the Church of Scotland shows, freedom of religion and freedom of speech evaporate when confronted with the power of the Zionist lobby and Zionist intimidation and harassment. The second is just for the sake of keeping the record surrounding this matter straight.

In the Beginning of May, the Church of Scotland issued a ten page report questioning the validity of the Zionist literal interpretation of the Hebrew version of the Old Testament which forms the religious foundation for the claims of Political Zionism to Palestine as a fulfillment of an exclusive divine promise to the Jews. The report is entitled “The inheritance of Abraham? Report on the Promised land”. It criticized the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied territories by Israel and raised some questions about the meaning of the concept of the “promised land”. Although this report fell short of calling for a boycott of Israel as the Church of South Africa did last year, The report caused a raucous noise among the Jews worldwide, including claims and charges of anti-Semitism against the Church of Scotland. Within a week, the Church of Scotland cowered in and removed the report from their website. If you click on the link where the original report was posted, http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/14050/Inheritance_of_Abraham_.pdf you will get a page not found message. However, after doing some Google searches, I was able to locate a copy of this reporthere

Not only that the Church of Scotland took down their own report from their website, which sounds to me very odd and as a repudiation of their own words under Zionist pressure, but they issued a very apologetic statement promising to rewrite the introduction and make many changes in the main body of the report. For the record, Here is the Church of Scotlandrepudiation of its own report

I am posting the copy of the Church of Scotland’s report which was removed from their official website in my blog, to give my readers access to it, just in case the copy of the report vanishes from the few places that has it.The-Inheritance-of-Abraham
Before I post the text of the apologetic statement of the Church of Scotland, I would like to remind the readers to watch out for the revised version to see how extensive the changes in the introduction and the body of the report will be, if the Church of Scotland ever makes it public.
Beginning of the statement of the Church of Scotland:
9 May 2013
The Church of Scotland and representatives of the Jewish Community in Scotland and the United Kingdom, held useful discussions facilitated by the Council of Christians and Jews this afternoon, Thursday 8 May. We agreed that the drafting of the report published by the Church and Society Council for discussion at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has given cause for concern and misunderstanding of its position and requires a new introduction to set the context for the report and give clarity about some of the language used.
In particular the Church of Scotland needs to be explicit about some things that are implicit policies of the Church:
There is no change in the Church of Scotland’s long held position of the right of Israel to exist.
The Church condemns all violence and acts of terrorism, where ever they happen in the world.
The concern of the Church about the injustices faced by the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories remain firm, but that concern should not be misunderstood as questioning the right of the State of Israel to exist.
That the Church condemns all things that create a culture of anti Semitism.
There is an equal sense of concern amongst both communities for justice and peace for all the people of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Sitting round the table and listening to each other more deeply has created a real opportunity for both communities to better understand each other and that this report now becomes a catalyst for continued and growing conversation.
The two communities have agreed to work together both here and in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to continue what was a very positive dialogue.
Church and Society Council, Church of Scotland
Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
Board of Deputies of British Jews
Movement for Reform Judaism
Rabbis for Human Rights