Monday, January 31, 2005

THE "Examiner" Pulls Offensive Ad.

On Jan. 27th, the Examiner pulled the offensive advertisement it published earlier this month.

The Examiner: “It has been brought to our attention that a recent advertisement published in Media Week promoting The Examiner has caused concern and offence to readers. On behalf of Clarity Media Group and The Examiner in Washington and San Francisco, we sincerely apologize. Clarity Media will immediately remove this advertisement from their campaign and new artwork will be used for the remaining duration of the marketing program.”

I really respect their positive response and congratulate them on caring for the opinion of their readers.
Hoping that all news agencies and media sources will always investigate every issue they choose to publish to always guarantee the credibility of their agencies and win the satisfaction of their worldwide readers.

Via: PalestineBlogs

BABA 2004

Well, as all participants probably know by now, the voting in BABA 2004 has been stopped due to some irresponsible actions of some irresponsible individuals.

I would like to thank our friend Haitham and Mahmood for creating the FIRST Arab Blogger Awards EVER! What happened does not make their efforts less, and does not mean they failed in any way.
It’s enough to point out that they have united an unbelievable number of Arab Bloggers, ones I never heard of, and ones that really deserve being known.

Actually, the taste of winning is great, I can’t deny that, but I never focused on that when I’m nominated in any awards, I’ve always looked for new people, wanted to know how other bloggers of other cultures think, what topics concern them, and things like that, because that’s what interests me in blogging, this is why I created this blog in the first place, I never created it to enter competitions. Knowledge, opening more doors to new blogospheres is what I consider the real profit… that’s why I believe BABA 2004, was a success.

Again, thank you Haitham and Mahmood for BABA 2004, looking forward to BABA for the years to come. And last but not least, my deepest appreciation to all those who voted for me in any category :)

If I Were...

Another post inspired by Subzero Blue (I was so excited that I added 5 more points to the list :D)
If I were a musical instrument, I'd be a flute.
If I were a song, I'd be “I will survive”.
If I were a word, I'd be “Hope”.
If I were a color, I'd be green.
If I were a home, I'd be a country house.
If I were a place, I'd be a green mountain overseeing the sea.
If I were a car, I'd be a 4x4.
If I were an animal, I’d be a wild horse.
If I were a fruit, I'd be a mango :)
If I were a language, I’d be Arabic.
If I were a piece of art, I’d be a painting.
If I were a machine, I’d be a camera.
If I were a season, I’d be spring.
And if I were environment, I’d get rid of all human beings :P

Friday, January 28, 2005

Work Diaries (16): business trip to UAE

I’ve been working really hard lately, and during my one year in my current job I’ve trained myself into various software applied by the company I work for. As I was told, I’ve been doing a great job :) so the manager in the mother company put my name on the list of employees to go for a business training in UAE which was supposed to take place last November. The trip is to give me a professional training in the software. My boss approved, and everything was fine. I was thrilled. I even thought I could convince my husband to get few days off so that we’d share this experience together. The trip was postponed till February, and I was asked to wait for a final confirmation to book my flight.

Yesterday, my boss comes to me and says:
Boss: Please book me a flight to UAE next week, I’m going for a business trip.
Eman: Consider it done. How long are you going to stay?
Boss: Well you know, a week, till the training is complete. Remember! The software training you were going to?
Eman: Yes, I do, it was supposed to be in February as well.
(my brain started functioning: GOD!!!!)
Boss: Yep, it is your course!
(talking to myself: I HATE YOU)
Eman: But… the training is for the software I’m working at, you don’t use it and..
Boss: Eman, they’ll train me, I’ll meet up with some old friends, have some good time, come back here, and train you what they trained me!
(OH I HATE YOU! You go, have fun, get all the nice part of the story, and I DO ALL THE WORK TRAPPED IN THIS OFFICE, NO SIR I wont let you go with it, I will speak up this time, this is so unfair)
Eman: NO! ….. no need to worry about anything sir. I wish you a nice trip.
(and I’ll probably go KILL MYSELF)

Viva Palestine!

Haitham Sabbah announced the launch of, echoing the sentiments of Pro-Palestine and Anti-Zionist.
The new blog will provide users with a comprehensive overview of Palestine's current and previous issues; news clippings; reblog news; debate forum (forum currently under construction) and a lot more.

Invitations will be sent soon to some pro-Palestine bloggers to join the editing team. However, all Pro-Palestine and Anti-Zionist bloggers are welcome to join too. If you are interested, kindly contact us at: admin [at] PalestineBlogs [dot] com.

I would also like to thank Haitham for this great idea and congratulate him on his constant efforts in putting his creative ideas in action.

I’m so happy, and can’t wait to be a part of this :)

Via: Sabbah’s Blog

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Our Little Adha Corner :)

And this pic is of the corner we made for the Holy Eid Al Adha in our home. It has mom's chocolates, greeting cards my family sent for the occassion, the Holy Quran, some other chocolates and some ma3moul I was strong enough to resist eating :)

Our Adha Sheep ;)

My husband and I were preparing some Eid Adha pics to send to my family when I thought I'd share a couple with you.

This one is a pic of mom's home-made chocolates, a specialty of hers on Eid Al Adha. The pic is featuring our cute yummy sheep ;) and is surrounded with different shapes of chocolates: tigers, flowers, and lions( but you can only see the flower shapes here). Thank God I took the pics before eating up all the chocolates ;)


The Electronic Intifada calls on its readers to protest an advertisement for the San Francisco Examiner and Washington Examiner newspapers demonizing Palestinian children. The advertisement appeared in the 24 January 2005 of Media Week, a trade publication.

The advertisement aims to attract advertisers to the Examiner newspapers. It includes a picture of a girl playing a violin on the left-hand side of the page, and another picture of a girl carrying an assault rifle on the right-hand side of the page. Superimposed over the two pictures is the legend "PTA to PLO," with PTA over the girl with the violin and PLO over the girl with the rifle.

Such anti-Palestinian stereotypes obscure the reality that over the past four years Palestinian children have been the principal victims of violence and other human rights abuses in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
The vast majority of killings are never investigated and rarely are the killers punished by Israeli authorities.
While these human rights abuses continue unabated, some pro-Israel groups have aggressively used unrepresentative images similar to the one in The Examiner advertisement in campaigns designed to demonize Palestinian children and portray them as violent and Israel-hating and thereby justify or explain away violence against them.
At the same time, equally disturbing images of Israeli children are readily available but have not been used by advocates for Palestinian rights to try to depict Israeli children in a similar manner.
While many news organizations have taken seriously debunked claims that Palestinian children are routinely taught anti-Israel "hatred" and "incitement" in their schools, they have largely ignored evidence that Israeli children, particularly in West Bank settlements are indoctrinated with anti-Arab hatred.


News organizations have a responsibility to investigate the reality behind hate-motivated campaigns against Palestinian children and should certainly not draw on the same stereotypes to sell advertising.

Please contact Mark Wurzer, Vice-President of Advertising, and Jim Pimentel, Managing Editor at The Examiner, to politely request that The Examiner:
· immediately withdraw the adverstisement;
· apologize for stereotyping and demonizing Palestinian children

Mark Wurzer
VP of Advertising
E-mail: mwurzer[at]
Phone: +1 (303) 299-1488

Jim Pimentel
Managing Editor
E-mail: jpimentel[at]
Phone: +1 (415) 826-1100

Source: EI

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    Wednesday, January 26, 2005

    Endlich: MMS in Tunesien!

    “Der GPRS Zeitalter in Tunesien hat endlich eingebrochen! Jetzt können Kunden von Tunicell gegen eine Gebühr von 5 Dinars/Monat den MMS Service nutzen. Eine MMS bis 100 KB kostet 500 Millimes(jede MMS kostet 500 Millimes, die nicht in den 5 Dinars drin sind). Unklar ist, wie gut die GPRS Netzabdeckung ist, und wann die Kunden der Roaming-Partner diese Technologie verwenden können. Bisher wird auch nur der MMS Service angeboten.”
    Via: Soly Zed

    Klasse oder!
    Mehr Infos zur Meldung findet man hier. Man kann sich für den Service online abonnieren, sofern man bereits registriert ist, und man ein Handy mit Vertrag(post-payé)schon hat.
    • English for the curious :)
      Finally the Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) is available in Tunisia. Tunicell customers can use this service for only 5 Tunisian Dinars per month. Each MMS costs 500 Millimes that are not included in the 5 TND paid per month.
      Click hier for more information about MMS subscription in Tunisia.
      You can subscribe online if you're already registered and have a post-paid contract with Tunisie Telecom.
      For information about the MMS click here!

    Tuesday, January 25, 2005

    Racial Problems In France

    This is a great article I found at Bouillabaisse. The article was written by “WhyNot” of Pourquoi Pas? in response to an ongoing conversation concerning rampant racism in France. The article has a very interesting discussion that includes both Muslims & Arabs and Jews. I chose to only post the part about Jews, because of space. To read the whole article- which I highly recommend- click here

    “Just recently, I yet again came across articles/blogs inferring France is the dark pit of anti-semite sentiments.

    Only 3 hours ago, on the 8pm national news, we saw the inauguration of a monument, right in the heart of Paris, in commemoration of the holocaust. A Great Wall of Names of French Jews deported during the war, some 76 thousand names, carefully researched by historians to avoid painful mistakes - not such an easy task in the midst of people whose identity papers disappeared and whose bodies went in smoke, literally.
    Anyway, more to the point:
    Whereas I can observe a subjacent anti-arab feeling at the grass root level in this country, even if unspoken, it is obvious that there is no such anti-jew/anti-semite sentiment equivalent. It is pure fiction. It exists NOT.

    Of course, there are nutcases around, like everywhere else. Whether caucasians or arabs, there are a few psycopaths who will scream for the death of every jew on this planet. What's new? Same with nutcase jews who scream for the death of every palestinian. And so on. Take you pick.

    The reality though is that claiming there is a rampant & wide-spread anti-jew sentiment here is not only bullshit, it's actually ridiculous. Anyone who would like to spend 6 months here would realize it. It simply doesn't make sense. One of the reasons is simply that to the average French caucasian, nothing differentiates a jew from a caucasian. Furthermore, jews who practice their religion do it here in a very private manner. Half the staff at my work place could be practising Jews and I wouldn't have a fuckin' clue, nor would anyone else.

    And lastly, for those religious paranoiacs, religion in France is all but dead. Nobody gives a fuck about what religion you belong to. The only thing ppl care about is the preservation of a secular system by which anyone can practice any religion they want so long as they don't try to shove it down other ppl's throats. The still overwhelming *christian/catholic* population is so reserved and private about their *religiousness* that once again, you'd be hard pressed to know, even after working for 5 years with a colleague, whether (s)he is catholic or atheist.

    And so a *possible* religious motive for anti-semite sentiment clearly does not stand to reason. Religion conflicts here are a thing of the past, thank goodness. Religious-based hatred of other ppl, let alone entire sections of the population, is pure fiction. Chritians fanatics are as rare as hen's teeth. So are Jewish ones (Jewish in the religious sense). Muslim fanatics are also a very tiny minority even if they get very vocal.

    Bullshit headline news
    A few months ago, France got the world media focus, mostly thanks to the US mass media always in search of a good French-bashing story. It was about the jewish cemeteries desecrated in Alsace, region north east of the country, right next to Germany. Oh boy, what a brouhaha there was. Even asshole Sharon made his grand ignorant speech calling for all French Jews to urgently go home to Israel as if their lives were on the line.

    Strangely enough there was no international coverage on the fact that as many catholic and muslim cemeteries were also desecrated. And when, just recently, the investigations at last bore their fruits and found that in all cases, it wasn't at all a case of *broad* anti-jew sentiment born by either caucasions nor arabs, but in fact the product of a handful of neo-nazi youths, then the entire world media was silent about it.”

    Monday, January 24, 2005

    Bravo Arabic Music Channels

    P.s. Click on the cartoon for enlargement.
    I've been in a state of shock, disgust and shame ever since these new so called video-clips have been showing on our Arab satellite music channels promoting cheap meanings and extremely inappropriate social "values".
    Naked bodies of both women and men; very rude facial expressions that include animalistic licking, lip biting; explicit erotic body movements such as crawling, touching, and last but not least: stripping! Not to forget the unbelievably low class and provocative lyrics that express sick mentalities and cheap environment!

    People like Maria, Aziz Abdu, Bussi Samir, Gharam, Jad Shweiri, Marwa, Najla, and many others that I lost hope in memorizing their names, are nothing but a disgrace to any society that respects human dignity.
    Actually one of them: Jad Shweiri, has really good taste in music, and has talent in directing, but unfortunately he's going down with his video-clip themes, and if he goes on that way, he'll never make it to success.
    Other than him, I find others to lack even the basic elements of art. They're SO BAD! But thinking of it seriously, one gets to an even worse fact: these people are selected and hosted by satellite music channelswhich pick the artist and await the reaction of the viewers. And when the viewers enjoy such cheap work and encourage the talent-lacking individuals, then why would channels stop showing them as long as they're gaining the maximum profit?!!
    Yes, unfortunately TV channels don't care about the quality of work represented, they have only one main concern: quantity of money coming in.
    And after all, those so called artists are nothing but people who come from our societies, which leads us to the worst conclusion: it's us the friends, the families, the teachers, the employers and the consultants who make these shameful schemes!

    I don't think anyone raised well, anyone surrounded with mature caring friends would ever consider showing off their body in this humiliating way, or lay naked with nothing but a piece of cloth surrounding their butts!
    I don't think anyone who's got a helping hand and someone to listen would ever consider rubbing their half-naked bodies against the wall, or bathe almost naked in the middle of the desert.I don't think any responsible person would ever allow a girl -who's good at nothing but licking lollipops and showing her breasts- to be shown on their channels to be an "idol" to all teenage students encouraging them to go to school looking for sexual relationships and scandals, rather than education!
    I don't believe any sane person would ever allow really wrong lyrics to be sung in front of millions of people, calling for the satisfaction of animal instincts and sexual desires!
    This is nonsense! And I must admit the Arab music channels have gone where no other channels have been!
    Congratulations for spoiling the young generations, thank you for misleading everyone, because of you, non-Arab cultures think we're good at nothing but sex, shaking butts and getting naked!
    Media is responsibility, and seems you get this fact pretty good! Well done!

    Subzero Blue Finalist in Bloggies 2005

    Subzero Blue has been chosen to be a finalist for "Best African or Middle Eastern Weblog" for the second year in a row.

    Therefore I would like to ask you all to vote for him here: Bloggies 2005.

    I would like to note that only one vote per an email address is accepted. So whoever has more than one email can vote more than once :)

    I’m SO HAPPY for him. He really deserves to win…

    GOOD LUCK Subzero Blue!

    Thursday, January 20, 2005

    Eid Adha Mubarak

    I haven't been able to post since last night for some reason, anyway, now that I can, I thought I'd wish you all a HAPPY and BLESSED EID ADHA!
    May this Eid bring you all the happiness, love, and good health. Wishing you all the best.

    And special thanks to all my non-Muslim friends who left me so sweet comments wishing me, my husband and my family a happy Eid. Thank you all.

    Still enjoying ma3moul, and still hoping that Eid will serve its main goal: helping the people in need.

    God bless you all...

    Wednesday, January 19, 2005

    A Great Start :)

    Today is simply great, and I thank God for that…
    In the morning my husband and I went to the customs to pick a luggage my parents sent me from Jordan, as they always do in this time of the year: Eid Al Adha.
    They sent us gifts, some home decoration stuff, clothes, middle eastern food supplies (yes sahlab was included) and MA3MOUL! YIPPIEEEEE!
    We have ma3mouuuul :) God I miss it!
    But most important of all mom sent me her home-made chocolate! YES! Also a sheep shaped big one :)
    It took us 2 hours to get our luggage, but it was worth every second :)

    Also the weather is great (for staying at home that is ) it’s freezing, windy and raining with hail (or barad as we call it, or tabrouri as they call it in Tunis) occasionally. The lightning and thunder are so strong that the car alarms go off every few minutes :P
    Ah, I feel like relaxing at home… this weather is perfect for watching TV at home.

    But you know, I can’t stop thinking of other homeless and poor people. I mean we can afford the rent, we have central heating, and still we feel winter cold, what about them? How are they surviving winter?
    The only way for them to survive is to help them as much as we can. Give away some money, a sweater, some food, an old pair of shoes, anything at all. I know many people who have clothes that weren’t taken out from closets for more than 2 years, why store them when they can warm up someone in need!
    We must always put ourselves in their shoes. Be good and caring, and I’m sure anything would help.

    Tuesday, January 18, 2005

    Eid Al Adha And The Savage Muslims!

    That was the title of a post I wrote last year as Eid Al Adha was approaching. And since Eid Al Adha is so close, I come across many articles and comments repeating the same old story about how savage and barbaric Muslims are towards sheep in Eid Al Adha. So I thought I’ll re-post my comments on this topic for those interested. Here you go!

    Neuer Computerwurm

    Virenautoren haben sich die Flutkatastrophe zu Nutzen gemacht: Ein neuer Computerwurm kursiert im Internet, der sich hinter einem Spendenaufruf für Tsunami-Opfer verbirgt.
    Die Hacker nutzen E-Mails, die ihre Empfänger zu Spenden aufriefen, in Wirklichkeit aber einen Computerwurm transportierten, teilte das Internet-Sicherheitsunternehmen Sophos mit. In der Betreffzeile der E-Mail stehe auf Englisch: "Tsunami donation! Please help!" ("Tsunami-Spende! Bitte helfen Sie!"). In der E-Mail werde man dazu aufgefordert, eine angehängte Datei mit dem Namen "tsunami.exe" zu öffnen. Öffne man diese Datei, werde das Virus an andere Internet-Nutzer weiterverschickt. Sophos rät dazu, die E-Mails zu löschen und die angehängten Dateien nicht zu öffnen.
    "Unschuldige Nutzer hinters Licht zu führen, dass diese glauben, bei den Tsunami-Hilfen mitzuwirken, zeigt, dass Hacker sich auf ein noch niedrigeres Niveau herabgelassen haben", erklärte Sophos-Technologieberater Graham Cluley...und damit hatte er Recht!

    English for the curious:click here! :)

    Monday, January 17, 2005

    Work Diaries (16): the evaluation

    Each year the manager of each branch has to complete a performance evaluation form to evaluate his employees and give the results to the general manager of the mother company to decide who will stay, who will get fired, who deserves a raise… and so on.

    Since I completed a year, I went through this whole evaluation thing.
    There are 3 categories: Job Performance (5 items to be evaluated), Personal Performance (4 characteristics to be evaluated) and Individual Objectives (5 goals to be evaluated). The manager should mark each point in each category using the levels from A to F, A being the best.
    I got the total of 10 A’s, 3 B’s and 1 C.
    So my overall assessment should be marked as A, BUT, as my direct and general manager explained to me, the company policy prohibits a “Junior” employee, i.e. being only 1 work-year old, to be evaluated as A. Therefore I got the total evaluation of B.

    Anyway, the interesting part was my manager’s personal notes on my performance:
    “Eman has shown great integration capabilities from her first days within the company, and has never complained under high pressure. She has demonstrated a high level of professionalism in several aspects of her tasks and successfully carries out high responsibilities. Eman is a good contributor in giving a very good image of the company spirit and working environment.
    I think she should only be more aggressive when dealing with people…”

    I must admit that it gave me a psychological support and kept me somehow motivated, exactly what I need to keep me going in my stressful demanding job. Talking of motivation, I know the evaluation sounded really nice and all, but, hmm, according to my evaluation, shouldn’t I be getting a raise? :D

    Friday, January 14, 2005

    Tsunami Sentiments

    P.s. Click on the cartoon for enlargement.

    Thursday, January 13, 2005

    “Check Your Art Sense!”

    After some garbage men accidentally burnt an artwork, which they mistook for trash, Frankfurt's Städel Museum has decided that they need to hone their art-appreciation skills and attend art lessons…

    What appeared to be nothing but a yellow plastic object that should be burnt, turned out to be a sculpture and part of an ongoing art exhibition by Michael Beutler, a graduate of the city's prestigious Städel Museum. The show involved a total of ten sculptures made of yellow wood and cement that were distributed over the city.

    The museum said it wanted to hone the appreciation and understanding of art among the city's sanitation officials. Therefore, the museum will invite the garbage collectors to learn a few artsy pointers once a month under the motto "Check your Art Sense!".

    During the first class, which takes place on Jan. 16, the museum plans to place a largely unknown painting from its storage room in front of a famous one that's currently displayed in its ongoing public exhibition.

    Source: DW-World

    Wednesday, January 12, 2005

    Tsunami Rumors In Dubai

    Panic was created yesterday when rumors of a tsunami hitting Dubai were spread by some residents.
    Waves in Dubai and Sharqa beaches reached 2.46 meters high, while water levels in the sea reached the height of 1.3 meters.
    According to eyewitnesses, Dubai police asked people to stay away from the “corniche” in the morning and warned people from standing near the site in an effort to contain the excitement.
    "I have been in Dubai since the past 11 years and have never seen waves this high before. The police came in at around nine in the morning and warned us all to get away from the corniche as the water was spilling onto the pavement and roads," an eyewitness said. "We all started moving away quickly once we saw the water coming."

    4 workers on “The Palm” island project were thrown away by waves, three made it to the beach, and the fourth is still missing.

    Responsible people explained what happened as a natural result caused by high speed of wind, and assure citizens that it has nothing to do with the Tsunami disaster.

    Source: CNN and Khaleej Times

    Tuesday, January 11, 2005

    Father & Son Single

    Last night I had the chance to watch the video clip of Ronan Keating's single: Father & Son Featuring Yusuf Islam.
    I know it was released in December, but I only saw it last night and I must say it was BEAUTIFUL! I was so touched to see Yusuf Islam singing his song with Ronan Keating. It sounded out of this world.
    I've always loved and admired Yusuf Islam as a singer and a person, and I just love the voice and respectful style of Ronan. Both made an incredible appearance that gave the song a whole new depth.
    It was really touching! I LOVED IT!
    Here is an interview with the great Yusuf Islam about the single and his appearance in Ronan Keating's video clip.
    And this is Yusuf Islam's website. A great website that reveals the talent and the heart of Yusuf Islam, the singer, and the person...

    Monday, January 10, 2005

    A Happy Note :)

    Despite all the work pressure I have, and regardless of the fact that I just couldn’t sleep last night. I started my day with a big smile, because today is a very special day. In case you’re wondering why, the reason is that today is the first day for my husband in his new office. The company my husband works with moved its headquarters to be only one building away from my office :)
    We had lunch together today, something we weren’t able to do for so long because of the distance and the traffic jam. And then we took a walk around the place and I introduced him to “my work neighborhood” :) So from now on, we can have lunch together whenever we want, and I wont have to wait ages for him to come home after work, because the area we work at now is only 10 minutes away from our home.

    I’m so excited and wish he’ll be happy with the new place.

    Ah, I’m really happy… THANK YOU GOD!

    Abbas Is Palestine’s New President

    According to the initial results that were released today, Fatah candidate Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazin) got 66.7% of the West Bank's votes and 65% of the Gaza Strip's, which means he won the Palestinian presidential elections with 95% of the votes counted.
    Palestinian National Initiative candidate Mustafa al-Barghuthi got 21% of the West Bank votes and 18% of the Gaza Strip's.
    Source: AlJazeera

    Abbas ist der neue Führer Palästinas

    PLO-Chef Mahmud Abbas hat mit großer Mehrheit die palästinensische Präsidentenwahl gewonnen. Nach Auszählung der Stimmen in 14 von 16 Bezirken lag der 69-Jährige Vorsitzende der Palästinensischen Befreiungsorganisation mit 62,3 Prozent in Führung.
    Abbas erklärte sich schon zwei Stunden nach Schließung der Wahllokale in Ramallah zum Sieger: „Ich widme diesen Sieg der Seele Jassir Arafats, und ich widme ihn unserem Volk, unseren Märtyrern und den 11.000 palästinensischen Häftlingen.“
    Quelle: Deutsche Welle

    Friday, January 07, 2005

    Life ...

    Life is beauty, admire it.

    Life is bliss, taste it.

    Life is a dream, realize it.

    Life is a challenge, meet it.

    Life is a duty, complete it.

    Life is a game, play it.

    Life is a promise, fulfill it.

    Life is sorrow, overcome it.

    Life is a song, sing it.

    Life is a struggle, accept it.

    Life is a tragedy, confront it.

    Life is an adventure, dare it.

    Life is luck, make it.

    Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

    Life is life, fight for it.

    -unknown author-


    If Americans Knew...

    Washington Report, December 2004
    Heroism in the Holy Land: Americans Beaten for Walking Children to School
    By Alison Weir

    Chris Brown and Kim Lamberty are volunteers with an organization called Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), which provides nonviolent intercession in areas of violence. They serve in the West Bank city of Hebron, where Palestinian civilians are frequently attacked and harassed by Israeli settlers. The presence of such international witnesses often reduces this violence.
    On Wednesday morning [Sept. 29], Chris & Kim were walking children to school. These children were scared that adults would physically try to attack them.Part of the way Kim and two of the children had gotten a little ahead and were just turning a bend in the road, when Chris saw them suddenly stop and begin running back, screaming.
    "I saw men with black masks on, dressed all in black, wielding chains, one carrying a bat, most of them wearing black." Chris said. As the five men rushed at them, Chris called out, "Please don't hurt the children, please don't hurt the children." The men smashed a rock to his head, knocking him to the ground, and began beating and kicking him with steel-toed boots.
    "Why are you doing this? All we're doing is walking children to school,we're nonviolent," Chris told them. "We're Americans." Kim, meanwhile, lay face down, not moving as the men kicked and beat her. She says: "It's almost like for a moment you leave reality.I just remember thinking, 'If I just lie here like I'm unconscious, maybe they'll leave me alone.'"
    While the BBC, Agence France-Presse, Israeli newspapers and a wide variety of other international media reported this attack on American citizens immediately, the Associated Press, inexplicably, sent out no report on it for a day and a half,and this only after numerous people had called complaining.
    Israeli forces and settlers are not gentle in their treatment of peace activists. In June 2001, Israeli peace activist Neta Golan joined Palestinian villagers in a nonviolent march. An Israeli soldier twisted her arm until it snapped. In March 2003, Rachel Corrie, 23, participated in a tiny sit-in to prevent a Palestinian home from being demolished. An Israeli military bulldozer two stories high crushed her to death. Two weeks later, Tom Hurndall, 21, tried to help Palestinian children get away from Israeli gunfire. An Israeli sniper shot him in the head.
    Chris feels that Americans have an intimate connection to this carnage, because it is American tax money to Israel that is fueling the violence. While most Americans are unaware of this connection, studies show that news media rarely report it.The fact is that U.S. taxpayers give Israel over $10 million per day, far more than to any other nation on earth.
    Yet the need for the world to do something has continued to grow. While Americans are well informed about the tragic deaths of Israeli children, very few realize that approximately six times more Palestinian children have been killed, and that their deaths occurred first. Most Americans have little awareness of these facts, because so little of all this is reported in the American media.
    Here's an eye-opener: If Americans Knew!

    Via: The Ibrahims in Canada

    Thursday, January 06, 2005

    Hi, I'm Richard Gere!

    A video image shows U.S. actor Richard Gere showing his support in a television advert for a pro-peace group to help persuade Palestinians to vote in their upcoming presidential elections is this grab taken January 4, 2005."Hi, I'm Richard Gere and I'm speaking for the entire world. We're with you during this election time. It's really important. Get out and vote," Source: Reuters

    Some welcome and appreciate Gere's support, considering his participation a great gesture that will encourage many Palestinians to take part in the elections. While some others look at it as another "American" attempt to interfere in their own actions and interests!
    I personally believe all Palestinians should play a positive role in their own elections regardless of the occupation and suffering. They should let nothing get in their way.
    Good Luck Palestine, and hold on Palestinians!

  • Haaretz
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  • Wednesday, January 05, 2005

    Lesson Of The Day

    “It aint always pretty but it gets prettier". –our fellow blogger Mo.

    Bye-bye, Zigarette!

    Rauchen macht kurzatmig, lässt Pickel sprießen, sorgt verlässlich für schlechten Atem und ist teuer. Kurz: Wer an der Zigarette hängt, tut sich und seiner Umwelt keinen Gefallen. Leider ist es alles andere als leicht, von der Sucht loszukommen.
    Hier sind Methoden, mit deren Hilfe die Raucher gute Chancen haben, sich von dem Rauchen zu befreien!

    Work Diaries (15) : a new start, 2005 style

    Since I’ve been so unhappy with the work pressure I had last year, specially the last couple of months of 2004, I thought I’ll begin this year with a mean work personality. I wont accept more work. I wont allow myself to stay for extra hours, and I will NOT accept my boss doing nothing all day long and then rushing me in the last few minutes to do something “urgent” keeping me late at work!
    Yep, I’m, DETERMINED!

    Yesterday we had a deadline for a very important client. We’ve been working since December. But we’ve been waiting for some documents and research results. We got the results and documents yesterday morning. We could’ve ended everything by 12 p.m., but NO, he kept wasting time, and every time I remind him of the deadline, he says: everything’s done. Just a matter of ordering the files. This wont take much time, so we’ll do it after lunch.

    At 2:00 p.m.
    I: so should we finish this nightmare?
    Boss: (looks at his watch) Oh, why rush things, I’ll let you know when exactly.

    At 3:00 p.m.
    I: Sir, time is passing by, why don’t we get this done and relax?
    Boss: Why do you worry so much?! Anyway, I have to go to a client meeting will be back soon.

    At 4:00 p.m.
    My boss is not back yet.

    At 4:30 p.m.
    He’s still out. I call him, his mobile is off.

    At 4:55
    The phone rings.
    I: Eman speaking.
    Boss: Don’t leave, I’m on my way. I forgot all about the deadline. Why didn’t you remind me?
    I: I called you but your mobile was off, you always do that in meetings.

    At 5:10
    He finally arrives.
    Boss: don’t worry, 5 minutes maximum and the nightmare will end.

    At 5:15
    Boss: (while revising the requirements of the client) SHIT! I totally forgot about this section.

    Knowing that the whole section will need at least an hour to be done,I was SO DETERMINED to tell him it was his fault that he wasted time and that I had to leave for an urgent appointment. I didn’t want him to go on keeping me extra hours when we could’ve done everything on time without the need to rush.

    Boss: Ok Eman, let’s do this.
    I: Sure Sir…

    Tuesday, January 04, 2005

    4,43 Millionen Arbeitslose im Dezember!

    Nach Berechnungen von Experten hat sich die Zahl der Erwerbslosen in Deutschland auf 4,43 Millionen erhöht, das entspricht einer Arbeitslosenquote von 10,3 Prozent.
    Selbst nach Abzug jahreszeitlicher Effekte, wie der Abbau von Arbeitsplätzen in den Außenberufen zum Winteranfang, sei die Zahl der Erwerbslosenzahl im letzten Monat des Jahres um rund 10.000 auf 4,474 Millionen gestiegen. mehr…

    Jordan Bans The Use Of PetCoke

    The Environment Ministry in Jordan decided to prevent the Jordan Cement Factories Company from using petcoke in cement production. The Jordan Cement Factories Company decided to use petcoke as a cheaper substitute for fuel oil to increase its production of cement. Petcoke, considered a cheap source of energy, is made from petrol residues and contains heavy metals such as lead, nickel and mercury.
    Local environmentalists say the use of petcoke causes respiratory allergies and cancer, while its environmental consequences include acid rain that will destroy the environment.

    I know many Fuheis residents who were constantly complaining about the cement factory and its negative effect on their health and their land and were protesting against the use of such toxics. I’m truly happy such a step was taken to improve the environmental situation in Fuheis. Fuheis is one of the nicest places in Jordan…

    Via: 4eco
    Source: The Jordan Times

    Monday, January 03, 2005

    Lesson Of The Day

    “We meet people who are ready to do anything to please us and be close to us, but we can’t stand even their sight. While there are ones who spare no effort to hurt us and waste no chance to stab us in the back, and we’re at their feet just to win their approval!” --- A Client

    KindHearts: As Eid Al Adha Approaches…

    The Holy Muslim Eid Al Adha is on the way. And since the main concern of this occasion is providing food for the poor, I wanted to encourage all Muslims to help the victims of war and natural disasters.

    KindHearts is a non-profit charitable organization providing immediate disaster relief and establishing programs to improve the quality of life and foster future independence for those in need.
    This year, and on the occasion of Eid Al Adha, KindHearts is focusing on sending donations to aid the victims of Tsunami.

    I personally think this is a wonderful way and a perfect time to help our brothers and sisters all around the world. One should stop being self-centered and must care about others and help them in any possible way.

    Revive the spirit of Islam and support people in need, to help them survive and to let them know, they’re thought of and remembered…

    Schools Close Due To Pollution In Tehran

    One of the responsible people in the Iranian Environment Protection Organization has announced Saturday, January the 1st, the decision to close Schools and Nurseries in Tehran due to the high percentage of air pollution! They will be closed till further notice.

    According to the expectations of the Weather Forecasting Association, carbon level is above normal average, which causes higher air pollution and threatens the health of the citizens.

    More than 12 Million people live in Tehran, and around 2 million cars –mostly very old and in need of maintenance- are used there on daily basis, which explains the high percentages of air pollution over there.

    Via: 4eco
    Source: Kuna