تجمع ليلة رأس السنة تضامناً مع الأهل في غزة

Posted on: December 31st, 2008 by Ramsey No Comments

بينما يحتفل العالم بالسنة الجديدة، يستقبل أهل غزة عامهم الجديد بالقنابل والنيران والدم. فليكن احتفالنا نحن وقفة تضامن. لنجتمع وعائلاتنا ليلة رأس السنة من الساعة 11:30 مساءً وحتى الساعة 12:30 في الساحة الهاشمية وسط عمان لإضاءة الشموع.

As the world welcomes the new year, the people of Gaza receive 2009 with constant bombardment and bloodshed. Let us stand in solidarity with them on this occasion as we gather at Al-Hashemiyah Square in Downtown Amman for a candlelight vigil on New Year’s Eve between 11:30pm to 12:30am.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 11:30pm

الساحة الهاشمية (Al-Hashemiyah Square – Downtown Amman)

Check the Facebook event.

Manual Animal Workshop Exhibition Responds To Israeli Massacres

Posted on: December 29th, 2008 by Ramsey No Comments

Location: Makan – Jabal Lwaibdeh
City/Town: Amman – Jordan

سيرد معرض ورشة عمل الحيوان اليدوي على المذابح الاسرائيليّة في غزّة
الافتتاح اليوم في مكان في الساعة 6:30 مساءً

Manual Animal Workshop Exhibition will respond to the Israeli massacres in Gaza. Opening today at Makan at 6:30

مكان، بلوزات، تيبسيم
Makan, Blouzaat, Typism

Jordanians Respond to Gaza Attacks

Posted on: December 29th, 2008 by Ramsey 8 Comments

This post will be continually update as news, photos, and videos become available. If you’d like to submit content, email us at [email protected].

Words, Pictures, and Video by Ramsey Tesdell (unless noted)

7iber (Amman) – Jordanians around the Kingdom have been responding to the devastating attacks on Gaza by Israel in a variety of different ways. The attacks, which began on Saturday afternoon have continued to kill humans indiscriminately in Gaza. For the latest news updates, check here. Protests around the world have been organized and calls for peace have been sounded.

In Jordan, activists and ordinary Jordanians have responded in a variety of ways. Artists at Makan have decided to dedicate an opening of a workshop with an artistic response to the violence by Israel. Bloggers have responded by articulating opinions, feelings, and publishing political cartoons. 7iberDotCom and the Action Committee are hosting a food and clothing drive.

Protests broke out across the country today with more planned for today. Yesterday’s protest in Amman started at the Prime Minister’s office and ended at the Egyptian Embassy. Chats, signs, and marching in solidarity have all been featured in this protest marches.

Criticism of leadership across the Arab world has dominated discussion in recent days, as news of tacit permission given by Arab leaders who would like to see Hamas toppled. Egypt, specifically has come under increasing attack as Israeli leaders had met with Egyptian leadership just prior to the attacks.

UPDATE:

A protest is planned in today in Shmesani and an ongoing blood drive are planned.

UPDATE 2:

The protest in Shmesani grew and grew. Lots of work went into the posters that were held. Pictures and video are below.

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Failed Leadership

Posted on: December 29th, 2008 by Lina 35 Comments


Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Written By: Musa Al-Shuqairi

Hamas form of resistance failed to achieve substantial results and placed the population it presided over in an impossible situation. Leaving the heavy-hearted emotions and condolences aside for a moment, one cannot help but wonder what was/is the Hamas leadership plan (hoping they have one). 
So assuming that Hamas is sticking to the resistance route (a route that has unlimited support, despite the huge suspicions about the commitment of the Islamic political factions to it), doesn’t resistance need a clear plan with: (a) Objectives (b) Execution methods and (c) Potential calculated results, to qualify as a legitimate resistance movement?


Going through the Hamas trail of thoughts, the resistance latest (and sole) technique of firing home-made rockets (whatever those are) supposedly serve the following purposes:

- Announcing to the Zionists that we are committed to the route of military encounters and armed struggle to free our homeland, and we are willing to fight relentlessly.


- Creating fear and causing discomfort among Zionists and breaking their “security myth”. (Enforced by our own myth that security is a priority to the Zionist state…but that’s a different story).
(Other suggestions from Hamas insiders are also welcomed…)


Now, notice how these objectives are highly “emotional” – (Sends a message and breaks a myth). The Zionists are not really suffering any significant material losses. They may try to overreact to entice compassion, but ON THE GROUND, there are minimal gains achieved in our favour. 
In reality, the whole Hamas resistance strategy is really vague and from a military point of view can be even considered arbitrary and weak. Anyone claiming otherwise needs to measure the situation by war parameters (casualties inflicted and grounds gained). The emotional stuff is great, but in ground battles emotional gains and cries of “we will fight till the last man” do not carry much significance (a fact that has already been proven by the courageous battles and endless martyrs from Beirut to Jenin). Until Zionist settlers start packing their stuff and permanently evicting Palestine, the Hamas objectives are not being met.

This is not even an effective resistance in the Hizbollah mode – a series of qualitative operations with set objectives, that targets Zionist army personnel, backed up by the most organized form of guerrilla fighters, who are equipped with state of the art combat weaponry. Hamas leadership despite all the rhetoric has FAILED to create a competent resistance (regardless of the reason) beyond arbitrary rockets and militia parades, yet insisted on staying trapped in the no-man zone.

Hamas leadership has failed miserably in managing the struggle with the current miserable variables. Here are the facts that we are being continuously reminded of by the wailers on all media outlets:

1- The Zionists are a brutal immoral entity that will take any and every opportunity to mercilessly slaughter Palestinians. They are always willing to use beyond excessive force, and they have the means to do so.
2- The Zionists have the absolute green light from the Americans, to do whatever they want.
3- The Zionists have the absolute green light from all the Arab leaders, and they are in complete coordination with the all the neighboring Arab states and the so-called Palestinian authority.
4- There is no such thing as the “international community”, “the united nations” “the world human conscious” or the “peace loving countries” – as proven by the Iraq situation.
5- There is no such thing as the “Arab street”, and the collaborating Arab regimes are not going to be toppled overnight by the Arab mobs outraged by the scene of a child torn in half. A shake of the head and a sheikh spitting into a megaphone is the epitome of the Arab street motion (Also learnt from Iraq).

It seems very clear that those in charge (and pretty much everyone else) are aware of those trivial facts, so with that said what is the strategic benefit (philosophy) behind firing rockets? Pride and courage? And how are you going to gain compassion of the (non-existent) international community and Muslim world (obviously your main plan) when the non-stop footage keeps showing martyrs in uniform?

Was it a gamble by a political party clinging to its newly-found power or a part of a universal plan that will take the armed struggle to a whole new level? At least 300 souls are hoping it is the latter.