Respect Your Fasting Enemy

Palestinian children will be allowed to play with toy guns and fireworks in Eid Fitri.

Israeli checkpoint.

Ramadan is likely can change Israeli repressive policies against Palestinians. In this fasting month, Israeli Defense Force (IDF) issued an order that prohibits their soldiers to eat, drink, and smoke in public.

If no Palestinians at the checkpoints, Israeli troops are allowed to eat, drink, or smoke. “This rule to show a high stage of respect and understand,” say an anonymous IDF spokesperson. Continue reading

Ramadan in the Occupied Land

Palestinians in Gaza fast in a very hard situation caused by Israeli blockade.

Live is suffering. For around 1.5 million people in Gaza Strip it’s not only a slogan. They have been living in suffer at least for the last fourteen months.

Israel blockaded in area of 380 square meters since mid of June last year because that region was controlled by Hamas, an Islamist movement which anti-Israel. All borders in sea, air, and ground have been closed, included the crossings of Erez and Sofia (Gaza-Israel), Rafah (Gaza-Egypt), and Karen Shalom (Gaza-Egypt-Israel). The passages of people, goods, and services have been so limited. Continue reading

Olmert’s Last Gambling

By Faisal Assegaf

It wasn’t surprisingly if Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, 62 year, ready to hold mistake because he was so sure could be freed again from legal process. Even involved in bribe case, he refused requests to step down by most of Israeli people, included several figures in his party. Like politicians in Indonesia, he opted to stay until the court decides he is guilty.

Whereas, his popularity has decreased after recognizing accepted cash money from Morris Talansky, a Jews American businessman who deal with mini bar hotel. During 15 years, he got more than US$ 150,000. Continue reading