Abdul Aziz Dweik: “There Need a Regime Change in Palestine”

The Palsetinian people were anger after the release of the Palestine papers which is about the falseness from the chief negotiators, such as Saeb Erekat and Ahmad Qureia. They launched protests in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian leaders, included Hamas, have blamed them for the untrue story of the negotiations with Israel. Even, the chairman of the Palestinian Legislative Council Abdul Aziz Dweik called for a regime change in Palestine. Continue reading

Controversy of Obama’s Nobel

By Faisal Assegaf

In fact US President Barack Hussein Obama surprised, absolutely for global society. Most likely no one in this universe has previously predicted on October 9 he will receive the Nobel Prize for Peace at his nine months in power. Nobel committee in Oslo, Norway, argued that he has done great efforts to create a world free of nuclear weapons and a better situation of international relations, especially in term of relationship between his country and the Muslim world.

It is a hasty assessment to conclude that Obama’s policy on world peace will be successful. There’s no one of those two great ideas has been emerged. Five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council added with India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran, and North Korea still have nuclear power. The relationship between the US and Islam is not harmonic yet. So, definitely he also upset and the controversy of his Nobel sparked. Continue reading

Bride from the Gaza Tunnel

She left her mother and job for her husband.

Muhammad Warda and his wife (Der Spiegel)

After waiting for about an hour, Wednesday last week, Muhammad Warda finally met his wife in Rafah, Gaza Strip. May, 23 year-old, rose from a tunnel with her abaya and scarf full of dust and sand. “I was shocked. I felt so bad that she had gone through this ordeal for me,” the 26-year-old guy said.

The spouse engaged in an evening last July. Through Internet and webcam, ten family members of Muhammad were sitting in front of their most prized possession, a computer. “Why are you so red?” asked May to the nervous Muhammad. After asking by their parents, they agreed to wed and smiled at each other. Continue reading

Illegal Workers from the West Bank

They have to bribe 20 shekels to pass an Israeli checkpoint.

Palestinian illegal workers

Tens of Palestinian workers, males and females, gathered in Bait Iksa before early meal. Like run after time, Tuesday last week, they started to walk through a 7 kilometer long path prior to dawn. They are undocumented workers that daily to infiltrate Israel.

Bait Iksa is an Arab village in the West Bank located among foothills and surrounded by Jewish settlements. The village is not passed by the Separation Wall, a 750 kilometers long project that was built since seven years ago. The apartheid wall in order to avoid Palestinian strikes against Israelis. Continue reading

The Therapy of Islamic Sharia on the Gaza Land

Gaza females are not allowed to show their genitalia on the beach.

Female students in a Gaza school

Slowly but sure, Hamas which occupied the Gaza Strip since mid June 2007 has started to impose Islamic sharia. A day after first early meal, this group ordered female students to wear Muslim clothes, dark blue robes with white headscarf and black or white shoes.

This new rule was issued on the first day of school, a week earlier than the school new year in the Fatah-dominated West Bank. Therefore, the decree has caused girl students are unable to have a fashionable performance. Continue reading

Dilemma for Palestinian Settlement Builders

They work in the Jewish settlements to keep their lives.

Palestinian construction workers

Ask Khalil Muhammad Rabbaya how his feeling to build his enemy’s houses. “I feel like a slave. But I have no alternative,” says the 21 year-old young man yesterday when he waits in front of the entrance gate of Jewish settlement in Maali Adumim, East Jerusalem.

He works there as a builder that caused his emotional reaction. He takes the job to fund his study. He wants to be a journalist. “Everyone in my village works in the settlements,” he says. Continue reading

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