- Revisiting Genocide in Europe
Sports Boycott of Israel
Islamic Approach to Palestine
from an Israeli company
does the leader
of an oil-rich country live?
for Palestine Rally
Boycott of Israel
News - new look
searches lead to Islam?
Bride of Palestine: Story of a 17 year old Martyr
feel boycott's sting
of the Homeless
Israel" cards most popular
- Something Fundamentally Wrong
An old Palestinian man lived alone in Palestine. He wanted
to dig his potato garden, but it was very hard work for
him.His only son, who would have helped him, was in an Israeli
prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned
Shortly, he received a letter from his son: "For God's
SAKE, Dad, don't dig up that garden, that's where I buried
At 4 A.M. the next morning, a dozen Israeli soldiers showed
up and dug up the entire garden, without finding any guns.
Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling
him what happened, and asking him what to do next.
His son's reply was: "Now plant your potatoes, Dad!!! This
is the best I can do for you at this time.!!!!!"
Whilst our newsletters have, alhamdullah, been very well
received there have also been problems.
We aim to publish an issue every month but unfortunately
we have fallen short - our last newsletter was published
three months ago.
For us its a juggling act of how best to utilise our limited
resources, and to try and strike the right balance between
content and frequency. We are guided by your comments. People
have welcomed the new format and suggested that the newsletter
is becoming an e-magazine in its own right, separate from
For people wanting to keep up to date with the boycott
campaign we suggest keeping an eye on the new Boycott
Ticker, apart from giving the latest boycott related
news it also shows up coming events and lists recent updates
to the website.
| Assalaamu Alaikum
This September sees the second anniversary of the Al-Aqsa Intifada.
It marks the day the Palestinians took their destiny out of the
hands of corrupt arab rulers and put their trust in Allah.
They have strived in the way of Allah armed with stones and their
faith against the might of the israeli army equipped with the
best America can furnish. The F16 fighter jets with their 1 ton
missiles, apache attack helicopters and air conditioned tanks
have all failed - they have proven no match for the Intifada.
After two years of brutal suppression, and re-occupation, the
intifada is untouched and has grown from strength to strength.
In contrast, israel is bleeding from a mortal wound. Its economy
is on the verge of total collapse with no sign of recovery despite
cash injections from uncle Sam. Even the official figure for inflation
is a sky rocketing 8.5%, contrasting sharply to israeli government
target of 2-3%.
Figures revealed by israels own Central Bureau of Statistics
shown a 2.9% fall in GDP, the worst predictions were for a fall
of 1.5%. A wave of lay-offs has hit the traditionally untouched
hi-tech sector, with unemployment officially soaring at 10.5%.
Even in the military sector, the state-owned defence contractor,
Israel Military Industries, is set to lay off 1,000 workers from
its current payroll of 3,700.
In June Value Added Tax (VAT) was raised by a full percent to
18%. Electricity prices have shot up by 11.2%, domestic water
prices have increased by 9.1%, bus fares are up 4%, rents have
increase by 3.9% - all basic living costs from food to telephone
charges have all shot up.
Crippled by Strikes
The zionist state has been crippled by a series of general strikes
- workers demanding a cost of living raise. Last week a general
strike by 1.5 million public service workers brought the country
to a standstill - flight in and out of israel had to be suspended,
radio and television broadcasts stopped and health workers only
dealt with emergencies.
Far from pay rises, all the workers have seen is pay cuts - in
what has been dubbed "hysterical cuts" senior employees
have seen their salaries slashed by 10-15% and the unlucky entry-level
workers have had to endure even greater wage cuts.
Foreign investment, a life-line for the zionist state, has also
dried up. Figures reveal that investors have lost $5 billion of
the $6.5 billion invested in israel between 1999-2001. No one
is prepared to invest any more.
The government is so short of money that its cost cutting includes
shutting down several embassies and consulates around the world!
At this critical time, the importance of the global boycott of
Israel and of the collaborating companies that give it its life-line
cannot be overemphasized. Israel is counting every penny - every
penny matters - ensure yours don't go to Israel!
Jews fleeing Israel
Israelis once used to a high standard of living are finding it
impossible to survive and are leaving israel in droves. In a recent
survey, conducted by the zionist council, an israeli newspaper
revealed that 47% of all non-religeous jews and 23% of religious
jews were considering leaving the country! This has terrified
the zionist establishment - without jews there is no israel.
The Jewish Agency has been scouring the globe for Jews who could
be persuaded to come and live in Israel with no success. Jews
outside of israel are avoid israel like the plague - immigration
to israel is down a whopping 27%. The economic problems of the
former Soviet Union has always ensured a steady stream of new
settlers for the zionist state every year - not so this year,
immigration to israel is down 46%!
From zionist to Muslim
Of the few Jews who did immigrate to Israel is the story of Yosef
Cohen. He and his family moved to an illegal settlement on the
occupied Gaza Strip from New York four years ago - classic foot
soldiers for zionism.
However, after chatting on the internet with a Muslim cleric
on philosophy and religion Yosef saw the truth of Islam. His wife
Lana also started to study Islam and was attracted by its message.
She says "it provided her with the meaning of life". To the horror
of the authorities, the couple with their four children converted
to Islam and have moved to the Arab neighbourhood of East Jerusalem.
Yosef Cohen became Yosuf Hatab.
Today Yosuf wears a jalabia and his wife, Lana, wears a traditional
Muslim head covering. The children spend their days in the "Al
Aqsa" kindergarten run by Hamas near the Temple Mount in the Old
City. The family members pray according to Muslim tradition, and
the children speak Arabic as fluently as their Palestinian neighbours.
Yosuf reaffirms the right of Palestinians to defend themselves
by any means necessary and says that suicide bombings are unavoidable
and that a Palestinian state should be established from the Mediterranean
until the Jordan River. Zionism's foot soldiers have become the
champions of the Islamic struggle in Palestine. The Interior Ministry's
apartheid system of classification cant cope with with this, and
has refused to recognise Yosefs Muslim identity. Yosef finds the
humour "What would happen if I would die tomorrow? They could
end up burying me as a Jew."
Searching the Andes for would-be zionists
So Jews in Israel are leaving, Jews outside Israel are refusing
to come to Israel, and of the few that do come - some are becoming
Muslim! In desperation a zionist delegation has climbed the remote
mountains of Peru to find a community of Andes Indians who, not
versed in the politics of the middle east, with economic bribery
agreed to move to israel.
After a 12 day crash course 90 Andes Indians were transformed
in to Jews and shipped to the West Bank to serve in illegal front-line
israeli settlements. So thorough was their indoctrination that
in an interview one of the new zionists openly revealed what he
had learnt from his training "The Arab has the instinct of murder
and killing like all gentiles, and only Jews do not have that
instinct - that is a genetic fact." He became unglued when the
reporter asked "But if you were not born a Jew genetically, don't
you have that instinct?".
Loosing the war
On the war front, israel is loosing. Despite the brutal crack
downs and re-occupations the resistance continues, more and more
soldiers are arriving home in body bags. More and more soldiers
are refusing to serve the zionist SS - at the last count the refusniks
numbered over a 1000 which for such a small population is alarming.
For those that are continuing to serve in the zionist army its
beginning to dawn on them that the state may not be around long
enough to offer them protection for their crimes. The IDF is concerned
that the International Criminal Court will prosecute its soldiers
for war crimes, and for the first time it was revealed that field
commanders are seeking legal advise from attorneys before performing
actions which would violate international law like demolishing
Dangerous End Game
It seems that the end game may soon be in sight, inshallah. Yet
this is the most perilous game for Muslims. Whilst we have consistently
won liberation struggles - from Afghanistan to Algeria, we have
however always - bar one exception - lost the end game - lost
the peace, the exception being the victory of the Islamic Revolution
in Iran. Every time just when victory is in sight our leadership
sells us short and capitulates. Our blood is sold cheaply at a
bargaining table, a deal is done in our name and we end up with
less than Justice, less than what Islam demands. We must be careful
this doesn't happen with Palestine. There can be no going back
to Oslo, no sell out for 22% of Palestine, no two state capitulation.
Innovative Minds Newsletter
With the recent scandal involving McDonalds cohert use of animal
fats in its products and the ensuing law suite in the States McDonalds
is already in the dog house as far as Muslims are concerned. Here
is another reason to say no to McDonalds:
1. The Chicago Jewish Community website reveals that McDonalds
Corporation whose global headquarters is based just outside Chicago
is a major corporate partner of the Jewish United Fund.
The Jewish United Fund in their own words "works to maintain
American military, economic and diplomatic support for Israel;
monitors and, when necessary, responds to media coverage of Israel".
Through its "Partnership to Israel" programme, the Jewish United
Fund provides $1.3 million annually to help the development of
Kiryat Gat - an illegal israeli settlement built on the ethnically
cleansed Palestinian villages of Iraq Al Manshiya and Al-Faluja.
The Jewish United Fund also pays for Christian leaders and high
school kids to visit israel for indoctrination.
2. McDonalds chairman and CEO Jack M. Greenberg is an honorary
director of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Inc., of Metropolitan Chicago.
3. McDonalds has 80 resturants in israel providing 3000 israelis
with jobs during this critical period when the israeli economy
is on the verge of collapse.
For full details with references please see: http://www.inminds.co.uk/boycott-mcdonalds.html
Gets Grilled in Africa
"They use our money to kill our children in Palestine,"
reads an advertisement run by several Moroccan dailies to
rally support for a boycott of American products -- including
McDonald's -- in Morocco.
The advertisement names a large number of United States
brands, from Marlboro to McDonald's, that Moroccans are
being called upon to boycott as a sign of rejection of U.S.
backing of Israel in the conflict against the Palestinians.
"We, as civil society, have the duty to mobilize citizens
for a cause that is ... central to us," says Hassan
Serrat, a reporter from the Renewal daily newspaper.
Officials from McDonald's Morocco, which has 16 restaurants
in the country, say the campaign will probably result in
a huge loss in profits for the food chain...
Boycott Coca-Cola Update
Coca-Cola has recently agreed to build plant at Kiryat Gat -
yes the same illegal settlement mentioned above in the McDonalds
boycott. Intel is already facing possible legal action with regards
to its chip plant built on the same stolen land.
Their support of Israel is nothing new, in 1997 the Government
of Israel Economic Mission honored Coca-Cola at the Israel Trade
Award Dinner for its continued support of Israel for the last
30 years and for refusing to abide by the Arab League boycott
In 2001 the Coca-Cola World Headquarters hosted and was the main
sponser of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala.
Coca-Cola Israel sponsers training programs for its workers on
subjects including the Israeli-Arab conflict. The course content
is created by a company funded by the Israeli government. Apparently
a lot of its workers comming from the former Soviet Union are
not indoctrinated in zionism and need assistance in "integrating".
In February 2002, Coca-Cola teamed up with "Friends of Israel"
to cosponser a lecture given by the infamous zionist correspondent
Linda Gradstein at the University of Minnesota.
For full details with references please see: http://www.inminds.co.uk/boycott-coca-cola.html
Gaza - A Poem
by Connie Al-Ramahi
July 24, 2002
A tiny, lifeless body,
All wrapped in white,
Janazah prayers are done,
Day turns to night.
Another faceless casualty
Of injustice and hate.
How can one so innocent
Suffer such a fate?
His smile was a guiding light,
His laughter, a sweet song.
A father's grief, a mother's tears
Flowing all night long.
Broken toys are scattered,
Heaps of rubble on the ground.
No more laughing children,
Bitter weeping, the only sound.
The innocence of childhood
Savagely taken away.
Hollow faces filled with pain,
Look too old to play.
A lifetime filled with sorrow,
With rage and bitter pain.
We ask Allah for victory,
Our prayers are not in vain!
Earlier this year the Muslim community in Britain was honoured
by a visit from a unique personality.
Imam Achmad Cassiem the Chairman of the Islamic Unity Convention,
a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, was in the UK to address
the Prisoners of Faith Conference organized by the Islamic Human
Jihad at age 15
Imam Achamd Cassiem had chosen at the tender age of 15 to join
the armed struggle against the oppressive apartheid regime in
South Africa. Two years later, aged 17 he was arrested and became
one of the youngest people to be imprisoned on Robben Island.
Nelson Mandala, a fellow inmate at Robben Island, commented "My
goodness, they're even locking up school kids now". He has
spent in total over two decades imprisoned, tortured, under detention
or under banning orders.
A teacher by profession, his articulate words carry the weight
of both knowledge and experience. When Imam Achmad Cassiem speaks
of Islamic struggle and the way to achieving victory, he's not
building castles in the sky - his words are the words of an Islamic
revolutionary who's been there and done it - they command respect.
We were lucky to be granted an exclusive interview with him.
We asked him about Palestine. His insights based on his experience
of the anti-apartheid struggle and its eventual capitulation with
the apartheid regime, are very revealing and need to be studied
by all Muslims, especially Palestinians:
"...At the moment people are trying to buy in to this
idea that israel is an apartheid state... I think we must avoid
saying that because I know what the intention is, if we accept
that idea then it means that israel - the zionists and the Palestinians
can resolve their differences like the differences in South
Africa were resolved - through talks and reconciliation... we
have been short changed in South Africa because the revolution
was aborted... I would advise the Palestinian people please
understand if you make maximum sacrifices - make maximum demands."
Listen to the interview at:
Imam Achmad Cassiem gave several incredible lectures whilst in
the UK. One of them is available now on the web-site and inshallah
in the near future two more will be added.
Muslims in South Africa
In this lecture, Imam Achmad Cassiem looks at the history of
Muslims in South Africa, and shares with us insights and lessons
learnt by their experiences.
A few quotes from the interview and lectures of Imam Achmad Cassiem:
"We cannot treat the Qur'an like a
supermarket and say
I like salat,
I like giving zakat,
I like going on hajj,
I like to fast during Ramadan but don't talk to me about
"Reconciliation between oppressor and
oppressed is not possible because oppressed and oppressor
are not brothers,
they are enemies.
And that is why the Prophet (SAW) said
"help your brother whether he is oppressed or he is
so the companions of the Prophet asked
"it is easy to help my brother if he is oppressed but
how do I help him if he is an oppressor?"
And the Prophet (SAW) replied "prevent him from oppressing
That is our reconciliation."
"The first time armed struggle is made
permissible for Muslims is in Surah Hajj -surah 22 ayat
"permission is given to you to fight because you have
- that principle essentially means that the only people
in the world who have the sole justification for resorting
to armed struggle,
are the oppressed people - nobody else has that right or
But more importantly it is immoral, irrational,
it is obscene for an oppressor to tell the oppressed how
they should respond to oppression, so if there are two principles
that we should teach all oppressed people then it is those
A to Z of Picketing
Picketing is a form of public protest and aims to draw attention
to the realities of Palestinian suffering by exposing those that
help to sustain it. It embarrasses those shoppers that know they
shouldn't be shopping there, informs those shoppers that are not
aware of the moral objections as well as irritating supporters
of Israel generally. The companies themselves become aware of
the protests and news of pickets goes all the way to the top.
The A to Z of Picketing is a guide to to what you need to know
about organising and sustaining pickets. Information on the stores
being targeted for picketing. A map to help you locate your closest
picket with contact details, local maps, times and comments. A
detailed step-by-step guide to setting up your own picket, with
answers to frequently asked questions about picketing and the
law. All essential preparation for picketing.
The "A to Z of Picketing" is located at:
75% of Palestinians are now living below the poverty line
($2 per day per person). The povertry line in "Israel" is
$20 per day per person.
48% of all Palestinian women and 45% of children under
5 years are now aneamic. Before the intifada, 20% of Palestinian
women were aneamic.
30% of all Palestinian children suffer malnutrition.
Figures compiled by Palestinian Institute
for Research & Health Information, reported in As-Safir
newspaper July 24 2002.
There are regular pickets at Marks & Spencer and Selfridges stores
up and down the country. Ever wondered what its like to picket
outside a store? In the picket diary activists share their experiences
of the picket lines at M&S - read their diary - be inspired in
From Sister Alaa's Diary:
"Anyone who pickets know the great feeling you get afterwards
when you feel that you really did something to help your fellow
muslims. I know people are generally apprehensive about picketing
and I used to be like this too, but honestly the reward you
get out of it far outweighs any of the reasons you may have
not to want to do it."
The Picket Diary is located at:
offer to the Palestinians
Oslo Agreement to the Palestinians: You are going to have
22% of the 100% which was originally yours.
Barak's "Generous" offer to the Palestinians: We are going
to give you 80% of 22% of 100% of the land which was originally
Sharon's "Peace" plan to the Palestinians: We are going
to give you 42% of 80% of 22% of 100% of the land which
was originally yours, and this 42% will remain under continuous
American Christian Zionists to the Palestinians: We are
asking Sharon to give you 0% of 42% of 80% of 22% of 100%
of the land which was originally yours.
Bush's "Peace" plan to the Palestinians: I trust Sharon's
judgment, since he is a 'man of peace,' but where the hell
Blair's "Peace" plan to the Palestinians: We started this
whole mess. But right now I go along with Bush's extraordinary
Bosnia - Revisiting
Genocide in Europe
Last month saw the seventh anniversary of the massacre of Muslims
in Srebrinica. Seven years on, the question is what did we Muslims
learn from it?
We present a moving 15 minute talk by Demir Mahmutcehajic. He
revisits the genocide of Muslims in Bosnia, drawing from the personal
experiences of his family, he directs us to the lessons every
single Muslim must learn from Bosnia. The talk may be short but
the point raised will stay with you.
"As part of my presentation , I wanted to have my father with
me. He is here in London, a victim of torture and oppression.
But when I asked him to come and stand here in front of you
and say it himself - how it was, he declined he said its too
painful for him to even remember, to think about it...
Sometimes when he's in a good mood and he feels that he wants
to talk about it he tells us bits and pieces - never a full
story. What we know is that in 13 months that he spent in a
concentration camp in western Herzegovina, he was imprisoned
by the Croats, he says that not a single bone in his body was
left untouched, he says that not a single nerve in his whole
body not feel the pain of beating and torture. Four months he
spent in a cell deep underground, there was water up to his
waist and there was only one plank of wood on which he was sitting,
sleeping, doing everything. They use to throw bread in to the
water. Four months he spent like that.
He said the worst fear he had through out that period is whats
happening with his family - whats happening with his daughter,
his wife, myself and other members of the family. And he said
the worst torture was when those animals brought a woman in
a cell next to his cell and they told him thats his daughter
and he could hear screaming, hear all horrible things, and they
made him belive that was his daughter.
What did they want from him? So that they did such horrible
things to a person who isn't a practicing Muslim, he doesn't
pray five times a day, he doesn't know much about Islam?..."
Listen to the lecture to find the answer:
I were an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel"
(First Prime Minister
One day, or rather night, in 1956 I sat up at his house
[Ben-Gurion's] till three in the morning. That night, a
beautiful summer night, we had a forthright discussion on
the Arab problem.
"'I don't understand your optimism," Ben-Gurion
"Why should the Arabs make peace? If I were an Arab
leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural:
we have taken their country.
Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter
to them? Our God is not theirs.
We come from Israel, it's true, but two thousand years
ago, and what is that to them?
There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz,
but was that their fault?
They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their
country. Why should they accept that?
They may perhaps forget in one or two generations' time,
but for the moment there is no chance.
So it's simple: we have to stay strong and maintain a
powerful army. Our whole policy is there. Otherwise the
Arabs will wipe us out... "
From: Nahum Goldmann, The Jewish Paradox: A personal memoir
- New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1978, pp. 99-100.
Sports Boycott of Israel
Whilst israeli sportmen and women travel freely around the world
to represent israel at sporting events, the sporting talent of
Palestine is wasted by illegal occupation and apartheid, curfew,
imprisonment and attack, in refugee camps and exile.
Whilst israeli football teams enjoy playing at international
venues, Palestinian children are shot whilst playing on their
door steps. Why?
The sports boycott exists as a way to express people's growing
outrage over Israeli occupation and disregard for international
A page dedicated to the Sporting Boycott of israel has been launched.
On it we place details of forth comming sports fixtures featuring
israeli participation. Contact details, sample protest letters,
etc. are provided.
On the first event featured, the football match between Leyton
Orient Vs Maccabi Tel Aviv on July 31st, we saw three brave activists
run on to the pitch with Palestinian flags and a huge banner calling
for a boycott of israel and an end to the occupation - the israeli
team got the message in no uncertain terms!
The next protest event is the Scotland Vs Israel under-21 football
match on September 4th.
Just announced is the Manchester United Vs Maccabi Haifa game
on 18th September.
Get involved today.
match sparks protest
Plans for Scotland's Under-21 football team to play a friendly
against Israel have triggered an angry response from pro-Palestinian
Those opposed to the game going ahead have written to the
Scottish Football Association (SFA) in protest against the
policies of Israel in the Middle East conflict.
A demonstration was held outside Hampden Park in Glasgow
on Friday afternoon and a protest letter was handed to officials.
The Scottish Trades Union Congress has given its backing
to the protesters.
General secretary Bill Spiers said: "We have written
to the SFA and the Scottish Executive expressing concerns
about the game.
"At a time when Palestinian boys can't get to a football
pitch because of restrictions on them we think it seems
An Islamic Approach to Palestine
During the 54 years of occupation we have witnessed the failure
of un-Islamic approaches to the issue of Palestine from Camp David
to Oslo, from pan-arabism to the PA. Now listen to an Islamic
approach to the issue of Palestine - a very thought provoking
lecture by Imam Al-Asi which reflects on where we are and where
we need to be and how to get there and what will happen if we
A must for every Muslim.
"..after the first world war when the European powers took
the middle-east. A French general, Gouraud , went up to the
grave of Salah-u-din who had liberated Palestine 900 years ago.
He went up to the grave and he kicked that grave and he said
'It is now that the crusades have come to an end!'
... if we continue [the way we are] then don't be surprised
if an Israeli general or even Sharon himself goes to Al-Medina
in Hijaz and he stands just like Gouraud stood next to the grave
of Salah-u-din, he stands next to the grave of the Prophet (SAW)
and he kicks it with his foot and he says 'Now Gazwath Khaybar
Listen to the lecture and QA session at:
Aid calls to sanction Israel
Britain's biggest trade union Unison has now been joined
by Christian Aid, one of the country's largest international
non-governmental organisations, in urging British MPs to
demand the suspension of the European Union-Israel Association
This agreement which came into force on 1 June 2000, is
an extensive free trade arrangement that liberalises goods
and services, permits free movement of capital and economic,
social, political and cultural co-operation.
Europe accounts for 23 percent of Israeli exports, and
40 percent of Israel's imports are from Europe.
Letter from an
Recently we received a message from an Israeli company:
I have just accessed your web-site and was most distressed
to find an error in your listings.
Our company, Hlavin Industries Ltd., manufacturer of cosmetic
products is not located in Barkan, i.e., across the "green
line" but in Raanana, Israel, solidly inside the 1967 borders.
The Hlavin facility in Barkan is a separate facility, of separate
ownership, which manufactures plastic products, not cosmetics
We expect, in the interest of fairness, that you would check
your information before suggesting a boycott of our products.
We demand that you immediately remove our name from the list
of companies to be boycotted.
We expect your prompt reply.
Leah Weitz, Export Manager
Hlavin Industries Ltd.
After verifying the error we replied:
Dear Leah Weitz,
Greetings of Peace,
Thank you for bringing to our attention an error in our listing
of companies located on the illegal settlements. We are sorry
if this has caused you unnecessary distress.
We have updated our settlement listing, you will be pleased
to see that your company is no longer mentioned and is replaced
by Hlavin the plastics manufacturer based in Barkan.
I hope you understand that the settlement list is primarily
used by people living within the borders of Occupied Palestine,
and that outside of this people are boycotting all israeli companies
and also non-israeli companies that give support to the zionist
We trust that the significance of an Export Manager of an Israeli
company contacting us, concerned at being included on the boycott
list is not lost on the reader.
zionist tours to Israel are shrinking
Only two years ago, it took 50 buses to drive the kids
from Young Judea around Israel's highways. This summer only
four buses were hired to drive the 14 Americans and 150
Britons from the sister organization Federation of Zionist
"We have hit rock bottom, from here we can only go
up," says Moshik Toledano, vice president of Young
Judea in Israel, regarding this year's summer tours. The
same sad picture is reflected in other movements that organize
summer youth tours here.
These tours, which have been taking place for decades,
were so successful in the 1990s that they attained a 100
percent growth rate over that 10-year period.
The findings of a survey that pointed to a rate of assimilation
of more than 50 percent among American Jews shook up the
community, and contributed to the growing stream of young
people aged 15-18 who were sent to Israel during the summer
peace protesters may face treason charge
The Israeli peace group, Gush Shalom, sent letters to 15
senior officers advising them that they could be charged
with war crimes for imposing collective punishments or making
hostages of civilians violated the Geneva convention. It
said the officers had been identified by their own statements
to the media.
Mr Sharon was reportedly enraged by the letters, has ordered
the attorney-general to see if treason charges can be brought
aganst Gush Shalom. Its letters warn officers that evidence
"has been compiled and put in a file ... which is likely
to be submitted as evidence to an international war crimes
How does the leader
of an oil-rich country live?
June 3rd marked the 13th anniversary of the ascention of one
of Islams greatest champions - Imam Khomeini. Below we quote a
few paragraphs from a piece which originally appeared in Crescent
Newspaper in 1985. A foreign delegate attending a womens conference
in Iran recounts her impressions on a visit to Imam Khomeini's
The main door is a simple iron door, leading to a yard about
six meters long. It has three rooms, inside each of which you
will find a mattress and a cushion, and a simple sofa used by
the Imam for sitting and sleeping on. The kitchen is under the
stairs. There is a small room for him alone for studying, praying,
reading and listening to the news; it is furnished with a chair,
a small table, and some book shelves.
The foreign press correspondents were surprised when they saw
the house of the leader of the Ummah. They were even more surprised
when they saw the Imam's food which was composed of a boiled
potato, an orange, and a small chunk of bread. They asked the
Imam's wife: 'Where do you sleep?' She answered simply, 'Just
where we sit.'
The wife of the Imam described his life. 'He sleeps from 9
pm until 2 am when he wakes up for the night prayers. He continues
his nawafel prayers until the Adhan for fajr prayers. He completes
his fajr prayer and then waits till sunrise, when he goes to
have his breakfast with his family, his wife, two daughters
(one of them lost her husband who was martyred at the war front),
his son 'Ahmed and his grandsons. He always eats with them and
never alone. After that he goes to his room to listen to the
news and read the newspapers.'
'From the time we were married he has never ordered me to get
him something. If he needs anything, he says so indirectly.
For example, if he needs a shirt, he says: "Do we have
a shirt in the house?" Then I understand that he needs
a shirt, and I get it for him.'
'He insists on preparing things for himself: he prepares his
food, his tea, and washes the cups and puts them back in the
right place. If there is anything wrong he fixes it himself.'
'One day he was meeting some leaders. He saw that the light
was on in the next room. He went into the room, himself put
the light out and came back to his place. People were astonished
at what he had done.'
'Once he was separating a sheet of two-ply tissue paper. When
someone asked him to use both of them, he replied, "I only
need one of them."'
'He prefers the simplest food, and does not eat from a variety
of dishes at any one meal. He eats only to survive. This is
very important for him, and he is very very organised'.
The Imam respects women very much. For example, when his grandsons
come to visit him, he asks them first of all to go and see their
grandmother and kiss her hand.
There are no servants in his house. The guests are served by
the Imam's family, usually his two daughters who won't allow
their mother to get anything, since they try to make her life
as comfortable as they can...
Now pick the leader of any other country, oil-rich or not, East
or West, capitalist or socialist, democracy or dictatorship -
it doesn't matter and compare and contrast their lifestyle and
we begin to understand the strength of Islamic leadership and
why kufaar fears it.
To read the full article with photos:
exports to Saudi
plunged to a 12-year low
US exports to Saudi Arabia in the first half of 2002 plunged
to a 12-year low - a drop of 30.5 percent from the same
period in 2001, the Foreign Trade Division of the US Census
Bureau said in figures released on the internet.
Exports of beverages and tobacco plunged by 55 percent
to just 59.6 million dollars from 132.5 million dollars.
A grass-roots campaign to boycott US products in Saudi
Arabia was launched in April following what Saudi nationals
said was a Washington-backed Israeli military offensive
The campaign was conducted from mosques, schools and universities,
and through newspapers, the internet and mobile phone text
messages urging consumers to shun products originating from
the United States.
Airlines pilot refuses to fly Israeli deputy
A Delta Air Lines subsidiary refused to fly Israeli Deputy
Foreign Minister Michael Melchior from Cincinnati because
the pilot thought Melchior posed a security risk.
Melchior waited on a plane for more than an hour before
the pilot evacuated it, saying there was a security risk.
When Melchior disembarked, he said he was told he could
not get back on the plane.
The Israeli embassy in Washington has taken the matter
up with the State Department, Melchior said.
This is the third time an Israeli official has been pulled
from a flight because of a pilot's sense of a security risk.
He deplored the "singling out of Israeli diplomats...
and removing them from a plane in such a manner."
Justice for Palestine Rally
We launched the last newsletter on the eve of this rally, inviting
people to attend. If you missed it we have an extensive photo-report
of the event which attracted over 50,000 people and some excellent
John McFadden of Britians largest trade union UNISON, which has
1.4 million members pledged support for the boycott:
"UNISON has called for all workers in this country from this
day to boycott Israeli goods and to show solidarity with the
Jeremy Corbyn, Member of British Parliament spoke about double
"And when the United States and Britain give lectures to Iraq
and to other countries about UN resolutions. Israel is in breach
of more than all the other states put together. Normally when
a country is in breach of international law some sanction is
applied against them but in the case of Israel a bottomless
pit of United States aid is made available, a bottomless pit
to supply arms, and a bottomless pit to continue that diplomatic
Yvonne Ridley, Journalist and Anti-War activist, recently back
from Jenin, she talked about what she saw there:
"... there was a military map that was left behind by the Israeli
soldiers - it was written in Hebrew and it clearly marked out
military targets and the date of that map was 1997 - Jenin wasn't
an accident or a knee jerk reaction, it was planned for years
by the Israeli butchers."
It has been widely reported that Yvonne Ridley has since converted
See the photo report, listen to the speeches: http://www.inminds.co.uk/palestine-rally-18may02.html
Palestine Rally - Sept 28
The next huge London rally in support for Palestine is
on Saturday 28th September 2002..
Start preparing today - ensure your local Mosque knows
about it - announce the event at each Jumah Prayers from
now till the rally, start booking coaches for the event,
designing banners - get your community involved.
Keep an eye on the Events Calendar for full details:
Arabia bans 200 foreign companies for importing Israeli
Saudi Arabia has blacklisted about 200 foreign companies
during the past 10 months for importing $150 million of
Israeli products into the oil-rich kingdom.
The companies had forged certificates of origin of Israeli
products in order to bring them into the Saudi market.
The companies - including 72 from Jordan, 70 from Cyprus,
23 from Egypt and 11 from Turkey - will not be able to trade
in Saudi again. The other banned companies come from the
United States, Britain, Singapore, Thailand, Portugal and
Saudi authorities verified the goods originated in Israel
after making checks on items imported by the companies,
which include vegetables, seeds, mobile phones and other
Cultural Boycott of Israel
The logic for the cultural boycott is the same as that for the
At a time when Palestinian artists have no freedom, their artistic
talent being crushed under the brutal occupation, it is totally
unethical to carry on 'business as usual' with Israel. Israel
must be isolated in the world. Peaceful pressure must be brought
to bearn on cultural events that invite israeli participants -
show them that people demand they to do the right thing - boycott
Currently we are protesting the Tate Britain for hosting an exhibition
by Israeli artist Ori Gersht. We urge you to write letters of
protest to the Tate - a sample letter is provided.
if 158,000 Americans were killed?
In the last 20 months 1%
of the Palestinian population has been killed or wounded
In the USA that would be equivalent (if we take 1% of the
American population) to 158,000 dead and 3,600,000 injured.
Figures for 28/9/00 - 31/5/02, compiled
by Palestinian Institute for Research & Health Information,
reported in As-Safir newspaper July 24 2002.
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We have had the privilege to work closely with the Islamic
Human Rights Commission on several campaigns. They are
quiet a unique organization - the only group we know of
that is prepared to defend Muslims anywhere in the world.
In fact they have also in the past campaigned on behalf
of oppressed non-Muslims.
They have an excellent mailing list which we highly recommend
you join. Their action alerts and campaign updates are always
well researched and worth following. They post around 2-4
messages a week so it wont clog up your inbox. To subscribe
just send an empty email to email@example.com.
Dont delay - do it now!
All searches lead to Islam?
Since launching the Boycott Israel Campaign we have been the
constant target of the zionists. Just last week there was an unsuccessful
attack against our server.
As part of our security routine, we regularly scan our web server
logs for any suspicous activity. One culprit got a shock when
we traced his IP address back to his place of work and reported
him to his managing director.
During such a scan yesterday we can across an unusual entry in
the log. The entry had nothing to do with security. One of the
things the logs reveal is where a visitor came from in order to
get to our site. In the case of search engines it tells us what
key words the visitor was searching for which lead them to our
We found that a person using Google UK search engine (google.co.uk)
searched on the phrase "finger nail clippers". Of the top ten
results returned by google, they selected the ninth entry which
lead them to our site!
So what was it on our site which attracted this visitor to our
site, and how did a search on finger nail clippers lead to our
It was a short article on the lifestyle of Imam Khomeini (a different
article to the one above), Googles return entry
Lifestyle of Imam Khomeini ...
And so the remaining assets of a man who had spent about 90
years of his life in utter popularity, included eye-glasses,
finger-nail clippers, beads, the Qur'an, prayer- mat,turban,
clergymen's clothes and some religeous books...
It amazes us how again and again people find Islam whilst looking
for anything but Islam.
The article happens to be an interesting one, since its short
we have reproduced it below. The article reminds us that political
activity must flower from solid Islamic roots - if a person does
not live the life of a Muslim he is not fit to lead Muslims.
of Imam Khomeini
To get an idea of the Imam's simple living and his belief that
extreme care must be taken in spending the Baitul-mall (muslim
treasury), it is enough to note that, it was according to his
view and emphasis that in article 142 of the constitution of the
Islamic Republic, the supreme Court is obligated to investigate
the assets of the leader and upper layer of responsible authorities
of the Islamic Order, before and after their incumbency or assignment,
to insure that, no unlawful increases have been made. Imam Khomeini
was the first person to submit a list of his meagre assets to
the state supreme Court.
Immediately after the Imam's ascension, his son, in a letter
that was printed in the newspapers, asked the Judiciary Power
to investigate the assets of the Imam again in accordance with
the Constitutional law.
The result of the investigation was published in a statement
dated July 2 1989 by the Supreme Court. This statement revealed
that during the lapse of time, not only nothing had been added
to the Imam's assets, rather, a land lot that was inherited from
his father was given to the indigent people of the place during
his life and by his order.
The only immovable asset of Imam Khomeini is his old house in
Qum, which, since his deportation in 1964, it has actually been
and is available to the objectives of the Movement and used as
a centre for gatherings by student-clergies and public referrals
and it actually lacks the appelation of personal property. The
said list of assets which was prepared in 1979 and at the time
of the Imam's ascension, after lawful control, revealed no addition,
It was mentioned that the deceased had no personal assets except
some books. The few rudimentary utensils necessary for simple
living that was in the house, belonged to his wife. The two second
hand rugs were not personal property and ought to go to the needy
Seyyeds. Personal cash was zero; if any thing there was, it was
religeous alms belonging to the people left with the Reference
Authority for religious expenses, and the heirs could not touch
such funds. And so the remaining assets of a man who had spent
about 90 years of his life in utter popularity, included eye-glasses,
finger-nail clippers, beads, the Qur'an, prayer-mat, turban, clergymen's
clothes and some religeous books.
Those were the list of all the assets of a man who not only was
the leader of an oil-rich country with tens of millions of population,
rather, he ruled over the hearts of many more millions, the people
who, when he issued mobilization order, lined up as candidates
for martyrdom. These were the people who, upon hearing of the
Imam's heart illness lined up at the hospital entrance ready to
offer their hearts to him. The secret of so much popularity may
be searched for, only in his faith, asceticism and truthfulness.
Source: The Narrative of Awakening, Hamid Ansari(p251-253)
fly the Palestinian flag in solidarity
In Republican areas this summer the Palestinian flag has
been strung up alongside the Irish tricolour, whilst Unionists
have reacted with a profusion of Israeli flags displayed
alongside the Union Jack.
The notorious Loyalist leader Johnny Mad Dog
Adair, has reportedly even draped his pet alsatian Rebel
with a Magen David flag. Loyalist paramilitary wings have
a long history of connections with neo-Nazi groups such
as Combat 18.
A Sinn Fein spokesman said: Its true that historically
the republicans have been more associated with the Palestinians,
and the Loyalists have looked more towards the Israeli side.
But right now I think the majority of republicans
actively identify with the Palestinians, whereas with the
Loyalists its more of a reaction rather than being
based on any ideological feelings.
artists avoiding Israel
Backing out of a concert performance with the legendary
conductor Zubin Mehta is like skipping a golf date with
Tiger Woods or a dinner with Julia Child. But the unthinkable
is becoming epidemic here as the world's great musicians
take a pass on Israel because they fear for their security
or disagree with the government's policies.
"Fifty percent or more of the foreign artists have
canceled," said Mehta, music director of the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra. In the current production of Richard
Strauss's opera "Salome," he said, "we've
had eight cancellations in the cast."
The orchestra announced today that it was forced to cancel
an eight-concert tour in the United States next month because
no insurance company would cover the performances due to
concerns about possible terrorist attacks, said a spokeswoman
for the orchestra, Dalia Meroz.
"They think our orchestra is a target for terrorism,"
Israel also used to be a regular stop on the pop music
circuit, hosting the likes of Madonna, Eric Clapton, R.E.M.
and Santana. But it has been more than a year since a mega-star
played here. In some cases, Israeli artists have been disinvited
from playing abroad. And the Tel Aviv film festival was
canceled this year because the organizers feared no stars
The problem goes beyond the arts. In March, the European
football federation suspended soccer matches in Israel,
citing security concerns. Israeli home games are scheduled
to be played in Cyprus.
Influential academics, angry at the Israeli government's
actions against Palestinians, are pushing a boycott of Israel
that hundreds of university professors have joined. And
on the economic front, some Norwegian supermarkets label
Israeli products with stickers so customers can decide whether
to buy them.
"Israel is not the flavor of the month, that's for
sure," Mehta said. "The world is turning against
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Do you have a website? If so, please consider supporting the
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It may infact end up bringing visitors to your site because we
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the news ticker will get their websites advertised for free on
the ticker on a rotation basis. So imagine if a 100 websites display
the ticker, your website will end up being advertised on a 100
other like minded websites. The details have yet to be worked
out, but we will keep you informed.
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of Deputies worried by boycott
Jewish community leaders are calling for a counter-attack
against a pro-Palestinian campaign to get British stores
to boycott Israeli goods.
Board director-general Neville Nagler declared It
is essential that well-known stores do not succumb to such
We are, therefore, urging members of the Jewish community,
as well as the wider British public, to make every effort
to support those stores that continue to sell Israeli products.
Judaism & zionism
Listen to Rabbi Goldstein of the Neturei Karta (Jews against
zionism) address a Muslim audience, giving them a historic overview
of zionism and the creation of the zionist state, he explains
zionisms incompatibility with Judaism.
The zionists breed on anti-semitism - they justify their existance
by it and they silence their opposition by branding them with
it. It is important for Muslims to see through their lies and
be able to explain to others the difference between zionism, a
racist ideology which we oppose, and Judaism, a religion which
we respect as divenly revealed.
Listen to the lecture at:
We were requested to create a double-sided A5 colour flyer
highliting three of the boycott companies - Estee Lauder,
Marks & Spencer and Timberlands. The flyer is available
for you to download at print resolution as a PDF file.
The front side is of generic design and can be used as
a poster on its own. We've also made it into a e-card for
I see a girl in Manchester Piccadilly station. She has a full
mouth, high cheekbones and velvety brown eyes. But what captivates
me is the white cotton scarf covering her head. People know she
is Muslim because of her veil, and I wish my appearance had the
I envy her because I am too weak to wear the veil, too scared
that doors will close and that opinions will be formed long before
friendships are. Islam doesn't oppress me; fear does. I live a
half-life, a double-life: not quite a Muslim and not quite a westerner.
My parents raised me as a Muslim. They gave me everything I wanted
but I coveted the freedom enjoyed by non-Muslim friends and, because
I derived no satisfaction from religion, I sought solace in hedonism.
I was 18 when I left home for university, and my limited knowledge
of Islam meant I only saw negatives. Religion was bad because
it stopped me from wearing what I wanted, tasting what I wanted
and doing what I wanted. And what I wanted was to be like everyone
in mainstream society. So I set out to have fun.
I was the toast of my friends. But I was the scourge of the Muslim
community, who viewed me with pity and distaste. I remember going
into a shop to buy some things I shouldn't have been buying. The
man behind the counter greeted me: "Asalaam alaikum." I looked
at him blankly. "I'm sorry, I don't understand you," I lied. "No,
I'm sorry," he said, "I thought you were a Muslim." "I used to
be," I whispered, as I left the shop, crying.
Too ashamed to talk to my parents about my guilt and too impatient
to unravel my dilemma to my friends, I never said anything. And
the silence was devastating. I was bereft of purpose and support.
My sense of isolation intensified when I saw other Muslims being
part of society without compromising their faith. When people
spoke about Islam, their eyes would light up and their voices
resonated with pride and love. I once shared their enthusiasm,
but my lifestyle was leading me so far away from religion that
I could barely remember anything about it.
So I went to the university prayer room. I performed the intricate
washing ritual, an act of purification and preparation. I took
my place on the prayer mat to recite verses from the Koran, but
my lips froze. I couldn't remember any verses - the same verses
I had repeated every day as a child. I panicked. I prayed to Allah,
pleading with him to let me remember. The words didn't come flooding
back, but I muddled through the prayer.
I decided that I didn't want to muddle through any more and shut
myself away for days, poring over books and piecing together the
fragments of my knowledge. As my awareness increased, so my appetites
diminished. I would go out, but I wouldn't stay out. My clothes
were less revealing, but fell short of complete coverage.
Had it not been for these cosmetic changes, I would have gone
through university life with my religious identity concealed.
But I told people I was a Muslim and, post- September 11, this
revelation prompted a tidal wave of questions. People quizzed
me about jihad - the holy war. I was reluctant to talk about it
because my views were at odds with those held by most people living
in the western hemisphere.
I once broached the subject of the Middle East conflict during
a conversation. I explained that there was an international community
of Muslims, a nation state: the ummah. Every Muslim is a member
of this community so when one is murdered, it is an assault on
Muslims throughout the world. I was shouted down. My peers accused
me of sympathising with terrorists. I have not spoken about September
11 or jihad since.
I have left university and now feel better equipped to cope with
the irreconcilable differences of being British and Muslim. You
can be born and raised in this country, benefit from its education
and live freely and comfortably thanks to the solid British economy.
But you can also be oppressed. Stay silent when your religion
is being lambasted in the press. Look on helplessly when Muslims
are being persecuted in their homeland and then watch them being
punished by the British asylum system. Stuff your veil into your
handbag because you'll never get that job if you cover your head.
Sacrifice prayer times and fasting to keep up with the crowd and
stay in with the boss.
I am in my mid-20s now and loosening the ties with my past, although
I still have the same friends I started university with. They
know my values are changing and they respect my decision to learn
more about Islam. So I have overcome one set of hurdles - the
conflict between the desires of youth and the duties of religion.
But I want to work as a headhunter and this line of work sits
uncomfortably with the demands of my faith. Long hours, business
travel and face-to-face meetings mean my values will be tested
again and the disharmony will continue.
For now, I will try to pray at the appointed time instead of
cramming in three or four prayers together when I get home. Nor
will I break my fast. When people ask me why I'm not having lunch,
I won't tell them I'm on a diet - I'll tell them I'm a Muslim.
Article appeared in The Guardian,
18 June 2002
boycott U.S. goods
Zamzam Cola- which previously exported only to Iraq and
Afghanistan - is benefiting from a grass-roots campaign
by Arabs and Muslims to boycott American goods as a way
to punish the United States for its backing of Israel. Set
off by the latest Palestinian uprising, the boycott is especially
directed at well-known American products like Coca Cola
"After Arab countries in the region started boycotting
some American goods, including Coca, demand for Zamzam began,"
said Bahram Kheiri, the Iranian beverage company's director.
He wouldn't give sales figures, but said Zamzam has started
exporting to Bahrain and is discussing orders with "about
50 big companies" in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait,
Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Indonesia.
Zamzam is sweeter than Coke and has a built-in appeal for
Muslims because it takes its name from a holy spring in
The boycott is being urged across the Middle East and North
Africa by Muslim preachers, students, intellectuals and
- in Saudi Arabia, a main U.S. ally - even some advisers
to the Saudi king. The appeal is delivered inmosque sermons,
leaflets and Internet sites.
It's difficult to say how hard American companies are being
hit by the boycott - and how much of the economic pain is
inflicted on Arab businesses selling U.S. products.
Of the six McDonald's franchises in Jordan, two have closed
for lack of business - one in the capital Amman and one
near a Palestinian refugee camp. In Morocco, a government
official who asked not to be identified estimated sales
of Coca Cola could fall by half in the country's north,
a base for Islamic groups. In the United Arab Emirates,
sales of the local Star Cola are up by 40 percent in the
past three months.
In Dubai, business appears to be down at such American
fast food chains as McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken and
Hardee's, and up at local restaurants. In Saudi Arabia -
in a sign of concern at the boycott's effect - prices have
been cut up to 50 percent on some U.S. imports and ads for
fast food franchises point out they are Arab owned and managed.
Respected Muslim cleric Sheik Youssef al-Qaradawi issued
a religious ruling in the Gulf state of Qatar saying American
products should be viewed like Israeli products - which
have long been banned in the Arab world. In Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia, mosque preacher Sheik Omar bin Saeed al-Badna argued
the boycott would be good for the kingdom's economy.
"Boycotting American food and drinks means more business
for Saudi, Lebanese and other restaurants, as well as local
producers of soft drinks. This will be good for the majority
of Saudis," he said.
Bride of Palestine:
Story of a 17 year old Martyr
In a modest house in the Deheisheh refugee camp, the mourning
for martyr Aayaat al-Akhras took place. I was surprised to hear
pleasant ululations and singing near the house, and to see the
martyr's patient mother receiving women coming to congratulate
her. With great difficulty, I managed to speak to her, and she
described to me the last morning Aayaat left home. She said:
"Aayaat woke up unusually early, or rather she did not sleep
at all that night. She prayed the morning prayer, then sat down
to read from the Qur'an. She wore her school uniform, and told
me she was going to school to revise the lessons she had missed.
I was surprised as the day was Friday, a public holiday for all
the country's schools! But she told me it was the most important
day of her life, so I prayed that Allah help her and grant her
The mother continued: As soon as I finished that sentence I noticed
a sparkle in her eyes as if I had given her hope, and given her
success through those words. She looked at me with her radiant
smile, and said: That is all I ask of you, Mother. And she went
out quickly with her sister Samaah to school.
Martyr Aayaat al-Akhras was born on 20 February I985, a student
in the 3rd year of secondary school [sixth form], the fourth of
her 7 sisters and 3 brothers. She was known for her excellence
in her studies, as she achieved excellent results in the first
term of this year. Despite knowing the time for her operation,
she continued her revision, and spent long hours of the last night
revising, and went to school to attend the last lesson to emphasise
to her colleagues the importance of knowledge which she had always
Regarding that, her friend Hayfaa said that she had advised her
and her friends to remember the importance of their studies, and
to be determined to pursue their studies whatever the circumstances
and the dangers.
Hayfaa', who still refuses to believe the news of Aayaat's martyrdom
added: For a week, Aayaat had been keeping the pictures of all
martyrs in her school desk, on which she had written many slogans
about the excellence of martyrdom and martyrs. But I never imagined
that she intended to join them, for she had been collecting the
pictures of martyrs since the beginning of the Intifada, which
made her more determined to achieve the highest grades at school.
The martyr's mother continued, after a tear could not but flow
down her cheek: Then her sister Samaah came back at 10 without
her, and I felt worried and my heart beat began racing, for security
conditions were very severe, and the camp could be attacked at
any moment. And I felt the painful nightmare of worries and the
interminable torrent of questions: where had she gone? Was it
conceivable that she may have realized her dream in martyrdom?
But how? And her fiance? And the wedding clothes she has prepared?
And while the mother was struggling between the voice of reason
in denial and her heart indicating she had undertaken a martyrdom
operation, news came that a martyrdom operation had taken place
in Nataynya, and that the bomber was a girl. The mother added,
tears choking her voice, "Then I became certain that Aayaat would
not return, and that she had become the bride of Palestine. She
was determined to get revenge for 'Issa Farah and Saa'id 'Id Who
were martyred when helicopters shelled their house next to ours."
For the full article with photo see: http://www.inminds.co.uk/bride-of-palestine.html
about suicide bombings?
Extract from an interview by a western journalist with
Shaykh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah:
What about the suicide bombings against Israeli civilians?
What would Fadlallah say to me, I asked, if I were an Israeli
father who had lost one of his three daughters to a suicide
bomber? How would he counsel me?
"I would tell you that the person who killed your daughter
is under occupation," Fadlallah said. "You have driven him
to desperation. My advice to you would be to join forces
with those who want to end the occupation. Then your other
two daughters would be safe."
Washington Post, 7 June 2002
killed children by fracturing their heads with sticks
Testimony of an Israeli soldier who participated in
the massacre at al Duwayima Village, on 29th October 1948:
"Killed between 80 to 100 Arabs, women and children.
To kill the children they fractured their heads with sticks.
There was not one house without corpses. The men and women
of the villages were pushed into houses without food or
water. Then the saboteurs came to dynamite the houses.
One commander ordered a soldier to bring two women into
a house he was about to blow up.
Another soldier prided himself upon having raped an Arab
woman before shooting her to death.
Another Arab woman with her newborn baby was made to clean
the place for a couple of days, and then they shot her and
Educated and well-mannered commanders who were considered
"good guys" became base murderers, and this not in the storm
of battle, but as a method of expulsion and extermination.
The fewer the Arabs who remained, the better."
Quoted from the Israeli newspaper Davar,
9 June 1979
Israelis feel boycott's
Relations between the Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy
at Jerusalem's Hadassah Hospital and the Norwegian Veterinary
School have long been warm.
So it came as a shock when Professor Ingrid Harbit, who heads
the Oslo school, sent Goldyne an e-mail on April 22 rejecting
its request for a DNA sample because of Israeli military activities
in Palestinian areas.
"(Against) this background, I find it impossible for me
to deliver any material to an Israeli university," she said
in the note.
Many Israelis fear that their country is fast becoming an international
pariah after a rash of cancellations by foreign artists and sports
figures, as well as calls within international academic and business
circles for a boycott of Israel -- either for safety reasons or
to protest the Ariel Sharon government's handling of the Palestinians.
The creeping isolation has added to the psychological and economic
pressure on Israelis as they struggle to maintain a semblance
of "life as normal" amid the bloodshed.
"It's reconfirmed the Israeli sentiment growing since the
start of the intifada that 'the whole world is against us,' "
said Chemi Shalev, a writer and commentator for the mass circulation
Experts also warn of practical ramifications. Israel already
is suffering from the effects of the global economic downturn
and the cost of fighting the Palestinians.
On Monday, Finance Ministry officials said they estimated that
the economy would record about $10.5 billion in lost output this
year -- half coming from the effects of the Palestinian uprising
and half from the world economic slowdown. The intifada's cost
to individual Israelis works out to about $1,000 per person.
The already shaky economy contracted 0.6 percent in 2001 and
is expected to post another 1 percent drop this year. The jobless
rate stands at 10.5 percent.
Effects Of Isolation Feared
Senior Israeli economist Yoram Gabai, noting that resource-poor
Israel is almost totally dependent on selling goods it produces
to the outside world, said, "Isolation means economic collapse,
not just a decline in standard of living."
"Faster than expected, we will find ourselves in the time
warp of (white- dominated) Rhodesia in the 1970s and South Africa
in the 1980s: enforced isolation from without and an isolationism
from within," Gabai predicted. "The enormous price of
isolation will drag us into withdrawing from the (occupied) territories,
either in the context of a peace treaty or without one as a unilateral
The pressure being applied from abroad has drawn stinging criticism
from Israeli officials.
Science, Culture and Sports Minister Matan Vilnai said the boycott
in the cultural sphere was "understandable given the security
situation and daily images on TV." But he condemned any shunning
of the country for its military tactics as "contemptible"
at a time when Israelis were "fighting for our lives. "
The primary reason cited by many people choosing to stay away
is fear for their safety. There has been an alarming 42 percent
drop in tourism in the first half of this year from the same period
a year earlier.
Eight foreign cast members recently canceled their scheduled
participation in a new opera production of the Israel Philharmonic,
while well-known performers who once regarded Israel as a natural
stop on their tour circuit also have given the country a wide
berth, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers rock group, which canceled
More recently, the Bremen Opera and Venice Baroque Orchestra
called off scheduled appearances at the Jerusalem arts festival
in May, and the Belgian Groupov theater group canceled for "ideological
Huge Drop In Tourists
Israeli arts and cultural institutions are hunkering down to
weather the storm.
An Israeli museum spokeswoman said that attendance by foreign
visitors had dropped by 80 percent since the conflict began and
that the number of local visitors had been halved. It still mounts
exhibitions but now closes on Sundays because of the fall in numbers.
"We are trying our best to carry on, to let people know
we are open for business," she said.
The famous Masada desert fortress and the grave of Israel's founding
father, David Ben-Gurion, were among 58 tourist sites given a
temporary reprieve from closure after an 80 percent drop in admission
Sports figures also have given Israel the cold shoulder. In March,
UEFA, European soccer's governing body, barred Italian team AC
Milan from playing a match in Jerusalem, and several players from
the English soccer team Chelsea stayed away from a game with Hapoel
Israeli business executives have had to travel overseas to meet
counterparts who are hesitant to come to them, and foreign student
programs have seen attendance fall.
An increasing number of people cite Israeli activities in the
West Bank mounted as part of its "war on terror" as
the reason they want to break academic and financial links to
"The Israeli government appears impervious to moral appeals
from world leaders. However, there are ways of exerting pressure
from without," Professor Steven Rose, a Jewish academic from
Britain's Open University, wrote in a letter to the Guardian newspaper
in which he opened a campaign to suspend European funding of Israeli
In May, Britain's largest lecturers union urged universities
and colleges to consider severing academic links with Israel to
protest its "illegal and barbaric" incursion into Palestinian
Soon afterward, Mona Baker, a professor of translation studies
at Manchester University, triggered an outcry after sacking two
liberal Israeli academics because she did not wish to "continue
an official association with any Israeli under the present circumstances."
Foreign businesses, trade unions and European states also have
begun pressure campaigns.
In April, 34 Swedish personalities signed an article in a national
newspaper urging a boycott of Israel and calling on the European
Union to suspend its trade agreement with Israel until "there
is respect for life, freedom of moment and property."
Norway's second-largest food chain, Coop Norge, also called for
a boycott of Israeli goods.
Arabs Firmly Endorse Boycott
More predictably, similar calls are resounding throughout the
Ahmed Khazaa, head of the Arab League's central boycott office
in Damascus, recently told member states that an Arab ban on business
with companies that trade with Israel was a "noble, peaceful"
way to express support for Palestinians.
Advertisements for Marlboro cigarettes have disappeared from
many public places in Syria, while Uncle Ben's rice and Mazola
oil are on a 50-item list compiled by a government panel organizing
a boycott of American goods.
Israelis who have traveled abroad have also felt the sting of
Pop singer Achinoam Nini, better known as Noa, had just completed
singing the peace song "Hawks and Sparrows" in June
when two protesters mounted the stage at London's Barbican Theater,
seized her microphone and proclaimed that they were obstructing
her concert to "make a political point."
Article By Danielle Haas
San Francisco Chronicle
6 August 2002
bans Israel label on goods from West Bank
Supermarkets must no longer use produce of Israel
labels on vegetables, fruit, flowers, wine and fruit juice
grown and packed in the occupied territories of Gaza, the
West Bank and the Golan Heights.
The instruction from the Government has angered Israeli
diplomats and some businessmen, who believe that the decision
is connected to an aggressive campaign for a boycott of
The Israeli Embassys official response is that it
is still studying the likely impact of the change,
though privately representatives say they are shocked by
the move. It is the first time the Government has issued
instructions that clearly differentiate between Israel and
the occupied territories.
It means that produce from Israeli-owned co-operatives
and farms in the occupied territories will not qualify for
preferential rates of import duties at ports. Exporters
will have to pick up the bill or pass on the cost to customers
Vendors Boycott New York Post
Word has it that these days it can be difficult to buy
a copy of the New York Post in some New York neighborhoods.
The reason is simple: Muslim newsstand vendors are boycotting
the newspaper because the daily paper is publishing false
information about Muslims, and turning American society
Abdullah, a Yemeni man who works at a newsstand in Brooklyn,
asks why he should sell a newspaper that, he says, publishes
untrue opinions about his country. "Think about it,"
Abdullah explains, "a customer reads in the paper that
the vendor is a murderer and illiterate. I dont think
hell come back to me after reading something like
that. If Poles had to distribute anti-Polish newspapers
Im sure they wouldnt do it."
Abdul from Nassau and Manhattan Avenues, gave up selling
the Post after reading it for a few months. He said he hoped
the editors would become less vitriolic and report the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict with less bias. "Unfortunately, the stupid
opinions continued so I said No, thank you to
the distributor. You havent been able to buy this
daily paper here for more than a month," Abdul told
Boycott organizers say almost 500 merchants are taking
part in the campaign by refusing to sell the Post in their
newsstands, grocery stories or other businesses. In Staten
Island alone, some 100 merchants have joined the boycott.
The campaign began spontaneously several months ago, but
is now coordinated by a the Arab-American Muslim Federation.
The New York Post is published by Rupert Murdoch's News
Corporation. News Corporation was one of three US companies
that was lauded for their support of Israel at the America-Israel
Friendship League Partners for Democracy Awards dinner (25th
June 2001). Murdoch himself co-chaired the dinner. Currently
News Corporation is the target of a Muslim boycott of companies
supporting israel. For further details see :
In a New York park, a young boy was attacked by a savage
dog. A passerby happened to see that and came to the rescue.
Having tackled the vicious dog, he strangled it to death.
A reporter for the New York Post was watching all this
and took snap shots for a front page picture in the next
Approaching the hero, he says: "Your heroic feat shall
be published in tomorrow's New York Post under the headline
'Brave New Yorker rescues boy'.
"I'm not from New York," replied the hero.
"Oh in that case we'll change the headline: 'Brave
American rescues boy from savage dog'.
"I'm not American either," replied the brave
On being asked about who he really was, the hero replied:
"I'm a Pakistani."
Well, the next day the headline on the front page of the
New York Post read: "Muslim Fundamentalist strangles
dog to death in New York park. FBI investigating possible
link to Al-Qaeda."
Mother of the Homeless
It was almost 4 p.m. and Aisha knew exactly what she was going
Living and working in downtown Chicago, it was part of her daily
ritual: whatever money she had earned at work, every weekday,
she would use for food.
Not for herself. But for the homeless.
She would prepare sandwiches, put them in two large grocery bags,
then walk around the tall buildings in downtown Chicago giving
them out to the poor and homeless who otherwise would be scratching
the garbage baskets outside fast-food places, collecting bits
Aisha didn't make just any kind of sandwiches though. She was
well aware of the needs of the homeless and needy. She knew what
was necessary for their diet, what was good and bad for their
digestion, and what kind of food she had to make for them.
Eventually homeless people figured out where her apartment was
and they would sometimes also come by. Her apartment building's
management was not happy about it. But it was Allah's pleasure
Aisha was after.
She was known among the Muslims in Chicago as the mother of the
homeless. I did not know how long she had been a Muslim.
The first time I met her was when we were thinking of starting
a soup kitchen to be run by Muslims in Chicago.
She came by Sound Vision for a meeting. A well-to-do Muslim engineer
who himself had just came out of a homeless shelter, losing everything
to his former wife, was also present. We were both pleasantly
surprised about Aisha's level of knowledge about the food habits
of homeless people.
But it seems, no one was there to make sandwiches for Aisha when
she became homeless herself.
From helping the homeless to becoming homeless
How could a person go from helping the homeless to becoming homeless
Masjids go up. Schools get built. World disasters attract donations.
But we failed to get that soup kitchen up in Chicago.
Masjids were reluctant to give space for this project and the
cost of renting a place in downtown, where the homeless are found,
was prohibitive. And very few of us were interested. We lost contact
with each other.
The next time I saw Aisha was at an Islamic center in Chicago.
I was there to drop off my wife to the Quran class she used to
I saw some worried faces in a corner of the busy hallway of the
Islamic center. It was a Sunday around noon: the prime time of
activities in Islamic centers: very busy, hectic, meetings, kids,
phones, cell phones, hugging, kissing, shouts of 'Salam' and loudspeakers
with lectures. But these faces in the corner were distinctly alone.
I was wondering about them when I spotted Aisha. "What are you
doing here?" It took her a few minutes to recognize me and open
These people were waiting for Zakat committee members to see
them and process their applications. The committee members were
nowhere to be found. Weekend Islam is a difficult business.
To my surprise Aisha was homeless herself and was looking for
She needed it to pay a one month advance so she could rent an
apartment. She had already secured a new job. She wanted to pay
back that money to the Islamic center as soon as she earned it.
How Aisha Became Homeless
Here's what happened: Aisha had met a fellow Muslim who expressed
an interest in her. They married and he convinced her to stop
working. She did.
But her husband later left for Tableegh, never to return, leaving
her penniless, and eventually homeless. The dilapidated apartment
building which was their home was eventually closed down by the
city of Chicago because of a number of violations.
Aisha was left with no money and no shelter. She was alone. She
was homeless. She was in need.
How the mosque's Zakat committee failed her
As a Muslim, Aisha turned to the first Muslim institution that
is supposed to help people in need: the Masjid.
When she came to the Masjid for help, thankfully, this was one
of the mosques that had a Zakat committee in place to help Muslims
who were in situations like Aisha's. This is also a Masjid with
a net worth of over $4 million, so its administration was definitely
in a financial position to help the needy.
But she received no money from the committee. She had filled
out the Zakat committee's application form to get some financial
assistance. This was her third visit to the Masjid. The committee
had difficulty meeting.
I had no reason to not believe Aisha, the Mother of Homeless
in Chicago. I knew the Masjid.
Sometimes I give Friday Khutba (sermon) there as well. I started
looking for its leaders. I learned that the Zakat Committee people
were not there. The poor people would have to come back again.
I offered the leadership my personal guarantee. But nothing worked.
Sometimes systems and processes become inhumane without us meaning
to make them like this. I felt I should never give Khutba there
anymore. I remembered to be patient.
Personal donations helped her out
Aisha did eventually get back on her feet that day, with the
help of some personal donations from Muslims who didn't have enough
even for themselves, but did have the heart and compassion to
help her out immediately. No wonder the lowest income group pays
the highest proportion of their income in charity as compared
to better off people in society. May Allah reward them with the
best and give Barakah (blessing) in their livelihood.
There are at least four lessons we can learn from Aisha's sad
and true story.
One: behind the homeless and the hungry person you see
in America, the land of abundance and opportunity, is a human
being who never had any intention of becoming destitute and needy.
Two: our Islamic institutions have failed to adequately
provide for the needs of those who are truly destitute and in
dire circumstances. There has to be an organized, discreet and
systematic way to run Zakat committees and the distribution of
these funds to those who need them. There has to be immediate
follow through on each case where someone in need asks for assistance.
Three: Sister Aisha's knowledge of the homeless, experience,
talents, and confidence should have given her a place in the leadership
of the community so she could guide us in establishing these programs
for the poor.
Four: Imams, presidents, or whoever is most available
in Masjids should be authorized to disperse some Zakat funds immediately
for urgent needs without the committee processes which are subject
to erratic volunteerism.
How many others Aishas are out there?
Where is Aisha today?
How can we know? We failed her.
May Allah reward her wherever she is. Allah never fails His servants.
Article by Abdul Malik Mujahid ©
dumps chemical, nuclear waste in West Bank
Palestinian Authority's 'minister for the environment'
Yousef Abu Safiyya, has accused (Israel) of turning the
Palestinian Authority- ruled area of the West Bank into
a vast dumping-ground for its domestic industrial, chemical
and nuclear waste, thereby creating a potentially catastrophic
The secret dumping was first discovered after the establishment
of the Palestinian National Authority (PA), and although
some dumping- grounds have been discovered, the minister
said that there may still more to be found. He claimed that
the PA had the equipment to monitor dumping.
The PA has also discovered hundreds of barrels in the north
of the West Bank over the last two years, and are presently
talking to Israeli authorities about 223 barrels of toxic
waste in the Janin area which the Israelis refuse to collect.
"I met with the Israeli minister for the environment
and asked her to apply the Basil treaty, which is the relevant
international instrument on the movement of toxic material,
but she replied that international treaties do not apply
to Palestinians because they have no state," Abu-Abu
The Israelis turned down the request to remove the waste
out of hand. "They told us that they could not receive
the barrels because Israeli law bans the movement of toxic
material inside Israel except on the approval of top officials,"
Dr Abu Safiyya explained.
hang flags in solidarity with Palestine
More than 20,000 Palestinian flags hang outside Dutch
balconies in several Dutch cities - the work of a solidarity
campaign organized by Dutch and Palestinian associations.
Organizers said hanging the Palestinian flags was also
an act of solidarity with Greta Duisenberg, wife of the
European Central Bank CEO, who has been recently sued for
insisting on hanging the Palestinian flag outside the balcony
of her home in an upper class neighborhood in Amsterdam.
Duisenberg took part in a demonstration April 13 in solidarity
with the Palestinian Intifada. She decided to keep the Palestinian
flag outside her home balcony as an expression of her sympathy
with the Palestinian resistance and their legitimate right
to an independent state, and her rejection of the Israeli
aggressions against the Palestinian people.
She has found great support among the Muslim minority,
especially for standing up against Jewish pressure groups.
On May 27th, the Jewish Union in Holland, a non-governmental
organization that represents Dutch Jews, announced plans
to file a complaint to the preliminary court in Amsterdam
in order to sue Duisenberg for anti-Semitism...
Trade Body Calls For Boycot of Israeli Products
The Norwegian Federation of Trade Unions, has severely
criticized Israeli aggression against Palestinians and expressed
their fury at Israels damaging of the 1993 Oslo agreement,
reported Norwegian daily newspaper, Aften Posten on May
On a speech delivered on Labor Day, the head of the organization
Gerd-Liv Valla called for a boycott of Israeli products
until the violence ceased.
Some supermarkets in Norway are identifying goods from
Israel by sticking yellow labels on them, to give consumers
the option of purchasing or not purchasing them.
hits "Saudi American" bank
Deposits at one of the biggest banks in the Middle East,
Saudi American Bank (Samba), fell by almost $600m (£410m)
in the first three months of the year.
Some Saudi investors are thought to be moving their money
to other banks as part of a wider boycott of US products
in protest of its perceived bias towards Israel and against
Samba is 22.8% owned by the US' Citibank, and is Saudi
Arabia's second largest bank with 57 branches and 2,236
Cards Most Popular
The Islamic Card Centre has always been a popular feature of
our web-site. We have delivered well over a 100,000 e-cards over
the years. Our cards have favoured innovative rather than traditional
designs and we have always included political messages starting
with a Quds Day card.
With the launch of the Boycott Israel campaign we introduced
some designs to complement the campaign. With the recent addition
of a new boycott card we now have 6 cards with boycott themes
out of a total of 32 cards. These have proven to be most popular
with our visitors. The statistics for the last six months show
that 39% of all cards sent from the card centre have boycott israel
themes, also the two most popular cards are boycott cards:
- Boycott Israel: List of companies to boycott [card28]
- Boycott Israel: Johnson & Johnson [card30]
- Eid Milad un-Nabi Mubarak [card25]
- Best Spouse: Romance! [card17]
- Trust in Allah [card9]
- Shahadat [card8]
- Marriage: Romance![card18]
In fact the new boycott card [card32]
just introduced has proven more popular in the last 10 days than
some other cards have in six months! All this is an indication
of the politicalization of the Muslim masses who are no longer
prepared to ignore the persecution of fellow Muslims and non-Muslims.
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Sharon and US defense contractors sued
A Washington-based human rights group has filed a lawsuit
against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, President George
Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and United States
defense contractors as well as some Christian and Jewish
organizations that are financially supporting the development
of illegal settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories.
The suit was filed for punitive damages and injunctive
relief specifically demanding that the president and the
secretary of state "cease providing military assistance
to Israel until they have reported to Congress the misuse
of American military assistance by Israel," as required
under the Arms Export Control Act of 1976 on behalf of 21
Palestinians, most of them United States citizens.
"These plaintiffs are not militants even by Israels
definition. None committed any crimes, before their houses
were destroyed, killed, or assaulted.... ," said Attorney
Stanley Cohen, who filed the lawsuit this week for Solidarity
International for Human Rights, a non-profit Palestinian-American
organization based in Washington.
Israel - Something
Extract from an interview in Al-Ahram newspaper with Karen
Armstrong, the former Christian nun now turned author of many
books on the world's religions including Islam.
Earlier, in the mid 1980s, Armstrong was commissioned by Channel
Four television in Britain to make a documentary about the life
of St. Paul. This required visits to the Holy Land and to Jerusalem.
However, when Armstrong went to Israel and saw the kind of racism
against Arabs that dominated Israeli society, she realised that
"there was something fundamentally wrong" going on in
"I was deeply shocked that people could call other people
'dirty Arabs' when some 30 or 40 years before they had talked
in Europe about 'dirty Jews'. I was struck by the inability of
the Jewish people to learn from past sufferings, but of course
it is human nature that suffering does not make us better. The
problem with Israel now is that it cannot believe that it is not
1939 any more; the Israeli people are emotionally stuck in the
horrors of the Nazi era," she says.
Could it be that this is an Israeli ploy to manipulate public
opinion? Armstrong answers that "I don't think that this
is the case at a profound level. Of course, there are politicians
who will use this, but I think there is a profound inability among
Israelis to believe that they have left the past behind. They
still regard the present as a period of Jewish weakness, when
in fact it is a period of Jewish power."
"The West has to share a responsibility for what is happening
in the Middle East. If it had not persecuted the Jews, there would
not have been the need for the creation of the State of Israel.
The Muslim world did nothing to the Jews, and the Palestinians
are paying the price for the sins of Europe. Therefore, a solution
has to be found because there will be no peace in the world without
one. But if Israel has America behind it, it does not have to
worry about what the rest of the world thinks. This gives a sense
of omnipotence. At the moment there is no hope; they, the Israelis,
can do what they want because America will always support them.
I wish Europe would play a better role, but Mr Blair is running
after Mr Bush like a poodle."
Armstrong believes that the Israeli occupation is responsible
for the kind of violent resistance it meets from the Palestinians.
"The resistance will be as ruthless and violent as the occupation
is," she says. "Every occupation breeds its own kind
of resistance." Armstrong believes that the phenomenon of
the Palestinian suicide bombers has more to do with politics and
hopelessness than it does with religion. "I don't think people
sit at home and read the Qur'an and say, yes, I must go and bomb
Israel. This is not how religion works, and I see just absolute
hopelessness when people have nothing to lose. Palestinians don't
have F- 16s, and they don't have tanks. They don't have anything
to match Israel's arsenal. They only have their own bodies."
"Violence of any sort always breads violence, and the occupation
itself is an act of extreme violence, domination and oppression.
The way things have been moving has been aggressively against
While she believes that there has been a shift in the way British
public opinion views the Palestinian struggle, she warns that
the killing of civilians could create a backlash. "In the
news coverage after every suicide bombing you see Israeli mothers
with their children talking in plain English about their sufferings.
One does not get to see the same sufferings of the Palestinian
mothers and their children, though they are the weaker party in
Armstrong thinks that charges of anti-Semitism in Europe play
into the hands of the Zionist lobby in America because "this
will discredit anything Europe says. They say Europe is anti-
Semitic because for the first time Europe is becoming aware of
the plight of the Palestinians. It is part of a campaign to discredit
European input in any future peace process."
Armstrong explains how the media in the US attempted to silence
opposing voices after 11 September. For example, she had been
commissioned by the New Yorker magazine to write an article on
Islam, but the article was killed and the magazine published one
by the academic Bernard Lewis instead.
"They thought I am an apologist for Muslims, because my
article was about the prophet as a peacemaker, and this did not
suit their agenda as much as Lewis's did. Both Lewis and Kramer
are staunch Zionists who write from a position of extreme bias.
But people need to know that Islam is a universal religion, and
that there is nothing aggressively oriental or anti-Western about
it. Lewis's line, on the other hand, is that Islam is an inherently
violent religion," she said.
companies boycott Israel
When yet another French client cancelled sales from Israeli
plastic films manufacturer Polyon Barkai Industries recently,
marketing manager Haim Levy wrote an open letter to the
When I see such bias in the French media, I understand
why there is such discrimination against Israel, and why
so many companies are pulling orders, Levy said. Our
companys European sales have declined 30 to 40% since
There is a real problem here, he added.
Inon Elroy, commercial attache at the Israeli Embassy in
France, agreed. I cant say that there is not
a problem. There is, said Elroy.
Elroy said there has been a significant decrease in economic
activities between the two countries. Over the last few
years, trade between France and Israel had increased to
more than $2 billion. However, the balance of trade was
heavily skewed in Frances favor, with only about 36%
of products coming from Israeli producers, and the percentage
declining each year.
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics foreign
trade report published this week, exports to the EU, the
countrys leading trading partner, fell 7.2% from the
beginning of the year, to $1.9b. for the first four months.
Exports to France were $213.6m. during the period, while
imports were $376.9m. Declines from the same period last
year were 17% and 13%, respectively.
With many European companies cancelling orders from Israeli
trading partners, Levy said they tend to use one of three
types of excuses. We have distributors who will tell
us their clients dont want to buy Israeli products.
Other companies tell us straight out, We wont
buy Israeli. The rest blame the cancellation on the
economic difficulties in Europe.
Elroy notes that the problem is not only ideological. Senior
businessmen prefer not to take risks in uncertain situations
or invest money in unstable countries. If they have a choice
between two similar products from Israel or, lets
say, Singapore, theyd prefer Singapore. Their assumption
is that in a time of war economic activities and production
Foreign Investments Shrinking
In yet another blow to the Israeli economy, foreign investors
withdrew a net $152 million from Israel in June 2002, according
to the monthly report by the central Bank of Israel. Although
the bank did not specify the reason for the drop, economists
said it was a result of the unstable political situation
caused by the deepening Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A sharp fall in the foreign residents investment was witnessed
as investments reached the microscopic sum of $31 million
in Israel in Q2 2002. This is compared to $1.025 billion
in the first quarter of the year and $4.368 billion in 2001,
most of which was invested during the first half of the
The withdrawal of foreign investments marks a new drop
for the already failing Israeli economy, with inflation,
tourism crisis and unemployment presenting greater problems.