An Israeli army officer who fired the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl and then said he would have done the same even if she had been three years old was acquitted on all charges by a military court yesterday.
The soldier, who has only been identified as “Captain R”, was charged with relatively minor offences for the killing of Iman al-Hams who was shot 17 times as she ventured near an Israeli army post near Rafah refugee camp in Gaza a year ago.
The manner of Iman’s killing, and the revelation of a tape recording in which the captain is warned that she was just a child who was “scared to death”, made the shooting one of the most controversial since the Palestinian intifada erupted five years ago even though hundreds of other children have also died.
After the verdict, Iman’s father, Samir al-Hams, said the army never intended to hold the soldier accountable.
“They did not charge him with Iman’s murder, only with small offences, and now they say he is innocent of those even though he shot my daughter so many times,” he said. “This was the cold-blooded murder of a girl. The soldier murdered her once and the court has murdered her again. What is the message? They are telling their soldiers to kill Palestinian children.”
i was reading your post about mayor bloomberg and thought you might want to see this, if you haven't already viewed it: http://tv.gawker.com/5609824/jon-stewart-calls-out-those-blindly-opposed-to-ground-zero-mosque
Salaam Widad and thanks for sharing.
John Stewart is, and forever will be, the man. (i love how they play the Daily Show on CTV here in Canada. Despite what many people think about how the satire might be lost on many people, i really believe more exposure of him and Mr. Colbert is almost always a good thing).
you forgot to add the 1? or the “!”? lol what do you mean, D? you’re internetz speak is too 1337 for me.
and in response to your reply, well lol it’s complicateddd. and i swear you should know this but “gpoy/gpoyw” means “gratuitous picture of yourself/gratuitous picture of yourself wednesday”, it’s a blogging trend, tumblr peeps seem to love it. and i swear if an anonymous bot asked me to post gpoys, i’m sure guys more confident than myself have asked you to start posting some! haha JOKES, tell B i said whaddup lol.
oh and i didn’t see the last question but it’s 260. which is honestly a million, well half of them are bots i think). i’m honestly surprised i have more than like 5 followers on here lmao. but it’s really humbling, i appreciate every one of you, even the advertising spam bots, you guys have my internet love.
Haha, don't worry about it. I was just wondering. I'd worry about the consequences of that little revelation that came to me through...my own words! XDDDD The infidels will remain infidels--even though, I guess I'm an infidel too, as a Christian. XD I'm interested in Islam, though, and would love to have Muslim friends.
lol i’m glad. and infidel is such a harsh word, and even still you aren’t one of them. i believe you’re technically still a believer because somewhere i’m sure you still subscribe to the original message of Christ sent through the Bible. Those who believe aren’t infidels. K, i’ll stop preaching lol.
and what do you mean you don’t have muslims friends? you got me =)
do you have a girlfriend? whats your favorite color? post more g.p.o.y.w.'s!!
um, it’s complicated.
it’s hard to say, i guess i’m partial to blue? but i really do like the other colours, though if you check my closet all you’ll see is black and blue (i know, how vibrant). i actually love red too, but it’s too bold and i really don’t like getting too much attention in public. but i got mad love for green as well and, surprisingly for me, i’m slowly developing a liking to purple (i got this one cardigan that’s a spectrum of purple, it’s TOO sick lol) yeah.. i know this wasn’t even a part of the question lol, i’ll stop now.
and i’m flattered that you want to see more g.p.o.y.w’s of me but i have a problem with the “y” in the gpoy. if i ever gain self-esteem, you’ll see them. and i’d like to see more gpoyw’s of you, annoymous. and i dunno if anyone has ever told you this but it’s about time you changed your avatar icon; and that BP-like flower blossom behind your head isn’t helping.
I always send a hasty "SO SORRY I DON'T FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT YOU" message. It's never anything explicit aha but usually in Arabic so no one understands it. Although I consistently send it to this one very religious girl who speaks Arabic and it's humiliating because I can feel her judging me aha.
Lol cirrincione you’re a joker.
if i ever get an arabic text now that i can’t understand i’m going to always remember how your texts accidentally get sent to that religious sister and it’ll always crack me up =P
“If you guarantee me six things on your part, I shall guarantee you paradise: speak the truth when you talk, keep a promise when you make it, when you are trusted with something fulfill your trust, avoid sexual immorality, lower your eyes and restrain your hand from injustice.”—
Whenever I hear such an uplifting and inspirational hadith like this it makes me wonder how Quranists write off the hadith completely. The Prophet (PBUH) was the messenger of the Qur’an, the chosen one; a vessel of truth meant to deliver the message and to LIVE the message as an example for all of mankind. It really boggles my mind how some Muslims think they can perfect their practise of this beautiful deen whilst pushing away and entirely ignoring the teachings and sunnah of our beautiful Prophet.
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.”—Arundhati Roy (via kari-shma: quote-book: fifteengreen: mariamjaan: uzairm)
Editor’s note: In honor of the newest Studio Ghibli film, Tales From Earthsea, we wanted people to discover other Japanese animation films beyond that of master animator Hayao Miyazaki (Earthsea is directed by his son Goro). Miyazaki’s work has dominated the genre the way Pixar has dominated computer animation the last 15 years. We’re still trying to figure out if we can rank Miyazaki’s movies for a separate blog, but that’s proving as hard as picking which of your kids you like best. Meanwhile, our animation expert Charles Solomon—a Miyazaki devotee—delves into the other gems of the genre.
For mainstream American audiences, the work of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki has become synonymous with Japanese animation. But millions of otaku, most of them in their teens and twenties, know that the Japanese animation industry encompasses as many styles and genres as live action film.
Here are ten interesting, original and important Japanese features that were not made at Studio Ghibli and that bear only a vague resemblance to the conventional American vision of what animation can be and do.
Akira Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira(1988): It’s often described as the movie that created a mass audience for Japanese animation in America. Although the convoluted plot and inconclusive ending may frustrate American viewers, Otomo’s direction, especially his cutting in the motorcycle chase sequence, was ground-breaking. The film probably looks better in this Blu-Ray release than it did in its initial release as dust, dirt and scratches have been digitally removed.
Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Director Shinichiro Watanabe expands the popular broadcast series to the big screen with his accustomed panache. The climactic duel between bounty hunter/”space cowboy” Spike Spiegel and the manaical Vincent plays against innocent yet eerie images of a Halloween carnival on Mars. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door provides a stylish introduction for the viewers who want to know why Cowboy Bebop scored such a hit on both sides of the Pacific.
Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone:You Are Not Alone makes it clear why Hideaki Anno has returned to his watershed tale Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) yet again. He’s “rebuilding” the story as he initially envisioned it, unconstrained by technological and budgetary limits, and the new visuals eclipse the broadcast series. An eerie mixture of Jungian psychology, Christian symbolism and sci-fi adventure Evangelion remains a landmark in anime history.
Ghost in the Shell: Director Mamoru Oshii’s skillful blending of drawn and computer animation was key work in the creation of the cyberpunk genre. The film is set in the not-too-distant future, when an unnamed government uses lifelike cyborgs for undercover work. Cyborg Major Motoko Kusanagi battles through a web of espionage as she searches for the mysterious superhacker known as “The Puppet Master.” Oshii deftly juxtaposes rapid-fire action with static dialogue scenes that allow the characters to sort out the rather hazy plot.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: Makoto Konno is a normal high school student: smart, but not brilliant; well-liked, but not a social star. She likes to play baseball with handsome, studious Kosuke and shaggy, offbeat Chiaki. When Makoto nearly loses her life in an accident, she discovers she can move through time to escape, but her efforts to improve the present backfire. The well-drawn relationship Makoto, Kosuke, and Chiaki share balances the fantastic elements of the story.
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade: Written by Mamoru Oshii and directed by Hiroyuki Okiura Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade is set in a fictionalized version of the recent past, when a repressive Japanese government is battling The Sect, a violent revolutionary organization that uses adolescent girls they call “Red Riding Hoods” as couriers. Capitol Police Constable Kazuki Fuse and Kei Agawa, the older sister of a courier, find themselves caught in a snarl of plots and counter-plots. Okiura’s skillful cutting and striking imagery transcend the limited animation.
Millenium Actress: After spending decades in seclusion, aged film star Chioyoko Fujiwara grants an interview to journalist Genya Tachibana. Director Satoshi Kon intercuts scenes from Chioyoko’s films with her memories of pursuing a mysterious artist she met as a girl. Accompanied by his blasé cameraman, Tachibana finds himself within Chioyoko’s memories and films, alternately observing and aiding her. Kon’s skillful direction and subtle use of color strengthen his intriguing narrative.
Paprika: Based on a novel by the Japanese science fiction writer Yasutaka Tsutui, the unsettling feature Paprika continues Satoshi Kon’s exploration of the disturbingly permeable boundaries between dreams and reality. Psychotherapist Atsuko Chiba uses her alter-identity as “dream detective” Paprika to prevent a mass nightmare from causing multiple suicides. Kon effortlessly carries the audience between reality and fantasy, confirming his reputation as one of the most talented directors working in animation today.
Samurai X: the Motion Picture:Samurai X offers a darker, more violent take on Noboru Watsuki’s manga than the popular series Rurouni Kenshin. A key fighter in the Meiji Restoration that transformed 19th century Japan, assassin Kenshin Himura received scars on his soul that mark him more decisively than the X on his cheek. Director Hatsuki Tsuji builds subtle visual patterns of downward motions—falling tears, fluttering bamboo leaves, the deadly stroke of a sword, Kenshin’s spectacular leaps—to create a film with an unusually satisfying resolution.
Tokyo Godfathers: The tenuous existence of three homeless people—Hana, a flamboyant drag entertainer; Gin, an alcoholic former bicycle racer; and Miyuki, a sullen teenage runaway—becomes more chaotic when they search for the parents of an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve. All three care passionately about the abandoned infant, and they love each other, although they’re loath to admit it. Kon shows that battling inner demons can present a more daunting challenge than fighting aliens and cyborgs.
I haven’t seen all of them, but this is a pretty sound list of japanese anime films which happen to be phenomenal. if you’re new to anime and want a place to start, any of these films right here would be the perfect place to begin.
“Since time immemorial, the Black Hills in South Dakota have been a holy place for the Lakota Sioux – my people. And to the Lakota the Black Hills is where Life began. Although the story of creation significantly differs between Sioux and Christians (our messenger from The Creator came in the form of a woman) Paha Sapa is not unlike Christianity’s Eden in its significance. But here is where today’s debate over the mosque and my peoples’ sacred site come together: It didn’t matter to the Christians, those innumerable settlers who came west seeking gold, land, riches and religious freedom (ironically) that the Black Hills was our holy site, our sacred location, our Jerusalem. No. What mattered was that their monument – Mount Rushmore – be chiseled into it. And the key word here is “on,” not “near.” The American Muslim community wants to build their 13-story mosque near the World Trade Center bombing site, not on it. Only if we – American Indians – were lucky enough to have seen Christians build their much coveted religious institutions and monuments to their leaders near our holy sites, and not on them.”—
Christians obviously feel they have the constitutional right to build what they want, where they want, when they want. I find it most hypocritical that the same Christians who are for building edifices on sacred Indian sites are the very same voices of opposition regarding the erection of a Muslim mosque near Ground Zero.
Didn’t Paul Mooney recently comment on the (more than 2 blocks away, so near) Ground Zero “Mosque” (but really a community center) that “You mean kind of like carving big white mens heads into the mountains of native burial grounds?”
“Every single member of my family on both sides were exterminated. Both my parents were in the Warsaw ghetto uprising and it’s precisely and exactly because of the lessons my parents taught me and my two siblings, that I will not be silent when Israel commits its crimes against the Palestinians. I consider nothing more despicable than to use their suffering and their martyrdom [of his relatives] to try and justify the torture, the brutalization, the demolition of homes that Israel daily commits against the Palestinians. So I refuse any longer to be intimidated, or browbeaten by the tears. If you had any heart you’d be crying for the Palestinians.”—
“True piety does not consist in turning your faces towards the east or the west — but truly pious is he who believes in God, and the Last Day; and the angels, and revelation, and the prophets; and spends his substance — however much he himself may cherish — it — upon his near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer, and the beggars, and for the freeing of human beings from bondage; and is constant in prayer, and renders the purifying dues; and [truly pious are] they who keep their promises whenever they promise, and are patient in misfortune and hardship and in time of peril: it is they that have proved themselves true, and it is they, they who are conscious of God.”—
This verse will be up for discussion in the upcoming HuffPo series on Ramadan. Huffington Post Religion has launched a scripture commentary/reflection series, which will bring together leading voices from different religious traditions to offer their wisdom on selected religious texts. We are pleased to announce a series of reflections for the Holy Month of Ramadan featuring posts by HM Queen Noor, Dalia Mogahed, Eboo Patel, Kabir Helminski, Rami Nashashibi, and Daisy Khan. They will all be reflecting on a passage from the Qur’an, Sura 2:177, which appears above. Last month we featured Christian reflections on the Gospel by Rev. Jim Wallis, Dr. Serene Jones, Dr. Emilie Townes, Sister Joan Chittister, and Rev. James Martin, S.J. Coming in September we will feature Jewish commentaries for the High Holidays and in October Hindu commentary for Diwali. We hope all readers, Muslim and non-Muslim, will gain wisdom from the insights of our writers on the Holy Qur’an
Read my favorite Chicagoan, Rami Nashashibi’s, first installment here.
(JTA) — A study released by two U.N. agencies said Israeli security measures on Gaza’s borders have affected the health of more than 10 percent of the strip’s inhabitants.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and World Food Program stated in the study, released Thursday, that Israel’s policies have led to shifts in diet, reductions in the quantity of food consumed, poor sewage treatment and limited access to education. It concluded that Israel’s land and sea restrictions have affected about 12 percent of Gaza’s population.
Since 2008, Israel has not allowed Gazans to use land 1,000 to 1,500 meters from the border with Israel or access waters more than three miles from shore, according to the report. The report estimated that this restricts about 35 percent of farmland, and 85 percent of water that should be accessible to fisherman under the Oslo Accords.
It also noted that Israel’s security considerations stem from attacks by Hamas militants launched from the border areas.
According to the report, the Israeli army razes farms that already exist in the restricted zone, including fruit trees, chicken and sheep farms, water wells and greenhouses. Some inhabitants have replanted the area with rain-fed crops, but the report estimated that the total value of property destroyed in restricted areas in the past five years is $308 million. Many farmers reported that their income from agriculture was reduced to one-third or less of what it had previously been. Fishermen reported that they have lost about $26.5 million in income.
Data was gathered in a series of 101 interview and group discussions with farmers, fishermen, municipal officials, students and others. The study was conducted between March and April, and combined with analyses of data from other sources.
The current regime also affects access to schools, seven of which are located within the restricted areas. The safety of students and staff attending these institutions (4,600), the quality of education provided and the level of educational achievement have been seriously undermined by the frequent exposure to Israeli fire at people present in open areas, be they farmers or armed militants.
Finally, access restrictions have significantly impeded the maintenance and upgrade of existing wastewater and electricity infrastructure, negatively impacting the provision of services to the entire population of the Gaza Strip. In particular, the prolonged delay in the construction of three wastewater treatment plants has contributed to the daily release of some 80 million litres of raw and partially-treated sewage into the sea and streams, thus adding a significant environmental and health hazard.
“Always, always, always, always, always do what you are afraid to do. Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain. Do the thing and you will have the power.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson (via jesuisperdu, livingathomenow, abnkkbsplako)
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