Have truer words ever been spoken?
¡FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS CUBA!
New Yorkers are invited to celebrate tonight …
July 17, 2015 at 10:08 (Holidays)
And if you try to change it you land in jail
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
“When God created us He didn’t say ‘You’re a Muslim, you’re a Christian, you’re a Jew’.” “We are all humans and I wanted to share the good precious holy moments of Ramadan with other people. Everyone has a different view and perspective we need to share it together to remove the anger and the sadness in the area.”
Muslims, Jews hold joint iftar meals for Ramadan fast
Jewish families hosted by Palestinian families for post-fast meal; ‘I wanted to share the good precious holy moments of Ramadan with other people,’ says Arab woman hosting Jews for iftar.
As the call to prayer marking the end of the day-long Ramadan fast echoed from a nearby mosque, the two dozen people sat down and began eating. There were many traditional Arab foods, and conversation flowed easily. It looked like any post-fasting dinner table in the Arab world.
What was unique here is that most of the guests had never met the hosts, Bronka and Aref Tahboub, before this night. The Tahboubs had opened their home to a group of Israeli Jews who wanted to experience the iftar meal.
“There are so many things here that we don’t control,” Aref told The Media Line in fluent Hebrew. “But Arabs and Jews have to live together. I’ve worked with Jews all my life and I want my children to get to know Jews.”
The meeting was organized by Kids4Peace, a grassroots organization that brings Muslim, Christian and Jewish children in Jerusalem together. About 25 Jewish families signed up to be hosted by Palestinian families, along with their children.
The Tahboubs have three children, two boys, age 14 and 11, and a daughter who is 9, and all three children are fasting. While it is only compulsory to fast from puberty, many children choose to start earlier.
“They see all of their neighbors fasting, and they want to do it too,” Bronka, an English teacher told The Media Line. “Ramadan is a special time for us. We believe that the gates of hell are closed, and the sky opens the doors to our prayers.”
Ramadan also marks the time that Muslims believe Allah revealed the Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammed, who was illiterate. As it based on the solar calendar, rather than the lunar calendar, it rotates through the seasons. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Mohammed used to break his fast with a date, and Muslims today do the same.
At the Tahboubs in the upscale East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, the Jewish guests quickly feel at home.
“It starts with me being a citizen of Jerusalem,” Duel Peli, a lawyer whose daughter attends Kids4Peace told The Media Line. “Jerusalem is a mixed city with people from different ethnic origins and different nationalities. I live in this city I want to be friendly with as many of the different populations as I can.”
He says that being part of Kids4Peace, which divides the children into groups of one-third Jewish, one-third Christian and one-third Muslim, has been an eye-opening experience for him. The parents have parallel workshops to the children, who go to summer camp together in the US.
“I find myself in the minority which is an important feeling for me to have,” he said. “It makes me understand what it is like to be a minority in Jerusalem and in Israel.”
The population in Jerusalem is two-thirds Jewish and one-third Arab, divided between Muslims and Christians. The meetings have continued despite more than a year of tensions in Jerusalem, which began last June when Hamas terrorists kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. Jewish extremists then kidnapped a Palestinian boy, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, from Shuafat, a neighborhood less than a mile from Beit Hanina. Bronka Tahboub says she knows Mohammed’s father well, and visited him after his son was killed.
His death, and the fighting between Israel and Hamas last summer in Gaza, during which several rockets were fired toward Jerusalem, has negatively affected her nine-year-old daughter Leen, who for the past year has refused to sleep in her own bed.
Yet Bronka says the tensions have only strengthened her resolve to reach out to her Jewish neighbors.
“When God created us He didn’t say ‘You’re a Muslim, you’re a Christian, you’re a Jew’,” she said. “We are all humans and I wanted to share the good precious holy moments of Ramadan with other people. Everyone has a different view and perspective we need to share it together to remove the anger and the sadness in the area.”
After dinner, as the kids played soccer outside, Bronka took out a water pipe and began puffing on melon and mint scented tobacco. As the water pipe made its rounds, the tensions in Jerusalem between Arabs and Jews seemed far away.
Rambling down Memory Lane…….
No commentary necessary …..
June 17, 2015 at 15:07 (Holidays)
© By Tom Karlson
they sang and prayed,
naming that day in May,
257 Union men captured, starved
mass-graved, bodies twisted,
joined at hip arm and head, this
Charleston South Carolina
Babi Yar Confederate style burial
re-interred with honor and memory
by 10,000 Freedmen
in 1865 that first day of mourning
the first Memorial Day
today we are at Jones beach
it is Memorial Day
we are fifty souls
remembering our dead, the dead
hundreds of Long Islanders
thousands of North Americans
a million Iraqis and Afghanis
families stroll past
some look, others visionless
all have come to eat, drink,
and salute that insatiable war-beast
they watch the Blue Angles
spin, flip, dive, and swoop,
aging chicken hawks
beg boys and girls to sign up for
the navy, the marines, the air force
the Turkish flotilla
bringing aid to Gaza
the Israeli attack,
nine dead on Memorial day
steelworkers are strike Little Steel,
police-guards-scabs open fire
one hundred clubbed
on Memorial day
let us remember all our Memorial Days
© By Tom Karlson
Julia Ward Howe calls out
Peace and Reconciliation this day, Mother’s Day
No more war-remember-
620,000 sent to the Promised Land,
600,000 armless, eyeless, legless Jonny’s
Dancing days are done
Mother’s day a day for peace
In this new millennium
The United States of North America
Howe is forgotten
Peace is terrorism
Reconciliation is a tool of the fool
The newly dead and near dead
Camping on sunless streets
With plastic bowls filled with spare change
Here Hallmark runs this show
3 billion on flowers
100 million for cards
2 billion on gifts
4 billion on meals
Capitalism can sell
Yes capitalism must sell
peace next year?
May 1, 2015 at 14:12 (Holidays)
Hugo Gellert’s original silkcreen, Allegory of Peace and Victory is a trial or working proof published between 1940 and 1950. Gellert almost exclusively uses two screens of red and black. Obviously, Hugo Gellert used the red screen as his base and then applied his outline blacks — note the inadvertent spots of black ink appearing on the baby’s legs and stomach. He then completed the design in pencil by drawing the outside dimensions and lengthening the flame above the baby’s left hand. This original silkscreen is printed upon thick, laid paper and with large, full margins, as described. Allegory of Peace and Victory is a fine example of the graphic art created by the Hungarian/American artist, Hugo Gellert.
Did you ever wonder what the difference is between Easter and Passover?
In THIS video, Jon Stewart explains it all …. a must watch if you want a smile on your face for the rest of the week.
From the Los Angeles Times
Jewish people of the world, it’s time to step it up. That’s the message Jon Stewart delivered to his fellow tribe members Monday on “The Daily Show” in a humorous rant about Passover’s public relations battle with Easter.
“As the father of mixed-faith children who are exposed to both Christian and Jewish holidays, I can’t help but feel that we Jews are getting our [tuchuses] kicked out here,” he began.
Stewart argued that, having “already conceded defeat in the Christmas versus Hanukkah kerfuffle,” it was time for Jews to think about rebranding one of their most cherished holidays. The key to victory, he claimed, is winning over the kiddies, and Passover could really use some help with this demographic.
Stewart summarized the Easter “holiday sales pitch” this way: “OK, kids. Easter weekend is an observation of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, so, buh-bam! A basket with candy!”
The Passover meal is a much harder sell to most kids, Stewart argued, because Jews commemorate the emancipation of the ancient Israelites by eating food fit for, well, a slave. “Hey, 5-year-olds! Basket filled with candy and jellybeans, or horseradish still in root form? Would you like the treats a magical bunny brought you, or the bone from a dead baby lamb?”
Stewart urged his fellow Jews to “take it up a notch” when it comes to youth marketing. After all, it’s not like the story of Passover is totally uncool. “Moses parting the Red Sea? How have we not turned that into an amusement park?” he wondered.
Most critically, Passover could really use a make-believe character to rival the Easter Bunny. To that end, Stewart proposed “Passover Pete, the guitar-playing, pizza-eating lion.”
Having already declared war on Christmas, Stewart appears to have moved on to another Christian holiday. The Easter Bunny better watch his back.
DesertPeace and Associates wishes all of our Jewish readers, family and friends a Happy Holiday.
Please don’t Passover Palestine this year!
A Passover Seder is a service held at home, as part
of the Passover celebration of liberation, to share the
Passover story together in order to recognize peoples’
right to freedom.
During the evening, as part of the Passover Seder, four
questions are asked, traditionally by the youngest child
to teach the next generation to question as a way to
The idea of Passover is also about becoming free
personally from our internal constraints. Asking
questions makes manifest that quest and shows our
courage to exercise our freedom.
On Passover we learn that when people without their
freedom question authority, they are at great risk.
It is therefore essential for those with privilege to
question, to wonder aloud. We ask these four questions
on behalf of people in struggle for their liberation and
right to freedom.
ENCOURAGE OTHERS YOU KNOW AND LOVE, TO JOIN YOU IN TALKING ABOUT A TRUE LIBERATION FOR ALL…
Click on link below to see the reality of Passover for Palestinians
And to our Christian readers, family and friends, A Happy and Meaningful Easter.
Read in above link how your Christian Brothers and Sisters in Palestine will be forbidden to pray at their Holy Sites due to the closure. Pray for them as well.
You might appreciate the following report written by Mike Rivero (Click on link)
CLEANSING THE LAND OF BREAD AND ARABS
TREES ARE HOLY OBJECTS IN ISRAEL … UNLESS …
This holiday has its origins not in the Bible, but rather in the Mishna, which was written in the early 3rd century CE. It is primarily an agricultural holiday, as evinced by its other name, New Year of Trees.
This holiday is celebrated in the midst of the rainy season (late January or early February). It was originally a holiday with halakhic (Jewish legal) significance, as it was used to mark the age of a tree for the purpose of harvesting and tithing its fruit – tithes that were given to the priests who served in the Temple and did not own any land.
After the Jewish people were scattered in the Diaspora and were no longer involved primarily in agriculture, Tu B’Shvat became a holiday symbolizing the connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. It is not a holy rest day and businesses are open as usual.
Planting saplings – This is a custom that developed relatively recently – in the late 19th century, with the renewal of Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel. The initiative to plant trees began in the schools and spread throughout the country and became a deeply rooted custom. Today it is customary to take children on tree-planting outings on Tu B’Shvat. Preschools and schools hold special ceremonies to mark the holiday. In the past few years, an ecological element has been added to this holiday: the conservation and nurturing of trees (and the green landscape in general) as a symbol of the importance of nature in our lives.
For Palestinians, the tree is also a holy object, especially the olive tree … Attacks on olive trees are a key way that Palestinians are forced out of their homes and their lands confiscated for settlement construction, as the loss of a year’s crop can signal destitution for many.
The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank.
Here is how the settlers ‘celebrated’ Tu B’Shvat on the stolen lands …
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers cut down over 70 Palestinian olive trees in the Hebron district on Monday, locals said.Witnesses told Ma’an that the settlers destroyed over 70 tree saplings near the town of Sair.
The trees had been planted a week ago in an area threatened with annexation near the illegal settlement of Metzad, located in the Gush Etzion bloc west of Bethlehem.
Locals have organized a campaign to replant the trees.
Attacks on olive trees are a key way that Palestinians are forced out of their homes and their lands confiscated for settlement construction, as the loss of a year’s crop can signal destitution for many.
The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank.
Since 1967, approximately 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted in the occupied West Bank, according to a joint report by the Palestinian Authority and the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.
Palestinian activists dressed in Santa Claus outfits on Thursday sprayed graffiti demanding an end to the Israeli occupation and freedom for Palestinians on the Israeli separation wall in the southern West Bank town of Bethlehem.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian activists dressed in Santa Claus outfits on Thursday sprayed graffiti demanding an end to the Israeli occupation and freedom for Palestinians on the Israeli separation wall in the southern West Bank town of Bethlehem.
Activists handed out candy to passing vehicles in celebration of Christmas and the New Year as others wrote slogans on the eight-meter high concrete wall that cuts Bethlehem off from neighboring Jerusalem.
One of the youths involved in the activity said the aim was to pass on good wishes to those celebrating Christmas in Bethlehem and hopes for a new year full of happiness for Palestinian children.
The activity took place at a major intersection in Bethlehem where the Israeli wall reaches into the heart of the city to cut off the tomb of Biblical matriarch Rachel from the city around it.
Once a shared Jewish, Christian, and Muslim place of worship, the annexation of the area by Israel’s wall has also meant that non-Jews are no longer allowed to enter it. Instead, they are confronted by the wall’s watchtowers on every side, while access is only allowed from the Israeli side through a checkpoint forbidden to non-Jews.
Local activist Mazen al-Azza told Ma’an that the activists hoped to draw attention to the “danger” the wall represents for Bethlehem, particularly at Christmas since international attention is focused on the city and tens of thousands of foreign tourists pass through.
Al-Azza added that the activist was a message to the whole world that there should be no ambiguity regarding the Palestinian cause in the face of the Israeli occupation.
Israel began building the separation wall in 2002, and the route has been the target of regular demonstrations by border towns whose land is cut off by its path.
Israel has regularly confiscated large plots of Palestinian land in order to build the wall. When the 435-mile barrier is complete, 85 percent of it will have been built inside the occupied West Bank.
In 2004 the International Court of Justice ruled that the separation wall was illegal and “tantamount to annexation.”
The wall also prevents Palestinians from moving freely in the West Bank between Palestinian villages, towns, and cities, increasingly trapping them in small pockets of Palestinian control.
All images ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff
DesertPeace and Associates wishes all of our readers and friends the best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2015!
Wherever you are, whoever you are… here’s hoping that you and yours have the best in the New Year. Let us hope that 2015 will usher in a lasting peace and justice for all of humanity… a year of love and understanding for all of us.
|ALBANIAN||Gëzuar vitin e ri|
|ALSATIAN||e glëckliches nëies / güets nëies johr|
|ARABIC||aam saiid / sana saiida|
|ARMENIAN||shnorhavor nor tari|
|AZERI||yeni iliniz mubarek|
|BASQUE||urte berri on|
|BELARUSIAN||З новым годам (Z novym hodam)|
|BOSNIAN||sretna nova godina|
|BRETON||bloavezh mat / bloavez mad|
|BULGARIAN||честита нова година (chestita nova godina)|
|BURMESE||hnit thit ku mingalar pa|
|CANTONESE||kung hé fat tsoi|
|CATALAN||bon any nou|
|CHINESE||xin nian kuai le / xin nian hao|
|CORSICAN||pace e salute|
|CROATIAN||sretna nova godina|
|CZECH||šťastný nový rok|
|ESPERANTO||felicxan novan jaron
feliæan novan jaron (Times SudEuro font)
|ESTONIAN||head uut aastat|
|FINNISH||onnellista uutta vuotta|
|GEORGIAN||გილოცავთ ახალ წელს (gilocavt akhal tsels)|
|GERMAN||ein gutes neues Jahr / prost Neujahr|
|GREEK||kali chronia / kali xronia
eutichismenos o kainourgios chronos (we wish you a happy new year)
|GUARANÍ||rogüerohory año nuévo-re|
|HAITIAN CREOLE||bònn ané|
|HAWAIIAN||hauoli makahiki hou|
|HINDI||nav varsh ki subhkamna|
|HMONG||nyob zoo xyoo tshiab|
|HUNGARIAN||boldog új évet|
|ICELANDIC||farsælt komandi ár|
|INDONESIAN||selamat tahun baru|
|IRISH GAELIC||ath bhliain faoi mhaise|
|ITALIAN||felice anno nuovo, buon anno|
|JAVANESE||sugeng warsa enggal|
|KANNADA||hosa varshada shubhaashayagalu|
|KAZAKH||zhana zhiliniz kutti bolsin|
|KHMER||sur sdei chhnam thmei|
|KOREAN||seh heh bok mani bat uh seyo|
|KURDE||sala we ya nû pîroz be|
|LAO||sabai di pi mai|
|LATIN||felix sit annus novus|
|LATVIAN||laimīgu Jauno gadu|
|LIGURIAN||feliçe annu nœvu / feliçe anno nêuvo|
|LINGALA||bonana / mbula ya sika elamu na tonbeli yo|
|LITHUANIAN||laimingų Naujųjų Metų|
|LOW SAXON||gelükkig nyjaar|
|LUXEMBOURGEOIS||e gudd neit Joër|
|MACEDONIAN||srekna nova godina|
|MALAGASY||arahaba tratry ny taona|
|MALAY||selamat tahun baru|
|MAORI||kia hari te tau hou|
|MARATHI||navin varshaachya hardik shubbheccha|
|MONGOLIAN||shine jiliin bayariin mend hurgeye (Шинэ жилийн баярын мэнд хvргэе)|
|MORÉ||wênd na kô-d yuum-songo|
|PERSIAN||sâle no mobârak|
|POLISH||szczęśliwego nowego roku|
|PORTUGUESE||feliz ano novo|
|ROMANCHE||bun di bun onn|
|ROMANI||bangi vasilica baxt|
|ROMANIAN||un an nou fericit / la mulţi ani|
|RUSSIAN||С Новым Годом (S novim godom)|
|SAMOAN||ia manuia le tausaga fou|
|SANGO||nzoni fini ngou|
|SARDINIAN||bonu annu nou|
|SCOTTISH GAELIC||bliadhna mhath ur|
|SERBIAN||srećna nova godina|
|SINDHI||nain saal joon wadhayoon|
|SINHALA||suba aluth avuruddak vewa|
|SLOVAK||stastlivy novy rok|
|SLOVENIAN||srečno novo leto|
|SPANISH||feliz año nuevo|
|SRANAN||wan bun nyun yari|
|SWAHILI||mwaka mzuri / heri ya mwaka mpya|
|SWEDISH||gott nytt år|
|SWISS-GERMAN||es guets Nöis|
|TAGALOG||manigong bagong taon|
|TAHITIAN||ia orana i te matahiti api|
|TAMIL||iniya puthandu nalVazhthukkal|
|TATAR||yaña yıl belän|
|TELUGU||nuthana samvathsara subhakankshalu|
|THAI||สวัสดีปีใหม่ (sawatdii pimaï)|
|TURKISH||yeni yiliniz kutlu olsun|
|UKRAINIAN||Z novym rokom|
|URDU||naya saal mubarik|
|UZBEK||yangi yilingiz qutlug’ bo’lsin|
|VIETNAMESE||Chúc Mừng Nǎm Mới / Cung Chúc Tân Niên / Cung Chúc Tân Xuân|
|WALOON (“betchfessîs” spelling)||bone annéye / bone annéye èt bone santéye|
|WELSH||blwyddyn newydd dda|
|WEST INDIAN CREOLE||bon lanné|
|YIDDISH||a gut yohr|
December 24, 2014 at 07:44 (Holidays)