Christianity and War

The following splendid diatribe against Christian involvement in war, militarism and the armed forces is taken from the website The author, Laurence M. Vance is a prolific writer on this topic, but I regard this article as his best. Click on the title below to see the original article. Continue reading

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Palestinian Political Resolutions, Cairo, 17 July 1968

The Palestine Liberation Organization at its meeting in Cairo in July 1968 produced a revised version of the Palestinian National Charter, originally issued in 1964. At the same time the Palestinian National Assembly passed a series of Political Resolutions. These are less well-known than the Charter, and as far as I can determine are not available on the internet.

The following excerpts from the Political Resolutions have been taken from the collection Documents on Palestine, Volume II, pages 316-319, published by PASSIA (Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs) in 2007 and edited by Dr. Mahdi Abul Hadi. I have corrected a few errors in the transcription using the Google Books preview of The Israel-Palestine Conflict: a Documentary Record, by Yehuda Lukacs.

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PLO Statement on UNSC Resolution 242

The Palestine Liberation Organization issued the following statement rejecting UN Security Council Resolution 242 on the day after it was passed.

At the time of writing this post is the only copy of the statement on the internet. I have taken it from the collection “Documents of Palestine” Volume II, pages 307-308, published by PASSIA (Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs) in 2007 and edited by Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi. Continue reading

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UN Security Council resolutions condemning Israel

A list of United Nations Security Council resolutions directly critical of Israel for violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions, the U.N. Charter, the Geneva Conventions, international terrorism, or other violations of international law. Based on an article by Jeremy Hammond in Foreign Policy Journal, 27 January, 2010, entitled “Rogue State: Israeli Violations of U.N. Security Council Resolutions“. Continue reading

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Paris massacre: thoughts and questions – by Penjihad

This article is copied from website of the American Muslim blogger Penjihad:

Well, in spite of my prayers that these murderers should not be Muslims, it soon transpired that they were indeed, Muslim. How does one react to such an incomprehensible tragedy? As a Muslim myself, I am keenly aware that anything I say, will be looked at with a critical eye and that if anything can be misconstrued to show a negative view of Islam and Muslims, it will be misconstrued. I notice that Muslims everywhere are distancing themselves from the ISIS slaughters and extending a hand of sympathy to their audiences, almost as if to say, “look, we Muslims are peaceful people and this (ISIS) is not us”.

There is no explaining the hows or whys of the ISIS murders, there is no way to explain the thoughtless, heartless, pointless killing of people who had nothing to do with the wars. Indeed this “War” against ISIS is perhaps the only war I can support although not in the senseless, selfish way the West is conducting it.

To be sure, we can trace the roots of the ISIS mentality right down to the fathers sitting in the comfort of their Saudi homes. We can move forward to where the US and the West decided to promote murders in the name of Islam against the Soviet “infidels” and then how it all went our of control from there onwards. However, such an academic study would be an unwelcome repeat of chronologies described again and again, in this blog as well as by many other people. When stated by a Muslim, it would be twisted and taken as support for ISIS.

Anytime I hear of something ISIS does or something another intolerant Muslim groups does, it pains me to the core of my soul, I cannot understand why anyone would believe that such acts are legal in their faith or even blessed. It grieves me to think there are many Muslims who believe all sorts of misogynistic behavior is sanctioned by their faith when in fact, it is rooted in tradition, not in religion. There are Muslims who believe being intolerant of other faiths…even of other Muslim sects and groups, is sanctioned in their faith when in fact the Quran states exactly the opposite. But being a part of the Human Race, I fear such twisted thinking will always be a part of us people of every faith because intolerance is the shortest path to power.

Why should Muslims be any different from their Jewish, Christian, Hindu or Buddhist brothers and sisters?
As we share the grief of the slaughters in Paris, I cannot help but feel a different pain and a different resentment; a gnawing question that does not leave me.

No sooner had the news of the Paris murders come out, than people from everywhere, stepped forward to condemn to butchery. Leaders of states stepped to their podiums to note their solidarity for France and for the people of France and Paris, in their time of need. Flags of France have suddenly become fashionable, “Je suis Paris!” is the new slogan that shows everyone how deep our support for the French is. Part of me echoes this sentiment but the other, nagging part of me wonders where this support was and is, when Muslims in other countries are the ones being slaughtered?

Every day, people are killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan on orders of our President, in targeted killings of suspects. Every day, there are “collateral losses”; people being killed simply because they fit a certain “free-fire” profile or, were in the vicinity of where the suspect was suspected of being but was not. Hundreds of innocent people are killed by our Special Forces and our Drones, without so much as a muted question by the public. ISIS and Al-Qaeda have slaughtered hundreds of people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other countries and the events barely make the news. Busloads of minorities in Pakistan, from Shia to Qadiani, from Hindu to Christian, have been slaughtered and the matter is left in the uncaring hands of the US-paid Pakistani forces and Police.

In Egypt and Yemen, in Syria and Libya, innocent people are being slaughtered in wholesale numbers by militaries paid for and supported by the US and its Western allies. Has any Western leader stepped up to their public podium to condemn any of these killings? Certainly not to my knowledge. The US can stop the Saudi-Qatari slaughter of Yemenis in a second, but as a matter of realpolitik, this slaughter is viewed as a strike against Iran and thus, is regrettable but acceptable.

The question nagging at me heart is, Do Muslim lives matter or is it a tragedy only when White, Western faces are injured or killed?

Can our President show some public compassion for Muslims too or, is he so afraid of being accused of being a Muslim, that he dares not?

Can France shed a tear for people being butchered by Saudi-Qatari alliance, in Syria and Yemen too?

Can the West apply its immense financial and military aid pressure on countries like Pakistan to put a stop to the intolerance that is growing there? How about on Arabia for its oppression of women and its Eastern minorities?

Or is it only a tragedy when the West suffers it?

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The borders of Palestine

This is a preliminary version of an academic article which, by examining the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict and associated documents, shows that Palestine is entitled to territorial compensation for territory seized by Israel in the 1948-49 war.
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British Government statement on the end of the Palestine Mandate

The British Government issued the following statement when it ended its Mandate to govern Palestine. It gives a very good summary of the aims of the Mandate, its achievements, and the reasons for its eventual failure and the government’s decision to end the Mandate and ask the United Nations to take over the “Question of Palestine”. Continue reading

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Letter to Al-Baghadi: summary

This is the executive summary of the letter sent by Muslim scholars to Dr. Ibrahim Awwad Al-Badri, alias Abu Bakr Al-Baghadi, ‘Caliph’ of the ‘Islamic State’ on 19 September 2014 CE. Continue reading

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Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them

The phrase “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them” appears more than once in the Qu’ran. Many critics of Islam, and a few Muslim extremists, taking this phrase out of context, conclude that the Qu’ran encourages Muslim violence towards non-Muslims. The following explanation of the true interpretation of the phrase is taken from the introduction to the English translation of the Qu’ran by M.A.S Abdul Haleem.

It should be noted that Christians and Jews are not classed as ‘unbelievers’. Usually the word refers to the polytheistic religious leaders in Arabia who persecuted the Muslims.

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Composing Israel’s Declaration: Extracts from the book Three Days by Zeev Sharef.

The three days of the title are May 12, 13 and 14, 1948, when the Zionist leaders were meeting in Tel Aviv in the run-up to the end of the British Mandate over Palestine, preparing for the establishment of the new state of Israel. The extracts describe the process by which the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel was composed, and include the draft documents and the discussions about them. Of particular interest is what was said about the borders of the state in those discussions. Continue reading

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