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“Help enough people to get what they want…” Zig Ziglar

“Help enough people to get what they want, and you can have everything in life you wantZig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar has published a booklet, spanning 12 weeks, for noting everyday what you accomplished toward reaching 4 goals you have selected: One long-term goal and three of shorter terms.

A goal’s purpose is to 1) direct attention, 2) create effort, 3) affect persistence, and 4) extends task-relevant knowledge and strategies to the problem at hand…

Change comes:

1. in small steps

2. in consistent effort

3. within group support

The entire purpose of this booklet is to feel that you are guided in this journey for success. And basically, the process is that you will change on the way, to become a better person. However, nowhere in the many quotations, there are included anything related to feeling or empathy or valuing emotions.

For example, (and I can’t help it Not to edit sentences my way):

1. The deeper your belief in your goal, the higher your success story can reach

2. Take your eyes off your goal, if you care to look at obstacles (Isn’t a prescription for a pretty lonely path?)

3. Failure is an event, Not a person. (Erect a totem for every failure)

4. Only you can use your potential (With all the support you will need?)

5. You can’t pay (upfront) for success: You’ll have to make payment everyday

6. Only you can stop your goal permanently: Don’t blame it on external causes (What if you become handicapped, can’t you delegate the goal for those you trained as leaders?)

7. We all enjoy 24-hour a day: lack of direction, Not lack of time, is the problem

8. Be, do, and have

9. Dependability is critical: Ability may be overrated

10. Opportunity for success is in the person, Not in the job

11. Quality of life is in the commitment to excellence in whatever we undertake

12. Success is a personal standard: What you set is what you get. (Sweet, better not believe yourself superman)

13. Yearning power is more important than earning power (once you set your goal in motion?)

14. Price of success is much lower than the price of failure

15. The more frequently you express gratitude for what you have, the more you’ll have to express gratiude for

16. The better you manage yourself, the better you can lead others

17. (A meaningful specialist is a purposeful wandering generalist. My distortion)

18. Duty do things well. Love do things beautifully

19. Are you trading what you want most, for what you want now? (The typical story of unhappy life? And who is this lunatic who knows what he want most?)

20. The business is right, as long as your thinking is right (And who is to say what is right in your thinking?)

21. You know you are successful from the bites taken out of you. (Many got bitten bad, and they are nowhere close to success…)

22. Do ordinary task in an extraordinary way: Doing anything with love will assure you an extraordinary future…

23. The job of motivation is to train your habit in order to get where you want to be

24. The Job of Rules is to teach you how to set examples (Supposing that the rules are humanly acceptable, safe, and do not rob you from reflective judgment…?)

25. Action changes emotions: Don’t count on logic

26. You have got to learn to see yourself a winner: If you care to win (That is how dictators see themselves?)

27. Integrity in failure is the most potent persuasive of tools

28. Can’t produce leaders? You are not one

29. Never make a promise you can’t deliver on.

30. Delivering on a promise requires good planning and strong support system

31. Excellence is a mindset

32. Work for Progress, Not Perfection (Let your support system perfect what you have started?)

33. A decision without a deadline is a meaningless discussion

34. Have a visible target: You can’t hit a target you can’t see…

Note: From Seth Godin

My teacher Zig Ziglar died this morning. He was 86.

Thanks for teaching me how to sell and why it mattered.

Thanks for reminding me how much it mattered to care.

Thanks for telling us a 15-minute story about Johnny the Shoe Shine Genius, so compelling that I flew to the airport just to meet him.

Thanks for 72 hours of audiotapes, listened to so many times I wore out the cassettes twice.

Thanks for that one day we spent backstage together in Milwaukee.

Thanks for making goal setting so clear.

Thanks for elevating the art of public speaking, and making it personal, not something to be copied.

Thanks for believing in us, the people you almost never met in person, for supporting us with your voice and your stories and your enthusiasm.

Thanks for teaching so many people, people who will continue to remember you and to teach as well.

You’ll be missed.

“No country on earth would tolerate missiles…”: Blighted by short memory?

Isn’t it frustrating and a huge let down to listen to a President, supposedly educated, cosmopolitan, and sensitive to women rights and kids rights, regurgitate the same slogans that other presidents, far less educated, and downright racists, have uttered in many other occasions?

When Obama said, with a straight and smirking face, in a country still under military dictatorship (Burma or Myanmar):

“No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders…” (He was talking of the “rights” of apartheid Israel to launch preemptive wars on Gaza…).

I got into wondering:

1. Since when Gaza has been separated from Palestine, and since when the Palestinians in Gaza have been denied the Palestinian entity to claim that the missiles are sent from outside the borders?

2. And what about Israeli missiles showering on Gaza? Why Israeli missiles must be tolerated? Mind you that Israel has already launched 1,500 jet attacks on Gaza and using bombs and missiles far lethal than whatever missiles Hamas has been launching (700 missiles in total, and barely injuring a dozen Israelis, while Israel has already killed 300 and injured 2,000 Palestinian civilians)

3. And what about the drone missile attacks that Obama has been giving the green light to destroy and assassinate people outside the US borders, every week in the last 4 years, and even a couple of hours after he was reelected for a second term?

Does Obama believe that the people in Yemen and Pakistan have less rights to tolerate US missiles raining on civilians as collateral damages?

Photo: But Yemenis are so tolerant, so...
4. How come when it comes to the Middle-East, US politicians, presidents, and officials play dumb as if repeating sentences from rot, exactly the same speech, word for word, as robot used to deliver memorized speeches?

5. How come Obama wants to deny the Palestinian an observer seat in the UN? What’s wrong with an Independent Palestinian State Mr. Obama?

6. How come the Black President can suffer apartheid Israel to keep killing Palestinians in their occupied lands? Has Mr. Obama forgotten that Blacks and Latinos have struggled for centuries against the apartheid system in the USA? Some decency Mr. Obama, goddamnit!

7. Has Mr. Obama forgotten that Netanyahu PM of Israel has campaigned against him and supported his challenger for the second term, and got involved heavily in the US internal affairs?  Can you take a stand Mr. Obama, goddamnit?

أمانة برقبتك ليوم الدين لا تخرج قبل أن تضغط لايك وتقول الله يرحمهم

Palestinian kids from the same family died under the rubble of their homes

أمانة برقبتك ليوم الدين لا تخرج قبل أن تضغط لايك وتقول الله يرحمهم
Would you be able to compare the effects of Hamas tiny missiles and low explosive charges with the deep craters and ravages and destruction done by Israel bombs and missiles? And yet, Israel has already dropped more than 3,000 such bombs on all Gaza infrastructure and civilians…


Funny how many US reporters lag in international news and changes. For example, CNN tv host: “What is the reaction to US secretary of state getting on a plane and coming to the region?”
The Reporter on the border of Gaza: “We haven’t had the chance to get reaction about the visit of Hillary Clinton, but we talked to the office of PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK…”

The reporter didn’t get it yet that defunct Mubarak was displaced during the Arab Spring…

Call it what you like, but it cannot be out of defense if you are occupying other people lands (Noam Chomsky)

Call it a just reaction to mosquito stings that disrupt your comfortable “vital space” and you feel this just urge to swap the mosquito that harmed your tranquility and apartheid life-style

“The Black Salon” in Prehistoric grottoes

As of the year 2000, archaeologists and other searchers have discovered about 350 grottoes in Europe, many of them emerged to large Black Salon, after crawling for at least 50 yards.

Prehistoric men are the current and latest mankind species called Homo Sapiens, who  originating in the Near East (in current Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine) 100,000 years ago.

Mind you that prehistoric Homo Sapiens barely accounted to 50,000 in total and didn’t increase substantially, until 10,000 years ago. In the (Neolithic period) mankind settled in urban centers to plant and harvest and the population started to increase in 10 to 20 folds on good harvest and climate conditions…

Mankind was on the brink of extinction on many occasions, and the fact that they split in smaller conglomeration increased the probability of Not vanishing from epidemics and natural calamities.

The Black Salons were reserved for the initiates, expert artists that modern painters, engravers, and sculptors have rediscovered the same methods, techniques, and array of possibilities, except the digital technologies.

Even 50,000 years ago, the new species left their artistic potentials and marks in caves and grottoes, sheltered from the ravage of time and climatic changes… Artists had worked on skins, woods, clay… Even today, tribes draw and paint on sands on their body…

All these work of arts have disappeared. The essential of the first culture is lost for ever. External work of arts were preponderant, but have disappeared.

What is left are fantastic frescoes, deep in the Black Salons, in the grottoes of Lascaux, Cosquer (underwater grotto, studded with frescoes of penguins, seals…), Niaux, Chauvet, Domme…

Marcelino Sanz of Sautuola was examining a grotto in Altamira and his kid daughter screamed “Padre, hay toros“. The frescoes were of bison, and Marcelino was the first to coin “prehistoric art”. 

Only searchers started to look closely for images on ceiling, from different perspectives and angles, and contour representations of animals, where the artist made use of every rock shape matching what they were drawing and sculpting…

For example, in the grotto of Domme, a speleologue had the idea of beaming at the ceiling from a particular angle and discovered the sculpture of a mammoth, a meter large. Thousands had passed under that fantastic sculpture, but they missed this sculpture since they were looking for engraved works of art…

Homo Sapiens lived at the entrance of caves and outside, but the deep dark recesses of the grottoes were reserved for the initiates, where the spirits resided, and they erecting their scaffolding (holes of implantation are visible) and working amid the shadows of their torches…

Rare were the representation of human: The spirits were in the shadow of darkness, in the fissures inside the deep recesses of the caves…

They used all the gamut of paints, colors, and perspectives that current painters, sculptors, and artists use. Nothing new in techniques were discovered since prehistoric art: Just rediscovering the wheel… charcoal drawings, pigments, brushes… Prehistoric artists knew how to translate 3 dimensions works into 2 dimensions…

Oil painting is frequent, using animal and vegetable fat.

Stones of bi-oxide of iron were crushed and mixed with clay to obtain ochre color

Bi-oxide of manganese or charcoal were used for black color

The red color was extracted from oxide of iron stones

Colors were applied by blowing through emptied bones, by fingers, brushes of horse hair… They used palettes of stone or wood…

Prehistoric artists applied binding materials and inert materials called “charge” to economize on pigments (30%) and obtain a more unified painting

Homo Sapiens had the same nervous system, same faculties for abstraction, of synthesis, and they were Not more primitive than we currently are…

A colored stroke, the body of a bison, a horse… engraved in stones… There are traces of “non-utilitarian” actions as far back as 300,000 years ago… They assembled stones, shellfish necklaces, little statues of men done in mammoth bones were found in the Jura…

Animal marks on the soil played a preponderant role in the genesis of art: The hunter/gatherer could recognize their preys from the imprints and sketching these imprints was a good start to communicate during the hunting season…

Frescoes and paintings are the most spectacular artifacts, since they take advantage of natural contours in order to model the supplementary reliefs.

The tribes and clans traveled hundred of miles to meet on particular events to celebrate, exchange gifts, shellfish necklaces, and seek partners…

There is an outstanding similarity in the ornamented Black Salons, grottoes distant thousand of miles away: Proof that prehistoric men had religious rituals, strictly regulated and learned from generation to generation, over 30,000 years span...

Note: The French book “The most beautiful story of mankind“, (Edition du Seuil, 1998) was contributed by 3 famous scientists and experts in various fields of specialties.

Andre Langaney is expert in genetic and population. He was one of the pioneers to apply modern methods of biology in order to comprehend the Past. He chased human genes from Senegal (Africa) to the cold island of Groenland (Greenland). He has responsibilities at the museum of Man in Paris and teaches at the Univ. of Geneva

Jean Clottes is world expert in ornate caves and the general conservator of France caves and grottoes such as Niaux, Cosquer, Chauvet...

Jean Guilaine is professor at the College de France and expert in Neolithic Age, as Homo Sapiens settled down to plant and harvest, 10,000 years ago,

Forget that there are colonizers and colonized? Just two sides at war in Gaza?
Ghassan Hage, professor at the Univ.of Melbourne Australia, wrote:
The good unbiased westerner just told me: “Forget that there are colonisers and colonised, what there really is are two sides”.
Forget that there are people losing their land and people stealing it. What we have are two people with different histories.
Forget that the Israelis have killed tens of thousands of Palestinians, while the Israelis killed by the Palestinians can be counted in the hundreds.
For what there really is are two people prone to violence.
Forget that in terms of actual capacity to cause violent destruction the Palestinians are to the Israelis what a single ant is to an Elephant.
For what is important is that both sides ought to show restraint.
The good unbiased westerner is adamant:
“We don’t want to talk about the fact that one side is filthy rich and technologically over-equipped while the other is getting poorer and poorer; Nor do we want to talk about injustice, dispossession, racism and apartheid, for this doesn’t allow us to see what is wrong with both sides…
For the most important thing that one should always remember is that both sides are sides.
And if both sides did not side, there would be no side.”

Is that one of the fucked up Aristotelian logic, uttered by people sitting in comfortable peaceful conditions?

And what the American author Henry James wrote a century ago?

Henry James lived in England for 40 years and died there in 1916. Not until 1914, Henry James avoided being socially and politically engaged and kept aloof from the actual passions of existence. He was blamed for his “Mandarin” attitude toward life…

It was the start of WWI that got James in overwhelming intense activities and involvement, in his old age. He was everywhere, in Belgium, in France… visiting the hospitals, comforting the injured soldiers, raising money for belgian refugees, haranguing the US government to get engaged in the war…

James wrote: “hadn’t it been for the War, I should certainly have gone on as I was, taking it as the simplest and easiest and friendliest thing: but the circumstances are utterly altered now…” 

He wrote to a friend: “I have an imagination of disaster, and see life as ferocious and sinister… The war has used up words… We are confronted with a depreciation of all our terms, speaking with a loss of expression through increase of limpness, that may well make us wonder what ghosts will be left to walk… I eat my heart out alone… the paralysis of my own power to do anything but increasingly and inordinately feel...”

James was aware of the toll such cruelty takes on emotions and the resistance to compassion during these absurd instances, insensitivity adopted as a way of survival…

James had witnessed the US civil war, but didn’t participate because of physical problems in the back, and filled his time reading and writing. His two younger brothers did fight.

Henry James wrote to the newly wed wife of a husband who died in the war:

“I am incapable of telling you not to repine and rebel, because I am incapable to tell you Not to Feel… Feel for all you’re worth, even if it half kills you, for that is the only way to live…”

To his old friend Rhoda Broughton, Henry James wrote:

” I am sick beyond cure to have lived to see it. You and I, the ornaments of our generation, should have been spared this wreck… we have seen civilization grow and the worst became possible… this crash of civilization… the funeral spell of our murdered civilization…”

James’ idea of home was bound up with the idea of civilization. Culture, humaneness, civilization, and independence of thought were everything to James “We must for dear life make our own counter realities...”

Note: The part on Henry James was inspired from “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi

Online chat with O2 customer services

Can you explain to me from experience and vast knowledge, and in details what this O2 does, and what it sells, and how it does it?

Who is O2? Who are the deep pockets running this company? How linked it is with State institutions?

I picked up this chat post on FB that Joanna had with O2 customer services:

Resha: Hello, this is Resha, how can I help you?
Joanna: Hi Resha, I have a question.
Resha: I can help you with that.

Joanna: Does O2 use my personal details to send me relevant offers, deals and ads. e.g. by reading my personal messages or picking up keywords from telephone calls?
Resha: No, not at all.
Joanna: Well here are a number of occasions when I believe this has happened: I received an offer on holidays in Sussex. When I was on holiday in Sussex, I received a Nike offer when I was texting about a cycling touring trip to friends.

I received a pensions offer just after I hung up with my brother after a long conversation on pensions,

and I received a Christmas calls deals for Lebanon just after texting a Lebanese friend about their Christmas plans.

Resha: It must have been purely coincidence.
Joanna: Oh yes I thought as much.
Resha: Be assured that your texts and calls are safe.

Joanna: Thank you I feel very assured now.
Resha: Is there anything else I can help you with?
Joanna: No that’s all! Thanks.
Resha: It was nice chatting with you. Have a good day. Bye.

A few bits of news for confirmation:

1.  Is Amazon not paying taxes?

2. Better World Books (UK) donated 6,000,000 books and raised £8,000,000 for literacy projects?

In my last two birthdays, no gift books were forthcoming: Anyone to remind  Better World Books of my predicament?

All the clean energy generated from your urine: Start urinating profusedly

A Urine Powered Generator. An amazing accomplishment by four brilliant African girls.

The girls are are Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15).

thefontnazijapesofwrath: and howiviewafrica posted:

How this electrical generator function?

A single Liter of urine gives you 6 hours of electricity.

  • The system works like this:

    • Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.
    • The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
    • The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
    • This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.

Do you think we are about to shelve all the other polluting current generators, and we may have just saved the planet?

Just imagine 7 billion people urinating several times a day and the quantity diverted to special hydrogen extraction scheme…

How much liquid borax will we need? Isn’t borax we used for cleaning eyes? This substance shouldn’t be that dangerous…

Shall I invest in borax anytime soon?

And after extracting the hydrogen, can the residual be used as fertilizer?

For example, we need additional information:

1. What single bulb this mechanism light up for 6 hours?

2. What is the initial investment to light up a bulb?

3. What’s the cost of maintaining this energy generator?

I am thinking of what will require from these famished communities in Africa and elsewhere in order to light up every family with a single bulb…

I am thinking “if my urine is of a higher octane rate, for how long my litter will last?”

Note: Apparently, in the 60’s, the US had installed a clear and not expensive nuclear reactor based Not on the dangerous and highly expensive light water reactor, but on Uranium Fluoride, and it was shelved by the US military…

Stop the Killing in Gaza: From Alice in

Apparently, the US and Israel needed to verify, in the field, their analysis and conclusions on “what after the Arab Spring”.  They wanted to double-check their interpretations of “what might happen if we launch a second preemptive war on Gaza”? And the results, after 100 sacrificial Palestinians killed  and 900 injured, were gloomy to the US and Israel:

First, Israel and the US realized that if it took former Moubarak 21 days to react in the 2009 war in Gaza, it only required less than two hours for Mursi of Egypt to express Egypt position of siding with the Palestinians in Gaza…

Second, Israel and US wanted to verify which regional State power will fill the vacuum after Moubarak, such as Turkey, Qatar, or Saudi Arabia…(since Syria is out of the picture at these critical periods)… And Egypt displaced all the regional powers in negotiating and resolving Gaza problems…

Third, and these tiny missiles of only 90 kilo of explosives reached Tel Aviv and beyond Tel Aviv, and Iron Dome was a disastrous fiction in countering the Palestinian missiles…

Alice in posted:

Days ago the Israeli military began a bombing rampage in Gaza. An eleven month old baby was killed, and many more are likely to die unless the US and Arab League use their leverage right now. Let’s raise our voices to stop the violence.

Sign the petition

The Israeli bombing in Gaza has already killed an 11-month old baby. People have nowhere to hide from the missiles and mortars — Gaza is a prison. 

All mothers can do is stay indoors, put mattresses against windows, and pray for their children.

Israel’s attack may be a cynical move to drum up fear, so that voters reelect Israel’s right-wing extremist government. 

The massive suffering in Gaza will only increase unless global leaders step in to stop it.

With both Israel and Hamas threatening to escalate, it’s likely to get much worse unless the US, which has massive leverage over Israel, works with the EU and the Arab League to intervene. 

The international community has the power to turn this around. 

After Hamas won Palestinian legislative elections in 2006, the US and Israel worked to delegitimize the vote and isolate Gaza from the rest of the world. Since then, Israel had initiated a ruthless blockade on food, oil, electricity, and medical treatment…

And in 2008 Israel launched a full scale military assault, using all kinds of prohibited weapons, such as phosphoric bombs that keep burning on live bodies and after they die.

Impoverished and overcrowded, Gaza’s isolation has fostered resentment and militancy.

No family, wherever they live, should live in fear of rockets or airstrikes. Gaza is already at a breaking point. The attacks by Israel — coming, not by chance, weeks before Israel’s election — are like throwing a lit match into a tinderbox. If the conflict spirals it will see thousands more die and decades more of misery under occupation.

Only immediate action by the international community, led by the United States, can stop this mess and prevent an all-out ground assault. 

Deep-seated conflicts can only be resolved through courage and determination. And politicians only display that when peace-loving citizens come together in large numbers and demand it. The Avaaz community rallied with force the last time Israel pummeled Gaza — let’s do it again now, before it’s too late. 

Click to call on them to take immediate steps to get a comprehensive ceasefire and end the blockade that’s strangling Gaza. Then share this with everyone — let’s make a noise they can’t ignore:

With hope,

Alice, Mais, Marie, Ricken, Wissam, Nick, Antonia, Pascal and the rest of the Avaaz team

More information:

Gaza conflict: world holds its breath for first Netanyahu war (The Week)

Egypt will no longer tolerate attacks on Palestinians: FJP (The Daily Star)

Gaza-Israel conflict adds tension to Palestine UN bid (Times Live) 

Israel killed its subcontractor in Gaza (Haaretz)

The trouble with ‘volunteers’…

Can you find alternative terms to “volunteer”? Is a collaborator more agreeable? Employee engagement? Employee impact? A new fresh sucker? Participation of the unemployed?…
First, let’s hear what Toby has to say, and I’ll fill in with my comments.
Toby of  posted his Point of View on Nov.15, 2012 (with slight editing):

“Imagine a cause you feel passionate about.

It could be a charity you support, a community project that you give some of your time to, or even an issue that raises your hackles and encourages you to sign a petition or donate some money.

(I wonder: researching for and writing up a dissertation isn’t it a volunteer work? You are doing it for free, aren’t you?)

Chances are, you feel motivated to do something about it.

You certainly are, if you’re giving up your time to get involved. And you take action because you get something in return.

Selfless acts are rewarding.

More than the simple feel-good factor, they offer many opportunities for you to gain: influencing change you want to see in society, learning new skills, meeting people or gaining relevant experience. They’re not one-way streets; they are exchanges of value.

It’s the same with employee volunteering schemes.

Would you expect one to succeed without this exchange?

At Uscreates, we have worked with hundreds of local people to help achieve positive social impact through ‘volunteer-led’ initiatives.

We learned that you will never make it happen if you just expect people to turn up, knock on a few doors or hand out some leaflets, and go home.

Instead, you have to invest in the volunteers,  and take a broad-minded view of your investment.

It means going beyond thinking just about providing resources.

It’s taking them seriously and showing respect, so that they’ll reciprocate in kind.

It’s listening and understanding in order to help them articulate their needs.

It’s recognising their skills and power, and removing the barriers to their ability to exercise it.

And it’s investing time to build relationships based on trust; to develop their skills; and to allow them to find their own way.

In short, it’s providing for your volunteers, so that they, in turn, can provide as well.

This is why the local people we work with are not called  ‘volunteers’.

The term doesn’t capture this crucial exchange of value that successful involvement requires.

The term volunteer is laden with existing associations and assumptions about the type of relationship, and work, it involves: By definition, it is a label given to people working for free.

It is all about whether they are being paid or not. Instead, ‘collaborators’ is more flexible − there is a value exchange which needn’t be financial.

The limitations of the term ‘volunteering’ may also be something that businesses acknowledge too: many now talk instead of ‘employee engagement’.

Employee engagement sounds Better; but it’s still one-way, prioritising business interests over the social ones.

So we prefer to talk about employee impact. It recognises that each employee is a potential agent of change − for society, themselves, and for the company.

And if that impact is to happen, an exchange of value must happen too.

Correctly identifying and managing this exchange – between the business, the employee, and the cause – is key to creating a scheme that benefits all parties. End of post

How about the other side of the coin of volunteering schemes?

Now is a good time to develop and find a better term for Scheme, a term that has a negative connotation…?

Have you heard of” subjets”? All those people volunterering for experiments, in medical testing (cobaye), in graduate experimental works, volunteered by first year psychology student for course credits, soldiers, a draft soldiers volunteering for reforestation, cleaning up after natural calamities, college students volunteering for “caritative activities”, in market research, collecting data by phone, filling questionnaires, indirectly providing serious information by using social platforms, or allowing Big Brother to listen to your messages…

Let’s face it: Even students who graduated from universities have been working for free for many years, on the ground that these volunteering works are great opportunities to “exchange values, skills, talents, shmoozing, collecting contacts, accumulating referrences…”, enriching our CV with all kinds of irrelevant actions that filled the void, the lost time… to making companies richer by our free professional work…

People in their 30’s, in the full energy of their life, still in the volunteering phase, on the ground of economic downturn, of participating for the general good…

I thought volunteering time and energy is for the retired people, still good enough to fill the void on the ground, out to meet people, discuss with live-people, share their “wisdoms”….

Time to start paying up in money or in kind of equal material values…

Come to think of it: What is meant by sharing values?

Are we talking of volunteering is mostly demanded from “minorities” and the poorer classes so that value systems are discussed and a common denomenator value system is established among the various communities to harmonize the society?

A Timeline on Gaza tragedy: From IMEU and Electronic Intifada
TIMELINE of IMEUon Nov 14, 2012: Israel’s Latest Escalation in Gaza
On Wednesday, November 14th, it was reported that Israel assassinated the leader of Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Ja3bari, breaking a tentative truce with Palestinian fighters that had been in place since Monday.
The truce followed an escalation in violence that began last Thursday in which 6 Palestinian civilians were killed, including three children, and more than 50 others injured.
The IMEU offers the following timeline of the recent violence and a link to an IMEU fact sheet on previous Israeli ceasefire violations.
Following a two-week lull in violence, Israeli soldiers invade Gaza. In the resulting exchange of gunfire with Palestinian fighters, a 12-year-old boy is killed by an Israeli bullet while he plays soccer.
Shortly afterwards, Palestinian fighters blow up a tunnel along the Gaza-Israel frontier, injuring one Israeli soldier.SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
An anti-tank missile fired by Palestinian fighters wounds four Israeli soldiers driving in a jeep along the Israel-Gaza boundary.
An Israeli artillery shell lands in a soccer field in Gaza killing two children, aged 16 and 17.
Later, an Israeli tank fires a shell at a tent where mourners are gathered for a funeral, killing two more civilians, and wounding more than two dozen others.SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
One Palestinian civilian is killed and dozens more wounded in Israeli attacks. Four Israeli civilians are also injured as a result of projectiles launched from Gaza, according to the Israeli government.
During an Israeli government cabinet meeting, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz urges the government to “cut off the head of the snake… take out the leadership of Hamas in Gaza.” He also calls for a cutting off of water, food, electricity, and fuel shipments to Gaza’s 1.7 million people.MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Palestinian militant factions agree to a truceif Israel ends its attacks.WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Israel breaks two days of calm by assassinating Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas’ military wing.
According to reports, at least eight other Palestinians are killed in Israeli attacks, including at least two children.
Palestinian militant groups vow to respond.

Click here for a link to an earlier IMEU factsheet: Self-Defense or Provocation?: Israel’s History of Breaking Ceasefires
How Israel shattered Gaza truce leading to escalating death and tragedy: a timeline.  Ali Abunimah’s blog on Nov. 15, 2012:

A wounded Palestinian boy at a hospital after an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on 15 November 2012.

(Eyad Al Baba / APA images)


Today, 3 Israelis were killed as a result of rocket fire from Gaza.

This came after Israel had killed 13 Palestinians, including 3 children and a woman, and injured 115, including 26 children and 25 women since yesterday, 14 November.

This will be presented by Israel – and sympathetic or careless world media – as another justification for Israel’s attacks on Gaza to stop rocket fire. But this narrative is false.

Where there was calm and an effective truce, Israel chose to shatter it, bringing about the current deadly escalation.

In general, Palestinians fired rockets, or attacked the Israeli army, as a response to Israeli attacks, seeking to avoid escalation and publicly embracing a truce. Take a look at the sequence:

  • On 29 October the BBC reported that “Militants in Gaza have fired 26 rockets into Israel, officials say, amid a flare-up in fighting which shattered a brief ceasefire between the two sides. No injuries were reported from the barrage, in the south of the country.”
  • The BBC said that, “It came hours after Israeli aircraft hit targets in Gaza, after militants fired rockets following the killing by Israel of a Gazan who Israel said fired mortars at its troops.”

    A rocket fired from hit southern – overall 26 rockets today.

    BBC reporter Jon Donnison said, “It is often difficult to pinpoint when a specific escalation in violence started – both sides will always remember what they see as a previous act of aggression by the other which enables them to justify their attacks as retaliation.” But we can do better than that.
  • On 4 November, Israeli forces shot dead “an unarmed, mentally unfit man” walking near an Israeli-imposed “buffer” area inside the occupied Gaza Strip.
  • Yet, after the 28-29 October “flare-up” reported by the BBC, the Israel-based Twitter account @qassamcount, which catalogues projectiles fired from Gaza toward Israel recorded almost no rocket fire. Qassam Count tweeted at 23:56 UTC on  5 Novemberabout just one rocket.

    A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel

The killing of Ahmad Abu Daqqa

  • On 8 November, Israeli occupation forces made an incursion into the Gaza Strip near al-Qarara villlage northeast of Khan Yunis fatally injuring a child. According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR):

They leveled areas of Palestinian land amidst indiscriminate shooting. A few hours later, they moved southwards to ‘Abassan village.

They opened fire indiscriminately and leveled areas of Palestinian land. An Israeli helicopter gunship also opened fire at the area.

At approximately 16:30, as a result of the indiscriminate shooting by IOF [Israeli occupation forces] military vehicles, 13-year-old Ahmed Younis Khader Abu Daqqa was seriously wounded by a bullet to the abdomen.

At the time he was shot, Ahmed had been playing football with his friends in front of his family’s house, located nearly 1,500 meters away from the area where the IOF were present.

Ahmad Abu Daqqa, profiled by The Electronic Intifada’s Rami Almeghari, died of his injuries.

  • On 9 November, the day after the killing of Ahmad Abu Daqqa:

    2 rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel

Palestinians attack Israeli army, Israeli army kills civilians

Following this, Israel attacked civilian neighborhoods in Gaza. In the ensuing 72 hour period, Israeli forced killed 7 Palestinians.

According to PCHR, five of the dead were civilians, including 3 children. Fifty-two others, including 6 women and 12 children were wounded.

“Four of these deaths and 38 of the injuries resulted from an Israeli attack on a football playground in al-Shoja’iya neighborhood east of Gaza City,” PCHR reported.

Not surprisingly, Palestinians fired rockets into Israel, as recorded by “Qassam Count”:

5 more rockets fired from Gaza explode in Israel. 25 rockets today.

Update: 3 more rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel.

Truce talks

Qassam Count records no rockets on 11 November. This can perhaps be explained by the fact that Palestinian factions were in talks over a truce and were keen to see calm restored.

Israel’s Ynet reported on 11 November:

Egyptian Intelligence officials have successfully brokered an end to the current round of escalation in the south, Ynet learned Sunday. No Israeli source has corroborated the report.

The Ynet reported added:

According to senior Egyptian sources, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad have agreed to hold their fire if Israel suspends its airstrike on Gaza. > > Cairo-based sources said that Israel reportedly agreed not to retaliate over sporadic rocket fire from Gaza, as long as it was sans casualties

Truce takes hold

Reuters reported on 13 November:

After five days of mounting violence, Israel and the Palestinians stepped back from the brink of a new war in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, sending signals to each other via Egypt that they would hold their fire unless attacked.

The report added:

Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Gaza’s Hamas government, praised the main armed factions in the enclave for agreeing on Monday night to a truce. “They showed a high sense of responsibility by saying they would respect calm should the Israeli occupation also abide by it,” he said.

Israel destroys the truce

Yet Israel was not interested in calm.

  • On 14 November Israel carried out the extrajudicial killing of Hamas military chief Ahmad al-Jabari.

Reuters noted that the Israeli attack “appeared to end a 24-hour lull in cross-border violence that surged this week.”

The rest is tragic history, some undoubtedly yet to be written in innocent blood.

An Israeli pattern

Israel’s contempt for truces and ceasefires is nothing new. In November 2008, Israel broke a months-long ceasefire, manufacturing a crisis that it then used to justify its December 2008-January 2009 massacre of 1,400 people in Gaza.

Israel has a long, well-documented history of breaking ceasefire after ceasefire, but you would never know it by watching the news or reading, say, The New York Times.

It is also important to keep in mind the context that Israel and Palestinians in Gaza are not symmetrical “sides.”

Gaza is a small, impoverished enclave, home to 1.6 million people, some 80 percent of whom are refugees. Gaza is under a tight siege and blockade by Israel, the occupying power.

Note: Today Sunday, Israel jets killed 26 Palestinians, among them an entire family of 11 and the kids.  The total so far is 70 killed and 600 injured.

Meet 4 of the 5 children of  the Dalou family, killed today, along with 5 others family members in an Israeli attack in Gaza city. Meet US tax payer dollars at work. Meet Western government impunity to Israel's routine crimes in Gaza and Palestine at large. The challenge of the Dalou family is to build a powerful, irrepressible local, regional and international movement that challenges and defeats Zionist colonialism and its war crimes, both on the ground and in the realm of politics. Pledge yourself to this cause today, and with patience, wisdom and unity we will win, hopefully never having to see an image like this again.
Meet 4 of the 5 children of  the Dalou family, killed today, along with 5 others family members in an Israeli attack in Gaza city. US tax money at work?




November 2012

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