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Israel demolishes Mosques in West Bank, one in south of Nablus

As peace talks deadline passes

Israel is conducting aggravated persecutions against Palestinians for daring to unite and form unity government.

KHIRBET AL-TAWEEL, West Bank

(Reuters) – Israeli forces demolished several structures, including a mosque, in a Palestinian village on Tuesday, the day a deadline for a deal in now-frozen peace talks expired.

A Reuters correspondent saw several hundred soldiers deployed in Khirbet al-Taweel, in the occupied West Bank, around daybreak.

They guarded 6 bulldozers that reduced to rubble buildings that were constructed without Israeli permits. Palestinians say such documents are nearly impossible to obtain.

Palestinians saw a link between the demolitions and the passing, without a peace deal, of the April 29 deadline set when the talks began in July. Israel has also drawn Palestinian anger by continuing to expand settlements on land they seek for a state.

Villagers said the stone mosque was built in 2008, and that soldiers removed prayer rugs and holy scriptures before tearing it down.

Bulldozers razed buildings included 3 one-storey family houses, animal shelters and a communal well. Locals said around 30 people were made homeless.

The Israeli army said in a statement that 8 structures, including a “mosque in use“, were demolished because they had been built illegally inside a dangerous live-fire military training zone.

“I went to make my dawn prayers at the mosque and found the army surrounding it,” said resident Abdel Fattah Maarouf, 63.

“Then they tore the mosque down. They want this area so they can build settlements in it.”

Speaking on local radio, Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top Palestinian official and (former  leader of Palestinian Popular democratic faction), said that “unless acts like this cease completely” there was no room to return to U.S.-sponsored peace talks with “this expansionist, racist occupier“.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended negotiations last week after Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestine Liberation Organization signed a unity dealt with Hamas of Gaza.

The pact envisages the formation of a government of non-political technocrats within 5 weeks and a Palestinian election 6 months later. Israel said such a government would effectively be backed by Hamas and could not be a peace partner.

(Writing by Noah Browning; Editing by Jeffrey Heller/Jeremy Gaunt)

A Palestinian man holds damaged loudspeakers belonging to a mosque after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in Khirbet Al-Taweel village near the West Bank City of Nablus April 29, 2014. REUTERS-Mohamad Torokman
Palestinians walk past a structure after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in Khirbet Al-Taweel village near the West Bank City of Nablus April 29, 2014. REUTERS-Mohamad Torokman
A Palestinian man inspects a structure after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in Khirbet Al-Taweel village near the West Bank City of Nablus April 29, 2014. REUTERS-Mohamad Torokman

1 of 4. A Palestinian man holds damaged loudspeakers belonging to a mosque after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in Khirbet Al-Taweel village near the West Bank City of Nablus April 29, 2014.

Types of Prejudices among European States

Could prejudices tear the EU apart?

Reine Azzi posted this link via Ghassan Nassar on FB
 

Have you seen these prejudice maps of Europe?

What travel is teaching you?

TravelJunkie in life Changing Experiences posted this April 27, 2014

It’s never going to be the right time. The right time to travel, the right time to buy a house, to get married, to make babies  or even the right time to invest, what’s worse…scratch that, what’s lethal, is never the right time to live the dream you always dreamed of.

We are always busy, something always comes in the way, without even noticing, our life will pass us by and no, it’s not ok.

At least for most of us, it’s not ok. All things do come for those who wait, provided they know what they are waiting for and they are doing something about it.

Far too often, we think of travel as a way of relaxation and something to break free from your job, the routine….

You are approaching traveling the wrong way.

Travel needs to be part of your life to grow, to love, to live and to feel that beating heart of yours.

Travel should not only be done once a year for 2 weeks/10 days.

For me, travel is the only way I can express myself, travel is the only thing I know. It is what I am meant to do. Meet people. Talk to them, discover the earth just as I was born into it. I am at its calling. I am drawn to it.

1. Find your weaknesses and strength

There were many times during my travel moments that I though to myself “why am I doing this? Clearly I am not good at it”

Sometimes the experience itself seemed a bad idea at the time, but once it’s done I would desperately want more. I realize the many different ways I could have approached the situation and how I take this as a learning lesson.

I believe in love, I believe people can make mistakes, I believe people can want two things at once and I believe people are selfish and generous at the same time, I believe very few want to hurt others and I believe how much you can surprise yourself.

 

2. Fall in love

To love unconditionally. I have fallen deeply in love with myself over and over again. You would think this point was to fall in love with others. It is not that kind of point. To fall in love with myself taught me so much. Especially for a person like me, who at one time was extremely insecure. It is amazing what the human body can stand when you put pressure.

If you wanted to do something absolutely honest, something true, it always needs to be done alone, by your beautiful self. Learn how strong you really are and you will realize that the word love or alone can be less frighting and you will discover a richer, deeper, more colorful you.

What travel is teaching us

3. The best things that happen to you are usually the ones that happen at random –

One of the reasons that we end up taking life for granted, is that we become insensitive to life. Because we live through memory.

Through our conditioning,  we take life, which is dynamic in nature, and turn it into something static. We try to make life certain, when uncertainty is it’s basis. We end up taking the color out of life.

4. Quiet time –

Travel to me is also quiet time. In midst of it all, I find peace and quiet on planes, on train rides, on slopes, at the beach or even in long car rides. The world gets quieter, I need quiet, I pray for quiet sometimes. It’s so quiet here that you can almost hear people’s dreams.

5. Practicing acceptance – I travel to escape, as most of us do. But, my escape teaches me things. It teaches me to accept the things I cannot accept. It helps me to let go of the moments that are not mine.

We all have our battles, we all have our cause and sometimes, when your hearts beats stronger than your mind, travel can bring you two steps back and teach you to take a deep breath and let go of what does not belong to you. That’s what I have accepted.

 Note: Traveling does not mean to plan for far fetched destination that exhaust your body and neglect to relax and acclimatize yourself to the new environment.  Traveling as part of your job can be considered traveling if you spend a couple of days to wander  away from your hotel and work place and meet with local people.

 

 


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