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A comparison: How welcomed and treated are the pilgrims (haj) in Iraq and Mecca

The Road of “Mishayat” (walking the distance of 90 km between Al Najaf and Karbalaa2) of the Shia pilgrims. For a week, millions walk the walk, many bare-feet.
For a week, the Iraqis along the road offer free treatments to every pilgrims: free food, free drinks, free washing with hot water, free shoe shining, free dwelling., free massaging feet….Just to get the blessing of their beloved Imam Hussein.
Pilgrims in Mecca barely are offered a cup of water. Prices of any thing is so exorbitant that many faint from famine and thirst.
Iraqis are angels to all the pilgrims who pay visit to their Imam Al Hussein

كتبت الكاتبة السعودية نداء آل سيف : لقد آن الأوان أن يسحب خَدَمَة زوار الإمام الحسين (ع) في كربلاء البساط من تحت أقدام حاتم الطائي وغيره ممن اشتهروا بالكرم عبر التاريخ .

فلطالما كان أسم حاتم الطائي مقرونا بالكرم و الجود و العطاء بلا حدود . بيد أن بوصلة التاريخ لابد أن تتغير اليوم والأمثال لابد لها أن تتحول . فعطاء حاتم يتوارى أمام عطاء أهالي العراق لزوار الأربعين .

ما دفعني لكتابة هذه المقالة في الحقيقة ، هي صدمة المقارنة ، بين الكرم والسخاء اللامتناهي الذي يلقاه زائرو كربلاء ماديا ونفسيا ، وبين ما يجري في بلادنا من جفاء لحجاج بيت الله الحرام . فقد حظيت خلال العشر سنوات الماضية بخدمة الحجاج في أكثر من حملة للحجيج ،

إلا أنه وعلى النقيض من كل الخدمات المجانية التي يلقاها الزائر الماشي على قدميه بين النجف وكربلاء على مدى ثلاثة أيام أو أكثر والتي تبدأ من الغذاء والسكن والخدمات الصحية ،

ولا تنتهي بخدمة تدليك الأقدام وتلميع الأحذية ،

لم أجد في مكة المكرمة أكثر من علبة ماء تلقيتها ذات مرة على طريق منى !. الفرق شاسع ولا مجال أصلا للمقارنة ، بين ما يلقاه زائرو كربلاء وزائرو مكة ،

في الأولى يستجديك الناس طمعا بالتشرف في خدمتك مجانا ، أما الثانية فما عليك إلا أن تحمد ربك كي لا تضطر للاستجداء نتيجة الأسعار المتصاعدة صاروخيا عاما بعد عام في السكن والغذاء والنقل .


أسئلة كثيرة دارت بداخلي وتمنيت لو يجيبني عليها أحدا، ألسنا أولى بهذا الخدمات ونحن أغنى من العراق بأضعاف مضاعفة ؟

أليس الحج هو الفريضة التي أوجبها الله على المسلمين، فكان من الأجدى بنا أن نتفانى في خدمة الحجاج . 

وكمواطنة ، أنتمى لبلاد الحرمين أتمنى فعلا أن يكون هناك مشاركة مجتمعية من الأهالي والحكومة في خدمة الحجاج وأن تتاح الفرصة لتقديم العطاء لهم، عساها تكون خير فرصة لتغير صورتنا التي بدأت تتلوث بسواد العنف والتعصب.


بعد رحلتي على طريق المشاية بين النجف وكربلاء ، لا أتردد في القول مرة أخرى لحاتم الطائي ، بأن لا مكان لك اليوم أمام ما رأيناه على طريق “المشاية”، من عطاء وكرم وأخلاق العراقيين خَدَمَة زوار الإمام الحسين ، فقد فاقوا كرمك بما لا يحويه الوصف .


اﻻ يستحق منا ان نطلق على هذه اﻻيام (الصفريه) ايام للسلام العالمي وندعوا المنظمات الدولية لحضور هذه التظاهرة السلمية والخدمية والكتابة عنها ومشاهدتها حضوريآ ..
#شارك المنشور على حب الحسين

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مصطفى فواز

شعب العراق ملائكة

تغريدات شاب مصري (عضو مركز دراسات) في عام 2016 لطريق المشاية بين النجف الأشرف وكربلاء المقدّسة في زيارة الأربعين ، قام بكتابتها في حسابه على تويتر ..

■ غسيل ملابس .. إصلاح أحذية .. ماء ساخن للاستحمام في برد الصحراء القارص .. مضافات للنوم على جانبي الطريق .

ليسوا بشراً شعب العراق ملائكة

■ وجود ملايين البشر في شوارع أي دولة إذا تخطى الـ ٢٤ ساعة هو كابوس على كل المستويات أمنياً واقتصادياً واجتماعياً وتموينياً وبيئياً ..

■ تخيلي يا نسرين .. نزول ملايين البشر من داخل العراق وخارجه من مختلف الجنسيات والأعراق واحتلالهم للشوارع لمدة أسابيع أو أكثر !!

■ شيء مرعب :
ملايين الأرغفة
ملايين الوجبات اليومية
مليارات من غالونات الماء 
ملايين الاسرّة للجنسين
ملايين ساعات العمل
ضيافة ؟!

■ بالضبط لو كان هناك مؤسسة أو نظام سياسي لقلنا إن هناك تفسيراً .. الحديث يدور عن شعب بفقرائه وأثريائه ..
من كلفهم ؟ من نظمهم ؟ كيف !

■ العدوى أصابت شركات أجنبية تعمل في العراق وقرر موظفيها إقامة محطات ضيافة للوافدين على العراق لن تستفيد الشركات من رضاهم عنها !

■ ٩٠ كيلو متر تقريباً تفصل مرقد سيدنا علي﴿ع﴾عن ضريح سيد شباب أهل الجنة وفي كل متر من هذه المسافة زرع شعب العراق دليل رجاء وأملاً بالإنسانية .

■ شكراً جزيلاً .. روايتي عن المسار الذي سلكناه فقط من أطراف النجف إلى أطراف كربلاء وعلى من سلك مسالك أخرى أن يشهد لهذا الشعب العظيم .

■ بديهيات العراق هذه .. أساطير لاتصدق في بلاد أخرى ..
ولايجوز كتمان شهادة عن شعب يجترح معجزات إنسانية لانظير لها ولامثيل .

■ ملاحظة : إكرام “ضيف” زارك لأيام واجب .. إكرام ملايين الضيوف لأسابيع من فقراء العراق قبل أثريائه معجزة إنسانية كبرى .

■ عفواً من شعوب الأرض جميعاً ولكن شعب العراق ليس له نظير ولاشبيه ولايدانيه بكرمه وذوقه وإنسانيته أحد ..
عدت من العراق وليتني لم أعد ..

■ في شوارع العراق وقف أطفال في عمر الزهور لايملكون لتكريم الضيوف إلا رشهم بالعطور !! يشتري واحدهم زجاجة عطر ويقف لساعات لتعطير الزوار !

■ شاب لا أساوي الحذاء الذي يرتديه يوقفني راجياً أن أسمح له بتلميع حذائي ! حسبي الله ونعم الوكيل ..

■ شباب العراق يقفون على امتداد ٩٠ كيلو متر بالطعام والفواكه والعصائر .. وبعضهم وقف متأهباً بآلات يدوية لتدليك أقدام زوار تشنجت من المشي !

في العراق وعلى امتداد ٩٠ كيلو من المشاهدات العينية يتسابق فقراء وبسطاء الناس على “خطف” الضيوف من الشوارع وتأمين ألف خدمة وخدمة لهم .

■ ٩٠ كيلومتر زرعها شعب العراق بملائكة ليسوا من جنس البشر .. تركوا أعمالهم وعائلاتهم وعرضوا أنفسهم لخطر الموت أسابيع لتوفير الراحة للزوار .

■ ٩٠ كيلومتر طول طريق مهددة بالسيارات المفخخة والأحزمة الناسفة والقصف الصاروخي لم تمنع شعب العراق من تحويله إلى أكبر مضافة في التأريخ

■ شباب وكهول ورجال وأطفال يجللهم الفقر النظيف أو الستر انتشروا على امتداد ٩٠ كيلو متر لتكريم زوار العراق وخدمتهم برموش العيون في يوم حشر ..

Many secret service agencies monitor and alter social platforms: Including Zionist Hasbara. Part 4

How Israel and its partisans work to censor the Internet

By Alison Weir 

Israel and partisans of Israel have long had a significant presence on the Internet, working to promote the Israel narrative and block facts about Palestine, the Israel lobby, and other subject matter they wish covered up.

Opinionated proponents of Israel post comments, flag content, accuse critics of “antisemitism,” and disseminate misinformation about Palestine and Palestine solidarity activists.

The Forward calls Act.IL a new entry into the “online propaganda war” that “has thousands of mostly U.S.-based volunteers who can be directed from Israel into a social media swarm.”

According to the Forward, “Its work so far offers a startling glimpse of how it could shape the online conversations about Israel without ever showing its hand.”

In 2015 Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely announced that she had visited Silicon Valley and met with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Google’s Director of Public Policy (it is unclear whether this was was Jennifer Oztzistzki or Juniper Downs; Hotovely’s announcement referred to “Jennifer Downs”).

“At the end of the meeting,” Israeli media reported, “it was agreed that Google would strengthen bilateral relations with the Foreign Ministry and build a collaborative work apparatus.”

Another Israeli news report about the meeting states: “…it was agreed that the companies would strengthen ties with the Foreign Ministry and build a regular mechanism of control to prevent the distribution of those incendiary materials on the network.”

Google, which owns YouTube, denied the Foreign Ministry’s report. The Ministry accordingly “clarified” its statement somewhat, but continued to say that Israeli officials would be in “regular contact with Google’s employees in Israel who deal with the problematic materials.”

Such officials often have close ties to Israel. For example, Facebook’s Head of Policy in Israel, Jordana Cutler, had previously been employed for many years by the Israeli government. (More about Facebook can be found here.)

The Linkedin page for Facebook’s Jordana Cutler

The meetings seem to have had a significant effect.

In 2016 Fortune magazine reported: “Facebook, Google, and YouTube are complying with up to 95% of Israeli requests to delete content that the government says incites Palestinian violence, Israel’s Justice Minister said on Monday.”

More recently, the Israeli Ministry of Justice said that its cyber unit handled 2,241 cases of online content and succeeded in getting 70 percent of it removed.

According to a 2017 report, Google, in its capacity as the operator of Youtube, announced that it was updating the steps it was already taking on this score.

Among other things, Google said it would increase the number of members of the “Trusted Flagger program,” which enables certain organizations and government agencies to report content. It also said it would “increase support for NGOs and organizations working to present a ‘corrective voice.’”

Given the record of infiltration and orchestrated activities described above—many financed by a combination of certain influential billionaires and the Israeli government itself—it’s hard to imagine that Israeli organizations and partisans are not thoroughly embedded in this program.

In fact, one of the NGOs already working with YouTube as a “trusted flagger” is the Anti-Defamation League, whose mission includes ‘standing up for Israel.’

Anti-Defamation League celebrates Israel at 2017 New York City parade.

A leaked secret January 2017 ADL strategy paper detailed how to counter the pro-Palestine movement. Among its many strategies were some focused on the importance of efforts in cyber space.

The paper was produced in collaboration with the Reut Institute, an Israeli think tank, and included an endorsement by Sima Vaknin-Gil, who stated that “the correlation between the Ministry’s mode of operation and what comes out of this document is very high, and has already proven effective… ”

Strategy paper about how to counter the Palestine solidarity movement. (Full document posted here.)

The document’s executive summary noted: “Cyberspace, broadly defined, stands out as a crucially important arena (for monitoring and counter and pro-active strategies) which requires more resources and attention due to its current influence, rapid growth and growing complexity.”

The paper called for “a mix of policy advocacy and industry engagement with corporations such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter in a manner consistent with the ADL Center for Technology and Society and its Anti-Cyberhate Working Group.”

An illustration in the ADL-Reut working paper on improving Israel advocacy. It noted: “While the pro-Israel network increasingly is active in this domain, much more can be done.”

The paper also recommended: “‘Bottom-up efforts’ of crowd-sourcing to enhance the adaptive capacity of the pro-Israel network.”

At the same time, it urged:

“Strengthening pro-Israel organizations that mobilize and coordinate a network of ‘nodes’ e.g. Jewish Community Public Affairs (JCPA) and its network of Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRCs) in the USA; Hillel, which is present in nearly 500 locations in the U.S. and globally; the Israel Action Network (IAN) that reaches nearly 160 federations in the U.S.; or the Jewish Congress (WJC) that represents dozens of Jewish communities around the world.”

The detailed, 32-page document reported that in recent years “a massive investment of resources and talent” had been directed against the pro-Palestine movement.

One of the results, the paper said, was to create a “world-wide pro-Israel network.” It was this network that the report wished to mobilize. One of the paper’s concerns was that since Israel’s 2014  attack on Gaza “a growing number of Jews have become more critical of Israel.”

The document recommended a degree of stealth, noting: “high-visibility response by the pro-Israel side can be counterproductive.”

What this means

Nevertheless, despite all these forces arrayed against information about Palestine reaching the American public, our channel is back up on YouTube. In fact, we’ve just uploaded a new video:

This one is about the death of a 9-year-old boy. [Perhaps the Israeli government would consider this incitement to Palestinians to rebel against occupation; we see it as incitement to the world in general, and Americans in particular, to care.]

Israel’s efforts at censorship don’t always succeed. But sometimes they do, and other YouTube users have not always been so fortunate. For example, YouTube has terminated several Palestinian news organizations.

One was the al-Quds network, which, according to a report in Middle East Eye, “relies on young reporters and volunteers using phones and other digital devices to cover local news across the Palestinian territories.” They would often report Israeli soldiers committing various human rights violations.

Its YouTube channel was terminated in 2011, and its editor says they had to “to create a new channel from scratch.”

By 2017 its new channel had gained almost 10 million views before it was suddenly suspended without warning again last October. It now, however, appears to have a YouTube channel in operation.

According to the MEE report, YouTube also suspended the Filisten al-Youm TV channel last August, and in 2013, apparently following complaints by the Anti-Defamation League, YouTube closed down Iran’s PressTV channel. (A Press TV YouTube channel now also appears to be available again.)

Palestinian social media users risk even greater consequences.

The Israeli government has arrested Palestinians for videos, poems, and other posts it dislikes.

2016 report estimated that “more than 150 arrests took place between October and February 2016 based on Facebook posts expressing opinions on the uprising. A recent video posted on social media led to the imprisonment of a 16 year old girl, her mother and cousin.

In addition, Palestinian access to social media is somewhat controlled by Israel.

As a Huffington Post article reports, ”Palestinians’ digital rights and access to the Internet are compromised in very basic ways, because Israel controls the infrastructure and services of Palestinian telecommunication companies in the West Bank.”

While the situation has greatly improved in recent years – the Israeli government finally announced in 2016 that it would allow Palestinians in the West Bank to access 3G wireless networks, making this one of the last regions in the world with such access after years of Israeli restrictions – it is important to remember the enormous power Israel wields over this largely captive population.

While Israel is able to organize entire campaigns to filter and flood social media, its immense control over Palestinians impedes their access to the same media.

Given these facts, it is extremely important for people to search out information for themselves, go directly to our websites and others, subscribe to diverse email lists, and not rely on social media for information. [Please subscribe to our news posts here.]

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others are private companies. In the end, they have the power to censor information, and they periodically do so.

For a few days, we felt acutely what that was like. If Facebook had joined the ban, as has happened with others, we would have been even more cut off from what is essentially today’s “public square.”

The Internet and social media give us far more access to information and tools for communication and activism than ever before, but they, too, can be controlled—and they are.

It is up to us, as always, to overcome.

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Our videos are also being uploaded to Daily Motion, Vimeo, and BitChute, and many are already on ournews blog, Timeline, and main website, where all of them will eventually be available.


Alison Weir is executive director of If Americans Knew, president of the Council for the National Interest, and author of “Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel.” 

The section on the ADL was expanded on March 9. The ADL-Reut is posted here.

Elephant apocalypse

By Alice Jay

Four elephants are killed an hour — it’s a race against time before we lose these gentle giants forever.

In one day, poachers butchered 600 of them in Cameroon.

Take Action Now!

Dear friends,

Dozens of heavily-armed hunters rode into a national park in Cameroon, butchered over 600 majestic elephants, then hacked off their faces for their tusks. Poachers have annihilated half of central Africa’s last elephants. And no one’s been able to stop them.

Until now!

Brave investigators have gone undercover in poaching rings in ten African countries, and already more than 2,000 traffickers have been jailed! 

It’s awe-inspiring stuff, and it’s won awards, but many funders are wary of going head-to-head with organised crime. We may be the best community to scale this extraordinary operation, fast.

Four elephants are killed an hour — it’s a race against time before we lose these gentle giants forever.

This carnage is happening across the continent. Paid-for-hire poachers track elephants, leopards, apes, and all kinds of endangered creatures, then bigwigs bring in helicopters and heavy weapons to hunt them down and butcher them for their skins and tusks.
This is a $19-billion business run by international mafias, and they’re getting away with it by bribing everyone in sight.

But now the courageous Eco-Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement (EAGLE) network is taking them on at each step of the criminal chain — infiltrating the gangs undercover, working with police to supervise arrests, and making sure the bosses are jailed.

Their unprecedented success has won them acclaim from Interpol, WWF and the Duke of Edinburgh, but so far these heroes work on a tiny budget, powered primarily by a deep love for these animals. If we all donate a small amount, here’s what we could do:

  • Help train and sustain dozens of undercover investigators to infiltrate the most wanted networks in more countries and get their chiefs behind bars;
  • Support investigations of complicit officials and politicians who enable the bloody trade;
  • Investigate and expose companies and governments profiting from selling ivory and other wildlife products; and
  • Run massive campaigns to protect the natural world and preserve our delicate web of life.

More information:

Ivory Coast Arrests Six in Ring That Smuggled Parts of Elephants, Leopards and Pangolins (New York Times)
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/world/africa/ivory-coast-elephants-leopards-pangolins-smuggling.html

Lion and hippo teeth seized in Senegal’s biggest ivory haul (Reuters)
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-senegal-wildlife/lion-and-hippo-teeth-seized-in-senegals-biggest-ivory-haul-idUSKCN1B427V

How Saving One Chimp Led to a New Kind of Anti-Poaching Group (National Geographic)
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/ofir-drori-wildlife-corruption-laga/

Organised crime sets sights on wildlife (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26153516


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