People of the Book – The Jews You May Not Know About

Growing up in suburban New York, I made lots of Jewish friends. I enjoyed eating matzos with cream cheese at my Jewish piano teacher's home and I once enjoyed a Passover seder at the home of a South American Jewish friend when I was in college. Even after becoming a Muslim, I got on well with Jewish colleagues while working for the US's largest public housing agency. In fact one of my colleagues used always say we, as Muslim and Jew, were cousins. We often found similarities in our worship of God. When I lived in Spanish Harlem, I used to see a sister in the Laundromat often and we became friends. Like me she covered her hair and wore long skirts. Like me she was married to a man with a beard. Like me, she had small children and hoped to find a better life for them than what we lived at that time and place, me a Muslim and she a Jew.

Now living in Malaysia, I have no contact with Jewish people except for those I've seen on the internet and on TV since the rise in violence in Gaza these past few weeks. This past week I have wondered about that sister I use to chat with in the Laundromat. I wonder if she ever migrated to Israel as she once mentioned. I wonder how many of the Jewish people I came to think of as my distant cousins are aware of the real history and the ugly truths of current day Palestine.

I know them to be good God fearing people who would be outraged if they only knew. But I imagined that they are rare.

I am happy to say that I have been enlightened today. In the wee hours of this morning I have come across the names of numerous Israeli human rights groups. I have seen the testimony of Jews who are aware of the atrocities of the Zionist regime and deeply regret that they dare to represent all of jewry.

I've chosen to share one of the groups with you.

According to their website: B'TSELEM - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories was established in 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.

I'm so pleased to find that they exist and surprised that the Zionists have not rooted them out. In fact, look what I found at their website?

B'Tselem invites you to see video footage of Israeli human rights violations.

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Increasing Awareness

When there is a shortage of electricity and you are under attack, what choices must you make?

You are wanted in Bangsar January 18th.

Here's what COMPLETE is doing on the 18th. Please join us and bring your friends.

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Standing up for Palestine

From South American head of state to an American congressman,
from George the British parliamentarian to George the writer/educator/humanitarian,

Round the globe people are forming a unified voice of protest,
A voice of outrage
For this crisis in Palestine that just will not die

After gaining a true understanding of the history of this struggle, how could anyone sit silently? What can each of us do to fight for justice, not just in Gaza but in this world? Each of us has the power to make a difference, however small. It's up to us to find our own way to be a rightful citizen of the world.

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Don't Blame the Jews

All Jews are not Zionists

Two hours after the shelling of the school in Jebaliyah, in which 40 refuge-seekers, including entire families, were murdered, an Arab-Jewish protest against the war took place in Jaffa.

It was one of the many demonstrations against the war which take place practically every day now throughout Israel.


Jews Against the Occupation

Jews for Justice for Palestinians

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GAZA – A Call to Action – From PJ to Gombak

A group of concerned people have formed Coalition of Malaysian NGOs Against Persecution of Palestinians and will be launching a ' Save the Palestinians' campaign on the 18th of January.

They are also known as COMPLETE. Check out their website to find out about actions people are taking in the Kuala Lumpur area.


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GAZA update – no lies included

Who was killed in Gaza violence From December 27, 2008 – January 8, 2009?

While the media report Israeli violence as retaliatory, the fact is that
in every cycle of violence Palestinians are killed first and in far
greater numbers. In the uprising that began in fall of 2000, 140
Palestinians were killed before a single Israeli was killed in Israel; 82
Palestinian children were killed before a single Israeli child was killed.
Palestinian resistance groups only began launching their mostly
small, home-made rockets after many years of Israeli invasions. The
recent truce was broken by Israel on Nov. 4 with the killing of 6 Gazans,
at which time Palestinian rocket fire resumed.To date Palestinian rockets
have killed a total of 28 people. In 2008, Israelis killed over 850
Palestinians and Palestinians killed 35 Israelis.
Palestinians are indigenous to the land; Israel was created in
Palestine 60 years ago through the violent expulsion of over 750,000
Christians and Muslims in a colonial enterprise to create a Jewish state.

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GAZA – A Call to Action - From Harlem to Washington DC

For those who say "enough is enough" there are plenty of ways to get involved in the fight to help the people of Palestine. What's happening this weekend in Northeastern USA?

Friday, January 9, 2009

Al-Farouq Mosque @ 1pm
Atlantic Ave. & 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

March to Brooklyn Borough President's Office
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Trains: 2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall, Bklyn

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Saturday, January 10, 2009 @ 1 pm

White House, Washington, D.C.


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Saturday, January 10th in nyc:

From Harlem to Gaza -- We are All Palestinians!
Speakout! March! Resist!

* Saturday, January 10th -- 1:00pm
* 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell (7th Ave)
State Office Building- take 2, 3, A, C, B, or D Train to 125th

This atrocity is being committed by Israel with the full blessing and
support of the United States. "Made in the USA" is stamped on the F-16
fighter jets, the Apache helicopters, the tanks and the tons of bombs
and missiles that are raining death and destruction on the Palestinian
people. And, "Operated in the service of the USA and western
imperialism" should be stamped on this "war" -- and Israel's role in
the region since its very inception.

Harlem cannot stand by silently as this genocidal rampage is brought
against the people of Gaza! People around the world are taking their
outrage to the streets in protest, calling out the urderous U.S.
backed attack unfolding in the Gaza Strip and demanding an end to it
-- NOW! The world must know that there are people in this country who
do not identify with the U.S./Israel bullies and oppressors; who do
not swallow the mass media lies and distortions; and who feel
solidarity with the Palestinian people. Massive, visible outpourings
of protest and resistance from Harlem is urgently needed in this fight
-- NOW!

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Sunday, January 11, 2009 @ 1 pm

Times Square: 42nd St. & 7th Ave.

Mass Rally: Stop Massacres in Gaza and Break the Siege

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

1933 Bath Ave. (corner of Bay 22nd St.) Brooklyn

Trains: D to 20th Ave.

TUESDAY JANUARY 13, 2009 at 6:30PM,
1933 Bath Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11214
D TRAIN TO 20th Ave in Brooklyn New York
.....will last for a while so please come even if you are late.

Dear Community:

There is a huge response to the Atrocities in Gaza and many are
meeting to brainstorm, share concerns, and build actions and

MAS Bath Avenue Youth Center, as part of the Break the Siege
Coalition, is Providing Space for all to convene for a Mass Community
& Organizing Meeting (open to all, Arabs & Allies) so we can further
coordinate our efforts, divide tasks and provide a forum for community
members to express their desires, plans or otherwise join existing

Al-Awda-NY, as part of the Break the Siege Coalition, stresses that
All Allies are welcome to participate and share their experiences and
we further encourages Families, Mothers and Youth to attend as this
will be a Youth and Family Friendly Space.

For More Information please contact info@al-awdany. org
For more info: www.bsg-ny.org; info@bsg-ny. org

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