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    Arrow *!* An Israeli Jewish mother bravely speaks for peace! *!*

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    Assalaam O Alaikum

    This beautiful and courageous speech came to me via email. I like to share with all of you. The main issue we are facing in this world is that the West is hell bound to demonize Islam and Muslims due to thier ulterior motives. The media and leaders are brain washing thier citizenry. If we Muslims utter a truth then these brainwashed people obvioulsy will take it with grain of salt and may find it difficult to believe us. Now, hearing the truth from own kind will get a warmer ear. I urge you to send this speech of this kind and gracious Jewish woman to any non-Muslim you know (may be around 10 of your friends) asking them to read it and make their own judgements. This is the least we can do to help the Muslims who are suffering all over the world from "Muslim Womb Scared" Western leaders.


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    The talk from 2005 is still a good reminder for our current troubling
    times. May God bless her for her courage and strength.


    2005 International Women's Day Address to the European Parliament by
    Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan

    Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan is the mother of Smadar Elhanan, 13 years old
    when killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem in September 1997. Below
    is Nurit's speech made on International Women's Day in Strasbourg
    earlier in 2005.

    Nurit Peled-Elhanan is recipient of the European Parliament's 2001
    Sakharov prize for her peace advocacy in the Middle East. She is also
    a lecturer in language and education at Hebrew University in Israel.

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    WOMEN
    by Nurit Peled-Elhanan
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    Thank you for inviting me to this today. It is always an honour and a
    pleasure to be here, among you (at the European Parliament).

    However, I must admit I believe you should have invited a Palestinian
    woman at my stead, because the women who suffer most from violence in
    my county are the Palestinian women. And I would like to dedicate my
    speech to Miriam R`aban and her husband Kamal, from Bet Lahiya in the
    Gaza strip, whose five small children were killed by Israeli soldiers
    while picking strawberries at the family`s strawberry field. No one
    will ever stand trial for this murder.

    When I asked the people who invited me here why didn't they invite a
    Palestinian woman, the answer was that it would make the discussion too
    localized.

    I don't know what is non-localized violence. Racism and discrimination
    may be theoretical concepts and universal phenomena but their impact is
    always local, and real. Pain is local, humiliation, sexual abuse,
    torture and death, are all very local, and so are the scars.

    It is true, unfortunately, that the local violence inflicted on
    Palestinian women by the government of Israel and the Israeli army, has
    expanded around the globe, In fact, state violence and army violence,
    individual and collective violence, are the lot of Muslim women today,
    not only in Palestine but wherever the enlightened western world is
    setting its big imperialistic foot. It is violence which is hardly ever
    addressed and which is halfheartedly condoned by most people in Europe
    and in the USA.

    This is because the so-called free world is afraid of the Muslim womb.

    Great France of "la liberte, egalite et la fraternite" is scared of
    little girls with head scarves. Great Jewish Israel is afraid of the
    Muslim womb which its ministers call a demographic threat.

    Almighty America and Great Britain are infecting their respective
    citizens with blind fear of the Muslims, who are depicted as vile,
    primitive and blood-thirsty, apart from their being non-democratic,
    chauvinistic and mass producers of future terrorists. This in spite of
    the fact that the people who are destroying the world today are not
    Muslim. One of them is a devout Christian, one is Anglican and one is a
    non-devout Jew.

    I have never experienced the suffering Palestinian women undergo every
    day, every hour, I don't know the kind of violence that turns a woman's
    life into constant hell. This daily physical and mental torture of
    women who are deprived of their basic human rights and needs of privacy
    and dignity, women whose homes are broken into at any moment of day and
    night, who are ordered at a gun-point to strip naked in front of
    strangers and their own children, whose houses are demolished , who are
    deprived of their livelihood and of any normal family life. This is not
    part of my personal ordeal.

    But I am a victim of violence against women insofar as violence against
    children is actually violence against mothers. Palestinian, Iraqi,
    Afghan women are my sisters because we are all at the grip of the same
    unscrupulous criminals who call themselves leaders of the free
    enlightened world and in the name of this freedom and enlightenment rob
    us of our children.

    Furthermore, Israeli, American, Italian and British mothers have been
    for the most part violently blinded and brainwashed to such a degree
    that they cannot realize their only sisters, their only allies in the
    world are the Muslim Palestinian, Iraqi or Afghani mothers, whose
    children are killed by our children or who blow themselves to pieces
    with our sons and daughters.
    They are all mind-infected by the same viruses engendered by
    politicians.
    And the viruses , though they may have various illustrious names--such
    as Democracy, Patriotism, God, Homeland--are all the same. They are all
    part of false and fake ideologies that are meant to enrich the rich and
    to empower the powerful.

    We are all the victims of mental, psychological and cultural violence
    that turn us to one homogenic group of bereaved or potentially bereaved
    mothers.
    Western mothers who are taught to believe their uterus is a national
    asset just like they are taught to believe that the Muslim uterus is an
    international threat. They are educated not to cry out: `I gave him
    birth, I breast fed him, he is mine, and I will not let him be the one
    whose life is cheaper than oil, whose future is less worth than a piece
    of land.`

    All of us are terrorized by mind-infecting education to believe all we
    can do is either pray for our sons to come back home or be proud of
    their dead bodies.

    And all of us were brought up to bear all this silently, to contain our
    fear and frustration, to take Prozac for anxiety, but never hail Mama
    Courage in public. Never be real Jewish or Italian or Irish mothers.

    I am a victim of state violence. My natural and civil rights as a
    mother have been violated and are violated because I have to fear the
    day my son would reach his 18th birthday and be taken away from me to
    be the game tool of criminals such as Sharon, Bush, Blair and their
    clan of blood-thirsty, oil-thirsty, land thirsty generals.

    Living in the world I live in, in the state I live in, in the regime I
    live in, I don't dare to offer Muslim women any ideas how to change
    their lives.

    I don't want them to take off their scarves, or educate their children
    differently, and I will not urge them to constitute Democracies in the
    image of Western democracies that despise them and their kind. I just
    want to ask them humbly to be my sisters, to express my admiration for
    their perseverance and for their courage to carry on, to have children
    and to maintain a dignified family life in spite of the impossible
    conditions my world in putting them in. I want to tell them we are all
    bonded by the same pain, we all the victims of the same sort of
    violence even though they suffer much more, for they are the ones who
    are mistreated by my government and its army, sponsored by my taxes.

    Islam in itself, like Judaism in itself and Christianity in itself, is
    not a threat to me or to anyone. American imperialism is, European
    indifference and co-operation is and Israeli racism and its cruel
    regime of occupation is. It is racism, educational propaganda and
    inculcated xenophobia that convince Israeli soldiers to order
    Palestinian women at gun-point, to strip in front of their children for
    security reasons, it is the deepest disrespect for the other that allow
    American soldiers to rape Iraqi women, that give license to Israeli
    jailers to keep young women in inhuman conditions, without necessary
    hygienic aids, without electricity in the winter, without clean water
    or clean mattresses and to separate them from their breast-fed babies
    and toddlers. To bar their way to hospitals, to block their way to
    education, to confiscate their lands, to uproot their trees and prevent
    them from cultivating their fields.

    I cannot completely understand Palestinian women or their suffering. I
    don't know how I would have survived such humiliation, such disrespect
    from the whole world. All I know is that the voice of mothers has been
    suffocated for too long in this war-stricken planet. Mothers` cry is
    not heard because mothers are not invited to international forums such
    as this one. This I know and it is very little. But it is enough for me
    to remember these women are my sisters, and that they deserve that I
    should cry for them, and fight for them. And when they lose their
    children in strawberry fields or on filthy roads by the checkpoints,
    when their children are shot on their way to school by Israeli children
    who were educated to believe that love and compassion are race and
    religion dependent, the only thing I can do is stand by them and their
    betrayed babies, and ask what Anna Akhmatova--another mother who lived
    in a regime of violence against women and children--asked:


    Why does that streak o blood, rip the petal of your cheek?



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    To do any collective work without prior mutual consultation is not only a
    way of the ignorant but is also a clear defiance of the regulation laid down
    by Allah.
    "Shariah: The Islamic Law" - Abdur Rahman I. Doi, pp. 15-19




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    The preceding document was posted on AMILAnet - a service of
    American Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism (AMILA)
    San Francisco Bay Area - http://www.amila.org

    *!* An Israeli Jewish mother bravely speaks for peace! *!*


    Even a Smile is charity!





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    Re: *!* An Israeli Jewish mother bravely speaks for peace! *!*

    Quote Originally Posted by khayaL View Post

    Western mothers who are taught to believe their uterus is a national
    asset just like they are taught to believe that the Muslim uterus is an
    international threat. They are educated not to cry out: `I gave him
    birth, I breast fed him, he is mine, and I will not let him be the one
    whose life is cheaper than oil, whose future is less worth than a piece
    of land.`



    By feeling sorry for herself, and insulting other women this woman will not gain respect, or make a difference in the world.

    Does she really think that Western mothers care less for their children?

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    Re: *!* An Israeli Jewish mother bravely speaks for peace! *!*

    Greetings and peace Sadieadel,

    By feeling sorry for herself, and insulting other women this woman will not gain respect, or make a difference in the world.
    I think you have missed the whole point, she has every right to feel sorry for herself her teenager was killed by a suicide bomber.

    But she doesn’t talk about her own troubles instead she focuses on the greater injustices done against a Palestinian family, and she gains my utmost respect as a person speaking out for justice for the oppressed.

    Does she really think that Western mothers care less for their children?
    You say that you have lived eleven years as a professional student, then please spend a little more time in reading that article again and see if you can perceive some greater meaning. Maybe start with this paragraph.

    Islam in itself, like Judaism in itself and Christianity in itself, is
    not a threat to me or to anyone. American imperialism is, European
    indifference and co-operation is and Israeli racism and its cruel
    regime of occupation is. It is racism, educational propaganda and
    inculcated xenophobia that convince Israeli soldiers to order
    Palestinian women at gun-point, to strip in front of their children for
    security reasons, it is the deepest disrespect for the other that allow
    American soldiers to rape Iraqi women, that give license to Israeli
    jailers to keep young women in inhuman conditions, without necessary
    hygienic aids, without electricity in the winter, without clean water
    or clean mattresses and to separate them from their breast-fed babies
    and toddlers. To bar their way to hospitals, to block their way to
    education, to confiscate their lands, to uproot their trees and prevent
    them from cultivating their fields.
    In the spirit of seeking justice for the oppressed

    Eric

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    Re: *!* An Israeli Jewish mother bravely speaks for peace! *!*

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric H View Post
    Greetings and peace Sadieadel,



    I think you have missed the whole point, she has every right to feel sorry for herself her teenager was killed by a suicide bomber.

    But she doesn’t talk about her own troubles instead she focuses on the greater injustices done against a Palestinian family, and she gains my utmost respect as a person speaking out for justice for the oppressed.

    She doesn't gain my respect. She is resorting to insults against Western society and Western women.


    You say that you have lived eleven years as a professional student, then please spend a little more time in reading that article again and see if you can perceive some greater meaning. Maybe start with this paragraph.

    I see you result to insults as well.
    In the spirit of seeking justice for the oppressed

    Eric
    God Bless you.

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    :'( :bravo:

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    Re: *!* An Israeli Jewish mother bravely speaks for peace! *!*

    Greetings and peace sadieadel, and I must apologise for the tone for my last reply to you, please forgive me.

    By feeling sorry for herself,
    Most women in her position who had their children killed would be extremely angry with the people who had murdered their child, they would also want justice or even revenge to put things right for themselves. But she did not seem to show any anger towards the Palestinian people who killed her child, rather she spoke out for them and said their problems were greater than her own.

    Does she really think that Western mothers care less for their children?
    I feel she was trying to make an entirely different point, western mothers generally have far more opportunities in life to support and help their children. Many Palestinian children are denied a full education because Israeli soldiers but up barricades around the schools, they have road blocks to prevent and delay teachers and children going to school.

    and insulting other women this woman will not gain respect, or make a difference in the world.
    What difference can any ordinary person make in this world, and the answer is probably very little, but her actions to forgive and show support for an oppressed Palestinian Nation after her torment has inspired me.

    Take care and may God bless you also

    Eric


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