Monday, February 26, 2007

"Private"... The Movie

I saw most of this movie and i recommend it for anyone. It's an Italian Production done in 2004.
Of course, the movie made no revenue when played in the US theaters (3ady, motawaka3!).

It's about a Palestinian family (man, woman and their 5 children) living in a house that is in the middle of a way between a settlement and a Palestinian village.
This family is warned and ordered to move out of their house by the Israelis for security reasons.
The father refuses and stays there.

Late at night one day the Israelis raid a house belonging to the Palestinian family. As the Israelis raid the house they put all the family into one room and lock it on them till the morning.

In the morning they let the father out and the following conversation takes place (this was full of meanings and is a representation of the real life situaion in the whole of Palestine)…

Israeli soldier: ”Now listen to me carefully, your house now belongs to the Israeli Defense Forces (wa7’denly balko min defense dy?!), the house now is split into 3 section…
The living room is where you will stay every night to sleep (area A).
This location (Area B, they were in the hall way) you can only come in after you get our permission.
Upstairs (Area C, where the bedrooms are) you never go up there, if you do…you’ll be punished”.

The Palestinian father (helplessly): ”Can I go up and get our clothes?”

Israeli soldier: ”Be my guest”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????!!!!!

“guest”?!! "guest"?!!!! sa7e7, seketnalo da7'al bee

The movie is very nice. It shows different characters within the family. It reflects the Palestinian community all represented by a character in that family. The Characters are as follows…

The father doesn’t want to give up his house but doesn’t want to fight because he thinks violence will not solve it.
The mother asks the father to move out of there because she is worried about the kids and what the Israelis might do to the family.
The youngest son is too young to figure out what to do besides being very scared.
The younger daughter tries to bring comfort to the younger brother.
The middle son is the silent type, but he decides to fight back without anyone knowing what he is planning.
The elder son is very negative and afraid person. Wants to leave and go away (irritating... but can not really blame him though, it is a tough situation).
The elder daughter is a fighter by nature and does not accept this and wants to fight back (set beee meet ragel min el a7’er ya3ny!). She doesn’t want to stay low and be treated like an animal locked in a barn.

Tab3an mish me7taag 2a2ool meen 3agabny :)

Watching the movie can be a very emotional experience because you are seeing different people with different perspectives.

The worst part is that you are watching the movie from a very helpless perspective.
All you need to do is put yourself in the shoes of anyone of the family, and you’ll know how desperate the situation out there in Palestine is.

Kaan nefsy akamel el film :(

Mood: ...

Sunday, February 25, 2007

London Museums

Though i'd make my post a bit more cheerful. Here are a few photos of places I like in London.

Note: Sorry for the poor pic quality...

British Museum

Rosseta Stone (7agar Rasheed)

Vectoria & Albert Museum

Natural History Museum

London View From the "London Eye"

Mood: Cheerful :)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Web Stalked!! The Solution...

Ladies and gentlemen, I now officially have a web stalker on my back.
3ala 7azy el iswed, she is a Pro-Zionist atheist (as she calls herself) named “Red Tulips”.

She started commenting on my blog a few posts ago. Of course, being who she is and I being who I am we were on the opposite sides of the fence.

All that was fine until my post: “When Israel Says:" Ishrabo Min El Bahr"!
I suggest you read the above post I referred to, just to understand what happened.

The strange part was when we got to a dead end in the conversation.
She just kept on and on with all the Pro-Israeli crap.

She even said things like: “as in fact Israel is not the enemy of the Palestinians”.
Makes you wonder:” Not enemies and they do all this, then what would the Israelis do if they “WERE” enemies to the Palestinians?!!!!!!!!!”.

So, this post is dedicated to you Red Tulips

You are an atheist.
I’m a muslim
You are a pro-zionist.
I’m pro-palestinian\pro-arab\pro-Islam

You say that Palestinians have no right for land as they only had 2 years of control on the land per UN (as if it is their fault they were always ruled by others which happened to many nations in the world, like Egypt for thousands of years…i.e greek, roman invasion…etc.).

I say we have no problem with jews (Muslims respect and love Moses and all Prophets, this is what our religion tells us)…we only are against Israel and it’s acts.
I said it before and i'll say it again now, the use of historical exsistance as a way to prove land ownership is not that cut clear. The Americans would be the best example.
I am sure you do not dare and say that Americans have no right to exsist in America since it is originally Red Indians land? or would you?!!!

We can argue forever about the past and who did what, but at the end it is all down to this...
You don't really want to listen to us nor do you (Israelis and their Pros) want to abide with the UN or the international court verdict (give back the post-1967 land, never re-enter, and remove the wall around the Palestinians...etc. then things will change).

After all i mentioned above, we will obviously never agree about Religion or Politics.

I had just a few comments on things you’ve been mumbling about …

1- It is not our problem or fault that 2000 years ago the temple was destroyed way before Islam (as a religion) was sent by God (which by the way Jews still don’t know where exactly the temple was on mount safer, the mount where al-Aqsa is).
If you have a problem maybe you should dig up the graves of the ancient Romans and harass them and get off our backs!

2- You hallucination that Muslims built Al-Aqsa mosque just in spit of Jews (to annoy them and not let them have access to the temple, which you don’t even know where exactly it is on that mountain) is the most stupid thing I heard in a while.
Al-Aqsa was built simply because this spot is\was a KIBLA (center or direction) for all prophet’s (Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and their predecessors included). And since we Muslims are believers of all prophets and we follow Abraham father of all prophets, we simply have this place as a scared place too (3rd most sacred in Islam). It was not for that stupid reason you mentioned! Lol

3- Anyone with eyes can see what Israel is doing to Jerusalem and to Al-Aqsa mosque. And may I remind you of time when some Israelis burned Al-Aqsa in 1969. That is besides all the digging that you are very keen on which is happening under AL-Aqsa every few years (under many allegations Israelis use to just keep digging) putting Al-Aqsa Mosque in danger.
It is obvious who has bad intentions about this sacred area.

I mean Israelis actually go digging under such sacred place without even asking the people concerned (Muslims)… very nice going guys!

4- Muslims are free to pray in Al- Aqsa that's what you say…yeah right!
Did you read head of this post? The guy is sued for “entering” Jerusalem (the city), and you say they “pray” in Al-Aqsa when they want??!!!! Eh el habal da!

5- When I mentioned Al-Aqsa is unreachable for many Muslims, You say: “The Palestinians, when they commit terror, invite travel restrictions” (which is an indirect confession by you that Palestinians "ARE" forbidden to move around freely, contradicting yourself again!).
I've never seen a butcher blame the sheep while he slaughters them!

That’s besides the fact that at least since 1967 (way before your so called actions of terror...etc) freedom of movement for Palestinians into Al-Aqsa was always restricted.

A couple of simple illustrations:

I have asked you to leave us in peace and go away (about 10 times till now) but you do not seem to understand the word “LEAVE US IN PEACE”….no wonder, humph!

So, since you are stalking my poor Blog all the time to an extent that I am sure if I was your husband you wouldn’t be glued to my poor Blog to this extent…lol

Madaam el zoo2 mish nafe3…since asking you politely to leave doesn’t work with you then you leave me no choice.

I here by give you this…
Red Tulips:

You’re oooooooooooooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuutttttttt!!!!

I’m moderating my blog and BANNING YOU!!
Yeeeeeeeeeaaaaay :))))

Mood: Relieved :)

Monday, February 19, 2007

Al-Quds: When A Holy Land Is Out Of Reach

Palestine Enslaved!

I read this yesterday on Al Jazzera net...

تأجيل محاكمة التميمي ودعوة للتحقيق بحفريات الأقصى

أجلت محكمة إسرائيلية في مدينة القدس المحتلة اليوم محاكمة قاضي قضاة المحاكم الشرعية في فلسطين الشيخ تيسير التميمي إلى مايو/ أيار القادم بتهمة الدخول إلى مدينة القدس المحتلة دون إذن من سلطات الاحتلال الإسرائيلية.

The Palestinian judge is sued because he entered Jerusalem without permission from the Israelis.
Permission, .... yanhar azra2! permission ya wlad el .... aaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

I want you to read this a few times and think of it...

بتهمة الدخول إلى مدينة القدس المحتلة دون إذن من سلطات الاحتلال الإسرائيلية
بتهمة الدخول إلى مدينة القدس المحتلة دون إذن من سلطات الاحتلال الإسرائيلية
بتهمة الدخول إلى مدينة القدس المحتلة دون إذن من سلطات الاحتلال الإسرائيلية
Leaves a bitter taste in your mouth as you say it, sa7?
This reminds me of the hundreds of Palestinians whom (many times) are forbidden from even praying in Al-Aqsa, especially on Fridays.
I even saw a documentary about the Palestinians in East Jerusalem and how they are treated and forbidden on Fridays to access Al-Aqsa on many occasions.
Mood: :(

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Al-Ahli Of Egypt Win African Super Cup

Al Ahli Celebrations (Al Arabiya Site)

Egyptian side Ahly added another continental title to a long list of successes with a record-equalling third African Super Cup title on Sunday.
But Ahly needed penalties for a second successive year to overcome fellow north African opposition, beating Tunisia's Etoile Sahel 5-4 on in a post-match shootout.

Soom good news for a change :)

Mood: Happy :)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Not An Angel…

Remorse, we are not angels...

Whether you are a practicing Muslim or not, I think this post is relevant.

Note: This post has nothing to do with me personally. And no, i didn't do anything wrong to trigger this posting :)

There is something that has been annoying me for quite a while now. Although this problem has been around forever tab3an, I have sensed\noticed it clearly over the past few years.
Maybe trying to align myself with the principles of Islam (for the past 5 years or so) has something to do with me actually noticing this trend, I don’t know.
All I know is, this is something I hope people would put into consideration.

What I am talking about is the fact that people tend to judge a practicing Muslim (trying to be motadayen) as if he were an angel (or better put, “as if he has to be an angel”).

Some people mock and severely criticize another person who is known to be religiously oriented out of envy. Either they keep calling him a fake or keep making fun of his opinions.
I can understand that (to an extent), because it is human nature (sub-consciously defending their way of thought or way of life and making themselves feel better about themselves).

The worst part is if he (the “trying to be religious person”) makes a mistake, he will face hell from them and maybe society as a whole (actually, even from other practicing Muslims lelasaf!).

The words of: ”You keep acting as a religious perons, and now look what you did. You are no better than us!”...etc.

People seem to look at it this way,: “Since you are a “trying to be religious person” then you should not do mistakes, if you do a mistake than you are not a religious person! ”.

Well the answer is: “Yes, the person who is “trying to be religious person” shouldn’t make mistakes because he should do his\her best to a good live example of what Islam is about. But…
People! For heavens sake, even the most virtuous person in the world is a human, and helloooooooooooooooo:” Humans make mistakes!”.
The fact that a person who is trying to be religiously oriented made a mistake does not mean he is a bad person (loosely speaking of course).

The Prophet (PBUH) once said (Sunan AL Tirmithi):

قال رسول الله ‏ ‏صلى الله عليه وسلم: ‏ ‏كل ابن ‏ ‏آدم ‏ ‏خطاء فخير الخطائين التوابون

Notice the prophet (PBUH) said the meaning of:“All mankind make mistakes”, no one excluded.
And then said the meaning of: “The best of those are the ones whom repel, ask for forgiveness and try not to do it again” (Tawba).

The difference between the “trying to be religious person” and anyone else is that he (after a sin or mistake) will repel and try never to do it again.
Other people just keep doing mistakes over and over without even slightest sort of remorse (ethical or conscious or even religious).
We (humans) are not angels! Let us stop treating people as if they should act as an angel with no flaws!
Look at it this way...
At least he\she are trying to always be on the right path. The question is, are we (you and I) trying to be on the right path?!
We all say that we are fair people or trying to be fair people, the question is in this case....
Are we really being fair to them?

Mood: ...

Friday, February 09, 2007

When Israel Says:" Ishrabo Min El Bahr"!

Al Jazeera - Al Aqsa Mousque Clashes (Palestine)

From BBC:

Dozens of people were hurt when police moved in to quell violent protests against excavation work in the area.
Skirmishes in other parts of the city have also been reported.
The violence flared over the digging work, which protesters say threatens the foundations of the al-Aqsa mosque - Islam's third holiest site.

All i can say is... as long as we are hoping that someone else will solve our problem for us, 7ane7'bat dema3'na feel 7eet time after time.

Laa 7awla wala kowata ila BelAh!

Mood: 2arfaaan!

"...Muslims Are Infidels!"?!

The following conversation left me speechless. It was part of a long discussion...

Me: "... that is why one can not just say that ALL Christians or Jews are infidels as he mentioned, that is not what Quran says... walaho a3lam.".

Him: "Yes, i understand your point, but i think people have double standards here."

Me:"How come?"

Him:" Muslims too are infidels!".


Him:" In the Christian belief (and Jewish and any other religion) Mohammad (PBUH) is not a prophet and Islam is not a religion sent by God, at least the vast majority believes so. Read their books."

Me:" Not all of them akeed ya3ny..."

Him:" Wait, i am not finished. In the Christian belief, if anyone doesn't believe that Jesus IS God and that Jesus will save him from Hell fire, then he is a non-believer and WILL go to hell. Hence, in their beleif MUSLIMS ARE INFIDELS!".

Him:"So, they are so angry for instance that Mohammad Emmara said something about them, while they say that about us and others all the time. That is double standards!"

Me: ................... :

Mood: Silence......................

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Aaah, England Again :)

Queen Elizabeth II

Aaah, England, how nice :)


As I was going to England I saw the movie THE QUEEN on the plain which was very good. The actress acting as the Queen (Queen Elizabeth II) Helen Mirren was exceptional. I think she deserves an Oscar.

Besides the obvious anti-monarchy movie attitude, I just couldn't’t help it… I had feelings for the Queen. A lot of people (and the news) seems to be hitting at her and at the monarchy.
This lady did a lot for her country and yet a lot criticize her and some want to get rid of the Monarchy as a whole.

I (although of no relevance) can not see England without a monarchy.

The movie was talking about the time when Princess Diana died and the Queen kept silent without showing any respect to the late princes Diana.

There were two strong messages in that movie…
First, as the queen said: ”It seems the values have shifted” when she felt that the people are not the same as they used to be. I feel that all the time, everywhere it seems.

The second thing is that she (being on the throne for about 50 years) didn’t loose her judgment yet, she told the cocky Tony Blair:” You helped me because you don’t want the same to happen when it is your turn to go down.”.
Then she continued: “Believe me Mr. Blair, your day will come. It will come without any warning and before you can see it!”.
Which is exactly what is happening nowadays, his popularity is very low and people are picking on him specifically because of the Iraqi war.

It was said that during the Diana tragedy, 1 out of 4 people in the UK wanted the Monarchy to end. I do know Brits who feel that the Royal family is a burden.

I for one can not grasp the thought that England without the Royal family. The monarchy ages up to 1000 years full of heritage. Regardless of agreeing with the thought of Monarcy or not, i think it is part of this country. England will not be the same without it.

Maybe it’s my grand mother’s sound inside of me whom used to talk proudly about the Monarchy (my British grandmother tab3an). Maybe it’s just me with my love of memories, heritage and history. I don’t know…

The only thing that pops into my mind when I think of this, is the famous saying: “God save the Queen…”.

Mood: Happy :)