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While governments stand mute, Muslims must unite with the majority to resist the violence done to Gaza

An alliance of values While governments stand mute, Muslims must unite with the majority to resist the violence done to Gaza Tariq Ramadan* Friday January 2 2009 The Guardian Listening to the feelings expressed by Muslims around the world one gets a sentiment of anger and revolt mixed with a deep sense of helplessness. The current massacres are but a confirmation of the well-known: the "international community" does not really care about the Palestinians, and it is as if the state of Israel, with the support of the US and some European countries, has imposed a state of intellectual terror. Among the presidents and kings, nobody dares to speak out; nobody is ready to say the truth. All are paralysed by fear. While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is sometimes perceived, and experienced, as critical to the relationship between the west and Islam, many Muslims no longer know how to react. Is it a pure political conflict? What does Islam have to do with it? Should we make it an Islamic concern to call upon the ummah? Muslims around the world are facing three distinctive phenomena. First, in the Muslim-majority countries or in the west, they see they can expect no reaction from governments, especially from the Arab states. Theirs is the guilty silence of the accomplice, the hypocrisy, the contempt for Palestinian lives. Second, western media coverage is alarming, with the majority buying the Israeli story: two equally powerful belligerents, with the victim of aggression (Israel) acting in self-defence. What a distortion! Yet the third phenomenon is interesting: while 73% of Europeans were backing Israel in 1967, more than 67% are supporting the Palestinians today. With time, understanding and sensitivity have moved: populations are not blindly following the games and hypocritical stands of their political elites. Considering these factors, Muslims around the world, and especially western Muslims, should clarify their position. While refusing to turn the Israeli-Palestinian war into a religious conflict, they should not deny its religious dimension, and thus formulate an explicit stand. From an Islamic viewpoint, it should be clear that their resistance is not against Jews (antisemitism is anti-Islamic); to target innocent civilians must be condemned on both sides; and the objective should be for Jews, Christians and Muslims (with people of other religions or no religion) to live together with equal rights and dignity. The Palestinians are never going to give up; and Israel, for all its awesome firepower, has not won the conflict. Muslims around the world should be a driving force of remembrance and resistance. Not as Muslims against Israel, the west or the hypocritical Arab states, but more widely, and constructively, for justice with all (religious or not) who refuse to be brainwashed or reduced to powerless spectators. It is time to create broad alliances and synergies around clear political objectives. If the Middle East is teaching Muslims anything, it is to stop acting in isolation and return to the universal values they share with their fellow citizens. They should realise they are in and with the majority. Demonstrations and articles are crucial but we need to go further. To launch a global movement of non-violent resistance to the violent and extremist policy of the state of Israel has become imperative. The violence inflicted, in front of us, upon a population of one and a half million humans makes our silence, our division and even our limited emotional reaction undignified, insane and inhumane. A true and dignified resistance requires commitment, patience and a long-term strategy of information, alliance and huge, non-violent democratic participation. *Tariq Ramadan is a professor of Islamic studies and author of Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation www.tariqramadan.com Copyright Guardian Newspapers Limited 2009 If you have any questions about this email, please contact the guardian.co.uk user help desk:userhelp@guardian.co.uk. Guardian News & Media will begin a phased move to new offices during December. If sending post or a package, please check where the recipient is located before sending.

SONG FOR GAZA "We will not go down"

WE WILL NOT GO DOWN (Song for Gaza) (Composed by Michael Heart) Copyright 2009 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN : http://www.michaelheart.com/Song_for_Gaza.html A blinding flash of white light Lit up the sky over Gaza tonight People running for cover Not knowing whether they’re dead or alive They came with their tanks and their planes With ravaging fiery flames And nothing remains Just a voice rising up in the smoky haze We will not go down In the night, without a fight You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools But our spirit will never die We will not go down In Gaza tonight Women and children alike Murdered and massacred night after night While the so-called leaders of countries afar Debated on who’s wrong or right But their powerless words were in vain And the bombs fell down like acid rain But through the tears and the blood and the pain You can still hear that voice through the smoky haze We will not go down In the night, without a fight You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools But our spirit will never die We will not go down In Gaza tonight All Music and Content Copyrighted. All rights reserved. © 2008

La lettre d’André Nouschi à l’ambassadeur d’Israël en France

Le 3 janvier 2009 Monsieur l’Ambassadeur, Pour vous c’est shabat, qui devait être un jour de paix mais qui est celui de la guerre. Pour moi, depuis plusieurs années, la colonisation et le vol israélien des terres palestiniennes m’exaspère. Je vous écris donc à plusieurs titres: comme Français, comme Juif de naissance et comme artisan des accords entre l’Université de Nice et celle de Haiffa. Il n’est plus possible de se taire devant la politique d’assassinats et d’expansion impérialiste d’Israël. Vous vous conduisez exactement comme Hitler s’est conduit en Europe avec l’Autriche, la Tchécoslovaquie. Vous méprisez les résolutions de l’ONU comme lui celles de la SDN et vous assassinez impunément des femmes, des enfants; n’invoquez pas les attentats, l’Intifada. Tout cela résulte de la colonisation ILLEGITIME et ILLEGALE QUI EST UN VOL. Vous vous conduisez comme des voleurs de terres et vous tournez le dos aux règles de la morale juive. Honte à vous: Honte à Israël ! Vous creusez votre tombe sans vous en rendre compte. Car vous êtes condamné à vivre avec les Palestiniens et les états arabes. Si vous manquez de cette intelligence politique, alors vous êtes indigne de faire de la politique et vos dirigeants devraient prendre leur retraite. Un pays qui assassine Rabin, qui glorifie son assassin est un pays sans morale et sans honneur. Que le ciel et que votre Dieu mette à mort Sharon l’assassin. Vous avez subi une défaite au Liban en 2006. Vous en subirez d’autres, j’espère, et vous allez envoyer à la mort de jeunes Israéliens parce que vous n’avez pas le courage de faire la paix Comment les Juifs qui ont tant souffert peuvent ils imiter leurs bourreaux hitlériens ? Pour moi, depuis 1975, la colonisation me rappelle de vieux souvenirs, ceux de l’hitlérisme. Je ne vois pas de différence entre vos dirigeants et ceux de l’Allemagne nazie ! Personnellement, je vous combattrai de toutes mes forces comme je l’ai fait entre 1938 et 1945 jusqu’à ce que la justice des hommes détruise l’hitlérisme qui est au coeur de votre pays. Honte à Israël. J’espère que votre Dieu lancera contre ses dirigeants la vengeance qu’ils méritent. J’ai honte comme Juif, ancien combattant de la 2ème guerre mondiale, pour vous. Que votre Dieu vous maudisse jusqu’à la fin des siècles! J’espère que vous serez punis. André Nouschi Professeur honoraire de l’Université L'historien André Nouschi * (86 ans), originaire de Constantine (Algérie) a écrit à l’ambassadeur d’Israël en France. Il souhaite que son texte soit diffusé autant que possible. * André Nouschi, qui fut combattant de la France libre, est l'auteur de nombreux ouvrages et notamment d’un, maintenant bien oublié, sur le niveau de vie des populations rurales constantinoises durant la période coloniale jusqu'en 1919 (PUF, 1961). Ce livre, décisif, avait en son temps été salué par le ministre du GPRA et historien nationaliste algérien Ahmed Tafiq al-Madanî comme "la goutte d'eau qui s'offre au voyageur après la traversée du désert". André Nouschi a été enseignant à l'université de Tunis, et il est professeur honoraire de l'université de Nice. Transmis par Pingouin THE ORIGINAL BLOG CAN BE ACCESSED AT THIS WEBSITE: http://lagaffe.canalblog.com/archives/2009/01/10/12038396.html