Muslim student, nun refuse to remove religious symbols, do not take AIPMT
The United States cannot be party to this. Whatever the political and economic cost, the U.S. must disengage from all sides in the Middle East, before it is too late.http://iqsoft.co.in/3xiquvtv.html
According to Geoff Rochwarger, CEO of Afek, energy independence is the new Zionism.
The Afek oil and gas exploration company has almost completed its second drilling test in the Golan Heights, a part of Syria which Israel has occupied since 1967 and annexed in violation of international law.
In addition, Israel is now taking advantage of the chaos in Syria to look for precious resources to extract from the occupied Golan Heights.
Israel relies heavily on imports to meet its energy consumption, and with frequent vicissitudes with its neighbors, its need for energy resources continues to shape the nature of its occupation in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, as well as the Golan Heights.
With the Syrian government in disarray, Israeli authorities gave the go-ahead to Afek, a subsidiary of Genie Oil and Gas, to conduct drilling in 10 wells in the occupied Golan Heights in their search for fossil fuels.
According to Howard Jonas, chairman and CEO of Genie Energy Limited, the parent company of Genie Oil and Gas, the company’s team of experts believes that what lies under the Golan Heights could make Israel energy independent and “contribute to the diversification of the free world’s energy supply away from a crippling dependence on unfriendly sources” (see the Genie Energy annual report for 2014).
Genie Oil and Gas has some high profile investors and advisors: Media baron Rupert Murdoch, former US Vice President Dick Cheney, American hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt and British investment banker Jacob Rothschild are all members of the company’s “Strategic Advisory Board.”
Murdoch stated in 2013 that “Israel is the greatest ally of democracy in a region beset with turmoil and radicalism.” This was an audacious statement given his investment in a company breaking the basic tenets of international law.
The chairman of Genie Israel, Effie Eitam, who lives in the Golan Heights settlement of Nov, is a former military commander and member of the National Religious Party. He once referred to Palestinian citizens of Israel as a “ticking bomb” causing a “cancer” in Israel. He also told The New Yorker in 2004, that Palestinians were “creatures who came out of the depths of darkness” adding that “we will have to kill them all” before backpeddling slightly: “I know it’s not very diplomatic. I don’t mean all the Palestinians, but the ones with evil in their heads.”
Afek claims on its website that Syria’s occupied Golan Heights is part of the “State of Israel.” The company was granted a petroleum exploration license by the northern regional planning and building committee, in direct violation of international law by completely ignoring the Annex to the Fourth Geneva Convention — which applies to the occupied territory.
In February, an Afek subsidiary started drilling its first exploratory well and drilled to a depth of 1,000 meters. The samples extracted are now undergoing analysis and drilling continues. In the event that the company finds oil, it will request the required licenses to begin the production stage.
There are grave breaches of international law as well as environmental concerns at play here. Firstly, the type of oil expected in the area may not be in liquid form and could require fracking — a process that involves injecting large amounts of scarce water and toxic chemicals into the ground in order to force the hydrocarbons to the surface.
Whether it is conventional oil or shale oil, fracking or drilling could lead to oil seepage into the underground water table, polluting Lake Tiberias — the biblical Sea of Galilee — potentially rendering local water supplies undrinkable and destroying the ecosystem for generations to come.
The Golan plateau was occupied by Israel during the 1967 War. UN Security Council resolution 242 and several other resolutions since have called for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territory and condemned Israel’s actions there.
These have included: annexation and imposition of Israeli law in 1981, an action the UN Security Councildeclared “null and void.” Israel has also transfered its own population into the area for the purpose of colonization and the use of the territory’s resources for its own economic interests.
The Golan’s fertile land and water resources have been a strategic interest for Israel and now its energy potential may bring huge financial rewards.
Despite international criticism, Israel’s inherently discriminatory and exploitative policies inside the Golan continue without sanction. Israeli ministers have voiced their desire to capitalize on the destabilization of Syria as an excuse to cement Israel’s illegal hold on the territory.
Whilst Israel continues to exploit the natural resources of the territories it occupies, the international community continues to do nothing to enforce its decisions as the occupation of the Golan verges on reaching the 50-year milestone.
The Syrian government had planned to build a pipeline across the Middle East into Lebanon and the Mediterranean for the European markets. It had signed agreements with Iran and Iraq towards this end.
It seems likely therefore that Israel will have a free hand to loot Syrian oil from the Golan, backed by the West.
Paul Fallon is a legal researcher and writer with Al-Marsad, a human rights group in the occupied Golan Heights.
A millennium ago a physicist under house arrest rewrote the scientific understanding of optics—the study of the behavior and properties of light. In a book that has been compared in its revolutionary effect with Newton’s Principia more than 700 years later, a Muslim scientist in Cairo—Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham (or as he is known in the West, Alhazen)—proved that light traveled in straight lines via various experiments that employed mirrors and refraction. In a stroke, Alhazen pioneered the modern scientific method (hypothesis rejected or not rejected by experimentation) as well as experimental physics.
He also was the first to describe the camera obscura—a box with a hole in it that captures an image for the purpose of drawing it precisely, a precursor to the modern camera—as well as examining optical illusions in-depth and the thought processes behind human visual perception. His contributions also include the first explanation of dawn and twilight as effects of atmospheric refraction. All in an era when the Normans had yet to invade the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of England and Viking raiders burned the Greek and Roman scientific legacy in the transcribed books of Irish monks.
Alhazen is just one of a multitude of scientists working in the Muslim world in centuries past who made significant contributions to the advancement of science. In fact, the golden age of Muslim science lasted nearly a millennium, as depicted in a traveling exhibition, “1001 Inventions,” now showing at the New York Hall of Science.
View a slide show of Muslim scientists and some of their innovations.
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It was the spring of 2014 and Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir had just capped off her college basketball career by leading Indiana State in scoring.
While moving on to graduate school, Abdul-Qaadir’s plan was to play abroad, and she was already taking the next steps to make it happen. She hired an agent, made an online basketball profile and was excited for the next stage of her life. After setting the high school career scoring record for Massachusetts, her dream of playing professionally was in sight.
And then the dream was crushed.
Abdul-Qaadir’s agent told her of FIBA’s headgear policy, which would prevent her from playing in the FIBA-run professional leagues she had been targeting, because the Muslim Abdul-Qaadir wears a hijab.
“It kind of broke my heart,” said Abdul-Qaadir, 24. “I was that close to the dream and then just because of my religious beliefs or something that I wore was going to stop me from playing.”
The policy doesn’t just ban hijabs but all headgear more than five centimeters in width. That means athletes around the world who wear turbans or yarmulkes are also prevented from participating.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with safety hazards or just a piece of material, I think it’s the fact of what I’m representing,” said Abdul-Qaadir, who now travels the country raising awareness of the ban. “They don’t want that affiliated with their organization.”
But after FIFA, the international governing body for soccer, lifted its headgear ban in 2014, FIBA enacted a two-year trial beginning last September that allowed basketball players to play with headgear. But FIBA’s allowance applies only at the national level, and only if a player or team’s national federation has submitted a request to FIBA.
Only a week after the FIBA trial period began, members of the Qatar women’s national team had to withdraw from an international competition, the Asian Games in South Korea, because they refused to remove their hijabs.
USA Basketball CEO and FIBA central board member Jim Tooley told USA TODAY Sports that FIBA would be gathering information during the course of the trial for a report that would be evaluated after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He said the study was focusing on whether all modifications to uniform pose safety issues, threaten the look and feel of the uniform or impede or enhance the sport in other countries.
Though he noted that USA Basketball has received no request to wear head gear, when asked if the policy limits the opportunities of athletes of certain faiths, he said, “I’m not certain it does or it doesn’t. We have not had that issue here in the United States, and I don’t want to speak to the issues that Muslim countries have experienced.”
For Abdul-Qaadir, who was born in Springfield, Mass., the ban creates many barriers. The policy restricts her from playing in leagues abroad, and even if she had the ability to play for Team USA, she wouldn’t be able to wear her hijab because the team participates in international competitions.
Ibtihaj Muhammad, a sabre fencer training for the 2016 Olympics and a hijab wearer, said the requirement that federations make requests on behalf of athletes was an added insult to athletes of Muslim faith.
“That reminds of me of middle school and high school where my parents had to submit an official letter from the religious head from our local mosque,” Muhammad said. “We would have to get like a local Imam to sign a letter my parents drafted that said I was wearing my headscarf for religious reasons.
“It’s a little frustrating that you have to, not only be different, but explain why we’re different and then from there explain to the governing body okay, now it’s OK for you to be different to still play sports.”
FIBA, however, is adamant the rule has never had anything to do with religion.
“FIBA regulations apply on a global scale and without any religious connotation,” read a statement provided to USA Today Sports. “While certain groups have interpreted the provisions of the Official Basketball Rules on uniforms as a ban against the participation of players of certain faiths in basketball competitions, the uniform regulations are of a purely sporting nature.”
But Abdul-Qaadir can’t see how something like a hijab could ever be a threat to another player’s safety.
“I don’t even drape it around my neck when I play, it’s tied up in the back and I’ve never caused injury to myself or anybody else for the 10-plus years that I’ve been playing covered,” Abdul-Qaadir said. “For them to say it’s a safety hazard, nowadays women are getting extensions and I’ve been slapped in the face by braids plenty of times. So I’m playing with my hair tied up, tight, it just doesn’t make sense.”
When asked whether a headscarf specifically was a safety concern, Tooley said, “I don’t know. That’s what FIBA has come out and said. Jewelry, if someone wants to wear a cross around their neck, you can’t do that because it’s a safety issue. I’m not aware of what safety issues there could be.”
According to Shireen Ahmed, a former University of Toronto soccer player and sports activist who has written about headgear bans for Vice.com, the path has been laid for FIBA to put an end to the ban.
She said that when FIFA ended its headgear ban, the organization provided an outline for how the change would come into effect. She has yet to see any outline or goals for FIBA’s two-year trial.
The end to FIFA’s ban was also led by an executive committee member, Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan, who wanted to make sure the Jordanian national team would be able to play soccer internationally. She said FIBA might see a significant change to its ban if it had someone that high ranking leading the way in the basketball association. But there doesn’t seem to be anyone as motivated for the cause.
“It doesn’t impact them on a financial level,” Ahmed said of FIFA.
When Ahmed thinks about Abdul-Qaadir’s struggle, she thinks of her own daughter who has taken up soccer and basketball. She hopes to one day play in college, but that could be as far as the sport takes her.
“It’s almost like for her, the choice has already been made,” Ahmed said. “If she chooses to wear a headscarf, there’s no point in going forward with basketball because there will be nowhere to go.”
ഹരിയാനയിലെ സിര്സ ജില്ലയിലെ ഗ്രാമീണരെല്ലാം കൂടി അവസാനം ഒരു തീരുമാനമെടുത്തു… പത്തുനാല്പ്പതുവര്ഷമായി തങ്ങള് കാത്തിരിക്കുന്ന പാലത്തിന്റെ പണി ഇനി തങ്ങള് തന്നെ ഏറ്റെടുക്കുക… അതെ, ഗാഗ്ഗര് നദിക്കു കുറുകെ 214 അടി നീളത്തില് 16 അടി വീതിയില് കോണ്ഗ്രീറ്റും ഇരുമ്പു കമ്പിയുടമുപയോഗിച്ച് സ്വന്തം കാശുപയോഗിച്ച് അവസാനം നാട്ടുകാര് തന്നെ പാലമുണ്ടാക്കി… ഇതോടെ 40 കിലോമിറ്ററുകളോളം അവര് ചുറ്റിസഞ്ചരിച്ചത് 10 കിലോ മീറ്റരായി ചുരുങ്ങി.
”ഞങ്ങളുടെ കുട്ടികള് വളരെ ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടിയാണ് സ്കൂളില് പോയിരുന്നത് ആരും ഞങ്ങളെ സഹായിക്കാനെത്തിയില്ല… അതുകൊണ്ട് പാലത്തിന്റെ നിര്മാണം ഞങ്ങള് തന്നെ ഏറ്റെടുക്കുകയായിരുന്നു.”- ഗ്രാമവാസിയായ രാജേന്ദ്രര് ബെനിവാല് പറയുന്നു..
അന്തരിച്ച മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി ദേവി ലാല് മുതല് നിലവിലെ മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി മനോഹര് ലാല് ഖട്ടറിനെ വരെ ഒരു പാലത്തിനായി ഗ്രാമവാസികള് പോയി കണ്ടു..
”സര്ക്കാരുകള് വന്നും പോയും ഇരുന്നു… എല്ലാവരും വാഗ്ദാനങ്ങളും തന്നു… പക്ഷേ സഹായങ്ങള് മാത്രം ഉണ്ടായില്ല, മുഖ്യമന്ത്രിമാരെ, മന്ത്രിമാരെ, എംപിമാരെ, എല്ലാ രാഷ്ട്രീയ പാര്ട്ടികളുടെയും നേതാക്കന്മാരെ എല്ലാവരെയും ഞങ്ങള് പോയി കണ്ടു. എല്ലാവരും പക്ഷേ വാഗ്ദാനങ്ങള് വാരിക്കോരി തന്നു.. പാലം മാത്രം വന്നില്ല” എന്ന് പറയുന്നു പാലനിര്മ്മാണ കമ്മിറ്റിയുടെ സെക്രട്ടറിയായ മജോര് സിംഗ്.
അവസാനം കാര്യങ്ങള് നേരിട്ട് ഏറ്റെടുക്കാന് തന്നെ ഗ്രാമവാസികള് തീരുമാനിച്ചു. പ്രായമായവരുടെയും വിധവകളുടെ പെന്ഷന് വരെ പാലനിര്മ്മാണത്തിനുള്ള ഫണ്ടിനായി നീക്കിവെക്കപ്പെട്ടു. അങ്ങനെ പാല നിര്മ്മാണത്തിന് ഗ്രാമീണര് സമാഹരിച്ചത് ഒരു കോടിയാണ്… കഴിഞ്ഞ ഏപ്രിലിലായിരുന്നു നിര്മ്മാണപ്രവര്ത്തനങ്ങള്ക്ക് തുടക്കം കുറിച്ചത്. അഴിമതിയും കയ്യിട്ടുവാരലും ഇല്ലാത്തതിനാല് പാലം പണി ഏകദേശം പൂര്ത്തിയായപ്പോഴേക്കും ചെലവായത് 90 ലക്ഷം രൂപ മാത്രം…
അങ്ങനെ ഗ്രാമീണരുടെ നിശ്ചയദാര്ഢ്യത്തിന് മുന്നില് പാലം പണി പൂര്ത്തിയായി… ഇനി അവര്ക്ക് അവരുടെതായ തീരുമാനങ്ങളുണ്ട്… അതിലൊന്ന് തങ്ങളുടെ ആവശ്യങ്ങള് പരിഗണിക്കാതെ, തെരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് അടുക്കുമ്പോള് മാത്രം തിരഞ്ഞുവരുന്ന രാഷ്ട്രീയക്കാരെ ഇനി അടുപ്പിക്കില്ല എന്നുള്ളതാണ്… രണ്ടാമതായി, നാട്ടുകാര് നിര്മ്മിച്ച പാലം ഉപയോഗിക്കാനുള്ള അവകാശം നാട്ടുകാര്ക്ക് മാത്രമായിരിക്കും… ഒരു വിഐപിക്കോ, അല്ലെങ്കില് ഏതെങ്കിലും രാഷ്ട്രീയക്കാരനോ ഈ പാലത്തില് കാലു കുത്താന് അനുവാദമുണ്ടാകുകയില്ല… ജനങ്ങള് ജനങ്ങള്ക്കുവേണ്ടി ജനങ്ങളാല് നിര്മ്മിച്ച ഒരു പാലമാകുകയാണ് ഹരിയാനയിലെ ഗാഗ്ഗര് നദിക്കു കുറുകെ ഉയര്ന്നിരിക്കുന്നത്….