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In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Asalamualykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

My respected elders and brothers in Islam. King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, the custodian of the the two holy masajid, I greet you with the peace and blessings of Allah. I pray to Allah that you and the members of the KSA government are in the best of health and state of iman. I pray that we are all guided upon the straight path. Ameen.

As you are aware of our brothers and sisters in Palestine and their current situation I ask you as the most powerful and influential Muslim country in the Muslim world to take action. I ask you to completely halt all exports until Israel stops it’s rampage. Halt all exports until all Palestinians are able to receive medicine food and humanitarian aid. Halt all exports until Israel and Palestine come together to formulate a peaceful outcome where both groups can exist without any problems.

Allah has blessed Saudi Arabia with abundant oil for many years. This natural resource is used in every single country and without it many aspects of the economy would fail. Everything from air travel to ground travel to plastic production to food packaging will have to put on hold if the supply of oil were to be reduced. Now is your chance to use it against those who have caused oppression upon the Muslim ummah. It is an economic weapon greater than the gun or missile.

InshaAllah I pray to Allah that leaders of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia step up to the oppressive regimes and cut off all exports until Israel stops.

Walykumsalam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

ibn Muhammad Harun-ar-Rashid

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I doubt anyone from the government will read this, but I’ll give it a try inshaAllah. Can someone translate this and type it in Arabic?

Zuber commented below the contact info of the KSA government:

Contact them.. They will listen, insha-Allah:

Ministry of Foreign Affaires – Riyadh
citizinaffair.dep@mofa.gov.sa
islamic.dep@mofa.gov.sa
interralations.dep@mofa.gov.sa
security.dep@mofa.gov.sa

Tel: 009661 4055000 / 4067777
Fax. 009661 4030645
Jeddah P.O.Box 55937 Postal Code 11544
Ministry of Foreign Affaires Jeddah branch: 0096626690900
Ministry of Foreign Affaires Dammam branch: 0096638683310

Saudi Arabia.
1. Number (991), direct Number (01-4082669) and Fax Number (01-4082558, 01-4052579): For Inquiry or report for any security emergency situations.


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    1. Zaid Khan January 1st, 2009 at 2:27 pm

      Assalaam’aaleykum,

      Nice try but it would go futile for sure. Ummah seems to have become dormant. Condemnation alone won’t bring any justice to the people of Palestine.
      Muslim Nation should bloody go and help Gaza by any means necessary. I don’t know which Alarm system would wake them up.

      Peace

    2. Zaid Khan January 1st, 2009 at 2:28 pm

      BTW, Who is ‘ibn Muhammad Harun-ar-Rashid’?

    3. MR January 1st, 2009 at 2:29 pm

      @Zaid – I am ibn Muhammad Harun ar-Rashid. You are probably right. It may be futile. I’m hoping that many people from KSA will see this inshaAllah and hopefully some famous blogger or forum in KSA sees it and shares it there.

    4. chuah January 1st, 2009 at 2:51 pm

      this is a positive letter insha allah…very well written, concise and to the point…

      did u try sending this to the saudi embassy in the states…maybe it will reach them..

    5. aamer khan January 1st, 2009 at 2:54 pm

      you will be rewarded for your efforts, not the outcome or your efforts. so insha Allah your reward is guaranteed by Allah, and not by the futility of the effort. walhamdu lillah.

    6. anon January 1st, 2009 at 3:39 pm

      King Abdullah bin Abdul Azi is a two faced hypocrite

    7. Yousuf January 1st, 2009 at 6:53 pm

      King Abdullah is afraid the Americans might do the same thing to him as they did to King Faisal (Rahimuhullah).

      Anyway, this might actually work. Never, ever underestimate the power of suggestion.

    8. Yousuf January 1st, 2009 at 7:13 pm

      If you really want to do something, then get in contact with Ismaeel Malik. He lives in Makkah and he might have some contact information. Then you could send it to a Saudi official.

    9. Xf-S January 1st, 2009 at 7:36 pm

      The last time someone tried this (King Faisal, rahimahullah), he got shot 17 times in the face by a US paid assassin.

      Good effort and letter, nonetheless. I like how you don’t attack the KSA establishment and kept it to the point. I like that.

    10. Yousuf January 1st, 2009 at 9:14 pm

      We should really do something.

      The death toll for SIX DAYS in Palestine is 420!!!!!

      The death toll for the ENTIRE YEAR 2008 AND 2009 (367 days, 2008 was a leap year) OF ISRAELIS IS 19!!!!!!!!!!!

      That’s SIXTY-ONE times longer, yet the deaths are TWENTY TWO times less.

      May Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’aala) grant King Faisal Shaheed (Rahimuhullah) Jannah, and may Allah give the Israelis Jahannam, wa bi’s al mihad.

    11. Yousuf January 1st, 2009 at 9:29 pm

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090101/ts_afp/mideastconflictgaza

      “Israel killed a top Hamas commander on Thursday in the biggest blow yet to the Islamist’s leadership as dozens more air strikes on Gaza took the death toll from the six-day blitz to at least 420.

      —————————————->

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081229/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians

      “Another Israeli was killed and one seriously wounded by a rocket strike in the Negev desert community of Nahal Oz, closer to the Gaza border. Earlier, a missile killed a construction worker in the city of Ashkelon. In all, four Israelis were dead since the Gaza offensive began Saturday, bringing to 19 the number of people killed in attacks from Gaza since the beginning of the year.”

      ——————————————>

      4 PEOPLE. FOUR. ONLY.

    12. Arslan January 2nd, 2009 at 3:11 am

      You should try to actually mail it somehow. I’m sure some kind of mailing address exists.

    13. Zuber January 2nd, 2009 at 1:14 pm

      Contact them.. They will listen, insha-Allah:

      Ministry of Foreign Affaires – Riyadh
      citizinaffair.dep@mofa.gov.sa
      islamic.dep@mofa.gov.sa
      interralations.dep@mofa.gov.sa
      security.dep@mofa.gov.sa

      Tel: 009661 4055000 / 4067777
      Fax. 009661 4030645
      Jeddah P.O.Box 55937 Postal Code 11544
      Ministry of Foreign Affaires Jeddah branch: 0096626690900
      Ministry of Foreign Affaires Dammam branch: 0096638683310

      Saudi Arabia.
      1. Number (991), direct Number (01-4082669) and Fax Number (01-4082558, 01-4052579): For Inquiry or report for any security emergency situations.

    14. Zuber January 2nd, 2009 at 1:18 pm

      Tell the Ummah to contact these and stop the maas killing:

      Tzipi Livni (zlivni@knesset.gov.il);
      Vice President (vice_president@whitehouse.gov);
      Ehud Olmert (eulmert@knesset.gov.il)

    15. Zaid Khan January 3rd, 2009 at 4:09 am

      All the bloggers should put this letter on their blog with a message along to circulate it as much possible. That would bring at least awareness if not the solution. I’ m up for putting it up on my blog if MR allows me.

      P.S- Inform me if you have no copyright issue with this letter.

      Assalaam’aaleykum

    16. MR January 3rd, 2009 at 11:35 am

      @Zaid – Go ahead. Blog posts aren’t usually coprighted. Actually it is recommended to “cross-post” this on blogs.

    17. نداء إلى المملكة العربية السعودية والملك عبد الله بن عبد العزيز | MR's Blog January 3rd, 2009 at 11:57 am

      [...] English text here. [...]

    18. Sarah January 3rd, 2009 at 1:24 pm

      I agree with Yousuf & Zuber to at least give it a shot to mail this to them. Let’s not get discouraged by pessimism. You’re half-way through the effort already – why not make it 100%? At least if you ‘failed’, you’ve tried your bestest best; better than not trying at all.

      May ALLAH hear our prayers for the ummah in Palestine. Aameen!

    19. Muslim Mufakir January 3rd, 2009 at 2:55 pm

      It does not make sense asking one of those that side with the enemy, for help. The leadership in saudiarabia are a strong ally to america who is the main open supporter of israel, some arab countries are doing it in the hidden. Ask for help from those who give victory to the Deen in the first place, al mujahideen, and not those who imprison them, saudi apostate regime. This regime have the bloo of muslims on their hands and your letter is destined for the recycle bin.

    20. Asad Habib January 3rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm

      A well intentioned letter but i think this solution would be more fruitfull

      SOLUTION FOR PALESTINE: BULLY FOR YOU (Israel)

      http://www.muslimsofnorwich.org.uk/?p=213

      masalaam

    21. JustMe January 3rd, 2009 at 5:38 pm

      Salam,

      It’s worth a shot…I hope the outcome is positive but yeah as above something to consider.

    22. Muslim January 3rd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

      Asalaam Alaikum

      Can’t we just collectively email them? I am sure those in charge of state affairs know some level of English?

      Would it be alright for me to copy/paste the letter and email it?

    23. derek smart January 3rd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

      You should really send something to the Hamas terrorists, as they are the ones who started it, and hsve shown repeatedly that they care nothing for the Palestinians in Gaza. Stop the Hamas terrorists attacking civilians in Israel and Israel will stop.

    24. Tdj January 4th, 2009 at 1:59 am

      I’m sorry I just don’t get it. Why would the democratically elected Hamas leaders be egging on the Isreales. Its like erckle telling the incredible hulk that hes a bitch. I mean please Hamas is getting exactly what they want. What i dont understand is how the Palistinian people could of elected these clowns in the first place. If they wanted to avoid an Isreali retribution they would of stopped the indisriminate rocket fire. Its just silly. I would like to have some sympathy for the poor Palastinians but calling for political solutions instead of military is not going to work until they know what they want. Thank god gaza is not in my nieghbourhood

    25. sisterinislam January 4th, 2009 at 3:22 am

      assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh. what if we all cut and paste this letter and send it to one of the e.mail addresses the brother has provided. i for one will be doing this inshallah. may allah reward you for your efforts brother and all those ppl muslim or not who make any efforts to stop this barbaric behaviour. may allah make it easy for our muslim brothers and sisters living in this situation.

    26. abu umar January 4th, 2009 at 7:50 am

      assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh. all i can say is to those muslim countries that can stop this. on the day of jugdment allah (swt) will ask us what did we do to help our muslim brothers and sisters.

    27. Muadh Khan January 4th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

      Asslamo Allaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

      May Allah (SWT) reward you and your family in this world and the next for your efforts and concern for the suffering of your Muslim Brothers & Sisters (Ameen).

      If Saudi Arabia did “anything for the Ummah”, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in today. The Ottoman Khilafah was destroyed “partly” because the Saudees rebelled against the Khilafah and aligned themselves with the British. It is ONLY WHEN British Interests in Trans-Jordan were threatened that Ibn Saud turned his guns on his own people (The Ikhwaan) and “brutally massacred” the very people who helped him come to power.

      In Urdu we have a saying “…Complaining to Devil’s Sister about the bad behaviour of Devil…” which is roughly translated into English as “Exercise in Futility”.

      Seeking the help of Saudees against Israeli oppression (backed by Western Governments) is indeed like going to Devil’s Sister to complain about the Devil.

      Muadh Khan

    28. ACTION-GAZA: Can we Spare 60 Minutes? Can we Walk the Talk? | MuslimMatters.org January 4th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

      [...] should also consider sending a quick note to the Saudi Arabia’s ruler (see MR’s post on [...]

    29. Zuber January 4th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

      The help of Allah necessitates trying all channels and leaving to Allah. Then the help of Allah arrives. The oppressor is left with no place to hide. This is the Sunnah of Allah.

      The history bears testimony to this. They have used all means of fasad (corruption), now they have reached the peak. They use Ben Gurion’s philosophy of killing everyone, innocent or not.

      In Bayt Lihya, 13 Musallis (worshippers) were killed whilst performing prayer (salah)

      International Criminal Court :

      otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int

    30. Zuber January 4th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

      An Israeli War Crimes Tribunal (ICTI) May be the Only Deterrent to a Global War

      by Francis A. Boyle

      Global Research, December 31, 2008

      The United Nations General Assembly must immediately establish an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI) as a “subsidiary organ” under U.N. Charter Article 22. The ICTI would be organized along the lines of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was established by the Security Council.

      The purpose of the ICTI would be to investigate and prosecute Israeli war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Peoples of Lebanon and Palestine.

      The establishment of ICTI would provide some small degree of justice to the victims of Israeli war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Peoples of Lebanon and Palestine–just as the ICTY has done in the Balkans. Furthermore, the establishment of ICTI by the U.N. General Assembly would serve as a deterrent effect upon Israeli leaders such as Prime Minister Olmert, Foreign Minister Livni, Defense Minister Barak, Chief of Staff Ashkenazi and Israel’s other top generals that they will be prosecuted for their further infliction of international crimes upon the Lebanese and the Palestinians.

      Without such a deterrent, Israel might be emboldened to attack Syria with the full support of the Likhudnik Bush Jr. Neoconservatives, who have always viewed Syria as “low-hanging fruit” ready to be taken out by means of their joint aggression. If Israel attacks Syria as it did when it invaded Lebanon in 1982, Iran has vowed to come to Syria’s defense.

      And of course Israel and the Bush Jr administration very much want a pretext to attack Iran. This scenario could readily degenerate into World War III.

      For the U.N. General Assembly to establish ICTI could stop the further development of this momentum towards a regional if not global catastrophe.

      Francis A. Boyle is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by Francis A. Boyle

    31. Abu Ibrahim January 4th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

      Ikhwan, I hope you realize that the munafiqs who run Saudi Arabia are allied with Israel on this matter. Egypt and Saudi Arabia are quietly cheering on Israel as it murders Palestinians in it’s so-called quest to destroy Hamas.

    32. Zuber January 4th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

      The CIA and Fatah; Spies, Quislings and the Palestinian Authority

      by Mike Whitney

      (Note: Date written. Find out the pretext of war and planner, Ehud Barak)

      Global Research, June 21, 2007
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      When Hamas gunmen stormed the Fatah security compounds in Gaza last week they found huge supplies of American-made weaponry including 7,400 M-16 assault rifles, dozens of mounted machine guns, rocket launchers, 7 armored military jeeps, 800,000 rounds of bullets and 18 US-made armored personnel carriers. They also discovered something far more valuable— CIA files which purportedly contain “information about the collaboration between Fatah and the Israeli and American security organizations; CIA methods on how to prevent attacks, chase and follow after cells of Hamas and the Committees; plans about Fatah assassinations of members of Hamas and other organizations; and American studies on the security situation in Gaza.” (Aaron Klein, WorldNetDaily.com)

      If the documents prove to be authentic, they will confirm what many critics of Fatah believed from the beginning; that US-Israeli intelligence agencies have been collaborating with high-ranking members of the PA to help crush the Palestinian national liberation movement. The information could be disastrous for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his newly-appointed “emergency government”. It could destroy their credibility before they even take office.

      The extent of Fatah’s cooperation with the CIA is still unknown, but an article in The New York Sun, (“Hamas Takes over Gaza Security Services” 6-15-07) suggests that the two groups may have been working together closely. Former Middle East CIA operations officer Robert Baer, who was interviewed in the article, said that the discovery of the documents was “a major blow to Fatah” and will show “a record of training, spying on Hamas”.

      Baer added ironically, “Fatah equals CIA is not a good selling point.”

      Baer is right. The uncovering of the documents is “big trouble” for Abbas who is already facing a loss of public confidence from his closeness to Israel and for his appointment of Salam Fayyad, the ex-World bank official who the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz calls “everyone’s favorite Palestinian.”

      Perhaps more significant is the fact that members of Hamas who spoke with WorldNetDaily claimed that “the files contain, among other information, details of CIA networks in the Middle East” and that Hamas plans to “use these documents and make portions public to prove the collaboration between America and traitor Arab countries.” Imagine what a headache it will be for the Bush administration if Hamas exposes the broader network of US spies and Arab quislings operating throughout region.

      Bush Support for “Regime Change” in the PA

      It’s no secret that the Bush administration has been funneling money to Palestinian militias that are preparing to overthrow Hamas. On Monday, Condoleezza Rice announced that the US would resume “full assistance to the Palestinian government” and end the year long boycott to the people in the West Bank. The new aid—which could amount to as much as $86 million—will be used to shore up the PA security apparatus and pay the salaries of officials in the “emergency government.” The uncovering of the CIA documents in Gaza will cast a cloud over the administration’s largesse and make Abbas look like a Palestinian Karzai who gets financial treats from Washington to follow their diktats.

      Yesterday, Condoleezza Rice was given the task of outlining the administration’s new policy vis-à-vis the Abbas’ “emergency government”. The Bush team had already decided the night before that they would throw their full support behind Abbas and his “unelected” clatter of pro-western stooges. Rice could hardly contain her glee the next day when she ascended the podium and began wagging her finger reproachfully at Hamas:

      “Hamas has made its choice,” Condi growled. “It has sought to attempt to extinguish democratic debate with violence and to impose its extremist’s agenda on the Palestinian people in Gaza, now responsible Palestinians are making their choice and it is the duty of the international community to support those Palestinians who wish to build a better life and a future of peace.”

      This typically Orwellian statement was intended to justify the deposing of the legally-elected government of Palestine. No matter; Rice’s pronouncements are always reiterated verbatim in the media without challenge regardless of how incongruous they may be.

      The Bush administration had plenty of time to observe developments on the ground and make an informed decision about what to do next. There was no need to hurry. Instead, they decided to blunder ahead and launch their “West Bank First” policy which commits US support to Abbas without any consideration of the public mood. The frantic pace of the decision-making, makes it look like Bush and Olmert are elevating Abbas to promote their own political agendas. Naturally, the Palestinians can be expected to resent this conspicuous outside meddling.

      Former President Jimmy Carter was the first to blast Bush’s new plan. He said that “the United States, Israel and the European Union must end their policy of favoring Fatah over Hamas, or they will doom the Palestinian people to deepening conflict between the rival movements…. Carter said that Hamas, besides winning a fair and democratic mandate that should have entitled it to lead the Palestinian government and that the Bush administration’s refusal to accept the 2006 election victory of Hamas was ‘criminal.’”

      Carter’s comments appeared in just one newspaper–the Jerusalem Post. The ex-president has been increasingly marginalized since he dared to imply that Israel is an apartheid state. But Carter’s analysis is dead-on—Bush is just aggravating an already tense situation. He’d be better off trying to bring the two sides together and reconciling their differences rather than igniting a potentially explosive confrontation. Besides, Abbas’ close ties to Washington and Tel Aviv doesn’t bode well for his government’s long-term prospects. The US and Israel are widely reviled in the occupied territories and, as author Khalid Amayreh says, “Palestinians won’t accept a Vichy Government.

      Three days ago Abbas disbanded the Hamas-dominated parliament and sacked Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. Abbas had no legal justification for this action. In fact, the “Basic Law” which applies to this case stipulates that “The President cannot suspend the legislative Council during a state of emergency” and there is “no provision whatsoever for an emergency government”. The president does not even have the authority to “call for new elections”—let alone, replace the elected representatives of the people. Abbas only support comes from political leaders in Tel Aviv and Washington and their reluctant accomplices in the EU.

      The key issue here is whether democratic elections have any real meaning or if they can simply be rescinded by executive decree?

      This question should be as relevant to Americans as it is to Palestinians. After all, both people now face a similar predicament; the flagrant abuse of executive authority to enhance the powers of the president. In both cases, the president must be forced to conform to the law. Democracy cannot be decided by fiat.

      Free elections are not a crime—that is, unless one lives in the Occupied Territories. Then voting for the candidate of one’s choice provides the justification for cutting off food, water, medicine, and financial resources—as well a stepping up a campaign of illegal detentions, destruction of personal property and targeted assassinations.

      This is what the “Bush Doctrine” looks like in the Gaza Strip today. The occupants of the “most densely populated place on earth” participated in the balloting at insistence of the Bush administration and they’ve been rewarded for their cooperation with a savage boycott and daily brutality.

      If Bush didn’t want democracy, then why did he force it on the Palestinians?

      Political powerbrokers in the US and Israel immediately rejected the election results and initiated a plan to scuttle Hamas through economic strangulation, persistent harassment and covert warfare. For the last year, the newly “elected” government has shown remarkable restraint under constant assault. Hamas has kept its word and refrained from suicide bombings in Israel even though hundreds of Palestinian civilians have been killed or injured during that same time. In fact, there has NOT BEEN ONE HAMAS-BACKED SUICIDE BOMBING SINCE THE PARTY TOOK OFFICE. (This fact is invariably ignored by the media which is far-more sympathetic to the Israeli position) We should remember that suicide bombing has been used for years as the excuse for putting off “final settlement” negotiations. Now that the bombing has stopped, Israel has invented an entirely new excuse to avoid dialogue, that is, that Hamas “refuses to recognize the state of Israel”.

      Actually, it is Israel that refuses to accept Palestinian statehood—a fact that is further underlined by its relentless efforts to topple the Hamas government.

      Hamas has done nothing illegal since they were elected. The Qassam rockets which are fired into Israel are the unavoidable corollary of the 40-year long occupation. How is Hamas supposed to stop these sporadic attacks? If Israel seriously believed that Hamas was responsible for the rockets, they wouldn’t hesitate to arrest or kill every leader in the current parliament. The fact is, Israel knows that Hamas is not instigating these attacks. It’s just another red herring.

      Regardless of what one may think about Hamas, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has shown that he is a man who can be trusted to keep his word. In an interview in the Washington Post with Lally Weymouth, Haniyeh and asked him if Hamas sought the “obliteration of the Jewish people”? (another myth propagated in the western press)

      Haniyeh answered, “We do not have any feelings of animosity toward Jews. We do not wish to throw them into the sea. All we seek is to be given our land back, not to harm anybody.”

      This, of course, is not the response that neocon extremists in the US-Israeli political establishment want to hear. It undermines the rationale for the ongoing military occupation and expansion of illegal settlements. They would rather promote the image of Palestinians as vicious radicals bent on the Israel’s complete annihilation. But how accurate is that image?

      In a particularly affecting editorial in the Washington Post, Prime Minister Haniyeh stated his case in simple terms. He said:

      “As I inspect the ruins of our infrastructure—all turned to rubble once more by F-16s and American-made missiles — my thoughts again turn to the minds of Americans. What do they think of this?

      They think of the pluck and “toughness” of Israel, “standing up” to “terrorists.” Yet a nuclear Israel possesses the 13th-largest military force on the planet, one that is used to rule an area about the size of New Jersey and whose adversaries there have no conventional armed forces. Who is the underdog, supposedly America’s traditional favorite, in this case?

      I hope that Americans will give careful thought to root causes and historical realities, (of) why a supposedly “legitimate” state such as Israel has had to conduct decades of war against a subject refugee population without ever achieving its goals.

      Israel’s nearly complete control over the lives of Palestinians is never in doubt, as confirmed by the humanitarian and economic suffering of the Palestinians since the January elections. Israel’s ongoing policies of expansion, military control and assassination mock any notion of sovereignty or bilateralism. Its “separation barrier,” running across our land, is hardly a good-faith gesture toward future coexistence.

      But there is a remedy, and while it is not easy it is consistent with our long-held beliefs. Palestinian priorities include recognition of the core dispute over the land of historical Palestine and the rights of all its people; resolution of the refugee issue from 1948; reclaiming all lands occupied in 1967; and stopping Israeli attacks, assassinations and military expansion. Contrary to popular depictions of the crisis in the American media, the dispute is not only about Gaza and the West Bank; it is a wider national conflict that can be resolved only by addressing the full dimensions of Palestinian national rights in an integrated manner.

      This means statehood for the West Bank and Gaza, a capital in Arab East Jerusalem, and resolving the 1948 Palestinian refugee issue fairly, on the basis of international legitimacy and established law. Meaningful negotiations with a non-expansionist, law-abiding Israel can proceed only after this tremendous labor has begun”.

      Haniyeh’s appeal to the American people helps us understand that what Hamas really wants is for Israel to conform to “unanimously approved” UN resolutions “predicated on historical truth, equity and justice.”

      Does that sound unreasonable? Wasn’t the same demanded of Saddam?

      Haniyeh is not a madman nor is he an “Islamofascist.” In fact, it may be that Haniyeh’s dreams are not that different from the average Israeli citizen.

      Consider the polls that were conducted just days after the election of Mahmoud Abbas. One survey showed that nearly 80% of Israelis supported immediate peace talks with the new Palestinian president. The Israeli leadership, of course, stubbornly refused even though Yasir Arafat had died a month earlier. The Israeli political establishment is resolutely against peace talks or negotiations. Unlike the vast majority of Israeli citizens–Israel’s ruling elite reject the principle of “land for peace!”

      Perhaps, Arafat wasn’t the “obstacle to peace” after all. Perhaps it was just a PR swindle to avoid real dialogue?

      Israeli leaders have no intention of negotiating with the Palestinians, regardless of what the Israeli public wants or who’s sitting in Ramallah. The Zionist “grand plan” will not be compromised by conferences or bartering. The military occupation and settlement activity will continue until US support dries up and Israel is forced to the bargaining table. Until then the onslaught will continue.

      Another Siege of Gaza?

      Ha’aretz reports that Israel is planning to launch a military operation in Gaza aimed at crushing Hamas.( “Barak planning military operation in Gaza within weeks” 6-17-07) The invasion will involve 20,000 troops, armored vehicles, tanks, and air support.

      But what is the justification? Is it because the US-Israeli plan to overthrow Hamas with Palestinian militias failed? Or is it because the duly-elected government has reclaimed the power it was given at the ballot box?

      According to an Israeli official, the invasion will be in response to the firing of Qassam rockets into Israel or another suicide bombing.

      In other words, Israel is devising a pretext for “regime change” EVEN BEFORE THEY ARE ATTACKED. Until then, the border crossings will remain closed, the blockade will be tightened, and the economic asphyxiation will continue.

      In the face of US-Israeli plotting, consider the comments of Prime Minister Haniyeh, who articulates as well as anyone, the aspirations of the Palestinians people:

      “We do not want to live on international welfare and American handouts. We want what Americans enjoy — democratic rights, economic sovereignty and justice. We thought our pride in conducting the fairest elections in the Arab world might resonate with the United States and its citizens. Instead, our new government was met from the very beginning by acts of explicit, declared sabotage by the White House. Now this aggression continues against 3.9 million civilians living in the world’s largest prison camps.

      We present this clear message: If Israel is prepared to negotiate seriously and fairly, and resolve the core 1948 issues, rather than the secondary ones from 1967, a fair and permanent peace is possible. Based on a hudna (comprehensive cessation of hostilities for an agreed time), the Holy Land still has an opportunity to be a peaceful and stable economic powerhouse for all the Semitic people of the region. If Americans only knew the truth, possibility might become reality”.

      Hamas history of violence is problematic, but it should not be an insurmountable obstacle to peace. The IRA had a similar history and, yet, those issues were ultimately resolved through the Good Friday peace accords. Now, the warring factions have joined together in a power-sharing agreement and there’s reason to believe that the armed struggle phase of the conflict is over. A similar remedy is possible between Israel and Palestine.

      Hamas entry into the political system should be seen for what it is— a step in the right direction. It is an indication that they are tired of the armed struggle and want to pursue a political solution. Israel and the US should be receptive to this. They should reward Hamas’ efforts to stop the suicide bombing and agree to backchannel negotiations. That will determine whether common ground can be reached on any of the main issues. If the violence resumes, Israel can always return to its present strategy but, it’s certainly worth a try.

      At the very least, Bush and Olmert should respect the will of the Palestinian people and allow Hamas to perform its duties without further hectoring, sanctions, violence or sabotage. The US and Israel have no right to intervene in the affairs of a sovereign government. If Hamas perpetrates violence against Israel, then Israel has every right to respond. But until then, they should show restraint and try to play a constructive role in strengthening the emergent Palestinian democracy.

      Mike Whitney is a frequent contributor to Global Research. Global Research Articles by Mike Whitney

    33. Kufr Akbar January 4th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

      Hamas consists of a few hundred killers with a program of ethnic cleansing. It has no future.

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    37. Pmajeed January 6th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

      As per the Geneva convention it is the occupier’s responsibility to protect the livies of civilians it has occupied. The media and the iternational leaders are pretending to ignore this fact while blaming Hamas and making them responsible for this blood shed. Is there any real leader in this world who can stand up and tell the truth ?

    38. peace101 January 7th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

      asalmu3alikum wa rahmatuallah

      I only have one thing to say regarding what’ happening all over the world and specialy in gaza ,I beleive that the umah of muhamed pbu ignored the quran and sunnah and the most to be blamed is muslim leader all over the world ,no matter what everyone of us is going to do will not change the torture of muslims everywhere,it’s the unity of all muslims including their leaders using our quran and sunnah as the weapon to reborn our power like we use to be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    39. Zuber January 10th, 2009 at 11:51 am

      Elohe Israel, Elohe Moshe, Elohe Muhammad, One Elohe, The Greatest, El Gibbor, In You We Trust, Oh Powerful, The Most Knowing …

      Shalom To All Prophets and Messengers of Our Elohe, Allahu Akbar, He and His Armies will win …

      We believe in Him, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, The Last Day, The Qadr which from Him & The Ressurection after Death!

    40. one root January 10th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

      I would shunned of the idea calling Gaza. Imaging the situation where the language barrier persist with a distress on air raid/artilery bombarment on the Gaza, It’s a bad idea. They had much much better things to do.
      On the second thoughts, a whole lots of them not even at home, if such houses still exist of course. even if it barely survive, what about the infrastructure?Is those caber and lines still intact??

    41. one root January 10th, 2009 at 12:21 pm

      ouch!! sorry above comment meant for another web site

    42. one root January 10th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

      I doubts that the Al Saud household pay much care much unless it was regarding the Wahabi

    43. Zuber January 11th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

      النصر لله ورسله (عليهم السلام) ان شاء الله

      Victory is for Allah and His Messengers (peace be upon them), Allah willing!

      أرض القدس ، أرض بركة
      The Land of Jerusalem the Land of Barakah!

    44. Yousuf January 11th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

      Occupation 101: Enjoy. The truth behind Israel.

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2451908450811690589

    45. Ahmatullah January 11th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

      Assalamu alaikum

      I advise all to copy, paste and send this letter to the Saudi authorities; and advise other to do so.
      I congratulate the brother who wrote this letter, very well written and straight to the point…without anything that shouldn’t be there!
      Don’t be discouraged by pessimism on this issue. No matter what the outcome will be, what is important is that we strive for peace (we do our part). It is a duty we have.
      Also, again no matter what will be the outcome – we should fulfill our duty and expect to be rewarded by Allah for doing what is right and good.

      Wassalam

    46. sisinIslam January 11th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

      Good letter. Good idea. Go ahead with it. We, all, need peace.

    47. Yousuf January 12th, 2009 at 4:54 pm

      Al Hamdulillah that stupid Sarah lady’s comment got deleted… Let’s hope we never see someone like that ever again (In Sha Allah).

    48. muslimah January 14th, 2009 at 8:00 am

      assalamu alaikum!
      i didnt read all the comments on here, but i know of a famous saudi blogger who can help…maybe, but still give it a try inshaAllah.
      his url—> http://www.saudijeans.org
      this guy, ahmed is very famous in saudi arabia, many people read his blog..and i bet his blog is closesly monitered by the authorities in saudi..so u might give it a try inshaAllah.!
      great letter by the way mashaAllah! i sincerely hope and pray saudi arabia can take this action! if they have true faith in Allah and fear none but HIM, they can do it! let’s all make du’a!
      jazakiAllah khayr

    49. Zuber January 14th, 2009 at 8:25 am

      Elohe Israel, Elohe Moshe, Elohe Muhammad, One Elohe, The Greatest, El Gibbor, In You We Trust, Oh Powerful, The Most Knowing …

      Shalom To All Prophets and Messengers of Our Elohe, Allahu Akbar, He and His Armies will win …

      We believe in Him, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, The Last Day, The Qadr which is from Him & The Resurrection after Death!

      لا إله إلا الله
      محمد رسول الله
      صلي الله عليه وسلم

    50. Zuber January 14th, 2009 at 8:26 am

      الفتح والنصر هو من عند الله

      Victory is from God Alone!

    51. muslimah January 14th, 2009 at 8:36 am

      but let’s all make du’a for our brothers and sisters in gaza and around the world. having lived in saudi arabia all my life…i doubt these cowards (may Allah guide them to the right path!) will do anything..

    52. Zuber January 14th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

      Elohe Israel, Elohe Moshe, Elohe Muhammad, One Elohim (Eloah), The Greatest, El ha-Gibbor, On You We Trust, Oh Powerful, The Most Knowing …

      Shalom To All the Prophets and Messengers of Our Eloah, Allahu Akbar, He and His Armies will win … Eloah Willing! ان شاء الله

      We believe in Him, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, The Last Day, The Qadr which is from Him & The Resurrection after Death!

      لا إله إلا الله
      محمد رسول الله
      صلي الله عليه وسلم

    53. branka January 16th, 2009 at 7:03 pm

      all those presidents,kings…..are scared to die,they love money,life, they are hipocrat
      but allah loves those who die for islam,
      you turn back on your brothers allah turn back on you

    54. Asad Habib January 23rd, 2009 at 3:16 pm

      Asalam Alaykum brothers,

      How to prevent the next war they are planning.

      http://www.muslimsofnorwich.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/podcasts/2009%20Khutbahs/04%2023.01.2009%20The%20Business%20of%20War.pdf

      Masalaam

    55. Zuber January 26th, 2009 at 10:47 am

      لا اله الا الله ومحمد رسول الله صلي الله عليه وسلم

    56. Good try April 8th, 2009 at 7:37 am

      I am just laughing at this blog. Yeah, right, begging the oil rich arab countries to help palestinians? Maybe, the reason they don’t help is because they don’t care. Palestinians bring destruction on themselves.

    57. LES SOUTH July 2nd, 2010 at 2:10 am

      MY ONLY CONCERN IS TO LET THE KING ABDULLAH BIN ABDUL AZIZ ,THAT I’M GOING TO SEND A PICTURE OF MY ROCK OF MOSE’S ,NOT FOR SALE .BUT LOOK AT MY DIAMOND LYLAC ‘AND YOU KNOW TWO YEAR’S AGO -THEY SAID THERE WASN’T ANY. BUT IF YOU ARE A KING – THE ROMANS HAD THEM. – I SAID 385 MILLION BIGGER THAN A PEA-AND MAYBE THREE ARABIAN HORSE’S I ONLY LIKE FEMALES HORSE’S .I WILL SEND MY PICTURE TO SAUDI ARABIA -SO BE KIND TO LET YOUR STAFF KNOW THAT A PICTURE IS COMING .GUESS WHAT- YOU LOOK PRETTY GOOD FOR YOU’RE AGE . MAY MY GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR’S. IF YOU DON’T FIND THIS INTERESTING ‘REMENBER OTHER’S WILL .WHAT THE STATE MAKES A-DAY IN YOU’RE OIL ‘IT TOCK TWENTY YEAR’S TO DIG. A REAL EARTH DIAMOND IS GOD’S MONEY.

    58. LES SOUTH July 16th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

      Did the King Abdullah Bin , get the Picture .I also Have a Red Ruby ‘ the brightest Red of all . The same size as my lylac Diamond – Portuguese cut .Only Seventy Million Point Four Hundred Thousand .If you Don’t Have the Cash , Will Take the Other Half in fine curde Oil .Why so High ‘Be’cause it’s the Best .If Interested.
      E-mail Me.Chow

    59. LES SOUTH July 21st, 2010 at 3:16 am

      I Will get right to the Point ‘ Once in 1972 Two Weeks Before Christian Christmas I look up in The Sky , and saw The Quarter Moon with A Star in The Center . You King Abdullah Bin , Are The Thrid Person on Earth That I Told That To – If it Means anything . I Really Believe You Are Related to Jewish People ‘ Like Cousins .My Real Concern is My Noemie Ruby ‘I Will Send A Picture Next Month , and You Let Me Know if You Seen Red’er. One More Thing If You ,and Saudi Arabia Want To Go Higher Hieghts ‘Let Women Vote ‘ Give More Freedom .My Price Was Firm.

    60. LES SOUTH July 22nd, 2010 at 1:36 am

      Excuse me it was two weeks before christmas in 1971 ‘when i did see the sign of moslem in the sky . not all america ‘s live in their own world.

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