AQSA. AQSA. Read all about it!


By richmillett
February 11, 2010
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Why read the Jewish Chronicle or the Jewish News, those mere organs of the all-powerful Israel Lobby, when you can get the unvarnished truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from Aqsa News? The January 2010 issue is out now.

And, to boot, Aqsa News is free (which is a huge bonus especially as the JC executives are probably, at this moment, discussing when to push the JC’s cover price up to the £1.10 mark).

Anyway, I digress. Aqsa News is 14 pages long and packed with content and devoid of annoying adverts.

There were three adverts but two were for Interpal, the subject of a Charity Commission inquiry after certain allegations were made about it in the BBC’s Panorama. The third advert simply asks for donations to the Ummah Medical Academy in India (they need £76,500 urgently)

Aqsa News doesn’t waste its precious coverage on sport. But if you like your news slanted towards total condemnation of Israel and you want to see how its imminent destruction is coming along, then Aqsa News is the only paper to get a hold of.

To be fair Aqsa News doesn’t much like Mahmoud Abbas either (which makes you start to think where its real sympathies lie. Hamas anyone?). In his lengthy article Tom Charles states:

“The Palestinian Authority forces undermine Palestine’s democracy and prop up the quisling leadership of the unelected Mahmoud Abbas.”

There are reviews of books by Ben White (Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide) and by Jonathan Cook (Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiment in Human Despair).

There are numerous articles on the various firms and countries being targeted by pro-Palestine activists for doing business with Israel. Volvo, Brimar, Alstom and the German government are all taking a hit.

Another headline screams: “Holland to investigate Origins of Ahava Products” (the false premise is that Ahava has a laboratory on the Mitzpe Shalom settlement “and this is in contravention of the Geneva Convention which forbids an occupying Power from making use of the Occupied Territory’s natural resources.”)

There is also a Question and Answer piece on “Why Boycott matters” and a Palestinain Refugees Facts and Figures section (Did you know that “one in three refugees worldwide is a Palestinian”?)

Ahava is a funny one. Hands up if you knew that Ahava has a nice shop in Covent Garden. I didn’t until I heard that the pro-Palestine Campaign was going to protest outside it.

I went down to the shop to have a look round and to see how business was. The manageress told me business was good, even better when there is a pro-Palestinian protest outside.

However, the protests are very frightening for the staff working in the shop especially, as happened recently, protesters handcuffed themselves inside the shop while screaming abuse.

Anyway, before I knew it I was presuaded to spend £31 on a Dead Sea Liquid Salt and a Dermud sensitive skin relief.

Sadly, I spent the evening screaming my flat down when I seem to have over-applied the Liquid Salt. So, thank you to the pro-Palestine Campaign for making me £31 poorer, Ahava £31 richer and for causing me intense agony!

Back to Aqsa News. If all this stuff is getting a bit heavy and upsetting for the naive young mind (and some older minds) there is a crossword. Some testing clues for you:

6 across: Palestine’s ‘catastrophe’ in 1948 (Arabic) (5)
9 across: Political movement with the aim of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine (7)
3 down: Third holiest city in Islam (9)
5 down: Israeli Jews who live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (8)
7 down: Arabic word for Palestinian uprising against Israel (8)

There also some cartoons like that of Palestinians being arrested and assaulted by Israeli soldiers and another of a black South African woman consoling a distraught Palestinian woman in a cemetry.

Just in case you can’t get a hold of your copy of Aqsa News (it isn’t available in your local WH Smith library) then read it online or go to wwww.aqsa.org.uk. Lots of interesting facts and figures to digest there, like:

“All the land of historic Palestine is now occupied by Israel.”

and

The UN has re-affirmed the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland over 100 times, in accordance with international law.

Apart from these two statements being highly controversial (and factually incorrect) it doesn’t sound like the author wants Israel to continue for too much longer.

Aqsa News is available from, and helping to radicalise, all good British Universities near you now!

Full piece at http://richardmillett.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/aqsa-aqsa-read-all-about-...

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Yvetta

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 15:21

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I'm sure it must do a roaring trade at Leicester; unbelievably, the Reader in Jewish Studies there is an old anti-Israel warhorse, who often reviews books for the Aqsa crowd (not sure whether she writes for Aqsa News), and has signed the statement calling for One State.
(The word that's the answer to your clue 6 across: Palestine’s ‘catastrophe’ in 1948 (Arabic) figures in her course guide)
How did a woman like that get the job in the first place?! I wish Aubrey Newman would tell us.


ibrows

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 15:30

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It sounds like the complete antithesis of the Jewish Chronicle.

Yvetta you can say Nakba, it is not a crime to say it, as yes many Palestinians were displaced in 1948.


Yvetta

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 15:35

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Here's the list of authors and supporters of the Single State Solution.
A rogue's gallery.

Authored By:

Ali Abunimah, Chicago
Naseer Aruri, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Omar Barghouti, Jerusalem
Oren Ben-Dor, London
George Bisharat, San Francisco
Haim Bresheeth, London
Jonathan Cook, Nazareth
Ghazi Falah, Akron, Ohio
Leila Farsakh, Boston
Islah Jad, Ramallah
Joseph Massad, New York
Ilan Pappe, Totnes, UK
Carlos Prieto del Campo, Madrid
Nadim Rouhana, Haifa
The London One State Group

Endorsed By:

Nahla Abdo, Ottawa
Rabab Abdul Hadi, San Francisco
Suleiman Abu-Sharkh, Southampton, UK
Tariq Ali, London
Samir Amin, Dakar
Gabriel Ash, Geneva, Switzerland
Mona Baker, Manchester, UK
James Bowen, Cork, Ireland
Daniel Boyarin, Berkeley
Lenni Brenner, New York City
Eitan Bronstein, Tel Aviv
Michael Chanan, London
Lawrence Davidson, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Uri Davis, Sakhnin
Raymond Deane, Dublin
Angelo D'Orsi, Turin
Haidar Eid, Gaza
Samera Esmeir, Berkeley
Claudine Faehndrich, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Arjan El Fassed, Utrecht
As'ad Ghanem, Haifa
Jess Ghannam, San Francisco
Ramon Grosfoguel, Berkeley
Laila al-Haddad, Gaza
Haifa Hammami, London
Alan Hart, Canterbury
Jamil Hilal, Ramallah
Isabelle Humphries, Cambridge, UK
Salma Jayyusi, Boston
Claudia Karas, Frankfurt
Ghada Karmi, London
Hazem Kawasmi, Ramallah
Joel Kovel, New York City
Ronit Lentin, Dublin, Ireland
Malcolm Levitt, Southampton, UK
Yosefa Loshitzky, London
Saree Makdisi, Los Angeles
Nur Masalha, London
Ugo Mattei, Turin
Sabine Matthes, Munich
Walter Mignolo, Raleigh-Durham
Yonat Nitzan-Green, Winchester, UK
Gian Paolo Calchi Novati, Pavia, Italy
Kathleen O'Connell, Belfast
Rajaa Zoa'bi O'mari, Haifa
One Democratic State Group, Gaza
Gabriel Piterberg, Los Angeles
Claudia Prestel, Leicester
Mazin Qumsiyeh, New Haven
Michael Rosen, London
Emir Sader, Buenos Aires/Rio de Janeiro
Guenter Schenk, Strasbourg
Jules Townshend, Manchester, UK
Danilo Zolo, Florence


Yvetta

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 15:37

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ibrows, 800,000 Jews fled from Muslim lands. We seldom hear about those.
The Arab world could have ended the Palestinians' plight but preferred and prefer to keep them as pawns.


richmillett

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 18:52

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It is no crime to use "naqba" but the insinuation behind the word is that the Jews/Israelis were totally responsible for it, which is a fallacy. If you use it then you probably accept that narrative.


Yvetta

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 19:04

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Yes, and when you're teaching a course on Zionism in a university and use that word in your syllabus it suggests that your lectures are going to be biased.


ibrows

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 21:00

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What is wrong with the single state solution Yvetta, please tell, as many Palestinians have the right to stay in Israel.

Also by not discussing the Nakba in your university course your only presenting one side of the narrative, shouldnt Universities present both sides of the debate, or are we solely looking to live in the singular meta-narrative world of one sided propoganda, there are several sides and viewpoints to all historical narratives and they should all be discussed


richmillett

Fri, 02/12/2010 - 02:05

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Can you honestly not see what is wrong with a single state solution? Total bloodshed is a good start.

I see no harm in using "naqba" in a syllabus but this person has signed up for the OSS. If you sign up for a OSS you are usually nothing more than a propagandist and should not be teaching.

Students want history, not narrative.

That said if she has signed up for the OSS but still manages to give both sides objectively (which would be a bit of a stretch but still possible) then she is doing her students a service.


Yvetta

Fri, 02/12/2010 - 16:01

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She is - or was when I last looked - pictured on the university website wearing what looks suspiciously like a keffiyeh round her neck.
It would be interesting to know what her lectures consist of - perhaps someone in that area should sit through them.
If she does advocate One State, then how is she any less a danger than Azzam Tamimi, who's quoted on this website today as saying that Israel “must come to an end” and condemns a two-state solution.

I hate witch hunts, but I think the ZF should keep a watch on what is going on at Leicester.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Fri, 02/12/2010 - 16:25

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The thing is, Rich, that Israel by its settlement actions on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem is hastening the creation of a One State Solution far more than a few lecturers at British or other universities. And Israel needs to be told that.


richmillett

Fri, 02/12/2010 - 17:21

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Israel can't win: The settlements are illegal and should be disbanded but once they are disbanded Israel will end up getting Kassamed/Katyushad big time.

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