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Christian singer honors Gaza resistance

Lebanese Christian Julia Boutros is considered one of the top pop singers of the Arab world. She has just released a new album, entitled ‘Righteousness is my weapon’ in which she praises the steadfastness of Hamas and other Gaza resistance groups for giving a bloody nose to the Jewish army. Watch the video below.

Julia has vocally supported Hizbullah and the “Resistance” (as she did during the 1990s), despite being a Christian herself – making her a living embodiment of how an “Islamic Resistance” could transcend nationalism.

Julia Boutros began singing at the age of 12. From very beginning of her singing career, she decided to use her talent on behalf of others. Her first song, a French tune titled ‘A Maman“, was dedicated to all mothers on Mother’s Day. It proved to be the first step in a lifelong journey of dedication: her gift to others.

By the age of 14, she had released her first album, titled ‘C’est La Vie’ (This is Life), which was written and composed by Elias Rahbani. It was also around this time that the civil war in Lebanon broke out, playing a central role in Julia’s life and bringing into sharp focus her desire to commit herself and her singing to humanity and civilization in the Lebanese community in particular and the world in general.

Early on, unlike other artists of her age, Julia dedicated her career to a cause. This burning desire to be a voice for others led directly in 1985 to her recording “Ghabet Shams Al Haq”, which was composed by Julia’s brother Ziad Boutros, who composes most of her work today. The song expresses her anger at the continued killing of the innocents: children, women, men and the elderly civilians by Jewish army and its Christian Lebanese Phalangist collaborators.

The only thing we were able to do at the time was to raise our voices and send a message to the world, and that was achieved by my first song” says Julia.

She wanted to send a message and she did so, forcefully. One week after this song was released; Julia’s voice entered every house in the Arab world. Her voice had become their voice, with millions of people singing her songs. Even schools began teaching the children the real meanings of Julia’s words.

After “Ghabet Shams Al Haq”, Julia would say, “I felt that I had a responsibility and that it is to speak on behalf of my people whose voice goes unheard“.

Today, Julia’s fans range from children to elderly, as she became a national symbol for Nationalism, Patriotism, Resistance and even Romance.

Julia received several national and international awards, including the Lebanese President’s Award which was presented to Julia for her contribution, through her voice, to the Lebanese Islamic Resistance Hizbullah against the Israeli occupation of Lebanon, shortly after the liberation of the South in May 2000.

Recently, and during the 2006 Israeli 34-day carpet-bombing of Lebanese civilian population, Julia Boutros was featured on Al Jazeera TV Station in a special program; she talked about the Politics in the Arab world, daring to say the least. She has today developed a fundraising project for the families of all Lebanese Martyrs who perished during the 34 day war.

Last year, to a packed house, Julia Boutros, sang to let the so-called “free world” know how Hizbullah defeated Israel in 2006. Watch the video below.

 

UK’s Jewish Lobby: ‘Stop John Lewis stores selling Hijab’

turkish_hijab[1]The British Jewish media never stops fabricating lies to demonize over two million Muslim British citizens. The latest lie published by the Daily Mail on August 16, 2014, and instantly picked-up by pro-Israel neonazi organizations like the English Defense League (EDL) and the British First. Read a 2013 report on pro-Israel lobby activism in Britain here.

The Daily Mail reported the news under headline: “John Lewis’s new line, hijab to wear at schools: Department signs contract with schools in London and Liverpool to offer conservative Islamic clothing“. The article quoted former Liberal Democrat cabinet minister, MP Jeremy Browne, an open supporter of the Zionist entity. Last year he suggested that David Cameron government should rescue British Muslim women from hijab.

Steve Rose debunks the Daily Mail’s latest anti-Muslim bigotry at the British Islamophobia watch group, Tell MAMA.

John Lewis provides uniforms for 350 schools nationwide and two (less than one percent) requested the hijab as part of their uniform list.

One of the schools in question is the Islamia Girls’ School, an Islamic secondary school, owned by the Yusuf Islam Foundation. Ofsted rates the school as “outstanding” in every department and caters for just 152 full-time pupils.

The other is Belvedere Academy, a non-denominational girls’ school, which teaches over 700 pupils. In 2010, Ofsted rated the school as “outstanding”.

It might seem natural for an Islamic school to request a hijab as part of their uniform list. According to the John Lewis website, both schools list the hijab as an optional item of uniform.

Conflating  various Islamic veils only muddies the debate. The hijab does not provoke as much public hostility as the burka or niqab.

Yet, a negative focus upon the hijab might distort the public debate around the religiosity of visible female Muslims, a group more likely to face violence and abuse at an online and offline level.

Forget the minor business decision and its benefit for some Muslim customers. Instead, on a broader note, the drip of negative coverage risks redefining what it means to be Muslim in contemporary Britain, and further alienating those who visibly express their faith. What does it say about our society that such a minor story can generate such hostility? We risk losing all proportion on this issue as others fall for the seductive ‘othering’ of racism,” Steve Rose said.

In France a ban on wearing the full face veil, the niqab, in public places was introduced by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s (born to a Moroccan Jewish mother)government in 2010. The penalty for doing so can result in a 150 euro fine as well as forced instruction on French citizenship.

The European Court of Human Rights upheld the ban earlier this year, refusing to accept the arguments of a 24-year-old French woman that the ban violated her freedom of religion and expression.

In Zionist occupied Spain, Barcelona has introduced a similar ban, as have some towns and cities in Italy. In Muslim Spain (711-1492) Jewish communities lived their Golden Age. However, under Christian rule, some Christians consume Kill Jews drink during Easter celebration.

 

UN Jewish envoy: ‘Israel needs to talk with Hamas’

Former UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) envoy for the Palestine Occupied Territories, American Jewish academic Dr. Richard Falk (Princeton University) was recently interviewed by Jessica Desvarieux of The Real News Com. Falk talked to her via phone from Turkey where he lives with her Turkish Jewish wife Dr. Hilal Elver (University of California), the US Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

On May 5, 2014, Hilel C. Neuer, executive director of Geneva-based Israel lobby group, UN Watch, wrote a letter to Samantha Power, US ambassador at United Nations, requesting her to block Ms Elver’s appointment.

On the durability of the current Egyptian negotiated ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Falk said that the ceasefire has no chance to last unless it’s supported by “long-term” territorial solution.

It’s one thing to lift the blockade (since 2006), which certainly should be done and will create a temporary sense of relative normalcy in Gaza which is in desperate need of humanitarian help not because the current Israeli attacks during the last several weeks, but even before that, because it was blockaded . The tunnels have been destroyed by Egypt (under Crypto-Jew Gen. Sisi’s orders), which it (Hamas and other resistance groups) had relied upon since 2007 to get many of basic necessities of life. And so the situation of Gaza has to be addressed in a more fundamental way than a demilitarization versus blockade,” said Falk. Listen to the rest of the interview below.

On August 20, 2014, Dr. Richard Falk, also posted the updated version of an interview he gave to Ken Klippenstein, published earlier at the CounterPunch on his personal blog.

In this interview, Falk claims that a common hatred toward Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood unites both Egyptian dictator Gen. Sisi and the Zionist regime.

The US is definitely complicit and legally accountable, at least in theory, in that this weaponry is not supposed to be used except in accordance with international law; and if the whole undertaking is a violation of international law, then the United States is responsible, and should diplomatically have been seeking to restrain and censure Israel, rather than to lend its support,” said Falk. Read the rest of the interview here.