Monthly Archives: March 2010

On Mother’s Day

On mother’s day, I simply say thank you to mom, for who she is and will always be, the jewel of my heart. I’d just like to share with you a little message I sent her at 12:00 a.m. For the first time, I tried my luck out writing something in Arabic, so don’t make fun of it.

تسعة اشهر حملتيني
على ظهرك لا حركة
لا افا ولا صرخة
وانا في بطنك يتوسع
علقة ثم مضغة ثم ايدي وأرجل
وبعد عناء خرج وهو يصرخ
فرحت بقدومي، سعدت بملاقاتك
أمي، انتي هي؟
ووضعتني على صدرك
وبالحليب الدافء اطعمتني
احبك كثير الحب
انتي قلبي وحياتي
احبك

To every mother out there, every girl who wishes one day to be a mother, I say Happy Mother’s Day 🙂 may you all stay blessed.

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On #B4JO & Web Censorship

Blog for Jordan day

When I first thought about what to write for B4JO day, I got a complete writer’s block. I thought I’d write about censorship and the new law’s effect on what we have to say. Our inability to explicit freedom of speech in so much as a twitter update. Our very own Jordan blocking us from expressing what we like and what we don’t about this country? This has been our thing, as far as I know. “Bidna nel3an #$% el 7okome!” and so forth and so on…let’s not get carried away shall we :P. So when it comes to web censorship, I believe we should all thrive to claim our rights on the matter. How else would we speak out on the failure of our government to apply more strict laws on honor killings? How many more women should be brutally stabbed to death before our voices can be heard? How else will be bitch about corrupt officials? Or simply about paying more attention to our citizens’ rights. Everything that the internet claims to be, a mass communication between ourselves, our government and the whole world, will be shot down by web censorship, and I want my voice and all our voices, to be heard.

I’m a 20 year old medical student, with a heart full of Jordan. I’ve been living alone here in Jordan for the past 4 years, and I have to admit, this country has shaped me up from a high school boy to what I am today. Here, in Jordan, I found lots of things, both good and bad. Blog for Jordan day shouldn’t only be about telling everyone out there how amazing our country is, because we sorta do that all the time. What we should also be concerned with is the opinions on the inside. If something isn’t broken, or you don’t know it’s broken, no one’s going to try and fix it.

Jordan is more like a huge canvas, one that has had a significant number of marks painted upon it. Whether we’re talking about it’s superb military intelligence, our culture or the astounding number of new talents arising every day, we all have to admit that our country is getting a good view from outside. Examples are many, notably the movie “Hurt Locker”, which was filmed mostly in Amman winning many Oscars to Samih & Hussam’s Maktoob being acquired by Yahoo or whether it’s our famous Petra being a world wonder. Many and many examples I can give to how our country is something to really be proud of.

Jordan has many ups and downs, and we try to live and adapt accordingly. Whether it’s the price inflations that lower income making families suffer from, to the new laws that govern us completely insensibly, we have a lot to complain about. What has happened to the world when I can’t go online anymore and tell the mayor of my city that the roads are a mess and they should get to cleaning them up. Or when I can’t argue about who’s governing my own country. As fellow blogger Dee said, this is bound to create a revolution.

At the start of this post, I thought I as going to turn all cliche’ Jordan, and talk about the freshly baked bread and Humus in the morning, walks down Rainbow street or hanging out in Leweibdeh. I realize how beautiful my country is, a country where I have learnt to miss and love as much as I miss and love my parents. A country where I fell in love with an amazing woman. A country that I’m currently being taught how to become on hell of a physician. I know how many beautiful things Jordan has, but I think it’s time we all learnt to point out what’s wrong and fix it, before we can boast ourselves as being an amazing nation.

With all my love to the people of Jordan, and to everyone who holds Jordan deep within their hearts, wear your sham3′ high and mighty, high and mighty…

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“Shit just hit the fan.”

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A poem for 1,000 days

Our war begins today

Today, yesterday and every day

Today marks 1,000 days

Yesterday a cry away

Every day, a boy they slay

A child, with dreams delayed

We stomp our feet

Give our time to the cause

What cause you say

Palestine’s free will I say

To live and die as we please

Not taken by your lead and steel

Your tanks, your armored suits

I pity your cowardly self, if I may

Hiding behind your sorrow and dismay

A nation built on ruthless lies

Religion, politics and power plays

Funded by those whom we give respect

Respect is to no one

But the people we can’t resurrect

Children, women and men

Victims to crimes left unpunished

Unfathomed, unbelievable how can they today

Sit around and do nothing

Not even speak out

Not mourn, not see, not tell nor care

A nation of assholes if I dare say.

I speak, mere words on my computer screen

What they experience I see on a 17″ window

No smells, no blood, I’m warm and content

Have you ever smelt a dead body?

Rotting in it’s place, morgues can’t support

The enormous amount of death

Take it as you may,

We only asked for a day.

A land became a prison

Our people became slaves

They locked up the warden and the prison guards

Cut them off on all sides.

Gaza, we cry for you

Palestine, we mourn for you

The martyrs, we cheer for you

Mother earth, we beg you

Sixty two years is enough

Sixty two years is enough.

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Boycott Israel

Today, we mourn the 1000th day of siege. The 1,000 days of Zionist oppression. The 1,000 days of blockage from humanity. The 1,000 days of no clean water, clothes, shelters. The 1,000 days of no schools, industry or houses. The 1,000 days of Gaza slowly being killed by Israel. The 1,000 days in which our people have stood tall, stood mighty, stood strong.

Below is a list of items you can boycott to help end the siege on Gaza. Due to economic pressure, if each and every one of us stops using the below brands, we will successfully bring down the Zionist siege. My question is this, can we all boycott each and every single item on this list? Or are we too dependent on items that have become a regular part of our lives. Do we have the courage and potential to say NO to Israel and it’s supporters? You tell me, can WE end this siege?

Coca Cola
Maggi Garnier
Tommy Hilfiger
Kotex
Helena Rubinstein
NOKIA
Banana Republic
Selfridges &Co
Wonderbra
La Roche-Posay
Nursery World
Lancôme Paris
Victorias Secret
Léggs
La Mer
Harper Collins
Hillshire Farm
Kia Ora
Home Depot
Georgia Lightning
Estee Lauder
Buitoni
DIM
Perrier
Just My size
Lindex
Aramis
origins
HEMA
Perscriptives
Vichy
Playtex
Structure
Aoste
Bryan
Lovable
BallPark
Dohwe Egberts
Kotex
Mast Industries
Nur die
The White barn candle
River Island
Pauls
Johnson&Johnson
Sanez
McDonalds
Kraft
IBM
Ambi Pur
Jimmi Dean
ICQ
Levi’s
Intel
Redken
Kleenex
Carrefour
Calvin Klein
SKY
Revlon
Huggies
Kiwi
TIME
Nestle
Sunkist
Pepsi
Frutopia
Star
Kit Kat
Loreal
Libby’s
Kimberly-Clark
Sara Lee
Gap
Boss
Gossard
KFC
Schweppes
Armani
20 century Fox
Ralph Lauren
Donna Karan
Maybelline
Starbucks
The Times
Danone
Disney
Marks & Spencer

Motorolla

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Join the campaign to end the siege on Gaza: Gaza Under Siege Counter

I met @JawazSafar, Mohammad Yousef, online a couple of days ago, ever since he started the 1000th day Gaza Under Siege campaign, and I wanted to spread the idea even more with more innovative ideas. The idea of a profile picture on Twitter seemed repetitive and confusing to Twitter handlers, so I got to talking and we started pitching ideas back and forth. We ended up with an interactive support counter, that will count the days Gaza has been under siege, starting with the 1000th day, which is today: the 9th of March. If you look to the right on my sidebar, I have the counter which is set to 1,000 today and will start counting up, showing our support for Gaza. The counter image was designed by @JawazSafar and the code was written by our awesome developer @iMadiD. You can follow them on twitter as well as follow me @5hadz.

It’s been 1,000 days since Gaza has been under siege. Medical supplies, construction supplies and many more essential needs are banned from entering Gaza, nothing but microbes can enter or leave the Gaza strip. We urge you all to show support, whether it’s through blogging to spread the word, whether it’s through posting videos on facebook, twitter or your own personal blog.

This is the code to the counter, it should work on all blog hosts. [Please contact me if it doesn’t]

<br /><div style=”text-align: center;”><img src=”http://dreamyhaze.com/GazaCounter/GazaCounter.ashx” alt=””http://dreamyhaze.com/GazaCounter/GazaCounter.ashx“” /></div><br /></html>

Simply copy and paste it into a text box on your sidebar and you’ll be showing support and spreading the word and also counting with us the days, till hopefully one day this siege is over and we rejoice. Please place it on your blogs and share it with everyone else you know. Show further support by following @GazaUnderSiege and visiting it’s respective blog.

*We would highly appreciate if you could please post a comment that you have successfully added our counter to your blog, so we can keep track of it if any updates occur. Thank you.*

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Online Press Release – Gaza Under Siege

“March 9th marks the memory of 1000 days on the siege of Gaza”

*Join Demonstration on Press syndicate – Cairo tomorrow 14:00GMT*

When the Palestinian parliamentary elections held on January 25, 2006, Hamas won a plurality of 42.9% of the total vote. When Hamas assumed power the next month, the Israeli government and the key players of the international community, the United States and the EU, refused to recognize its right to govern the Palestinian Authority. Direct aid to the Palestinian government immediately was cut off. Deadly fighting erupted then between Hamas and Fatah, spreading in the Gaza Strip with both factions attacking vehicles and facilities of the other side

In June 2007, the Palestinian Civil War between Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) and Fatah (Palestine Liberation Movement) intensified. Hamas routed Fatah after winning the democratic election, On 13 June 2007, International Supervisors on Rafah Borders were withdrawn causing the Rafah Border to immediate close. By 14 June 2007, Hamas controlled the Gaza strip. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded by declaring a state of emergency, dissolving the unity government and forming a new government without Hamas participation, and winning widespread international support. As a response, Israel imposed a full blockade on Gaza; the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip faces international, diplomatic, and economic isolation

Since then, the 1,5 million people of Gaza have been living in extremely hard condition, suffering from a collective punishment affecting all aspects of life; from moral harassment by cutting electricity at the moments it’s most needed, dropping threat leaflets, to obvious terrorism with F16 raids above the land

Conflict continues between Israel and the Palestinian military groups in Gaza, with rockets being launched from the Gaza Strip into the occupied territories as a response to many deadly IDF incursions and air strikes

On 27 December 2008, Israeli F-16 strike fighters launched a series of air strikes against targets in Gaza. Israel began a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip on 3 January 2009 and rebuffed many cease-fire calls. Palestinian medical staff said at least 1434 Palestinians were killed, and at least 2,800 wounded, made up mostly civilians

After 22 days of heavy shelling, Israel decided to stop the assault; 5,000 homes, 16 government buildings, and 20 mosques were destroyed, 13 Israelis and approximately 1400 Palestinians were killed. The Red Cross has released a report stating that Israel’s continued blockade is making it impossible for Gaza to recover from the war

While we enjoy our basic rights as education, safety, freedom, children of Gaza live under constant fear, with no future in a land that is left by our silence to be slowly buried alive. On the 9th of March, Palestinians on Gaza Strip will enter in their 1000th day under siege. 1000 days through harassment, terror, hunger, moral exhaustion, we should have said stop 1000 days ago. What are we still waiting for?

GazaUnderSiege is a collation of independent activists who aim to report the affect of Zionist Siege on the people of Gaza

Monday 8/3/2010 – Press Release
Email: GazaUnderSiege@gmail.com
Twitter: @GazaUnderSiege
Blog: http://GazaUnderSiege.blogspot.com

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