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DENMARK: ISLAMOPHOBIC RACIST REGIME ”VIDEO”

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WILL CONSIDER PUTTING (offensive to Muslims) MOHAMMED CARTOONS IN SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS.

UN declaration supports free speech but this has been subject to many legal qualifications

France outlaws Holocaust denial and “public insults” based on origin, religion, race or ethnicity. Last year the British designer John Galliano was given a suspended fine of €6,000 (£5,200) by a Paris court for directing racist and antisemitic rants at people in a Paris bar.

 

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Zio-Wahhabi (ISIS) Street Theater

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Eight dead bodies hang from a metal frame in Iraq’s Kirkuk province in what is Islamic State’s latest public display of barbarity.

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The gruesome images which emerged on social media show the men’s limp bodies suspended from their feet off a tall structure in the town of Hawija.

The notorious Zio-Wahhabi black flag used by ISIS is displayed above them as horrified onlookers inspect the scene. Some of the deceased men appear to be wearing military fatigues but it is not known if they were Iraqi soldiers.

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An ISIS fighter believed to be Zio-Wahhabi Abu Al-Rahman poses triumphantly in one of the pictures – giving the one-fingered salute in front of a bloodied victim’s corpse. The same Zio-Wahhabi tyrant has been been pictured before alongside severed heads and masked ISIS fighters.

A shocking video released in February showed orange-clad captives being paraded in cages in the same city of Hawija. Frenzied crowds taunted the kidnapped men during the merciless procession which echoed the terrible death suffered by captured Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh.

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It was seen as revenge against the Kurdish forces who dragged the bodies of ISIS fighters through the streets of northern-Iraq earlier that month.  Previous reports suggest he is an Iraqi national from the town of Almere and the heads once belonged to members of the Syrian army whom the militants captured and beheaded.

Zio-Wahhabi extremist group has established a firm foothold in what was once an oil-rich Kurdish stronghold of Kirkuk.

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ONE MILLION REFUGEES SET TO FLOOD INTO ITALY

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Upwards of one million refugees could reach Europe from Libya amid collapsing security in the northern African country, the European Union’s border agency chief has warned. 

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Frontex executive director Fabrice Leggeri said he expects asylum seekers’ crossings to skyrocket in 2015 and urged EU governments to ready themselves to “face a way more difficult situation than last year”.

“We are told there are between 500,000 and one million migrants ready to leave from Libya,” Leggeri told Italian news agency Ansa. “We have to be aware of the risks”.

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In 2014, more than 173,000 asylum-seekers were rescued in the Mediterranean after they set off from African shores on overcrowded, run-down boats in a bit to reach the Italian coast. At least 3,500 others died at sea.

Numbers have increased with human smugglers exploiting the power vacuum caused by Zio-NATO war the that has engulfed Libya since the overthrow of late Leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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With the country now locked in a three-way power-struggle pitting government troops against different Islamist groups including Zio-Wahhabi Islamic State (Isis) affiliates, fears have been raised that extremists could mingle with the hundreds of migrants crossing by boat every week or drastically increase the number of crossings to strain EU border forces.

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“We have evidence that migrants have been forcibly boarded on vessels at gunpoint,” Leggeri said. “I do not have elements to say they were terrorists but there are worries among states.”

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Leggeri called for the EU to provide more funds and resources to address the migration crisis. The call came as a large Italian search and rescue operation – Mare Nostrum – was wound down in December due to high costs and internal political opposition. It was replaced by an EU operation run by Frontex and named Triton, the scope and size of which however are considerably smaller.

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Earlier this week, EU officials aired the idea of launching an EU border guard operation. “We have to think much more about a common system of European border guards,” Matthias Ruete, head of the EU’s migration and home affairs office, said.

The Union migration chief Dimitris Avramopoulos added: “Frontex is not a European border guard system. If we want one, we would have to create one.”

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ZIONIST PUPPET RANIA DROP THE FIRST I IN ISIS,

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Zionist puppet Queen Rania

Zionist puppet Abdullah of Jordan recently said President Obama is right not to call ISIS Islamic, and now his wife, Queen Rania, is publicly saying the same thing. In a conversation with Arianna Huffington at The World Post Future of Work Conference, Zionist puppet Queen Rania said, “I’d love to drop the first I in ISIS, because there’s nothing Islamic about them. They have nothing to do with faith and everything to do with fanaticism.”

And just like Obama said, Zionist puppet Queen Rania argued that focusing on the religious aspect gives ISIS “undeserved legitimacy” and “helps with their recruitment.” And, on top of that, “any action taken against them would automatically be called a war against Islam, which is exactly what they want it to be.”

IDIOT Ariana Huffington repeats that 1,000 Muslims surrounded a synagogue in Denmark to protect it when virtually all of the people there were Danish Christians and only about a dozen were Muslims.

* The group most likely responsible for ‘Chlorine Chemical Attacks’ which Washington made such noise over in Syria in 2013, had its first and second generation founders come out of the ‘Islamic State of Iraq’, directly linking them to the training facilities in Jordan and Turkey.
* Zionist king of Jordan is sharing the bed with thousands of salafist-jihadis, including Al-Qaeda ( An-Nusra).

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International Women’s Day: Palestinian Female Prisoners and the Struggle for a Free Palestine

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Women of Palestine – International Women’s Day © google images

Palestinian women have always been part of the national struggle to liberate Palestine; they are the freedom fighters, the martyrs, the prisoners, the injured, the mothers, the sisters, the daughters and the comrades. They are the revolutionaries, the guardians of the land, the protectors of the revolution, the custodians of the sacred heritage. They stand in the face of oppression, occupation and injustice. They hold the gun, the sling, the hammer and the sickle, the pen and the brush, and fight, plant, write, sing and dance for Palestine. They are the symbol of resilience, steadfastness and patience, the symbol of resistance, dignity and heroism. They are the women of Al-Quds Jerusalem; standing up to Zionist colonialism, fighting for their birthright…. They are the women of Beit Sira, Al-Jalameh, Beita and Husan; steadfast in their land, resisting the Zionist occupation and the colonization….. They are the women of Ramle, Yaffa and Um Il-Fahim; refusing to be a “minority” in their ancestral homeland, refusing to be replaced by strangers to the land…. They are the women of Susya, Al-Araqeeb, Wad Fuqin and Al-Jahhalen; protecting the land, defeating ethnic cleansing…. They are the women of Dheisheh, Askar, Al-Maghazi, Ein Il-Hilweh, Yarmouk; holding on to the keys of return, planting the homeland in the minds and hearts of the generations to come, until liberation…. They are the women of Gaza; rising again and again, refusing to surrender, giving the world stories of heroism and steadfastness…. They are the women of Palestine; safeguarding the olive tree and the poppy, keeping Palestine alive in our heart, paving the road towards Palestine, all of Palestine, from the River to the Sea.

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Palestinian female political prisoners @ google images

The Palestinian society is exposed daily to Israeli occupation repressive measures, including the kidnapping and detention of more than 800,000 Palestinians since 1967, including over 15,000 women. During the First Intifada at least 3000 women were detained and during Al-Aqsa Intifada more than 900 women were locked up behind Israeli bars. There are daily raids and detentions. Sometimes the detained are released after a few days, after a few weeks or remain in detention indefinitely. In average, 5-8 Palestinian women and girls are detained monthly by Israeli occupation forces. These kidnapping and detention take place in violation of international laws and conventions, whereby the treatment of Palestinian female prisoners during arrest, interrogation and detention is a clear breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, in particular Articles relating to the protection of civilian prisoners at the time of war, particularly Article 32, Article 76, Article 49 and Article 27. The Zionist entity kidnaps and detains Palestinian women continuously for various reasons and periods. Often, Palestinian female prisoners are accused of being involved in or supporting Palestinian resistance or as a means to pressure their wanted relatives to hand themselves in or relatives in prisons in order to obtain confessions from them. Additionally, the Israeli occupation prison authority uses psychological and physical torture as a means to extract confessions and information from the Palestinian prisoners, including women. Various reports revealed that Israel used and uses repressive and brutal methods against Palestinian female prisoners that outweigh the cruelty of those practiced against men, in order to break down the psychological control and weaken their spirit, in order to extract confessions. For example, interrogators deprive Palestinian female prisoners of sleep for long periods during interrogation, which may last from 20 to 120 days. They are tied to plastic or wooden seats in interrogation cells as a means to achieve physical pressure to extract confessions. Additionally, Palestinian female prisoners are subjected to various forms of psychological torture; including verbal harassment, insulting religious and national beliefs of the prisoners, uttering obscenities in front of them during the investigation, threats of sexual assault and rape to force Palestinian women to surrender and submit confessions.

According to latest statistics, there are currently 6500 Palestinian political prisoners held captive in Israeli jails, including women, children and elderly. They are kidnapped either from their homes, at checkpoints, or during night raids. Alone in February 2015, over 210 raids were conducted into villages and cities, in which 310 Palestinians were detained, including 21 women and 52 children. Among these, 90 Palestinians detainees come from Hebron and, 75 from Jerusalem and 19 from the Gaza Strip, including 3 businessmen detained at the “Erez” checkpoint on their way to the West Bank to conduct business, and one 55-year old on his way back to Gaza after accompanying a sick relative. Also, 89 administration detention orders were issued in February; 13 for the first time and the rest were renewals, raising the number of administrative detention orders to 198 since the beginning of 2015. The 21 women detained in February 2015 were mostly arrested at the entrance to Al-Aqsa, were interrogated with in detention centers and later released. It is worth mentioning that during this time, the Zionist entity re-arrested 8 prisoners freed in the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and the Zionist entity. February 2015 also witnessed an escalation in Israeli violations of Palestinian prisoners’ basic rights, including an escalation in harassment, incursions and raids. Also, Palestinian prisoners who are not sentenced yet are only allowed a 30-minute visit instead of the 45-minute visit allowed to sentenced prisoners.

There are currently 21 Palestinian female prisoners held captive in Israeli jails in inhuman conditions: 2 of from Jerusalem, 1 from Palestinian areas occupied in 1948, 18 from the West Bank (Ramallah: 5, Hebron: 4, Jenin: 3, Nablus: 3, Tulkarim: 2, Bethlehem: 1). 2 of the prisoners are minors under the age of 18, 3 mothers, 7 former prisoners, 4 of whom were freed in the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and the Zionist entity in 2011, 10 were sentenced, 11 waiting for sentence, with Lina Jarbouni being currently the longest serving Palestinian female prisoners. Palestinian female prisoners are distributed on 3 Israeli prisons:
1. HaSharon jail (Tel Mond): 19 Palestinian female prisoners/detainees.
2. Neve Tirza prison (Ramleh): 1 Palestinian female detainee.
3. Jalameh detention centre: 1 Palestinian female detainee.

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Palestinian female political prisoners © Google images

They suffer growing repression and denial of their basic rights; they live in difficult condition and are subjected to continuous and organized repressive measures, in addition to being detained in front of their children, beaten and subjected to torture in interrogation cells. Palestinians female prisoners suffer daily violations of their rights by the Israeli prison authority, such as room incursions and night raids, destruction of property, inspections, naked searches to degrade them, solitary confinement, medical negligence, preventing prisoners from continuing their education, poor food quality and quantity, in addition to the brutal way of arrests, and methods of physical and psychological investigation, assault on them whenever there is tension. For example, Lina Khattab was insulted and beaten during her arrest by Israeli occupation soldiers, whereas one of the soldiers beat her and tore her clothes and insulted her. Palestinian prisoners are held captive under harsh conditions and in narrow cells which lack privacy, are dirty, cold, damp, over-crowded and lack adequate ventilation and hot water and have dirty mattresses and are infested with insects. There is severe shortage of blankets, covers, winter clothes and heaters, and Palestinian female prisoners are not allowed to receive such items from their families, forcing the prisoners to buy them from the prison canteen for very high prices. Palestinians female prisoners suffer from severe cold, especially that the windows are closed with a piece of plastic which allows cold wind to leak. This is combined with a shortage in food and prisoner’s needs in the prison canteen (shop). When Palestinians prisoners are transported to court, they are held for long periods in the “bosta”, which is an iron truck that is used to transport prisoners between prisons and courts. It is very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. It’s “journey” usually lasts 12 hours, whereby prisoners leave their cells at 3 am and return to them at 12 midnight, causing them great physical and psychological pain. They travel long distances in a cold wagon, while hand and leg cuffed and treated harshly for the duration of the journey. Often, Palestinian prisoners are forced to take this “journey” without a trial being held. At the court, they are held in a very cold room for hours before the session, and afterwards. In January 2015, Yasmin Sha’ban complained to the Israeli prison authority about the harsh transportation conditions, to which she received no reply:
1. Shackling hands so tight as to cause injury. Requests to the guards to loosen her shackles were ignored.
2. Requests for adjusting the heating/cooling system were met with aggressive behavior by the guards (shouting).
3. On one occasion she was severely pushed by a guard for no reason.
4. Cooling the wagon instead of heating.
5. Loud music, singing, laughter and other noise at distressingly high volume.

Additionally, they are often prevented from family visits without reason or justifications, their cells are continuously subjected to raids by male occupation soldiers in violation of their privacy, whereby the prisoners often demand these be replaced by female soldiers. They are also punished through high fines imposed on them in addition to actual sentences. Palestinian female prisoners also complain from lack of media and legal interest in their situation, and demand everyone to expose Israeli violations of their rights. Also, the occupation prison authority constantly threatens to transfer them to the section of Israeli criminals, thus posing a risk to their lives. Cameras were installed in their section to monitor their movements, which is another violation of their privacy. In addition, their cells are close to those of Israeli criminals, who are often loud and play music, especially at night, shouting and screaming obscene insults all the time, which also deprive them of sleep and rest.

Like all Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli dungeons, Palestinian female prisoners in need of medical treatment are denied appropriate and much needed medical care. There is constant delay in providing treatment. Female detainees are only allowed to see a general doctor and no specialists, and often only when their condition deteriorates. In cases when human rights organizations send a doctor to examine a sick detainee, the Israeli prison authority delays given the needed permission by placing obstacles. The detainee has to apply for a “security clearance” so the doctor can enter the prison and this may take more than six months, in which time the health of the detainee might deteriorate. If security clearance is given, the human rights organization has to apply for a permit for the doctor so he/she may see the detainee. In case the doctor is allowed to examine the detainee, he/she is not allowed to issue any medical prescriptions. Currently, at least 6 Palestinian female prisoners are in urgent need of medical treatment
1. Lina Jarbouni: underwent an operation to remove a stone from her gallbladder, but still suffers from acute inflammation of gall bladder and headache, and is only given pain killers.
2. Dunia Wakid: suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure.
3. Naheel Abu ‘Aisha: suffers from acute rheumatism.
4. Samahir Zein-Iddin: suffers from Inflammations and conglomerates in the chest.
5. Muna Qa’dan: suffers from high blood pressure and ulcers.
6. Yasmine Sha’ban: suffers from asthma, shortness of breath and thyroid problems.

The Zionist entity imprisons Palestinian mothers, sisters and daughters, tortures them to force their relatives to surrender themselves to the Israeli occupation army or to force their imprisoned relatives into confessing what they didn’t do. During house raids by the IOF, mothers and even grandmothers are beaten and dragged to detention centers. Palestinian mothers in Israeli jails are deprived of seeing family members as punishment. Currently, there are 7 Palestinian female prisoners who are held captive in addition to other family members, and are deprived of communication with them or visit them or receive letters from them, including:
1. Fida’ Salman: deprived of communicating with her 4 imprisoned brothers Ala’, Khader, Sleiman and Ahmad Salman, held captive in Majido.
2. Lina Jarbouni: deprived of communicating with her imprisoned brother Tariq Jarbouni.
3. Dunia Wakid: deprived of communicating with her imprisoned fiancé Mohammad Wakid, sentenced to 29 years in Jalboa, and brother Jamal Kheir-Allah sentenced to 21 years in Nafha.
4. Shireen Issawi: deprived of communicating with imprisoned brothers Samir and Midhat Issawi held captive in Jalboa and Shatta respectively.
5. Bushra Tawil: deprived of communication with her imprisoned father Jamal Tawil, held in administrative detention in Majido.
6. Samahir Zein-Iddin: deprived of communication with her imprisoned husband Nader Zein-Iddin and her brothers Nazeh and Ahmad Zein-Iddin held captive in Majido and brother Abdel-Rahman Zein-Iddin, sentenced to life imprisonment and held in isolation in Nafha.
7. Muna Qa’dan: deprived of communicating with her imprisoned fiancé Ibrahim Ighbariyyeh, who received 3 life sentences and 10 years and held in Jalboa.

Currently, 21 Palestinian female political prisoners are held captive by the Zionist entity:

1. Lina Jarbouni40 years old, from Arabet Al-Boutof in Al-Jaleel, held captive in Israeli jails since 18.04.2002.

Palestine political prisoner Lina Jarbouni

Palestinian prisoner Lina Jarbouni © google images

Lina was born on 11.01.1974 among 9 sisters and 8 brothers. She received her primary and secondary education in the village school, and received her high school degree in 1992. The economic situation of her family prevented her from pursuing university education, so she was forced to work in a sewing workshop. On the early hours of 18.04.2002, more than 30 Israeli army vehicles surrounded her family house, and Israeli occupation soldiers kidnapped her and her brother Sa’id. Bith were taken handcuffed and blindfolded to Jalameh detention centre. She remained 30 days in interrogation cells, and was subjected to various forms of psychological torture such as insults, isolation and sleep deprivation. During this time, her sister Lames was also arrested, to pressure Lina into confessing. Lina was charged with “contacting the enemy”, and sentenced by the District Court in the city of Haifa to 17 years in jail. Despite her suffering in Israeli captivity, she is in high spirits and has a strong character, and was mandated by Palestinian female prisoners to represent them and be their spokeswoman. Lina loves reading and was known in her family as a “book warm”, and because she speaks fluent Hebrew, she has a central role in teaching female prisoners Hebrew. Lina comes from a family known for its sacrifices and contribution to the Palestinian resistance: her grandfather Haj Ali was one of the resistance fighters during the revolution of 1936, as well as through the Nakba of 1948, her father was imprisoned several times by the Zionist entity on political issues, and her uncle Omar was killed in Lebanon fighting Israeli occupation soldiers when they invaded Lebanon in 1982. She is currently held in HaSharon prison and suffers from medical negligence.

2. Muna Hussein Qa’dan43 years old, from ‘Arabeh in Jenin governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 12.11.2012.

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Palestinian prisoner Muna Qa’dan © google images

Muna has 4 sisters and 3 brothers. She a is a former prisoner and was detained five times: Her first detention was in 1999, where she was subjected to harsh interrogation and went on a hunger strike for a month before being released. Another time, she went on hunger strike for 16 days to protest her isolation, after which she was released from isolation. She was also detained on 02.08.2007 and released on 20.06.2008, detained again on 31.05.2011 and released on 18.11.2011 in the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and the Zionist entity. Her last detention was on 12.11.2012, when a huge Israeli occupation force raided her parent’s house at midnight, searched the house and destroyed its property before kidnapping her. She is still held captive in HaSharon prison, and is accused of running a charity society in Jenin, which provides support and help to orphans. Muna has not been sentenced yet; she was subjected to over 30 court sessions, and her detention was renewed over 19 times. Israeli military courts deliberately postpone issuing a verdict to increase the psychological and physical pressure caused by the transport of prisoners in the “bosta” to courts and back. In average, she is taken once a month to court in a 12-hour journey as a punishment. During such “journeys”, Palestinian prisoners are not allowed to eat or drink, and are hand and leg shackled. Muna, currently the second longest serving Palestinian female prisoner, suffers from chronic ache in stomach and joints, and doesn’t receive proper treatment. She is deprived of family visits since her detention. During her captivity, Muna lost her mother and was not allowed to say farewell to her. She also got engaged to Palestinian political prisoner Ibrahim Ighbariyyeh, who received 3 life sentences and 10 years. Her brother Tariq is an administrative detainee, but she is not allowed any communication with her fiancé or brother.

3. Naheel Abu ‘Aisha36 years old, from Hebron, held captive in Israeli jails since 14.03.2013.

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Palestinian prisoner Naheel Abu Aisha © google images

Naheel is a former prisoner and was arrested several times. She is a volunteer with the “Youth against Settlement” group and the Hebron Defence Committee, and she is active in exposing Israeli human rights violations in Hebron, and enhancing Palestinian steadfastness and resistance in the old city. Additionally, she works as janitor at the Qurtuba school near “Beit Hadasa” colony, whereby this school, its staff and pupils face almost daily abuses and violence from the colonists. Naheel documents these violations with her camera and participates in all activities in support with Palestinian prisoners. She was kidnapped from her house at 03:00 am on 14.03.2013, and after 27 court sessions was sentenced on 11.11.2014 to 33 months imprisonment, a fine of 3000 NIS and 24 months suspended sentence for five years. Naheel was beaten by the occupation soldiers several times, deprived from family visits, and suffers from rheumatism, irritable bowel syndrome, and severe joint pain and is in need of continuous treatment.

4. Dunia Wakid37 years old, from Tulkarim refugee camp, held captive in Israeli jails since 27.05.2013.

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Palestinian prisoner Dunia Wakid © google images

Dunia worked in a jewelry shop, before being kidnapped from her house on 27.05.2013, and sentenced to 42 months in jail on 02.02.2014 on charges of trying to smuggle money and mobile phones to Palestinian political prisoners. Her fiancé Mohammad Wakid is currently serving a prison sentence of 29 years. She is not allowed any communication with him, and she is subjected to medical negligence as she suffers from diabetes and asthma. Two of Dunia’s brothers were killed by Israeli occupation forces.

5. Wi’am Jaber ‘Asidah22 years old, from Tell in Nablus governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 11.11.2013.

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Palestinian prisoner Wi’am Asidah © google images

She is a student of Business and Administration at Al-Najah University, and was arrested on 11.11.2013 at Za’tara military checkpoint. Wi’am was accused of possessing a knife and trying to stab an occupation soldier, and sentenced on 24.04.2014 to 32 months imprisonment, a fine of 5000 NIS and 16 months suspended sentence. Her brother ‘Asem ‘Asidah was killed by Israeli occupation forces, he uncle was sentenced to 27 years in Israeli captivity. Wi’am is deprived from family visits.

6. Falasteen Fareed Najem28 years old, from Nablus, held captive in Israeli jails since 20.11.2013.

Falasteen is a former prisoner; was first arrested on 15.02.2006, sentenced to 16 months jail, and was released on 14.06.2007, and arrested again on 20.11.2013, accused of possessing a knife and trying to stab an occupation soldier, which is the ready excuse to kidnap Palestinian women, whereby 80% of female prisoners are accused of this. She was sentenced on 05.01.2015 to 48 months imprisonment, a fine of 3000 NIS and 24 months suspended sentence for five years. Falasteen talks about her experience with the “bosta”: “It is a journey of slow death; an iron structure with iron chairs and walls, smell of vomit is everywhere, and there is no toilet or ventilation despite the fact that the journey in the “bosta” lasts hours and the weekly “journey” for some prisoners… It is very cold, seats are very close to each other to the point of causing pain to the knee, joints and back. The prisoner cannot sit in a comfortable position, because of the restrictions and hand and leg shackles. She also remembers the waiting rooms at the Ofer prison before the court session: “My court session ends in the morning hours, but they keep me held in the dirty waiting rooms until the end of all trials, i.e. at around 17:00, to send me back to Hasharon…. These rooms are as dirty as a dumpsite; there are insects and cockroaches, the smell of humidity is stark, there is lack of air and sun, you cannot use the toilet, even if you need it urgently, because of its dirtiness and the filth is beyond description.”

7. Dima Mohammad Sawahreh17 years old, from Jabal Mukkaber in Jerusalem, held captive in Israeli jails since 03.01.2014.

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Palestinian prisoner Dima Sawahreh © google images

Dima is in the eleventh grade. She was kidnapped and beaten by Israeli occupation soldiers on 03.01.2014, was accused of trying to stab a soldier in old city of Jerusalem, and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment. Dima was held captive 6 months in juvenile centre in occupied Akka due to being a minor, after which she was held in isolation for 19 days in Ramla jail in the section for criminal prisoners. Her brother died during her captivity, but she wasn’t allowed to call her parents.

8. Shireen Issawi34 years old from Jerusalem, held captive in Israeli jails since 06.03.2014.

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Palestinian prisoner Shireen Issawi © google images

Shireen is a human rights lawyer and an advocate for the rights of Palestinian political prisoner. She was also the spokesperson for her brother Samer Issawi during his 270-day hunger strike. Shireen participated in monitoring and documenting Israeli human rights violations committed against Palestinian prisoners. She is herself a former prisoner; she was arrested for the first time in 2010 and imprisoned for a year, in addition to being barred from legal practice for three years, a ruling that was extended in 2013 for another two years. On 06.03.2014, Shireen was kidnapped with her brothers Medhat and Shadi by Israeli occupation soldiers from her family house. Her detention has been extended several times, and she is being held in Israeli detention at HaSharon prison

9. Samaher Zein-Iddin34 years old mother of six from Majdal Bani Fadil in Nablus governorate, held captive in israeli jails since 28.05.2014.

الاسيرة سماهر زين الدين

Palestinian prisoner Samaher Zein-Iddin @ google images

Samaher was kidnapped from her home on 28.05.2014. She is a mother of six, but is deprived of family visits, thus is not allowed to see her children. Samaher is also not allowed any communication with her imprisoned family members, such as her husband Nader Zein-Addin and her brothers Ahmad, Nazeh and Abdallah Othman. This includes depriving her of any phone calls or letters from her family. Samaher is currently held captive in HaSharon prison.

10. Bushra Jamal Al-Tawil21 years old, from Al-Bireh in Ramallah governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 02.07.2014.

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Palestinian prisoner Bushra Al-Tawil @ google images

When Bushra was born on 25.04.1993, her father was in South Lebanon, deported there by the Zionist entity with hundreds of Palestinians. He named her Bushrat Kheir – “Bushra” (meaning good tidings). She is a youth activist and a journalist and member in the Palestinian Journalist Union. Bushra was arrested a couple of times; first time on 06.07.2011 after two days from finishing her high school exam. Israeli occupation soldiers raided her family house and kidnapped her. She was sentenced to 16 months in jail. On 18.12.2011, she was released in the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and the Zionist entity. She enrolled at a college in Ramallah to study Journalism to highlight the issue of Palestinian political prisoners. On 02.07.2014, Israeli occupation soldiers raided her family house and kidnapped her again. She is held captive in HaSharon, and a special Israeli military committee canceled her release in the prisoner swap deal, and decided to return her to prison to complete the 10 months remaining of her original sentence.

11. Fida’ Salman22 years old, from Beit ‘Ur Al-Tahta in Ramallah governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 26.08.2014.

الاسيرة فداء سلمان

Palestinian prisoner Fida’ Salman @ google images

Fida’ was kidnapped on 26.08.2014 by Israeli occupation soldiers. She was charged with throwing stones at the car of a zionist colonist, and was sentenced on 11.02.2015 to 7 months imprisonment, a fine of 1,500 NIS, and 8 months suspended sentence for four years. Three of her brothers are held captive in zionist jails as well, without charge till now. During her captivity, Fida’ suffered from medical negligence, and fainted several times due to stomach pains for which she did not receive any treatment. She was supposed to be released on 04.03.2015 through Jbraha checkpoint near Tulkarim.

12. Ihsan Dababseh28 years old, from Nuba in Hebron, held captive in Israeli jails since 13.10.2014.

الاسيرة احسان دبابسة

Palestinian prisoner Ihsan Dababseh @ google images

Ihsan is a former prisoner: she was arrested the first time on 11.12.2007 and sentenced to 2 years imprisonment, and was released on 06.09.2009. On 13.10.2014, she was arrested for the second time, and is still waiting to be sentenced. Israeli occupation soldiers raided her house several times, sent her 4 summons and threatened to blow up her house of she didn’t come to interrogation center. She went with her mother to detention center and was detained and her personal computer was confiscated, while her mother told to leave. During her first arrest at “Ezion”, Israeli occupation soldiers filmed her while handcuffed and her eyes blindfolded. They were dancing and singing around her, while pushing, humiliating and harassing her. She recalls in an interview: “They handcuffed and blindfolded me, and threw me into a military jeep. After a while, I was thrown at the yard of the Ezion detention centre in front of criminals. It was very cold and raining, and I was left under rain for a while…. After some time, I started hearing loud music and felt that someone was trying to touch me. I tried to keep close to the wall, but it was useless. One occupation soldier brought a bottle of wine and offered me a drink, which I refused, so he continued to harass me… After a few moments, they began attacking me like rabid dogs, and began beating me with their rifle butts and their feet. One of the soldiers beat my head against the iron military jeep until I fainted… I regained conscience to find myself in front of a female doctor wearing military dress, and after a configurable medical examination, I was taken to the interrogation cell, and there began the journey torment and humiliation.”… “The officer who began interrogating me was called Peran; he began threatening to demolish my family’s house and arrest my brothers. The interrogation continued two hours, and afterwards I was taken blindfolded to another interrogation center, I think it was the Russian Compound. There were three interrogators, and the minute I entered the room, they started insulting me and saying curses I don’t want to repeat. One of the interrogators was pulling my hair, and all the time I was handcuffed. This lasted till eleven o’clock at night, and afterwards they transferred me to HaSharon prison, where I was charged with attempting to stab an occupation soldier and the membership in the Islamic Jihad.” She concluded: “I will never rest until the occupation soldiers are punished judicially in order to be a warning to anyone tempted to insult or humiliate any Palestinian prisoner.”

13. Yasmin Sha’ban32 years old and a mother of four, from Jalame in Jenin governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 03.11.2014.

Yasmin was kidnapped from her home on 03.11.2014, and underwent five days in interrogation at the Jalame Detention Centre, during which she was left to stand on a chair tied with chains for long periods, and was threatened with the arrest of her husband and children. She was transferred to Hasharon prison on 09.11.2014. She suffers from thyroid problems and shortness of breath and asthma.

14. Hala Msallam Abu Sall17 years old, from Al-Arroub refugee camp in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 28.11.2014.

Hala was arrested on 28.11.2014 and accused of stabbing an occupation soldier.

15. Amal ahmad Taqatqa20 years old, from Beit Fajar in Bethlehem governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 01.12.2014.

الاسيرة امل طقاطقة

Palestinian prisoner Amal Taqatqa @ google images

On 01.12.2014, Amal was shot with 5 live bullets by Israeli occupation soldiers near the “Gush Ezion” colony block after a colonist claimed that she tried to stab him. She was seriously injured in the chest, her left hand, her left waist and her left leg, and her legs were chained to the bed in hospital. Amal was subjected to interrogation while in hospital, and was told by Israeli interrogators that there was no need for her confession, as evidence was available from cameras at the scene; evidence they never provided. She to was transferred to HaSharon prison on 30.12.2014. Her family’s house was raided and her father arrested. Despite various cameras being present at the “Gush Ezion” junction, no evidence was ever provided by the Israeli occupation forces that Amal tried to stab the colonist till this day. The only photo provided was of a small scratch to the colonist’s neck, which probably was caused by Amal scratching him when he attacked her. While in hospital, she woke up one night to find a colonist pulling her hair.

16. Hanya Munir Naser23 years old, from Deir Qadis in Ramallah governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 10.12.2014.

الاسيرة هنية ناصر

Palestinian prisoner Hanya Naser @ google images

Hanya is a former prisoner, arrested on 12.09.2011 and sentenced to 38 months, and was released on 18.12.2011 in the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and the Zionist entity. On the dawn of 10.12.2014, Hanya’s house was raided by Israeli occupation forces, and she was kidnapped. She is member of the Media Support Team for Palestinian Prisoners. Her brother Naser is also held captive by the Zionist entity.

17. Lina Mohammad Khattab18 years old, from Al-Bireh in Ramallah governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 13.12.2014.

الاسيرة لينا خطاب

Palestinian prisoner Lina Khattab © google images

Lina is a first-year student Media and Journalism student at Birzeit University, and a dancer in Al-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe. She was arrested on 13.12.2014 near Ofer military base in Beitunia-Ramallah, whereby one Israeli occupation soldier twisted her arm, another pulled her from the back so violently that he ripped her shirt and caused her arm to bruise, while other occupation soldiers dragged her to a military jeep. At Ofer prison, her arms and legs were shackled, and was interrogated for hours. Lina was accused of participating in an illegal demonstration and throwing stones at Israeli occupation, which she denied and maintained that she was visiting a friend who lived near Ofer. She was forced to sign a document in Hebrew, a language she doesn’t know, before being transferred to HaSharon prison. On 18.02.2015, and after 11 hearing sessions, Lina was charged with rock throwing at a military vehicle during a demonstration, and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment, a fine of 6,000 NIS and 6 months suspended sentence for six years. She is currently held captive in HaSharon prison.

18. Asma’ Jawdat Balhawi36 years old, mother of three from Tulkarim, held captive in Israeli jails since 14.12.2014.

Asma’ was arrested on 14.12.2014 and is held captive in HaSharon prison.

19. Aisha Mohammad Da’amseh20 years old, from Beit Ummar in Hebron governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 28.01.2015.

Aisha is a student and was arrested with her brother on 28.01.2015 in Bethlehem.

20. Thuraya Kamal Taha21 years old, from Beit Ilu in Ramallah governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 12.02.2015.

Thuraya is a student of Media and Technology at Al-Quds Open University. She was arrested on 26.07.2014, sentenced to 22 months imprisonment on 12.02.2015.

21. Yaman Izz-Iddin ‘Amarna21 years old, from Ya’bad in Jenin governorate, held captive in Israeli jails since 17.02.2015.

الاسيرة يمان عمارنة

Palestinian prisoner Yaman Amarneh @ google images

Yaman is a Law student at Al-Quds University. On 17.02.2015, and while in a bus on her way home, Israeli occupation soldiers arrested her at Za’tra military checkpoint near Nablus while on her way home back from the university. In the court session held on Thursday 05.03.2015, Israeli court ordered the release of Yaman on Sunday 08.03.2015 with a fine of 5000 NIS, but at the same time detained her 45-year old blind father, University lecturer Izz-Iddin ‘Amarna, who was summoned for interrogation. Yaman is held at Al-Jalameh detention centre.

In addition to Palestinian female prisoner in Israeli jails, the Zionist entity imprisons the bodies of 3 Palestinian female martyrs:
1. Martyr Dalal Said Mohammad Al-Mughrabi, martyred on 11.03.1978.
2. Martyr Darin Abu Eisheh, from Jenin, martyred on 17.02.2002.
3. Martyr Wafa‘ Ali Khalil Idris, from Al-Am’ari refugee camp, Ramallah, martyred on 21.02.2002.
4. Martyr Hanadi Tayseer Abdel Malik, from Jenin, martyred on 04.10.2003.

Freedom for ALL Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli Dungeons

Sources:
http://www.assra48.com
http://www.waed.ps
http://www.samidoun.ca
http://www.addameer.org
http://www.freedom.ps
http://www.wofpp.org
http://www.ahrarwledna.com

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Islamic Human Rights Commission cuts ties with ‘Orwellian’ British government

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One of the UK’s biggest Islamic organizations has refused to participate in future government talks on anti-terror legislation, claiming their contributions to policy are being overlooked.

The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), which describes itself as an “independent, non-profit campaign, research and advocacy organization,” said the British government has been “uncompromising” in its efforts to “legislate away fundamental freedoms in order to tackle terrorism over the last 18 years.”

In a statement released late Tuesday, an IHRC spokesperson said: “Such input perversely allows the government to claim that it has carefully considered the views of civil society organizations, when in fact the final policies were always a foregone conclusion.”

The statement comes at a time when a number of British Islamic organizations feel marginalized by the government, and in some cases have been accused of being linked to terrorist activities overseas.

In November, the Claystone think tank said “more than a quarter” of British charities under investigation by the charity commission were working on Muslim-related issues, and criticized the government for “excessive” surveillance of Islamic charitable groups.

Analysis conducted by the think tank found that out of 76 charities currently being investigated, 20 were led by Muslims, including the civil liberties organization CAGE.

In December, the Demos think tank also said British charities working in conflict zones in the Middle East were being cut off from “millions” of pounds in funding due to counter-terrorism legislation, with some having their private bank accounts closed down completely due to “credit risk.”

Tom Keatingue, a director at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and author of the report, said that the lack of financial access meant that charities were unable to carry out some medical projects overseas, or deliver adequate resources to vulnerable refugees.

The IHRC also hit out at the government’s Counter Terrorism and Security Bill, which is currently being debated in parliament, which the organization called “Orwellian.”

“The bill will introduce a raft of new measures to deal with terrorism and extremism in the UK. It is IHRC’s view that the current proposals are far and away the most Orwellian to date; they will erode civil liberties and turn the UK into a police state.

“Alongside the raft of new laws, we have also seen the government introduce and broaden its PREVENT program, which is aimed at both gathering intelligence on the Muslim community using public sector workers such as teachers and doctors and trying to socially engineer a more compliant Muslim community by legally defining the range of beliefs/views its members are allowed to hold.”

IHRC spokesperson Arzu Merali claimed the government’s ramping up of anti-terror measures were marginalizing British Muslims, and risked turning the UK into a “police state.”

“The anti-terrorism laws have served only to create a sub-par legal regime without due process that targets Muslims. It also demonizes Muslims further, causing backlash and discrimination. Off the back of these processes, we find the UK turning into a police state with little protest. We must stop this slide into authoritarianism,” she said.

Last month, two well-known British Muslim charities, the Muslim Charities Forum and the Birmingham based Islamic Help lost their government grants after being accused by the Department for Communities and Local Government of being linked to terrorist groups.

Both organizations say they were “surprised, dismayed and angered” by DCLG’s decision, which they insisted were based on “unfounded allegations.”

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When Naziyahu joined the Geneva Initiative

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A leaked document hugely discomfits the PM. Was this a case of Obama’s revenge?

Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Friday appearance at a meeting with Likud activists from the central Israeli city of Yehud exposed the pressure he is under following his return from Washington and the release of a document by Yedioth Ahronoth revealing past discussions with the Palestinian Authority.

It’s been a long time since Netanyahu has panicked, but he’s got plenty of reasons to do so now. He has not taken off in the polls, even after his “historic” speech to the American Congress. (And neither, lo and behold, has that address changed anything in the Middle East.) The transition from lofty Washington to humble Yehud has taken its toll. Television pundits have even discussed the possibility of Netanyahu announcing his retirement if Likud wins 18 seats or fewer in the elections.

And then there is that document.

The leaking Friday of the document exposing negotiations conducted in 2013 between Netanyahu confidant Yitzhak Molcho, Hussein al-Araj, a Fatah official and chief ally of Mahmoud Abbas, and former US administration official Dennis Ross was designed to weaken the prime minister’s support among right-wing voters. Despite Netanyahu’s claims, however, this leak was not the work of Noni Moses, Yedioth’s publisher and fierce Netanyahu critic. The document is legitimate and some of the journalists who have followed diplomatic communications between Israel and the PA in recent years knew of its existence. (Details of the back channel were reported on last November by the Walla news site.)

Furthermore, and here is where Likud hawks should be worried, the text agreed upon by Molcho and al-Araj, and documented by Ross (who wrote down the agreed formulations), shows an unprecedented willingness for one-on-one territorial exchanges in the event of a permanent peace agreement and the establishment a Palestinian state. This is a principle that no Israeli prime minister had ever fully accepted before. Not Ehud Barak at Camp David in July 2000, definitely not Ariel Sharon and not even Ehud Olmert, who offered far-reaching one-for-one exchanges in most areas but proposed to compensate the Palestinians with a tunnel route rather than accept one particular territorial demand.

Netanyahu cannot credibly claim that he was not “in the know” or blame his envoy for making unauthorized decisions. Molcho is the person closest to Netanyahu when it comes to handling the Palestinian issue — the prime minister’s gatekeeper.

So, what can he say? Pretty much the things we heard on Friday in Yehud. Or as the Prime Minister’s Office put it in a statement Friday, “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has always refused to withdraw to the ’67 borders, opposed the division of Jerusalem and rejected recognition of the right of return.” True enough, but there is no contradiction. As the leaked document specifies, he “only” agreed that, for the purposes of the framework of talks on a permanent accord, “Palestine will be an independent and sovereign state in an area the size of that controlled by Egypt and Jordan before June 4, 1967…”

This was a non-binding framework, it should be stressed, but it still shows an unprecedented Palestinian success in the face-off with Israel, in that it grounds the negotiations on the basis of the pre-1967 lines and makes plain that, if a deal is achieved, there will be an exchange of territory and the Palestinians will be entitled to a state the size of the pre-1967 Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem areas pre-1967.

This amounts to a one-for-one land swap, and that means Netanyahu was committing to the same position as advocated by the left-wing Geneva Initiative and dovish former Labor minister Yossi Beilin. (The Geneva Initiative folks have some pretty good marketing material here.)

And what of Jerusalem and the refugees? No big surprises here. Netanyahu, as he has pointed out, did not agree to divide Jerusalem, but the document shows he was ready to recognize “the historical connection, social and cultural development” of the Palestinians in the city. The same applies to the Jordan Valley: Netanyahu makes clear in the framework drawn up by Molcho and al-Araj that he is prepared to accept a Palestinian presence in the Jordan Valley. And yes, there is a even talk of a humanitarian return for refugees to pre-1948 areas. And all this even before negotiations began in earnest.

Netanyahu’s statements on the Palestinian issue following the leak of this document are only likely to get harsher in the run up to election day. His people will hail their construction of thousands of housing units in the West Bank during his term in office as though it were a daring move behind enemy lines to thwart the Iranian nuclear program. Netanyahu, like a typical politician (in the worst sense of the word) has chosen to duke it out with Naftali Bennett for another Knesset seat or two on the right by staking out a hawkish position on the Palestinians. The national interest, which he chose to neglect, would have seen him present the document as proof of the efforts he was prepared to make for compromise. He could have highlighted the Palestinians’ stubbornness, or utilized the leak to push again for resumed talks.

Finally, it would seem that the White House on Friday showed Netanyahu how it gets even. The writers of “House of Cards” would be proud of a storyline in which the US administration takes its revenge against a prime minister who came to Washington seeking to reap a domestic political reward at the expense of President Barack Obama. Netanyahu has found out the hard way that there’s a price to pay for meddling in partisan American politics.

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Anti-Woman Terrorism

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Today telling women that they aren’t ladies doesn’t carry the same weight, and verbal terrorism has escalated into grosser and more direct threats.

The proper definition of terrorism, often forgotten, is not only inflicting violence on civilians but doing so in order to intimidate, frighten and coerce others into conformity to the values of the terrorists. When the 19th-century Russian anarchist terrorists assassinated Tsarist agents, they did so in order to make others less willing to serve the Tsar. When southern white Americans lynched black men, they did so in order to scare other blacks out of resistance. Terrorism can be nonviolent: for centuries women were kept in line through calling those who spoke for women’s rights unladylike. Today telling women that they aren’t ladies doesn’t carry the same weight, and verbal terrorism has escalated into grosser and more direct threats.

The rage and violence of this aggression is staggering. We call it “slut talk,” for short, a term that may have first arisen in 2011 when a Toronto policeman told students they could avoid rape by not dressing as sluts—and they responded by holding a massive “slut walk”—a form of demonstration now practiced around the world, from Finland to Morocco, South Korea to Indonesia, Brazil to Hungary. (It’s a successor to the 1970s “Take Back the Night” marches.) In the US the term achieved fame in 2012 when Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut for using birth control. “Men’s rights” and “mgtow” blogs are filled with ugly screeds about women’s body parts. “Marrying a woman is like taking a shit upside down every day for the rest of your life. Don’t do it!”

But some of the verbal aggression has now gone beyond name calling to threatening physical violence to individual women. Women who speak or write for the public receive death and rape threats daily. Male “gamers” have threatened to murder a woman’s children, and one wrote a woman that he would “make me choke to death on my husband’s severed genitals.” One woman journalist discovered that someone posted a fake tweet in her name soliciting “rough sex.” Others posted “do not hire” notices about her. “Men’s rights” blogs openly discuss how to drug and rape women. Take the “red pill,” don’t be a nice guy, just take what you need from women. There are specialized red-pill websites for black men. (“Red pill” has become a code among men who believe women are vicious, that they actually rule the world, and that the proper male response is physical and sexual aggression.) “So when a stinking cavern gets out of hand why not pulp her? You know you want to,” encourages one website.

This aggression is part of a global brutalization. As a trend it’s not new—films have been increasingly violent for decades—but it is increasing in velocity. Right-wing hate-talk radio personalities, like Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham, have used it successfully, to attract listeners who are already angry but also to escalate anger and to legitimate aggression. The internet proliferates and protects hate talk: Because it can send out invective anonymously, it allows aggressors to abuse and harass without taking the responsibility of authorship. In this respect there is a parallel with warfare by bombing and executions by drone, which allow killing without facing the victims.

Misogyny is by no means the only content of this new verbal terrorism—plenty of it is racist. But the slut talk is somehow more legitimated, less vulnerable to any censorship. Many men—who knows how many?—are furious that women won’t stay in their proper place and behave right. Many men who suffer from loss of jobs, of income, of a future feel justifiably “Stiffed,” as journalist Susan Faludi titled her 1999 book. Among those, many assume the society and economy are inevitably zero-sum games, and that women’s gains must be men’s losses, so they blame women instead of corporate rule in the US.

Being myself a veteran of the 1970s women’s liberation movement, I always expect angry reaction, “backlash,” when new ideas threaten the comfort of those who benefit from the status quo. In fact, I see the size of a backlash as an indicator of the strength of the movement for progress.

There are some good indications of that female progress. Women of all classes and races are moving ahead educationally, are fighting back against violence and rape, are filling the internet with women’s perspectives on issues ranging from beauty to the economy to foreign policy. Women vote more than men, and their votes put Obama into the Presidency and progressive Bill DiBlasio into the New York City mayoralty. Women are more likely than men to graduate from high school, to earn a college degree. Thanks to the long-term effect of the women’s movements of the 1970s, women’s earnings have edged closer to equality: in 1960 women earning 59% of what men did, and today they earn closer to 82%. Surely the female glass is half full and getting fuller.

And there is a return of feminist pride. For several decades, the political Right and pro-corporate gang seemed successful in turning feminism into a scare word, a bunch of witches aiming to destroy the family. Even many of those who supported women’s equality thought it best to avoid the f-word. Now many are claiming it as a badge of honor.  Beyoncé, Lena Dunham, Eva Longoria, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Rosario Dawson, Grimes, Roxane Gay, Taylor Swift, Rashida Jones, John Legend, Amy Poehler. On Oscar night several actresses made feminist points, and John Legend—already a feminist—denounced the mass incarceration of black men. Feminist blogs from the USA alone number at least in the hundreds. Many are predominantly African American, such as Radalicious and Angry Black Bitch (yes, just like the “women’s libbers” of the 1970s, the new feminist upsurge likes to take nasty names for women and redefine them). Fbomb is for teenagers. There’s Annoyed Asian Feminist, angryasiangirlsunited, and Sangat, a South Asian feminist blog. The creator of Viva la Feminist, Ileana Jiménez, describes herself as “writing from the intersection of motherhood, feminism and Latinidad.” The blogs come and go but so many stay that an inclusive list would be impossible. The “lady blogosphere” is where women are finding each other and learning from each other and sensing their strength in numbers.

But feminist pride cannot insulate women from the pain of abuse or the tangible damage to reputations. Feminist pride certainly can’t  immunize women from rational fears. On-line threats to individuals are increasing. Police can’t or won’t act. The objects of threats know how easy it is to learn their home and workplace addresses. Unsurprisingly, several public feminists have already decided to reduce their outspokenness. In a world where the media already provide very little space to feminist writers and speakers, we cannot afford to lose any of them.

So far we don’t know how much of this foaming-at-the-mouth results in physical violence. Or conversely, we don’t know how many actual rapists and murderers of women spew their hatred verbally. The cowardliness of relying on internet anonymity suggests that few are brave enough to address women—or reasonable men—face to face. But in a world where thousands of men are actually kidnapping, raping, and killing, where so many men feel that modernity is unmanning them, we cannot afford to ignore our home-made American woman-haters. Discounting the slut talk and the threats as infantile blather, or turning the other cheek, or pridefully denying our fears and hurt—these approaches will not make the bullies stop, because they are responding to real changes. It is precisely how modern women go about their lives that enrages the harassers. We need more public discussion of the woman-hating and of how—short of censorship—to combat it.

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