Minar Halloor Again, I don't support Hamas, and several members do engaged in actions that put the Palestinians in danger. But I also feel that this is only part of the picture. We need to also address why many members attack in the first place.
Minar Halloor Oh I don't know how small (or large) that group is. I wish I could give an accurate statistic. But I'd be lying if I said I could. The sad thing is, radicals (all over the world not just in Palestine and Israel) are what make up 100% of the news coverage. It's like that one crazy, lunatic, Muslim, who doesn't represent Islam and does something terrible, all of a sudden all Muslims are classified like that person. It sucks! If radicals, both in Hamas and other groups, cease to exist we would definitely live in a more peaceful world. They tend to eff it up for everyone.
Minar Halloor Barry, I flagged your comment because " It's obvious you are frustrated with the lack of Israeli civilian death" is a deplorable accusation that you know IS NOT TRUE. Israel takes out a few illegal settlers from Gaza, then creates a prison restricting movement, not allowing people to leave, denying humanitarian aid from entering (according to the UN btw). I don't know If I would classify that as "handing over."
Minar Halloor Count Barry...1..2...3...4... I promise this anger isn't healthy for you. Do I have to mention, for the millionth time today, that I DO NOT SUPPORT THE MURDER OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS. NEVER HAVE AND NEVER WILL even if their gov't engages in crimes against humanity. I just wish Israel would engage in actions that do not put their own citizens in danger.
Minar Halloor Muti, You are very wrong about that. At least where I live (California) we have held several protest, created petitions, left messages with the State Department etc. demanding that the slaughter of Syrians ends. Actually, they have recently been doing joint events for both Gaza and Syria. The death of civilians, any civilians not matter where they are from, should be rejected. We cannot sit around and watch crimes against humanity without saying anything. Perhaps you hear a lot about Gaza because the U.S directly supports Israel. I'm an American tax payer and I know my taxes are directly aiding the murder of my own people. So you can see why some people maybe more vocal about the Gaza massacre. The Syrian conflict is just as important.
Minar Halloor Why so angry, Barry? I never, not once, said I supported Hamas. I DO NOT. I'm also against the targeting of all or any civilian populations. That fact that you imply that I support that type of behavior is not only false but disgusting. Furthermore, you can continue to deny that Israel targets civilians when several IDF members have come out to admit it and several reports (HRW, UN, Red Cross...to name a few) prove it. I truly hope that you can work on your anger issues because it can have negative impact on your heart. Have a great day!
Minar Halloor Thanks for writing this, Lindsay. I think Palestinians are tired of hearing the "let's sit down for coffee and discuss the most recent aggression." Don't get me wrong I'm all for negotiation that can lead to peace; however, I refuse to negotiate with individuals who will stab me in the back once I turn around. Your article mentioned it perfectly " American Jewish students have increasingly looked for new ways to discuss the conflict and reconcile their strong support of Israel’s right to exist and self-defense." I feel most of these conversation are a way to increase support of Israel while ignoring their crimes against humanity. Would you sit down and have coffee with someone how just murdered your family? I wouldn't.
Minar Halloor Why? What ever list I give will be considered "a prescription for suicide." You are so bent on supporting a state that engages in war crimes and violations against humanity but will always defend them.
Minar Halloor Israel should engaged in practices that would prevent these rockets from being shot in the first place. Like...ummm...not killing Palestinians first and taking the first strike. Furthermore, if they ended their blockade of Gaza that would definitely help as well.
Minar Halloor Still, I never mentioned anything about being "free," but I'll try to respond... I think it's great to offer free contraception for women who cannot afford it themselves. I especially think it would be necessary for lower class women to be offered it, so to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Children that they cannot afford to take care of. I don't think I would say that if it wasn't free access is restricted, because it would still be readily available. However, I think poor women should ALWAYS be offered access to free contraception if they cant afford it.
Minar Halloor Hmm let's see..I expect Israel to: -Stop being a barbaric state that annihilates entire villages for "security" reasons. -End the blockade, the prison they created, in Gaza -To stop displacing Palestinians from their home to be replaced by Jews only. -To stop murdering children on their way to school -To stop building settlements (illegal by international law) on so-called "Palestinian territory." -To stop imprisoning children without charging them -I expect them to follow international human rights and Geneva Conv. Laws. -To remove all illegal checkpoints in the West Bank.. And a few other things...Specific enough for ya?
Minar Halloor "Arabs think that the Jews should no tbe there at all and want them gone and or dead." Come on, at least try to be creative in your absurdity. That isn't true and you know it. I'm Arab and have SEVERAL Jewish friends who I wouldn't mind being neighbors with. Of course, nothing would convince you. You seem so angry about life. You are entitled to your opinion.
Minar Halloor Draiman, several verses of the Quran speak highly of the Jews and discuses the chosen people and the land; however, it doesn't say "Hey, ethnically cleanse all the Palestinians and take over their homes." Leaving peacefully would be possible if Israel wasn't a barbaric Zionist machine. I never said Israelis are "not decent." In fact, several of them advocate for Palestinian rights. I'm glad that you admit that news is one sided and distorted..all in favor of Israel.
Minar Halloor Julia, It's a really messy situation. On the one hand, there are several radical Hamas members who engage in actions that are deplorable. However, not all are like that. In fact, several members have worked directly with Israel to help maintain peace. Other members only job is to feed starving Palestinians. These are the same individuals that that Palestinian people democratically elected. Furthermore, you have to keep in mind that there are several individuals who fire rockets who are not even part of Hamas. So yes, super messy.
Minar Halloor I'm not surprised he deleted the tweet and I don't believe it was erroneously sent by a staffer." Nope, I think he sent it but realized, probably a little to late, that Bibi's gov't doesn't want peace. I feel Israel needs an excuse to complete annihilate Gaza, another Cast Lead, so why would they negotiate? I have special hate reserved for Michael Oren. I'm a Californian and the Irvine 11 case still boils my blood.
Minar Halloor This is fantastic! Great article, Lilly. I've always believed access to contraception is very necessary for women. It's definitely a messy topic (anything involving religion is, I guess). I have several Catholic friends and they have always had a difficult time trying deal with opposition of both abortion and contraception because as you mentioned in the article, contraception could prevent unwanted pregnancies which would thus prevent abortions. Islam doesn't prohibit the use of contraception. However, I respect all religions and I understand the Catholic point of view although I don't agree with it. Thanks for writing this article.
Minar Halloor Oh so I guess the reports given by the Red Cross, Human Rights White, the UN (and several others) all must be lying about IDF targeting civilians and murdering women and children (some of which waved white flags and came out of buildings arms raised.
Minar Halloor Draiman, We have something in common. I too traveled the region and lived in Palestine for over 5 years. I travel there every summer. So the personal experience is there. Although, I try to refrain from sharing too much because people usually consider it to be a bias way of trying to invoke pathos. You are definitely entitled to your pinion, as am I. The beauty of this country ;) Thanks for reading.
Minar Halloor Dave, The comments get a little hectic so I haven't read the one you mentioned. But I'll respond here. I first would like to say that I do not condone rocket fire or the targeting of any civilian. Furthermore, I realized there is no need to even discuss who takes the first shot because we clearly will never agree. But perhaps we should address the disproportional level of the matter. How many people are dying from these so-called rockets coming from Gaza and how many people are dying from Israels rocket fire? I don't support Hamas but I feel that Israel gets away with too many human rights violations, commits so many war crimes and at the end of the day they always point the finger at someone else.