Thursday, March 29

New Features: Blog Search

I have added a new feature to the blog (/^\ top of this page /^\ ) , now you can search in previous posts on this blog, mom's blog , introducing islam blog, as well as searching anything in the entire World Wide Web...

Now you can use the new feature to search the internet and try to figure out why doesn't Bush want to save American blood and refuses to put a time table for withdrawal from Iraq.

Saturday, March 24

Jarrars Invading the News!

Watch Raed Jarrar giving a speech in Portland, on the twentieth of March 2007 in the FOURTH anniversary of the War on Iraq.

Congressman McDermott Interviews

This video shows interviews of Congressman McDermott with several politicians and activists [featuring Mom :) ], during his visit to Amman, Jordan.

in this video you will see many key points that represent the demands of Iraqi people and also some of the keys to the exit from the current miserable solution.


Online Videos by Veoh.com

Friday, March 23

شر البلية ما يضحك

as the Arabic proverb says: the worst of catastrophes is [sometimes] funny.


Friday, March 16

One More Jarrar-Blogger Is On-line !

Ammar Jarrar, my first cousin, a senior Architectural Engineering student at the Jordanian University, has started his blog on maktoob; the leading Arabic multi-services site, which offers a search engine, news service, email hosting, chat, online gaming, entertainment, web hosting, and recently they started their own blogosphere.

Ammar writes about politics, poetry, personal, and everything that comes in his mind, just like any other blogger. One thing is unique about Ammar, and is only found is unique bloggers, is that he writes with style.

If you read Arabic, or if you enjoy looking at the script and feeling ignorant, take a moment to check out With Ammar... ;0)

Al-Aqsa Campaign: More Success

Mr. Bechir Lamine, the Acting Head of the UNESCO Office in Ramallah, Palestine, has sent me an email just yesterday thanking me for the effort we made for this campaign, a copy of the email was also sent to Kassem Afandi (sorry I misspelled your name the first time), the wonderful Egyptian blogger who started this campaign and who voluntarily translated the news to Arabic.

Here is what Mr. Lamine said in his email:


Thank you for your interest.

Please find hereunder a statement by UNESCO concerning the Old City of Jerusalem.

You can read the full report by clicking on the following link:

http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=33477&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

Best regards,

Bechir Lamine

Acting Head

UNESCO, Ramallah

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Office of the Spokeswoman
La Porte-parole


Old City of Jerusalem: Publication of UNESCO’s technical mission Report

“The technical mission that I had sent from 27 February to 2 March 2007 to the Old City of Jerusalem, which is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List and on the World Heritage in Danger List, completed its technical assessment on the works conducted on the Mughrabi pathway leading to the Haram el-Sharif. The mission has submitted to me their Report (*) accompanied by their recommendations, which I support,” declared the Director-General of UNESCO on Wednesday, 14 March 2007.

“These are five recommendations,” he added:

  • The Government of Israel should be asked to comply with its obligations regarding archaeological excavations and heritage conservation in World Heritage sites such as the Old City of Jerusalem and, in particular, with Decision 30 COM.34 adopted by the World Heritage Committee in Vilnius in July 2006 on this matter.
  • The Government of Israel should be asked to stop immediately the archaeological excavations, given that the excavations that had been undertaken were deemed to be sufficient for the purpose of assessing the structural conditions of the pathway.
  • The Government of Israel should then clearly define the final design of the access structure, whose principal aim should be to restore the Mughrabi pathway without any major change to its structure and shape, in order to maintain the values of authenticity and integrity of the site. A clear work plan thereon should be communicated to the World Heritage Committee in the shortest possible time.
  • The Government of Israel should be asked to engage immediately a consultation process with all concerned parties, in particular the authorities of the Waqf and of Jordan, the latter having signed a peace agreement on 26 October 1994, and agree upon a plan of action before taking any further action and decision thereon.
  • This process should be supervised by an international team of experts coordinated by UNESCO and involving in particular structural engineers, specialized in archaeological consolidation works, in order to ensure the most appropriate solution for the restoration of the Mughrabi pathway.

Mr Matsuura has decided to send this report and its conclusions to the Presidents of the Organization’s Governing Bodies, the President of the World Heritage Committee, and the Permanent Delegates to UNESCO.

The Director-General also announced his decision to convene an Information Meeting for UNESCO Member States on Monday 19 March 2007, in the presence of the expert members of the mission.

(*) The full text of the Mission Report is available in English and French (and soon in Arabic, Spanish and Russian) on the Organization’s Internet site at: http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=33477&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html


This is definitely a great accomplishment, what we need now is a quick move to push UNESCO to establish a permanent committee to monitor and protect Al-Aqsa Mosque based in Jerusalem. This is an achievable goal, if we worked hard enough to voice our demand to the UNESCO people.

We need all your help.

Wednesday, March 14

UNESCO Campaign Gives Its First Fruits

The UNESCO has announced a report in which it calls Israel to completely stop their work near al-Aqsa mosque. This report came out just today after UNESCO experts have visited the site and saw that there is a "lack of a clear work plan setting the limits of the activity, opening the possibility of extensive and unnecessary excavation."

I urge everyone to read my latest post about the issue and keep the campaign rolling, you can sign more than once if you have more than one email address. If you are a blogger, please help us by spreading the word out; just copy my latest post about the campaign and paste it into your blog.

This campaign to urge the UNESCO to protect the Aqsa Mosque was started by several Egyptian bloggers, on top of them is my friend Qasim Afandi.

Tuesday, March 13

Why Germany and Austria?!

a new Taliban tape shows a message to the German and Austrian government, asking them to work on maintaining safety to their peoples' by withdrawing their troops as soon as possible from both Iraq and Afghanistan.




The message is in Arabic and has German subtitles, I will post an English text of the tape if I were able to find one.


But why Germany and Austria?

Saturday, March 3

Letter to the UNESCO Regarding al-Aqsa Excavations

The UNESCO has decided to send a technical mission to the Old City of Jerusalem, inscribed on UNESCO's Wolrd Heritage List and on the World Heritage in Danger List, to a carry out a technical assessment of the works on the access to the Sacred Sanctuary (Al-Haram al-Sharif)...

Several fellow bloggers have posted this on their blogs, a plan to start a campaign of sending letters TODAY (the 3rd of March) to the UNESCO and ask them to assign a permanent chamber in the Old City to monitor the excavations and stop any attempts to damage the foundations of the Aqsa Mosque as an important part of world's heritage.

Following extensive consultations with all the parties concerned, the Director-General requested the mission to leave as soon as possible, probably early next week. It will be led by the Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, Francesco Bandarin, and include the Director-General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Mounir Bouchenaki; the President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Michael Petzel; and Véronique Dauge of the World Heritage Centre...


Below is a template of a letter that I strongly encourage You (You, reading this right now) to send on your behalf to the Director-General of UNESCO Mr Koichiro Matsuura (geneva (at) unesco (dot) org ), and Director of UNESCO office in Ramallah, Palestine - Mr. Bechir Lamine (b(dot)lamine (at) unesco (dot) org)).

Update: Mr. Bechir Lamine of the UNESCO office in Ramallah is currently on vacation, please contact Ms. Hala Tannous (h (dot) tannous (at) unesco (dot) org)

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Dear Sir,


We acknowledge and appreciate your great efforts to protect and save the priceless human heritage all over the world. Recently, we read that a group of professional investigators has been sent by the Unesco to Jerusalem to investigate the situation of Israeli excavations at the area of the sacred sanctuary of Al Masjed Al Aqsa, which we have a big concern that this may affect the foundations and lead to buildings collapse for one of the most important historic elements of this area and all over the world.

We do support your efforts and your investigation group and looking for assigning a permanent chamber near this area to monitor, announce and stop any trial to destroy our heritage either for political or religion reasons.

Thank you and best regards,

Sincerely,

Thursday, March 1

Did anyone notice the new look of the blog by the way?