the Apple iPad Tablet is here…

yet another revolution for our generation to witness… after the Google Chrome OS announcement and it’s features.. the release of Apple’s iPAD in 2010, the end of first decade of the 21st century just tells us how this century is going to advance…

http://www.apple.com/ipad/ > check it out your self..
it’s going to be a competition for Google Chrome OS.. i believe,

i really love all this competition.. since people keep coming up with more
and more creative stuff to get the market and it’s healthy competition..

so the customer is always in win win situation…
i was just wondering if this tablet is treated like a net book on which the
Chrome OS will be installed….

the worlds just got more awesome!

Iran Cyber Army ;-)

pro-Iranians who call them selfs the Iran Cyber Army had pulled down twitter for a little time,,, and also paralyzed the the most popular and biggest Search Engine Site in China.. speculations that this was a protest because the of the £CN4Iran …

Chinese internet users trying to access the search engine Baidu found an Iranian flag on the home page with a message saying “This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army”, the People’s Daily reported on its website. Below a sentence in Farsi read, “In reaction to the US authorities’ intervention in Iran’s internal affairs. This is a warning,” the report said, posting an image of the hacked page.

The state-run China News Service quoted an unnamed official at Baidu as saying the website’s domain name had been hijacked, redirecting traffic to another site.

“It’s the same warning showed to twitter.com…but I’m not very sure how you would connect this to £CN4Iran. Baidu is a very weird choice,” Michael Anti, an influential Chinese blogger, told The Guardian.

On the room98.ir website, beneath a large Chinese flag, a message from the “Chinese Honker Team” read: “This morning your Iranian Cyber Army intrusion [sic] our baidu.com…Please tell your so-called Iranian Cyber Army…Don’t intrusion Chinese website…This is a warning!”

A message on the iribu.ir website read: “The People’s Republic of China long live…Oppose splitting Safeguarding unity.” AGENCIES

Now what is this taking shape to….>>>>>> You decide!

France considering to Ban Hijab in Public Places!!

What does it take for a country to say it is democratic & secular? …
Well most of you are aware of what it really takes…

Democracy is where the Government is of the People, By The People and For the People
Lets not forget the most important part FOR THE PEOPLE>>

While we know the issue of veil being banned in schools and colleges in a so called secular and democratic country France is old. However now that it is considering banning veils for woman in Public Places and imposing fine for those who wear..

Published in Times of India on Jan09 in Times Global

Is it really keeping up to secularity seeing that wearing the traditional veil is part of Muslim religious practice. The wearing of this clothing item is a big part of the Muslim religion. Banning this is ridiculous and will upset the Muslim population around the globe. Saying that you cannot practice your religion is complete discrimination by France and is intolerant of the Muslim people of France and around the globe, who should be free to do what they like and what is a part of their religion.

Protecting oneself in Public Places is only necessary and they do not understand that,, saying… Muslim women can do what ever they want at their home, but not wear in public!

France has a very low Muslim population. A French poll released last year clearly states that less than 3% of the French population is comprised of Muslim people. This is an extremely low amount and will affect fewer than a million people, that’s what they say to consider the law being imposed!

Do any of us know that the Sikhs who are in the Army in UK have got it legalized to wear their turban… and yes they are not too much of population there,, why do we just accept what comes….

they say If Muslims don’t like French policy on the veil, they can move elsewhere. These people have chosen to live in France and if they do disagree with the policy, they can chose to move to a different country. France is the only country with this law…. Is it not a choice of the person to live in a country where he was living since his birth!

fascism is all over, the whole world is become a stage… in the name of democracy and secularism they are hidden dictators… and people who speak against them are not very much in the good looks,,, always attacked by media…. It’s a world where we are being ruled purely by dictators who just wish to have their good…

what these dictators excuse is that French people have Islamophobia; ban on veil softens this problem. do they not understand that Muslim veils cannot harm anyone physically and should not harm anyone emotionally. A piece of cloth on the head of a person can’t practically harm anyone physically. If any psychological disturbance or fear is aroused in anyone due to the action of wearing Hijab, then that fear is irrational and the subject who experiences it needs to be educated. The particular citizens in France who have the so-called “Islamophobia” should be given a course which explains to them in detail the irrationality of their belief or fear. Passing a law that tells Muslims not to wear Hijab for someone else’s baseless fear is targeting the stimulus for the disease, and not the disease itself.

why does the media not say or the world not see that the Intolerance of Muslim veils can be cited as racism. If French people don’t like it and can’t accept it, then that is racism.

France is depriving Muslims of their religious practice. Telling followers of Islam they can’t wear their traditional hijab is just racism from the French government. Muslims have a right to wear what they want, and in this case their traditional head dress. This is harmful to nobody and is simply racism…

People please wakeup,, all you need to is fight with a pen… I am not asking you to get out there on streets and tell the people stories and get more attention for those dictators.. All you need to do is write peaceful letters explaining what Hijab is and why it should not be banned for Muslim to people in the French Parliament who you think won’t be a deaf ear… write to them with respect and attract them with your language so that they get curious and get to know that they should not Ban it! ask your friends to write as well…

be assured that these dictators are just handful and will not be able to take over the complete parliament if we have made the members aware of the truth, and please do not be ignorant thinking that they should know this basic of Islam… there are many who do not know it and literally take this in the negative sense that we degrade women.

Take your stand, please don’t think there are one billion other people to do it.
Believe me, It will be heard….

It is the same country where Ayotollah Khomeni was in Exile… It is the same country where he was being interviewed 5 times a day for every day till he stayed there… All the people of France are not victims of these dictators… Present Islam the way it was presented during the Islamic Revolution of Iran in France… Make them aware.. that we belong to the same religion of the very person the respected and allowed him to stay there..

I firmly believe that more than a intellectual debate with these people, we need to do Islamic actions… and that will set an impression and create curiosity for them.

Please do the very little you can do!

Times of India -Apology

Your protest letters did work…. They made an apology in the Corrections & Clarification Section of their paper.

http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Search&Source=Find&Key=TOIM/2010/01/07/20/Ar02011.xml&CollName=TOI_MUMBAI_DAILY_2009&DOCID=172531&Keyword=(%3Cmany%3E%3Cstem%3Eiran)&skin=TOINEW&AppName=1&PageLabel=20%20&ViewMode=HTML&GZ=T

Well as expected… Not as big as the article the published however..It is an apology…

It is my sincere request to you, request in spite of this being your religious duty..

Please Boycott the products manufactured by the Zionist Regime…to the extend that they get on their knees and yes please understand it is possible a population of more than 1 Billion Muslims can definitely do that…

All you need to do is be a little more sincere when you are out in the market… You buy anything.. Just cross check the product if it is an Israeli Manufactured product…. An easier way to do that is the Bar Code..

Waiting for the Imam of this Age, is not just enough! we need to pave way for his arrival and that is not possible unless we purify ourself from all the Haram things the Zionist regime sells to us and gives us no alternative.

We need to pave way for the Mahdi..We just do not have to wait.. We need to get in to action. We need to Boycott them and not empower them with more and more of funds which will help them in making the throne of Dajjal (Anti Terrorist) more powerful….

it’s for you to decide, who do you favor the righteous or the Anti Christ….
Just take out a little time and memorize those companies who you do not have to support.
Boycott them,,

If you are a company owner, Make your company free from any such products/services which are rendered from them.. All you need is a little time to do this.. The world wide web is full of research work already done for you.. Just go ahead make a list of these companies and the products and services they manufacture/sell Boycott them in your company… and Ban your employees from using it in the office premises…

You can do this if you are in any position… Even if you do a Job,, See to it that you do not support any of these firms…It is all at the cost of the blood of Palestinians, all for the weapons to kill more people around the world.. all to put the other countries in debt….

Just do it, and do not think it is little,,, because your little may be just enough for them to fall…

journalism is no more the religion it was ..

we hardly have journalist today… the spirit of the real journalist we say..
It’s all become a business… and you have to put a period some where and say…
It’s too much of non-sense…. too much of mass hypnosis… it’s not the truth..

If we do not do this quick it is going to take us over with the nonsense stuff..
fill our head with the crap they want us to believe instead of the truth, the fact.

just another incident which is made up by the media.. to defame Islam again…
wake up brothers and sisters.. it is time for you to get into actions…..

we have already had enough of crap from the media.. we need to draw a line…
we need to ask them to cough of every bit of evidence behind the news..

I sincerely request all of you to Get Up … It is time and This is happening !!
write to the Times of India for the mischief they have done..
and be an activist because if you are human, you should not tolerate any of this lie any more

ask any Muslim brother/sister around the world, which is the next country the United States plans to attack…
and he would say the Islamic Republic of Iran,, in fact if you ask any non-Muslim who keeps track of the News and happenings around the world.. he would have the same reply..

Now what you need to understand is that this is a direct effect of the Media portraying what the USA wants.

I am not here to tell you that 9-11 was an inside job, I am not telling you that Iraq was captured by the USA on the basis of a statement “weapons of mass destruction are being built by IRAQ” which were never found..

I am also not telling you that Afghanistan was captured by America,,, who claimed that Osama is there…
and till date never found him there…

if you open a world map today.. and see all the places where the US has it’s military troops… to your shock you will find that it is like all preplanned and it is more than half the middle east all the borders of IRAN..
which they have captured… to clearly point that Iran is next…

recently while reading times of India, i came across an article on page 3, it said osama’s children and wife found to be hiding in Iran… wonderful… not that could make up to the excuse to attack the country…

they want the people to fight there … and so they make accusations of the fabrications in the election result.. and defame the country of all the possible stuff they can, with the resources they have…

mark my words,, or any man who thinks – HIS…

in the next few days if we do not get in to action … all the news that you get through the media will talk about Iran and the crimes there,, and the things which set a negative image of the country…

no one will talk about the Prof Moslem Bahadori, one of the pioneering figures in modern Iranian medicine.. and his contributions.. No one would talk about discoveries by Iranian Scientist Mohammad-Nabi Sarbolouki, and to mention that he founded the first biomaterial research center in Iran..

does any one of you know that He was known as the inventor of a DNA vehicle called “dendrosome”

No! because this is what the media does not want you to know… or even if they come up with this news it is somewhere you never locate in the papers/magazine…. So wake up, please wake up.. and know that the media has tried to propagate false info to make it easier for the US to attack countries in he past and now Iran, u never know, it may be your home land next..

please condemn this strongly and in fact write to them “the press companies” to give evidence for what they have written.. bind them with legal cases… if they do not accept and apologize — cmon!!! many of us even know the law in and out…

they recent most article they have published..
“Ayatollah likes dirty jokes, luxuries” >> 1st January 2010.

http://www.punemirror.in/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=5&contentid=201001012010010100001892020739cfd&sectxslt=

It was never just the countries they targeted.. in fact it was Islam which they wanted to defame
but all this time it was indirectly… now they come to the level of defaming the characters of the Islamic scholars and leaders… so as to directly give the message about the followers of Islam..

I request all of you write to ‘Times of India’ asking them to prove the facts and demand an apology.. you may also visit the petition online and sign it. Writing directly to TOI will help a lot…. http://www.petitiononline.com/rehbarak/petition.html

We must all try to protest as much as possible against the article today, if TOI is not ready to take back the article and apologize for article then we must boycott all published material from TOI all over India.

we need to get in to jihad today.. we need to really fight the lies they spread.. It is the way we can pave way for Imam Mahdi (a.s) (May Allah SWT hasten his appearance) …

if they do not listen to us.. We Boycott them..

Lets stand up today and push back the tyrants and miscreants, they have lifted two steps towards us, we need to push them back so that they never dare to come on us again..

Your protest will at least make them consider that there are people who know the truth and they do not blidly believe what we say.. and they will think twice before publishing rubbish..

Some of the sites where you can find the rubbish they have published…

http://www.andhranews.net/Intl/2009/December/31/Iran-Ayatollah-Kham…

http://sify.com/news/iran-s-ayatollah-khamenei-fond-of-vulgar-jokes…

http://yahind.com/newsportal/world/irans-ayatollah-khamenei-%E2%80%…

http://www.bangaloremirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=12&contentid=2010010120100101192154856b15df050

http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-21751.html

Tell them they are not journalist if they do not get all facts together,
Start the Revolution against the Media TODAY!

what it takes to be PERFECT?

Meditation in God is my capital.
Reason and sound logic are the root of my existence.
Love is the foundation of my existence.
Enthusiasm is the vehicle of my life.
Contemplation of Allah is my companion.
Faith is the source of my power.
Sorrow is my friend.
Knowledge is my weapon.
Patience is my clothing and virtue.
Submission to the Divine Will is my pride.
Truth is my salvation.
Worship is my habit.
And in prayer lies the coolness of my eye and my peace of mind.

— Imam Ali (A.S.)

Yazeed Ibn Moaviyah – A Branch of the Cursed Tree

“… And We did not make the vision which We showed you but a trial for men and the cursed tree in Quran as well?”

(Surah Bani Israel: 60)

Tabari, explaining the revelation of this verse, has written about a dream that Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) had. The Prophet (s.a.w.a.) dreamt that the children of Hakam bin Abi Aas (from the family of Umayya) were jumping up and down upon his pulpit like monkeys. This dream upset the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) so much that he never laughed again.

(Tafsir-e-Tabari, Vol. 15, Pg. 177, Ad-Durrul-Mansur, Vol. 4, Pg. 191)

Ayesha told Marwan bin Hakam that Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) told her:

“The ‘Cursed Tree’ in the Quran implies you (i.e. Marwan bin Hakam and his family).”

(Ad-Durrul-Mansur, Vol. 4, Pg. 191)

Marwan bin Hakam is the originator of ‘Bani Marwan’ (the progeny of Marwan). His acronym (Kunniyat) was Abu Abdil Malik. His genealogy is Marwan bin Hakam bin Abil Aas bin Umayya.

Thus, the bottom line is that history has proved that ‘the cursed tree’ is none other than the family of Umayya – Banu Umayya. Yazeed, the accursed son of Moaviyah is from this very family.

The Genealogy of Yazeed

His father’s name was Moaviyah and that of his grandfather – Abu Sufyan. His grandmother was Hinda – the one who ate the liver of Hazrat Hamzah (a.s.), the Prophet’s (s.a.w.a.) uncle after the battle of Uhud. She was notorious throughout Makkah as being a woman of loose character. She had a string of lovers and paramours. Abu Sufyan’s cousin Musafir bin Amr who was famous among the Quraish for his good looks, generosity and skill as a poet, became Hinda’s lover. Even after getting married to Abu Sufyan, Hinda did not severe her amorous and illicit relationship with Musafir. And so Musafir is one of the four people that are considered to have possibly sired Moaviyah.

(Sharho Nahjil Balagha by Ibne Abil Hadid, Vol. 1, Pg. 30)

Yazeed’s mother’s name was Maisoon binte Bakhdal Kalbi. She was extremely beautiful due to which Moaviyah became inclined towards her. However when she conceived Yazeed, Moaviyah abandoned her. Hence, Yazeed was born in her house where she and many other women of immoral character breast fed him.

Yazeed’s genealogy and the dirty deeds of his parents and grandparents have been chronicled in details. Abu Sufyan, Hinda the liver eater, Marwan and their cronies were foremost in the enmity towards Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and Ahle Bait (a.s.). Regarding this topic one can find numerous books of history in Arabic and Persian.

Readers of Urdu may refer to “Moaviyah aur Yazeed Taarikh ke Aaeene Mein” by the late Hujjatul Islam Aqae Sheikh Mohammad Ismail Rajabi (r.a).

The Despicable Attributes of Yazeed

Every society and all the religions of the world declare alcoholism, gambling, genocide, incest, fornication and the like to be the worst of acts. Humanity deems that any person who indulges in these acts should be condemned. Islam too has denounced these activities, declared them to be unlawful (Haraam) and threatened with severe punishment, both in this world as well as the hereafter, for those who commit them. Moreover, a friendly relationship with such people too is prohibited in Islam. A far cry indeed from declaring such persons to be Caliphs and leaders. The Holy Quran says:

“And obey not from among them any sinner or ungrateful one.”

(Surah Insan:24)

(According to Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanavi, sinner or ungrateful implies “a wrongdoer or an unbeliever”).

The word of Quran is clear. They have no one to blame but themselves for having chosen such persons as their leaders. Now let us throw some light on the attributes of Yazeed.

Yazeed relieved Walid of his position as Governor of Medina and appointed Usman bin Mohammad bin Abu Sufyan in his place. Usman despatched a delegation of notables of Medina which included Abdullah bin Amr-e-Makhzoomi, Abdullah bin Hanzala Ansari, Fandar bin Zubair and others to Yazeed who gave them a great reception and on their departure, showered them with lavish gifts. However, when the same delegation returned to Medina, its members spoke out against Yazeed and his deeds, saying:

“We have visited a person who has no faith whatsoever. One who drinks wine, plays the tambourine and has prostitutes thronging his court. He plays with dogs and sleeps with children and slave-girls. O people, bear witness that we hereby dismiss Yazeed from the post of Caliphate.”

On hearing this, many began to refuse to acknowledge Yazeed as a Khalifa.

(Tarikh-e-Tabari, Vol. 4, Pg. 3, The events of 62 A.H.)

Here we have Tabari bringing to light the gist of Yazeed’s abominable qualities by narrating one incident. However other writers like Masoodi in Muroojuz Zahab, Sibt ibn Jawzi in Tazkeratul Khawas, Tabari in Taarikhul Umam, Ibn Athir in his al-Kamil, Yaqoobi in-his “Tarikh” and many others have also recorded the numerous unabashed sins and iniquities of Yazeed. Here, we restrict ourselves to mentioning a few important ones.

After the tragedy of Kerbala, Yazeed invited Ibn Ziad to his court, bestowed gifts upon him and gave him a free rein in his harem. One night, while lying intoxicated with his head in Ibn Ziad’s (l.a.) lap, he ordered that songs be sung and then addressed the wine bearer thus:

“O wine bearer! give me wine enough to fill my heart with joy. Then let Ibn Ziad drink similarly, for he is the one who is aware of my secrets and possessions. The one whose hands strengthen my Caliphate, the one who fills my coffers with war-booty, the one who killed the Kharijite (Imam Husain (a.s.), God forbid), and has vanquished my enemies and those envious of me.”

(Tazkiratul Khawas by Sibt ibn Jauzi, Pg. 290)

Proclamation of enmity with the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) and the denial of the Day of Judgment

Yazeed while addressing Aalia, a concubine of his harem sung the following verses:

“O Aalia! Come near me, give me wine and sing me a song,

Because I dislike praying to Allah, 0 Aalia! Speak to me of Aby Sufyan who was a great man,

As he moved with great swiftness towards Uhud (to battle the Muslims),

He showed great valor against Muhammad (i.e. he killed many Muslims),

And caused the wailing and grieving Muslim women to gather in a large group,

O Umme Ahim (Aalia’s acronym), after I die, marry again,

And hope not to meet me on the Day of Reckoning,

For all that has been said about that day is meaningless and untrue;

Spoken merely to pacify the heart.”

(Tazkheratul Khawas by Sibt ibn Jauzi, Pg. 291)

On the basis of the above mentioned verses, Sibt ibn Jauzi deemed Yazeed to be a disbeliever. The following poem also proves that he never submitted to Islam nor to the teachings of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.).

“Neither has any divine information descended nor any revelation made (to the Holy Prophet [s.a.]).”

(Naasekh ul Tawaarikh, Ch. 3, Pg.136; Tarikh-e- Tabari, Vol. 11, Pg. 358)

The Horror at Harrah

Harrah was a suburb of Medina which was plundered by the army of Yazeed in 63 A.H. In this year, the people of Medina had risen in support of Abdullah ibne Hanzala and other nobles of the city who were working against Yazeed’s rule. They had drawn out their swords and were even successful in overpowering the Governor of Medina. This infuriated Yazeed no end. Therefore, he sent a cruel and murderous army under the leadership of Muslim ibn Aqabah to quell the rebellion. In the city of the Prophet (s.a.w.a.), this army committed such barbaric and shameless acts which cannot be compared even to the most savage or uncivilized of societies.

Tabari, writes in his “Tarikh”, “Whatever was there in Medina was made permissible for three days by Muslim Ibn Aqabah for his soldiers. People were killed mercilessly. Wailing and grief overcame the companions of the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) present in Medina. The most outrageous action which the Syrian army of Yazeed ibn Moaviyah perpetrated was of violating the chastity of women and girls. As a result, many unlawful children were born.”

(Tarikh-e-Tabari, circa 63 A.H.)

“After the incident of Harrah, the women of Medina delivered one thousand illicit children. According to another narration, ten thousand such children were born.”

(Tarikh of Sibt ibn Jauzi, Pg. 289).

History witnesses that in entire Medina, only few houses were safe from this plunder. These were the houses of Imam Zainul Abedeen (a.s.) and others from Bani Hashim. Under special instructions from Yazeed, his army did not attack their houses.

Similarly, history also records yet another oppressive and heart rending crime of the accursed Yazeed in the year 64 A.H. Abdullah ibn Zubair having refused to pay allegiance to Yazeed, had taken protection in the Holy Makkah. When Yazeed sent Muslim ibn Aqabah to Medina, he instructed him to go to Makkah to arrest Abdullah ibn Zubair. However, on the way to Makkah, Muslim left for his hellish abode. Husain ibn Numair took over as the commander of the army. When he besieged Makkah, Abdullah ibn Zubair was in Masjid ul Haram. He entered the Holy Kaaba and sought shelter there. On which, Husain ibn Numair shot huge fire balls at the sacrosanct structure, severely damaging its walls.

(Murooj-uz-Zahab of Masoodi,Vol 2, Pg 70)

The Pronouncement of Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal

Moaviyah declared Yazeed to be his successor in 56 AH. He started publicizing that from his property, Yazeed will get the Caliphate. In 60 AH. after the death of Moaviyah, Yazeed ascended the Caliphate, and in 61 AH. the tragedy of Karbala occurred.

Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, the Imam of one of the four sub sects of Ahle Sunnah, admonished his son in the following words: “O My son, only his belief in Allah shall remain safe who curses Yazeed.” The tragic event of Karbala has passed but has left its mark on the history. By illuminating the humanity it has made every member of the cursed tree easily identifiable till the day of judgement. No sooner does any author lift his pen to justify Yazeed and his ideology, he is confronted with curses and severe blows at the hands of historical facts.

Israeli troops occupied Gaza ..

i found this for today….tracing all of you back to the roots… June 6th the year 1967 ….

Life in Gaza Before—and After—the 1967 War
By Mohammed Omer

“AYYAM ZAMAN” is Arabic for the “old days”—a time before occupation, checkpoints, dodging bullets from Israeli military snipers, seeking shelter from the steel rain of incoming hellfire missiles or from deafening sonic booms. It was a time when tanks did not prowl the streets or bulldozers crush homes and people to death. A time when fishermen fished freely off Gaza’s coast, farmers grew their crops, children attended school, lovers married, families grew and businesses prospered as they had for thousands of years. Ayyam Zaman describes an era where borders existed without a single checkpoint, razor fence or military unit in sight.

Then, on June 6, 1967 everything changed.

The Israeli people were told they were under “imminent danger,” with a pre-emptive strike against Egypt, Jordan and other Arab nations their only hope. In truth, the Israeli government deliberately lied to its own people; the invasion had been planned years earlier. Declassified American intelligence reports for May and June 1967 prove Israel’s sole threat was the realization of peace with Egypt—because peace kills the Zionist dream of a Jewish-only greater Israel, the driving ideology behind Zionism since 1897. By 1973 several Israeli officials had confirmed that Israel was under no threat. In 1982, as Israeli invaders laid siege to Beirut, Prime Minister and former terrorist Menachem Begin described the 1967 aggression as a war of “choice.”

That the Six-Day War was launched under false pretenses serves as little comfort to the millions of people in the West Bank, Gaza and Golan Heights, however, who watched their lives transformed from ones of freedom to oppression in less than a week. Nor could they have known that, 40 years later, most would still be living under apartheid, increasingly at risk of starvation, and enduring an ever-more sadistic and deadly occupation, protected, endorsed and supplied by the one nation founded upon human rights and democratic values—the United States.

Yet even reality cannot steal one’s past. Elderly Gazans remember life under Egyptian rule rather than Israeli occupation. Mustapha Al Jamal, known as Abu Kamal, was born in 1932. The father of eight sons and four daughters witnessed everything from the same home he lives in today. How is his life different, then and now? “Before ‘67 we lived in peace,” Abu Kamal recalled. “All of it [Gaza] was open land. Egypt was open to us. There were no borders, no customs…I could take the train from Gaza to Cairo. We had two trains per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.’

Pausing for a moment, he gazed south, taking a long, deep breath while motioning at the horizon.

“But now,” he lamented, “Gaza is under siege. Wherever you go, anywhere, it’s closed by the Israeli occupation.”

Abu Kamal continued: “Our curriculum was Egyptian before ‘67, as was our currency. Israel eliminated the Egyptian currency and required that we use Israeli currency. Then they imposed a curfew in order to do a census of the Palestinians. We were then issued identification cards by the Israeli Liaison Office.

“Of course, we are still occupied,” Abu Kamal pointed out, sitting in his barber chair—the same one he owned over 40 years ago. “But today the occupation is much more aggressive than it was in 1967, much more aggressive. When Egypt was defeated in ‘67, Israel took the stage, seizing control of Gaza, thus ending both Egypt’s administrative and civil control, including the Palestinian police. Today I fear walking in the streets because of shooting and chaos.”

Like many people who today live in Gaza, Abu Kamal originally came from an area in what is now known as the state of Israel, the village of Yebna. Beginning in December 1947, David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin and other Jewish terrorists instituted a campaign of ethnic cleansing designed to remove non-Jews from the land coveted by the Zionists. Many of the refugees ended up in Gaza, which was safe at the time.

Abu Kamal, like most of those displaced 60 years ago, hopes to return to his original home. If not him, then his grandchildren.

Nehad Al Shiekh Khalil, an historian and lecturer at Islamic University, remains ambivalent on the question of before and after. “I can’t say life was better for Palestinians in Gaza prior to or after 1967,” he stated. “However, occupation has created the worst Gaza of all times.”

When asked about major differences between pre- and post-1967, he elaborated, “For me, the most important to mention is the destruction or usurpation of Gaza’s natural resources and thus our self-sufficiency and ability to trade. For example, our water. The [Mediterranean] sea provided the backbone for Gaza’s economy, so Israel instituted policies that removed our ability to live off our resources, such as preventing fishing and refusing to allow Palestinians to trade or sell goods to other countries.” (Palestinian goods must pass through Israel by Israeli law, and Palestinians must accept whatever Israel decides is “fair market value.”)

In addition to limiting freedom of movement, restricting trade and destroying Gaza’s natural resources or access to them, Israel also has decimated a thriving economy over the past four decades. Prior to 1967 Gaza exported citrus, carpets, pottery, embroidery, textiles and woven fabric throughout the world. The elimination of Gaza’s industries transformed the small coastal strip from a wholly independent into a dependent society.

“After ‘67,” Khalil explained, “Israel controlled Gaza’s economy and all trade, within and out. By doing so it forced Palestinians to live on foreign aid. I can state that before ’67 there existed for Palestinians civil laws defining the relationship between different authorities in Gaza City. We had an economy and civilized culture that suited the population at the time. All of this was torn down by the occupation.”

Recalled 62-year-old Umm Al Abed Abu Sada, a mother of 14, one of whom is currently in jail: “Before ‘67 we had peace of mind. My husband used to build houses of mud. Life was much cheaper. Even the dowry required for marriage was less. Now everything is so expensive and the roads are closed. I am unable to go to Egypt for medication. Before, I could go anywhere.”

On a practical note, she added, “In the past, we used to cook daily. Now, one day we cook an okay meal. During the rest of the week we eat leftovers or a meal not so good.”

Asked before leaving his barber shop if he thought life will ever return to what it was before, Abu Kamal responded by opening his hands with both palms to the sky. “Inshallah (God willing),” he replied. “I hope so.”

Mohammed Omer, winner of New America Media’s Best Youth Voice award, reports from the Gaza Strip, where he maintains the Web site . He can be reached at .

HELP YOUR BROTHERS, They still hope…

business studies..

A Professor at one of the IIM’s (INDIA) was explaining marketing concepts to the Students:-

1. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: “I am very rich. Marry me!” – That’s Direct Marketing

2. You’re at a party with a bunch of friends and see a gorgeous girl. One of your friends goes up to her and pointing at you says: “He’s very rich. Marry him.” – That’s Advertising

3. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and get her telephone number. The next day, you call and say: “Hi, I’m very rich. Marry me.” – That’s Telemarketing

4. You’re at a party and see gorgeous girl. You get up and straighten your tie, you walk up to her and pour her a drink, and you open the door (of the car) for her, pick up her bag after she drops it, offer her ride and then say: By the way, I’m rich. Will you marry me?” – That’s Public Relations

5. You’re at a party and see gorgeous girl. She walks up to you and says: You are very rich! Can you marry ! me?” – That’s Brand Recognition

6. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: I am very rich. Marry me!” She gives you a nice hard slap on your face. – That’s Customer Feedback

7. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and say: “I am very rich. Marry me!” And she introduces you to her husband. – That’s demand and supply gap

8. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and before you say anything, another person come and tell her: “I’m rich. Will you marry me?” and she goes with him – That’s competition eating into your market share

9. You see a gorgeous girl at a party. You go up to her and before you say: “I’m rich, Marry me!” your wife arrives. – That’s restriction for entering new market.

Oh iPhone rumors, how I love thee

We’re just a little more than two weeks away from the rumored release/announcement of the new version of the iPhone.

It’s expected that the Apple will release the 3.0 software at the World Wide Developers Conference on June 8th (no Jobs, but Phil Schiller will be doing the keynote). Having a few
friends and colleagues who have started developing for the iPhone — I’ve actually got to play with the beta a bit. I must say, as nice as cut and paste is, the search is my favorite new feature. Being able to search through emails,
contacts and anything else on my phone is way nice (and one of the main features I missed when I first got the phone last year).

The real question is — will new hardware be announced at the same time? Some of the big rumors surrounding video recording (that it will only work on new hardware) point to it coming soon — and has sparked a flurry of rumors to go with it.

Some say you will be able to edit video on the phone. If this comes true, I suspect it will be more about trimming to make the video shorter than making it theater-worthy.

There’s also a host of rumors surrounding Apple developing custom innards for the phone – custom processor, OLED screen, a specially designed battery – although those seem more likely for a further away iteration than anything we’re likely to see this year.

I’m hoping for increased capacity (really a no brainer, but how big will it be? … 80 GB iPhone please?) and a better camera. Three megapixels would be acceptable, 4 would be grand and 5 would actually be worth using.

What do you think Apple should provide with a hardware update to the phone? And which of these rumors sound too good to be true? OHH and just to bait the water a little – what are the chances Apple will finally come through with the long rumored netbook/tablet?