Homeless Muslim Man Saves The Life of An Israeli Woman In Rome

A homeless Muslim in Rome who saved the life of an Israeli woman is being hailed as a hero in Italy, Haaretz reports.

Last Tuesday, Sobuj Khalifa, 32, from Bangladesh, spotted the woman drowning in the Tiber River from the bridge under which he had found refuge, and he quickly dove into the polluted water to save her. Police believe it was a suicide attempt that may have been triggered by a failed love affair.

A video of the rescue shows Khalifa holding onto the woman with one arm and swimming towards the riverbank with the other, while rescuers arrived on the scene and people atop the bridge were clapping and shouting “bravo!”

“I saw her fall from the bridge. I thought she was dead,” he told police officers in broken Italian. “But [when I reached her] I saw her eyes moving. I thought she could be still alive.”

The 55-year-old Israeli was taken to hospital and is in good condition, a police spokesman in Rome told Haaretz.

The rescue was widely reported across Italy. “I am not a hero,” Khalifa told Italian television station TV2000. “God wants us to help everybody.

Authorities rewarded Khalifa for his courageous act by granting him a permit to stay and work in Italy. He had been living there illegally for eight years and was homeless for the past four.

Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino wrote on his Facebook page that he had spoken to Khalifa to thank him for his “heroic and humane” act.

Riccardo Pacifici, head of Rome’s Jewish community, told Haaretz that the woman, who is Jewish, is now in psychiatric care and that they are in touch with her family. The Jews of Rome wish to thank Khalifa for his bravery and are working to find him a job and housing, he added.

Gaza during a power outage. 

Power cuts have become very frequent in the besieged city, lasting for as long as three days in some areas. Gaza’s sole power plant was bombed by Israel in 2006 and is forced to operate on minimal capacity with taxes imposed by the PA and the Egyptian government’s border blocking which completely isolates the city and prevents the passing of vital resources.

Palestinian man burns tires during clashes with Israeli security forces following an Israeli army raid in the West Bank city of Jenin early on September 1, 2015. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)

Clashes erupted during the raid in the occupied West Bank, leaving an Israeli border policeman and five Palestinians wounded.

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Gaza could be uninhabitable by 2020.

It is reported by the UN that eight years of economic blockade by Egypt and Israel and three destructive and deadly wars with Israel since 8 years ago may lead Gaza to be uninhabitable in the next five years due to little reconstruction and economic downturn.

Last year’s invasion and bombing by Israel has killed more than 2,000 Palestinians and 10,000 injured.

More then half a million were displaced (out of a population of 1 million) and more than 100,000 are still displaced.

72% Gazans have poor access to food.

80% of Gazans need humanitarian support.

Gaza is still mostly in ruins.

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Viral Video of Women Fighting Israeli Soldier Spotlights Harsh Treatment of Stone Throwers

An Israeli soldier armed with a machine gun was recently caught on camera scuffling with several Palestinian women and girls, who intervened as the man tried to detain an injured 12 year-old boy for throwing stones. The footage went viral, generating millions of views in just two days, and has since put a spotlight on two radically different — and seemingly irreconcilable — interpretations of the army’s role in policing the occupied territories.

The clip begins with violent clashes between Palestinian protesters and heavily armed Israeli soldiers. The confrontation is a near-weekly occurrence in Nabi Saleh, a village near Nablus in the West Bank that is known for its activism against the occupation. At around five minutes and 11 seconds into the video, a soldier can be seen attempting to aggressively detain a boy, identified as Mohammed Tamimi, who has his arm in a plaster cast. What happens next has been seen in very different ways.

The soldier, carrying an automatic weapon, straddles Mohammed and grasps him in a chokehold. Several Palestinian women then swarm the soldier, biting, slapping, and unmasking him as they wrestle the young boy out of his grasp. Ahed Tamimi, a relative of Mohammed, was reportedly among the assailants. She previously shot to internet stardomafter shaking her fist an Israeli soldier in 2012, an act for which she was presented with the “Handela Award for Courage” by Turkey’s president. Her family is known for its active role in the Palestinian resistance.

Responding to the incident, Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of right-wing party Yisrael Beiteinu and Israel’s former foreign minister, branded the failed arrest a result of the “feeble and stuttering” government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We are talking about an incident which severely harms the deterrent capacity of the IDF [Israel Defense Force],” Lieberman said. “The pictures show a soldier being hit by Palestinian women and children and in the end giving up on [arresting] the stone-thrower who started the whole incident, revealing weakness and helplessness.”

Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev called for an order permitting soldiers to “open fire immediately” in such situations, and said that Israel’s military could not be sent on missions with “their hands tied behind their backs.”

On the other side of the issue, activists characterized the confrontation as just a microcosm of Israel’s violent oppression of Palestinians, who are treated much differently than Jewish settlers.

“The video shows women trying to rescue a very young relative, barely over the age of the criminal responsibility, who is pinned down by an Israeli soldier,” Sarit Michaeli, a spokeswoman for B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights NGO, told VICE News. “Technically, from the age of 12 both Israeli and Palestinian children can be arrested… but it’s unheard of that an Israeli minor, a settler child throwing stones, would be arrested that way.”

Michaeli, who was present at the demonstration captured in the viral video, said one of the core issues is the inability of Palestinians to protest against the Israeli occupation. “The Friday demonstrators [in Nabi Saleh] were dispersed even before they had gotten close to the exit of the village before any stones were thrown,” she said. “The reality is that any protest that is more than 10 people can be declared unlawful and often is. In this situation, when the army intervenes, a peaceful demonstration can turn into clashes very quickly, but even then the majority of protesters don’t throw stones”.

“Why are these people protesting? This is key when you look at Israeli narratives on this matter,” Michaeli continued. “The issue of protest is not hypothetic theoretical right, or a matter of us versus them as many Israelis imagine, it’s a matter of struggling for basic rights and fight for survival and against theft of their land… It’s not a situation that Israeli children could even imagine growing up in.”

Throwing stones — a form of protest adopted by Palestinian youths during the First Intifada — and the way Israeli forces respond is one of the most contentious day-to-day issues in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

For Palestinians, throwing easily acquired projectiles such as stones, rocks, and bottles, as well as Molotov cocktails and other homemade weapons, is seen as one the only ways to resist occupation by heavily armed Israeli soldiers. Israelis note that throwing stones can be deadly, and view the act as a form of terrorism. Throwing stones is categorized as a “security offense,” meaning perpetrators are subject to military law.

In July, a senior commander in the Israeli Defense Forces killed Mohammed Kusbah, a 17-year-old Palestinian, after the teenager allegedly threw stones. The officer, Colonel Israel Shomer, claimed that he fired the fatal shot while he was in “mortal danger,” but investigations by rights groups and journalists later revealed that the bullet hit Kusbah in the back, indicating he was gunned down while running away.

A recent report by Human Rights Watch found that the Israeli Defense Forces had choked, beaten, and coerced Palestinian minors into making confessions. The rights group interviewed five children between the ages of 11 and 15 who had been detained for throwing stones, and, in some cases, other more serious offenses.

According to Addameer, a Ramallah-based NGO that advocates for Palestinian prisoners, 16 minors under age 17 are currently being held in Israeli jails under administrative detention orders, a draconian measure that permits suspects to be held indefinitely without trial.

The father of the soldier involved in the confrontation in Nabi Saleh called the incident an “unpleasant provocation,” but told Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he was proud of his son’s restraint. “If women would have been hurt, it would have ended in a completely different way, without a doubt,” he said.

Following the attack on the soldier, the Israel Defense Forces reportedly filed a complaint with the Israeli police, and officials have said that the perpetrators are “recognized [to security services] and will be arrested soon.”

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Christians evangelists should stop forcing our Jewish cousins to convert to Christianity on the notion of Jesus being the Messiah!

First and foremost, trying to force anyone to convert in or out of a religion is wrong. People should be free to make their own choices in life. The notion of Jesus being the Messiah is one of the most popular statements made by those who try to convert Jewish people to Christianity. Was Jesus the Messiah? Did he fulfill the Jewish prophecies? The Gospel of Matthew says Jesus flees to Egypt to escape Herod’s massacre, not because it happened since there is no historical proof of it, but because it fulfills the words of the Hebrew Bible prophecy when Hosea says, “Out of Egypt I have called my son” (Hosea 11:1). So the story from the Gospel of Matthew does not reveal any facts about Jesus but tries to make Jesus into the new Moses, considering that the Hebrew Bible tells us that Moses survived Pharaoh’s massacre of the Israelites, and emerged from Egypt with a new law from God (Exodus 1:22). Similarly, in order to make Jesus appear as the Messiah, the Gospel of Luke places Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem, not because it actually took place there, because it did not since Jesus was born in Nazareth, but because in the Hebrew Bible it says, “and you Bethlehem…from you shall come to me a ruler in Israel” (Micah 5:2). Hence in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is meant to be the new King David, as the new King of the Jews, placed on God’s throne to rule over the promised land. Most importantly, Jesus died without fulfilling the single most important of the prophecies, which was the restoration of Israel.