16 thoughts on “Bridge the gap

  1. quote:In April 2003, Danish illustrator Christoffer Zieler submitted a series of unsolicited cartoons dealing with the resurrection of Christ to Jyllands-Posten.
    The Danish daily turned down the cartoons of Christ three years ago, on the grounds that they could be offensive to readers and were not funny.
    The Guardian


  2. quote: We call upon Muslims to abide to the limits of Shari’a, and we condemn responding to an offense with acts that violate the Shari’a, its laws and pacts, like attacking embassies or innocent lives and other wrongdoings that distorts the justice of our demands or result in our isolation from the world. Defending our Prophet should not be by disobeying his teachings.
    We highly appreciate the balanced views, expressed by various religious figures, against this disgraceful offense. This calls us to emphasize that non-Muslims in our countries and outside should not be blamed for the mistake of those who offended the Prophet (PBUH), in accordance to God’s saying: “No soul bears the sins of another soul.


  3. http://www.sorrynorwaydenmark.com/
    In the middle of all the mayhem surrounding the Danish cartoons controversy, a group of Arab and Muslim youth have set up this website to express their honest opinion, as a small attempt to show the world that the images shown of Arab and Muslim anger around the world are not representative of the opinions of all Arabs. We whole-heartedly apologize to the people of Denmark, Norway and all the European Union over the actions of a few, and we completely condemn all forms of vandalism and incitement to violence that the Arab and Muslim world have witnessed. We hope that this sad episode will not tarnish the great friendship that our peoples have fostered over decades.

    The problem with media representation of such issues tends to be that the media only picks up the loudest voices, ignoring the rational ones that do not generate as much noise. Voices that seek tolerance, dialogue and understanding are always drowned out by the more sensationalist loud calls, giving viewers the impression that these views are representative of all the Arab public’s view. This website is a modest attempt at redressing this wrong. We would appreciate it if you could forward the word to as many of your friends as possible.

    We will note that we find the cartoons to be incendiary, insulting and very abrasive. We also take issue with the general stance of the Danish Newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which has a reputation for publishing inflammatory material. Yet, it would be wrong to take away their freedom of expression, regardless of how horrid their material is. We affirm our belief in freedom of expression and people’s right to express whatever opinions they hold. However, at the same time there is a need to realize that freedom of expression is a responsibility that should not be used to gratuitously insult people’s beliefs.

    When confronted with such a situation, we deplore the use of violence in all its forms, as well as threats of violence and derogatory and racist remarks being thrown in the opposite direction. We condemn the shameful actions carried out by a few Arabs and Muslims around the world that have tarnished our image, and presented us as intolerant and close-minded bigots.

    Anyone offended by the content of a publication has a vast choice of democratic and respectful methods of seeking redress. The most obvious are not buying the publication, writing letters to the editor or expressing their opinions in other venues. It is also possible to use one’s free choice in a democracy to conduct a boycott of the publication, and even a boycott of firms dealing with it. Yet an indiscriminate boycott of all the country’s firms is simply uncalled for and counter-productive. We would be allowing the extremists on both sides to prevail, while punishing the government and the whole population for the actions of an unrepresentative irresponsible few.

    We apologize whole-heartedly to the people of Norway and Denmark for any offense this sorry episode may have caused, to any European who has been harassed or intimidated, to the staff of the Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Embassies in Syria whose workplace has been destroyed and for any distress this whole affair may have caused to anyone.

    There is a strong tradition of friendship and cooperation between the Norwegian and Danish people and Arab people. Of most note is the continued support that these governments give to the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom and liberation, and the brave stance that these governments have often taken to defend Palestinian rights. We sincerely hope these special bonds will not be broken. We hope that our Scandinavian friends would not be convinced by the actions of a few to believe that this is how Arabs and Muslims feel about them. There are racists, bigots and criminals in all countries, and it is the duty of the respectful and reasonable to reach out to each other.

    Let us hope that instead of emboldening the bigots, this sorry affair will bring all open-minded, tolerant and reasonable people from the Arab, Muslim, Norwegian, Danish and European communities together to unite in a continued struggle of reason against prejudice, open-mindedness against bigotry and humanity against racism.


  4. Declaration by the Palestinian Association in Norway
    quote:The Palestinian Association in Norway (Den Palestinske Forening i Norge) calls upon all Palestinians in Norway to erect the Norwegian flags on their balconies or the like during the end of this week. By doing so we, on one hand, wish to confirm our will to re-maintain the excellent Palestinian-Norwegian relations.
    On the other hand, we condemn the threats directed to some Norwegians and other Europeans in the occupied Palestinian districts, and the burning of the Norwegian embassy and flag in some countries.
    In the same place, we condemn the re-publication of the caricatures offending to the Prophet Mohamed by some unwise European newspapers and magazines.
    You can follow the Palestinian Association’s issues on http://www.safsaf.org.
    Together towards a better future for the mankind.
    With Compliments of The Palestinian Association in Norway


  5. quote:
    “Moslims in de wereld, wees redelijk”, riep het weekblad Al-Shihan op bij de afbeeldingen van onder anderen Mohammed met een bom in zijn tulband.
    “Wat roept meer vooroordelen op tegen de islam, deze karikaturen of foto’s van gijzelnemers die voor de camera de keel van hun slachtoffer doorsnijden of een zelfmoordenaar die zichzelf opblaast tijdens een bruiloft in Amman?”, schreef hoofdredacteur Jihad Momani.
    De hoofdredacteur verklaarde desgevraagd dat hij de cartoons heeft gepubliceerd “zodat mensen weten waartegen ze protesteren.
    Mensen vallen tekeningen aan die ze niet eens hebben gezien”.
    bron: http://www.nu.nl


  6. quote:En nu is er dan de in Denemarken begonnen kwestie van de spotprenten, waar vrijwel de gehele islamitische wereld door tot wanhoop wordt gedreven. En ja hoor: iedereen in het westen beroept zich weer op vrijheid van meningsuiting. Inderdaad, dezelfde soort vrijheid van meningsuiting die het mogelijk maakte dat er in de jaren dertig spotprenten met betrekking tot joden in Duitse kranten verschenen. Want jongens, wat lijken die cartoons op elkaar! Heeft er iemand nog enige twijfel over dat moslims tegenwoordig in dezelfde verdomhoek zitten als de joden destijds?
    Bron:Stop de bezetting!


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  8. A letter from Iranian students to the freedom-loving people of the world, February 10th, 2006
    In the name of God, the Supreme Goodness
    In the names of Love, Iran and Freedom
    Iran is my land. Although her name has espoused history since ever, the world has forgotten her since 27 years ago.
    Nowadays, my country’s name is back on everyone’s lips for a threat, bigger than ever, emanating from the idiocy of those theocrats who govern us, is hanging above us all.
    A looming menace that, with the sagacity of our people, we are determined to turn into an opportunity for awakening.
    As I write you these words, those with whom I used to play in my childhood are climbing the walls of the Danish Embassy, chanting and blaring, setting the foreign mission ablaze.
    Commanded by the ignorant who rule over my land, those innocent kids with whom I played hide-and-seek form today a human chain around the nuclear facilities. Smuggled into my country by Pakistani traffickers riding their donkeys, the technology being guarded by its human shield is now presented as a national pride by those same idiots who surf the tide provoked by the Danish cartoons.
    As if vociferating insults and pyromania could prevent the nuclear issue from reaching the UN Security Council!
    Having taken over my land first, the chaos is now menacing world peace. What anarchy, what confusion!
    We, the innocent generation making up 70 percent of the population of today’s Iran; We, who had no say whatsoever in the 1979 revolution; With all due respect for all peoples on earth, we shall here present our grievances to the world:
    for a quarter of a century you have forgotten us, a noble people known once for the beauty of its high culture abandoned to its misery; instead of being educated in a culture of love and science, awful beasts crushing themselves against the towers of the modern world are our little sisters and brothers who are taught, in what is supposedly a classroom, to be flattering hypocrites, merciless and hateful of others; Taught to despise whoever thinks differently from their “Supreme Leader” or their school principal; Taught to consider foreigners as heretics and ignorant people deserving nothing but the worst kind of death; they falsify the history they teach them omitting to tell them that, had it not been for the perspicacity of the world back in 1953, we would be dealing with ideologies far more stupid than what we have today in this godless labyrinth which our land has become; in schools, they talk of “independence” but confuse it with the conditions of the stone age cave dwellers, ignoring that all peoples of the world need each other and it is this very mutual dependency that paves the road for mutual understanding, respect, peace and healthy relationships; throughout these years, they darkened the immaculate mind of our children with superstitions and gossips on the inexistent qualities of those governing us and the wonderful attributes of their so-called “Supreme Leader”, supposedly leading the entire world leaving no place for the nation; these story-tellers blackened the pages of our history books saying that our children died in defence, not of our land, but of their “Supreme Leader”, thus making the slightest utterance of the world homeland, a crime in our schools;
    those who speak so eloquently of “federalism”, we wish they could come for a snap visit to our schools and listen to the gibberish nonsense that is being taught here, thus seeing for themselves that in today’s Iran federalism is equal to separatism;
    Perhaps in the future, when our children will have learned once again the discourse of love and patriotism, federalism would become the progressive, consensual world it is supposed to be.
    But, until then, let us not forget that those who govern us have consistently lied to history, ignoring that history doesn’t lie.
    We now address the peoples of the world,
    The real crime going on in our country is the systematic brainwashing of our children whose innocent minds are put under the perfusion of devilish ideologies.
    The danger of the brainwashed millions, enriched in classrooms turned into ideological centrifuges, is far greater that millions of atomic bombs.
    North Korea, Syria, Lebanon and Sudan are in no better shape than we are.
    Believe us! Long before you became the victims of terror, terrorists themselves had become the first casualties of the foolishness of their satanic rulers.
    Rulers who, in order to secure their own survival, turn innocent children into moving bombs, killing and spreading terror.
    Now that you are alarmed by the nuclear crisis, we beg you not to abandon us once again in the hands of the jailers oppressing us for nearly 3 decades, when the atomic issue is resolved.
    We look forward to the extended hands of our sisters and brothers, to those of the children of Adam and Eve, those of the noble peoples of the world, to come to our rescue in helping us regain our due place in the concert of the civilized nations.
    Our nation is on the verge of annihilation and would welcome any measure or economic and political sanctions that would accelerate the downfall of the mullahs!
    The great people of the United States withstood 444 days of captivity for their children in the hands of this regime. Their anxiety is still alive. Think of us then! Think of an entire nation that has been for nearly
    10 000 days the hostage of a few who, just recently, dropped their mask, thus showing their real fearful face to the world.

    We now address the people of Iran:
    There will be no miracle! Regardless of what kind of regime will be put in place tomorrow, let us unite our forces today on the basis of our common principles and draft our own charter founded on the pillars of the world’s most noble treaties.
    It is not up to us to determine what form of governance we want.
    Tomorrow, in a free Iran, it will be up to the people of this country to decide what they want, thus making it an obligation for us all to submit to their collective will.
    We, the Student Freedom Lovers of Iran, invite all those thriving towards the immensely difficult task of achieving freedom to participate to the “Congress for the Freedom of Iran”, putting aside their differences and thinking instead of our children.
    You who are conscious enough not to let your own kids be disturbed watching violent movies, think of our sisters and brothers who are taught by their religion or literature instructors how to activate a bomb and welcome death on their way to heaven by invocating the saints in a mystical trance.
    Enough hesitation! It is time to wake up!
    If you do not want us to remember tomorrow that today you privileged your factional political agenda over the survival of an imprisoned nation, then you have to open your arms and let us for once taste the sweetness of peace and security.
    Believe us! We are tired, exhausted! During the past 4 years in jail, they handicapped my leg and broke under torture the arm with which I am writing these words.
    In between these lines, you should hear the voice of Arjang Davoodi, who has lost his sight and hearing under torture and must endure 15 years in jail in the hands of these criminals in the southern city of Bandar Abbas. Can’t you hear it! Can’t you hear the sound of the droplets of blood falling off the dead body of Ezzat Ebrahim-Nejad, the martyr of the Tehran University campus? The sound of the exhausted breath of Syamak Poorzand and Abbas Amir-Entezam? That of the tears of the wife and daughters of Akbar Ganji? The sigh of the mother of the Mohamadi brothers? The sweet voice of the daughter of Mehrdad Hadirpoor? The groaning of the teenage martyrs of the 1980s, the voices of Tabarzadi, Zar-Afshan, Jookar, Batebi, Bakhtiari? The last moaning of girls being stoned to death? The voice of youngsters weeping before the execution scaffold? The sound of the boots of poverty-stricken men forced to join the regime’s security apparatus and to endure the pain of blisters inflected upon them by ruthless repression, year after year?
    Can you hear the voice of an entire hostage nation, the people of Iran, imprisoned in a jail vast as Iran, turned into a forced labour camp?
    We are here, tired but hopeful!
    Hear the voice of my father and that of our fathers whose flesh makes up the land of Iran, the land we all love. Hear it and put your differences aside so we can once again love each other, for Iran and for all Iranians.
    We have all paid a huge price. Perhaps, none of us will ever forgo the bitter memories of the years of torture and jail, nor those of oppression, bloodshed and fear. Despite all the sadness however, we have all learned to love other peoples of the world and that peace and security can not be achieved by building atomic bombs but by loving each other.
    Neither I nor any of my jailed companions, none of us could be entangled in partisan politics, be it republican or monarchist, socialist or anything else for that matter. So long as our people are oppressed, our children raised as barbarians and taught to live as cave dwellers, we are Iranians aspiring to love and freedom.
    The new Iranian year of 1385 is approaching.
    We shall call this New Year the Year of Freedom.
    We shall call upon all Iranians to set up with the help of international organizations, the “Congress for the Freedom of Iran” on March 22, corresponding to the 9 900th day of captivity of the Iranian nation in the hands of a few mullahs.
    Time is short! Let us gather our collective effort so that the 10 000th day of our captivity become the first day of our liberty.
    Iran will never die!

    1 – Amir Abbas Fakhravar (Law student, writer, journalist, member and founder of Central Council of Iranian Freedom Movement and secretary of Students Independent Movement. Secretary General of Scientific Association of Payam Noor University. Political prisoner, sentenced to 8 years )

    2 – Manuchehr Mohammadi (Law student and Secretary General of National Union of Students and Graduates. Political prisoner, sentenced to 15 years)

    3 – Arjang Davoudi (Writer, political activist, member and founder of Central Council of Iranian Freedom Movement. Political prisoner, sentenced to 15 years. Exile to Bandar Abbas)

    4 – Akbar Mohammadi (Social Science student and member of National Union of Students and Graduates. Political prisoner, sentenced to 15 years)

    5 – Mehrdad Lohraseby (Political activist, political prisoner, sentenced to 15 years)

    6 – Iman Sammizdeh (Member of Students Independent Movement and international spokes person for Iranian Freedom Movement and Students Independent Movement)

    7 – Sam Aria Ariamanesh (Student and political activist, domestic spokes person for Iranian Freedom Movement and Students Independent Movement)

    8 – Payman Aref (Political activist and Political Science student in Tehran university)

    9 – Mehrdad Heydar Pour ( Secretary of Workers New Movement, member of Iranian Freedom Movement. Political prisoner, sentenced to 3 years)

    10 – Ali Alemzadeh (Member of Students Independent Movement, secretary to Eastern Europe Organization. Political prisoner, sentenced to 1 year)

    11 – Amir-Heshmat Saran (Secretary General of National Front Union. Political prisoner, sentenced to 8 years)

    12 – Mah-Lagha Fakhravar (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement. Political prisoner, sentenced to 2 years [sentence is pending])

    13 – Franak Zabetian (Political activist, Secretary of National Union Organization and Iranian Freedom Movement)

    14 – Pegah Farzaneh (Student, political activist and member of Iranian Freedom Movement)

    15 – Arya Ajorlou (Student, political activist, member of Iranian Freedom Movement. Political prisoner, sentenced to 1 year)

    16 – Mojtaba Vatani ( Political activist, member of Iranian Freedom Movement. Political prisoner, sentenced to 1 year)

    17 – Saeed Yarigar (Political activist, member of Iranian Freedom Movement. Political prisoner, sentenced to 1 year)

    18 – Shahla Mahmoodi (Political activist, member of National Union Organization and Iranian Freedom movement)

    19 – Setareh Namdar (Student, member of Iranian Freedom Movement and Students Independent Movement)

    20 – Sayeh Namdar (Student, member of Iranian Freedom Movement and Students Independent Movement)

    21 – Nahid Nariman (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement and Students Independent Movement)

    22 – Majid Nariman (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement and Students Independent Movement)

    23 – Rozita Raad (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement and Students Independent Movement)

    24 – Farokh- Lagha Fakharavar (Student, member of Iranian Freedom Movement. Political prisoner, sentenced to 1 year [sentence is pending])

    25 – Arash Iranpour (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement)

    26 – Irandokht Bagheri (Student, member of Iranian Freedom Movement and Students Independent Movement)

    27 – Arvin Kaveh (Student and political activist, member of Iranian Freedom Movement and Students Independent Movement)

    28 – Elahe Behnia ( Member of Iranian Freedom Movement)

    29 – Mojtaba Taghipour (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement)

    30 – Amir-Hossein Fakhravar (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement)

    31 – Shervin Sadiqi (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement)

    32 – Naghmeh Amani (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement)

    33 – Abdullah Tayebzadeh (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement)

    34 – Simin Bahari (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement)

    35 – Esmaeel Behboudi (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement)

    36 – Helia Kangarlouii (Member of Students Independent Movement and Iranian Freedom Movement)

    37 – Abdulsamad Karimi (Political activist, member of Iranian Freedom Movement. Political & security prisoner, sentenced to 4 years)

    38 – Assad Shaghaghi (Member of National Union Organization. Political prisoner, sentenced to 4 years)

    39 – Esmaeel Ahmadi (Member of Iranian Freedom Movement)

    And 560 other activist students


  9. quote:Islamic scholars at a conference on the continuing furor over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad said it is time to stop protests and boycotts ae for dialogue with the West about offensive cartoons By nd instead enter a dialogue with the West in order to explain the prophet’s importance to Muslims.
    At a Friday conference, about 40 Muslim scholars from across the Islamic world signed a declaration appealing to Muslims “to exercise self restraint in accordance with the teachings of Islam.”
    “We reject countering an act of aggression by actions not sanctioned by Islam,” the statement said, alluding to the publication of the cartoons and the subsequent violent protests.
    The statement also appealed to the Danish government and people “to apologize, condemn and bring to an end this attack.”

    NADIA ABOU EL-MAGD, Associated Press Writer Cairo, Egypt (AP)


  10. Bron: Aftonbladet
    quote:The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported on March 12, 2005, that the Blågården library in Copenhagen has started a program inteded to explain misunderstandings and promote cultural exchange, through which a Dane can go to the library and, in essence, check out a Muslim for an hour (over coffee paid for by the library).
    Although the program advertises this service in a tongue in cheek humoristic way, the intent behind it is rather serious.


  11. quote:We believe that Islamic society has been held back by an unwillingness to subject its beliefs, laws and practices to critical examination, by a lack of respect for the rights of the individual, and by an unwillingness to tolerate alternative viewpoints or to engage in constructive dialogue.

    The Institute for the Secularisation of Islamic Society (ISIS) has been formed to promote the ideas of rationalism, secularism, democracy and human rights within Islamic society.

    ISIS promotes freedom of expression, freedom of thought and belief, freedom of intellectual and scientific inquiry, freedom of conscience and religion – including the freedom to change one’s religion or belief – and freedom from religion: the freedom not to believe in any deity..



  12. quote: De Moslims zullen hun plek vinden in de Nederlandse samenleving. De Moslims worden Nederlandse Moslims. Ze zijn heel goed in literatuur, dat hebben jullie al gemerkt. Ze zijn heel goed in wiskunde, en in nog heel veel andere dingen, ze vinden hun plek.
    Don’t worry about that.
    Kader Abdollah


  13. quote:Moderate Muslims Seek Help From the Dalai Lama
    San Francisco, USA, 16 April 2006 (By Louis Sahugan, L.A. Times) – Prominent Muslim dignitaries on Saturday met for the first time with the world’s most influential Buddhist, the Dalai Lama, enlisting his help in quelling fanatical ideologies within Islamic communities and improving the faith’s declining image in the West.
    Dalai Lama website


  14. quote:
    Beste mensen, waarde vrienden,

    Morgen 21/4 zal er in Brussel een vreedzame manifestatie gehouden worden tegen stopzetting van E.U. steun aan de Palestijnse regering en daarmee aan het Palestijnse volk die het al zo zwaar te verduren heeft.

    Daarom lijkt het mij een goed idee om de druk op de EU op te voeren verder op te voeren middels onderstaande voorbeeldbrief.

    Deze brief ben ik voornemens op donderdag 27 april te versturen naar de E.U.vertegenwoordiger dhr. Javier Solana. Degene die de brief mee wil ondertekenen dient dat uiterlijk a.s. woensdag aan mij door te geven met naam persoon e/o organisatie. Jullie begrijpen hoe meer ondertekenaars des te meer gewicht de boodschap krijgt.

    Alvast bedankt. Amin.

    Oproep tot het hervatten van de EU-steun aan de Palestijnse Nationale Autoriteit.








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