Friday, February 25, 2011

Gaza's Libyans Hang Lanterns From Penises

There are Libyans living as refugees in Gaza.

Nothing describes this situation better than this vulgar variant of an Arabic proverb:

The unlucky one remains unlucky even if they hang a lantern from the head of his penis.

المنحوس منحوس ولو علقوا على راس أيره فانوس

Here's a video on the topic from Lebanon's Al-Jadeed channel with my translation below.

News Anchor:

In Palestine, they hope for Qaddafi's fall, so that they can return to Libya, after having been forced by Qaddafi to cut ties with their homeland. Mohammed Al Madhoun reports from Gaza.

This man, in the Gaza Strip, is a descendant of the Libyan "Ferjaan" tribe. Not only is it an unusual situation, but it is compounded by the fact that he is merely one among two thousand Libyans living in the Strip.

We went to his home, where we found members of several Libyan families following the events in their homeland and attempting to communicate via telephone with their relatives (in Libya).

The story of these Libyans goes back to the days of their forefathers who arrived in Palestine in order to fight colonialism. Having settled in Palestine, they were eventually deprived, by Qaddafi's mercurial moods, from the regaining of their citizenship.

They conserve to this day, documents from their fathers proving their Libyanness, should they one day return to their homeland.

Libyan Palestinian:

We find ourselves here as a result of our parent's immigration to Palestine in order to fight against the British and Israelis.

There are currently between two and three thousand people belonging to families of Libyan origins. They hail from the "Ferjaani", "Ajeili", "Bar'asi", "Targhouni" tribes and others.

Reporter: Libyans like these have integrated in Palestinian society and shared in its joys and disappointments. However, they are now reviving their primary affiliation, and watching the people they belong to rebelling against the leader who deprived them of their return.

Second Libyan-Palestinian:
We were pained to see Israel's attack on Gaza, but even more so when watching a leader attack his own people.

Their fate is tied to Qaddafi's demise more so than any body else. He viewed their return as a red-line not to be crossed, despite welcoming Libyan Jews back to his country.

Third Libyan-Palestinian:
Qaddafi told the Israelis in an overt manner - "return to your homeland, Libya. We will provide you with everything you may need." All while, we Libyan families on Palestinian land are denied this same privilege.

We have met several delegations who had entered Gaza through the convoys. We were told that the story of Libyans in Gaza cannot be discussed.

Nothing remains for these Libyans except memories, and the hope that their people's revolution would allow them to reestablish a link broken over forty years ago.

One of the virtues of the Libyan revolution is the Palestinians discovering there are Libyans living among them. Libyans who were exiled on the grounds that their fathers arrived here forty years ago without the permission of their country's leader.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Palestinian Child's Message To Israeli Settlers

*updated with part II on 2-6-2011*

It's a sign of our evolution as a people to see this adorable Palestinian Elmo scream that he wants to drink the blood of the settlers, not the blood of Jews or even Israelis. This is a distinction not to be taken lightly.

If anything, this video proves to me that the 1967 green line has entered the Palestinian psyche as the only possible border between the two nations. This is reinforced by the kid's message that the Arabs have forsaken Haifa.

If this is not a call for a peaceful 2-state solution, I don't know what is.

I suggest Israel withdraw to the green line immediately, before this kid gets angry and asks to drink the blood of those in Tel Aviv.

Put captions on to see my translation.

Part II

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Exiled Syrian MP Calls for Revolution in Syria

Video of exiled Syrian MP Maamoun al-Homsi calling for Revolution in Syria: Put captions on to see my translation.

Who is Maamoun al-Homsi? from source:


Mamoun Al Homsi is a former Syrian MP who has lived in Lebanon since 2006. Before coming to Beirut, Al Homsi spent five years in prison as he was one of the first victims of the government crackdown against Damascus Spring Movement activists.
Goverment Relations:

Al Homsi spent his time in Beirut criticizing the Syrian government for stifling political opposition and signed the Beirut-Damascus Declaration, which called on Syria to recall its military force from Lebanon. Now, Al Homsi is facing deportation back to Syria, as his residency expired July 20th, 2010. He has been allowed to stay one more month in Lebanon, after which he will be forced to leave the country. If he is made to leave, he will likely face criminal charges for his criticism of President Bashar Al Assad and his regime."