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Kashmir blocks of society


By Marivel Guzman

I shall put this article side by side with the comments published in Facebook’s profiles from both scholars Dr. Shah Faesal and Dr. Mehboob Makhdoomi

For now, I’m reading the two sides of their stories-I will add their views at the end of this piece.

Faesal, who according to the J&K government website of current employees, as August 07, 2018, Faesal is pursuing a Mid-career on Master Programme in Public Administration, at the Edward S. Mason Harvard University, also, the an employee with the title of Senior time scale 15600 39100 Plus a GP of 6600. And Makhdoomi lives outside the crude reality of Kashmir.

Both scholars with political tendencies—Even if they part from their scholar research for “truth.” Politics like the devil are in the details.

As I was giving the last edits to this essay, I received a clip from Greater Kashmir newspaper, that Faesal is leaving the government to pursue politics. I mention this fact because Faesal stressed out in a Facebook comment that he wasn’t a man of the “system.”

The laughable fact is that he posted in his Twitter that the reason to resign is the “unabated killing of Kashmiris.”

Anyway, I digressed from my paper to comment on Faesal’s retirement to join the pro-India National Conference Party, said GK.

After reading Makhdoomi’s comments, I have to agree with every one of his statements. He is one hundred percent right on Faesal. Faesal is an opportunist working his way up into the system, and he is appealing to the people’s sympathy to climb as a political leader.

I want to think than me being a total stranger of the Kashmir struggle, an outsider per se, well other than learn it from conversations with Kashmirs, blogs, alternative media and Indian official channels. I believe I can analyze a move like a spectator of a chess game that is sure, he knows better the next move because he doesn’t hold the stress of the game.

A little background of my interest for justice. Back on 2003, I attended Richie Corrie’s parents lecture and a plight for help to continue their daughter journey to liberate Palestine. Since then, I became an active member of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement. My activism came with attachments. I couldn’t activate only for Palestine as I learn of Kashmir struggles.

Obviously “Indian Administrated Kashmir” got my attention and I in 2010 funded the page “Palestine and Kashmir Occupation needs to End.”

I have tried my best to stay informed and tell others about Kashmir.

During the years I have covered Kashmir I categorized the players-Blocks of the Kashmir population—in compartments of relation with the land and the struggle:

Social-economic convenience block, where all workers of the Indian occupied Kashmir government infrastructure fit. Majority of them live for the most part with a decent salary and are more or less comfortable with the situation. Internet or electricity cuts often seen by them as something out of control, but part of the Indian apparatus administration.

Political aspiration persons, those who take a political post with hopes to climb the ladder of power. They see the freedom fighters as a nuisance to their political career and will do anything to win the favor from India and at the same time keep happy and at bay the Kashmirs.

They stay away from speeches that denounce the Cordon and Search Operations (CASO,) that usually end up killing resistance fighters and civilians, also they are mute of disappeared persons. In Kashmir, they live in a small world, almost forming a block with J&K government w m workers. In other words these two blocks are the cushion that sustain Indian occupation from crumbling.

Political career persons, usually Pundits, Sikhs and Muslim Kashmir, who managed to position on posts of power and pretend India will stay forever as it is. Same as the political aspiration block, they see the struggle as a nuisance to their political post, but they enjoy more freedom both of speech and movement.

Survival modus operandi group, all those people who care less for their neighbors but only care to bring food to the table.

Intellectuals, all people who make a living out of the conflict, being lecturing around the world, writing books and/or giving interviews to TV stations, magazines and newspapers.

Scholars and university students, the real thinkers of Kashmir. They are full of ideas on how to liberate Kashmir. They are the energized block of the population. Fresh minds who want the best for the land and the people.

They are continuously studying the solutions and seek freedom from foreign powers, but they entertain the cons and contra of compromise.

All parties Hurriyat Conference. They seem as good people with different solutions for the same problem. They are persecuted by the system, but they want the goodwill of the people.
Except that they are not clear if they want self-determination or everlasting Pakistani protection

Even though they have observer status at The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, it seems that Kashmirs don’t enjoy any protection from the 157 members states.

The only worthy thing they have “achieved” for Kashmir is the official publication the Office Of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights report on June 2018.

The resistance fighters, the real heroes who can not see oppression, occupation, and repression as something irremediably, they seek the solution now, yesterday was late for self-determination.

They can not compromise on the land. They see the martyrs as a sacrifice to the land, usually Muslims who see in martyrdom exchange for paradise.

And finally the common Kashmir farmer and their family, and the common worker, both blocks of the population seek nothing but their land as an inherited right. They cheer for the martyrs, freedom fighters escapades, but also they cheer for the leaders that promise “things.” In their naiveness, they believe the political figures that give great speeches are true leaders.

What I see from far away is that the Kashmir Valley is subject to religion extortion from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and a cruel military occupation from India. Both nuclear powers are playing a chess game in Kashmir, and they are sacrificing all the pieces.

  • The Valley is drenched with blood, the mothers are mourning their martyrs while politics plays high in round tables with endless discussions going, no where.

Until all the valley is one block standing strong with one voice for self-determination, there will be millions of voices compartmentalized in blocks. All speaking different languages, different strategies, different goals and off course many “agendas.”

That is the scenario I see from my vantage point.

Kashmir Paradise On Earth


Posted by Marivel Guzman

Paradise On Earth converted to hell for the last 65 years

Cradled in the lap of majestic mountains of the Himalayas, Kashmir is the most beautiful place on earth. On visiting the Valley of Kashmir, Jehangir, one of the Mughal emperors, is said to have exclaimed: “If there is paradise anywhere on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.” And, till very, very recent times it was paradise on earth. But now the paradise has been turned into hell.

The Muslim and Hindu peoples of Kashmir have lived in relative harmony and friendliness since the 13th century when Islam first became the majority religion in Kashmir. The Sufi-Islamic way of life that ordinary Muslims followed in Kashmir complemented the rishi tradition of Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus), leading to a syncretic culture where Hindus and Muslims revered the same local saints and prayed at the same shrines.
Periodically, however, there have been rulers and leaders who have had a narrow view of Islam and have subjected Hindu minorities to great cruelties and discrimination. The current armed secessionist movement in Kashmir mostly derives its inspiration from these people.

A canard is now being spread past few years by the secessionist-terrorists and their sympathizers that in 1990 Kashmiri Pandits left Kashmir willingly, having been “tricked” by then Jammu and Kashmir Governor Jagmohan. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The fact is that Kashmiri Pandits were driven from their homeland after a campaign of intimidation and harassment was launched against them by the military-wing of the secessionists.

Kashmir Struggles

Dear Susan Life is Not Fair

November 16, 2010 1 comment

Posted in November 15, 2010 by Marivel Guzman

Dear Susan life is not fair, and has not been less unfair for Palestinians since the Zionist Movement started at the beginning of the century.

The situation in Gaza is deplorable worse than in the West Bank, and we know that everything that we people of the world wanted to happen for the good of Peace in the world, will only going to be possible if WE THE PEOPLE take the initiative and the lead in our world affairs.

Gaza Siege

Gaza Siege

The time has come when we must move the strings of power by the only way that is possible, Economic boycott of the diverse industries that finance Israel development and growth.
Hollywood Movie Industry, Knows for their support to Israel and their continuous subliminal messages against Palestine Rights to Resist the Occupation, Christian Non Profit Organizations, givers of astronomical donations to finance illegal settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem, and every product that it is in the BDS list that give economical life to the Zionist Entity Israel.

The most important is keeping the pressure to our leaders in the US to stop the economic help to Israel. And to stop being the spoiler in the United Nations resolutions against Israel war crimes and pressure Israel to comply with the more of 350 resolutions put in place by this body.

The Shake of Shame

Israel of 2009 is a spoiled country, arrogant and condescending, convinced that it deserves everything and that it has the power to make a fool of America and the world.

Raising awareness in our children about the prospects for peace in the world, educating them about the evil enterprise that is the War Complex Machine and their multi-billion dollars money deals they make with Israel.

Bodies with dead tissues and no apparent wounds; 'shrunken' corpses; civilians with heavy damage to lower limbs that require amputation, which is nevertheless followed by unstoppable necrosis and death; descriptions of extensive internal wounds with no trace of shrapnel, corpses blackened but not burnt, and others heavily wounded that did not bleed

The only way we will make our governments stop acting with impunity is showing them that we are united, that we are a uni-voice, a strong force growing every day, that we can not stay silence with the crimes they perpetrate and silently cover up, that we are awake and aware of the situation in Palestine, and elsewhere in the world.

That Israel is an entity that needs to disappear from the face of the Earth, because is causing great threat to World Peace, and was founded under false pretenses, deception, lies and deceit. And since the creation of this entity, the world has been in a constant battle to support it, against the will of the population of the government that finance her.

There is no secret any more that the Nazi regime so much vilified by the founders of Israel were in concord agreement with the Nazis to transfer as many Jews and their properties to Palestine. We know more about the deception played to world to created Israel. They did not stop at murder to cover up their lies in their way to the creation of Israel.

We have sons and daughters, they are our future educated them.

We Demand World Peace

World peace is an ideal of freedom, peace, and happiness among and within all nations and/or peoples. World peace is a Utopian idea of planetary non-violence by which nations willingly cooperate, either voluntarily or by virtue of a system of governance that prevents warfare. Although the term is sometimes used to refer to a cessation of all hostility among all individuals, world peace more commonly refers to a permanent end to global and regional wars with future conflicts resolved through nonviolent means.

We have sons and daughters, they are our future educated them on the issue of Peace. Educate them on the horrors of war and their profiteers and financiers.
Israel is the biggest arm dealer in the world. And she profits every time there is a death somewhere in the world. BE WAR OR just a random shoot out.
Facebook is just one outlet to spread the truth, they are hundreds of this socials networks that we can use to change our world.

We can not just complain that nothing is happening, because is happening.
We are a force growing. Do not let us be just few raising our voices.

Be a peace activist too, reading is good because you are getting informed, then do your part, share the posts to other walls, export them to others blogs, others channels, other spaces.

Myspace, youtube,meta cafe,tweeter,digg this,blogerspot,wordpress.com. I can search the net and find maybe thousands of this social networks.

Soon the change will become our reality. Do not be discouraged by the tragic events, we all take lessons and must move on, we must make changes to our advantage, and ACT in our behalf, in the name of a brighter future, that for some parts of the world is just Future a temporary word.
They live in the situation of “Be Or Not To Be” where the fight for their life is an everyday affair.

We ALL are thinkers and able to share our concerns and give ideas of how to do better. How to participate in our political process and our world affairs.
Do not let no one dictate you what is good for you, if what you are witnessing is injustice and struggle and does not feel good for you, probably is not good for anybody else.

We can not move on as a society if we permit this tragic events pass in front of our News, and Television Sets and think and pretend that will never happen to us.

We can not move on as a society if we stay indifferent to the pain of other human beings, and look the other way pretending everything is right and there is nothing to change.

If There got to be Freedom in any society, Justice must be the base of the same. Human Rights is an inalienable right of every human being, being Gaza, US, Germany, Lebanon, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba(should not exist),Cuba, China, Iran, Mexico, Congo, Russia..or any place on Earth that humans co-habit under any authority of any type.

Take your future in your hands. If you do not do it, others will do for you.
Then you will have no face to complain or time to ACT.
ACT NOW for your future and for the change you want to see.
ACT NOW for betterment of our society.

The Times They Are A-Changin’

November 4, 2010 1 comment

Posted by Marivel Guzman on November 4, 2010

We are in an important moment, the world is awakening, we are taking responsibilities never before felt as a duty. The situation of Gaza has gone now for 5 years and we were asleep, in a lethargic state, pacified by the lies of the
Media. Now we are the Media, we are broadcasting directly from the ground. Our friends in Gaza send us the News every day, all day. Now our brothers that took the challenge of delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza are Stranded in the border of Egypt, we have said that the convoys are non political movements, for that reason we need to participate, and help them in a non violent fashion way writing to the embassies, to your head of state to make the transfer of the Aid to Gaza. The activists are in a difficult situation they take enough money to travel but not
luxury is allowed. Please spread the message and do you part also. Maybe Bob Dylan and Eddie Vedder Explain it better with this message made song. Thanks to all

We seen more and more that that standoff of the
Road to Hope Convoy is awakening the ordinary citizens their humanitarian side, their voluntarism, it is so important the union, the show of great force of the people of the world, do not leave this courageous justice and peace seekers on their own. To Show our Governments that we can created a tremendous force. To all the peace activists in the world from all nationalities, to keep raising their voices in support of this noble cause.that we won’t stop to the effort to deliver the aid to Gaza. That the stubbornness of the Egyptian government needs to stop and cooperate with the humanitarian convoy and with their neighbors. Gaza.

5 days ago our brother Ken O’keefe important member of this delegation for peace speaks from the Libyan Border.

Road to Hope convoy stalled at Egyptian border

October 31, 2010 2 comments

Posted by Marivel Guzman Via Ken O’keefe Blog
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Road to Hope convoy stalled at Egyptian border

Nov 3, 2010 5:41 PST

Ken O’Keefe

“Egypt has said that they will let us through by sea, the problem with that is the exorbitant expense. What the people of Gaza need is open borders and unhindered delivery of aid and ultimately trade. The R2H Convoy did not budget for an approx. £100,000 ship journey from Libya to Egypt, and why should we when a tourist can travel freely but aid cannot. This extra cost is reducing aid for the people in Gaza”.

Nov 2, 2010

Ken O’Keefe: “We are getting close to confrontation time. When tourists can travel by car freely through Egypt and a humanitarian aid convoy is blocked, it pretty much says it all. The blockade of Gaza is in a word, unacceptable”

The Road to Hope humanitarian aid convoy continues its role in the international community’s collective mission to break the illegal siege of Gaza and deliver desperately needed aid to the people of Palestine in Gaza. The convoy comprises 30 vehicles and 101 humanitarian aid workers. Among them are 8 survivors of the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla, 7 of them were aboard the Mavi Marmara, including Ken O’Keefe who was involved in disarming two Israeli commandos. The convoy has traveled four and a half thousand miles and is currently located at the Libyan / Egyptian border. As it stands the convoy finds itself at a standstill, with direct communication with the outside world being limited, and access to the internet very difficult.

It has always been a central aspect of the Road to Hope convoy that it acts in a non-political, non-confrontational manner. To work with and cooperate with every government in every country through which it traveled. Thus far this approach has rewarded it with exceptional receptions in every nation. All of the North African governments have been extremely accommodating and the people of each nation even more so. We must give special praise to the Libyan government for its constant support; when the convoy have had challenges, including breakdowns of vehicles, the authorities here have provided the means to repair those vehicles and continue our mission.

Ken O’Keefe: “Now we find ourselves in our third day at the Libyan / Egyptian border and we remain hopeful that the land route will be opened to us in the coming days”. The convoy departed from London with the understanding that the land crossing through Egypt had not been closed to it. Convoy leader, Kieran Turner: “One reason for our optimism that we will travel the land route is the fact that the Al Quds convoy, a Libyan convoy also delivering aid to Gaza, is set to travel the land route in the coming days. For several weeks we have hoped to join our convoys and travel together.” However, the convoy is awaiting permission from the Egyptian authorities to pass through Egypt in this way.

Mr. Turner understands that there is a possibility the Egyptian government will deny the convoy the land route, in which case they will have only two acceptable options —

1) To press on via the land border without permission, at which time our only chance of success will be by way of significant international pressure and a reversal of a policy which tacitly supports the illegal siege of Gaza.

2) If the land route is denied the only remaining option is to deliver our aid by sea. This option inherently requires significant increases in the cost of our mission, and importantly, to all subsequent aid missions. The end result of this policy is a reduction in the already limited resources that can be brought to bear for the people of Palestine.

The convoy leadership urge the Egyptian authorities to allow us safe passage to Gaza by land in the coming days, allow the convoy to join the Al Quds convoy, and ultimately increase the “easing” of the blockade which continues to collectively punish the people of Gaza.

Mr. Ken O’Keefe calls on all the supporters of Palestine “to support Road to Hope and the Al Quds convoys by spreading awareness of our missions and encouraging Egyptian cooperation”.

Contacts:

Primary contact: London – Eleanor Merton +44 777 037 6701

Libya / Egypt – Kieran Turner +44 779 22 66 111 (interviews in Libya available if the roaming costs are covered.)

30 Survivors of the Mavi Marmara made it to Gaza


Posted by Marivel Guzman

 

On Thursday, October 21, at 4pm local time, Viva Palestina – Lifeline to Gaza 5 Convoy passed the Rafah crossing, and entered the besieged Gaza Strip

Out of the 600 passengers of the Mavi Marmara, the Turkish ship that suffered the deadly attack in Internationals Waters by Israeli commandos killing 9 peace activists, 30 of those have risked their life again joining the land convoy from  the UK based organization Viva Palestine.

Today October 22 marked a day in the calendar for the besieged  Gaza whom has  suffered a blockage of goods for more than 1300 days.

The highly publicized news from Israel of the ease of the blockage is nothing but propaganda aimed to calm the public opinion for its inhumane siege, that has been criticized by international organizations and heads of state.

The entrance of the convoy is just a bandage in the deep wound of Gaza, after being almost paralyzed for this siege.

This convoy and the previous can bring so little being the great necessity of Gaza after 5 years of Israel continuous attacks, and  the blockade that Israel imposed  under the indifference and almost official approval of the United Nations and its signatories countries.

The situation in Gaza is sad and deplorable after more than 5 years of assaults, destruction of her infrastructure and destruction of thousands of homes, added to the blockade imposed by Israel, with lame excuses, as the imports come to Gaza throughout the thousands of Tunnels between Gaza and Egypt. Illegal corridors that are more difficult to control than the established borders that count with military personal.

Dream of Peace: View from Gaza


Posted by Marivel Guzman
On September 24, 2010

By:Issam Sammour

During the Israeli War on Gaza in 2009, we were so terrified. I prayed for God to save our lives. AlhamdulAllah, He did.
I am a Gazawi, from a large family of eleven brothers and one sister. My father is a poor farmer, but as is the case of so many of us here, he is now unemployed.
Living in Gaza has been difficult since the Israeli Assault of 2009, and the inhumane Siege that have affected so many Gazan families.
The lack of basic services such water and electricity are shocking us, medical supplies and medicines indispensable to treat our sick are in short supply creating a double humanitarian crisis.
But my dreams of peace for my land stay in my heart and mind.
My Goal is to inform people outside of Gaza, about the situation that we live in and to raise international awareness about the blockade of the Gaza Strip and to send a message to the international community to stop the support to Israel and stop the occupation of our land.
We Gazawes along with all Palestinians are dreaming to break the siege and stop the suffering for Gaza.
Gazans dreams to break the siege and stop the suffering is shared by all our Palestinians brothers in West Bank and in the world.
May this year be a year of peace in Palestine!
We Palestinians have the dream of live in peace, despite of having terrible experiences and reactions to the war, the siege, and the occupation.
We have no borders, no life, we are all walled in and blockade.
Life is full of difficulties and constant danger, and we are forced to live with so little and some of us with nothing.
With the checkpoints and so many restrictions, there is no way out. We are trapped inside our own Land.
However, I personally believe things can change, and I work toward that goal in every way I am able.
I refuse to allow hope to die in me. I have dreams of finishing my degree in PT conflict resolution and of spreading the news about Gaza widely in such a way as to help my people and my land.
I pray day and night to see my people’s face cheer up, expressing the love for each other in a peaceful condition.
I have worked with the youth project in Khan Younis for demonstrating our rights in jobs, expressed in study. The EU youth Parliament nominated me as the member from Gaza to represent Gaza Youth in the “Berlin Conferences” in 2007 I was unable to attend due to the border restrictions and the Siege.

Life for nearly all refugees in the Khan Younis Camp is more difficult because of the blockade of Gaza, with much higher unemployment. Fewer families can provide for themselves, leaving a staggering proportion of the population dependent on UNRWA’s food and cash assistance. Ninety per cent of the camp’s water is unfit for human consumption, so basic hygiene is another big concern.
I worked for the American Friends Service Committee, training for responding to conflict situations, transforming the conflict to opportunities for young people, and encouraging peace on our side, so we can live our lives with various other trainings and experiences.

I am now the Project Coordinator with Catholic Relief Services CRS, basically the Gaza Emergency and Recovery Project. as it is. In Catholic Relief Services we work with local partners in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza and for nearly half a century.
Our projects aim to support peace with justice for all people in this troubled region, while responding to the humanitarian and sustainable development needs of Palestinians.
I do believe there is always a reason to hope and dream of peace despite whatever horrors are surrounding us. I am learning and hope to continue learning the tools needed to meet conflicts with resolution, teaching people to have hopes and dreams of peace, reconstructing peoples’ lives.

 

Issam Sammour
Gaza Strip, Palestine
Email :Sammour.issam@Gmail.com

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Issam Sammour like thousands of young Palestinians cherish the dream to Study Abroad, it should not be a hard quest, why they have to see their future with so many obstacles?, from the signing of documents to the visa request, they have to go through hell is there no better word to designated their troubles.

Israel makes almost impossible to fulfill the basic requirements to obtain the Passport and Visa, the check points on Ramallah and the blockade of Gaza are in the way. They can not travel to to other side of Palestine, there is a blockade a permanent check point on Erez. the point that divide Gaza Strip from the West Bank. And in Ramallah the friends that volunteer to help with the documents encounter countless obstacles as well.

You need to live the everyday struggles to understand their state of mind. With an alarming rate of underemployment, preparing themselves for a better future is not a luxury but a necessity. They need to obtain higher education to be able to compete in so tight market. The situation in Gaza is worsened since Israel imposed a blockade, where does not let export or imports to cross and in complicity with Egypt have kept Gaza Strip impoverished to the point where more than 80 % of the population is in public assistance.

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