“Palestine in Hong Kong” at J Residence
I’m slowly starting to get a hang of creating GIFs. This is my first working attempt and I think I’m getting there! What do you think?
I can’t wait to start testing this out on the streets. Maybe I’ll give it a shot when I arrive in Cairo next week. I’m sure it’ll turn out a whole lot cooler when you have an object passing by (e.g. a car).
Activist or Actabitch
What’s happening in Egypt is very interesting, from silence to eruption, and it makes me wonder, are the people of US or even HK capable of protesting like those in Tunisia, those in Cairo? Personally I don’t think so. People believe that posting a message that says, “REBLOG THIS OR YOU DON’T CARE” is an excellent form of standing up for something. Leaving your bedroom? Ehh, not so much.
They’re a spoiled society. Being activists, actually going out and being active about things — that’s kind of lost on my generation in that world, I think. I remember going to a couple of marches for Palestine in downtown HK and I must’ve been 1 of only 30 people my age. I looked at them with helpless eyes. Why am I the only one with the energy to prove a point? Why am I ready to go out of my way to prove my country’s point to exist? I then looked around and thought, “woow!” These people are Facebook warriors. Which is scary because as we can see, governments will not hesitate to cut off the internet if they think it’ll deter them. And then what will they do? Do they have the strength to risk getting hurt to stand up for a cause? Or would they sit behind the safety of their laptops? It’s intriguing to me.
Egypt blames Gaza group for bombing
Interior minister says Army of Islam group planned and executed New Year’s Eve attack on Coptic church in Alexandria.
Christians clashed with security forces after the New Year’s Eve church bombing [Reuters]
Egypt’s government has blamed a Gaza-based group for a New Year’s Eve church bombing that killed 24 Coptic Christians in Alexandria.
Interior minister Habib al-Adly said on Sunday that “conclusive evidence” proved the Army of Islam planned and executed the attack on al-Kidiseen Church, which also left scores wounded.
The group quickly denied responsibility, while also reportedly expressing support for the bombing.
The attack was the worst act of sectarian violence in Egypt since a Muslim-Christian business dispute in 2000 led to anti-Christian riots in the southern town of el-Kosheh and left 21 Copts dead.
The bombing also sparked days of Coptic rioting and weeks of co-religious demonstrations in support of Christians and against a government many blame for failing to protect its Coptic minority, which many estimate makes up around 10 per cent of the population.
Adly, who made the accusation during a speech marking Egypt’s Police Day that was also attended by president Hosni Mubarak, also claimed that the group had recruited Egyptians to help plan and carry out the attack.
Mubarak has said since the day after the attack that foreign forces were responsible.
The Army of Islam, based in the Gaza Strip, is an umbrella name for a number of groups that have splintered in recent years. The groups are reported to hold to a strict, Salafi interpretation of Islam.
Mumtaz Doghmosh, the leader of the group’s main faction, told Al Jazeera that the Army of Islam had no connection with the attack, according to spokesman Abu Mousab.
But the Reuters news agency also quoted a spokesman for the group who said “we praise those who did it”.
Hamas expresses concern
The Army of Islam does not believe in reconciliation or a truce with Israel, unlike the Palestinian political movement Hamas, which has held de facto rule over Gaza since winning Palestinian elections but clashing with rival faction Fatah in 2007.
In a statement on Sunday, Hamas expressed concern with the accusations against the Army of Islam and called on Egypt to share its information regarding the attack.
“Hamas is leading a resistance against the Zionist occupation inside Palestine and will never allow it to move outside Palestine,” the statement read.
“Egyptian and Arab security is one of our top priorities. We consider the Arab nations our strategic depth and we would not accept anyone to touch their security.
“We call on Egypt to co-operate with the Palestinian government and check their information.”Source: Al Jazeera and agencies
New Yorkers pray for Gaza victims
For the first time ever, the largest church in New York had a special prayer for the people of Palestine.
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is a historical landmark, drawing tourists from all over the world. Today it was for the Gazans killed and wounded during the Israeli war on the strip two years ago.
Pastor Khader El-Yateem is a Palestinian-American from Bethlehem and is urging everyone to pray for the people of Gaza and the rest of Palestine
With large numbers of Christians leaving the Middle East, the Clergy today had another message for the ones that are left: stay put and be Patient.
The prayer service had a somber feel to it as worshipers prayed for peace and justice for Palestinians of all faiths.
The Gaza strip remains besieged with little food and medical supplies allowed in, and almost no access to the outside world.
Bethlehem is the city Jesus was born in, but remains under Israeli occupation and divided from Jerusalem by an apartheid wall.
*The event took place on Jan 11th, 2011.