Middle East Monitor report, 30 October 2014
Doha - Representatives of more than 60 charities from 27 countries have gathered in Doha to raise funds for the redevelopment of the Gaza Strip and other aid for Palestinians. Delegates at the “First Humanitarian Forum to Support Palestinians” organised by the Qatar Charity are spending two days discussing the catastrophe facing Palestinians, not only in the besieged Gaza Strip but also the refugee camps in neighbouring countries. [Kia Ora Gaza's international solidarity aid partners are attending this important forum, including Viva Palestina Malaysia. Editor].
The forum is being held under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Qatar, HE Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, who attended the opening session on Wednesday. The need to disseminate information about the humanitarian crisis facing Palestinians, particularly but not exclusively in Gaza, is paramount following Israel’s latest invasion and ongoing military crackdown across the occupied Palestinian territories.
Pleas to lift the crippling siege on the Gaza Strip have fallen largely on deaf ears, one speaker told the audience, and with Egypt destroying the tunnels described by Western journalists as “Gaza’s lifeline”, the people of the coastal territory face enormous difficulties, with even basic necessities in chronic short supply. “This,” he added, “is no less than collective punishment, but who is holding Israel to account? While support for Israel from the US and EU is to be expected, why are China and Russia silent about what is happening to the Palestinians?”
While most attention has been focused on Gaza, for obvious reasons, the charities were reminded that the situation in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem is also dire. Israel’s Judaisation policies in the Holy City have driven away almost two-thirds of the Christian population, said another speaker. Addressing the conference via a pre-recorded video message, the Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque pointed out that the Israelis are undermining the Islamic identity of Jerusalem by their policies. Shaikh Dr Ikrama Sabri told delegates that this is not a Palestinian issue alone; it should be a major concern for all of the world’s 1 billion Muslims.
Appreciation was expressed at the support given by the government of Qatar not only in Palestine but also other areas of the world facing humanitarian disasters. Information about the relief efforts of the Qatar Charity was given to the forum participants, who are being urged to mobilise and donate as much as possible for Palestinians in desperate need.
Middle East Monitor report, 30 October 2014
On 2 November 2014 inshaallah VPM will be starting our first project with Assalama Society providing assistive devices, psychological counseling, school bags and adapting homes for 400 children made disabled by the beastly attacks on Gaza this summer by the Zionist forces. Our aim is to get these kids back to school and ready to face the world again.
The Help and Care Society of the Islamic International School - Secondary (IISS) organised a charity fair to raise funds for the rebuilding of Gaza. The President of the project, Syed Adam Emir Putra gave a speech on this project:
SPEECH FOR REBUILDING GAZA PROJECT BY HELP AND CARE SOCIETY, IISM
All praises and thanks are due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW), his household and his companions. Ameen
Assalamualaikum wrb fellow brothers and sisters. I AM SYED ADAM, PRESIDENT OF THIS PROJECT, "REBUILD GAZA".
As you are well aware, the Help and Care Society is holding this fair to collect funds for our brothers and sisters in Palestine who have just experienced war.
Many of them have lost their homes and family members and are living under the rubbles and in community halls. In our humble capacity, we as muslims should feel obliged to help them.
Amongst the causes we will be assisting, would be to provide protection to those displaced people for the coming winter which will be very cold and wet. They would need at least some basic shelter, electrical heaters, blankets, food, and medical attention.
Allah states in Surah At Taubah, ayah 60.
Charity is meant for the poor, the needy, for those whose profession it is to distribute it, for encouraging (recent converts), for the (freeing) of bonded servants, for those (straining under a load) of debt, for use in the cause of God and also (to help stranded) travellers. These are the stipulated set by God, and God is full of knowledge and wisdom.
Allah also states in Surah Al Baqarah, ayah 261.
Those who spend their money in the cause of God is like that of seed grain. From it seven robust stalks rise, and each stalk contains a hundred grains. God gives abundantly to whomever He wants for God is enough of a provider and is full of knowledge.
From the above ayahs, it is an obligation for us to help our fellow brothers and sisters in Islam. They are a part of us. They are our family.
So please spend your money for this good cause. Abu Hurairah (r.a.) reported Allah's Messenger (s.a.w.s.) as saying: "Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people)." (Hadith Riwayat Muslim)
Your money will be your witness on the Day Of Judgement.
SO SPEND ALL YOUR MONEY UNTIL YOU'RE BROKE!
Before I go, I want to take this opportunity to thank our team members who have helped put this event together, our school for allowing this event to happen, Viva Palestine Malaysia for giving their merchandise for us to sell and Dr Shady Abu Jalala who is our contact in Gaza for assisting us and giving us this opportunity to help them.
Jazakumullahu khairan kathira. Wassalamu'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
I would also like to welcome Hassan Radwan a former student from Palestine and he Graduated in the year 2012 from IIS Secondary.
BY SYED ADAM EMIR PUTRA
REBUILD GAZA PROJECT
23 OCT 2014
This is a project VPM did with the Charitable Society of Rafah
Targeted group: 100 affected families.
Targeted area: Rafah governorate.
To provide drinking water to 100 families affected by the last aggression for 3 months.
Alhamdulillah many children in Gaza City received uniforms, schoolbags and stationery in time for the school year. Viva Palestina Malaysia worked with a few local NGOs to coordinate this project. Below is a summary of the distribution:
Name of Ngo: Dar Al Quran Al Karim Wa Sunnah.
Project Description: Distribution school bags with full stationary.
Targeted Group: 560 of school students who affected by last aggression on Gaza Strip and who associated to Quran memorizing centers.
Targeted area: All Gaza Strip (5 Governorates).
Amount of Fund: usd 14,000.
Name of Ngo: Rowad Society for Relief and Development
Project Description: Distribution school bags with some stationary.
Targeted Group: 1130 of school students who affected by last aggression on Gaza Strip
Targeted area: East and West of Gaza City ( Al Shejaiya , Beach camp , Al Karamah , North of Gaza City)
Amount of Fund: usd 18,000
Name of Ngo: Salam Society for Relief and Development, and Multaqa Al Rhmah
Project Description: Distribution school bags with full stationary and school uniform.
Targeted Group: 550 of school students who affected by last aggression on Gaza Strip
Targeted area: North of Gaza Strip ( Jabalyia, Betlahyia , Jabalyia camp)
Amount of Fund: usd 18,000.
Name of Ngo: Islamic Society of east of khanunnes
Project Description: Distribution school uniform.
Targeted Group: 1500 of school students who affected by last aggression on Gaza Strip
Targeted area: East of Khanuness ( Abssan , Khuzaah and Al Zannah)
Amount of Fund: usd 20,000.
Alhamdulillah Viva Palestina Malaysia together with our partnerDar Alquraan AL Kriamdistributed 3500 kg of pure meat for 3500 families. Our team in Gaza worked continuously for 48 hours to do this, may Allah reward them .
Dear BDS supporter,A month has now passed since the end of Israel’s massacre of the besieged population of Gaza.Gaza may no longer be on our TV screens, but the medieval siege remains in place and Israel appears more determined than ever to press on with the expansion of its illegal Israeli settlements.As civil society organisations in Gaza have said, there is now a battle underway to ensure that Israel is held to account. The outcome of this battle will determine whether Israel’s latest assault will be yet another stage in Israel’s incremental genocide” of Palestinians or the turning point that will bring an end to Israel’s status as an entity above the law. The outcome of this battle depends on you.Palestinians everywhere were inspired by the international outpouring of support for Palestine during the Gaza massacre. Hundreds of thousands of people across the world joined theDay of Rage protests initiated by organisations in Gaza. Israeli ships were prevented from docking at Oakland and other ports in the US. Israeli arms factories were shut down and protests were held at hundreds of retailers across the world that sells Israeli goods.And we know that BDS is working: Israeli exporters are complaining that it's becoming impossible to export produce to Israel. Big companies like G4S and Veolia are scaling back their involvement in Israeli crimes. Latin American governments responded to public pressure by withdrawing their ambassadors to Israel.What happens next depends on how strong we can build the movement. Get involved with the BDS movement today:
KLPFF2014 is the 3rd and so far the best KLPFF that VPM has hosted. This time, the film festival expanded to include a charity bazaar, a photo exhibition, a book launch, even a cooking demo and we brought in 4 very good speakers:
- Laila El-Haddad, author of Gaza Mom and co-author of The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey, is a political analyst and social activist.
- Yasmine Perni, producer of The Stones cry Out
- Seba Asmaa El Mourabiti, an Algerian-Belgian photographer to showcase her photo exhibition on female Palestinian prisoners entitled, ‘A Suspended Life’
- Sameeha Elwan, a contributor to the book, ‘Remember Us’
Each of the film screenings were to full houses and there was a steady stream of people in and out of the charity bazaar throughout the two days. The speakers attracted a crowd and what they had to say was eye opening for many.
VPM is particularly pleased with the response and interest form the non-Muslim crowd because our main objective for the KLPFF has always been to spread awareness to highlight the fact that the Palestinian issue is a humanitarian issue and not a religious one.
The film, ‘The Stones Cry Out’ about Palestinian Christians was popular with the Christians and as we had Yasmin, the producer of the film, she conducted very good and informative Q&A sessions about the subject matter of the film. In order to cover another aspect of the Palestinian crisis, we chose the film, ‘A World Not Ours’ as the premiere to highlight what it is like for Palestinians living in the refugee camps; for some, this film might have caused uneasiness but the film portrayed the reality and highlighted the hopelessness of the Palestinian refugees.
Written, composed and arranged by prominent artistes but more importantly by those who share the passion for a free Palestine.
The video composition took longer than expected as the editor had to take multiple breaks as it was too much for him, emotionally. One of the girls in the video look exactly like a daughter of his.
'I cry and bleed inside whenever I hear the song. The tears of the dead child remains forever etched in our memories and God willing, inspire us to do more to end the occupation and free Palestine!'
Here is the link to Our Home. http://youtu.be/g37S_Ipa5YI
The book, ‘Remember Us’ is a compilation of stories, narratives, poems by young Palestinians writers, edited by our own VPM members, Dr Husna and Dr Zabrina. The book was officially launched by YBhg Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir on 6 September 2014 in conjunction with the KL-Palestine Film Festival 2014 at Publika, Kuala Lumpur.
Pre KLPFF publicity and press conference to introduce and promote KLPFF2014 was held on 2 Sept 2014 with Yuzaidi Yusoff, VPM media maestro and our lovely guests Ms Yasmine Perni, Ms Laila el- Haddad n Ms Sameeha Elwan. John Hirsch from the Wall Street Journal interviewed Yasmine Perni, the Italian film maker whose movie The Stones Cry Out about Christians in Palestine sufffering under the occupation will be screened at the KLPFF2014.
Don't miss this exciting event!
We have so far sent USD 175,000 to Gaza for food and medical relief. We have funded amongst others, water in tankers to UN schools, hot meals for iftar and suhoor, diapers, baby milk, mattresses, blankets and truck load of medical supplies via Arab Medical Union and now, we are in the process of buying 4 ambulances.
Our strength is that we respond quickly and we give food and water when the big NGOs hadn't moved in yet and now we are moving towards bigger things as big as NGOS like Red Cross have stepped in.
Our partners Doctors World Wide (DWW) Turkey in collaboration with the MOH Turkey are enroute to Gaza via Tel Aviv.
This is our third FIMA Medical mission in partnership with our associates. The first being 8 Sudanese and second 5 Palestinian doctors.
The following have been lined up for upcoming missions. They will spend 10-14 days in Gaza in sequence. Thus Gaza will have a continuos presence of our best FIMA doctors.
1 Arab Med Union AMU
2 Islamic Med Assoc North America IMANA
3 Saudi team
4 Pakistan IMA
5 IMA Malaysia
6 IMA Bangladesh
7 Team Jordan
This was the decision we made @ Arusha Tanzania on 7-8 Aug at our FIMA council meeting with all our affiliates & global partners. May Allah bless this global partnership of minds & hearts of our Muslim medical fraternity.
Kindly accompany them with your doa that this third mission helps to relieve the injured people of Gaza and flies the sickest out for expert surgical & medical attention.
12 August 2014 - Dr Kerem DWW Turkey reports from air ambulance airlifting injured patients "Yesterday we sent 4 heavy cases, today we are trying to send 8 more. We are awaiting for Palestinian authority in West Bank to issue them passports. We are still waiting for 88 emergency patient's official travel documents from PA in West Bank.
The wounded children in picture above are in A Quds awaiting transfer.
Dr Kerem adds "Our Minister of Foreign Affairs is calling up Abbas to speed up the process"
Attached an article in Turkish paper Daily Sabah on cooperation between DWW and FIMA:
Alhamdulillah, this is truly a formidable partnership of 19 global relief bodies cooperating for a common cause.
14 August 2014 - 29 wounded Gazans now being transferred via Erez Checkpoint to Ben Gurion Airport.
Pictures attached. Imagine only a 4 member team of DWW & MOH Turkey doing an awesome & marvelous job.
I have my misgivings of big number teams entering Gaza. In our FIMA plan of action at most 5-10 surgeons are deployed at any one time. But ensuring a team always present in Gaza.
A 65 member team is undoubtedly a logistic nightmare for food stricken and shelter deprived Gaza. Besides if bombing resumes Gazans would sacrifice their own lives to shelter the relief team members - the Gaza hospitality is unparalleled despite their poor circumstances. We should not further burden our Gazan hosts.
Till time of reporting Malaysian team yet to receive clearance from
Egyptian authorities. Team Malaysia has been told to downsize from 65 to 20!
Many patients could not get proper medical treatment because of the lack of medical devices and consumables like orthopedic fixators.
6 trucks funded by the AMU/FIMA initiative entered Gaza. It was filled with medical & surgical supplies worth $200K. 20 Islamic Medical Associations, charity & relief NGOs from Egypt, Malaysia, USA, Turkey, Pakistan, New Zealand, Qatar, South Africa, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia contributed to this initiative since the entry of the first convoy on 12 July 2014.
Four ambulances have been donated to the MOH Gaza. 4 have been cleared by the Egyptian authorities and 12 are awaiting intelligence clearance. It is a laborious process where many other NGOs have failed and joined our AMU/FIMA initiative!
This is the blessing of team work & international collaboration.
VPM's Gaza Relief Projects so far this summer of 2014
VPM has been receiving many requests from the public to help us raiseawareness and funds for Palestine. Sekolah Menengah Katholik is holding an awareness talk and fund raising on 11 August, Sharizan Ahmad from Kuching and a group of his university friends will be making these wristbands to sell and proceeds will go to VPM others like Mariam (who runs Malaysia Life Line for Syria) has collected from family members in Singapore RM10,000+. VPM has collected about RM100,000+ from Singapore. There are too many generous contributors to name all here. To ALL who have donated to VPM, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we pray to the Almighty to reward all of you abundantly for your generosity.
Sekolah Kebangsaan Setiawagsa did an awareness and donation drive for Gaza.
Collection from the efforts of the chidren from Sekolah Kebangsaan Sri Hartamas. That was a huge amount they collected, Alhamdulillah.
Kids from Rumah Solehah made these bracelets and they want to sell and give the proceeds to VPM.
The special edition Save Gaza card from Touch n Go - RM 100,500 raised in a month from the sale of the cards.