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Palestinian Policewomen Break Traditional Stereotypes


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Cal
- 861 days ago - bbc.co.uk
It is rare to see women police officers on the streets in any part of the Arab world.



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Quanta Kiran (65)
Monday May 7, 2012, 3:35 am
Thanks.
 

Raluca Anghel (84)
Monday May 7, 2012, 4:07 am
noted, thank you.
 

pam w. (191)
Monday May 7, 2012, 7:14 am
These are VERY BRAVE WOMEN!
 

Elaine Al Meqdad (228)
Monday May 7, 2012, 2:58 pm
Why not? They strap bombs on their arses all the time and blow up innocent Israelis!
 

Ira Herson (13)
Monday May 7, 2012, 4:22 pm
That is great news. The more police and less army the better. It is important for women's rights and hopefully women will feel empowered to take a more positive role in running the West Bank.

I was also pleased to see that women are now getting into the ambulance service.
 

Eternal Gardener (743)
Monday May 7, 2012, 4:34 pm
It's probably one of the best places to start taking a lead for future generations!
 

John B. (215)
Monday May 7, 2012, 5:12 pm
Good story and very good news. Thanks Cal. Noted.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday May 7, 2012, 5:24 pm
Noted. Thanks.
 

Azaima A. (219)
Monday May 7, 2012, 5:30 pm
good for them
 

John S. (303)
Monday May 7, 2012, 6:46 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday May 7, 2012, 7:36 pm
Great , thanks !
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Monday May 7, 2012, 11:37 pm
This is great! See a problem, get creative and get around it. Everybody wins. And what a great idea having community liaisons to try to put a different face on reducing crime.
 

John Gregoire (255)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 6:09 am
Agree -a win win for sure.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 8:15 am
I hope these girls are not hurt when Hamas Islamists will take over the West Bank.
 

Cecily P. (4)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 10:40 am
Way cool!
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 12:08 pm
Good for them, equal rights and equal opportunity should be universal. I wish themthe best of luck, they'll need it. Thanks Cal.

Elaine A., don't you have better things to do than spout off your hate rhetoric like some disagreeable, juvenile TROLL?
 

Vicky P. (463)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 2:07 pm
Elaine's right a ring-wing troll. I think it's great, congrats to these women
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 2:34 pm
I just can't even be bothered to read an article that begins with a lie:--

"It is rare to see women police officers on the streets in any part of the Arab world."

It might do the writer (and the person who posted this tosh) actually to visit the Arab world. There are policewomen in the front line in Morocco, Tunisia, Syria to name but 3. Algeria too.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 5:23 pm
Thanks Cal.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 6:15 pm
In the meantime, this is what tough, male Zionist Entity cops do.

http://972mag.com/commander-admits-undercover-israeli-officers-threw-stones-at-soldiers-in-bilin/44802/


Commander admits: Undercover Israeli officers threw stones at soldiers in Bil’in
Haggai Matar

May 7, 2012

Seven years after the incident took place, an officer in the elite 'Metzada’ unit of the Israel Prison Service admits that his subordinates threw stones at soldiers in Bil’in – as part of their mission.


At the time, almost nobody believed what the activists had said. The village of Bil’in was organizing one of its first mass demonstrations against the fence built on its lands, in the very early days of the local popular struggle. Organizers made a special point of making sure that no stones would be thrown at the soldiers at any point of this specific demonstration, in April 2005, even if the soldiers were to attack first – which was and to this day still is the trigger to attacks against them.

However, as the demonstration progressed towards the construction site of the fence, several young men of Arab appearance, unknown to organizers and thought to have come from neighboring villages, started throwing stones, giving the soldiers the queue cue they needed to disperse the demonstration with tear gas and make arrests. According to several witnesses, leaders in the popular struggle approached the young men and asked them to stop throwing stones – at which point the strangers pulled out concealed guns and handcuffs and arrested the people who asked them to stop. It would later be made known that these were combatants in the IPS elite anti-riot unit Metzada ("Masada"), lent to the army to infiltrate demonstrations and make them violent. And yet – most Israelis would not believe this story.


Now, seven years later, the IPS admits that its combatants threw stones at soldiers. As published in Haaretz Monday morning, a commander in the Metzada unit admitted as much in a trial against MK Mohammed Barake (Hadash). Barake, who attended the demonstration, is charged with assault against a Border Police officer at the scene, apparently as an attempt to de-arrest a local activist captured by the undercover agents. During his testimony the commander told the court that his subordinates had thrown stones "in the general direction" of soldiers. He and other unit members also repeated the claim that they saw Barake strangling a policeman.



The trial is only taking place now since Members of Knesset can only be prosecuted after a long procedure that requires special permission from a Knesset committee. Barake is also charged with assault against another policeman in a Tel Aviv demonstration during the Second War on Lebanon in 2006.
MK Barakeh and police at a Tel Aviv demonstration against 2nd Lebanon War, 2006 (Oren Ziv / Activestills)



The same Metzada unit is also responsible for the killing of two Palestinian inmates and abuse of many others – as exposed last year on Israel’s Channel 2 show "Uvda." An internal IPS video broadcast during the show proves that the unit initiated a drill with the aim of lifting the combatants’ spirits. The drill went bad, a riot started, and inmates were killed even though no risk came to the servicemen’s lives.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (990)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 6:28 pm
Woe be it to John D to ever post anything and anything positive at all about anything. He is a Negative Nellie of theFirst Order. Thi sarticle is not about women in other parts of the ARab World. I don't think you bothered to read it before you commented, as usual, John..

Cut the bullocks John and post something for yourself for a change instead of just piggybacking on others' articles. Your reluctance to do so reflects your lack of conviction perhaps but certainly lack of courage to face the certain criticism that would come if you ever posted an article of your own here.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 2:42 am
Cal M

You're the one who can't read. I specifically stated that I wasn't going to read an article that began with a clear lie; I can get my information from elsewhere and I already knew about this initiative.

As for your other comments, you can't tell me what to do - I am my own person. Nor am I paid by the Zionist Entity to sit in front of my computer screen all day long to post puerile propaganda, as you seem to be.

http://www.eutimes.net/2009/12/israel-paying-agents-to-post-pro-israel-propaganda-on-internet-forums-blogs/
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 4:10 am
Cal - The article did begin with "It is rare to see women police officers on the streets in any part of the Arab world" and then you complain because John challenges this? As for courage, I see John face criticism time after time, he doesn't put out a call for help for everyone to defend his honor. It also would be courageous for you to call out those who do nothing but promote hatred; like Elaine or Bob A., and confront them as vigorously as you do to John because he challenges the opening premise of YOUR article. I don't see you castigating posters from your friend list who have never posted an article since they joined Care2. Kind of hypocritical in my opinion.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (990)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 4:44 am
Well, Margaret "nice" to see you back and I think that you do a fine job of exposing extremism yourself. I am posting these articles, which none of them is really. The resentment comes only from someone who has to use someone else's work to launch and use his own for his own purposes It does't apply to people like you who have always done their own work and posted their own articles and opinions. I also always respected those opinions despite our personal differences. It's not MY article, Margaret. I didn't write the article,I posted it

It seems a bit disingenuous, sanctimonious and nit-picking to call it "MY" article. If you're trying to make a point, you don't have to be obtuse, sarcastic, or snidely about it.no matter how much you don't like me.

BTW, Given your attitudes towards me, John doesn't have to ever call for aid, he has a willing partner in you despite his extreme positions and agitprop that he posts regularly. How lucky you both are--enjoy each other!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 9:37 am
You weren't calling me an extremist when you were complaining about your other friends not standing up for you, now were you. What, perchance, is "I am posting these articles, which none of them is really." this supposed to mean????

The point is you have no problem castigating John on bring up something which is stated right in the introduction for posting negative comments, but have no problem tolerating them when Elaine does it or when Bob does it. Then it is completely accetpable.

You are always the one referring to it as "YOUR" article all of the time. I was just being respectful. You refer to what you post as "YOUR' article to the point that one would think that you had actually wrote it.

 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 10:26 am
Margaret, by fighting extremism I am not "promoting hatred", I am fighting it even when it tries to hide behind leftist or treacherous words.

You, in turn, will defend and protect John, though John refuses to recognize Israel and tries to convert dicussion on any issue in the Arab world to blaming "all-powerful Zionists".

Cal wrote about a positive development in the Arab world. You know how women are treated in many of Arab countries - they are not even allowed leave their house without male supervisor, but yet you somehow are not happy that here these Palestinian Arab women can do more than cook food at home.

What is that, Margaret, you really are placing Koran before humans?

 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 10:34 am
John, nobody assumes that you are paid by "Zionist Entity" - Israel is simply too poor and cannot afford it.

I would assume Iran to be the sponsor - Iran got lots of oil $$. Some of these $$ surely can be spent on averting attention from Iran getting nukes and blackmailing the world over Hormuz closures to Israeli strikes which won't happen. You constantly promote Shia interests in Iranian configuration, and worth a lot to them.

People supporting Israel come from all ways of lives - including bikers who came to buy Israeli liquor in Toronto to answer Islamists' calls for boycott. About ten-twenty of Islamists made a few good photos and left, while thousands of people flooded the store and bought everything Israeli. The store owner wished more such "Israeli boycott campaigns" to happen.

You still don't get that Islamist aggression may result in a response?
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 11:02 am
I think it great that women are being brought into equality with men to over come religious stereo typing of women. It must really gall the religious extremists to be collared by a woman.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (990)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 2:41 pm
Margaret, now you are playing semantic games. "Iamposting these articles' is excactly what it purports and is universally (almost) understood as in I am posting articles forma n outside source and posting it here/. Yor point is really getting a bit stretched there.

If John weren't attacking me and were just attacking the article's viewpoint, I would have no problem with it, but he insists on personal attacks and that is where I do and should draw the line. I welcome conflicting views, but shooting the messenger isn't the same thing as shooting the message. You can get that, but John doesn't or he chooses to ignore it. Either way, that's the difference between John and the others you mention and why I treat them differently. If they attacked me personally that would be a different story, but they don't in their comments.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 5:25 pm
Cal.

Are you honestly trying to say that you have no agenda at all? That all of those tendentrious and propagandistic articles you have posted on Syria, for example, have not reflected a certain viewpoint, shared by you?

Please don't try to say that I am wrong. When I attacked those articles and posted actual facts, which you pooh-poohed at the time but which are now admitted in the mainstream media even, you alleged that I was in the pay of dark forces.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 5:35 pm
Cal, you just don't understand Islamist mentality: get rid of the opponents - and you get all the facts exactly like you want them to be.

John managed to lump Israel, Saudis and Al-Queda in his magnificent conspiracy theory as forces fighting Syria. Well, if Israel did want to do something to Assad, they could also send a humanitarian convor, or two - like those Iranians sent to Palestinian Arabs, and starving Syrian army would just disperse.

Assad is OK for Israel, because with all his rhetoric he kept peace. But Johns can't let things go without blaming Israel for something, like food without salt.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 8:13 pm
"Margaret, now you are playing semantic games."

Really? Know I am calling it like I see it. You have pretty strong words for John, but have nothing to say to people who are saying pretty terrible things. You also hold John to a standard (in regard to posting articles), but don't call your friends who haven't posted an article in the past 2 years on it.

It is nice to actually now state that you post these articles from elsewhere, because I have seen thread after thread of you complaining and whining about other people having the temerity to call you on your posts. The first response is always about how much you do, as if others don't post a bizillion articles, including some from pretty shady "news" outlets, aren't as concerned or passionate about an issue. The second defense is to accuse people of posting on few issues rather than the whole spectrum. And when all else fails, call them antisemitic and call it good.

John had made a pretty valid point. According to him, Arab women do work on the front line. You certainly could have rebutted it, but instead told him he was a coward. Where is there cowardice in him challenging the premise of the article? Perhaps John's mode of posting in regard to the article maybe due to some of the blasting and ad hominem attacks he has received from Cal's Cult.

Bob A - you really are not even worth this sentence I am typing. A complete waste of time.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday May 10, 2012, 7:17 am
Margaret, I won't appraise your worth - it would be a personal attack - but your writing deserves a strong condemnation.

You are saying that "Arab women do work on the front line". In a very few Arab countries, mind you, VERY FEW. Under strict Sharia laws, genders are to be segregated, and even aged male hair dressers were fired in Gaza after if was occupied by Hamas Islamists.

You describe yourself as Jewish and frequently post quotes from Jewish authors, you live in Canada. That's fine. You just don't know much about Islamist culture, and whenever you hear any critique against Islamists you start lumping and defneing all Muslims, as if all Muslims are Islamists. Your intervention, no matter what motivates you, damages the cause of Muslim moderates and opens doors for extremist Johns.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (990)
Thursday May 10, 2012, 3:19 pm
Bob, no you are wrong. It is precisely because i do get John's strategy that I protest it because the agenda is such that it is painfully clear that he is a rejecitonist bynature of the state of Israel which he euphemizes "The zionist Entity?. Its fine to have an imagination and wish for things to be different. It isn't fine to just post extremist views without considering and altering views when the facts don't appear to support them.

Margaret ever in her clever mode, labels those who follow articles I post as "Cal's Cult' . They are far from a homogenous group whatsoever, and I think they probably resent labels like this no matter where they stand on issues pertaining to Israel and other matters. They are individuals with heir own viewpoints and sometimes they do go too far. One thing that they do cshare though is not criticizing the perosn who posts the article, rather than the contents of the article.
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Speaking VERY clearly and plainly Margaret, the freedom to post articles here is the reason that I am posting here and I think probably has something to do why others are here and post also. John doesn't have to like my articles and welcome his criticism of the article. If he really wants alternative viewpoints, he can probably get friends like You and Your clan, which I'll call "Margaret's Mob" (turnabout is fair play after all) to post articles that are more to his liking. If you or he don't like where I post articles from ("Pretty shady news outlets") you can post your own or not. It's just TDB Margaret--you don't have to like it--Now that's a news flash!!

Trying to regulate the articles I post just won't do and you would resent it as I do with your inferences if I did the same!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 10, 2012, 3:42 pm
Cal - I don't have a mob, in fact, I travel solo, unlike you who send out to how many people to come and defend your honour everytime you are challenged and inform those who do not post a bizillion articles daily that they are quite not up to snuff. I didn't say you could post whatever you chose to post Cal. I certainly do though have the right to post my opinion on the many questionable sources you post. It seems with you, it is volume, now quality.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (990)
Thursday May 10, 2012, 4:00 pm
Margaret--I don't have a cult either of course. I think those who comments on my articles can be quite diverse in opinion and background and are quite often.

You don't acquit yourself well on the quality end with your comments sometimes either, Margaret.
Defending people who are attacking not only my articles but me on a regular basis for posting them like you did here with John D isn't a quality one should be bragging about!

By the way, I post about 10-15 articles a day, neither the highest nor the lowest . And The days of calling on others to defend my honour are long gone at this point.

I agree with you on your last point wholeheartedly about the right to post for both of us--maybe we can keep something positive from that!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 11, 2012, 3:39 am
Oh Cal. What a load of self-serving tosh you post.

You've insultesd me and my views on many occasions and have never apologised when I've been proven right, as I was about Syria. Indeed, you carried on posting the same old propaganda.

And do you remember this post of mine? Here you supported ethnic cleansing and genocide.

"http://www.care2.com/news/member/656377580/3178905





And just to show everyone exactly what Cal M is about, I'll reproduce for latecomers to the thread one of my posts that shows the shocking genocide Cal M is advocating:--

The racist nutjob Elaine A says this:--

"I wish my BIBI would blow them off the face of the earth just like he needs to do to Imanutjob in Iran."

Then Cal M says this:--

"Green Star sent to Elaine a"

If there were any doubts at all of the vileness of our Mr Mendelsohn and his true views, they have been revealed for all here. He endorses a post which calls for mass murder and genocide. "
 

Charles O. (209)
Friday May 11, 2012, 3:47 am
From the article:

> A functioning police force is a key building block in the Palestinian's quest for statehood.

This explains why Israel frequently bombs police stations!

. .

Cal writes:

> Your reluctance to do so reflects your lack of conviction perhaps but certainly lack of courage to face the certain criticism that would come if you ever posted an article of your own here.

I DO post articles here, from time to time. They invariably disappear, soon after they are posted. I've concluded that submitting articles is a waste of time. It's more productive to comment on articles that have been submitted by people who have the power to make articles visible.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 11, 2012, 4:11 am
Charles O cuts to the quick, as usual. We all know about the massacre of traffic cops in the genicidal attack in Gaza. Perhaps some of them were women:--

http://www.isiswomen.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1219&Itemid=10

In Gaza, Policewomen Get Back to Starting Out Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 April 2009 09:38
by Eman Mohammed, Women’s e-News

(Editor’s Note: This story was originally published by Women’s e-News on 19 April 2009 and can be found on this URL: http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm?aid=3984)

Every morning Mariam Al-Bursh prepares a bottle of milk for her 1-year-old baby. Then she gets her badge and gun.

In the Gaza strip, which is controlled by the Islamic resistance movement Hamas, a female police officer’s day begins, in several ways, like that of many of her counterparts around the world.

But there are key differences.

There’s the uniform, for instance, in a society where ultra-modest dress codes mean the typical female apparel is a long wide gown, or Jilbab, and head scarf. Sometimes it’s even a face-covering veil with only a slit for the eyes.

The new female police force in Gaza--formed a year and a half ago, with about 1,000 police officers and growing--adapts by wearing a long, dark blue skirt, a blue tunic and a head scarf.

They also have their own special routine.

In addition to processing office paperwork, they undergo physical training to help police handle girls and women during raids and to break up altercations between women and female teens.
Thrust Into New Roles

But the new female forces in Gaza only had a year on the job before catastrophe struck. On December 27, 2008, more than 60 police stations and compounds were hit by Israeli missiles as part of the 23-day-long war. Many policewomen were thrust into the role of evacuating civilians from dangerous buildings.

One of them was Mariam Al-Bursh.

At one point during the concerted late-December attacks on the police facilities she was helping lead people from a police compound, Eman Hasan, a colleague of hers, said in a recent phone interview.

Hasan said Al-Bursh had to guide people past the dead body of her own husband, who had been killed in one of the air raids on the building.

“Mariam was the top leader among us,” Hasan told Women’s eNews. “Everything went crazy and hundreds of our policemen colleagues were killed, including her husband, but she held it together and evacuated us all.”

Ghada Hassan, 30, a member of the police’s legal division, helps to prepare cases for court.

“We are well trained on dealing with dangerous situations and defending ourselves and others, especially women,” she said. “It’s this sense of duty that keeps us going. Even when the attacks started we were able to handle it well, although no one had seen it coming since we are policewomen and policemen, not terrorists.”
Little Family Support

Many of the policewomen say they get little encouragement or support for the path-breaking line of work they have chosen.

“My mother and brother didn’t agree with the idea of a girl working as a police officer, or anything of that kind,” Hanady Karso, 26, a recruit in the investigation division, said.

But she added that her mother and brother will probably understand one day. “I believe that my colleagues and I are doing a big favor for people in Gaza by protecting women and giving them more privacy. We also help our male colleagues when raiding houses of suspected drug dealers or criminals.”

Aisha Abu Nada, 50, is an investigator in the new female division. The mother of seven said that unlike many of her colleagues, her family didn’t offer any opposition.

She attributed that to her background as a practicing lawyer. She said she changed fields because she wanted a new experience and thought that she could help her community by serving in the police force. Nada said two of her daughters have joined the force, with her encouragement.

Nada, however, has had to give up her new line of work. Her house was badly damaged when an Israeli warplane shelled a neighbor's house. After that she decided to stay home to take care of her younger children, who were badly upset by the attack, and to help rebuild their home.

In an interview before he was killed in the police compound attack in late December, Tawfiq Jaber, director of police in Gaza, spoke highly of the progress the force had made in establishing its female forces and gaining surprisingly widespread social support. “In a very short time we have gone very far with the female division, which means we are on the right track.”

Jaber was killed by an air raid during a graduation party held for police students about to become members of his police unit.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 11, 2012, 4:14 am
For those people who can't be bothered to read the whole article, I'll reproduce this part of it, with a heavy heart:--

"One of them was Mariam Al-Bursh.

"At one point during the concerted late-December attacks on the police facilities she was helping lead people from a police compound, Eman Hasan, a colleague of hers, said in a recent phone interview.

"Hasan said Al-Bursh had to guide people past the dead body of her own husband, who had been killed in one of the air raids on the building.

"“Mariam was the top leader among us,” Hasan told Women’s eNews. “Everything went crazy and hundreds of our policemen colleagues were killed, including her husband, but she held it together and evacuated us all.” "
 

Charles O. (209)
Friday May 11, 2012, 4:14 am
John D. writes:

> It might do the writer (and the person who posted this tosh) actually to visit the Arab world. There are policewomen in the front line in Morocco, Tunisia, Syria to name but 3. Algeria too.

. .

Way back in 2003, I saw a picture of an Iraqi women's militia training with firearms. In Iran, 27% of the representatives in Parliament are women, and women serve in Ahmadinejad's cabinet. In universities, women outnumber men.

These are facts that the war-making powers prefer to keep hidden. They want us to believe that they are bombing women into "Freedom!", so they feed us "News" based on stereotypes, paranoia and projection. They need us to believe that women are so grievously oppressed that women are begging the Ziosphere to bomb them and reduce their countries to rubble.

. .

I think we should thank Cal for finding a way to make articles in the "World" category visible. However misguided and skewed, Cal's submissions give us a forum for dialoguing about the Middle East. If Cal were to stop submitting, our dialogue would end and the Middle East would vanish from the Care2 universe.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 11, 2012, 4:21 am
And the article's premise is still rubbish. It is biased and propagandistic; I am disgusted with Aunty Beeb.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_enforcement_in_Jordan

Jordan was the first Arab country to recruit women to its police, and opened a women's police academy in Amman in 1972.... Assignment opportunities expanded steadily after the program began.... Some also served in street patrols and traffic control in Amman and in border security.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 11, 2012, 4:26 am
Yemeni ministry praises female officers, pledges to support their careers
MENA, Thursday 5 Jan 2012

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/30984/World/Region/Yemen-recruited--female-police-officers-in--Defenc.aspx

The Yemeni defence ministry announced on Thursday that it had recruited 145 female police officers in 2011.

A security source at the ministry said the female officers had been highly efficient in their police and security work. He added that the ministry would continue to support the women in their careers and recruit more women in the future.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 11, 2012, 4:41 am
Based on real officers in Casa, this series portrays the work of female investigators in Morocco.

http://lakhmari.over-blog.net/categorie-10183096.html



El Kadia est une série policière en 9 épisodes diffusés sur 3 saisons par 2M. Elle met en scène le personnage de Zineb Hajjami, officier de la brigade scientifique. L'officier Hajjami est tout à la fois scientifique, profiler et enquêtrice. Elle est surtout la meilleure flic qui soit et l'incarnation d'une nouvelle génération de représentants de la loi.
 

Charles O. (209)
Friday May 11, 2012, 4:49 am
Thank you, John D., for this informative article.

http://www.isiswomen.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1219&Itemid=10

Original URL:

http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm?aid=3984

From your article, I have learned that Hamas has been using women in the police force for the last five years:

> The new female police force in Gaza -- formed a year and a half ago, with about 1,000 police officers and growing -- adapts by wearing a long, dark blue skirt, a blue tunic and a head scarf. .... But the new female forces in Gaza only had a year on the job before catastrophe struck. On December 27, 2008, more than 60 police stations and compounds were hit by Israeli missiles as part of the 23-day-long war. Many policewomen were thrust into the role of evacuating civilians from dangerous buildings.

-- Eman Mohammed, "In Gaza, Policewomen Get Back to Starting Out", *Women's E-News*, 23 Apr 2009

. .

How ironic! Hamas, the organization that dumbed-down Americans and Israelis are trained to Hate and Fear, turns out to be more progressive than Fatah!

I am not a fan of Hamas or of Islamic organizations in general. But I am willing to give credit where credit is due.

The war-making powers want us to demonize Islam, so that they can whip us into a blind war-frenzy. I would rather subject Islam and other religions to helpful criticism. Demonization is a form of self-delusion: We hurt ourselves as much as we hurt the thing we're supposed to Fear and Hate. The demons exist only in our own minds: The supposed "Enemy" is actually just a projection of our own dark side.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 11, 2012, 5:02 am
Charles O

"they feed us "News" based on stereotypes, paranoia and projection."

I got an email from a Dutch acquaintance, a consultant in ME affairs. It just goes to show the propaganda pumped out to us as utterly false. As an aside, at the end of his email he wrote this:--



"By the way I bought my copy of Borat in Teheran..

and my copy of Bruno too...."

I too bought a French language copy of Bruno in the souk here in my provincial town and my Moroccan friends watched it in amazement!
 
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