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Coming together in dark days

A few hours before I shall light the first candle at nightfall I shall look at the 1st day of Chanukah but also shall see how many come to celebrate a feast, they also call the feast of light, but has its main day on the birthday of the goddess of light, December 25. Lots of heathen but also lots of Christians shall have little candles in their decorated trees.

In my home the coming days there’ll also be some light, spiritual and literal, to have me thinking of the wonders of the Most High. The Eternal Being have been for ever, having made us in His image, has always been prepared to be there for those who want to be with Him. These present times there may be lots of darkness, violence and hate against each other. The heavenly Creator never created the human beings to go fighting against each other. Those people who claim to be lovers of God, be it Jews, Christians or Muslims, should all feel united under the same umbrella of their Divine Creator. Especially in these darker and colder days of the year we should make more time to come in each others warm houses to feel the generous warmth of solidarity.

It is in those darker days when we do not have to go to work, but can enjoy some free time, that we should bring up remembrances of how we and our ancestors grew up. We must become aware of how our minds get filled with lots of stuff as we grow from baby to adult, and how we are modelled by it. Growing up we come to certain believes and want to follow certain ideas. The beliefs we create are part of what forms our being, but they are also based on our genetic heritage, what other’s tell us, and what we accept as fact based on our experiences.  (Which explains why siblings can be alike or different and also why some twins raised in separate home turn out to have similar tastes and beliefs.)

English: The Byzantine army under Nikephoros P...

English: The Byzantine army under Nikephoros Phokas captures Halep (Berrhoea), Syria, in February 963. Ελληνικά: Κατάληψη του Χαλεπίου (αρχαία Βέρροια) της Συρίας από τον βυζαντινό στρατό του Νικηφόρου Φωκά, Φεβρουάριος 963. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The day that Byzantine troops led by Nicephorus Phocas, who had lead an expedition against the Saracen Emirate of Crete, and stormed Chandax and wrested control of the entire island from the Muslims, in 961 defeated Moslem forces and seized Aleppo, we once more have a picture of a destroyed Aleppo and a ruined city of Mosul.

As the 10th century temporary turn of events could not have been good for the Jews who had been living in Aleppo since Biblical times because it was the Moslem conquest of the city in 636 that removed the disabilities placed on the Jews by the Byzantines. Lots of times the Jews had to face difficulties and many generations had to suffer under persecution, like the ones who found themselves squeezed out of the major cities and ports into the area known as White Russia on  this day in 1791 when Great empress of Russia Russian Yekaterina Velikaya, also known as Catherine II (the Great) created the Pale of Settlement.

When tonight I, like the Jewish troops with General Sherman, who kindle the first light of Chanukah in Savannah, GA. in 1864 (24th of Kislev, 5625) I’ll try to remember the good thing which happened to the Jewish community and the many signs which proof that they are a special blessed people. The world shall have to know that the Jews are the Chosen people who have been promised to reside in a Holy Land. This Holy Land may perhaps be something lots of people will not like to see realised, but the world must know that the Plan of the Most High Maker shall become a reality.

In the ancient books is being told of that Great Plan. Not only Jews know of it; Christians and Muslims are also told about the prospects believers in God may expect. In the Torah the Most High calls people to share the news of a Messiah, a liberator for all. Generally lots of Jews look perhaps at a different Messiah than the Messianic Jews and Christians. Though perhaps because many of the Hebrew people forgot about their Creator, it can well be that This Holy Creator made His call also clear to the goy or goyim. For that reason Christians and Jews should look at each other, know their roots, know their common writings, and should learn from each other how to prepare themselves for the day that Messiah may come or return to this earth for finally bringing to Jerusalem full glory, as the capital of the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Jewish wedding in Aleppo, Syria, 1914.

Jewish wedding in Aleppo, Syria, 1914. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though thick-skinned the Jews always tried to find a way to survive, never loosing their faith in their Maker and the hope in the promise made to him by their patriarch Abraham. Christians and Muslims today should also know that the Most High spoke about a terrible time, when more natural disasters would come over man, but also where children would come to stand up against their parents, and religions would come to fight against each other. We may well see lots of signs described in the Holy Scriptures as being the sings of the Endtimes.

Not having the pretension to be a spiritual leader or rabbi, but looking at the Torah, I can only come to the impression we have arrived in times that those who really love God should come together, unite and should come to spread the Good News. Lovers of God should spread the love and message of peace. Together they should become strong to help each other in the coming difficult times. By helping each other to come to understand each their way of life and come to see the religious teachings having to grow to a point where they shall be in line with God His teaching and not keeping any more to human dogmatic teachings.

Perhaps not regularly writing here, nor on my own site, I am honoured that I am allowed to share some thoughts from the Holy Scriptures and that I hopefully may show some ways Jews see the world and hold their religion high. By bringing also some news from the Jewish site I do hope this shall shed some light on present and future events and shall bring some more mutual understanding between the different religious groups our world has created .

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Additional reading

  1. Roman, Aztec and other rites still influencing us today
  2. Holidays, holy days and traditions
  3. Germanic mythological influences up to today’s Christmas celebrations
  4. Solstice, Saturnalia and Christmas-stress
  5. Pagan Holidays
  6. The imaginational war against Christmas
  7. Objects around the birth and death of Jesus
  8. With child and righteousness greater than the law
  9. Continues Syrian conflict needing not only dialogue
  10. To freeze the fighting in Aleppo
  11. Old texts saved behind a wall at the Mar Behnam monastery

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Further related articles

  1. Living Beyond Our World
  2. Chankkah
  3. Toldos – Generations
  4. Happy Chanukah, Y’all!
  5. Holiday Traditions – Chanukah
  6. Our Style: Happy Chanukah!

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Evil wins when the good does not act.

‘Level 4’ is now a concept
The attacks in Brussels on 22 March were nothing short of vile. It was a tragedy, a disaster that everyone experienced as totally reprehensible. Everyone, in their anger and desperation, was looking for words they could not find. At the same time to remain silent or do nothing was not an option. Thousands gathered in squares and other public places. They marched in silence, sang, wrote things down, burned candles or laid down flowers. One did not want to give in but give a clear sign.

This happening between people surpassed us.
When language is not available, we reach out for symbols. A symbol can express without words the indignation, sadness and compassion that lives within us . A symbol is more however than just a ‘sign’.

“The symbols we use are real , in the sense that they work and do not fail their effect“,

wrote Han Fortmann once. A society that is criticised for being individualistic, experienced a kind of renaissance of ‘shared values’ on the 22nd of March in its solidarity with the victims and in its compassion with the families. This rebirth did however not remove the calamity that happened to us.

It put things in a perspective.
If terror seeks destruction and chaos , at the same time it creates its opposites. In tears, but through the madness it mobilised citizens who chanted:

We are not afraid!”

The rubble of destruction had to make place for defiance, while chaos was immediately transformed into solidarity, togetherness and commitment.

“To cry is the first prophetic deed in human history. Only when we have the capacity to cry with others, in compassion, can we change the culture of death into a culture of life”.

BzN-Mov Without a Name-Logo_EN– Hyun Kyung Chung

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Previous articles

Just be yourself…

From Guestwriters 2015 in review

Christians at War? Christians using violence?

Before you blame All Muslims for the terrorist attack in Paris

Paris, in Retrospect

Tears for Belgium

Bruxelles Ma Belle

A darker and stranger place

Il terrorismo è l’urlo di un bambino al buio

Bringers of agony, Trained in Belgium and Syria

A charter for a truly free world and why we need it

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Kwaad wint als goed niets doet

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Additional reading

  1. A world in denial
  2. Christian fundamentalism as dangerous as Muslim fundamentalism
  3. Public not informed enough about Jihad terrorism in Belgium
  4. Summary for the year 2015 #1 Threat and fear
  5. 2015 Human rights
  6. Brussels’ Jewish Museum re-opened on Sunday
  7. Brussels-born Salah Abdeslam key suspect Paris terrorist attacks
  8. Daesh hits heart of Europe
  9. A Black day for Belgium – Brussels Airport ravage
  10. Knife-trust in democratic sore back
  11. Tears for Belgium
  12. Reaction from U.S.A. President Barack Obama
  13. De getuigen bij Pauw zijn bekende uit dezelfde hoek
  14. What Associated Press released on Wednesday 23 March 2016
  15. Iranian media implicitly accuse Erdogan to have known of the Bruxelles’s attacks in advance
  16. Hard questions
  17. Terrorist attacks in brussels
  18. Social media, sympathy & shocks
  19. Belgian Muslims Refusing to Aid Police in Finding Terrorists
  20. Europe unites to defeat terror
  21. Silence, devotion, Salafists, quietists, weaponry, bombings, books, writers and terrorists
  22. Internet meeting 2016 March 30, Tuesday
  23. Is God behind all suffering here on earth

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Further reading

  1. Conflict, Attack and Situations That Seem Impossible to Overcome
  2. How to face new waves of terrorism
  3. Muslim Options in the West
  4. Islamic State committing genocide against Yazidis: U.N.
  5. Terror
  6. U.S. officials say American Muslims do report extremist threats
  7. ISIS working to send operatives to the West for further attacks: US spy chief
  8. Right-wing homegrown extremism continues to be ignored
  9. The Danger Of “Right-Wing Extremists”
  10. Because “you can’t handle the truth..”
  11. The good the bad and the unsettling
  12. “Bad as it is that President Obama refuses to use the words “Islamist terror,” it’s far worse that he’s put blinders on everyone who’s supposed to be keeping America safe”
  13. Killing of Two Police Officers in Paris a ‘Terrorist Act’, President Hollande Says
  14. French police alerted to possible arrival of extremist fighters
  15. In Brussels police arrest 12 ‘plotting to attack during Belgium-Ireland match’
  16. Belgian authorities charge 3 in major anti-terror raid
  17. What in the world?
  18. Citizen With Firearm Stops Muslim Terrorist
  19. How To Stop Most Homegrown Terrorists—-Shutdown The FBI Sting Operations | David Stockman’s Contra Corner
  20. CIA Chief: ISIS Still a Threat
  21. G. Edward Griffin: This Story Could Be the Smoking Gun For All False-Flag Ops :: The Last Great Stand
  22. A Week of Terror
  23. War on Terror_ Nothing is as it appears to be
  24. France will see further terror attacks: PM
  25. My terrorists: rich old white guys
  26. Countering Jihad
  27. Not Islamic terror
  28. ISIS killer posts chilling Facebook video after murdering French policeman and wife
  29. Crimes and misdemeanors of Pulse shooting
  30. Not again!!!!
  31. Terrorism too close to home …
  32. American Bataclan?
  33. Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Questions and Anomalies Surround ‘Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History’ « Memory Hole
  34. How America’s Mass Shooters Now Use Weapons of War | Mother Jones
  35. The Orlando massacre: the lies, the exploitation and unasked questions | The Vineyard of the Saker
  36. Flawed, Angry, Grief-Stricken – But We Will Not Succumb to Terror
  37. French police march silently to honor ISIS attack victims
  38. A Distressing Morning
  39. The Orlando Morass
  40. Orlando suspicions: Multiple shooters, multiple ‘motives’ and a siege that just doesn’t add up | Truth and Shadows
  41. Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston! | Fauquier Free Citizen
  42. Orlando ‘Known Wolf’ Watched by FBI, Worked with DHS, Amid Crisis Actors, Drills & CI’s
  43. City Officials Reportedly Won’t Turnover Fire Code Inspection Records For Pulse Nightclub | LawNewz
  44. Orlando attack: Gunman’s ‘struggle with his true sexuality’ could have made him snap
  45. Orlando gunman describes himself as ‘Islamic soldier’ in chilling 911 transcripts
  46. 19 June 2016. A Foreign Response to Orlando
  47. “Gun sales surge among gays, lesbians after Orlando shooting”
  48. Did FBI Informants Assist Mateen in the Orlando Shooting?
  49. Exploiting the Orlando nightmare
  50. Jimm Fallon Addresses Orlando Shootings In ‘Tonight Show’ Monologue
  51. Orlando Shooting: Is God Hate or Love?
  52. Obama’s cerebral reaction to terror tested in Orlando
  53. Pulse Nightclub Shooting Original Tribute Song
  54. Threats against Muslims must stop after Orlando attack: US
  55. Tens of thousands attend Orlando vigil
  56. My Opinion on… Orlando
  57. My Thoughts for Orlando
  58. Thoughts on the latest terror attack
  59. Bubble Explosion: The Orlando Tragedy
  60. Man Who Claims To Be Omar Mateen’s Gay Lover Says The Orlando Shooting Was Revenge, Not Terror
  61. “Gun sales surge among gays, lesbians after Orlando shooting”
  62. Taliban suicide bomber kills at least 14 in Afghan capital
  63. Boko Haram Attacks Force 50,000 to Flee Homes
  64. Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Attacked Ogun State
  65. Millitants Finding their way in Ogun State – Commissioner of Police
  66. Taliban suicide bombing kills 14 Nepalese guards in Kabul
  67. A theory of attacks?
  68. The Outrageous Attack on Conservative Christians After the Orlando Massacre
  69. Still Redacted, Still Deceiving
  70. Zero tolerance for hate speech, says Shanmugam
  71. The eyes of free will
  72. #27 – Hatebreed / Madball / Hate Eternal /Terror
  73. #75: Coward
  74. Conspiracy theorists are harassing the families of women killed in mass shootings
  75. Man arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of terrorism
  76. November lectures in US: How the Mideast will react to the election
  77. 6 troops killed, 14 injured in car bomb attack on Syria border
  78. Terror v Trust
  79. Sharia and Freedom
  80. War and Ignorance
  81. Love breeds Love, so does Hate breeds…
  82. Does one person have control to stop Every bad thing in the world?
  83. Hatred and Division Make Me Sick
  84. Capitulo 4 – Indicios

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Bruxelles Ma Belle

Some people complain that Europeans do not show such a solidarity, like now for Brussels and Paris, when something happens in places like Ankara. They often forget that the other places are very far away from the beds of those Europeans who now felt the terror close to their own home.

It would be nice if people would show more solidarity with the innocent victims at other places, but the big problem is that every day something gruesome happens somewhere in the world and we can’t stay off work every day to go on the streets to show our sorrow for them.

But what we all can do every day is to show our fellow man that we are here for him or her and that we appreciate him or her for what or how he or she is.

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To remember

  • Brussels attacks = scorched forever onto memory, =/= care about attacks in other parts of the world.
  • this year 223 terrorist incidents around the world.
  • which ones have greatest affect

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Preceding articles:

Human tragedy need to be addressed at source

Remain lovingly = No path for softies

Solidarité: The Paris Attack and the Refugee Crisis

Refugees At The Border- A Blessing Or Burden?

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Find also to read:

  1. March 22 2016, attacks in Brussels at airport and metro
  2. Daesh hits heart of Europe
  3. Tears for Belgium
  4. Reaction from U.S.A. President Barack Obama
  5. For those who call the Brussels Airport attacks a fake or a conspiracy of the government
  6. What Associated Press released on Wednesday 23 March 2016
  7. US President, Barack Obama Condemns The Outrageous Brussels Attacks
  8. Message of Pope Francis I for the 48th World Communications Day

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Remain lovingly = No path for softies

BZN Liefdevol blijven

Remain lovingly. No path for softies.

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David Grégoire Van Reybrouck Flemish Belgian author who writes historical fiction, literary non-fiction, novels, poetry, plays and academic texts. He has received several Dutch literary prizes, including AKO Literature Prize (2010) and Libris History Prize.

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Jens Stoltenberg

One hears language of war here and there as a reaction to acts of terror worldwide. In his opinion column David Van Reybrouck pleads for other forms of resoluteness than war language. Immediately after the attacks in Norway the Prime Minister Stoltenberg pleaded frankly for

“more democracy, more openness, more participation“.

In this climate of violence we need this connective thinking. Violence starts indeed  where people allow themselves to be played off against each other and point at innocent people.

Only light can conquer darkness.
Last november ,’Hart boven Hard‘ (Heart above Hard) and other similar organisations have organised simultaneous “silent wakes”   in various towns in solidarity with all the victims of terror attacks and wars. Under the common motto “together against hate” the civil movement invites as many people as possible to make a gesture against violence, polarising and terrorism.
Also the youth brigade Tony! takes to the streets in order to commit hopeful attacks. In the autumn they drove through the city and projected connecting messages onto public buildings like the MAS. With this wildbeam action these young people offer a constructive counterweight. They choose for radical hope as a last freedom of the human being. The freedom to choose how we want to deal with the things thrown at us today.

An alternative for fear begins with …. YOU!
Every person who chooses resolutely every day to stay lovingly, to accept dialogue, to choose for encounter, knows that this is not an easy path to take. Resistance, disappointment, desperation are part of it. Resilience is a must. Notwithstanding this MWN summons – already for over 55 years – to choose this path. To keep trusting. Also when it becomes difficult. Because we keep believing in the silent force of many citizens who together keep delivering small , meaningful deeds. As a silent protest.

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The present and 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

The Dalai Lama has spread a similar message :

“Violence is a reaction of shortsighted people that have lost the plot. At 81 I believe that violence cannot be solved by prayers or Governments. We have to create change at an individual level and then spread this to your neighbourhood and the society”.

BzN-Mov Without a Name-Logo_EN

BZN or MWN Who we are & What we do;

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Original Dutch Version /Nederlandse versie: Liefdevol blijven = Geen weg voor softies

 

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Additional reading

  1. Muslim Grooming (Rape) Gangs and Sharia
  2. When the wind blows hard on a tree
  3. Hope does not disappoint us
  4. If you do pray you shall not be disappointed

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Further reading

  1. ‘I try to keep my hate in check. If you can’t hate, you can’t love.’
  2. Resistance (1)
  3. Resistance (2)
  4. Defiance vs Resistance
  5. ‘Let’s pull this humongous tree by the root’
  6. Goal Setting: It’s the Little Things
  7. We are Yedikule!
  8. Tout inclusif
  9. Revolutionary Internationalism Makes a Comeback in Oakland
  10. Activist hunting
  11. Thoughtful Thursdays #115 Three Wishes
  12. Day 378: Waking Up To Revenge
  13. Shards
  14. I Feel Broken
  15. What It Looks Like to Be So Happy It Hurts
  16. F.L
  17. Raw Thoughts
  18. good people
  19. New Beginnings

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Solidarité: The Paris Attack and the Refugee Crisis

To remember

  • great paradoxical absurdity > appalling violence in Paris > parts of media + certain individuals + groups = advocating denial of sanctuary to refugees – people who have experienced very same violence (at the hands of very same fundamentalists) = as a daily reality
  • one must empathise with those refugees fleeing violence and terrorism
  • exploiting anger + fear felt by so many people across the world in the aftermath of these horrible attacks, purely to further own Islamophobic + xenophobic narrative = misdirected anger + hatred = inexcusable + entirely unhelpful.
  • solidarité which must prevail
  • our obligations > kind of violence + terror from which refugees are fleeing
  • observe somewhat selective humanity + relative silence from same people in relation to events in Beirut + similar violence across the world
  • emergence of refugee crisis + displacement of millions of people = considered a consequence, in part, of failings of incoherent + ineffective foreign policy of certain Western countries

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Preceding:

Paris Attack and Ranting

Spike In Anti-Muslim Attacks Casts Spotlight On Government Policies

Human tragedy need to be addressed at source

Before you blame All Muslims for the terrorist attack in Paris

A husband’s heartbreaking tribute to his wife killed in the Paris attacks

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Find also to read:

  1. Religion, fundamentalism and murder
  2. Do we have to be an anarchist to react
  3. Wrong ideas about religious terrorism
  4. Massive police operation in northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis
  5. French Muslims under attack

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Reflections on Human Rights and World Affairs

Paris

The great paradoxical absurdity is that, because of the appalling violence in Paris on Friday night, parts of the media and certain individuals and groups are now advocating the denial of sanctuary to refugees – people who have experienced the very same violence (at the hands of the very same fundamentalists) but as a daily reality. For such people to express moral outrage and horror at the actions of the terrorists in Paris whilst simultaneously proposing that we withhold protection from refugees fleeing such violence in their own countries, it is entirely contradictory. If one genuinely feels outrage at the death of 129 people and injury of many more on Friday night in Paris, and empathises with the families of those killed, then one must empathise with those refugees fleeing violence and terrorism. Anything less is simply moral hypocrisy.

However, such moral outrage is not authentic, but opportunistic – exploiting the anger…

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Human tragedy need to be addressed at source

Four years into the Syrian civil war, the dramatic refugee crisis can no longer be ignored by European and American leaders.
The US administration, though deeply involved in the Middle East, has found it convenient for Syrian refugees to be seen as a European problem. And Europe’s response to date is far from the rhetoric of a union founded on the values of respect for human dignity and the protection of human rights. That has to change.

European citizens and their governments have to take up their responsibility. Many coming to West Europe do have “well-founded fear of persecution”. Coming from different countries and different cultures with different backgrounds and different religions they have to undergo a culture shock and find themselves facing contrasting religious thoughts.

Depressingly, they are but a fraction of the 20 million refugees and 40 million internally displaced people uprooted by conflict and persecution – the highest level ever recorded by the UN Refugee Agency.

write David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, and Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor of Germany, for the English newspaper Independent.

In “These are the steps Europe must take to solve the refugee crisis” they say

The causes of this human tragedy need to be addressed at source. There is a clear need for European Union leaders to use the bloc’s unique combination of diplomatic, political and development assets to re-energise moribund peace processes, and to expend the diplomatic capital necessary to stay the violence that uproots an average of 42,500 people every day. But decades-old instability in Afghanistan, Somalia and elsewhere will not be solved overnight, and it will be years before those who have fled Syria can even begin to consider returning home. So significantly increasing humanitarian and long-term development assistance to those uprooted by conflict and to refugee-hosting countries is vital.

Please do read the article: “These are the steps Europe must take to solve the refugee crisis” and find out that

The UN’s appeals for Syria and the wider region are just 31 and 40 per cent funded. The supply of food and basic medical treatment to refugees is in danger.

and that

We immediately need a joint European, American, and Arab donor initiative to boost the funding of those institutions that deliver help on the ground. Moreover, the machinery of international donor conferences needs to be turbo-charged to support an ambitious reconstruction and investment plan in the region.

We need a much more co-ordinated and fairer approach from Europe’s leaders. An effective strategy to manage the crisis will need to address the plight of those who have already reached Europe. Here, too, there are a number of steps that EU countries should urgently take.

Not only the governments are responsible to have those who come in our regions to be treated with dignity and respect. The local inhabitants must let the “guests” feel welcome and give them their moral support, showing them the right ways to settle here in Europe for the time being. they have to teach the ways we live here and how we understand people have to relate to each other. Religious clashes like we have seen over the past few weeks have to be avoided by making it clear that when they tried to escaped religious fundamentalists, they should know and accept that there is, has to be and has to stay free religious thought in our regions. The inhabitants of Europe have to show them that they are open to different religious groups and are not prejudiced to Muslim people. But they also have to make it very clear they want to keep religious freedom and freedom of clothing, thought and speech as one of the treasured values of our community.

To keep a good balance and to keep peace in the minds of the European civilians the governments have to

establish a fair, comprehensive, common European asylum policy, which ensures that all asylum applications are processed according to international standards, and shares out responsibility for hosting refugees among all EU member states. Equally, the Juncker Plan is right, too, to highlight that those who do not have a claim to refugee status should be sent home. {These are the steps Europe must take to solve the refugee crisis}

the human solidarity does not have to be taken by just a few countries of the European Union, but all countries of the European Union have to show their solidarity and act in unity with all the members to help those displaced people, but making sure that no economical refugees misuse the situation.

In the end Europe together with the other world powers shall have to take care that there comes and end to the war is in Syria and to the wars in the African countries were work has to be done to end the in-equality for the citizens and to the fraudulences of those in power.

A refugee arrives at the Greek island of Lesbos

A refugee arrives at the Greek island of Lesbos AFP

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Preceding articles:

Refugees At The Border- A Blessing Or Burden?

Poster: Please Help The Refugees

The World Wide Refugee and Migrant Crisis and a possible solution for it

My two cents on the refugee crisis

Helping to create a Positive Attitude

Tolerance Ends When There Is No Tolerance Shown Towards Us

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Additional reading:

  1. Propaganda war and ISIS
  2. Wrong ideas about religious terrorism
  3. Bringing into safety from Iraq and Iran
  4. Meeting to focus on humanitarian issues for Syria
  5. State of Europe 2015 – Addressing Europe’s crises
  6. The world Having to face a collective failure
  7. Disintegrating Syria whilst diplomatic talks and poker-play continues
  8. Yazidi, they who were created
  9. ISIS has released pictures of the destruction of St. Elian’s place in Homs and the Baalshamin Temple in Palmyra
  10. Schengen area and Freedom for Europeans being put to the test as never before
  11. Can We Pay The Price To Free Humanity?
  12. If Europe fails on the question of refugees, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for
  13. A former war refugee’s views on the current refugee crisis
  14. The New gulf of migration and seed for far right parties
  15. Consequences of Mass Immigration in Sweden
  16. Britain’s position in an age of increasing globalisation
  17. Are people willing to take the responsibility for others
  18. Contribution – Contributie, bijdrage
  19. The sin of partiality
  20. See how you can use your skills, resources, and energy to help Syrians and other refugees in need
  21. bORDER-Gastrofest
  22. Complaining and fighting asylum seekers not giving signs of thankfulness

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Refugees At The Border- A Blessing Or Burden?

We may wonder, why the ex-Communist Central European countries display such an intolerant, negative and rigid approach to the plight of the refugees. KTG was one of the first to question the ex communist EU states approach even though on the example the lack of solidarity of Eastern Europe towards Greece’s debt crisis.

For sure the fear of having an other culture taking over theirs is ungrounded when each of the asylum taker states is fierce in making it clear those coming into their country have to accept the values and way of life of the guest country.

Lots of fear in our regions is by not knowing enough of the other culture and not by understanding the real actual facts of the inhumane conditions that ISIS creates, against Koran teaching.

Revealing themselves to be intolerant, illiberal, xenophobic, and incapable of remembering the spirit of solidarity that carried them to freedom a quarter-century ago, the Eastern European countries should seriously reconsider their position they want to take in the European Union, which has to be one of democratic liberty and solidarity.

Europe is a mixture of different cultures, people and tiny states. It has to look for an consensus, finding a way so that all those different cultures, religions can live together without harming each other or standing in the way of the other.

Debates like the one in Belgium taking place know by the complaint of the commission of equality that burkina’s should be allowed in the swimming pools are not helping to the matter. When this would be allowed women’s right could be in danger again for Muslim women. The same nudist should then have the right to demand being able to swim naked in the public baths at any time.

All sorts of religious, philosophical and ethical groups should find a way to have everybody respecting other ones thoughts, but knowing that in the private sphere everybody should be able to do what they want, as long as they do not bring damage to each other, but that in public places all have to put water in their wine, allowing a way of life where the majority can find itself at ease.

Therefore no yelling from mosque towers at the rising or setting of the sun, and no bell ringing from Catholic or Protestant churches early in the morning.

On the examples of Hungary’s government “mistreatment of thousands refugees in front of the eye of the entire world” and Poland’s storm of comments full of hate towards the refugees, we should ask with urgency to those ex-communist countries:

“Have Eastern Europeans no sense of shame? For centuries, their ancestors emigrated in droves, seeking relief from material hardships and political persecution. And today their leaders’ heartless behaviour and callous rhetoric play to popular sentiment. “

Throughout millennia people have been hoovering all over the world to find liveable pastures, let those who claim to be Christians show the right Christian attitude worthy to be called after Jeshua, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who preached love and openness for each other.

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To remember:

  • flow of people from war torn regions of the world in particular Syria, North Africa & Afghanistan is continuing this week and is likely to continue over the next few weeks
  • refugees will go to the region where they are likely to find employment and a better livelihood
  • millions have moved within the middleast to Africa and to South America
  • struggles within Europe = dominating the headlines
  • Southern Europe has been seen to carry out harsh tactics against the suffering people > tear gas, blocking routes, laying down barb wire
  • previous slogans of “open Europe” seems like a distant memory
  • many European countries are squabbling with each other on how many and where the suffering people should go to
  • Europe’s population is near the five hundred million mark, even if there was one million people entering Europe this would be only 0.02% of the population, hardly a huge increase in numbers.
  • Europe’s economic output represents close to 25% of global output.
  • reluctance is founded in a enshrined principle that the identity needs to be protected regardless
  • arrival of the suffering people are seen as a threat to its identity
  • the “defend your culture and identity by no interaction or leave your culture at the border policy” isn’t working
  • allowing refugees in => interaction, discussion, exchanges of views and opinions => beneficial for everyone
  • culture good for one group of people = good for all groups of people
  • worry of compromising their culture and closing the borders = weak position
  • world sees it as outdated and Europe needs to move on.

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Preceding articles

Poster: Please Help The Refugees

The World Wide Refugee and Migrant Crisis and a possible solution for it

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Additional articles of interest:

  1. Sharing a common security and a common set of values
  2. Cognizance at the doorstep or at the internet socket
  3. Faith related boycotts
  4. Mocking, Agitation and Religious Persecution
  5. Economic crisis danger for the rise of political extremism
  6. Americans wrongly informed about situation in Europe
  7. Fitting the bill in the North and in the East
  8. Continues Syrian conflict needing not only dialogue
  9. Can We Pay The Price To Free Humanity?
  10. Are people willing to take the responsibility for others
  11. If Europe fails on the question of refugees, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for
  12. State of Europe 2015 – Addressing Europe’s crises
  13. Schengen area and Freedom for Europeans being put to the test as never before
  14. Europe’s refugees just follow the ancient routes for the peopling of Europe in the Neolithic
  15. Why Russia backs Assad: a view from Russia’s anti-imperialist left
  16. Meeting to focus on humanitarian issues for Syria
  17. Propaganda war and ISIS

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