“Jasmine Revolution”
Symbol of peace: Flowers placed on the barrel of a tank
in very much calmer protests than in recent days in Tunisia

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011

'The Protester' - Time Person of the Year 2011
Mannoubia Bouazizi, the mother of Tunisian street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi. "Mohammed suffered a lot. He worked hard. but when he set fire to himself, it wasn’t about his scales being confiscated. It was about his dignity." (Peter Hapak for TIME)

1 - TUNISIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

How eyepatches became a symbol of Egypt's revolution - Graffiti depicting a high ranking army officer with an eye patch Photograph: Nasser Nasser/ASSOCIATED PRESS

2 - EGYPT Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

''17 February Revolution"

3 - LIBYA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

5 - SYRIA Democratic Change / Freedom of Speech (In Transition)

"25 January Youth Revolution"
Muslim and Christian shoulder-to-shoulder in Tahrir Square
"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
(Subjects: Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" (without a manager hierarchy) managed Businesses, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)
"The End of History" – Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)
(Subjects:Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Muhammad, Jesus, God, Jews, Arabs, EU, US, Israel, Iran, Russia, Africa, South America, Global Unity,..... etc.) (Text version)

"If an Arab and a Jew can look at one another and see the Akashic lineage and see the one family, there is hope. If they can see that their differences no longer require that they kill one another, then there is a beginning of a change in history. And that's what is happening now. All of humanity, no matter what the spiritual belief, has been guilty of falling into the historic trap of separating instead of unifying. Now it's starting to change. There's a shift happening."

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

African Union (AU)

African Union (AU)
African Heads of State pose for a group photo ahead of the start of the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on January 30, 2017 (AFP Photo/ Zacharias ABUBEKER)

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Few words can describe Nelson Mandela, so we let him speak for himself. Happy birthday, Madiba.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

African Hebrews fight for recognition

Deutsche Welle, 5 April 2014

The so-called African Hebrews in Jerusalem have struggled to gain acceptance in Israeli society despite the fact that many of them were born in the country. Some of their customs and practices are frowned upon.

Sitting in a shared community space in Dimona, a central Israeli city in the middle of the Negev, a cooked lunch is served of green beans, a chicken schnitzel and some noodles - it looks like any other lunch.

In fact the meal looks like something straight out of the United States, but secretly it's completely vegan - the chicken made from gluten and other dairy and meat-free products, but it looks like the real deal.

Veganism, organic farming, locally made clothes, spiritual music, exercising three times a week and home birth are all major parts of the daily lives of a group of 2,500 men, women and children known as the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, or more commonly as the African Hebrews who live in family houses in an urban commune.

The group have long fought for recognition in Israel, both as Jews and citizens - only 70 of the African Hebrews are now full citizens, the rest are permanent residents.

Up to 100 children in the community who make up the third generation are stateless because they weren't born in the US, nor were their parents. They aren't recognized by the US, and Israel won't make them citizens, despite being born in the country.

A difficult passage

During the height of the civil rights movement in 1967, 300 African Americans who identified themselves as Jews left Chicago and migrated to Liberia in West Africa. They were led by a man called Ben Carter, now known as Ben Ammi, who worked in the steel industry. He told the group the Archangel Gabriel appeared to him in a dream and urged him to lead an exodus of black people from America. The initial members were convinced they would never lead truly free lives in the US.

"We wanted to unlearn what we had learned as slaves, as slaves you're dehumanized, you can't possibly love yourself and therefore you couldn't possibly love others - so we had to unlearn that behaviour and learn the value of being on land," says community elder Prince Immanuel Ben Yehuda.

After two years of heavy rain, sickness and money shortage in Liberia the first families made the move to Israel. They were given temporary visas and housing in the Negev while Israel's religious authorities investigated their Jewish ancestry. The chief rabbinate ruled they were not Jews according to the halakha, but Christians embracing a Hebraic identity. The group were then effectively written out of the law of return and the government stopped renewing their visas and barred more members from joining them from the US.

Ahmadiel has been pushing for more rights
Community spokesman Sar Ahmadiel, 57 and elder Prince Immanuel Ben Yehuda, 59, both say they got their "calling" to the community later. Sar Ahmadiel worked as political assistant on Capitol Hill in Washington, and Prince Immanuel was a journalist before leaving the US.

"When we arrived it was a very difficult political situation in many respects - because we didn't have access to public services - we had to create the necessary institutions to take care of ourselves. We had to figure out how to eat and exercise and look after ourselves because we couldn't afford to get sick," saysPrince Immanuel.

Sar Ahmadiel said the community are Jewish in that they trace their roots and ancestry back to the tribe of Judah.

Today the community's progressive views on living a humble and healthy life are easier for Israelis to stomach than their practice of men being allowed more than one wife.

The Israeli government insisted the community stop this practice when they were granted permanent residency in 2003. "But we weren't going to break up existing families and at the time they understood that," says Sar Ahmadiel.

More than one wife

The community leadership - all men - are now pushing for Israel to recognize their belief in polygyny - men being allowed more than one wife.

According to a community insider, polygyny is still practiced in the community, but the marriages are not legally recognized by the state of Israel.

"Legally in Israeli it's unacceptable, but they are getting around it by not registering other wives," he says.

Adapting and adopting to a
different lifestyle
According to the insider the third generation of African Hebrews are beginning to reject polygyny, despite elders saying they want to raise it again with Israeli officials.

"Mostly the younger generation women in the community are opposed to men having more than one wife and many of the younger men in the community say they don't want another wife because they can't afford it," the insider told DW.

He said the divorce rate in the community was very high - between 40 - 50 percent. "Everybody I know from the first generation is divorced, they may have had five wives but I noticed the third generation are much more stable."

The practice of polygyny comes from the African Hebrew's literal interpretation of the bible, when in ancient times the Israelite men had more than one wife.

Despite changing views within the community, the senior male leadership have been pushing for Israel to legitimize their way of life.

Way of life?

"We feel trends in the world now are allowing the issue to be put back on the table simply because the west doesn't really practice monogamy - there is serial monogamy, there's monogamy with mistresses, there's monogamy with prostitution. What's the problem with saying as men we have a disparity in the number of women in our community - which we do have in our community; we have more men than women - what do the women do, do they just live a life without the possibility of being part of a family? We say this solved that," says Sar Ahmadiel.

While the practice of polygyny is seen as regressive, the community continues to make waves in Israeli society and internationally.

Drawing attention to themselves
The community's vegan factory located in Dimona produces packaged vegan food sold in supermarkets across Israel. They have just signed a contract with Domino's Pizza in Israel to provide vegan cheese for 52 of its outlets. The UK and the US are also interested in the cheese product.

"It's made of soy and it melts just like the regular cheese and has a similar taste and without anyone dying in the process," says Koliyah Ben Israel, manager of Shaare' Hateva Natural Foods factory.

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