The unnecessary security entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque, Hebron. Not only is this mosque the oldest sacred building still in use, but it is said to be the place where the remains of prophet Abraham and his family are held. This mosque has a strong significance to Muslims living around the world, particularly those living in Palestine.
Since the Israeli occupation on Palestine, half of the mosque has also been occupied by Israel. The Israeli government has renamed the mosque, ‘The Cave of Patriarchs’ and is attempting to have it listed as a Jewish heritage site. Human rights organisations worldwide have added this move to the long list of human rights violations by Israel.
Muslims who wish to pray in the mosque, must enter through large security gates (pictured above), where they are checked by Israeli soldiers. Once their belongings have been thoroughly searched, the innocent worshippers wanting only to pray, must also walk through metal detectors. The right to pray in a holy place of worship should not be such a negative experience - regardless of race or religion. Israel has no right to have their soldiers present on Palestinian land in the first place. This occupation needs to end, no person deserves to be treated so inhumanely.
Israel is a fascist state
Just the idea they have that any of us would do anything inside a holy place… I feel sick. This isn’t right and has to stop.
Hunger is caused by poverty and inequality, not scarcity. For the past two decades, the rate of global food production has increased faster than the rate of global population growth. The world already produces more than 1 ½ times enough food to feed everyone on the planet. That’s enough to feed 10 billion people, the population peak we expect by 2050. But the people making less than $2 a day — most of whom are resource-poor farmers cultivating unviably small plots of land — can’t afford to buy this food.
An Afghan man with mental health problems shields his face from the camera as he is chained to a wall of a room at the Mia Ali Baba shrine, in line with a traditional belief that spending 40 days chained in isolation at the shrine can cure the illness, in Jalalabad July 9, 2012.
Afghanistan is struggling to fight the mental health problems that afflict some of the population after decades of violence, according to Abdul Rasool, an official from the health department of Jalalabad province. REUTERS/Parwiz
Many people will look at this and recoil in terror at how “backwards” it is. Meanwhile, solitary confinement is a common practice in the American prison system.
That fact is important to add. It’s also important to mention that Afghanistan’s mental health institutions have effectively been destroyed since the war began and with the great number of people who are suffering from the United States’ prolonged occupation, the entire system is massively overloaded. In many cases, one never fully recovers from PTSD but instead, they’re forced to learn how to cope with it for the rest of their lives. How do you get an entire country back up on its feet after over a decade of war and violence?