Every day should be International Women’s Day

Every day should be International Women’s Day
Bread and Roses TV with Maryam Namazie and Fariborz Pooya
8 March 2016
Interview with Bangladeshi Author and Journalist Tasneem Khalil
Also: A review of the Iranian “elections”
Filmmaker Hossein Rajabian and musicians Mehdi Rajabian and Yousef Emadi face imminent arrest in Iran
Women’s Protection Act in Pakistan deemed un-Islamic
Hasidic Jews and gender segregation
Alison Bevege’s win against Hizb ut-Tahrir’s gender segregation in Australia
ISIS and its use of “clippers” against “improperly” veiled women
The unveiling movement in Iran
Footage from 1979 mass march against law imposing compulsory veiling in Iran
Fatwa against findings of survey on Muslim women’s demands regarding Sharia law
Women bicycling in Gaza
Editing: Fariborz Pooya
Translation: Mohammad Basham
Subtitles: Bahram M
Producer: Maryam Namazie

هر روز٬ روز زن است
برنامه نان و گل سرخ با مریم نمازی و فریبرز پویا
مصاحبه با تسنيم خليل٬ نويسنده بنگلادشى
همچنین “انتخابات” ايران؛ قانون جديد دفاع از زنان در پاكستان؛ جدا سازى در هواپيما و استراليا؛ داعش و حمله به زنان “بد حجاب”؛ جنبش بى حجابى در ايران؛ تظاهرات با شكوه عليه حجاب اجبارى؛ فتوا عليه تحقيق در مورد خواست زنان و دوچرخه سوارى در غزه
اديت: فریبرز پویا
ترجمه : محمد باشام
زیرنویس: بهرام م
تهيه كننده : مریم نمازی

‘World Stands Disgraced’ – On Israeli government offensive on Gaza

See this week’s Bread and Roses TV – A Political Social Magazine on New Channel TV with Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya, and Bahram Soroush. Director: Reza Moradi; Programme Consultant: Poone Ravi
برنامه نان و گل سرخ مجله ای سیاسی – اجتماعی در کانال جديد
با فريبرز پويا٬ بهرام سروش و مريم نمازى
کارگردان: رضا مرادى٬ مشاور برنامه: پونه راوى

جهان به رسوایی کشيده شده است
در مورد حمله دولت اسرائیل به غزه
مصاحبه با نيرا يوال ديويس٬ شبکه تحقيقاتى در مورد زنان در مناطق جنگى

‘The World Stands Disgraced’, On the Israeli offensive in Gaza
5 August 2014
Interview with Nira Yuval Davis, Israeli dissident

With the People of Israel and Palestine Against the War of Terrorists!

Since 8 July, the Israeli military has killed nearly 1,400 Palestinians, a majority of whom have been civilians. It has wounded 8000 people. 3 Israeli civilians have been killed along with 56 Israeli soldiers during this time. At least 15 women and children have been killed when the Israeli state hit a UN-run school and another 19 when it hit a crowded market on 30 July.

Mass killings in the name of protecting one’s ‘own people’ can never be justified nor can the aerial bombardment of such a densely-populated area like Gaza, which is the biggest “prison camp” in the world. The murder of civilians cannot be explained away as military “achievements”.

In this human tragedy, the number of civilian dead and wounded – many of them children – increase several-fold every day in Gaza, leaving the world stunned. On the other hand, the Right-wing anti-Semitic Hamas continues firing towards Israel, forcibly preventing Palestinians attempting to flee their homes to seek shelter and demanding the destruction of Israel.

War and continuation of war now for both of the reactionary sides seems to be the means as well as the objective. They both benefit from this war; ceasefire for them is only to prepare for another round of killing and destruction of the other side.

Humanity’s voice is not represented by either the Israeli government or the anti-Semitic Hamas. In the continuation of the carnage, these two reactionary forces feed off each other and prevent peace and a two-state solution for their own interests and in order to legitimise their rule. The Israeli government continues to prevent the formation of a legitimate and independent Palestinian state whilst Hamas sees the formation of a Palestinian state as its own downfall.

International bodies and Western governments also rely on empty rhetoric to deflect the growing popular and public opinion against this murder of innocent and defenceless civilians in Gaza.

This war is criminal and must end immediately and unconditionally. The voice of humanity must clearly side with neither of the two poles of reaction: the Israeli state and its Western government backers on the one-hand and the reactionary right-wing Islamic Hamas backed by and the Islamic regime of Iran and Hezbollah of Lebanon on the other.

The third camp, the camp of humanity, must defend the people of Gaza against this criminal bombardment of civilians and side with the people of Israel and Palestine who deserve nothing less than peace and this could only be achieved through a two-state solution.

Worker-communist Party of Iran – Organization Abroad
1 August 2014

We are not all Hamas

20120306152055I’m a guest on this week’s The Thinking Atheist programme on Women and Islam. You can listen to the programme here.

Seth opens his programme with the news that an annual marathon run through Gaza has been cancelled by the UN Relief and Works Agency staging the event because Hamas has banned women and from taking part. Hamas has said that it would be happy for the event to go ahead but only if ‘local traditions’ were observed.

Since many Palestinian women and girls have run in the event before and given that a record number of women – 379- entered into the race, including 260 Palestinians, it’s obvious that the only tradition Hamas is concerned about is its own disgusting misogyny.

And to think that the good old post-modernist Left feminists have carried banners saying ‘We are all Hamas’ at anti-war rallies…

Good on UNRWA for cancelling the event – finally it’s managed to do something right.

If women and girls can’t participate, then the show must not go on.

What was it that the Gaza Youth Break Out so eloquently said? Fuck Israel. Fuck Hamas. Fuck Fatah. Fuck UN. Fuck UNRWA. Fuck USA!”

Not anti-Semitism or Islamophobia

The Right-wing are in overdrive trying to prove how the children killed by Israeli forces in Gaza are fakes.

Their crocodile tears for ‘Muslim’ women and children are only for when and if they are murdered by Islamists; then (and only then), are these part-time ‘champions of women’s rights’ outraged. But if they are killed by US-led militarism or Israeli forces, well they must be fakes!

It’s like those who side with Islamism. They’ll be outraged about the Palestinians killed by Israeli forces but if those very Palestinians, Iranians or Syrians are killed by Hamas, Asad, the Islamic regime of Iran and their brethren, it’s  just propaganda and ‘so-called massacres’…

This is politics devoid of humanity; it’s only concerned with the human being if it suits its interests…

Oh and by the way, criticising the Israeli occupation or attacks on Gaza are not anti-Semitism and bigotry any more than criticising Islamism is Islamophobia and racism against Muslims.

But then again, they are not really concerned with bigotry – just with pursuing their inhuman politics.

By all means, take a stand

On Sunday, whilst I was at the cinema with my seven year old, 9 children were killed by the Israeli government’s relentless attacks on Gaza; 90 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed since Wednesday.

The thought of one child dead – one just like mine – leaves me insane with rage.

And whilst human beings are murdered in broad daylight and cold blood, including entire families being wiped out, there are those despicables who “take a stand” with the murderous Israeli government on the one hand or the  murderous Hamas on the other. It’s like those who side with either the US government on the one hand or the Islamic regime of Iran and the Asad regime on the other rather than siding with real live human beings.

How people can be duped into blindly supporting and excusing governments that kill and murder at will whilst ignoring their real interests and how their lives and interests are intrinsically linked with  people who are often labelled ‘the enemy’ never ceases to astonish me.

By all means, take a stand. You are not human if you don’t feel the need to do so. But why not take it on behalf of the Israeli and Palestinian people and not those who are committing the murders…

Not rocket science but it does feel like it sometimes.