Friday May 24, 2013
Check The Other Site for Cutting Edge Middle East News and PerspectiveTim King Salem-News.com
The OtherSite – Truth? Justice? Peace? Is a new initiative by Dr. Gabi Weber & Simon Köhl in Freiburg, South Germany.
(SALEM / FREIDBURG) - A new German Website, othersite.org/about/, aims at providing a platform for open exchange of idea and discourse without censorship, mainly about topics related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This new project is welcome news for those of us who endeavor to tell the real, albeit unpopular truth, of the real nature of Israel's structure of military politics that completely impact the life of every Palestinian.
Among the many people who have provided timely and critical information to our newsroom over the years about the struggle in Palestine, are a steadfast few who never waiver or lose their way. Lesson one for all involved: defending the Palestinians who are stripped of their human rights, brings the wrath of the fundamentalist Zionist Israeli government and its well funded supporters.
Dr. Gabi Weber: a German physician, working full-time in an orthopedic rehabilitation hospital, defies the insults and ridiculous charges as she conducts and publishes research related to the tragedy of a place that was invaded by armed Jewish refugees 64 years ago. As the mother of three Palestinian-German kids, she has a personal stake in it.
The story of Israel and Palestine involves a series of tragic periods of ethnic cleansing and human indifference. Israel is still fighting what many see as a war for religious dominance and there are no rules in waging this campaign it seems - based on the historical records that are easily accessible to all of us. Dr. Weber says the new site will encourage positive discussion for those already engaged.
In May 2010 she founded Cafe Palestine Freiburg together with a friend. Cafe Palestine is a non-profit body organising lectures, talks, conferences, exhibitions, concerts and many other activities on a monthly basis. Topics are related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.http://
Also keenly involved in the new Website is Simon Köhl is a German hydrologist who works for a software company. During his childhood, he read a series of books dealing with the German history – such as "Mit dem Rücken zur Wand" and "Die weiße Rose". This opened a path for his further investigation of this particular period of German history. Over time and due to his engagement with the holocaust he developed special interest in Israel and the Palestinian cause.
Since the Hydrological Institute of Freiburg University had a strong cooperation with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Simon was wondering about the other side and in particular Palestinian water issues. Finally he spent six months of internship at Birzeit University in the West Bank and the PWA (Palestinian Water Authority). He explains that during this time, he underwent a most powerful experience, which affected his everyday life.
In fact it was due to her own first-hand experience with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, that Dr. Gabi Weber started her political activism. This was in January 2009, during the war on Gaza. Gabi began to transmit news from alterative media, built a useful Internet list and a network, corresponding with organizations, activists, scholars, schools and other groups all around the world. In fact this is a time when many people came to fully grasp the fact that Israel was killing civilians en mass, including more than 400 children.
Gabi says the further aim is to collate and disseminate relevant articles from the alternative media about Middle Eastern topics, namely human rights, which Dr. Weber has been dealing with since the massacre on the Palestinian Gaza Strip in 2008-2009.
This new Website by Dr. Gabi Weber and Simon Köhl is an excellent new project that will contribute to important efforts underway to educate the people about the lives of Palestinians and why change is mandatory. I know many who write about Middle east affairs will be using it as a resource, I suggest visiting the site regularly.
You can find an interview with Dr. Gabi Weber in German here: http://www.muslim-markt.de/
Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
He holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu, India.
The notorious list comprising Tim's ancestors includes Pedro de Alvarado, the lieutenant of Hernando Cortez of Spain; King Phillip IV, Eleanor of Aquitaine and William the Conqueror. Perhaps most interestingly, King John; the dark force in the story Robin Hood, and also the last Spanish governor of California, a real person fictionalized as the arch rival of the character in Zorro, are in reality both Tim's multiple-great grandfathers.
Others include a Confederate officer in the U.S. Civil War and a decorated 'hero' of the Mexican-American War and the so-called 'Indian Wars'. In fact on the east coast, Tim's lineage with the Slaughter and King families, pre-dates the Mayflower and several members of his family were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. He says his family's past; some of which is very dark; some quite chivalrous, presents a certain responsibility, and that in part drives his desire to see that people in today's world are not exploited or allowed to suffer in silence as victims of Human Rights violations, as people of previous times were.
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide. You can write to Tim at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Tim's Facebook page (facebook.com/TimKing.Reporter)
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