Owner of private channel accuses Ramallah gov’t of silencing the voice of the Christian minority in the Holy Land.
The owner of a private Christian TV station on Tuesday accused the Palestinian Authority of silencing the voice of the Christian minority in the Holy Land by forcing him to go off the air.
Samir Qumsieh, owner and director of Al-Mahed (Nativity) TV, which was founded in Beit Sahur, near Bethlehem, 14 years ago, said PA security officials who raided his station last week told him that the decision to close it down had been taken because he did not have a proper license.
“It’s strange that they are closing us down now after we have been broadcasting for the past 14 years,” Qumsieh said. “This is a breach of freedom of speech and an attempt to silence the media.”
Al-Mahed TV was the only station in the Palestinian territories that broadcast Christian prayer services. The popular station also had a weekly program called The Gospel and Life. Qumsieh is planning to hold a press conference later this week to demand that the PA rescind its decision.
The Christian broadcaster was one of several private radio and TV stations that were closed last week under the pretext that they had been operating without a proper license from the PA’s Ministry of Information and Ministry of Interior.
Most of the stations have been operating for over a decade.
The move drew a wave of protests by the owners and many journalists, who accused the PA government of seeking to silence the independent media in the Palestinian territories.
Some of the owners said they weren’t able to renew their licenses because of the high fees requested by the PA authorities.
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate denounced the decision to shut the stations, calling on PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to rescind the order.
The syndicate pointed out that the closures contradicted Fayyad’s promise to defend freedom of speech.
In a separate development, the PA-controlled newspapers in Ramallah and east Jerusalem have refused to publish the results of a public opinion poll that showed that recent charges of financial corruption and sex scandals damaged the popularity of PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Fayyad.
The poll was conducted by an independent research center headed by Khalil Shikaki.
It showed that 70 percent of the Palestinians believe the allegations made against senior PA and Fatah officials by former PA intelligence official Fahmi Shabaneh.
The results also showed that Abbas’s popularity had dropped from 54% to 50% in the past four months.
The three leading Palestinian dailies, Al-Quds, Al-Ayyam and Al-Hayat al-Jadida, have refused to publish the results of the poll. Editors and journalists at the newspapers said they had received instructions from Abbas’s office to refrain from publishing the findings of the survey, which also indicated a rise in the popularity of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
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The judgments by which God runs his world are by no means such a simple obvious thing to understand as mentioned before. For example, God is quick to give the wicked their reward in this world. Since they have no other life. They don’t concern themselves with the eternal life of their soul. Not providing for its provisions, so it can be that God does not either. The righteous is only rewarded with wealth by God when they achieve the ultimate virtue of humility and modesty. Relative to free choice, a primary cause of things not going the way they are ‘supposed to’ is indulgence in pride. At times this shows that the person’s indulging in some form of ego is making a separation above, preventing them from recieving blessing. God does not want the possession of wealth to corrupt such a person. A person must work for a living. Not live for a working. Man was made for the soul. This is the true order of the world. How it “works”. To focus on wordly pursuits as an end in themselves turns things around from the true order of the way they are supposed to be to disorder. By nullifying the will of Your body for the will of your soul. You and the world become fixed and the disorder of the world becomes subdued, nullified, and included in the order that will make things‘go your way’. As then things will be “working” according to proper order. When deciding what to do, one gives precedence to the Divine desire. Do His will like your will, and He will do your will like His will. One who knows he has enough is rich. No one needs to use their vitality chasing after accumulating material things they couldn’t possibly use in a lifetime. Its better to spend ones time and energy doing good deeds, by this they will gather blessings. You need to look at your physical occupation as a spiritual pursuit, it can be seen as just another means of linking to God. Do business faithfully. This aids the entire world to come to faith. Brings renewed energy by your work to improve the world. Know as a general principal that if one chases after that which is not meant for him. He loses that which is his own. Don’t chase after the wind. Wealth should not be treasured. Then one won’t be overwelmed inappropriately with desires for possessions. There is a appropriate medium where one works for a living with their trust in God concerning their future. Such a person in their lifetime will find sufficient time to allow them to take enough concern to fulfill what is necessary for the needs of their soul, and not only their body. Don’t get caught up in a false accounting. There is nothing worse than swindling oneself. This requires true objective introspection. You need to take a ‘spiritual inventory’. This refers to taking stock, account, and examining their deeds. Like the way companies invest money in hiring troubleshooters whose job it is to make sure that the business is operating to its maximum potential. How much more so should a person troubleshoot himself to secure his soul’s safety and upgrade its productivity to full potential. Trust in God will give them time long enough to think of the matters concerning their soul. This is where it all starts. This is something most people just don’t find the time to seriously engage in.
The world is regulated according to judgment. We must have right and proper judgment. Through continuous self judgment one draws upon oneself the awe of Heaven. Thus he eliminates the need of judgment descending upon him from Heaven to force one to this awe. A 3 fold cord is not easily broken so always realize in all your thoughts that God is first, last and there is no other. You need to come to peace with your desires. Be careful of excessive desires of things of this world. As when there is a conflict between physical and spiritual desires this clash can interfere with one’s happiness. Numerous varieties of countless combinations of the many forms of worldly pleasures maddens the mind. If worldly interest does not die, true growth of the spiritual being cannot take place. One must shut out those desires and impulses which could damage one’s spiritual and their emotional well-being. Those that prevent you having peace of mind. Then your heart will not be confused, but remain undisturbed. You will then have tranquility of peace within. When your inner peace is disturbed energy is lost. You must work to keep your mind unfragmented, whole and centered. Don’t create in your mind dichotomy by distorted delusions. You must transcend transient trivialities. Develop a new stance of reconciliation between what you want and what we need. Don’t let fallen desire obstruct the freedom of your soul. Know that there is no limits to a mans desires, he will go on desiring. When it comes to the point that he finds he cannot obtain the object of his desire there will be pain. Any time we could locate that conciliatory position, we take a step up the spiritual ladder. By finding peace by being satisfied with one’s God Given lot in life. This make us feel fulfilled. From contentment come happiness. Spread the flag of freedom being the banner of your soul. What a great calamity it is not finding contentment. We must judge ourselves correctly. For on judgment the world turns. Run after justice with all your strength chasing after truth.
Every human faculty can become distorted perverted, or turned to achieve the desired end which is a blessing for the body the soul and society in general. Pride and arrogance form a basis on which rests the evil inclination. Arrogance and hypocrisy and the like, place one far from being able to comprehend the ways of Divine truth. To learn one must make themselves as a fit vessel. To reach the absolute truth you will need to leave your self imposed blindness and falsehoods. It is the empty space in it that gives it its usefulness as a vessel. Don’t be full of yourself. Arrogance only invites problems. One who does not flaunt his wisdom becomes enlightened. One who arrogantly shows off their wealth invites trouble. Blessing only rests on what is hidden from the eye. Don’t boast about your accomplishments, just become successful. Accomplish great thing when they are small. Don’t procrastinate. Later on it may be too hard to do, or you may no longer have the needed inspiration by which to become successful. The mind if not directed is relentlessly active and by one’s animal nature they can become drunk with the wine of desire, this increases its turbulence. After desire has taken possession of one they begin to become jealous of the success of others. Then the demon of pride enters the mind, making him feel all important. Then no one can teach him anything. Special attention should be given to our imaginations as it is the well of our strivings and desires. Many a man has come to misery from unsatisfied desires or the fear of not being able to achieve their desires. Misused imagination can place one in a delusional fantasy world. This can be a big energy drain. There the imagination becomes the greatest enemy of man. It can seduce him to do things which are the worst. Or persuade him to abandon things should be done, and are the very fiber of life. You must eliminate confused dreams. The mind clings to false images it creates. Building up layer upon layer. It is through these one sees the world. This is a hindrance to reaching clear awareness of the truth. the mind is the eye of one’s being. A mind that is confused, as a blind eye. It’s hard to see with the blinders on. Keep your mind detached and whole. Avoid the habitual clinging tendency of consciousness. It is good to dwell on something good but things that only worry or sadden you why hold on and cling to them. Know from sadness, bitterness of spirit one can become like intoxicated with wine, having distorted judgment One cannot let evil imagination lead them to depression. Things are not as they appear. Feeling down? Got the blues? Even from the black depths of pain and despair, life can hand out valuable lessons in compassion, wisdom and love. One does not have to become depressed because of difficult times or sufferings that may come upon us. Nor do we have to let worries ruin our mood. Suffering is meant as a teacher to anyone who experiences it, and also to those who see it or hear about it. The suffering of anyone in the world can serve as a tool to learn lessons that will elevate us. Sufferings come to increase faith. Knowledge is the main comfort from all suffering. It can expand your mentality to a degree that the problem does not bother, phase, or disturb you. Do not worry about what might possibly go wrong the next day. One never knows what will occur. Perhaps tomorrow you will no longer be in this world and you will have worried about a world that is not yours. Don’t accept negative emotions or thoughts such as nothing is fun anymore, feeling lonely, unloved, feeling empty ,feeling hopeless ,feeling guilty or worthless. Being depressed only makes things worse. It even effects our posture and our heath. If one feels like crap they look like it. Depression effects everyone around in a bad way. Depression isn’t fun. These feelings don’t help you out. let them go. Throw them away. Set your mind above worry and vexation. You Have better things to do than contemplate such foolish thoughts as they are ridiculous. When the truth is apparent we can only be astonished when looking at that which we thought was the reality is so far from the absolute truth. Remember God runs the world he has given you all you need. Its those thoughts and feelings that are in error. You must demonstrate some confidence In God and Yourself. What ever the problem or the situation is you will get over it. The world is not going to end.