I have been running my feet off for the last few weeks. There has not been much time to browse the internet or to see what is going on with my blog. Couple of weeks ago I went to Professional Beauty for the day and to be honest, this is the only time I have had for my self lately. As much as it is fun, but even this was not for the relaxing, it was for the work. I must say, it did give me the bounce and inspiration to start doing nails again. I had forgotten this skill of mine, so I am glad that they reminded me. Bit by bit things start to get together and I see that actually, I have quite nice little beauty business going on. I have also started my case studies, so I have now armed my massage bag with lovely Moroccan origin Jamine oil, and shea butter. I found them from the exhibition and they just are heavenly. It is the pleasure just to be in the same room with the oils. I would like to receive the treatment with them once by my self. Apparently they say that in Paris there is a salon which uses their products, I am thinking of a excape trip to France and pampering myself for a day... unfortunately, it is only a dream at the moment. I have found a free website which I am building at the moment. Ofcoarse there are few problems as always with technology, but hopefully one day it is working as I would like it to. If you are interested to go and have a look, here is the link: http://www.wix.com/supernora525/Boot-Salon Now I am off to work again, this time for volonteers to a manicure and lovely nail varnish.
After an intense following of the war in Palestine, the whole world seem to have gone quiet. All the sudden the flow of stories from that part of the world have stopped and there are lots of people who don't seem to have anything to say about the subject anymore. And then out of the blue I found out that there is a documentary about women soldiers fighting in Israeli army. This document is called as the title above. It reveals how the Palestinians really are treated and how this affects on the serving soldiers. But, who is looking into the effect of the Palestinians? And why this documentary has not been shown in BBC or any other major channel, when I know that it has been on the air in Finland? I would love to see this, I have not yet had the chance to do so, but I am not able to find this anywhere. I find the title and the list of film festivals it has been on, but the actual movie is hard to find. If anyone who is reading this, will find the movie from somewhere, please send me a url. I do not know anymore where to look at, but still, this would be worth of watching, if for nothing else then to see the truth from the mouth of those who actually have been there and know what they are talking about.
Today I was watching BBC Panorama. They have sent the program about Gaza. they pointed out how Israeli soldiers have been in a killing frenzy by just killing anything that moves. They have shown how there was no justification for this war, and yet still Israeli government is insisting that the people who died by their hand, have been in fact killed by Hamas. What an insult! It does make me wonder, how can they separate them selves from the horrors of Nazi Germany and yet, do the same things by them selves. This is hypocrisy! Even though I have not written about Gaza, I still am willing to help any way I can, I am now selling the soaps, boycotting actively any goods from Israel, boycotting shops with connections to Israel, and doing the reverse action by selling Palestinian goods. Today in the program I saw a Palestinian doctor, who lost 3 of his daughters in the war, by Israeli attack on his house. He was angry, by a good reason and yet, the minister of the Israeli government claimed that there was weapons by his house! There is no end of the lies and cover ups that this government is doing. In the news they are speculating that maybe Israel is heading to right wing government. I think that this is ridiculous. It already is right wing government. They took the land of the Palestinian farmers and they expect them to be quiet. Where is the justice, or is it just for the powerful ones?
This is how my garden looked like this morning. It has been snowing the whole night and everything was covered with snow. I love it, after all this is like my second nature as I am fully washable Finn. So with the big smile on my face I put on my woolly socks and I really was full of energy. The school hasbeen cancelled, and they are not sure about tomorrow. London trafik is on the complete stand still, which I find a bit funny. This snow is nothing, you see where I come from, it is not inches that comes down. Sometimes in Finland you can drive on the road and the sides are like walls around the road, there is so much snow. How ever much or little there was this morning, it made me really happy. There is something about snow that makes the whole world just magical. It was lovely to the kids as well to go a bit outside and have a little snow ball war. I must say, Linas aim is pretty good, and the throwing hand is not bad either. As the snow was not wet enought to make a snow man, we ended up of disturbing neighbours by throwing snow balls on their windows, little excercise is never bad for you. It has been lovely day, I really have enjoyed of this unexpected day off from school, never mind how funny it seems to me. I just now hope that the magic goes on.....
Yesterday in news one of the topics was that Israel is holding the names of the soldiers who battled in Gaza, just in case they committed war crimes. The country, who claims to have a high morality and who states all the time that they only want to defend them selves, is protecting possible criminals. They must know what crimes have been committed. In the way this just shows that they do recognize that some actions, which are not really permitted, were committed in Gaza. They also state they want to build the best possible defense for these soldiers who were involved. I think that the morality in this is completely up side down. Firstly, what army would be proud of soldiers who don't respect civilians, but kill them or injure them on purpose. Isn't that what war crimes is all about? Hurting people who have no means to defend them selves? How could you claim a victory over innocent blood? Secondly, I personally find it very disturbing that one nation would be able to put them selves above the law. Unfortunately there are countries who are willing to support this kind of behaviour, even though they would be very tough in their own laws about killing and they claim that they serve the justice. So if they are so keen to serve the justice, then why is it not for every man? Is Palestinian blood worthless? It seems to me that in this age of video games and new technology, even though we get more information of what really happens, we are more blind. It is ok to lock hundreds of men into the cages without a prosecution of what they were supposed to do, often without any evidence. But when people are starving, they have no electricity, no medical equipment and they have been told to just get on with it, then they would not be allowed to moan. After all, it seems to be only the needs of one country that are met in these situations. Who cares about an individual?
As a Muslim, I think that we need to start to look after our own brothers and sisters. We need to help to building Palestine. We need to, and I feel as brothers and sisters, we have the obligation of helping those who are sleeping under the sky, for those children who have lost their parents, for those who are in the hospital suffering from injuries caused by this senseless war. There are several ways of doing this. One could do what I do, trying to get my hands on Palestinian goods and sell them with no profits. Families could sponsor an orphan to go to school and to be looked after properly. If you go to meetings, you could help collect the money to buy olive trees, building materials for the houses, donate clothes to people who lost everything. There are ways, and now more than ever we need to get together as one ummah. This is the only way we can become one multi power, who really has the say of their own position in the world politics. If you think that you can not do anything, think what you are good at. You can sell cakes for Palestine. You could invite your friends for the afternoon tea or Coffey, but this time they would pay you a little bit towards the charity. You could do grafts for Palestine. You could take the message further, anything will help the cause. Little information packs you could easily collect from the Internet can be very effective. It is not a question what you can not do, it is a question, what you could do. It is true that one man can not do much, but our only hope is to get together and act as one. And remember, what ever money is very little for you, it might be a dinner for the family who is struggling, or ti could be a start of the long term family business which is supporting the whole community. It could be a part payment of a cow, or payment of a chicken, which are going to provide either milk or eggs for the family. When you have nothing, anything is welcome.
I am armed with information. This morning I received my first copy of Palestine news, which is a magazine packed with stories and not with adverts. I did glance it quickly when the kids were playing but quickly noticed that really I need to be able to concentrate on what I am reading. There was lots of information news leaflets too. My husband told me that yesterday I received a phone call from Save the Children and I remember faintly e-mailing them when the first disturbing news came from Palestine at the beginning of the war. My new magazine is a published by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and joining is not that expensive at all.
I noticed that I nearly fell into the same trap that we always do after something that horrible than the war in Palestine is over. You seem to be thinking:" oh thank God it's over!", and forget about it. I now still follow what happens in there and I am determined to help, no matter how little help I can give. I keep looking at the pictures that still are seeping out from the region despite of the fact that Israel tries to practise the sensorising policies, and I am deeply saddened of how we as human beings can still let this happen. Now these people don't only have nothing to eat, but nowhere to live either. And at the mean time the world leaders are shaking hands of the job well done. We almost seem to brush the problem under the carpet and try to forget about it. The most shocking to me is the attitude amongst some Zionists. They really don't mind of being racists. I see women of 10 years older to deny completely what has happened and blame other side, even though it was Israeli tanks who did not even have the respect for the dead they produced. As us in the western world have thought that these people are victims, it has left the window open to them to exploit the situation and they them selves are training their little children to use guns!!!! We are shocked about seeing images of child soldiers in Africa, but still are complete blind to little Zionist boys handling guns at the age of 4 in the name of self defense! This is hypocrisy at its worst!
I have placed an order to my first box of soap from Palestine, which will be processed on Monday. I have nearly sold the box already. I am also planning to do some Palestinian soap parties, so insh-Allah, this idea will take on. Instead of giving free gifts, I would like to make information packs, invite ladies that I know of are interested of what is happening in the area. Try to sell as much Palestinian goods as possible and make the boycott even more effective this way. I would like to think that I am doing the responsible selling this way. Who knows, maybe I can even find a skin care system made from olive oil!!!!
Fighting is stopped for the moment and all the participants can breath a little. People who have lost their homes, have gone to see the rubble, try to find the loved ones and see where to start over again. Irony on this is, that the tunnels which Israelis so much wanted to destroy, are working again, they have managed to kill less than 50 Hamas fighters according to Hamas and they have killed couple of thousand civilians. On the last day of fighting I was browsing Youtube, as I heard that even in Torah they say that Jews are not allowed to own land as God gave them the whole world. So by their own definitions Israel is illegal country. And then I found this video from Youtube.
I was amazed. Surely this is not propaganda, this is a Jew against Zionist. How can a world ignore this?
I am a practising muslim hairdresser. I am passionate of my profession and belive that we all need a bit of fairy glitter in our lifes weather we cover it or not. And I think that every muslim woman should be able to walk in to the salon and be able to get the service without compromising their beliefs or principals.