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I just read an article that your Milli Gazette is in danger of closing. I got a lump in my throat when I read this. I am writing you from Los Angeles. I am not Muslim, I am Catholic, extremely amicably divorced from my recently deceased ex-husband who was Muslim. He died Nov 5 in our daughter's arms of cancer. He was Saudi, frankly, one of the most brilliant men I have ever known, also kind, humorous, loved by so many it is impossible to count. It was he who began me at age 19 on learning about Palestine, for his passion was politics, Palestine at its core. Four years ago a dear friend of mine died. Her name was Florence Richards, age 83. She left behind 5000 books. Her passion was also Palestine, a former college history teacher, she came to her pro-Palestine stance from reading, READING and more reading. When she passed all her books on the Middle East were to go to a library. I was charged with going through those books and cataloging. It was ok that I kept a few, which I did. Amongst her books was your book, "Palestine Documents". It sits next to me all the time, with her careful handwritten notes on postit notes throughout.Now I never miss a chance to recommend your book. It's was Florence's "Bible" of her knowledge of Palestine also. I am saddened now to read your paper is in some trouble. I am an activist here myself, almost entirely for Palestine and to work against Islamophobia. I have many friends in CAIRO who I am beyond blessed to know along with my other Muslim friends and family. Your book "Palestine Documents" and all you do is appreciated by me so much Zafrul. Thank you, this coming from a Catholic who has known, loved and been loved by more Muslims than I could ever count. Blessings to you. Your works have touched so many, including my friend Florence and now me through the book I inherited from her as her friend. Take care, and thank you again, Robin Algosaibi McLaren, USA (via email)
Editor: Thank you very much for your mail. Please accept my sincere apologies for this delay in replying to you. I was in Jakarta when your mail came and was saved in the to-read folder by my colleagues. Though I returned a few days back, it is only now that I had the time to reply to you.
Its really very kind of you to take interest in affairs of people so far away from your shores. Interestingly, you live in LA where my eldest daughter also lived for a few years working for LA Times (now she has moved to NY working for New York Times). Your connection with Dr Ghazi Al-Gosaibi brings so many thoughts to my mind about this great man who did not get his due in his own country. I was one of his admirers but never met him. Out of my admiration, I once translated one of his moving poems; you may read it here: http://www.milligazette.com/Archives/01052002/0105200257.htm
The issue of Palestine also binds us together. A great injustice of historical proportions has been done to a whole nation and the world is still silent six decades later. I have been writing and speaking about Palestine most of my adult life - since 1967 to be precise when I was a student in Cairo and the so-called "pre-emptive strike" took place in June 1967 while I was there and it jolted me to enquire about "Palestine".
Janab Shahabuddin sb, in a letter of previous edition has further refined my idea and I do agree with him on several counts. During the time of Roman empire giant Roman colosseum and structures like it used to hold ‘games’ of all kind for greater part of year. Once a young Roman senator asked another senior senator why games all year round? To this experienced senator replied because it distracts population from real issues. Perhaps this might sum up the attitude of those be in power today. Distract population and engage them in cheerful but fruitless games. For the case of Muslims what better than a game of ‘AMU’ to distract them from the real issue.And this game has won many a parliamentary seats also to be precise, but the point is whether it serves the purpose it is projected for or it serves something else. The whole AMU center was touted as manifestation of ‘Sacchar committee’ as exemplified in Fatimi report. But surprisingly enough 404 page Sacchar Committee does not even mention AMU even once in its report, leave aside recommending playing with its charter. On the contrary Sacchar Committee after thorough statistical analysis of data available at national level, arrives at the conclusion that, major problems (of Muslims) lie in school education; the likelihood of Muslim children completing school education is significantly lower. Once the "hurdle" of school education is crossed, the likelihood of completing graduate studies increases. Therefore, a sharper focus on school education is desirable. Sacchar committee recommends 8 point or for educational uplifment of Muslims including devising a new admission policy for all the educational institutes in India (to help Muslims get admission in any college or university in India more easily), to opening of schools, hostels, ITIs and polytechnique in Muslim dominated areas. Not a single recommendation of Sacchar has been implemented in spirit or letter till this date. What has been implemented in the name of Sacchar is what Sacchar himself might not have imagined in his wildest dreams. So much could have been done as per Sacchar committee and Janab Shahabuddin sb but what we got instead is ‘games’ to keep us distracted while the real issues remain at large. Do I hear that one of the most successful games of past 20 years (Babri Masjid) has been taken down after serving its utility and is now being replaced by more ‘authentic’ and ‘dynamic’ games. Sameer Qaiyum