Al-Qassam Commander Mohammad Deif: Victory Will Be Ours

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The commander of Hamas’ military wing, Mohammad Deif declared that there will be no truce without lifting the Israeli siege on Gaza, stressing: “Victory will be ours.”

Breaking years of silence, the most-wanted Palestinian by the Zionist enemy warned that the occupation forces are facing fighters “craving to die,” referring to Palestinian resistance fighters who are looking to achieve martyrdom in the fight against the Zionist entity.

The ceasefire “will not take place unless the siege is lifted and the border crossings are all open,” Deif said in an audio message, adding that the “balance of power” had changed during the Israeli offensive which is now in its fourth week.

“What the air force and your artillery shelling has failed to accomplish, will not be accomplished by ground assault,” said Deif.

“You are sending your soldiers to a certain holocaust, God willing,” the commander of al-Qassam Brigades stated, warning the Zionist entity that it “will not know security unless the Palestinian people live in peace.”

Deif, who is partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound, has survived five previous assassination attempts by the Israeli enemy, most recently when the occupation forces targeted his home in Khan Younis.

He took part in several operations against the Israeli enemy.

Source: Agencies

30-07-2014 – 11:25 Last updated 30-07-2014 – 11:25

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Please Do Not Look Away From Israel’s Wholesale Slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza – Funded By U.S. Taxpayers!

 • July 21, 2014
Israel commits genocide and crimes against humanity. The UN and US turn blind eyes. And why not when the United States slaughters black males, children and the mentally ill for profit, sex and experimentation. The enforcers of these atrocities the United States government.
In the United States, genocide and crimes against humanity are condoned, encouraged and rewarded.
Why would the United States care about Palestinians when the it doesn’t give a sh*t about its own citizens?
Originally posted on United States Hypocrisy:

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***GRAPHIC IMAGERY AHEAD***
10513459_1444534255807899_5053076136496287146_nThe videos you are about to see are incredibly sickening and disturbing to watch. They should NOT be viewed in the presence of small children. I URGE YOU NOT TO LOOK AWAY, for as difficult as it might be for you to watch it, it pales in comparison to the 1.8 million people who are living through this hell in Gaza at the very moment. It is the American tax payers who have been footing the bills for this illegal occupation, along with the slaughtering of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants that goes along with it. Every single member of the U.S. Senate and House voted to continue shelling out at least $3 billion annually to this regime’s weaponry, and the West has continually refused to hold Israel accountable for its outrageous war crimes. If the following images disturb you, then you should DEMAND your local and/or state representatives in the U.S. Congress cease supplying the weaponry for wholesale slaughter of innocent civilians immediately.
Do not accept for a moment the lie that these people are just “collateral damage” in Israel’s war against Hamas. The fact is that more than 469 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by the Israeli military in the past 12 days.  As of 8:15 P.M. Central time on Sunday, July 20, there had been at least 100 Palestinians killed by Israeli military forces in a single day alone. Even if we are to ignore for a moment the fact that Hamas would never have existed were it not for the need of an oppressed people to resist against a colonial occupier, the brutal attack of an entire population, trapped with nowhere else to go – carried out from the air, the sea and the land – cannot in any way be justified as an act of “self-defense.” If anything it will only harden the feelings of the occupied and oppressed Palestinians, whose every attempt to carry on and start a new life is thwarted and destroyed by Israel simply because it will not rest until all of Palestine belongs to the state. 

The grieving man in the first video is the father of 4 year-old Sahar Salman Abu Amous whose life was so needlessly and viciously cut short.

Images From the Ongoing Attacks on Gaza:
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4 year old Sahir Abu Namus was murdered by Israeli military during yet another siege on Gaza.

The body of four-year-old Palestinian boy Sahir Abu Namus, who officers said killed in an Israeli air strike, is seen at a hospital morgue

4 year old Mohammed Al Awaj

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Their cousins were the four young boys killed on a beach in Gaza while playing soccer.

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Four young Palestinian boys were killed in an Israeli war crime. Their names were Ismail Mohammed Bakr, age nine; Ahed Bakr, age 10; Zakaria Bakr, age 10; and Mohammed Bakr, age 11.

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4 year-old Sahar Salman before and after being decapitated by Israeli shell. His life was so needlessly and viciously cut short.

1 in 5 people Israel is currently killing in Gaza are children.

Grieving mother and child

Kids killed in Al-Shuja'eyya

Ibrahim Al-Dalou

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A child says goodbye to her father

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July 18th

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5 month old Faris Al Mahmoum July 18

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4 year old Abdallah Ghazal carried by his father

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buried beneath the rubble

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10 year-old Jihad Esam Shahebar, 8 year old Fullah Tariq Shahebar, and 9 year-old Wasim Esam Shahebar

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Khamenei: Zionists Are Committing Genocide in Gaza, Resistance Will Gain Victory

خطبة عيد الفطر لقائد الثورة الاسلامية آية الله السيد علي خامنئي / العالم

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said that the Zionists are committing genocide and infanticide in Gaza and that mankind should show due reaction to it.

LeaderImam Khamenei continued calling on all freedom-seekers of the world to condemn and put on trial the leaders of this crime, the Zionist regime’s leaders and their supporters.

“Gaza is resisting bravely. I tell you that in the end, God willing, Gazans will gain victory against the enemy,” asserted the Leader, “Every 24-hour a day, from four corners people in the besieged land are under attacks of the wicked and filthy Israeli regime while these innocent people have no help.”

Ayatollah Khamenei stated, “The Zionist entity is deeply regretting having attacked Gaza and her supporters will do anything to help her with a truce. US president issued an edict to disarm Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in order to prevent the minimum strike by some rockets – possessed by Palestine’s popular resistance – against so many crimes of the Israeli army.”

The Leader further reiterated that unlike what US said about disarming Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, “entire world especially Muslim world, all are responsible to arm Palestine as much as they can.”

Ayatollah Khamenei mentioned the hardship Palestinian mothers withstand due to the Israeli infanticide in Gaza, he put emphasis on Resistance victory despite all supports for the atrocities by Israelis.

Imam Khamenei’s delivered his statements during the Eid sermon as his eminence led Tuesday Eid al-Fitr prayers in Iran’s capital city of Tehran in the presence of a massive congregation, slamming recent crimes of the Zionists against Gaza.

Source: Agencies

29-07-2014 – 12:24 Last updated 29-07-2014 – 12:24
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No return to days of siege for Gazans: Rouhani

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A Palestinian man stands looking as flames engulf the fuel tanks of the only power plant supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip after it was hit by overnight Israeli shelling on July 29, 2014.

 A Palestinian man stands looking as flames engulf the fuel tanks of the only power plant supplying electricity to the Gaza Strip after it was hit by overnight Israeli shelling on July 29, 2014.

Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:28PM GMT

In a telephone conversation with the Qatari emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Tuesday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Muslim countries should immediately and seriously support the Palestinian people in Gaza and dispatch aid to them.

“The region is facing a situation that necessitates closer consultation and cooperation between the two countries,” the Iranian president told the Qatari emir.

He further slammed silence in the face of the ongoing Israeli crimes in Gaza, saying the Palestinians seek an end to the brutalities against them.

“The people of Gaza will not brook a repeat of the past cruel conditions and the continuation of the many years of blockade,” Rouhani added.

 

He added that all Muslims are facing a historic test and called for unity and cooperation among Muslim states to help achieve a lasting ceasefire in Gaza.

The Qatari emir, for his part, said the Palestinian resistance is defending its dignity and no one can deny it this.

Al Thani also called for the strengthening cooperation with Iran.

The Israeli regime is continuing its relentless aerial and ground attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip for the 22nd consecutive day, causing more deaths and destruction.

The Palestinian death toll from Israel’s 22-day deadly military offensive against the blockaded Gaza Strip has risen to at least 1,156. More than 6,700 others have been injured in the Israeli onslaught.

Israel says 53 Israelis have been killed so far; however, Palestinian fighters say they have killed over a hundred Israeli troopers.

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Exposed – U.S. Diplomat Behind Artillery Satellite Images was Involved in the Toppling of Yanukovich

Geoffrey Pyatt - U.S. State Department Toppling of Yanukovich Ukraine

It turns out that the man the U.S. State Department chose to handle the the latest phase of Russia demonization played an integral role in the toppling of the Ukrainian government.

Yesterday, July 27th, the U.S. state department decided to launch what turned out to be a rather weak propaganda spasm in their long running campaign against Russia. Interestingly, this round involved satellite images which were supposedly taken four days after the MH17 crash, but if you were expecting these images to be the long awaited evidence proving that the separatists shot down MH17 you are in for a disappointment. No, the images released by the U.S. State Department have absolutely nothing to do with the downing of MH17, or any other aircraft for that matter. These images supposedly show that Russia fired HEAVY ARTILLERY into Ukraine recently.
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U.S. Government Artillery Images Ukraine Russia
U.S. Government Artillery Images Ukraine Russia
Heavy artillery can’t hit an airliner (unless it’s parked on the ground), so one can only assume that these new claims are designed distract the public from the MH17 debacle (which seems to have decidedly backfired on them at this point), and to draw their attention to a new warmongering narrative. In any case, the fact that the U.S. State Department was willing to go to the trouble to fish out a set of grainy images that have absolutely nothing to do with what may very well be the most important airline disaster since 9/11, when the whole world is questioning their story, makes it abundantly clear that whatever the satellite images taken on July 17th actually show, they don’t support Washington’s narrative.
UPDATE: Some people have pointed out that there are anti-aircraft guns that they refer to as anti-aircraft artillery, however the artillery described by the State Department in their pdf report were heavy artillery used to attack terrestrial targets, not anti-aircraft artillery, and they specifically mention craters on the ground where the shells supposedly landed. Go read it yourself.
Again heavy artillery cannot hit an airliner flying at 32,000 feet. It can’t even come close, so don’t let people try to blur this issue.
Now Russia has come out to call these images fake, and until the dust settles on this it’s a bit premature to call it one way or another, but even while the jury is out on the technical side, we have one major red flag already. It turns out that the man that the U.S. State Department has put in charge of pushing this story is none other than our good friend Geoffrey Pyatt.
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Geoffrey Pyatt - U.S. State Department
Geoffrey Pyatt was the man on the other end of the now infamous leaked Victoria Nuland call. That was the call in which the U.S. State Department got caught red handed discussing who they were going to install in the Ukrainian government after the fall of Yanukovich. If you haven’t listened to that call, you should. It was very revealing.
Oh, by the way, you probably heard of this audio clip back when it was first released. The main stream media put all attention on the fact that Victoria Nuland said “Fuck the E.U.” Apparently these “journalists” consider her potty mouth to be more important than the fact that the U.S. State Department was caught red handed installing a puppet government.
One has to wonder why the U.S. government is willing to use these same characters even after they’ve been compromised in previous operations. Are they just having a hard time recruiting qualified henchmen, are they just counting on the public having the attention span of a gnat, or are they just getting desperate? It might be a combination of the three.
By the way, if you missed the opening act of this fiasco, watch the video below to catch up.
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Iraq SITREP 24th 25th 26th 27th and 28th July by Mindfriedo

Iraq SITREP 24-25-26-27-28th July: The Spice/Oil must flow-Iraq announces exporting 2.42 million barrels of oil per day in the month of June Quote of the Day, Shaykh Zakzaky (on possibly the start of Shia resistance in Africa): They shot our brothers and sisters; my son Mahmud, who came from a university in Beirut, was shot in his stomach and died on the way to the hospital. They came back and arrested three of my sons alive and killed two while in their custody. How did they arrest my children without resistance? Our submission to the Nigerian authority is not in doubt hence they took them away. And so what lies are they telling?

24th July: Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations meets with Sistani and releases a press statement after his meeting. He praises Sistani for preventing Sectarian conflict in Iraq, the UN’s gratitude for the civilian lives he has helped save, and seconded Sistani’s call toward the formation of a unity government.
Sistani has refused to meet any EU or US officials so far, from even before the 2003 invasion. He has sanctioned the United States from himself.

24th July: The Iraqi Speaker, Salim Al Jubouri, meets with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, in Baghdad 
24th July: The Peshmergas carry out a multi pronged attack on the remaining southern part of Jalawala, west of Khanaqin, and clear out Daash/rebel fighters. The Peshmergas suffered one dead and seven injured. 
24th July: Fuad Masum is elected the President of Iraq by the Iraqi parliament. He receives 211 votes and becomes the seventh President of a dying Iraq. 
24th July: A convoy carrying prisoners that left from Taji prison, north of Baghdad, is attacked by arm men who later fled. 70 prisoners and a guard are killed. The Iraqi government has instituted an enquiry. 
26th July: Qasim al-Fahdawi, A Member of Parliament from Anbar blames the local government in Anbar for “misguiding” the central government. He stated that the advice given by the local government led to the decisions made by the Baghdad government that weakened the security forces and that they are yet incapable of fighting the Daash led rebels. 
26th July: Riyad al-Athath, the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council is kidnapped by unknown gunmen after they attacked his home in Adhamiya, Baghdad. 
26th July: Tribes from the Eastern parts of Karma, North West of Fallujah have started to assist the security forces against Daash/rebel fighters. The tribes were hostile to Daash, which has controlled the area for more than six months, but were unable to act on their own.
26th July: Bombing out of existence: Daash bombs the Prophet Sheet (as) Mosque in Mosul:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT6NP6rJaR8
Daash had earlier destroyed the Prophet Younus and Jerges shrines in Mosul by bombing them. 
26th July: Maliki orders the release of Dawood al- Jubouri, a Sunni politician and head of the council of Adhamiya a northern suburb of Baghdad, arrested under the country’s anti terrorism laws. Dawood had allegedly “confessed” to security personnel of collusion with Daash/rebels and that Adhamiya would have been used as a base for a rebel push on Baghdad. His release has been brought about by the efforts of Sunni politicians, Osama al Nujaifi, and the current speaker Salim al Jubouri. 
26th July: The Iraqi government has relocated over 10000 Turkoman families from Mosul and Tal Afar to four central provinces of Iraq: Najaf, Karbala, Babil, and Wasit. The families had travelled through Iraqi Kurdistan to get to Baghdad. 
26th July: 15 Daash/rebel fighters are killed by security forces when clearing out the Hamrin gas fields north of Baqouba. 
26th July: Maliki arrives in Sulaimaniyeh to visit former President Jalal Talibani on the latter’s return from Germany 
26th July: Hoshyar Zebari, Former Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs, blames the council of ministers for the current sectarian atmosphere in Iraq and corruption for the collapse/capitulation of the army in early June. 
27th July: The Municipality of Baghdad has planned a carnival like atmosphere for the celebration of Eid. The festivities include games, bazaars and fireworks to light up Baghdad’s night sky. 
27th July: The Iraqi speaker of Parliament, Salim al- Jubouri, arrives in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. He is expected to visit Christian families in refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan. 
27th July: The Iraqi Human Rights Commission issues a statement that over 150 children, mostly Shia, have died on account of heat and disease. The children belonged to families displaced from Tal Afar and Mosul that fled the onslaught of Daash. 
27th July: The Iraqi Kurdistan government is denying claims that appeared in Turkish media that suggested the Kurds had requested the Turkish Army train Kurdish Peshmergas. 
27th July: Security forces are carrying out combing operations in Al Atheem to clear the area of Daash fighters and make it possible for displaced families to return. Eight Daash fighters are killed and six vehicles destroyed on Sunday, arms and ammunition was also recovered. 
27th July: The Iraqi government has reopened social networking sites that were blocked subsequent to the events of June. 
28th July: Counter Insurgency: Government forces kill Nashwan Jassim Mohammed Ibrahim a terrorist wanted for sectarian killing. He was one of the men respomsible for the “liquidation” of Shia and Kurdish prisoners in Badush prison in Mosul. The extermination of Shia and Kurdish prisoners started after Daash took Mosul on the 10th of June. 
28th July: Athel Al Nujaifi, Governor of Nineveh, on the formation of Sunni militias in Mosul to take on Daash “The army that fell apart in that awful defeat and lost its weapons can’t come back to fight again and militias can’t fight in a land that does not accept its presence , in front of this failure in the Iraqi security system and its sectarianism composition , the people of Mosul can only rely on themselves and on Brigades of their sons, which will liberate Mosul.” 
28th July: Former Ba’athist from the Naqshabandi army start to break ranks with Daash, “the forces of counter-revolution… began to emit its toxins in the ranks of the revolutionaries … where a group has committed crimes against Iraq and its people through the displacement of citizens , blowing up landmarks , religious shrines and residential buildings 
28th July: Nikolay Mladenov, the representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations to Iraq congratulates the people of Iraq on the occasion of Eid and implores them to stand united. 
28th July: The Parliament of Iraqi Kurdistan has asked the President of Iraq, Fuad Masum, to work towards resolving economic and political issues between the Government in Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan. 
28th July: Ismat Rajab of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) survives an assassination attempt on his convoy by an IED. No casualties reported. 
28th July: Terror tactics: Daash is threatening to execute young men in Saadia, 60 km north of Baqouba, if the attacks on Daash are not called off. Two youths have been executed so far. 
28th July: War of Attrition: 10 security personnel including voluntary militia members are killed when a booby trapped house explodes in Al Atheem, Diyala. Security forces continue to defuse explosives. 
28th July: Abu Wissam, a Tunisian and a commander of al Zarqawi battalion is killed along with five terrorists in al Karma, west of Baghdad and north east of Fallujah in Anbar province. 
28th July: Iraq Fighting back: Army trrops and volunteer fighters are gathering in force to attack and break the Daash siege of Amerli, Salah al-Din province south of Tuz Khurma. The sub district was running short of fuel and food and the local elders asked government troops to air lift supplies as an interim measure. 
28th July: Salim Al Joubouri calls for a general amnesty for prisoners on the occasion of Eid excluding those with blood on their hands, but not necessarily on their conscience. 
28th July: No shame in playing politics: Massoud Barzani thanks the people of Kurdistan in accommodating refugees from other parts of Iraq despite the “sanctions” of the Baghdad government 
28th July: The deputy governor of Diyala, Furat al-Tamimi, warns of the threat of reinforced Daash fighters on Hamrin Dam. He pointed out the strategic importance of the dam and requested the armed forces to try and cut the supply lines of Daash and fight a proactive campaign. The key to chess is offence. 
28th July: Iraqi Government suspends its planned fireworks display over Baghdad out of security concerns 
28th July: A fire breaks out on a rubbish heat in Kut al-Hajaj, Basra. Firefighters have to battle hard to extinguish the fire that destroys tons of rubbish. 
28th July: Daash is preventing mourners from visiting cemeteries. They are referring to it as heresy. 
28th July: Fahad al-Qahtani, a Saudi Dassh fighter is killed on the outskirts of Mosul 
28th July: Hamid al-Mutleg, an MP from the Wataniya Coalition condemns the destruction of shrines in Mosul and urges the citizens of Mosul to fight Daash 
28th July: Jalal il-Din al-Sagheer, Iraqi politician and Imam of the Shi’a Buratha Mosque in Baghdad, is targeted with mortar fire on his visit to Shia volunteer militias in Southern Baghdad. No casualties are reported. 
28th July: Thirty one bodies of Daash/rebel fighters are found in Baqouba 
28th July: A roadside bomb kills two civilians in southern Baqouba 
28th July: Four Peshmerga fighters are killed and eight others (including civilians) injured in a car bomb attack on a Peshmerga security Headquaters in Diyala
28th July: France, a state that claims to be secular, offers asylum to Christians displaced by Daash 
28th July: Government claims for today:
7 Daash/rebel fighters killed and three vehicles destroyed in air strikes north of Baqouba
The Iraqi Air Force/Army Aviation kills 200 Daash/rebel fighters in Salah al-Din Province, in and around Kirkuk and another 34 Daash/rebel fighters in Dhuluiya town, Sala al-Din along with 7 vehicles
Air Force carries out bombings of Daash/rebel targets in Fallujah
Hamdi al-Oubaidi, a leader of Daash, is killed in Baqouba along with three Daash/rebel fighters in Baqouba
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25th July: Daash in Syria overruns a Syrian army base in Raqqa and beheads captured Syrian Soldiers. It later mounts their heads on poles and releases a video. The Syrian army is organizing a counter attack. 
26th July: A UN report warns that Daash is day by day growing in strength in Syria. More and more rebels are breaking away from other rebel groups and joining Daash. 
26th July: Nigerian police open fire on Shias returning from a rally held in support of Palestinians. Twenty four civilians are killed and another 40 seriously injured. Sheik Zakzaky’s son, Mahmud Ibraheem Zakzaky is shot in the stomach and bleeds to death. Three of the Sheik’s sons, Ahmad, Hameed and Ali, are abducted by security personnel and two of them, Ahmed and Hamid, are killed in custody and Ali is left injured with a fractured leg. 
28th July: Iran plans to unveil new radar and missile systems in September 
28th July: The UAE carrier Emirates has decided not to fly its planes over Iraq 
28th July: Bashar Al Assad attends Eid prayers in Damascus. The Syrian government had earlier capturedFurther reading:
US formed counter insurgency death squads in Afghanistan:
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/23/exclusive-a-killinginandar.html
Saudi Efforts to buy off the Palestinians, subvert the resistance, and collude with Israel:
http://wilayah.info/en/saudi-arabia-behind-effort-to-disarm-the-palestinian-resistance/

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Why Novorussians and Russians are right to treat the Ukie soldiers with compassion and kindness

To those of you who believe that the Ukie Nazis might get such a sweet deal, I can reassure you – forget it.  Russia is Russia and war is war.  In Chechnia for example, when caught the Wahabis were given a 10-15 min one on one “interview” with a a few Paratrooper or Spetsaz NCOs which rapidly established their values as prisoners in an extremely unpleasant dialog for the Wahabi and then, unless the Russians thought they had a high value prisoner, they would be summarily executed and buried.  I have no doubt whatsoever of what the Novorussians do when the catch a member of a Ukie death squad and I can assure you that they will not treat his wounds or allow him to survive longer than 30min max. But, again and again, the vast majority of the Ukies butchered today are not members of death squads and even though they are clearly fighting on the wrong side, they have very little choice and they are therefore also first and foremost victims who deserve our compassion.


The Ukrainian tragedy


The Russian word безобразие (bezobrazie) is often translated into English as ugliness, of deformity or even scandal or chaos. But that is not a very good rendering of its meaning.  Bezobrazie is composed of the prefix “bez” which means “without” and then the word “obraz” which means “image” or “type” or even “character”.  What bez-obraz-ie means the “absence of a coherent image” or, literally, the “loss of your own identity”.  This is what happened to the Ukrainian people, they lost their own real identity and they let it be replaced by a ugly, xenophobic, murderous and hate-filled “mask” of sorts, which is not at all what the real Ukrainian culture used to be.  This is immensely sad, and I want to hope that this horror can be healed.  But in the meantime, Russians need to make sure that they do now allow themselves to be changed by this war, they need to make sure that the Russian people retain their own spiritual and cultural “obraz” in the sense of “identity”.  This is also one crucially important reason why they should continue to treat the Ukie soldiers with compassion and kindness: Russian compassion can be a powerful weapon against Ukie hatred and maybe even an impulse for the Ukrainian people to recover their true identity.


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IT’S A TRICK, WE ALWAYS USE IT says former ISRAEL MINISTER

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Israel And The Logic of Being Untouchable

‘I, the LORD your God will send my terror ahead of you and throw every nation you encounter into confusion…I will drive out all these peoples before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you. Every place you set your foot will be yours…Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea. No one will be able to stand against you and I, the LORD your God will put terror and dread of you on the whole land, wherever you go….”

–“Yahweh”, the god of Israel speaking to the Israelites through Moses, Books of Exodus and Deuteronomy

It is a scene (much like that infamous one involving the severed horse’s head in The Godfather) that has doubtlessly been burned into the memories now of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. In the movie The Untouchables (dealing with the same theme of murderers and thugs) Robert DeNiro (playing real-life gangster Al Capone) dressed in the finest clothing money can buy is giving a speech in a fancy dining room full of his fawning criminal associates. The opulence and sophistication of the environment clash with the known fact that the room is peopled with individuals who–for all intents and purposes–are nothing but professional thugs and terrorists, despite their fancy threads, diamond pinky-rings, expensive cigars and $1,000-a-bottle champagne.

Having finished his “motivational” speech amidst the applause and appreciative laughter of all those listening, without warning he puts the “finishing touches” on his message by taking a baseball bat to the back of the head of one of his fellow travelers and beats him to death to the astonishment and horror of all.

Despite the fact that the first KA-BLAM to his victim’s skull no doubt sent him on to meet his maker in haste, DeNiro keeps wailing away, blow after blow after blow without mercy. When he finishes, he stands there, shifting his furious, menacing gaze from person to person, the unmistakable message on his face being–This is what happens when you get on my bad side fellas…

Such is the world of gangsters and terrorists. They know only one language and one way of life, which is to live by the sword. Thus they can only hold their organically-chaotic world together with fear and violence, and what this means more often than not is that the top dog of the pack has to make an example of one of the others (and even when nothing wrong has been done) just to remind the crew what the law of the jungle is all about and how not only is he to be feared, but indeedfeared at all times.

And this is the unfortunate thing about terrorism–It works. It keeps people on their toes and at the same time off balance. For those living in close proximity to such circumstances, every moment is spent in dread and under the assumption that this day may be the last, that something might be said or done as seemingly insignificant as forgetting to cross a “t” or dot an “i” that results in someone getting whacked.

This is a theme worth consideration, and particularly when wading through the oceans of ‘expert’ analysis concerning Israel’s latest orgy of bloodletting in Gaza. Whether such cerebral commentary emanates from slightly-horrified people on the left or from orgasmic cheerleaders on the right, all seem to be micro-analyzing the event, theorizing what the “real” motivations were for bringing it about as well as projecting and predicting “this and that” with regards to future political machinations and circumstances involving the Jewish state and her neighbors.

Predictably, some of these “experts” think the bottom line is all financial in nature and see dollar signs as the reason, always safe waters in which to swim these days since you can’t be accused of being a bigot for pointing out the fact that the love of money is the root of all evil. The argument of course is that Israel is not the master but rather the unwitting slave (surprise, surprise) meaning a vassal state of mega-corporations, and– against her otherwise-humanitarian, peace-loving nature, of course–she is acting as the reluctant-yet-obedient hired gun in doing to Gaza what Halliburton and others did to Iraq in exploiting the various petroleum commodities deep underground. Others of the “Military-Industrial-Complex-is-the-root-of-all-evil-and-the-hidden-hand-in-all-things” crowd add even more smoke to an already-confusing battlefield-of-ideas by claiming that the 6,000 people in Gaza killed or maimed in Operation Cast Lead were in effect “lab rats” in testing out new weaponry America is hoping to sell to other countries, also a safe theory to stand behind, as it makes Uncle Sam the bad guy rather than poor, little Israel.

Of course, these ideas and many others may have some truth to them. After all, even a broken clock is right twice a day, and if it is one thing all should have learned by now it’s that the ruling elite always find ways of squeezing every drop of blood they can out of the proverbial turnip and if there is to be violence somewhere then by all means it should be capitalized in maximizing every opportunity possible.

However, keeping the discussion in that over-intellectualized/ultra-technical realm, where complex themes are bantered about with even more complex language tends to distract otherwise concerned and interested persons from seeing that there are other motivating factors responsible for the bloodbath not as complicated as some might imagine. The problem however in this regard is that we’re not allowed to talk about these things, because they veer sharply into that uneasy realm of religion and how “matters of faith” can and do result in real-world actions on the part of true believers. Complicating this even further is the fact it is not just ANY religion under the microscope here, but rather the “gorilla in the room” tearing the place to pieces in one of its all-too-typical rampages. And if this weren’t bad enough, it is not just ANY gorilla of the ordinary, run-of-the-mill variety, but rather the “mother of them” all–King Kong Incarnate, and that gorilla’s name is Judaism.

Of course, over-propagandized people (and particularly those of the “Judeo-Christian” flavor) coming into contact with such an outlandish theory as this for the first time will no doubt ask how a “peace-loving/God-fearing religion” such as Judaism could find any moral justification for going in and slaughtering entire towns and cities of people, men women and children.

Well, the answer to that is as easy as the proverbial pouring water out of a boot with the directions on the heel. All one need do is spend 15 minutes strolling down memory lane and read that “Holy Book” known as the Old Testament and all its tales of Deity-inspired genocide against ‘the other’ for the prize to that million dollar question.

And at the risk of appearing like a broken record, what people must understand is that any kind of working comprehension concerning events in the Middle East must begin with the awareness that the Jews are creatures of their Old Testament, its various commandments, characters and covenants. The way they understand the big ol’ universe, as long as they do what their god Yahweh tells them with regards to slaughtering those who have fallen out of favor with him, then he will reward his chosen people with all sorts of perks, a few of which include ruling the world with a rod of iron and, relevant to this discussion–filling others with “terror and dread“.

Terror and dread. There isn’t a right-thinking human being in the world having witnessed what Israel did to the civilian population of Gaza recently who doesn’t understand this concept now. Every single Prime Minister, president, sultan, emir, and even the Pope himself, having watched this event and the complete lack of conscience on the part of–not just the Jewish state in the Middle East, but indeed the Jewish people worldwide, did a quick count of Israel’s 200 nuclear weapons, Jewish control of finance and economics in their respective countries and who then understood the very powerful yet subtle message being sent. Just as those seated around the table when that guy’s brains were beaten out all over the place, every person of measurable power in the world now understands how easily they could wind up in place of the Palestinians in Gaza if they don’t play their cards right. We can also be sure that this bloodshed–taking place as it is right before the “peaceful” transition of power in America where a dark-skinned man with a Muslim-sounding name took over was meant to convey a particular message as well lest he have any lingering questions about what kind of dog he is dealing with.

What it all boils down to, after all the fancy talk and theories, is that the reason this attack took place is because the great experiment in Jewish self-rule in the Middle East is failing. By virtue of the corruption, blackmail and bribery that must take place in lieu of Yahweh’s Old Testament miracles in keeping this sickly stillborn known as the Jewish state alive, the fact is that Yahweh is not living up to his promises. The stories in the Old Testament that revel in the Israelites’ defeat of the various peoples living there are over and done with in a few sentences. The Israelites invade, kill everyone and everything, collect the spoils, burn the cities and with no losses.

Now however, 60 years later, it is still dragging on with no signs of letting up. All those promises by their god to “drive out” the various peoples living there has not happened. The assurance that “Every place you set your foot will be yours“ has turned out to be one giant goose egg.…The plan to make their territory extend “from the desert to Lebanon, and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea” is so much like that infamous “Special report” Geraldo Rivera did years ago when he opened Al Capone’s secret vault, only to find nothing.The “No one will be able to stand against you and I, the LORD your God will put terror and dread of you on the whole land, wherever you go” is not materializing…

On the contrary, the Palestinians and other “Ishmaelites” in the area are not giving up. The “terror” and “dread” Yahweh is supposed to be sowing in their hearts and minds is not there, save for a few corrupt leaders who fear losing their multi-million dollar paychecks courtesy of Uncle Sam. The people themselves–be they Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad or whatever–do not fear the Jews as the Jews dream. The spell that the god of Israel is supposed to cast over Israel’s foes has no power. The harder the Arabs are hit… the more miserable their lives are made, the stronger their resolve to survive and as a result the Jews are getting batty. Every rock-throwing child or bottlerocket-launching member of Hamas is a living testimony to the fact that the god of the Jews is a fantasy, a mirage and a tin god with no real power outside of his ability to destroy their humanity. Whereas the “Christian” world cowers in fear merely at the prospect of being called names by the Jews, Palestinian Muslim children stare down Israeli tanks KNOWING they will be blown to bits and have no fear in their hearts, and again, in effect making a liar out of Yahweh and his promises of “putting terror” into the hearts of Israel’s enemies.

And indeed, if this is all mere fantasy, if there is no “Yahweh” and there is no “terror” being put in the hearts and minds of Israel’s enemies, what else is there? What other surprises are there in store? What other ideas upon which the Jewish state and Jewish identity have been founded are also rooted in fantasy? By extension, the moment Yahweh is revealed for the fraud he is, they cease being the “chosen” people “destined” to rule the world while “making footstools” of all their enemies…

…and it is the prospect of this, the possibility of falling from grace and being forced to face the reality that they are not the most beautiful and cherished creatures in the garden, that they are not the god-men they envision themselves being but rather mere mortals is too much reality for them to handle…

…which is why innocent men, women and children have to be bombed into oblivion, to keep the delusion alive and to stave off coming to grips with the truth that they–the Jews–are a mad people who have formed their identity around mad notions rooted in superiority and unadulterated narcissism. By virtue of this latest slaughter that figured (with the now-official blessings of worldwide Jewry) deliberate targeting of women and children, phosphorous bombs, using the bodies of dead children for target practice or loosing attack dogs on their remains, what the Jewish state and its supporters throughout the world are saying in effect is–

“We are barbarians…We hold no value in the lives of Gentiles who were created by the god of Israel to serve us…You will see things our way and you will participate in our delusion even if it means the consummation of all life on earth, and by our actions you now know we are willing to do it…”

 None should be particularly surprised to learn of this. If it is one theme shoved down the throats of the Gentile world now for the last 4,000 years it’s that Israel, both as a people and now as a nation–is not like “other” nations. As she is fond of telling the rest of the world, her fabric and being cannot be compared to anything else. She is, as former Defense Minister Moshe Dayan called her, “a mad dog“, and as notable individuals from Menachem Begin to Elie Wiesel to Rabbi Mendel Schneerson have stated–“ontologically different”…that her people are “of a totally different quality from the other nations of the world“ since a non-Jewish soul comes from “three satanic spheres” while the Jewish soul “stems from holiness”.

In short, they make up this class of creation known as “the Untouchables,” and along with that comes a peculiar “logic” that escapes the understanding of the rest of us.

Yes, sometimes it really is as simple as that, something that does not need a whole hell of a lot of expert analysis and decoding. And remember, since 9/11, boiling it all down to whacked-out religious reasons is not just perfectly acceptable, but absolutely obligatory. We are not just permitted, but rather COMMANDED to put aside all “technical” explanations involving factors such as economics, history, colonialism or politics into the equation when trying to understand in a rational way this thing called “Islamic” terrorism. No, when it comes to understanding Ahab the Arab and why he wants to kill everyone, things such as “jihad”, “fatwa” and “72 virgins” will suffice, thank you very much.

Perhaps it was the remarks attributed to Mr. War Criminal Ariel Sharon himself who best encapsulated the Untouchable mindset as well as the idea that “Jews will be Jews” in an interview taking place in 1982

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…You can call me anything you like. Call me a monster or a murderer. Call Israel by any name you like, call it a Judeo-Nazi state. Why not? Better a live Judeo-Nazi than a dead saint. I am not after the admiration of the gentiles. I don’t need their love. I don’t need to be loved by Jews either…

Even if you’ll prove to me that the present war in Lebanon is a dirty immoral war, I don’t care. Moreover, even if you will prove to me that we have not achieved and will not achieve any of our aims in Lebanon, that we will neither create a friendly regime in Lebanon nor destroy the Syrians or even the PLO, even then I don’t care. It was still worth it. And do you know why it is all worth it? Because it seems that this war has made us more unpopular among the so-called civilized world…

We’ll hear no more of that nonsense about that unique Jewish morality and all the bullshit talk about a unique people being a light upon nations. No more uniqueness and no more sweetness and light. Good riddance…I personally don’t want to be any better than Harry Truman who killed half a million Japanese with two fine bombs…

Tell me, do the baddies of this world have a bad time? They hunt and catch whatever they feel like eating. They don’t suffer from indigestion and are not punished by Heaven. I want Israel to join that club. Maybe the world will then at last begin to fear us instead of feeling sorry. Maybe they will start to tremble, to fear our madness instead of admiring our nobility. Let them tremble, let them call us a mad state. Let them understand that we are a wild country, dangerous to our surroundings, not normal, that we might go crazy, that we might go wild and burn all the oil fields in the Middle East, or that we might start World War Three just like that…

Let me tell you what is the most important thing, the sweetest fruit of the war in Lebanon: It is that now they don’t just hate Israel. Thanks to us, they now also hate all those Jews in Paris, London, New York, Frankfurt and Montreal, in all their holes, and I am telling you, it is a pleasure to watch. They are being identified with us and that’s a good thing…Their cemeteries are being desecrated, their synagogues are set on fire, all their old nicknames are being revived, they are being expelled from the best clubs, people shoot into their ethnic restaurants murdering small children, forcing them to remove any sign showing them to be Jews, forcing them to move and change their profession…

We are Judeo-Nazis, and why not? If your nice civilized parents had come here and had killed six million Arabs here or even one million, what would have happened? Sure, two or three nasty pages would have been written in the history books, we would have been called all sorts of names, but we could be here today as a people of 25 million…”

Even today I am willing to volunteer to do the dirty work for Israel, to kill as many Arabs as necessary, to deport them, to expel and burn them, to have everyone hate us, to pull the rug from underneath the feet of the Diaspora Jews, so that they will be forced to run to us crying. Even if it means blowing up one or two synagogues here and there, I don’t care. And I don’t mind if after the job is done you put me in front of a Nuremberg Trial and then jail me for life. What you don’t understand is that the dirty work of Zionism is not finished yet, far from it…”

2009 Mark Glenn

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Gaza Bloodbath

The official Arab order and the war on Gaza? أين النظام الرسمي العربي من الحرب على غزة ؟

Riyadh, UAE, Egypt are after disarming Palestinians rather than truce

New information shows that there have been efforts led by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates in coordination with the United States and Israel to disarm the Palestinian resistance groups.

Riyadh has decided to shut the door completely in Hamas’ face because it considers the resistance group an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Information indicates that Riyadh was putting together a shocking proposition for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during his planned visit to Saudi Arabia, on July 22.

Under the plan, Saudi Arabia asked the Palestinian authority to send his soldiers to the Rafah crossing to pave the way for a new phase characterized by disarming Hamas and Islamic Jihad while Saudi Arabia and the UAE will pay whatever it takes to accomplish this goal.

Having been informed about the Saudi offer, Abbas felt that it would represent a political suicide for him and the Palestinian people and that it is intended, ultimately, to undermine national reconciliation and trigger a civil war in Palestine, especially after sensing the efficacy of the Resistance even in negotiations with Israel.

After returning to Ramallah Abbas said the main reason behind the Israeli aggression is to “abort the national reconciliation process.”

He spoke of the need to “take the Palestinian cause out of the political crossfire,” and stressed “the Palestinian leadership’s insistence on national unity and ending internal divisions.”

He also embraced the conditions of the Resistance even though he did say the priority is to end the Israeli assault on Gaza.

All the Palestinian Resistance factions received Abbas’ message with a sense of relief.

Also during a surprise visit of the emir of Qatar to Jeddah on July 23, King Abdullah told Sheikh Tamim that there is no alternative or parallel initiative to the Egyptian initiative.

The Qataris understood that there is a new condition before the Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini ambassadors return to Doha, namely, accepting the Egyptian initiative and ending support for Hamas.

There are Israeli positions that match almost entirely the Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian approach.

The former Israeli defense establishment official and the current director of the Political-Military Affairs Bureau at Israel’s war ministry, Amos Gilad, said recently, “Our security cooperation with Egypt and the Persian Gulf states is unique,” and “This is the best period of security and diplomatic relations with the Arabs.” 

There is other information that confirms more than that. 

On July 20, Chairman of Israel’s Kadima party, Shaul Mofaz, issued a surprising statement calling for a role to be allocated for Saudi Arabia and the UAE “to disarm Hamas and other Resistance groups.” 

Mofaz told Israel’s Channel 10 that it would be impossible for the Israeli army to demilitarize the Gaza Strip by force even if they decide to re-occupy it completely. 

He added that Saudi Arabia and the UAE can, under current circumstances, play an important role in providing the necessary funds to carry out a comprehensive disarmament plan. 

Palestinian sources close to Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are talking about generous offers by Persian Gulf States to Abbas to do what it takes to disarm the Resistance in return for rebuilding the Gaza Strip, lifting the economic siege and devising a comprehensive development plan in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are trying to mobilize support for the Egyptian initiative regionally and internationally despite the international community’s inaction in supporting the ceasefire initiative. 

Palestinian Resistance sources, however, speak optimistically about Abbas’ positions in his message to the Palestinian people.

For the first time, he makes the Resistance rockets part of the struggle against the Israeli occupation.

NGD/SHI


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Gaza’s Beit Hanoun: A ghost town left in ruins

A Palestinian woman walks amid destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip during an humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Marco Longari)
Published Monday, July 28, 2014
A house in Gaza is more than just a shelter; it is almost a nation on its own. Building a home in the Strip is like a dream that generations, from grandfathers to grandsons, try to achieve. However, in an instant scores of those dreams are turned into ashes.
Gaza – Ismael al-Zaanin found that crying was the best way to express his sorrows after losing his home during random Israeli artillery shelling that targeted civilian houses in Beit Hanoun, north Gaza, and turned this agricultural area into a ghost town.

Zaanin, a man in his thirties, banged his head repeatedly times against the wall to be able to grasp the enormous destruction he saw before him.

 

Zaanin, a man in his thirties, banged his head repeatedly times against the wall to be able to grasp the enormous destruction he saw before him. An entire neighborhood had been destroyed, and residents could no longer locate their own houses. They walked over the rubble, seeking a place to sit back and cry over their lost memories.
This Palestinian man, along with thousands of other families, was forced to flee Beit Hanoun about a week ago under the threat of missile attacks, preceded by phone warnings and flyers dropped from the sky urging residents to evacuate the area under the pretense of wanting to spare their lives.
This time, Beit Hanoun residents were luckier than their fellow citizens in al- Shujayeh, in east Gaza. Living in a border area, they perceived the danger after experiencing such events many times in the past – during the years of the intifada – so they decided to retreat early. Some families however, stayed behind, and their bodies were later retrieved from under the rubble during the short truce that was announced on Saturday.
As Gazans learned that the UN sponsored truce was coming into force and was expected to last from 8 am until 12 hours later, crowds of displaced locals raced against time to check on their homes and properties, only to be struck by the size of the tragedy.
Blood mixed with gunpowder emanated from the outskirts of the town and its small alleys. As rescuers dug through the rubble, searching for bodies, people surrounded them in the hopes of hearing some moaning from under the debris. Unfortunately, none of those who were buried under the ruins of their own homes, came out alive on that day.
The mother of Mohammed al-Kafarna stood still as she stared at the decomposed body of her son who passed away under the ruins. She tried to identify his face and cried out, “my dear son, why did they mutilate you… you were a blooming rose, my boy!” before fainting.
The body of martyr Kafarna was one among 13 bodies retrieved during the truce. But the most overwhelming part was the scene of utter destruction that prevailed in Beit Hanoun, a town of over 40,000 residents.
We went ahead, crossing some tens of meters toward the eastern outskirts of the town, to reach an area which seemed almost vacant. We arrived near Beit Hanoun’s high school for boys, and saw the land surrounding it covered with bullets and shell casings, revealing that a battle had erupted here between Israeli Special Forces and the men of the Palestinian Resistance.
Moving a bit closer to the demolished houses, we ran across a man in his twenties called Mohammed Najib. He led us under his wrecked building and showed us stains of blood sprayed all over the place. He said that this was the blood of Israeli soldiers who entrenched themselves down here before clashing with the Resistance, but we could not find conclusive evidence, like military equipment, to support his claim. However, the Resistance had announced a few hours before the truce that it had ambushed 10 Israeli soldiers in Beit Hanoun.
Here military vehicles left the trace of a large land passageway which led to a sand berm erected in the town’s main street. Apparently it was being used by Israeli tanks as cover from the Resistance’s shells.
In a scene that brought back the pictures of Palestinians fleeing their homes in 1948, an old lady called Om Samir Hamad and her sons emerged from their crumbling house, carrying a few of their belongings and some gas cylinders, as they headed back to the UNRWA school, now used as a shelter.
A pack of pillows fell from the hand of the woman and hit the asphalt road, now covered with shattered glass and rubble. Her son shouted, “we came here to get our jewelry and our money but they are gone with the wind, leave the mattresses and pillows and let us move on mother!”

“The silence of the international community over the crimes of the occupation encourages Israel to continue to commit war crimes against Gaza.” – al-Mizan Human Rights Center

 

“May God recompense us son, move on, safety is our reward,” the distressed mother said.
 In the meantime, Abu Ahmed Abu Awde came out of his chicken farm. He was crying and praying to God as he calculated his losses, saying he lost 35,000 chickens when an artillery shell hit the farm.
Abu Ahmed pointed out that he has a large family made up of 10 members, and estimated his loss at about $20,000, in addition to two cars and the house he owned which was built over 500 square meters of land.
Although the Israeli army and its vehicles had retreated from the town, some of the houses were still on fire. The road that Al-Akhbar’s car took was blocked by a fallen utility pole.
However, the most painful scene in Beit Hanoun was the destroyed central hospital which closed its doors after it was targeted by a number of missiles, raising the number of partially destroyed hospitals and first aid centers to eight, according to al-Mizan Human Rights Center.
In a statement obtained by Al-Akhbar, the center denounced “the silence of the international community over the crimes of the occupation which encourages Israel to continue to commit war crimes against Gaza.”
As the night started to fall, people in the town ceased talking and gave way to cameras to capture the scene. Then, the distressed residents rushed to gather what was left of their belongings and boarded their buses, heading back to the shelter centers, now their sole refuge after over 30,000 families have lost their homes.
As reporters got ready to leave the place, displaced residents had one last thing to say: “We shall return to our homes.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

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Abu Bakr Al-Baqdadi Injured in Reqqa

Posted on July 28, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- The leader of the Takfiri terrorist group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Abu Bakr Al-Baqdadi has been injured during army’s operations in Syria, a Takfiri activist wrote on his Twitter account.
Al-Baqdadi was injured during the operations of the Syrian army’s Division 17 in Al-Reqqa city, Twitter account-holder Al-Towhid Institute wrote on his Twitter account.
The news came as the Syrian opposition claimed that the Takfiris had taken control of Al-Reqqa, but the army denied the allegations.
Also in the past 24 hours, a member of Homs National Reconciliation Committee announced that the Syrian army and the militants are likely to extend the truce.
The news comes after a number of militant groups in Al-Va’ar of Homs tried to violate the 45-day ceasefire established between the militant groups and the Syrian army.
Meantime, the Syrian army carried out wide military operations against militants’ concentration centers and hideouts in several areas around the country.
An army unit killed a big number of militants by targeting their concentration centers and destroyed vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns in Handarat, Rasem al-Abboud, al-Sheikh Lutfi, Khan al-Asal, Tal Khattab, al-Sheikh Said, al-Zarbeh, Bawabiyeh, Babansh, Haret al-Shahadiyeen, Hreitan and al-Ramousa in Aleppo.
In Daraa, an army unit destroyed a number of cars that were used by militants in Inkhel town and to the South of Khazan al-Oseileh in Daraa countryside.
Another army unit targeted a militant’s concentration center on Qita crossroad in Om al-Mayaden town, killing many of them and injuring others.
In Homs, army units targeted militants’ concentration centers in Kafar Laha, Wadi al-Kahef and al-Quneitrat in the rural area of the province, killing many militants and injuring others.
Also, the Syrian army took control of two important border crossings near the Lebanese border in Al-Qalamoun region.
The army units took control of border passages of Al-Hamra and Al-Massib as well as their surrounding areas.
The army’s attack on Felita town in Al-Qalamoun area resulted in the death of 30 militants affiliated to the Al-Nusra Takfiri terrorist group.
The army destroyed the gathering centers of the militants and destroyed 8 trucks loaded with military equipment. The army also killed tens of terrorists in fierce clashes.
The Syrian army had also earlier made major advances near the borders with Lebanon.
The army units gained control over the strategic regions along Felita-Arsal border checkpoints.
The Syrian army regained control over Al-Massib and Al-Hamra border checkpoints which link Felita region in Syria and Arsal in Lebanon.
Arsal in Lebanon is the most important gathering center of the Salafis and Takfiris. Arsal is also regarded an important region for dispatch of relief aids and weapons to militants in the Western parts of Syria.

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Operation Netanyahu Bottom ..10 Israeli soldiers killed east of Shujaiyya

 Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:9PM GMT

At least 10 Israeli soldiers have been killed in a fighting with Palestinian resistance fighters as the Israeli onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip lingers on.

Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, said in a statement which was issued on Monday that Palestinian resistance fighters killed the Israeli soldiers east of Shujaiyya.

The military wing of Hamas further noted that its fighters infiltrated “behind enemy lines” and killed the soldiers.

 The Israeli army also issued a statement following the incident, saying Hamas fighters infiltrated into Israel through a tunnel and opened fire on Israeli soldiers.
Elsewhere, in the city of Eshkol, at least four Israelis were killed and nearly a dozen others injured after Palestinian rockets hit the city.
The Israeli army has confirmed the casualties, which brings to over 50, the total number of Israelis killed since the beginning of the war on Gaza. Over 140 other soldiers were also wounded.
Palestinian fighters, however, say they have killed over a hundred Israeli troopers alone.

Meanwhile, Palestinian rockets targeted several other Israeli cities including Be’er Sheva, Ofakim, Haifa and Ashkelon. Resistance brigades also fired over 200 rockets on the Nahal Oz region in the Negev desert.

 Since July 8, Israeli warplanes have been pounding numerous sites in the Gaza Strip, demolishing houses and burying families in the rubble. Israeli tanks also began a ground offensive against the impoverished Palestinian land on July 17.
Palestinian medics say more than 1,080 Palestinians have been killed so far in the Israeli attacks and nearly 6,500 others injured.
Top Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh has said the besieged Gaza Strip will become “a graveyard for Israeli soldiers” who are committing crimes against the Palestinians.

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Washington’s Second Front in Information War against Russia

Finian CUNNINGHAM 

27.07.2014

Russia is not backing down to play Washington’s Fall Guy over the Malaysia Airlines disaster – and that «truculence» by Moscow to not meekly accept the assigned guilty role is earning it increasing pariah status in official American eyes.

The Washington Post reported at the weekend: «Instead of Mr Putin de-escalating the conflict after the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, ‘he’s actually taken a decision to escalate,’ Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the [US] Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a security forum» in Aspen, Colorado.

Those words convey a sense of arrogant disbelief among American leaders, who have asserted Russian complicity in the downing of the civilian jet last week over Ukraine… Washington spared no time in rushing to heap blame on Moscow within hours of the crash near the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, with the loss of all 298 on board.

Washington has so far provided no specific details to support its finger pointing against Moscow or «Russian-backed separatist militia» in eastern Ukraine. Washington has been relying arrogantly on the presumption that what it says is all that matters, and that it is not obliged to disclose any details of its «intelligence» to verify its claims – no matter how provocative those claims are.

Meanwhile, the Russian military command has furnished European Union officials in Brussels with a dossier of its own evidence, based on satellite, radar and air traffic control communications that tend to show a completely different set of circumstances over the downing of the airliner. Russia’s information, which is verifiable unlike Washington’s with-held «secret intelligence», strongly suggests that Malaysia Airlines MH17 was taken down by Western-backed Ukrainian military forces under the command of the Kiev regime.

Russia’s stoic resolve to keep calm amid the maelstrom of US-led accusations following the crash seems to be now provoking even more reckless claims from Washington to open up a second front in the information war.

On Thursday, the US State Department said that Russian forces were guilty of firing artillery shells across the border into Ukraine. Spokeswoman Marie Harf would not disclose what evidence the US had to support such a tendentious claim. Harf was, in effect, accusing Russia of committing an act of war on a sovereign state, which the US is allied to, yet she was unwilling to provide the substance to support this grave implication.

As with the airliner incident, the only discernible sources of US information are what its client regime in Kiev is telling it; and a variety of dubious social media references. The Kiev regime’s capacity for telling lies and fabrication has been proven countless times in recent months since its illegal coup against the elected Yanukovych government on February 23. For example, the regime continues to deny that its military forces are attacking civilian centres in Donetsk and Lugansk, even though the United Nations has reported hundreds of civilians killed during the past months from Kiev’s so-called «anti-terror operations» in the region.

Even the pro-Western rights group Human Rights Watch has lately come out to condemn the Kiev regime for crimes against humanity over its indiscriminate firing of Grad rockets. In spite of video evidence of these projectiles being fired and horrendous civilian casualties, the Kiev regime continues to deny it has Grad rockets in region. A spokesman for the regime forces turned reality on its head this week and has accused «terrorists» of bombing their own people to put the blame on Kiev.

The Kiev junta has also denied having deployed anti-aircraft Buk M1 missile launchers in Donetsk, which may have been involved in shooting down the civilian airliner. Washington says it accepts Kiev’s assurance on this, even though verifiable Russian intelligence has shown that the Kiev military did in fact deploy these missile systems in the vicinity and at the time of Malaysia Airlines MH17 going down.

Since the US State Department refuses to evince its latest «proof» of Russia’s alleged cross-border shelling, we may speculate that it is based on social media photographs posted on the site VKontakhe hours before Washington announced its latest claim. The photographs were ostensibly posted by a Russian soldier who bragged about «shelling Ukraine all night long».

A Russian soldier, by the name of Vadim Grigoriev, has since declared publicly that his social media site has been hacked into, and that the posted photographs have no relation to the alleged incidents of shelling cited by Washington or the Kiev regime.

Why Marie Harf at the US State Department press briefing would not elaborate on what the sources of intelligence were for her claims of Russian cross-border artillery fire is no doubt because similar American social media «evidence» implicating Russia over the downing of the Malaysia airliner were quickly shown to be fake. US «intelligence» was subsequently scoffed at in many media around the world for its amateurish attempt to incriminate Russia.

Reeling from that public relations embarrassment, the Washington Post reported one anonymous US official as saying: «We are seeing a full-court press by the Russian government to instruct affiliated or friendly elements to manipulate the media environment to spread Russia’s version of the story.»

In other words, the US is irked by the fact that its narrative on the airliner, implicating Russia, is not working to whip up a worldwide frenzy against Moscow based on America’s say-so. And also by the fact that US intelligence is being exposed as relying on crumby social media for its «high confidence» pronouncements.

Having seen its Putin-is-to-blame narrative failing to impress world opinion on the downed airliner, Washington now seems intent on opening up a second propaganda front – namely, that Russia is escalating the conflict in eastern Ukraine by conducting cross-border attacks.

It is telling that US General Dempsey made his accusations against Russia within hours of the State Department «revealing» the alleged cross-border shelling. Dempsey did offer some hesitation by saying «if these reports turn out to be true» but that did not stop him from rushing headlong with reckless accusations against Russia.

Nor did the US State Department’s undisclosed, tenuous claims act in any way to restrain American media.

Under the headline ‘Russia Steps Up Help for Rebels in Ukraine War’, the New York Times reports this weekend: «Rather than backing down after last week’s downing of a civilian passenger jet, Russia appears to be intervening more aggressively in the war in eastern Ukraine in what American and Ukrainian officials call a dangerous escalation that will almost certainly force more robust retaliation from the United States and Europe.»

Note the repetition of General Dempsey’s peeved phrase, «rather than backing down after last week’s downing of a civilian passenger jet».

Also note that the NY Times can only go as far as saying: «Russian appears to be intervening more aggressively in the war in eastern Ukraine». That necessary qualification «appears to be» is because there is no intelligence or evidence, apart from the unreliable word of the US-backed Kiev regime and dodgy social media accounts. Nevertheless, that does not stop the NY Times and other American media slyly stepping up the accusations against Russia to a definitive level.

The irony in all this is that the evidence shows that incidents of cross-border shelling in eastern Ukraine are actually being conducted by the US-backed Kiev forces – against Russian territory and civilians. During the past two months there have been at least 10 separate cross-border mortar or artillery attacks carried out by the US-backed Ukrainian military on Russian territory. In one such attack on 13th July, a Russian civilian was killed when shells hit the city of Donetsk in Rostov region (a Russian city with the same name as its Ukrainian counterpart).

On Friday just past, a Russian team of criminal investigators came under mortar fire from pro-Kiev forces when they entered the village of Primiussky in Rostov to conduct a probe into a reported mortar attack the day before. A total of more than 70 mortars were fired from inside Ukraine into Russia.

These deadly incidents of cross-border shelling of Russian territory have been previously confirmed by monitors belonging to the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Yet rather than dealing with the verifiable facts, the US government and its news media are leaping to unsubstantiated claims against Russia that are unsupported by any evidence.

Reckless American accusations that Russia is escalating conflict in Ukraine would seem to be a substitute for failed attempts to implicate Moscow over the downing of the Malaysia airliner. Despite Washington’s intense goading, the European Union has not gone along with the narrative to impose the punitive economic sanctions against Russia that are desired by the US.

Having lost the propaganda battle over the doomed airliner, Washington seems intent on opening up a second front in the information war, alleging cross-border shelling by Russian forces.

But such is American arrogance and deceit, this information war runs a very real risk of inciting a full-on shooting war between world powers.

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Israel’s latest massacre of Palestinian children

Amal Saad

A Palestinian man mourns over the bodies of two children, killed in an explosion in a public playground on the beachfront of Shati refugee camp, as they are wheeled into al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on July 28, 2014. (AFP Photo/Marco Longari)
8 children were killed as Israeli missiles hit a Gaza playground and hospital

According to the latest news reports, between 7 and 10 Palestinian children have been massacred today by the Zionist enemy with its precision-guided munitions, as they sought to escape Israeli bombardment in 2 separate incidents which targeted a refugee camp and a hospital. Of course, Israel will argue that Hamas arranged for more “telegenically dead” children to die, while perversely begrudging the emotional impact these deaths will have on the western public psyche.

This “Israel against the whole world” besieged mentality will only increase the proportion of Israelis who support the genocide against the Palestinian people from its current level of 85-87% according to various polls. these numbers will keep rising even though it has now become public knowledge that Hamas was not responsible for the killing of the 3 Israeli settlers.

Meanwhile, western media will attempt to whitewash this heinous crime as “collateral damage” and will desperately try to achieve “balance” in its reports by reminding us that “Israelis” have also been killed; as though over 43 IDF soldiers who were killed in combat as they invaded Gaza and 2 civilians who were killed by Hamas’ primitive and hence, imprecise rockets, is somehow quantitatively and morally equivalent to over 1000 Palestinian CIVILIAN deaths, including hundreds of children who were deliberately targeted while playing and/or fleeing or hiding from Israeli missiles. In these cases as in others, the concept of “balance” is as methodologically meaningless and morally bankrupt as its sister concept of “neutrality” which maintains that not taking sides in situations of barbaric cruelty is the right thing to do.

There is clearly no Israeli “public” we can coexist with, nor an Israeli state we can ever recognize on moral grounds, or accept on strategic, existential grounds.

As I have written before, killing is not a mere tactic or strategy for Israel as it is for repressive states, but is a requirement for Israel’s physical security and the security of its identity as an invincible military power.

It is for this reason that Palestine can never merely be a human rights cause or a humanitarian cause; its liberation is a strategic and existential necessity for the Arab world.

Death to Israel is not a mere slogan, it is the only solution.

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From «Qaradawi» to «Bishara» … The «Arab Spring» loaded with oil! من «القرضاوي» إلى «بشارة»… «ربيع عربيّ» مثقل بالنفط

دعونا نعترف أنّ «القرضاوي» و»بشارة» كانا مثالين هامّين، ودليلين أكيدين راسخين، على أنّ النفط أيضاً، أعاد إنتاج نسق المرتزقة والمحتالين والسحرة والمشعوذين والنصابين من الأمة!

وكالة أوقات الشام الإخبارية
خالد العبّودأمين سرّ مجلس الشعب السوري

هل كانت مصادفة أن يكون منظرو «الربيع العربي» في لحظة «اندلاقه» في مكان معيّن ومحدّد كي يبشرونا به، وهل كانت مصادفة أن يهرعوا جميعاً كي يكونوا على منابر حكومات الخليج كي يتحفونا بملحقاته، وكي يعرفونا بخيره وزبيبه وعسله، وكي يدفعوا الناس إليه دفعاً حاداً وبكلّ السبل والأدوات، وهل كانت مصادفة أن يفرزوا ويحدّدوا بين «ربيع» هنا و»شتاء» هناك، وبين «ربيع حقيقي» وبين آخر «مزيّف»؟

وهل كانت لحظة عابرة أو عبثية، تلك التي اجتمع بها منظرو اليسار العربي مع يمينه، كي يهتفوا لهذا «الربيع»، مع فصل حادّ ولا إنساني ولا منطقي بين ما يحصل في ليبيا وما يحصل في البحرين على سبيل المثال، وكي يعتبروا القذافي طاغية وخارجاً على الإسلام، في حين أنّ ملك البحرين يمثل ظلّ الله على الأرض، وهو يحكم بأمر منه وفضل من لدنه؟

لا نعتقد أنّ ما تابعناه كان صدفة، أو كان عابراً وطبيعيّاً، ولم نكن بحاجة إلى زمن إضافيّ كي نستدلّ على هذا الأمر، كما أننا لم نكن بحاجة إلى مزيد من الدم، أو إلى الدم أصلاً، حتى ندرك أنّ ما كان قد حصل منذ لحظته الأولى كان معدّاً ومشغولاً عليه جيداً…

قد نفهم، ونتفهّم، في المعنى المصلحي، كيف يمكن لشخص كالـ»قرضاوي» أن يصطفّ هذا الاصطفاف السياسي الحادّ، نقول السياسي، ولا نعني به الديني أبداً، كما أراد أن يسوّق له «القرضاوي» نفسه، يمكن أن يُفهم على أنّه موقف في سياق اصطفاف «إخواني» جليّ، إلى جانب قوى أخرى أرادت أن تمرّر مشروعها على مستوى المنطقة، باعتبار أنّ «القرضاوي» كان ولمّا يزل جزءاً من النسق «الإخواني» السياسي، غير أنّ الذي لم نفهمه، ولا يمكن أن يُفهم، أن يكون عزمي بشارة جزءاً من هذا الاصطفاف، خاصة أنّ منتج الاصطفاف وحيثياته كانت تتضح، من ليبيا وصولاً إلى العراق، مروراً بتونس ومصر وسورية، ويتجلّى هذا الاصطفاف «الإخواني» بصيغ «تكفيرية» متعدّدة، جذرها غرائزيّ مرتبط بثقافة صحراوية مفتوحة على جفاف حضاري شديد…!

عندما يُفتي «القرضاوي» بأنّ الحاصل في ليبيا «ثورة» ضدّ «نظام» خارج على أمر الله، يخرج علينا بشارة كي يؤكد أنّ هذه «الثورة» جاءت ضدّ «الاستبداد» الذي مارسه «نظام القذافي»، وعندما يُفتي «القرضاوي» بقتل «القذافي» باعتباره «مرتدّاً» عن الإسلام وخارجاً عليه، يطالعنا بشارة أنّ الثورات وفلسفتها عبر التاريخ لا تقوم إلا على الدماء!

لم يكن هذا التناغم بين أقصى اليمين واليسار العربي بعيداً عن فكرة التأسيس له، والاشتغال عليه، وصولاً إلى «ربيع عربي» مطلوب له أن يمرّ، وأن يأخذ شرعية مركبة، أو شرعية مزدوجة، بخاصة أنّ الدول العربية التي اجتاحها «الربيع العربي» كانت مجتمعاتها ليست أحادية الاتجاه، وإنما هي مجتمعات غنية لها أكثر من اتجاه، وفيها أكثر من مكوّن، الأمر الذي استدعى هذا الحضور المركّب والمتعدّد لمنظري هذا «الربيع العربي»!

قد يقول البعض بأنّ الثورات عبر التاريخ لا تقوم إلا بكلّ مكونات المجتمع، ولا تنهض إلا عندما تنهض كلّ أركانه، وهذا صحيح، ونحن إلى جانبه، لكن علينا أن نتذكر جيّداً، وعلينا أن نفرّق بين أن تنهض أركان المجتمع وتياراته، وبين من يريد أن يتحدث باسم أركان المجتمع وتياراته، كي يصل إلى كلّ أركان المجتمع ومكوناته، ويحاول محاكاتها كي يأخذها إلى مشهد يريده، بمعنى آخر، بين أن ينهض المجتمع، وبين من يريد أن يقول بأن المجتمع قد نهض، وبكلّ مكوناته!

أمّا الثانية فهي أنّ ناتج الثورات لا يمكن أن يكون خروجاً على ثقافة قائمة باتجاه سلبيّ، إذ أنّ «الثورة» في رأس فلسفتها أن تأتي بالأفضل، لا أن تأخذ الناس والجمهور نحو الأسوأ، كون أنّ «الربيع» الذي تمّ التنظير والإفتاء له كان يقوم على فرضيات متقدمة جداً، لجهة عناوين أساسية ورئيسية، مثل: الحرية والديمقراطية ومفهوم سيادة الدولة واحترام الآخر والوقوف في وجه الطائفية والديكتاتورية… غير أنّ واقع الحال الصاعد كان في الانزياح المطلق إلى عناوين أعادت المجتمعات التي مرّ عليها «الربيع العربي» إلى مجتمعات القرون الوسطى.

دعونا نعترف إذن، وبكثير من المصداقية والشفافية، أنّ النفط هزمنا في أكثر من معركة، وفي أكثر من عنوان، هزمنا النفط العربي بالعنوان الاجتماعي للأمة، ولا نقول للدولة، فـ «دولة الأمة» لم تنجز بعد، غير أنّ الأمة منجزة، والنفط بهذا المعنى هزمها، عندما لم يقم معنى اجتماعياً متقدماً لمكوناتها وأضلاعها، والنفط هزمها أخلاقياً، عندما لم يوطّد القيمة الحقيقية لرسالتها، من خلال العبث بهذه القيمة وتلك الرسالة، عندما صدّر لنا هذا النسق الفكري الذي لا يتقن غير القتل والذبح والتشفي!

ودعونا نعترف أنّ «القرضاوي» و»بشارة» كانا مثالين هامّين، ودليلين أكيدين راسخين، على أنّ النفط أيضاً، أعاد إنتاج نسق المرتزقة والمحتالين والسحرة والمشعوذين والنصابين من الأمة!
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Is the West Bank witnessing a resurgence of Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades?

A Palestinian protester holding his national flag stands amid smoke after tear gas was fired by Israeli security forces during clashes in the West Bank village of Bilin, on July 28, 2014, following a demonstration in support of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip. (Photo: AFP-Abbas Momani)
Published Monday, July 28, 2014
While Fatah may have made an about-face with its attitudes regarding the war on Gaza, it will not be able to easily reactivate its armed wing, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, owing to its long political journey that has broken the back of its military leaders.
Hebron – “Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of the Fatah Movement, claims responsibility for firing at the occupation forces stationed at the Qalandia checkpoint in Ramallah…and confirms there were casualties among them on Saturday June 26, 2014.”
This was not a random statement or just another military statement coming from the Resistance in Gaza during the war. No, this was from the West Bank.
Those who do not know what it means for Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades to claim responsibility for armed clashes in a West Bank city are invited to pay attention to the fact that Operation Defensive Shield in 2012, coupled with the subsequent policy of security collaboration between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, were the most important factors in putting down the Resistance there, especially since most martyrdom operations in the occupied territories that once haunted Israel had originated from the West Bank.
Since then, Fatah sought to distance itself from armed struggle, on the grounds that the liberation phase of the cause had ended. Fatah focused instead on “state-building,” and accordingly, amnesty with Israeli consent was given to activists from al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, including those involved in killing Israeli soldiers. These activists were reintegrated into educational and rehabilitation programs, and then into jobs in Palestinian Authority institutions, and were given salaries and promotions.
Nevertheless, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and similar organizations continued to be designated as “terrorist groups.” The logo of Fatah’s military wing, details about its members and operations and so on, continue to be found on the websites of several international “counter-insurgency” organizations.
As clashes recently erupted in many parts of the West Bank, the question that has emerged is this: Will al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades make a comeback – recall that Fatah established the organization at the beginning of the second intifada – to lead events again and the Palestinian street toward a third intifada? For one thing, stone throwing has lost its practical effectiveness compared to armed struggle since the first intifada, even though it remains a symbol that haunts the occupation.
Before attempting to answer this question, it should be pointed out that al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades’ vision is to end Israeli occupation in the territories occupied in 1967 to establish a Palestinian state, that is, its vision is consistent with that of the political wing of the Fatah movement. However, this did not prevent al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades from carrying out commando operations during the second intifada outside the West Bank, hitting targets as far as Tel Aviv.
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades’ cells expanded into Gaza, but its growth in the Strip was stunted with the assassination of its founder there, Jihad Amarin, after which al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades scattered into small combat groups. Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades’ role in Gaza gradually disappeared as Mahmoud Abbas’ faction took over the Palestinian Authority, and today, its presence there is limited to groups supported by Hamas (Ayman Jaoudeh’s groups), by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (al-Mujahidin and Abu Sharia), and by Hezbollah (Imad Mughniyeh).
The dismantling of the Brigades
As part of the social engineering process in the West Bank following the end of the second intifada, and as part of the Palestinian state-building process on the basis of peace, democracy, and coexistence with the occupation, the Palestinian Authority and Israel agreed in October 2008 to grant amnesty to al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades activists who agreed to lay down their arms and sign documents pledging not to participate in any operations against Israel.
The total number of individuals who received amnesty was 329, out of a long list prepared by the Israelis of all fugitives in the West Bank from all factions. The list was handed over to the Palestinian Authority, who formed the so-called Fugitives Committee to hold dialogue with them before granting them amnesty in return for their arms and other conditions.
Under the agreement, the Israeli authorities stopped trying to apprehend the fugitives, provided the latter were kept in the custody of the security services for three months. At the end of the three-month period, the Israeli authorities were notified of which individuals received full or partial pardons, and who was taken off – or kept on – the list of fugitives, including al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades activists who had completely renounce resistance.
Some of those included in the deal were allowed to move only in Area A (the areas under Palestinian control), while others who were refused amnesty in the past were placed under probation pending a final decision in their cases. Individuals who received partial amnesty were allowed to leave at 7 am, but had to go back to sleep the night at Palestinian Authority detention centers. Yet all this humiliation did not stop the Israelis from assassinating or detaining individuals who had been granted amnesty.
The detailed background above is meant to clarify how an armed resistance organization that had external support was dismantled, while another organization seized its weapons in return for amnesty and a normal life if the activists pledged to renounce “violence.”
Subsequently, armed individuals in Palestinian cities, villages and some refugee camps began to disappear, and after 2008 any armed individual who refused to lay down his or her arms was dealt with harshly.
There were some who were able to keep their weapons and dodge the trap of conditional amnesty and the efforts to dismantle the Resistance in the West Bank. These rejectionists, including former detainees, had to acquire weapons at double the price in order to have a safety net in light of the profound transformations affecting the Palestinian political landscape. This faction remained on the ground, stationing itself in camps like Jenin, Balata, Qalandia, and other areas designated by the Palestinian Authority and Israel as hotspots.
An imminent comeback?
The current situation is marked by Fatah’s retreat from armed struggle, in parallel with the detention or even assassination of the former leaders of armed resistance. In addition, the current Palestinian leadership in the West Bank favors so-called peaceful resistance, such as protests (a majority of which are prohibited from going to areas of direct contact with the occupation).
On the other hand, recent shooting incidents indicate that a green light was given to some armed individuals who must coordinate with one another and with some in the leadership – because no one can move this quickly to carry out armed attacks except with protection from the eyes of the security services.
Apart from the theory that Mohammed Dahlan, expelled Fatah leader, is trying to ignite the West Bank based on the fact that he has a long track record in security coordination, it is possible to interpret the incidents in another way: While it is very unlikely that Fatah cadres or all of Fatah could be drawn into a full confrontation, it seems that some armed cells have taken it upon themselves to initiate some individual efforts. However, it is important to note that these efforts are difficult to transform into a systematic phenomenon as a result of complicated circumstances on the ground and the lack of funding – an important issue especially with the extremely high prices of weapons in the West Bank.
Since the Israeli attacks on Gaza over 20 days ago, clashes in the West Bank and the occupied territories are growing in frequency and number. There have been more than 36 spots where clashes occurred with the occupation forces, with a corresponding number of press reports about al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades’ involvement in a number of attacks on Israeli targets.
So does this mean that the armed organization has returned? Will sleeper cells be activated to confront Israeli forces, especially in light of reports that Hezbollah is directly funding the Brigades in the West Bank? It is also possible to raise other questions about purported decisions by some Palestinian Authority leaders to take advantage of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades’ return to win the sympathy of the masses, who are disillusioned with the political failure of their leadership.
In this context, it should be noted that security collaboration is still the biggest threat to armed struggle in the West Bank, specifically in the refugee camps, which the Palestinian Authority could not re-engineer and demilitarize. The Palestinian Authority continues its attempts to nip any seeds of Resistance in the bud, even when those seeds are affiliated to Fatah. At any rate, it is very possible that we will see solitary cells engaged in guerilla warfare and attacks using small arms, and those who know the West Bank will know that such cells could indeed hurt the enemy and haunt the settlers and soldiers deployed on the streets and along the checkpoints.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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Gaza, Zionism & the Destabilization Doctrine: An Interview with Jonathan Azaziah by Joshua Blakeney

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July 28, 201

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdOdydQRBN4&list=UUp6AZnSXblJgezDHpPu2ZGg

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Published on Jul 26, 2014

Journalist Joshua Blakeney interviewed broadcaster and geopolitical analyst Jonathan Azaziah on July 24, 2014. The show focused upon the Israeli regime’s aggression toward the inhabitants of Gaza. At the time of recording Israel’s so called “Operation Protective Edge” had slain 800 Palestinians and maimed thousands more. Azaziah and Blakeney situated the murderous scenes emanating from Gaza in both a regional and global context in the show. Relevant links include:

Mask of Zion Report:

Jonathan Azaziah on The Middle East Show:

Jonathan Azaziah’s blog:

Joshua Blakeney’s website:

Joshua Blakeney’s YouTube channel:

The Real Deal blog:

Jonathan Azaziah’s Music:

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Israel Losing Support from Its Biggest Ally: American Evangelical Christians from the Washingtonsblog

July 28, 2014

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Posted on July 25, 2014

A Shift Among Evangelicals … Especially Among the Young

We documented yesterday that the biggest supporters of Israel are American evangelical Christians Protestants or – to a lesser extent – Catholics.

But that support base is slipping …

Buzzfeed reported in January:

Figures with deep roots in America’s religious right have launched a quiet effort aimed at pushing evangelical Christians away from decades of growing loyalty to Israel and toward increased solidarity with the Palestinians.

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The campaign by a coalition of religious leaders, international nonprofits, and activists has taken place in recent years largely behind the scenes and away from the prying eyes of the political press — and it’s being driven by a generation of Evangelicals alienated by the way their faith was yoked to Republican foreign policy during the Bush years. Now, organizations like the Telos Group and the large Christian nonprofit World Vision have joined a small army of ministers and Christian opinion-makers working to reorient Evangelicals’ stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — producing documentaries about the plight of Palestinian Christians, providing theological rationale for a more “balanced” view of the issue, and taking Evangelicals on trips to the Middle East.

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The campaign has alarmed America’s most committed Christian supporters of Israel, who acknowledge their rivals’ message is gaining momentum within the church.

The Forward noted in March (via Haaretz):

Support for Israel is weakening among evangelical Christians, prompting a new struggle for the hearts and minds of younger members of America’s largest pro-Israel demographic group.

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Evangelical leaders on both sides of the divide on Israel agree that members of the millennial generation do not share their parents’ passion for the Jewish state; many are seeking some form of evenhandedness when approaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“What is happening is that the hard line of Christian Zionists was not successfully passed forward to the next generation, because it was based on theological themes that are now being questioned by younger evangelicals,” said David Gushee, professor of Christian ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Atlanta.

The grip of Christian Zionists over young evangelicals has been loosening for several years, according to observers within the community. But in recent weeks, the leading evangelical pro-Israel organization, Christians United for Israel, has set off alarm bells in articles and interviews decrying the inroads made by pro-Palestinian activists into the evangelical community. CUFI’s leaders are calling for a new strategy to block them.

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In June 2011, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey …. A majority of American evangelical leaders (49%) expressed neutrality when asked if they sympathize more with Israelis or with Palestinians. Thirty percent expressed support for Israelis, 13% for the Palestinians.

The survey polled only leaders who participated in this international conference and did not offer insight into the views of rank-and-file evangelicals. But it highlighted the fact that only a minority within the evangelical leadership today hold strong pro-Israel views when it comes to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and attendant conflict with the Palestinians.

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Activists in Illinois’s Wheaton College, a leading Christian school, protested a planned CUFI event on campus in 2009; in Tulsa, Okla., Oral Roberts University has appointed a harsh critic of Israel to its board of trustees, and at Bethel University, in Minnesota, President Jay Barnes visited Israel and the Palestinian territories on a trip that changed participants’ views on the conflict. Barnes’s wife, Barbara Barnes, published a poem after the trip, in which she wrote: “Apartheid has become a way of life. I believe God mourns.”

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Speakers at the gathering, which presents a Palestinian perspective on Israel’s occupation of the West Bank for Christians, include … William Wilson, the president of Oral Roberts University; and Gary Burge, a theology professor at Wheaton College and author of the book, “Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians.”

The conference’s 12-point “manifesto” strongly condemns “all forms of violence” and warns against the “stereotyping of all faith forms that betray God’s commandment to love our neighbors and enemies.” It also rejects “any exclusive claim to the land of the Bible in the name of God” and states that “racial ethnicity alone does not guarantee the benefits of the Abrahamic Covenant.”

And the Presbyterian Church (U.S.) – the largest Presbyterian denomination in America –  voted to divest from companies whose products Israel uses in Palestinian territories.

But the old-fashioned mega-church extremists – like Rev. John Hagee – are fighting back with large sums of money and organizational structure. So the outcome is still in play.

River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian   

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