‘Fattah’: Iran’s New Home-Grown Hypersonic Missile (Video & Photos)

 June 6, 2023

The Aerospace Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) unveiled on Tuesday an advanced hypersonic ballistic missile, a new home-grown achievement scored by the Islamic Republic.

The hypersonic missile, named ‘Fattah’, was unveiled by the IRGC in Tehran at a ceremony attended by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Chief Commander of the IRGC Major General Hossein Salami and the Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh.


The projectile, whose name has been chosen by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei, has a range of 1,400 kilometers.

‘Fattah’, new advanced hypersonic ballistic missile.

The missile’s warhead has a spherical engine running on solid fuel with a movable nozzle that allows the missile to move in all directions, Tasnim news agency reported.

Due to having great tactical capabilities, Fattah hypersonic ballistic missile can fly at very high speeds and perform various maneuvers in and out of earth’s atmosphere.

Gen. Hajizadeh

Speaking in a ceremony, IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Hajizadeh said that by unveiling the ‘Fattah’ hypersonic ballistic missile today, Iran now became one of the four countries in the world that have this technology.

IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Hajizadeh

Fattah missile cannot be destroyed by any missile due to its movement in different directions and heights, he added.

Stating that the speed of the Fattah missile is Mach 13, the commander said that a missile with such speed will be impossible to be confronted.

Last week, Hajizadeh said the homegrown hypersonic ballistic missile has undergone all tests.

The new missile can penetrate all air defense missile systems and detonate the enemy’s anti-missile systems, the top Iranian commander added last week.

Only a handful of countries, including the US, China, Russia and North Korea have mastered the technology to manufacture hypersonic missiles.

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Normalization possible with Arab regimes, impossible with Arab people

June 7,2023

Source: Al Mayadeen English

By Ahmad Karakira 

Speaking to Al Mayadeen English, Sayed Shibl, Egyptian writer and researcher in political affairs, says Al-Awja crossing operation reflects “the true expression of the collective public opinion of Egyptians.”

No one knows what the Egyptian conscript, martyr Mohammad Salah, had in mind when he carried out the Al-Awja crossing operation on the border with occupied Palestine, where he killed three Israeli soldiers, two days before the anniversary of the 1967 Naksa (Setback).

Perhaps Mohammad was one of the 2000s generation in Egypt, whose parents and grandparents repeatedly told them on different occasions about the defeat of the Arab forces by the Israeli occupation and the loss of Arab lands such as Sinai, the Golan, the West Bank, Gaza, and Al-Quds and lamented the departure of a great Arab leader like Gamal Abdel Nasser, who united the Arab nation, supported the oppressed, and stood in the face of Western imperialism.

Perhaps he was taught that, as Abdel Nasser said, “What was taken by force can only be restored by force” and was reminded that under Operation Badr in 1973, the Egyptian army’s heroic resistance was able to cross the Suez Canal, capture the “Bar Lev Line”, and liberate a part of Sinai.

Maybe the 23-year-old is from this Arab generation that has not yet forgotten the scenes of killing and trail of destruction left behind by the Israeli occupation in its repeated aggressions against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip for 16 years, and perhaps the images of “Israel” committing the worst massacres against the Lebanese in 2006 were planted in his memory.

But for sure, he was a witness to the daily crimes committed by the occupation forces against the Palestinians who are defending their land, sanctities, and dignity across Palestine.

During the Israeli aggression on Gaza in May 2021, Mohammad wrote on his Facebook page, “Allah stands by Palestine,” in response to a post by Mike Pence saying: “America stands with Israel,” during Seif Al-Quds Battle.

We have the right to consider that the operation carried out by Mohammad Salah against the occupation forces expresses the will of every free and honorable person who rejects the occupation, makes it suffer, takes away its security and its settlers’ comfort, and takes revenge for the oppressed, the blood of the martyrs, and all the prisoners in occupation prisons.

In confirmation of that, Israeli occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the operation as “serious and unusual.” The chief of staff of the Israeli occupation forces, Herzi Halevi, admitted that the operation was “a difficult incident,” during which three of the Israeli occupation forces’ “best” soldiers were killed on the border with Egypt.

Israeli media also considered that the Egyptian conscript’s operation, which succeeded despite its simplicity, exposed the complete collapse of the security system of the Israeli occupation army in this particular area, admitting that the results of the operation were indeed difficult, painful, and dealt a blow to occupation forces who suffered a serious failure in preventing “infiltration” into “Israel”.

Read more: Egyptian policeman’s operation part of multifront war: Israeli media

Touching on the latest operation, Sayed Shibl, Egyptian writer and researcher in political affairs, told Al Mayadeen English that Al-Awja crossing operation “is certainly not an individual one, but rather the true expression of the collective public opinion of Egyptians who reject the Israeli presence.”

Shibl said the evidence for this is the amount of support Mohammad Salah received on social media.

“It is very rare to find an Egyptian comment on Facebook that rejects armed action directed against Israel, and if an Egyptian happens to have this anomalous opinion, he will stop it because of how strong the public opinion stands against Zionism,” he indicated.

The Egyptian writer and researcher considered that the importance of the operation “lies in the fact that it came at a time when the Israeli entity feels threatened from all borders, except the western border with Egypt where it feels safe.”

He added that the operation “reinforces the concern of the occupation government and deprives the settlers of any sense of safety.”

“It is a message to the leaders of the entity calling on them to retreat from their aggressive path against the Arab people in occupied Palestine.”

Shibl underlined that what is certain is that there is a message that reached everyone today: normalization is possible with Arab governments, but it is impossible with the Arab people.

Despite the absence of precise figures on the percentage of Egyptians who reject normalization with the Israeli occupation, a 2019-2020 survey conducted by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies found that 85% of Egyptians refuse diplomatic recognition of “Israel”, while only 13% support it.

According to Shibl, Egyptians expressed their happiness in public streets, in cafes, and on social media. He noted that despite not witnessing marches or demonstrations due to the security conditions in the country, anyone who lives among ordinary Egyptians during the past few days can touch their joy over the recent operation due to their rejection of the continued Israeli occupation of Arab lands, as well as the longing of Egyptians for acts of resistance, especially if it was carried out by an Egyptian — a factor related to national pride.

Asked whether the timing of Mohammad Salah’s operation might be linked to the 1967 Naksa anniversary, Shibl said, “Maybe it has something to do with the June 5 setback anniversary, or maybe not.”

The Egyptian writer pointed out that it is natural for every young Egyptian under the age of 30 to have a father or uncle who tells them about Egypt’s wars with the Israeli enemy and the martyrs who rose during it, which plants in them “a desire for revenge,” especially since the effects of the 1967 aggression remain apparent in Palestine and Syria, and even in Egypt, under the so-called “Peace Treaty”, which still restricts the full movement of the Egyptian army inside the Sinai Peninsula.

Shibl recalled that in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution, the position of the various political currents was to reject “Israel” and organize demonstrations against its embassy, ​​which culminated in the September 2011 storming of the occupation’s embassy in the Egyptian city of Giza, which led to its evacuation in the summer of the same year.

In conclusion, the Israeli occupation, as usual, will present hundreds of arguments and justifications related to martyr Mohammad Salah, including that he suffers from a psychological disorder or that he does not represent the official Egyptian position on “Israel”, but there is no doubt that the last operation will remain stuck in the minds of the new Egyptian generation.

And who knows, we might see another Mohamed Salah in the coming days.

Read more: Israeli reports say Egyptian border incident premeditated

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Palestinian ‘Administrative Detainees’ In ‘Israeli’ Jails Planning Open-ended Hunger Strike

June 6, 2023

By Staff, Agencies

Palestinian prisoners held under the Zionist regime’s so-called ‘administrative detention’ policy, are planning a mass open-ended hunger strike in protest at their unlawful and indefinite imprisonment without trial or charge.

The protest action is to start next Sunday, June 18, the official Palestinian Wafa news agency reported on Monday, citing the Palestinian Administrative Detainees’ Committee.

Palestinian inmates will also keep up their boycott of the regime’s courts “as a means of drawing attention to the violation of their rights,” the committee added.

It also noted that the detainees’ key demand is for the regime to end its practice of ‘administrative detention,’ while also seeking to force “‘Israel’ to respect its obligations under the international humanitarian and human rights law.”

Under its policy of ‘administrative detention,’ the occupying regime detains Palestinians without trial or charge for up to six months; a period which can be extended for an indefinite number of times.

The detention takes place on the orders of a military commander and on the basis of what the regime describes as “secret” evidence. Some detainees have been held in ‘administrative detention’ for up to 11 years.

According to the latest figures released by Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the Zionist regime is currently holding around 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners in its prisons and detention facilities, including 155 children and 32 women. The figure also includes 1,014 Palestinians, who are being kept under the regime’s ‘administrative detention’ policy.

Palestinian detainees have resorted to open-ended hunger strike on frequent occasions to express outrage at their plight under the occupying regime’s inhumane detention policy.

The committee said the plan to hold a mass open-ended hunger strike came after its negotiations with the ‘Israeli’ Prison Service [IPS] failed.

During the talks, the committee demanded, among other things, an end to the occupation regime’s ‘administrative detention’ policy and lifting of the penalties and other forms of collective punishment targeting prisoners affiliated with the Islamic Jihad movement. The committee also urged the ‘Israeli’ entity to end the solitary confinement of female detainees at Ramleh Prison.

The committee stated that the IPS and ‘Israeli’ spy establishment turned a deaf ear to all of the above demands and even resorted to threats.

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Hasbara Industry: Deconstructing Israel’s Propaganda Machine

June 8, 2023

Israeli soldiers arresting and beating a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

By Dr. M. Reza Behnam

Tel Aviv is, however, finding it increasingly difficult to whitewash its entrenched apartheid system and ongoing genocide, especially in light of the openly racist policies and practices of the current right-wing regime cobbled together by its legally-plagued prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Most mornings as I prepare for my run, I tune in to BBC News.  Of late, the newscaster has presented, in sober British fashion, the number of Palestinians killed the night before by the Israeli army in its near-nightly raids on homes and refugee camps in the occupied Palestinian Territories.  When I canvass American news sites to learn more, there is no mention of these atrocities.  The airwaves are replete, however, with news of the Russia-Ukraine war and the death of civilians.

What many Americans won’t hear from these “news” sources is that in 2022, the Israeli army killed more than 170 Palestinian civilians, including 30 children, in the West Bank and East Jerusalem; and that since the start of 2023, Israel’s occupation army has already killed 158 Palestinians, including 26 children.

They won’t hear that Israel controls the lives and resources (access to safe clean water) of approximately 7 million Palestinians, and that Palestinian cities, towns, homes, orchards and businesses have been systematically destroyed and repopulated with upwards of 750,000 illegal Jewish squatters (“settlers”).

They won’t hear of the 56 years of Israeli occupation, dispossession, house demolitions, curfews, checkpoints, walls, blockades, permits, night raids, targeted killings, military courts, administrative detention, thousands of political prisoners, tortured Palestinian children, and 56 years of oppression and humiliation.

The ‘Exceptional’ Treatment

What explains the “exceptional” deferential treatment Israel receives, while other human rights violators are condemned or sanctioned by the United States and its allies?

Much of the explanation has to do with Israel’s powerfully effective state-run public relations industry reliant on myths and duplicity.  Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has successfully created a new illogic of its own; an illogic that has made the illegal seem legal, the immoral appear moral and the undemocratic sound democratic.  It has masterfully marketed a number of myths that have become a part of the political and mainstream media narrative.

From the outset, Israel’s Zionist founders cloaked their true goal of creating a “Greater Israel” —a Jewish state not just in Palestine, but in Jordan, southern Lebanon and the Syrian Golan Heights—in heroic terms.

Fabricated history and tropes about the “good” Israelis developing an unpopulated land, creating agrarian miracles in the desert and reclaiming an historic promised land have become deeply embedded.

In reality, Zionists, like Israel’s first prime minister, polish-born David Ben-Gurion, saw the 1948 United Nations General Assembly partition plan for Palestine as the first step toward future expansion.

Israel’s Colonization Plans

Benny Morris in his book, Righteous Victims, writes that Ben-Gurion in a letter to his son in 1937, framed the Zionist plan for colonizing Palestine:  “No Zionist can forego the smallest portion of the Land of Israel.  [A] Jewish state in part [of Palestine] is not an end, but a beginning….through this we increase our power, and every increase in power facilitates getting hold of the country in its entirety.  Establishing a [small] state….will serve as a very potent lever in our historical effort to redeem the whole country.”

That Israel would have to forcibly transfer and remove the indigenous Palestinian population to realize its colonization plans were erased from the Israeli narrative.

As a consequence of its effective disinformation campaign, many Americans have come to believe that Israel is a democratic, progressive and humane state; a small but brave nation defending itself against “foreign” violence and terrorism.

To realize its “Greater Israel” annexation mission, Israel created another fiction to legitimize its war of choice in 1967.   Although the Six-Day War, which began on June 5, 1967, has proved to be a crucial turning point in the modern history of the Middle East, the Israeli myth of vulnerability and “nation under siege” inventions remain largely unchallenged.

Zionist Mythmakers

Fifty-six years ago, the Israeli air force attacked air bases in Egypt, Syria and Jordan, destroying over 80 percent of their warplanes on the ground.  Israeli troops swiftly occupied Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank of Jordan and the Syrian Golan Heights.  According to Israeli government minutes, its attack was not defensive, but a planned preemptive strike.

The Israelis were fully aware of the need to initiate a disinformation campaign alongside their planned first-strike military operations to allay adverse reactions from Washington and other Western powers.

The Israeli myth that the Jewish state was fighting for its physical survival against a more powerful Arab enemy has had a powerful hold on America’s political leaders and the public.  In fact, Arab leaders had no plans to invade Israel and Israel’s leaders knew the war was easily winnable.  The annihilation fallacy has become unassailable dogma in Washington—the “right to defend itself” mantra— has allowed Tel Aviv to continue its illegal annexation of captured Palestinian land.

Zionist mythmakers got busy again in the 1980s.  To counter the criticism it received following its indiscriminate bombing of Lebanon and massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut in 1982, Israel birthed the Hasbara (“explaining” in Hebrew) Project in 1983.

In that year, the American Jewish Congress sponsored a conference in Jerusalem of top executives, journalists and academics from Israel and the United States, to devise a strategy to resell Israel, cement U.S. economic and military support and make it extremely difficult to critique Israel’s actions.

Hasbara established permanent structures in the United States and Israel to influence how the world, especially Americans, would think about Israel and the Middle East in the future. The talking points they developed are recognizable in current rhetoric; among them:  Israel’s strategic importance to the United States; its physical vulnerability; its shared cultural values with the West; and its desire for peace.  Israel now labels its continuing hasbara propaganda “public diplomacy.”

News organizations, journalists, academics, politicians and entertainers have come to expect pressure if they go outside the level of acceptable discourse established by Israel and its supporters.  Alternative narratives that expose Israel’s abuses are dismissed as anti-Israel or given the feared label of anti-Semitic.  Israeli propagandists have made certain to fuse criticism of the regime—anti-Zionism—to anti-Semitism. The anti-Semitic accusation has proven to be a powerful rhetorical device to shield Israel from fault.  It has destroyed careers and reputations.

Challenging Israeli Myths

The late-Helen Thomas, noted journalist; Norman Finkelstein, prominent Jewish intellectual, political scientist and author; and Fatima Mohammed, 2023 graduate of CUNY law school are among those who have been willing to brave the onslaught of criticism they would inevitably face for “daring” to challenge Israeli myths.

Helen Thomas, national icon and senior White House correspondent for UPI, was forced to end her 57-year career in 2010 because she persisted in publicly questioning U.S. support for Israel.  Thomas later remarked, “You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive.”

In 2007, DePaul University denied tenure to Norman Finkelstein because of his criticism of Israel.  In his books, Finkelstein claimed that anti-Semitism has been used to stifle critics of Israeli policies toward Palestinians, and that the Holocaust is exploited by some Jewish institutions for their own gain and to cover Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.  Because his name had been sullied, Finkelstein was never able to teach again.

Fatima Mohammed, in her recent commencement address to fellow graduates, condemned Israel for perpetuating the Nakba (catastrophe); stating that “our silence is no longer acceptable….Palestine can no longer be the exception to our pursuit of justice.”  Predictably, Mohammed faced immediate public condemnation from U.S. politicians and pro-Israel groups, who have accused her of anti-Semitism, and have called for the university to be defunded over her speech.

In December 2008 and January 2009, as before, Israel marshaled its public relations machine.  This time it was to counter the criticism it was receiving for its massive 22-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip, in which 1,398 Palestinians were killed.

The Israel Project

The Israel Project (TIP), a pro-Israel Washington-based group, hired Frank Luntz, a Republican operative and political strategist, to shore up its image.   Luntz conducted an extensive study to determine how to integrate Israel’s narrative into mainstream media.  His findings were reported in a document titled, “The Israel Project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary.”

Language from Luntz’s primer, with its scripted discourse for Israeli supporters, has seeped into the thinking, vocabulary and comments of American, Israeli and European politicians, academics and mainstream media.

In his 18-Chapter primer, Luntz coaches Israeli supporters on how to tailor answers for different audiences, outlines what Americans want to hear and what words and phrases to use and to be avoided.  It provides guidance on how to challenge statements from and to feign compassion for Palestinians.  Luntz advises to always emphasize Israel’s desire for peace, although he initially states that it does not really want a peaceful solution.

Supporters are enjoined to give the false impression that the so-called “cycle of violence” has been going on for thousands of years, that both sides are equally at fault and that Palestine-Israel catastrophe is beyond their understanding.  He urges advocates to stress Israel’s need for security, emphasizing that Americans will respond favorably if Israeli civilians are portrayed as the innocent victims of Palestinian “terrorism.”

Luntz states that when Americans are told that Iran supports Hezbollah and Hamas, they will be inclined to be more supportive of Israel.  Therefore, when talking about them to repeatedly say “Iran-backed” Hamas and Hezbollah.

On the rare occasions the mainstream media reports on Israel’s abuses, it conforms to the official lexicon outlined in Luntz’s dictionary.  Israel’s army of occupation, for example, is referred to as “defense” or “security” forces, Zionist colonizers, (squatters), are termed “settlers,” Zionist colonies are called “settlements” or “neighborhoods,” Palestinians “attack,” while Israelis merely “retaliate.”

Normalizing the Abnormal

Among the more glaring fabrications is the characterization of the Israel-Palestine quagmire as a “conflict” between two peoples with equal political and military resources and equal claims; when it is, in reality, a conflict between the colonizer, Israel, and the colonized, Palestinians.

For 75 years, Israeli propaganda has allowed it to be the exception—to flout international norms and laws with impunity.  Because of the myths, Israel has been extremely influential in determining U.S. policy in the Middle East. The country’s unremitting and methodical disinformation campaigns from 1948 to the present have allowed Israel to plant the Zionist flag on Palestinian land and in the hearts and minds of Americans.

Tel Aviv is, however, finding it increasingly difficult to whitewash its entrenched apartheid system and ongoing genocide, especially in light of the openly racist policies and practices of the current right-wing regime cobbled together by its legally-plagued prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.  Israel’s hasbara industry, however, remains undaunted.  TIP folded in 2019 after its funding dried up, but the Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI) continues to carry on Israel’s hasbara mission.

Israel knows that the narratives it tells itself and the world are apocryphal and the Jewish state, in its present form, is unlawful and unjust.  Hence, in an attempt to make the apocryphal real and the fraudulent legal, Israel continues its ongoing ideological war to normalize the abnormal in Palestine.

– Dr. M. Reza Behnam is a political scientist specializing in the history, politics and governments of the Middle East. He contributed this article to The Palestine Chronicle.

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Wagner’s Prigozhin tells Al Mayadeen Ukraine counteroffensive underway

June 08, 2023

Wagner PMC took the lion’s share in the year-long battle leading to the full control of Russia over the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region

By Al Mayadeen English 

Wagner PMC founder and chief Yevgeny Prigozhin tells Al Mayadeen English that Ukraine’s counteroffensive is beginning as the latter pushes toward Russia in a series of attacks on Russian targets.

The events taking place in Ukraine forebode a Ukrainian counteroffensive as Kiev ups its efforts, as was expected, Russian Wagner Private Military Group Yegevny Prigozhin said answering Al Mayadeen English’s questions on Thursday hours after Ukrainian attacks took place in Zaparozhye.

“I think that the events that are currently taking place at the front are the beginning of a Ukrainian counteroffensive, which is currently ramping up its efforts as expected,” Prigozhin told Al Mayadeen English in an audio recording.

In response to a question about Russia’s expected performance regarding the long-awaited counteroffensive set to be carried out by Ukraine in the spring, Prigozhin said “We will see in the near future… how Russia will deal with it. I hope it does well, I’m counting on it.”

The Ukrainian attacks conducted on Zaparozhye were preceded by artillery strikes.

Moreover, the attacks, according to drone footage taken Wednesday during the Ukrainian offensive on the front, saw the usage of at least two German-made Leopard 2 tanks, as well as several armored personnel carriers, including US-made M113s.

The images represent the first visual confirmation that Ukrainian forces are employing Leopard 2 tanks in active combat.

It is worth noting that Wagner PMC took the lion’s share in the year-long battle leading to the full control of Russia over the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, taking thousands of casualties in the process, Prighozin said earlier.

Wagner’s shows African people how to fight against aggression 

Responding to a question posed by Al Mayadeen English about Wagner’s efforts in Africa, the company’s founder underlined that Wagner plays a major role in Africa, saying it shows the African people that they can fight against the aggression of foreign powers.

“PMC Wagner shows the African peoples that they can fight against external aggression, as well as against the actions of terrorists and gangs in Africa,” Progizhin told Al Mayadeen English. “Wagner proves that African peoples can be protected.”

He went on to criticize the United Nations’ effort in Africa, saying the UN and other states were not engaged in the continent in this manner. “They only think about how to suck natural resources from the African subsoil.”

Wagner is present in Libya, the Central African Republic, and Mali, among other African states whose governments asked for the help of the Russian PMC.

France has been deeply entrenched in Mali militarily since 2013 under the pretext of countering terrorist activities in the Sahel region after the 2011 intervention in Libya by NATO forces. The country achieved full independence after French troops withdrew from its country on August 15, 2022, following pressure from the Malian government.

Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop told Al Mayadeen that France and all its partners needed to realize that Africans were perfectly capable of running their countries and choosing their partners based on their national interests.

Africa is open to establishing partners with anyone in the whole world, and the United States is an important partner, but it must take into consideration the interests and sovereignty of African states, the top Malian diplomat said.

Meanwhile, Diop underlined that Russia was a strategic partner of Mali’s, as Moscow supplied Bamako with everything it asked for within the framework of its confrontation against extremist groups such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

Wagner distinct from Western PMCs

Asked about the difference between Wagner and other, Western PMCs, Prigozhin underlined that Western PMCs are private military companies, while the name just stuck with Wagner, but it is different from Western PMCs.

“PMC Wagner is a full-fledged army with aircraft, helicopters, air defense, and so on,” he underlined.

“If it is necessary to stop a conflict or someone’s aggression somewhere, Wagner PMC can easily deal with the issue in territories comparable to the territory of the Congo, Sudan, and other large African countries.”

Wagner is known for its efforts in Ukraine alongside the Russian armed forces and in other states throughout Africa alongside the government forces.

As part of the war in Ukraine, several US PMCs were seen to be on the ground in the country. Following the beginning of the war in Ukraine, former American marines established a private military company in the US, Mozart Group, which aims to train Ukrainian soldiers and participate in the ongoing fight against Russian forces.

Mozart deployed on the frontlines in Ukraine three teams of US veterans, each team accumulating nearly $100,000 of expenses monthly according to the group’s leader ex-US Marine officer Andy Milburn, The Intercept reported.

Reports say the head of Mozart Milburn managed the group “in a manner which has caused senior Ukrainian military officers to remark ‘can’t he go home and stop saving our country.’”

Moreover, Blackwater‘s founder, a private mercenary who has massacred scores of Iraqis and is despised in Iraq more than the US soldiers themselves, established earlier another private military company called Reflex Responses – or R2 – after he sold Blackwater to investors as an escape from controversy.

The Wagner PMC, also known as the Wagner Group, is a Russian paramilitary organization or a private military company founded by Yevgeny Prigozhin that operates closely with the Russian Armed Forces that first emerged in 2014 when it helped Russia with the reunification effort with Crimea.

Wagner also operated and still operates in the Donbass People’s Republics, namely Donetsk and Lugansk, as part of Russia’s effort in the region.

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As the Draconian Western-led sanctions on Russia exacerbate the economic crisis worldwide, and as Russian troops gain more ground despite the influx of military aid into Ukraine, exposing US direct involvement in bio-labs spread across Eastern Europe and the insurgence of neo-Nazi groups… How will things unfold?

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The Lebanese farmer Esmail Nasser heroically confronted an ⁦ Israeli⁩ bulldozer scraping his occupied land in ⁦ Kfarshuba⁩ area under the pretext that it is moving behind the withdrawal line.

The Israeli occupation forces were expelled by the Islamic Resistance in 2000 from most of the Lebanese territories in the South and Western Bekaa. However, the Israeli enemy kept occupying Shebaa Farms, Kfarshuba hills, the Lebanese part of Al-Ghajar town, and miscellaneous positions along the Lebanese-Palestinian borders.

Thus, the withdrawal line cannot cover up the Zionist violations behind it.

Nasser stood baldly in face of the Israeli bulldozer, rushing into the occupation forces to warn them against continuing the scraping works.

House Speaker Nabih Berri held a phone call with Nasser, greeting his courage and maintaining that such will confirms liberation and occupation demise are inevitable.

Lebanese farmer Esmail Nasser heroically confronts an ⁦ Israeli⁩ bulldozer

Kfarshuba locals headed into the scene in solidarity with Nasser and rejection of the enemy violations

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Assad Welcomes Aoun: Lebanon’s Might Lies in Political, Economic Stability

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Syrian President Bashar Assad welcomes Lebanon’s Former President Michel Aoun

Lebanese Former President Michel Aoun visited on Tuesday Syria and met with President Bashar Assad to discuss the mutual ties between the two countries.

The esteemed founder of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) stressed that the Lebanese people adhere to their national unity despite all circumstances, adding that Syria’s prosperity will have positive impact on Lebanon.

He also considered that Syria has overcome the difficult and serious stage thanks to the awareness of its people and their faith in their army and leadership.

Syrian President Bashar Assad welcomes Lebanon’s Former President Michel Aoun

For his part, President Bashar al-Assad saw that Lebanon’s strength lies in its political and economic stability and that the Lebanese people have the potentials to make this stability through dialogue and consensus, and the most significant is by adhering to the principles of not betting on changes.

President al-Assad added “General Aoun played a role in maintaining the fraternal relation between Syria and Lebanon for the interest of the two countries,” expressing his confidence on the Lebanese capability to overcome all the problems and challenges and devote the role of their national and constitutional institutions.

“Syria and Lebanon cannot consider their challenges separately,” President al-Assad went on to say, noting that the Arab-Arab rapprochement that took place recently and was manifested in Arab League Jeddah Summit will positively affect Syria and Lebanon.

Syrian President Bashar Assad welcomes Lebanon’s Former President Michel Aoun

Accompanying Aoun on this notable visit is the ex-minister Pierre Raffoul, while their arrival at the Lebanese-Syrian border was greeted with utmost cordiality by the Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdul Karim Ali.

Media reports indicated that Aoun’s purposeful visit aims to underscore the “continuation of the relation and the FPM’s strategic alignment.”

It is through this diplomatic endeavor that Aoun intends to elucidate to President Assad that his steadfast refusal to endorse Marada leader Suleiman Franjieh’s election is entirely unrelated to the aforementioned alignment, as the reports have mentioned.

Michel Aoun has an intriguing background that adds depth to his recent visit to Syria. Notably, Aoun’s political journey includes a unique dynamic with Syria. In the 1990s, he found himself in direct opposition to Syrian forces, engaging in military clashes. These confrontations ultimately compelled him to seek exile in France.

However, Aoun’s position towards Syria underwent a transformation during his tenure as President of Lebanon, which spanned from 2016 to 2022. During this period, Aoun adopted a more conciliatory stance, displaying a shift towards friendlier relations with Syria. As part of his approach, he dispatched ministers to Damascus to facilitate discussions and negotiations, particularly focused on addressing the issue of Syrian refugees. Aoun’s aim was to create a conducive environment for the safe return of Syrian refugees to their homeland.

His visit demonstrates the evolution of his political outlook and highlights the importance of fostering continued engagement and cooperation between the FPM and Syria.

It’s worth noting that Speaker of Lebanon’s parliament Nabih Berri called for a session on 14 June to vote for a new president.

Source: Al-Manar

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Egyptian soldier’s bold kill operation shatters Israel’s security illusions

June 06 2023

By The Cradle’s Egypt Correspondent

Mohamed Salah’s audacious operation, which involved infiltrating Israeli-occupied territory and eliminating three of its soldiers has sparked debate surrounding the vulnerability of Israel’s southern frontier, the underlying motives behind the attack, and its far-reaching implications for relations between Cairo and Tel Aviv.

At dawn on 3 June, the young Egyptian soldier Mohamed Salah left his service point on Egypt’s border with Israeli-occupied territories in the Sinai Desert. Armed with an old Kalashnikov, he crossed the border, reportedly through an existing emergency corridor between the two sides.

There, he encountered an armored vehicle carrying two Israeli soldiers, daringly opened fire and shot them down, before continuing to a depth of five kilometers inside occupied Palestine.

As the hours ticked by, an Israeli force arrived on the scene, only to meet the same fate as their fallen comrades, with Salah claiming one more enemy kill and wounding another before he ran out of ammunition and was fatally shot. It wasn’t long before images of his lifeless body began circulating on social media. His remains have since been repatriated, likely to an unsanctioned hero’s welcome by an Egyptian public who overwhelmingly approve of the operation.

The audacity of Salah’s operation at the Auja (Nitzana) crossing caught Israel completely off guard, shattering Tel Aviv’s illusion of seamless security coordination between the two nations decades after its peace treaty with Cairo. The contrasting accounts of the incident from both sides further add to the intrigue surrounding this individual operation.

Pick a narrative: ‘Terrorism’ or a drug deal gone bad?

Israeli political and military leaders were quick to label Salah’s actions as “terrorism,” “subversive infiltration,” and an “exceptional security operation.” Regardless of the semantics, one thing was undeniable – this operation was “painful for Israel.” However, Tel Aviv’s official version of events has remained elusive, as Salah was initially declared a member of the Egyptian military, and later characterized as a border police officer.

Meanwhile, Cairo presented its own, almost apologetic narrative, describing the incident as an “unintentional” occurrence where “chance” played a significant role and offered “sincere condolences” to the families of the soldiers. Notably, it was Israeli media that first revealed Salah’s name.

According to Egyptian military spokesman Gharib Abdel Hafez, “one of the security personnel tasked with securing the international border line chased down drug smuggling elements … During the chase, the security officer breached the security barrier and exchanged fire.”

Yet several Egyptian sources familiar with military affairs in Sinai disagree with the official version of events, telling The Cradle that the explanation lacks logic and coherence, especially given the fact that Salah had ventured deep into the occupied territories and awaited the arrival of further Israeli forces.

According to the Egyptian account, the soldier found himself unexpectedly on the Palestinian side of the border while allegedly chasing the smugglers. In a fateful decision, he decided to confront and shoot the two Israeli soldiers who were inside a military vehicle.

The Egyptian version of the incident is “flimsy and incoherent,” says Egyptian military researcher Ahmed Mawlana, drawing attention to the facts of the incident:

“The two Israeli soldiers were in a military vehicle and wearing military uniforms when they came under fire. Salah’s incursion into the occupied territories for hours waiting for the [Israeli] support force to come denies the idea that he was chasing drug traffickers.”

Safwat al-Zayat, a military researcher and former officer in the Egyptian armed forces, agrees with Mawlana’s skepticism:

“The incident did not take place, as some say, in a security-dwelling area, but in a very sensitive area at the strategic level of the Israeli side. This area is within the strategic triangle Beersheba-Dimona-Raymond, where the three largest air bases form the long-range strategic strike force against Iran’s nuclear program facilities as well as the Dimona Nuclear Research Center.”

He adds that “the incident revealed a wide shortcoming of the Israeli military and security services,” one of the biggest indications of which is “the time difference between the time of neutralization of the observation point in Auja-Nitzana by the Egyptian policeman, and the Israelis’ detection of it after more than two hours.” This, taking into account that “all border control points are linked to an intelligence information network that operates around the clock audio, visual and electronically.”

A security and communications breakdown

Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari told reporters that they are investigating why there was no alert following the Egyptian soldier’s infiltration into Israeli territory:

“Between 6 and 7 in the morning, there were a number of shots in the area. We estimate that the incident happened somewhere at that time. The soldiers were together near the post, not dozens of meters away from each other,” he said, adding the soldiers did not fire their weapons and that their bodies were discovered at 9 a.m., as radio contact, which normally occurs on an hourly basis, did not take place.

Hagari also reiterated the claim that the matter was drug-smuggling related, and that there had been a smuggling incident on Saturday morning, hours before the first shooting incident, that he says was thwarted by the Israeli army. But he also admitted that the military “did not know how to link the smuggling attempt at around 2:30 am, about 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) north of the attacked military site, to the fatal incident that occurred there four or five hours later.”

Egyptian sources agree that the link to the failed smuggling operation on Saturday morning is nothing but a spin exercise by the Egyptian government. In addition, Cairo concealed Salah’s identity and censored media coverage of and public access to his funeral, fearing his transformation into an icon for both his colleagues and Egypt’s population. That effort failed when Israel revealed his identity: Overnight, Salah become a celebrated Arab.

Yossi Yehoshua, a military affairs commentator, wrote the following day in the Hebrew newspaper Yediot Ahronot: “The Israeli defenses collapsed.” As the Israeli military “enjoyed real superiority in terms of manpower, daylight visibility conditions, and auxiliary troops,” the incident should have ended without Israeli casualties, he argued.

Nevertheless, some reports in Hebrew media suggest that the 22-year-old Salah “carried out a pre-planned attack as he knew the area very well.”

Mawlana agrees. He says the operation’s precision, Salah’s strategic handling of obstacles, and his calculated execution of the mission indicate that it was planned.

Blasts from the past

Mawlana also points to “several historical precedents for such operations,” which include the exploits of celebrated Egyptian soldiers Suleiman Khater and Ayman Hassan.

On 5 October 1985, Suleiman Khater killed 5 Israelis and wounded 7 who tried to bypass his border guard post, then surrendered to the Egyptian authorities. A year and three months later, newspapers published Khater’s “suicide” in the military prison hospital, amid widespread skepticism over his fate.

In fact, parallels between Salah and Khater were being made on social media this week, with the latter’s name trending on Arabic Twitter.

Another remarkable operation was undertaken by Egyptian soldier Ayman Hassan on 26 November, 1990, known as the “Ras al-Naqab” operation in a border area between Egypt and Israel. Hassan targeted and killed 21 Israelis while injuring approximately 20 others, including a senior official responsible for securing the Dimona nuclear reactor and Israeli officers at the Negev military airport.

His initial plan was to retaliate against an Israeli soldier desecrating his country’s flag, but upon learning about the Al-Aqsa Mosque massacre the month before, his anger intensified, leading him to modify his plan and maximize the number of Israeli casualties.

For nine days, Hassan meticulously studied vehicle movements along the border, identified security vulnerabilities, and carefully analyzed the geography of the area. He identified five key targets, with the most significant being a passenger bus carrying officers from the Ras al-Naqab Military Airport. During the following month and a half, he rigorously trained, running 15 kilometers daily – equivalent to the distance between his base and the potential target.

On the eve of the operation, Hassan prepared 450 rounds of ammunition acquired from his military unit’s arsenal. At approximately 5 a.m., he crossed the Israeli border, executing the operation in an area roughly 13 kilometers north of Eilat, on an asphalt road connecting it to the city of Rafah. After completing his mission, he swiftly retreated into Egyptian territory, sustaining a minor head injury. He then turned himself in to the military district command.

Widespread public support

The Egyptian sources insist that Cairo “is trying to absorb Israeli anger by pre-empting the issuance of the statement and suggesting that the incident was not planned.”

However, the Israeli side is aware that even under tight security coordination with Egypt, such operations can continue to take place. As the former head of Military Intelligence Division Chief Major General Amos Yadlin points out, “the Egyptian people were not raised on peace with Israel, and from time to time, an attack will come out against us from this side.”

A 2022 poll conducted by the Arab Index Foundation supports Yadlin’s claim, revealing that over 84 percent of respondents, which included Egyptian citizens, refuse to acknowledge the state of Israel. Despite official Egyptian-Israeli relations witnessing high-level meetings between their leaders, these do not reflect improved popular sentiment.

The results of the 2022 Arab Index clearly demonstrate that over half of Arab respondents consider Israel and the US as the greatest threat to Arab security. Additionally, over 75 percent believe that the Palestinian cause is not only a Palestinian issue but also the primary concern for all Arabs.

Backtracking on Camp David

In this context, Israeli and pro-Israel voices have raised concerns about the increasing presence of the Egyptian military in the Sinai Peninsula, which violates the military annex agreements of the Camp David Accords.

In June 2022, David Schenker, a former US State Department official affiliated with an Israel lobby think tank, warned that any future changes in Egypt could directly threaten Israel’s security, particularly in the Sinai Peninsula, which has been steadily re-militarized.

The growing threat posed by ISIS in the region has led to an influx of Egyptian military forces, surpassing the limits set by the security clauses of the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement signed in 1979.

Although the agreement was amended in 2021 to allow for an increase in forces for Egyptian Border Security, Schenker argues that the current situation violates the original terms of the Camp David peace agreement, which prohibits the free movement of the Egyptian army in Sinai, except in narrow areas with light weapons and prior Israeli approval.

He also expressed concerns that Israel and the US would be unable to alter Egypt’s military presence in the event of political changes within the country.

Could the recent operation and the relocation of Egyptian forces in Sinai reopen the debate on this issue? The aforementioned sources agree that this is unlikely. Both sides recognize that their mutual interests outweigh such considerations, despite the significant, popular, public influence on the matter. The Egyptian sources tell The Cradle that:

“The incident may prompt the parties to intensify the security presence at observation points and seek a real-time information exchange mechanism at the lower (tactical) levels with joint contact, as in the case of the two observation points in Israeli Nitzana and Egyptian Auja.”

Despite Cairo’s cold peace with Israel, it is becoming clear that Israel’s continued occupation and attacks on the Palestinian people and holy Muslim sites are leading many Arabs to increase support for Palestinian resistance and retaliatory actions against Israeli aggression. Similar sentiments can be found among other West Asian and North African countries that have normalized relations with Israel, signed peace agreements, or are rumored to be in the process of normalization.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

Israeli Oppression against Palestinians in West Bank & Al-Quds Proceeds,Two Zionist Soldiers Injured in Hawara

June 6, 2023

Israeli occupation forces during a night raid in the occupied West Bank (September 6, 2022 / photo by The Jerusalem Post).

The Zionist media reported a car-ramming attack in Hawara town, south of occupied Nablus, adding that two of the Israeli soldiers were injured and that the attacker fled the scene.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation’s oppression proceeds in several areas across the West Bank and Al-Quds, with Palestinian people confronting the aggression with all possible means.

Occupation forces arrested a large number of Palestinians during raids across the West Bank and Al-Quds in the early hours of Monday.

At dawn on Monday, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed homes during a brutal raid in Al-Mughayyir village, near Ramallah, where it arrested 15 young men and injured many others, including a teenager.

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee said IOF used excessive force while searching the homes and ransacking them, causing damage.

9 other Palestinians were arrested in several raids in towns near Jericho and Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, the IOF continued, for the 20th day in a row, to impose a siege on Al-Mughayyir village. Occupation forces have been since last month blocking the village’s two entrances, prohibiting residents from entering or leaving it. Al-Mughayyir is frequently targeted by illegal Jewish settlers and IOF.

On the other hand, incursions by Zionist settlers proceeded. Palestinian media reported dozens of settlers, backed by IOF, storming the holy compound in occupied Al-Quds.

Earlier on Sunday, Barqa town, near Nablus, was subjected to brutal attacks by Israeli settlers, who were backed by IOF. Dozens of Palestinians were injured as masked Zionist settlers attacked Palestinian houses and vehicles.

The settlers came from Homesh, a nearby Israeli settlement outpost which was recently revived at orders from hard-right Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and rogue Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, after it had been evacuated in 2005.

Palestinian Red Crescent reported that nearly 60 Palestinians were injured as they were confronting the colonial Israeli settlers who were backed by well-armed Israeli soldiers.

Source: Palestinian media (Translated and edited by Al-Manar English Website)

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Two Zionist Soldiers Injured in Heroic Palestinian Op Southern Nablus

June 06, 2023

By Al-Ahed News

Two ‘Israeli’ occupation soldiers were injured on Monday evening in a car ramming operation near the Huwara Checkpoint southern Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

The operation took place as a Palestinian vehicle rammed them near their checkpoint.

According to ‘Israeli’ Channel 12, one of them sustained injuries in his lower limbs, while the other was injured in his pelvic part. Both were transferred to hospital.

Immediately after the operation, the Zionist occupation forces blocked the Zaatara and Huwara checkpoints in the area.

According to ‘Israeli’ media, the vehicle that was involved in the operation managed to flee the scene, and the Zionist military raised alertness, blocking all sub-roads in the town of Huwara.

Netanyahu, Al-Sisi Hold Phone Call after Egypt Border Attack

 June 6, 2023

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone Tuesday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in the aftermath of Saturday’s deadly attack at the border with Egypt.

According to a readout from Netanyahu’s office, Sisi expressed his “deep condolences” over the attack and committed to a “joint and exhaustive investigation.”

However, a spokesman for the Egyptian presidential palace did not mention an expression of condolences, instead simply saying that the conversation “addressed the shooting incident at the Egyptian-Israel border on Saturday, June 3, 2023, that led to the deaths of border security personnel.”

The spokesperson, Ahmed Fahmy, also noted that the phone call was initiated by Netanyahu.

“The president and prime minister of Israel have affirmed the importance of full coordination to uncover all the circumstances of the incident,” he added in a brief statement.

Both sides, meanwhile, affirmed “commitment to upholding the two countries’ peace treaty and security coordination,” The Times of Israel reported.

Three Israeli soldiers were killed early Saturday at a guard post close to the Harif military base.

Source: Israeli media

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The US Army Smuggles 45 Tankers of Stolen Syrian Oil into Iraq



The US Army continues to plunder the Syrian oil to deprive the Syrian people of their own fuel in continuing the anti-Semitic Antichrist agenda carried out by the ‘liberals’ of the ‘free world’ led by NATO, the ‘defensive’ alliance.

An additional 45 oil tankers were smuggled by the US Army and its Kurdish SDF separatist terrorists out of Syria into neighboring Iraq yesterday, Saturday 03, June 2023.

Local sources reported that the tankers loaded with stolen Syrian oil from the Syrian oil fields in Hasakah province, northeast of Syria, were smuggled by the US Army and its local Kurdish proxy forces into northern Iraq through the illegal Mahmoudiya border crossing in the Yarubiyah countryside in the same Syrian province.

The former leader of the US-led NATO ‘defensive’ alliance, US former president Trump repeated more than once that he’s ‘keeping the Syrian oil’ arrogantly stating ‘he likes oil’ in a repetition to a similar saying of the disgraced former US president and war criminal George W. Bush when he blatantly said ‘the USA is addicted to oil’ justifying the US invasion of Iraq and its occupation of that oil-rich country.

The US Army, or any other NATO armies or their allies was sent to Syria to combat ISIS or to fight terrorism, terrorism, especially that of ISIS and al Qaeda thrives wherever the US Army is deployed, without fail, terrorism is only defeated when the US Army ‘stops combating terrorism!’

Several leaders of the NATO ‘defensive’ alliance did not hide their evil agenda for stealing Syrian oil and wheat, saying they use it as leverage against the Syrian government bragging about the harm and suffering their illegal policies in Syria inflicted on the millions of the Syrian people.

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The stealing of Syrian oil is a daily practice by the US Army and its proxy terrorists in northern Syria, there are dozens of tankers carrying stolen Syrian oil and lorries carrying stolen Syrian wheat smuggled by the leader of the so-called ‘free world’ to the US military bases in northern Iraq and from it to Israel, ISIS (ISIL – Daesh), and other entities funded by the US taxpayers across the region.

We, at Syria News, do not have the resources to report on the US Army’s theft of Syrian oil every day but we try our level best to bring it to the notice of our readers whenever it’s possible hoping one day the citizens of the member states of NATO, the ‘defensive’ alliance, especially the US taxpayers and voters would hold their officials to account for these crimes committed in their names and using their hard-earned taxes which in normal countries would have been used to better their own lives instead of destroying the lives of innocent people across the globe.


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Docs reveal how British intelligence controls Jordan’s media

June 05 2023

Photo Credit: The Cradle

UK contractors sought to create a covert newsroom to strategically flood Jordan’s mainstream and social media with a stream of self-serving propaganda.

By Kit Klarenberg

Leaked submissions to the British Foreign Office reviewed by The Cradle expose how the UK infiltrates Jordan’s communications structures at the highest levels, in turn exerting vast, insidious influence over the country’s media and, therefore, public perceptions within the country – and West Asia more widely.

These papers show that under the aegis of countering ISIS propaganda, London sought to install operatives within Jordan’s Strategic Communications Unit (JSU) – a Jordanian entity “composed of representatives from a variety of different GoJ departments and institutions, which of course includes the RHC (royal court), but also the Ministry of Information, Jordanian Armed Forces, Ministry of Interior and the Public Security Directorate.”

These operatives would create a dedicated “covert newsroom” to publish a relentless flow of “unattributable” multimedia content extolling “patriotic national narratives” and anti-extremist messaging. This output would then be amplified, whether wittingly or unwittingly, by local and regional news outlets.

British intelligence cutout Albany Associates submitted a detailed pitch for the half a million pound project, which London was keen to complete by the end of the 2016/17 financial year.

“With our support, the JSU will become empowered to win and dominate the contest for the information space,” Albany pledged.

The company went on to outline a detailed plan. Along the way, it promised to match the visual impact of ISIS’ propaganda with “powerful pictures” of its own, in the form of images and videos.

“We recommend the JSU content be a mixture of short-form videos, audio, images, infographics, blogs, opinion pieces, facilitated real-time Q&A with CSOs, key influencers, etc. We will advise on curating and sharing relevant and interesting third-party content that supports the [government’s] aims,” the pitch continued. “We will identify the most popular Jordanian influencers on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Google+, bloggers, and other social media channels and evolve strategies to engage with them, helping the amplification and advocacy of our messages.”

This would, in part, be achieved by “discretely [leveraging] local and regional networks, and citizen user, activist, and NGO generated content and challenge and surpass that of the opposition.” The newsroom’s “strategic focus” would be “local voices turning local conversations.”

“All content must be on-message with the core narrative and key messages of the JSU strategic aims to provide continuity and authenticity,” Albany explained.

Noting the government of Jordan had hitherto “predominantly used traditional and old media to issue statements and information,” Albany proposed tutoring Amman’s security and intelligence agencies on how to use an array of social media platforms, editing software, and accompanying tools. This included surveillance resources, both to identify key target audiences for the newsroom’s covert state propaganda, but also “listen to and monitor Jordanian influencers and stakeholders who share ideas and content that support the mission of the JSU.”

Covering tracks

Concealing Britain’s involvement in the covert newsroom was of absolutely paramount importance. Being “associated with a regional or western government” was judged a “major” risk, which Albany would mitigate by ensuring the effort’s foreign funding and management “will not be evident in the branding … of content or chosen messages.”

Should the covert newsroom elicit “unwanted media attention” and resultant press inquiries, “procedures and pre-agreed lines to take” would be in place. Only “in the event of operational security breach” was Britain’s involvement to be admitted “based on a predetermined narrative.”

“The JSU is operating in a tense and deeply suspicious media environment. The most obvious question people ask themselves is, ‘who created this content, and why?’” Albany noted. “Past modus operandi in such circumstances is to launch overt counter-propaganda in the expectation that the media will transmit it faithfully, and target audiences will believe it … Our job with the JSU is to go about things differently, using the balance and content to create credibility and persuasion to achieve objectives.”

This caution extended to only using media channels already popular with target audiences that would not “raise suspicion among grassroots and activist consumers of media.” The covert newsroom’s output was to at all times “reflect the ways in which target audiences consume their information.” There was also concern about which local and international “celebrities” would be used to lend an imprimatur of popular independence to the JSU’s content.

‘Using Jordan’s influencers’

“Rock star’ amplification is a very useful tactic to increase reach and impact. However, it can backfire … If they are associated with a particular political position, then so will the content be,” Albany warned. “They still can be of beneficial use, if the proper research is done first to establish their political stances, the potential reach is weighed up against the risks involved, and the JSU understands clearly the limits within which the rock star will be used.”

Should a “rock star” relationship “turn out negatively,” the “unbranded” nature of newsroom communications would mean “no associations will be made in the popular perception of content that features the rock star and content that does not … other areas of operations will continue unaffected.”

Proposed “celebrities” for the project included “female religious preachers,” former ISIS fighters, “victims, families of victims, and families of fighters,” activists such as Deema Alam Farraj, who is described as “a strong female role model,” satirical websites such as local online entertainment network Kharabeesh, and youth-focused comedy platform Fooq Alsada. 

Such secrecy is supremely striking, given one of the covert newsroom’s core stated objectives was reducing the perception of the government of Jordan as “agents of the West, and particularly the US, in the region.”

Information warfare, not journalism

In a perverse irony, an internal “mentor” for the project, to be embedded within the JSU and train Jordanian underlings in the art of information warfare, was a British Army reservist who had been deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo. Boasting “five years of operational strategic communications experience” for London and Washington and high-level security clearance, he was said to have “created and led press teams in some of the most hostile environments.”

This included spending 2011 at the head of the Pentagon’s Strategic Programs Operations Center in Baghdad. There, he ran programs surreptitiously exploiting “credible and authentic” civil society voices to “create the most powerful impact” in campaigns promoting “political reconciliation” and “national identity.” He also personally developed a computer game “to target Iraqi youth audiences.”

This background should amply underline the dark reality that, whatever good Albany’s intervention may possibly have achieved in deterring Jordanian citizens from the destructive clutches of ISIS and other extremist groups in West Asia, the newsroom’s true purpose was to aggressively assert self-serving narratives – and therefore British and American control over Amman, and neighboring countries.

The assortment of “national narratives” and “key messages” Albany crafted avowedly sought to perpetuate sought to “facilitate and further” the Royal Hashemite Court’s “priorities.” This dynasty was, of course, installed on thrones across West Asia by the British following World War I.

Moreover, “opposition” within Jordan is far from restricted to violent fundamentalist fraternities. Over the past decade, Amman has passed a number of sweeping anti-terror laws, criminalizing even the mildest forms of dissent as threats to the state. Today, both domestic and visiting foreign journalists and activists are frequently subject to harassment, arrest, and prosecution for their reporting and social media activity.

Albany’s cloak-and-dagger creation of an internal, spy-run newsroom to deluge media outlets with slick propaganda posing as independent, grassroots citizen journalism provided another means by which to suppress inconvenient truths and critical viewpoints Jordan’s current ruler, King Abdullah II – himself a British Army veteran – and his western backers do not want in the public domain.

The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of The Cradle.

Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 25 – 31 May 2023)

 June 1, 2023

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity

2 Palestinians were killed, and 23 others, including 3 children, were wounded, while dozens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’s attacks in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Details are as follows:

On 26 May 2023, the Israeli authorities announced the killing of ‘Alaa Khalil Qaysiyah (25) from Hebron, allegedly after Qaysiyah attempted to carry out a stabbing attack inside the “Tineh Amorim” settlement established on the lands of Al-Dhahiriya village.

On 29 May 2023, Ashraf Al-Sheikh Ibrahim (37), an officer in the Palestinian Intelligence Service, was killed, and 5 others were wounded during armed clashes with IOF during the latter’s incursion into Jenin. During which, one of IOF’s military vehicles attacked and pushed an ambulance belonging to Al-Hayat Ambulance Center near Al-Razi Hospital in central Jenin, crashing into two other vehicles and inflicting damage to them. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 6 Palestinians.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied IOF incursions into cities and villages, or suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians.

On 25 May 2023, 14 Palestinians, including two children, were injured during clashes with IOF after the latter’s widescale incursion accompanied by 70 military vehicles and backed by Yamam Special Units, 6 bulldozers and a helicopter in ‘Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho. The incursion included the closure of all main and subsidiary streets with sand berms, and widescale raids of around 40 houses, after blowing up some of their doors and searching their contents. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 14 Palestinians.

On 26 May 2023, 2 Palestinians were shot with rubber bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddum weekly peaceful protest against settlements in northern Qalqilya.

On 28 May 2023, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were injured, and another was arrested, during clashes with IOF at the eastern entrance to Al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, noting that the entrance was closed before with sand berms.

In the Gaza Strip, 3 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, while 2 shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza western Gaza shores.

So far in 2023, IOF attacks killed 155 Palestinians, including 77 civilians; amongst them 24 children and 6 women, and the rest were members of the Palestinian armed groups, including 2 children, 7 killed by settlers, and two died in Israeli prisons. Meanwhile, 661 Palestinians, including 103 children, 25 women and 12 journalists, were injured in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Land razing, demolitions, notices and settlement

IOF demolished 4 houses, parts of another house, and 5 facilities in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 26 May 2023, IOF gave demolition notices to 2 barracks used as livestock barns in Ithna village in Hebron, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area (C).

On 27 May 2023, IOF forced ‘AbdulHaleem Al-Shaloudi to demolish the roof of his 20-sqm kitchen in Silwarn, East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On the same day, IOF forced Zaid Al-Salaymeh to demolish his 60-sqm under-construction apartment in Wadi Qaddum neighborhood in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 29 May 2023, IOF demolished a 150-sqm livestock farm, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On the same day, IOF dismantled a 20-sqm a commercial kiosk/stall in Al-Walaja village, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Also, IOF forced Isaac Al-Hroub to demolish a 70-sqm well and a 3-sqm bathroom of bricks on his land near the annexation wall, west of Deir Samet village in Hebron.

IOF demolished a 200-sqm under-construction house belonging to Ibrahim ‘Ayesh in Artas village, south of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

In addition, IOF demolished a 150-sqm house belonging to Nasser Nassar in the airport land, east of Jericho.

On 31 May 2023, IOF handed 18 cease-construction notices in northwestern Deir Ballut village, west of Salfit, including 12 notices to 13 houses, 5 to agricultural rooms, and one to a commercial facility, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area (C).

Since the beginning of 2023, IOF have made 88 families homeless, a total of 557 persons, including 112 women and 252 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 95 houses; 22 were forcibly self-demolished by their owners and 10 were demolished on grounds of collective punishment. IOF also demolished 83 other civilian objects, razed other property, and delivered dozens of notices of demolition and cease-construction in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Settler-attacks and retaliatory acts

Settlers carried out 7 attacks on Palestinians and their property in the West Bank, injuring 11 Palestinians, cutting trees, and burning crops. Details are as follows:

On 26 May 2023, settlers, protected by IOF, threw stones at 5 Palestinians, including a child, and injured them in Sidr area between Turmusaya and A-Mughayer villages in Ramallah. The attack also included burning agricultural crops, 5 civilian vehicles and smashing the windows of 3 vehicles.

On 27 May 2023, settlers, protected by IOF, wounded a Palestinian during their raid into Al-Qaboun and Ras Al-Teen squares, east of Al-Mughayer town in Ramallah. The settlers and IOF raided homes and assaulted citizens through obstructing and searching them.

On the same day, 5 Palestinians, including a man with his wife and daughter, were injured and bruised as settlers assaulted them during the latter’s attack on their land in Bidya, west of Salfit.

On 28 May 2023, settlers cut 18 trees in their attack on Palestinians’ lands in Al-Laban Al-Sharqiya village in Nablus.

On 29 May 2023, settlers brought caravans and heavy equipment, including excavators, bulldozers, and trucks. The settlers placed the caravans in “Homesh” settlement, which is established on the lands of Silat al-Harthiya village, south of Jenin, and Burqa village, north of Nablus. This came upon IOF’s recent decision to return to the settlement, and the settlers announced the establishment of a religious school in the settlement. It is noteworthy that Homesh settlement was evacuated in 2005 as part of IOF’s redeployment plan, during which the Gaza Strip settlements were also completely evacuated along with 4 settlements in Jenin. Recently, the Israeli government has decided to return the settlers to those settlements.

On the same day, settlers set fire to a plot of land planted with wheat and barley in Deir Dabwan village, east of Ramallah, burning 15 dunums.

On 30 May 2023, settlers from “Homesh” settlement, which is established on the village lands of Jenin and Nablus, in the northern West Bank, attacked a house with stones in the Burqa village, north of Nablus, and smashed the rear window of the house owner’s vehicle.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers have conducted at least 214 attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property. As a result, 7 Palestinians were killed, and dozens of others were injured; most of them due to being beaten and thrown with stones. Also, dozens of houses, vehicles and civilian facilities were set ablaze.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians

IOF carried out 157 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 81 Palestinians were arrested, including a child. In the Gaza Strip, IOF carried out two limited incursions into eastern Rafah on 29 May 2023, and eastern Khan Yunis on 31 May 2023.

So far in 2023, IOF have conducted 4,241 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2,446 Palestinians were arrested, including 25 women and 285 children.  Also, IOF arrested 34 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip including 12 fishermen and 19 infiltrators into Israel, and 3 travelers at Erez Crossing. IOF also conducted 12 incursions.

Israeli closure, restrictions on freedom of movement, and collective punishment:

Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 16-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continue to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 110 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 97 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 2 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

So far in 2023, IOF have established 2,526 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 124 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Hamas, PIJ leaders meet with Egyptian intelligence to discuss Gaza truce

June 05 2023

(Photo Credit: AFP)

The high-level meeting came one day after an Egyptian soldier ambushed and killed three Israeli border guards

By News Desk

The head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, and the leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Ziad al-Nakhala, on 4 June met with Egyptian intelligence officials in Cairo to discuss the truce between the Israeli government and the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip.

According to sources familiar with the talks that spoke with UK-based Qatari news outlet Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, the resistance leaders reviewed “highly sensitive files” during talks described as “the first of their kind regarding the situation in the Gaza Strip.”

The new truce arrangements would reportedly include a “broader role for Cairo in terms of presence in Gaza,” something that requires the approval of the resistance groups.

A fragile ceasefire has been in effect in the besieged Gaza Strip since mid-May. The deal was reached after five days of battle that saw the PIJ fire hundreds of rockets into Israeli settlements in response to the targeted assassination of the group’s leaders.

Egyptian security officials are reportedly discussing the Gaza crisis with their Iranian counterparts.

Last week, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi ordered the foreign ministry to actively pursue the resumption of diplomatic relations with Egypt.

Raisi’s order was given one day after Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei told Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq in Tehran that the Islamic Republic has “no objection” to normalization with Egypt.

In 1979, following the success of the Iranian revolution, Tehran severed diplomatic relations with Egypt over the signing of the Camp David Accords the year earlier, which saw Cairo and Tel Aviv end decades of hostility between them.

Relations were further damaged in 1980 when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat hosted Iran’s former Shah, the western-backed Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. Following this was Egyptian support for Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war.

The talks between Palestinian resistance leaders and Egyptian intelligence came one day after an Egyptian soldier ambushed and killed three Israeli border guards.

The unprecedented attack spiked fears among Israeli commentators that the attack was part of a “multi-front war” being waged by resistance forces in Gaza, the West Bank, and Lebanon, and supported by Iran, which “weakens Israeli deterrence.”


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جثمان محمد صلاح إلى القاهرة: مصر تصوغ روايتها

 الأخبار  الإثنين 5 حزيران 2023

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القاهرة | تسلّمت مصر، من السلطات الإسرائيلية، جثمان الجندي محمد صلاح الذي قَتل 3 جنود إسرائيليين بعد عبوره الشريط الحدودي، في وقت لا تزال فيه التحقيقات جارية بشكل موسَّع مع قادة الجندي وعائلته وأصدقائه المقرّبين، من قِبَل الجهات المصرية المعنيّة، سواءً العسكرية أو التابعة لوزارة الداخلية. وأبلغت السلطات الأمنية، عائلة صلاح، بأن عملية الدفن ستتمّ بشكل سريع ليلاً، وبحضور عدد محدود للغاية، فيما جرى توقيف شقيقه وعمّه، وطُلب من باقي أفراد عائلته عدم الحديث مع وسائل الإعلام وعدم الإدلاء بأيّ معلومات حول حياته. وكان أَوقف جهاز الأمن الوطني عدداً من أصدقاء الشهيد المقرَّبين، بعد وقت قصير من وقوع الحادث، من دون أن يفصح عن أيّ معلومات أو تفاصيل حول الجهة التي نُقلوا إليها، بينما يُتوقّع الإفراج عنهم خلال ساعات، مع انتهاء التحقيقات التي تُركّز بشكل أساسي على محاولة فهم دوافع صلاح إلى العملية، وما إن كانت هناك إشارات قد تحدّث بها مع أصدقائه وزملائه في الوحدة ومركز التدريب الذي تلقّى فيه تدريبات قبل الانتقال إلى نقطة عمله.

ووفق المعلومات الأوّلية المتوفّرة عن الشهيد، فالأخير هو من عائلة متواضعة تعيش في ضاحية عين شمس في القاهرة. والده كان يعمل سائقاً، ولديه شقيقان، وهو التحق بالتجنيد العام الماضي، وكان يُفترض أن يستمرّ فيه لمدّة 3 سنوات كفرد شرطة في الأمن المركزي، وتحديداً عند العلامة 47 على الحدود الدولية، والتي يتواجد فيها أفراد شرطة وفق «اتفاقية كامب ديفيد» بأسلحة خفيفة. وبينما كانت آخر زيارة تواجَد فيها وسط عائلته منتصف الشهر الماضي، خلصت التحقيقات التي تقودها المخابرات الحربية بمشاركة الأمن الوطني وعدد من القطاعات المعنيّة بالحادث، إلى صياغة سيناريو رسمي متّسق مع البيان الصادر عن القوات المسلّحة على الفور. وإذ جرى التشديد على ضرورة غلق الملفّ بشكل سريع وفوري، وتسوية جميع الأمور الخاصة به داخلياً، فقد صدرت قرارات بإيقاف ضباط في وزارة الداخلية معنيّين بالأمر، وإحالتهم على التحقيق على الفور، وإبلاغهم بالتقاعد في الحركة المقبلة للوزارة، والتي ستشهد تغييرات على مستوى واسع في هذه المنطقة. ودانت التحقيقات الأوّلية عدم متابعة المسؤولين عن ترشيح الجندي للخدمة في هذه المنطقة لصفحته على «فيسبوك»، والتي تحدّث فيها عن دعمه الفلسطينيين في مواجهة إسرائيل، وهي عبارة نشرها قبل التحاقه بالجيش بعام تقريباً، الأمر الذي كان «يستوجب» إبعاده عن هذه المنطقة.

وصاغت مصر سيناريو للحادث سيكون هو الرواية الرسمية خلال الأيام المقبلة، عنوانه أن العملية لم تكن استهدافاً مقصوداً للجنود الإسرائيليين على الحدود، وإنّما حادث عابر مرتبط بعمليات مطاردة قام بها الجندي لمهرّبين بعد مشاهدته إيّاهم خلال خدمته، وأن الخطأ الذي وقع فيه هو استمراره في المطاردة خارج الحدود المصرية. ووفق هذا السيناريو، فإن صلاح قام بملاحقة المهرّبين، وسعى للاشتباك معهم، فيما عملية تبادل إطلاق النار مع الجنود الإسرائيليين جرت خلال محاولته الدفاع عن نفسه، وبسبب عدم التنسيق والعلم المسبق بوجوده في هذه المنطقة وتجاوزه الحدود. وفيما جرى التشديد في الأروقة المصرية على إعادة النظر في التعليمات الصادرة لكافة الجنود الموجودين في هذه المنطقة خلال الفترة المقبلة، سرّعت عملية التنسيق بين الجانبَين المصري والإسرائيلي تسليم جثمان الشهيد، الذي جعلت عمليته من مراجعة معايير المتابعة والمراقبة على الشريط الحدودي، أولوية لدى الإسرائيليين في الفترة المقبلة.

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Egyptian Authorities Reveal Identity of Hero Who Killed Three ‘Israeli’ Soldiers

June 5, 2023

By Staff, Agencies

The Egyptian authorities released personal details about the border police officer who killed three ‘Israeli’ soldiers on Saturday morning, identifying him as 22-year-old Mohamed Salah.

According to the latest reports from the ongoing investigation, Salah acted alone. He carried a Quran, a knife, and six magazines for his firearm, which first raised suspicions behind his motive.

Two Zionist soldiers were killed early Saturday at a guard post close to the Harif military base. Another one was killed during the ensuing manhunt later on Saturday.

Before the official release of details by the Egyptian authorities, Arab social media was circulating photos of the hero.

Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the incident “anomalous,” and the Zionist military chief of staff Herzi Halevi said it would take up to a full week to conduct the investigation.

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Israeli Oppression against Palestinians in West Bank, Al-Quds Proceeds

June 5, 2023

Israeli occupation forces during a night raid in the occupied West Bank (September 6, 2022 / photo by The Jerusalem Post).

Israeli occupation’s oppression proceeds in several areas across the West Bank and Al-Quds, with Palestinian people confronting the aggression with all possible means.

Occupation forces arrested a large number of Palestinians during raids across the West Bank and Al-Quds in the early hours of Monday.

At dawn on Monday, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed homes during a brutal raid in Al-Mughayyir village, near Ramallah, where it arrested 15 young men and injured many others, including a teenager.

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee said IOF used excessive force while searching the homes and ransacking them, causing damage.

9 other Palestinians were arrested in several raids in towns near Jericho and Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, the IOF continued, for the 20th day in a row, to impose a siege on Al-Mughayyir village. Occupation forces have been since last month blocking the village’s two entrances, prohibiting residents from entering or leaving it. Al-Mughayyir is frequently targeted by illegal Jewish settlers and IOF.

On the other hand, incursions by Zionist settlers proceeded. Palestinian media reported dozens of settlers, backed by IOF, storming the holy compound in occupied Al-Quds.

Earlier on Sunday, Barqa town, near Nablus, was subjected to brutal attacks by Israeli settlers, who were backed by IOF. Dozens of Palestinians were injured as masked Zionist settlers attacked Palestinian houses and vehicles.

The settlers came from Homesh, a nearby Israeli settlement outpost which was recently revived at orders from hard-right Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and rogue Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, after it had been evacuated in 2005.

Palestinian Red Crescent reported that nearly 60 Palestinians were injured as they were confronting the colonial Israeli settlers who were backed by well-armed Israeli soldiers.

Source: Palestinian media (Translated and edited by Al-Manar English Website)

Egyptian policeman’s operation part of multifront war: Israeli media

June 4, 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net + Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Israeli media points out that the operation at the Egyptian border is “part of the erosion of Israeli deterrence”.

An Israeli occupation soldier closes a gate leading to the border in a military base following a shooting operation on the Egyptian border, Saturday, June 3, 2023 (AP)

The Egyptian policeman who carried out the operation on Saturday set up at least 3 ambush sites after he managed to cross 1.5km inside occupied Palestinian territory where he shot and killed three Israeli occupation soldiers, Israeli media reported revealing new details on the operation.

The media outlets indicated that the first ambush was set after his infiltration where he killed the first two soldiers, the second was when the forces arrived in the morning looking for the missing unit where he shot and killed the third soldier,  while the third was when he confronted the occupation reinforcements that ended with his martyrdom.

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“The Egyptian policeman did not enter the border through a hole in the fence and did not climb it, but entered through an emergency corridor designated for the passage of Israeli forces to the Egyptian side of the border in case of need,” the media said. 

The last contact established with the two soldiers who were at an observation post was at 4:15 am, and after 5 hours, at about 9:00 am, they were found dead on site.

“It was a drone that later spotted the policeman, who was one and a half kilometers deep inside the border after he infiltrated, and the confrontation and exchange of fire began with him then, where he managed to kill the third soldier.”

Tough questions

The Israeli media raised questions regarding Egyptian soldiers’ operation on the border, noting that the questions “start from infiltration to killing soldiers without being discovered, to surprising the incoming units again and killing the third soldier.”

The Israeli Channel 12 correspondent, Tamir Steinman, said: “We remained with the difficult questions related to the incident,” asking: “How can it happen that an Egyptian policeman infiltrated into Israel and killed two soldiers without causing any disturbance, and after that, it took so long until the army discovered that there was an exceptional incident.” 

“More than an hour passed until they realized that two fighters had been shot, and when they arrived at the area and started the search process while they were on alert, the same Egyptian soldier surprised them again and caused another death.”  

In turn, the former head of the Operations Division of the Israeli occupation army, Israel Ziv, to the media outlet that “the Egyptian soldier operation must be investigated, as it is a very bad incident with unbearable results.”  

“A lot of things must be investigated, including the problem of the response time, as it was slow,” he added, pointing out that there is “a problem also with control [of the area], as there are technological means at the scene of the accident.” 


The multifront war

Regarding the repercussions of the event on the Israeli occupation, Israeli media confirmed that the operation on the Egyptian border “weakens Israeli deterrence,” noting that “it cannot be separated from the time period in which we are in, which is the multifront issue and the turmoil on all fronts.”  

In response to a question about whether this type of operation was not prepared for by “Israel”, the political commentator, Ari Shavit, told Channel 13 that this operation was “a difficult and bad incident.” 

He pointed out that an incident of this kind with such results “unfortunately raises questions, as the process cannot be separated from a period in which we are talking about multiple arenas, meaning that our enemies are trying to heat up all fronts.”

He stressed that this type of event is “part of the erosion of Israeli deterrence, and it is also part of the process of gradual heating of water, so it is important to know what happened. Although it is a local incident, it weakens something of the image of our deterrence, which is very important to strengthen and renew.”  

Earlier, officials in the Israeli military commented on the Egyptian border incident by saying that “the defense concept of the Israeli army collapsed,” noting that “the Egyptian soldier was able to return to Egyptian territory, but he waited hours in Israel to carry out other operations against the Israeli army.”

This came at a time when the Israeli media reported that the shooting by the Egyptian policeman ” was planned,” noting that there was no direct link between the “drug thwarting operation” and the shooting that killed three Israelis.

“The Egyptian policeman “practically succeeded in causing severe results,” the occupation media concluded.

Security affairs expert Yossi Melman told Channel 12, “If it turns out that the Egyptian soldier crossed the border and waited for the Israeli soldiers, this is a double failure for the Israeli army,” adding that “the joint investigation [with Egypt] will not answer difficult questions.”  

Pointing out that it is very difficult for an Egyptian policeman to cross the border, Melman asked: “How did the surveillance personnel not detect him? Where are the sensors in the fence, where are the cameras there, and what were the intentions of the policeman?” 

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Iran Marks Death Anniversary of Imam Khomeini

 June 4, 2023

Imam Sayyed Rouhullah Khomeini

The Islamic Republic of Iran marks the death anniversary of the Leader of the victorious Revolution Imam Khomeini who passed away on June 3, 1989, after an 11-day hospitalization.

Imam Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei delivered a speech at a ceremony held to commemorate the 34th passing anniversary of Imam Khomeini (RA) at his Mausoleum in the south of Tehran on Sunday, where tens of thousands were taking part.

At the start of his speech, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution described the founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini as a role model in rising up for justice and initiating a revolution.

The Leader referred to the noble characteristic of Imam Khomeini (RA), saying that he brought changes to Iran, Islam, and to the world.

Ayatollah Khamenei clarified that in Iran, the late Imam broke the imperial political structure and replaced it with a democracy; in Islam, the issue of Palestine became the first issue of the Islamic world; and at the world level, Imam revived the conditions for paying attention to spirituality even in non-Muslim countries.

Stressing the need for preserving the three developments founded by Imam Khomeini, Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized that those changes have still stubborn enemies that try to stop them.

Referring to the animosity of Global Arrogance (Major Western powers) towards the Iranian nation, the Leader stressed that the enemies want to pull Iran back to the pre-revolution era, when the Pahlavi regime was dependent on them.

Ayatollah Khamenei also urged the nation for keeping faith and hope in order to preserve national independence and national interests.

Referring to last year’s West-provoked riots in Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the planning of last fall’s riots was done in the think tanks at the Western countries.

He added that the riots were instigated and sponsored by the Western security agencies.

The Leader went on to say that the enemies planned last year’s riots with the wishful thinking that the Islamic Republic of Iran would be defeated but they again failed to know the reality about Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that the enemies are seeking to disappoint the Iranian youths with the government by highlighting the country’s problems and and instead by underestimating the achievements in the country.

He pointed to the great achievements in the field of technology in Iran, as an instance and stressed that there are various and promising developments in the country that signal a bright future.

He also urged the officials and organizations to strengthen the faith and hope among the Iranian nation.

At the end of his speech, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution urged for a massive turnout to the polling stations at parliamentary elections slated to be held at the end of this year of 1402 in the Iranian calendar to disappoint the enemies once again.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

President Raisi

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has underscored that the Islamic Republic is prepared to reestablish relationship with those countries who have expressed readiness to restore ties with Iran, but Tehran will stand against those who want to confront the Iranian nation.

President Raisi made the remarks in a ceremony on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of Imam Khomeini’s passing away in Tehran on Saturday night, noting that the late Imam’s way of thinking is popular in today’s world.

He went on to say that as Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei has underlined transformation is inevitable in today Iran. Imam Khomeini also created a political change in a volatile region, he added.

“We have time and again announced that we” are ready to establish ties with the countries, who have expressed their readiness, but “we will resist in front of the states, who want to stand against us”, he noted.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi

In early May, the Headquarters for Commemorating Imam Khomeini (RA) invited all groups of Iranians to participate in ceremonies marking the anniversary of Imam Khomeini’s passing away.

In a statement, the headquarters urged individuals, institutions, organizations, political parties, academics, thinkers, scholars, athletes, and people from all walks of life to attend the programs on the sad occasion.

It also said that with the easing of the coronavirus pandemic, the headquarters is well-prepared to hold the programs more magnificently throughout the country this year.

Imam Khomeini

Rouhullah Khomeini was born on the 24th of September 1902. His father was Agha Mustafa Mujtahid Kamareh’i. Rouhullah was the grandson of Seyyed Ahmad and the great-grandson of Deen Ali Shah.
Rouhullah lost his father when he was four months old.

After learning Qur’an at home Rouhullah went to school at the age of seven. He started to take lessons from Mullah Abul Qasim. He then went to Sheikh Ja’far’s Maktabkhaneh.

Imam Khomeini’s early life coincided with many events in Iran. In Khomein unjust rulers were in charge and the country was unsafe. Life was very difficult for people and with the coming of World War II matters became even worse. Diseases broke out, poverty spread and there were severe droughts.

When Hajj Abdul Karim Ha’eri Yazdi entered Arak he established a School of Theology, which quickly caught up with Isfahan’s Theology School and which at the time was the best in the country. Therefore, Rouhullah decided to join this newly established Theology School and so went to Arak, which is 60 kilometers away from Khomein. There, Imam Khomeini studied for one year under the guidance of the great scholars, Sheikh Mohammad Ali Borojerdi and Agha Sheikh Golpayegani.

Imam Khomeini did not stay long in Arak because Haj Sheikh Abdul Karim Ha’erri Yazdi left Arak for good and went to stay in Qom. Four months after the departure of Abdul Karim, Imam Khomeini also went to Qom and settled down there.

Under Sheikh Ha’erri’s supervision, he specialized in particular areas of Islamic studies.

Imam Khomeini got married at the age of 27. He married the daughter of Mirza Mohammad Thaqafi in 1929. Thaqafi was one of the scholars of Tehran. Imam Khomeini had seven children. Two sons and five daughters, his son’s names were Mustafa and Ahmad. His daughter’s names were Seddiqa-Khanoom, Farideh, Fahimeh, Sa’eedeh, and Latifeh. His last two daughters died during their childhood.

In 1928 Imam Khomeini started to write many books that can be divided into seven different fields namely philosophy and mysticism, theology,  principles of jurisprudence,  ethics,
commentary on the Quran, literature, and poetry, as well as politics and leadership.

This week, the latest software designed for books written by Imam Khomeini (RA) was unveiled in Tehran.

He is regarded as the iconic leader of the Iranian nation in the 1970s against the centuries-old monarchical tyranny. He engineered Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution which led to the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran.

Like in previous years, Muslims have stormed to the Imam’s mausoleum, south of Tehran, to renew allegiance to his ideals.  The late leader is also commemorated by Muslims in varied countries as he inspired many other revolutions all across the world.

Imam Khomeini passed away on June 3, 1989, at the age of 87.

Source: Al-Manar English Website and other websites


Hezbollah Secretary General Reiterates Support to Franjiyeh for Presidency during Meeting with Maronite Patriarch’s Delegate

 June 4, 2023

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah

In a statement issued late Sunday, Bkirki’s media office disclosed that on Saturday, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Al-Rahi, commissioned Archbishop Boulos Abdel-Sater of Beirut to meet with Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah within the framework of the consultations and contacts that the Patriarch has initiated with all Lebanese parties, in order to facilitate the presidential elections.

Well-informed sources told Al-Manar that Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated during the meeting with Abdel-Sater support to the candidacy of Head of Marada Movement Sleiman Franjiyeh and underlined the importance of holding a national dialogue in order to enhance the presidential elections.

MP Michel Moawwad

MP Michel Moawad announced, during a press conference on the same day, that he has withdrawn his candidacy for the presidency, saying: “I decided to contribute to reaching this intersection that led to the nomination of Jihad Azour, and we shall relentlessly continue our battle.”

Meanwhile, Head of Free Patriotic Movement Gebran Bassil announced that his parliamentary bloc would vote for Jihad Azour in the presidential elections. A number of the NGOs deputies also voiced support to Azour

MP Gebran Bassil

The total number of MPs who have announced support to Azour has become 32.

On the other hand, Head of Hezbollah Executive Council Sayyed Hashem Safieddine stressed that the personal motives and egocentricity play a vital role in identifying the directions of the nominations.

Head of Hezbollah Executive Council Sayyed Hashem Safieddine

Member of Loyalty to Resistance parliamentary bloc MP Hasan Fadlallah stressed that the confrontational candidate being nominated would not reach Baabda Palace.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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