Please share this letter with your readers and ask them to contact their representatives, whether in America or abroad. I give permission for my words to be reprinted and my contact information shared.
January 31, 2014

Leila Piazza

As I write this letter to you, my family, in our village in Syria, is preparing for combat between the Syrian Army and the terrorists, who have taken up residence nearby and have been attacking and harassing our people for over two years now. Two weeks ago, these “rebels,” as the US administration calls them, ran a car off the road near our village, shot one of the boys, and beheaded the other because he was wearing a cross.
As a Syrian(American) with family in the middle of the combat, let me be perfectly clear. We DO NOT appreciate the US government’s policies against Syria. The United States is NOT helping the Syrian people. You are hurting us, both the people living in Syria, under constant threat of violence and death, and also those living all around the world, who lay sleepless with worry over the safety of their loved ones. We do not fear the Syrian Army, but rather the animals that you are currently aiding with training, supplies and weapons.
When the Syrian army came to the village this week, the people I spoke with, both here and in the village, had only one thing to say, “Thank God!” We are relieved that the army is in the village, we pray for the victory of the Syrian Army over the radical Islamists and FSA traitors in our country. We pray that President Bashar Al Assad and the Syrian Army win the war so the Syrian people can begin to rebuild the country. It is up to the Syrian people to decide who their president is, it is not up to the United States government, or any other government in this world.
As an American, I am outraged that the US government continues to follow the same immoral policies as the previous administration. I am thoroughly fed up with our tax dollars being spent to finance regime change, so we can align other governments to our economic and geopolitical agenda. The use of propaganda to once again destroy a sovereign nation on the flimsiest of pretexts is completely unacceptable. This adminstration’s continuing support of the same radical, jihadists that were responsible for the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil is unjustifiable in any circumstance, but even more so in this instance, when it is so clearly against the will of the Syrian people themselves, and against any hope of peace and safety in Syria.
And so, as a Syrian-American, and as your constituent, I implore you to take whatever steps necessary to stop all aid to any and all anti-government fighters against the Syrian government and the Syrian army. I also ask that the US government demand that its allies, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Great Britain and Turkey, immediately STOP supporting the same anti-government groups. If this is done, then YES, President Al Assad and the Syrian Army will quickly win this war. And that is precisely the point. This is neither a civil war, nor a popular uprising. This is an attempt by foreign governments to hijack the Syrian peoples’ call for reforms to create regime change and divide and destroy the country.
If you have any questions about the situation in Syria, or about anything I have written, I urge you to contact me. I am in direct contact with my nephews, D.Y., S.Y. and M.Y. as well as a family friend, M.H., who are at this very moment, in our village. I am also in direct contact with my brother, Y.Y. and sister, J.Y. who have left the village with their children and grandchildren for their safety, (having fled from the terrorists, NOT the Syrian army) as well as my niece, S.H. who lives in Damascus. I would appreciate the opportunity to educate you further about what is really happening in Syria. Please do what you can to stop the killing. The US government is absolutely wrong in this. I pray you take action to prevent any more needless deaths. I pray you take action before I lose anyone I love.
Leila Piazza

The Hypocrisy of US Sanctions on Education

US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice speaks after voting to affirm a UN Security Council resolution on Iran on June 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo: AFP)
Published Friday, January 31, 2014
Students living in Cuba, Iran and Sudan who are enrolled in US-based online learning services, known as “MOOCs,” will now be forced to drop out, thanks to US sanctions.
If there’s one thing US missions around the world feel they can confidently boast, especially in poor countries, it’s their commitment to fostering partnerships with local schools and universities to support education and build the “next generation of leaders,” or something like that. Students in Lebanon, for example, may have noticed those tacky, red, white, and blue USAID stickers slapped on furniture at some schools, proudly identifying desks and bookcases as gifts “from the American people.”
In the Arab region alone, the United States has put $600 millioninto its Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) since 2002 with stated goals of “enhancing education,” and spreading other values it claims to hold sacred, like, “women’s empowerment.” That figure calculates to about one-fifth the $3 billion America sends each year to finance Israel’s occupation of Palestine, which served as the basis for the recent USacademic boycott of Israeli academic institutions, but more on that later.
Taken at face value, the United States would appear to have some interest in supporting education at a global level. Maybe that’s why some were shocked with the January 29 announcement that US economic and trade sanctions against their enemies should now be interpreted to include free US-based online learning services known as “MOOCs.”
Coursera, one of the affected education websites, said in a statement that it had “recently received information” that led it to believe it could no longer offer online classes to students in Cuba, Iran, and Sudan because of the United States’ so-called export control regulations.
“Certain United States export control regulations prohibit US businesses, such as MOOC providers like Coursera, from offering services to users in sanctioned countries. … Under the law, certain aspects of Coursera’s course offerings are considered services and are therefore subject to restrictions,” the statement read.
Syria was also included on the list of sanctioned countries whose Internet users that try to log in to Coursera’s site are kindly informed that they’ve been blacklisted, but US authorities later had a change of heart and added an exception for residents of the wartorn nation. American officials appear to have only recently discovered a soft spot for the well-being of the Syrian people.
In a particularly pointed letter posted online and addressed to his students, University of Copenhagen professor Ebrahim Afsah accused “boneheaded” US authorities of imposing sanctions simply “to score cheap domestic political points.”
“These moves are really counterproductive,” Afsah, who has students in some of the affected countries, said in an interview with Al-Akhbar. “These students are exactly the kind of people who want to reach out to an American audience.”
Afsah noted that the sanctions are largely symbolic, as a variety of software exists to circumvent blocked websites.
“The practical impact is rather small, as people in these countries are used to using these technologies to circumvent restrictions by their own governments,” he said. “But I think this issue is a matter of principle that affects everybody.”
Students from the blacklisted countries reacted to the news in the comments section of Coursera’s blog. A Cuban named Manuel Gutierrez wrote: “In behalf of many Cuban students I tell you: No hard feelings Coursera, we know what’s going on, [it’s] just the way it is. Keep up the good work!”
Iranian Pooya Hosseini wrote: “I’m Iranian, a Coursera user. I’ve passed a lot of courses with distinction. Specially EPFL online courses. I think banning free education is so embarrassing. Is it your democracy? It is so funny.”
Funny or not, that’s open to interpretation. But what’s clear is that the move follows a pattern of insincerity when it comes to US officials and their claims of caring about foreign students and their education.
American congressional members threw a fit after the US-based American Studies Association (ASA) last month voted to sever ties with Israeli universities to protest the obstruction of Palestinian students’ and scholars’ mobility and access to academic institutions with checkpoints, raids and arbitrary arrests.
Earlier this month 134 US Congress members signed a letter to decry the ASA’s “bigoted,” and “morally dishonest double standard” in voting to boycott Israeli universities. Those 69 Democrats and 65 Republicans “believe that the decision to blacklist Israeli academic institutions for Israeli government policies with which ASA disagrees demonstrates a blatant disregard for academic freedom.”
Maybe that says more about the US Congress’ servitude to the pro-Israel lobby than it does about their lack of compassion for a population subjected to daily crimes by a colonial force. But then, where is their indignation over the “blatant disregard for academic freedom” when it comes to US sanctions preventing students from taking free courses in Cuba, Iran, Sudan, or elsewhere? Is the targeting of nations with sanctions simply because they refuse to obey US orders not “morally dishonest,” or “bigoted?”

Neo-imperialism – America’s dual policy on terror

For well over a decade now the United States of America has defined its foreign policy around President George W Bush’s axis of evil theory, forever justifying its infringements on international law, freedom and democracy by playing its national security card.Since 2001, world’s relations have been solely defined by “Islamic terrorism”, to the point where geo-strategic alliances were thrown out of their axis, with countries forced to contemplate putting their immediate interests at risks not be branded sympathizers to “Islamic terrorism”.

US dual standards The moment New York Twin Towers fell, America was at war with an invisible and elusive enemy, so-called “radical Islam”!

One has only to look at the Islamic world- spanning from the African continent to the Middle East and Asia – to understand that America’s war on terror has not only transformed foreign relations, it has plunged the world into a never-ending cycle of violence and bloodshed, tearing apart communities.

But could it be that the world has been sold on the biggest lie yet? Could it be that the very country which has assumed the role of global crusader against terror has been covertly promoting radicalism; using fear as a weapon to subdue and conquer nations?

Behind Washington’s deceit, lies a cunning and rather clever agenda – global control –

The founding father of democracy, the advocate of civil liberties and freedom, the United States of America is in fact a neo-imperialistic state which has worked to enslave other nations through fear, political manipulation and economic blackmail.

Standing behind the wheels of the world’s most powerful organizations – the United Nations Security Council, the International Monetary Funds, NATO, World Bank, World Food Program – the US can with the flick of its hands isolate, bankrupt or invade any given nation, at any given time, should its leadership oppose its supremacy.

All those who dared challenge Washington’s authorities paid the ultimate political price, which on occasions meant actual assassination. In 2002 Late Venezuela President Hugo Chavez was ousted by a CIA-backed coup d’état for he refused, among other things to distance himself from Iran and the Hizbullah. Late President Chavez infuriated Washington when he publicly denounced US President George W Bush bombing campaign in Afghanistan. «This is fighting terror with more terror» he declared on national television in October 2001.

In 2003, the US invaded Iraq by claiming now-deceased Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction. When no weapons were found the US flipped its narrative by alleging the Iraqi regime had been working with al-Qaeda. Tricked by the media machine into believing that Saddam Hussein was the spawn of evil, many forget that his only sin – in the eyes of Washington – had been to challenge the US economically by attempting to make a break from the petro-dollar. Rather than sell its petrol in dollars, late President Hussein wanted to switch to the Euros, a move which would have directly threatened Washington’s monopoly on the Oil and Gas trade industry.

While the Pentagon was able for a decade to cover its terror tracks, playing the media and the public to its propaganda tune, Syria has been its undoing.
A key power in the Levant and the Middle East, Syria’s protracted war has forced world’s powers to lay bare their agendas, opening for the first time a window onto Washington’s inner strategy and network of alliances. After a decade of playing the terror card, Washington came to openly declare its support of radical Islamists, alleging Takfiris militias are a necessary evil against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

As of January 2014, the US Congress has decided it will provide military and financial support to militants in Syria, having classified Takfiris fighters as moderates. According to US military sources weapons are delivered to militants in Syria via Jordan, where it is important to note Saudi Arabia and Qatar have set up training camp for al-Qaeda wannabe Jihadists.

Professor Michel Chossudovsky – author of America’s war on terrorism – concurs in the view that the US is actually radical Islam’s biggest supporter and sponsor. He stressed, “The Western military alliance has covertly supported terrorists with a view of destabilizing Syria as a nation state. There’s ample evidence to the fact that the United States, NATO and “Israel” are behind the rebels, and that these rebels are trained in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and then they come in and commit atrocities.”

Marcia Kreiter, a security analyst with Wikistrat, noted that America’s longstanding relationship with terror and terrorists as geo-strategic weapons are now catching up with its officials. “People’s understanding of Washington’s policies in the Islamic world is changing as more evidences of its colluding with Islamic radicals have been confirmed. Interestingly, Washington has somewhat of a track record when it comes to terrorism… The US is the only country that was condemned for international terrorism by the World Court and that rejected a Security Council resolution calling on states to observe international law.”

She added, “What we see in Syria is the product of state-promoted terrorism. In a nutshell, the fighters have become Washington’s colonial armies and the fear of terror a tool the Pentagon utilizes to deny people their civil rights.”
However way one choses to look at the world, America has become the biggest exporter and promoter of terrorism.

As per declared by Lt. General William Odom, Director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan “Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely makes the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world.”

Source: al-Ahed news 

* Catherine is a commentator and political risk consultant. Her writings have appeared in Foreign Policy Association, the Guardian and Majalla among many others.
31-01-2014 | 15:17

State repression in France only makes the Resistance grow stronger



Last November I wrote a piece entitled “Is a new revolution quietly brewing in France?” in which I described struggle which was taking place between the French people and the Zionist plutocracy which has ruled France over the past decades (roughly since 1969) and today I am returning to this topic as events have rapidly accelerated and taken a sharp turn for the worse.  A number of most interesting things have happened and the French “Resistance” (I will use this collective designator when speaking of the entire Dieudonne/Soral movement) is now being attacked on three levels.

Intellectual level:

Eric Naulleau

This is, by far, the most interesting “counter-attack”.  A well-known French commentator, Eric Naulleau, agreed to a “written debate” with Alain Soral in which both sides would discuss their differences and the transcript would be published in a book entitled “Dialogues Désaccordés” (which can roughly be translated as “detuned dialogs” or “dialogs out of tune” or even “disagreeing dialogs”).  To explain the importance of this publication I have to say a few words about Naulleau himself.

Everybody in France knows Eric Naulleau as one of the two partners of a “journalistic tag team” called “Naulleau and Zemmour” in which one of the partners – Eric Naulleau – is a Left-leaning progressive and the other – Eric Zemmour – is a Right-leaning conservative.  Together they form a formidable and, sometimes, feared team of very sharp and outspoken critics and commentators which was featured on various shows on French TV.  Zemmour, in particular, is an extremely intelligent and very charming person whose wonderful sense of humor combined with a outspoken attitude often got him in trouble.  He is one of the few French Jews who actually got sued by the notorious LICRA (rabid Zionist organization formed by Trotskists to attack those opposing them) for daring to say “French people with an immigrant background were profiled because most traffickers are blacks and Arabs… it’s a fact” on TV.  Together, Naulleaua and Zemmour are known for being formidable debaters and very tough and even blunt critics who can take on pretty much anybody.

Naulleau explained that, according to him, it made no sense at all to ban Soral from the mass media because that still gave the option for Soral to record his shown on the Internet were they would be viewed by million of people (that is not an exaggeration, by the way, Soral’s videos do score more views that some national TV channels!).  Naulleau explained that in his videos Soral was always alone, free to say whatever he wanted, without anybody contradicting or challenging him and that his goal was precisely that – to unmask, challenge and defeat Soral in an open debate in which he would show all the fallacies and mistakes of Soral’s theses.  To say that Naulleau failed in his goal would be an understatement.  Soral absolutely crushed every single one of Naulleau’s arguments to the point where I personally felt sorry for Naulleau (whom I like a lot as a person).  Worse, not only did Soral absolutely obliterate Naulleau, he also made a prediction and said: “you will see the shitstorm which will hit you for agreeing to make this book with me!”.  And that is the crux of the disagreement between Soral and Naulleau: do the Zionists control the French media yes or not? Can they blacklist somebody or not?  Is there a shadow “Zionist censorship” in France or is public speech still free?  Soral’s thesis is that France is in the iron grip of a “behind the scenes” Zionist mafia which is exactly Naulleau vehemently denies.  The problem for Naulleau is that he proved Soral to be right.

The French media immediately attacked Naulleau for “providing Soral with a platform to spew his hateful theories” to which Naulleu logically replied that Soral was already doing so on the Internet and that, besides, he – Naulleau – did not believe in censorship but in a strong and free debate.  Naulleau also got attacked for not saying this or not saying that – in reality for getting so totally defeated by Soral in the debate. The book, by the way, became an instant bestseller with, indeed, made it possible for even more French people to think through Soral’s arguments and make up their own mind.  So, ironically, and even though Naulleau clearly wanted to challenge Soral, he did him a huge favor by allowing him to break the media blockade around his name – Soral is never ever invited on a talkshow – and by allowing the ideas of Soral to come right back into the public debate via this book, Naulleau de facto helped Soral.  Some have even speculated that Naulleau might be a secret sympathizer of Soral and that he did all of this deliberately.  I don’t believe that at all – Naulleau is sincere, and Naulleau is also naive: he is now only slowly coming to grips with the fact that Soral’s core thesis – that the Zionists completely control the French media – is a fact and that Soral’s prediction about Naulleau getting in trouble for this book was spot on.  Right now, Naulleau and his friend Zemmour still have a show on a small local TV station, but clearly Naulleau has now deeply alienated the French plutocracy.  As far as I know, nobody has dared to speak in Naulleau’s defense.  The funniest thing of all is that even though both Soral and Naulleau are officially coauthors of this book and even though Naulleau attempts to deny that Soral is blacklisted, onlyNaulleau got interviewed on the French talkshows, never Soral.  Not once.  What better way could there be to prove Soral right?

“Personalities lynch mob” level:

While Naulleau was trying to defend himself against attacks from all sides for daring to coauthor a book with Soral, something absolutely unprecedented took place: day after day after day, media personalities were shown on TV trashing Dieudonne and his “quenelle” gesture.  This really looked like a “virtual lynching” or a Stalinist trial – politicians, journalists, comedians, commentators, actors – you name it – all took turns to ridicule, insult, denounce and otherwise express their hatred for Dieudonne.  This truly became an orwellian “two minutes of hate” in which Dieudonne was designated as the target of an absolutely vicious hate campaign.

Bedos as “Dieudo Hitler Bin Laden”

A mediocre comedian named Nicolas Bedos was even given 12 minutes of uninterrupted air time to compare Dieudonne to both Hitler and Osama Bin Laden and his shows to a Gestapo interrogation room.  It was surreal, really.  If an extraterrestrial had just tuned in and watch this display of vicious hatred he would have imagined that Dieudonne was a 2nd Hitler about to invade France with a huge army of bloodthirsty Nazis.  For me, it was clear that the reason why all these different personalities were standing in line for the chance to outdo each other in taking a shot at Dieudonne was to prove their loyalty to the Zionist “deep-state”.  This was as transparent as it was sickening.  And again, it proved that Soral was right and that, if anything, he was under-standing the degree of control of the Zionist plutocracy over France.

State level:

Finally, from more or less covert, the persecution of Dieudonne and Soral by the French state became completely overt.  I already mentioned how in early January the French Minister of the Interior, Manuel Valls, used his powers to ban the latest show of Dieudonne (see here and here).  Over the last weeks, this repression has reached a new level with even more lawsuits against Soral (12 simultaneous lawsuits, see Google-translated list here) and administrative harassments (evening “visits” by bailiffs, abusive arrests, threats, police search of his small theatre in Paris) against Dieudonne.  All these events taken together – and it is really not hard at all to connect the dots – for a very clear picture: the power of the state is used to persecute, harass and repress Dieudonne and Soral.  And that, of course, just goes even further in proving that Soral is right in his central thesis about France being run by a shadow occupation “deep government” whose loyalties are not to the French people, but to the Zionist plutocracy and Israel.

The reaction against this state of affairs is also becoming stronger and the amount of people supporting Dieudonne and Soral has literally skyrocketed.  The reason for that is not only that a lot of French people share the same views as Soral and Dieudonne, but also a deep running French cultural tradition of admiring rebels and disliking the state.  Add to this that Hollande is the most hated President in French history and that the French economy is doing down the tubes triggering untold suffering and rage in the people suffering form the crisis, and you get a very explosive mix: the so-called “Day of Rage”.

Check out these videos before they are removed form YouTube (like this one):

Anybody who knows France well will tell you that this is very serious stuff because unlike other demonstrations which typically oppose a law, or a policy or a specific event, these demonstrators clearly are rejecting the legitimacy of the entire political systemthey want regime change.  So far, the French media has tried to minimize the coverage of this event and the French elites are trying hard to pretend like this is some small, fringe, extremist group, which is utter nonsense.  France is bubbling with rage.

Zionist panic:

The Zionists are actually aware of that, and they are now in the panic mode.  Just take a look at the headlines of this Israeli-French website:

On the top right, you can see the Israeli founder of this website – Jonathan-Simon Sellem and on the top left you see Arno Klarsfeld, a well-known “French” (Jewish/German/French) lawyer and rabid Zionist.  Here is what they are quoted saying:

Jonathan-Simon Sellem: “Dieudonne, you will never be a martyr.  You will not a hero.  Your name will be cursed in history, by history“.

Arno Klarsfeld: “They is a crucial moment in history: Jews are already beginning to leave France“.

Clearly, these two gentlemen see Dieudonne as some modern mix of Agag, Hamman, Titus, Hitler and Bin Laden – a terrifying, bloodthirsty and infinitely dangerous and evil man who threatens the survival of the Jewish race (nevermind that Jews are not a race).  

Could that be a little bit of an over-reaction?

What are these folks so terrified of?

I think that the answer is obvious: what they are so terrified of is not that Dieudonne and Soral will reopen Auschwitz somewhere near Paris, or that French Jews will be expelled from France.  They know that this is paranoia (which Gilad Atzmon calls “Pre-Traumatic Stree Disorder”) is absolute crap: French Jews are safe, happy and welcome in France and nobody is seriously out there to do them any harm.  No, what this small clique of  Zionist Jews (representing a tiny fraction of the much more diverse French Jewry) really fears is that the truth about them and their power over the French deep-state will come out.  And this is not only about Jews.  There is a non-Jewish plutocracy formed around the Jewish core of French bankers and financiers which is also completely in bed with the Zionists and whose future depends on maintaining the Zionist control over France: politicians, of course, but also actors, journalists, academics, etc. – a full constellation of Shabbos Goyim willing to do Israel’s Sayanim‘s dirty job for them.  It is this entire elite and the system which it built which is threatened by Soral and Dieudonne and by what the movement “Equality and Reconciliation” stands for: a union of all the French people (native or immigrants) which together are determined to resist the Zionist oppression of France and who, just as in WWII, will resist the occupier until the Liberation.

When and how could such a “Liberation” occur?

I don’t know.  These events are very complex and multi-dimensional and it is, I believe, impossible to predict what could happen.  What I am sure of, is that this movement, this Resistance, will not be crushed, nor will it somehow magically disappear.  To paraphrase the Communist Manifesto, the French people “have nothing to lose but their chains”: their country is ruined and they are ruled by an evil foreign occupier.  In terms of dynamics, every move which is made against Soral and Dieudonne only makes things worse for the occupation regime – the harder the strike, the harder the blowback.  The legitimacy of the regime, in particular, is greatly affected by such absolutely ridiculous actions like the “overkill” of a Minister of Internal Affairs using the highest court in the country (the State Council) in an emergency session to ban a single comedian’s stand up show.

Sure, for the time being most people in France comply, obey, or look the other way.  But everybody know, everybody understands and very few believe in the official lies, especially in the younger generation.

This all reminds me of the Soviet Union of the 1980s were externally nothing much was happening and where the system itself look ugly but safe.  Russians were making anti-Brezhnev jokes at private parties while the KGB from time to time attested dissidents.  But nobody – not even the KGB officers – had any respect for the system, the regime, the official ideology and its propaganda.  Everybody did what they were told, but nobody believed in what they were doing.  That is the exact situation not only for the French cops who are constantly used to ban, harass and arrest Dieudo and his supporters, but also of an increasing percentage of the general public.

Right now the pressure on the dam is getting stronger and stronger, and the cracks more and more visible.  So far, the elites have had enough fingers to stick into the cracks, but this is clearly a futile attempt to delay the inevitable.  And when the French dam will burst, it will impact on only France, but also a good segment of western Europe.  So while the pro-US Ukrainian nationalists want to subordinate their country to the EU, the EU is threatened with an inevitable and violent explosion.  But, like on the sinking Titanic, the media’s “orchestra” will be playing its music until the last second.

The Saker

Israeli gunfire injures 15 in West Bank, Gaza

An injured Palestinian protester is carried by comrades during clashes with Israeli occupation forces on the outskirts of Jalazun refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on January 31, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani)
Published Friday, January 31, 2014
Updated 6:30 pm: Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded 10 Palestinians near the West Bank town of Ramallah Friday during a protest over the killing of a teenager, Palestinian medics and security sources said.
In Gaza, meanwhile, medics said five more Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire near the border in two separate incidents.
Security sources said the Palestinians were hit by live rounds on the outskirts of Jalazun refugee camp and hospitalized in Ramallah, including one with serious injuries.
Hundreds of Palestinians took part in the protest, many of them hurling rocks at the soldiers.
The demonstration was called to protest at the Israeli army’s killing on Wednesday of Mohammed Mubarak, a 19-year-old from Jalazun working on a project funded by USAID and son of the camp’s locally elected leader.
The army said he was shot dead near a Jewish settlement outside Ramallah after having opened fire at them, but witnesses insisted he was unarmed.
Palestinian housing and public works minister Maher Ghneim condemned what he branded the “cold-blooded killing” of a laborer who was working on a project run by the ministry in coordination with USAID.
Ghneim said the youth had been “carrying a sign to direct the traffic” when he was shot.
Separately in Gaza, medics said a 27-year-old farmer is in “moderate condition” after being shot in the foot by occupation forces in the town of Beit Lahiya, Ma’an news agency reported.
Later, occupation forces shot four other Palestinians east of Jabaliya, Ma’an said.
“Two riots erupted near the security fence in northern Gaza. In one riot, 50 Palestinians crowded in a prohibited area and hurled rocks at IDF soldiers at the scene,” Ma’an cited an occupation authority as saying.
A Palestinian protester throws a stone towards an Israeli soldier aiming his weapon during clashes on the outskirts of Jalazun refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on January 31, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani)
Friday’s shootings comes after early morning Israeli air strikes left seven people injured in the besieged strip.
Israeli soldiers shot dead a young Palestinian protester on the Gaza border last week.
A total of 27 Palestinians were killed by the occupation army in the West Bank and nine in Gaza in 2013, three times more than the previous year, figures from Israeli rights watchdog B’Tselem showed.
(AFP, Ma’an Al-Akhbar)


By Roger Tucker
The quenelle is first inserted into the cavity…The current flap over the gesture called a “quenelle” is revealing in a number of ways. It’s instructive to look first at a couple of Wikipedia entries. “The word quenelle is derived from the German Knödel (noodle or dumpling)” (which we know from Yiddish cuisine as a knadel). “French political activist and comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala is credited with creating and popularizing the gesture, which he first used in 2005 in his sketch entitled 1905 about French secularism and has been used since in a wide variety of contexts.. The first time Dieudonné used the gesture in a political context was for his 2009 European election campaign poster for the “anti-Zionist party”, he stated that his intention was “to put a quenelle into Zionism’s butt”..  “The name quenelle comes from an elongated fish meatballs dish, which is said to look like a suppository. Hence, the phrase ‘mettre une quenelle’ (‘to give someone the quenelle’), with a gesture simulating fisting practice, is similar to the English ‘up yours’. The arm outstretched refers to the length of the arm going up one’s bottom.” Such a rich word, with so many Jewish-related meanings.“When French footballer Nicolas Anelka of West Bromwich Albion F.C. performed the quenelle to celebrate scoring a goal on 28 December 2013, the gesture, which was already considered ‘something of a viral trend’ in France, became an international news story and one of the most searched terms on Google. Anelka described the gesture as anti-establishment rather than religious in nature, and said he did a quenelle as a “special dedication” to his friend Dieudonné.

However, French minister for sport Valérie Fourneyron called his actions “shocking” and “disgusting”, adding: “There’s no place for anti-Semitism on the football field..” In response to the incident, club sponsor Zoopla announced that it would not continue its sponsorship deal with West Bromwich after the 2013–14 season..” (The Wikipedia entry fails to mention that Zoopla is co-owned by Jewish businessman Alex Chesterman.) “Each year, the ‘Golden Quenelle’, (Quenelle d’Or) is given, in a parody of the Oscar ceremony, to the people who expressed the most anti-establishment views.”  Quelle phénomène!

Enough from Wikipedia; let’s move on. Is the quenelle anti-semitic, anti-Zionist or anti-establishment? That is the question that seems to crop up all the time  and encapsulates the theme of this essay. As in the case of the quenelle, a gesture, like a word, can have different meanings depending on who is displaying it and in what context. The more is at stake, the more fraught the arguments over interpretation. In the case in question, we have a very hot potato. I think that mashed potatoes make a lovely complement to a well made quenelle.

Let’s ask another question. Why is this brouhaha important, if indeed it is? From the tribal Jewish perspective, they obviously feel very threatened. We could ignore that, because Jewish voices have been crying wolf forever. But somehow this is different – who is being attacked? The Jews? The Zionists? The Establishment? Aha! It’s all three! It’s the conflation, the melding of meanings, that bothers them the most, because it cements the linkage. This is the genius of Dieudonné. The professional victims are being exposed by the real victims, their victims. The expert, talmudic manipulators are being out-manipulated. Tribal Jewry is being hoist on its own petard. Gotta love it.

When I refer to ‘them’, i.e., tribal Jewry, the reference is not ethnic nor is it religious; it is memetic, a cultural identity. I am Jewish, by birth and upbringing, but the tribal identification didn’t take. I didn’t ingest the memes; instead, I spat them out. The taste didn’t agree with me. I chose to regard myself simply as human. Moreover, I am more than happy to act and to advocate on behalf of that identity group. This view is generally referred to as humanist, or universalist. A universalist chooses the human race as his or her tribe. Conflicts generally arise because people choose to identify with some secondary, lesser category.

To neatly characterize what the terms ‘Jewish’, ‘Zionist’ and ‘the Establishment’ add up to in combination, we do have a potentially useful word – fascism. The accepted dictionary definition is, sadly, inadequate and misleading, which is why many people regard the word as essentially meaningless. It needs to be redefined, because, properly defined, it would be extremely useful. Fortunately, there has been an honest attempt at doing so. I know it’s a good one because I wrote it. No false modesty here. See ‘Us vs. Them: On the meaning of Fascism’. Then you’ll be up to speed and we can proceed.

Pause, followed by further elucidation…

Abuse of power, combined with some sense of supremacy or entitlement is at the heart of fascism, which distinguishes it from tribal pride and self-respect. That’s why, when confronted by the police, demonstrators invariably shout “fascist pig!” Throughout history there has been an ongoing battle between numerous outbreaks of fascism and what could best be described by the quaint old word, civilization, just ordinary human society in some stable, non-aggressive form. Oh, as for the canard that the quenelle is an inverted Nazi salute, see Zionism and Nazism: Is there a difference that makes a difference?

The three main forms of fascism are ethnic, religious and nationalist. In the current conflict between tribal Jewry and the rest of the world, all three are in play – secular Jewish ethno-centrism, Judaism in its various forms (it is hard to imagine a non-fascist Judaism – they would have to throw out the Old Testament) and bellicose Israeli nationalism.  It’s the perfect storm.

Jewish culture has been around for a long time. Some Jews, as well as gentiles, have recognized it as the source of ‘the Jewish problem.’ For example, “If this hostility, even aversion, had only been shown towards the Jews at one period and in one country, it would be easy to unravel the limited causes of this anger, but this race has been on the contrary an object of hatred to all the peoples among whom it has established itself. It must be therefore, since the enemies of the Jews belonged to the most diverse races, since they lived in countries very distant from each other, since they were ruled by very different laws, governed by opposite principles, since they had neither the same morals, nor the same customs, since they were animated by unlike dispositions which did not permit them to judge of anything in the same way, it must be therefore that the general cause of anti-Semitism has always resided in Israel itself and not in those who have fought against Israel.”
~ Statement regarding the expulsions of Jews, by noted Jewish author Bernard Lazare in “L’antisémitisme, son histoire et ses causes,”published in 1894

Over the millennia, the nature of the problem has hardly changed at all, except for the innovation of there being a Jewish State, which, ironically, was created for the specific purpose of solving the problem. Instead, ‘The Problem’ has metastasized from a persistent source of pain and suffering into a world threatening disease. This will only get worse until the unholy trinity of Jewish tribal identity, Zionism and the Establishment disintegrates and the leaders of “the Free World” stop prostrating before the altar of the Golden Calf.

In the meantime, we the people have the le grand geste de Dieudonné to keep our spirits up.

Vive Dieudonné et la Quenelle!

Zoabi: Politics Will Not Grant Opposition What Terrorism Failed to Do

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Geneva RallyHundreds of Syrians on Friday morning gathered in front of the UN’s Headquarters in Geneva to express their support to the motherland, Syria, its army and Syria’s official delegation to Geneva 2.

They expressed their rejection of the terrorism backed by regional and international countries.

Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi told the participants in the march that the next round of dialogue should include all spectra of the national opposition with which we agree regarding the love of the homeland and drawing its future.

Zoabi stressed that the opposition will not be able to obtain via politics what the terrorist acts failed to provide them with.

Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari, also addressed the participants saying : ” We conveyed your voice into the hall of dialogue and told them who wants to know what the Syrian people want should go outside the meeting hall to see the gathering people.”

For her part, Presidential political and media advisor Buthaina Shaaban affirmed that Syria is for all Arabs and for the world’s freedom fighters, adding that the secret of its  strength lies behind its great people, and it did not and won’t abandon any of its or Arab rights.

Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad said that the Syrian people are against terrorism and want restoration of security, adding that Syria has withstood due to the people’s continuous support to President Bashar al-Assad.

Source: Agencies
31-01-2014 – 14:45 Last updated 31-01-2014 – 14:45


Sheikh al Kattan on the Radio of the Resistance denounced what is happening in the majority of the Lebanese mosques . He said that the mosques are being the best places where sectarian hatred is fueled by Sheikhs who are on the payroll of Gulf countries . These sheikhs are poisoning and influencing greatly the youths by holding a sectarian speech and inciting to fitna and calling for war on Syria and rallying against the Shi’a sect . Al Kattan added that if nothing is done regarding the fitna speeches delivered in mosques all over the country then Lebanon is under great risk .

The truth is -al Kattan added – that the situation has gone out of control after the Iftaa’ institution has been divided between pro and against Hariri sheikhs and this conflict has almost crippled the institution that has lost control of the situation . Thus, many sheikhs are holding this hate speech and some of them even were arrested after they were caught smuggling weapons . One of them , Sheikh Omar al Atrach has been smuggling cars and suicidals with explosive belts across the borders with Syria and has been arrested lately by the Army. This caused the council of ‘Ulemas to protest and even resort to threats .

Sheikh al Kattan said that these sheikhs could be arrested according to the law because they are instigating fitna , but the legal system is falling short of this . Al kattan called for a better control of the situation whereby sheikhs holding hate discourses will be put under check .


The Revolution was about to happen after the end of Mubarak’s rule , people were not going to let Mubarak continue to rule through his son or some one he chooses and this is something every Egyptian agreed upon . This is something that the NGOs and the army felt strongly and knew about and they are the ones who worked on aborting the revolution and channeling the popular dissatisfaction to serve the World Order Agenda instead of serving the people’s aspirations.

In order to serve the sectarian anti Resistance World agenda, Morsi was chosen and even the Nasserites supported the sectarian agenda of Morsi . . When this agenda failed in overthrowing Assad and the isolation of HAMAS from the axis of the Resistance succeeded , it was time to get rid of Morsi. The NGOs and the army again manipulated the masses through TAMAROD and their like… The Nasserites – who supported the sectarian agenda of Mors- turned against him and supported the secular agenda of the army .

The instability , the chaos and the Libyan and Syrian bloody models and the religious and sectarian warfare in addition to the terrorist threats made the Egyptians sick of the Revolution and in favor of the return of Mubarak as Al Sisi .Now Egypt is back to sleep again until some major event happens and wakes Egypt up and this will happen sooner or later and Egypt will wake up but now the Revolution was aborted and al Sisi is NOT Nasser , the Egyptians do not want this revolution and they are right because it has turned violent and chaotic and has gone out of the hands of the people .

Egypt is extremely important that is why the World Order was intent on remaining in control and restoring Mubarak’ s rule except that now this is being done with the Egyptian people blessings after the false flag revolution failed them .

Atrash Investigation: Two Saudi Suicide Bombers on the Loose

People gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion which went off in front of the main government administration building in Hermel, a stronghold of Lebanon’s Hezbollah near the border with Syria, on January 16, 2014. (Photo: AFP – STR).
Published Friday, January 31, 2014
A primary round of investigations into Omar al-Atrash established him as a suspect in a string of suicide bombings and attacks in Lebanon’s Bekaa, Dahiyeh, and Saida. Atrash’s statements provided invaluable information, as the detained cleric allegedly confessed to transporting two Saudi suicide bombers, who are still at large, to Beirut. Atrash has now been officially charged, paving the way for further questioning.
On January 30, an official statement by Lebanon’s army command confirmed previous press reports regarding Atrash’s confessions to his role in the recent wave of deadly bombings in Lebanon. Atrash has been referred to a military court, which charged him over his alleged role in the attacks.
Al-Akhbar learned that the military court intends to request the intelligence directorate to expand the scope of the investigations into Atrash. According to informed sources, the information the suspect may be in possession of cannot be extracted from him in just a few days of investigations.
Atrash reportedly spoke at length during his interrogation about his role in the terrorist bombings in Lebanon. The cleric also revealed some secrets about the work of jihadi organizations, but many details need to be followed up and verified. It is understood that there have been talks with the Ministry of Justice and the military court to get their consent to keeping Atrash in the custody of army intelligence for a longer period of time.
According to the same sources, Atrash was apprehended while army intelligence was in pursuit of a Saudi national, who, according to US intelligence tips, had entered Lebanon to carry out a major terrorist attack. During the search for the Saudi, information surfaced that made Atrash a suspect.
Atrash was subsequently arrested. Shortly after, he admitted his intent to move the Saudi national, who remains at large, to the capital. Atrash also confessed that he had previously brought another Saudi to Beirut, revealing that both of the Saudis were commissioned in Syria to carry out two suicide attacks in areas with sizeable Hezbollah influence.
Atrash also confessed that the registration papers found in his possession belonged to cars in the process of being moved to Beirut, to be handed over to suicide bombers for detonation in Dahiyeh or other areas. The suspect also said he was helping with logistics, including transferring funds.
The sources said Atrash disclosed information about certain events, details of which had been hitherto secret, including facts like:
– Atrash transported to Beirut the two suicide bombers who attacked the Iranian embassy, handing them over to the Palestinian fugitive Naim Abbas. Abbas operates from Palestinian refugee camps, including Ain al-Hilweh in South Lebanon.
– Atrash transported one of the suicide bombers involved in the Haret Hreik bombings to Khaldeh, also handing him over to Abbas.
– Atrash sent one of the suicide bombers using a microbus from Bekaa to Beirut, where Abbas was waiting for him. Abbas then moved the bomber to another location, where he gave him the explosive-rigged vehicle and an explosive belt.
– He transferred funds to Abbas, which he obtained from inside Syria.
– The two suicide bombers who blew themselves up at Lebanese army checkpoints in Awwali and Saida, and who until now had not been identified, were Qatari nationals, whom Atrash helped move from Bekaa to Beirut.
– The suicide bomber in the recent attack in Hermel was probably the brother of a Lebanese national who blew himself up in Syria a while ago.
Naim Abbas: The Mastermind
Investigations into Atrash revealed Abbas, born in 1970, as a prominent al-Qaeda figure in Lebanon and the mastermind of a number of suicide attacks that targeted the southern suburbs of Beirut. In statements given by Islamist prisoners in Lebanon years ago, Abbas was named as the perpetrator of the assassinations of Army Major General Francois al-Hajj and MP Walid Eido. The prisoners cited leaders of Fatah al-Islam as the source of this information, but security services were not able to verify its accuracy.
According to reports, Abbas resides in South Lebanon’s Ain al-Hilweh camp, bearing in mind that security reports indicate Abbas often vanishes from the camp before reappearing with his beard shaven.
Atrash’s confessions have revealed that Abbas, who is a former member of the Islamic Jihad, is the same person known as Abu Suleiman. The latter was previously identified by the army as the owner of a warehouse in an area near Dahiyeh. Abbas, according to the same reports, gave a bomb-rigged car to Qutaiba al-Satem, the perpetrator of the first suicide bombing in Haret Hreik, after receiving it from Atrash.
The sources pointed out that Atrash confessed when he was confronted with damning evidence, including recordings of phone conversations proving his involvement, in addition to images sent by phone of the rigged cars and the perpetrator of one of the suicide attacks in Dahiyeh.
According to the sources, the army tasked a doctor to examine Atrash before handing him over to the military judiciary, to prove that he was not beaten in custody. Both the forensic doctor and Atrash have signed a report to this effect, the sources added.
Government commissioner to the military court, Judge Saq Saqr, charged Atrash and 12 others, including Lebanese, Syrian, and Palestinian nationals and other unidentified suspects, with joining an armed terrorist group with the goal of carrying out terrorist attacks, recruiting people for terrorist acts, and involvement in the bombings in Haret Hreik. Judge Saqr referred the case to the military investigative judge.
In the meantime, the army’s crackdown on terrorism continues. According to reports, more than 20 suspects have been arrested over the past two months, including Danish, Belgian, and German nationals suspected of being members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al-Nusra Front, and the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
In the same vein, investigations with detainee Jamal Daftardar, who was arrested by the intelligence directorate in Kamed al-Loz, continue. Daftardar had been under close surveillance after Lebanon received US tips regarding the movements of the now-deceased leader of Abdullah Azzam Brigades Majed al-Majed, as Daftardar was in charge of medical care for the latter in Lebanon.
According to reports, Daftardar is from the second generation of al-Qaeda operatives. His role focused on explosives and combat training. Al-Akhbar learned that his 16-year-old wife has since been released by the authorities, but was referred to General Security for processing, as she is a Syrian national. It appears that Daftardar knew the real identity of Majed, unlike others who were taking the Saudi terror leader to hospital or paying his medical bills.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.


Images from Sunday anti government demonstration…Faurisson is right: gas chambers are a lie (“du bidon” = slang equivalent of “bullshit”)
Jews, buzz off, France is not yours!
Jews, Jews, Jews, Jews
Jews, LICRA, we don’t want you! (LICRA = Jewish French organization similar to ADL)
Jews, out of France

Syrian anchor Elissar Moualla shocks opposition at Geneva talks

Among dozens of Syrian and foreign journalists covering the Syria peace talks in Geneva, Elissar Moualla stands out.
Syrian anchor Elissar Moualla shocks opposition at Geneva talks
The popular Syrian news anchor, working for the state-sponsored Syrian TV, never misses an opportunity to confront the opposition delegation.
With a loud and agitated voice, she asks tough questions in press conferences and she challenges statements the opposition representatives make in the more informal media hub, the garden of the UN headquarters.
“Can you tell me why the armed groups [you support] are holding women and children hostage in Homs?” she yells to an opposition spokesman.
“You claim you want to stop the fighting, but do you have control over the armed groups?” she asks another.
The conference in Switzerland is the first time the Damascus-based anchor has interacted with the Western-backed political opposition trying to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
She says the opposition representatives were “shocked” when they faced reporters from Syrian state media. “Even though they are trained to answer journalists’ questions, this is the first time they’ve been grilled by journalists coming from inside Syria. This is why they couldn’t deliver their messages as effectively as they wanted,” the 37-year-old told Al Jazeera.
For Moualla, the peace conference is a media parade – but also a battlefield of countries she believes are trying to meddle in the affairs of her country.
“This is the first time I see how big is this game of nations and how the fighters in Syria are manipulated,” she says as she sips her coffee in the press bar at the UN building, where the US- and Russian-backed talks are taking place.
“For the first time I pity the [opposition] fighters because I realize just how misled they are. They think they are fighting for the cause of freedom or a religious cause or whatever cause it is. But in reality, they are fighting the battles of other countries,” Moualla says.
“Despite all the suffering they have caused, I still cringe every time I watch them dead on TV. I don’t like them and I hate extremism, but I am human,” Moualla says.
“I always tell my colleagues: ‘When you film them, do not take these harsh images; they are humans. Cover them when you film them.’” She then quickly adds: “Those same people would kill me if they saw me.”
Many rebel groups consider state media employees legitimate targets because they defend the Syrian government. Presenting the views of her channel has come at a great cost for Moualla, who says she has received a barrage of death threats and vicious bashing. “I receive countless phone calls and messages. They once threatened to kill my father. And the swearing is as ugly as it can get”.
Going from her home in a flashpoint area on the outskirts of Damascus to her workplace in the center of the capital is also a daily challenge. She recounts the day she thought her life was nearing its end: “One time, three armed men wearing black bands around their heads tried to attack me in my car after they recognized me. They ran away after the police arrived. I will never forget that day.”
Her parents, who lived in the coastal province of Latakia, have left their hometown and moved to Damascus because they are worried about her safety.
But the threats have not deterred her from carrying on with her job. She remembers her colleagues who lost their lives and says some other pro-government journalists suffer even more than she does.
At least five employees of Syrian TV have been killed in the conflict, and the fate of one of Moualla’s friends in the channel, Mohammad Saeed, remains unknown after he was kidnapped.
Over the past three years, scores of journalists reporting on the Syrian conflict have been killed, arbitrarily arrested, subjected to enforced disappearances or tortured.
Moualla believes that the government’s narrative of events in Syria has now become an undeniable truth. “Nobody can deny it,” she says. “The government is defending its territory from terrorists.”
Moualla says that the coverage of the Syrian conflict by most media organizations has been biased, whether intentionally or unintentionally. She says atrocities committed by opposition forces have not been covered well by foreign media and the Syrian state media.
The government has at times covered up crimes committed by armed groups in divided cities like Homs, to prevent a rift among the people, she says. “The government demanded from reporters [of state media] that they do not film these atrocities, so that the Christian wouldn’t view the Muslim in a negative way, so that the Alawite wouldn’t view the Sunni in a negative way.”
“The Syrian army is killing, but it’s killing the terrorists,” Moualla insists. “There is a truth that should be acknowledged: They are monsters. They are monsters that have been released on Syrian land. Not humans. Some of them hold Syrian citizenship. But they have lost all ability to live in a normal society.”
Moualla will leave the peaceful city of Geneva for war-riddled Damascus, and return to the same death threats, the same sounds of shelling, and another news bulletin full of blood and death.

The Meaning Of Dieudonné


By Gilad Atzmon 

Since the 1968 Student Revolution, the European and American Left, together with a herd of Jewish progressive intellectuals, have invested enormous effort in attempting to break society down into multiple segments of identities.

The Left adopted this peculiar approach because it could never cope with its own failure to bond with working people.

The Jewish intellectuals, who led the campaign, realized that fragmented and divided nations are far less dangerous for Jews. As we know, Jews are threatened by cohesive, patriotic nationalism, and for a good reason. After all, they were amongst the prime victims of such an ideology.

Bizarrely enough, dazzled by the emerging false prophecy of post-68 ‘identity politics,’ the Left was quick to drop its universal ethos. While in the past it aimed to cross the divide and unite the working people, the post-68 Left actually split and ghettoized the Western subjects by means of identification.

Instead of being and celebrating who and what we are, we’ve learned to identify with ready-made soundbites. Rather than simply being Jill, Joseph, Abe or Youssef, we are now identified ‘as a woman’, ‘as a gay’, ‘as a Jew’, ‘as a Muslim’, and so on. In practice, the New Left has been erecting walls around us in an attempt to separate us into infinitesimally small, marginal identity groups. Peculiarly, it is the post-68 Left, rather than the capitalists, that drove us into segregation, isolation and political paralysis.

But then, pretty much out of the blue, Dieudonné, a black French comedian, has managed to re-unite the working people: the migrant communities, the Black, the Muslim, the North African as well as the White proletarian and at the same time, to deliver a universal message.

Dieudonné has reminded us what the Left stood for in the first place, before it was conquered by Marcuse and his Frankfurt Yeshiva’s pals.  It is the French entertainer who brings to light the most instinctive Left insight — we are actually united and identified in opposition to our oppressors, namely, the establishment.

The ‘quenelle’ — a salute that was initially introduced by Dieudonné — embodies a modest and graceful openness of true resistance. It is a simple, restrained and poetic take on the crude Anglo-American ‘up yours’. The gesture is obviously universal and an open call — everyone, including Jews, are welcome in, as opposed to the post-68 identity discourses that are largely defined by biology and race. Being an emblem of an ethically driven and universalist standpoint the quenelle also symbolizes an opposition to the primacy of Jewish suffering and the tyranny of political correctness.

Dieudonné is the definitive hero of genuine socialist thinking in the spirit of the Paris Commune, and as such, he indeed poses a great danger to fake New Leftists and their paymasters at CRIF. The kosher Frankfurt graduate sees the French masses gathering momentum and the people marching in the streets of Paris shouting ‘the emperor has no clothes’. In fact, there is not much to be concealed or suppressed anymore. Once again, the bare truth reveals itself and against all odds.

The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity politics and Jewish Power in particular – available on  &

Syrian Army Launches Large Scale Operations against Armed Mercenaries

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Syrian armySyrian Army units on Thursday carried out large-scale military operations, targeting terrorists’ dens and assembly points in several areas around the country, SANA news agency reported.

Citing a military source, SANA said that units of the armed forces eliminated the last gatherings of the terrorist groups in Telal al-Abboudiyeh, Berghlan al-Gharbiyeh and al-Sharqiyeh in Qusseir countryside of Homs.

The source added that dozens of explosive devices which were planted by terrorists in the region were dismantled and terrorists were eliminated.

In Deir Ezzor of Aleppo, army units killed dozens of terrorists, some of whom are Saudis and Tunisians, and destroyed a tunnel they were using for transporting and transferring weapons and ammunition.

A source told SANA that an army unit clashed with al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front terrorist group in al-Erfi neighborhood, killing a big number of them, the majority of whom are Saudis and Tunisians.

Another unit liquidated eliminated an armed terrorist group including a sniper near Bemo Bank branch in al-Reshdia neighborhood in the city of Deir-Ezzor.

The source added that a 19-meter tunnel in al-Bousaraya street was destroyed with all terrorists and weapons inside.

A mortar launcher and a terrorists’ den were also destroyed in al-Moreiyeh village, where many terrorists were killed including the terrorist Abdul-karim al-Jassem al-Nahar.

Moreover, a military source told SANA that army units killed a number of terrorists in al-Ghazmati, al-Fardous, Karm Maisar, al-Shaar, al-Halek and Bani Zaid neighborhoods in Aleppo city.

The source added that an armed terrorist group was eliminated near the water station in Sulieman al-Halabi area. Other army units destroyed terrorists’ gatherings and hideouts with all the weapons and ammunition inside them in the villages of Maarat al-Artiq, Hilan, Haritan, al-Sheikh Lutfi, the industrial city, Rasem al-Abboud, al-Sheikh Najjar, Andan,Ebtin, Hadadin and surrounding Aleppo central prison.

In Idleb, army units eliminated a number of terrorists in the villages of Tal Salmo, Um Jern in Abu al-Dohour, KaferTala and the youth camp.

A 23mm anti-aircraft machinegun was destroyed, and a number of terrorists were killed and wounded surrounding al-Yarmouk School, the old customs, the shoes factory in Daraa al-Balad.
A unit of the armed forces eliminated an armed terrorist group in Maaloula town in Damascus Countryside.

Syria was hit by a violent unrest since mid-March 2011, where the Syrian government accuses foreign actors, mainly the Saudi Arabia and Turkey, of orchestrating the conflict by supporting the militant opposition groups with arms and money.

Source: Agencies
30-01-2014 – 18:08 Last updated 30-01-2014 – 18:08

Takfiri Terrorists Murdered Civilians in Syria’s Adra: Report

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A report by the British Daily, the Independent, said that Takfiri militants massacred people of different religions as well as medical workers in a southern city in Syria last month.

Extremists have carrried out excutions against civilians in several cities across Syria (photo from archive)Residents in the industrial city of Adra said al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists committed the massacre last December, the British daily reported on January 28.

According to the report, the militants of al-Nursa Front and the so-called Jaysh al-Islam went from house to house with a list of names, immediately killing or taking away 32 people of different religions, including Christians and Muslims, in the Syrian city.
Survivors of the carnage said the foreign-backed militants had also killed doctors and nurses in a clinic and thrown bakery workers into their own ovens.

Many al-Qaeda-linked groups like the al-Nusra Front and the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) are operating in Syria. This is not the first time that such groups perpetrate grisly crimes against innocent civilians in the Arab state.

Last October, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said extremist militants killed 190 civilians and held over 200 others hostage in Syria’s western province of Latakia in August 2013 alone.

Since the outbreak of the turmoil in Syria in March 2011, several video clips have been released showing the horrendous crimes committed by foreign-sponsored terrorists in the country.

Source: Press TV
31-01-2014 – 11:42 Last updated 31-01-2014 – 11:42

Nasser Kandil: on the first round of Geneva Diplomatic War

I don’t see a diplomatic war happening in Geneva . i see that this was a joint staged event by Russia and USA which outcome and failure was known . Don’t talk to me about diplomatic wars .

ناصر قنديل _ مع الحدث / المنار 30 01 2014


Weekly report on Israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine

PCHR Weekly Report: 1 civilian killed, 12 wounded by Israeli troops this week

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 23- 29 January 2014, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that this past week, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and wounded 12 others in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. PCHR also documented 5 shooting incidents along the border fence and 2 others at Palestinian fishing boats.

                   Home demolition in Beit Hanina village (PCHR photo)

Home demolition in Beit Hanina village (PCHR photo)

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:
In the West Bank, on 29 January 2014, Israeli forces wilfully killed a Palestinian labourer from a distance of around 50 meters.

Israeli forces conducted 73 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. At least 42 Palestinians, including 6 children, were abducted.

Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank. At least 10 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were abducted at checkpoints in the West Bank.

Israel is continuing to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem. 5 houses were demolished and 24 persons, including 13 children, were made homeless.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:
In the Gaza Strip, in an excessive use of lethal force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in the northern Gaza Strip. According to investigations conducted by the PCHR, at approximately 15:40 on Friday, a group of young men gathered in Bouret Abu Samrah north of Beit Lahia near the border with Israel and approached the border to throw stones at the Israeli forces stationed there. Israeli forces then opened fire at them. As a result, Belal Samir Ahmed ‘Aweidah (20) from Beit Lahia was killed immediately by a bullet to the chest. A number of young men carried him on their shoulders and took him on a motorbike to al-Shaimaa’ area. A civilian car took him from the aforementioned area to Martyr Kamal ‘Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, where it was declared that he died soon after he got injured.

His cousin, Akram Sha’aban Ahmed ‘Aweidah (20) said to a PCHR fieldworker that at approximately 15:00 on Friday, 24 January 2014, he got out of his house with Belal and their friend, Nour Mohammed Sa’id Qaza’er (19) on his motorbike for promenade, north of Bouret Abu Samrah, and it took them 15 minutes to reach the area. They stopped 1,000 meters away from the border and then took some photos for themselves in the green areas and on sand dunes. They again went on the motorbike and stopped a few meters away from the aforementioned border to take other photos. The area was very calm, so they sat on a sand dune. At approximately 15:00, they saw dozens of children and young men approaching the border and throwing stones at the Israeli forces there. Nour then went to the border, and Belal went after him. They were at the forefront of all of them as they could touch the borderline. Belal called Nour to show him something hanging on the fence. When they approached it, they heard the sound of shooting. Everyone then fled, and Nour and Belal managed to get away approximately 100 meters from the fence. Nour reported “Belal started shouting that he was wounded, but everyone thought he was kidding with us. We came back to see him lying on his abdomen, and his face was buried in the sand. We turned him to his back to find blood coming from his chest due to being injured by a bullet to the middle of his chest.”
On 24 January 2014, 5 civilians were wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Jabalia, opened fire at a group of young men, who were present near the fence in an attempt to throw stones at Israeli soldiers.

In addition, Israeli forces conducted 3 other shooting incidents along the border fence on 25, 26 and 27 January 2014, but no casualties were reported.
Israeli navy forces continued targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea. Israeli naval forces opened fire twice at Palestinian fishing boats and one fishing boat sustained damage.

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 7 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.7 million people. The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy. They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports.

Israeli settlement activities:
Israeli forces continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property. Israeli forces uprooted 1,000 olive trees in Qana valley, northwest of Salfit. Settlers levelled lands in the south of Bethlehem.

On 23 January 2014, Israeli forces uprooted in Qana Valley area 1,000 olive trees belonging to the residents of Deiristayah village, north of Salfit. Those trees levelled from Kafet al-‘Amoud in Qana Vallet belong to ‘Abdel Karim Ahmed Hussein; Qasem Naser Mansour; and ‘Abdel qader Ref’at Abu Hajlah.
On 24 January 2014, settlers from “Kermayel” settlement established on al-Hazaline lands in Kherbet Um al-Kheir, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, moved into the lands of the aforementioned family. Settlers insulted and threw stones at farmers from al-Hazaline family. They prevented them from grazing their sheep and denied them access to the water wells in the farmlands adjacent to al-Kherbah.

On 25 January 2014, settlers from “Beit ‘Ein” settlement, west of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, attacked farmers in their lands in Abu al-Rish Valley area. Settlers threw stones at them and insulted them. They threatened settlers in case of returning to their lands. As a result, they fled from the area in fear for themselves and their sons.

On 26 January 2013, around 15 settlers from “Afrat” established on the lands of southern Bethlehem, worked in 700-square-meter agricultural lands belonging to civilians from Rahal Valley village. Settlers dug with hand tools under the protection of the Israeli soldiers and police, who detained journalists who were covering the events in the area.

On 28 January 2014, settlers from the settlements established to the south and west of Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, levelled 70-square-meter agricultural lands belonging to civilians from the village under Israeli forces’ protection.

Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:
Israeli forces used excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organised by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. 7 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a journalist, were wounded.
Following the Friday Prayer, 24 January 2014, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. Demonstrators took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and headed to the liberated territories near the annexation wall. Israeli forces had closed all the entrances of the village since the morning in order to prevent Palestinian and international activists and journalists from participating in the demonstration. Demonstrators marched adjacent to the cement wall and tried to cross the fence before Israeli forces that are stationed behind the wall, in the western area, and a large number of soldiers deployed along it, fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and skunk water at them and chased them into the olive fields. As a result, 2 protestors were wounded. Moreover, dozens of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation, and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers. A 19-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound to the left foot; and a 38-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound to the right hand

On the same day, dozens of Palestinian civilians organised a peaceful demonstration in the centre of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. Demonstrators took the streets and headed to the annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the gates of the wall with barbwires and prevented the demonstrators from crossing to the land behind it before they responded by throwing stones. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities, in Nabi Saleh village, southwest of Ramallah. Demonstrators took to the streets raising the Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against the occupation and in support of the Palestinian unity resistance, and then they headed to the lands that the settlers are trying to rob by force near “Halamish” settlement. Israeli forces closed all the entrances of the village since the morning to prevent Palestinian and international activists and journalists from participating in the demonstration. When they arrived at the land, demonstrators were met by live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and skunk water and were chased into the village. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and bruises due to being beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in Ma’assara village, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities and in solidarity with al-Yarmouk refugee camp. The demonstration started in front of the Candles Cultural Centre in the centre of the village. Demonstrators moved in the streets raising the Palestinian flag. When they arrived at the area where the annexation wall is established, Israeli forces started firing tear gas canisters in attempt to disperse them and prevented them reaching the annexation wall. Israeli forces detained activist Iyad Ali Zawahra (33) for 2 hours and released him later.
At approximately 12:30 on the same day, Palestinian civilians and international activists organised a peaceful demonstration in the centre of Kufor Qaddoum village, northwest of Qalqilia, and headed towards the eastern entrance of the village, in protest at the continued closure of the entrance with an iron gate, since the beginning of the Aqsa Intifada (2000). Clashes erupted between the demonstrators and Israeli forces that fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters to prevent them from reaching the aforementioned gate. The Popular Committee against Settlements in the village said to a PCHR fieldworker that Israeli forces used for the first time new tear gas, which is distinguished with its speed, the force of collision, size, and the gas density emitted. As a result, 5 civilians, including a child and a journalist, were wounded. A tear gas canister fell on a house belonging to the family of Murad Mahmoud Ishteiwi. As a result, his 2-month baby girl, Bisan Ishteiwi suffered tear gas inhalation and the curtains were burnt after the canister entered the house and smashed the window. Of those wounded persons was Ja’afar Ishtayyah (45), a cameraman at the French News Agency, as he was hit by a gas canister to the back. A 44-year-old civilian sustained a bullet injury to the back; a 14-year-old child sustained a bullet injury to the right foot; a 21-year-old was hit by a canister to the abdomen; and a 35-year-old civilian was hit by a canister to the back.
On Friday afternoon, 24 January 2014, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the western entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah on the road between Selwad village and Yabrod village near Street (60) threw stones at the aforementioned street. As a result, Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired live ammunition, metal rubber-coated bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them and chased them to the village. Moreover, some civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.
Recommendations to the international community:
Due to the number and severity of Israeli human rights violations this week, the PCHR made several recommendations to the international community. Among these were a recommendation that States that apply the principle of universal jurisdiction not surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war criminals;
In addition, PCHR calls upon the international community to act in order to stop all Israeli settlement expansion activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories through imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements and criminalizing trading with them;


Israel barrier threatens to split Bethlehem area villages

Israel’s separation barrier could soon destroy the livelihoods and redraw the demographics of two Palestinian villages south of Jerusalem, locals say, should an imminent court ruling approve its planned route.

The barrier — in parts an eight-meter-high (25-foot) concrete wall — would cut through ancient irrigation systems relied upon by the West Bank village of Battir, separate residents of nearby Beit Jala from their olive groves and divide a local Christian community.

The Supreme Court rules on Wednesday whether to approve the defense ministry’s planned route, after a flurry of petitions by locals and activists pleading to redirect it.

The ministry insists the barrier, whose construction began in 2002 during the bloody second Palestinian intifada (uprising) and which now snakes some 440 kilometers through the West Bank, is essential for Israeli security.

But in Battir, which straddles the 1949 armistice line south of Jerusalem, the barrier threatens the livelihoods of a 5,000-strong Palestinian community that depends on a Roman-era irrigation system, residents say.

The ancient system channels water from natural springs down stone terraces and through sluice gates to water villagers’ orchards and gardens.

“The building of the wall will destroy parts of the water system that has been here for 2,500 years, including the stone channels that lead to the village,” said Akram Badr, head of Battir village council.

Battir’s produce is a key source of income for the village, as is the tourism generated by the Roman irrigation system itself, a proposed UNESCO world heritage site that attracts Holy Land visitors and historians.

“The wall’s route will destroy the area and wreck an important historical site that still serves a crucial practical purpose for the people of Battir,” said Friends of the Earth Middle East’s Nader al-Khatib, adding that it would inevitably lead to a loss of tourism.

85 percent of the separation wall is planned to be built inside the West Bank, deviating from the internationally-recognized Green Line for the majority of its route.

Two-thirds of Battir lies in Palestinian territory with the other third in Israel.

Israel’s defense ministry denies the barrier’s planned route would have a significant effect on the irrigation system or impede access to the school.

“The ministry … values the protection of both human life and the environment… However, (it) is committed first and foremost to maintaining the safety and security of the citizens of Israel,” it said in a statement to AFP.

“The route was relocated to an area where the impact on the terraces and the view will be most limited,” it said, adding that “only the first row of (water) terraces will be partially affected.”

The planned route “does not disrupt the existing access roads to the school,” it added.

Splitting monks from nuns

A few kilometers (miles) down the road, the barrier threatens to separate Christian and Muslim residents of the town of Beit Jala from their olive groves and divide the Christian community.

A Supreme Court ruling on the section of the barrier in that area might also be given on Wednesday.

The barrier would split the Roman Catholic Salesian order by leaving the monastery on the Israeli side and the convent in Palestinian territory. The order runs the Cremisan valley’s famous vineyards, which provide wine to churches throughout the Holy Land.

Beit Jala’s parish priest Father Ibrahim al-Shamali has for two years been holding weekly mass in the area to protest against the plan.

“The wall endangers all the people of Beit Jala, Christians and Muslims alike,” he said.

“It will affect Christians more because 99 percent of the land there belongs to some 58 Christian families… This could push the community to leave, because after losing their land they’ll have nothing to stay for.”

The defense ministry told AFP it had “taken into account all the requests of the different parties, especially the monastery,” in planning the barrier’s route, but did not elaborate.

Ma’an staff contributed to this report

35 Palestinians killed by Israel just since the peace talks kicked off


RAMALLAH,Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Al-Barghouthi said that the killing of Mohamed Mubarak, a 20-year-old young man from Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, brought the number of the Palestinians killed by Israel to 35 victims since its peace talks with the Palestinian Authority started.

In press remarks on Wednesday, Barghouthi, who heads the Palestinian national initiative, stated that the Israeli occupation state uses its talks with the PA to continue its aggression and settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian lands.

He added that the cold-blooded shooting of Mubarak by Israeli soldiers who also prevented paramedics from taking him to hospital vindicated further that Israel deliberately persists in its crimes against the Palestinian people without any international accountability.

The lawmaker called for bringing Israeli leaders to international justice and hold them accountable for their crimes.

For his part, senior Hamas official Wasfi Qabha strongly condemned the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) for abusing a Palestinian citizen as he was en route to his workplace before shooting him dead on Wednesday afternoon, describing the incident as a premeditated crime.

Qabha stated that what had been reported by eyewitnesses about the execution of Mohamed Mubarak was terrifying, reflecting the sadism of the IOF.

He said that this crime was another Israeli reward for the Palestinian Authority for its loyalty and its commitment to the negotiations and the security coordination.

In a related context, thousands of Palestinians marched on Wednesday in the funeral procession of the slain young man Mohamed Mubarak and attended his burial in Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, amid angry shouts calling for avenging his death.

The killed young man was working for a construction company that was contracted about two months ago to rehabilitate the Nablus-Ramallah road, and he was known by the Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint where he was murdered because they watched him go to his workplace every day.

Israeli F16 warplanes bomb Gaza, 10 Palestinians hurt

Smoke billows from the area east of Jabalia following an air strike by Israeli F-16 fighter jets in the northern Gaza Strip on January 11, 2009.
Smoke billows from the area east of Jabalia following an air strike by Israeli F-16 fighter jets in the northern Gaza Strip on January 11, 2009.
Israeli warplanes have carried out three airstrikes on different parts of the Gaza Strip, as the Tel Aviv regime intensifies its military operations against the besieged Palestinian territory.

According to Palestinian security officials, the Israeli regime’s F16 warplanes fired missiles on the Gaza Strip on Friday morning, causing three successive blasts in the northern, eastern and southern parts of the Palestinian territory.

Medical sources said the Tel Aviv regime’s fresh aerial assault wounded at least eight Palestinian civilians in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Reports also say that two Palestinians had been injured in the northern part of the besieged coastal enclave. Rescue teams and ambulances have reportedly rushed to the targeted areas.

The Tel Aviv regime has claimed in a statement that the airstrikes were carried out in response to a rocked fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday night.

On January 22, Israeli forces launched a similar airstrike on the blockaded Gaza Strip, killing two Palestinians.

In late December 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened more assaults on the Gaza Strip after the regime’s military launched several air raids on Gaza City.

The Israeli military frequently targets Palestinians along the border with Gaza, which has remained literally cut off from the outside world by a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007.

The siege has turned the densely-populated coastal sliver, home to some 1.7 million Palestinians, into the largest open-air prison in the world.

In November 2012, the Israeli regime launched an eight-day war on Gaza. Over 160 Palestinians were killed and some 1,200 others were injured in the Israeli offensive

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