In Their Own Words: Senior Israeli Officials on the Palestinian Question

Global Research, May 30, 2015
IMEU 27 May 2015

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Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud Party Leader)

[Question: If you are reelected prime minister, there will be no Palestinian state?] “Indeed.” – March 2015

“[A]s long as Likud is in power, we won’t divide Jerusalem, we won’t make concessions, we won’t withdraw from land.” –March 2015

“I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan [the occupied West Bank].” – July 2014

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely (Likud)

“We are opposed to a Palestinian state… [Netanyahu’s 2009 declaration of support for a Palestinian state at Bar-Ilan University was] a tactical speech for the rest of the world.” – December 2012

Minister of Education & Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home Party Leader)

“I will do everything in my power, forever, to fight against a Palestinian state being founded in the Land of Israel.” –January 2013

Minister of Interior Silvan Shalom (Likud)

“We are all against a Palestinian state, there is no question about it.” – May 2012

Deputy Minister of Defense (Rabbi) Eli Ben-Dahan (Jewish Home)

“We oppose a Palestinian state completely… As our party advocates, we need to take full control of Area C [60% of the occupied West Bank] and impose Israeli law there.” – February 2013

“[Palestinians] are beasts, they are not human.” – August 2013.

Minister of Internal Security, Minister of Tourism & Cabinet Liaison to the Knesset Yariv Levin (Likud)

“We will act to strengthen our hold on all parts of Eretz Israel, and will safeguard the settlement enterprise out of faith and the knowledge that exercising our rights to this land is our duty but also the best guarantee for Israel’s security.” –June 2013

“In this way, we will try, slowly but surely, to expand the circle of settlements, and to afterwards extend the roads that lead to them, and so forth. At the end of this process, the facts on the ground will be that whatever remains [of the occupied West Bank] will be merely marginal appendages… We fully agree and are completely united behind the prime minister’s position, which is to strengthen our foothold in the Land of Israel, to build in [occupied East] Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank].” – January 2013

“Even when the prime minister [Netanyahu] spoke about the issue of two states, he didn’t speak about a [Palestinian] state in the full sense. He spoke about a long range of conditions that he himself says there is no chance that they will be fulfilled in the near future due to the actions of the other side.” – January 2013

Minister of Immigration and Absorption & Minister for Jerusalem Affairs Zeev Elkin (Likud)

“I certainly think a Palestinian state is no solution. And if I think a Palestinian state is no solution, that means I do want a Jewish presence here. Which raises the question: What do you do with the Palestinian population? And I don’t think the answer to that question can be found right now. But a Palestinian state is no solution, not for us and I don’t think for them either.” – July 2013

“We will try to apply sovereignty over the maximum [of the occupied West Bank] that we can at any given moment… It will take time to change people’s awareness but in the end this will penetrate. And then, what seems today like a fairy tale will eventually become political reality, and the reality on the ground.” – January 2013

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel (Jewish Home)

“…not even one settlement in Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank] will be uprooted… Israeli citizens [settlers] will only be under full Israeli sovereignty. And west of the Jordan River there will only be one state and that is the state of Israel.” – March 2014

“With God’s help we will continue building all the land of Israel and Jerusalem the capital… It must be made clear that this is only the beginning. This melody can’t be stopped… We can and will market thousands of [settlement] apartments in [occupied East] Jerusalem and there are more than 10,000 apartments ready for marketing in Judea and Samaria.” – August 2013

Minister of Transportation and Road Safety & Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy Yisrael Katz (Likud)

“I am opposed to a Palestinian state. It is unacceptable, mainly because of our rights to this land.” – July 2013

Minister of Science, Technology, and Space Danny Danon (Likud)

“A deal giving up most of Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank] – the current Likud leadership will not accept that… We [who oppose such steps] are the majority in the party.” – September 2013

“Look at the government: there was never a government discussion, resolution or vote about the two-state solution… If you will bring it to a vote in the government… you will see the majority of Likud ministers, along with the Jewish Home [party], will be against it… Today we’re not fighting it, but if there will be a move to promote a two-state solution, you will see forces blocking it within the [Likud] party and the government.” – June 2013

“The long-term vision is to apply Jewish sovereignty over the Jewish communities [settlements] of Judea and Samaria, and I am proud of it.” – November 2012

 

It’s Ok, Everyone, Nusra Says Nusra Won’t Hurt Us

Friday, May 29, 2015

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By Brandon Turbeville

Al-Nusra Front has taken to the airwaves with a message for all Westerners and Americans in particular – they really aren’t that bad. And there are no plans to attack Americans. They are just your friendly neighborhood terrorist organization, funded handsomely by the West and the GCC, raping and beheading their way across the Middle East. There’s nothing to worry aboutso long as the US allows them to continue to rape little girls, cut off heads, impose savage Sharia law, and eat the hearts and livers of the occasional dissident.

This message was brought to you by the feudal monarchy of Qatar and its mouthpiece organization, Al-Jazeera and conducted with a journalist whose past is checkered with a conviction of supporting al-Qaeda.

The alleged leader of al-Nusra Front, Abu Mohammed al-Julani, appeared on al-Jazeera with a setting fit for a king (or Emir *ahem*) to discuss Nusra’s plans for Syria and the West. The man alleging to be Julani and alleging to be the leader of Nusra, despite claiming to be “fearless,” sat with his face covered and his back to the camera. The set was ornately decorated and almost appeared to be some type of palace room or high government building.

Julani reassured Westerners that he had been ordered by another alleged leader, this time of al-Qaeda proper, Ayman al-Zawihiri, not to launch attacks against the West as this would jeopardize the mission in Syria.

A New York Times report cited a US intelligence official as saying that Julani’s statements were merely self-serving propaganda.

Propaganda? Yes. Self-serving? Not exactly. Julani’s statements were actually serving NATO, the US, and Israel in their own propaganda efforts to assure the American people that supporting the so-called “rebels” in Syria is a good idea and one that will not come back to bite them.

Indeed, Julani truly spoke like a paid actor or a professional trained talking monkey in his job as message delivery boy. Obviously, neither designation would set him clearly apart from any other “expert” or “reporter” in the Western/Gulf media propaganda establishment.

Still, the “fearless” hijabed Julani stated, “We are only here to accomplish one mission, to fight the regime and its agents on the ground, including Hezbollah and others. Al-Nusra Front doesn’t have any plans or directives to target the West. We received clear orders not to use Syria as a launching pad to attack the US or Europe in order to not sabotage the true mission against the regime. Maybe al-Qaeda does that, but not here in Syria.”

The only true part of his statement was that Khorosan, painted as the end of the Western world and enemy #1 for a total of about five days, was a fictional organization invented by the Americans to deceive and frighten the American public.

His presentation of al-Qaeda and al-Nusra Front as different organizations, however, is ludicrous, since Nusra was merely the Syrian version of al-Qaeda proper before the two groups were largely united by the shadowy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and renamed the Islamic Emirate of Iraq and the Levant, later to be renamed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIS, and IS. Of course, all incarnations of the group were entirely organized, funded, and armed by the United States, NATO, and GCC.

Julani also stated that Nusra would not harm Christians or Druze who refused to fight against it and that the even the Alawites would be spared if they would refuse to fight, reject Assad, and give up their religious beliefs and convert to Sunnism.

Of course, this is disingenuous to say the least. The “opposition” in Syria was famous for screaming “Christians to Beirut, Alawites to the grave!” as far back as 2011 when the crisis first began. Alawites have long been targeted by the so-called “rebels” from the start. Regardless, for the likes of the “moderate rebels,” no Muslim – even Sunni – is ever Muslim enough, unless he practices the Wahhabist filth that is labeled Islamic by its proponents and psychopathic adherents.

The reality of the situation is that Julani’s statements are nothing more than Western intelligence propaganda foisted upon the brains of the Western public in an effort to gin up support for the savages now bearing down on Latakia Syria as I write this article.

Of course, Nusra and al-Qaeda will still be played up as a threat to the US here at home. After all, there are a few straggler civil liberties ambling about that still need to be corralled and destroyed.

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Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 500 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com. 

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Syria: the battle front on the Jordanian border is on fire, foreign mercenaries liquidated one after the other

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The battle front on the Syrian-Jordanian border is on fire, foreign mercenaries massacred with no pity by SAAF and Hezbollah

Deraa, the Northern province of  Syria is close to the Jordanian borders

What’s going on, right now, in Deraa? This little town and its province, highly strategic, are the theater of the meteoric advanced of the forces belonging to the Syrian Arab Armed Forces and Hezbollah’s fighters.

The al-Nusra mercenary leaders are liquidated one after the other.

In the night from Thursday to Friday, very fierce fightings took place between terrorist gangs and Hezbollah fighters. The biggest confrontation took place in the locality of Mosdababa, near Hamrit, located in the north of Deraa.

This town is now under the control of Hezbollah.

The Syrian Armed Forces, aided by the great Hezbollah fighters, managed to regain control of Tal Gharin, in the rif north of Deraa.

Reports are confirming the progress of the Resistance forces and the Syrian army to Kfar Nassej.

This latest resort was taken away from the control of Al-Nusra a few weeks ago.

Military sources report of an ambush laid by Hezbollah to the Al-Nusra mercenaries, who were killed there, while they were trying to smuggle military equipment.

The foreign mercenary terrorists tried to flee with their weaponry to the South East of Deraa, one of their main supply route. No one of them survived.

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SOURCES:
News in French by IRIB
English translation and adaption by Syrian Free Press Patriot
Submitted by Cem Ertür
The real SyrianFreePress.NETwork at:
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/saa-hezb-jord-bord/

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Hamas arrested Gaza rocket launchers, and Israel president wouldn’t rule out Hamas talks

Hamas: We arrested Gaza rocket launchers


Ynet 27 May by Elior Levy —

Hamas source tells Ynet rocket fire is ‘against the interests of the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip,’ noting there are mediation efforts underway in attempt to calm situation — Hamas arrested the militants behind the rocket launched Tuesday night at southern Israel, a Hamas source told Ynet on Wednesday.  A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit an open area in southern Israel on Tuesday night. No damage was caused, but one teenager was treated for shock. The IAF retaliated against the rocket fire, striking Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Popular Resistance Committees targets near the Gaza airport in the southern part of the Strip, as well as Hamas targets in Beit Lahiya in the northern part of the Strip, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported. The Palestinians reported no injuries in the attacks. “What happened yesterday (the rocket fire) goes against the interests of the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip and against our national interests,” the Hamas source said. “We consider the rocket fire to be a dangerous thing.” “Right after the rocket fire, our security forces were deployed to different places across the Strip and hunted for the shooters until they were found and arrested,” the source continued. He noted there were mediation efforts underway between Israel and Hamas in an attempt to de-escalate the situation as soon as possible. While refusing to elaborate on who the mediators were, he said Egypt was not involved.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4661772,00.html

 

Israel president wouldn’t rule out Hamas talks


JERUSALEM (AFP) 27 May — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin appeared to challenge a longstanding taboo on talks with the militant Islamic Hamas on Wednesday, saying he favoured dialogue with everybody. The role of president is largely ceremonial, but during a tour of northern Israel a reporter asked Rivlin his opinion on talks with Hamas, the de facto power in the Gaza Strip. “It is really not important to me with whom I speak, but rather about what we are speaking,” he replied in remarks broadcast on television and radio. “I have no aversion to holding negotiations with anyone who is prepared to negotiate with me,” he said. “The question is what they want to negotiate about. If they want to negotiate my very existence, then I would not negotiate with them.” Israel, along with much of the international community, maintains a ban on overt, direct contacts with Hamas, although it held indirect truce talks through Egyptian mediators after last year’s war in Gaza.
http://news.yahoo.com/israel-president-wouldnt-rule-hamas-talks-191531274.html

 

Mogherini calls for resuming Palestinian-Israeli peace process


BRUSSELS (AFP) 27 May — EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called Wednesday on Israel and the Palestinians to resume peace negotiations, saying the situation on the ground was “not sustainable.” Mogherini issued the remarks after eyewitnesses said the Israeli air force carried out four strikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, hours after a cross-border rocket attack on the Jewish state. “We see the situation on the ground as not sustainable and (it is) an illusion to think the status quo is an option,” Mogherini said at the opening of an annual meeting in Brussels of the donor coordination group for the Palestinians. “As we have seen (in the) last hours on Gaza there is no status quo at all. If we don’t have positive steps, we will have negative steps,” said Mogherini, who last week traveled to the region to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leaders.
http://news.yahoo.com/mogherini-calls-resuming-palestinian-israeli-peace-process-184425583.html

 

Palestinians drop bid to have FIFA suspend Israel


ZURICH (AFP) 29 May by Ryland James — Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub withdrew his association’s bid to have FIFA suspend Israel from international football on Friday before shaking hands with his Israeli counterpart. “I have decided to drop the resolution for the suspension,” Rajoub told the FIFA congress in Zurich before shaking the hand of Israeli FA president Ofer Eini. “A lot of colleagues, whom I respect and whose commitment to the ethics and values of the game I appreciate, told me how painful it is to hear of the issue of suspension. “But I want to protect the Palestinian footballers, to let them enjoy the privilege of the game as others do.” But Rajoub demanded that FIFA help tackle racism and problems of movement facing Palestinian players in the occupied West Bank before waving a red card at delegates to emphasise his point. “I think it’s time to raise the red card against racism and humiliation in Palestine and everywhere. It is time,” he fumed. Palestine, which has been a FIFA member since 1998, had wanted the governing body to expel Israel over its restrictions on the movement of Palestinian players. It had also opposed the participation in the Israeli championships of five clubs located in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. In an equally passionate address, Israeli football chief Eini said it is now up to the two associations to find a common ground to promote football and help each other in the troubled region. “Football must serve as a bridge to peace,” said Eini … A FIFA committee, which will include figures from both the Israeli and Palestinian governing bodies, will be set up to resolve issues facing those in football on the West Bank after the congress voted for the initiative.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/palestinians-withdraw-bid-fifa-suspend-israel-135951086–sow.html

Palestinians withdraw call to suspend Israel from Fifa


The Guardian 29 May by Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem — Sepp Blatter overrules attempt to refer status of Israeli clubs to UN, prompting Palestinian Football Association to drop suspension motion — The Palestinian Football Association has withdrawn its call to have Israel suspended from Fifa in a chaotic last minute climbdown at the congress of football’s governing body in Zurich. Following days of negotiations, and the mediation of Fifa president Sepp Blatter, the Palestinian moves at the scandal-ridden congress appeared comprehensively outmanoeuvred by feverish Israeli lobbying and the opposition of senior Fifa officials, including Blatter. As details of an impending deal emerged, the Palestinian delegation came out of the last round of talks expecting the congress to vote on an amendment to refer the main sticking point, the status of five Israeli clubs based in illegal settlements on the West Bank, to the United Nations. But the Palestinian move was overruled by Blatter, to the clear dismay of the Palestinian delegation, whose lawyer tried to appeal from the floor. Instead, the issue will be referred to a new Fifa committee. Palestinian delegation members complained after the vote that the amendment voted on was not the one it had drawn up, which called explicitly for UN referral. The announcement came at the end of a long day in which Palestinian delegation members had insisted they would not back down on the suspension vote … Following the withdrawal of the request to suspend Israel over claims of its racist and discriminatory policies towards Palestinian football, 90% of delegates voted to set up a new monitoring inspections committee to oversee a mechanism to ensure movement of players and equipment. The size of the vote in favour of the motion – 165-18 – is likely to be the only consolation for the Palestinian side, which has been pushing a long-term campaign over what it says are Israeli abuses of Palestinian football. The outcome seemed certain to be a cause for celebration for Israel.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/29/palestinians-withdraw-call-to-suspend-israel-from-fifa-west-bank

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Dammam Blast Provokes Religious, Regional Bodies to Call for Islamic Unity

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Saudi Arabia: Dammam attackThe Saudi Arabia received on Friday and Saturday letters of solidarity from various international and regional bodies, condemning the terrorist attack around Al-Anoud Mosque in Dammam.

In Egypt, Al Azhar Imam Ahmad el Tayyeb condemned on Friday the suicide attack outside the Dammam mosque, asserting the need to respect the brotherhood of Islam.

“Bloodshed is forbidden and houses of worship should be distanced from conflicts,” Tayyeb said in a statement, stressing the importance of not being dragged into sectarian rifts.

Al-Tayeb stressed the need to give priority to reason and wisdom, and not to be deceived by schemes seeking to ignite sectarian strife.

The Board of Senior Ulema on Friday also condemned the suicide attack near Al-Anoud Mosque in Dammam, stating that the ” terrorist groups behind the ghastly attack on Al-Anoud Mosque and Al-Qudaih’s Ali Bin Abi Talib Mosque have exposed their hideous faces.”

In a statement issued on Friday and carried by the Saudi Press Agency, the board said: “Islam forbids attacking places of worship even in legitimate wars. How can one target mosques in a Muslim society and a country that rules by the Shariah and serves the Two Holy Mosques?”

The statement also called for unity to “root out the menace of terrorism from our society.”

A suicide bomber – disguised in women’s clothing – blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern city of Dammam.

A member of the Popular Committees (PC) – formed of residents and are charged of defending the mosque – suspected the terrorist and informed the Saudi security forces deployed there, yet he didn’t receive an answer. Then, he immediately rushed to catch the bomber who was hurry to detonate himself several meters away from the place, killing four people including himself.

The blast also set several cars ablaze.

The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemned the attack, and stressed the need for taking all necessary measures to prevent such incidents in the future.

“We stress the need for taking all measures to prevent such incidents and to seriously confront all those who have targeted the regional security and stability and intend to stir the religious differences,’ Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Friday night.

For his part, Head of The Union of Tribes and Clans in Arab States, Ma’an al-Jarba, strongly condemned the twin terrorist attacks in on Al-Anoud and Al-Qudaih’s Ali Bin Abi Talib Mosques.

In a statement issued on Friday, Jarba reiterated warns of playing with the flame of sectarian sedition, and spreading hatred among religions and sects, and eliminating the human values.

“All this will pave the way for the enemies of Islamic Ummah, and will disperse its unity, calling for facing the takfiri terrorist expansion through rejecting the Wahhabi ideology and that of Ibn Taimiya.

Moreover, the Head of Arab Parliament, Ahmad bin Mohammed Al-Jarwan, condemned the criminal attempt to target the Dammam mosque, and said in a statement: “Terrorists seek to destabilize the Arab and Islamic nations’ security… Terrorism will never succeed in destabilizing national security.”

Also, Head of Al-Ashraf Syndicate Mahmoud el Sharif and Chief of the Supreme Council of the Sufi Orders Abdel Hadi el Qasabi condemned the terror attack.

Source: Al-Manar Website

30-05-2015 – 13:04 Last updated 30-05-2015 – 19:58

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Policing Solidarity

May 30, 2015  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon

I believe  it was my recent expose of JVP’s harassment, slander and herem (excommunication) campaigns that led to a new petition calling on us to  “End slander in the pro-Palestine movement online.”

Of course I oppose slander and abuse, but I also reject any form of censorship and thought control. Even though, more than anyone else, I have been the target of vile slander, I will not sign this petition nor will I support it.

The petition pledges to “block”, “delete” and/or “remove” those who behave in such a way as to interfere with ‘unity’. Do I have to remind our activist ‘undersigners’ that while ‘unity’ is not exactly a value, truth, justice and freedom most certainly are?

Rather than blocking the JVP leadership for tagging Ken O’Keefe as a ‘prominent Neo Nazi’ or associating Alison Weir with ‘White Supremacism’, we have to deal with the problem by openly questioning why these tactics are prevalent within certain Jewish groups – both Zionist and anti-Zionist – and why they keep appearing in our midst. And at the same time we must encourage our Jewish liberal ‘allies,’ as they call themselves, to search their souls, self-reflect and then to mend their ways.

I suggest that those who signed this petition bear in mind that the solidarity movement is not the ‘end’ nor is it the ‘goal’, it is only the ‘means.’  And our precious ‘unity’ is insignificant and redundant unless we learn to exchange freely and without fear.

Rather than turning this movement into an ‘ideological collective,’ driven by a quest for correctness, let it be simply a melting pot of thoughts, ideas and activism, but all aiming at truth and justice rather than at conformism and unity.

CHILD of GAZA (Poem by Prisoner 19846-052 Stanley L. Cohen)

CHILD of GAZA
Before the dark and dust, hers was the world of endless dreams of boundless trust.
Invisible friends best of all, to laugh and romp till sleep-time’s call.
Before the dark and dust, life was simple- a bask of joy and ease
Mom’s hug, dads song, a race to please
little more than big brother’s tease.
*******
How to tell a child she’s alone, all alone- like a bounce lost or shattered hope
family gone, nothing left, no help to cope.
Memories of light bright better time leave a bitter taste in childhood’s mind.
Though it fades with life’s march of time its cadence remains a broken rhyme.
*******
There’s no greater crime than to steal the smile from a child’s face
to leave her helpless, hopeless, locked in space.
To tremble in a dusty broken room,
innocence gone far too soon.
Dazed and terrified her new found friend
darkness her only light till journey’s end.
—————Stanley L. Cohen
Please write to Stanley and let him know what you think of his writings
19846-052
Stanley Cohen
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Stanley is a long time advocate for a Free Palestine and has represented Hamas as well as numerous other groups and individuals involved in the Middle East and the US who struggle for a better world, freedom and human rights.  After years of harassment, Stanley was convicted for absurd IRS rulings and is now in prison serving 12-18 months.

Zionist Media: ISIL “Last Barrier” to Protect ’Israel’ from Nuclear Iran

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ISILZionist media outlets considered that the terrorist group of ISIL is the last barrier which protects the Zionist entity as well as some Arab countries from Iran and the axis of resistance.

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also supported this point of view by saying that “Nuclear Iran threatens Israel thousand times more than ISIL.”

A number of other Zionist officials also noted that the terrorist ISIL group does not pose a real danger against ‘Israel’.

The Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, revealed that the Zionist government and al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Nusra Front, as well as other militant gangs reached an agreement which stipulates that the terrorist groups abstain from the attacking the entity and guarantee its security.

In this context, the Zionist circles expressed their fear of the sophisticated techniques that Hezbollah is using in his war against the terrorist groups in Qalamoun barrens.

Source: Al Manar TV

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Yemeni Army & Popular Committees Bombard Saudi Najran Airport, Border Sites

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The Yemeni army and the popular committees launched 50 rockets onto KSA’s Najran airport and bombarded the Saudi military sites on border.

The Yemeni Al-Masira TV broadcast footage that shows the bombardment operation with all its the details, including the name of a Saudi soldier who fled the battlefield and left his weapons and equipment.

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No place for racism in sport, which means no place for israel

Euro-Med slams PA for dropping its FIFA move against Israel     

GENEVA, (PIC)– The Euro-Mediterranean human rights monitor has deplored the Palestinian Authority for withdrawing its request to have Israel suspended from the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA).

The Geneva-based human rights group stated on Friday that the Palestinian request came in the first place as a result of Israel’s violation of the legal rules governing the work of FIFA and the football ethics, especially during the last war on Gaza when its army deliberately killed Palestinian athletes and bombed sports centers.  

The monitor expressed its deep regret and dismay over the Palestinian step and said it would give Israel another opportunity to persistently commit violations against the Palestinians with impunity.

israel’s Absentee Property Law allows for property owned by Palestinians to be stolen by jewish terrorists (settlers)

Eviction of families who, under Israeli law, are not there

The family featured in the first article by Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) writes of its experience before it was actually evicted in the second.


Looking out of the window of the Ghaith-Sub Laban family’s house. Photo courtesy of the family.

The Absentee Property Law and Israel’s policies of forced evictions of Palestinians in East Jerusalem

By Natalie Sedacca, blog, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR)
May 28, 2015

On 31 May 2015, the District Court in Jerusalem will hear an appeal against the forced eviction of the Palestinian Ghaith-Sub Laban family from their home of almost 60 years. The Ghaith-Sub Laban’s case is one example of Israel’s ongoing policy of forcibly displacing Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, whether by evictions or house demolitions, to make way for expanding settlements. It also illustrates the operation of the Absentee Property Law, which has been used over the years as a central method by which Palestinian-owned property in East Jerusalem is transferred to Jewish settler organisations.

Ghaith-Sub Laban family: case study

The Ghaith-Sub Laban family have lived in their home in the old city in Jerusalem since 1953, when they entered a protected lease agreement with the Jordanian government custodian that took over “absentee” property following the 1948 hostilities. The agreement was renegotiated with the Israel Custodian of Absentee Property (Custodian) in 1967, giving the family a “protected tenant” status under the Protected Tenant Law of 1972, which allows them to remain as long as they continue to pay rent and live in the house.

In 2010, the Custodian passed the property’s ownership to Ateret Cohanim, an Israeli settler organisation who have publicly declared their aim of creating a Jewish majority within the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City and who believe that any property which has been Jewish at any point in the past should be given to Jewish owners. Ateret Cohanim petitioned an Israeli Magistrates Court requesting the eviction of the Ghaith-Sub Laban family claiming that the family had deserted the house and thus lost their protected tenancy status. On the basis of testimony provided solely by settlers affiliated with Ateret Cohanim, the Judge – herself a settler – accepted their petition. A court order was therefore granted to evict the family on 14 September 2014, making way to allow a Jewish settler family to move in.

The family (consisting of two children aged nine and two as well as six adults) now lives under constant threat of eviction. Despite a pending appeal against the eviction order, due to be heard in May 2015, the Israeli court has refused to grant an ongoing injunction preventing the family’s eviction until the further hearing. Two attempts to forcibly remove the family have already taken place on 9th February and 16th March 2015. (To see LPHR’s Urgent Action letter to the UK Foreign Office on the Ghaith-Sub Laban case and their reply, please see here).

See article below for family’s account before the eviction.

The Absentee Property Law

The Absentee Property Law (APL) was enacted following the 1948 war to facilitate transfer of property of Palestinian refugees to Israeli authorities. Following the annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967 all Israeli laws, including APL, were applied to the annexed area.1 This resulted in property of almost all Palestinian residents of the city being regarded as “absentee property”, subject to a 1970 law which made an exception for those who were both resident and physically present in East Jerusalem on the day of its annexation on 28 June 1967.

In 1969, the then Attorney General Meir Shamgar stated there was “no relevant justification to seize property that became absentee property at the same time that the owner of the property… came under the rule of the Israeli government authorities”2 and for the first decade after annexation, the APL was rarely relied on in relation to expropriations in East Jerusalem. This changed in 1977 under leadership of Ariel Sharon (then Agriculture Minister) and the law was increasingly used throughout the 1980s: settler organisations would identify property whose owners were believed to be “absent” from East Jerusalem on 28 June 1967, following which the Custodian would transfer the property, via the Keren Kayemet LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), to settler’s organisations Elad and Ateret Cohanim at artificially low prices and without tenders.3

In 1992, an official committee of inquiry known as the Klugman Committee severely criticised use of the APL to evict Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem, noting that in most cases the Custodian did not check basic facts in statements at all, and expressed serious concerns about conflicts of interest.4 However, restrictions on applying the law were loosened again in 1997, and then in 2004, Ariel Sharon’s cabinet decided to restore all powers of the Custodian in relation to property in Jerusalem. Palestinians petitioning for access to land that remained on the Jerusalem side of the separation wall were informed that entry permits could not be granted as the land had been transferred under the APL. The decision was critiqued by then Attorney General and now Supreme Court Justice Menachem Mazuz, who noted that applying the law to East Jerusalem raised “many serious legal difficulties regarding the application of the law and the reasonableness of its decision, and … the obligations of the State of Israel toward the traditional principles of international law.”5

Despite these various criticisms, on 15 April 2015 the Israeli Supreme Court confirmed that the APL applies to properties in occupied East Jerusalem, which belong to Palestinians living in the West Bank.6 This judgment, in the case of Civil Appeal 2250/06, Custodian of Absentees’ Property et al. v. Daqaq Nuha et al., (‘the Daqaq Nuha case’) appears to validate past expropriations as well as paving the way for further forced evictions to take place, albeit only in “rare cases” and with explicit approval now required from the Attorney General. Commenting on the judgment, Adalah General Director and Attorney Hassan Jabareen noted that it had validated “one of Israel’s most racist and arbitrary laws” and pointed out that there was “no other place in the world, not in democratic systems nor in dictatorial regimes, where such a law applies.”7

The wider context: limits on rights to build combined with impact of discriminatory housing policies

In addition to the increase in evictions, Israel operates a discriminatory system of allocating permits to Palestinians, which imposes severe limitations on the residents of East Jerusalem seeking to obtain initiate planning processes. With only 14% of East Jerusalem zoned for Palestinian construction,8 of which the majority is already built on, it is generally impossible for Palestinians to obtain a permit. This leaves them with the option of either building without a permit or internal displacement. Building a home without a permit leaves its residents extremely vulnerable – 72 such homes were demolished in East Jerusalem in 2013, and 51 in 2014.9 Only yesterday, a newly built Palestinian home was reportedly demolished by Israeli authorities in the Wadi Qaddum area of the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem.10 The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre estimates that in East Jerusalem alone, 70,000 Palestinians have changed their place of residence between September 2000 and June 2012 as a result of these discriminatory policies and practices.11

Conversely, Israeli settlers benefitted substantially from the transfer of these properties. The organisation Ir Amin, which works to promote equality in Jerusalem (and for whom a member of the Ghaith-Sub Laban family, Ahmad Sub Laban, works as a field researcher), states there are now around 500 Ateret Cohanim-affiliated settlers living in Jerusalem’s Muslim and Christian quarters, in properties from which Palestinian families have been evicted.12

A 2012 report by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination noted increasing concern “at the State party’s [Israel’s] discriminatory planning policy, whereby construction permits are rarely if ever granted to Palestinian and Bedouin communities.” It further called upon Israel to “reconsider the entire policy in order to guarantee Palestinian and Bedouin rights to property” and to “eliminate any policy of ‘demographic balance” from its Jerusalem Master Plan as well as from its planning and zoning policy in the rest of the West Bank.”13

Implications for international humanitarian and human rights law

At the time of its enactment, the APL, while drafted very broadly and giving substantial powers and discretion to the Custodian, was expressed as being exceptional and resulting directly from the war. Given that it was not envisaged as providing for indefinite expropriation of property, its adoption as a general rule of property law is therefore extremely problematic. Indeed these legal problems were recognised to a degree by former Israeli Supreme Court president Asher Grunis, who headed the seven-judge panel in the Daqaq Nuha case. He accepted that the “absentees” are not refugees, and they have acquired this “absentee” status “not because of any act taken on their part, but because of the transfer of control in Jerusalem to Israeli hands and the application of Israeli law there.”14

In addition, the eviction procedures raise a number of issues of compliance with international human rights provisions. The court decision in the Ghaith-Sub Laban family case, where the Judge along with all witnesses in the case are settlers, raises a substantial concern that the right to fair hearing guaranteed by Article 14(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and right to non-discrimination under Article 2 (1) of the ICCPR, were violated. It is hoped this will be remedied in the higher courts..

The denial of housing as a result of evictions and / or refusals of planning permission may also breach Article 17 of the ICCPR, which provides for the right to protection of home and family life from arbitrary or unlawful interference, and Article 11(1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), which provides for the right to adequate housing. This latter right has been interpreted by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to include the right to legal security of tenure, including through rental agreements.15 Both rights should be guaranteed without discrimination as established by Article 2(2) of the ICESCR and Article 2(1) of the ICCPR.

Where a family like the Ghaith-Sub Labans is being evicted to clear the way for Israeli settlers, the threatened denial of the right to adequate housing and the right to a private life is a direct result of the family’s ethnicity. Conversely, the APL is not applied to property in Israel owned by the residents of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, despite its provisions being equally applicable to them.16

The evictions also raise important questions of international humanitarian law.17 Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits individual or mass forcible transfers, regardless of their motive, while Article 46 of the Hague Convention of 1907 requires respect for private property and prohibits its confiscation. As a result, Palestinians living in occupied East Jerusalem, as well as the West Bank, should be protected from forced evictions of this nature. Indeed, the extensive destruction and appropriation of property is designated a “grave breach” by Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, such that Israel as an occupying power is specifically required to enact legislation to ensure effective penal sanctions for anyone committing the breach.

It is therefore extremely concerning that the use of the law to evict Palestinians has been legitimised in the Daqaq Nuha case, granting the Custodian, the Israeli courts, and the Attorney General with continued significant power to decide where forced eviction is permissible. It is to be hoped that when considering the case of the Ghaith-Sub Labans, and other families facing eviction, proper regard will be given to Israel’s obligations under international law.

Footnotes

1 http://www.nrc.no/arch/_img/9197263.pdf

2 http://ir-amim.org.il/sites/default/files/Absenteesagainsttheirwill.pdf

15 U.N. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, General Comment 4, para 8 (a). “Tenure takes a variety of forms, including rental (public and private) accommodation, cooperative housing, lease . . .. Notwithstanding the type of tenure, all persons should possess a degree of security of tenure which guarantees legal protection against forced eviction.”

17 An Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice of 9 July 2004 indicated that East Jerusalem has the status of occupied territory meaning that international humanitarian law is also applicable.

Natalie Sedacca is a member of the LPHR Executive Committee


My family is facing forced displacement

By Rafat Sub Laban, Al-Araby
April 21, 2015

Blog: The Ghaith-Sub Laban family’s house in the Old City of Jerusalem is a target of Israeli settlers who are trying to evict three generations of people from their home.

In the Old City of Jerusalem, a minute’s walk away from the Aqsa Mosque and the Western Wall is our house. My family has been living in the heart of the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem for over 60 years. But since September 2014, Israeli settlers have been trying to evict us following an eviction order they obtained from the Israeli Court.

My family leased their house in the Old City of Jerusalem in 1953 from the Jordanian government back Jordan ruled the West Bank. Nora, my mother, was born in the house in 1956 and has lived there ever since.

We could be evicted at any time. The settlers have vowed they will have us out no matter what it takes.

Today she still lives in this house with me, my father, Mustafa, and my brother and two sisters. My brothers wife lives there too along with Nora’s two grandchildren, aged 9 and 2.

Back in 1953, the Jordanian government labelled the house as “enemy property”, suggesting that the property was inhabited by a Jewish family prior to 1948. However, prior to 1948, the house was owned by a Palestinian family but was leased to – and not owned by – a Jewish family.

In 1950, Israel instituted a ‘Law of Absentee Property’ allowing the nascent state to confiscate the properties of Palestinians who had fled the 1948 war.

After the occupation and annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967, that law was also applied in occupied Jerusalem to all properties with owners who had fled in 1948. This included the Ghaith-Sub Laban house (ours). Since the early 1970s, they have been managed by the Israeli General Custodian of public and absentee property.

The properties left by Palestinians who fled or were forced to flee in 1948 were termed ‘absentee property’. While Palestinians are denied the ability to reclaim their properties, Israeli Jews are allowed to ‘reclaim’ any property they allegedly owned prior to 1948.

Nora Sub-Laban [Photo cpourtesy of the family]

Israeli Courts have issued dozens of eviction orders for Palestinian families due to such claims.

The Ghaith-Sub Laban family was no different/ They have been harassed and pressured since the 1970s by the Israeli authorities to give up their property. First, they were denied a permit to do necessary house maintenance that had been demanded by the Israeli authorities in the first place. The family was forced to temporarily relocate to another house as the house was in a hazardous condition.

Then, Israeli settlers took over all the other apartments in the building and evicted the remaining Palestinian neighbours. The family was even almost blocked from physically accessing the house, when the settlers who had taken over the house next door expanded their kitchen blocking the main entrance.

Following 25 years of legal battles, the family was eventually given a permit to do the necessary maintenance, including building a new entrance.

The family lived in relative peace until 2010, when the Israeli General Custodian granted ownership of the property to settlers affiliated with a right wing settler organization called Ateret Cohanim.

Ateret Cohanim has a declared aim of creating an Israeli Jewish majority in East Jerusalem and particularly in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter. Immediately after gaining ownership, the settlers petitioned the Israeli Court asking for the eviction of the family.

The settlers based their claim on the allegation that my family deserted the property long ago and has never lived in it. And despite the visually verifiable fact that the family holds a protected tenancy status and has lived in the house since 1953, the Israeli Court ruled in favour of the settlers and ordered the family evicted.

Since the court issued the eviction order in September 2014, Israeli settlers themselves have tried to evict the family three times. The first was in December 2014 when the settlers tried to forcefully occupy a storage room beneath the family’s apartment.

The second attempt was in February 2015, when the settlers arrived at the family’s doorstep asking them to leave the property. Nora’s 9-year-old grandson was home alone that day. He had missed school due to illness, but was no slouch that day. His yells and screams alerted neighbours who alerted activists and journalists.

Nora’s grandson, 9, had to fend off settlers alone

The settlers were forced to back off.

The third attempt took place on the 16 March. This time the settlers came escorted by 20 Israeli soldiers and policemen. Again the family managed to gather dozens of journalists and activists. However, the settlers were insistent this time.
The police almost broke through the main entrance to evict the family by force when the family’s lawyer called saying he had obtained a one-day temporary injunction with which the eviction was stopped.

That day the family had been prepared for the worst. Nora had packed some of her family’s memories and possessions in a bag; her wedding photo, university graduation photos of her daughter, pictures of her grandsons and many other old photos with years of memories.

Nora’s grandson packed some of his favourite toys and collectibles. The family was horrified by the idea of losing their home and becoming homeless.

My mother started crying hysterically when the police brought a ram to break through our door. The idea of losing her childhood home, where she was born and grew up, was just too much.

No one should face such an unjust situation. This is a forced displacement based on discriminatory laws and practices that violate international law and any and all human rights and humanitarian laws and principles out there.

The family is still facing the threat of eviction. They are currently waiting for an appeal in May, but they are expecting the settlers to attempt to evict them again.

We could be evicted at any time. The settlers have vowed they will have us out no matter what it takes.

My family, the Ghaith-Sub Laban family, has launched an online campaign on social media including a Facebook page “Stop Noras Eviction” as well as on twitter under the hashtag #StopNorasEviction. We have also launched an online petition on Avaaz which has gathered over 11,000 signatures from around the world.

Moreover, the family has appealed to several United Nations Special Rapporteurs asking them to take action and has succeeded in getting the attention of several diplomatic missions in Jerusalem. Several representatives from the European Union’s Office in Jerusalem, the British Consulate, The French Consulate, the Spanish Consulate and the Italian Consulate have visited the family and promised to take action.

A group of NGOs both in Palestine and abroad have recently issued a joint statement condemning the attempts to evict the family and Israel’s discriminatory policies of forced displacement which violate Israel’s obligations under international law.

Personal belongings of sentimental value are packed… just in case [Photos courtesy of the family]

Note

Absentees’ Property Law, 1950:

from Sixteen Minutes to Palestine

This critical law replaced a previous absentee property law and formally defined Palestinians who had been away from their homes for any reason after the partition of Palestine as an “absentee”. The law is extensive, its primary objective being to include as many Palestinians as possible under this umbrella term. Under this law, “absentee” refers to any Palestinian land or property owner who maintained citizenship in a nearby Arab country or who was not physically present on his or her property upon adoption of the United Nations’ 1947 partition plan. Property rights belonging to these absentees were then transferred to the Israeli government. Bearing proof of ownership or not, Palestinians returning to their lands were expelled or detained and any construction was halted and demolished. In other words, if a Palestinian was not physically within the boundaries of his or her land on November 29, 1947, the day the partition plan went into effect, the land was considered forfeited. “Absentees” included Palestinians who had been prevented from returning to their homes after paramilitary forces attacked their villages, Palestinians who had lost their land to the aforementioned property laws working retroactively, and even Palestinians who had been in nearby towns visiting relatives or running errands at the moment this property census took place. Although these Palestinians were present, they were considered absent. Hence the legal categorization “present absentee”. It is estimated that upwards of 70% of Israel’s acquired, confiscated, and occupied land was gained through this and subsequent absentee laws.

Putin correctly links the US foreign policy in the Middle East with the geographical expansion of the Islamic State terrorists

Putin: US Foreign Policy Boosted Expansion of Terrorism

BRICS countries must prepare for an efficient defense against Western masters of war

Putin determined to ‘re-adjust’ a few things
It’s time for the BRICS countries to prepare for an efiicient defense against the masters of war

 

The article originally appeared at Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten. Translated for RI by Mihajlo Doknic

 

Russia’s president Putin uses unusually harsh words when it comes to the US foreign policy. He wants an alliance with China and the BRICS countries in order to close the security gap left by the US foreign policy: The illegal interventions of the West in the Middle East led to a strong Islamic State. BRICS should jointly defend themselves against such developments.

Russia’s president Putin shows a harsher attitude towards West’s foreign policy: Putin accuses the West, quite bluntly, to be responsible for the emergence of the Islamic State. At a meeting with the BRICS security chiefs he said on Monday, according to TASS:”We know what is going on in the Middle East and North Africa now. We see problems caused by a terrorist organization, which calls itself ‚The Islamic State’. However, there was no terrorism in those states before the unacceptable interference from the outside took place without an approval of the UN Security Council. It is obvious that the consequences are tough. Everything that has happened in the international arena over the last couple of years needs to be re-adjusted”. Putin sees other states threatened by the aggressive policy pursued by the West:”It is obvious that our nations are threatened and this is due to the fact that the international law has been violated in combination with violation of sovereignty of different states and their spheres of influence”.

At his meeting with China’s representatives, Putin discussed with his guests the existing threat of ‚color revolutions’: One took place in the Ukraine, and Moscow believes that the US was behind the ousting of president Yanukovich as a result of the Maidan unrests. It is also a known fact among western observers that the US was pulling the strings in the background.

Only recently a classified Pentagon report revealed that the US government had knowledge of a possible creation of IS. But the government did nothing to prevent it, since a conflict among Muslims suits the geostrategic direction of the US government.

The fact that Putin links the US foreign policy in the Middle East with the geographical expansion of the Islamic State is remarkable. Putin has never before used such harsh words when explaining the possible causes for the crisis in the Middle East.

It seems that Putin is putting more pressure on the West: The alliance is not making progress against the fragmented fighting groups in Syria. Recently David Cameron asked Putin to help find a joint solution for the Syria crisis. Putin, who supports Assad, may increase the price of his cooperation.  The harsh words used by Putin against the West in connection with the rise of the Islamic State may indicate the direction in the Middle East game. And it won’t be a position of weakness.

’Israel’ Dreads Hizbullah New Tactics in Qalamoun: We Must Fear Attacking Drones

عملية نوعية للمقاومة ضد مجموعة تكفيرية كانت تنوي تنفيذ عمل ارهابي في جرود عرسال

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The photos of Islamic Resistance new tactics in Qalamoun irritated the Zionist entity, out of fear of the new confrontation with Hizbullah.

’Israel’ Dreads Hizbullah New Tactics in Qalamoun: We Must Fear Attacking Drones

This came hours after the Resistance broadcasted images of launching a missile from a reconnaissance targeting terrorists in the border area between Lebanon and Syria.

In this context, “Israel’s” Channel 10 warned that “Hizbullah’s use of the advanced weapons would rise fear inside the “Israeli” military institution.”

“The existence of such a weapon, a military directed plane, means that they do not only receive and broadcast pictures for intelligence purposes, but for attacking purposes.”

The channel showed how the aircraft targeted a gathering of “al-Nusra Front” [Al-Qaeda branch in Syria], describing the attack as “concentrated”.

For his part, Nicholas Blanford wrote that “the ongoing Hizbullah offensive in Qalamoun has produced a rare abundance of online combat footage showing the party’s fighters battling militants of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and allied factions in the rugged mountain peaks of the strategically located region.”

According to his article, Blanford highlighted that “viewing the raw footage leaves an indelible impression of a professional, motivated, well-kitted and disciplined army using an array of weaponry and logistical equipment to prosecute the offensive in the most efficient manner possible.”

The Zionist entity’s military officials have long voiced concern at the valuable lessons Hizbullah’s cadres are learning in the Syria war and how they can be applied in the future conflict.

“We understand that Hizbullah is thinking offensively. It is gaining experience in Syria where it is initiating assaults in built-up areas and attacking cities,” an “Israeli” army officer declared last September.

“They are learning about controlling hundreds of fighters, coordinating intelligence, firepower and command and control. This is a serious development that requires us to prepare accordingly.”

Hizbullah’s commanders carefully planned the offensive in advance, gathering intelligence on the militants’ deployment using fighters on the ground and pilotless reconnaissance drones, marking the region into operational sectors and amassing the fighters and logistical support necessary for a campaign in remote and largely unpopulated mountainous terrain.

Most of the weapons systems used by Hizbullah, as seen in the combat videos, are standard fare which have stood the test of time from the days of the resistance campaign against the “Israeli” occupation of south Lebanon. They include mortars of varying calibers, recoilless rifles, “Dushka” 12.7mm heavy machine guns and anti-tank missiles ranging from the relatively antiquated wire-guided Sagger to more modern systems such as the laser beam-guided Kornet.

He further underscored that the Resistance men is also using some weapons that have been in their possession from before the Syria conflict but were rarely employed. They include sniper rifles such as the 7.62mm Dragunov and what appears to be, in one video at least, one of the variants of the U.S.-made Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle.

Systems that have been acquired by Hezbollah during the Syria war include the GP30 grenade launcher slung beneath the barrel of the standard AK-47 rifle. Since the GP30 emerged onto the arms black market in Lebanon 18 months ago, it has become a prestige acquisition for the discerning rifle owner, fetching around $7,000, more than three times the price of a good quality AK-47, according to arms dealers.

Some videos have shown Hizbullah fighters driving T-55 tanks and BMP armored fighting vehicles on loan from the Syrian army. They also have been making use of rocket-assisted mortar rounds that have a relatively short range but pack a powerful punch.

One of the most interesting developments is the tactical use of small short-range micro drones. Several videos feature footage shot by these tiny drones showing Nusra’s positions, moving vehicles or personnel.

“Footage of the Hizbullah resistance men themselves show them wearing desert camouflage uniforms with military helmets and backpacks carrying all they need to fight in the field, an appearance far-removed from the more rag-tag demeanor of their opponents. They seem to use their weapons efficiently, generally firing machine guns in short bursts and their rifles with single aimed shots while holding the weapon by the magazine rather than the fore grip.

Some of the skills Hizbullah, according to the writer, is employing in Qalamoun will be irrelevant in the context of a future war with “Israel”, such as driving tanks and armored vehicles. But other capabilities, such as using the micro drones and rocket-assisted mortars, could find a place in a war against “Israel”.”

Source: News Agencies, Translated and Edited by website team

29-05-2015 | 12:27

 

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Iraq: Biggest crime you’ve never heard of: when US and UK killed half a million children

Biggest crime you’ve never heard of: when US and UK killed half a million children

No country had ever been subjected to more comprehensive economic sanctions than Iraq, enforced mainly by US and UK.

Iraqi child dying of malnutrition

In 1999, United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) estimated that over 500,000 Iraqi children under the age of five had died as a result of sanctions.


They must have known, mustn’t they? How could they not? Perhaps they chose not to know. With the world commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the nazi-run death camps the question of what ordinary Germans knew (and did) about the genocide their government was perpetrating has once again been in the news.

Of course, the assumption behind much of the coverage of the liberation of Belsen and other camps is that we, living enlightened lives in contemporary Britain, are lucky to live in a society where horrendous crimes do not happen. And if they did, they would be quickly reported by our free and stroppy media and quickly halted.

But what if our own government has been responsible for genocide-level suffering, without the media raising the alarm and therefore leaving the general public in a state of ignorance?

What would this say about our political class? What would it say about the media? And what would it say about us?

Unfortunately this isn’t a hypothetical debate but the cold, brutal reality.

To understand this distressing fact we need to return to February 1991 when the US-led coalition kicked Iraq out of Kuwait, which it had illegally invaded in August 1990.

According to John Hoskins, a Canadian doctor leading a Harvard study team, the US-led air assault “effectively terminated everything vital to human survival in Iraq — electricity, water, sewage systems, agriculture, industry and healthcare.” Purportedly to compel Saddam Hussein’s government to give up its weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the UN imposed economic sanctions on Iraq, which lasted until the 2003 invasion. The sanctions regime was enforced by the US and Britain which took the toughest line on compliance.

“No country had ever been subjected to more comprehensive economic sanctions by the United Nations than Iraq,” notes Hans Von Sponeck, the former UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, in his 2006 book A Different Kind of War.

“Communicable diseases in the 1980s not considered public health hazards, such as measles, polio, cholera, typhoid, marasmus and kwashiorkor, reappeared on epidemic scales.”

In 1999 the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) estimated that over 500,000 Iraqi children under the age of five had died because of a lack of medication, food or safe water supplies.

To counter some of the worst effects of sanctions, in 1996 the UN set up the Oil-For-Food Programme, which allowed Iraq to sell oil in exchange for food, medicine and other goods.

However, the programme was far from adequate. “At no time during the years of comprehensive economic sanctions were there adequate resources to meet minimum needs for human physical or mental survival either before, or during, the Oil-For-Food Programme”, Von Sponeck notes in his book.

In 1998/99, each Iraqi received a food allocation of $49 (£32) — 27 (19p) cents a day – for a six month period. In contrast, the dogs the UN used to help de-mine Iraq each received a food allocation of $160.

In protest at what 70 members of the US congress called “infanticide masquerading as policy,” Denis Halliday, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq who ran the sanctions regime, resigned in 1998. Noting the sanctions were causing the deaths of up to 5,000 children a month, Halliday bluntly stated: “We are in the process of destroying an entire society. It is as simple and terrifying as that. It is illegal and immoral.”

Speaking to journalist John Pilger, Halliday later explained: “I was instructed to implement a policy that satisfies the definition of genocide — a deliberate policy that has effectively killed well over a million individuals, children and adults.”

Halliday’s successor Von Sponeck resigned in protest two years later, asking in his resignation letter: “How long should the civilian population of Iraq be exposed to such punishment for something they have never done?” Later he told Pilger: “I have not in the past wanted to use the word genocide, but now it is unavoidable.”

Making a hat-trick, Jutta Burghardt, head of the UN World Food Programme in Iraq, resigned two days after Von Sponeck, describing the sanctions regime as “a true humanitarian tragedy.”

With a few honourable exceptions such as Pilger, Tony Benn and George Galloway, the response of the British political class and media was either to ignore or dismiss the fact sanctions were killing Iraqis on a mass scale.

According to the media watchdog Media Lens, in 2003 Halliday was mentioned in just two of the 12,366 Guardian and Observer articles mentioning Iraq. Von Sponeck was mentioned a grand total of five times in the same year. Von Sponeck’s book on the sanctions has never been reviewed in the British press, and has been mentioned just once — by the veteran Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk.

Echoing the denials of new Labour ministers such as Peter Hain and Robin Cook, in 2002 Observer Editor Roger Alton responded to a reader challenging him about the sanctions, stating: “It’s Saddam who’s killing all the bloody children, not sanctions. Sorry.” The highly respected Middle East specialist Professor Fred Halliday was equally dismissive, rubbishing “claims that Iraq still lacks the means to provide a basic supply of food” in a book review in the Independent in 1999.

The governing elite, assisted by a pliant media and the silence of much of academia, have carried out a magic trick of epic, sinister proportions. In a world of 24-hour news culture they have effectively managed to bury the bodies of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who died as a direct result of British foreign policy.

The lack of coverage, concern or discussion today about the sanctions shows how shockingly successful they have been in this endeavour.

As Harold Pinter sarcastically noted in his Nobel Peace Prize speech, “It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest.”

No conspiracy is needed. “The sinister fact about literary censorship in England is that it is largely voluntary. Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban,” George Orwell argued in his censored preface to Animal Farm.

He provides two reasons for thought control in democratic society — first, the owners of the British press, socially, politically and economically part of the governing elite, “have every motive to be dishonest on certain important topics.” And second, he explains: “At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is ‘not done’ to say it”.

As always, it’s up to those who care about the lives of people regardless of their nationality or skin colour, who care about truth, who take their responsibility as world citizens seriously, to raise their voice and remember this moral and historical outrage.

  • Ian Sinclair is the author of The March That Shook Blair: An Oral History of 15 February 2003, published by Peace News Press. He tweets @IanJSinclair.

israel’s War on Palestinian Fishermen, Farmers and Children

Israel’s War on Palestinian Fishermen, Farmers and Children

(RINF) – Israeli viciousness has no limits. Palestinians are systematically brutalized for not being Jewish.
 
 They’re harassed, intimidated, persecuted, arrested, imprisoned, tortured and murdered in cold blood. High crimes too grave to ignore have been commonplace since Israel’s so-called war of independence.

At the time, 78% of historic Palestine was stolen for exclusive Jewish development. Israel took the rest in June 1967, including East Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is an international city under a UN protectorate. Israeli claims to the city have no legitimacy. Nor does any nation have the right to breach international laws, norms and standards.
 
 Israel does multiple times daily with impunity. Little reported war on Palestine continues daily.

Attacks on nonthreatening Palestinian fishermen occur almost daily. They’re shot at, wounded and arrested.

Their boats and fishing gear are damaged and/or confiscated. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) calls Israel’s policy of preventing Palestinian fishermen from pursuing their livelihoods “a form of collective punishment which is prohibited (under) international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”

PCHR described one early May incident as follows:

“Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within less than one nautical mile from the beach.”

“An Israeli gunboat approached a fishing boat belonging to ‘Issa Nafez Abu Riyalah and Ra’ed Sa’id al-‘Ashi, both from al-Shati’ refugee camp in Gaza City.”

“The fishing boat was boarded by Mohammed No’man Rabi’a al-Sultan (23) and Hatem al-‘Abed ‘Ashour al-Sultan (29). Both are from al-Salatin neighborhood in Beit Lahia.”

“The Israeli naval soldiers forced the fishermen to jump into the water and swim towards the Israeli gunboat. The Israeli soldiers then arrested the two fishermen and confiscated their boat.”

“As a result of this attack, 17 pieces of fishing nets were lost.” The area where the incident occurred experienced “heavy (Israeli) shooting” at Palestinian fishermen.

On Saturday, Maan News reported Israeli attacks on Palestinian fishermen off central Gaza’s coast. They followed other earlier in the week attacks.

Separately on Saturday, Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian farmers in eastern Khan Younis. According to Maan News:

“Saturday’s events come as Israeli forces have escalated attacks against Gazan Palestinians inside of the Israeli-implemented and controlled buffer zone.”

“Gaza-based Israeli watchdog Al Mezan (Center for Human Rights) documented Israeli forces opening fire in the border areas six separate times during the first ten days of May, leaving four injured including one child.”

Al Mezan “reiterate(d) its calls on the international community to promptly intervene in order to halt Israel’s violations.”

Gaza is occupied Palestinian territory. It’s lawlessly blockaded – for political, not security reasons. World leaders do nothing to enforce fundamental international law.

They let Israel operate lawlessly – including committing mass slaughter and destruction at its discretion against Palestinians posing no threat.

The post-Operation Protective Edge ceasefire agreement extended Gaza’s fishing zone from three to six nautical miles offshore immediately – expanded to 12 nautical miles by yearend 2014.

Israel reneged on its pledge straightaway. Palestinian fishermen are vulnerable anywhere offshore. Some are shot and killed for the crime of fishing.

Israeli security forces and settlers attack Palestinian farmers with impunity. They’re shot at and physically assaulted. Their crops are destroyed.

According to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), about 800,000 olive trees have been lawlessly uprooted since June 1967.

Palestinian homes, cars and other property are vandalized. Livestock are killed. Water wells are poisoned.

Mosques are defaced and/or burned. Children are attacked – including going to and from school, at play and in fields helping their parents.

Settler attacks on Palestinians and their property occur almost daily on average.

A new Yesh Din Volunteers for Human Rights report titled Mock Enforcement “reveal(ed) a worrying picture regarding the conduct of the law enforcement system in general, and (Israeli) police in particular…”

Investigations are routinely whitewashed. Chances for prosecuting and convicting Jews committing crimes against Palestinians “is just 1.9%.”

Palestinian rights are systematically violated. Crimes committed against them go unpunished – including cold-blooded murder.

Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) called Israel’s summer 2014 Operation Protective Edge “a war waged on Gaza’s children.

DCIP verified 547 Palestinian children killed – two-thirds aged 12 or younger.

DCIP general director Khaled Quzmar blasted Israel for its repeated wars on Palestine and “complete disregard for international law…”

“(A)ny meaningful efforts toward implementing comprehensive protections for Palestinian children” are thwarted.

They’re deliberately and maliciously targeted as enemies despite posing no threat whatever.

Clear evidence showed Israel targeted schools, private neighborhood residences and children in streets.

On one day alone, Israeli forces murdered 59 Palestinian children. Dozens of entire families were massacred in cold blood.

“More than 1,000 (Palestinian) children suffered injuries that rendered them permanently disabled” for life – according to OCHA.

Amputees like Mohammad Baroud, aged 12, lost both his feet. He’ll require medical care and support for the rest of his life.

Many Gazan children lost one or both parents. The emotional scars are “severe and resounding,” said DCIP.

Israel is a brutal occupying power – ruthless child killers mass murdering with impunity.

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Our Top Priority!

 The ongoing is a continued escalation of the terrorists’ war against Syrians. It is a continued US-Israeli-Turkish attack against the Syrians; the ewes’ petrodollar still finances every cost of war against the Syrians. All anti-Syria compete to slaughter the more of Syrians, whose sacred blood is shed as a chip card even for elections propagandas for Turkey’s Erdogan, for example, or for covering the Saudi humiliations in the Yemen.

The butcher Erdogan, the son of the butcher Ottoman Empire of ignorance and blasphemy, is involved personally in leading the war against the Syrians. All of Turkey’s ruling party is on alert preparing for the coming elections through the slaughter of more Syrians, and occupation of some Syrian territories! The Syrians are fully aware that in the ongoing war, there are some losing battles and some heavy losses. However, who laughs last laughs most!

This is the nature of war and the Syrians in their majority are determined to flush out every terrorist from their country. The brave men of the Syrian Army, along with their brothers from the Resistance Axis, and forces of defence, have been heroes indeed on the ground, liberating many places in Syria from terrorists. The recent reassemble of troops, even withdrawals, from certain geographical points inside Syria proves but the noble and human nature of the Syrian and Resistance fighters.

Our top priority is to save human lives, infrastructure, and every thing Syrian. This runs contrary to the terrorists’ invasion and barbaric slaughter and destruction. The Syrian Army, Defence and resistance Forces cleansed Qalamoun Area in a record time! Why? There is the real fight between the fighters and cannibalistic terrorists. The noble aim of our fighters has been to liquidate terrorists; In Qalamoun, there has been no fear for the innocents’ lives, or for buildings or infrastructure; there exist none of these but the terrorists.

What I write is in way as to justify the recent losses, but to reiterate that whatever the losses were to be, the Syrians in their majority are determined more than ever along with every human as to continue the fight against terrorism, darkness, and ignorance. On behalf of the entire world, Syrians have been encountering and fighting terrorism and are ever to do so. This is our destiny: to be the defenders of humanity and illumination against terrorism and darkness.

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HOMS: ISIS SUFFERS STAGGERING LOSSES IN RATS AND MATERIEL UNDER BLAZING GUNS OF THE SYRIAN ARMY

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HOMS:  The western media is giving me laughter pangs – cramps all over my sides especially the British child molesters who have taken it upon themselves to defend the only future Caliphate based on perversion and freedom to bugger.

Jibaab Hamad close to Al-Furuqlus in the East:   SAA waited stealthily for ISIS slugs to slowly drift by in their Saudi-purchased Chevy pickups armed with the usual Croatian manufactured 23mm cannons.  And didn’t they get what they had coming to them?:

‘Abdul-Jaleel Awbaashi

‘Umar Shihaab

Mahmoud ‘Ali Sahnooni

Nicmettin Mehmut Kemalzaade  (TURK PIG OYSTER)

The rest were all foreigners with physical features similar to those of Central Asia and western China.  All together, the SAA killed 14 rats and wounded scores.

Al-‘Aamiriyya:  A pickup with a 23mm cannon was destroyed along with 2 vans carrying cats.  These were more ISIS rodents.  According to SANA and my Ba’ath sources, the enemy suffered over 50 casualties in this encounter.   No names sent.

Palmyra Airbase area:  Syrian Army artillery pounded ISIS positions around the airbase for 3 hours causing the rats to reform east of the base to take another drubbing.  No other details.

مقتل 30 إرهابياً من النصرة بعمليات للجيش في ريف درعا

Al-Sukhna Village:  SAA fired several salvos at moving rodents with some reports of direct hits. No other details.

Al-Jadhal Gas Field:  SAA continues to repel ISIS at this site.  It is clear that the terrorist savages need to recoup financial losses by selling gas to Erdoghan’s retarded apes.

Al-Shaa’er Mountain area:  SAA continues to hit ISIS over the area north of Al-Jadhal Gas Field.  According to one report, the SAA struck an ISIS armored car destroying it and killing all inside.  After the battle, it was reported also that the SAA collected weapons and ammunition for use in exterminating Saudis.

Ayn Al-Baarida Village:  Fighting with no details.

ضربات نارية مكثفة تستهدف تحركات

Umm Sahreej near Jubb Al-Jarraah:  Syrian Army and militia killed these plague-carrying rodents:

Sameeh Baydar

Muhammad Al-‘Ashshi

Yazeed Bilaal ‘Ali-Hassan

Muhsin Daawood Al-Sayyid

الجيش يستهدف بالقصف الصاروخي مواقع لإرهابيي داعش في ريف الحسكة

Al-Shindaakhiyya:  Fighting with no details.

Hawsh Al-Zubaadi Village:  Ditto.

North Al-Mushayrifa:  These 2 were identified among the 9 dead:

Sulaymaan Tatarji

Al-Sayyid Burhaan ‘Uthmaan

More fighting in:  Talbeesa where 23 rats were killed and in Al-Ghantu.


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Al Jazeera Attempts to Whitewash Al-Qaeda’s Syrian Branch

May 29, 2015 by Alexandra Valiente

Rebels from al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, also known as the Nusra Front, wave their brigade flag, as they step on the top of a Syrian air force helicopter.

Sputnik – Middle EastThe Al Jazeera news network has displayed surprising editorial standards in the past, facing multiple accusations of whitewashing the Syrian conflict. The network has now gone to new extremes, interviewing and promoting the leader of the al-Nusra Front, al-Qaeda’s arm in the region, and a recognized terrorist organization.

“We are only here to accomplish one mission, to fight the regime and its agents on the ground, including Hezbollah and others,” al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammed al-Golani told Al Jazeera as part of an exclusive.

Al Jazeera’s sympathies are clear throughout the interview, as its paints the terrorist leader as moderate figure, even as he makes not-so-veiled threats against Western governments and Syrian minorities alike.

“Our options are open when it comes to targeting the Americans if they will continue their attacks against us in Syria,” Golani said. “Everyone has the right to defend themselves.”

Golani also contradicts his own claims about not seeking revenge against the Alawite minority, supporters of the Syrian government.

“The battle does not end in Qardaha, the Alawite village and the birthplace of the Assad clan,” he said, adding that members of the Alawite sect should lay down their weapons and renounce the Assad government in order to be safe.

The al-Nusra Front, also known as Jabhat al-Nusra, is the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon. Described as one of the most aggressive factions in the Syrian Civil War, it is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United Nations, as well as Russia and the United States.

Supporters of the Al Nusra Front take part in a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the international coalition in Aleppo on September 26, 2014

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Supporters of the Al Nusra Front take part in a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the international coalition in Aleppo on September 26, 2014
Published on the Qatari-owned network’s English-language site, the interview has already raised a number of eyebrows. Syria’s United Nations ambassador, Bashar al-Jaafari, said it was used to “promote terrorism and make threats to the government and people in Syria.”

He also noted that it was a clear indication of the Qatari government’s interest in influencing the Syrian conflict.

“It is clear that the Qatari regime is seeking with this interview, with the head of a terrorist group as listed by the UN Security Council, to clean up the image of Nusra Front,” he said.

A History of Manipulation

This isn’t the first time that the Qatari network has faced criticism for its slanted coverage of the Syrian conflict. In 2012, a number of high-profile employees, including the managing director, correspondent, and producer from the Beirut office, quit over Al Jazeera’s coverage.

They alleged that the network refused to publish pictures of al-Nusra’s clashes with Assad’s government forces, and also deliberately ignored a Syrian constitutional reform referendum which saw a 57% turnout with 90% voting for change.

Other former employees have provided testimony indicating that Al Jazeera has even played a direct role in fueling the conflict. Speaking to RT, Ali Hashim, a former correspondent for the Qatari network, says he resigned because “the channel was taking a certain stance on one side.”

“…We were able to spot these militants and we took some footage of those people, and later on the channel refused to air these pictures and I was asked to forget about these militants and I was asked to leave the whole area…” Hashim said.

Syrian-based investigative reporter Rafik Lotf found that the channel was manipulating footage of smoke, making it look like amateur video recording an explosion. He also uncovered behind-the-scenes video of Al Jazeera producers coaching interviewees.

“The activists who become journalists try to make their shows as hard as possible,” Lotf told RT. “The more blood and death the higher the price.”

There is also a clear conflict of interest in that al Jazeera’s Syrian coverage was led by the brother of a Syrian National Council member, as evidenced through a series of hacked emails recovered from the network’s servers. These emails were published by al Akhbar.

Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front prepare to fire a mortar towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in al-Mallah farms, north of Aleppo, February 18, 2015

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Members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front prepare to fire a mortar towards forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in al-Mallah farms, north of Aleppo, February 18, 2015“[The emails] also confirmed an allegation Ibrahim had reportedly made in one of her emails,” al Akhbar reports. “That Ahmad Ibrahim, who is in charge of the channel’s Syria coverage, is the brother of Anas al-Abdeh, a leading member of the opposition Syrian National Council. He allegedly stopped using his family name to avoid drawing attention to the connection.”

The bias appears to have had a major impact on al Jazeera’s audience. A poll conducted by the network earlier this month shows that a confounding 81% of viewers support the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group.

Al Jazeera’s credibility has been gradually sinking ever since the Syrian conflict began. A Western diplomat stationed in Doha said that the Golani interview was proof of a new push by the Qatari government to present al-Nusra as national movement.

These sentiments were echoed by As’ad Abukhalil, professor of political science at California State University, and author of the Angry Arab News Service, who spoke to Sputnik.

“It is very clear that Qatar is now the official sponsor of An-Nusrah Front,” Abukhalil said. “The interview was quite significant in that Qatar is now openly advocating on behalf of Nusrah and trying to draw an artificial ideological line between Nusrah and ISIL while both drink from the same ideological and philosophical well.”

“Golani basically spoke of unofficial understanding that his organization has with the West,” Abukhalil added. “That they will spare West of attacks provided they continue to receive Gulf arms and money, and even indirectly Western arms and money.”


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Confirmed Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US “Created” ISIS As A “Tool” in a Proxy War Against Assad

Pentagon: ISIS Was Created To Remove Assad!

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A 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency Document declares “the West, Gulf countries, and Turkey support(ed) the opposition” in Syria, namely al-Qaeda in Iraq, the precursor to ISIS. Right there, In the Pentagon’s own words, Al Qaeda and ISIS were created to isolate the Syrian Regime. Mainstream Media answers with giving credence to an article in the ISIS magazine Dabiq that states First Lady Michelle Obama would be worth $40 on the terror group’s slave market.

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The Capital City of Damascus is now focused in the sights of the New World Order Agenda to control Syria as it remains one of the last hold outs concerning total global economic domination.

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Truth In Media questioned 2 years ago why the U.S. and our allies were financing ISIS in Iraq and arming so-called “moderate rebels” in Syria.

Reports have confirmed that US Intelligence knew in 2012 that backing Syrian rebels would result in an ISIS victory.

A newly declassified DIA document from 2012 confirms that arming the anti-Assad rebel forces and Islamist groups would lead to the emergence of ISIS.

According to award winning journalist Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, “the secret Pentagon document provides extraordinary confirmation that the US-led coalition currently fighting ISIS, had three years ago welcomed the emergence of an extremist ‘Salafist Principality’ in the region as a way to undermine Assad.”

Below is an excerpt from the DIA report:

… there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist Principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).

War hawks like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) have lobbied the White House to arm “moderate rebels,” but these moderate rebel groups have reportedly joined with ISIS.

As reported on the LevantReport.com, the above video entitled “US Key Man in Syria Worked Closely with ISIL and Jabhat al Nusra,” which shows raw reporting footage compiled by “Eretz Zen” channel (YouTube), is the clearest video evidence to date documenting the role of the United States in creating and sustaining ISIS on the Syrian battlefield.

Last year, Vice President Joe Biden slipped up and admitted (start at 1:30:00) that there were no “moderate rebels” and had to later apologize for stating “the biggest problems are our allies.” He admitted that Saudi Arabia and Gulf states were funding ISIS to oust Assad.

Recently on the Scott Horton show, Brad Hoff reminded listeners that the former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, admitted to an Al-Monitor journalist that he knew the U.S. backed rebels fought with ISIS on front lines.

The mainstream media has ignored and refused to report on the important DIA section regarding the Syrian proxy war led by the U.S. and its allies.

TruthInMedia’s Joshua Cook recently interviewed former Senator Bob Graham about the 28 pages and the House of Saud being the main support of ISIS and international terrorism.

If Biden is correct and the Gulf states are funding ISIS, why is the U.S. not holding them accountable?

In an exclusive interview, TruthInMedia’s Joshua Cook interviewed Congressman Mark Sanford regarding U.S. foreign policy. Cook asked Congressman Sanford about his experience reading the classified 28 pages in the 9/11 report.

Sanford told Cook, “It cements my belief in the importance of government being transparent about what they do and why they do it.”

“I think that for people to trust their government, they may agree or may disagree with the decision, but they want to know the why, and too often people are told just trust us, it’s not appropriate or you don’t have the capacity to know – that’s just not true, said Sanford.

“Open and free governments are built upon transparency so that people can look under the hood, and say I agree or I disagree, and consequently hold people accountable, and when things are hidden people can’t do that…These kind of things for me reinforce my belief in the importance of freedom resting on openness and transparency in the way the government conducts its business.”

Listen to Ron Paul’s perspective on the newly declassified report.

Ben Swann presents a clear and damning report on how the US actions in Iraq and Syria led to the rise of ISIS. Watch Ben Swann’s ground breaking report on ISIS that the mainstream media refuses to report.

Joshua Cook is a writer and a political activist. His work has appeared on DrudgeReport, InfoWars, Reason.com, WND.com, Breitbart.com, DailyCaller and FreedomOutPost.com. If you have any tips please email him at joshuacook@benswann.com.

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