DAMASCUS: BAALAA LIBERATED! ALEPPO: 12 TOWNS FREED OF RAT STENCH; LATAKIA: RODENTS FLEE FAILED OPERATION AT KAFR DULBA; QUNAYTRA: 60 ISIS SF VERMIN SURRENDER TO SAA IN GOLAN-TRAINED BY AMERICANS!!

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DAMASCUS:

Daarayyaa:  Yesterday, I reported the deaths of 9 Ittihaad Al-Islami Li-Ajnaad Al-Shaam rats.  I have just learned that the total was 10 rats because one died of his wounds later after having squealed everything he knew to our gentle inquisitors.  Here are the only identities:

“Abu Qutayba” (Id pending)

“Abu Dajaana” (Id pending)

Bassaam Nooh

‘Ali Al-Masri

Faadi Abu-Al-Reesh

Ayham Al-Saalim (PALESTEEZIAN)

Muhammad Musulmaani (PALESTEEZIAN)

May they all burn in Hell.

 

Khaan Al-Shaykh:  The SAA attacked Nusra/Alqaeda here in a synchronized operation and killed 11 rats and wounded scores.  I have no details at present.

 

Bayt Taymaa:  SAA attacked Nusra/Alqaeda nests here with artillery and new missiles.  All rats were foreigners.  No other details.

 

Baalaa Town:  Liberated from the stench of Islamist militant rodents.  The SAAF annihilated their fortifications and turned them into piles of silica.  Both Nusra and ‘Alloosh’s clowns were inside.  The field assessment has not been completed.  Scores were seen escaping the wall of fire that was about to engulf them.

 

Judayda:  Liberated.  It is near the Dhaahiyat (Suburb) Al-Assad in the area of the Bijou on the left side of the Dam-Homs International Highway.  The operation started on the right side of the highway in the area of the Mercedes Exhibition.  SAA softened up the Jaysh Al-Islam rodents before invading their positions with T-72 battle tanks.  Ultimately, the SAA found the rodents had concentrated their force at the field hospital in Doumaa.  The SAA called in air support which destroyed the entire area where the rats were hiding, killing an estimated 48 of them.  In their miserable defeat, rat apologists and propagandists have tried to point a finger at the SAAF and RuAF for hitting civilian areas and killing 40.  If the truth be told, all the dead were vicious, rabid rodents and their deaths are being celebrated by the population in Doumaa.

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ALEPPO:  People are talking about the SAA taking over all Aleppo. There is a reason for that. The following towns and villages in the southwest of the northern capital were liberated yesterday and today from the claws of ISIS:

Mar’ayn Village

Humaymiyya

Khafsa

Hameeda

Humaydi

Al-Mushrifa

Al-Subhiyya

Abu Dhanna

Kasskeess

Maskana

Al-Shaykh Ahmad

Umm Urkayla

The SAA is pursuing all remnant rodents as I write.  The SAAF played a major role in creating the atmosphere necessary to get the rats out of these towns.  One of the scores of rodents killed was announced at the city of Al-Baab near the Turk border:

Qutayba Al-Thalja bin ‘Abdul-‘Azeez (A/k/a “Abu Muthannaa” yawn.  SAUDI ARABIAN TAPE WORM)

الجيش والمقاومة يتقدمان باتجاه ساحة المهرجان جنوب الزبداني +فيديو

Khanaasser-Atharyaa Axis now is cleared of rodents according to our sources in Aleppo.

 

Heavy fighting reported in these areas controlled by Nusra/Alqaeda:  Maysir Jazmaati, Al-Marja, Al-Raashideen.  Names of dead rats in these battles have been reported as:

Yusuf Qashqash

Muhammad Shubayb (Leader of Liwaa` Al-Raayaat.  Also, reportedly a pimp)

Jaabir Wardaani

Mahmoud Salqeeni

Many others have not been reported in detail.

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QUNAYTRA:  Unbelievably graphic evidence of ISIS falling apart everywhere.  Yesterday, after the SAA pounced on their position at Khaan Arnaba, an SAA sniper, a woman no less, shot their leader through the head killing him instantly.  Just as quickly, the rodents raised their white flags to surrender.  According to early reports, 50-60 ISIS rodents have given it up.  In interrogation, many admitted they were trained by American Special Forces east of Dayr El-Zor near the Iraqi border and at Daar Al-Kabeera near Homs.  How do you like that for proof?

الجيش السوري يحكم سيطرته على عدة قرى وبلدات في ريف حلب الجنوبي الغربي

And now, read Brandon Turbeville’s article about exactly this:

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/10/us-govt-semantics-to-aid-in-deploying-ground-troops-to-syria.html

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LATAKIA:  SYRIAN PERSPECTIVE ASSURES ALL READERS THAT THE PROPAGANDA EMITTED BY MOSTLY ARABIAN VERMIN NEWS SERVICES ABOUT KAFR DULBA FALLING TO THE RATS IS TOTALLY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY FALSE.  The operation to reenter Kafr Dulba was well monitored by the SAA-MI units in the northeast of the province.  Moreover, Russian satellites pinpointed exactly from which direction the Alqaeda rats were coming.  A very well-equipped brigade of PDC fighters, many of whom were army reservists, took action to first pummel the approaching rodents with heavy artillery after which the SAAF and RuAF began to fly sorties over the area turning the soil over which the terrorists were running into burning cinders.  Our defenders then marched out of their positions and killed every rat they could find.  A few escaped back into Turkey to nurse their wounds.  The operation was a flop and our defenders were completely victorious.  End of subject.

 

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ANOTHER PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Thanks, Khaalid Nawaz Al-Nouri

 

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif: “No one should dictate own decisions, views to Syrian people”

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says“No one should ‘dictate’ its own decisions and views to Syrian people, who have been suffering from a foreign-backed militancy for over four years”, Press TV reports.

Zarif made the remark on Friday after the conclusion of the international negotiations aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis in Syria in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

“The future of Syria can only be determined by the people of Syria. People here are not here to dictate,”he said, adding that those who want “to help in the future of Syria have to facilitate political dialog between the Syrian people.”

The Iranian foreign minister also said all sides involved in the conflict should recognize that terrorism and extremism cannot be used even as temporary assets, urging a collective effort in the fight against extremist groups operating in the Middle East.

“There won’t be a possibility to take advantage of terrorists however temporary, and they all need to realize that the security in this region requires everybody to work together in order to fight terrorism and extremism,” Zarif noted.


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Report: Israeli Forces Attack Journalists, Medics

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[Ed. note – The video above and the story below validate the old adage that maintaining an occupation debases the humanity of the occupiers. ]

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Footage published online appears to show Israeli forces beating and pepper spraying a group of journalists and aid workers.

Israeli border police have chased down and beaten a group of humanitarian workers and journalists covering West Bank protests, according to reports Friday.

Additional perspective on the same incident:

 

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Downing Russian Passenger Jet ?

Russian Plane Crash in Egypt- Recent Updates

Two Previous Posts: 

 
 
 
Updates:
 
 
 Lufthansa of Germany and Air France said they would reroute flights over the region until the circumstances of the accident were established, a sign that airlines have become a lot more cautious in recent years about flying over regions involved in conflicts.

I’m still having a problem with the narrative created by one Egyptian official!  
He is the ONLY source for all the media stories pushing “technical problems” 
 Despite the fact he claimed the plane was safely in Turkish air space prior to changing his tune

One Egyptian official, Ayman al-Muqadem of the government’s Aviation Incidents Committee, said that before the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers, the pilot had radioed and said the aircraft was experiencing technical problems and that he intended to try and land at the nearest airport.
It was impossible to independently confirm whether technical problems were to blame, and no other Egyptian official repeated the claim on Saturday.

TIME 

 The US has been claiming all along that Russia wasn’t targeting ISIS in Syria. 
Recall? More than 90%’ of Russian airstrikes in Syria have not targeted Isis, US says
Or:   Just Who Is Russia Targeting in Syria?
 Saying repeatedly that Russia was targeting the moderates. But now ISIS is having revenge?!
According to ISIS?

In response, the terrorist group declared a “holy war” against Russiaand the U.S., which is carrying out a separate military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and, now, Syria. “Islamic youth everywhere, ignite jihad against the Russians and the Americans in their crusaders’ war against Muslims,” the group’s spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani said in a statement on Oct. 13,according to Reuters.

Senior officials from the U.S. have also warned that the Russian airstrikes would make it a target for terrorists. “This will have consequences for Russia itself, which is rightly fearful of attacks,” U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Oct. 8. “In coming days, the Russians will begin to suffer from casualties,” he said during a summit of the NATO alliance in Brussels.

And last one for the day…

Contradicting the Egyptian story teller!

 Crashed Russian Airliner Pilot Did Not Seek Traffic Control Help

 The pilot of the Russian airliner that crashed in the Sinai Peninsuladid not request assistance from the air traffic control at Sharm El-Sheikh airport before the incident, Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal said Saturday.

Egyptian sources- (1 Egyptian source, just 1)- were quoted as saying earlier the Airbus-321 flight 9268 pilot requested help from air traffic controllers due to technical difficulties. The airliner with 224 people on board disappeared from radars 23 minutes after takeoff en route to St. Petersburg.

“The air traffic controllers’ communication with the Russian airplane was carried out normally until the disaster,” Kamal said at a press conference.

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Accusations [by U.S.] about the Russian bombings of hospitals in Syria denied by Red Cross top executive


No firsthand info on alleged Russian ‘airstrike’ on hospital in Syria – Red Cross top executive

Red Cross personnel on the ground in Syria have not reported any ‘airstrikes’ allegedly delivered by Russian jets on civilian targets including hospitals, the medical charity’s top executive told RT.

Since Moscow started its air campaign in Syria on September 30, Western media have been publishing reports that Russian jets are targeting civilians.

A convoy carrying Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), drives past a member of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad securing the road in the Damascus suburb of Barzeh November 14, 2014. Maurer said he helped distribute aid which arrived in Barzeh on Friday, adding that he was determined to negotiate further access to other areas which have not yet received aid. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT SOCIETY) - RTR4E4WS

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Last week, Russia was accused of bombing a number of hospitals in Syria, an allegation flatly denied by the Russian Defense Ministry.

Dominik Stillhart, director of operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross, which has people on the ground in Syria, told RT he is unaware of any such incidents.

“We’ve seen these reports as well, but in the absence of any firsthand information coming from our teams on the ground, I can neither confirm, nor deny these allegations,” Stillhart said, stressing that international humanitarian law “fully applies to the airstrikes undertaken by [anyone] in Syria, including Russia.

“In addition to providing large scale humanitarian assistance, our teams on the ground are also monitoring the conduct of hostilities and use of force, and in case we have concerns, we will share them directly, in a bilateral and confidential dialogue with the relevant party,” the Red Cross executive said.

Stillhart revealed his organization had two employees at the medical facility bombed by US forces in Kunduz, saying the Red Cross “is still shocked” by the tragic attack, “even more so, because hospitals, medical facilities and health staff are protected by international humanitarian law.”

“There are investigations that [are] currently going on and we’re anxious to see the results of these investigations,” Stillhart said.

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Despite security measures taken to protect health facilities and medical workers operating in zones of conflicts, “the only way to guarantee better protection [for] health facilities, health and humanitarian workers is to fully respect international humanitarian law,” Dominik Stillhart said.

The smear campaign against Russian military operating in Syria began last week, with media outlets citing reports from the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) foundation based in Canfield, Ohio.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that “Russian airstrikes hit nine hospitals in Syria this month.”

A statement from Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, stressed that such reports show tremendous bias against Russia’s military efforts in Syria.

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On October 25, the Human Rights Watch organization alleged that two airstrikes “the local residents believed to be Russian” killed a total of 59 civilians, including 33 children, in northern Homs on October 15.

The Kremlin spokesperson denied the allegations, stressing that a large number of these reports are in fact “hoaxes and deliberate lies.”

“Our military has reported on many occasions that the terrorists are taking cover in residential areas. In such cases Russian troops choose not to hit those targets,” Dmitry Peskov said.

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On Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense summoned military attaches from NATO countries and Saudi Arabia, to clarify their countries’ allegations that Russian airstrikes in Syria have hit civilian targets.

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The ministry demanded the military officials “give official validation to their statements, or issue a rebuttal,”Defense Ministry deputy head Anatoly Antonov said


 

SOURCES:
RT News
RT Videos
Submitted by SyrianPatriots 
War Press Info Network at:
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/fake-usa-accusations/

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Vienna Talks Agree to Defeat ISIL, Maintain Syria’s Integrity, Reach Ceasefire

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US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L)The foreign ministers of 16 countries and Chinese deputy foreign minister as well as representatives of the European Union and the United Nations agreed during their meeting in Vienna on Friday to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

Following is the full text of a joint communiqué issued by the meeting after the foreign ministerial talks:

Meeting in Vienna, on October 30, 2015, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States (the participants) came together to discuss the grave situation in Syria and how to bring about an end to the violence as soon as possible.

The participants had a frank and constructive discussion, covering major issues. While substantial differences remain among the participants, they reached a mutual understanding on the following:

1. Syria’s unity, independence, territorial integrity, and secular character are fundamental.

2. State institutions will remain intact.

3. The rights of all Syrians, regardless of ethnicity or religious denomination, must be protected.

4. It is imperative to accelerate all diplomatic efforts to end the war.

5. Humanitarian access will be ensured throughout the territory of Syria, and the participants will increase support for internally displaced persons, refugees, and their host countries.

6. ISIL [the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ takfiri group], and other terrorist groups, as designated by the UN Security Council, and further, as agreed by the participants, must be defeated.

7. Pursuant to the 2012 Geneva Communiqué and the UN Security Council Resolution 2118, the participants invited the UN to convene representatives of the Government of Syria and the Syrian opposition for a political process leading to credible, inclusive, non-sectarian governance, followed by a new constitution and elections. These elections must be administered under UN supervision to the satisfaction of the governance and to the highest international standards of transparency and accountability, free and fair, with all Syrians, including the diaspora, eligible to participate.

8. This political process will be Syrian-led and Syrian-owned, and the Syrian people will decide the future of Syria.

9. The participants together with the United Nations will explore modalities for, and implementation of, a nationwide ceasefire to be initiated on a date certain and in parallel with this renewed political process.

The participants will spend the coming days working to narrow remaining areas of disagreement, and build on areas of agreement. Ministers will reconvene within two weeks to continue these discussions.

Source: IRNA

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First-Ever US Presidential Forum to be Held in Israel

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[Ed. note – According to the report below, US presidential candidates have been invited to attend a candidate’s forum to be held next Tuesday and Wednesday in Israel–further proof, I would say (should any be needed) that America is a colonized nation. According to the Times of Israel, candidates have the option of attending in person or by video conference call. It’s not clear how many of them will accept the invitation, but my guess is a good many will participate. ]

By Natasha Srdoc

US presidential candidates have been invited to participate in the first-ever US Presidential Candidates’ Forum held abroad, focusing on foreign and defense policy issues. From Jerusalem, Israel, each presidential candidate will have an opportunity to present their views on U.S. foreign policy, US-Israel relations, threats affecting US allies in Europe and Asia, the instability in the Middle East, terrorism, and solutions to increase the economic well-being and security of Americans in the US and abroad.

Each candidate will have a one hour segment of engaged discussion at the forum, allowing the candidate to be less than 48 hours away from campaign trail in the U.S.

Each candidate will be solely featured at the forum, presenting their own ideas and solutions to questions shared by a nonpartisan independent panel. This strategic endeavor will be broadcasted from Jerusalem, Israel, by media partners including NRB TV Network, joined by US and international televised broadcasting groups, including online and print media.

The U.S. Presidential Candidates’ Forum is co-hosted by U.S. based International Leaders Summit and National Religious Broadcasters.

“During the 20th century, America’s strategic leadership in foreign, security and trade policy affirmed our common civilization based on the rule of law — protecting life, liberty and private property, said Joel Anand Samy, co-founder and president of the International Leaders Summit. “At the Jerusalem Leaders Summit’s forum featuring US presidential candidates, America’s next president will be able to address the challenges, threats and opportunities of the 21st century.”

“Presidents must be fully versed on foreign policy and understanding the Middle East and how to manage our strategic alliance with Israel is an imperative for the United States,” said Jerry Johnson, the president of National Religious Broadcasters. “This is a tremendous opportunity for presidential candidates to showcase their foreign policy credentials.”

 

Le Figaro poll: Over 70% want Syria’s Assad to remain in power

31 Oct, 2015 12:53Syria's President Bashar al-Assad  © SANA

 

A recent poll carried out by France’s Le Figaro newspaper has indicated that at least 72 percent of respondents want Syrian President Bashar Assad to remain in power.

The survey, published on Thursday, asked“Should world powers demand Bashar Assad to leave?” At least 28 percent from 21,314 respondents have voted “Yes” so far, while the majority – 72 percent – have said “No”. 

READ MORE: Assad: ‘West uses terrorism as new instrument to subjugate Middle East’

The poll was conducted ahead of the Vienna talks, where 19 global powers gathered to find a solution for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria. The fate of Assad remained the stumbling block during discussions.

The US and its allies including Saudi Arabia repeatedly said the Syrian president, whose term expires in 2021, must resign.

“There is no way President Assad can unite and govern Syria,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said during the meeting, adding, “Syrians deserve a different choice.”

READ MORE: Vienna talks: 19 global powers to work to establish nationwide Syria ceasefire

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the Syrian people “should define the future of their country… including Assad’s fate.”

Earlier in October, a member of Moscow’s parliamentary delegation told TASS that Assad had agreed to hold preliminary elections in the country, provided the move has the people’s backing.

Syria has been caught up in a civil war since 2011, when violent protests erupted as part of the so-called Arab spring. During the turmoil, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) militants managed to capture large amounts of territory in Syria and Iraq.

On September 30, Moscow launched a military operation targeting IS positions following a formal request from Assad.

 

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HARVESTING ORGANS IN NAME OF ZIONISM TO ‘DETER TERRORISM’?

"HARVESTING ORGANS IN NAME OF ZIONISM TO 'DETER TERRORISM'?
There are up to 200 bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by Israel or died in Israeli occupation captivity still held by Israel. At least in 2010, the oldest cadaver held by Israel went back to 1967.
There has been several agreements to hand over bodies in recent years, but how many bodies have actually been given back to the families of the dead is unclear.
Most of these bodies are buried in "cemeteries of numbers", graves marked only by plaques with numbers, hence the name.
But 28 bodies of victims of the current uprising are held in the notorious Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv, where in the past organs were harvested from Palestinians without permit of families and without their knowledge.
Organs were also taken from Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon and harvested body parts were buried in mass graves without permission from families.
In the current circumstance, Israel's reluctance to return bodies has led to rumours of these bodies of the recently killed being harvested for organs also and some on the side of Israel have already come up with excuses - like our example shows - if this would actually be proven to to have happened.
"For the record, I'm in favour of harvesting organs from terrorists to save lives, to deter terrorism."
Yaakov Menken(1965-) blogger, columnist, rabbi and IT entrepreneur (graduate of Princeton university, who active in both the United States and Israel.
Menken is not an online troll, but a rather respected figure in mainstream circles. Him coming up with excuses for possible harvesting of organs from killed Palestinians can't be used as an evidence to show that it is currently happening, but it does so that taking organs is seen in pro-occupation circles as another possible and 'justified' way to punish the Palestinian dead and their families for resisting the Israeli occupation.
SOURCES:
Cemeteries of numbers: Israel takes revenge on Palestinian corpses http://www.alaraby.co.uk/…/cemeteries-of-numbers-israel-tak…
Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent
http://www.theguardian.com/…/israeli-pathologists-harvested…

'Forensic Institute buried body parts in mass grave'
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4237656,00.html
Israel Admits Harvesting Organs From Dead Bodies Without Permission
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/israel-admits-harvesting_n_…

NYT Finds 'Disproportionate Role' of Israelis in World Organ Trafficking
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.610986
Over two dozen Palestinian bodies withheld by Israel in October
http://www.middleeasteye.net/…/over-two-dozen-palestinian-b…
State to compensate families of soldiers whose organs were secretly harvested
http://www.timesofisrael.com/families-of-idf-soldiers-whos…/
Waiting To Return Home: Palestinian Martyrs in Israeli “Cemeteries of Numbers” and Morgues
https://avoicefrompalestine.wordpress.com/…/waiting-to-ret…/

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=522201441294095&id=146535155527394"
"HARVESTING ORGANS IN NAME OF ZIONISM TO 'DETER TERRORISM'?
There are up to 200 bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by Israel or died in Israeli occupation captivity still held by Israel. At least in 2010, the oldest cadaver held by Israel went back to 1967.
There has been several agreements to hand over bodies in recent years, but how many bodies have actually been given back to the families of the dead is unclear.
Most of these bodies are buried in "cemeteries of numbers", graves marked only by plaques with numbers, hence the name.
But 28 bodies of victims of the current uprising are held in the notorious Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv, where in the past organs were harvested from Palestinians without permit of families and without their knowledge.
Organs were also taken from Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon and harvested body parts were buried in mass graves without permission from families.
In the current circumstance, Israel's reluctance to return bodies has led to rumours of these bodies of the recently killed being harvested for organs also and some on the side of Israel have already come up with excuses - like our example shows - if this would actually be proven to to have happened.
"For the record, I'm in favour of harvesting organs from terrorists to save lives, to deter terrorism."
Yaakov Menken(1965-) blogger, columnist, rabbi and IT entrepreneur (graduate of Princeton university, who active in both the United States and Israel.
Menken is not an online troll, but a rather respected figure in mainstream circles. Him coming up with excuses for possible harvesting of organs from killed Palestinians can't be used as an evidence to show that it is currently happening, but it does so that taking organs is seen in pro-occupation circles as another possible and 'justified' way to punish the Palestinian dead and their families for resisting the Israeli occupation.
SOURCES:
Cemeteries of numbers: Israel takes revenge on Palestinian corpses http://www.alaraby.co.uk/…/cemeteries-of-numbers-israel-tak…
Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent
http://www.theguardian.com/…/israeli-pathologists-harvested…

'Forensic Institute buried body parts in mass grave'
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4237656,00.html
Israel Admits Harvesting Organs From Dead Bodies Without Permission
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/israel-admits-harvesting_n_…

NYT Finds 'Disproportionate Role' of Israelis in World Organ Trafficking
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.610986
Over two dozen Palestinian bodies withheld by Israel in October
http://www.middleeasteye.net/…/over-two-dozen-palestinian-b…
State to compensate families of soldiers whose organs were secretly harvested
http://www.timesofisrael.com/families-of-idf-soldiers-whos…/
Waiting To Return Home: Palestinian Martyrs in Israeli “Cemeteries of Numbers” and Morgues
https://avoicefrompalestine.wordpress.com/…/waiting-to-ret…/

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=522201441294095&id=146535155527394"
"HARVESTING ORGANS IN NAME OF ZIONISM TO 'DETER TERRORISM'?
There are up to 200 bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by Israel or died in Israeli occupation captivity still held by Israel. At least in 2010, the oldest cadaver held by Israel went back to 1967.
There has been several agreements to hand over bodies in recent years, but how many bodies have actually been given back to the families of the dead is unclear.
Most of these bodies are buried in "cemeteries of numbers", graves marked only by plaques with numbers, hence the name.
But 28 bodies of victims of the current uprising are held in the notorious Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv, where in the past organs were harvested from Palestinians without permit of families and without their knowledge.
Organs were also taken from Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon and harvested body parts were buried in mass graves without permission from families.
In the current circumstance, Israel's reluctance to return bodies has led to rumours of these bodies of the recently killed being harvested for organs also and some on the side of Israel have already come up with excuses - like our example shows - if this would actually be proven to to have happened.
"For the record, I'm in favour of harvesting organs from terrorists to save lives, to deter terrorism."
Yaakov Menken(1965-) blogger, columnist, rabbi and IT entrepreneur (graduate of Princeton university, who active in both the United States and Israel.
Menken is not an online troll, but a rather respected figure in mainstream circles. Him coming up with excuses for possible harvesting of organs from killed Palestinians can't be used as an evidence to show that it is currently happening, but it does so that taking organs is seen in pro-occupation circles as another possible and 'justified' way to punish the Palestinian dead and their families for resisting the Israeli occupation.
SOURCES:
Cemeteries of numbers: Israel takes revenge on Palestinian corpses http://www.alaraby.co.uk/…/cemeteries-of-numbers-israel-tak…
Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent
http://www.theguardian.com/…/israeli-pathologists-harvested…

'Forensic Institute buried body parts in mass grave'
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4237656,00.html
Israel Admits Harvesting Organs From Dead Bodies Without Permission
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/israel-admits-harvesting_n_…

NYT Finds 'Disproportionate Role' of Israelis in World Organ Trafficking
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.610986
Over two dozen Palestinian bodies withheld by Israel in October
http://www.middleeasteye.net/…/over-two-dozen-palestinian-b…
State to compensate families of soldiers whose organs were secretly harvested
http://www.timesofisrael.com/families-of-idf-soldiers-whos…/
Waiting To Return Home: Palestinian Martyrs in Israeli “Cemeteries of Numbers” and Morgues
https://avoicefrompalestine.wordpress.com/…/waiting-to-ret…/
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There are up to 200 bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by Israel or died in Israeli occupation captivity still held by Israel. At least in 2010, the oldest cadaver held by Israel went back to 1967.

There has been several agreements to hand over bodies in recent years, but how many bodies have actually been given back to the families of the dead is unclear.

Most of these bodies are buried in “cemeteries of numbers”, graves marked only by plaques with numbers, hence the name.

But 28 bodies of victims of the current uprising are held in the notorious Abu Kabir Forensic Institute in Tel Aviv, where in the past organs were harvested from Palestinians without permit of families and without their knowledge.

Organs were also taken from Israeli soldiers killed in Lebanon and harvested body parts were buried in mass graves without permission from families.

In the current circumstance, Israel’s reluctance to return bodies has led to rumours of these bodies of the recently killed being harvested for organs also and some on the side of Israel have already come up with excuses – like our example shows – if this would actually be proven to to have happened.

“For the record, I’m in favour of harvesting organs from terrorists to save lives, to deter terrorism.”

Yaakov Menken(1965-) blogger, columnist, rabbi and IT entrepreneur (graduate of Princeton university, who active in both the United States and Israel.

Menken is not an online troll, but a rather respected figure in mainstream circles. Him coming up with excuses for possible harvesting of organs from killed Palestinians can’t be used as an evidence to show that it is currently happening, but it does so that taking organs is seen in pro-occupation circles as another possible and ‘justified’ way to punish the Palestinian dead and their families for resisting the Israeli occupation.

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Cemeteries of numbers: Israel takes revenge on Palestinian corpses http://www.alaraby.co.uk/…/cemeteries-of-numbers-israel-tak…

Doctor admits Israeli pathologists harvested organs without consent
http://www.theguardian.com/…/israeli-pathologists-harvested…

‘Forensic Institute buried body parts in mass grave’
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4237656,00.html

Israel Admits Harvesting Organs From Dead Bodies Without Permission
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/israel-admits-harvesting_n_…

NYT Finds ‘Disproportionate Role’ of Israelis in World Organ Trafficking
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.610986

Over two dozen Palestinian bodies withheld by Israel in October
http://www.middleeasteye.net/…/over-two-dozen-palestinian-b…

State to compensate families of soldiers whose organs were secretly harvested
http://www.timesofisrael.com/families-of-idf-soldiers-whos…/

Waiting To Return Home: Palestinian Martyrs in Israeli “Cemeteries of Numbers” and Morgues
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US military revolt against Obama’s decision to “support Al Qaeda in Syria

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A military revolt against the plan of the Obama administration to launch a potentially disastrous attack against is gathering pace, with two senior officers and members of scheduled services who express their vehement opposition to what the United States s ‘entangled in the conflict. The reaction began to spread on social media yesterday with many military posting pictures of themselves holding up signs saying they would refuse to fight on the same side as in Syria. Others have posted their photos on Twitter with the hashtag #IdidntJoin.

As the Obama administration prepares to present a draft resolution to legislators is far from “limited” in scope and would actually grease the skids for a war of indefinite duration, John Kerry and other officials State Department reported that Obama will simply ignore Congress if the vote no, and launch the attack anyway.

This will do little to reassure an increasing number of influential figures in the US Army, which become more and more recalcitrant that the are being lured into a new war in the Middle East.

The  Washington Post reports that “the plan of the Obama administration to launch a military strike against Syria has received with serious reservations by many in the US military, which is struggling with the legacy of two long wars and a budget that shrinks rapidly, according to current and former officers. ”

Republican Congressman Justin Amash also said via Twitter: “I have heard many members of our armed forces. The message I’ve always heard is: Please vote no on military action against Syria. ” Amash’s statement was followed by a series of tweets military veterans who have also expressed their opposition to the attack.

Paul Szoldra of Business Insider also spoke of “sources that are either veterans or currently on active duty in the army,” and asked them if they supported the military escalation in Syria.

“Most responded with an emphatic” writes Szoldra.

He cites a first class of active sergeant said: “We are overwhelmed, tired and broken,” adding that the United States “(do not) need to be the police of the world.”

“Our involvement in Syria is so dangerous on many levels, and American veteran of the 21st century is more concerned to avoid it more than anyone. It is beyond my comprehension that we are ignored, “added the former Corporal Jack Mandaville, a veteran of the Marine Corps infantry with 3 deployments in Iraq.

There are no military personnel who publicly exposes his concerns, Politico reported that leakage of the attack plan that “emanate from the Pentagon bureaucracy less enthusiastic about an attack than, say, the Department State, National Security Council and Obama himself, “are part of unauthorized disclosures that have” irritated “the White House.

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Top Saudi Royals Struggle for Power as War on Yemen Causes Budget Deficit

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Saudi King and heir NayefA power struggle is emerging between Saudi Arabia’s two most powerful princes, analysts and diplomats say, as the secretive kingdom confronts some of its biggest challenges in years.

“The Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, falling oil prices and rising extremist violence are putting the country’s leadership to the test, nine months after King Salman assumed the throne following the death of king Abdullah,” Agence France Presse news agency stated in an analytical report Friday.

The kingdom’s rulers have also faced criticism for last month’s hajj tragedy which, according to foreign officials, killed more than 2,200 people in a stampede at the annual Muslim pilgrimage.

The report said that running for power inside the House of Saud has intensified between the two designated heirs, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the king’s 56-year-old nephew, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 30, is Salman’s son.

“Mohammed bin Nayef is interior minister while Mohammed bin Salman runs the defense ministry, and their growing rivalry is making itself felt, resulting in some disturbing policies abroad and internally,” it stated citing experts.

In the article, Frederic Wehrey of the Middle East Programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, pointed to the “irresponsible” Saudi-led intervention in Yemen and said the key Western ally has taken a more “hardline tilt” away from reforms.

Tensions between the two princes emerged after the king’s shock removal six months ago of Crown Prince Moqren, who had been appointed as the country’s first deputy crown prince by Abdullah.

In the months since, the younger Mohammed bin Salman has moved to shore up his power, analysts say.

“A lot of people see this as a kind of a coup… that it’s one faction taking power for itself,” said Stephane Lacroix, a specialist in Saudi Arabia at Sciences Po university in Paris.

Moqren’s case shows that “this position of deputy crown prince is a bit precarious,” and helps explain why Mohammed bin Salman has been reinforcing his position, a Western diplomat says.

In addition to being defense minister, Mohammed bin Salman heads the kingdom’s main economic coordinating council as well as a body overseeing Saudi Aramco, the state oil company in the world’s biggest petroleum exporter.

“Mohammed bin Salman is clearly amassing extraordinary power and influence very quickly. This is bound to unsettle his rivals,” Wehrey said.

The deputy crown prince “has this need to structure his position to become, at the moment his father dies, irreplaceable” because he has no assurances of how Mohammed bin Nayef, as king, would treat him, another foreign diplomat was quoted as saying.

Mohammed bin Salman, who has a close relationship with his father, has been “acting as if he was the heir apparent, so this obviously creates tensions,” Lacroix said.

Diplomats view Salman’s removal in September of Saad al-Jabri — a minister of state and cabinet member associated with Mohammed bin Nayef — as one sign of the struggle.

But there has not been a broader move against the interior minister, who is widely respected abroad for having led Saudi efforts against Al-Qaeda and other jihadists.

“I think they’d be shooting themselves in the foot if they cut Mohammed bin Nayef out,” the Western diplomat said.

“He’s well-respected. He’s the one guy in the West who is trusted, particularly on counter-terrorism.”

The crown prince has the loyalty of interior ministry forces, and most members of the royal family would support his ultimate rise to the throne as “something normal,” the other diplomat stated.

If a powerful faction were ready to move against the crown prince, whose police were responsible for security at the hajj, the stampede would have provided an opportunity, he added.

“They could have made him the scapegoat if they wanted to get rid of him.”

On the other side of the rivalry, diplomats noted that some in the royal family are quietly uneasy about Mohammed bin Salman’s handling of the war in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition supporting the government against Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels.

“You could argue this whole Yemen operation was in part calculated to shore up the defence minister’s profile,” Wehrey said.

“The war, the cost of which has not been revealed, comes with the kingdom cutting government spending, tapping into its financial reserves and issuing debt to deal with a record budget deficit after oil prices dropped by more than half since early last year,” he indicated.

“For the moment it’s still manageable,” Lacroix highlighted, but some in the royal family are reportedly warning that the economic situation could become a worry in the long-term.

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Russia’s “No-Fly Zone” Prevents U.S., Israel, UK From Bombing Syria

Brandon Turbeville
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October 28, 2015

It appears that, after a few weeks of Russian bombing in Syria, a new kind of “no-fly zone” seems to have been established. However, this “no-fly zone” is not focused on preventing Syrian planes and military forces from operating inside the country. Instead, it functions as a barrier to Israeli and American air forces seeking to enter Syria through the Mediterranean Sea in order to support terrorists and jihadists against the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

This is because of Russia’s Naval presence in the port of Tartus and its new presence just off the coast of Latakia, particularly with ships like the guided missile cruiser Moscow. The ship left Crimea on September 24 and is part of what Russian media is referring to as training exercises.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has stated,

In the course of the training activity, the Russian ships will practice organization of anti-submarine, anti-ship, and air defense, as well as search-and-rescue activities and rendering assistance to distressed vessels.

During the exercise, the military seamen are to perform over 40 different combat, tasks including missile and artillery firings at surface and aerial targets.

Clearly, the ship is in the Mediterranean for more than simple maneuvers. But its presence is also being bemoaned by the obsessively pro-Israeli, pro-NATO, and pro-war crowds howling in the pages of mainstream media outlets about being prevented from being able to cross national borders at will and rain death and destruction down upon innocent civilians and the primary force fighting ISIS and other jihadists in Syria.

As pro-Israeli writer “Eli” from SOFREP wrote in an article that was reposted by Business Insider,

By positioning the Moskva, a cruiser armed with S300 missiles, west of Latakia, the Russians have endangered the IAF’s favorite corridor of flight into Syria. The IAF has no stealth capabilities to circumvent this anti-access/area denial — A2/AD — bubble, nor any other air force in the area.

Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to do in several days what US President Barack Obama failed to do in the last three years: He’s created a true no-fly zone. Putin’s actions suggest, in my opinion, that he’s willing to force the coalition and the Israel air force into reporting and coordinating their flights in the region — an act I’m sure no one is in favor of or willing to comply with.

The Moskva carries an estimated 64 S-300 missiles, according to foreign sources), and could intercept multiple targets up to 150 miles away, making it a serious threat in addition to other Russian assets in the region.

The presence of the Moskva essentially locks down British air assets in Cyprus, American F-16s in the southern part of Turkey, and the Israeli air force, which likes to use that particular flight corridor for penetration into Syria, or alternatively when flying over the western part of Lebanon. Any flights in or around the country will now be tricky for the IAF to accomplish.

“Eli” has made an astute observation. Unless the Israelis and NATO powers are truly willing to risk World War 3, the ability to simply fly in through and over the Mediterranean has been severely hampered by the Russian presence. NATO and Israel could indeed identify themselves and their intentions but they could be denied overflight permission to do so. They would then be forced with the choice between simply stepping back or risking a direct confrontation with Russian jets in the air.

Furthermore, “Eli” concludes that danger is indeed present. He writes,

So what happens to coalition surveillance flights? What about airdrops to parties in the region supported by the coalition? This will become another complicated situation which will require the precision of a surgeon and the creativity of artists. One thing is certain: The Kremlin’s recent move is dangerous and places us all in danger. It may be time to dust off the old Cold War books.

Yet, while “Eli” laments the Russian presence in the Mediterranean and Syria and attempts to suggest that Russia is simply expanding its empire, his thesis is concerning for three reasons. First, it is perhaps the case that the United States and Israel have violated human rights and national borders for so long that neither their citizens nor their cheerleaders have any grasp of the difference between imperialism and self-defense.

Second, “Eli” is lamenting the Russian presence because he views the Western support of savages raping and beheading their way across Syria as legitimate and justified. He implicitly argues that the Israeli Air Force, along with the U.S. Air Force, has and should continue to have the divine right to cross national borders at will, drop bombs on civilians and national governments as they choose, and be free from any and all consequences of doing so. The “exceptional” people and the “chosen” people thus make a very good team, complete with the blessings of God and the rest of the world.

There is one major problem, however – the fact that Israel and the United States no longer have the blessing of the world to continue their slaughter unabated. Russia has had enough and so have many other nations.

Which brings us to the most concerning aspect of “Eli’s” position – that he and those he represents are willing to risk World War 3 to continue settlement and colonization of the Middle East and other “non-compliant” nations.

“Eli’s” article would not be so concerning if it were not for the fact that it represents the viewpoint of a ruling elite that is so committed to world hegemony that it very well might risk the literal destruction of the world in search of those aims. While “Eli” describes the “Kremlin’s recent moves” as “dangerous” and having placed us all in danger, the Kremlin is only acting in a way that defends its own self-interests.

If “Eli” is concerned with the danger that we all face, he would do well to warn the White House and the Knesset.

Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – 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 Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. 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 atUCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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Putin Makes Obama an Offer He Can’t Refuse

 

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Why is John Kerry so eager to convene an emergency summit on Syria now when the war has been dragging on for four and a half years?

Is he worried that Russia’s air campaign is wiping out too many US-backed jihadis and sabotaging Washington’s plan to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad?

You bet, he is. No one who’s been following events in Syria for the last three weeks should have any doubt about what’s really going on.  Russia has been methodically wiping out Washington’s mercenaries on the ground while recapturing large swathes of land that had been lost to the terrorists.  That, in turn, has strengthened Assad’s position in Damascus and left the administration’s policy in tatters.  And that’s why Kerry wants another meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pronto even though the two diplomats met less than a week ago.   The Secretary of State is hoping to cobble together some kind of makeshift deal that will stop the killing and salvage what’s left of Uncle Sam’s threadbare Syrian project.

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that Iran had been invited to the confab which will be held in Vienna on Thursday.  The announcement is bound to be ferociously criticized on Capital Hill, but it just shows to what extent Russia is currently setting the agenda. It was Lavrov who insisted that Iran be invited, and it was Kerry who reluctantly capitulated. Moscow is now in the drivers seat.

And don’t be surprised if the summit produces some pretty shocking results too, like a dramatic 180 on Washington’s “Assad must go” demand.   As Putin has pointed out many times before, Assad’s not going anywhere. He’s going to be a part of Syria’s “transitional governing body”  when the Obama team finally agrees to the Geneva Communique which is the political track that will eventually end the fighting, restore security, and allow millions of refugees to return to their homes.

The reason the administration is going to agree to allow Assad to stay, is because if they don’t, the Russian Airforce is going to continue to blow US-backed mercenaries to smithereens. So, you see, Obama really has no choice in the matter. Putin has put a gun to his head and made him an offer he can’t refuse.

That doesn’t mean the war is going to be a cakewalk for Russia or its allies. It won’t be. In fact, there have already been some major setbacks, like the fact that ISIS just seized a critical section the Aleppo-Khanasser highway, cutting off  the government’s supply-lines to Aleppo. This is a serious problem, but it is not a problem that can’t be overcome nor is it a problem that will effect the outcome of the war. It’s just one of the obstacles that has to be dealt with and surpassed.  Taking a broader view, the outlook is much more encouraging for the Russian-led coalition which continues to cut off supply-lines,  blow up ammo dumps and fuel depots, and rapidly eviscerate the ability of the enemy to wage war.  So, while the war is certainly not a walk in the park, there’s no doubt about who’s going to win.

And that might explain why the US decided to bomb Aleppo’s main power plant last week plunging the entire city into darkness; because Obama wants to “rubblize” everything on his way out.  Keep in mind, that the local water treatment plants require electrical power, so by blowing up the plant, Obama has condemned tens of thousands of civilians to cholera and other water-born diseases. Apparently, our hospital-nuking president isn’t bothered by such trivial matters as killing women and children. Now check this out from the Daily Star:

“U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq and Syria carried out a large-scale attack on Syria’s Omar oil field as part of its mission to target ISIS’s ability to generate money, a coalition spokesman said Thursday.

Operations officer Maj. Michael Filanowski told journalists in Baghdad that airstrikes late Wednesday struck ISIS-controlled oil refineries, command and control centers and transportation nodes in the Omar oil field near the town of Deir el-Zour. Coalition spokesman Col. Steven Warren said the attack hit 26 targets, making it one of the largest set of strikes since launching the air campaign last year.

The refinery generates between $1.7 and $5.1 million per month for ISIS.

“It was very specific targets that would result in long-term incapacitation of their ability to sell oil, to get it out of the ground and transport it,” Filanowski said.

ISIS seized a number of oil refineries and other infrastructure in Iraq and Syria as it sought to generate revenue to build a self-sufficient state.  (“US-led forces strike ISIS-controlled oil field in Syria“, Daily Star)

Isn’t it amazing how– after a year of  combing the dessert looking for ISIS  targets– the USAF finally figures out where the goddamn oil refineries are? No wonder the western media chose to ignore this story. One can only conclude that Obama never had any intention of cutting off ISIS’s main funding stream (oil sales). What he really wanted was for the terrorist group to flourish provided it helped Washington achieve its strategic goals. Putin even pointed this out in a recent interview. He said:

“The mercenaries occupy the oil fields in Iraq and Syria. They start extracting the oil-and this oil is purchased by somebody. Where are the sanctions on the parties purchasing this oil?

Do you believe the US does not know who is buying it?

Is it not their allies that are buying the oil from ISIS?

Do you not think that US has the power to influence their allies? Or is the point that they don’t  wish to influence them?

Putin was never taken in by the whole ISIS oil charade. He knew it was a farce from the get-go, ever since Financial Times published their thoroughly laughable article on the topic which claimed that ISIS had its own group of “headhunters” offering “competitive salaries” to engineers with the “requisite experience”  and encouraged  “prospective employees to apply to its human resources department.”

The ISIS “human resources department”??  Have you ever read anything more ridiculous in your life?  (Read the whole story here.)

In an interview with NPR,  FT fantasist Erika Solomon (who wrote the article) explained why the US could not bomb the oil fields or refineries. Here’s what she said:

“What ISIS has done is managed to corner control of the extraction process, which is smart because they can’t get bombed there. It would cause a natural disaster. So they extract the oil, and then they immediately sell it to local traders – any average person who can buy a truck that they can fill with a tank of oil.”

Well, that sure didn’t stop Maj. Michael Filanowski, now did it? He seems to have blown up those ISIS refineries without batting an eye, which just proves that Solomon’s “natural disaster” fairytale is pure bunkum.

But if it was all baloney, then why did the USAF decide to hit the targets now? What changed?

Here’s a clue from an article that popped up on RT just one day before the attacks:

“Russia’s airplanes cut off routes used by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) to deliver supplies to Syria from Iraq by bombing a bridge over the Euphrates River, the Russian General Staff said

“The bridge over the Euphrates River near [the Syrian city of] Deir ez-Zor was a key point of the logistics chain [of IS]. Today Russian pilots carried out a surgical strike against the object,” the deputy chief of the General Staff of Russia, Colonel General Andrey Kartapolov, said on Thursday during a news briefing, adding that the terrorist group’s armament and ammunition delivery route had been cut off.” (“Russian Air Force cuts off ISIS supply lines by bombing bridge over Euphrates“, RT)

There it is: The Russians blow up a critical bridge over the Euphrates making oil transport impossible, and  the next thing you know, BAM, the US goes into scorched earth-mode leveling everything in sight.  Coincidence?

Not  bloody likely.  The whole incident suggests the mighty CIA is rolling up its pet project in Syria and headed for the exits.  (It’s worth noting that ISIS has never been a self sustaining corporate franchise netting over a million bucks a day on oil receipts as western propaganda would have one believe. That’s all part of the public relations coverup used to conceal the fact that the Gulf allies and probably CIA black ops are funding these homicidal maniacs.)

In any event, the Russian intervention is forcing Washington to rethink its Syria policy. While Kerry is bending over backwards to end the fighting,  Obama is busy tweaking the policy in a way that appeases his critics on the right without provoking a confrontation with Moscow. It’s a real tight-wire act, but the White House PR team thinks they can pull it off. Check this out from NBC News:

“Defense Secretary Ash Carter today revealed that the U.S. will openly begin “direct action on the ground” against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria.

In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services committee on Tuesday, Carter said “we won’t hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL…or conducting such mission directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground.” (“Sec. Carter: U.S. to Begin ‘Direct Action on the Ground’ in Iraq, Syria“, NBC News)

This sounds a lot worse than it is. The truth is, Obama has no stomach for the type of escalation the hawks (like Hillary Clinton and John McCain ) are demanding. There aren’t going to be any “safe zones” or “no-fly zones” or any other provocations which would risk a bloody conflagration with Moscow. What Obama is looking for is the best face-saving strategy available that will allow him to retreat without incurring the wrath of the  Washington warmongers. It’s a tall order, but Sec-Def Ash Carter has come up with a plan that might just do-the-trick.  This is from The Hill:

“Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Tuesday described new ways the U.S. military plans to increase pressure on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, after months of criticism that the administration is not doing enough to defeat the terrorist group.

“The changes we’re pursuing can be described by what I call the ‘three R’s’ — Raqqa, Ramadi and Raids,” Carter testified the Senate Armed Services Committee.

First, Carter said the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS plans to support moderate Syrian forces to go after Raqqa — the terrorist group’s stronghold and administration capital.

The secretary also said he hopes to pursue a new way of equipping the Syrian Arab Coalition, which consists of about a dozen groups.

“While the old approach was to train and equip completely new forces outside of Syria before sending them into the fight, the new approach is to work with vetted leaders of groups that are already fighting ISIL, and provide equipment and some training to them and support their operations with airpower,” he said.

He also said the coalition expects to intensify its air campaign with additional U.S. and coalition aircraft, and to target ISIS with a higher and heavier rate of strikes.

“This will include more strikes against ISIL high-value targets as our intelligence improves, and also its oil enterprise, which is a critical pillar of ISIL’s financial infrastructure,” Carter said, using a different acronym for ISIS.” (“Pentagon chief unveils new plan for ISIS fight“, The Hill)

See anything new here? It’s a big nothingburger, right?

They’re going to kill more “high-value targets”?

Big whoop. That’s always been the gameplan, hasn’t it?  Of course, it has.

What this shows is that Obama is just running out the clock hoping he can keep this mess on the back-burner until he’s out of office and working out the terms of his first big book deal.  The last thing he wants is to get embroiled in a spitting match with the Kremlin his final year in office.

Unfortunately, the problem Obama is going to encounter is that Putin can’t simply turn off the war machine with the flip of a switch. It took Moscow a long time to decide to intervene in Syria, just like it took a long time to marshal the forces that would be deployed, build the coalition and draft the battleplan.  The Russians don’t take war lightly, so now that they’ve put the ball into motion they’re not going to stop until the job is done and the bulk of the terrorists have been exterminated.  That means there’s not going to be a ceasefire in the immediate future. Putin needs to demonstrate that once Moscow commits its forces, it will persevere until it achieves victory. That victory could come in the form of “liberating Aleppo” and a subsequent sealing off of the Turkish-Syria border or he might have some other goal in mind. But it’s a matter of credibility as much as anything. If Putin pulls back, hesitates or shows even the slightest lack of resolve, Washington will see it as a sign of weakness and try to exploit it. So Putin has no choice but to see this thing through to the bitter end.  At the very least, he needs to prove to Washington that when Russia gets involved, Russia wins.

That’s a message Washington needs to hear.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion (AK Press). Hopeless is also available in a Kindle edition. He can be reached at fergiewhitney@msn.com.

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israel’s barbaric occupation and endless violence towards Palestinians knows no bounds

Israel’s barbaric occupation and endless violence towards Palestinians knows no bounds

Israeli embassy spokesperson Yiftah Curiel accuses the British media of “callousness towards innocent Israelis’ lives.” As ever, when it comes to claims of “anti-Israel” bias in the media, the evidence is flimsy, consisting mainly of supposedly inaccurate headlines.

I welcome Curiel’s focus on “clear and simple [facts]”, and so here is a (partial) summary of significant acts of violence, violations of international law and human rights abuses conducted this month not by private individuals, but by the Israeli government and its armed forces.

According to the United Nations (UN), between October 1-26, 58 Palestinians – including assailants, alleged assailants and protesters – were killed by Israeli forces, and 6,445 injured. In one week, Israeli forces injured more than 1,200 Palestinians, “the vast majority in protests and confrontations”.

Across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, unarmed youth protesting a 48-year-long military regime have been gunned down by heavily armed soldiers. Since 1 October, Israeli forces have injured some 900 Palestinians with live fire and more than 800 with rubber-coated metal bullets.

Palestinians killed this month by Israel include 13-year-old Abd Al-Rahman, shot in the chest as he stood with friends in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem. Less than a week later, an Israeli soldier killed another 13-year-old boy, Ahmad Sharaka, with a bullet to the neck.

Despite Curiel’s apparent concern for Palestinians in Gaza (who, he wrote, “suffer under Hamas”), he omitted how, on 11 October, the Israel air force bombed the home of a Palestinian farmer, killing his pregnant wife and daughter. An Israeli army spokesperson claimed “weapon production sites” were hit.

Meanwhile, Israeli human-rights groups have condemned “a worrying trend to use firearms to kill Palestinians who have attacked Israelis or are suspected of such attacks”, noting that “in instances when Jews have been suspected of attacks, none of the suspects has been shot”.

Israel has imposed more than 30 obstacles to Palestinian freedom of movement in Occupied East Jerusalem, in measures described by an Amnesty International researcher as “collective punishment” – illegal under international law. Checkpoint delays have already proved fatal.

Curiel’s Israeli government has also pursued a policy of punitive house demolitions, described in an Israeli newspaper today as “organised barbarity“. On 6 October, Israeli forces blew up two homes in East Jerusalem; the blasts destroyed two adjacent apartments that were home to 11 people, including seven children.

This “toolbox of repression” might shock – but Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid continues, day after day, whether there is media coverage or not. It is not even a question of poor headlines – the Palestinian’s daily reality typically doesn’t generate any headlines

Take August, for example, when three Palestinians were killed and 195 injured, more than 300 were arrested, Gaza civilians were shot at and detained, and Israel demolished 145 Palestinian-owned structures. How much British media coverage did this generate?

Curiel is angry that a British television presenter asked Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat if his call for Israelis to carry guns wasn’t “excessive”. But Barkat’s remarks were criticised even in the Israeli media – does the embassy spokesperson want less of a debate in the UK than exists in Israel?

Curiel also claimed that Palestinian attackers have been “motivated by religious incitement and lies” concerning Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Yet, as one Israeli organisation put it, “the feeling among Palestinians that Israel is changing the status quo in the area” is actually “backed up by police data“.

On the issue of incitement, Israel’s justice minister recently declared: “We are against a Palestinian state. There is not and never will be a Palestinian state” – a sentiment shared by cabinet colleagues.

It is true that the Western media’s coverage of events in Palestine/Israel is often poor. Three common flaws are decontextualisation (such as no mention of occupation), inaccurate framing (the idea that there are two equal sides) and the omission of the daily reality of Palestinians’ lives.

Israel is an occupying power, controlling the lives of millions of Palestinians. Israeli occupation forces conduct nightly raids of Palestinian homes – not the other way round. Israel maintains and expands a network of illegal settlements on Palestinian land – not the other way round.

Most of the time, Western media coverage omits this critical dynamic and masks the asymmetry. When it doesn’t, then it is simply doing its job − to reflect the reality on the ground.


Ben White (benwhite.org.uk) is a journalist, researcher and author of ‘Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide’ and ‘Palestinians in Israel’. This is a reply to Yiftah Curiel’s article here.

 

No Evidence of Russia Bombing Hospitals in Syria. The US Government Just Made It Up

No Evidence of Russia Bombing Hospitals in Syria. The US Government Just Made It Up

Yes, it’s true that the U.S. bombed a hospital in Afghanistan on purpose (“it was a safe haven for terrorists”). And it’s also true that Saudi Arabia (using weapons purchased from the U.S.) leveled a hospital in Yemen.

But none of this matters, because the bloodthirsty Russians have bombed thousands upon thousands of Syrian hospitals in less than 30 days! This is how the U.S. government justifies its own war crimes. Oh, and it’s also not true, according to international organizations which operate hospitals in Syria.

Both the Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres have rejected claims that Russia is responsible for bombing their medical facilities in Syria. So why does the U.S. State Department stubbornly insist otherwise? (You know why.) Here is an entertaining anecdote: 

On Thursday, spokesman for the US State Department John Kirby was asked to provide sources to substantiate its grave allegations that Russia was responsible for damaging hospitals.

Kirby said that “we have seen some press reporting to that end,” and referred to “Syrian civil society groups” and “other operational information” which led the US administration to make the allegations, but was unable to provide any evidence.

Kirby was asked for substantiation after Red Cross Director Dominic Stillhart said that its personnel on the ground had not reported any airstrikes by Russian planes on civilian targets, including hospitals.

So that settles it. Putin must be Fed-Exed to the Hague immediately.

We’re just going to leave this here:

 

Russian Strikes Destroy 1,600 Terrorist Targets in Syria Since Sept. 30, MSF confirms no hospital hit

Russian Strikes Destroy 1,600 Terrorist Targets in Syria Since Sept. 30

The Russian air group in Syria has carried out 1,391 sorties over the past month, the General Staff said Friday.

Since the beginning of its operation in Syria on September 30, Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out 1,391 sorties in Syria, destroying a total of 1,623 terrorist targets, the Russian General Staff said Friday.

In particular, Russian warplanes destroyed 249 Islamic State command posts, 51 training camps, and 131 depots, Andrey Kartapolov, head of the Russian General Staff Main Operations Directorate said.

Kartapolov added that Islamic State has retained positions in a number of areas, having turned them into fortified zones complete with underground tunnels and shelters.

“It is too early to speak about complete victory over terrorists in Syria. Despite heavy losses and mass desertion, militants continue to resist the government troops. Importantly, the Syrian armed forces have promptly repelled all of their counterattacks,” Kartapolov said.

According to him, militants in Syria are trying to redeploy forces from Iraq and other neighboring states, but their morale and training levels are very low.

Kartapolov said that leaders of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group operating in the Syrian province of Hama have decided to join forces with ISIL as the Syrian army continues its offensive.

At the same time, militants often attempt to save their lives when being trapped by government forces by claiming that they belong to the so called ‘moderate opposition’, and their cowardice and unwillingness to fight causes the militant leaders to stop paying them.

“In order to receive political and financial support from abroad, the leaders of a number of militant factions that used to be a part of the Jabhat an-Nusra terrorist group decided to switch allegiance and to defect to the Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham which is considered to be a ‘moderate opposition’ group by the West,” he concluded.

As more and more militants flee the battlefield, terrorist leaders resort to extremely brutal measures to stop the desertion, Kartapolov said.

“In Hanshih, a suburb of Damascus, 17 militants of the Al-Ghuraba group were executed in public after they tried to leave the combat area and flee to Jordan,” he specified. “The whole scene was filmed in order to disseminate the footage among the other groups operating in the vicinity of Damascus and other areas”, the General Staff spokesman said.

In addition, he said that all information on IS, as well as al-Nusra Front positions provided by Syria’s moderate opposition “will be studied, and the objects themselves will be priority targets for Russian aviation.”

In the central regions of the country, the Syrian Army managed to liberate 12 cities in the Hama province, Kartapolov said. “The Syrian armed forces continue their advance to the north,” the general added.

He also said that in the Homs province, government troops and local militia forces managed to seize control of the town of Snisel and completely surround a large number of enemy forces holding Ad-Dar al-Kabira, Sem-Ali and Teir-Maala.

“Heavy fighting continues in the Eastern Ghuta district of Damascus. Significant gains were made in the vicinity of Duma and Hula. The government forces continue their advance in the direction of Jubar, attempting to trap the militant forces deployed there,” general said.

According to him, the Syrian Army liberated 19 settlements on the vicinity of Aleppo. “The government forces have repulsed all of the counterattacks launched by the militants, and continue to advance on Kuweires,” Kartapolov said.

He also remarked that in the Latakia province the militants were dislodged from nine settlements. “Assault squads are fighting a ferocious battle on a flat terrain to gain control of the town of Salmia,” general said.

“Bombing runs carried out by Russian aircraft allowed Syrian forces to go on offensive on the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Idlib, Homs and Damascus, and to liberate large swathes of territory.”

“During the three weeks of intensive fighting, the Syrian Army liberated over 50 large settlements and about 350 square kilometers of territory,” Kartapolov said.

According to the general, residents started to return to some of the settlements.

“The situation in Syria drastically changed thanks to Russian airstrikes. The terrorists suffered heavy losses, and the system of control and supply of the militant groups that was created over the course of the last few years was disrupted,” Kartapolov noted.

“ISIL and Jabhat an-Nusra lost the initiative and had to go on the defensive on every front. At the same time the enemy chain of command was also severely undermined, in no small part due to the elimination of 28 of the most notorious militant leaders,” Kartapolov said.

“We’ve already declared on several occasions that we are willing to cooperate with all Syrian groups, including the Free Syrian Army, fighting against the ISIL and Jabhat an-Nusra. We’re open to all forms of cooperation with the patriotic opposition, including the framework of the Joint Information Center in Baghdad,” he said.

All information on ISIL and Jabhat an-Nusra targets provided by the Free Syrian Army and other moderate groups “will be reviewed and the targets themselves will become priority targets for Russian military aircraft,” Kartapolov added.

“Despite the fact that the General Headquarters keeps fully and efficiently informing the public about the activities of the Russian military aircraft activity in the Syrian Arab Republic, the Western media keep publishing fake stories about the allegedly indiscriminate nature of the airstrikes conducted by our forces,” Kartapolov said.

One such hoax regarding the Omar Ibn Al Khattab Al Farooq mosque that was allegedly destroyed by Russian airstrike in Jisr al-Shughour in Idlib province is completely false, he added.

“Today we show you the real situation there. On the screen you can see the aerial photographs of that very mosque, taken by our planes yesterday, on October 29. As you can see, the mosque did not sustain any damage,” the general told journalists.

Kartapolov also asked the Western partners who accuse Russia of carrying out indiscriminate airstrikes in Syria to back up their accusations with concrete evidence.

“The Russian Defense Ministry is well aware of how many surveillance planes and reconnaissance spacecraft are constantly monitoring the Russian military activity in Syria. So if the military departments of NATO member-states and other countries wish to accuse us of anything, they have everything they need to present concrete evidence, just like the Russian Defense Ministry does,” he said.

Russia started precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syria’s internationally recognized government. The Russian airstrikes hit targets that are chosen based on intelligence collected by Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Netanyahu, the Mufti and Hitler, the real story

Zionist collaboration with Germany’s Nazi government

PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent claim that the Mufti of Jerusalem was the person who inspired Hitler to kill the Jews has had the predictable effect of bringing the past back to life. This past includes the well-documented history of the Zionist movement’s collaboration with Hitler’s government inside Germany and all over eastern Europe, before and during World War II.

This is not a recent issue. Several decades of research have uncovered a wealth of information on this relationship.

Today, Netanyahu’s attempt to stain the Palestinian people, collectively, comes in the form of a challenge and warning to the West. The warning is that Israel will never accept the international borders it has been allocated by the UN and will settle for nothing less than the whole of historic Palestine. The challenge is: Let anyone try to force us to settle with the Palestinians, who were “friends of with Hitler,” because Hitler after all “didn’t want to kill Jews, but only to expel them” before the Mufti somehow “put the idea in his head.”

The goal of this historical revisionism is of course not history as such, but simply to undermine Palestinian and international resolve by burning more bridges. Nevertheless, his brazen attempt to stain the Palestinian people with Nazi crimes should be construed against its proper historical context. With his comments on the Mufti of Jerusalem he has unwittingly brought to the fore a period in Zionist history about which many Jews have chosen to remain silent.

Numerous documents, diaries and court verdicts archived at the Israel’s postwar Supreme Court provide unambiguous evidence that the Zionist leaders not only took part in the illegal expulsion of Jewish communities, but encouraged them in hopes of populating their colony in Palestine. In exchange they sold the Nazis, among other things, sensitive intelligence gathered from their dealings with the British mandate authorities in Palestine.

The Zionist movement’s active participation and encouragement in what happened to the Jews in Germany, Poland, Hungary and other parts of eastern Europe have been an established fact since at least the 1960s. The trail of Zionist collaboration with the Nazi government and local fascist tyrants is long and has been well documented. I can’t even begin to summarize it, but let me start with the Jewish Agency For Palestine.

The Jewish Agency For Palestine signed a so-called “Transfer Agreement” with the Germany’s Nazi government. This agreement referred to the expulsion of Jews to the nascent Zionist colony in Palestine. Similar documents still exist in the archives. Hannah Arendt, who was neither anti-Israeli nor pro-Palestinian, gives some details on this particular agreement. But she does something else also. She describes the utmost respect and politeness with which Zionist leaders, still a minority among Jews at the time, were received in both Germany and Austria by Nazi ministers. German authorities considered the Zionists, she explained, as the “decent Jews.”

Her depiction stands to reason, besides being well-supported by the available evidence, because Zionist race ideology was actually the ancestor and inspiration of the Nazi movement. Hitler in his biography, Mein Kampf, and the Nazi intellectuals who later defended the Third Reich adulated Jewish race theorists and Zionists for their “unique sense of race consciousness.” Zionism essentially provided the ideological model the Pan-German movement had been missing. Zionism provided the focal point for gathering the Volk for its “historic” mission.

This turned out to be a two-way street, to the misfortune of the Jewish people.

While the still non-Zionist American Jewish community was struggling to organize boycotts of German products, the Zionists were drying the ink on agreements signed to expel Jews from Germany. But how the “transfer” was done is another story in itself.

As is well known by historians, and as a German Jewish woman and survivor of Thersienstadt mentioned in her book, all leading position in the Reichsvereinigung, in particular, were not only held by Zionists but were approved by the Nazis.

Nazi government minister Eichmann revealed at his trial, after his kidnapping to Israel, that the Gestapo and the S.S. received a stream of emissaries from the nascent Zionist colony in Palestine “on their own initiative” in order to accelerate the illegal immigration of Jews to British-occupied Palestine. In this, the British government is known to have been complicit. Eichmann even went to Vienna to negotiate with them about the issue of Jewish deportation.

The Zionist leaders were always treated with utmost respect and recognition. It was in everyone’s interest: the Nazi government depended on the Zionists to help in the deportations, the Zionists depended on it to colonize Palestine.

One witness at the Eichmann trial told of how Jews, believing the Zionist lies, volunteered to go to the Auschwitz concentration camp from Thersienstadt and denounced fellow Jews who did not share their views. One collaborator in this evil scheme were Chaim Rumkowski (or Chaim I, the so-called Eldest of the Jews in Lodz). This well-known and vainglorious Zionist collaborator had been issuing currency notes bearing his signature and postage stamps with his portrait, riding around in a broken-down horse-drawn carriage.

In his verdict on criminal case no. 124 of 1953 at Israel’s District Court of Jerusalem, Judge Benjamin Halevi wrote:

“The masses of Jews from Hungary’s ghettos obediently boarded the deportation trains without knowing their fate. They were full of confidence in the false information that they were being transferred to Kenyermeze. The Nazis could not have misled the masses of Jews so conclusively had they not spread their false information through Jewish channels. The false information was spread by the Jewish leaders. The local leaders of the Jews of Kluj and Nodvarod knew that other leaders were spreading such false information and did not protest.”

Even if one pretends that not all Zionists knew the fate of these deportees, the vital assistance they provided the Nazi authorities with shows not mere incompetence, but rather the depth of their conviction that any means was justifiable to achieve their end: colonization. But the Zionists leaders were fully aware.

Another Zionist collaborator was a Jewish policeman who worked arduously “to make the deportations easier” by selecting the Jewish victims himself and transferring those who were needed in Palestine. (H. Arendt, “Eichmann in Jerusalem,” 117-9).

This went on all around. The deniers of the Zionist holocaust cannot hide one of the most notorious cases of Zionist collaboration, that of Rudolf Kastner. He negotiated for the “purchase of Jewish lives for money and military equipment,” equipment headed for Palestine to kill “Arabs.” Records tell that he personally selected the Jews to be “saved.” Judge Halevi wrote in his verdict that “[Kastner] considered the rescue of the most important Jews as a great personal success and a success for Zionism.”

Incredibly, Kastner was later rehabilitated by the Israeli Supreme Court, even though he had gone so far as to promise Eichmann to stay quiet about a plan at the time to gas around a million Jews. He even perjured himself at his testimony after the war, as the judge took pains also to mention. It is said that Eichmann had not only agreed to let him take Jews fit for the Zionist colony out of Eichmann’s hands, but dressed him up in S.S. uniform and took him to Belsen to do what he had to do.

During the war, the World Zionist Organization maintained offices inside as well as outside Nazi Europe. This allowed it to built a vast international network of intelligence. It oversaw even the illegal “armies” that the Zionists had been building in Palestine. Despite its underground intelligence, though, it never publicized the mass murder of Jews or mounted any effort to support Jewish resistance in Europe.

Jewish resistance was not something to sneeze at in places, despite the lack of arms. The Nazis had a terrible time demolishing the Warsaw Ghetto, one of the largest, but no thanks to any Zionist organization. Not a finger was lifted officially in defense of their people.

True, a large number of Zionists did take part in the Warsaw battles, but most Jewish resistance fighters were Communists and Bundists. Moreover, the Zionists’ preferred military strategy quickly became “legendary”: Masada-like last stands. The idea was not to defend their people but to demonstrate their “heroism.”

In Palestine, meanwhile, the armed underground Haganah, which coordinated with the Nazis, tied down large numbers of British soldiers with acts of terrorism and mayhem. Their activities included systematic attacks against the local population to provoke chaos. Zionists worked best under chaotic conditions. Much information can be found in Klaus Polkein’s “The Secret Contacts: Zionist-Nazi Relations, 1933,1941,” Journal of Palestine Studies (spring-summer 1976).

Whereas the tiny terrorist gang Irgun (to which Menachem Begin belonged) proposed an outright alliance with the Nazi government, the more “mainstream” Haganah kept secret intelligence links with that government. Its commander, Feivel Polkes, cravenly passed on critical information to Adolf Eichmann of the security sevice of the S.S. The records (Reichs Führer of the S.S., Heinrich Himmler, nicrofil RFSS, frames 2936012 to 2936069) reveal Polkes’ offer of sensitive intelligence information during his visit to Berlin from February 26 to March 2, 1937.

These German records show the extent and manner in which the Haganah’s and other Zionist organizations’ relationship revolved around the Nazi policy of Judenreine, purification from Jews, which referred to the brisk trade in Jews being organized by the Gestapo.

Aas the war wore on, the threats to Jews all over Nazi-occupied Europe deepened. But the Zionist movement stood at the very heart of European Jewry’s collapse. Although this genocidal campaign began with the “transfers,” it of course evolved into something else. But the one constant was the Zionists’ continual encouragement of the Nazi authorities for the sole purpose of filling their colony in Palestine.

After the war, in Feb. 1961, in the London Daily Herald, a Dr. Rudulf Verba (a camp survivor) pointed accusingly and witheringly at Zionist leaders, saying, “I am a Jew. In spite of that–indeed because of that–I accuse certain Jewish leaders of one of the most ghastly deeds of the war.”

These voices have been echoing for decades but seem to have been willfully forgotten. The context of Verba’s above accusation is shocking. His camp diary, where he recorded many important goings-on, indicate without a shadow of a doubt that, unlike most Germans, Europeans and Americans, Zionist leaders actually knew what was being done to the Jews. They chose to take part in the crimes but stayed silent and lied to their own kind.

Worse, the same records clearly demonstrate that they insisted not only on the deportations but also the killing of countless Jews who refused to accept their insane ideology and racial fairy tales. Hitler did not need the Mufti of Jerusalem to push him to genocide. He had the Zionist movement.

And the story does not end there. Netanyahu’s comments take to a new height Norman Finkelstein’s argument in “The Holocaust Industry” about how the Zionists have exploited the “Holocaust” to their own advantage after WWII. Zionists have been using the tragedy of the Jews and turning it into a veritable cash-cow, extorting vast sums money for their presently failing project in Palestine–e.g., their plunder with help from the US in the 1990s and early 2000s of German, Swiss and Austrian banks.

They demanded those funds (billions of dollars above the reparations already paid) on the pretext of compensation for slave labor, including non-Jews, who never received a cent. Although these funds were claimed mainly on behalf of the Nazi Jewish victims, those victims continue to languish in poverty in Israel and elsewhere. Only a miniscule fraction has ever reached them. The German government knows about this but has chosen to remain silent to avoid more blackmail from American Zionists.

Countless witness accounts, documents, diaries, etc. support the Zionist role in the Nazi campaign “to rid Europe of the Jews.” The trail is long. One wonders if today’s leaders of international Zionist organizations and of Israel have a single tear to shed about their betrayal of Jews at their darkest hour.

If the older Zionists were capable of committing such horrendous crimes against their own people and of swindling them on such a scale, God knows what those in power are capable of doing to the Palestinians, not to mention the rest of the region.

Dr. Anthony F. Shaker is a visiting scholar at McGill University. He has published several scholarly books in philosophy, including Thinking in the Language of Reality, and writes articles on contemporary politics and strategic issues relating especially to the Middle East.

© Copyright 2015 by AxisofLogic.com

Briton released after being held for 14 years without charge at the USA’s Guantanamo torture gulag

Last British Detainee At Guantanamo Goes Home — Eight Years After Being Cleared for Release

Almost 14 years after he was first detained by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Shaker Aamer, the last British detainee held at Guantanamo Bay, was released from the prison today and repatriated back to his home in England. In a statement issued by a spokesperson for British Prime Minister David Cameron, the government indicated that it had no plans to detain him upon his release, and that “he is free to be reunited with his family.”

Aamer’s release today concludes a long legal ordeal that had raised the ire of human rights groups around the world. Despite spending nearly a decade and a half in U.S. custody, Aamer was never charged with any crime, and was cleared for release from the prison on separate occasions in both 2007 and 2009. In a statement issued today through the prisoner advocacy organization CAGE, Moazzam Begg, another former British detainee at Guantanamo and a longtime friend of Aamer, said, “The day has finally arrived…[Aamer’s] family, friends, lawyers, campaigners and well-wishers have fought a battle to free an innocent man and finally, that battle has been won.”

Aamer, 48, is a Saudi citizen and resident of the United Kingdom, whose British-born wife and four children, the youngest of whom he has never met, still live today in London. In 2001, he was among the many Arabs who was detained in Afghanistan by local bounty hunters following the American invasion of the country, before being rendered into the custody U.S. troops. The bounty system set up by the American occupation would later be criticized by Amnesty International for effectively creating a market for local opportunists to capture people of Arab descent, brand them as terrorists, and sell them to American forces in exchange for lucrative cash rewards. This system would later be blamed for helping contribute to the imprisonment of hundreds, perhaps thousands of innocent people who would later be transferred to Guantanamo Bay and other detention sites around the world.

Following his capture in late 2001, Aamer himself would be held for two months at the prison facility at Bagram Airforce Base, before being transported to Guantanamo Bay. At both sites he alleges that he was subject to torture by American military personnelIn some instances, Aamer has also said that this torture occurred in the presence of agents of the British intelligence service MI5, a politically explosive allegation about the extent of that agency’s complicity in post-9/11 torture.

During the years of his detention, Aamer’s case has become a minor cause célèbre in England, with politicians, celebrities and prominent civil society figures advocating publicly for his release and repatriation. Earlier this month, many such public figures even held a hunger strike on his behalf to help build pressure for his release.

Aamer, who emerged as something of a leader among Guantanamo prisoners during his incarceration, had frequently taken part in such strikes at the prison, despite the deleterious impact it had on his health and mental state. In the midst of one such strike in 2013, Aamer would tell the legal advocacy organization Reprieve,  “I am losing my mind, I am losing my health, I am losing my life. They are trying to do as much damage to us as they can before we leave here,” adding that, “this is a living death here in Guantanamo, so if I have to risk death for a principle, that is what I want to do.”

Through his lawyers and sympathetic human rights organizations, Aamer, a fluent English speaker, has managed to give eloquent and emotional testimony about the various episodes of mistreatment he has been subject to over the years of his incarceration, including constant beatings and humiliations by prison guards, interrogators, sleep deprivation, exposure to extreme temperatures, shackling in stress positions, and threats to sexually assault his young daughter.

In a 2014 report issued by an independent psychologist who met with Aamer at Guantanamo, he described the effect of some of this mistreatment, saying that, “I was not a human being any more. I meant nothing to them. I lost my dignity, my pride. I had to take off my underwear and hand it to them. I had sleep deprivation for 11 days. That made me crazy. They poured cold water over me. They kept me standing for 20 hours a day. I had to hold my hands and arms out.” In another letter published in part by the British newspaper The Independent in 2012, Aamer would plead with captures to “torture me in the old way,” adding that, “here they destroy people mentally and physically without leaving marks.”

Among many of his supporters, a widespread belief lingers that part the reason Aamer has remained behind bars so long after being cleared for release is that as an English-speaking resident of a Western country, he would serve as an effective public witness against those responsible for human rights abuses in U.S. detention facilities. In his statement issued today through CAGE, Moazzam Begg alluded to this, saying that, “His qualities have been acknowledged by his tormentors, and I’m certain he won’t disappoint when he’s ready to tell his side of the story.”

Russia reminds the USA that no country can use military force in Syria without Government approval

Russia says no country can use military force in Syria without government approval

Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday that no country could use military force in Syria without first securing the agreement of the Syrian government, the TASS news agency reported.

TASS said Ryabkov was responding to a question about the prospect of the United States launching a ground operation in Syria.

“The question of using military force in any form without the agreement of Damascus is for us unacceptable,” it quoted him as saying.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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