The ‘Captagon’ Kingdom

Israa al-Fass

King's daughters
Al-Anoud Al-Fayez with her daughters

The famous story about the daughters of late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, Hala, Maha, Sahar and Jawaher, who are still imprisoned in his royal castles is not a new one. Many stories were written about the issue, and many interviews were conducted with their mother, Princess al-Anoud al-Fayez who is based in London.

But the secret thing behind this story is its link with the Captagon scandals in the Saudi Kingdom.

The drugs scandals inside the Kingdom begin with the case of the political detainees, and influence the national citizens in the first place.

In April 2014, Al-Manar Website conducted an interview with the ex-wife of the Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, yet the interview was not published at the time. The princess, of Jordanian roots, uncovered that her daughters are being mistreated because one of them discovered that the prisoners of conscience are injected with drugs, tortured and humiliated.

“Saudi prisoners of conscience were detained at the psychiatric ward, injected with drugs and were subject to torture and humiliation,” according to what Hala Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al Saud witnessed, as she had been working as a trainee in some of the mental disease centers. The princess’s objection on such way of dealing with the prisoners made here a victim of the same way. She was injected with drugs and imprisoned before her health status deteriorated, and she was then isolated from her sisters.

“Servants in the castle tended to add drugs for my daughters Maha and Hala. Some of them couldn’t make it, so they were fired. Others gave up on the order. Jawaher and Sahar demanded that the servants stay outside their residential place, so that the tragedy won’t be repeated,” said al-Anoud al-Fayez.

This is how Al Saud dealt with their own children… it is not surprising anymore that their princes are the ones flooding the country with drugs that would crush the Saudi people.

In a “France 24” report published on August 2015, two videotapes were leaked from Jedda’s Briman Prison on June 13. The French channel disclosed what is being practiced inside the Saudi prisons such as the prisoners injecting themselves with Heroine. It published what denies the Saudi official justifications that said the prisoners are being injected with Insulin.

According to late UN statistics, the rate drug addicts inside the kingdom hits 150 thousand persons. Saudi Arabia is also the first among Gulf countries in the number of addicts whose the ages of 70% of them range between 12 and 20 years.

Perhaps the dangerous issue is what had been shown recently in studies that 10% of the elementary level students (11 years old and less) are addicted to drugs, the percentage increases to 33% for intermediary level students (up to 15 years old), and 38% for secondary level students (up to 18 years old.)

Saudi Arabia is considered among the most countries addicted to Captagon. The 2013 UN report on drugs in the world shows that one third of the overall quantity of Captagon that was confiscated in the world was in Saudi Arabia. Thus, Captagon is the first on the list of drugs there. It was also described as “the excellent Saudi drug.”

Yemen: Drug Smuggling Path, Sponsored by the Kingdom

CaptagonOn Monday, May 21st of 2012, the first drug confiscation operation was registered in the Yemeni Sa’ada province. Huge drug quantities were taken to Saudi Arabia. On that day, the Ansarullah Movement announced it spoiled the quantity after it frustrated the smuggling attempt. It was “a part of our responsibility in front of Allah since this dangerous issue is one of the damaging weapons the enemies of the nation are using in their war against our youth and children to destroy them, damage their values, and waste their abilities,” according to the movement’s statement on the time.

Back then, the destroying of drugs was headed by Mohammad Ali al-Houthi (current Head of High Revolutionary Committee in Yemen), and under the supervision of Martyr Abdul Karim al-Khiwani, with field coordination of Yemeni journalist Hamed al-Bakhiti among other media figures.

The smuggling operation through the Yemeni territories used to pass through the Mocha Port in the Province of Taaz, overlooking the Red Sea coasts. Drugs were transported via the port, with the knowledge and sponsorship of distinguished Yemeni figures, to be moved to Saada’s cities of Ktaf and Damaj where they would be packed and covered. In Yemen, especially regarding what is related to drug smuggling operations, there are two names for those who are considered the men of the neighbor kingdom: Yemeni MP Othman Majli and the well-known drug dealer Mohammad al-Wayeli, according to Yemeni sources.

After the September 21st, 2014 revolution, Yemeni Security Forces and revolutionary committees succeeded in confiscating such operations. “Controlling this smuggling phenomenon had a great impact on the Saudi policy towards Yemen,” according to the sources! This was confirmed by the Saudi Ministry of Interior on September 1st, 2015 when it announced that the rate of smuggling drugs from Yemen to Saudi Arabia decreased to 80%, relating this to the “positive results” of the aggression.

Syria, Lebanon and Jordan: Selling Captagon to Saudis Gained them lots of Money

In a BBC documentary entitled “Captagon: Drug of the Syrian War,” its producer, Lebanese journalist Radwan Mortada narrates from “Abu Souss” (a nickname for an important political opposition person who funds Captagon factories in Syria) that “selling the Saudis Captagon made him make a lot of money.”

After the Syrian crisis, some of the Syrians tended to trade Captagon and promote it in exchange of money and weapons. As a new phenomenon, many drug factories emerged in the middle and east of Syria. International reports say that manufacturing Captagon flourishes in southeastern countries in Europe: Slovenia, Serbia and Bulgaria, and they are smuggled via Turkey to Syria and Jordan until they reach Saudi Arabia.

CaptagonHead of Central Drug Combating Office in the Judicial Police Department in Lebanon, General Ghassan Shamseddine asserts that the Captagon pills manufactured in Syria are smuggled to Lebanon to be exported later to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.

Until few days ago, it was still possible considering drugs spreading in Saudi Arabia a scandal which the regime is seeking to refute. However, what was uncovered on Monday October 26, 2015 about the involvement of one of the grandsons of Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Abdul Mohsen bin Walid bin Abdul Mohsen bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud) completes a series of the regime scandals and its relationship with promoting drugs inside the kingdom.

Hence, smuggling drugs from Lebanon happens through the Al Saud Princes’ private planes with a royal stamp. The boost of manufacturing drugs in Syria is due to the Saudi money flooding this business. In Yemen, the kingdom’s men and businessmen sponsor the smuggling operations, which damage the Saudis whether kids, youth or detainees. Even the sons and daughters of the princes are not safe from drugs in case they didn’t abide by the royal decisions inside the Al Saud castles.

Source: Al-Manar Website

30-10-2015 – 15:24 Last updated 30-10-2015 – 16:17

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Israeli Policewoman says, “He looks like a good one, shoot him”

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Murder Incorporated?


Wednesday 28th at 3.25pm a young Palestinian was shot in cold blood in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood in Hebron. Human rights observers from International Solidarity Movement witnessed the young man being murdered while walking in the street near the Gilbert Ceckpoint.

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“We are going to butcher him while you watch.”

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Israeli Forces Erasing Palestinian Lives

At 10.30pm last night, Tuesday 27th October 2015, a Palestinian man who has been identified as 23 year old Hammam Said was shot in al-Kahlil (Hebron) at the Gilbert checkpoint, directly outside the ISM apartment. The man was in the H2 neighborhood of Tel Rumeida which was otherwise quiet at the time.

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19-Year-Old Shot in Central Hebron

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We Got Your Back, Bro: Pentagon Chief Vows to Boost Israel’s Military Edge

The United States will enhance “the entire spectrum” of military cooperation with Israel, from cyber defense and high-end attack capabilities down to a joint program aimed at combating terror tunnels, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

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Amnesty: Israel ‘Recklessly’ Flouts International Law in Unjustified Killings

LONDON, (PIC)– Amnesty International has strongly denounced Israel for carrying out unlawful and extrajudicial killings against the Palestinians and using lethal force without justification.

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Obama Plans to Dispatch Special Forces to Syria

US President Barack Obama has authorized the first sustained deployment of special forces to Syria, the White House said Friday, relenting on a long-standing refusal to put US boots on the ground.

Spokesman Josh Earnest said that Obama okayed a deployment of “fewer than 50” special operations forces in the north of the country in a bid to strengthen armed groups fighting what he called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group.

The White House denied the move was a reversal of Obama’s pledge not to put combat troops in Syria, saying Americans would not be “leading the charge up the hill” and insisting it was not evidence of “mission creep.”

“Our strategy in Syria hasn’t changed,” said Earnest.

Instead, officials indicated the mission would echo some US operations in Iraq, where military personnel coordinate local ground forces, channel weapons supplies and direct air support.

The White House announced Friday the deployment of A-10 ground-attack planes and F-15 tactical fighter jets to the Incirlik base in southern Turkey and increased assistance to Lebanon and Jordan as part of the ramped up effort.

Obama recently scrapped a $600 million mission to train what he called “moderate Syrian opposition fighters” fighting ISIL and al-Nusra Front takfiris.

Source: AFP

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Is this an Act of Terrorism?

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[Update – 10/28/15 – The original two videos were pulled from YouTube, but duplicates have been found and reposted at the bottom of the article ]

The video above, as well as the one below, are a couple I found on a pro-Israel YouTube channel, posted apparently in hopes of portraying Palestinians as monstrous, bloodthirsty terrorists. In the first video, above, we see a Palestinian youth being detained by a group of Israeli policemen. Suddenly and without warning he pulls a knife and starts stabbing the officers at random. The other police respond by drawing their weapons, and we see what appear to be at least six officers firing bullets into the youth’s body as they converge around him.

The Palestinian almost certainly would have known  that if he pulled out the knife and attacked even just one of the officers there would be a spontaneous response by the others and that he would probably have zero chance of surviving. But he did it anyway. So is this an act of terrorism? Or is it a heroic act of courage in resistance to occupation?

In the next video, we see a Palestinian mother being interviewed regarding the martyrdom of her son, Muhammad Shamasne, who was killed on October 12 after stabbing an Israeli soldier on a bus. The soldier did not die of his injuries. Muhammad, however, was shot to death. In the interview the mother offers candy in celebration of her son’s martyrdom and expresses the hope that her other children will become martyrs as well. Then she pulls out a knife and brandishes it in front of the camera and says, “Watch out Israel!”

Is this a terrorist we are looking at in this video? Is it a woman deranged

over the death of her son? The mother’s performance before the camera has been picked up and covered in articles in the mainstream media as well as the Jewish press (see herehere, and here), and the writers seem to take the view that she’s either a lunatic or a terrorist or both. But I doubt any of them have ever lived under Israeli occupation or have an inkling of how their views might be reshaped were they suddenly thrust into an environment of apartheid in which they would have no protection from violent, racist settlers and in which they could be shot or indefinitely detained on the slightest of pretexts. I don’t think pulling out a knife in an interview with a journalist is an admirable or praiseworthy act, but all of us, humans and animals alike, can and do exhibit bizarre behavior when pushed to a point of desperation. And I would dare say that living under a brutal occupation with no end in sight might push one to such a point fairly quickly.

The plain, unadulterated fact is that Israel stole most of the land of Palestine in 1948, and then, starting in 1967, it began an occupation of the West Bank as well. And instead of ending that occupation, it has entrenched and expanded it–until today there are roughly a half a million Israeli Jews living in settlements illegally constructed on land that was supposed to have been given to the Palestinians for a state. And on top of that we now have people pointing fingers, issuing self-righteous exclamations, and posting videos on YouTube because a woman  pulls out a knife in an interview.

Another plain, unadulterated fact is that hatred and racism permeate Israeli society, extending all the way up to the highest levels of government. And along with this comes a thirst for blood and vengeance, similar to what we see from the god of the Old Testament. An Israeli Knesset member, Yinon Magal, recently stated in an interview he thinks that as many as “100,000 Arabs” could die in the next war with the Palestinians. In last summer’s war in Gaza, 20,000 Palestinians were killed. Magal apparently fantasizes about multiplying that number by five now.

“If we are not strong, and if we do not make clear to them that they will pay a price for their violence, there will be a lot of blood here,” Magal said. “I think crazy stuff will happen here if this violence continues…”

Asked by the interviewer whether it might not be better to take a softer approach so as to try and calm down the situation, Magal gave the following reply:

“Achieving calm is not a value. Victory is a value. We need to say the truth, we need to say what we really think, we need to say what the situation really is. People say, ‘We have no war with the Palestinian nation; we have a war with the terror organizations.’ What is this nonsense? When they murder two parents next to their children, and in all of the [Arab] villages, people hand out candies, what is that? What does it mean? Do we want to turn a blind eye to that?”

The views held by average Israelis are likely even more radical–by far–than what Magal expresses in the interview. You can go here to read a story about Dania Arsheid, a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who was killed execution-style by Israeli forces as she tried to pass through a checkpoint on Sunday.

Arsheid reportedly raised her hands in the air.

“I don’t have a knife,” she is described by a witness as saying–before being shot eight to ten times.

If you follow the link above you will see a video taken after she was shot. The video shows her lying in her own blood as Israeli police stand around, making no effort to provide medial assistance to her. According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, the officers even prevented medics from reaching her.

Another account of her shooting is here:

Dania was still wearing her school-uniform and school-bag, coming from school in the afternoon. Just twenty minutes before the incident, at a checkpoint leading to the Ibrahimi mosque, a female soldier was heard on the army-radio by passers-by announcing that she wanted “to kill a Palestinian person that day’.

Dania passed through the checkpoint leading from the Palestinian market to the Ibrahimi mosque, and a few meters further to the next checkpoint. She passed through the metal detector and gave her bag to the soldiers at the checkpoint. An eyewitness explains: “I saw with my own eyes, there was no knife – nothing.”

According to eye-witnesses, soldiers then shot at her feet – at which point she immediately stepped back and raised her hands. That is when soldiers started shot her, according to witnesses, seven to eight times. While she lay on the ground bleeding from her neck, no first aid was given, not even the Israeli ambulance that arrived after about twenty minutes gave any medical help. A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance was denied entry to the scene and ordered by soldiers to leave.

Israeli Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld is reported to have described Dania as a “female Arab terrorist” and asserted that police “neutralized her” after she had attempted to stab one of them with a knife.

This past summer, when Palestinians held a rally to express support for a Palestinian hunger striker, a group of Israelis converged upon them shouting obscenities and, at one point, even rejoiced over the deaths of Gaza children.

Last week, an Israeli writer published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post entitledConfessions of an Israeli Traitor, in which he expressed the view that the Jewish state is in a “downward swirl into a savage, unrepairable society.”

It’s probably an accurate statement–or maybe even an understatement.

And then just today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau delivered an address to the Knesset in which he stated that “at this time we need to control all of the territory for the foreseeable future.” So in other words, there will be no Palestinian state if Netanyahu and those who share his views (and that is the overwhelming majority of Israelis) have their way.

Interestingly, at the same meeting Netanyahu went on to offer up a comment in which, subconsciously or not, he evoked the words of Jesus.

“You think there is a magic wand here, but I disagree,” he said. “I’m asked if we will forever live by the sword–yes.”

The words are indeed taken from a comment made by Jesus, but of course Netanyahu left off the last part of the quote–about dying by the sword.


Update: Less than 24 hours after I posted this article, both videos were pulled from the YouTube channel I mentioned. However, I have managed to find the same videos posted by other channels. How long they will remain up after I embed them, I can’t tell you. But at least as of now, 5:40 p.m. on 10-28-15, they are still there. So here they are in the order I mentioned them–i.e. first the one at the top of the post, followed by the one just below paragraph 3 and featuring the mother with the knife:


US Asks Mohammad Bin Salman to Stop Yemen Offensive, Find Face-Saving Exit

The United States is displeased with the performance of the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, in Yemen and asked him to find a face-saving exit to the offensive against the Arab impoverished country, Saudi political activist, Mujtahid said.

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad Bin SalmanOn his Twitter account, the Saudi activist, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, clarified the remarks by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Wednesday.

In a joint press conference with his British counterpart, Philip Hammond, al-Jubeir said that the military action against Yemen “appeared to be heading towards a conclusion.”

The United States asked Mohamamd Bin Salman, who is Defense Minister, to stop the offensive against Yemen and to find a face-saving exit to the attack, Mujtahid tweeted.

The Saudi activist noted that Washington is displeased with the rising influence of al-Qaeda and ISIL in Yemen.

This dissatisfaction is because of the failed performance of the Saudi attack, Mujtahid said, noting that there is dispute between the Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The dispute is clear through the disagreement between the fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his prime minister Khaled Bahhah, where Hadi is backed by Riyadh and Bahah is backed by Abu Dhabi, Mujtahid said.

The failure of the Saudi-led coalition’s performance is also due to the pressure staged by the Yemeni army and Ansarullah revolutionaries (known as Houthis), he indicated.

The Saudi activist said that Saudi forces are unable to confront the attacks staged by the Yemeni side on the border areas of Jizan, Najran and Dhahran Al-Janoub.

Source: Websites

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USA preparing for war with Russia

‘US preparing for war with Russia’

The decision by the United States and its allies to deploy more troops and heavy weaponry onto Russia’s borders indicates that Washington is gearing up for a fight with Russia, an American journalist and political activist says.

“They are clearly preparing to fight a war with Russia, and they are not only preparing to fight it at the old battle lines, but at Russia’s door, while they talk about Russia provoking,” Don DeBar said during an interview with Press TV on Thursday.

He made the remarks when asked for his views on Washington’s plans to deploy up to 4,000 more forces in countries bordering with Russia.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that under one plan, roughly 800 to 1,000 soldiers will be stationed in each of the four battalions to be deployed to Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

US officials said the move was supposed to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message about their active presence of military forces there.

“It is a very bad sign, people do not generally place their army at your door unless they plan to fight a war with you,” DeBar said.

“The problem is that most people in the country here [the US] have no idea that this is going on,” he noted.

The media intentionally ignore reports that “there is this army deployed to Russia’s borders with material and manpower,” he added.

A war between NATO, US and Russia “would probably spell, if not the end of humanity, the end of any possibility of a comfortable future for humanity,” the analyst concluded.

Relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War in 1991, largely due to the crisis in Ukraine.

The ties deteriorated after US-backed forces ousted the Ukraine’s elected president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014.

The US and its allies accuse Moscow of sending troops into eastern Ukraine in support of the pro-Russian forces. Moscow has long denied involvement in Ukraine’s crisis.

Moscow says Washington is responsible for the escalating tension in Ukraine through sending arms in support of the Ukrainian army.

NATO represents the USA’s occupation of Poland and Europe, time to consider its future?

NATO is the American occupation of Poland and Europe

The Atlantic Alliance has no reason to be, observed former Polish MP Mateusz Piskorski under History. It merely defends US interests and violating the sovereignty of its member states. Can we get out?

JPEG - 39.5 kbGeneral Philip M. Breedlove, Nato Supreme Allied Commander

The presence of Poland in NATO is justified dogmatically, necessarily using the belief in a constant external threat for the continued functioning of this alliance.

Meanwhile, the history of the last 24 years of this organization proves that not once did a threat to national security come to any of its member countries, nor was there a justifiable need to use Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which states that “an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America will be considered an attack against them all, and consequently they agree that if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, exercising the right to individual or collective self-defense under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the party or parties attacked by forthwith taking, alone or in concert with other parties, actions deemed necessary, including the use of armed force to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

Not one of the member countries of the Alliance became an object of aggression after 1991, i.e., after the formal collapse of the Soviet Union. In addition, no threats of military aggression were made against them, nor were there any officially reported territorial claims. The only conflict related with demands for revising existing borders and new territorial divisions was the Greco-Turkish dispute over Cyprus, which was in fact a dispute between member states of the Alliance.

The aggression of NATO against Afghanistan in 2001, which was based on article 5 of the Treaty, was a clear over-interpretation of its provisions. Even if the official version is accepted, many doubts are raised as to the perpetrators and attacks in the US in September, 2001. These terrorist attacks did not constitute an act of aggression on the part of Afghanistan, but were examples of non-state actors in international political relations.

Thus, holding the Afghan state, which was even in a state of partial bankruptcy, responsible for them, was an abuse and a departure beyond mandatory compliance with the wording of the Treaty.

The next missions of NATO after 2001 were carried out in countries not belonging among and not threatening in any way its members, such as Libya for example, where NATO joined terrorist actions aiming to overthrow the legal authorities and which as a consequence led to the disintegration of existing state structures.

The only case in which the obligations of NATO were fulfilled in recent years was Operation Ocean Shield, which has lasted since 2009 and was designed to protect ships in transit near the Somali coast from pirates. This concrete case was strongly defined in Article 6 of the Treaty, and it is recognized that entities flying under the flag of NATO member states should be guaranteed protection by NATO, under similar terms, as with their land territory.

Quite another question is the level of reliability of security guarantees provided by NATO. Even a cursory analysis of the content of the above-quoted Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty allows doubts to be expressed as to the nature of existing obligations.

Its wording refers to the taking by each party of actions which are “deemed necessary” in the event of an armed attack on one of the members of the organization. That necessity, as it should be understood, is defined in an arbitrary and situational way, depending on the current interests of a member state and implicitly above all the United States.

Even if we then accept the excessively reckless thesis than armed aggression of some third country against Poland is likely today, one can doubt allied aid, especially in a country which has historically experienced the “guarantees” of Western allies.

It’s therefore difficult to be surprised by perceptions of NATO reflected in successive public opinion polls in Poland in 2014, when the 15th anniversary of Polish membership in the Alliance had passed. On this occasion, CBOS conducted an opinion poll, the results of which above all showed that the decisive majority of those polled do not recognize membership as a particularly important turning point in history.

Additionally, 30% of those polled felt that membership brings additional threats to the national security of Poland, and 26% claimed that the presence of NATO is associated with the subordination of Polish national interests to a foreign power.

In March, 2015, IQS conducted a telephone survey on perceptions of the Alliance, the results of which show that the largest group of respondents (35%) do not believe that NATO has provided any of the aid that Warsaw needs; 33% who participated in the survey disagreed with this, while the rest (31%) had no opinion on the matter.

Interestingly, the largest percentage of those surveyed who were skeptical towards NATO are found among the groups showing the greatest interest in and understanding of general political issues (men between the ages of 25 and 34).

In a survey conducted over the same period by Millward Brown, 49% of participants expressed a lack of confidence in the security guarantees provided by NATO in the event of an armed conflict. The proportion of skeptics is clearly growing with increasing international tension, primarily that surrounding the immediate vicinity of Poland, i.e., Ukraine.

The involvement of the North Atlantic Alliance in the latter country is a clear manifestation of NATO’s departure from the scope of tasks for which implementation has been established.

Ukraine is not a member of the Alliance, and does not possess any prospects for membership for at least several reasons. At the same time, Poland is one of the most essential adherents to the NATO program aimed at training the Ukrainian army in line with NATO standards and procedures. It’s interesting that these courses are funded in part by the budget of this organization and in part by the Polish Ministry of National Defense.

The training of the Ukrainian Army is taking place in accordance with the procedures and principles of the alliance, although Ukraine does not have prospective membership at least on the basis of official announcements by NATO representatives. This clearly indicates an effort to establish a cordon of countries connected technologically, militarily, and politically with the state playing a hegemonic role in the bloc – the United States.

The North Atlantic Alliance in this context becomes an instrument for the realization of the strategic tasks of American policies. These are interests, we’ll add, realized partly by taxpaying member states such as Poland. NATO, with the US at the head, is leading a large-scale training and arming not only of the army, but also the so called volunteer battalions, composed of extreme Ukrainian nationalists, formations accused of committing a whole series of war crimes during the so-called anti-terrorist operation in the south-east of Ukraine.

In Yaroviv near Lvov, 230 US paratroopers will lead the local training center, which will be attended, according to the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs Arseny Avakov, by the Azov, Kulchysky, Jaguar, and Omega battalions. This means that the Americans, in the framework of the NATO program, will train paramilitary units which in fact have the character of terrorist formations practicing state terror sanctioned by the authorities in Kiev.

On the symbolic and ideological level, these units represent a clearly anti-Polish, neo-Banderite identity.

The civil war in Ukraine, triggered by Washington and de facto led by people directly subordinated to American services, such as head of the Security Services of Ukraine, Valentin Nalivaychenko, is not only an element of the geopolitical concept of destabilizing Eurasia, preached for years by, among others, Zbigniew Brzezinski.

It is equally a pretext for transforming NATO into an alliance with a clearly offensive, aggressive character, which is in fact contrary to the provisions of the North Atlantic Treaty. The assumptions adopted at the 2014 summit in Newport, Wales, do not leave this in any doubt.

They assume not only the need to increase expenditures for purposes related to national defense to a level of at least 2% of GDP, but also, in a certain way, define directions for the development of NATO units.

The primary objective for the coming years is to create so called rapid reaction forces, composed mainly of member states’ airborne troops. This underlines the aggressive nature of the Alliance’s strategy and its real objectives. Mobile reaction forces are to be ready to carry out operations in various locations in Eurasia. Their structure and character leave no doubt that this is about offensive capability and offensive actions on the territory of an opponent.

US occupation

Extremely symbolic is the fact that since the inception of the organization, all Allied Commanders of NATO’s defense forces in Europe were US military men. The leading role of the US in this system leaves no doubt. Its proponents justify this with theories that the Americans come from Mars, and Europeans come from Venus (this was Robert Kagan’s formulation, who incidentally is the husband of the famous Victoria Nuland from the American State Department).

This approach is supposed to justify the need for actual military occupation of the Old Continent by the US Army according to the conviction that it is fulfilling its role as defender of defenseless Europe.

Washington is the central commander of the pact also on a symbolic level: in accordance with Articles 11, 13, and 14 of the Treaty, applications for membership, as well as notifications of withdrawal from NATO, are to be submitted to Washington.

Ratifying the agreement on Poland’s accession to NATO, Warsaw recognized that – according to the preamble of the North Atlantic Treaty – it is part of the “common heritage and civilization of its peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty, and the rule of law.”

Of course, such lofty and vague words are used in the Treaty that it is difficult to devote an analysis to them. There is also no point in formulating and repeating the rather obvious point that Poland – similar to many other member states – has little in common with this heritage, the benchmark of is supposed to be the system of values and political structure of the United States.

At this point it is worth recalling the words of the Italian philosopher Julius Evola: “The Americans propose mechanistic conceptions against organic conceptions of human life. In a society which ‘started from scratch,’ everything bears the marks of artificiality. In American society, the image is not the face, but the mask.

At the same time, admirers of the American way of life are hostile towards individuality.” The American dream is criticized from the Left in a very harsh way by Noam Chomsky, who points out that the political system and state ideology of the USA is essentially oligarchical capitalism based on the dominance of large corporations, including the defense industry sector.

No grounds exist for concluding that Anglo-Saxon, individualist liberalism can be regarded as the foundation of Europe’s civilization. Hence, the rhetoric of the existence of a single civilization of the “West” is an artificial creation, having nothing to do with the political philosophy and world views dominant on the Old Continent, especially in the central and eastern parts.

The justification of “civilizational unity” in this way falsifies the picture of reality, denying the separate identity of the whole continent and of each of the peoples living on it separately. This above-mentioned thesis applies to all of the historical and cultural regions of Europe, except possibly Great Britain which, as its political practice and contemporary attitude towards European integration shows, is situated beyond the borders of this Europe and shows more in common with the USA than with Germany, France, or even more so Poland.

The humanitarian aspects of the civilizational formula of the contemporary United States can be acquitted simply by quoting data collected by the American organization Physicians for Social Responsibility, which showed that in the last 13 years, Washington’s so-called War on Terror in the Middle East has claimed more than 2 million civilian victims. The Pentagon does not deal with statistics on civilian deaths, which in itself shows the attitude of its superiors towards the value recognized in European culture as the highest – human life.

Since the end of the Second World War, Europe finds itself under the cultural (Hollywood, popular culture), political (Atlanticist and Euro-atlanticist ideology as well as neo-liberalism), and financial (casino capitalism and the Washington consensus) control of Washington.

The guarantee of this control is the presence of the American Army on the Old Continent, which is carried out under the pretext of ensuring the security of NATO allies. According to official data, around 65 thousand American soldiers are permanently stationed in Europe in the majority of European Union countries.

In accordance with the NATO-Russia agreements of 1997 taking into account the stability of the region in the area of the former Warsaw Pact states, there should be no dislocation of any units. This arrangement is regularly broken today not only in the case of Central European states, but even in the former Soviet Baltic republics.

The recent actions of the Americans on the territory of Poland are a clear testimony to the constant presence of US military units in our country. PR actions, involving meetings with the residents of Polish cities, and the rather recent, triumphant passage of American units among the halo of defenders on Polish roads are evidence of Washington’s long-term plans in our part of Europe.

These plans will be realized with the support of the local Polish political class, whose representatives have called publicly and directly for a permanent presence of foreign troops on the territory of the country which they themselves administrate. Voices even appear calling for the deployment of US nuclear forces on the territory of Poland, which could cause the complete destruction of the country in the event of any armed conflict on a global scale.

Such a conflict is certainly unlikely. However, such a decision would dramatically increase the risk of Poland becoming one of the main theaters of eventual military operations.

Costs and risks

Voluntary submission to American occupation in its military dimension raises a whole range of different kinds of threats, although the most important of them was already presented above. In Italy in November, 2013, a drunken American soldier raped a local teenager in a dark alley. On the night of July 14, 2014, near the city of Vicenza, two American soldiers from an airborne-descent unit kidnapped and brutally raped a pregnant woman, who was left beaten in the forest.

In August, 2014, in Baumholder, Germany, three American soldiers set fire to the local town hall, and then kidnapped a taxi driver, brutally beat him, and stole the driver’s earnings. The list of offensives by soldiers of US Army units could be multiplied endlessly.

Interestingly enough, usually under agreements with countries which they occupy, they are not subject to the jurisdiction of the local judiciary, and if problems are sent back across the ocean, no legal consequences await them.

The situation looks similar in the case of our country, where in relation to them, agreements were adopted in 2010 on the status of American soldiers in Poland. The agreement, known as SOFA, involves a whole series of regulations picked by the occupying US forces above and beyond the laws of the Republic of Poland.

As for legal jurisdiction, the Polish government presented the provisions of the agreement as a major success. Meanwhile, perhaps in a more veiled way, Article 13 of Section 1 states that Polish authoritative organs “graciously and immediately dealt with the proposition of US military authorities on waiving the primacy of the Republic of Poland’s criminal jurisdiction.”

In practice, such benevolence means that Polish authorities agreed to avoid responsibility for criminal offenses committed by US soldiers on the territory of our country. In the case of a decision by a Polish court on precautionary measures in relation to the arrest of an offender, an American citizen will be able to take advantage of the possibility to remain on his military base, where authorities there are theoretically obliged to inform the Polish side of the place of detention of the suspect.

Article 6 of the agreement states that the US will not be subject to Polish laws on construction, which means they will be able to create buildings and installations which do not meet Polish building, safety, and environmental protection standards.

This implies that costs related to the remediation of the territories of American bases after their eventual closure will of course rest on the Polish side. Article 7 of the agreement states that military and civilian employees of US armed forces may carry a firearm, not only on the territory of military object where they belong, but also outside of them, which would obviously reduce the level of security of the Polish civilian population on and around bases.

Article 28 of the agreement ensures that the American side can also import any amounts of currency, subject only to notification procedure, without requiring consent or a declaration of intent. In the context of the above-mentioned information, it is quite difficult to understand the logic of Minister of National Defense, Tomasz Siemoniak, who said with alarming frankness that “Poland wishes for itself the presence of American soldiers.

Membership in NATO is associated with specific costs for the Polish budget. Direct expenses associated with presence in this organization —membership fee and salaries for the officer corp assigned to organs of the alliance— are not too high. During the NATO summit in Newport in 2014, a directive was adopted once again under pressure from the United States which requires member states’ defense budgets to reach at least 2% of GDP.

In the Polish case, in the budget law for 2015, that figure reaches 2.27% of GDP, or more than 38 billion zloty. With this, an additional 5.3 billion zloty remains as a security to be repaid for the American F-16 fighters purchased by Warsaw. Purchases of new equipment for the last few years are incidentally the most significant item in the budget.

It is no surprise that most of these purchases are made in the United States. It is estimated that over the next few years, Poland will be credit the accounts of American armament corporations to the amount of tens of billions of dollars. In the near future, among other things, Tomahawk missiles are to be bought, which are now found only in the armories of the US and Great Britain.

The price of each such projectile (usually without the high margin enforced by the US government in the case of exports) is approximately 8 million zl. The Ministry of National Defense has announced the purchase of dozens of products from the US company Raytheon. A reduction of military spending, which would anger the lobby of American arms manufacturers, would allow savings to be made in the Polish budget of around 10 billion zloty per year.

The way out

Deciding to withdraw from NATO necessarily means making a notification of such a step and sending it to Washington. The North Atlantic Treaty designates an organ which decides its adoption, and that is the Sejm. A simple majority of votes could be achieved, and then be rejected by an eventual veto of the President by a 3/5 majority.

Additional legitimacy for such a step could be provided by a universal referendum in which Poles would be able to answer the question: “Are you for Poland leaving the structures of the aggressive political-military pact of the the North Atlantic Treaty Organization?”

The likely result of such a referendum would open the way for breaking political resistance against this fateful decision. The transitional period for the decision to withdraw from NATO coming into force is 2 years.

Article 36 of the SOFA agreement with US soldiers provides for a two-year period of execution in the form of a notification. What would be needed is the consent of the Sejm, which ratifies the agreement.

These decisions would open the way for further discussion of defense doctrine and possible international alliances for the sovereign Polish state. They would put an end to the period of another occupation of Polish territory by foreign military units, simultaneously opening a new chapter in the relations of our country with the outside world.

Zionist attempt to ban free speech at University of California including physical assaults & death threats

Campaign to silence debate continues at the University of California

Once again, Israel advocacy groups were out on Monday to demand that the Regents brand criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic and “intolerant” – in the latest of many attempts to shut down one side of an important debate. The controversy is not about “intolerance.” This is a canard. Some campus members want to engage in critical discussion about Israeli policy, and others want to suppress it. As documented in our report – The Palestine Exception to Free Speech – Palestine Legal responded to nearly 300 incidents of suppression in 2014-15, over a third of which took place in California. We were struck by the repeated resort to false accusations of anti-Semitism in response to speech critical of Israeli policy.

The regents themselves have blurred the lines between speech critical of Israel and anti-Semitism.  At the September meeting, Regent Blum – spouse of U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein – threatened the UC with negative political consequences if it did not punish students for engaging in protected speech critical of Israel.  Such actions would violate the First Amendment, but the threat itself undermines the educational environment at our universities.

While the mainstream media takes a great interest in accusations of anti-Semitism, widespread efforts to intimidate critics of Israel get little attention. Over the past few weeks, we responded to a spate of incidents including a physical assault and death threats against students expressing support for Palestinian rights.  This “intolerance” of other viewpoints is what the regents should be discussing in order to ensure that UCs remain places where free speech is honored, not silenced.

When you are serious about fighting terrorism the last thing you need is “help” from the USA

We are making ourselves look silly in Syria and Iraq


“Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that the U.S. plans on stepping up its anti-ISIS efforts. “We won’t hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against [the Islamic State] or conducting such missions directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground,” he said.

The U.S. is also considering sending special-operations forces to Syria, as well as additional resources, like attack helicopters, to Iraq. ”   NY Magazine


The Iraqi government has now made it clear that it wants no more US military people in the territory it more or less “controls.”  SECDEF Carter and General Dunford, CJCS, may be agonized by the reproach implied but that is the truth.  The Iraqis and many others are  unimpressed by the failures that have occurred in the application of US strategery in the Bush and Obama Administrations.  The willingness of the US government to cooperate with the Pesh Merga in field operations probably contributes to the Baghdad government’s attitude.  The Baghdad government does not want to see Kurdish and Sunni Arab factions in the population of Iraq further strengthened.

In Syria, the Carter/Dunford/WH “team” proposes to insert US Green Berets into YPG Kurdish controlled areas northeast of Aleppo as instructors, coordinators, advisers and air controllers.  The Turkish Air Force has been busy bombing these same Kurds the last few days to prevent them moving west along the border to seal it against IS transit of the border from Turkey.  Erdogan’s desire to look tough and anti-Kurdish in the context of elections also contributes to Turkey’s willingness to bomb these Kurds.  Question – what will happen when Turkey kills some US soldiers?

In the larger war in Syria, it is now quite clear that Russian 58th Army is the senior echelon in command of their effort.  Soldiers from 7th Guards Airborne Division have been seen in the mountains NE of Latakia.  This division is normally headquartered at Novorossisk in the North Caucasus Military District.  Seven Russian naval landing ships are presently in transit between Russian ports in the Black Sea and the Syrian coast.  These are further reinforcing and supplying the Russian military effort in Syria.  Stories are being spread in the Borg of the failure of Russia’s campaign in Syria.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  In fact Russian air sortie rates are rising and the R+5 coalition offensive has re-taken 50 villages SW of Aleppo. 

Thee was an excellent Frontline TV program on the tube last night entitled “Inside Assad’s Syria.”  I recommend it.  pl

When it comes to understanding the Palestine /israel problem Americans generally are totally in the dark


It is a shame that the average American remains completely in the dark about what it means to live under military occupation. The Israeli “occupation” that Palestinians have been living under for 48 years is a brutal military rule that reaches into every corner of every Palestinian’s life. It controls where we can go and when, where we can live, how we practice our religion, and so many other vital matters, including whether we live or die.

Image by Ismael Shammout

What Americans Don’t Know About the Middle East Conflict and Why

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knows better than anyone else that if we Palestinians are permitted to engage non-violently, odds are we will expose Israel’s military occupation for what it is, a system of modern-day apartheid or worse. This is why, following his March election victory, Netanyahu assembled an extreme right-wing cabinet that would work to ensure that Palestinians were provoked to the point of turning violent.

He did this thinking that such violence, and the backlash he could unleash, would have limited international repercussions since Americans have been actively, thoroughly, and consistently deprived of the context necessary to understand the conflict.

For decades, every time violence has broken out, Israel has simply switched on its well-oiled public relations campaign designed to discredit Palestinians. In a new twist, the Israeli government recently began giving scholarships to university students who are willing to sit at their computers posting endless streams of comments on news sites and social media, engineered by Israeli experts to counter any criticism of Israel. Addressing western audiences, mainly American, Israel decontextualizes the violence.

A prime example is how Israel links every act of Palestinian violence to religious fervor, without any suggestion that Israel’s military occupation since 1967 and annexation of Jerusalem in 1980 could give grounds for legitimate political grievance. For decades, Palestinians in Jerusalem have been systematically humiliated, discriminated against, and even stripped of their Jerusalem residency status. Instead of providing a context that might help explain and stem the attacks, Israel goes to the extreme to make it seem as if Palestinians were just a different breed of people, bent on inexplicable violence. It has worked brilliantly, until now.

Today, after years of developing effective non-violent tools to resist the occupation, everything from a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns all the way to challenging the occupation in venues of the United Nations, such as the International Criminal Court, Palestinians have built a solidarity movement that can be found in every corner of the globe. We are finally giving the occupation a run for its money.

However, in America, despite widespread educational efforts on the issue in almost every state, change has been slow. Context is key, and Americans have been consistently deprived of the relevant context for understanding this conflict. Is it any wonder that so many Americans rush to contextualize Palestinian behavior by borrowing whatever negative Middle Eastern tags happen to be fashionable at the moment — from Osama bin Laden to ISIS, from Saddam Hussein to Hezbollah. If the comments online are any indication, a common response in the USA to the recent tragic events in and around Jerusalem is to call into question our very humanity.

Completely missing from this discourse is that the United States is the leading player in the actions, or inactions, of the international community that have allowed the situation to boil over once again. It is the U.S. that monopolized the peace process, that substantially arms Israel and that covers for it diplomatically like no other state in the world. Moreover, an annual $3 billion in American tax dollars flow to Israel in aid and goods. These rewards are carrots to keep Israel strategically allied to the U.S. but the weapons and equipment, not to mention the freeing up of Israeli tax dollars, are used as sticks to systematically oppress Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line.

For the average American citizen, in 2015, to still view Palestinians as creatures from Mars, their all-too-human desperation seen without any historic context and independently of any relation to the Israeli military occupation which runs their lives, is no longer acceptable. The American education system and media must do better, for the sake of us all.

Theoretically, American politicians and lawmakers could compensate for Americans’ lack of knowledge of the conflict but, alas, little hope is to be found in that direction: U.S. politics has long been allied with the pro-Israeli lobby and Congress has become an echo chamber for Israeli state propaganda.

It is a shame that the average American remains completely in the dark about what it means to live under military occupation. The Israeli “occupation” that Palestinians have been living under for 48 years is a brutal military rule that reaches into every corner of every Palestinian’s life. It controls where we can go and when, where we can live, how we practice our religion, and so many other vital matters, including whether we live or die.

The acts of violence we are witnessing against Israelis are horrifying — as are less publicized and more numerous Israeli attacks against Palestinians. We can remain appalled by the violence but can nevertheless understand what is motivating the actions. Indeed, to have any chance of stopping them, we are obliged first to understand why they are happening. For Palestinians, the names and places in the Bible, holy to so many Americans, are more than words we recite at church on Sundays: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jericho are our homes and when violence breaks out in those places, it is we and our children who have the most to lose.

Israeli and Palestinian casualties are a loss to us all and their memories should serve as an eternal reminder to all sides — that without an end to the Israeli occupation there can be no winners or losers, only more mourners on both sides.


Written for The Forward

US Fabricated Taliban, ISIS, & Al Qaeda

Iran: US Fabricated Taliban, ISIS, & Al Qaeda

Iran have accused America of creating and sponsoring some of the most infamous terror groups, including; ISIS, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told the Fars News agency that, “accompanied by different countries like Saudi Arabia and others, … created Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Jabhat al-Nusra, ISIS and other terrorist groups and have the record of the largest support for terrorism. reports:

Afkham called it “ironic” for the US and its allies to form anti-terror coalitions, yet “continue their financial and logistical support for the terrorist groups.”

She also said that America’s regional military intervention, “dual policies” and “instrumental use of terrorist groups” were the real causes of the current crisis in Syria.

Afkham also claimed that Iran is “serious and determined to fight terrorism,” because it is a victim of terrorism, according to Fars.

Afkham’s comments were reported as a response to US State Department spokesman John Kirby’s having referred to Iran’s activities in Syria, particularly its sponsorship of Hezbollah and backing of the Assad regime, as “destabilizing” and “unhelpful.”

Iran itself has been designated by the US State Department as a State Sponsor of Terrorism since 1984.


Say No to War! Veterans for Peace urge US exit from wars, military actions abroad, of course israel would never allow it

Say No to War! Veterans for Peace urge US exit from wars, military actions abroad

In the wake of the Obama administration’s announcement that it would continue to keep military forces in Afghanistan, as well as the bombing of a Doctor’s Without Borders hospital last month, the Veterans for Peace advocacy group is urging the president to withdraw all military forces abroad and end other military actions around the world. Simone Del Rosario speaks with Gerry Condon, vice president for Veterans for Peace, about the group’s action plan and why the US needs to end its current combat strategy

Boycott israel: Resistance Works : JeSuisBDS

Boycott Israel: Resistance Works

by Stephen Lendman

BDS activism has had remarkable successes since its July 2005 founding – coincidentally around the same time I began writing in retirement at age 70.
I’m a proud cultural BDS member. I urge everyone to get involved for justice. Its global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign is the most effective form of civil resistance against longstanding Israeli occupation harshness, colonialism, and apartheid – continuing without letup until Palestinian liberation is finally achieved.
Dramatically declining Israeli military exports represent one of many BDS success stories – down 53% from their 2012 level (from $7.5 to $5.5 billion in 2014 – and an estimated $4 – 4.5 billion in 2015).
Last week, heads of Israel’s four leading defense companies requested an urgent meeting with Netanyahu to discuss their “significant crisis.”
“It has been several years since the IDF and the Ministry of Defense had a multiyear plan,” they said. “Meanwhile, there have been major changes in the defense sector smaller budgets, more competition, less desire for Israeli-made products, and the growing demands to transfer know-how and work abroad.”
“The defense industry in Israel is in the midst of a major crisis,” they stressed. Exports are plunging. Budget priorities are hurting them, they added.
“The current budget and recent events will not enable the Ministry of Defense and the IDF to be the wind in our sails…Countries are buying fewer weapons.” Increasingly, Israel’s are less desirable. Their purchase supports apartheid.
BDS activism campaigns hard against military trade with Israel. Growing numbers of foreign political parties and trade unions called for ending military ties with a nation persecuting Arabs for not being Jews.
According to BDS National Committee general coordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa, “Israeli military companies market their products on the basis of their successful use in Israel’s massacres of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, yet it now seems that growing public awareness of and opposition to Israel’s war crimes are starting to hit Israel’s military exports.”
“Governments must meet their legal obligation not to provide aid or assistance and, on the contrary, to act to put an end to Israel’s violations of international law by implementing a military embargo on Israel as was done against apartheid South Africa.”
“Israel is currently operating a shoot to kill policy and brutally repressing Palestinian protests against its regime of occupation and apartheid.” 
“Israel’s ability to oppress Palestinians depends on the willingness of governments and companies around the world to cooperate with Israel’s military, weapons industry and military research institutions.”
Six Nobel laureates urged support for a military embargo, affecting exports and imports. US policy is disturbingly polar opposite, providing Israel with billions of dollars annually and much more, intending to increase military aid by hundreds of millions of dollars more.
Two nations support each other’s killing machines, in lockstep against peace, stability, equity and justice – run by fascist lunatics, waging war on humanity, profiting from racist hate and human misery, monsters vital to stop.

UK Jewish MP, Gerald Kaufman, confirms israel is faking “knife attacks”

Labour MP Gerald Kaufman accuses Israel of fabricating knife attacks  

Labour MP Gerald Kaufman accuses Israel of fabricating some knife attack stories, says Tories influenced by ‘Jewish money’

Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman has allegedly accused Israel of fabricating some recent stories about knife attacks against Jews in Israel, and claimed the Conservative party is influenced by “Jewish money,” in a speech at a pro-Palestine event at Parliament.


As reported by The Jewish Chronicle, Kaufman, MP for Manchester Gorton and Father of the House, told the audience at a Palestine Return Centre event that the Government has become more pro-Israel in recent years due to donations from Jewish groups.

“There is now a big group of Conservative members of Parliament who are pro-Israel whatever government does and they are not interested in what Israel, in what the Israeli government does.”

He added: “They’re not interested in the fact that Palestianians are living a repressed life, and are liable to be shot at any time. In the last few days alone the Israelis have murdered 52 Palestianians and nobody pays attention and this government doesn’t care.”

Kaufman then went on to claim “more than half” of the stabbings that have recently happened in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the rest of Israel were fabricated, in comments that were recorded by blogger David Collier.

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Reading from an email from a friend who lives in East Jerusalem, Kaufman said: “More than half of the stabbing claims were definitely fabricated. The other half, some were true, the others there was no way to tell since they executed Palestianians and no one asked questions.”

“Not only that, they got to the point of executing Arab-looking people and in the past few days they killed two Jewish Israelis and an Eritrean just because they looked Arab.

“They fabricated a stabbing story to justify the killings before they found out they were not Palestinians.”

Kaufman was referring to an incident which took place earlier this month, in which an Eritrean man was killed by an angry crowd who incorrectly  believed he was the accomplice of an Arab attacker.

The Palestine Return Centre, who organised the roundtable event where Kaufman made the comments, is a consultancy which focuses on issues relating to dispersed Palestians and their return to Israel.

Kaufman has been an MP since June 1970, making him the longest-serving MP currently in the House of Commons. He is Jewish, and has long been an outspoken critic of Israel and the Israeli government.

israeli soldiers threaten to “gas everyone” in the ‘Aida Refugee Camp

Soldiers Invade ‘Aida Refugee Camp , Use Loud Speakers Threatening “To Kill Everybody”

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at night, the ‘Aida refugee camp, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and clashed with local youths, before one of the soldiers used the loud speakers of his vehicle to threaten the residents in Arabic, telling them “we will gas you all, until you die”.


“Residents of al-Azza, we are the occupation army…

If you throw stones on us, we will gas you until you die, the children, the adults, the elders, everything, we will kill everybody…

We will kill you all, if you continue to throw stones on us, and refuse to go home, we will fire gas until you die…

Will fire gas on your parents, sisters and brothers, everybody…

Listen to me… am telling you, go home… go home or else…”

Then the voice of a Palestinian could be heard shouting at the soldier, telling him to shut up, before some youths hurled stones on the army vehicle and as it was backing away, a voice could be heard again challenging the army vehicles to “come back”

A Palestinian, apparently behind the camera or next to it, could be heard saying “his dialect sounds like a Druze soldier with the Israeli army.”

Many Palestinian activists on Facebook and Twitter, said it is interesting that the soldier started his threats with a clear statement “We are the occupation army,” acknowledging he and his army are invaders and illegal occupiers of Palestine, and threatening to kill the children and the elders.

On Thursday evening, soldiers invaded Husan town, west of Bethlehem, and clashed with dozens of local youths who hurled stones and empty bottles on them, causing many residents to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The clashes took place in the al-Mateena area, overlooking the main road, before extending to the center of the town.

68 Palestinians, Including 13 Children And A Pregnant Woman, Killed So Far This Month; 921 Wounded

Soldiers shooting at Palestinians in Jerusalem (image from uprooted palestinians blog)

68 Palestinians, Including 13 Children And A Pregnant Woman, Killed This Month; 921 Wounded

author Friday October 30, 2015 08:21author by IMEMC News Report post

The Health Minister has reported that 68 Palestinians have been killed, and 921 Palestinians have been shot and injured with live Israeli army rounds, since the beginning of this month, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, while 855 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and 208 suffered fractures and bruises after being assaulted and beaten by soldiers and fanatic settlers.

Soldiers shooting at Palestinians in Jerusalem (image from uprooted palestinians blog)
Soldiers shooting at Palestinians in Jerusalem (image from uprooted palestinians blog)

Fourteen Palestinians suffered burns due to Israeli gas bombs, and concussion grenades, while more than 5000 Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Killed On Thursday:

Palestinian Teen Killed In Hebron, Second In Three Hours

Young Palestinian Man Killed By Israeli Army Fire In Hebron

Man Dies In Jerusalem After Soldiers Delayed Ambulance

The names of those killed by the army in October:

West Bank and Jerusalem:

1. Mohannad Halabi, 19, al-Biereh – Ramallah. Shot after allegedly grabbing gun and killing two Israelis. 10/3
2. Fadi Alloun, 19, Jerusalem. Israeli claim of ‘attack’ contradicted by eyewitnesses and video. 10/4
3. Amjad Hatem al-Jundi, 17, Hebron.
4. Thaer Abu Ghazala, 19, Jerusalem.
5. Abdul-Rahma Obeidallah, 11, Bethlehem.
6. Hotheifa Suleiman, 18, Tulkarem.
7. Wisam Jamal Faraj, 20, Jerusalem. Shot by an exploding bullet during protest. 10/8
8. Mohammad al-Ja’bari, 19, Hebron.
9. Ahmad Jamal Salah, 20, Jerusalem.
10. Ishaq Badran, 19, Jerusalem. Israeli claim of ‘attack’ contradicted by eyewitnesses. 10/10
11. Mohammad Said Ali, 19, Jerusalem.
12. Ibrahim Ahmad Mustafa Awad, 28, Hebron. Shot at protest by rubber-coated steel bullet in his forehead. 10/11
13. Ahmad Abdullah Sharaka, 13, Al Jalazoun Refugee camp-Ramallah.
14. Mostafa Al Khateeb, 18, Sur-Baher – Jerusalem.
15. Hassan Khalid Manassra, 15, Jerusalem.
16. Mohammad Nathmie Shamassnah, 22, Kutneh-Jerusalem.
17. Baha’ Elian, 22, Jabal Al Mokaber-Jerusalem.
18. Mutaz Ibrahim Zawahra, 27, Bethlehem. Hit with a live bullet in the chest during a demonstration.
19. Ala’ Abu Jammal, 33, Jerusalem.
20. Bassem Bassam Sidr, 17, Hebron.
21. Ahmad Abu Sh’aban, 23, Jerusalem.
22. Riyadh Ibraheem Dar-Yousif, 46, Al Janyia village Ramallah( Killed while harvesting olives)
23. Fadi Al-Darbi , 30, Jenin – died in Israeli detention camp.
24. Eyad Khalil Al Awawdah, Hebron.
25. Ihab Hannani, 19, Nablus.
26. Fadel al-Qawasmi, 18, Hebron. Shot by paramilitary settler, Israeli soldier caught on film planting knife near his body.
27. Mo’taz Ahmad ‘Oweisat, 16, Jerusalem. Military claimed he ‘had a knife’. 10/17
28. Bayan Abdul-Wahab al-‘Oseyli, 16, Hebron. Military claimed she ‘had a knife’, but video evidence contradicts that claim. 10/17
29. Tariq Ziad an-Natsha, 22, Hebron. 10/17
30. Omar Mohammad al-Faqeeh, 22, Qalandia. Military claimed he ‘had a knife’. 10/17
31. Mohannad al-‘Oqabi, 21, Negev. Allegedly killed soldier in bus station in Beer Sheba.
32. Hoda Mohammad Darweesh, 65, Jerusalem.
33. Hamza Mousa Al Amllah, 25, from Hebron, killed near Gush Etzion settlement.
34. Odai Hashem al-Masalma, 24, Beit ‘Awwa town near Hebron.
35. Hussam Isma’el Al Ja’bari, 18, Hebron.
36. Bashaar Nidal Al Ja’bari, 15, Hebron.
37. Hashem al-‘Azza, 54, Hebron.
38. Moa’taz Attalah Qassem, 22, Eezariyya town near Jerusalem. 10/21
39. Mahmoud Khalid Eghneimat, 20, Hebron.
40. Ahmad Mohammad Said Kamil, Jenin.
41. Dania Jihad Irshied, 17, Hebron.
42. Sa’id Mohamed Yousif Al-Atrash, 20, Hebron.
43. Raed Sakit Abed Al Raheem Thalji Jaradat, 22, Sa’er – Hebron.
44. Eyad Rouhi Ihjazi Jaradat, 19, Sa’er – Hebron.
45. Ezzeddin Nadi Sha’ban Abu Shakhdam, 17, Hebron. Shot by Israeli military after allegedly wounding soldier, then left to bleed to death.
46. Shadi Nabil Dweik, 22, Hebron. Shot by Israeli military after allegedly wounding the same soldier, then left to bleed to death.
47. Homam Adnan Sa’id, 23,Tel Rumeida, Hebron. Shot by Israeli soldiers claiming ‘he had a knife’, but eyewitnesses report seeing soldiers throwing a knife next to his dead body. 10/27
48. Islam Rafiq Obeid, 23, Tel Rumeida, Hebron. 10/28
49. Nadim Eshqeirat, 52, Jerusalem. 10/30 – Died when Israeli soldiers delayed his ambulance.
50. Mahdi Mohammad Ramadan al-Mohtasib, 23, Hebron. 10/30
51. Farouq Abdul-Qader Seder, 19, Hebron. 10/30

Gaza Strip:

52. Shadi Hussam Doula, 20.
53. Ahmad Abdul-Rahman al-Harbawi, 20.
54. Abed al-Wahidi, 20.
55. Mohammad Hisham al-Roqab, 15.
56. Adnan Mousa Abu ‘Oleyyan, 22.
57. Ziad Nabil Sharaf, 20.
58. Jihad al-‘Obeid, 22.
59. Marwan Hisham Barbakh, 13.
60. Khalil Omar Othman, 15.
61. Nour Rasmie Hassan, 30. Killed along with her child in an Israeli airstrike. 10/11
62. Rahaf Yihiya Hassan, two years old. Killed along with her mother in an Israeli airstrike. 10/11
63. Yihya Abdel-Qader Farahat, 23.
64. Shawqie Jamal Jaber Obed, 37.
65. Mahmoud Hatem Hameeda, 22. Northern Gaza. 66. Ahmad al-Sarhi, 27, al-Boreij.
67. Yihya Hashem Kreira.
68. Khalil Hassan Abu Obeid, 25. Khan Younis. Died from wounds sustained in protest earlier in the week.

Non-Palestinian killed by Israeli mob:
Eritrean asylum-seeker Haftom Zarhum killed in Beer Sheva bus station by angry mob who mistook him for a Palestinian- 10/18

Names of known Israeli casualties during the same time period:

1 & 2. 10/1 – Eitam and Na’ama Henkin, both aged around 30 years old, killed in drive-by shooting near Itamar settlement.
3. 10/3 – Nahmia Lavi, 41 – Rabbi for Israeli military. Killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack near Lion’s Gate when he tried to shoot the attacker but had his weapon taken.
4. 10/3 – Aaron Bennet, 24. Killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack near Lion’s Gate.
5. 10/13 – Yeshayahu Kirshavski, 60, bus shooting in East Jerusalem
6. 10/13 – Haviv Haim, 78, bus shooting in East Jerusalem
7. 10/13 – Richard Lakin, 76, bus shooting in East Jerusalem (died of wounds several days after the attack)
8. 10/18 – Omri Levy, 19, Israeli soldier with the Golani Brigade who had his weapon grabbed and turned against him by an Israeli resident.

An additional 2 Israelis that were initially claimed to have been killed in attacks were actually killed in car accidents.

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

Full Report

Israeli forces have escalated the use of excessive force against peaceful protests in the oPt.

10 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were killed in the West Bank; 9 of whom were killed in Hebron.

2 Palestinian civilians succumbed to their injuries in the Gaza Strip.

202 Palestinian civilians, including 36 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Among the wounded were 5 journalists and 9 paramedics in the Gaza Strip, and a journalist and human rights activist in the West Bank.


Israeli forces conducted 114 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, including 26 ones in Jerusalem.

184 Palestinian civilians, including 29 children and 6 women.

50 of them, including 11 children and 5 women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.


Israeli forces have continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

Israeli forces issued demolition notices against Palestinian houses on the grounds of collective punishment.

A family from Beit Hanina were obliged to demolish their house on their own.


Israeli settlers have escalated their attacks against Palestinian civilians and property and settlement activities have continued in the West Bank.

90 fruitful olive trees were burnt in Kufor Qaddoum village because of Israeli forces’ military trainings.

A settler opened fire at a Palestinian civilian, east of Hebron, and wounded him with 7 bullets.

Settlers attacked Palestinian farmers and continued to throw stones at Palestinian vehicles on roads.


Israeli warplanes carried out 2 airstrikes on training sites in the Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.


Israeli forces have turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th year.

Many temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and many others were re-established in a way obstructing the traffic.

9 Palestinian civilians, including 2 young girls and a child, were arrested at checkpoints.









Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (22 – 28 October 2015).




In view of the continuing international policy of silence over grave crimes and violations committed by Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Israeli forces have continued to flagrantly commit more crimes and violations against the Palestinian civilians. The reporting period witnessed bloody days and exposed the Israeli forces’ disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians. Israeli forces have continued the use of excessive force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the majority of whom were youngsters. Occupied East Jerusalem witnessed shooting incidents against everyone who is suspected to carry out a stabbing against Israeli forces or settlers. During the reporting period, Israeli forces and police killed 10 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, in the West Bank, while 2 others succumbed to their injuries in the Gaza Strip. In addition, 202 Palestinian civilians, including at least 36 children, 6 journalists, a human rights activist and 9 paramedics were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 83 of whom, including 12 children, 5 journalists and 9 paramedics, were wounded in the Gaza Strip and the remaining others were wounded in the West Bank. The injuries were distributed as follow: 110 civilians sustained live bullet wounds, 87 ones sustained rubber bullet wounds and 5 others were directly hit by tear gas canisters and sound bombs.


In the West Bank, killings committed by Israeli forces were as follows:


On 22 October 2015, Israeli forces opened fire at 2 Palestinian civilians from Sourif village, west of Hebron, working in the construction sector in “Beit Shemesh” area in Israel. The 2 Palestinians were standing on the side of the road and willing to ride the a bus when they were fired at. As a result, Mahmoud Ghnaimat (20) was killed and his colleague Meqdad al-Heeh (20) sustained serious wounds. Al-Heeh was taken by an Israeli ambulance to Hadasa Hospital in Jerusalem, but Ghnaimat’s corpse was kept in custody. Israeli forces claimed that the 2 aforementioned civilians were willing to carry out a stabbing once they ride the bus.


On 23 October 2015, in excessive use of force, private security guards serving the interests of the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child while running towards the first barrier at al-Jalama crossing, northeast of Jenin. According to PCHR’s investigations and statements of eyewitnesses, on the abovementioned day, Ahmed Mohammed Sa’id Kmail (17) was present along with other peddlers in the place where they used to stay. At approximately 11:00, Kmail suddenly ran towards the first barrier at al-Jalama crossing. The security guards noticed him, so some of them escaped but others opened fire at him. Kmail fell to the ground, however, the Israeli forces denied the Palestine Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) paramedics access to the area.


On 25 October 2015, in a new cold-blooded crime, Israeli Border Guards officers stationed at the entrance of the Ibrahimi Mosque, south of Hebron’s Old City, killed Dania Jehad Ersheid (17), from al-Hawooz area. They opened fire at her when she stopped to have her school bag searched. Ersheid’s corpse was taken to an unknown destination. According to PCHR’s investigations, Ersheid entered the Ibrahimi Mosque’s yard through a metal detector gate fixed between the aforementioned yard and the old market in the city. She obeyed the soldiers’ orders to be searched in the place where she was asked to stay, but Israeli soldiers shot her dead. It should be noted that the girl did not pose any threat to the security and lives of Israeli soldiers. She was even putting her hands up when the soldier was talking to her and accused her of having a knife.


On 24 October 2015, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians from Hebron. At approximately 14:50, Israeli forces deployed around the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City killed Sa’d al-Atrash (20), from south of Hebron. They shot him from a range of less than 2 meter. Israeli forces claimed that al-Atrash attempted to stab an Israeli soldier. It should be noted that the area were al-Atrash was killed is closed and no one can enter it without passing via the iron detector gates.


At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance to Biet Aynoun village, east of Hebron, killed Ra’ed Jaradat (22), from Ras al-Aroudh neighbourhood, west of Sa’ir village, east of the city. They opened fire at him after he stabbed an Israeli soldier.


In the evening, confrontations erupted between Palestinian young men and Israeli forces at the entrance to Sa’ir village and Beit Aynoun area. As a result, Eyad Jaradat (19) was hit by bullet to the head. As a result, he was taken to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron, where he succumbed to his wounds.


On 25 October 2015, Israeli forces killed 3 other Palestinian civilians in Hebron, including a child. At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces stationed on the main road in front of “Gosh Etzion” settlement compound, south of Bethlehem, killed Shadi al-Qudsi (21) and Ezz el-Din Abu Shakhdam (17), both were from Hebron. The 2 aforementioned persons were waiting for a bus at a bus stop when they were shot dead. Israeli forces claimed that they stabbed a settler.


At approximately 22:30, Israeli forces deployed in Tal al-Rumaida neighbourhood, in the centre of Hebron, killed Hamam Eseid (22), from the city, when he was passing by few meters to the west of “Gilbert” checkpoint established in the aforementioned neighbourhood. A video posted by the Israeli authorities showed Eseid lying on the ground with a knife next to him. The corpse was taken by a Red Star of David’s ambulance to an unknown destination.


On 22 October 2015, Israeli forces deployed in Tal al-Rumaida neighbourhood also killed Islam Ebeido (23), from the same neighbourhood, while passing by few meters to the west of “Gilbert” checkpoint established in the aforementioned neighbourhood. The corpse was taken by a Red Star of David’s ambulance to an unknown destination.

During the reporting period, 119 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the West Bank, including 24 children. 28 of whom were wounded in occupied East Jerusalem and the others were wounded in the Were Bank.


The injuries were as follows:


In peaceful protests against Israeli policies: 82 Palestinian civilians, including 20 children were wounded. Fifty-five of them sustained live bullet wounds, 26 others sustained rubber bullet wounds and one was hit by a sound bombs. Among the wounded were a journalist and a human rights activist.

In peaceful protests against Israeli incursion: 7 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were wounded. Four of them sustained live bullet wounds and the 3 others sustained rubber bullet wounds.

Peaceful protests against the annexation wall: a Palestinian child sustained a live bullet wound.

Settler attacks: a Palestinian civilian was wounded when a settler opened fire at him.

Palestinian civilians wounded in occupied Jerusalem: 28 Palestinian civilians were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets.


In the Gaza Strip, 2 Palestinian civilians succumbed to their injuries and 83 others, including 12 children, 5 journalists and 9 paramedics were wounded. Seven paramedics suffered tear gas inhalation and the 2 others were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets.


According to investigations conducted by PCHR in the Gaza Strip, on Friday, 23 October 2015, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City pronounced Yehya Karira (20), from al-Tuffah neighbourhood, dead as he succumbed to his injuries. Karira was wounded on 16 October 2015, when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Gaza City, opened fire at Palestinian protestors. As a result, he sustained a bullet wound to the head.


On 24 October 2015, medical sources declared that Khalil Abu Ebeid (26), from Khan Yunis, succumbed to his injuries when Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian protestors in the east of al-Bureij refugee camp, on 11 October 2015.


Concerning airstrikes, on 26 October 2015, Israeli warplanes carried out 2 airstrikes on training sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups in the centre and south of the Gaza Strip. There was material damage, but no casualties were reported.




During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 88 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 26 ones in occupied East Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 183 Palestinians, including 29 children and 6 women.  Fifty-five of these civilians, including 11 children and 5 women, were arrested in East Jerusalem.


Restrictions on movement:


Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.


The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (KeremShaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 38.8%, 21.1% of which suffer from extreme poverty. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 44%, which reflects the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.


As part of the collective punishment policy carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians, since Thursday, 01 October 2015, Nablus has been cordoned in a way similar to the cordon imposed on the same city in the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada. PCHR’s fieldworker said that “Yetshar” bypass road, south of Nablus, and Beit Foreik checkpoint, east of the city, were completely closed. Moreover, they redeployed at the checkpoints of Howara, Jeet, al-Naqoura village, and Deir Sharaf valley around the city. Israeli forces stationed at those checkpoints humiliate the Palestinian civilians passing through the checkpoints.


Efforts to create Jewish majority


In the context of house demolition, on Saturday, 24 October 2015, al-Rajabi family demolished their own house located in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, in application of the decision taken by the Israeli municipality court under the pretext of non-licensing. Elias al-Rajabi said to Elias al-Rajabi said that his family demolished a house belonging to Abeer al-Rajabi, which was built 15 years ago, under the pretext of non-licensing.


On Monday morning, 26 October 2015, the Israeli authorities handed an administrative demolition notice to the family of Ibrahim Dwayyat in Sour Baher village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The house belongs to Ibrahim Dwayyat, the brother of the Jerusalemite prisoner Shorouq Dwayyat.


Under the pretext of security deterioration since early October, the Israeli authorities started imposing additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in occupied East Jerusalem and its suburbs and villages. These measures included fixing iron detector gates and police checkpoints inside the Old City neighbourhoods and at entrances leading to them. In a latest development, Israeli forces closed the entrances to a number of the city’s suburbs and villages.


In the context of collective punishment against families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli forces and settlers, on Thursday morning, 22 October 2015, Israeli authorities handed Dawood Abu Jamal an order to seize and demolish the house of his son Alaa under the instructions of the Israeli Home Front Commander. Dawood said that Israeli forces had summoned him to be questioned in “Oz” police station in al-Mukaber Mountain village. Once he arrived, an Israeli officer handed him the order to seize and demolish his son’s house.


Settlement Activities


On 23 October 2015, about 90 fruitful olive trees, south of Kufor Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilya, were burnt as Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters under the pretext of military training in “Kedumim” camp, near the said village.



On Saturday, 24 October 2015, settlers from ‘Mevo Dotan” settlement, south of Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin, damaged a greenhouse belonging to Kayed Mohammed Tawfiq Abu Baker (46) and used to produce coal.


On Sunday, 25 October 2015, Azzam Ezzat Sha’ban Shalalda (20), from Sa’ir village, east of Hebron, was wounded after a settler opened fire at him in Sa’ir valley. The aforementioned person was taken by a private vehicle to the village, where an ambulance took him to al-Ahli hospital in Hebron. Medical sources stated that he sustained 7 live bullets to the right thigh, where his health condition was moderate.


On the same day, after a settler was stabbed near “Ariel” settlement, north of Salfit, and the attacker had escaped, 4 settlers stabbed a Palestinian civilian near the aforementioned settlement. The stabbed person could escape in spite of his injury.


On the same day also, a group of settlers attacked in presence of Israeli forces and liaison officers a vehicle belonging to Dr. Rani Marwan Abdul Hamid (32), from Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus, while going home. As a result, the car glass was smashed and scattered on the Rani.


On Monday, 26 October 2015, a group of settlers from “Alone Mowe” settlement, east of Deir al-Hatab village, east of Nablus, attacked Palestinian farmers, who were harvesting olives, east of the village. The settlers attacked with sticks Tawfiq Mohammed Bani Omer (75) on his head and left hand, due to which he sustained bruises. He could escape to the bypass road in the area to be protected by Israeli soldiers.




Life in the USA (or death): Toddlers have Shot Themselves or Someone Else At Least 43 Times This year –

(photo: Jim Corwin, Photographer’s Choice/Getty Images)

Toddlers have Shot Themselves or Someone Else At Least 43 Times This year

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has strongly opposed any gun safety legislation, with Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre going so far as to say, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” But what if the “bad guy with a gun” is a toddler?

Toddlers shoot themselves or others almost every week in the United States. Christopher Ingraham, who writes the Wonkblog column for The Washington Post, earlier this month found 43 instances of that happening so far this year with children age 3 or younger.

That number is probably an undercount, Ingraham wrote, because he tracked only the cases he could find in the news media. Other shootings, especially those that might not have resulted in serious injury, likely went unreported.

Probably the most famous recent example is the 2-year-old riding in the backseat of a car in South Carolina who discovered a gun and shot his grandmother, who was sitting in the front seat. But there have been many other cases, most involving the toddler killing himself (boys are far more likely to do this; only three of the cases turned up by Ingraham involved girl shooters).

Here’s how the numbers have broken down so far in 2015:

·       13 toddlers have killed themselves with guns

·       18 other small children injured themselves

·       10 injured other people

·       Two killed other people

Not surprisingly, states with lax gun laws appear to have more shootings by toddlers. Missouri, with loose gun regulation, leads the list with five such shootings. But California, the most populous state but also one with tighter gun safety laws, has had none.

Gun locks and smart guns, which will fire only if the registered owner is holding it, are available but laws making them requirements have been fought tooth and nail by gun owners’ associations. Apparently, dead toddlers are an acceptable price to pay for the Second Amendment, at least as far as the NRA is concerned.

-Steve Straehley

To Learn More:

People are Getting Shot by Toddlers on a Weekly Basis This Year (by Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post)

Toddlers in America have Accidentally Shot One Person a Week in 2015 (by Helena Horton, The Telegraph)

#NotAnAccident Index (Everytown for Gun Safety)

Two Children a Week Killed in U.S. by Accidental Shootings (by Steve Straehley, AllGov)

Review Finds Twice as Many Accidental Gun Deaths of Children as Reported (by Noel Brinkerhoff and Danny Biederman, AllGov)

Is a Movement Afoot to Inflame US Opinion Against Russia?

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Yesterday it was announced by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter that the US will be sending a “small number of special operations forces” to Syria for the purpose of supporting “capable partners” in the war against ISIS. (See Reuters report here.)

This of course means that there will now be US troops “on the ground” in Syria. What if one or more of them happens to get killed in a Russian airstrike? This is a possibility analyzed in an article that includes anonymous comments from two Special Operations commanders who have expressed concern about the “scope” of the mission in Syria.

Liar Liar–Pants on Fire: Obama Sends US Ground Troops to Syria

By Chip Tatum

During lunch with old friends outside MacDill AFB in Tampa, two U.S. Special Operations Command officials, who spoke to me on condition of anonymity, reported that the orders are in and that we will be deploying 3,000 troops to the AO (Area of Operations).

“Chip, we are concerned due to the scope of our mission there. We will be embedded with Syrian Opposition forces, we believe that many are al-Qaeda or ISIS sympathizers who are not actively engaged against the terrorist threat but rather in support of a regime change.

Continued here

A couple of days ago I posted an article regarding an online letter expressing support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, a letter that now has garnered more than 86,000 signatures. Clearly the US is worried about the outpouring of support Russia is receiving from the “global reality-based community,” which of course is made up of people who get their news from the Internet rather than the mainstream media.

A sign of how desperate US officials are becoming can perhaps be gleaned from an op-ed piece published last Friday in the Washington Post and written by David J. Kramer, a former US assistant Secretary of State.

In the piece, which can be accessed here, Kramer, who is now affiliated with the McCain Institute (yes, as in John McCain), calls for the US to freeze the assets of Russian broadcaster RT. The freeze would be carried out supposedly on the grounds of Russian non-compliance with two recent European court rulings concerning Yukos, the no-longer-existent oil company formerly run by Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Kramer attempts to smear Putin, referring to his administration as “one of the most corrupt, kleptocratic regimes in the world,” while going on to assert that:

RT is the key to Putin’s propaganda effort to discredit the West and obfuscate the truth of Russian actions. It has a global reach through cable and the Internet and claims an audience, likely exaggerated, of 700 million people in 100 countries. It has a large studio in Washington and bureaus throughout the United States and Europe. Russian government financing for RT and similar propaganda outlets, including Sputnik news, is roughly half a billion dollars.

Seizing Russian Embassy and consulate property in Washington and elsewhere is not an option given the inviolability of diplomatic missions. That leaves few other possibilities for going after Russian properties — and makes RT an inviting target. Even for Russia, with more than $350 billion in hard currency reserves and the most natural-resources wealth of any country in the world, $52 billion is a lot of money, especially in the midst of an economic crisis, low oil prices and the squeeze of continued sanctions against the regime.

If US soldiers were to die in an airstrike that could be blamed on Russia, it would most likely smooth the way for a seizure of RT assets…and who knows? Maybe even a war as well.

Kramer’s article has certainly been taken note of in Russia. The following was posted Tuesday at Sputnik:

RT Chief Outraged at ‘Shocking’ Proposal to Seize Channel’s US Assets

RT television channel Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said Tuesday that she was outraged at the proposal by a former US assistant secretary of state that the United States must freeze RT assets.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — David Kramer, a former US assistant secretary of state for democracy and human rights, said in an op-ed published last week by The Washington Post that RT channel assets in the country must be seized in compliance with two European court rulings against Russia stipulating shareholder debt repayment in the now defunct Yukos oil firm.

Continued here

Thanks to Russian air support, the Syrian Army is now about to launch an offensive to retake Palmyra. If the ancient city–a UNESCO World Heritage site–is rescued, and particularly if it is rescued with some of its ancient antiquities still intact, it will be another feather in Russia’s cap.

At this point, it would be well if the US simply stayed out of the way. But Russia’s successes in Syria have angered US officials, and the question now is to what lengths are they willing to go to reassert global “leadership,” which has obviously taken a beating?


Zarif Meets Kerry, Stresses No Preconditions for Participation in Syria Talks

Local Editor

Before he met his US counterpart, John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif stressed that there were no preconditions for Tehran’s participation in Syria talks.

Upon his arrival in the Austrian capital for talks aimed at ending the deadly crises in Syria, Zarif told reporters that Iran would not have taken part in the Syria talks if there were preconditions for Tehran’s participation, Iranian media reported.

Zarif and KerryZarif, who is heading high-ranking political delegation, met his US counterpart, John Kerry.

The top US diplomat left his Vienna hotel and walked 100 meters up the street to his counterpart’s accommodation for a closed-door meeting, AFP news agency reported.

Zarif was also scheduled to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, according to the Russian news wire Interfax, before joining a dozen powers for the main talks on Friday.

This is the first ever participation of Iran in Syrian Peace Talks, which western countries are hosting, and opponents of President Bashar al-Assad are attending, too.

Meetings of ‘Geneva 1’ and ‘ Geneva 2’ to find mechanisms and solution to settle Syrian crisis failed to yield any achievement.

A quadrilateral meeting of the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey were held in Vienna last week without Iran’s presence to consider Syria crisis.

Friday’s talks will be a wider gathering of regional players which will see Zarif joining representatives from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Lebanon and the European Union.

Source: Agencies

29-10-2015 – 19:15 Last updated 30-10-2015 – 00:13

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