French Lawmaker to Al-Manar: Assad Part of Syria Solution

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French lawmaker Jacques Myard told al-Manar that President Bashar al-Assad is a part of the solution in Syria.

“International community should deal with President Assad as a part of the political solution in Syria,” the French MP told al-Manar as he arrived in Beirut on Wednesday.

French MP Jacques Myard

Despite expectations that Assad will “politically die”, Assad remained in power, Myard said.

Paris has to know that the political and strategic situation in Syria has changed, he said, adding: “diplomatic relations cannot be only with states that we love. There are diplomatic necessities.”

Myard was a part of a French delegation that visited President Assad in Damascus Wednesday.

The delegation was headed by Senate member, Head of the Senate’s French-Syrian Friendship Committee Jean-Pierre Vial. It also included other two lawmakers.

For his part, President Assad stressed the importance of countering terrorism in the region, noting that maintaining stability in region is of Paris’ interest.

Fighting terrorism demands a real political will and a conviction that the outcome will be in the interest of all inasmuch as the dangers jeopardize the entire region, President Assad said.

“If this issue could be tackled based on that principle, surely we will have tangible positive results more quickly.”

Source: Al Manar TV

26-02-2015 – 10:57 Last updated 26-02-2015 – 10:57


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DR. SOROS: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE MY BARREL BOMBS

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I woke up this morning and arrived at my office only to turn on my desktop to see that the heavily compromised Human Rights Watch, an organ of the George Soros empire and the Arabian apes, had condemned our air force’s use of barrel bombs.  I had a huge belly laugh which I want to share with you today.  You see, HRW is a part of the Western propaganda machine which regularly spews out the kind of nonsense designed to stir up negative feelings with headlines usually grabbed by “yellow”, inarticulate,  nausea-inducing “news” sites like Al-Bawaba, Daily Star and Zionist media.  Because these media sites are relatively unknown and unread (unless you are an aficionado of bad grammar, awful syntax and corrupted thought processes), they are the ones to pick up on these themes.  HRW will say anything to discredit our president, Dr. Assad, and to empower the Turk-led failure called the Syrian National Coalition – a group now condemned to oblivion by even former ambassador and present spook and war criminal, Robert Ford.  (By the way, I have come to suspect Alalam as another case in point, but, for other reasons.)

The whole plan, you see, is to try to get the Syrian military to stop killing terrorists supported by Human Rights Watch and its principals.  Of course, that’s not going to happen any time soon.  Moreover, it is my fervent hope that more of these barrel bombs are dropped over the heads of the Alqaeda and ISIS rats sent to Syria by HRW’s favorite champions: the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia.  The United States, you ask?  HRW is based in New York City and, like SOHR, is an arm of not only the Soros Open Society Foundation and the Arabian monkeys, but, also of the CIA.  Whenever HRW says anything about Syria, prepare for something – the Brits or the Americans are cooking up something – and it’s always noisome and malicious, hence the Persian expression: بوي بريطانيائي  or “it smells of British”.  HRW is our parakeet in the mines.  It warns you when the imbeciles at Langley or Vauxhall Cross are about to fly a kite to see how far it will go.

Think also of Stefant DeMistura’s plot to engineer a “freeze” in the fighting in Aleppo to give the terrorist rodents a chance to regroup, resupply and recharge themselves.  It may even be his plan to offer them safe passage toward their beloved Recep Tayyip Erdoghan, who, with a new American commitment to build up a “moderate” Syrian military force in Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar (oh, will the Saints protect us?), is now on the team dedicated to increasing the internal destruction of Syria.  The U.N. is in on the plan and Dr. Assad knows it.

Our barrel bombs are a thing of beauty.  Incredibly accurate despite what the liars at HRW and AI say.  The fins you see on the body of the cylinders are intended to give the projectiles stability to insure precise placement.  Our bombs are filled with all the ingredients necessary to send the enemy straight to the bowels of Hades without the need for medical intervention.  The ball bearings, nails, dross, bullet jackets, among other tiny objects, are meant to penetrate the skulls of vermin no matter how thick their crania may be.  Designed like a sleek, but somewhat crude, rocket, they are dropped very accurately over the exact place where our intelligence sources tell us the vultures are hiding.  They are dropped mostly by Hind helicopters which hover at sufficiently high altitudes to completely conceal their presence – to muffle the sound of the rotors mercifully holding up our heroic soldiers as they perform their solemn duties in killing pests.

The sound of a barrel bomb swishing through the air only to ignite when it touches the earth must be tantamount to a symphony by Shostakovich, rich in texture but with an explosive coda or finish. I can hear the tympani drums rolling amidst a soaring chorus of horns, brass and strings.  It is, indeed, a thing of beauty.

  Shostakovich seen here contemplating his unfinished symphony: “Barrel Bomb Symphony Number 7 in D Minor”.

Some might argue that HRW is merely trying to rebut Dr. Assad’s recent assertion that the Syrian military does not use barrel bombs, and, in so doing, cast doubt upon his credibility.  But, if that were so, it doesn’t absolve HRW of the accusation that it works for dark and insidious forces.  However, let us tell the world, the SAA does not use “barrel bombs”.  They are not called barrel bombs in Syria!  They are referred to in Arabic as “vertical bombs” which is why Dr. Assad told Jeremy Bowen of the BBC, during a typically inane interview, that he did not believe the military used “barrel bombs”.  So much for HRW and the BBC, for that matter.

So, in closing, let me once again reiterate my affection for the “vertical bomb”.  Each time it is dropped over the heads of vermin, let a clergyman, of whatever faith,  bless it and infuse it with accuracy, sanctity and lethality.  May the terrorists rest in the Inferno.

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SAA on the BBC, Human Rights Watch and the Persistent Myth of “Barrel Bombs”

Editorial Comment:

“Barrel Bombs” and the BBC

H.E. President Bashar al-Assad’s Interview with BBC News

The latest pro-imperialist HRW “report” is published below the Syrian Arab Army’s statement.

The HRW  release coincides with the Commission of Inquiry report on Syria.

International CoI on Syria: Desperate Propaganda in the Face of Stunning SAA Victories and Imperialist Defeat

Bashar Al Jaafari challenged the COI “evidence” and exposed the falsehoods here:

Al-Jaafari: “Commission of Inquiry on Syria” biased, politically motivated

A.V.


When BBC News published about what they called “Barrel Bombs” we clarified the technical military term of a Soviet/Russian made “FAB” bomb, which is the Soviet/Russian General Purpose Bomb. However, BBC News are nothing but a news agency, so it was expected from them to propagandize against the Syrian government, and military.

However, yesterday, Human Rights Watch published a report about the same matter. Accusing the Syrian Government, and President of lying, and their report was published under the name of “Syria: New Spate of Barrel Bomb Attacks”, saying that they provided prof if such weapons.

First of all, the only thing worst than a terrorists organization, is a double standard human rights organization. Their report, which we will link here, sees facts from one point, and completely ignores the other.

The report states facts about locations being bombed by SyAF by using General Purpose bombs “there is nothing called Barrel Bombs”

However, it completely ignore the facts about terrorists in these locations setting up domestically made rocket launchers, and shelling cities like Damascus, and Latakia.

It completely ignores the fact that these kids in their report, and most other reports are forced to be at a war zone, because terrorists are not allowing them to leave, so they can use them as human shields.

It also ignores the fact that one of the most successful Syrian army operations was to evacuate ~2000 civilians from hot zones in the past two months so the army can protect them.

Furthermore, it ignores the fact that these same terrorists have more than ~5000 kidnapped civilians, and military personnel, and are being used as human shields against any army advancement.

Before people like Human Rights Watch decide to write a report, they should get all their facts from every body, and not from one side. If this was a report published by a media network, we would automatically ignore it, but this organization “Supposedly” has integrity.

A little military explanation of what General Purpose Bomb are:

A general-purpose bomb is an air-dropped bomb intended as a compromise between blast damage, penetration, and fragmentation in explosive effect.

The first General-Purpose bomb manufactured was in 1937 by the British

Where the Soviet Union manufactured what is called “FAB” or “Fugasnaya Aviatsionnaya Bomba” which stands for “Aviation Demolition Bomb”

The Soviet/Russian General-Purpose bombs are sometimes called Iron Bombs. They are shaped like barrels but they are not “Barrel Bombs”

SyAF have been using Soviet designed, locally manufactured FABs, and will continue using it, but that does not mean they are using “Barrel-Bombs” there is no such a thing is “Barrel-Bombs”

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US Gen. Breedlove concerned about Putin’s reaction over arming Ukraine

Gen. Philip Breedlove conducts a news briefing February 25, 2015 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. (AFP photo)
Philip Breedlove conducts a news briefing February 25, 2015 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. (AFP photo)

The head of US European Command is concerned about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reaction to Washington’s decision to send weapons to Ukraine.

“Clearly, we don’t know what Mr. Putin will do,” Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said on Wednesday. “I think that we have to be cognizant it could cause positive results, it could cause negative results.”

The top US general in Europe also noted the Obama administration is considering whether to arm Ukrainian forces in fighting against pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.

“Right now, we are not arming the Ukrainian with lethal weapons and what we see is Russia continues to build up its force,” Gen. Breedlove claimed. “What is clear is that right now, it is not getting better, it is getting worse every day.”

The NATO supreme allied commander in Europe, however, said sending heavy weapons would not help the Ukrainian forces.

The general said the Pentagon is planning to train 600 Ukrainian forces in the western part of the country next month.

Moscow would not remain indifferent to such “provocative actions” and “will have to respond appropriately,” said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in reference to US plans to arm Ukraine.

Relations between Washington and Moscow have been strained over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Washington accuses Moscow of arming and supporting pro-Russian forces fighting in Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry, however, calls the accusations “groundless.”

On Tuesday, US combat vehicles took part in a parade in an Estonian city near the Russian border. The US armored personnel carriers and other US Army vehicles rolled through the streets of Narva amid the escalating tensions between the two powers.

In an interview with Press TV on Wednesday, political commentator Andrew Korybko said the United States is trying to “provoke” Russia into an aggressive reaction through conducting a military parade near the Russian border.

Korybko said Washington is trying to “provoke Russia into a reaction to paint it as an aggressor even if that’s not really the case.”

He noted that this is a “symbolic power projection” through which the United States is trying to say that it is in “Russia’s backyard.”

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In The Name Of Mammon – Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind

February 23, 2015  /  Gilad Atzmon

In the last few weeks we have witnessed British Jewish leaders relentlessly complaining about ‘the rise of anti-Semitism.’  This morning we learned that two former foreign ministers are at the centre of a huge ‘cash for access’ scandal. I guess that Sir Malcom Rifkind is not going to help in the current struggle to defy anti-Semitism. Apparently the Jewish Chronicle is not convinced that Jack Straw passes the ‘Kosher’ test.

The Daily Mail reports today:

Former foreign secretaries Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind today sought to defend themselves after becoming embroiled in a new ‘cash for access’ scandal where they both boasted about charging at least £5,000-a-day.

The pair were secretly filmed discussing how they could use their contacts to benefit a private company for large sums of money. 

Sir Malcolm, who is chairman of the highly-influential Intelligence and Security Select Committee, said that he could see any foreign ambassador in London and has ‘useful access’ to every British ambassador in the world because of his profile. 

This morning he claimed he acted ‘entirely properly’ and it was ‘quite unrealistic’ to expect backbench MPs with professional backgrounds to ‘simply accept a salary of £60,000′ without accepting second jobs, and would fight claims of wrongdoing ‘with all my strength’.

Mr Straw, one of Labour’s most senior figures, claimed he was ‘mortified’ after footage emerged of him inviting two undercover reporters to a meeting in his Parliamentary office where he claimed to work ‘under the radar’ for private companies.

“Liberation” of Territories in Kirkuk: A Quest for Political Power?

The governor of the Iraqi Province of Kirkuk, Najm al-Din Omar (R), attends a meeting with Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani (C) on February 17, 2015, in the oil hub of Kirkuk, about 240 kilometres (150 miles) north of Baghdad. AFP/Marwan Ibrahim
Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The city of Kirkuk, and the governorate in general, is set to become the arena of a new political confrontation. The nature of this confrontation depends on which parties will participate in regaining territory that has fallen under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) since last summer.
Erbil — The two main opponents in the arena today are the Peshmerga forces in Erbil and the “popular mobilization” forces in Baghdad. There has been increased bickering between the two in the media; Kirkuk is one of the disputed areas between the central government and the Kurdish north. Meanwhile, some parties are seeking to stir up other conflicts within the governorate, and are devising schemes that may affect all Iraqi territories.
During a visit to the city of Kirkuk a week ago, president of the Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani, said that Kirkuk currently does not need any additional forces. He said that the Kurdish Region will make every effort to defend Kirkuk and its components, noting that “should there be a need to bring in the popular mobilization forces, the request should be made by the Peshmerga forces alone.”
A few days after Barzani’s visit to Kirkuk, Ribawar Talabani, head of the Kirkuk provincial council, said that “so far, no agreement has been signed between the local administration in Kirkuk and head of the Badr Organization Hadi al-Amiri to bring the popular mobilization forces to Kirkuk and launch operations to liberate the areas.” In a press interview, Talabani said that “a general agreement was reached between President Massoud Barzani and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Munich (part of the Munich Security Conference held on February 8, 2015) on conducting joint operations to liberate territories from ISIS elements, but they did not agree on the areas where joint operations are to take place.”
The talk about dividing areas into zones where “joint operations” will take place reflects the criticality of military action in the governorate of Kirkuk, given that it is a key tool for asserting political power in a disputed area.
The Peshmerga forces had consolidated their control over the city of Kirkuk in June following attacks by ISIS. Peshmerga Spokesman Jabbar Yawar told Reuters: “All of Kirkuk is under the control of the Peshmerga forces, and the Iraqi army no longer has a presence there.”
Speaking with Al-Akhbar, Adnan Kirkuki, spokesman for the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership council in Kirkuk, said that “the future plan to protect Kirkuk includes reinforcing Peshmerga posts, both logistically and with arms. There is a sufficient presence of Peshmerga forces on the confrontation lines. Inside the city, the security services have developed a plan to protect citizens, property, and vital facilities.” On the participation of Peshmerga forces in the liberation of areas controlled by ISIS, Kirkuki said that there is “coordination at the regional level, and at the level of the (central) federal government with regards to fighting ISIS. The Peshmerga forces may take part as supporting forces to liberate the governorate of Kirkuk, as well as Mosul.”
Despite the reluctance by the Kurdish side to allow the “popular mobilization” forces to enter the city, Tahseen Kahiah, member of the Kirkuk Provincial Council, told Al-Akhbar that there is coordination between all parties in the city.
 “Kirkuk is an important, sensitive, and strategic area. It holds key economic facilities, and protecting it during this period is a national duty,” Kahiah said, adding that “there is high-level coordination between the security forces in the area and the popular mobilization forces, aimed at developing a plan to liberate the areas controlled by ISIS. This was preceded by mutual visits between the leaders of the popular mobilization forces and the local administration, and even with the Peshmerga. The results of these meetings will materialize in the next few days.”
In the rest of the governorate, the district of Hawija (southwest of Kirkuk Governorate), and the areas of al-Riyad, Rashad, al-Abbasiya, and al-Nahrawan — which are mainly inhabited by “Sunni Arabs” — have been under ISIS control since June. The “popular mobilization” forces reportedly launched a military operation from the area of al-Fatha in Salahuddin Governorate early last week to regain Hawija District.
The demographically diverse oil-rich governorate, the operation launched by the “popular mobilization” forces, and the presence of the Peshmerga in the city of Kirkuk, opened the door to talk about a recent agreement reached between the two sides to share power in the governorate — while the aim and intentions behind such talk is known.
Mohammed Khalil, member of the Kirkuk Provincial Council, said about the Sunni Arabs: “So far, we have not seen any serious moves from the federal government in the direction of liberating Hawija and the areas located southwest of Kirkuk. All we have seen are statements and promises to send troops, and that the government will form security forces — whether in the form of national mobilization forces, popular mobilization forces, or national guard corps — and send army troops. But this talk has yet to be implemented and is worthless.”
“If the government does not help us, what do we do? We do not have a legitimate and legal cover to form special forces. But if the state supports us, we can form forces composed of the sons of the tribes in the region. Thus, we will be able to take part in any battle, and speedily liberate our areas in coordination with the Peshmerga forces stationed on the border,” he told Al-Akhbar.
A Peshmerga officer in Kirkuk told Al-Akhbar that “preparations by our forces are underway, and they have reinforced the force in Kirkuk with heavy and light weapons to counter any possible attack by ISIS. But I do not think that we will participate in the raid on Hawija District and its surrounding areas, because these are Arab areas. We avoid clashing with the people of these areas or inflaming nationalist sentiment. Thus, it would be better if forces comprised of tribes from the area took part in liberating them.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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Ramsey Clark & Fact-Finding Mission: We appreciate Syrian people’s heroic struggle against terrorism

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Damascus, SANA

Presidential political and media advisor Buthaina Shaaban met on Wednesday a number of US activists, led by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark who listened to a detailed brief on the reality of events in Syria.

During the meeting, Shaaban said President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian people appreciate the delegation’s visit, wondering, in a letter sent to the Americans upon a request by members of the delegation “Who is the beneficiary side from the war on Syria at a time when the target has exceeded the personality of the President or government to go beyond to the destruction of Syria.”

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“The visit of the US delegation is important as it is the first since the beginning of the crisis, led by  Ramsey Clark who has occupied many posts in the US and represents a very important body corporate for the American people,” Shaaban told the Syrian TV in a statement.

She added that what will Mr. Clark say when he returns to his country is important to be heard by the America people, and “when I asked him who is the beneficiary one from the war on Syria and why the US supports this war, Clark said that the reason is the US desire in destruction, as it did in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.”

Clark, for his part, said the aim of the visit is to find more opportunities for dialogue and coordination among the Syrian and American people, adding “we saw culture and credibility in Syria and we appreciate the struggle of this people, affirming “We will disallow them to shift Syria into Iraq or Libya.”

For her part, Cynthia McKinney, former member at the US Congress, highly appreciated “Syria’s heroic stance, as people and leadership, in its war against the US imperialism.”

She added “The Syrian people are exceptional in their capability of resistance as the acts during 4-years have failed to achieve their goals.”

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PFLP leadership meets with US delegation headed by Ramsey Clark in Damascus

delegmtComrade Abu Ahmad Fuad, deputy General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Comrade Abu Sami Marwan, member of the Political Bureau of the PFLP, met with a US delegation to Syria, which arrived in Damascus on Tuesday. The delegation was headed by Ramsey Clark, former US Attorney General, and included US leftist activists and leaders, including former member of Congress Cynthia McKinnery and Sara Flounders, director of the International Action Center in New York City.

The meeting was convened at the request of the US delegation, which was eager to meet with the leadership of the Front and exchange political positions regarding the ongoing developments in Palestine and the region. The PFLP leaders discussed the nature of the US/Zionist aggression against the people of the region, their intervention in Syria and the attempts of colonial powers to impose their hegemony by force and military aggression, through division of the land and people, and by pushing the region into sectarian or religious conflict.

This US policy is nothing new, noted the Front’s leaders, but is the ongoing manifestation of US imperialism in the interests of the Zionist state, the US and European corporations. The Front noted that the colonial powers have waged an ongoing war against the Arab people to prevent any real progress for the region on the road to liberation, self-determination and an end to Zionist occupation. The daily crimes committed by the Zionist enemy against our people in occupied Palestine are one of the main aspects of this Zionist/imperialist campaign that must be confronted on an international level, they said.

The US delegation discussed the urgent need for building ongoing solidarity with Palestine in the United States and internationally, in particular to confront the deep involvement of the United States – militarily, politically and financially – in the crimes of the occupier, and to end its attacks on Syria, Iraq and the people of the entire region.

The delegates noted that there is a colonial scheme to divide and re-partition the region according to the interests of major corporations and imperial powers, targeting the resources of the people, sometimes through blatant political interference in the affairs of the region and other times through wars and military attacks on states and peoples.

Ramsey Clark thanked the leadership of the PFLP for meeting with the delegation, emphasizing the delegates’ political agreement with the vision and analysis presented by the Front’s leaders in the meeting. The two sides emphasized the importance of communication between the Palestinian Arab left and progressive and democratic forces in the United States to confront Zionism and imperialism in the US and in Palestine alike.

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Dancing children attacked by Israeli forces

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International Solidarity Movement | February 25, 2015

Hebron, Occupied Palestine – On the 24th of February in occupied Al-Khalil (Hebron), Israeli forces opened fire on dancing Palestinian youth, firing tear gas and throwing stun grenades at group of young children performing a traditional Palestinian dance as a form of protest in front of Shuhada checkpoint.

The fifteen young dancers, Palestinian girls and boys between the ages of six and twelve, gathered to perform dabke, a traditional Palestinian dance. They staged their dance in the open street in Bab Al-Zawiye (in the H1 – officially Palestinian Authority-controlled – part of Hebron) near Shuhada checkpoint, as part of a week of actions planned by Palestinian organizers around the annual Open Shuhada Street campaign. The children began performing under heavy military surveillance, as at least thirteen soldiers occupied roofs surrounding the entrance to the checkpoint.

Even before the demonstration had begun, Israeli forces closed Shuhada checkpoint to Palestinian men, only allowing a few women through. Shuhada checkpoint controls the main access between Bab Al-Zawiye and the the H2 (fully Israeli-controlled) neighborhood of Tel Rumeida. On the H2 side, the checkpoint faces Shuhada street, and soldiers restrict Palestinian access onto the short portion of Shuhada street where they are still allowed to walk. “As soon as the dancing kids moved closer to the checkpoint, soldiers immediately attacked with two tear gas grenades and two stun grenades,” reported an ISM volunteer who witnessed the incident. “Israeli soldiers fired tear gas even though the children were not throwing stones.”

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 Jewish State forces prepare to fire on dancing children

 After first fleeing the assault, the Palestinian children managed to continue dancing even as around twenty soldiers and eight border police advanced from the checkpoint into Bab Al-Zawiye. Israeli forces threw a dozen stun grenades after a few youth began throwing stones at the checkpoint.

Clashes continued for about an hour and a half, as Israeli soldiers and border police fired even more rounds of tear gas, several additional stun grenades, and eventually rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian youth. Advancing further and further into the commercial center of Bab Al-Zawiye, they ended up shooting into the crowded streets of the city’s market area. Local activists reported that two Palestinians suffered injuries from rubber-coated steel bullets.

 February 25 marks the 21-year anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre; in 1994 US-born extremist settler Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Palestinian worshipers inside the Al-Khalil mosque and injured dozens more. In the time following the attack, Israeli authorities initiated a crackdown, not on those occupying the city’s illegal settlements, but on Palestinians. Israel put in place policies, including the closure of Shuhada street, which would eventually lead to Al-Khalil becoming the divided city it is today.

Children in H2, which includes Al-Khalil’s historic Old City and once-thriving market, constantly endure the violence and daily humiliations of Israeli military occupation.

Children living in the neighborhoods of H2 are routinely tear gassed on their way to school and face arrestattack and daily harassment at checkpoints.

The Open Shuhada Street actions are a yearly expression of resistance to Israel’s Apartheid system, as Palestinians young and old demand and end to the occupation.

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