Barghouti’s Health deteriorates on 8th Day of Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike

Marwan Barghouti

Imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarian and Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who has been leading a large-scale hunger strike in Zionist prisons, suffered from a serious deterioration of his health on Monday after forgoing food for eight days.

Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs chairman Issa Qaraqe said that Barghouti was suffering from a severe drop in blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

More than 1,500 Palestinians imprisoned by the Zionist occupation authorities are participating in the hunger strike led by Barghouti since April 17 to protest the torture, ill treatment, and medical neglect of prisoners at the hands of Israeli authorities, as well as the Israeli widespread use of administrative detention — internment without trial or charges — which is only permitted under international law in extremely limited circumstances.

Source: Ma’an News Agency

تدهور صحة قائد إضراب «الحرية والكرامة» بسجون الاحتلال 
البرغوثي لبرلمانيّي العالم:
أدعوكم لوقفة عزّ ولنا موعد قريب مع الحرية

أبريل 25, 2017

وجّه عضو اللجنة المركزية لحركة «فتح» قائد إضراب «الحرية والكرامة» في سجون الاحتلال «الإسرائيلي»، مروان البرغوثي، رسالة إلى البرلمانيين في مختلف أنحاء العالم ولأعضاء الجمعية البرلمانية لمجلس أوروبا، حول إضراب الأسرى المفتوح عن الطعام.

وقال البرغوثي في رسالته: «إذا كنتم تقرأون هذه الرسالة الآن، فهذا يعني أنّ الاحتلال الإسرائيلي قد اختار الاستمرار في سياساته القمعية والعقوبات الجماعية ضدّ الأسرى الفلسطينيين والتحريض ضدّهم بدلاً من تلبية مطالبهم الشرعية، واستلامكم هذه الرسالة يعني أيضاً أنني قد وضعت في العزل الانفرادي مرة أخرى مع زملائي الآخرين المضربين عن الطعام، ولكننا لن نصمت ولن نستسلم ولن تنكسر إرادتنا».

وأوضح البرغوثي: «انّ إضراب الأسرى عن الطعام هو وسيلة شرعية وسلمية لمواجهة انتهاك حقوق الأسرى التي يكفلها القانون الدولي، وبما أنّ الأسرى الفلسطينيين يقبعون تحت ظلم الاحتلال، فإنّ لهم الحق في الحماية بموجب القانون الدولي الإنساني».

وأضاف: «إنني أثمّن تضامنكم مع زملائكم النواب الفلسطينيين الأسرى، كما أثمّن دعم البرلمانات في مختلف أرجاء العالم لحقوق الشعب الفلسطيني، بما في ذلك حقه في تقرير مصيره، وإنهاء الاحتلال الغاشم، وتحقيق السلام العادل والشامل وفقاً لقرارات الشرعية الدولية، ولكنّ إسرائيل تستمرّ في اعتقال النواب الفلسطينيين حيث كنت أول نائب فلسطيني يتمّ اعتقاله وذلك في العام 2002، ومنذ ذلك الحين، اعتقلت إسرائيل 70 نائباً، أيّ أكثر من نصف أعضاء المجلس التشريعي الفلسطيني، ولا يزال 13 منهم يقبعون في سجون الاحتلال، مما يُعتبر إهانة لكلّ البرلمانيين وللديمقراطية ولحقوق الإنسان، كما تعتبر إهانة للحرية والعدالة، ويجب الردّ عليها».

ولفت البرغوثي، في رسالته، إلى أنّ الأسرى أطلقوا اسم «الحرية والكرامة» عنواناً لهذا الإضراب «لأنّ الحرية والكرامة تخفق في قلب الشعب وتعيش في وجدانه».

ودعا البرغوثي البرلمانيين إلى رفع صوتهم عالياً من أجل جميع من تحاول «إسرائيل» إسكاتهم. وقال: «إنني أدعوكم لوقفة عز من أجل من تمّ الزجّ بهم في غياهب الزنازين ليتمّ نسيانهم. أدعوكم لدعم المطالب العادلة لإضراب الأسرى الفلسطينيين وضمان احترام القانون الدولي الذي يحفظ لهم حقوقهم، أدعوكم لدعم حرية وكرامة الشعب الفلسطيني حتى يتم تحقيق السلام». وتابع: «ربما يعتقد البعض أنّ هذه هي النهاية وأننا سوف نهلك هنا في العزل الانفرادي، ولكنني أعلم أنّنا رغم هذا العزل الجائر لسنا وحدنا، أعلم أنّ ملايين الفلسطينيين وغيرهم في مختلف أرجاء العالم يقفون معنا وإلى جانبنا، فأقول لكم جميعاً بأنّ لنا لقاء قريباً، ولنا موعد مع الحرية».

وكانت اللجنة الإعلامية لإضراب الحرية والكرامة ذكرت أمس، أنّ تدهوراً صحياً خطيراً طرأ على الوضع الصحي للأسير القيادي في حركة فتح النائب مروان البرغوثي، والذي يخوض إضراباً عن الطعام برفقة نحو 1500 أسير لليوم الثامن على التوالي.

ولفتت اللجنة المنبثقة عن هيئة شؤون الأسرى والمحرّرين ونادي الأسير إلى أنّ التدهور الصحي على حالة الأسير البرغوثي استدعى طلب مدير معتقل «الجلمة» منه بأخذ علاج فوري، لكنّ الأسير البرغوثي رفض ذلك قطعياً. وذكرت أنه طلب أيضاً من الأسير المضرب ناصر أبو حميد إقناع الأسير البرغوثي بتلقّي العلاج إِلا أنه رفض الانصياع، مصرّحاً بأنه إذا ما فقد الأسير البرغوثي الحياة فإنه «سيموت شهيداً»، وعلى إثر موقفه ذلك قامت إدارة المعتقل بنقل الأسير أبو حميد من «الجلمة» إلى معتقل «إيشل».

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Hezbollah heads the internal compass to the south حزب الله يصوّب البوصلة الداخلية جنوباً

Hezbollah heads the internal compass to the south

أبريل 24, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Some people considered this move outside the context of the Lebanese concerns and interests which immersed in the search for a substitute for the law of elections to avoid the worst, some of media figures and politicians mobilized against it, so they fell in the trap which set by the move to reveal the hidden of the Lebanese politics about the operator and the financer, and to put the friend and the ally in front of the mirror entitled know your ally to know your enemy Hezbollah has engaged carefully, wittingly, and simply with its southern compass in the Lebanese policies specifying its main destination going beyond the borders. There is the cause, the security of Lebanon and the region, and the enemy. The real messages are directed to there and from there the real messages come even if they are heard by Lebanese people, but they remain the origin and the rest are just echo.

Hezbollah has driven the Lebanese people forcibly away from their sects, their tribalism, and their diaries which are full of depressed details, frustrating news, and the permanent inability in order to reveal to them what their enemy which is not far from them is preparing against them or that they are under its pinpoint while they are heading their hidden weapons against each other in competing and in following the remnants of spoils that nothing will left of them when the hour of war is stroke by this enemy, but the resistance is alert to it, it has prepared and got ready for every possibility and fight without the need to listen to anyone who pretends to be keen on an army which he fought and undermined its prestige one day, and which is now is protected by the resisters and it protects them, they exchange with it the loaf of bread, the sweat and the blood in the moments of mourning. In a critical Lebanese moment Hezbollah said to all the Lebanese people do not let the bad details kill your future and make you forget the great equations that surround you, you the Lebanese are in front of a vigilant enemy, it harbors you the evil and misfortune, so understand, cooperate and prepare yourselves, replace your disagreements with dialogue, concessions, and the low voice because the enemy is hearing the pulses of your hearts.

Hezbollah said and the Lebanese people heard it. Some of them prepared and got ready to undermine the last call before they listen to its content, a call before the storm and the stray in the mazes. So they hastened to pay off their bills of their concerns and interests, once because “the old habits die hard” and once because they keen on the priorities, as deepening the sectarian tension on which they invested a lot, and when it is the time to reap their gains there was who put the things in perspective and reset the record straight to the old memory. As the intentions which bear a slip of tongue or an urgent repayment were appeared, the good souls and the honest hearts emerged celebrating the honor moment a few years ago and which is meant for us to forget, even the sticking of some people to the resolution 1701 in which the President of the Republic has said what is enough regarding will not make us forget its significance, but Israel is violating it every day by violating our spaces, so do not point at oppositely.

Most importantly is that the Israelis heard Hezbollah, they heard the names of their officers on air; the Major Eliyahu Gabay; you are the responsible of the engineering unit for forming the barriers and removing the trees in Salha the occupied area even if its name became “Evimeem”. The Major General Yoel Strick you are the commander of the northern front which includes the Division 91 and in which the Galilee and Golan division work, as well as the brigade of the western of 300 which centralized opposite to the settlement of Nahariya in its three battalions “Zerieit”, “Evimeem”, and “Leeman”. Maybe the Israelis hear these details about their army and its commanders and formations for the first time. Hezbollah said you are listening to our pulses but we count your breathes and names and what is revolving in your minds. But on the day of the confrontation neither the barriers nor the industrial terrain nor the high rocks will benefit you. Every disease has a remedy and every resistor has an appeal as the late poet Omar Al Farra said “on the Day of Judgment we will emerge to you between your teeth”.

The messages have been received the Lebanese people woke up, but some of them have woke up for the sake of a homeland that worth to be managed with a mind that compensate with the challenges, some of them woke up in order to avoid drowning in the tribalism, and some of them got up in order to know who is his ally and who is the ally of his ally, but unfortunately some of them woke up on what he was before, forgetting what he must be. But the lurking enemy did not sleep to wake up, because it woke up to face more of panic for a day still to come.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

حزب الله يصوّب البوصلة الداخلية جنوباً

أبريل 21, 2017

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– في خطوة رآها البعض خارج سياق الهموم والاهتمامات اللبنانية المنغمسة في البحث عن بدل عن ضائع لقانون الانتخابات، تفادياً للأسوأ، واستنفر بوجهها بعض إعلام وبعض سياسة ليقع في الفخ الذي نصبته الخطوة لكشف مستور السياسة اللبنانية عن خلفيّات المشغّل والمموّل، ووضع الصديق والحليف أمام مرآة عنوانها أعرف حليفك، فتعرف عدوك، وبعناية وذكاء وبساطة خاض حزب الله ببوصلته الجنوبية غمار السياسات اللبنانية عابراً محدّداً وجهته الأساس، ما وراء الحدود. فهناك القضية وهناك أمن لبنان والمنطقة، وهناك العدو، وإلى هناك فقط توجَّه الرسائل الحقيقية، ومن هناك تأتي الرسائل الحقيقية ولو سمعت بأصوات لبنانية، تبقى هي الأصل والباقي مجرد صدى.

– أخذ حزب الله اللبنانيين عنوة عن طائفياتهم وعصبياتهم، ويوميّاتهم المليئة بالتفاصيل المحبطة والأخبار الكئيبة والعجز المقيم، ليظهر لهم ما يُعِدّ لهم عدو لا يقبع بعيداً عنهم، أو لا يقيمون بعيداً عن منظار تصويبه، بينما يصوّبون مناظيرهم وأسلحتهم الخفية لبعضهم بعضاً، تنافساً وتسابقاً على فتات غنائم لا يبقى منها شيء متى دقت ساعة حرب يقرّرها هذا العدو، وتقف قبالتها مقاومة أعدّت واستعدّت، لكل احتمال وقتال من دون حاجة لمن يحاضر فيها بعفة الحرص على جيش قاتلوه ودمّروا مهابته ذات يوم، ويحميه اليوم المقاومون ويحتمون به، ويتبادلون معه رغيف الخبز وقطرات العرق والدم في لحظات المنون، فقال حزب الله في لحظة لبنانية صعبة، لكلّ اللبنانيين، لا تدعوا التفاصيل المريضة تقتل غدكم، وتُنسيكم معادلات كبيرة تحيط بكم. أنتم أيها اللبنانيون أمام عدو لا ينام ويبيّت لكم كلكم كلّ شرّ وسوء فتفاهموا وتعاونوا وأعدّوا واستعدّوا، واستعينوا على خلافاتكم بالحوار والتنازلات والصوت المنخفض، فالعدو يسمعكم وينصت لدقات قلوبكم.

– قال حزب الله وسمعه اللبنانيون، ومنهم من أعدّ واستعدّ للنيل من النداء الأخير قبل أن يستمع لمضمون ما فيه، نداء ما قبل هبوب العواصف والضياع في المتاهات، فقرّر هؤلاء المستعجلون لسداد الفواتير كشف همومهم واهتماماتهم، مرة لأنّ الطبع يغلب التطبّع، ومرة حرصاً على الأولويات وهي عندهم تعميق التوتر الطائفي الذي استثمروا عليه كثيراً وكادوا يحسّون بقرب القطاف، فجاء من يُعيد الأمور إلى نصابها ويعيدهم إلى مربعات الذاكرة القديمة، وكما ظهرت النيات ذات زلة لسان مستعجل، أو سداد دين لا يقبل التأجيل، ظهرت النفوس الطيبة والقلوب الصادقة والعيون المشتاقة، تحتفل بشعور لحظة عزّ كانت قبل أعوام ويراد لنا أن ننساها، ولن ينسينا معناها كثر تشدّق البعض بالقرار 1701 الذي قال فيه رئيس الجمهورية ما يكفي، «إسرائيل» مَن يخرقه كلّ يوم بانتهاك أجوائنا، فلا تصوّبوا عكس الاتجاه.

– قال حزب الله والأهمّ أنّ مَن سمعه هم «الإسرائيليون»، سمعوا أسماء ضباط مواقعهم على الهواء، الرائد إلياهو غاباي أنت المسؤول عن وحدة هندسية لإقامة السواتر وإزالة الأشجار، في منطقة صلحا المحتلة، ولو صار اسمها افيميم. اللواء يوءال ستريك، أنت قائد الجبهة الشمالية التي تضمّ الفرقة 91 وتعمل فيها فرقة الجليل وفرقة الجولان، واللواء غربي 300 المتمركز مقابل مستعمرة نهاريا بكتائبه الثلاث زرعيت وأفيميم وليمان، وربما يكون «الإسرائيليون» يسمعون هذه التفاصيل عن جيشهم وقادته وتشكيلاته للمرة الأولى. وقال حزب الله أنتم تتنصّتون على نبض قلوبنا، ونحن نُحصي أنفاسكم وأسماءكم وما يدور في عقولكم، ويوم النزال لن تنفعكم السواتر ولا التضاريس الصناعية، ولا الصخور الشاهقة، فلكلّ داء دواء ولكلّ مقاوم رجاء، وكما يقول الشاعر الراحل عمر الفرا «سنخرج لكم يوم الحشر من بين أسنانكم».

– وصلت الرسائل، استفاق اللبنانيون، بعضهم استفاق لوطن يستحق أن يُدار بعقل يتناسب مع التحديات، وبعضهم استفاق كي لا يغرق بتفاصيل العصبيات، وبعضهم استفاق ليعرف مَن هو حليفه ومَن هو حليف حليفه، وبعضهم للأسف استفاق على ما كان، ونسي مَا يجب أن يكون، لكن العدو المتربّص لم ينم كي يستفيق، فاستفاق فيه مزيد من الذعر ليوم نزال آتٍ.

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رفع الجدار الفرنسي بوجه روسيا أكبر من ماكرون

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أبريل 24, 2017

– لولا فارق الإثنين في المئة لكانت هزمت ماري لوبان وفاز بدخول الدورة الثانية الرئاسية فرانسوا فيون بوجه امانويل ماكرون أو لفاز جان لوك ملينشون وقد نال كل منهما أقل من لوبان بـ2 ، وليس عبثاً أن تكون فرنسا انتخبت تحت ضربات الإرهاب لتمكين لوبان من دخول السباق إلى جانب ماكرون، لضمان فوزه، وإلا فتصير منافسته للمرشح المخضرم فيون أو المرشح الجذاب والساحر والواضح والدقيق ميلنشون منافسة محفوفة بالمخاطر، ففي حال فيون بوجه ماكرون سينتخب جمهور لوبان لصالح فيون وكذلك سيفعل جمهور ميلنشون، ويضمنان فوز فيون حكماً، وفي حال منافسة ماكرون لميلنشون يصوّت جمهور لوبان وفيون لصالح ميلنشون ويضمنان فوزه، والسبب ببساطة أنه رغم التباعد الكبير بين البرامج الداخلية للمرشحين الثلاثة لوبان وفيون وميلنشون، فإن التحدّي الذي فرضه الإرهاب من خيارات في السياسة الخارجية يضع هذا الثلاثي في دائرة واحدة هي الانفتاح على روسيا والتعاون مع رئيسها والانسحاب من الحرب على سورية ورئيسها، وما يعرفه المتابعون هو أنه سيكون صعباً لحد الاستحالة أن يدعم جمهور فيون وميلنشون التصويت للوبان في الدورة الثانية.

– ليست نظرية المؤامرة هي التي تدفع للبحث عن قوى خفية وضعت ثقلها لضمان نجاح ماكرون، فالمؤامرة ليست خفيّة وأصحابها لهم أسماء، تحددها سياسات الأطراف المنافسة التي أريد إزاحتها من السباق، فالانفتاح على روسيا وسورية ليس قضية ثانوية بل هو تغيير في الجغرافيا السياسية والتحالفات على المستويين الدولي والشرق أوسطي، والانسحاب من الناتو ليس قضية بسيطة، والاعتراف بدولة فلسطين ليس مزحة. ومن يتابع سيرة هذا المرشح الذي سيصير رئيساً مانويل ماكرون سيكتشف بسهولة أنه موظف وفي لمؤسسة روتشيلد التي تشكل قلب الصهيونية والليبرالية المتوحشة والمصارف والشركات الكبرى في أوروبا. وكلها لم يربكها الإعلان عن دعم ماكرون، وتمويل حملته الانتخابية والدعوة للانضمام لحزبه الذي تأسس قبل سنة فقط. وماكرون لم يكن قد أمضى في العمل السياسي إلا سنوات ثلاثاً قبل أن يعيّنه فرانسوا هولاند وزيراً للاقتصاد لحساب التكتلات الاقتصادية والمالية بعدما عينه موظفاً برتبة معاون الأمين العام لرئاسة الجمهورية.

– ماكرون ليس مجرد مرشح المصارف والشركات، فهو مرشح علني للماسونية التي أعلنت محافلها الفرنسية مساندته، ومرشح مساند لمواقف إسرائيل والسعودية في الشرق الأوسط في مواصلة لسياسة سلفه هولاند، فيما يحاول البعض تفسير صعود ماكرون بدعم هولاند له، يتناسون أن هولاند لم يحز أكثر من 7 من تأييد الفرنسيين قبل شهور، وأن مرشح حزبه بنوا أمون هو الذي يكشف حجم شعبية الحزب الأكبر من شعبية رئيسه، والحملات المنظمة لاستطلاعات الرأي والحماسة التي تبديها وسائل الإعلام الأميركية والغربية والعربية الممولة والمشغلة من الثنائي السعودي الإسرائيلي لماكرون ليست خافية على أحد، ولا يمكن إيجاد جذور لها عند الحديث عن شخص جاء من الغيب وهبط بالمظلة على الفرنسيين، بصورة لا تشبه حالة دونالد ترامب مثلاً الذي يملك تاريخاً حافلاً كرجل أعمال وحضوراً إعلامياً سابقاً بسنوات لترشحه الرئاسي، وتكشف الفضائح التي تفجّرت بوجه خصوم ماكرون عملاً مبرمجاً تقف وراءه أيدٍ فاعلة وقادرة وتتدخّل عند الضرورة كي لا تسقط فرنسا في جبهة أخرى وتغيّر التوازنات العالمية والشرق أوسطية.

– عندما تجمع الأصوات التي نالتها ماري لوبان وفرانسوا فيون وجان لوك ملينشون وتكون الحصيلة أكثر من 60 من الفرنسيين، ولا يكون المشترك بين هؤلاء الثلاثة إلا الانفتاح على روسيا وسورية. من حق الناتو أن يقلق ومن واجب المخابرات الأميركية أن تعلن حالة الطوارئ، فهذه فرنسا، ومن وظيفة إسرائيل أن تستنفر، وعلى السعودية أن تدفع، وهذا ما كان، مهمة رفع الجدار الفرنسي بوجه روسيا وسورية، أرباح لهؤلاء جميعاً، لكنها بوليصة تأمين للسعودية ولـ إسرائيل قبل الآخرين.

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Barcelona Votes to End «Israeli» Occupation & Illegal Settlements

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Barcelona City Council passed a historic declaration on Wednesday upholding the right to boycott the “Israeli” entity over its violations of Palestinian rights.

Boycott "Israeli" apartheid protest in Spain

The motion condemns the apartheid entity’s occupation of Palestinian land, calls for the immediate end to the decade-long Gaza blockade and ensures that the city’s public procurement policies exclude companies that profit from “Israel’s” human rights abuses.

It also admonishes the “Israeli” entity for its intransigence in the face of repeated warnings from the international community to stop its illegal colonization of Palestinian land, according to the Catalan daily Ara.

The council recognizes “nonviolent campaigns promoted by Palestinian and international civil society for defending international and human rights law in Palestine” – a clear nod to the BDS movement.

The city joins dozens of Spanish municipalities which have declared themselves “free of ‘Israeli’ apartheid.”

A coalition of Spanish and Catalan boycott, divestment and sanctions [BDS] groups welcomed the vote.

“We celebrate this victory because we believe it to be a great step forward in raising the awareness of the role of local government in the defense of human rights and in breaking the complicity that inherently bolsters apartheid and the occupation of Palestine,” the groups state.

“This resolution is an institutional recognition of civil society demands for an end to complicity in violations of international law through nonviolent struggle, as practiced by the BDS movement,” the groups add.

The city’s recognition of the right to engage in “Israel” boycott activism, at a time when more European governments move to protect such activism, “is a triumph for free speech and democratic rights in Europe,” said Rafeef Ziadah of the Palestinian BDS National Committee.

“It gives further recognition to BDS as an inclusive, inspiring, anti-racist movement rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that upholds the basic principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity,” Ziadah added.

For years, Spanish and Catalan activists had engaged in direct action against academic and cultural partnerships with “Israeli”-backed institutions.

In 2014, dozens of activists occupied the offices of Catalan government representatives to protest a wave of newly signed academic collaboration deals between the autonomous region and the “Israeli” entity.

The action forced the representatives to agree to examine proposals aimed at ensuring the new deals do not benefit institutions and companies that participate in the entity’s occupation.

More than 350 Catalan academics and university staff backed the action, calling for the boycott of “Israeli” academic institutions.

The “Israeli” regime, meanwhile, has expressed worry over the growing popularity of BDS activism in Spain, especially as larger cities such as Barcelona, led by left-wing mayor Ada Colau, vote to support Palestinian rights.

A 2016 cable from the “Israeli” embassy in Spain described “the phenomenon of anti-‘Israeli’ activity in Spain” as “bothersome and worrisome, but in the past was centered in small cities.”

But the cable warned that Barcelona city council members were considering canceling a sister-city agreement with Tel Aviv, according to The Jerusalem Post.

After Wednesday’s city Council Vote, David Bondia Garcia, a professor of international law and president of the Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya, a human rights organization, asserted in the newspaper el Periódico that a break in the twinning agreement with Tel Aviv would be the next logical step.

The Barcelona motion comes just two months after pro-“Israel” groups in Spain filed charges against Palestine solidarity activists for calling on a music festival two years ago to cancel a performer who had used his celebrity to fundraise for the “Israeli” army and to support anti-Palestinian causes.

Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian human rights activist and co-founder of the BDS movement, called the charges “legal intimidation.”

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“ZEINAB, SHE WAS FORCED TO WATCH THE MASSACRE OF 116 CHILDREN”–VANESSA BEELEY ON TERRORISTS’ MASSACRE OF FOUA KAFRAYA CIVILIANS

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Apr 21, 2017, UK Column News

21st Century Wire’s Vanessa Beeley speaks to Mike Robinson about the recent murder of children enticed off a bus with the promise of food. This was the most obscene war crime and brings the conflict in Syria to a new low.

At the centre of it all are Boris Johnson sponsored White Helmets. Please share this video, and with a general election in the UK, ask some hard questions of all prospective MPs.

Read more here:

RASHIDEEN MASSACRE: Children Lured to their Slaughter by NATO State Terrorists

21st Century Wire says…

On April 15th 2017, the people of Kafarya and Foua were attacked, their children mown down deliberately, by a suicide bomb or expolosive detonation, that targeted these innocent children who had been lured to their deaths by NATO and Gulf state terrorists, including Ahrar al Sham and Nusra Front (Al Qaeda). Mothers had to watch from behind the windows of the buses they had been imprisoned in for 48 hours, while strangers, terrorists, picked up their children, their wounded, bleeding, mutilated children, and piled them up in the backs of trucks and Turkish ambulances before driving them away from the horrific scene and stealing them from their distraught, powerless mothers.

Zeinab

“This is Zeinab, she was forced to watch the massacre of 116 children through the windows of a bus while the NATO and Gulf state terrorists, collected the dead, dying and mutilated bodies of her community’s children and flung them in the back of trucks and Turkish ambulances, before driving them to Turkey. She has 10 members of her family still missing. She has no idea where they are.

She gave her courageous and emotional testimony to us in Jebrin registration centre, where the survivors of the 15th April, suicide bomb attack, were taken for shelter after this horrific event, described by CNN as a “hiccup”.

I speak about part of her testimony with RT yesterday who also used my interviews in their news feed. Unlike corporate media, RT investigate these atrocities and honour the voices of the Syrian people.

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The Telegraph edited out this appalling and callous phrasing immediately after the RT interview.

The Telegraph described the dead Syrian babies as “Syrian Government supporters” in an attempt to whitewash the UK Regime terrorist crimes by proxy and to erase the existence of these innocent children from our consciousness..by the familiar dehumanization process that we have witnessed every time the various NATO and Gulf state extremist carry out mass murder of Syrian civilians.” ~ Vanessa Beeley

(Photo: Tommy Bergset Solvedt)

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Bombed out remains of one of the buses that had been carrying evacuated civilians from Kafarya and Foua to Rashideen holding centre. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

Vanessa Beeley, associate editor at 21st Century Wire, was present at the scene and provided video footage of the witness and survivor testimony to RT for use in the news section. She also spoke to RT about the heartbreaking accounts given to her by Zeinab, a mother, from these besieged Idlib villages of Kafarya and Foua, who had seen the carnage and who still has 10 missing relatives, who were taken to Turkey by the waiting ambulances.  A full report, and subtitled video will follow shortly, when internet and time allows, but for now, here is the report from RT and the interview at the end of the report.

For more details on Kafarya and Foua please read Eva Bartlett’s article: The Children of Kafarya and Foua are Crying in the Dark

RT Report:

Terrorists lured evacuees out of buses with snacks before blast – Aleppo attack witnesses:

Eyewitnesses to the bomb attack on a refugee convoy near Aleppo that killed dozens of children said the militants lured people out of the vehicles with snacks before the explosion, and also stopped them from escaping the blast site.

A powerful explosion hit several buses full of people leaving militant-held towns and villages outside Aleppo last Saturday, killing over 100 people, including dozens of children, and injuring scores more.

Following the attack, Vanessa Beeley of the 21st Century Wire website gathered first-hand accounts from those who survived the assault. People told her that the militants did their utmost to increase the death toll. The exclusive videos she provided to RT shed more light on the incident.

“Just before the explosion, a strange car got from the militants’ checkpoint. They said they were bringing snacks for children,” the bus driver who was in the convoy said.

“Then they got out of the car and started shouting, ‘Who has children? Who has children?’”

The driver said the militants knew for sure that the children “haven’t seen biscuits and crisps for so long” as they were under siege. “People have been stuck in buses for 48 hours as the rebels didn’t let us out,” he noted. A woman said that she and other evacuees were held in the buses “like prisoners,” adding that they were only allowed to get out and stretch 10 minutes before the explosion.

Many people, including children, left the buses and approached the car when the blast hit the convoy.

One of evacuees said that the militants “were throwing potato chips on the site of the future blast. One of the terrorists said that it was food for the infidels.”

The driver recalled that “there were Ahrar ash-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra [Al-Nusra Front], and some factions of the Free Syrian Army [FSA]…”

According to another witness, “the Ahrar ash-Sham fighters didn’t hide their faces, while Jabhat al-Nusra were always wearing masks. One could only see their eyes,” one of the eyewitnesses said.

WARNING:Graphic and distressing footage from the attack ~

There were many foreigners among the terrorists – “Uzbeks, Turks, people from Chechnya, Saudis and Qataris. One could judge on their appearance; their language,” another evacuee added.

“When the blast rocked the area, people rushed into the woods but militants surrounded them and forced back to the buses,” the bus driver said.

A female evacuee recalled that “the militants told us that terrorists from another group were shelling our buses and that we must flee towards the bushes… but then they said that the bushes were mined and found ourselves trapped.”

Another woman also told Beeley that even before the explosion, four yellow Turkish ambulances were present at the scene for some reason. After the blast, the ambulances started picking up the dead and injured, only to take them to an unknown location.

“We don’t know where they [the children] are. They’re gone. There are no bodies. We’ve searched for them, but with no result,” one of the witnesses said.

Many relatives of those missing still know nothing of their whereabouts, other witnesses said. Some people told Beeley that the controversial White Helmets were also seen at the blast site, retrieving bodies of Al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham militants, but apparently leaving injured civilians.

Beeley, who has consistently covered the Syrian war, also filmed people’s testimonies about their escape from the rebel-held areas. The evacuees boarded the buses on Friday in the Rashideen neighborhood of Aleppo, but were not allowed out of the vehicles for nearly three days.

Many of them, however, were happy to leave as “this place turned into a terrorists’ hotbed,” one woman said.

[Some] international organizations have already condemned the attack on the humanitarian convoy in the strongest terms.

“We must draw from this not only anger, but renewed determination to reach all the innocent children throughout Syria with help and comfort,” said UNICEF’s executive director, Anthony Lake.

“And draw from it also the hope that all those with the heart and the power to end this war will do so.”

However, Beeley told RT that not many in the West followed the UN’s example in decrying the attack.

“We’ve just witnessed one of the most heinous crimes of our lifetime, and yet corporate… there’s no international condemnation from governments, from NGOs, from the media,” she said.

On the contrary, the media is making an attempt to “whitewash this utterly abhorrent” incident, in which, according to Beeley’s information, 116 children lost their lives.

Full video interview. Watch ~

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READ MORE SYRIA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Syria Files

READ MORE KAFARYA AND FOUA NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Kafarya and Foua Files

READ MORE ON THE WHITE HELMETS AT: 21st Century Wire White Helmet Files

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Kevork Almassian of Syriana Analysis: Video Analysis: MSM & Al-Qaeda Presstitutes Gone Disgusting Over Kafriya Massacre

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Vanessa Beeley writings on Kafraya and Foua

-Eva Bartlett: Untold Suffering in Foua and Kafraya: Two Northwestern Syrian Villages Under Siege and Assault by NATO’s Terrorists Part 1

-Eva Bartlett: Untold Suffering in Foua and Kafarya-Part 2

Is there great understanding between Moscow and Washington? ما بين موسكو وواشنطن تفاهم كبير؟

Is there great understanding between Moscow and Washington?

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Those who know the US President Donald Trump during the past months since his nomination till now can say that the stability in the positions is a feature of the features of the new US electoral presidential speech, but there are things that are difficult to ignore while changing the positions, as the relationship with Russia which formed a point of weakness that affected the presidential augustness due to the organized campaigns which were corroborated by the investigations which were organized by his opponents. It is easy to explain when Trump says harshly and negatively about the relationship with Russia as a campaign of public relations to respond to his opponents, while when he talks positively about the relationship with Russia, his words must be treated seriously, because it is a sign of a transformation that expresses that something has happened between Moscow and Washington and a preparation to bear the cost of the preparation for it, taking into consideration what he did and said in the context of escalation and proving the ability of disputation.

While those who know the Russian President Vladimir Putin and how he dealt with the threats which were launched by his opponents to change his position towards Syria, and how he turned his back  repeatedly to Washington, Ankara, Paris, London, and Riyadh for long periods of time leaving the facts prove the solidity  of his positions. Moreover those who know how he bore the consequences of the war of Ukraine and the war of the oil and gas prices. And those who saw the reaction of the Russian President towards the US strike and his attempt to stop the cooperation with Washington, and his announcement of opening the warehouses to supply the Syrian army with what is needed to combat to any similar upcoming aggression, as well as his understanding with Iran and the allies of Syria in the resistance to procced in the round of long confrontation that imposes its realities in the field on the Americans in particular and on the others in general can conclude the impossibility of the retreat of the President Putin to accept welcoming the US Secretary of State in a diplomatic way, so how if after the reception there was an announcement at the spokesman of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavror that the understanding has been settled with the Americans for not to repeat the military strike on Syria, as the understanding on an investigation carried out by the Organization of the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons  in which the Russian and the American experts participate in the incident of Khan Sheikhoun, where every party puts its information and evidences at the investigators disposal, then the Russian announcement followed by the American one regarding the return to work according to  the air safety treaty in Syria between the Russian and the US troops, then it is followed by the US presidential talk confidently that the relationship with Moscow will be fine and where there are no calls for the departure of the Syrian President, and the talk that Washington does not consider his departure a condition for the solution and the peace in Syria.

There is something great has happened between Moscow and Washington that is ruled by two equations; first the US certainty of the limited effectiveness of the strike and failure of the equation of the frightening and intimidation to change the military popular, and the political equations of Syria. Second, is the US concern of being involved in escalation that Russia may resort to and which will impose an irreversible context either regarding the quality of the weapons which will arrive to Syria, or the quality of the field work supported by Russia, in addition to the disruption which will affect the war on ISIS which America will need soon after the absence of the air coordination with Russia. But the greatest thing is explained by the US and Chinese statements about the North Korea rather than the US and the Russian statements about Syria. The US President wants to be known of his success in disarmament of the nuclear weapons of the North Korea although he knows the impossibility of achieving that militarily, and he knows that the way for that is the security and the growth of North Korea under the guarantee of its Russian and Chinese allies. This requires an international framework that is similar to five plus one framework which led to the understanding on the Iranian nuclear program through the formula of three plus one that includes America, Russia, China, and Japan to negotiate with the North Korea.

A new global system that is going to be formed with Chinese-Russian-American tripartite where there is no place for Britain or France, and a strong regional partner which is Iran at the expense of the Turkish-Saudi-Israeli tripartite, including implicitly an understanding on the future of the Israeli chemical and nuclear weapons within reviving the settlement project on the paths of negotiation. The understanding on Syria seems under Russian book of terms as shown by the statements of Trump on one hand, and the quickness of raising the Russian embargo on Washington on the other hand.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

ما بين موسكو وواشنطن تفاهم كبير؟

ناصر قنديل

– مَن يعرف الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب خلال الشهور التي مضت، بين ترشيحه وحتى اليوم، يستطيع القول إن الثبات على المواقف هو سمة من سمات الخطاب الرئاسي الأميركي الجديد، لكن يمكن استخلاص عقد يصعب التهاون في العبث معها بتغيير المواقف، كحال العلاقة بروسيا، التي شكلت نقطة ضعف المهابة الرئاسية بفعل الحملات المنظمة المدعّمة بالتحقيقات التي نظّمها خصومه، ولذلك يسهل تفسير سماع ترامب يتحدّث بقسوة وسلبية عن العلاقة مع روسيا، كحملة علاقات عامة للردّ على خصومه، بينما لا يمكن النظر لكلام إيجابي يقوله بحق العلاقة والتعاون مع روسيا إلا بجدية كعلامة على تحوّل يعبر عن حدوث شيء بين موسكو واشنطن، واستعداد لتحمّل كلفة التمهيد له، مترسملاً بالذي فعله وقاله في إطار التصعيد وإثبات القدرة على الخصومة.

– مَن يعرف الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين، وكيف تعامل مع التهديدات التي أطلقها خصومه بوجهه لتغيير موقفه من سورية، وكيف أدار ظهره لواشنطن وأنقرة وباريس ولندن والرياض مراراً، ولفترات طويلة ترك الوقائع فيها تتحدّث عن صلابة موقفه، وتحمّل تبعات حرب أوكرانيا وحرب أسعار النفط والغاز. وكذلك مَن رأى ردة فعل الرئيس الروسي على الضربة الأميركية وذهابه لإيقاف التعاون مع واشنطن، وإعلانه فتح المستودعات لتزويد الجيش السوري بما يلزم للتصدّي لأي عدوان مقبل مشابه، وتفاهمه مع إيران وحلفاء سورية في المقاومة على الذهاب لجولة مواجهة طويلة تفرض وقائعها في الميدان على الأميركيين قبل سواهم، يستطيع الاستنتاج باستحالة تراجع الرئيس بوتين عن رفض استقبال وزير الخارجية الأميركية، بإخراج دبلوماسي، فكيف وقد أعقب الاستقبال إعلان عن لسان وزير الخارجية الروسية سيرغي لافروف، أن التفاهم قد تمّ مع الأميركيين على عدم تكرار الضربة العسكرية لسورية، كما التفاهم على تحقيق تقوم به منظمة حظر السلاح الكيميائي يشارك فيه خبراء روس وأميركيون، في حادثة خان شيخون ويضع كل طرف ما لديه من معلومات وإثباتات بتصرّف المحققين، ثم الإعلان الروسي فالأميركي عن عودة العمل بمعاهدة السلامة الجوية في سورية بين القوات الأميركية والروسية، ثم الكلام الرئاسي الأميركي عن ثقة بأن العلاقة مع موسكو ستكون على ما يرام، وتبرؤ من الدعوات لرحيل الرئيس السوري، والقول إن واشنطن لا ترى رحيله شرطاً للحل والسلام في سورية.

– ثمة شيء ما كبير قد حدث بين موسكو وواشنطن، تحكمه معادلتان، الأولى اليقين الأميركي بمحدودية فعل الضربة وعجز نظرية الصدم والترويع عن تغيير معادلات سورية العسكرية والشعبية والسياسية، والثانية القلق الأميركي من التورط بتصعيد تنتهجه روسيا ويفرض سياقاً يصعب التراجع عنه، سواء بنوعية السلاح الذي سيصل لسورية أو بنوعية العمل الميداني المدعوم روسياً، والتعطيل الذي سيصيب الحرب على داعش التي تحتاجها أميركا قريباً وسريعاً بغياب التنسيق الجوي مع روسيا، لكن هذا الشيء الكبير توضحه تصريحات أميركية وصينية عن كوريا الشمالية، بدلاً من التصريحات الأميركية والروسية عن سورية، فالرئيس الأميركي يرغب بشدة أن يضع في سجله النجاح بنزع السلاح النووي لكوريا الشمالية، ويعلم باستحالة ذلك عسكرياً، ويعلم أن الطريق لذلك هو حصول كوريا الشمالية على الأمن والنمو، وبضمان حليفيها الروسي والصيني، وما يستدعيه من إطار دولي شبيه بإطار الخمسة زائداً واحداً الذي أنتج التفاهم على الملف النووي الإيراني، بصيغة ثلاثة زائداً واحداً تضم أميركا وروسيا والصين ومعهم اليابان للتفاوض مع كوريا الشمالية.

– نظام عالمي جديد في طريق التشكل بثلاثي صيني روسي أميركي لا مكان فيه لبريطانيا وفرنسا، وشريك إقليمي قويّ هو إيران على حساب الثلاثي التركي السعودي «الإسرائيلي»، وضمناً تفاهم على مستقبل السلاح الكيميائي والنووي «الإسرائيليين» ضمن تحريك لمشروع التسوية على مسارات التفاوض. ويبدو التفاهم على سورية بدفتر شروط روسيا، كما تقول تصريحات ترامب من جهة وسرعة فكفكة الحظر الروسي على واشنطن من جهة أخرى.

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Nazareth.

Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of what it calls the “liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights” – or what the rest of us describe as the birth of the occupation.

The centrepiece event will take place in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem. The West Bank settlement “bloc” enjoys wide support in Israel, not least because it was established long ago by the supposedly left-wing Labour party, now heading the opposition.

The jubilee is a potent reminder that for Israelis, most of whom have never known a time before the occupation, Israel’s rule over the Palestinians seems as irreversible as the laws of nature. But the extravagance of the festivities also underscores the growth over five decades of Israel’s self-assurance as an occupier.

Documents found this month in Israel’s archives reveal that, when Israel captured East Jerusalem in 1967, its first concern was to hoodwink the international community.

The foreign ministry ordered Israel’s ambassadors to mischaracterise its illegal annexation of East Jerusalem as a simple “municipal fusion”. To avoid diplomatic reprisals, Israel claimed it was necessary to ease the provision of essential services to the occupied Palestinian population.

Interestingly, those drafting the order advised that the deception was unlikely to succeed. The United States had already insisted that Israel commit no unilateral moves.

But within months Israel had evicted thousands of Palestinians from the Old City and destroyed their homes. Washington and Europe have been turning a blind eye to such actions ever since.

One of the Zionist movement’s favourite early slogans was: “Dunam after dunam, goat after goat”. The seizure of small areas of territory measured in dunams, the demolition of the odd home, and the gradual destruction of herding animals would slowly drive the Palestinians off most of their land, “liberating” it for Jewish colonisation. If it was done piecemeal, the objections from overseas would remain muffled. It has proved a winning formula.

Fifty years on, the colonisation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank is so entrenched that a two-state solution is nothing more than a pipe dream.

Nonetheless, US president Donald Trump has chosen this inauspicious moment to dispatch an envoy, Jason Greenblatt, to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In a “goodwill” response, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has unveiled a framework for settlement building. It is exactly the kind of formula for deception that has helped Israel consolidate the occupation since 1967.

Netanyahu says expansion will be “restricted” to “previously developed” settlements, or “adjacent” areas, or, depending on the terrain, “land close” to a settlement.

Peace Now points out that the settlements already have jurisdiction over some 10 per cent of the West Bank, while far more is treated as “state land”. The new framework, says the group, gives the settlers a green light to “build everywhere”.

The Trump White House has shrugged its shoulders. A statement following Netanyahu’s announcement judged the settlements no “impediment to peace”, adding that Israel’s commitments to previous US administrations would be treated as moot.

Effectively, the US is wiping the slate clean, creating a new baseline for negotiations after decades of Israeli changes stripping the Palestinians of territory and rights.

Although none of this bodes well, Egypt and Jordan’s leaders met Trump this month to push for renewed talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The White House is said to be preparing to welcome the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas.

Some senior Palestinians are rightly wary. Abbas Zaki, a Fatah leader, fears Trump will try to impose a regional solution on Arab states, over Abbas’s head, designed to “eliminate the Palestinian cause altogether”.

David Ben Gurion, Israel’s founding father, reportedly once said: “What matters is not what the goyim [non-Jews] say, but what the Jews do.”

For nearly a quarter of a century, the Oslo accords dangled an illusory peace carrot that usefully distracted the global community as Israel nearly quadrupled its settler population, making even a highly circumscribed Palestinian state unrealisable.

Now, that game plan is about to be revived in new form. While the US, Israel, Jordan and Egypt focus on the hopeless task of creating a regional framework for peace, Israel will be left undisturbed once again to seize more dunams and more goats.

In Israel, the debate is no longer simply about whether to build settler homes, or about how many can be justified. Government ministers argue instead about the best moment to annex vast areas of the West Bank associated with so-called settlement blocs such as Gush Etzion.

Israel’s imminent celebrations should lay to rest any confusion that the occupation is still considered temporary. But when occupation becomes permanent, it metamorphoses into something far uglier.

It is past time to recognise that Israel has established an apartheid regime and one that serves as a vehicle for incremental ethnic cleansing. If there are to be talks, ending that outrage must be their first task.

A version of this article first appeared in the National, Abu Dhabi.

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