The American Empire with Allan Nairn (On Contact with Chris Hedges)

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The lies the kingdom tells – Saudi Arabia throws Hadi’s under the bus


10/15/2016 07:

Catherine Shakdam

Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies

In a rather pathetic, and may I dare say rather unsophisticated fashion, Saudi Arabia – the grand devourer of world, attempted this October 15, 2016 to rationalise murder by pinning blame onto the very regime it claims has political legitimacy in Yemen.

To untangle itself from a global outcry before the wanton slaughter of civilians in Yemen, Riyadh named and shamed those factions, and those individuals, it once said ought to be returned to power – even if against the wishes of the people.

Confused? I would lie if I didn’t say I suffer from a political whiplash myself …

Before I walk you through the maze which is Saudi political logic … yes apparently it’s a thing, I would like to issue a disclaimer: Al-Saud would have a better chance at proving their innocence by arguing insanity. The sheer degree of arrogance and sociopathic political disassociation the kingdom demonstrated over the past week is mesmerizing. This regime is the very personification of Evil.

So no I will not even attempt to be rational in my analysis. As far as Saudi Arabia is concerned I will wear my prejudices on my sleeve and feel entitled to my sarcasm. At this point in time and due to the rivers of blood al-Saud made flow across the Middle East there is NOTHING any officials can say which will atone for the kingdom’s sins.

Now that I got this out of my chest let me go on.

Earlier this October a Saudi warplane, operating under the banner of the Saudi-led military coalition against Yemen targeted a funeral hall in the Yemeni capital Sana’a – not once, not twice, but three consecutive times. The attack was brutal, bloody and very much in violation of every law ever written by man.

An excess of 140 people were killed in the attack – according to Western media anyway. Yemeni officials have estimated the death toll to stand well over 300, including children. But figures are not what nations are arguing anymore!

The fact that unarmed civilians were slaughtered as they performed the last rites only sent a few shivers down the West’s spine – nothing major, just a little jolt to remind state officials that human life is not a disposable commodity … yet.

What nations are now arguing is responsibility, and the very dreaded notion of accountability. God forbids anyone would call on the kingdom to abide by the rule of law. And so a plan had to be devised … and what a beautifully carved idiotic plan it has been.

In all seriousness, you would like to think that Riyadh’s billions could master something better than a first-grader attempt to pass on the buck; especially when it entails implicating oneself further, especially when it equates to crumbling the very argument one so carefully built to wage an aggressive war on a sovereign nation. Just so you know international law frowns upon belligerent powers.

However difficult this may be to comprehend in this age of perpetual Western military interventionism, there is such a thing as territorial sovereignty. Nations cannot simply go about violently reforming other nations when they feel an urge to itch. But again, the legality of Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen was never a matter of contention, not as far as Western capitals are concerned anyway.

And why should it when billions are to be made through lucrative military contracts? Who cares about Yemen’s sons and daughters when bottom lines are getting fatter still.

So what gave? And what did the Saudis do when faced with global outrage?

If the world is quite happy to stomach a quiet genocide, it appears our humanity draws a line at mass murder. It appears that the slaughter of the innocent as they mourn their dead in broad daylight still turns those un-empathetic stomach of ours.

And so world powers had to condemn. Officials had to object and verbally smite Saudi Arabia for the blood that stains its criminal hands. Need I highlight what embarrassment Riyadh’s faux pas caused to its Western allies?

By bombing civilians into oblivion Saudi Arabia very publicly and very crassly admitted to its genocidal tendencies.

But here is where criminality turns down right sociopathic … Saudi Arabia has blamed resigned Yemeni despot Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi for the funeral strike. The kingdom now alleges that Hadi’s men stole one of their warplanes and went about randomly shooting civilians.

Your eyes are not deceiving you. This is the line Riyadh is toeing!!!

But this is not the best part …

The kingdom did not just throw Hadi under the bus – you know the one guy Saudi Arabia went to war for on account he is Yemen’s legitimate president; it also sold out one of its most loyal supporters to the wolves – al-Ahmar brothers.

President Hadi meets Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar (leader of the Hashid tribal federation and al-Islah tribal confederacy) outside the presidential office in 2012

This part is actually really interesting. Al Ahmar brothers are Yemen’s tribal royalty. This one family has towered over Yemen for decades – politically, tribally, financially, religiously, you name it, they have controlled it. The unofficial owner of al-Islah political party, al-Ahmar’s name has long been a euphemism for the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood. The same Muslim Brotherhood Riyadh has outlawed and branded a terror organization.

See what I mean about whiplash?

Do you start to see where I’m going with this?

Let me recap: Rather than plead temporary insanity, or bad intelligence for its latest war crime, Riyadh chose to sacrifice not one, but two of its allies. Not only that, but it disappeared the very ground it has claimed in this conflict – how can al-Saud back Hadi’s so-called claim on power after that is anyone’s guess. To add to that predicament the kingdom car crashed the last bit of tribal support it had within Yemen.

And let me tell you off the bat: without the tribes no power will ever hold in Yemen.

Logic would now dictate that Saudi Arabia hands both Hadi and al-Ahmar family to the authorities. I am eagerly waiting to see that narrative play out!

You think that’s crazy? It gets better … who ever said the Saudis are not entertaining?

The Saudis can’t keep to up with their own truth doctoring.

Asiri: We verify every intell info, Impossible to targeted non military target. Every strike data is documented

On October 14, the Saudi Press Agency issued a statement in which Riyadh admits to the strike – after it very publicly claimed no attack was ever authorized that day, blaming “bad intelligence” for the massacre.

And then the story went on a tangent. “Because of non-compliance with coalition rules of engagement and procedures, and the issuing of incorrect information, a coalition aircraft wrongly targeted the location, resulting in civilian deaths and injuries,” the Saudi investigations team said.

And the coup de grace: “Appropriate action … must be taken against those who caused the incident, and … compensation must be offered to the families of the victims.”

Here is what the Saudi government is really saying:

“Hadi’s loyal idiots stole the keys to our jet, and then they flew out of the kingdom without authorization, bombed the Yemeni capital because they felt like it, and then returned the plane hoping no one would notice.”

Come on now! Are we considering what this line entails?

Did the kingdom suffer a global stroke? Did daddy misplace his plane now?

Those are the guys our governments are selling weapons to. Let’s just hope their planes don’t get their GPS mixed up and bomb another country by mistake.

So here is an idea, invest in a good anti-theft system, get yourself some radars, and make sure no disgruntled Yemeni wannabe unelected president roams around your war toys.

Now, to the real question: what are we going to do about Saudi Arabia’s insane behaviour?

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A Hellfire from Heaven won’t Smash the Taliban

A Hellfire from Heaven won’t Smash the Taliban

PEPE ESCOBAR | 31.05.2016

So Taliban supremo Mullah Mansour’s white Toyota Corolla was rattling across the Baluchestan desert just after it had crossed the Iranian border when a Hellfire missile fired from a US drone incinerated it into a charred / twisted wreck.

That’s the official narrative. The Pentagon said Mansour was on Obama’s kill list because he had become «an obstacle to peace and reconciliation».

There’s way more to it, of course. Mansour was a savvy businessman who was extensively traveling to Dubai – the Taliban’s historic clearing house where all sorts of dodgy deals are made. He was also in close connection with Jundullah – a.k.a. the hardcore Sunni anti-Tehran militia very much active in Sistan-Baluchestan province in Iran.

This time Mansour was in Sistan-Baluchestan on a medical visit – allegedly to eschew hospitals in Pakistan heavily monitored by the ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence]. Yet arguably Pakistan intel knew about it – so US intel also may have known about it and thus were able to track him.

But then there’s the real ace in the hole: the New Opium War.

The usual suspects in the Beltway insist that the Taliban profit handsomely from overseeing the opium trade out of Afghanistan –and now operate as a multi-billion-dollar drug cartel. That’s nonsense.

Bets can be made that Mansour’s kill will not reduce Afghanistan’s opium production – which has been steadily on the rise for years now. Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, Mansour’s former number two, has been designated as the new leader.

The fact is, poppy production in Afghanistan remains at the highest levels in provinces that are – in thesis – controlled by Kabul. More opium was produced last year – also in thesis the last year of NATO’s Enduring Freedom operation – than in any other year since the UN started tracking it way back in 2002. In 2016 Afghanistan will produce more opium – thus heroin – than the entire global consumption.

An inkling of what’s really going on in the New Opium War is provided by a recent book (in Italian) by Enrico Piovesana. He tells of shady military operations conducted by NATO in which massive quantities of opium have been sequestered by helicopter – never to be seen again.

So we’re back to the same old CIA opium rat line, which translates into control of the Afghan opium market in collusion with local police, military high brass in Kabul and the Karzai family, of former President a.k.a. «mayor of Kabul» Hamid Karzai. Doing business with narco traffickers has also handily provided liquidity – as in dirty money – to Western big banks. None of this has anything to do with the Taliban, which actually brought down opium production to near zero in 2001, before 9/11 and the American bombing/occupation of Afghanistan.

Those shadowy Af-Pak players

The first US drone strike ever in Baluchestan (another Obama «first») remains something of a mystery. A credible working hypothesis is that this was a covert US-Pakistani co-op. The hit allegedly came via the Pentagon, not the CIA. Mansour’s Corolla was something like 40 km inside Baluchestan after it had crossed the border – in an area where US drones would have been quite vulnerable to upgraded (in 2011) Pakistani air defenses.

A plausible – but unconfirmed – scenario would see RQ-170 Sentinels tracking Mansour’s Toyota, with the coordinates then fed to Reaper drones flying out of Kandahar airfield. Assuming the drones began tracking the Toyota at the Iran-Pakistan border, they would have been in action over Baluchestan air space for hours on end, undisturbed.

But then there are the incongruities. Pakistani sources mention that the Toyota – as in any real drone hit – was not totally smashed, but was still on its wheels. And a mysterious passport (Mullah Mansour’s) also showed up on the scene, unscathed.

As for the original HUMINT that led to Mansour’s trail, the notion that Washington had scored it stretches credulity. It would be more like a very well placed/rewarded asset somewhere – be it a military in Kabul or a disgruntled ISI operative.

What was Mansour really up to? He was quite savvy in playing for time. He clearly saw through the US «strategy» – which boiled down to encouraging Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to convince Islamabad to get the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Mansour though knew the Taliban could always advance militarily without negotiations; that’s why he duly announced the 2016 spring offensive – an annual Taliban ritual. At the same time he was very careful not to antagonize Islamabad so Taliban safe havens in Pakistan would not be compromised.

As far as what Islamabad is up to, that’s way hazier. Islamabad’s man in the Taliban succession was actually Sirajuddin Haqqani. After the death of his notorious father, Haqqani leads the homonymous network – which is very cozy with the ISI, arguably closer than the traditional Kandahar/Quetta Shura, a.k.a. the historic Afghan Taliban.

The new Taliban supremo will now have a handy window of opportunity to consolidate power. By early 2017 there will be a new US president, a new Pakistani army chief but the same Afghan so-called National Unity Government still disunited. The Taliban know what they want; be part of the government in Kabul, and get their cut in case the fractious Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline will ever be built. The more things change in Afghanistan, the more they hark back to two decades ago, during the second Clinton administration.

Meanwhile, former CIA asset, former pal of Osama bin Laden and still one of the US’s Public Enemies, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, defined by Washington as a «global terrorist» and the leader of the Hezbi Islami organization, is about to close a deal with Kabul.

Hezbi Islami is the second largest «insurgency» in Afghanistan. Most of the top brass have defected to the Taliban. Hekmatyar lives in exile somewhere in Pakistan; the ISI, of course, knows all about it. So if Ghani in Kabul can’t bag the Taliban, at least he bags a currently much smaller fish, Hekmatyar. Does it help? Not really. It will fall eventually to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) – as in Russia-China joint leadership – to solve the Taliban riddle. Certainly not to Operation Enduring Freedom Forever – no matter the size of their kill list.

Taliban Chief Targeted by Drones Threatened US Troops, Peace: Kerry

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KerryTaliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was targeted by US drone strikes because he posed an “threat” to US troops, Afghan civilians and peace talks, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday on a visit to Myanmar.

The US said Saturday’s strikes hit a vehicle carrying Mansour and a second passenger in Pakistan’s remote southwestern province of Balochistan bordering Afghanistan.

Speaking to reporters in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw Kerry outlined the reasons for the strikes.

“Mansour posed… an imminent threat to US personnel, Afghan civilians and Afghan security forces,” he told reporters, adding “he was also directly opposed to peace negotiations.”

The US “has long maintained that an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned reconciliation process is the surest way to ensure peace… peace is what we want, Mansour was a threat to that,” Kerry added.

The Taliban have so far not commented on the American strike or confirmed Mansour’s death. He had been appointed leader last July.

The drone attack came just days after US, Chinese, Pakistani and Afghan officials held a fresh round of talks in Islamabad aimed at restarting the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Source: Agencies

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Israel’s Extrajudicial Assassinations Include Children: 41 Palestinian Children Killed Since October 1

Global Research, March 05, 2016
IMEMC News 4 March 2016
Crimes against Humanity: The Torture of Palestinian Children

Defense for Children International (DCI), Palestine Branch, has reported that Israeli soldiers have killed 41 children in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, since the current uprising began in Palestine, on October 1, 2015. Sixteen of the slain children were killed this year. The IMEMC added the name of the child who was killed, along with her mother, in Gaza.

DCI said that, on February 5th of this year, soldiers killed Haitham Sa’da, aged 14, from Halhoul town. in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, while kidnapping his cousin, Wajdi Sa’ada. Also 14, and chased their friend, who was later taken prisoner.

Wajdi told DCI that he and Haitham, along with their friends, were walking near a bypass road used mainly by Israeli soldiers and settlers, before some soldiers hiding in the area opened fire on them. Haitham was killed after suffering gunshot wounds in his upper body, while Wajdi was taken prisoner.


“We never hurled stones on them, never attacked them, but a soldier jumped and punched me in my face. I fell down, and they ordered me to remove my shirt,” he said. “I was looking at Haitham; he was motionless, looked dead, and then the soldiers cuffed him, and left the area.”

DCI said Haitham was shot with a live round which entered his back, severing his spine and puncturing his lung, and exited through his mouth, and that the soldiers then cuffed and blindfolded Wajdi and took him to a nearby military outpost in Karmie Tzur colony, where he was forced to stand in the cold for more than 90 minutes.

The soldiers held the child until midnight and, then, started interrogating him, without any legal representation or even the presence of a family member.

“They had an interpreter; the interrogator asked me about what I was doing in that area,” Wajdi told DCI. “He then held me by my head and pushed it against a wall before he slapped me, pushed me, and left the room.”

“30 minutes later, he started threatening me, told me he would keep hitting me, place me in a cell for a very long time, and that I would be sentenced to a high term if I did not confess.” He added, “I never said a word, he made me watch a video recording on his computer, and the three of us were there on tape, but nothing in it implicated us of anything, including throwing stones.”

DCI said the interrogator tried to force Wajdi to say that he carried a Molotov cocktail, but he rejected their claims and demands. The interrogator then started shouting and banging his hand on the table, in an attempt to scare the child into making a false confession.

“I told them I did not carry anything; my hands were empty,” the child said. “Then, the interrogators forced me to sign some papers in Hebrew; I signed, but I never knew what they said.”

The next day, Wajdi was cuffed, chained and blindfolded; the soldiers forced him to walk in front of them while shouting and cursing at him, and then transferred him to the Ofer prison. He is now awaiting trial.

DCI also said that the Israeli army implements “shoot to kill” policies, reaching very dangerous levels of extrajudicial murder.

“Under International Law, the excessive use of force is only used against imminent danger, deadly situations, a serious injury or to prevent a serious crime that would likely lead to death or serious harm,” DCI stated. “The UN requires exerting all efforts to avoid the usage of firearms, especially against children.”

Another case DCI has been working on is that of Mahmoud Sha’lan, aged 16, from Deir Dibwan town, north of Ramallah, after soldiers killed him on February 26, near Beit EI settlement.

An eyewitness told DCI that he was waiting for the soldiers to allow him, and at least five other drivers in their cars, to pass through the Beit El roadblock. He said Sha’lan then started walking towards the roadblock, carrying nothing in his hands.

“We heard three gunshots when Sha’lan went behind a concrete room with one of the soldiers,” he said. “We then decided to turn around and leave, but that is when I saw the child laying on the ground, wounded. Then, a soldier fired two more rounds on him.”

Medical sources at the Palestine Medical Center told DCI that Sha’lan was shot with five live rounds; three in his chest and two in his arm.

DCI reiterated that the occupying force, under International Humanitarian Law, must provide protection to the people it occupies, must protect the children, and is obliged to conduct serious investigations into all crimes committed against those civilians.

“But, this rarely happened; since October 1, Israel never investigated any of the fatal shooting incidents against children,” DCI added. Israeli authorities even rejected demands from the victims’ families to perform autopsies.

Israel is still holding the corpses of two children identified as Masan Manasra and Mo’taz Oweisat.

DCI said that the children killed by Israelis since October 1, 2015, until this day, have been identified as;

1. Abdul-Rahman Obeidallah, 13, from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, killed on October 5, 2005.

2. Ishaq Badran, 16, from Kafr Aqab in Jerusalem, killed on October, 10, 2016.

3. Marwan Barbakh, 10, from Khan Younis in southern Gaza, killed on October 10, 2015.

4. Ahmad Sharaka, from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp in Ramallah, killed on October 11, 2015.

5. Mustafa Khatib, 17, from Jabal al-Mokabber in Jerusalem, killed on October 12, 2015.

6. Hasan Mahani (al-Manasra), 15, from Beit Hanina in Jerusalem, killed on October 12, 2015.

7. Tareq Natsha, 16, from Hebron’s Old City, killed on October 17, 2015.

8. Bayan Asaliyya, 16, from Hebron’s Old City, killed on October 17, 2015.

9. Mo’taz ‘Oweisat, 16m from Jabal al-Mokabber in Jerusalem, from Hebron’s Old City, killed on October 17, 2015.

10. Bashar al-Ja’bari, 15, from Hebron, from Hebron’s Old City, killed on October 20, 2015.

11. Ahmad Kamil, 17, from Qabatia in Jenin, killed on October 24, 2015.

12. Dania Ersheid, 17, from Hebron’s Old City, killed on October 25, 2015.

13. Mahmoud Nazzal, from Qabatia in Jenin, killed on October 31, 2015.

14. Ahmad Abu ar-Rob, 16, from Qabatia in Jenin, killed on November 2, 2015.

15. Sadeq Abdul-Aziz Gharbiyya, 16, from Sanour in Jenin, killed on November 10, 2015.

16. Mahmoud Wadi, 17, from Sa’ir in Hebron, killed on November 13, 2015.

17. Ashraf Qatanani, 16, from Askar al-Jadeed refugee camp in Nablus, killed on November 22, 2015.

18. Hadeel Awwad, 14, from Qalandia refugee camp in Jerusalem, killed on November 23, 2015.

19. Ala Hashshash, 16, from Askar al-Jadeed refugee camp in Jerusalem, killed on November 23, 2015.

20. Ibrahim Daoud, 16, from Deir Ghassana in Ramallah, killed on November 25, 2015.

21. Ayman al-‘Abbassi, 17, from Ras Jerusalem, killed on November 29, 2015.

22. Ma’moun al-Khatib, 16, from Doha in Hebron, killed on December 1, 2015.

23. Mustafa Fannoun, from Hebron, killed on December 4, 2015.

24. Abdullah Nasasra, 15, from Beit Forik in Nablus, killed on December 10, 2015.

25. Noureddin Sabaghna, 17, from Qabatia in Jenin, killed on December 27, 2015.

26. Ahmad Kawazba, 17, from Sa’ir in Hebron, killed on January 5, 2016.

27. Ala Kawazba, 17, from Sa’ir in Hebron, killed on January 7, 2016.

28. Khalil Wadi, 15, from Sa’ir in Hebron, killed on January 7, 2016.

29. Adnan al-Mashni, 17, from Hebron, killed on January 12, 2016.

30. Roqayya Abu Eid, 13, from Anata in Jerusalem, killed on January 23, 2016.

31. Hussein Abu Ghosh, 17, from Qalandia in Jerusalem, killed on January 25, 2016.

32. Ahmad Toba, 17, from Kafr Jammal in Tulkarem, killed on February 1, 2016.

33. Ahmad Sa’ada, 14, from Halhoul in Hebron, killed on February 5, 2016.

34. Omar Madhi, 15, from al-‘Arroub refugee camp in Hebron, killed on February 10, 2016.

35. Na’im Safi, 16, from al-‘Obeydiyya in Bethlehem, killed on February 14, 2016.

36. Fuad Waked, 15, from al-‘Arqa in Jenin, killed on February 14, 2016.

37. Nihad Waked, 15, from al-‘Arqa in Jenin, killed on February 14, 2016.

38. Qussai Abu al-Rob, 16, from Qabatia in Jenin, killed on February 21, 2016.

39. Mahmoud Sha’lan, 16, from Deir Dibwan in Ramallah, killed on February 26, 2016.

40. Labeeb Azem, 17, from Qaryout in Nablus, killed on March 2, 2016.

41. Mohammad Zaghlawan, 17, from Qaryout in Nablus, killed on March 2, 2016.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army also killed Rahaf Yahya Hassan, 2, and her mother, Nour Rasmie Hassan, 30, who was five months pregnant, after bombarding their home in the Zeitoun neighborhood, in Gaza city, on October 11, 2015.

UN ‘Special Rapporteur’ Apparently Has Nothing To Say About Israel’s Extrajudicial Executions

Ch photo heyns_zpsbiqrkrgr.jpgristof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions

[Ed. note – Meet Christof Heyns. Heyns holds the position of UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions. He is also a professor of law in his native South Africa. Maybe he’s too busy performing the function of “gentleman and scholar” to give much thought to what’s going on in Occupied Palestine. To date, more than 170 Palestinians have been killed since October 1, 2015. A good many of those have been summary, extrajudicial executions, but according to Vacy Vlanza in the article below, Heyns has had little to nothing to say about it. ]

The UN and the Invisible Palestinian Knives of ‘Allege-Gate’

By Vacy Vlanza

In Palestine, you would be forgiven for thinking that there was no United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

The SR, Christof Heyns, in the past 6 years, has never made a country on-site visit to Palestine to get first hand information on the hundreds of cases of zionist perpetration of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions of the people of Palestine.

Not even the dozens of extrajudicial street executions of Palestinian children and youth carrying the invisible knives in Allege-gate since October 1, 2015 has impelled Heyns to rush to Palestine to ensure the zionist war criminals uphold Palestinian right to life.

 In Palestine ‘alleged’ is a synonym for ‘extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary execution’.

Yes, there is a Palestinian youth intifada, and yes there have been acts of resistance to the illegal occupation involving knives, rocks, and cars that have taken some occupier-settler lives.

 But the Zionist Occupation Forces (ZOF) i.e. military and police death squads are running amok in Occupied Palestine shooting, seemingly for grisly amusement, innocent  Palestinian schoolchildren, workers., housewives and youth.
In a wimpy statement on 16 November 2015,  SR Heyns welcomed the assurance of the zionist “Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to the effect that Israeli security forces are prohibited from firing at a suspected assailant unless an immediate danger to human life cannot otherwise be prevented and that the use of fire must be proportional to the threat.”
 The UN and the Invisible Palestinian Knives of Allege-gate
Wisam Qasrawi
You can be certain that the devastated parents of Wisam Qasrawi, 21 who buried their beloved child – transformed from family breadwinner into a martyr by lawless zionist bullets – know Wisam was killed in an indisputable and illegal extrajudicial execution.

Wisam was born in a village, Misilya. It was described for  the Palestine Exploration Fund  (patron was Queen Victoria) by Royal Engineers’ surveyor Lieutenant Condor in 1881 as a village with ancient wells beneath it and a rounded hilltop above with  extensive views north east across the great plain to Nazareth, west to Carmel, and to Jenin behind a neighbouring hill, ‘north west across a broad corn vale’.

 Today, Misilya continues its ancient agricultural lineage of growing olives and cereal. Its 3000 residents are close-knit and mainly poor because of the crippling zionist occupation.
 Wisam was outgoing, energetic, well liked and had lots of friends with whom he enjoyed playing playstation and billiards at the local cafe. Wisam also had an admirable sense of responsibility; he left school in year 11 to become the family breadwinner because his father had a severe back injury and his mother had small twins plus his other younger siblings to care for. Even while at school he worked as a part-time farm or building labourer to help out.
The early morning of Sunday 17th, January gave no hint of impending tragedy. Wisam got dressed for his work at a brick/stone factory in Nablus, gave his mother the remaining money in his wallet and armed only with his mobile joined his mate who was giving him a lift as far as the Huwwara checkpoint. He was dropped off about 500 yards from the checkpoint.
 Eyewitnesses reported that the heavily armed soldiers were calling out to Wisam, “Come on, come to us”. Wisam walked, relaxed and hands in the air, and at 50 metres military shots burst hitting his chest and head. Typically, he was left to bleed out and die.
Within 10 minutes, even before Wisam’s mate returned to Misilya, the zionist news reported an alleged attempted stabbing at the Huwwara checkpoint with no soldiers injured (understandable).

By the afternoon the ZOF had made incursions into Wisam’s village, set up checkpoints and closed off the village which was in collective shock, helplessness, anger and mourning.

 Wisam’s body was returned at night and respectfully given a martyr’s burial; the body is not washed as usual with scented water and wrapped in a shroud, but the martyr is buried in the clothes in which he/she died and the blood is left unwashed. According to a Hadith – on Resurrection Day, the Shahid’s blood -“Its color saffron, and its odor musk”.
With 68 years of the violent unrestricted bloodletting of martyrs, the scent of this holy musk is tragically Palestine’s oxygen.

Wisam is no more, just as Ehab, Khalil, Ahmad, Ruqayya, Dania, Nihad, Fuad, Naim, and all the other young innocent invisible-knife wielders, are no more.

The UN was set up to maintain international peace, security and human rights for all. In 68 years, the now 192 member states of the UN have not furthered one moment of peace and justice for the people of Palestine.

The zionist state has over and over, day to day, blatantly violated every UN declaration and convention it has ratified and it has never been suspended or expelled from the UN,

“A Member of the United Nations which has persistently violated the Principles contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the Organization by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.”
 The UN is as fake as the fake knives of Allege-gate. Both are smokescreens for impunity for zionist brutality and crimes against humanity.

Meet The New Sniper Golem

February 03, 2016  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon

In Jewish tradition the Golem is a robot created by the Jews to serve the chosen people and their tribal interests.

The best known story of the Golem is of Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, called the Maharal of Prague  (1513-1609). It is said that the Maharalcreated a Golem out of clay to protect the Jews from blood libel and to help Jews comply with requirements for physical labour.

The Golem has made it to Israel.  By now, the Palestinians are accustomed to being watched constantly by a score of Israeli flying Golem or ‘kosher drones.’

Yesterday we learned that the World Zionist Organization (WZO) has invested in a new cyber Golem designed to spy on all of us. Sniper, the new Golem will scan the net using a new algorithm, looking for anti-Jewish content.

The new Golem will search for certain keywords in different languages. A crew of WZO members will monitor the results, and react immediately. Once an offender is detected, the WZO will either contact authorities in the offending party’s country or, alternatively, send a flying Golem to track the suspected Jew hater.

The Sniper Golem “will create deterrence,” say the entrepreneurs behind it, “it won’t be so easy to publish a status calling for the murder of Jews.”

In my years of activity as a writer and researcher I have never come across a single ‘status’ calling for the ‘murder of Jews.’ This appears to be a severe manifestation of collective Jewish pre Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PRE TSD) hovering on the verge of psychosis.

The new Golem is set for launch on Sunday, during a WZO conference aimed at combating anti-Semitism in the modern era, which will be attended by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein. In short, if you planned to publish a ‘murderous status’, hurry up, only three days left.

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