فبراير 1, 2017
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[ Ed. note – Every time I see Syrian President Bashar Assad interviewed, I find myself impressed. He is soft-spoken, articulate, and everything he says rings true. In this exchange with a group of French journalists, he comments: “For the French people I would say the mainstream media has failed in most of the West. The narrative has been debunked because of the reality, and you have the alternative media. You have to look for the truth.”
The mainstream media narrative has been debunked, whether you are talking about the war in Syria, Russian hacking, presidential politics in America, Brexit, the European Union, or just about any other topic–and it is incumbent upon people now to search for truth from sources other than scoundrel organizations who have proven track records of deceit. This Assad has absolutely correct, and it is probably one reason why the mainstream media so detest him.
In the interview, the Syrian leader also talks about the French presidential election, coming up in April, as well as his own plans for the future. In regards to the latter, he reiterates what he has said before: that the decision of who should be president of Syria is a choice that should be left solely to the Syrian people; it is not up to him, and it is certainly not a decision that should be determined by outsiders.
Or to put it more bluntly, the US State Department should stop trying to regime-change the entire planet. Disastrously, it has been intent on doing just this throughout the entire eight years of the Obama administration, the Bush administration before that, the Clinton administration prior to that, and the Bush-One administration even afore Willy and Hillary. Enough is enough! The US government’s unquenchable thirst for overturning other governments is the greatest threat to world peace today.
Moreover, it doesn’t seem the thirst has gone away (whether it will under the incoming Trump administration remains to be seen, although I’m not particularly hopeful). The journalists asking questions in the above video are part of a delegation visiting Syria from France. As Vanessa Beeley reports in the article below, the delegation, headed by three members of the French Parliament, came under shelling by the US-backed Free Syrian Army yesterday while visiting Aleppo. This is not to say the Obama administration specifically ordered the attack, but any government providing backing to terrorists holds responsibility for their actions. ]
US-Backed ‘Moderate’ Rebels Target French Delegation in Aleppo
By Vanessa Beeley
In a clear breach of the Russian brokered ceasefire, US backed FSA (Free Syrian Army) division, Company 23, fired upon Aleppo airport. The shelling took place just prior to the departure of a French delegation, led by French politician, Thierry Mariani, after a fact finding trip to the recently liberated industrial, second capital city, of Aleppo.
According to Fares Shehabi, independent, Aleppo MP and head of the Aleppo Chamber of Commerce, the missiles were fired from an area next to Khan Touman, 8km away from the airport, in a deliberate act of terror against the French delegation. The leader of this group of so called “moderates” is Hassan Rajoob, a colonel who had previously defected from the Syrian Arab Army.
Fares Shehabi had been meeting with the three French parliamentarians, Thierry Mariani, Jean Lassalle & Nicolas Dhuiq, and other intellects and journalists who made up the delegation. Shehabi told 21st Century Wire that they had been due to leave via Aleppo airport at 14:00 on the 7th January 2017. The shelling took place just prior to the flight in what appeared to be a deliberate targeting of the delegation. The flight was delayed a further 3h 3o minutes and the airport was kept in complete darkness in order to ensure safe take-off without further attacks.
January 10, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – “SANA” – Damascus, SANA_ President Bashar al-Assad has said that everything in the world is changing regarding Syria on every level, the local, the regional, and the international.
In a statement given to the French media, President al-Assad added that our mission, according to the constitution and according to the laws, that we have to liberate every inch of the Syrian land.
Following is the full context of the statement:
Question1:Mr. President, you have just met a French delegation of MPs. Do you think this visit will have an influence on the French position about Syria?
President Assad:This is a French question. We hope that any delegation that would come here is to see the truth about what is happening in Syria during the last years, since the beginning of the war six years ago, and the problem now, regarding France in particular, is that they don’t have an embassy, they don’t have any relation with Syria at all, so it’s like… we can say it’s a blind state. How can you forge a policy towards a certain region if you can’t see, if you’re blind? You need to see. The importance of those delegations is that they represent the eyes of the states, but that depends on the state; do they want to see, or they want to keep adopting the ostrich policy and they don’t want to tell the truth, because now everything in the world is changing regarding Syria on every level, the local, the regional, and the international. Until this moment, the French administration hasn’t changed its position, they still speak the old language which is disconnected from our reality. That’s why we have a hope that there’s someone in the state who wants to listen to these delegations, to the facts. I’m not talking about my opinion, I’m talking about the reality in Syria. So, we have hope.
Question 2:Mr. President, you said that Aleppo is a major victory for Syria, and a major turn in the crisis. What do you feel when you see the pictures of the hundreds of civilians that were killed in the bombings, and the devastation of the city?
President Assad:Of course, it’s very painful for us as Syrians to see any part of our country destroyed, or to see any blood shedding anywhere,this is self-evident, this is emotional part, but for me as President or as an official, the question for the Syrian people: what I’m going to do. It’s not only about the feeling; the feeling is self-evident as I said. How we’re going to rebuild our cities.
Question 3:But was the bombing of east Aleppo the only solution to retake the city, with the death of civilians, your fellow citizens?
President Assad:It depends on what kind of war you’re looking for. Are you looking for a quiet war, war without destruction? I haven’t heard, in the history, of a good war, every war is bad. Why bad? Because every war is about destruction, every war is about the killing, that’s why every war is bad. You cannot say “this is a good war” even if it’s for a good reason, to defend your country, for a noble reason, but it’s bad. That’s why it’s not the solution, if you have any other solution. But the question is: how can you liberate the civilians in those areas from the terrorists? Is it better to leave them, to leave them under their supervision, under their oppression, under their fate defined by those terrorists by beheading, by killing, by everything but not having state? Is that the role of the state, just to keep and watch? You have to liberate, and this is the price sometimes, but at the end, the people are liberated from the terrorists. That’s the question now; are they liberated or not? If yes, that’s what we have to do.
Question 4:Mr. President, a ceasefire has been signed on the 30th of December, why do Syrian Army still fight near Damascus in the region of Wadi Barada?
President Assad:First of all, ceasefire is about different parties, so when you say there’s viable ceasefire is when every party stops fighting and shooting, and it’s not the case in many areas in Syria, and that was reported by the Russian center of observation regarding the ceasefire. There’s breaching of that ceasefire on daily basis in Syria, including Damascus, but in Damascus mainly because the terrorists occupy the main source of water of Damascus where more than five million civilians are deprived from water for the last three weeks now, and the role of the Syrian Army is to liberate that area in order to prevent those terrorists from using that water in order to suffocate the capital. So, that’s why.
Question 5:Mr. President, Daesh is not a part of the ceasefire…
President Assad: No.
Journalist: Do you plan to take again Raqqa, and when?
President Assad: Let me just continue the second part of the first question. Second part of that ceasefire is not about al-Nusra and ISIS, and the area that we’ve been fighting to liberate recently, regarding the water sources of the capital Damascus, is occupied by al-Nusra, and al-Nusra announced formally that they are occupying that area. So, it’s not part of the ceasefire.
Regarding al-Raqqa, of course it’s our mission, according to the constitution and according to the laws, that we have to liberate every inch of the Syrian land. There’s no question about that, it’s not to be discussed. But it’s about when, what are our priorities, and this is military, regarding to the military planning, about the military priorities. But nationally, there’s no priority; every inch is a Syrian inch, it should be within the purview of the government.
Question 6:Important talks will take place in Astana at the end of the month, including a lot of Syrian parties, including some opposition groups, let’s say. What are you ready to negotiate directly with them, and what are you ready to negotiate to help the peace to come back in Syria.
President Assad:Of course, we are ready, and we announced that our delegation to that conference is ready to go when they define… when they set the time of that conference. We are ready to negotiate everything. When you talk about negotiation regarding whether to end the conflict in Syria or talking about the future of Syria, anything, it’s fully open, there’s no limit for that negotiations. But who’s going to be there from the other side? We don’t know yet. Is it going to be real Syrian opposition – and when I say “real” it means has grassroots in Syria, not Saudi one or French one or British one – it should be Syrian opposition to discuss the Syrian issues. So, the viability or, let’s say, the success of that conference will depend on that point.
Question 7:Are you even ready to discuss your position as President? That has been contested.
President Assad:Yeah, but my position is related to the constitution, and the constitution is very clear about the mechanism in which you can bring a president or get rid of a president. So, if they want to discuss this point, they have to discuss the constitution, and the constitution is not owned by the government or the president or by the opposition; it should be owned by the Syrian people, so you need a referendum for every constitution. This is one of the points that could be discussed in that meeting, of course, but they cannot say “we need that president” or “we don’t need that president” because the president is related to the ballot box. If they don’t need him, let’s go to the ballot box. The Syrian people should bring a president, not part of the Syrian people.
Question 8:And with this negotiation, what will be the fate of rebel fighters?
President Assad:From what we’ve been implementing during the last three years, because you want genuinely to have peace in Syria, the government offered amnesty for every militant who gives up his armaments, and it worked, and they still have the same option if they want to go back to their normality and to go back to their normal life. This is the maximum that you can offer, amnesty.
Question 9:Mr. President, as you know, French presidential election will take place, do you have a favorite, do you have a preference for one of the candidates?
President Assad:No, because we don’t have any contacts with any one of them, and we cannot count very much on the statements and rhetoric during the campaign, so we always say let’s wait and see what policy they’re going to adopt after they are in their position. But we always have hopes that the next administration or government or president, they want to deal with the reality, to disconnect themselves from the disconnected policy from our reality. That’s our hope, and they can work for the interest of the French people, because the question now after six years: as a French citizen, do you feel safer? I don’t think the answer is yes. The immigration problem, has it made the situation in your country better? I think the answer is no, whether in France or in Europe. The question now: what is the reason? This is the discussion that the next administration or government or president should deal with in order to deal with our reality, not with their imaginations as has been happening during the last six years.
Question 10:But one of the candidates, Francois Fillon, doesn’t have the same position as the official one; he would like to reestablish the dialogue with Syria. Do you expect his election – if he’s elected – could change the position of France about Syria?
President Assad:His rhetoric regarding the terrorists, or let’s say the priority to fight the terrorists and not meddling in the affairs of other countries, are welcome, but we have to be cautious, because what we’ve learned in this region during the last few years is that many officials would say something and do the opposite. I wouldn’t say that Mr. Fillon would do this. I hope not. But we have to wait and see, because there’s no contact. But so far, what he said, if it’s implemented, that will be very good.
Question 11:Do you appreciate him as a politician, Francois Fillon?
President Assad:I didn’t have any contact with him or cooperation, so whatever I say now won’t be very credible, to be frank with you.
Question 12:Is there a message you want to address to France?
President Assad:I think if I want to send it to the politicians, I will say the self-evident thing; that you have to work for the interest of the Syrian citizens, and for the last six years the situation is going in the other direction, because the French politics harmed the French interests. So, for the French people, I would say the mainstream media has failed in most of the West. The narrative has been debunked because of the reality, and you have the alternative media, you have to look for the truth. The truth was the main victim of the events in the Middle East, including Syria. I would ask any citizen in France to search for the reality, for the real information, through the alternative media. When they search for this information, they can be more effective in dealing with their government, or at least not allowing some politicians to base their politics on lies. That’s what we think is the most important thing during the last six years.
Question 13:Mr. President, your father has been a lifelong President of Syria. Do you consider the option of not being the President anymore, one day?
President Assad:Yeah, that depends on two things: the first one is the will of the Syrian people; do they want that person to be president or not. If I want to be president while the Syrian people doesn’t want me, even if I win in the elections, I don’t have strong support, I cannot achieve anything, especially in a complicated region like Syria. You cannot be just elected president, that doesn’t work, you need popular support. Without it I cannot be successful. So, at that time, there’s no meaning to be president.
The second one; if I have that feeling that I want to be president, I will nominate myself, but that depends on the first factor. If I feel that the Syrian people doesn’t want me, of course I wouldn’t be. So, it’s not about me mainly, it’s about the Syrian people; do they want me or not. That’s how I look at it.
Question 14:Last question; Donald Trump is to be appointed as President of the United States in less than two weeks. He has been clear that he wants to improve relationships with Russia, which is one of your main allies…
President Assad: Yeah, exactly.
Journalist: Do you consider… do you expect that it will change the position of the United States towards Syria?
President Assad: Yeah, if you want to talk realistically, because the Syrian problem is not isolated, it’s not only Syrian-Syrian; actually, the biggest part… or let’s say the major part of the Syrian conflict is regional and international. The simplest part that you can deal with is the Syrian-Syrian part. The regional and the international part depends mainly on the relation between the United States and Russia. What he announced yesterday was very promising, if there’s a genuine approach or initiative toward improving the relation between the United States and Russia, that will effect every problem in the world, including Syria. So, I would say yes, we think that’s positive, regarding the Syrian conflict.
Journalist: What is positive?
President Assad: I mean the relation, the improvement of the relation between the United States and Russia will reflect positively on the Syrian conflict.
Journalists: Thank you very much.
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Following is the full context of the statement:
Question 1: President Assad, a few days ago, the Syrian Army, with the help of the Russian force, took the control of most of Aleppo. We can say that the war is almost over?
President Assad: No, not yet, you cannot talk about the war is over until you get rid of the terrorists in Syria, and those terrorists unfortunately still have formal support from many countries including Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and many Western countries. So, this hasn’t changed, and this kind of support will make the war drag on. But the defeat of the terrorists in Aleppo is an important step toward ending the war. If you don’t have that external support to those terrorists, it won’t be difficult at all to get rid from the terrorists everywhere in Syria, and at that time we can talk about the end of war.
Question 2: But what can you say on the huge number of victims among the civilians, and this is a big problem.
President Assad: In Syria in general?
Journalist: Yeah, yeah.
President Assad: Of course, it is a big problem; the most important thing than the infrastructure and the buildings are the people who’s been killed, the families that lost their dear ones, children, their sons, brothers, sisters, mothers, and so on. This is the suffering, they’re going to live with this pain forever. But at the end, the only way to solve the problem in Syria is for everyone to forgive every other one. So, I think we have this feeling, that this is the main orientation, on the public level.
Question 3: And the role of Daesh here in Syria…. You defeat Daesh, because we have problem in Europe too with Daesh, you know, the Berlin attack. What can we do with Daesh?
President Assad: As Europeans?
Journalists: As Europeans and…
President Assad: Yeah. The problem is not only ISIS. ISIS is the product, one of the products of extremism. When you talk about Daesh, you can talk about al-Nusra, you can talk about many other different organizations, they have the same mentality and the same dark ideology. The core problem of those organizations, first of all, is the ideology, the Wahabi ideology.. If you don’t deal with it in Europe and in our region and in the world in general, we cannot deal with the extremism and its product, the terrorism, anywhere in the world. I mean, in that regard; if you don’t deal with the ideology, you are dealing only temporarily with the problem. If you want to deal with the issue of terrorism permanently, you have to deal with the pillar of that terrorism, which is the Wahabi ideology.
This is first. But currently you have another pillar of the problem; it’s the Western support of those terrorists, maybe not ISIS in general, but they give different labels: “moderates, white helmets,” they give all these humanitarian – sometimes – and moderate labels just to give them the cover in order to achieve their political goals. So, their priority in Europe – I’m talking about the European governments – their priority is not fighting terrorism; their priority is using those cards in order to change governments, and to get rid of presidents, and so on. So, with this policy, you cannot defeat terrorism in around the world, and that’s why, as you see, during the last few years, there’s nothing happening regarding terrorism in Europe; the terrorists are still attacking freely, with no change in the situation, because the Western officials are not serious in dealing with this problem.
Question 4: And the last question: so, do you think that the election of Donald Trump could change something here in the role of the United States in this area?
President Assad: Let’s say we are more optimistic with caution, because we don’t know what is the policy that he’s going to adopt regarding our region in general, how can he deal with the different lobbies in the United States that oppose any solution in Syria and any good relations with Russia. But we can say part of the optimism could be related to better relation between the United States and Russia, not the West and Russia; because Europe doesn’t exist on the political map. I’m talking about only the United States. If there’s good relation between these two great powers, most of the world, including small countries like Syria, will be the beneficiary of this relation. In that regard, we can say there will be a solution in Syria. At the same time, he said – Mr. Trump, during his campaign – that his priority is fighting terrorism, and we believe that this is the beginning of the solution, if he can implement what he announced.
Journalist: Okay, thank you.
President Assad: Thank you.
Following is the full text of the statement:
Question 1: Many Syrian people have come in Europe because of war. After the liberation of Aleppo, it seems the war is going to finish. What would you like to say to people who have run away from their home?
President Assad: If you ask me what do they want, I would tell you as a Syrian, and they are my fellow citizens, that they want to go back to their country, because everyone wants to go back to his country, but they need two things: they need stability, security, and at the same time they need the basic needs of their livelihood that many of them lost because of the war. So, in that case, I cannot say that I’m going to invite them to go back to Syria, because this is their country, they don’t need invitation to go back, but what I would like to say in that case is to the European officials who created this problem by supporting the terrorism directly or indirectly in our country, and they created this flood of Syrians going to Europe, at the same time they say “we are supporting them from a humanitarian point of view.” They don’t need your support in your country; they need your support in our country. They need to stop supporting terrorists, they need to lift the embargo that pushed many Syrians to go to Europe because of the embargo, not only because of the terrorism. Because of the embargo, they cannot live anymore in their country.
Question 2: Many political analysts think the Syrian “no” to the pipeline routes proposed by Qatar may be one of the reason why the war began in 2011. How important has been your “no” to Qatar in the beginning of the war?
President Assad: It is one of the important factors, but it wasn’t offered to us publicly, but I think it was planned; there was two routes crossing Syria: one of them is north-south, which is related to Qatar as you just mentioned, and the other one was east-west to the Mediterranean that crossed Iraq from Iran, and at that time, we were embarked in building that one that’s going east-west, and I think many countries who opposed the policy of Syria didn’t want Syria to be a hub of energy, whether electricity or oil, or even crossroads of railways, and so on. So, this is one of the factors. But the one related to the north-south and Qatar, it wasn’t proposed to us directly.
Question 3: Terrorism is a global threat. Last week, Germany has been attacked by Daesh. Is the Syrian government helping Europe to fight against terrorism? If it is, how are you doing it?
President Assad: This is simple evident to say, I can help you if you want to help yourself, but if you don’t want to help yourself, how can I help you? The problem with Europe is that they don’t want to help themselves. They are working – I mean the officials and the governments – working against their interest. They are working against the interest of their own people. They are supporting the terrorists. How can I help them if they are supporting the terrorists in our region, in order to halt terrorism attack in Europe? I cannot. If you don’t have good policy before intelligence, you cannot achieve any result, whether through the intelligence or militarily or any other way. Politics is the umbrella. So, the politics in Europe are in support of those terrorists. When they change their politics, we’re going to be ready to help them.
Question 4: The last question, Mr. Assad. Christians have suffered a lot because of the war. What kind of role may they have in helping Syria today?
President Assad: If you look at Syria, not today, not during the last few years; during the last centuries, it’s always diverse, it’s a melting pot of different religions, sects, and ethnicities. We have a wide spectrum of diversity. Without this wide spectrum of diversity, you won’t have Syria, regardless of the name, regardless of the political border; I’m talking about Syria as society, as it was before the war. Because of this war, you have many demographic changes, whether because of the displacement of the people internally or externally. My impression, and I’m confident about that, after the war the majority of the Syrians will go back to Syria. So, Syria is going to, let’s say, if you want to use the word, be reborn naturally, because it hasn’t vanished yet, this is first. Second, this war has brought many Syrians together. They learned the lessons – so many lessons – that if we don’t accept each other, if we don’t respect each other on every level of this word, you cannot have unified society. Without this unified society, Syria cannot be reborn. So, I think, not only to talk about the rebirth of Syria, I can feel today that if you don’t have terrorism, the social society is going to be much stronger than the society that you knew before the war, because of the lesson that we’ve learned.
Journalist: Thank you, Mr. Assad.
President Assad: Thank you.
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General Command of the Syrian army and armed forces announced on Thursday the restoration of security and stability to Aleppo after liberating it from terrorism and terrorists and the exit of their remnants from the city.
“The restoration of security and stability to Aleppo is a victory which forms a strategic juncture and important turning point in the fight against terrorism, from one point, and a blow to the terrorist project and its supporter from another,” the army’s general command said in a statement.
It added that this important step affirms the capability of the Syrian army and its allies to terminate the war against terrorist organizations and establishes a new era to expel terrorism from all Syrian territories.
“This great achievement will be a strong incentive to resume the national duties and eliminate terrorism as well as restore security and stability to every span of the Homeland,” the Army’s general command said.
It called on any one who carries weapon to throw it because the fight against terrorism will be continued until liberating the last bit of the homeland’s soil.
After completing the mission of evacuating the terrorist groups from the eastern neighborhood of Aleppo, the Syrian army command issued a statement to announce restoring security to the northern city.
Scores of vehicles carrying hundreds of militants moved on Thursday out of Aleppo city through Ramouseh crossing, while the evacuation of the injured cases from the two Idlib towns of Foua and Kefraya was also continued.
Backed by Turkey, Saudi, Qatar, ‘Israel’, US, UK and France, the terrorist groups stormed Aleppo city in 2012 to control it and carry out the Syria partition conspiracy.
The Syrian army and allies have confronted the international aggression on Aleppo, frustrating the terrorists’ attacks and launching offensives against the militants till achieving the complete victory of liberating the whole city.
Source: Al-Manar Website
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Introduction by Gilad Atzmon:
Every British citizen should read the following letter from Prime Minister Theresa May to British Jews and wonder why is our PM so concerned with, and committed to the interests and security of the people who are probably the most privileged ethnic group in the country.
My advice to Mrs May would be that it is not she who can really fight Anti-Semitism. The only people who can defeat anti-Semitism are the Jews themselves. All they have to do is to drop their choseness and become ordinary people – in effect, stop being so special and join the human race.
But then, when the Jew is no longer chosen, there is very little left for the Jew to celebrate or is it that when the Jew is no longer ‘chosen’ he/she is no longer a Jew?
The fact that antisemitism is on the rise again in mainland Europe should sicken us all; the fact it is on the rise here in Britain should shame us all.
As Prime Minister, I want to speak very directly to every Jewish family in the UK, to assure you of my personal determination to do everything possible to keep you safe and to rid this scourge of hatred from the soul of our country.
I know fighting against the divisive prejudice and extremist ideology that lies at the heart of antisemitism is part of the good that government can do. As I have said before, without its Jews, Britain would not be Britain; just as Britain would not be Britain without its Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and people of other faiths too.
So the first step in defeating antisemitism is to define it clearly, to remove any doubt about what is unacceptable, so that no one can plead ignorance or hide behind any kind of excuse.
That is why the announcement I made on Monday is so important. Thanks to the work of Sir Eric Pickles as my Post-Holocaust Issues Envoy, Britain has led the way in establishing an international definition of antisemitism, through the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
Just last week we were at the forefront of trying to ensure that definition was adopted across the continent at the Summit of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, with 56 countries in favour and only Russia opposed.
This week, thanks to the work of the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, this Conservative government is now taking a ground-breaking step by adopting this definition here in Britain.
Through this definition we will call out anyone guilty of any language or behaviour that displays hatred towards Jews because they are Jews — and we will actively encourage the use of this definition by the police, the legal profession, universities and other public bodies.
I want to be very clear about what this means, because it goes to the heart of the lessons identified by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism.
Its report showed a rise in antisemitism in 2014 linked to growing criticism of the actions of the Israeli government.
We have to break these two issues apart. Through this new definition we can be unequivocal that criticising the government of Israel can never be an excuse for hatred against the Jewish people — any more than criticising the British government can be an excuse for hatred against the British people.
Put simply, there can be no excuses for any kind of hatred towards the Jewish people. Full stop.
But defeating antisemitism requires more than defining it. It means recording it and punishing those responsible for it, it means acting to keep Jewish people safe and it means educating future generations to fight hatred and prejudice in all its forms. This Conservative government is committed to doing all three.
As Home Secretary I required all police forces to record religious hate crimes separately, by faith. I made sure we kept extremism, including the sort that peddles antisemitic vitriol, out of our country.
That is why I said no to comedians like Dieudonné coming to Britain. It is why I stopped Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Pastor Terry Jones coming too, because Islamophobia comes from the same wellspring of hatred.
It is why I kicked out Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada as well. And it is why I brought together internet companies and government to tear down the poisonous propaganda that infects minds online.
I was also pleased to commit over £13 million of funding at the Community Security Trust dinner earlier this year to support the security of Jewish faith schools, synagogues and communal buildings, and I will continue to ensure you have the resources you need to protect the community at all times.
But the ultimate way of defeating antisemitism is to create an environment that prevents it happening in the first place.
So I am proud to be continuing the work to create a National Memorial to the Holocaust next to Parliament, together with an accompanying educational centre, which will include the first-hand testimony of Britain’s Holocaust survivors.
The location of this memorial and its educational centre will send a powerful message about our values as a country. Together we will stand up for the British values of tolerance and respect for others that are epitomised by the mother of all Parliaments. Together, we will educate every generation to fight hatred and prejudice in all its forms and we will defend the hard-fought British liberty of freedom of religion or belief.
Together, we will keep Jewish people in our country safe and defeat the scourge of antisemitism by standing up for our values and our way of life — today, and for every generation to come.
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