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Act now for Mahmoud Sarsak on 84th day of hunger strike; Palestinian soccer star at risk of death

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ACTION ALERT

(CHICAGO 06/12/2012) — As much of the world is tuned into the European Soccer Championship taking place in Central Europe this week, a Palestinian soccer star is near death after 85 days on a hunger strike protesting the three years Israeli occupation authorities have imprisoned him without charge or trial.

Mahmoud Sarsak, 25, a member of the Palestinian national football team, was taken prisoner three years ago when we arrived in the West Bank from Gaza to join his soccer team. Israeli occupation forces have held him since under the “Unlawful Combatants Law,” which allows for Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to be imprisoned for an unlimited amount of time without charge or trial. Those detained under the statute have little or no legal protections, even less than those detained under administrative detention orders in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian prisoner rights group, Addameer.

A doctor from Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, who was allowed to visit the soccer star on June 6 – the first time Sarsak was examined by an independent doctor since his hunger strike began – said Sarsak has lost 33 percent of his body weight and is lapsing in and out of consciousness.

Sarsak is joined by hunger strikers Akram Rikhawi, 61 days; and Samer Al-Barq, 38, who has been incarcerated without charge or trial since July 11, 2010. All three men are perilously close to death and Israeli prison authorities are refusing to move them to the appropriate medical facilities.

Addameer issued an action alert on June 6, which stated:

”While administrative detention is allowed under international humanitarian law, it must be used only under exceptional circumstances as it infringes upon basic human rights, including the right to a fair trial. Indeed, the denial of a fair trial constitutes a ‘grave breach’ of the Fourth Geneva Convention, one of the most serious forms of war crimes. This form of arbitrary arrest also contravenes Articles 9 and 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

As of April 30, 322 Palestinian political prisoners were being held in administrative detention, including a number of duly elected members of the Palestinian parliament. As of May 1, there were more than 4,600 political prisoners, including 220 children, according to Addameer and Defence for Children international-Palestine section.

 

TAKE ACTION

International pressure from groups such as the American Muslims for Palestine played a role in forcing Israeli authorities to meet the demands of Khader Adnan, Hanan Shalabi, and more than 2,000 Palestinian political prisoners, who launched a hunger strike from April 17 to May 14. The prisoners were striking to protest Israel’s use of administrative detention, solitary confinement, night raids and the ban of family visits. Five others refused nourishment for more than 70 days. They all ended the strike after reaching agreement with prison authorities, who had pledged to stop renewing terms of administrative detention. However, authorities reneged on this promise and within days of the agreement had renewed the detention orders of at least 25 prisoners, according to published reports. Al-Barq reinitiated his hunger strike on May 21, after Israeli officials backed away from the agreement.

It is time for us to act again! Call the U.S. Department and demand officials pressure Israel to transfer the three prisoners to civilian hospitals immediately; and demand the State Department force Israel to immediately release all political prisoners.

CONTACT

Elizabeth Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs: 202.647.7209.

 

TALKING POINTS
  • State your name and the city and state where you reside. Be polite but firm.
  • The fact that Israeli occupation forces deny due process to Palestinians is racist and Indicative of an apartheid state.
  • Israeli officials’ punitive use of administrative detention and solitary confinement are egregious violations of international law.
  • U.S. support of Israeli occupation in light of these facts hurts American interests abroad and threatens our national security.
  • The US should demand that Israel uphold the basic values of life, liberty and dignity Inherent to all human beings.
  • The US should demand that Israel release all Palestinian prisoners.

Once you call, please email AMP at admin@ampalestine.org with Mahmoud Sarsak in the subject line. Please tell us when you called and what state you reside in.

Read an open letter to the international community by Mamoud Sarsak and Akram Rikhawi

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Magazine Lists Top 13 Richest Rabbis in IsraHell

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Rabbi Pinchas Abuhatssira’s estimated wealth is NIS 1,300,000,000 ($334,947,000)
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Forbes Israel reported on the top richest rabbis in Israel, who range from “reasonable” sums of a few million dollars, to the richest rabbi who is worth more than a quarter billion dollars. The list actually includes 12 rabbis and one “rebbetzin.”

Some of the Forbes Israel report includes allegations as well as documented convictions over improper financial gains. But the majority of them have accumulated their wealth from donations by local and world Jews, who seek their advice and blessings.

Typically, the report attempts to assign a dark aspect to the very idea that a rabbi, a man of the cloth, should be so wealthy. But Jewish tradition not only welcomes wealth as a gift of plenty from God, but sees wealth as a necessary prerequisite for positions of divine inspiration, such as that of the High Priest in the Temple.

Some of the greatest leaders of the Jewish people were wealthy, including Moses and Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi. Jewish tradition appears to be interested not so much in the amount of money a person has acquired, but with the amount of good deeds he or she have performed using their wealth.

The rabbis and rebbetzin are listed here strictly based on the Forbes Israel report.

13. Rebbetzin Bruria Zvuluni, 51, married + 8, living in Jerusalem, estimated wealth NIS 20,000,000 ($5,159,000)

12. Rabbi Yekutiel Abuhatssira, 51, married, living in Ashdod, , estimated wealth NIS 25,000,000 ($6,448,000)

11. Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak, 69, married + 8, lives in Bnei Brak, estimated wealth NIS 30,000,000 ($7,744,930)

10. Rabbi Yoram Abergel, 55, father of 5, lives in Netivot, estimated wealth NIS 35,000,000 ($9,017,830)

 

9. Rabbi Reuven Elbaz, 68, lives in Jerusalem, estimated wealth NIS 40,000,000 ($10,306,100)

8. Rabbi Baruch Abuhatssira, 71, married+3, lives in Netivot, estimated wealth NIS 75,000,000 ($19,323,900)

7. Rabbi Josiah Pinto, 38, married+3, lives in Ashdod, estimated wealth NIS 75,000,000 ($19,323,900)

6. Rabbi Jacob Ifergan, the “X-ray,” 46, married+4, lives in Netivot, estimated wealth NIS 90,000,000 ($23,188,700)

5. Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, 55, married+4, Moshav Tlamim, estimated wealth NIS 100,000,000 ($25,765,200)

4. The Belzer rebbe, Rabbi Issachar Dov Rokeach, 65, lives in Jerusalem, estimated wealth NIS 180,000,000 ($46,377,400)

3. The Gerrer Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Alter, 73, married+9, lives in Bnei Brak, estimated wealth NIS 350,000,000 ($90.178,300)

2. Rabbi David Chai Abuhatssira, 70, married+9, lives in Naharia, estimated wealth NIS 750,000,000 ($193,239,000)

1. Rabbi Pinchas Abuhatssira, 36, married+5, lives in Be’er Sheva, estimated wealth NIS 1,300,000,000 ($334,947,000)

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Searching for Solutions in Syria

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By Nile Bowie
 

Global Research

The worsening conflict in Syria and the prospect of foreign military intervention outside the mandate of the United Nations poses an immediate risk to civilian safety. The consequences of pursuing regime change in Damascus invite a broader sectarian conflict that would forever reshape the Middle East; this article analyzes the ongoing perpetuation of violence and attempts to offer non-abrasive solutions to the crisis in Syria. 

For sixteen months, the people of Syria have undergone economic hardship, tremendous human suffering and the unparalleled horrors of war. As the Syrian opposition officially abandons the ceasefire and calls for foreign intervention and the imposition of a no-fly zone [1], US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced a new transition plan that would topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, signaling the increasing possibility of intervention outside the mandate of the United Nations [2].

Following clashes between militant rebel groups and government forces that claimed the lives of 80 Syrian troops [3], rebels in Aleppo have reportedly taken 11 hostages and vowed to release them only when a new state is established [4]. While Bashar al-Assad attributes the perpetuation of Syria’s crisis to outside forces [5], Iran has expressed its readiness to mount an armed resistance against foreign military forces in Syria [6]. Regardless of who perpetrated the recent killings in Qubayr and Houla, the profoundly disturbing images of lifeless children begs the question, has the Syrian crisis reached a point of incorrigibility? 


Western media has largely relied on unconfirmed opposition accounts crediting the Shabiha, pro-government Alawite militias with carrying out massacres across Syria as a result of the Assad government “brainwashing the militia into believing the Sunni majority was their enemy,” as reported by The Telegraph [7]. Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has recently reported that anti-Assad Sunni militants carried out the massacre in Houla, targeting pro-government Alawi and Shia minorities, “Those killed were almost exclusively from families belonging to Houla’s Alawi and Shia minorities. Over 90% of Houla’s population is Sunni. Several dozen members of a family were slaughtered, which had converted from Sunni to Shia Islam. Members of the Shomaliya, an Alawi family, were also killed, as was the family of a Sunni member of the Syrian parliament who is regarded as a collaborator. Immediately following the massacre, the perpetrators are supposed to have filmed their victims and then presented them as Sunni victims in videos posted on the internet” [8]. 


Human Rights Watch has also released a report entitled “Syria: Armed Opposition Groups Committing Abuses,” documenting the outstanding cases of violence exercised by the Syrian opposition, which has been accused of kidnapping, detaining, torturing and executing of members of the Syrian military and civilian government supporters [9]. HRW reports that attacks by opposition groups are conducted largely on sectarian grounds, motivated by anti-Shia and anti-Alawite sentiments, citing abuses committed by militant Salafist groups and members of the opposition Free Syrian Army. Although UN observers admit they are unable to determine the perpetrators of the recent massacre in Qubayr with no firm evidence to inculpate the Syrian government, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has declared that the Assad government has lost its legitimacy [10], channeling calls by President Barak Obama, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and British Prime Minister David Cameron for Assad to step down [11]. 


Reports of massacres have been framed to fit a pre-determined conclusion, in line with the foreign policy objectives of Western capitals by implicating the Assad regime with orchestrating violence in order to build popular support for aggressively toppling the Syrian government. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has recently accused external forces of inciting violence by providing arms and material assistance to militant opposition forces, stating, “They want the international community to be filled with indignation and start a full-blown intervention in Syria” [12]. Following the killings in Qubayr, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called on the world to exert “maximum financial pressure” on Assad’s government through strong sanctions that “can help hasten the day the Assad regime relinquishes power,” while assuring that the US would support the use of force against Syria as authorized under Chapter 7 of the United Nations charter [13]. 


Although Hillary Clinton has openly acknowledged that members of Al-Qaeda and other groups on the State Department’s terror list are fighting alongside opposition rebels supported by the United States [14], countries belonging to both NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have provided extensive financial and material support to the militant opposition. Former FBI translator turned whistleblower Sibel Edmonds has reported that NATO/American-affiliated troops have conducted operations on Jordanian soil near Syrian border in the village of Albaej [15], as US troops reportedly train members of the Free Syrian Army along with Jordanian forces in order to prepare them for an international military drill in the country [16]. Syrian officials report the presence of intelligence operatives from Mossad and the CIA, as well as employees of private military contractors such as Blackwater in Syria; security forces have reportedly detained French, Turkish, Gulf, Iraqi, and Lebanese gunmen operating inside Syria [17].


The Washington Post reports in their article, “Syrian rebels get influx of arms with gulf neighbors’ money, U.S. coordination,” that Persian Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar with coordination from the United States have spent millions arming and funding militant opposition groups battling the Assad government [18]. The United States has admittedly spent $6 million training opposition journalists and activists between 2006 and 2010, while funneling approximately $6.3 million to the Movement for Justice and Development, a London-based dissident organization that broadcasts anti-government news into Syria [19]. As a further indication of foreign elements at work in Syria, members of the Syrian opposition have also adopted tactics seen by Al Qaeda in Iraq. Reuters reports in their article, “Outgunned Syria rebels make shift to bombs,” that rebels have adopted suicide bombing, booby-trapped car bombs and roadside explosions; Joseph Holliday of the US-based Institute for the Study of War adds “There’s no question that a lot of Syrians fought with al Qaeda elements in Iraq [against the United States] and it’s likely that many rebels today learned bombing skills fighting there” [20].


While the editorial policy of The New York Times permits the publication of pieces such as the ostentatiously titled “Assad, the Butcher,” which incongruously accuses the foreign ministries of Russia and China of living in a “fantasy world” before calling on those nations to receive “comprehensive punishments” for being complicit in “more than 12,000 Syrian deaths,” the Western and Gulf capitals’ strategy of arming militant opposition forces and extremist groups has worked to foment atrocities and further enflame regional sectarian tension, invalidating any attempt to abide by Kofi Annan’s Peace Plan [21]. Publications released by The Brookings Institution, a US think-tank noted for its influence on American foreign policy, provides further insight into the nature of Washington’s objectives in Syria. Brookings’ March 2012 Middle East Memo titled “Saving Syria: Assessing Options for Regime Change,” is a testament to the underlying politicization of the “Responsibility to Protect” in Syria, as atrocities are orchestrated as a pretext to protect civilians, to warrant toppling the Syrian government and furthering Washington’s geopolitical objectives in the region.


Brookings’ Memo meticulously theorizes ways to overthrow the Assad government, including the use of crippling economic sanctions to further incite unrest and the leveraging of human rights abuses to aggressively intervene in Syria, “Working with its Arab, regional, and Western partners, Washington can push for a more effective humanitarian response and pave the way for more aggressive intervention options to topple Asad” [22]. Due to budget restraints and a public wary of fighting wars overseas, Washington’s strategy is to lead from behind by prompting other countries to lead the charge militarily, “Israel could posture forces on or near the Golan Heights and, in so doing, might divert regime forces from suppressing the opposition. This posture may conjure fears in the Asad regime of a multi-front war, particularly if Turkey is willing to do the same on its border and if the Syrian opposition is being fed a steady diet of arms and training” [23].


While Hilary Clinton and others pay lip service to supporting the ceasefire proposed by the Annan Plan, Brookings’ advisers suggest Washington “pin down the Asad regime and bleed it, keeping a regional adversary weak, while avoiding the costs of direct intervention” [24]. The US continues pressuring neighboring countries like Jordan and Turkey to provide support for the militant Syrian opposition, “These allies would have to provide secure bases for the opposition on Syria’s borders, protected by their own armed forces. Their militaries could do much of the arming and training, in conjunction with the United States. Area intelligence services, perhaps including Israel’s, could also work behind the scenes to undermine Asad’s regime and bolster the opposition” [25]. Brookings’ Memo highlights Washington’s commitment to overthrowing the Syrian government using the most cost-effect means possible, “the hope is that the United States could fight a ‘clean’ war from 10,000 feet and leave the dirty work on the ground to the Free Syrian Army, perhaps even obviating a massive commitment to Iraq-style nation-building” [26].


The toppling of the Assad government would offer the United States and its allies in Tel Aviv and Riyadh substantial strategic advantages, as the underlying object of supporting insurgent activity against Damascus is to undermine Iranian influence in the Arab world. Syria under Bashar al-Assad is the fundamental channel that links Hezbollah with Iran, serving as a transit point for conducting training operations and distributing material assistance to the Palestinian resistance. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has theorized that the toppling of Assad would “be a major blow to the radical axis [Syria, Iran, Hezbollah] and a major blow to Iran. It’s the only kind of outpost of Iranian influence in the Arab world and it will weaken dramatically both Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza” [27]. Although Syria’s opposition in power after the downfall of Assad would be a compliant entity to the foreign powers supporting it, the SNC would likely be unable to conjure the political leverage needed to enforce order, and heinous violations of human rights would no doubt occur under it; if Salafist elements were able to usurp authority, Syria’s Alawite, Druze and Christian populations would likely be subject to sectarian violence and persecution.


Israel can potentially reap significant gains from regime change in Syria by working to reduce Iran’s influence in the region and by increasing its commercial exploits in Syria’s Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which supplies one-third of Israel’s water supply [28] and holds an estimated $24 million in oil and gas reserves [29]. Over time, resistance movements in Lebanon and occupied Palestinian territories may be unable to defend their territory without outside support, allowing the Netanyahu government to more effectively pursue its aspirations to create a “Greater Israel”. Saudi Arabia is motivated by the prospect of becoming a dominant regional power and the ideological aspirations of quelling the expansion of Shia identity through neutralizing the governments of Tehran and Damascus, as adherents to Sunni Islam recognize Alawites as part of the Shia sect. Turkey is also determined to increase its influence in the region and possibly expand its territory by annexing northern regions of Syria under appropriate circumstances.


While foreign military intervention would inevitably continue to produce civilian casualities and collateral damage, it is important to recognize that the Syrian people have already experienced the spoils of war at this stage in the conflict. The unspeakable nature of the killings in Syria inevitably brings one to contemplate how diplomacy can be successfully utilized given the current state of affairs. The immediate cessation of violence in Syria through diplomatic and non-abrasive means should be the ultimate objective of those individuals charged with enforcing the Annan Plan, even if it means drastically increasing the presence and financial expenditure of a neutral United Nations peacekeeping mission. For all its shortcomings and adherence to aggressive policies of the United States, Israel, and others, the United Nations is the only institution currently established to undertake such a mission in Syria.


Certain steps can be taken by the international community to ease tensions at the administrative and grassroots levels, namely by encouraging direct talks with between Bashar al-Assad and representatives of all internal opposition organizations, including members of the Free Syrian Army, the Syrian National Council, the Muslim Brotherhood and the National Coordination Committee, a coalition of left-leaning political parties staunchly opposed to foreign intervention [30]. Although both the opposition and the Syrian government have exercised inappropriate and excessive force indiscriminately throughout the conflict, the government of Bashar al-Assad is the legitimate legal authority in Syria. The Assad government has issued reforms allowing for multi-party competition, the establishment of an independent judiciary, a two-term limit on the presidency and political pluralism through inaugurating a new constitution passed in a referendum held in February 2012. If a ceasefire can be upheld through a power-sharing agreement between representatives of various opposition groups and the current government in Syria, the international community should rightfully encourage such a transition.


Furthermore, representatives of the Syrian government and its allies should have a place at future “Friends of Syria” meetings and any international mediation conference to work towards a balanced solution to the crisis. The United Nations or any other legitimate neutral institution must investigate the nation states and institutions responsible for illegally exporting arms into Syria and issue substantial fines and sanctions to those responsible parties. Neutral institutions must secure Syria’s borders and thoroughly inspect all incoming and outgoing persons and cargo; in addition, an arms embargo must be established and respected by all sides with a focus on subduing illegal smuggling. Both sides must be encouraged to use the maximum amount of restraint, no matter how severe the provocation. In the case of successful dialogue between the Assad government and representatives of the opposition, the creation of UN-administered “arms-free zones” can be established in population centers if opposition leaders can be persuaded to call for the gradual disarmament of rebel forces. 


Given the degree of brutality exerted by those responsible for the atrocities in Houla and elsewhere, it is to be expected that certain individuals would not respect such a ceasefire; the motivation for their brutal actions may be sectarian, ideological, or financial. Neutral external individuals and institutions could encourage inter-faith dialogues between regional spiritual leaders, and perhaps influential clerics can be persuaded to issue fatwas or the equivalent against the further perpetuation of violence in an attempt to cool sectarian tensions. If the Syrian government and members of the opposition can come to a conducive transitional agreement where all parties have a degree of influence, joint security coalitions can be formed comprised of UN personnel, Syrian soldiers and former rebels to ensure that the ceasefire is exercised. Those who act outside the ceasefire using illegally procured arms and explosives could be individually prosecuted or dealt with by force if they pose an immediate security threat.


Outside forces must be held accountable for engaging in activities that have brought the Syrian crisis to this dismal stage, namely by paying substantial penalties that can be used to temporarily resettle Syrian refugees and fund efforts to secure Syria’s borders. All efforts must be made to transition the Syrian people into a climate of normality, including the removal of economic sanctions. At this crucial stage, the Syrian government should exercise strict curfews to ensure the safety of civilians, making it more difficult for terrorist groups to operate. Even if an agreement can be reached between Bashar al-Assad and representatives of Syria’s various opposition groups, terrorists groups would likely continue to provoke violence for whatever their purpose. Until both the Syrian government and the opposition can unite under the common goal of providing security to the people of Syria, no viable political transitions can be agreed upon.


The government of Bashar al-Assad must continue to make tangible reforms that legitimize dissent and promote expression, and the Free Syrian Army must agree to gradually disarm and come to a political compromise. The implications of both foreign military intervention and the administrative usurpation of sectarian fanatics hold unacceptable consequences for the Syrian people and the entire region. Even if internal actors agree upon a solution, it will take years for the people of Syria to recover from this conflict and begin to forgive each other. If the majority of the Syrian people desire a change in leadership, the world must respect their aspirations, however such a decision can only be reached once the domestic security situation has transitioned to appropriate levels by both sides respecting the ceasefire. Those individuals who value stability founded on the pillars of peace, compromise and conflict aversion must make their voices heard and stand with the Syrian people to help steer them out of these dark times, and eventually, help them heal.


Nile Bowie is an independent writer and photojournalist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Twitter: @NileBowie

Notes

[1] Syrian rebels abandon ceasefire, call on UN for no-fly zone, Russia Today, June 4, 2012

[2] US post-Assad Syria plan: Intervention in the cards? Russia Today, June 7, 2012

[3] Syria rebels ‘kill 80 soldiers’ in weekend clashes, BBC, June 4, 2012

[4] Syria rebels say will free Lebanese hostages in new state, Chicago Tribune, June 9, 2012

[5] Assad says Syria faces “real war” waged from outside, Reuters, June 3, 2012

[6] Iran: Syrian intervention ‘will be defeated’, Russia Today, June 9, 2012

[7] The Shabiha: Inside Assad’s death squads, The Telegraph, June 2, 2012

[8] Abermals Massaker in Syrien, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, June 7, 2012

[9] Syria: Armed Opposition Groups Committing Abuses, Human Rights Watch, March 20, 2012

[10] UN mission ‘can’t say who to blame’ in Hama massacre, Russia Today, June 9, 2012

[11] UN debates Syria amid new demands Assad quits, Russia Today, August 19, 2011

[12] Annan plan ‘only chance for peace’ but stalled by intervention supporters – Lavrov, Russia Today, June 9, 2012

[13] Geithner warns Syria of UN action, as Clinton heads to Istanbul to talk strategy with allies, The Associated Press, June 6, 2012

[14] Clinton: Syria risking civil war, BBC, February 26, 2012

[15] US troops surround Syria on the eve of invasion? Russia Today, December 13, 2011 

[16] Amman allows US to train Syrian rebels on Jordanian soil, PressTV, May 23, 2012

[17] Mossad, CIA and Blackwater operate in Syria – report, Russia Today, March 7, 2012

[18] Syrian rebels get influx of arms with gulf neighbors’ money, U.S. coordination, The Washington Post, May 16, 2012

[19] U.S. admits funding Syrian opposition, CBC News, April 18, 2011

[20] Outgunned Syria rebels make shift to bombs, Reuters, April 30, 2012

[21] Assad, the Butcher, The New York Times, June 9, 2012

[22] Saving Syria: Assessing Options for Regime Change, Page 4, The Brookings Institution, March 2012

[23] Ibid, Page 6, Brookings Institution, March 2012

[24] Ibid, Page 9, Brookings Institution, March 2012

[25] Ibid, Page 7, Brookings Institution, March 2012

[26] Ibid, Page 9, Brookings Institution, March 2012

[27] AMANPOUR. Latest full-length edition: Ehud Barak, CNN, April 20, 2012

[28] Shouting in the hills, Al-Ahram, June 2008

[29] Netanyahu Approves Oil Drilling In Golan Heights, AP, October 25, 1996

[30] Meet Syria’s Opposition, Foreign Policy, November 2, 2011

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Peres, Pollard, Obama and Freedom

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by mantiqaltayr

1. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom” is of course a huge joke as I’ve noted  previously on this site. This year however it is an even bigger joke than usual, though it might end up being a sort of poetic joke as well.

Among the winners this year – oh, did I mention that the Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Executive Branch’s analogue to the Congressional Medal of Honor?  You know that award. It is the one that was given to USS LIBERTY captain William L. McGonagle in secret in the depths of the Navy Yard by the Secretary of the Navy so as not to embarrass America’s enemy Israel. Normally the award is given at the White House by the Israeli Vice President for American Affairs (IVPFAA)  himself. But I digress.

Anyway, among the winners this year are Bob Dylan,  who loves Israel to your death, Madeleine Albright, Shimon Peres and Jonathan Pollard.

Now I can hear you all bitching and moaning “Hey Mantiq, we can see giving it to Jonathan Pollard, after all he earned it every bit as much as Madeline “worth it” Albright and Shimon “Qana” Peres whose record as a war criminal is most impressive, but how could Bob Dylan be a part of such an august body?

Oh, and I can see a bunch of you all running to Wiki to see the names of this year’s awardees and saying “Hey, Mantiq, Pollard is not on the list, wtf?”

Let me deal with Dylan first. He earned it because, as this article points out ” he has influenced Israel for the better more than any other American Jew.”

Lenni Brenner has this very revealing comment:

“Bob is one of the most famous people on the planet. But his fame is due to songs he wrote in his leftist period. When he got into Christianity he discredited himself intellectually with 99% of Jews, from Orthodox to atheist. We may disagree on everything else, but we all believe that Christianity is a fairy-tale, and that any Jew who converts to any form of it is sick in the head. The result is that when he got involved with the Lubavichers, most Jews didn’t cheer, not even most Orthodox, except for the Lubavichers, who are ridiculed even by most Orthodox. We all saw his reconversion as another chapter in his mad autobiography.”

So clearly Dylan is a fitting recipient of the award.

Now, war criminal Shimon Peres will get his award in a very special away. Unlike most of the other recipients, he is getting his award presented during a “grandiose” dinner gala at the White House on June 13 in which somewhere between 120 to 140 big shits will be there.

Didn’t get invited? Be glad. Here’s some of those who are coming to dinner:

Mark Zuckerberg. Now you have got to love that. Mark Zuckerberg. That’s reason enough to stay away.

Also attending is Steven Spielberg. And thank Yahweh that Barbara Streisand will be there.

Michael Oren will also be present – he’s a big FAT FUCKING LIAR about the USS LIBERTY – hell just for that he ought to be an award recipient, but I digress. Dan Shapiro will be there, guess he won’t have to ask Peres if he is a Jew.

Joe “I am a Zionist Biden” will be there as will Leon Panetta.

Jimmy “Camp David” Carter is invited.

Who the hell would want to be anywhere near that crowd?

Well, I’m sure Jonathan Pollard would.

Grant Smith is pretty suspicious about all this and recently posted on antiwar.com his concerns that this award will culminate in Pollard’s release. He may well be right. (He seems to have the date of the “grandiose” gala incorrect, but I digress.)

So wouldn’t it be cool if the Israeli Vice President for American Affairs were to announce Pollard’s release at this “grandiose” gala? And wouldn’t it be even neater if Bob Dylan then came out on the stage and sang “I Shall be Released”?

I mean it just doesn’t get any better than that, does it?

2. Rechnitz and his twin brother, Steve Rechnitz, were honored with the ICON Award for Visionary Leadership in Business and Philanthropy by the UCLA Longevity Center in May 2012.

3. Shas Party Spiritual Leader Gets the Chair (back).

Yeah, it turns out that Rabbibibibibibi Ovadia Yusef’s special chair with “special powers” disappeared from his synagogue in occupied Palestine.  This sublime mystery was solved, and I am not making this up, when one of the synagogue’s managers confessed to having loaned the chair to couple to be used as part of ceremony in which they were going to have the end of their baby’s penis cut off.

4. In honor of Michael Oren’s false accounting of the USS LIBERTY and on the occasion of Shimon Peres’ handing the IVPFAA a petition calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard on the very day that the IVPFAA is awarding the “Presidential Medal of Freedom” to Peres in the presence of Oren himself (man you just can’t make this shit up) , I present to you the link to the video below by Cat. This is another haunting tribute of hers to the USS LIBERTY.

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Heated Anti-Assad Rhetoric Promotes War

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by Stephen Lendman

 

Increasingly war looks likely. Earlier Obama said “the Assad regime must come to an end.”

In early June, White House press secretary Jay Carney said “bloody sectarian war will be diminished if Assad removes himself from power or is no longer in power.”

“It is essential that the world community come together and unify to pressure Assad and isolate Assad and help precipitate a situation where that political transition can take place.”

Hillary Clinton accused Russia of keeping Assad in power. Putin faces heavy pressure to bow to Western demands. Will he yield or hold firm?

Moscow signed a Security Council statement condemning the Houla massacre. Unlike Washington, Western partners, and regional allies, it points fingers both ways.

Along with China and Cuba, it rejected the Human Rights Council’s (HRC) decision to condemn Syria for Houla killings. It called doing it “imbalanced and biased.” More on that below.

Moscow also repudiates regime change. Putin believes national sovereignty is inviolable. He opposes intervention and war. He rejects Libya 2.0. He supports ending conflict and restoring peace. Succeeding is another matter.

On June 5, Putin arrived in Beijing for an official state visit. Discussions will focus on mutual economic and geopolitical interests and concerns.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said both nations oppose intervention in Syria or plans for regime change by force. They support dialogue for conflict resolution.

On June 4, Assad addressed the People’s Assembly. He minced no words for good reason. Since last year, he’s been wrongly blamed for Western-instigated violence. It continues daily.

Pro-Assad loyalists, other civilians, and security forces are targeted and killed in cold blood. Houla was the most extreme incident.

An Islamist group called Jabhat al-Nusra (Al-Nusra Front) claimed responsibility for May Damascus bombings. Dozens were killed, many others wounded. The group also said it killed 13 civilians in Deir Ezzor province last week. They were shot at close range in the head. Their hands were tied behind their backs.

Many other incidents claimed smaller tolls. Body counts mount. Syrians are terrorized. Most blame outside forces, not their government.

Washington, key NATO partners, and regional allies bear full responsibility. Out-of-control violence won’t stop. They won’t let it. Death and destruction continues.

Fabricated reports and lies blame Assad. On June 4, he responded, saying:

“Since the early days of this crisis, we announced a number of clear political steps to enhance the development process through popular participation in order to undercut all those who tried to hide under slogans of reform and make use of the events for unpatriotic and dishonourable objectives.”

“Despite the denials of these achievements in the political sphere on the part of foreign and domestic powers….we have never stopped carrying out what we announced and what we started.”

“Laws have been passed, local administration elections have been held, and later on there was a referendum on the constitution in response to those attempts.”

“The international role in what is happening is already well-known not only for decades, but for centuries past. And I don’t think it’s going to change in the foreseeable future. Colonialism is still colonialism. It only changed in terms of methods and ways of attack.”

“The political process is moving forward, but terrorism is growing and hasn’t subsided. The laws which have been passed since the beginning of the crisis haven’t made an impact on terrorism and made it subside.”

“Terrorists are concerned neither with reform nor with dialogue. They are criminals who have set themselves a task….They will never stop unless we stop them.”

“What we are facing is a project of internal sedition aiming at the destruction of the homeland. The instrument of this sedition is terrorism.”

“We are now facing a real war waged from outside. And dealing with a war is different from dealing with an internal conflict or dealing with Syrian parties. This point should be very clear.”

“Terrorism is not related to the political process. It targets all the homeland, its institutions and its parties.”

“Today we are defending a cause and a homeland. We are not doing what we are doing because we love blood. A battle has been forced on us, and the result was the blood which has been spilled. ”

“Last week, after the atrocious al-Houla massacre, they accused the armed forces of committing it. In the beginning they said that it is the result of artillery and tank shelling, but later they retreated (and accused) pro-government militias….”

“What happened in al-Houla, al-Qazzaz, al-Midan, Deir Ezzour, Aleppo, and many other places in Syria, and which we described as brutal, heinous and ugly massacres, is in real fact very difficult to describe. Even beasts do not do such things, particularly what happened in al-Houla.”

“With our will we shall overcome this crisis, with our unity we shall vanquish our enemies, and all the noise will not be able to suppress the voice of right.”

In January, Assad spoke at Damascus University, saying:

“External conspiring is no longer a secret because what is being plotted in the pal talk rooms has started to be clearly revealed before the eyes of the people.”

“It is not possible anymore to deceive others except for those who do not want to listen or see; as the tears shed by the dealers of freedom and democracy for our own victims can no longer conceal the role they played in the bloodshed which they tried to use for their own purposes.”

“Here comes the foreign role after they failed in all attempts….What is taking place in Syria is part of what has been planned for the region for tens of years, as the dream of partition is still haunting the grandchildren of Sykes–Picot. But today their dream turns into a nightmare….”

“This is not a revolution. Can a revolutionary work for the enemy – a revolutionary and a traitor at the same time? This is impossible.”

“The question is a race between the terrorists and reform. Terrorism and those standing behind it don’t want reform and want to reach a stage where we say there is no time for reform. Let’s deal with terrorism.”

“And glory to our proud people who reject defeat in the age of collapse and who say to their enemies, ‘never will we be defeated!’ ”

Assad implemented important reforms. More remains to be done. Justifiable criticisms are warranted. Blaming him for Western-instigated violence is unconscionable.

Fingers pointing the right way name Washington. Long-planned regime change plans were implemented. Thousands of Syrians died. Multiple rounds of sanctions harm ordinary people most. Western-generated terror bears full responsibility for crimes of war and against humanity.

On June 1, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) concluded its special session on Syria. Focus was on Houla killings. Truth and full disclosure were suppressed. Fingers pointed the wrong way. Doing so mocked human rights, justice, and peace.

final resolution was adopted. Forty-one voted yes. Russia, China and Cuba rejected one-way responsibility. Two nations abstained.

Harsh language blamed Assad. Perhaps Washington speech writers wrote it. Killer gangs weren’t mentioned. It condemned the Houla massacre, “ongoing arbitrary detentions, hindered access for the media, and restrictions of the right to peaceful assembly.”

It accused Assad of failing “to protect and promote the rights of all Syrians, including through systematic and repeated violations of human rights.”

It called for holding those responsible accountable. It ignored foreign mercenaries terrorizing people for months, external funding and heavy weapons they’re supplied, and covert Western special forces choosing targets and directing them.

It said nothing about Turkish safe zones. It implied self-defense is criminal. As head of state, Assad is obligated to confront killer gangs responsibly. Leaders everywhere would do the same thing.

It deplored the “deteriorating situation of human rights.” It shamelessly assigned blame. It condemned “the wanton killing of civilians….”

It said Houla deaths involved “shooting at close range (and) severe physical abuse by pro-regime elements and a series of Government artillery and tank shellings of a residential neighborhood….”

Independent eye witness and survivor testimonies refuted HRC accusations. Pro-Assad loyalists were targeted. External death squads were responsible. Journalist Marat Musin called them “bandits and mercenaries.” He provided credible firsthand information.

He called artillery and tank fire “a bad joke.” Evidence was absent. Buildings weren’t damaged. Craters weren’t found. Assad’s forces were miles away.

The Human Rights Council mocked its mandate. It blamed victims, not perpetrators. Conflict resolution remains distant. War looms likely. Nations blaming Assad and HRC officials bear responsibility if it’s launched.

A Final Comment

On June 2, DebkaFile (DF) headlined “Turkey ditches Syrian rebels. Will Israel attack Hizballah’s Scuds?” saying:

“In an astonishing about face, Turkey has just turned away from its 14-month support for the anti-Assad revolt alongside the West and made common cause with Russia, i.e. Bashar Assad.”

DF accuracy is mixed. It’s connected to Israel’s Mossad. Turkey just indicted four ex-senior Israeli commanders for Mavi Marmara killings.

Maybe DF’s report is retribution. Separating facts from propaganda is challenging. The above headline is astonishing. Credible evidence wasn’t presented.

DF also said Hezbollah scuds are being transferred from Syria to Lebanon. At issue is doing it safely, it said.

“One plan is to enlist the Palestinian Jihad Islami in the Gaza Strip and exploit a clash over the Scuds’ transfer as a trigger for an all round military offensive against Israel.”

“It would be timed for the moment the Western-Arab intervention in Syria against President Assad crosses the line between covert and overt military action and begins an operation to establish safe zones as bases for rebel operation.”

“Washington, London and Paris began rushing forward contingency plans for this eventuality upon discovering that Ankara had secretly notified leaders of the rebel Free Syrian Army Thursday, May 31, that it had withdrawn permission for them to launch operations against the Assad regime from Turkish soil.”

DF accused Turkey of “prop(ping up) Assad at the very moment his regime” might be close to buckling.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted on Turkish NTV, saying:

“We have never advised either the Syrian National Council or the Syrian administration to conduct an armed fight, and we will never do so.”

“The Syrian people will be the driving force that eventually topples the Syrian regime. Assad will leave as a result of the people’s will.”

“For the time being,” said DF, “the pro-Assad Moscow-Tehran front, bolstered now by Ankara, has got the better of Western and Arab polices for Syria.”

DF also accused Hezbollah of targeting Israel with scuds. If Obama’s reluctant to respond, Assad, Hezbollah and Tehran “will be awarded a winning hand – and not only in Syria.”

DF’s report promotes war. Britain’s Daily Star cited unnamed Whitehall sources saying “SAS troops and MI6 are in the country ready to help rebels if civil war breaks out as expected this weekend.”

UK and US special forces, as well as CIA and MI6 operatives have operated covertly in Syria for months. They actively supplied insurgents with weapons, munitions, equipment, funding, training, and direction. Whether something more aggressive is imminent isn’t known.

America wants Assad replaced with a pro-Western puppet. Israel wants a regional rival removed. DF is a complicit attack dog. With or without it, war looks likely.

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Israeli Interior Minister Yishai–Israel belongs to ‘the white man’

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Until now, migrants caught by Zio-Nazi have been transferred to the Saharonim detention Nazi Camp facility in the south; Nazi Interior Minister says migrants do not recognize that the Zio-Nazi IsraHell ‘belongs to the white man.’

Haaretz

A law granting Israeli authorities the power to detain illegal migrants for up to three years came into effect on Sunday, in the wake of widening public controversy over the influx of African migrants who cross into Israel along its border with Egypt.

The law makes illegal migrants and asylum seekers liable to jail, without trial or deportation, if caught staying in Israel for long periods. In addition, anyone helping migrants or providing them with shelter could face prison sentences of between five and 15 years.

The law amended the Prevention of Infiltration Law of 1954, passed to prevent the entry of Palestinians as part of emergency legislation. The law is expanded to address migrant workers or asylum seekers who enter Israel without posing a threat to Israel’s security.

According to the law, migrant workers already here could be jailed for the most minor offense such as spraying graffiti or stealing a bicycle – infractions for which they would not have been detained before.

So far, all migrants who have been caught by the Israel Defense Forces on the Israel-Egypt border have been transferred to the Saharonim detention facility which holds 2,000 spaces.

The facility is currently being expanded to 5,400. The Interior Ministry has reported that they are implementing the amendment and will fill up Saharonim, where they will be held until the ministry “finds other solutions.”

According to the Interior Ministry, the Saharonim detention center will run out of space within a month.

All those detained go through an identification process and a medical examination. Those who file for asylum receive a temporary visa to remain in Israel. Sudanese and Eritreans, however, are not allowed to file for asylum, although they are automatically eligible for temporary shelter and a one-way ticket to Tel Aviv. Some migrants continue independently to Arad or Eilat where they often have acquaintances.

According to the ministry, up to 60,000 African migrant currently live in Israel, with 2,031 entering in the month of May alone.

Human rights organizations see the amendment as a harsh step which contradicts the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (CRSR). According to the Hotline for Migrant Workers, the law was “born in sin” and is a “dark moment for Israel.”

“Instead of acting like all civilized countries and verifying requests for asylum and granting refugee status to those who are eligible, which Israel is obligated to do under the UN convention, the state sees mass imprisonment of thousands of people, women and children, whose only offense was seeking escape from murderous regimes, as a solution to the problem. This solution will not solve a thing as it is neither humane nor effective.

In a statement, the Israel Prison Services said that it was ready to “take in as many illegal residents as come to its facilities, with the required detainment authority and according to time of detention.”

“For this purpose, several wards outside Saharonim have been converted, and we will prepare according to need,” the statement added.

Meanwhile on Sunday, Israeli daily Maariv published an interview with Interior Minister Eli Yishai, in which he stated that most of the “Muslims that arrive here do not even believe that this country belongs to us, to the white man.”

“I will continue the struggle until the end of my term, with no compramises,” Yishai continued, stating that he would use “all the tools to expel the foreigners, until not one infiltrator remains.”

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Freemasonry as an instrument of furthering Jewish/Zionist

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Revolt of the Plebs Pod-Broadcast June 12, 2012

Freemasonry as an instrument of furthering Jewish/Zionist interests–Keith Johnson interviews Dr. Harrel Rhome in discussing the real origins, history and aims of Freemasonry.

 

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