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US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

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New message about Hold Israel Accountable for Killing Palestinians with U.S. Weapons

Posted by Josh Ruebner (cause leader)
Increase the Pressure to End Weapons to Israel in Obama’s Second Term

In less than two weeks, on Monday, January 21, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will coincide with the inauguration of President Barack Obama’s second term.

What a great opportunity to remind our fellow citizens of King’s warnings of the moral and financial dangers of militarism and tie this in to our ongoing campaign to call on the president to end $30 billion of military aid to Israel and redirect that money to unmet community needs.

We’ve printed up these flyers to distribute during the inauguration along with postcards for people to sign calling on President Obama to cut off weapons to Israel:http://links.causes.com/s/clH8Fp?r=jcN4

Are you planning on being in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration? If so, then please sign up to volunteer to help us educate and organize people to end aid to Israel on January 21:http://links.causes.com/s/clH8Fq?r=jcN4

A similar version of this flyer was a huge hit at the dedication of the national MLK memorial in October 2011. Help us make a strong impact with this flyer on Inauguration Day as well by signing up to organize with us: http://links.causes.com/s/clH8Fq?r=jcN4

Organizing to end aid to Israel on January 21 is just one of many actions we’re planning to step up the pressure on President Obama to end aid to Israel in his second term. Stay tuned for our announcement of additional exciting plans next week.

In the meantime, please also make plans to join us the weekend before inauguration, on Saturday, January 19, at member group Progressive Democrats of America’s Progressive Central: The Peoples’ Inauguration. Also, be sure to join us that day for a rally and march organized by member group Jewish Voice for Peace-DC calling for “No Blank Check for Israel!”: http://links.causes.com/s/clH8Fs?r=jcN4

If you’re not able to make it to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration, you can still educate and organize people in your community to end U.S. aid to Israel. Sign up today to receive a packet with all the organizing materials—postcards, flyers, stickers, posters, and more—you’ll need:http://links.causes.com/s/clH8Fu?r=jcN4

When you sign up, you’ll be joining thousands of activists in all 50 states and more than 1,100 cities in educating and organizing people to end weapons to Israel.

Thanks for taking action and we hope to see you in Washington, D.C. on January 21.

Sincerely,

Josh Ruebner
National Advocacy Director
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

P.S.: Since we launched a petition last month to the Obama administration calling for accountability for Israel’s killings of Palestinians in Gaza with U.S.-supplied F-16 fighter jets, nearly 15,000 people have signed.

Please help us reach our goal before Inauguration Day of 20,000 total signatures on our website petition and on causes.com by signing and spreading the word:http://links.causes.com/s/clH8Fo?r=jcN
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The Syria Endgame: Strategic Stage in the Pentagon’s Covert War on Iran

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Global Research

 

Since the kindling of the conflict inside Syria in 2011, it was recognized, by friend and foe alike, that the events in that country were tied to a game plan that ultimately targets Iran, Syria’s number one ally. [1] De-linking Syria from Iran and unhinging the Resistance Bloc that Damascus and Tehran have formed has been one of the objectives of the foreign-supported anti-government militias inside Syria. Such a schism between Damascus and Tehran would change the Middle East’s strategic balance in favour of the US and Israel.

If this cannot be accomplished, however, then crippling Syria to effectively prevent it from providing Iran any form of diplomatic, political, economic, and military support in the face of common threats has been a primary objective. Preventing any continued cooperation between the two republics has been a strategic goal. This includes preventing the Iran-Iraq-Syria energy terminal from being built and ending the military pact between the two partners.

All Options are Aimed at Neutralizing Syria

Regime change in Damascus is not the only or main way for the US and its allies to prevent Syria from standing with Iran. Destabilizing Syria and neutralizing it as a failed and divided state is the key. Sectarian fighting is not a haphazard outcome of the instability in Syria, but an assisted project that the US and its allies have steadily fomented with a clear intent to balkanize the Syrian Arab Republic. Regionally, Israel above all other states has a major stake in securing this outcome. The Israelis actually have several publicly available documents, including the Yinon Plan, which outline that the destruction of Syria into a series of smaller sectarian states is one of their strategic objectives. So do American military planners.

Like Iraq next door, Syria does not need to be formally divided. For all intents and purposes, the country can be divided like Lebanon was alongside various fiefdoms and stretches of territory controlled by different groups during the Lebanese Civil War. The goal is to disqualify Syria as an external player.

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Since 2006 and the Israeli defeat in Lebanon in that year there was renewed focus on the strategic alliance between Iran and Syria. Both countries have been very resilient in the face of US designs in their region. Together both have been key players for influencing events in the Middle East, from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. Their strategic alliance has undoubtedly played an important role in shaping the geo-political landscape in the Middle East. Although critics of Damascus say it has done very little in regard to substantial action against the Israelis, the Syrians have been the partners within this alliance that have carried the greatest weight in regards to facing Israel; it has been through Syria that Hezbollah and the Palestinians have been provided havens, logistics, and their initial strategic depth against Israel.

From the beginning the foreign-supported external opposition leaders made their foreign policy clear, which can strongly be argued was a reflection of the interests they served. The anti-government forces and their leaders even declared that they will realign Syria against Iran; in doing so they used sectarian language about returning to their “natural orbit with the Sunni Arabs.” This is a move that is clearly in favour of the US and Israel alike. Breaking the axis between Damascus and Tehran has also been a major goal of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the Arab petro-sheikhdoms since the 1980s as part of a design to isolate Iran during the Iraq-Iran War. [2] Moreover, the sectarian language being used is part of a construct; it is not a reflection of reality, but a reflection of Orientalist conjecture and desires that falsely stipulate that Muslims who perceive themselves as being Shia or Sunni are inherently at odds with one another as enemies.

Among the prostrating Syrian opposition leaders who would execute the strategic goals of the US has been Burhan Ghalioun, the former president of the Istanbul-based and foreign-sponsored Syrian National Council, who told the Wall Street Journal in 2011 that Damascus would end its strategic alliance with Iran and end its support for Hezbollah and the Palestinians as soon as anti-government forces took over Syria. [3] These foreign-sponsored opposition figures have also served to validate, in one way or another, the broader narratives that claim Sunnis and Shiites hate one another. In synchronization the mainstream media in the countries working for regime change in Damascus, such as the US and France, have consistently advertized that the regime in Syria is an Alawite regime that is allied to Iran, because the Alawites are an offshoot of Shiism. This too is untrue, because Syria and Iran do not share a common ideology; both countries are aligned, because of a common threat and shared political and strategic objectives. Nor is Syria run by an Alawite regime; the government’s composure reflects Syrian society’s ethnic and religious diversity.

Israel’s Stake in Syria

Syria is all about Iran for Israel. As if Tel Aviv has nothing to do whatsoever with the events inside Syria, Israeli commentators and analysts are now publicly insisting that Israel needs to deal with Iran by intervening inside Syria. Israel’s involvement in Syria, alongside the US and NATO, crystallized in 2012. It was clear that Israel was working in a conglomerate comprised of the US, Britain, France, Turkey, NATO, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon’s minority March 14 Alliance, and the NATO-supported usurpers that have taken over and wrecked the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. 

Although it should be read with caution, it is worth noting the release of the hacked correspondence of Strategic Forecast Incorporated’s Reva Bhalla to her boss, George Friedman, about a December 2011 meeting in the Pentagon between herself (representing Stratfor), US, French, and British officials about Syria. [4] The Stratfor correspondence claimed that the US and its allies had sent in their military special forces to destabilize Syria in 2011 and that there actually were not many Syrian anti-government forces on the ground or, as Bhalla writes, “there isn’t much of a Free Syrian Army to train.” [5] The Daily Star, which is owned by Lebanon’s Hariri family which has been involved in the regime change operations against Syria, soon after reported that thirteen undercover French officers were caught by the Syrians conducting operations inside Homs. [6] Instead of a categorical no to the information about the captured French officers, the French Foreign Ministry’s response to the public was that it could not confirm anything, which can be analyzed as an omission of guilt. [7]

Days earlier, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar station revealed that Israeli-made weapons and supplies, ranging from grenades and night binoculars to communication devices, were captured alongside Qatari agents inside the insurgent stronghold of Baba Amr in Homs towards the end of April and start of March. [8] An unnamed US official would later confirm in July 2012 that the Mossad was working alongside the CIA in Syria. [9] Just a month earlier, in June, the Israeli government began publicly demanding that a military intervention be launched into Syria, presumably by the US and the conglomerate of governments working with Israel to destabilize Syria. [10]

The Israeli media has even begun to casually report that Israeli citizens, albeit one has been identified as an Israeli Arab (meaning a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship), have entered Syria to fight against the Syrian Army. [11] Normally any Israelis, specifically those that are non-Jewish Arabs, which enter Lebanon or/and Syria are condemned or prosecuted by Israeli authorities and Israeli news reports focus on this aspect of the story. Yet, it has not been so in this case. It should also be mentioned that the Palestinian opponents of Israel living inside Syria are also being targeted, just as the Palestinians living in Iraq were targeted after the US and UK invaded in 2003.

Syria and the Objective of Making Iran Stand Alone

The journalist Rafael D. Frankel wrote a revealing article for the Washington Quarterly that illustrates what US policymakers and their partners think about in Syria. In his article Frankel argued that because of the so-called Arab Spring that an attack on Iran by the US and Israel would no longer trigger a coordinated regional response from Iran and its allies. [12] Frankel argued that because of the events inside Syria an opportunity has been created for the US and Israel to attack Iran without igniting a regional war that would involve Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas. [13]

Frankel’s line of thinking was not lost on circles in either NATO or Israel. In reality his line of thinking springs forth from the views and plans of these very circles. As a psychological enforcement of their ideas, his text actually found its way to NATO Headquarters in Brussels in 2012 for reading material. While the latter, Israel, released its own intelligence report about the subject.

According to the Israeli newspaper Maariv, the intelligence report by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has concluded that Syria and Hezbollah will no longer be able to open a second front against Israel should it go to war with Iran. [14] During the Israeli report’s release, one senior Israeli official was quoted as saying “Iran’s ability to harm Israel in response to an attack on our part declined dramatically.”[15]

Many news wires, papers, and writers with hostile positions towards both Syria and Iran, such as The Daily Telegraph, immediately replicated the Israeli report’s findings about Iran and its regional allies. Two of the first people to reproduce the findings of the Israel report, Robert Tait (writing from the Gaza Strip) and Damien McElroy (who was expelled from Libya in 2011 by that country’s authorities during the war with NATO), summarize how significant the findings of the report are by effectively outlining how Iran’s key allies in the Levant have all been neutralized. [16]

The Israeli report has triumphantly declared that Syria has turned within and is too busy to join ranks with its strategic ally Iran against Tel Aviv in a future war. [17] The ramifications of the Syrian crisis have also placed Iran’s Lebanese allies, particularly Hezbollah, in an unsteady position where their supply lines are under threat and they have been politically damaged through their support of Damascus. If anyone in Lebanon should side with Iran in a future war the Israelis have said that they will invade through massive military operations on the ground. [18]

The new Egyptian government’s role in aiding US objectives under President Morsi also becomes clear with what the Israeli report says about his supportive role: “The foreign ministry report also predicted that Egypt would stop Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement, from helping Iran by launching rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.” [19] This adds credence to the view that Morsi was allowed by the US and Israel to broker a peace between the Gaza Strip and Tel Aviv, which would prevent the Palestinians there from standing with Iran during a war. In other words the Egyptian truce was setup to bind the hands of Hamas. The recent announcements about moves by Morsi’s government to engage Hezbollah politically can also be scrutinized as an extension of the same strategy applied in Gaza, but in this case for unbinding Iran from its Lebanese allies. [20]

There is also clamouring for steps to be taken to de-link Hezbollah, and by extension Iran, from its Christian allies in Lebanon. The German Marshall Fund showcased a text essentially saying that the Lebanese Christians that are allies to Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran need to be presented with an alternative political narrative to replace the one where they believe that Iran will ultimately run the Middle East as a great power. [21] This too is tied to further eroding Iran’s alliance system.

Mission Accomplished?

The conflict in Syria is not merely an Israeli affair. The slow bleeding of Syria has other interested parties that want to smash the country and its society into pieces. The US is foremost among these interested parties, followed by the Arab dictators of the petro-sheikhdoms. NATO has also always been covertly involved.

NATO’s involvement in Syria is part of the US strategy of using the military alliance to dominate the Middle East. This is why it was decided to establish a component of the missile shield in Turkey. This is also the reason that Patriot missiles are being deployed to the Turkish border with Syria. The Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue are components of these plans too. Additionally, Turkey has ended its veto against the further integration of Israel into NATO. [22]

NATO has been reorienting itself towards asymmetrical warfare and greater emphasis is now being put on intelligence operations. NATO strategists have increasingly been studying the Kurds, Iraq, Hezbollah, Syria, Iran, and the Palestinians. In the scenario of an all-out war, NATO has been preparing itself for overt military roles in both Syria and Iran.

Iraq is being destabilized further too. While Iran’s allies in Damascus have been weighed down, its allies in Baghdad have not. After Syria, the same conglomerate of countries working against Damascus will turn their attention to Iraq. They have already started working to galvanize Iraq further on the basis of its sectarian and political fault lines. Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia are playing prominent roles in this objective. What is becoming manifest is that the differences between Shiite Muslims and Sunni Muslims that Washington has cultivated since the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003 are now been augmented by Kurdish sectarianism.

It appears that many in the Israeli political establishment now believe that they have succeeded in breaking the Resistance Bloc. Whether they are correct or incorrect is a matter of debate. Syria still stands; the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (which was by far the most active Palestinian group fighting Israel from Gaza in 2012) and other Palestinians will side with Iran even if Hamas will have its hands tied by Egypt; there are still Tehran’s allies in Iraq; and Syria is not the only supply line for Iran to arm its ally Hezbollah. What is also very clear is that the siege against Syria is a front in the covert multi-dimensional war against Iran. This alone should make people reconsider the statements of US officials and their allies about having concerns for the Syrian people merely on the basis of humanitarianism and democracy.

NOTES

[1] Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, “Obama’s Secret Letter to Tehran: Is the War against Iran On Hold? ‘The Road to Tehran Goes through Damascus,’” Global Research, January 20, 2012.

[2] Jubin M. Goodarzi, Syria and Iran: Diplomatic Alliance and Power Politics in the Middle East (London, UK: I.B. Tauris, 2009), pp.217-228.

[3] Nour Malas and Jay Solomon, “Syria Would Cut Iran Military Tie, Opposition Head Says,” Wall Street Journal, December 2, 2011.

[4] WikiLeaks, “Re: INSIGHT – military intervention in Syria, post withdrawal status of forces,” October 19, 2012: <http://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/209688_re-insight-military-intervention-in-syria-post-withdrawal.html>.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Lauren Williams, “13 French officers being held in Syria,” The Daily Star, March 5, 2012.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Israa Al-Fass, “Mossad, Blackwater, CIA Led Operations in Homs,” trans. Sara Taha Moughnieh, Al-Manar, March 3, 2012.

[9] David Ignatius, “Looking for a Syrian endgame,” The Washington Post, July 18, 2012.

[10] Dan Williams, “Israel accuses Syria of genocide, urges intervention,” Andrew Heavens ed., Reuters, June 10, 2012.

[11] Hassan Shaalan, “Israeli fighting Assad ‘can’t go home,’” Yedioth Ahronoth, January 3, 2013.

[12] Rafael D. Frankel, “Keeping Hamas and Hezbollah Out of a War with Iran,” Washington Quarterly, vol. 35, no. 4 (Fall 2012): pp.53-65.

[13] Ibid.

[14] “Weakened Syria unlikely to join Iran in war against Israel: report,” The Daily Star, January 4, 2013.

[15] Ibid.

[16] Damien McElroy and Robert Tait, “Syria ‘would not join Iran in war against Israel,’” The Daily Telegraph, January 3, 2013.

[17] “Weakened Syria,” The Daily Starop. cit.

[18] “Syria and Hezbollah won’t join the fight if Israel strikes Iran, top-level report predicts,” Times of Israel, January 3, 2013.

[19] McElroy and Tait, “Syria would not,” op. cit.

[20] Lauren Williams, “New Egypt warms up to Hezbollah: ambassador,” The Daily Star, December 29, 2011.

[21] Hassan Mneimneh, “Lebanon ― The Christians of Hezbollah: A Foray into a Disconnected Political Narrative,” The German Marshall Fund of the United States, November 16, 2012.

[22] Hilary Leila Krieger, “Israel to join NATO activities amidst Turkey tension,” Jerusalem Post, December 23, 2012; Jonathon Burch and Gulsen Solaker, “Turkey lifts objection to NATO cooperation with Israel,” Mark Heinrich ed., Reuters, December 24, 2012; “Turkey: Israel’s participation in NATO not related to Patriots,” Today’s Zaman, December 28, 2012.

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UNITED AGAINST BEAUTY

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By Gilad Atzmon

In the following election propaganda  clip from Shas (an Israeli ultra-orthodox religious political party) we see a short, chubby oriental Jew, at his wedding, realising that his Russian super-model bride is not ‘properly’ converted into Judaism. For him everything is over, all passion gone.

http://youtu.be/Y5wCALTOhCU

 

Clearly, we are dealing here with a chauvinist and exclusivist culture. But it is not the only one in town. For at the same time as the oriental Jewish boy expects his future wife to be converted according to the Halacha law, the so called ‘anti Zionist’ Jews (who care nothing for rabbinical rules) choose to operate within Jews-only cells defined by race and ethno centrism. Ask yourself, can Mohamed from Gaza join the Jews for Palestinian Right of Returnlist?
The verdict is clear. Jewish politics, whether left, right or centre, just stinks!

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العراق: عراك تحت قبّة البرلمان  معارضو المالكي يرفضون خطة الانتخابات المبكرة ويُحيون مسعى سحب الثقة من رئيس الحكومة

Posted by: Siba Bizri

Arabic Shoah Editor in Chief

تحوّلت جلسة مجلس النواب العراقي أمس الى حلبة صاخبة غلب عليها التدافع بين نواب كتلة رئيس الحكومة، الذين أعلنوا سابقاً مقاطعة الجلسة، ونواب المعارضة العراقية من دون أن يصل الخلاف الى حد الضرب

 جريدة الاخبار- أحمد الموسوي
بغداد | كان من المُفترض أن تكون جلسة البرلمان العراقي الاستثنائية، أمس، قد بدأت بمقاطعة نواب ائتلاف دولة القانون الذي يتزعمه رئيس الوزراء نوري المالكي. لكن الجلسة، التي انطلقت بنصابها المكتمل للتصويت على تشكيل لجنة تحقيق في تصريحات «طائفية» للنائب عن القائمة العراقية أحمد العلواني، تحولت الى حلبة صراع لدى دخول أعضاء من ائتلاف رئيس الوزراء، أبرزهم النائبان علي الشلاه وحنان الفتلاوي، الى قاعة المجلس وشروعهم باتهام النواب المصوتين على قرار يقضي باستجواب المالكي بـ«البعثيين».
وشهدت قاعة المجلس مشادات كلامية وصلت الى حد التدافع بين النواب، الا انها لم تصل الى الضرب، وذلك حسبما أفاد أحد النواب «المتدافعين» لـ«الأخبار». الأمر الذي دفع رئيس المجلس أسامة النجيفي الى تعليق الجلسة على ان تعاود عملها اليوم.
وبغض النظر عن سبب المشادة الكلامية و«التدافع» داخل البرلمان، الا انه يعكس صورة الأزمة المُتناسلة التي تشهدها البلاد خلال هذه الفترة. فبعدما كان الحديث يدور حول حل مجلس النواب والذهاب الى انتخابات نيابية مبكرة (الخيار الذي نادى به ائتلاف دولة القانون أخيراً)، بادرت الأطراف المعارضة لائتلاف المالكي بإحياء «خيار قديم» يتمثل بسحب الثقة من حكومة المالكي عبر استجوابه في مجلس النواب. مبادرة أعلن عنها بالفعل رئيس مجلس النواب، في بيان قال فيه إنه قد تسلّم طلباً من عدد من النواب لاستجواب رئيس مجلس الوزراء في البرلمان.
وأكد البيان أن الطلب المُقدَّم قد استوفى «شروطه القانونية وفق المادة 61 سابعاً (ج) من الدستور»، مشدداً على أنه «لا يجوز أن يتضمن الاستجواب أموراً مخالفة للدستور أو القانون أو عبارات غير لائقة، أو أن يكون متعلقاً بأمور لا تدخل في اختصاص الحكومة أو أن تكون في تقديمه مصلحة خاصة أو شخصية للمستجوِب. كما لا يجوز تقديم طلب استجواب في موضوع سبق للمجلس أن فصل فيه ما لم تطرأ وقائع جديدة تسوغ ذلك».
وتنص المادة 61 من الدستور على أن «لعضو مجلس النواب وبموافقة خمسة وعشرين عضواً، توجيه استجواب إلى رئيس مجلس الوزراء أو الوزراء لمحاسبتهم في الشؤون التي تدخل في اختصاصهم ولا تتم المناقشة في الاستجواب إلا بعد سبعة أيام في الأقل من تقديمه».
في المقابل، من هذا الحراك المضاد لخيار المالكي القاضي بحل مجلس النواب، فإن المتابعين للشأن السياسي العراقي يستبعدون تلبية رئيس مجلس الوزراء طلب استجوابه، لا بل انه من المستبعد أيضاً أن يكون له تأثير يُذكر على رئيس الوزراء، ولا سيما انه استطاع ان يُعطّل نفس المساعي في وقت سابق.
في غضون ذلك، بدا المالكي متماسكاً يوم أمس خلال مؤتمر صحافي عقده مع رئيس المجلس الاعلى الاسلامي العراقي عمار الحكيم، حيث جدد دعوة «طاولة الحوار» بين الكتل السياسية. وذكر المالكي، خلال المؤتمر، أن «الحلول الجذرية للأزمة تحتاج الى جهد، وهي لا تكون الا بالقبول بالرضا والاحتكام بالدستور، فاننا ان جلسنا الى طاولة الحوار فهو الحل وليس لدينا مشكلة في ذلك، ولكن تحت سقف الدستور وليس الانتقائية منه».
وأضاف رئيس الوزراء ان «التظاهر حق كفله الدستور وعلى الحكومة ان تستمع لمطالب المتظاهرين، لكن يجب ان تكون ضمن معيار القانون، وغير مخالفة للدستور، مثل حل هيئة المساءلة والعدالة او الغاء قانون مكافحة الارهاب».
وأشار المالكي الى ان «قضية التظاهرات ليست شيئاً مخيفاً، والحكومة تحتاج الى ان تستمتع الى هموم المواطنين ومشاكلهم، وهو حق مشروع لهم، ولكن ضمن اطار القانون، ولا ينبغي لهذ الحق أن يُساء اليه بطرح اجندات خارجية او يتحول الى عصيان وتعطيل لدوائر الدولة».
هذا الحراك السياسي، لا ينفصل عن التظاهرات التي يشهدها عدد من المحافظات ذات الغالبية السنية.
الا ان هذا الحراك كان قد طرأ عليه تحول جديد، أمس، حينما دعا نائب رئيس مجلس الوزراء صالح المطلك (المنتمي للقائمة العراقية)، البعثة الأممية في العراق إلى أخذ دورها والتدخل وفق الأعراف واللوائح الدولية في أزمة المحتجين وتداعيات التظاهرات التي يشهدها عدد من المحافظات.
وأكد ممثل الامين العام للأمم المتحدة مارتن كوبلر، أن موظفي البعثة يجرون اتصالات واجتماعات مع الأطراف السياسية المختلفة لإيجاد الحلول، حسبما ذكر بيان أصدره المكتب الإعلامي للمطلك.
في هذه الأثناء، هدد حزب الله العراق ــ النهضة الإسلامية، بـ «إبادة» البعثيين إذا أُلغي قانون اجتثاث البعث، (أحد أبرز المطالب التي يرفعها المتظاهرون في محافظات الأنبار والموصل وصلاح الدين). وقال الأمين العام للحزب هاشم البطاط، خلال مؤتمر صحافي عقده في بغداد، إن «المطالبة بإلغاء قانون اجتثاث البعث الذي تم الاتفاق عليه في السابق، تمثل انقلاباً على القانون»، مهدداً بـ«إبادة البعثيين بشكل تام في حال الغي هذا القانون». ودعا البطاط «الشعب العراقي من شماله إلى جنوبه إلى أن يخرج للتظاهر للمطالبة بتثبيت المادة 4 إرهاب لإلقاء القبض على المجرمين ومعاقبتهم وتفعيل الإعدامات خاصة للقتلة».
وفي ظل هذه الأجواء، ذكرت وكالة الانباء الاردنية الرسمية (بترا) ان العراق ابلغ الاردن انه سيغلق الحدود بين البلدين اعتبارا من فجر اليوم «لاسباب خاصة» بالعراقيين، وهو ما أثار تكهنات حول احتمال أن يكون المالكي قد قرر المضي بتهديده بعمل بالقيام بعمل عسكري ضد المحتجين في الغرب العراقي.
ومنفذ طريبيل الذي يبعد عن عمان حوالى 370 كلم وعن بغداد حوالى 570 كلم هو المنفذ الوحيد بين البلدين، ويشهد على الدوام حركة نقل للمسافرين والبضائع بالاضافة الى نقل النفط الخام العراقي الى الاردن من خلال الصهاريج.

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مسؤول في حماس ينتقد قادة حركته على الفيسبوك وخاصة بعد إنطلاقة فتح

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Arabic Shoah Editor in Chief

فلسطين برس,

نتقد الدكتور محمد الريفي أستاذ الرياضيات في الجامعة الإسلامية بغزة التعصب والتغول الحزبيين والاستقواء التنظيملحركة حماس التي تسيطر على قطاع غزة وحكومتها المقالة والتعسف في بسط سلطة القانون والتعامل مع المواطنين بصرامة في موضوع جباية الضرائب والرسوم.

وقال الريفي الذي يعتبر من قيادات حماس في تصريح على صفحته الخاصة عبر موقع التواصل الاجتماعي الفيس بوك ” تعرضت للوم الشديد والهجوم والوجوم عندما كنت محذراً من سياسة حركة حماس وقياداتها حتى أن صحيفة فلسطين ” الموالية لحركة حماس” رفضت نشر مقالات عديدة لي في عمود ألوان الخاص بي والذي كان يظهر يوما بعد يوم على صفحاتها “.

وأضاف الريفي في تصريحاته قائلاً  ” الآن، وبعد حشد السرايا الأخير ” إنطلاقة حركة فتح”، بدأت أسمع أصواتا واعية من قادة حماس مؤيدة لتحذيري ومكررة له وداعية إلى إعادة النظر في طريقة تعامل قاعدة حماس وقادتها مع المواطنين، وهي كما وصفها أولئك القادة تنطوي على الاستقواء وإنكار الآخر والاهتمام بالشعارات والمظاهر الملهبة للعواطف في كسب مواقف المواطنين بدلا من حسن المعاملة والرأفة بهم والتودد إليهم وتفهم مشاكلهم وهمومهم. والحمد لله رب العالمين “.

ولاقى انتقاد الريفي ردود فعل كبيرة ومؤيدة له على الفيس بوك فكتب د. حمدي معمر ” بوركت دكتور … نشاركك الرأي في ما ذهبت إليه … حماس تحتاج إلى مراجعة دقيقة في علاقتها مع الجمهور …. إن الجماهير لا تنسى ولا تسامح … أبدعت حماس في مقارعة العدو وعليها ألا تنس حسن التعامل مع جمهور المواطنين “.

فيما كتب سلامة العوضي أحد المعلقين ” ربما البعض دكتور بدء ياخذ هذا الحديث علي محمل من الجد بعد ان كان ينظر له بكبرياء وتعصب اعمي وكانه وحده علي حق والكل يسير بباطل لكن مع الاسف ان البعض ما زال بعقلية لا تقدم ولا تحمل فكر واعي وثقافة منفتحة بل علي العكس هو علي صواب والكل عكس ذلك اتمني ان تصل رسالتك كل مواطن بغزة وليكون حب الوطن اسمي من اي شي وان الشعارات الرنانة التي تلهب حماس المواطنين تتنهي بانتهاء المهرجان وان المعاملة الطيبة تدوم وتعلم وتبني وتحمل مشروع “؟

ورد كذلك العضو ” Anwar Yafa ” قائلاً ” مشكلة التيار الاسلامي عموما وحماس خصوصا انه انكفأ على نفسه ولا يخاطب الا افراده ، حماس بحاجة ماسة للمراجعة والتقييم …. تقييم على مستوى اداء المؤسسات وعلى مستوى الافراد ، حماس تتجاهل ابسط قواعد الادارة في العمل التنظيمي وهو الحصول على التغذية الراجعة لتصويب الاخطاء وتطوير الاداء “.

وأضاف ” حماس لم يكن لديها الشفافية في معالجة تجاوزات منتسبيها من مخالفات مالية وادارية وادبية ، هى تكرر باصرار وصلف اخطاء فتح … وبلا ادنى شك ان اعضاء المجليس التشريعي فقدوا البوصلة واصبحت واجباتهم تشريفية ولم تكن لهم كلمة مسموعة ودور بارز في محاربة الفساد الاداري والمالي والاخلاقي …والله المستعان “.

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Israel Vows To Use Veto Power If Chuck Hagel Confirmed As U.S. Secretary Of Defense

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From: The Onion

Israel Vows To Use Veto Power If Chuck Hagel Confirmed As U.S. Secretary Of Defense

JERUSALEM—Top-ranking government officials in Jerusalem confirmed Tuesday that Israel would exercise its longstanding, constitutionally granted veto power over American policy if U.S. lawmakers confirmed retired congressman Chuck Hagel as the United States’ next Secretary of Defense.

“In light of Mr. Hagel’s worrying remarks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and questionable classification of Israeli interests as ‘the Jewish lobby,’ we consider him a highly inappropriate choice for Defense Secretary who stands far out of line with our national priorities, and therefore we are prepared to swiftly and resolutely use our official veto power over this U.S. action,” said Israeli government spokesperson Mark Regev of the legal maneuver that the small Middle Eastern nation has employed to block U.S. Cabinet nominees, U.S. legislation, U.S. international relations, and U.S. domestic policy over 1,400 times in its 64-year history. “Because congress does not possess the necessary nine-tenths majority to override an Israeli veto, they’ll have no choice but to head back to the drawing board and provide a Defense Secretary whom we find more suitable.”

Sources confirmed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had sent the White House a list of three individuals the Israeli leader considered appropriate to head the American military from which U.S. President Barack Obama could choose.

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Some of My Best Friends are Zionists

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This beautifully made clip gave me lots to think about.

Many people will say that it’s just more of the same – well-spoken Jews just “wishing Israel wouldn’t behave quite so badly and stop embarrassing them in front of their friends.”

I’m not so sure. These people seem really sincere and many could well move on to rejecting the whole notion of a Jewish state.

But what they won’t do is to relinquish the notion of Jewish special suffering and, most particularly, the Holocaust

Take ten Jews today, maybe three will worship God, perhaps nine will worship the state of Israel, nine-point-five may worship “The Jewish People” but nine-point nine-nine-nine recurring will worship Jewish suffering and the Holocaust.  …………….

. And if you don’t believe it, try this – go find the most educated, secular, progressive, enlightened, perceptive, sensitive Jew you know – deny the Holocaust and then stand back.

                                                   The War for theSspirit

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Dual Policy of the Pakistani Taliban

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By Sajjad Shaukat

 

Since the Pakistani Taliban led by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) offered peace talks with the government, a debate has continued in our country among the political leaders and analysts, showing divergent views. But they have ignored the fact that the militants’ offer is part of their dual policy by which they seek to fulfil a number of secret designs.

By following tricks, TTP wants to create a rift between the ruling alliance on the one side and between the ruling parties and their sympathisers—religious and political leaders on the other. In this regard, differences between these parties were most apparent in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly on January 4, this year when lawmaker of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) Mufti Kifyatullah said that the government should engage in talks with militants. But Information Minister of Awami National Party (ANP) Mian Iftikhar Hussain stated, “The ANP is trying to get all political parties on board to develop a single agenda over terrorism”, and “should settle with whom they should talk and on what grounds.” He added, “If the problem is not resolved by talks, then strict action should be taken.” Earlier, chief of the ANP, Asfanyar Wali Khan remarked that talks with the TTP were possible if they renounced violence”, and withdraw their unacceptable conditions.

In this regard, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik also pointed out on December 27, 2012 that the Taliban’s offer of conditional truce is unacceptable, saying, “Taliban groups cannot dictate the state.”

In fact, tough terms of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan for reconciliation indicate double game. In this context, in a letter, Pakistani Taliban demanded that Pakistan should pull out of the Afghan war, abandon its pro-American and pro-western policies and change its constitution and foreign policy in conformity with Islamic Shariah. The militants also demanded from Pakistan to refocus on a war of “revenge” against India. The TTP dubbed the ANP and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) as agents of the US and warned that Taliban would target both the parties. The militants said they would not target the JUI-F, Jamaat-i-Islami, the PML-N and Imran Khan’s Tehrik-i-Insaaf because they had no problem with them.

Indeed, these certain conditions which are full of contradictions clearly show that the Taliban insurgents are not interested in peace dialogue nor are they serious about reconciliation. They want to create division among the political and religious parties through their duplicity.

It is tact of the Pakistani Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, as he did not send any statement for peace deal with the government. The said letter was written by a Punjabi Taliban leader Asmatullah Muawiya outlining his leader’s conditions for talks, though TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ahsan endorsed the offer. Through his dual policy, Hakimullah also seeks to check that after the recent suicide attacks, bombasts and target killings, especially in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, assaults on the Peshawar and Kamra Air Force bases including assassination of the ANP leader Bashir Ahmad Bilour and killing of 24 Levies personnel by the TTP militants have made the state to retreat and to accept their demands. In this context, while rejecting the ceasefire offer by the Taliban, Interior Minister Rehman Malik remarked, “I dismiss every claim of Ehsanullah Ehsan unless Hakimullah Mehsud authenticates his claim of being his representative… then as to why he himself does not come to open.”

It is notable that TTP insurgents have even lost the sympathy of majority of people due to their subversive acts. Recently, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, leaders of the PML-N, ANP, Jamaat-e-Islami, JUI-F, PTI and MQM had denounced the shocking assault on Malala Yousafzai including the killing of Bilour. Besides, the Sunni Ittehad Council, Islamic scholars of various sects termed these terror-attacks as un-Islamic; pointing out that the assailants’ self-adopted interpretation of Islam was nothing, but ignorance and digression from the actual teachings of the religion. They clarified that Islam not only made it obligatory on every man and woman to seek education, but also strictly forbade taking life of any innocent person.

Pakistan’s members of civil societies, human rights groups, students of universities etc. have protested against the inhuman activities of the Taliban.

However, Islam considers killing one innocent person equal to murdering the entire humanity, while jihad is a sacred obligation, as targeting innocent women and children is not jihad. These Taliban and their banned affiliated groups are defaming Islam which is the religion of peace, democracy, moderation and human rights.

In the past few years, the Taliban killed thousands of people across Pakistan through suicide attacks, bomb blasts, targeted killings, beheadings, assaults on military troops, police stations, sectarian violence etc., and destroyed hundreds of girls’ schools including those of boys. In the Khyber agency, they are also indulged in murdering and torturing Shias in their majority areas, forcing them to flee.

Taking cognisance of their strong opposition by all the segments of society, the TTP-led Taliban might have felt that they could again get the favour of some people by offering meaningful dialogue to the government.

As part of their bluff, TTP leadership claims that the outfit is part of other Taliban who have been fighting against the US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan. On the other side, on September 17, 2012, in a rare interview by telephone from an undisclosed location, leader of the Haqqani militant network, Sirajuddin Haqqani had revealed that the group has become so confident after battlefield gains in Afghanistan that “it no longer has sanctuaries in Pakistan, and instead, felt secure inside Afghanistan.” Earlier a Haqqani leader also stated that Taliban chief Mullah Umer had instructed the militants to stop subversive acts inside Pakistan, and to continue their war of liberation in Afghanistan.

Notably, in their conditions for dialogue, like the blame game of foreign elements, the Taliban also demanded that Pakistan should stop pitting Afghan insurgents against the Kabul government. In fact, based in Afghanistan, US-led India and Israel are covertly assisting the TTP insurgents with arms and ammunition to destabilse Pakistan in order to obtain their collective secret designs. For the last two years, heavily-armed Taliban entered Pakistan from Afghanistan’s side and attacked security forces’ check posts, killing several soldiers of the Pak Army besides destroying infrastructure of various towns. Pakistan’s civil and military leadership has repeatedly protested against cross-border terrorism including TTP location in Afghan provinces of Nooristan and Kunar, but US-led NATO and Afghan top officials did not take any action.

Besides, the TTP’s offer of peace talks with the present regime has coincided with the acceleration of drone attacks on North and South Waziristan. In the recent ten days, these CIA-operated unmanned planes have killed more than 60 people in these tribal areas. The main purpose behind is not only to provoke the tribesmen against the Pak Army, but also to cause more recruitment for TTP, and to provide it with justification of more terror-attacks inside Pakistan. The aim is also to regain the favour of PTI and other religious entities for Pakistani Taliban.

Another diplomatic tact of the TTP and drone attacks is to create a rift between Pakistan’s security agencies on the one side and the general masses led by political and religious parties on the other.

It is of particular attention that in 2007, military operations were stopped when an agreement was signed between Taliban leader Fazlullah and the government, but it failed as these militants violated the accord through their inhuman activates like hostage-takings, attack on the Shias etc. In 2008, setting aside American concerns, the government asked the Swat Taliban to lay down arms in accordance with the peace deal as their promise for enforcement of the Islamic law was fulfilled. But various transgressions by the Swat Taliban like refusal to disarm, murder of innocent people, beheadings, destruction of schools etc. clearly violated the peace agreement. They also occupied Dir, Buner and other adjoining areas. When the government writ was challenged, the civil government called army to re-launch military operations which ejected TTP militants out of these regions.

No doubt, latest offer by the Pakistani Taliban is part of their dual policy. Nonetheless, by uniting all the political and religious parties, the government must get a decisive upper-hand over them, developed through consensus. And the matter should not be left to military alone to cope with these foreign-backed militants.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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Revolt of the Plebs Broadcast Jan 8, 2012

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Exclusive: Hagel says critics distort his views on Israel, Iran

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ed note–those wondering what the brouhaha about Hagel’s nomination is can understand it in his own quote located at the bottom of the page–
‘ We need to work to help protect Israel, so it doesn’t get isolated.’
Hagel, as an adjunct of the Obama administration and its policies, is there to ‘cool things down’ viz a viz Israel because under the leadership of Netanyahu & co, world opinion is turning against the Jewish state. With a conservative Republican/decorated former marine sitting in the position as Sec of Defense, America can still maintain the posture of being ‘tough on terror’ while at the same time working behind the scenes in such a way as to cause the world to go back to sleep as pertains Jewish power, the Neocons and the inherently empirialistic nature of the Jewish state. 
Chuck Hagel said Monday an accurate assessment of his record will demonstrate “unequivocal, total support for Israel” and endorsement of tough international economic sanctions against Iran.

Critics have “completely distorted” his record, the former Nebraska senator said in his first interview as President Barack Obama’s designated choice to be secretary of defense.

At last, Hagel said, with his nomination announced by the president, he has an opportunity to set the record straight.

While he has been “hanging out there in no-man’s land unable to respond to charges, falsehoods and distortions,” Hagel said, a negative assessment of his record by critics and opponents took on a life of its own.

But the fact is that there is “not one shred of evidence that I’m anti-Israeli, not one (Senate) vote that matters that hurt Israel.”

“I didn’t sign on to certain resolutions and letters because they were counter-productive and didn’t solve a problem,” Hagel said.

Critics have hammered Hagel for not joining most of his Senate colleagues in signing on to a number of policy pronouncements that sometimes were sought by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the influential pro-Israel lobbying organization in Washington.

“How does that further the peace process in the Middle East?” Hagel asked. “What’s in Israel’s interest is to help Israel and the Palestinians find some peaceful way to live together.”

As for allegations that he has been soft toward Iran’s apparent efforts to develop a nuclear weapons capacity, Hagel pointed to his support for strong international sanctions, including those now in place.

“I have not supported unilateral sanctions because, when it is us alone, they don’t work and they just isolate the United States,” he said.

“United Nations sanctions are working. When we just decree something, that doesn’t work.

“The distortions about my record have been astounding,” Hagel added.

He said it’s important to answer now with an accurate assessment of his positions.

But, Hagel noted, it’s also important to recognize that “the president is commander-in-chief, and he makes the final decisions” on those issues.

“The secretary of defense has the responsibility to give the president the best advice I can give him on national security matters,” Hagel said.

“I will do that. I will give him my most honest advice.”

And, Hagel said, he also would always be truthful with members of Congress.

“I fully recognize that confirmation is up to the Senate. All I ask is a fair hearing, and I will get that. I am very much looking forward to having a full, open, transparent hearing about my qualifications and my record.

“All I look for is an opportunity to respond,” Hagel said.

“I intend to make this relationship a partnership, Democrats and Republicans. I would work with them as well as the president.

“I will always tell you the truth, tell you what I think,” Hagel said. “I have great confidence in this president. He is one of the most decent people we’ve had in the White House. He is a good man. He and I don’t agree on everything, but he wants people who will be honest with him.”

Hagel said he wasn’t looking for another job when Obama asked him to consider the appointment.

“Of course, I said I would.”

Hagel is a professor at Georgetown University. He is co-chairman of Obama’s intelligence advisory board and a member of the secretary of defense’s policy board.

Twice wounded in combat in Vietnam as an infantry sergeant, Hagel would bring a soldier’s perspective to the Pentagon along with his experience as a two-term senator who served on the Foreign Relations Committee.

Recognizing that his views on Israel and Iran have been the focus of most of the opposition to his nomination expressed in advance by some senators, Hagel said he looks forward to responding with a more accurate understanding of his views.

“I have said many times that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism,” he said. “I have also questioned some very cavalier attitudes taken about very complicated issues in the Middle East.

“Israel is in a very, very difficult position. No border that touches Israel is always secure. We need to work to help protect Israel, so it doesn’t get isolated.

“Furthering the peace process in the Middle East is in Israel’s interest.”

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