Archive | January 25th, 2013

British MP condemned for criticizing Israel

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By Gilad Atzmon 

Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, Liberal Democrat David Ward, Member of Parliament for Bradford East, made a comparison on his website. He equated the shoa[holocaust] with Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

But in Britain of 2013 we are not supposed to think freely, we are advised not to follow our ethical intuitions or even to think historically or critically. The Liberal Democrats have already “condemned” Ward for his “use of language”.

Here is what Ward wrote:

Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new state of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.

Under pressure he later issued a statement in which he attempted to “clarify” this:

The Holocaust was one of the worst examples in history of man’s inhumanity to man. When faced with examples of atrocious behaviour, we must learn from them. It appears that the suffering by the Jews has not transformed their views on how others should be treated.

The time is ripe for our liberation.

Time is ripe for us to say what we see, think and feel.

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فضيحة.. شبكة دعارة تُديرها جماعة الإخوان المسلمون في الكويت

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تداولت مواقع الكترونية معلومات مسربة تم تأكيدها من مصادر أمنية كويتية أن السلطات الكويتية المختصة، إعتقلت في ساعة متأخرة من مساء يوم الاثنين (14 كانون الثاني/يناير) علي شبكة دعارة يقودها أعضاء في جمعية الإصلاح التابعة للإخوان المسلمون .

وأفادت المعلومات أن هذه الشبكة أدخلت مئات من الفتيات السوريات ، وقدمتهن للتجار والموظفين بعقود زواج مسيار وعقود زواج متعة . وإن هذه الشبكة تستغل عملها في تمويل أعمال أخري غير مشروعة ، منها الإتجار في المخدرات وتهريب العملات والسلع الممنوعة الي إيران وحماس .

وقالت المصادر : إن التحقيقات الأولية ، كشفت عن فضائح وأعمال غير أخلاقية يرتكبها أعضاء جماعة الإخوان المسلمين في الكويت.

وفي وقت لاحق حصل مراسل صحيفة “البشاير” في الكويت علي تفاصيل جديدة عن شبكة الدعارة التي تديرها جماعة الإخوان المسلمون في الكويت .

وكانت البشاير قد نشرت التقرير الأول عن هذه الواقعة الفاضحة يوم الثلاثاء ١٥ كانون الثاني/يناير . ووصل نائب رئيس البرلمان الكويتي في اليوم التالي لنشر الفضيحة . وقابل الرئيس محمد مرسي ، وأبلغه رسالة قاطعة من الكويت بضرورة وقف نشاط الإخوان في بلاده . وإلا كشفت كل الأسرار الفاضحة .

وأفاد المراسل أن صبية في الرابعة عشر من عمرها توجهت الي مخفر السالمية ، وهي في حالة سيئة من الرعب والفزع والبكاء ، وطلبت أن تلتقي برئيس المخفر ، لإبلاغه عن وقائع خطيرة .

إرتبك الضابط ، بمجرد أن بدأت الصبية في رواية القصة . إتصل برئيسه المباشر وأبلغه بالوقائع الأولية . وطلب منه رئيسه تسجيل الوقائع التي ترويها الصبية صوت وصورة ، لعرضها علي وزير الداخلية .

قالت الصبية في شهادتها الأولية : إنها سورية الجنسية ، ودخلت البلاد ضمن وفد كبير من البنات السوريات اليتامي . وتم إستقبالهن عن طريق جميعة الإصلاح ( التابعة للإخوان المسلمون ) . وأسكنتهن في بنايتين متجاورتين لإيواء البنات . ووزعت كل ثلاث فتيات في غرفة . وجلبت لهن ملابس جديدة وأغراض مختلفة . كما تم تصوير كل بنت في أوضاع مختلفة .

بعد أيام قليلة جاء الي معسكر الإيواء عددا من الرجال الملتحين ، بغرض إعطاء دروس دينية ، ومواصلة تعليم البنات . وتم توزيع البنات علي حلقات دراسية . وبدلا من التعليم والدروس الدينية ، تحدث الرجال الملتحين عن الزواج .

وتحدثوا بصراحة أن البنات للزواج ولسن للتعليم . وإن كل بنت يجب أن تتزوج ، حتي لا تتعرض للمساءلة القانونية .وحتي تستقر علي أرض الكويت .

بعد أيام إنضم الي حلقات الدروس عدد آخر من الرجال ، بعضهم صغير السن . لكن أغلبهم من كبار السن .
وغالبا ماتنتهي كل حلقة بحوار بين أحد الرجال الجدد وبين إحدي البنات ..

إنتشرت الأخبار بسرعه بين البنات عن عروض الزواج التي تلقتها كل واحدة منهن . كانت الفرحة عارمة بترتيبات الزواج ، خاصة أن كل عرض يتضمن وعودا بشقة وسيارة وحياة منتظمة وفلوس كتير ..

لم تمض أيام حتي تمت الزيجات تباعا . كل يوم زيجه أو إثنين وأحيانا ثلاثة زيجات . مع إختفاء البنات ، وظهور دفعةجديدة من اليتامي السوريات .

لكن أغلب الزيجات تتم لرجال كبار السن . وبدون مأذون شرعي . ولكن بأوراق تحتفظ بها جميعة الأصلاح . ولا يسمح للبنات بأخذ صورة منها .

وجاء الدور علي الصبية الصغيرة . إختارها من حلقة الدرس رجل في عمر جدها : شايب وبملامح قاسية ..
في نهاية الدرس إختلي بها الرجل . وقال لها « الدشة الليلة . لمي أغراضك » .. هذه العبارة تعني « الدخلة الليلةوحضري حقيبتك » .

وأحست الصبية بالرعب ، خاصة وإنها سمعت « كلاما وحش من زميلاتها » . ولهذا قررت الهرب الي الشرطة وطلبت منهم إعادتها الي سوريا أو الي ملاجئ للأيتام في الأردن أو تركيا ..

وأضاف المراسل أن السلطات الأمنية تحقق الآن مع خمسون رجلا علي الأقل يشكلون قيادة جمعية الإصلاح الكويتية التابعة للإخوان المسلمون . إضافة الي مصادرة عقود الزواج ، الذي تبين أن معظمها عقود زواج عرفي ومسيارومتعة .

وقال المراسل : إن السلطات تتحفظ علي أسماء الرجال الذين تزوجوا من الفتيات السوريات ، ولن تنشرها حفاظا علي الحياة العائلية لكل منهم

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Yes We Can, Afghanistan

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by Keith Johnson

The left’s anti-war movement was in full swing during the Bush administration—but as soon as Obama took office—it practically vanished from sight.  All of a sudden, the war in Afghanistan became chic.  Code Pink and other leftist groups justified US occupation as a crusade to liberate the repressed Afghan women from their “male-chauvinist pig” husbands.  While the rest of us stood fast and rightly pointed to historical examples of why the US cannot expect to win a war in Afghanistan, the Obamanoids responded with a resounding “yes we can!’

Bringing Western feminism to the women of Afghanistan is the latest despicable tactic being tried by the US military in this ‘graveyard of empires.’

Currently, 45 female Marines are deployed throughout Afghanistan as members of full time ‘female engagement teams’.  It’s an experiment that is part of General Stanley McChrystal’s counter-insurgency campaign to “win over” (divide and conquer) the “hearts and minds” of the Afghan people.  These women accompany all-male foot patrols in the war-torn regions of the Hemland Province in southern Afghanistan, including Marja and other hot spots.  Their job is to reach out and connect with the Afghan women, who are culturally off-limits to American men.  McChrystal’s theory is that you can’t expect to swing the population to your side if you only speak to half of it.

Recently, The New York Times did a very loving spread with the heartwarming title In Camouflage or Veil, a Fragile Bond.’  The piece included interviews with the lady Marines accompanied by a slide show of the girls holding smiling toddlers, drinking tea with Afghan women, making small talk and doing all of those other things that girls like to do.

Marine Corporal Dana Drew is one of those Marines.  As a ploy to cozy up to the reluctant women, she often approaches children as they are playing outside their homes.  Armed to the teeth and dressed in combat fatigues, Corporal Dana often has a hard time convincing the kids that she really is a woman.  To prove it, she pulls out a photograph from home:  Her hair is down and she’s lounging in a chair with a cat on her lap.  She explains, “It’s a little game I play with the kids to break the ice and show them: ‘See, I’m a girl’.”  This gets the kids excited.  They run home and show the picture to Mommy, who Dana hopes will be curious enough to sneak a peek outside and open up an opportunity for a meet and greet.

Elsewhere, Captain Emily Naslund gets to know her new BFF—a midwife in Now Zad—during an intimate family dinner.  They get to talkin’ and the Muslim woman asks “Do you ever fast?”

“Sometimes, when I think I’m getting fat,” replies Capt Naslund. “American men like skinny girls.”

In Abdul Ghayas, Corporal Lisa Gardner finds herself with five ailing Afghan women who will not let American male medical officers anywhere near them.

“Some of these women would rather die than be touched by a male,” she says. “So, we’ll diagnose by proxy.” 

By the end of the day, an Afghan woman was trusting enough to hand her baby to Gardner to take to the medical officer, who diagnosed digestive problems from a diet of sheep and goat milk.

Wow, doesn’t that just tug at your heartstrings?

What is the mainstream media trying to convince us of?  That these brave women soldiers are just there to help a bunch of ignorant savages who are making bad food choices?   Yeah…that’s what they’re trying to tell us.

What they won’t tell you is why these poor women have to feed their children sheep and goat milk.   It’s because we’re bombing the hell out of their villages, contaminating their water supplies, killing their livestock and devastating their crops to make room for the burgeoning opium and marijuana trade, an oil pipeline and future military installations to be used in later adventures into bordering Iran and Russia. The women of Afghanistan make due with what they can get their hands on—something neither Captain Naslund nor Corporals Drew and Gardner can even relate to.  These Afghan women don’t have the luxury of popping a Stouffer’s macaroni-and-cheese dinner into the micro-wave for four minutes during a commercial break for CSI: Miami.  For them, every day is a struggle to survive.

The Pentagon press sure knows how to play the American people.  We aren’t privy to the disturbing images of night raids, assassinations of families or the leveling of entire villages.  Instead, we’re offered the morning after pictures of defeminized girls handing out band-aids and aspirins for bullet wounds and hepatitis.

What makes these fluff pieces so utterly disgusting is the portrayal of these she-warriors being on some sort of humanitarian mission of peace.  The true objective of their mission is something entirely different.

CBS Special Report from January gets closer to the truth:

The Marines wear headscarves as a sign of respect. Their efforts have been rewarded. Afghan women have proved to be good intelligence sources, providing tips on weapons caches and hidden bombs. They’re also more open to the military’s humanitarian side, which helps stabilize the region with programs that promote health, hygiene and education. 

The military’s “humanitarian side” is a front for intelligence operations and these women are nothing more than undercover agents who will ultimately betray those whom they pretend to befriend.  It’s only a matter of time before they too are off limits to the Afghan women.

Imagine what goes through the mind of an Afghan woman when she learns that her western counterpart only fasts when she wants to lose weight.  The Afghan woman cries when she can’t get enough food to eat while our American woman cries when she’s eating too much.  Try and bridge that gap.

So, what is the ultimate fate of these rural Afghan people?  If the US military gets their way, they will be driven off their land and relocated into cramped cities dominated by wealthy drug lords.  They will be rationed food but will have an abundant supply of western television programs designed to break up their families and turn their girls into prostitutes who drink and dress like Lindsay Lohan.  Meanwhile, the boys will work for the local narcotics king pin while fantasizing about landing a recording contract so he can rap about growing up on the mean streets of Kabul.  Dad will be removed from the home after he is arrested in a street protest, leaving Mom at home to watch endless reruns ofThe Real Housewives of Orange County.

This is what the people of Afghanistan fear: that their 3000-year-old culture will be corrupted by western secularism.  That’s why they hate us, and that’s why they fight so hard.

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Syrian Zio-NATO Puppets accused of looting Christian churches, burning them

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Rights group says fighters have burned and looted Christian and Shia places of worship, increasing sectarian fears.

aljazeera.com

Rebels in Syria have burned and looted the religious sites of minorities, Human Rights Watch says, warning that the 22-month old conflict could become increasingly sectarian.

“The destruction of religious sites is furthering sectarian fears and compounding the tragedies of the country, with tens of thousands killed,” Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director of the US-based rights group, said on Wednesday.

“Syria will lose its rich cultural and religious diversity if armed groups do not respect places of worship. Leaders on both sides should send a message that those who attack these sites will be held accountable.”

 

In the village of Zarzour in Idlib province, researchers found evidence of deliberate damage to the local husseiniya, a Shia place of worship, caused by opposition fighters in December.

Its windows were broken, prayer stones littered on the floor, walls charred from flames, and what appeared to be the remnants of a burned prayer rug lay on the floor.

Footage posted online showed rebels celebrating their victory in the town as the husseiniya burns in the background.

Residents said the army had been using the husseiniya as a barracks. Human Rights Watch condemned the government’s use of the husseiniya for military purposes, but said that did not justify intentional damage by the rebels.

The rights group said local rebel fighters had blamed Syria’s government for the damage but residents said opposition fighters had started the fire when they took control of the village.

Residents of Zarzour, a predominantly Sunni village, said their Shia neighbours fled fearing retaliation for supporting the government.

Churches looted

In the Christian villages of Ghasaniyeh and Jdeideh in Latakia province, residents said that gunmen operating “in the name of the opposition” broke into and stole from churches in November.

A resident in Jdeideh cited by the rights group said armed men had broken into the local church, stolen and fired shots inside, after government troops had fled.

Local rebels denied they attacked the church.

“While the motivation for the church break-ins may have been theft rather than a religious attack, opposition fighters have a responsibility to protect religious sites in areas under their control from wilful damage and theft,” Human Rights Watch said.

The group has previously documented the destruction and vandalisation of a mosque in Taftanaz, Idlib by government forces.

Many mosques have been destroyed in shelling by regime forces.

About 70 percent of Syria’s population are Sunni Muslims, and a majority of the rebel ranks are Sunnis.

Many members of minorities – including Christians, Shias and Alawites – have stayed on the sidelines of the conflict or supported President Bashar al-Assad, who is an Alawite.

Assad has portrayed his regime as a protector of minorities and has blamed the uprising in his country on Muslim extremists and foreign countries.

The opposition, however, is accusing the regime of igniting sectarian strife.

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War on Terror in Mali

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by Philip Giraldi

Abraham Lincoln referred to the “terrible arithmetic” that it would take for the Union to win the civil war, meaning that the greater number of soldiers supported by the more advanced economy would eventually wear the Confederates down, though at great cost in human life. As recently as the Second World War and Korea, armies were organized by nation states led by governments. If you killed a sufficient number of enemy soldiers you eventually would win and the enemy government would surrender, producing closure and ending the war.

Guerrilla warfare has been a recognized tactic since the Napoleonic wars in Spain, hence its name, but although extremely effective it has always been considered somewhat unacceptable, precisely because it enabled undisciplined players who were not subject to rigid state control to challenge more powerful opponents and thereby establish a dangerous precedent for all governments. But since Korea the guerrilla and more recently the terrorist have together become the new normal in warfare, quite possibly in recognition of the fact that there are relatively few governments remaining that have the resources or will to go to war in a conventional way. Weaker nations and even non-governmental groups realize that they cannot confront a powerful adversary and go one-to-one because they would eventually lose so they adopt tactics enabling them to fight asymmetrically. The Viet Cong were successful in Indochina using such tactics, though they eventually required the intervention of regular army units to finish the job, while lightly armed insurgents have driven the Soviets and soon also NATO out of Afghanistan. Insurgencies have destabilized both Libya and Syria while Israel was forced to abandon southern Lebanon by Hezbollah.

For an established government, dealing with an internal insurgency or a terrorism problem is of necessity a complicated process involving not only police and intelligence operations but also separating the dissidents from their political and economic support. For a government like the United States, which has an insignificant domestic insurgency problem but which believes itself to have interests worldwide, the question becomes how to identify genuine interests versus transient problems and how to deal with them in a resource effective way without increasing instability. It is the failure to understand that heavy handed intervention itself creates new problems has been the central failure of American policy makers ever since 9/11, witness the debacles in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan. Blowback is the intelligence term used to describe the development of a new and larger problem due to a military or political action that is not carefully considered.

In order to avoid making a mistake, Washington inevitably and automatically magnifies every hiccup internationally into a threat, mobilizing massive resources that lead to the proverbial flea being smashed with a sledge hammer. That there is some kind of existential threat resulting from international terrorism is pretty much a myth. There are lethal insurgencies and terrorist groups to be sure but most have strictly local agendas and nearly all are being hunted and hounded successfully by every police and intelligence agency in the world. Terrorists ready, willing, and, most important, able to travel to Europe or the United States and successfully undertake a terrorist action are few, which means that the United States alone is spending some hundreds of billions of dollars to counter at most a handful of extremists.

Which brings us to the alleged terrorist threat in Africa in general and to Mali in particular, which might well be considered a case study of how non-traditional military engagement driven by interventionist policies can develop willy-nilly when some bad choices are made. What kind of terrorist threat does Mali actually represent and how did the current situation come about? The seizure of northern Mali by what has been described as Islamists affiliated to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is rooted in three elements coming together. The first is the presence of frequently nomadic Tuareg tribesmen, the original pre-Arab North Africans who constitute an ethnic minority across much of the Sahara region and who generally believe themselves to be treated poorly by the local governments. Second is the arrival on the scene of increasing numbers of Islamic militants who had been driven out of their usual bases in the Sahara region and the Horn of Africa. Third is a major influx of weapons from Libya in the wake of the overthrow of Colonel Moammar Gaddafi together with the arrival of unemployed Tuareg and other African mercenaries previously paid by the Libyan regime who knew how to use them. Bringing all three together, the Tuaregs saw their opportunity to establish an autonomous state in Mali, suddenly had the weapons to do so, and had a powerful and well organized ally in the form of Islamists. The Malian Army, being trained by the US Army’s African Command, did what all unmotivated friends of Washington normally do: many deserted to join the insurgents, taking their weapons with them. In the ensuing mess, the better organized Islamists wound up on top.

Well, so what? The administration blundered in supporting the ouster of Gaddafi without considering what consequences would arise from the destruction of a regime that was, for better or worse, a source of stability for the entire region. Libya is now largely ungovernable. The White House now says that al-Qaeda is establishing itself in North Africa with Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey declaring “That it is a threat not only to the country of Mali, but the region, and if left unaddressed, could in fact become a global threat.” This view was echoed by Representative Mike Rogers of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, who said on Sunday that “They are growing more dangerous. They are growing in numbers.” And the preferred AQIM narrative fits neatly into the developments in Algeria, where more than thirty hostages were killed in the takeover of a gas production facility shortly after the French intervened in Mali.

But there are huge holes in the argument. The group that carried out the Algerian attack, the Signatories in Blood Brigade, headed by one-eyed Mokhtar Belmokhtar, had reportedly broken with AQIM some weeks before and was renowned not for its piety but for its ability to carry out extortion and kidnapping, including of fellow Muslims. There are indications that the group, which staged its attack from Libya, was seeking money in exchange for the foreign hostages rather than martyrdom. The involvement of two Canadian citizens of North African ancestry will no doubt be exploited to generate fear but has no particular significance and does not automatically suggest that there are plans to carry out jihad in North America.

It is an all too typical situation wrapped in Washington’s ignorance that is just waiting to become the next crisis. The White House knows almost nothing about the militants in Mali and even less about what happened in Algeria. General Carter Ham, who heads the Army’s Stuttgart-based Africa Command, admits that it is difficult to get reliable intelligence about what he perhaps conveniently refers to as the terrorist “safe haven” in Mali. The New York Times notes that Washington has only an “impressionistic understanding” of the militants involved. The perceived wisdom mandating the suppression of insurgencies everywhere coupled with the belief that all militancies tend to metastasize creates a U.S. interest in Africa that might not be credible. The fall of Timbuktu to extremists who have a local agenda does not actually threaten the United States and the ability of such groups to strike the U.S. is nil, so one might well plausibly decide that Washington has no real interest in Mali at all. Based on the performance of the Malian Army, one would also have to conclude that Africa Command is possibly not worth the time, money, and effort that is being committed to it in support of an agenda that continues to be somewhat opaque.

But neither a reality check regarding the actual nature of the threat, the genuine policy options, or the absurdity of a four star General sitting in Stuttgart presiding over an Africa Command will really make any difference, one suspects. There are a lot of badass special ops dudes over at CIA and in the Defense Department who are raring to go coupled with enough voices in the White House who favor humanitarian intervention to make it all happen, so the U.S. will likely soon be fully engaged in Africa even though it doesn’t know what is going on and has no vital interests. Just watch it happen.

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Zionist Puppet Clinton says US cannot allow northern Mali to be terrorism base

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The United States cannot permit northern Mali to become a safe-haven for Islamist rebels that could eventually pose a more direct threat to U.S. interests, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

Clinton, testifying to a Senate committee about the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, called the growing international campaign against Islamist fighters in northern Mali a response to “a very serious, ongoing threat.”

“We are in for a struggle, but it is a necessary struggle. We cannot permit northern Mali to become a safe haven,” Clinton said.

U.S. military planes have helped to ferry French soldiers and equipment to Mali after France launched air strikes and deployed some 2,150 ground forces this month to halt a surprise Islamist offensive toward the Mali capital Bamako.

The United States is also helping to train and equip African forces from the ECOWAS regional group of West African countries who are also mobilizing to join the battle. U.S. officials stress there are no plans to dispatch U.S. combat troops.

Clinton said the security situation in northern Mali is complicated by an inflow of weapons from neighboring Libya following the fall of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. She said such weapons were also used in an attack by militants on an Algerian gas plant this month.

“There is no doubt that the Algerian terrorists had weapons from Libya. There is no doubt that the Malian remnants of AQIM have weapons from Libya,” she said, referring to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the regional affiliate of the al Qaeda network.

She said the United States must prepare for the possibility that groups like AQIM could threaten direct attacks on U.S. interests as they gain power.

“You can’t say because they haven’t done something they’re not going to do it,” Clinton said. “This is not only a terrorist syndicate, it is a criminal enterprise. So make no mistake about it, we’ve got to have a better strategy,” she said. (Reporting by Andrew Quinn; Editing by Will Dunham)

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U.S. protests ‘State of Palestine’ placard in UN

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Zionist Puppet Susan Rice said that the United States does not recognize the General Assembly vote in November ‘as bestowing Palestinian ‘statehood’ or recognition.’

Haaretz

Ambassador Susan Rice objected Wednesday to the Palestinians’ latest bid to capitalize on their upgraded UN status when their foreign minister spoke at Security Council while seated behind a nameplate that read “State of Palestine.”

It was the first Palestinian address to the Security Council since the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on November 29 to upgrade the Palestinians from UN observer to non-voting member state.

Rice said that the United States does not recognize the General Assembly vote in November “as bestowing Palestinian ‘statehood’ or recognition.”

“Only direct negotiations to settle final status issues will lead to this outcome,” Rice said.

“Therefore, in our view, any reference to the ‘State of Palestine’ in the United Nations, including the use of the term ‘State of Palestine’ on the placard in the Security Council or the use of the term ‘State of Palestine’ in the invitation to this meeting or other arrangements for participation in this meeting, do not reflect acquiescence that ‘Palestine’ is a state,” she added.

The UN General Assembly vote to upgrade the Palestinians’ status was important because it gave sweeping international backing to their demands for sovereignty over lands Israel occupied in 1967, including east Jerusalem. But it did not actually grant independence to the 4.3 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

In his speech to the Security Council, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki reiterated the Palestinian position that a two-state solution be based on the pre-1967 borders.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took another symbolic step to capitalize on the UN status two weeks ago, proclaiming that letterhead and signs would bear the name “State of Palestine.”

Robert Serry, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told reporters that the nameplate read “state of Palestine” because the UN Secretariat “is guided by the membership, which has pronounced itself on this issue” in the November General Assembly vote.

“At the same time, member-states have their rights to reserve their opinion” on UN decisions, he said. “That resolution does not diminish the need for negotiations to actually arrive at a two-state solution.”

Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor told the council that “the major obstacle to the two-state solution is the Palestinian leadership’s refusal to speak to their own people about the true parameters of a two-state solution.”

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Indians exposed to Holocaust studies

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Anti-Semitic sentiments hardly felt in Asia, yet many local residents see Hitler as role model. Foreign Ministry decides to invite educators from India, other countries to Yad Vashem

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Israel brings the story of the Holocaust to Asia and Oceania: The Jewish state has decided to expose educators from different countries to Holocaust studies for the very first time.

A group of 20 principals and teachers from India, Australia and Singapore have already arrived in Israel and are specializing at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies. Groups of educators from New Zealand and Korea are expected to arrive later on.

The initiative to bring the group from India is shared by the Foreign Ministry, the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi and the Consulate General of Israel in Mumbai.

The Indian delegation, whose members arrived in traditional clothes, was brought to Israel in order to teach the Holocaust and its horrors as a lesson to humanity in schools and universities in India.

Some of the participants represent the largest independent educational network in India, which educates more than two million students from kindergarten to the age of university.

The delegation was invited to Israel as part of a program led by the Foreign Ministry’s Department for Combating Anti-Semitism at the Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem, with the goal of reinforcing Holocaust studies across Asia.

“This goes to show just how many people in the world are interested in the subject of the Holocaust, which is definitely still relevant at the beginning of the 21st century,” says Gideon Bachar, head of the Department for Combating Anti-Semitism at the Foreign Ministry.

Bachar adds that “in 2013 we are planning to expand Holocaust studies to countries which have never had organized Holocaust studies, like South Korea and Cyprus, and offer mobile instructions in India through a team of experts from Yad Vashem and the Foreign Ministry.

Anti-Semitic sentiments are hardly felt in Asia in general, and in India in particular, yet bookstores in India sell Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, “Mein Kampf.” In addition, many Indians idolize the Nazi leader, viewing him as a “strong man” without understanding his acts.

“For this reason it is so important to teach the Holocaust in this country,” says Bachar.

The extensive use of Nazi symbols is also widespread in Asia. A convenience store in Taiwan, for example, issued key rings with Hitler’s picture, but following protests by Israeli representatives the chain decided to stop selling the item.

In a school in Thailand students were photographed in Nazi uniform, giving a Nazi salute, during a field day. Following a Jewish-Israeli protest, the school decided to apologize for the incident.

The Jewish community in India was outraged recently after a clothing store named “Hitler” was opened in the Gujarat state. Following the intervention of the Foreign Ministry and India’s small Jewish community, the store owners decided to change its name.

Israeli diplomats in Asia say that the use of Nazi symbols usually stems from ignorance rather than malice.

“Many people in Asia are not aware of what happened in Europe. Unfortunately, many think that Hitler was a hero rather than a monster, and that’s why it is important for us to reinforce Holocaust education,” explains a Foreign Ministry official.

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Syria Zio-NATO Rat obsession with Assad blocks peace

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s foes are bent on overthrowing his government and called their “obsession” with this goal an insurmountable obstacle to peace.

Lavrov’s comments at an annual news conference signaled no shift in the stance of Russia, which says Assad’s exit from power must not be a precondition for a deal to end 22 months of violence in which more than 60,000 people have been killed.

“Everything runs up against opposition members’ obsession with the idea of the overthrow of the Assad regime. As long as this irreconcilable position remains in force, nothing good will happen – armed action will continue, people will die,” he said.

Russia has vetoed three U.N. Security Council resolutions aimed pressuring Assad to end the bloodshed, which began with a crackdown on protests in March 2011 and later escalated into civil war.

Lavrov also accused Western and Arab states that have recognized the opposition Syrian National Coalition of undermining chances for a peaceful solution to the conflict by granting too much support to the rebels.

“Opposition activists continue to categorically reject dialogue, have opted for military conflict and our partners… are encouraging them in that and support them with everything needed to prolong that fight,” he said.

Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister since 2004 and the face of its policy on the Syrian conflict, said Moscow’s main goal in Syria was to stop the bloodshed as soon as possible.

“But apparently other colleagues have other priorities,” he said. “We often talk to them about that, they seem to understand it all, and the threat accompanying the prospect of the breakup of the Syrian state.”

“But when they speak in public they say somewhat different things, differing from what they tell us privately,” he said without elaborating.

NO NEED TO EVACUATE

Lavrov said the situation in Syria was “causing utmost concern” but that it did not warrant a mass evacuation of Russian citizens living there.

Russia flew 77 of its citizens fleeing the violence to Moscow early on Wednesday after they were bussed to Lebanon, but Lavrov said it was not the start of a broader evacuation.

“We have plans (in place), as we have plans for any country, in case of an escalation of the internal situation … But there is no talk of implementing them,” Lavrov said.

Russia is a long-time arms supplier for Assad’s government, though President Vladimir Putin has said it is not providing weapons that could be used in the conflict. Russia maintains a modest naval facility in the port of Tartous that is its only military base outside the former Soviet Union.

Russia is currently holding what it says are its biggest naval exercises in decades in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, not far from Syria, a show of force that Lavrov said was a positive factor.

“Of course we have no interest in the Mediterranean region becoming even more destabilized, and the presence of our fleet there is undoubtedly a stabilizing factor,” he said.

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