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The Lies They Told


When Sept. 11, 2001, dawned, the Northeast Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y., went on full alert — to prepare for a training exercise that envisioned a sneak attack by Russian planes flying over the North Pole to bomb the United States, a prospect that Defense Secretary Robert McNamara had dismissed as outdated in 1966. Later that morning, after American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 had hit the World Trade Center and American Airlines Flight 77 the Pentagon, three F-16 fighter jets were scrambled from Langley Air Force Base to form a combat air patrol over Washington. But degraded radio transmission quality meant that the pilots were left clueless about the nature of their mission. On seeing the Pentagon in flames, the lead fighter pilot later explained, “I reverted to the Russian threat. . . . I’m thinking cruise missile threat from the sea. You know, you look down and see the Pentagon burning, and I thought the bastards snuck one by us. . . . You couldn’t see any airplanes, and no one told us anything.”

Justin Lane for The New York Times (2001)




The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11

By John Farmer

388 pp. Riverhead Books. $26.95

For all the trillions of dollars lavished on it, for all the talk about confronting new security threats, for all the exhortations to reinvent government, America’s defense establishment, as John Farmer reminds us in “The Ground Truth,” continued to fight the cold war more than a decade after it had ended. Preoccupied with building a costly missile defense system to counter a spurious menace from Russia and with maintaining “full spectrum dominance” over the rest of the globe, most Bush administration officials blithely ignored the danger emanating from the caves of Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden and his acolytes plotted against America. Confronted by a small group of mostly Saudi nationals armed with box cutters, the central nervous system of the country’s defense agencies went into a state of cataleptic shock. The only decisive action taken on 9/11 came not from the military, but from the courageous passengers who stormed the cockpit of United Airlines Flight 93, leading the hijackers to crash the plane over Pennsylvania farmland before it could reach its intended target in Washington.

As senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, Farmer, who was the attorney general of New Jersey and is the dean of the Rutgers School of Law, investigated the derelict conduct of the national security apparatus. He was well prepared to do so. In their valuable account of the commission’s activities, “Without Precedent,” the commission chairman, Thomas Kean, and the vice chairman, Lee Hamilton, noted that shortly after the attacks, Farmer — “one of our most important hires” — ­established a victims’ assistance center in New Jersey and helped the F.B.I. uncover important evidence in garbage at Newark International Airport. But the commission’s efforts to reconstruct the tragedy itself were, at best, resented and, at worst, impeded by the sprawling defense bureaucracy and the Bush administration, both of which had much to hide. Even two reports by the inspectors general of the Defense and Transportation Departments, released in 2006, whitewashed government failures. Now that numerous transcripts and tapes have been declassified, however, Farmer draws on them to assail the government’s official depiction of 9/11 as so much public relations flimflam.

Perhaps nothing perturbs Farmer more than the contention that high-ranking officials responded quickly and effectively to the revelation that Qaeda attacks were taking place. Nothing, Farmer indicates, could be further from the truth: President George W. Bushand other officials were mostly irrelevant during the hijackings; instead, it was the ground-level commanders who made operational decisions in an ad hoc fashion. The memoirs of the White House terrorism expert Richard Clarke, which Farmer credits with good faith, make it sound as though a dramatic video­conference that Clarke led played a crucial role in organizing a response to the hijackings, but Farmer says that “this account does not square in any significant respect with what occurred that morning.”

To bolster such contentions, Farmer focuses minutely on newly available transcripts from the Federal Aviation Administration and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad). He shows that, perversely enough, the one defense agency that had suffered draconian budget cuts was Norad, which had seen its alert sites reduced from about two dozen to a pitiful seven and, in any case, was unable to view large areas of the continental United States owing to its antiquated radar system.

In addition, local commanders bypassed established protocols for reporting and requesting assistance for a hijacking, in part because they had so little time in which to act. Farmer superbly renders the knuckle-biting tension and confusion engendered by the hijackings, and says the leadership of the F.A.A. and the Defense Department “would remain largely irrelevant to the critical decision making and unaware of the evolving situation ‘on the ground’ until the attacks were completed” — thereby making it close to impossible for the military to inter­cept any aircraft.

Yet both Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Vice President Dick Cheney, Farmer says, provided palpably false versions that touted the military’s readiness to shoot down United 93 before it could hit Washington. Planes were never in place to intercept it. By the time the Northeast Air Defense Sector had been informed of the hijacking, United 93 had already crashed. Farmer scrutinizes F.A.A. and Norad rec­ords to provide irrefragable evidence that a day after a Sept. 17 White House briefing, both agencies suddenly altered their chronologies to produce a coherent timeline and story that “fit together nicely with the account provided publicly by Deputy Defense Secretary Wolfowitz and Vice President Cheney.”

Farmer further observes that the Bush administration wrongly asserted that the chain of command functioned on 9/11; that President Bush issued an authorization to shoot down hijacked commercial flights; and that top officials at F.A.A. headquarters coordinated their actions with the military. Farmer’s verdict: “History should record that whether through unprecedented administrative incompetence or orchestrated mendacity, the American people were misled about the nation’s response to the 9/11 attacks.”

Farmer explains that his hope is to lay some conspiracy theories to rest “by identifying and establishing the deception that actually did occur.” Surprisingly, however, he contends that the administration’s account of 9/11 “didn’t provide a pretext for aggression, as did the government’s manipulation of intelligence regarding the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” But this isn’t quite right. There is, in fact, an intimate connection between the two.

It doesn’t require scouring the archives to notice that 9/11 was relentlessly exploited by the Bush administration to serve as the founding myth for the war on terror, which was seamlessly expanded from Afghanistan to Iraq. In retrospect, the administration’s public portrayal of itself and the armed forces as acting heroically on 9/11 can be seen as an integral part of the selling of the Iraq war.

Farmer also suggests that the cold war did not come to an end until the 9/11 attacks took place. But this, too, is questionable. In trumpeting an ill-defined war against terrorism, Bush simply transposed the bombast of the cold war to the present to suggest that he was a new Churchill staring down evil and that America needed to combat a new totalitarian threat emerging from the Islamic world. Still, Farmer’s accomplishment is to throw 9/11 into fresh relief. A precise and reliable accounting of what happened has been absent until now. This is it.

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The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post. We can’t let them make up the rules


Innocent people’s lives are being ruined. Why isn’t anyone watching the watchlist?

The Guardian

facebook surveillance illustration

Reasonable suspicion is based on a circular logic – people can be watchlisted if they are suspected of being suspected terrorists – that is ultimately backwards, and must be changed. Illustration: Joelle L / Flickr via Creative Commons Illustration: Joelle L / Flickr via Creative Commons

The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be.

As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database quietly and quickly, and the consequences can be long and enduring. Through ICREACH, a Google-style search engine created for the intelligence community, the NSA provides data on private communications to 23 government agencies. More than 1,000 analysts had access to that information.

This kind of data sharing, however, isn’t limited to the latest from Edward Snowden’s NSA files. It was confirmed earlier this month that the FBI shares its master watchlist, the Terrorist Screening Database, with at least 22 foreign governments, countless federal agencies, state and local law enforcement, plus private contractors.

The watchlist tracks “known” and “suspected” terrorists and includes both foreigners and Americans. It’s also based on loose standards and secret evidence, which ensnares innocent people. Indeed, the standards are so low that the US government’s guidelines specifically allow for a single, uncorroborated source of information – including a Facebook or Twitter post – to serve as the basis for placing you on its master watchlist.

Of the 680,000 individuals on that FBI master list, roughly 40% have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation”, according to the Intercept. These individuals don’t even have a connection – as the government loosely defines it – to a designated terrorist group, but they are still branded as suspected terrorists.

The absurdities don’t end there. Take Dearborn, Michigan, a city with a population under 100,000 that is known for its large Arab American community – and has more watchlisted residents than any other city in America except New York.

These eye-popping numbers are largely the result of the US government’s use of a loose standard – so-called “reasonable suspicion” – in determining who, exactly, can be watchlisted.

Reasonable suspicion is such a low standard because it requires neither “concrete evidence” nor “irrefutable evidence”. Instead, an official is permitted to consider “reasonable inferences” and “to draw from the facts in light of his/her experience”.

Consider a real world context – actual criminal justice – where an officer needs reasonable suspicion to stop a person in the street and ask him or her a few questions. Courts have controversially held that avoiding eye contact with an officer, traveling alone, and traveling late at night, for example, all amount to reasonable suspicion.

This vague criteria is now being used to label innocent people as terrorism suspects.

Moreover, because the watchlist isn’t limited to known, actual terrorists, an official can watchlist a person if he has reasonable suspicion to believe that the person is a suspected terrorist. It’s a circular logic – individuals can be watchlisted if they are suspected of being suspected terrorists – that is ultimately backwards, and must be changed.

The government’s self-mandated surveillance guidance also includes loopholes that permit watchlisting without even showing reasonable suspicion. For example, non-citizens can be watchlisted for being associated with a watchlisted person – even if their relationship with that person is entirely innocuous. Another catch-all exception allows non-citizens to be watchlisted, so long as a source or tipster describes the person as an “extremist”, a “militant”, or in similar terms, and the “context suggests a nexus to terrorism”. The FBI’s definition of “nexus”, in turn, is far more nebulous than they’re letting on.

Because the watchlist designation process is secret, there’s no way of knowing just how many innocent people are added to the list due to these absurdities and loopholes. And yet, history shows that innocent people are inevitably added to the list and suffer life-altering consequences. Life on the master watchlist can trigger enhanced screening at borders and airports; being on the No Fly List, which is a subset of the larger terrorist watchlist, can prevent airline travel altogether. The watchlist can separate family members for months or yearsisolate individuals from friends and associates, and ruin employment prospects.

Being branded a terrorism suspect also has far-reaching privacy implications. The watchlist is widely accessible, and government officials routinely collect the biometric data of watchlisted individuals, including their fingerprints and DNA strands. Law enforcement has likewise been directed to gather any and all available evidence when encountering watchlisted individuals, including receipts, business cards, health information and bank statements.

Watchlisting is an awesome power, and if used, must be exercised prudently and transparently.

The standards for inclusion should be appropriately narrow, the evidence relied upon credible and genuine, and the redress and review procedures consistent with basic constitutional requirements of fairness and due process. Instead, watchlisting is being used arbitrarily under a cloud of secrecy.

A watchlist saturated with innocent people diverts attention from real, genuine threats. A watchlist that disproportionately targets Arab and Muslim Americans or other minorities stigmatizes innocent people and alienates them from law enforcement. A watchlist based on poor standards and secret processes raises major constitutional concerns, including the right to travel freely and not to be deprived of liberty without due process of law.

Indeed, you can’t help but wonder: are you already on the watchlist?

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Campaign Mounts to Declassify 9/11 Report’s References to Alleged Zio-Wahhabi Saudi Involvement


Nearly 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the extent of Saudi involvement in the deaths of almost 3,000 people remains unclear — but according to members of Congress and the families of victims, information about this has been suppressed ever since the publication of a 2002 congressional investigation into the plot. Prior to the release of the final report of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration classified a 28-page section in the name of national security. The 28 pages make up part four of the report, a section titled “Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters.” They are widely believed to implicate Saudi officials or describe support from Saudi intelligence for the hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi citizens. Former Senator Bob Graham of Florida, who co-chaired the joint Senate-House investigation, dispensed with the equivocation and told VICE News that the redactions are a “cover up.” “I’ve said this since the first classification of the 28 pages,” he remarked. “It’s become more and more inexplicable as to why two administrations have denied the American people information that would help them better understand what happened on 9/11.” Graham said that the 28 pages describe the financing of the attacks. “Follow the money,” he said. “That will illuminate other significant aspects of 9/11.” The Saudi kingdom has always denied any complicity in the attacks.”

Note: Watch a video of Congressman Massie telling how shocked he was to read these 28 pages. Why aren’t the major media reporting this important news? For more on this, see concise summaries of deeply revealing 9/11 news articles from reliable major media sources.

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Maritime Verdict: Bangladesh Government Hides Facts


By Sajjad Shaukat

Famous political thinkers, Hobbes, Machiavelli and Morgenthau opine that in international

politics, rulers act upon immoral activities like deceit, fraud and falsehood which become the

principles of political morality. They follow these tactics in order to obtain the interests of their

countries. But, in case of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid has been acting upon

these techniques against her own country so as to appease India, while the latter has entrapped

her by exploiting her pro-Indian tilt to fulfill its strategic interests.

It is notable that Hasina Wajid had already directed her staff to close the chapter of water and

border conflicts with New Delhi. Besides, she has given transit trade facilities to India—a move

which has been resisted by the Bangladeshi patriots for the past several decades. In this context,

a writer has rightly said, “Hasina Wajid again started Honey Moon Period of relationship with

In this respect, maritime boundary dispute between India and Bangladesh (BD) in Bay of Bengal

was referred to Permanent Court at Hague. On July 7, 2014, the Court of Arbitration gave its

verdict, awarding 19, 467 square kilometers, out of disputed 25, 602 square kilometers area to

Bangladesh. Law experts and technocrats from both India and Bangladesh contested the case.

Whereas the government of Bangladesh termed the court decision as ‘Triumph of Friendship’,

the opinion builders of the country observed it as ‘Sacrifice of Friendship.”

Sanity prevailed upon loyal Bangladeshis who were driven by their sense of rationality, and

were prompted to hold seminar on the subject. The speakers, while protesting with concerns said

that Bangladesh government failed to project its case before the Arbitration Court at Hague to

get Talpatti, a gas rich island. They also pointed out that government’s weak foreign policy and

ignorance of anti-Bangladesh agents resulted in a staged drama in which their country got one-
third of the bay, while India received two-third of it.

Similarly, the court verdict also decided dispute with Myanmar regarding Saint Martin’s

sovereignty which has been favorable to Dhaka. The court verdict will make Bangladesh to lose

its rights to freely enter into deep sea.

As the Bangladesh government has hidden facts about the verdict so as to please India, but

patriot leaders and people of Bangladesh have been protesting against the government in one

way or the other. In this regard, speakers were of the opinion that the rulers were befooling the

public in Bangladesh by projecting the judgment, as triumph, hiding the real facts. They rejected

the fabricated and deceitful propaganda of the government that Bangladesh got more sea area

As regards the details in relation to the protesters, to sensitize the public in Bangladesh about

reality of the judgment, Liberty Bangladesh organized a seminar in which anti-government and

anti-Indian themes were raised by all participants. The participants also included specialists of

Bangladesh, having strong credentials in maritime border issue which enabled them to express

their candid opinions.

In this connection, ANH Akhter Hossain said, “Bandladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Wajid is a master of elusive dance. How can Sheikh Hasina receive recognition for her

achievement when Saint Martin’s sovereign status (maintained since 1974) has been diminished?

After losing Talpatti to India, she is telling us that there is no land under the water, and Talpatti

Island does not exist. If you think otherwise, then go ahead and find it. He added, “These lies

will not save the government—the people should take steps to claim Talpatti Island and take the

case to the international court.”

Dr. Sabbir Mostafa Khan stated, “There is no question that we have gained maritime border from

both disputes, but when it comes to arbitration, we always lost. We are incapable of claiming

our rights in the court. We have a tendency to ask for less than what rightfully belongs to us.

Government should move away from false promises and propaganda.” He appealed for the

formation of a committee, comprising experts to take necessary steps.

Abdul Hye Sikder remarked, “Awami League led by Prime Minister Hasina Wajid has been

boasting about the capability of their leadership. I have seen their capability through the court

verdict. Sheikh Mujib surrendered everything to India. Now his daughter, the power hungry

Sheikh Hasina has demonstrated her capability by sacrificing valuable maritime resources to

The former Commodore Shafiq-ur-Rehman pointed out, “A great achievement from India and

Myanmar disputes is that we now have a precise maritime border. This is a step forward. But, the

sad part is that we were mysteriously unable to present strong statements in the court, and lost

Professor Dr. Emajuddin Ahmed said, Government of Hasina Wajid has come to power through

illegal means, and is now floating on lies. By spreading propaganda, they are trying to avoid

their responsibilities. This is a matter of great sadness for a free and sovereign nation. We have

gained maritime border, but have lost Talpatti, as we failed to present our case properly. India

knew about the gas reserved in Talpatti, and laid claims on the island. Bangladesh knowingly

handed over this valuable asset to India. This is betrayal and a case of treason. A lawsuit could

be filed against the government.”

Hafiz Uddin Ahmed sated, “People of Bangladesh are continuously being befooled. They are

being told of triumphs…spreading propaganda to turn countless losses into victories. This will

diplomatically weaken Bangladesh. News is being spread that Bangladesh has received more sea

area than India, but actually India received double than Bangladesh.”

He elaborated, “The government has proved itself as traitor and puppet of India by denying

the existence of Talpatti. Bangladesh made its defeat inevitable by mysteriously denying the

existence of gas enriched Island. One day Sheikh Hasina will have to answer in court for her

While contending the judgment, a key speaker Captain M Rejaul Karim Chowdhury stated,

“Bangladesh claimed that verdict regarding maritime boundary dispute with New Delhi is

the ‘Triumph of Friendship’, but as there has been no verdict regarding South Talpatti, we can

see that the result is ‘Friendship Unresolved.”

He explained, “If Bangladesh gives up Talpatti, then it would be called ‘Sacrifice for

Friendship.’ If truly it is to be called ‘Triumph of Friendship’, then Bangladesh should be able to

claim the 100 trillion cubic feet of natural gas not to be used for corporate India, but instead, it

be used to create an interest-free loaning fund called ‘Green Gas Fund’ for farmers of India and

Captain M Rejaul Karim futher pointed out, “A weak foreign policy and the ignorance of

Bangladesh regime’s agents resulted in a staged drama in which the country received one-third

of the bay. India on the other hand, received two-third of the area. Bangladesh propagated that

the court verdict was a great success in having maritime borders. Actually, they lost the vital

island of Talpatti which is enriched with natural gas. Government of Bangladesh denied that

any gas enriched island like Talpatti existed, and therefore easily lost it to India. This has been

termed as an act of betrayal and treason…one day Sheikh Hasina will be made answerable and

Nevertheless, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been following pro-Indian policies at the

cost of her own country. Therefore, to appease New Delhi, and by giving false statement, her

government has hidden facts about the verdict of maritime border dispute with India.

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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Zionist Cheney Says Iraq Would Be Stable If He Were Still President

Harshly criticizing the current occupant of the White House, Zionist puppet Dick Cheney told reporters on Wednesday, “Iraq would be stable today if I were still President.”

ISIS is a problem that President Obama has made possible,” Cheney said during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “I never would have let that happen when I was Commander-in-Chief.” 

He said that he would listen to President Obama’s speech on Wednesday night about destroying the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, but admitted that he was not expecting much. “Quite frankly, whenever President Obama talks about Iraq he sounds delusional,” he said.

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The War in East Ukraine: US-NATO’s Paranoid Falsification of Reality



Global Research

Paranoia: The projection, onto another person or group, of an individual’s own repressed aggressive or criminal impulses. The target of the projection is then falsely accused of being the aggressor.

More than twenty emergency United Nations Security Council meetings have been called since January, 2014, the majority of them currently demonizing Russian President Putin for destabilizing Eastern Ukraine. With the exception of China, the stark failure to acknowledge and confront the authors of the current tragic bloodshed and slaughter in Ukraine reveals paranoid ideation by US/NATO members of the Security Council, who either willfully ignore or deliberately eschew their own responsibility for the current ongoing carnage.

Putin does not bear responsibility for the destabilization and bloodshed in Ukraine. A mere six months ago the world gasped, when, with three words, “F**k the EU” US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland revealed the enormity of United States involvement in masterminding and engineering the destabilization and overthrow of the democratically elected President of Ukraine, Yanukovich, the President who had attempted to protect already impoverished Ukrainians from the scourge of IMF austerity measures which would enforce destitution on the majority of his citizens.

Ten months earlier the IMF “conditionalities” for paltry “economic aid” required that Ukraine double prices for gas and electricity to industry and homes, eliminate a ban on private sale of Ukraine’s rich and fertile agricultural lands, cut state funds for children and the elderly to “balance the budget.” The infamous “association agreement that Yanukovich refused to sign was a military agreement that would have transformed Ukraine into a military base further completing the encirclement of Russia, and turning Ukraine into a puppet of Nato. President Yanukovich announced, in November 2013, his refusal to sign the “association agreement”

In her scandalous inadvertent exposure of United States involvement in destabilizing Ukraine, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs is revealed masterminding the overthrow of President Yanukovich, and explicitly deciding with whom she will replace him, as proxy of the west, to control the government of Ukraine, the country adjacent to the Russian Federation. Earlier, in November, 2013 Nuland had been photographed handing out cookies to demonstrators on the streets of Kiev; now, according to BBC reporter Jonathan Marcus: “The U.S. says that it is working with all sides in the crisis to reach a peaceful solution, ‘but Washington clearly has its own game plan.’ This transcript suggests that the U.S. has very clear ideas about what the outcome should be and is striving to achieve these goals.”

U.S. Ambassador Pyatt: “I think we’re in play. The Klitchko piece is obviously the complicated electron here. Especially the announcement of him as deputy prime minister and you’ve seen some of my notes on the trouble in the marriage right now so we’re trying to get a read really fast on where he is on this stuff…and I’m glad you sort of put him on the spot on where he fits in this scenario.”

Nuland: “Good. I don’t think Klitsch should go into the government. I don’t think its necessary, I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

Pyatt: “Yeah, I terms of him not going into the government, just let him stay out and do his political homework and stuff.”

Nuland: “I think Yats is the guy who’s got the economic experience, the governing experience. He’s the…what he needs is Klitsch and Tyahnybok on the outside. He needs to be talking to them four times a week you know. I just think Klitsch going in…he’s going to be at that level working for Yatseniuk, its just not going to work.

Pyatt: “Yeah, no. I think that’s right. OK. Good. Do you want us to set up a call with him as the next step?

Nuland: “My understanding from that call – but you tell me – was that the big three were going into their own meeting and that Yats was going to offer in that context a…three-plus-one conversation or three-plus-two with you. Is that not how you understood it?”

Pyatt: “No. I think…I mean that’s what he proposed but I think, just knowing the dynamic that’s been with them where Klitschko has been the top dog, he’s going to take a while to show up for whatever meeting they’ve got and he’s probably talking to his guys at this point, so I think you reaching out directly to him helps with the personality management among the three and it gives you also a chance to move on all this stuff and put us behind it before they all sit down and he explains why he doesn’t like it.”

Nuland: OK, good. I’m happy. Why don’t you reach out to him and see if he wants to talk before or after.

Pyatt: “OK. Will do. Thanks.

Nuland” more wrinkle for you Geoff. I can’t remember if I told you this, or if I only told Washington this, that when I talked to Jeff Feltman (United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs) this morning, he had a new name for the UN guy Robert Serry did I write you that this morning?”

(BBC Commentator Jonathan Marcus: “An intriguing insight into the foreign policy process with work going on at a number of levels: Various officials attempting to marshal the Ukranian opposition; efforts to get the UN to play an active role in bolstering a deal; and – as you can see below – the big guns waiting in the wings – US Vice-President Joe Biden clearly being lined up to give private words of encouragement at the appropriate moment.)

Pyatt: Yeah I saw that.”

Nuland: “OK. He’s now gotten both Serry and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to agree that Serry could come in Monday or Tuesday. So that would be great, I think, to help glue this thing and to have the UN help glue it and, you know, Fuck the EU”

As reported by Matthew Lee of “Inner City Press,” “Significant here is that Ban Ki-moon, ostensibly Feltman’s boss, apparently didn’t tell Feltman what to do. Rather, Feltman “got” Ban Ki-moon to agree to something that was pleasing to the US, to help the US “f*** the EU.”

Soon after this conversation, violence and bloodshed escalated into conflagration in Kiev. It was described at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on March 27, 2014:

“The central square of the city – Maidan Nezalezhnosti – was turned into a militarized camp. Well-trained and equipped units of militants carried out violent attacks against law enforcement bodies and seized administrative buildings. In one of those buildings, the trade unions building, the so-called common diversion of the Maidan was organized. On the seventh floor of that building was a permanent staff member of the United States Embassy. By the way, it is from that building that snipers were shooting at police and demonstrators; that action was clearly aimed at provoking a violent overthrow of the Government.”

“The crisis was to a large extent provoked by the adventurous actions of the current political forces, which sought to break the centuries-old ties of Russia and Ukraine, by giving Kiev a false choice between either the European Union and the West, or Russia. That policy was carried out with unprecendented bluntness. They could either sign a Ukraine-European Union association agreement, as demanded of the Ukranian government, or they could face sanctions. With the ranks of anti-Government demonstrators were representatives of the European Union and the United States, who openly marched alongside them and called on them to openly carry out anti-Government actions.”

It is illuminating, at this point, to quote Yale University Distinguished Professor, Immanuel Wallerstein’s description of Victoria Nuland:

“She is a surviving member of the neocon clique that surrounded George W. Bush, in whose government she served (as former principal Deputy Foreign Policy Adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney). Her husband, Robert Kagan is one of the best known ideologues of the neocon group. It is an interesting question what she is doing in such a key position in the Department of State of an Obama presidency. The least he and the US Secretary of State were supposed to do was to remove the neocons from such a role.”

“Victoria Nuland will probably enter history as a person who instigated the start of civil war in Ukraine. Nobody who hears the intercepted tape can legitimately deny that the United States, through Nuland, was intimately involved in micro-managing the outcome of the originally independent Ukranian movement.” (From: “Nulandgate: Geopolitical Games Around Ukraine”).

On Thursday, March 27, during the 80th plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, to vote on the referendum in Crimea, Russian ambassador Vitali Churkin described the violence unleashed by the US-NATO destabilization of the government of Ukranian President Yanukovich:

“The Legitimate Government stopped operating in Kiev. Violence became the rule of politics. In the Verkhovna Rada, the parties that supported the Yanukovych majority became victims of that violence. As a result, the Rada was reshuffled and, instead of a Government of national unity, a so-called Government of victors emerged. The shots were called by those who conducted an armed coup, national radicals who – according to the definition of the European Parliament – preached racist, anti-semitic and xenophobic views and seemed to hate everything that was Russian and did not conceal that they considered the Ukranian allies of Nazis as their ideological ancestors. Nearly the first decision of the new Government was to revoke the official status of the Russian language, which the Crimeans and the inhabitants of eastern and southern Ukraine use. In those regions, Kiev began appointing Governors who were rejected by the local people. Threats were addressed to Crimea to send so-called friendship trains there – groups of militants that would continue the kind of violence being carried out in Kiev and in the western and central regions of Ukraine. All that created a kind of critical mass that led the Crimeans to take a decision of self-determination and reunification with Russia. I think that one has to be very misanthropic to criticize them for that.”

Following the US sponsored and engineered destabilization and overthrow of President Victor Yanukovich, Crimea held a referendum and voted, by an overwhelming majority, in favor of secession from Ukraine on March 16, 2014. According to the New York Times, March 17,

“The outcome, in a region that shares a language and centuries of history with Russia, was a foregone conclusion, even before the exit polls showed more than 93 percent of voters favoring secession.”

Almost immediately afterward, former Ukranian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, the favorite of the earlier Western sponsored and engineered “orange revolution” confirmed her own voice in the tirade she unleashed, shouting, “Ukranians must take up arms against Russians so that not even scorched earth will be left where Russia stands,” and she called for nuclear incineration of the eight million Russians who remain on Ukranian territory” She added: “It’s time we grab our guns and kill those damn Russians, together with their leader.” She added that if she were in charge: “there would be no fucking way that they could get Crimea then.” She added: “I hope I will be able to get all my connections involved. And I will use all my means to make the entire world raise up, so that there wouldn’t be even a scorched field left in Russia.”

In early March, an incriminating phone conversation was made public, during which the Estonian Foreign Minister revealed to European Union Foreign Affairs Chief, Catherine Ashton, that there was evidence that the snipers in Kiev, who had helped precipitate the violent overthrow of President Yanukovich by shooting at protesters and police in Kiev, were hired by Maidan leaders.

As the Estonian Foreign Minister inadvertently revealed, there is abundant evidence that the west employed numerous criminal intrigues to implement the overthrow of the pro-Russian Ukranian President, and install their own puppet Yatseniuk, and had no scruples about slaughtering innocent Ukranian citizens to manipulate and terrorize the Ukranian public.

On April 14, the Associated Press and other Western media reported that the White House confirmed that CIA director John Brennan arrived in Ukraine the weekend of April 13-14, under an assumed name, and held a “series of secret meetings” with Kiev’s “power bloc,” as revealed by a source in the Ukranian Parliament. The decision to militarily suppress peaceful protesters in Slavyansk was taken during his visit. Former Ukranian President Yanukovich accused the CIA of responsibility for the decision to use military force against non-violent pro-Russia demonstrators.

Immediately following CIA director Brennan’s “secret” visit to Kiev, the newly western installed and un-elected junta in Kiev launched lethal military attacks against unarmed Ukranian civilians in Kramatorsk. The front page of the Wall Street Journal for April 16, 2014 announces in bold type: “Ukraine Uses Military Force for the first Time. Soldiers Fire on Pro-Russian separatists at Air Base; U.S. Supports Kiev Response.” “The soldiers were shooting at unarmed people”….”about 40 other unarmed pro-Russian activists had approached the gates of Kramatorsk airfield to find out who were there and urge the soldiers to side with them. Soldiers inside opened fire on the unarmed pro-Russian civilian.” Apparently eleven people were killed.

Whether coincidental or not, horrific carnage resulting from Kiev’s military onslaught against its own citizens in the east and southeast followed CIA chief John Brennan’s “secret” visit to the Kiev authorities. These military actions, tantamount to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing against Russian speaking Ukranians culminated on May 2, 2014 in Odessa, when 30 pro-Russian civilians, fleeing from violent attack by Kiev’s forces, sought refuge in a trade union building, into which pro-Kiev xenophobic nationalists then threw a Molotov cocktail, setting the entire building on fire, and roasting to death the Ukranian civilians who had huddled, terrified inside. Several trapped inside ultimately leaped to their death from the windows of the trade union building as it engulfed in flames those remaining inside. During this crucifixion of pro-Russian Odessan Ukranians, Kiev xenophobic nationalists outside sang the Ukranian national anthem, and chanted: “Burn Beetles Burn,” taunting the dying Ukranians inside, who were burning to death. Outside, nationalists spray painted swastikas on the walls of administrative buildings.

The Financial Times reported: “Kiev forces attack separatists in East. More than 30 people were killed in Southern Ukraine yesterday when clashes between pro-Kiev and pro-Russia protesters spread from the east following a government offensive against separatist rebels.”..”Russia’s foreign ministry called the deaths ‘another manifestation of the criminal irresponsibility of the Kiev authorities.’ Moscow accused Kiev of ‘indulging radical nationalists, including the ‘Right Sector’ who were ‘organizing physical terror campaigns against supporters of federalization.’”..

Arseniy Yatseniuk, the interim prime minister, told the Financial Times on Thursday of the risks of undertaking a ‘very tough operation’ that could lead to civilian casualties and provoke a Russian military response.” Yatseniuk’s ambivalence and recognition of the risks and potential consequences of Kiev’s military punitive actions reveals his own trepidation about Kiev’s military onslaught, and suggests that this military action was being imposed upon him by his bosses.

The US/Nato delegations at the UN Security Council quickly forgot about the Odessa massacre, following perfunctory calls for an “investigation” of those Kiev inflicted atrocities, and while repeating, ad nauseum, calls for accountability, covered up their own complicity and guilt in orchestrating this disastrous civil war in Ukraine, falsifying reality, and projecting onto Russia responsibility for their own criminal activities, which they, themselves had been committing since October, 2013.

Kiev’s military onslaught continued unabated, bombing city after city in Eastern Ukraine; on July 15 the Associated Press reported: “The bombing in the rebel-held town of Snizhne demonstrated how airstrikes and heavy rocket fire are becoming increasingly common as the conflict drags into its fourth month. The devastation in Snizne bore signs of a strike by several missiles and left only a mountain of smoking debris. An airstrike in Eastern Ukraine sent an apartment building crumbling to the ground Tuesday, killing at least 11 people, and adding to the steadily mounting civilian death toll from the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents…Many local citizens saw the plane that dropped the bomb – it had Ukranian markings.”

It is reasonable to suspect that the US/Nato forces are encouraging Kiev’s military onslaught, which now involves war crimes, in order to ultimately provoke Russian President Putin to an invasion, which will bleed the Russian economy, demoralize the Russian people, and cause a bloodbath of Russian and Ukranians, an internecine war destroying Ukraine and crippling Russia in much the same way that the Soviet Union was crippled by the violent jihadist provocations in Afghanistan in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Those U.S. sponsored jihadist provocations led to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, an invasion which so devastated the Soviet Union that it was a significant factor in the collapse of that once great superpower. Considering that Obama’s mentor, Brzezinski suffers from acute Russophobia, the possibility cannot be excluded that the goal of the West’s geopolitical engineering in Ukraine is precisely to provoke a Russian invasion. Hence, the paranoid demonization of Putin, upon whom the west is projecting its own aggressive designs.

In his famous interview with “Le Nouvel Observateur,” Brzezinski stated:

“According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the mujahideen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet Army invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise. Indeed it was July 3, 1079 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.”

As described by Robert Dreyfuss in “Devil’s Game,” in that interview Brzezinski admitted that his intention all along was to provoke a Soviet invasion – even though after the Soviet action occurred, U.S. officials expressed shock and surprise. “We didn’t push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would,” he stated.

With commendable restraint, and a desire to save his country, and the world from a war which could engulf the entire planet in a mushroom cloud, Putin has resisted invading Ukraine. When, in the last century Soviet missiles appeared in Cuba, 90 miles from Florida, US President Kennedy did not hesitate to threaten nuclear strikes to compel the withdrawal of the Soviet weapons from Cuba, which Kruschev immediately expedited. Today, with NATO bases and missile defense systems now surrounding Russia and threatening the very heartland of that country with comparable weapons capable of obliterating the Russian Federation, it is preposterous to expect Putin not to defend his nation as vigilantly and vigorously as President Kennedy did his own country more than a half century ago, during the Cuban missile crisis.

One listens, with incredulity, as the U.S. Ambassador states, at the August 28, 2014 Security council emergency meeting: “Instead of listening, instead of heeding the demands of the international community and the rules of the international order, at every step Russia has come before this council to say everything except the truth. It has manipulated, it has obfuscated, it has outright lied. So we have learned to measure Russia by its actions, not by its words.” The U.S. Ambassador’s remarks are a flagrant and paranoid projection of the egregious manipulation, obfuscation and outright lies with which US/NATO, in violation of all the rules of the international order, has engineered and manipulated the destabilization of Ukraine, the violent overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically elected government, and annexed the junta in Kiev to NATO, imposing the brutal yoke of the IMF “austerity measures” upon the Ukranian people. The gruesome consequences of the manipulations and outright lies with which US/NATO camouflaged its annexation of the ruling junta in Kiev, was described at the emergency session of the UN Security Council on August 2, 2014, by Mr. John Ging, Director of the Coordination and Response Division of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: “Ongoing efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine have borne little fruit. Therefore, insecurity and violence prevail in conflict areas, resulting in a steadily worsening humanitarian situation, which will continue to deteriorate for as long as violence persists.”

“An estimated 3.9 million people live in areas directly affected by violence. Those remaining in the conflict zone face imminent security threats from the fighting, which is increasingly occurring in more-densely populated urban areas. Fighting has caused significant damage to infrastructure, affecting the power and water supply and access to basic services. In Donetsk and Luhansk, home to a total of 1.5 million people, the water supply is reduced to a few hours per day. Health supplies are running low and an estimated 70 per cent of health personnel have fled the area, leaving access to medical care significantly reduced. Damage to housing has so far affected 1,600 families. Supply routes are increasingly disrupted by conflict, and coping mechanisms among the affected populations are inevitably deterorating.”

“As conflict intensifies, casualties are on the rise. The human rights monitoring mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the World Health Organization report that at least 1,367 people, both civilians and combatants, have been killed and 4,067 people have been wounded by the fighting in Eastern Ukraine since mid-April…Today there are 117,910 people registered as internally displaced throughout Ukraine, 87 per cent of whom are from the east of the country. Most have left with few belongings and are in need of shelter, food and other essential assistance. At the same time, many people from areas affected by fighting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are fleeing to the Russian Federation. Since the start of the year, 168,677 Ukranians have registered as having crossed into the Russian Federation, with nearly 60,000 having applied for refugee status and a further 115,952 having applied for other forms of legal stay. …The Russian Federation is reporting that 740,000 people have crossed their borders since the start of the year, availing themselves of the special 270 day visa programme for Ukranians. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has also reported that figure.”

“We call on the Ukranian Government to address some key challenges in implementing relief activities….We request the Ukranian Government to adopt a temporary exemption to facilitate the import of medical supplies certified by the World Health Organization….In conclusion, the humanitarian situation is deteriorating, and the worrying increase in violence in urban areas puts a greater number of people at risk. Until the violence has ended we will continue to see an increase in the numbers of people being killed and a deterioration of the overall humanitarian situation.”

The Russian Ambassador further described this catastrophic situation: “On a human scale, the situation in the east, particularly in Donetsk and Luhansk, is disastrous. Today there is a definite need to speak about a true war. The International Committee of the Red Cross has officially recognized that there is an internal armed conflict in the east of Ukraine…Overflights of cities have become a daily reality. Artillery, tanks and Grad rockets are used. Locals are continuously reporting that phosphorous bombs and cluster bombs are being used. There is indiscriminate shelling of housing blocks and critical civilian infrastructure. In many small towns, about 80 per cent of the houses have been destroyed. According to most conservative estimates, more than 600 buildings have been reduced to rubble. Today there was a rocket attack in Shakhtyorsk. On 2 August, Ukranian artillery shelled the city of Pervamaisk, where homes, two electrical power plants and hospitals were destroyed. As a result of shelling by the Ukranian armed forces, shells have been falling into Russia. There have been about 20 such incidents. On 3 August, a Ukranian army mine exploded at the Gukovo crossing, Rostov oblast, where monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe were working….More than 4 million people live in the areas where military operations are taking place. Of them, more than 200,000 have been left without drinking water. There is a critical health and epidemiological situation in Luhansk. Houses are without electricity and, because of shelling, there is no clean water. Telephone communications are impared and there are no garbage removal services. ..Almost 800,000 Ukranians have come to Russia since the beginning of the crisis…”

“Russia calls upon the international community to take emergency measures to improve the humanitarian situation in the east of Ukraine. Because of that, on 4 August, Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sergey Lavrov, once again sent an official appeal to humanitarian agencies associated with the United Nations, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the International Committee of the Red Cross to create a humanitarian mission. We would like to send a convoy with Russian humanitarian assistance under the aegis and with the support of the ICRC to Donetsk and Luhansk and other areas of Ukraine where internally displaced persons from the east are concentrated… Finally, Kiev’s approach of violently repressing the eastern regions will have very difficult consequences for the entire Ukranian population, and that is simply regrettable.”

September 5, 2014, a Statement was issued on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: “The Secretary-General welcomes the positive news that today’s consultations between the Contact Group and representatives of armed groups have resulted in the agreement of a cease-fire. He also welcomes the recent discussions between the Presidents of Ukraine and Russia which have played a part in today’s breakthrough and strongly encourages those contacts to continue.” By September 7, 2014, two days later, many have expressed skepticism that this cease-fire will last.

Fratricidal war between Ukraine and Russia is unthinkable, leading to destruction of both Ukraine and Russia, but with US/NATO manipulating and inciting their proxies in Kiev to escalate provocations against Russia, such a war may ultimately be inevitable. The consequences would very likely lead to a nuclear holocaust. Those who would engineer such a war can only be described as clinically insane.

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Nazi forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)


  • ·        4 civilians, including a child and a woman, died of wounds they sustained during the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  • ·        A baby died in Jerusalem because of tear gas inhalation.
  • ·        8 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and an elderly woman, were wounded in different shooting incidents.
  • ·        Israeli forces continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

–         A reporter of Palestine TV was wounded during Bil’in weekly protest.

–         A protester was wounded during a peaceful protest at the entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah.

  • ·        Israeli forces conducted 77 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

–        60 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, were arrested. 

–        14 of these civilians were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

  • ·        Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

–         Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

–         At least 9 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

  • ·        Israeli naval forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza waters.

–         Israeli forces opened fire thrice at Palestinian fishing boats and arrested 2 fishermen and confiscated their fishing boat.

  • ·        Israel has continued its efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

–         7 houses were demolished in Beit Hanina and al-Za’im, north and east of the city.

  • ·        Israeli forces have continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

–        Israeli forces demolished al-Rahma Dairy and a cattle barn belonging to the Islamic Charitable Society in Hebron.

–        7 houses and 4 civilian facilities in north and south of the West Bank were demolished.

–        3,799 dunums[1] from Sourif village and other villages, south of Bethlehem, were confiscated. 

–        Israeli settlers attempted to kidnap a woman in Sho’fat neighbourhood in the north of occupied Jerusalem.


Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (28 August – 03 September 2014).


In the Gaza Strip, although 9 days have passed following the Egyptian-brokered truce agreement between the Palestinian resistance groups and Israel, the catastrophic consequences of the 51-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip have been present. During the reporting period, a number of wounded persons died of wounds they sustained during the offensive.

During the reporting period, a Palestinian baby died because of tear gas inhalation in occupied Jerusalem, as Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters to disperse the Palestinian protesters in al-Tour Mountain, east of the city. Moreover, 2 civilians, including a woman and a child, died of wounds they sustained during the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, while hundreds of wounded Palestinians have been receiving medical treatment in hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and other hospitals abroad for the seriousness of their wounds. In the meanwhile, Israeli forces violated the truce several times by opening fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area and arresting a number of fishermen.

A Palestinian baby died in Jerusalem because of tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces were dispersing Palestinian protesters in al-Tour Mountain, east of the city, while 4 other civilians, including a woman and a child, died of wounds they sustained during the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. During the reporting period, 10 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the West Bank, including 3 children, and old woman and a journalist. Wounds of some of them were described as serious.

In the West Bank, a baby, Hanadi Abu Sbeitan, from al-Tour neighbourhood in occupied east Jerusalem died on Thursday, 28 August 2014, because of tear gas inhalation, when Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters at her family’s house on 26 August 2014.

On 29 August 2014, a 17-year-old male sustained 2 bullet wounds to the left leg when Israeli forces opened fire at a number of boys in Daher al-Baragheesh area, east of Beit Ommar, north of Hebron. The boys threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who opened fire in response.

On 01 September 2014, a 40-year-old man sustained a bullet wound to the belly, and a 78-year-old elderly woman suffered tear gas inhalation, when Israeli forces moved into al-Far’ah refugee camp. The woman was taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital for the seriousness of her health condition.

On 31 August 2014, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets at Mohammed Abdul Majid Sonoqrot (16), east of the Old City in East Jerusalem. Sonoqrot sustained a bullet wound to the head and his wound was serious. His father said that an Israeli soldier targeted his son and fired at him from a close range during the Israeli incursion into the said area.

On 02 September 2014, Israeli forces stationed at “Eyal” checkpoint, north of Qalqilya, opened fire at a jeep with an Israeli registration plate driving through the checkpoint. As a result, 2 civilians, who had no permits to enter Israel, were wounded. The wound of one of them was serious. The 2 persons were arrested and taken to Israeli hospitals for medical treatment.

On 03 September 2014, a Palestinian adult and a child were wounded when Israeli forces moved into Nablus, as a group of youngsters gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers. The Israeli forces surrounded a 3-storey house and shelled a wall in the building, while opened fire at the second floor. Israeli forces claimed there was a wanted person hiding in the building, but it was proved untrue.

Israeli forces used excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, a reporter of Palestine TV was hit by a tear gas canister to the right side while covering Bil’in weekly protest, west of Ramallah. Many other civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and 2 international solidarity activists were arrested in the same protest.

In the Gaza Strip, medical sources in Palestine Hospital in Egypt declared that Wedad Abu Zaid died on 29 August 2014 because of wounds she sustained during the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip on 29 July 2014.

On 01 September 2014, medical sources pronounced Basem ‘Ajour (60) dead of wounds he sustained during the Israeli offensive on 25 August 2014.

On the same day, medical sources pronounced Zeyad al-Rifi (13) dead of wounds he sustained on 21 August 2014 in an attack in al-Nafaq area.

On 03 September 2013, medical sources in Egypt pronounced Nasser Abu Marahil (40) dead of wounds he sustained on 25 July 2014 in al-Nusairat area.

In the context of chasing Palestinian fishermen in the sea, on 02 September 2014, Israeli gunboats stationed off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, while gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniya shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats for the second time. Neither arrests nor material damage were reported.

On 01 September 2014, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. They arrested 2 fishermen and confiscated their fishing boat and net. There has been no information so far about the destination to which they were taken so far.


The full report is available online at:–03-sep-2014&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183

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The ISIS Quagmire and Respect for International Law

Tonight, President Obama will make a foreign policy address to the nation.  He will speak about what the US intends to do about ISIS and other Middle East issues.  As you probably know, the US Administration is planning to escalate  military attacks in Iraq and Syria and to increase funding and training of “moderate rebels” in Syria.
We believe it is important for all of us to do everything possible to RESIST and STOP this drive toward increased aggression against Syria.
If the US wants to stop ISIS, it can remove its funding and arms, which are coming from US allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and others and even from the US itself, through intermediaries like the Syrian “rebels”.  We are the ones who have created the conditions, funded and facilitated the growth of this reactionary terrorist organization.
If the US really wants to stop ISIS it should work with the Syrian government and people who have been the main victims of and fighters against ISIS.
There are many problems with the idea of air strikes against ISIS in Syria and increased funding for the “moderate rebels”.  For one thing, both actions are illegal under international law:
1) As in the case of US funding for the Contras in Nicaragua, it is illegal for the US to fund, train, weaponize and coordinate to overthrow the regime of a sovereign state.
2) The airspace of any country is its own. The US must get Syrian authorization before flying into that air space.
We urge everyone to speak out and do as much as you can to oppose this misguided foreign policy initiative. After the disasters and mayhem caused by the US/NATO invasions against Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, the American public is rightly skeptical.
It’s for the people of Syria to modify or change their government, not for the US or Saudi Arabia or NATO.
Left on their own, the people of Iraq and Syria can deal with the problem of ISIS and terrorism. Continued US interference and aggression will makes things worse, not better.

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Palestinians clash with Jerusalem Nazi police after teen’s death


Riots erupt after Mohammed Sunuqrut, 16, dies of head wound sustained at protest last week.

By Reuters and 
Scores of Palestinians rioted in East Jerusalem on Sunday after hearing that a youth from their neighborhood had died of wounds suffered in a clash with Nazi police last week.

Protesters in the neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz close to the walled Old City threw rocks, firebombs and flares at passing cars, and riot officers responded with rubber bullets during an afternoon of clashes that lasted for several hours. There were no reports of serious injury.

Jerusalem emergency services said two firebombs were thrown at pumps at a gas station in the French Hill neighborhood, and that rioters broke into a nearby convenience store, causing heavy damage.

A police spokesman said a man was lightly wounded in the A-Tur neighborhood after rocks were thrown at his vehicle.  The spokesman added that youth threw rocks in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya.

Mohammed Sunuqrut, 16, succumbed to a head wound suffered during a protest a week ago but the circumstances of how he sustained the wound were in dispute.

His father, Abdel-Majid, said his son had been hit in the head by a rubber bullet but Israeli police said Sunuqrut had been hit in the leg with a foam projectile and had fallen and hit his head while running away from officers.

The body was taken for a post-mortem examination in Tel Aviv and the Nazi Justice Ministry’s police investigations unit was examining the circumstances of the case, Nazi police spokesman said.

Street clashes with police in riot gear, military-style raids on homes late at night and stone-throwing at Nazi vehicles have marked the most serious outbreak of violence in Jerusalem since a Palestinian uprising a decade ago.

The violent protests in the city have been raging almost nightly beyond the spotlight on the Gaza war, leading to a crackdown by Israeli police in which hundreds of Palestinians have been detained.

The protests erupted in July after the murder of a Palestinian teen in an alleged revenge attack by three Jews, who are standing trial. That followed the killing of three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank by Hamas Islamist militants.

Damage caused by Palestinians to a Jerusalem light railway, which links Arab and racist Jewish illegal settlement  and was once hailed by Nazi authorities as a symbol of coexistence, had put a third of its carriages out of commission.

Some 40 percent of Jerusalem’s 800,000 residents are Palestinians. They have Nazi-issued identity cards that entitle them – as residents of a city that Israel regards as part of the Nazi Jewish state – to the same civil rights and state-funded services afforded Zionist citizens.

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Palestine News


Israel limits Gaza fishing zone again, violates ceasefire agreement for 3rd time

IMEMC/Agencies 8 Sept — The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture states that Israel has violated the recent ceasefire agreement made with the Palestinians, now allowing Gaza fishermen to sail up to only five nautical miles off the coast. According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, the ministry declared, Monday, in a brief statement: “Israeli warships, this morning, fired on fishing boats when they entered the six miles’ distance, and marked the five-mile limit to warn the fisherman against crossing over it.” The statement added that this act is yet another violation of the ceasefire deal, signed in late August, between the Palestinian and Israeli factions. The agreement stipulated that Israel would immediately expand the fishing zone off Gaza’s coast, allowing fishermen to sail as far as six nautical miles off the shore, and would expand the area gradually up to 12 miles. Prior to this agreement, Israel had maintained a limit of three nautical miles for the fishermen, opening fire at any who dared venture further, despite earlier agreements which had actually settled on a 20-mile limit. Under the terms of the deal, Israel also agreed to ease its siege on the Gaza Strip. Al Ray further reports that this violation now marks the third of the ceasefire agreement, as last Tuesday Israeli naval warships fired towards fishermen off the coast of Rafah.  Israeli soldiers opened fire, the following morning, at a number of Palestinian fishing boats close to the shore in the Sudaniyya area, west of Gaza City, and kidnapped two.

Four fishermen kidnapped in northern Gaza waters

IMEMC/Agencies 9 Sept by Saed Bannoura  — Israeli navy boats attacked on Tuesday, at dawn, Palestinian fishing boats in the Sudaniyya Sea, near Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and kidnapped four fishermen. The Ma‘an News Agency has reported that the fishermen, all members of the Sultan family, have been kidnapped by the navy, and were taken to an unknown destination. The Israeli attack also caused property damage to a number of boats. The attack is yet another Israeli violation to the cease-fire agreement, as the navy kidnapped two fishermen in the area a week ago, while the navy also attacked fishing boats four times since the cease-fire deal was reached on August 26.

Child dies in Egypt of injuries suffered in Gaza

IMEMC 10 Sept — A 5-year-old Palestinian girl has died of injuries sustained during the recent Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. The Safa News Agency saidRahaf Abu Jame‘, 5, from the village of Bani Suheila in Khan Younis, succumbed to her wounds in an Egyptian hospital while receiving treatment for shrapnel which hit her when their house was targeted by an air strike. The child’s father told Safa that she was born after 15 years of waiting.

Palestinian dies of wounds sustained in Gaza assault

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 8 Sept — A young Palestinian man died on Monday of wounds he sustained during the Israeli offensive on Gaza, a Ma‘an reporter said.Muhammad Ibrahim al-Riyati, 22, was critically injured on July 18 when Israeli forces shelled the al-Tanur neighborhood of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Al-Riyati was taken to an Egyptian hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Monday.

Names of Palestinians killed in the war on Gaza since 8 July

IMEMC 10 Sept by Saed Bannoura — This list is still incomplete, but we are trying to fill in gaps – during the Israeli assault on Gaza from July 8th to August 27th, 2014, the IMEMC staff tried to document every casualty, but fell behind due to the high number of casualties in such a short time. The following 1602 nameshave been confirmed – the actual death toll, according to the Ministry of Health, is at least at 2137. The number includes 578 children, 263 women, and 102 elderly, since July 8, while more than 11100, including 3374 children, 2088 women and 410 elderly, have been injured. This site, ‘Beyond Numbers’, has pictures of many of these victims. is documenting the list of Palestinian victims as well, saying “Every civilian victim deserves to be counted. documents and bears witness to the human suffering of the voiceless victims of war.”

38 injured children from Gaza head to Germany

CAIRO (Ma‘an) 8 Sept 23:45 — Some 38 Palestinian children injured in the last Israeli assault on Gaza have left the enclave through the Rafah crossing and are set to fly to Germany for treatment. The children were accompanied by three German and five Palestinian doctors, officials said Monday. They were met by a delegation of Egyptian doctors and were transferred to Cairo airport in ambulances.

45 children critically injured in Gaza to be treated in Germany

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) 8 Sept 15:26 — Forty-five children severely injured in Israel’s seven-week offensive on Gaza will be transferred to Germany on Monday to receive medical treatment, a Palestinian MP said. Ashraf Jumaa said 45 children, some of whom underwent amputations in Gaza hospitals, will be treated abroad in Germany [and Austria, apparently]. The trip was organized and paid for by the Union of Palestinian Doctors and Pharmacists in Germany after a visit to the besieged enclave on Sunday. The union will also reportedly take custody of 300 children orphaned during the Israeli offensive. Some 90 entire families were killed during the conflict, Jumaa said. Over 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed in Israel’s seven-week assault on the Gaza Strip, with a further 11,000 injured. Up to 1,000 Palestinians are likely to suffer a permanent disability from their wounds.

Relief aid in Gaza failing to reach the most desperate

GAZA CITY (Al-Monitor) 8 Sept by Asmaa al-Ghoul — Palestinians in Gaza are complaining about the chaotic distribution of relief aid entering the Gaza Strip, destined for those most severely afflicted by the recent war with Israel — Gaza resident Zahra al-Arif, 32, is forced to go from one organization to another trying to register for relief aid. Arif is pregnant and has children; the heat is intense, making the mere act of leaving the house difficult. She lost her husband and father in Israeli shelling on July 12, and her home in the Shajaiya neighborhood was destroyed during the Israeli army’s ground operation. “My husband worked with the Palestinian Authority (PA) police and brought home all household necessities. Now I must do everything. I find myself facing life alone, and I’m eight months pregnant,” she told Al-Monitor. Arif has received nothing from the official agencies aside from food baskets, and she currently lives with her widowed mother in the Shaaf neighborhood. In their destitute home, her children show a sadness that go well beyond their years. Arif’s feelings of loneliness, after what she suffered during Operation Protective Edge, are shared by a large number of Palestinians. Many complained to Al-Monitor that they have not received any aid aside from food baskets since they lost their homes, amid what they described as a “chaotic aid distribution.” ….

10,000 Palestinians flee Gaza by any means in surge of illegal emigration

GAZA (Palestine News Network) 8 Sept — Numbers of Palestinians from Gaza illegally emigrating to Egypt and Europe have tripled since the Israeli assault on the enclave, sources told PNN. It is claimed as many as 10,000 people have fled in the last 8 months as life in Gaza has become unbearable. A recent PFLP statement equally confirmed that this recent phenomenon sees most cross the border into Sinai through tunnels before arriving at Egypt’s coastal towns. From there some will attempt to reach Italy or other European states by sea. People smugglers charge around $4,000 per person for the journey and take no responsibility should emigrants be arrested or killed. The danger involved in such journeys is considerable. Recently a vessel carrying 160 illegal emigrants capsized off the coast. All those aboard remain in custody having been arrested by Egyptian forces. The high cost of human smuggling has seen cases of Gazans selling wives’ and mothers’ jewelry or borrowing large sums in order to leave the enclave. Sources wished to remain anonymous, fearing for their own safety. It is testament to the desperate situation in Gaza that thousands of Palestinians are ready to risk their lives in search of a better future. Sources report Gazans evoking the difficulty of living in the Strip following the Israeli assault with fear, injustice and killing as daily presences. The lack of opportunities for the future leads furthermore to their determination to escape regardless of its legality. With checkpoints closed and Egypt unwilling to facilitate access, being illegally smuggled through tunnels into Sinai remains the only option for those seeking a new start. PNN was told how the emigrant demographic has equally changed with young men now joined by whole families set on leaving Gaza, despite the inherent danger. The PFLP statement called this “increasing phenomenon […] very dangerous”, noting that people smugglers continued with impunity and had connections with international criminal networks. The group called upon all Palestinian factions to come together in Gaza to find a solution to the emigration crisis. Hamas has received criticism for aiding only its supporters, leaving others to face poverty and unemployment. Policies are accused of having ignored the youth for years resulting in Gaza offering no future prospects.

3 pharmacists killed, 12 pharmacies destroyed in the Israeli war on Gaza

GAZA (PIC) 9 Sept — The pharmacists syndicate in Gaza said that three of its members were killed while 15 others were wounded in the Israeli 51-day of war on the enclave. The syndicate said in a statement on Monday that 12 pharmacies were completely destroyed in the onslaught while 60 others were partially damaged. Khalil Abu Leila, the chief of the syndicate, said that a delegation of the syndicate would call on families of the martyrs and the wounded in a bid to boost their steadfastness. He said that his syndicate was in contact with numerous local and international parties to seek their support for reconstruction of those pharmacies and to revive the affected pharmacists’ main source of livelihood.
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Israel prevents Palestinians in Gaza from visiting jailed relatives

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — Israeli authorities are continuing to prevent Palestinians in Gaza from visiting jailed relatives in Israel, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday. Masada Saif told Ma‘an that Israel stopped allowing the visits to take place at the beginning of a seven-week military offensive in Gaza. The ICRC is currently exerting efforts to reinstate the visits.

Hospital cleaning staff in Gaza declare partial strike

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 8 Sept — Cleaning staff in Gaza declared a partial two-day strike on Monday in protest at not being paid since May, an official said. Ahmad Zurub, manager of the workers rights committee in Nasser Public Hospital, told Ma‘an that workers would keep on increasing their strike action and eventually go on full strike if they do not receive their salaries. “These workers’ salaries are very low! Why are not they paid?” Zurub said. “We contacted the Ministry of Health in Gaza and they told us that the workers’ salaries are the PA’s responsibility, and when we talked to the ministry in Ramallah they said that these are the Gaza ministry’s responsibility.” Some 65 workers will go on partial strike on Monday. Hospital workers’ salaries were increased some months ago to 700 shekels ($194) per month.

Gaza crisis appeal in Scotland raises £930,000

The Scotsman 10 Sept by Paul Ward — Almost £1 million has been raised in a month in Scotland to help those affected by the Gaza crisis. The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said it has been able to reach 1.1 million people with aid, including food, water and medicine, since it launched the fundraising drive in the UK on August 8. In total, £14 million has been raised in the UK, with £930,000 coming from Scottish donations, DEC said. The charity thanked those who have given to the fund and supported its work. Tens of thousands of individual donations have been made as well as larger single donations including £10,000 from Renfrewshire Council.

Palestinian killed by Israeli army fire in Hebron

[with photo] IMEMC/Agencies 10 Sept by Saed Bannoura — Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, the al-Am‘ari refugee camp, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, shot and killed a young Palestinian man, and wounded several others. Medical sources said resident Issa Salem al-Qatari, 22 years of age, was shot by several live rounds to the chest, and died of his wounds at the Ramallah Governmental Hospital in Ramallah. Eyewitnesses said dozens of soldiers, and undercover forces, invaded the refugee camp, and kidnapped a Palestinian, identified as ‘Ala Jalayta (ar-Reehawi), from his home.  The army also invaded and searched several homes in the camp. Following the invasion and arrest, clashes took place in the camp after a number of local youths hurled stones at the invading soldiers, while the army fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition in the alleys and homes of the camp, killing al-Qatari and wounding several others. The Maan News Agency said al-Qatari was preparing for his wedding that was planned for next week.

Jerusalem: Injuries reported in funeral of teenage Palestinian killed by army fire

IMEMC/Agencies 9 Sept by Saed Bannoura — Medical sources in occupied Jerusalem have reported that dozens of residents have been injured, on Monday evening, after Israeli soldiers and police officers attacked the funeral procession of a Palestinian teen who died of a serious injury suffered, after being shot by the soldiers last week. The slain Palestinian has been identified as MohammadSonnoqrot, 16 years of age. Media sources in occupied Jerusalem said the family and hundreds of Palestinians conducted the funeral prayers at al-Aqsa mosque, before marching towards a graveyard for burial ceremonies. However, the police and the army attacked the procession, firing gas bombs and rounds of live [?not according to PIC] ammunition, causing dozens of injuries among the Palestinians. The soldiers also invaded the local graveyard and kidnapped at least ten Palestinians, including a number of children. Some of the kidnapped have been identified as Zaki al-Mahlous, Shaker Nasreddeen, Anis ‘Ayesh and Nidal Sonnoqrot. The Israeli attacks caused widespread protests and clashes in the area, and in Salah Ed-Deen Street, and several other areas in occupied Jerusalem.

Photos: Fierce clashes in East Jerusalem after police kill young Palestinian

Activestills 9 Sept – Hundreds of Palestinians took part in the funeral Monday evening of Mohammad Sunuqrut, who died on Sunday, a week after being shot by Israeli police during a protest in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz. Sunuqrut, 16, was allegedly shot with a new type of sponge-tipped bullet, which caused his injury and him to collapse. Police admit to shooting at him but claim that his death was caused when he fell and hit his head. According to the family, however, he was shot directly in the head at close range, which caused his injury and subsequent death. The results of an autopsy conducted Monday have not yet been released. Hundreds of people escorted Sunuqrut’s body in a funeral procession Monday evening in Wadi Joz. Following the funeral, which passed through the Al Aqsa compound, riots and heavy clashes broke out throughout East Jerusalem between Palestinian youths and Israeli police.

Child injured, four children kidnapped near Jenin

IMEMC/Agencies 9 Sept by Saed Bannoura — Israeli soldiers invaded onMonday, at night, the town of Ya‘bad, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, shot and injured a Palestinian child, and kidnapped several residents. Eyewitnesses have reported that clashes took place between the invading soldiers and local youth, and that the soldiers fired rounds of live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and gas bombs. The clashes took place in different parts of the town, focusing mainly on the school district, and another area where local workshops are located. Medical sources said the wounded child, identified as Imad Herzallah, 14 years of age, was shot with a live round to the shoulder, and was moved to a local hospital. In addition, soldiers kidnapped four children in the town, and took them to a nearby military and security base. The kidnapped children have been identified as Mohammad Ma’moun ‘Amarna, 13, Sadeq Abu Bakr, 14, Khaled ‘Arafat ‘Amro, 15, and Ekrima Khaled ‘Amarna. Eyewitnesses said that the soldiers also fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition, concussion grenades and gas bombs at a number of homes and stores, causing dozens of residents to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Videos: Israeli soldiers detain Palestinian children

AIC 9 Sept — VIDEOS of Israeli border police and soldiers detaining Palestinian children: two children in Hebron, ages seven and twelve, were forcibly detained, while in Silwad two children, seven and eight years old, were also detained.
Two children on their way to school in the southern West Bank city of Hebronwere forcefully detained Monday morning at the Salaymeh checkpoint by Israeli border police. The International Solidarity Movement reports that six young children began throwing small stones at Hebron’s Salaymeh checkpoint. Israeli border police ran to the checkpoint, throwing two stun grenades and firing three tear gas canisters toward the children, who were standing outside their school. Two border police officers grabbed 12-year-old Yousef Hajajreh by the neck and walked him to the checkpoint, where he was later arrested and driven away in a police car. Two more border police officers forcefully dragged and carried Oday Rajabi, a seven-year-old boy, who was also on his way to school, and detained him for approximately 40 minutes. An ISM volunteer who was present stated, “The situation was terrible, I felt like it was a planned operation where the aim was clearly to terrify schoolchildren and the soldiers were out to arrest.” Yousef and two adult Palestinians detained with him were released at noon, roughly three hours after they were taken.
And on Monday afternoon Israeli forces detained  two young Palestinian boys while they were playing in the courtyard of their house in the Ramallah-area town of Silwad. The Palestinian news agency Ma‘an reports that the children are seven-year-old Abd al-Fattah Abd al-Ghani Teima Hammad and eight-year-old Ramzi Ahmad Meri. A family member stated that the children were taken to a nearby military base and that there were no clashes in the area at the time. The children were released a few hours later, after the Palestinian military liaison department intervened.

Israeli forces clash with Palestinians near al-Quds University

JERUSALEM (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — Clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces near al-Quds University in Abu Dis on Tuesday, witnesses said. Since the morning, Israeli forces were deployed near the separation wall opposite the university, stopping students and checking their identity cards as they passed by, locals told Ma‘an. Elderly residents of Abu Dis village demanded the soldiers leave the university surroundings, “but soldiers refused to leave and insisted on provoking students,” one witness said. Later, soldiers fired stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber coated bullets at students, some of whom responded by throwing rocks at the forces. Al-Quds University is a frequent site of tensions between young Palestinians and Israeli forces, who locals accuse of violating students’ academic freedom.

Israeli forces close road after clashes in al-Ram

RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — Israeli forces on Tuesday evening closed down the main road at the northern entrance of al-Ram, causing a huge traffic jam. Israeli soldiers and police placed cement blocks and barbwire at the entrance of the village, with the heavy presence of Israeli forces and bulldozers. This came after clashes broke out in the area during which Israeli forces fired live and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians who threw rocks and launched fireworks. Israeli forces also sprayed so-called skunk water at cars and houses in the area.

Group: Israeli forces detain 8 Palestinians overnight

RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 8 Sept — Israeli forces detained eight Palestinians in the West Bank overnight, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said Monday. Two Palestinians were detained in Tubas — Muath Sawalmah and Muhammad Abu Shamla, both 22, PPS said in a statement. In Bethlehem, Israeli troops detained Oday Abd al-Fattah Abu Odeh, 20, Yaqub Hammad Yaqub, 19, and Muhammad Ahmad Salameh. Meanwhile, Abd al-Qader Muhammad Abd al-Qader was detained in Jericho, 18-year-old Muhammad al-Jundi was detained in Hebron, and 17-year-old Abd al-Karim Shuyukhi was detained in Jerusalem.

Israeli forces injure, detain man in Ramallah village

RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 8 Sept — Israeli special forces [must‘aribeen] on Monday evening shot and then detained a Palestinian man in Shibqa [Shuqba?] village west of Ramallah. Mohammad Fadhil al-Masri, 26, was at a coffee shop when a several armed people in civilian outfits stepped out of a minivan with a Palestinian license plate and raided the shop. Al-Masri tried to escape when he saw them, but he was shot in the foot and arrested. This preceded the entrance of several Israeli army vehicles, which sparked clashes. Israeli forces had previously attempted to detain al-Masri.

Army kidnaps twelve Palestinians near Nablus

IMEMC/Agencies 9 Sept by Saed Bannoura — Israeli soldiers stationed at the Za’tara military roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, kidnapped on Monday evening twelve Palestinians and took them to an unknown destination. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers were searching cars and inspecting the ID cards of dozens of Palestinians, causing a huge traffic jam, upon which they kidnapped twelve young Palestinians who remained unidentified at the time of this report. The army also closed the roadblock, preventing hundreds of Palestinians from crossing, and did not provide a reason for the arrests, and the temporary closure of the roadblock.

Israeli forces detain, assault Palestinian near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — A Palestinian man was injured after being detained and assaulted by Israeli forces near Bethlehem on Tuesday, local sources and medics told Ma‘an. Locals told Ma‘an Israeli forces arrested 28-year-old Muhammad Ahmad Shahin in the town of Beit Fajjar and took him to the Gush Etzion detention center. The soldiers later beat Shahin and dropped him off near al-‘Arrub refugee camp in northern Hebron, the sources said. Shahin was wounded “all over his body” from the beating and taken to the Beit Jala Governmental Hospital, where medics described his injuries as moderate.

Ten Palestinians kidnapped in the West Bank

IMEMC/Agencies 9 Sept — Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Tuesday, three Palestinians in the West Bank districts of Jenin and Bethlehem. Israeli army sources said that the army kidnapped ten Palestinians in the West Bank.
In Bethlehem, soldiers kidnapped resident Mohammad Ahmad Shahin, 28, after repeatedly beating and kicking him in various parts of his body, causing several injuries, and took him to the Gush Etzion military base, upon abducting him. Shahin is from Ertas (or Artas) town, to the south of Bethlehem; he was stopped at a military roadblock near Beit Fajjar nearby town. The soldiers took Shahin and later released him near the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. He was immediately moved to the Beit Jala Governmental Hospital in Bethlehem, suffering moderate injuries.
On Tuesday, at dawn, soldiers invaded the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and kidnapped two Palestinians after searching and ransacking their homes. Local sources said that the soldiers kidnapped Essam Jom’a Abu Khalifa, 20, and Ishaq Rafiq Abu Shahla, age 21.
In related news, two Palestinians, including an elderly man, were injured while working near the Bilal Ben Rabah Mosque, in Bethlehem, and were moved to the Beit Jala Hospital. The two, Ibrahim Awad, 73, and Jihad Awad, 42, are from Beit Ummar, near Hebron. An explosive ordnance, dropped by the army, detonated near them. The two were working close to the military tower of the Israeli Annexation Wall, north of Bethlehem.

Schools suspended in Jabal Al-Mokabber

IMEMC/Agencies 9 Sept — Schools in the Jabal Al-Mokabber are have been suspended, following the arrest of two Students’ Families’ Committee members, Jerusalem’s Wadi Hilweh Information Center has reported. SFC members Mahmoud Eweisat and Omar Eweisat were taken into custody by Israeli police, while the director of the elementary girls’ school was brought back to her post “to practice her work as usual”. According to head of the committee, Abdelkarim Lafi, well-known figures and locals of Jabal Al-Mokabber have announced the suspension of all schools in the area, until the committee members are released and the director is dismissed for financial fraud. The allegation was reportedly confirmed by the municipality and the Ministry of Education, after two years of investigations.

Palestinian prisoner dies in unclear circumstances

AIC 9 Sept by Ahmad Jaradat — A Palestinian prisoner died Tuesday in mysterious circumstances, just hours after he was moved to the hospital, according to the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ and Ex-Prisoners Affairs. Issa Qaraqe‘, head of the committee, said 35-year-old Raed al-Jabari died at Soroka Hospital hours after he was moved from Eshel prison, adding that al-Jabari did not suffer from any diseases. Holding the Israeli authorities accountable for al-Jabari’s death, Qaraqe‘ called for formation of an international committee to investigate the controversial death. Raed al-Jabari was from the southern West Bank city of Hebron. A general strike for Wednesday has already been declared in Hebron and depending on when a probable autopsy is conducted, it is expected that al-Jabari’s funeral will be held tomorrow. Qaraqe‘ stated that al-Jabari was “tortured while being transferred” from Ofer prison to Eshel jail. Israeli prison authorities released a statement saying al-Jabari hung himself.  Notification was made to the Red Cross, and a prison services’ investigatory committee will be charged with examining this incident. Al-Jabari was detained on July 26 when he turned himself in after hitting several Israelis with his car in the Bethlehem-area settlement bloc of Gush Etzion. He told Israeli forces that the incident was an accident. The Israeli press, however, is currently referring to al-Jabari as a ‘security prisoner’, the term used in Israel for Palestinian political prisoners. Al-Jabari’s death comes one week afterPalestinian prisoner Muhammad Hussein Rabee was transferred to a hospital after undergoing torture at Israel’s Russian Compound detention center, according to the Palestinian Authority Prisoner Affairs Committee.

Prisoner from Jerusalem deprived of seeing newborn son

JERUSALEM (Electronic Intifada) 8 Sept by Budour Youssef Hassan — Little Amir was sleeping in his mother’s lap. His first birthday had recently been celebrated and he had started walking. His mother was expecting to give birth to another son within a few weeks. Strong winds blew outside but otherwise it had been a quiet night. But not for long. In the early hours of that morning on 18 June, Amir’s father, Nasser Abed Rabbo, was kidnapped by Israeli soldiers. Masked and heavily armed, the soldiers broke into his family’s home after they had stormed the Sur Baher area of occupied East Jerusalem. Abed Rabbo had previously spent 24 years behind Israeli bars; he was sentenced by a civilian court to life in prison after being charged with leading an armed resistance cell. His sentence was later commuted to 38 years and he was eventually released as part of a prisoner exchange deal struck between Israel and Hamas in October 2011. “At 2:55am we saw dozens of masked soldiers approaching our home. They started knocking at the door with their feet and rifles. Nasser knew they had come here for him so he asked me to hide his phone for fear it would be confiscated,” Abed Rabbo’s wife, Fatima, told The Electronic Intifada. “They dragged Nasser, who was in his pajamas. Nasser resisted and pushed them away from me. I quickly brought him some clothes and shoes to wear,” she added. “One soldier told me in Arabic, don’t worry, we are just taking him for interrogation and he will return soon. They then handcuffed and blindfolded him. Nasser’s mother, who lives next to us, started screaming. She is 85 and has become all too familiar with such scenes.” Nasser Abed Rabbo has still not returned home.
Abed Rabbo was one of seven Jerusalemites released under the 2011 agreement who were re-arrested that same night. Yehuda Weinstein, Israel’s attorney general, issued a request to re-incarcerate all seven Jerusalemites on 24 June, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported. The Israeli authorities used the disappearance of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank that month as a pretext to round up hundreds of Palestinians. Prisoners who had been released after the 2011 deal were particularly targeted. Across Jerusalem and the wider West Bank, 51 Palestinians who had been released under that deal werere-arrested on 18 June. In total, 131 of the 824 prisoners released to the West Bank (including Jerusalem) as part of the deal have been re-arrested, Haaretzreported on 23 JuneSecret evidence On 15 July, a committee appointed by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, to examine alleged violations of the prisoner exchange deal decided that six of the seven Jerusalemites re-arrested in June should complete their previous life sentences. Only Ibrahim Mishaal was released, according to the Samidoun Prisoners Solidarity Support Network. Based in Haifa, the committee is headed by a former judge and includes representatives of the Israel Prison Service. “The committee charged them with returning to ‘terrorist activity,’ membership in terrorist organizations and other violations of the terms of the deal,” said Ramzi Kteilat, the prisoners’ attorney. “The decision was taken based on secret evidence presented by the public prosecution and intelligence services that neither the lawyers nor the prisoners were allowed access to,” he added.

Israeli courts extend detentions of 74 prisoners

RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — Israeli courts extended the detentions of 74 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday for “questioning and legal procedures,” a rights group said. [following is a list of the prisoners]

Group: PA months behind on prison canteen allowances

RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 9 Sept — The Palestinian Ministry of Finance must pay monthly allowances to Palestinian detainees so they can have access to canteen goods in Israeli jails, the head of a prisoners group said Tuesday. Qaddura Fares, head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, said the payments from the PA to Israel are a minor expenditure but vital for detainees to buy basic goods and food. Since June, the Israeli Prison Service has reduced the amount of food Palestinian detainees can buy because the finance ministry failed to transfer the monthly allowances. Fares said the ministry should consult prisoner groups before making any unilateral changes. The Ministry of Finance said in a statement that it had transferred detainee allowances for August. Consultations are ongoing to reach the best possible solution for prisoners’ needs, it added.

Palestinian prisoner released after 10 years in Israeli jails

HEBRON (Ma‘an) 8 Sept — A Palestinian prisoner was released late Sunday after spending ten years in Israeli jails, according to the Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights. Adel Omar Din al-Zaatari, 41, from Hebron, was released from al-Thahiriya prison and greeted by family and friends, his wife told the Ahrar Center. Al-Zaatari was detained on Sept. 8, 2004 after being critically injured by shrapnel from missiles and explosives that were fired at his house by Israeli forces, Ahrar director Fouad al-Khafsh said. His wife was prevented from visiting him during his detention period. He was also detained briefly in 1990, and was detained for four years by Palestinian security forces before being detained by Israel, his wife told Ahrar Center.

UN, Palestinians call for $550 mn in Gaza aid

Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) 9 Sept — The United Nations and the Palestinian government called Tuesday for international donors to provide $550 million in aid to help hundreds of thousands of Gazans affected by a devastating war with Israel. The appeal comes two weeks after Israel and Hamas ended 50 days of bloodshed that killed more than 2,100 people, mostly civilians, and ahead of an October 12 donors’ conference in Cairo. “The scope of damage and devastation is unprecedented in the Gaza Strip,” James Rawley, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, said in a statement.”The crisis is far from over.” Rawley and Palestinian deputy prime minister Mohammed Mustafa outlined the humanitarian needs for post-war Gaza, calling for $551 million (€427 million) for food aid, access to clean water, healthcare and education. “We challenge the world to be ambitious and daring in helping us realise recovery, reconstruction and a better future for Gaza,” Mustafa said. “An immediate measure is to end the blockade on Gaza and ensure our people never again experience the horrors of this summer.” Rawley echoed calls for a “full lifting of the blockade”.

Palestinian: Donors wary of funding Hamas-run Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) 9 Sept by Mohammed Daraghmeh — The deputy Palestinian prime minister said Tuesday that international donors are hesitant to fund the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip so long as Hamas remains in control there and the specter of future wars looms. Mohammed Mustafa, a top official in the West Bank Palestinian Authority, said international bodies are eager for President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah forces to take on a leading role in Gaza in the wake of a 50-day war between Israel and Hamas that killed more than 2,000 people. With Hamas still committed to Israel’s destruction and with an arsenal of rockets still at its disposal, the donors are wary of rebuilding, Mustafa said. This summer’s war was the third in less than six years.”Some donors say why sponsor Israeli wars in Gaza every two years,” Mustafa said. Mustafa said despite the obstacles, the Palestinian Authority had launched a relief plan for Gaza and will call for a donor conference in Egypt next month. Egypt announced late Tuesday the conference, co-sponsored by Norway, would be held Oct. 12. In Washington, Maen Areikat, ambassador and chief representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization delegation to the U.S., said that while donors are nervous, the Palestinian Authority has received indications that many are willing to contribute to a massive reconstruction effort. “I think Hamas understands that everything is going to be channeled through the Palestinian Authority. They are not arguing with that.”

After Gaza war, Palestinian in-fighting flares

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) 8 Sept by Sara Benhaida & Adel Zaanoun — The war with Israel may be over, but now the fight is turning inward with bitter rivalry between Fatah and Hamas threatening to shatter a fragile Palestinian unity deal. In the latest spat between the factions, president Mahmud Abbas accused Hamas of running a “shadow government” in Gaza, prompting the Islamist movement to accuse him of trying to “destroy” the unity agreement they signed in April. The deal ended seven years of rival Palestinian administrations — with Abbas’s Fatah party which dominates the Palestinian Authority, ruling the West Bank, and Hamas’s own government ruling Gaza. Under the deal, the two sides agreed on the formation of a national consensus government of technocrats which took office on June 2. But after just over a month in office, everything was put on hold as Israel and Hamas fought a deadly 50-day war in and around Gaza. Throughout the conflict, Hamas and Fatah put up a united front, working side-by-side in indirect truce talks with Israel in Cairo, which resulted in an open-ended ceasefire that took effect on August 26. But any illusion of harmony has quickly evaporated….

Palestinians in Belgium to file war crime complaints against Israelis

BRUSSELS (Ma‘an) 8 Sept – Belgians of Palestinian descent have started to consult lawyers and human rights groups about filing war-crime complaints against Israeli militants and civilians in Belgian courts. They are seeking to charge them with war crimes against the Palestinian people especially during the last military offensive against the Gaza Strip. A statement by the PLO’s Diaspora department quoted the chief of the Palestinian community in Belgium as saying that Belgian lawyers have confirmed that such complaints are possible in Belgium. According to Belgian law, Hamdan Dmeiri said, war crimes or crimes against humanity complaints can be filed in Belgium even if the alleged crimes were committed in other countries….

Photo essay — Archaeology as imperialism in West Bank, Palestine

Monocular Spectacular 9 Sept Written by: Katy Carlson and Pernille Sørenson; Photographs by: Katy Carlson — Over the last few decades, the use of archeological excavations has emerged as growing tool for Zionists to expel local Palestinians from the Holy Lands. In 1967, Israel was tasked with overseeing archaeological digs in the West Bank. As seen in the previous examples ofSilwan and Khirbet Susiya, this archaeological excavation shows many signs of being politically motivated. What first appears to be an innocent archaeological dig has been revealed to hide well-scheduled political tactics and resulted in the abuse of Palestinian heritage. Tel Rumeida is an example where the fight is still being waged against this archeological imperialism … Many Jews believe that Tel Rumeida is home to the tombs of Jesse and Ruth. Because of this belief, settlers have been attempting to take hold of the land since their arrival in 1982. As one of the earliest steps in the process, a settlement was constructed on the hilltop in 1984. In the beginning, seven Israeli families lived in caravans there. However, the Israeli government approved the construction of permanent buildings in 1988. In 1991, just three years later, the Israeli army established a military base on plot 54, the Abu Haikal family’s backyard. This transformed the family’s land into a military dwelling-place for Israeli soldiers who haveunashamedly declared that their presence is for the protection of the settlers and not the Palestinians … In the settlers’ most recent attempt to seize the land of Tel Rumeida, Emmanuel Eisenberg, an archaeologist and project coordinator from the Israeli Antiquity Authority, began what they are calling an ‘archaeological excavation’. Here, he hopes to find remnants of King David’s palace. The excavation began in January 2014 following Netanyahu’s declaration that he would not evacuate the settlements of Hebron in the occasion of a peace deal. The excavation is not just a project of the nearby settlers though, it has been funded 7 million shekels by the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport. Emmanuel Eisenberg’s name is not unfamiliar to those who are aware of archeological imperialism in occupied Palestine. It is interesting to learn that, when the settlers planned the archaeological dig, all of the archeologists whom they contactedrejected their offer except for Eisenberg. In the late 1990′s, he was previously responsible for an archaeological dig that lead to the construction of an illegal Israeli settlement in Ramat Yishai. He has already announced his future plan for Tel Rumeida, which is to establish a Bible Park for tourists. Unsurprisingly, the archaeological site has not revealed any evidence of Jewish history, but instead, mainly evidence of old farming and Muslim graves which were then removed. Beyond the deceitful intentions behind the excavation, one can also question the presence of the Israeli Antiquity Authority, as they are only authorized to work within the 67-borders.

Israel uses religious freedom to deepen Jerusalem occupation

AIC 9 Sept by Connie Hackbarth — Under the guise of protecting freedom of religion, Israel seeks to entrench its occupation in East Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives — The Knesset’s powerful Internal Affairs Committee will  conduct a special tour of the Mount of Olives cemetery in occupied East Jerusalem Thursday, ostensibly to examine on-site “security arrangements” for visitors and preservation of the cemetery. Under the guise of ensuring access and freedom of worship in the Jewish cemetery,  which has also become a pilgrimage site for numerous Christians, these arrangements are part of the Israeli campaign to entrench its occupation in East Jerusalem. Led by committee chairperson MK Miri Regev (Likud), the tour will include committee members, police officials and representatives of the International Committee for the Protection of the Mount of Olives in Israel, Jeff Daube and Harvey Schwartz. Following the tour, the Knesset committee members will meet with police officials and members of the International Committee to draw conclusions and render operational any new security arrangements decided upon. Daube told the Jerusalem Post in June this year that  “‘plans are underway to construct a visitor and education facility on the site, with the help of a NIS 10 million government allocation’. Meanwhile, Schwartz emphasized the import of the site with respect to Jewish history”. “We don’t just want to ensure security, but to also enhance the mountain to make it the educational center for Jewish history and Zionism,” said Daube.

Podcast: Dr. Mona El-Farra on mass trauma and destruction in Gaza; Patrick Strickland reports from Kufr Birim….

Electronic Intifada 8 Sept by Nora Barrows-Friedman — This week on The Electronic Intifada podcast:
After Israel’s 51 days of attacks on homes, hospitals, schools and infrastructure, we speak with Dr. Mona El-Farra, physician and human rights advocate, about the wide spectrum of trauma inflicted on Gaza’s children. As Palestinians mark one year of return to their destroyed village of Kufr Birim, Israeli authorities cut water, electricity and gas, and loot and confiscate Palestinians’ camping supplies, Patrick O. Strickland reports from the village. Yafa Jarrar, daughter of Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar, speaks about her mother’s so-called “internal deportation” order meted out by Israel, an order she has refused to follow.

The blockade remains / Charlie Andreasson

GAZA, Occupied Palestine (ISM)  8 Sept — More than a week has passed since the ceasefire started and yet no significant easing of the blockade has been seen. Drones are still circulating over the rooftops, maybe carrying deadly cargo. Fishermen have been shot at in the north and  south, two fishermen have been arrested and had their boat seized. Tanks and bulldozers have rolled in a good way over the border east of Rafah and destroyed farmland. In the West Bank a 4,000 square kilometer of Palestinian privately owned land has been annexed by the Israeli state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he is considering not sending a delegation to the peace talks in Cairo three weeks from now, and that Hamas is not going to get through any of their demands, demands that all are parts of the Oslo Accords and subsequent agreements, approved by previous Israeli governments. It does not look good for the future … In the wind an air of freedom can be felt, an end to the blockade, a politically united Palestine. Orange banners, the 2010 nominee for the Nobel Prize Mustafa Barghouti’s colour, have begun to be seen in contrast to the resistance movements green, black, red and Fatah´s yellow. His party PNI, Palestinian National Initiative, which is mostly a democratic coalition open to secular leftist movements and individuals, women’s organizations and civil society organizations. The PNI is based on non-violent resistance and social justice, which sees both the two-state solution based on ‘67 borders and a one-state solution where everyone has equal rights, as avenues to peace, justice and an end to the occupation. It is a hopeful element in an otherwise polarized debate with military overtones on both sides of the border. There is a lot at stake in Cairo three weeks from now. However if Israel continue to place obstacles in front of a political merger between Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the dreams and hopes will be dashed like the thousands of residential buildings, hospitals, and civilian infrastructure already crushed here in Gaza. It is highly probable that the war rumble will once again echo….

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