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Ukrainian Jews demand protection for Holocaust sites

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JERUSALEM POST

Ukrainian Jewish leaders on Tuesday demanded that their government protect Holocaust sites throughout the country, during a pre-Yom Kippur ceremony memorializing the more than 33,000 Jews killed at Kiev’s Babi Yar ravine.

Babi Yar has been vandalized six times since the beginning of the year, most recently on September 16, when unidentified persons piled tires around a memorial menorah and lit them on fire.

While the number of violent anti-Semitic incidents was low in Ukraine in 2013 compared to Western Europe, anti-Semitic vandalism spiked in the Eastern European nation last year, according to the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress.

Popular targets for vandals were Holocaust memorials such as Babi Yar. Synagogues in Zaporizhya, Simferopol, Mykolaiv, Kiev and Hust were targeted in attempted arson attacks.

“The last act of brutal vandalism at Babi Yar – the site of massacre of tens of thousands of Jews – is not just a public insult of honor and dignity of the Jewish people, but also a humiliation for the country and its government, whose inaction made possible this crime as well as other similar acts of abuse in Kiev and other Ukrainian settlements,” the leaders of the several Jewish organizations said in a joint letter following the ceremony.

Representatives of the Jewish Council of Ukraine, Jewish Forum of Ukraine, Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, Ukrainian Jewish Committee, Council of Jewish Religious Communities, Council of Progressive Communities and Conservative movement in Ukraine, and others, decried the vandalism as part of a “much larger problem of abuse of hundreds of Jewish massacre sites throughout the country.

“We demand the immediate and effective steps to prevent vandalism in the future along with the strengthening of criminal responsibility for vandalism and punishment of the organizers and executors of this crime,” they wrote.

“[The] almost no reaction of civil society and mass media, no feedback from authorities and law enforcement agencies in respect to the events in Babi Yar clearly indicates ignorance of the society in respect to the large-scale tragedy that happened to the Jews of Ukraine during the Holocaust.

“On the eve of the anniversary of the tragic events at Babi Yar and the most important day of the Jewish calendar, we urge the president of Ukraine, the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada [the parliament] of Ukraine and people’s deputies of all levels, head of the Kyiv City State Administration, heads of law enforcement agencies, political parties and civil society organizations to pay special attention to the protection of tranquility and memory of innocent victims – our brothers and sisters murdered in Holocaust,” the NGOs wrote.

The New York based Anti-Defamation League added its voice to the protest, with its national director Jonathan Greenblatt telling The Jerusalem Post that while it recognizes Ukraine’s difficulties, “a minimal investment of security manpower and other resources could serve as a strong deterrent to this string of anti-Semitic acts which cause such distress to the Jewish community in Ukraine and abroad.”

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A new encyclopedia of Jew-hatred

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TIMES OF ISRAEL

The new anti-Semitism, which finds expression in the demonization of the State of Israel, is described in a book which has as its objective the exposure of the perpetrators, their modus operandi and their aims. Is the Israeli government prepared to confront this phenomenon?

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld’s new book in English, The War of a Million Cuts, is virtually encyclopedic in its portrayal of the new anti-Semitism. According to Gerstenfeld’s definition, the new anti-Semitism reflects a shift in focus from loathing of the Jewish individual to hatred of the State of Israel. Here, he perhaps does not innovate, but he presents a far more detailed and profound picture than that which we are already familiar.

Gerstenfeld lists the sources of the new hatred of Israel, one after the other. They are many, and embody a multitude of political parties, civilian and social organizations, the United Nations, churches, media, academia, artists and individuals with public status, and also, both obviously and particularly, the Arab states and Muslim organizations. The uniqueness of the book derives from the fact that Gerstenfeld presents the delegitimization of Israel, resulting from this global hate, in all its aspects and dimensions, as a powerful process. This has penetrated and continues to penetrate the European society, causing ongoing injury and harm — the “million cuts” — to the Jewish People and the State of Israel. Hence, the title of this book.

The importance of this tome at the present time is obvious. This is also why European personalities familiar with the issue have added their support by expressing their high esteem for the book on its cover. José Maria Aznar, a former Spanish prime minister, even wrote the book’s foreword.

The Left and Radical Islam

Gerstenfeld writes that the “Holocaust only temporarily suppressed anti-Semitism in Western societies. Today it is still often not politically correct to publicly declare oneself an anti-Semite in those societies. Yet a substitute target has been found in Israel for the anti-Semites to direct their hatred at.” It is important to stress that anti-Semitism has never ceased.

Gerstenfeld mentions that anti-Semitism re-emerged shortly after the Second World War, when some European countries discouraged or prevented Jewish Holocaust survivors from returning to their homes, which in the meantime had been inhabited by others. Thus a situation was created reminiscent of the biblical verse “This is what the LORD says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’ (Kings I, 21:19). The issue has never been resolved and it’s doubtful it ever will be. Thereafter, anti-Semitism went through stages of ebb and flow. The period after the Six Day War was characterized by an ebb in anti-Semitism. However, with further developments in the Arab-Israel conflict, such as the second Lebanon War, and more recently, the Protective Edge campaign, anti-Semitism attained new heights.

During this time, writes Gerstenfeld, a new factor arrived on the European scene which became central to the issue: the mass immigration of Muslims, which laid the foundations for anti-Semitic Arab propaganda, in collaboration with the European Left. The proponents and perpetrators of the new anti-Semitism are very energetic in their combat against Israel, claiming that their words and actions represent legitimate criticism of Israeli policies in the territories, “against the occupation.” They even justify attacks against the European Jews, whom they see as a legitimate target “because of their support for Israel, which carries out genocide against the Palestinian people.”

The most significant and severe expression of the anti-Israel cooperation between Muslims and European leftist organizations was sharply highlighted at the 2001 UN conference against racism, in Durban, South Africa. An unholy partnership of revolutionary, frustrated leftists and Muslims who, due to their culture, oppose human rights as they are understood in the Western world, led to the NGO’s notorious declaration in Durban. The declaration stated that Israel is a racist state which operates a policy of apartheid, and that “the Palestinians have the right to fight against it with all means at their disposal” until they achieve their goals, which include the return of all refugees to Israel. In other words, the aim is to destroy the Jewish State and deny the Jewish people the right to an independent state. Gerstenfeld sees in this statement, and rightly so, the basis for the development of the new anti-Semitism, represented by the incitement of global hatred of Israel. This is the underpinning for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which has adopted the Durban NGO declaration as its rallying call.

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, a Holocaust survivor, is an economist and an anti-Semitism researcher. He was born in Vienna. His family fled to the Netherlands when the Nazi influence increased. The family went into hiding and managed to survive the Nazi period. After completing his studies, Gerstenfeld commenced his career as an economic consultant, but was later drawn, in view of his personal experience and of his Zionist activities in the Netherlands and elsewhere, into the research of anti-Semitism.

His friend, the late Professor Daniel Elazar, who created the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, brought him in to the JCPA. Gerstenfeld found ample opportunity in the JCPA for his anti-Semitism research, which he developed in depth. Within the framework of the Center he founded the Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism program and brought many researchers from abroad to lecture on its various aspects. He turned the JCPA into one of the important research centers on the subject. He also served as chairman of the foundation until 2012.

Gerstenfeld has published many books and hundreds of articles, in a multitude of countries and in various languages. His writings focus specifically on his area of expertise — European anti-Semitism. The titles of his books express their content succinctly: the betrayal by Europe and its elites of the Jews and the State of Israel.

In this weighty tome, Gerstenfeld lists the list of focal points of anti-Semitism, even if he warrants that this list is far from exhaustive. In order to illustrate the incomprehensible and substantial variety and seriousness of the expressions of hatred, he cites the perpetrators of the top anti-Semitic slurs of the past few years as published by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. In 2012 these included the Muslim Brotherhood Movement, the Iranian government, the Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff, the anti-Semitic soccer supporters in Europe, the Svoboda party in the Ukraine, the Golden Dawn party in Greece, the Jobbik party in Hungary, Trond Ali Linstad — a Norwegian who converted to Islam, the German journalist Jakob Augstein, and Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam in the United States. In 2013 the list included the Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Richard Falk — the author of the UN report on Palestine, the BDS movement and so on.

The frequent and varied activities initiated by Muslims and leftist organizations has inflamed hatred against Israel, both in the political arena and in the street. This has occurred mainly in European countries but has also been visible in other continents. Its main expressions are endless attacks to blacken Israel’s name through comparisons with Nazi Germany together with accusations that Israel is intentionally killing Palestinian children and even perpetrating genocide against the Palestinians.

All this is accompanied by violent action against Jews and calls to exterminate the Jewish people. The slogan ‘Death to the Jews’ has become an accepted rallying cry in demonstrations in European countries. There are even efforts to discredit Judaism’s historical status as the origin of Christianity by insisting that Jesus was a Palestinian. This is done with the help of anti-Semitic groups. It is impossible to list all the fictitious accusations which are attributed to Israel. We are speaking of a well-oiled propaganda machine which works incessantly and uses the media and the social networks to amplify the messages and their impact. The obvious goal is to demonize and delegitimize, to isolate and undermine Israel, and in addition, to frighten the Jews who are perceived as its supporters.

Such a broad attack by such a large group of bodies over many years, stresses Gerstenfeld, aims to implant in the world in general, and in “enlightened Europe” in particular, the feeling that Israel and the Jews are the embodiment of evil, and that the destruction of Israel and the Jews is a desirable and acceptable goal.

Severe Damage

Gerstenfeld methodically details activities in most of the countries of the European Union, where the new anti-Semitism has developed. He shows how the new anti-Semitism has taken root in the public mind, and how European citizens have come to consider Israel a state dangerous for world peace, on a par with Iran and North Korea. This while 40% of European Union citizens express anti-Semitic feelings in polls to a certain degree. One of the outcomes of the new anti-Semitism is, of course, the significant flight of Jews from Europe, in particular from France, home to the largest Jewish community in Europe, second only in the diaspora to that of United States.

All this, says Gerstenfeld, as the authorities in Western Europe close their eyes to the phenomenon, essentially abandoning their Jewish citizens. The media and the academic community either collaborate in the process or ignore what happens, and thus have become partners in the Muslim propaganda campaign. Furthermore, the lies about Israel’s policy and the false accusations of genocide against the Palestinians are accepted as true by the European Union, which pressures Israel politically and economically, thus causing the country much damage.

Gerstenfeld at the beginning of the book states that he did not intend to limit himself to the preparation of a theoretical academic document about new anti-Semitism, but rather to expose the perpetrators, their mode of operation and their aims in a systematic manner. His objective is to induce the Israeli government to plan an active policy against this phenomenon with all urgency, as the new anti-Semitism endangers the State of Israel and severely harms the Jewish people.

Gerstenfeld stresses that successive Israeli governments have ignored the problem. By now, he says, the phenomenon has become far stronger. It is essential to organize the appropriate people with all speed, to set up an infrastructure which can act rapidly through mobilization of intelligence information, people and budgets. There are still many in Israel who claim that the anti-Semitism issue is exaggerated and that it causes little damage to Israel. They argue that if Jews are harmed by anti-Semitism, they should move to Israel. Gerstenfeld’s book rebuts this nonsense and highlights, with utmost clarity, the imminent danger of the new anti-Semitism. Israel’s government should in no way ignore it. This is an important book and it should be translated into all European languages. However, in the present climate, it is doubtful that his call will be heard.

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South Africa set to quit ICC

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The BRICS Post 

A ruling ANC policy meeting has given its nod for South African plans to withdraw its membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This ‘landmark’ decision is bound to spur greater debate on the ICC and its ‘inherent biases’.

Let’s rewind a bit here.

At its national conference in 2012, South Africa’s governing party the African National Congress (ANC) resolved to engage with the International Criminal Court to seek amongst other matters the perceptions that the court treated African nations unfairly on matters of global justice.

The court was seen as only focused on Africa and no other continent. In the court’s 13-year history it has only brought charges against Africans.

In its resolution then, the ANC said; “As much as the ANC does not condone impunity, authoritarian and violent regimes, it is concerned about the perception of selective prosecution of Africans and urges the ICC to also pursue cases of impunity elsewhere, while engaging in serious dialogue with the AU and African countries in order to review their relationship.”

The ANC referenced cases of Ivory Coast and Sudan where the AU was engaged in peace building and ending of hostilities, during which the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) through the ICC engaged in interventions that could have scuppered the AU initiatives to put an end to hostilities.

In its 2012 resolution, the ANC called on the UN Security Council, which has referred some African cases to the ICC, to recognise the work done by the African Union, its Regional Economic Commissions and individual African countries to promote a peaceful end to and settlement of conflicts on the continent, the peace agreements signed and commitments made in regard to post-conflict justice.

It is worthwhile to remember here that none of the South African government’s proposals to make the court more representative and responsive to the continents multilateral African Union (AU) were ever adopted.

On Monday during its National General Council (NGC), ANC’s midterm policy review Congress noted the processes underway, under the auspices of the African Union, (including South Africa) to review Africa’s participation in the International Criminal Court.

The NGC has now moved further away from the 2012 resolution with its instructions to the South African government to start the process of withdrawing from the ICC.

South Africa is a signatory to the Rome Statute that set up the court.

The South African government of Jacob Zuma had been severely criticized for letting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir evade an ICC arrest warrant in the country in June this year.

Zuma had hosted AU Heads of States and Governments in Johannesburg with al-Bashir in attendance.

During this time, the South African government was already arguing a matter in a court on the question of immunity for heads of states while leading their countries to multilateral meetings of the AU.

A South African court had ordered the government to ‘detain’ al-Bashir in the country whilst it deliberated on whether South Africa was obliged to arrest him.

In an earlier op-ed here, I argued that the government acted properly in not arresting the Sudanese leader.

The decision of South Africa’s ANC this past weekend should be seen as a part of Africa’s renewal and her demands to be heard and treated as an equal in global politics.

As Africa finds its voice and refuses to be colonized in commerce, justice and global politics, the next frontier will be her push for meaningful UNSC reforms to include her one billion population.

South Africa is seen as a front-runner for a permanent seat on the UNSC. The issue of UNSC reforms is inextricably linked to the ICC fallout as the UNSC controls much of ICC’s activities even though the majority of permanent members are not ICC state parties.

A month ago Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed the Sudanese president in China as an “old friend”. Beijing, like Washington, is not a member of the ICC, although both are permanent UNSC members.

Instead, the ICC has been seen by many as a proxy tool of the US to further its narrow global hegemonic political interests and to even effect its policy on regime changes through the ICC itself. This has made this court unequal and inequitable in every sense.

The African Court for Human Rights is, conversely, widely regarded by the majority of African states as the better model to deal with cases of human rights abuse.

The ANC has demanded that all African cases currently before the ICC be transferred to this court.

This could see a likely release for former president of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo still held at The Hague. Most countries, especially in Africa, viewed France’s actions in his arrest unfair and unlawful.

South Africa has not only consistently shown the ability to negotiate and kick-the-can but has also been able to come up with global alternatives as seen in the formation of the BRICS bank as a counterweight to the unreformed International Monetary Fund.

South Africa’s BRICS partners India, China and Russia are not state parties to the ICC.

At the center of the South African move at ICC, is the demand for a representative global order and the ruling ANC is showing impatience with the dragging negotiations to achieve equitable balance amongst United Nations member states.

We should expect an enmasse ICC withdrawal of African states after this ANC decision. The age of African solutions for African problems has started. The notion of “nothing about us without us” is no longer reversible.

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Baby amongst children removed over Islamist radicalization fears

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More than 20 children including one baby have been taken into care over fears they could be subject to extremist views and radical Islam at home.

Children from at least 11 families have been subjected to court orders, which remove children into state care.

The youngest child is a one-year-old from Rochdale whose family were caught attempting to flee to Syria via Turkey earlier in the year.

The figures come after one of the most senior judges in the UK released new guidelines on the increasing number of extremist cases which are taken to family courts.

In many cases judges use court orders to protect children who are considered vulnerable to extremist behavior. The orders can include making the children wards of court, place them in foster care or prevent them leaving the UK.

President of the Family Division of the High Court Sir James Munby said on Thursday that the number of cases involving children had risen since the beginning of the year.

“Recent months have seen increasing numbers of children cases coming before … the family court,” he said.

“There are allegations that children, with their parents or on their own, are planning or being groomed to travel to parts of Syria controlled by the so-called Islamic State; that children are at risk of being radicalized; or that children are at risk of being involved in terrorist activities either in this country or abroad.”

Munby said police should be proactive in seeking court orders, and not rely on local councils. He added that the safety of vulnerable children was “paramount.”

His announcement came days after Prime Minister David Cameron highlighted the “danger” Islamic extremism poses in the UK, saying the “passive tolerance” of radical ideas was allowing the spread of dangerous rhetoric.

Hannah Stuart, counter-radicalization expert at the Henry Jackson Society, said terror groups are continuing to target young people.

“Both among those who support people joining the conflict in Syria or who want to see terror acts committed here, we see a recurring obsession with the radicalization of children.

“We are seeing a generation who are getting older and having children, and those children are growing up in an environment where there is a risk of them being taken to Syria – or being told that it is right to hate non-Muslims and desire martyrdom.”

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Saudi juveniles now in ‘solitary confinement’ far from families, says father

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The father of Ali al-Nimr, a Saudi juvenile facing execution for his role in protests, has spoken of his uncertainty and concern about the fate of his son, as it emerged Ali and a second juvenile are now being held in solitary confinement in a prison in Riyadh.

Speaking last night, Mohammed al-Nimr said that the family hadn’t seen their son since 15th September, saying: “I’m very worried now, because they’ve moved my son to a prison in Riyadh, and he’s in solitary confinement – I fear he could be executed at any moment.” He added that Ali was among several other young men sentenced to death in the wake of protests, including Dawoud al-Marhoon, whose sentence of beheading was upheld last week.

Both Ali and Dawoud were 17 when they were arrested in the wake of protests in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Both received death sentences after being tortured into ‘confessions’ used to convict them in the country’s secretive Specialized Criminal Court. Executions are shrouded in secrecy in Saudi Arabia, and it is possible that both juveniles could now be executed at any time, without prior notification to their families. However, speaking to Al Jazeera this week, Abdallah al-Mouallimi, the Saudi permanent representative to the UN, suggested that Ali’s case was still “being reviewed in legal circles”, ahead of his execution receiving the “personal approval of the Zionist King”.

Speaking to Channel 4 last night, Ali’s father Mohammed al-Nimr said that as the UK and Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime had a “warm relationship”, he hoped that interventions by the British government would save his son. Prime Minister David Cameron has said the government has raised Ali’s case with the Saudi authorities; however, the Ministry of Justice has faced criticism over its ongoing bid to provide services to the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family prison system, which would be responsible for carrying out Ali and Dawoud’s executions.

Concerns over the UK’s position come amid growing calls for firmer interventions from close allies of Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime, such as the UK and the US. Yesterday, the European Parliament passed a resolution that called on member states – including the UK – to “deploy all their diplomatic tools and make every effort to immediately stop the execution” of Ali and others arrested at protests.

Commenting, Kate Higham, caseworker at human rights organization Reprieve, said:

 “Saudi Arabia’s plans to kill Ali and Dawoud are appalling, and have rightly caused an international outcry. Now these two juveniles – who have been through a shocking  ordeal of torture and unfair trials – have been disappeared to solitary confinement, far from their families, who have no idea what the next few days could bring. We can only imagine how terrified they must be. Countries like the UK and the US, who count the Saudis among their closest allies, must listen to Ali’s father and urge a halt tothese executions. Britain’s Ministry of Justice must also urgently call off its bid  to provide services to the Saudi prison service that will carry out these executions.”

Last year on this date, to the impotent howls of human rights groups, five men were beheaded in Jizan, Saudi Arabia and then “crucified.” “In Saudi Arabia, the practice of ‘crucifixion’ refers to the court-ordered public display of the body after execution,” Amnesty UK noted, “along with the separated head if beheaded. It takes place in a public square to allegedly act as a deterrent.”


Here’s how these five deterred. If you look closely you’ll see the “along with the separated heads” bobbing near each decapitated corpse in little white bags … and if you’re still not convinced, click for a ghastly higher-quality close-up view.


















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On British role in Syria and plans for FT reported ‘safe zones’

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By Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom
RT 

Will Damascus request the British to assist in the same way, I don’t know. But there is another way for the British, and, in fact, everybody else, to carry out airstrikes against ISIS and other terrorists legitimately. It means a UN Security Council mandate, provided in response to the request of the Syrian Government. That is what we are now working on in New York. That is how the British could have their finger in the bombing pie in Syria. Russia is far from pulling this blanket upon herself. We want to work together.

There are other advantages of this course, besides establishing clear-cut objectives and terms of such collective intervention by the international community in Syria. We could agree, in the text of this resolution, on realistic and flexible enough modalities of a political settlement in Syria, which would allow those who left their country to come back and take part in its post-war reconstruction. The latter, by the way, could be a major source of economic growth in the region. What is equally important, this settlement will make it unnecessary for the EU to provide asylum to refugees from Syria.

I’ve read the said FT material. Some would say that it is very much in line with the backstabbing tradition of Western politics. I hope those plans were not serious on the part of our Anglo-American partners, who were able to see our preparations for airstrikes in Syria. The British have a signals intelligence post in Cyprus, just opposite our naval supply station in Syria, an equivalent of a 19th century coaling station. Perhaps, they just couldn’t say ‘no’ to their regional allies. But had it been true, it would have raised a host of serious issues. Because it would have been done behind our backs and in circumvention of the UN Security Council. Some seem eager to get NATO involved. The Alliance, until now, has been out of the picture in Syria, and for good reasons. Those plans, if implemented, would have brought about a de facto partition of Syria. More than that, our partners would have well found themselves in the position of protecting the terrorists.

It is a very dangerous idea. Some players might have harbored it. At least this would explain, why all of a sudden and from nowhere the tide of refugees in Europe this year. Quite likely it was meant to bring the EU on board as regards ‘safe zone’ plans. Now the migration crisis factor works for more realistic assumptions in Europe in respect of the political process in Syria, which cannot proceed while ISIS is there.

But let’s discuss things positively. Among those I can see close cooperation between the Russian and British military. Making common cause in Syria creates mutual trust, establishes mutual control, and provides incentives for both sides to be effective in doing its part of the job. We have just requested our Western partners provide us with their intelligence on the terrorist infrastructure in Syria, if they really think that we strike the wrong targets. We have also requested contact numbers of the Free Syrian Army to help bring it into a united effort to defeat terrorists.

And initial results of our strikes prove that they can be very effective if delivered in earnest, with no other objectives at the back of one’s mind. It also shows that the terrorists took their impunity for granted. In fact, it could be said that the anti-ISIS coalition of 60 (!) states presided over this outfit’s expansion for a whole year, rather than tried hard to stop and destroy it.

I am sure that thus there will be all the conditions in place for us to have a common view of the situation and make joint efforts on that basis. Among other things, it would have provided a welcome opportunity for our and the British military to be allies like we were in WWII. It would drastically change the terrorists’ calculus while doing the same to our relationship, which is in a very bad shape indeed.

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Bush, Blair plotted Iraq war 1 year before invasion had started

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A damning White House memo has revealed details of the so-called “deal in blood” forged by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George W. Bush over the Iraq war.

The document, titled “Secret… Memorandum for the President”, was sent by then-US Secretary of State Colin Powell to President Bush on March 28, 2002, a week before Bush’s summit with Blair at his Crawford ranch in Texas, Britain’s Daily Mail reported on Sunday.

The sensational memo revealed that Blair had agreed to support the war a year before the invasion even started, while publicly the British prime minister was working to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

The document also disclosed that Blair agreed to act as a spin doctor for Bush and convince a skeptical public that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction, which actually did not exist.

In response, Bush would flatter Blair and give the impression that London was not Washington’s poodle but an equal partner in the “special relationship.”

Powell told Bush that Blair “will be with us” on the Iraq war, and assured the president that “”the UK will follow our lead in the Middle East.”

Another sensational memo revealed how Bush used “spies” in the British Labour Party to help him to influence public opinion in the United Kingdom in favor of the Iraq war.

Both documents were obtained and published by The Mail on Sunday. They are part of a number of classified emails stored on the private server of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton which courts have forced her to reveal.

Blair has always denied the claim that he and Bush signed a deal “in blood” at Crawford to launch a war against Iraq that began on March 20, 2003, that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.

The Powell memo, however, showed how Blair and Bush secretly prepared the Iraq war plot behind closed doors at Crawford.

Powell told Bush: “He will present to you the strategic, tactical and public affairs lines that he believes will strengthen global support for our common cause.”

The top US diplomatic official added that the UK premier has the presentational skills to “make a credible public case on current Iraqi threats to international peace.”

Powell wrote that Blair will “stick with us on the big issues” but he needs to show the British public that “Britain and America are truly equity partners in the special relationship.”

In March 2003, the US and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant violation of international law and under the pretext of finding WMDs. But no such weapons were ever discovered in Iraq.

More than one million Iraqis were killed as the result of the US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of the country, according to the California-based investigative organization Project Censored.

The US war in Iraq cost American taxpayers $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, according to a study called Costs of War Project by the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

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200 Nazi Jewish settlers attack Palestinian village with firebombs

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More than 200 Nazi Jewish settlers attacked the Palestinian villages of Wad al-Haseen and Wad al-Nasara near the illegal Nazi Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba overnight in the eastern Hebron district of the occupied southern West Bank, locals and medics said.

During the attack, Nazi Jewish settlers threw stones and firebombs at Palestinian homes and injured at least three people, two of which were minors, while Nazi forces later shot and injured one Palestinian with live fire.

Nazi army spokesperson said she did not have reports of any injuries with live fire.

The spokesperson said clashes between Palestinians and Nazi Jewish settlers broke out in the area, after which Israeli forces “arrived at the scene and dispersed the clashes using riot dispersal means.”

Kayed Daana, one of the residents whose home was attacked said that dozens of Nazi Jewish settlers attacked her neighborhood and injured at least three of her neighbors who have been identified as 40-year-old Imad and two minors, Abdullah, 13, and Muhammad, 17.

Muhammad’s injuries were the most serious of the three, as he was hit in the chest with one of the fire bombs, medics said.

Daana told Ma’an that she would like to urge the International Red Cross and others in the international community intervene against Nazi regime violations and attacks on Palestinians.

Bassam al-Jabri, one of the residents, said he saw the attacking Nazi Jewish settlers cutting the blockade fence that separates the illegal Nazi Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arab from nearby Palestinian homes, while under the protection of the Nazi troops before they attacked his neighborhood with fire bombs.

Al-Jabri said his house was one of those set ablaze, but that he and his neighbors were able to put the fire out before the fire was able to damage his whole home.

During the attacks, Palestinian villagers fled to their local mosques and used the mosque amplifier to call for help from neighboring Palestinian villages and communities, who responded to their calls.

Nazi forces then got involved, shooting tear gas at Palestinians who showed up to help.

Community member Farid al-Razim, told Ma’an that villagers in his area were attacked by Nazi Jewish settlers with firebombs, while Nazi army  were shooting tear gas, and that one of the Palestinians from a neighboring village who had come to help was shot and injured with live fire.

While relations between Palestinian residents and Nazi Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank are normally tense, the situation has been significantly deteriorating since settlers’ torched a home belonging to the Duwabsha family in Nablus on July 31.

An 18-month-old toddler was burned alive during the attack, while his mother and father succumbed to their burn wounds while being treated at separate hospitals. The family’s four-year-old son is the only remaining survivor of the attack.

On Oct. 1, suspected Palestinians shot and killed Eitam and Naama Henkin, two Nazi Jewish settlers who were driving between the illegal settlements of Itamar and Elon More in an area near Huwwara in Nablus.

Their four children, aged between four months and nine years, were found unharmed in the back of the car.

It is speculated that the shootings were a revenge attack on Nazi Jewish settlers, following months of increased restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and calls from Nazi right-wing Jewish groups, urging their supporters to visit the compound, which is venerated by Nazi racist Jews as the Temple Mount.

Following the shooting, hundreds of Nazi Jewish settlers rioted across the occupied West Bank, with multiple attacks reported on Palestinian homes and vehicles.

Palestinian towns and villages in the Nablus area are surrounded by Nazi Jewish illegal settlements and outposts, many of which are protected by the Nazi military and have gained notoriety for being comprised of the most extremist Nazi Jewish settlers.

The Palestinian government has no jurisdiction over Nazi regime in the West Bank, and violent acts carried out by Nazi Jewish settlers often occur in the presence of Nazi military forces who rarely act to protect Palestinian residents.

Palestinians are therefore left to fend for themselves as few options for their personal security remain.

While Nazi forces will detain a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank for possessing a knife or gun, Zionist living in the same area are legally able to carry such weapons.

Rights groups have criticized the Nazi regime for implementing different legal systems for Palestinians and Nazi settlers living in the same area.

Such practices, they say, protect the expansion of settlements while systematically removing the ability for Palestinians to move freely throughout the occupied territory.

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi fighter jets target north Yemen with cluster bombs

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Press TV – October 18, 2015Yemeni media have released a video showing the northern province of Sa’ada being targeted with banned cluster bombs by Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime war planes.

The footage on Sunday showed Saudi Zio-Wahhabi fighter jets bombing the residential area of Maran village in Sa’ada Province with cluster bombs, al-Yemen al-Youm television network reported.

Tens of civilians were reportedly killed in the attack and several houses were destroyed.

Meanwhile, Saudi Zio-Wahhabi bombs also hit a number of locations in Sanhan district in the capital city of Sana’a.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi war planes also attacked the security forces headquarters in Haraz district in the northern Hajjah Province.

Reports also indicate that a number of Yemeni civilians were killed in Saudi Zio-Wahhabi bombings in al-Hazm district of the northern al-Jawf Province. …

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UK seeking closer ties with Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Regime

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Documents demonstrate that British companies are being secretly encouraged to sign major contracts with Zio-Wahhabi regime  as a priority market. This is while London has openly censured Riyadh for beheading sentences handed to two Saudis for alleged anti-government activities.

The Ministry of Justice was also forced to end a multi-million-dollar prison contract with Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime over a lashing sentence given to a British citizen. Britain has at the same time licensed over six billion dollars worth of arms sales to Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime since 2010, including the selling of Hawk jets next year. But activists, including the rights group ‘Reprieve’ have blasted London’s hypocrisy.

Reprieve says the government should come clean about the true extent of its agreements with repressive regimes, such as Saudi Arabia.

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