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Water crisis deepens in the Gaza Strip

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POVERTY & DEVELOPMENT

The illegal Zionist-Egyptian siege on Gaza continues to take its toll as the quantity of drinking water dwindles.

Creede Newton

The cost of overhauling Gaza’s water system to better deal with demand is estimated to be at $1bn [Getty]

Gaza City – After an unseasonably warm October, one would expect the cool rainfall of autumn to be welcomed in the Gaza Strip.

But the downpours only make life harder, as excess rainwater springs from roads, sidewalks, and courtyards.

The territory’s water infrastructure has shuddered under the burden of an almost decade-long Israeli-Egyptian siege. Three major Israeli wars on Gaza since 2008 have only exacerbated the problem, with jets bombing every square kilometre of the strip, inflicting damage onto reservoirs above and pipelines below the ground.

According to Ghada al-Najjar – who is the water and sanitation coordinator for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), a nongovernmental organisation headed by Jan Egeland, one of the facilitators of the Oslo Accords – international humanitarian law (IHL) states that civilian infrastructure, especially infrastructure needed for basic survival, such as reservoirs, should be specially protected.

Yet, this does not seem to be the case. An NRC report from this year says that in 2014, Israel’s war on Gaza resulted in $34m in damages to Gaza’s water infrastructure.


IN PICTURES: Gaza water crisis worsens


Although Israel no longer views itself as the occupying force in the Gaza Strip after it officially withdrew its settlers and military forces in 2005, many agencies, including the UN Human Rights Council, consider that, under IHL, Israel still retains obligations towards the whole occupied territory.

In March, Israel began delivering an extra five million cubic metres (mcm) of water to Gaza, thereby doubling the amount that was previously delivered and, hence, honouring Article 40 of the Oslo II Accords, an interim agreement signed in 1995 meant to impose a final status for Israel and Palestine.

However, the al-Muntar reservoir that was constructed to receive the increase was completely destroyed by Israel in 2014. In lieu of an acceptable reservoir, the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) began to receive the water through temporary measures.

After less than a month of increased Israeli water delivery, readings from Israeli and Palestinian water metres showed a disparity of 4,000cm – a huge shortfall between the amount the Israelis sent and the total delivered to Gaza, proving that Gaza’s water network was unprepared for even a minor increase.

“What is the plan to rebuild the water infrastructure there? Are the materials able to enter through the blockade, and are there funds coming in?” Ghada asked. While the five mcm is a positive step, “it should be stated that Gaza is paying for this water … and it’s a small amount” of Gaza’s total need of 200 mcm.

There is only one extractable water source for the 1.8 million Palestinians in the Strip, the Coastal Aquifer Basin. Only five percent of this water is potable, according to a July United Nations report.

Yunes Mogheir, associate professor of water and environmental engineering at the Islamic University of Gaza, told Al Jazeera that one of the main reasons for the water’s poor quality is the “huge increase in rates of chloride and nitrates”. These pollutants are used to measure how drinkable Gaza’s water is.


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Mogheir says chloride levels, which indicate salinity, often quadruple the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended level of 250 milligrammes per litre: “In terms of nitrates, it’s the same picture. The WHO limit is 50 mg/L, and there are wells that produce water with 400 to 450 mg/L,” which can have serious effects on pregnant women, and even cause infant deaths.

Nitrates are a result of improper wastewater treatment, and the increased salinity is due to the overpumping of the Coastal Aquifer Basin, which is then replenished with water of varying salinity, both from the Israeli section of the Coastal Aquifer Basin and the hypersaline Mediterranean Sea.

“The solution is to increase the quantity of water coming to the aquifer and to reduce extraction” due to a dire need for groundwater, Mogheir said. “But then you need to replenish the aquifer with other means – improved wastewater treatment, increased water from the Israelis or Egyptians; these measures are easy on paper, but hard to implement in the real world.”

Gaza’s strained relations with Israel and Egypt underscore these issues, Mogheir said. “Now, the Egyptians are pumping sewage and seawater into Rafah,” which will further contaminate the groundwater.

According to Rebhy el-Sheikh, the Palestinian Water Authority’s deputy chairman, problems stem not only from the destruction that occurred during the war, but also from “the deteriorated infrastructure and the need to implement innovative programmes”, which have been stymied by the Israeli-Egyptian siege of the Strip.

Gaza is part of the State of Palestine and should not be dealt with as a region that needs to be self-sustainable in order to work around the Israeli policies in place.Camilla Corradin, advocacy task force coordinator for EWASH

“In many cases, we have the funds needed to implement our strategic programmes, and either we wait long periods for the necessary equipment, or donors become hesitant because they want to fund projects that are plausible,” Sheikh told Al Jazeera, citing the plan for the central Gaza wastewater treatment plant, which was finalised in 2003, but the tender for the project is only now being issued – 12 years later.

Due to years of Israeli occupation, Gaza’s water infrastructure has been in a state of arrested development.

“There is a lack of monitoring, and huge amounts of water are being lost due to leaking pipes,” Sheikh said. Adding improvements to these areas would make a “huge difference”.

The cost of overhauling Gaza’s water system to better deal with water demands is estimated to be at $1bn, Sheikh said, and would require major improvements throughout the besieged enclave. “Even if we resume water production at the same levels as before the war, it wouldn’t solve the problem.”

A 2010 study by the Emergency Water and Sanitation-Hydration group (EWASH), a coalition of 28 nongovernmental and civil society organisations working on advocacy and action in the water and sanitation sector of the occupied Palestinian territories, says the water infrastructure in Gaza operated at only 56.6 percent efficiency before the 2012 and 2014 Israeli wars on Gaza, both of which caused further damage to water infrastructure.

Camilla Corradin, advocacy task force coordinator at EWASH, agreed that the siege must end and the water sector is in serious need of rehabilitation and development, but the most important step is a “comprehensive approach by all stakeholders involved: local, international, and the government of Israel, which does not look at Gaza as an independent entity”.

“Gaza is part of the State of Palestine and should not be dealt with as a region that needs to be self-sustainable in order to work around the Israeli policies in place,” Corradin said.

With the already dire water situation quickly deteriorating, and the Israeli siege leaving few possibilities for improvement, an overhaul of the water status quo is needed, she said.

“A fundamental structural rethinking of the water-sharing agreements with Israel should be a priority, as water rights cannot wait [for] other political solutions,” Corradin said.

Source: Al Jazeera

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Destruction of al-Aqsa is no conspiracy theory

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By: IIIAN PAPPE
Let the hunt begin!
Groups calling for the destruction of the al-Aqsa mosque compound are part of Israel’s political establishment.Oren ZivActiveStills

“It is useless,” asserts the colonizer in Albert Memmi’s classical tract, The Colonizer and the Colonized, “to try and forecast the colonized’s actions (‘they are unpredictable! ‘With them, you never know!).” It seems to the colonizer that “strange and disturbing impulsiveness controls the colonized.”

The only explanation official Israel and its supporters could give for why Palestinians have risen up lately is that they were influenced by Islamic propaganda. That propaganda so easily incited the “impulsive and unpredictable” Palestinians in recent weeks, according to Israeli spin.

Generally speaking, Western commentators have been more willing to place the resistance in the wider context of the oppression faced by Palestinians.

Yet this Western approach, articulated mainly by liberal academics and journalists, has something in common with the Israeli one: it regards as baseless and irrelevant the allegations that Israel plans to demolish al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem or build a Third Temple on the Haram al-Sharif, the surrounding compound. The allegations appear in the western media as a mere pretext which have only incidentally triggered Palestinians to rise up.

There is no denying that after nearly 50 years of brutal colonization one does not have to look too far to understand the depths of despair and levels of rage felt by Palestinians.

However, this understandable impulse to act against oppression should not lead us to ignore Israel’s plans towards Haram al-Sharif. Nor should we accept that Arab and Palestinian apprehensions about Israel are figments of the oriental imagination and not rooted in reality. In fact, they can be substantiated.

It is, therefore, crucial to ask, whether you are religious or secular: is al-Aqsa in danger? If it is, then its precarious future is not just an offense to Islam but also a further indication of how far Israel’s settler-colonial project could go.

Archaeological crime

Demolishing Arab and Islamic sites in Jerusalem is not unknown in Israeli policy and attitudes. In 1967, Israel razed the Moroccan Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem.

This was an architectural gem of Islamic civilization dating back to the late 12th century and had hosted some of the most important Islamic religious orders.

When Zionism appeared in Palestine, its leaders were not only trying to purchase land for settlement but also to buy what they considered to be Jewish Jerusalem.

Baron Edmond Rothschild attempted to buy the quarter at the end of the 19th century, as did the Zionist leadership under the British Mandate — to no avail. When purchasing did not work, it was taken by force during the 1967 War and demolished.

The demolition included the destruction of the Sheikh Eid mosque built by a son of Salah al-Din al-Ayubi, who liberated Jerusalem from the Crusaders. When learning about the destruction years later, Benjamin Kedar, a historian and vice president of the Israeli National Academy of Sciences, declared to the Israeli newspaperHaaretz that “it was an archaeological crime.”

The destruction of mosques was not a new practice, or one limited to Jerusalem. Zionist forces left intact only very few mosques in the destroyed Palestinian villages and towns during the Nakba — the ethnic cleansing operation of 1948. The Israeli authorities then turned many of the remaining mosques into clubs, restaurants and animal enclosures.

Geography of destruction

Thus, neither historical monuments in Jerusalem nor mosques around Palestine were immune from the destructive policies of the colonizer. This ruination of the country’s Islamic heritage is deeply engraved in the Palestinian collective memory.

Palestinians also freqeuently witness Israel destroying buildings with armored D-9 bulldozers, supplied by the US firm Caterpillar.

However, it is not only this vivid memory of the Israeli geography of destruction that plants fears among many about the future of al-Aqsa. It is a realistic analysis of the ideology of some of the potent political forces today in Israel, who are represented in Benjamin Netanyahu’s current government.

The most important of them is the ever-growing religious nationalist movement. It used to be a marginal force, but today it is part of the establishment.

As Or Kashti of Haaretz revealed recently, part of the curriculum of that movement’s school system (Israel runs three systems: a secular Jewish one, a national religious one and the “Arab” system) is a program that advocates the building of the “Third Temple.”

Building the temple is the ambition of humanity as a whole, pupils are told. Kashti talked to experts who read the program and although he stresses that the program does not have a direct reference to blowing up al-Aqsa, the pupils are inoculated with the idea that they are on the verge of the Jewish redemption (Geula) of the mount.

This program is supported by Naftali Bennet, the education minister. Along with his colleague, Uri Ariel, Bennett is part of the Jewish Home party, which is committed to replacing al-Aqsa with a Jewish temple.

Following the election earlier this year, Ariel was appointed agriculture minister. In his previous role as housing minister, he called explicitly to build the new temple over al-Aqsa. He is not a marginal politician, and neither is his party.

The Israeli government supports with money and other means several organizations that call openly for a similar plan. The most important of them is The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, founded by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel. Its funding has been investigated by the Haaretz reporter Uri Blau.

The institute’s main goal, according to its website, is “to see Israel rebuild the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem [al-Aqsa mosque compound], in accordance with the Biblical commandments.”

There is nothing ludicrous or unimaginable in assuming that a zealot Zionist will one day carry out such plans.

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi FM Voices Support for Yemen Peace Talks

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir voiced support Wednesday for peace talks on Yemen’s conflict which the United Nations says will take place this month in Geneva.

“We hope they will be successful,” Jubeir told reporters after a summit of Arab and South American countries in Riyadh.

“We support these negotiations and hope they will achieve peace, security and stability in Yemen,” he said.

Addressing the summit late on Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that his special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, “intends to convene a new round of peace consultations in Switzerland… this month”.

He did not give a specific date but said both the Yemeni government and Ansarullah movement have committed to attend.

“It is critical that all sides lend their political support and engage in good faith,” Ban said.

“There is no military solution to the conflict,” he said, even as deadly fighting raged across the country.

Ould Cheikh Ahmed told AFP last week that he was “very optimistic” negotiations would start between November 10 and 15.

Yemen has been since March 26 under brutal aggression by I$rahell and Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition. Thousands have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

Riyadh launched the attack on Yemen in a bid to restore power to fugitive C.I.A puppet Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is a close ally to Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime.

However, Yemeni army, backed by the committees has been responding to the aggression by targeting several Saudi Zio-Wahhabi border military posts and cleansing several areas across the country, especially the country’s south, from Hadi and al-Qaeda-linked militias.

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Low Oil Price Threatens Saudi Future Supply Crisis

KSALeading crude oil exporter Saudi Arabia warned on Monday of a supply crisis after massive energy investments were cancelled because of the sharp decline in oil prices.

“Around $200 billion of investments in energy have been cancelled this year,” Saudi Zio-Wahhabi vice minister of oil Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman told a round table meeting for Asian energy ministers in Doha.

He said energy companies are planning to cut between 3.0 percent and 8.0 percent of their investments next year.

“This is the first time since the mid 1980s that the oil and gas industry will have cut investment in two consecutive years,” Abdulaziz said.

The cuts have been made by oil-producing nations and as well as oil companies in consumer countries, he said.

“The potential impact of current cuts in expenditure on future oil supplies is both substantial and long-lasting,” said Abdulaziz, adding that nearly five million barrels daily of projects have already been deferred or cancelled.

Oil prices, which have been falling since the middle of last year, have already shed more than 50 percent of their value, strongly impacting energy-reliant regions such as the Gulf.

“A prolonged period of low oil prices is unsustainable as it will induce large investment cuts and reduce the resilience of the oil industry, undermining the future security of supply and setting the scene for another sharp price rise,” Abdulaziz said.

Ensuring the security of energy supplies becomes even more complicated because the available space production capacity is only two million barrels per day and all of it is held by Saudi Arabia, he said.

Oil prices rebounded Monday, but gains were capped by a strong dollar and signs of faltering demand from Asian powerhouse China.

In midday deals in London, Brent North Sea crude for December won 51 cents to $47.93 per barrel.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in December rose 36 cents to $44.65 per barrel compared with Friday’s close.

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S. Nasrallah: Had Takfiri Suicide Bombings Struck ’Israel’, It Would’ve Vanished

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Mohamed Salami
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah asserted that the Palestinians, backed by the Arabs and the Muslims, can defeat the Zionist scheme, adding that the “Greater Israel” has been eradicated by the Lebanese and the Palestinian Resistance.

Delivering a speech in the context of the International Conference for the Support of Palestine, Sayyed Nasrallah saluted the conferees and highlighted the importance of supporting the renovated Palestinian Intifada.

“What is going on now in Palestine reflects a lofty and sublime Jihad spirit,” his eminence said, “We are witnessing operations carried out almost on a daily basis.”

“Those actions reflect certainty and faith which fascinate the world as all the run over and stabbing operations end with martyrdom.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also said that the simplicity of the weapons (cars, knives, …) used enables all the Palestinians to possess them and frustrates any attempt to confiscate them.

“Those innovative methods used by the Palestinians to carry out martyrdom operation reflect their awareness, not despair which struck a lot of people who resorted to drugs and many other worlds.”

Sayyed Nasrallah added that the new Palestinian Intifada surprised and frightened the Zionist entity and influenced its economics negatively.

“The Umma’s responsibilities regarding al-Aqsa Mosque have been reiterated by the current Palestinian Intifada.”

Hezbollah leader pointed out that the Palestinians have always been confronting the Zionist entity on the behalf of all the Arabs and that considering the struggle as merely Palestinian-Israeli has always been a wrong approach.

“Despite the fact the ‘Greater Israel’ scheme has been frustrated, the Zionist entity is still powerful and threatens all the region’s peoples,” Sayyed Nasrallah added, “This requires political, media, and educational efforts.”

“The problem is that some people have become convinced that Israel does not pose any peril against the Umma.”

Sayyed Nasrallah noted that we feel hurt when we consider the fact the Umma sent in the past hundreds of thousands of fighters to Afghanistan to fight the Soviet occupation, while it has not sent those mujahidin to confront the Zionist entity, wondering whether Afghanistan is more sacred than Palestine.

Fighting the Russian occupation in Afghanistan was righteous, but “why would not the same countries send all its human and materialistic capabilities to fight the Zionists in Palestine?” Sayyed Nasrallah asked.

If all the suicide bombings which targeted the Lebanese, Syrians, Iraqis, Yemenis, Nigerians, Pakistanis and Afghanis had been employed against the Zionist entity, it would have vanished, according to Sayyed Nasrallah who also stressed that those terrorist attacks aimed at destroying the Umma’s solidarity, armies and peoples.

Sayyed Nasrallah considered that the seditions stirred among the Muslims and the Christians in the region must be confronted, stressing that the Ulama must play a vital role in pervading awareness among the youths so that they stick to the supreme values and goals, including the Palestine and its Islamic and Christian sanctities.

Sayyed Nasrallah also stressed that all the educational, media and religious elites in our Umma must exert all the possible efforts in order to curb the losses caused by the current regional conditions.

Hezbollah Secretary General presented a historical interpretation to clarify the main role of the Zionist entity in the region, stressing that ‘Israel’ represents the frontline of the colonial scheme led by the U.S. that targets the entire Umma with its resources, civilization and culture.

The struggle is between all the Arab-Islamic Umma and the Zionist entity backed by the West, Sayyed Nasrallah added.

According to Sayyed Nasrallah, ‘Israel’ receives all forms of support from its allies (militarily, politically, financially and informatively); whereas, the Arab countries do not provide the Palestinians with even the basic means of confrontation.

Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that attributing the Islamic and Arab refrain from supporting the Palestinians to the current disturbances in several countries is untrue because the 1.4-billion Umma  did not show an effective support to the Lebanese and the Palestinian resistance factions during the Israeli wars and invasions in 1982, 1996, 2006 and 2008.

Hezbollah Secretary General considered that some Muslims and
Arabs, including a segment of the Lebanese people, have become convinced that ‘Israel’ is not the Umma’s enemy and got involved in internal conflicts, adding that those also do not believe that the Zionist entity poses a peril and a threat against the entire region.

Sayyed Nasrallah further deemed that a number of Arab countries have provided the terrorists in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya with huge funds and abundant weaponry, but they have not supported the Palestinians against the Israelis.

Sayyed Nasrallah added that Instead of provoking hostility against the Zionists, some Arab governments have instigated feud against the Palestinians and that they even gloat over their losses.

Hezbollah SG warned that the sedition scheme attempts to stir the struggles among the Sunnites and the Shiites and push the Christians to ally with ‘Israel’ in face of the takfiri plot.

Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed that the current Palestinian Intifada can at least protect al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of the Islamic and the Christian sanctities, adding that the Muslims and the Christians must reject the seditions and unite to confront the Zionist dangers and threats.

“We trust Holy God and the mujahidin and we are sure that the  firm divine promise will lead us to the major victory,” Sayyed Nasrallah finally emphasized.

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Qatar Zio-Wahhabi regime Announces First Soldier Death in Yemen

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A Qatari soldier serving with the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition in Yemen has been killed, Qatar’s first fatality of the conflict, the foreign minister said on Wednesday.

“We congratulate ourselves and our nation for the martyrdom of a son of our homeland in Yemen,” Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah announced on Twitter.

”IS YEMEN YOUR HOMELAND ? WHAT ABOUT AL-QUDS? SHAME ON YOU ZIO-WAHHABI” *

“May God accept him in the highest heavens and bestow patience and solace on his family.”

”OH HOW ALLA WILL ACCEPT HIM HE WAS KILLING MUSLIM’S HE WILL GO TO HELL INSHALLA” * 

Government officials later confirmed the death, though no more details were given.

There have been no previous deaths reported among the Qatari force though two soldiers had previously been injured, said officials.

Yemen has been since March 26 under brutal aggression by Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition. Thousands have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime launched the attack on Yemen in a bid to restore power to fugitive C.I.A puppet Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who is a close ally to Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family.

Qatar’s air force, along with those of other Gulf Cooperation Council members, has taken part in the aerial campaign which began in March this year.

Doha sent 1,000 troops into Yemen in September as part of the ongoing Arab coalition against the Arab impoverished country.

”CAN YOU SEND SOME TO JERUSALEM ZIONIST RAT’S ” *

Most of the Qatari troops are thought to be stationed close to the Yemen-Saudi border.

 

* ALL COMMENT’S IN BLUE IS Shoah.org.uk COMMENT’S

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Saudi Zionist King’s Adviser Says Committed to Peace With Nazi regime, Naziyahu “Vital”

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Anwar AshkiA former Saudi Zio-Wahhabi general told i24news on Wednesday that he is committed to making ‘peace’ with the Nazi regime of ‘Israel’, and that Prime Minister Benjamin Naziyahu is vital to that process.

Saudi Zionist puppet Anwar Ashki, one of the new Saudi king’s closest advisers, is the director of the Middle East Center for Strategic Studies in Jeddah. He is the man through whom Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family and ‘Israel’ are currently conducting talks.

Zionist Ashki said that ‘peace’ between ‘Israelis’ and Palestinians has failed until now because no plans were made to implement ‘peace’. This, he said, is a reason for the failure of Saudi Zio-Wahhabi own 2002 ‘peace’ proposal.

He also voiced positive views of Naziyahu, saying the Zionist leader is the key to establishing ‘peace’.

“We need Netanyahu, because he is a strong man, and he is a logical man. We need him to announce and accept a peace proposal.”

In contrast, Ashki expressed concern over Iran and its “regional expansionism”, alleging that Iranians are planning to expand to Iraq and Syria until they reach the Mediterranean. ” WE HOPE SO” Shoah.org.uk

It’s worth noting that the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi  policy in the region has always been siding with the Nazi regime barbarism against the Arab-Islamic countries.

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Nasrallah: Obama-Naziyahu Focus on Hezbollah ‘Threat’ “Source of Pride”

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Marwa Haidar
Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed that all victories achieved by the resistance are because of the blessed blood of martyrs.

Talking during Hezbollah Martyr’s Day ceremony in Beirut’s southern Suburb (Dahiyeh), Sayyed Nasrallah said that the blood of the martyrs revived the spirit of resistance in our nation.

Sayyed Nasrallah during Hezbollah Martyr's Day

Commenting about the latest meeting between the US President Barack Obama and Nazi Prime Minister Benjamin Naziyahu, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that the meeting proves Washington’s commitment to the Zionist entity’s security.

His eminence said Obama-Naziyahu focus that Hezbollah poses threat is a source of pride to the resistance movement.

On the Syrian developments, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed as a major achievement the operation in Kuwayris in which the Syrian army broke the 3-year siege on the airbase.

Meanwhile, the resistance leader stressed that US is incapable to settle the crises in Syria and Yemen by military means.

On the Lebanese issue, Sayyed Nasrallah called for inclusive political settlement in order to solve many of stuck issues.

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Look who’s in charge of UK government cyber security

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Matthew Gould

By Stuart Littlewood

A chilling remark from a House of Lords debate just caught my eye.

Column GC355 in Hansard, the verbatim report of proceedings of the UK parliament, dated 4 November 2015, said:

Lord Mendelsohn: We welcome the appointment of the former British ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, who will have a key role in cyber security inside the Cabinet Office – a very useful and important position.

Sure enough, the UK government’s website confirms that Gould is now director of cyber security and information assurance at the Cabinet Office. “He and his team are focused on keeping Britain safe from cyber attack, through delivering the UK’s Cyber Security Strategy.”

“Passionate Zionist”

They must think we have very short memories. As Britain’s first Jewish ambassador to Israel, Gould described himself as a “passionate” Zionist and while in Tel Aviv he was instrumental in setting up the UK-Israel Tech Hub. In the words of MATIMOP (the Israeli Industry Centre for Research and Development), the hub was established

to promote partnerships in technology and innovation between Israel and the UK, and is the first initiative of its kind for the British government and for an embassy in Israel. The hub’s creation followed an agreement between prime ministers David Cameron and Binyamin Netanyahu to build a UK-Israel partnership in technology.

Three years ago Cameron appointed venture capitalist Saul Klein as the UK Tech Envoy to Israel with the task of promoting the partnership, leading UK technology missions to Israel, bringing Israeli start-ups to Britain, and hosting technology events in both countries.

MATIMOP quotes Britain’s National Health Service as an example of successful UK-Israel technology collaboration. The NHS

has now formed strong collaborations with Israeli life sciences companies conducting clinical trials in the UK. The cooperation was made as part of the burgeoning partnership between Israel and Britain’s life sciences industries initiated by the UK-Israel Tech Hub.

Driven by the Israel lobby

Four years ago Craig Murray, a former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, argued that British policy was being driven in an underhanded fashion by the Israel lobby. He linked Gould with the Fox-Werritty scandal and raised questions about meetings between disgraced former Defence Secretary Liam Fox and Fox’s friend/adviser, Adam Werritty (who was backed financially by Israel lobbyists but had no security clearance and therefore no authorised role) and Gould.

Murray wrote to Gould asking when he first met Werritty, how many times he had met him, and how many communications of every kind had passed between them. He was told these questions would be answered in Cabinet Secretary O’Donnell’s investigation. “But Gus O’Donnell’s report answered none of these questions,” wrote Murray. “It only mentioned two meetings at which Fox, Gould and Werritty were all three present…”

This prompted Murray to dig further. “There were at least six Fox-Werritty-Gould meetings, not the two given by O’Donnell… Matthew Gould was the only British Ambassador who Fox and Werrity met together. They met him six times. Why?”

Murray, with many useful sources from his days as an ambassador, claimed to have serious evidence connecting Gould with a secret plan to attack Iran, but the Foreign Office and the Cabinet Secretary blocked questions. Murray published his story, “Matthew Gould and the plot to attack Iran”, here.

In it he pointed out that

Matthew Gould does not see his race or religion as irrelevant. He has chosen to give numerous interviews to both British and Israeli media on the subject of being a jewish ambassador, and has been at pains to be photographed by the Israeli media participating in Jewish religious festivals. Israeli newspaper Haaretz described him as “Not just an ambassador who is Jewish, but a Jewish ambassador”. That rather peculiar phrase appears directly to indicate that the potential conflict of interest for a British ambassador in Israel has indeed arisen.

He went on to say that Gould stood suspected of long term participation with Fox and Werritty “in a scheme to forward war with Iran, in cooperation with Israel”. The stonewalling by O’Donnell and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office led Murray to conclude that “something very important is being hidden right at the heart of government”.

Labour Member of Parliament Paul Flynn remarked that no previous ambassadors to Israel had been Jewish so as to avoid conflict of interest and accusations of going native. He immediately came under intense flak. Flynn too asked about meetings between Werritty and Gould, as some reports suggested that Gould, Werritty and Fox discussed a potential military strike on Iran with Mossad. “I do not normally fall for conspiracy theories,” said Flynn, “but the ambassador has proclaimed himself to be a Zionist and he has previously served in Iran.”

Fox had earlier made the idiotic claim: “Israel’s enemies are our enemies” and “in the battle for the values that we stand for… Israel’s enemies are our enemies and this is a battle in which we all stand together”. The Jewish Chronicle hailed him as “a champion of Israel within the government”. Furthermore, Fox continually rattled the sabre against Iran which, of course, was no threat to Britain but is regarded by Israel as a bitter enemy. Iraq too was Israel’s enemy, not ours. Yet Fox, according to the theyworkforyou.com, voted “very strongly” for the Iraq war. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of the war in Afghanistan.

Gatekeepers or fifth columnists?

Given that Fox so eagerly waved the flag of a foreign military power and was a man with dangerous beliefs and demonstrably weak judgement, how could those who appointed him not see that he was unemployable as a minister of the British Crown – unless they were similarly tainted?

When the Werritty relationship came to light Fox jumped before being flung from the battlements. But the good people of North Somerset, in their wisdom, re-elected him at the general election last May. He’s already on the road to political rehabilitation among the Conservative high command.

Gould’s new job as head of the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA) involves giving strategic direction to cyber security and information assurance for the UK. This includes  internet crime, working with private sector partners on exchanging information, and engaging with international partners in improving the security of cyber space and information security. Does it seem right for such a person to be in charge of crucial security matters at the heart of our government? What was in fellow Zionist David Cameron’s mind when he appointed him?

Well, here’s a possible clue. In March of this year Francis Maude, the previous Cabinet Office minister responsible for cyber security, announced three UK-Israel academic collaboration ventures with cyber research funding, the partnerships being University of Bristol/Bar Ilan University, University College London/Bar Ilan University and University of Kent/University of Haifa. They’ll be working together on six specific areas of research:

  • identity management
  • governance: regulating cyber security
  • privacy assurance and perceptions
  • mobile and cloud security
  • human aspects of security or usable security
  • cryptography.

This builds on existing UK-Israel cooperation. Both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding on digital cooperation in March 2014.

Still sitting comfortably? Only this week the Cameron government was lecturing us on threats to national security and announcing plans to trawl through our personal emails and web browsers in order to “keep us safe”. The question is, who trawls Gould’s private emails?

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KUWAYRIS AIRBASE TOTALLY LIBERATED!

NOVANEWS

SYRIAN ARMY AND LEBANESE RESISTANCE VICTORIOUS

It’s official!  The Syrian Army backed by Hizbollah and the National Defense Force militias have struck a lethal blow at the American-supported ISIS terrorists and their confederates in Nusra/Alqaeda.  This is major news.  It sets the American and British terrorist enablers back a century and delivers a knockout blow to their aspirations for regime change.

My source in Latakia is in touch with soldiers inside the air base.  He says the jubilation is electric.  Soldiers who were injured in the two year siege are now receiving the best medical treatment.  Food, drink, ammunition, medicine have poured in by the tons as soldiers both reinforce and replace existing forces inside the Kuwayris base.

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