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“Converted Jew’s letter to Pope Francis”: Is this Fake News?

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We have been discussing the tricky concept of “Fake News” quite a bit on False Flag Weekly News…most recently, during the first segment of this week’s show.

So here is a Fake News Intelligence Test. Below is a story I came across on the internet. Is it fake news? Why or why not? Your answers in the comments section will be graded.

Sincerely

Kevin BarrettVeterans Today Editor

An Open Letter to Pope Francis, by the converted Jew Pinchus Feinstein
Wednesday, January 20, 2016His Holiness, Pope Francis
Vatican City
January, 2016

Dear Holy Father

I am a Jew. I have the assurance, as did Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, of direct descent from King David on my father’s side (my mother, I was assured was descended of Hillel).

I am 74-years-old. I converted to the Roman Catholic Church at the age of 17 in the last year of the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. I did so because I was under the conviction that I had to accept and have faith that Jesus Christ was my savior, and I believed it. And I believed that I had to be a baptized member of his Church to have a chance of salvation. So I converted and was baptized in the Catholic Church, and then I was confirmed.

Over the years I have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to both Peters’ Pence (the pope’s own treasury about which you of course must be very familiar), and my local parish and diocese.

During that time I attended thousands of Masses, hundreds of holy hours and novenas, said thousands of rosaries, and made hundreds of trips to the Confessional.

Now in 2015 and 2016 I have read your words and those of your “Pontifical Commission.” You now teach that because I am a racial Jew, God’s covenant with me was never broken, and cannot be broken. You don’t qualify that teaching by specifying anything I might do that would threaten the Covenant, which you say God has with me because I am a Jew. You teach that it’s an unbreakable Covenant. You don’t even say that it depends on me being a good person. Logically speaking, if God’s Covenant with me is unbreakable, then a racial Jew such as I am can do anything he wants and God will still maintain a Covenant with me and I will go to heaven.

Your Pontifical Commission wrote last December, “The Catholic Church neither conducts nor supports any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews…it does not in any way follow that the Jews are excluded from God’s salvation because they do not believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Israel and the Son of God.”

You are the Pontiff. I believe what your Commission teaches under your banner and in your name, and what you declared during your visit to the synagogue in January. As a result, I no longer see any point in getting up every Sunday morning to go to Mass, say rosaries, or attend the Rite of Reconciliation on Saturday afternoon. All of those acts are superfluous for me. Predicated on your teaching, I now know that due to my special racial superiority in God’s eyes, I don’t need any of it.

I don’t see any reason now as to why I was baptized in 1958. There was no need for me to be baptized. I no longer see why there was a need for Jesus to come to earth either, or preach to the Jewish children of Abraham of his day. As you state, they were already saved as a result of their racial descent from the Biblical patriarchs. What would they need him for?

In light of what you and your Pontifical Commission have taught me, it appears that the New Testament is a fraud, at least as it applies to Jews. All of those preachings and disputations to the Jews were for no purpose. Jesus had to know this, yet he persisted in causing a lot of trouble for the Jews by insisting they had to be born again, they had to believe he was their Messiah, they had to stop following their traditions of men, and that they couldn’t get to heaven unless they believed that he was the Son of God.

Your holiness, you and your Commission have instructed me in the true path to my salvation: my race. It’s all I need and all I have ever needed. God has a covenant with my genes. It’s my genes that save me. My eyes are open now.

Consequently, you will be hearing from my lawyer. I am filing suit against the papacy and the Roman Catholic Church. I want my money back, with interest, and I am seeking compensatory and punitive damages for the psychological harm your Church caused me, by making me think I needed something besides my own exalted racial identity, in order to go to heaven after I die.

I am litigating as well over the time that I wasted that I could have spent working in my business, instead of squandering it worshipping a Jesus that your Church now says I don’t need to believe in for my salvation. Your prelates and clerics told me something very different in 1958. I’ve been robbed!

Sincerely,
Pinchus Feinstein
2617646 Ocean View Ave.
Miami Beach, Florida 33239

P.S. I’m transmitting this letter to Hoffman, an ex-AP reporter from New York, in the expectation that he will bring it to the attention of those who should know about it. I am transmitting it to him in the form of a dream, but nevertheless, it represents the feelings of many victims of your robber Church.—Pinch

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Nazi Jewish Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu: Leave No Palestinian or Arab Alive

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Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu: Leave No Palestinian or Arab Alive

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu: “If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill 1,000. And if they do not stop after 1,000, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000, even a million.”

Israeli Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu seems to have picked up where the late Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef left off. The Israeli army, Eliyahu said, must slaughter the Palestinians and leave no one alive.” The Palestinians, the good rabbi continued, must be “destroyed and crushed in order to end violence.” Here is Eliyahu’s algorithm:

If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill 1,000. And if they do not stop after 1,000, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000, even a million.”

There is more to this “logic” than meets the eye and ear. Eliyahu even postulated that the Israeli army ought not to get involved in arresting Palestinians because “If you leave him alive, there is a fear that he will be released and kill other people. We must eradicate this evil from within our midst.”

You may say that this is just an isolated case. No Israeli official believes that, right?

Wrong. Listen to Israeli politician and Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked: “Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people. Why? Ask them, they started…” Shaked had more interesting things to say:

“The Palestinian people has declared war on us, and we must respond with war. Not an operation, not a slow-moving one, not low-intensity, not controlled escalation, no destruction of terror infrastructure, no targeted killings. Enough with the oblique references. This is a war. Words have meanings. This is a war.

“It is not a war against terror, and not a war against extremists, and not even a war against the Palestinian Authority. These too are forms of avoiding reality. This is a war between two people. Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people. Why? Ask them, they started…

“Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. Actors in the war are those who incite in mosques, who write the murderous curricula for schools, who give shelter, who provide vehicles, and all those who honor and give them their moral support.

“They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”[1]

Not a single Zionist outlet has condemned Shaked for saying disgusting things like that, despite the fact that Israeli officials have been regurgitating these kinds of perversions for decades. Former IDF Chief of Staff Raphael Eitan declared way back in the 1980s:

We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel….Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours.”

In a similar vein, David Ben Gurion said: We must expel the Arabs and take their place and if we have to use force, to guarantee our own right to settle in those places – then we have force at our disposal.” This again is consistent with what many rabbis have been saying. Rabbi Ido Elba declared:

“If every single cell in a Jewish body entails divinity, and is thus part of God, then every strand of DNA is a part of God. Therefore, something is special about Jewish DNA…If a Jew needs a liver, can he take the liver of an innocent non-Jew to save him? The Torah would probably permit that. Jewish life has an infinite value. There is something more holy and unique about Jewish life than about non-Jewish life.”[2]

Stephen Steinlight, former Director of National Affairs for the American Jewish Committee (one of the most powerful Jewish organizations in the United States), stated bluntly,

“I’ll confess it, at least: like thousands of other typical Jewish kids of my generation, I was reared as a Jewish nationalist, even a quasi-separatist…I was taught the superiority of my people to the gentiles who had oppressed us. We were taught to view non-Jews as untrustworthy outsiders, people from whom sudden gusts of hatred might be anticipated, people less sensitive, intelligent, and moral than ourselves. We were also taught that the lesson of our dark history is that we could rely on no one.”[3]

Michael Chabon of the New York Times concurs:

“As a Jewish child I was regularly instructed, both subtly and openly, that Jews, the people of Maimonides, Albert Einstein, Jonas Salk and Meyer Lansky, were on the whole smarter, cleverer, more brilliant, more astute than other people. And, duly, I would look around the Passover table, say, at the members of my family, and remark on the presence of a number of highly intelligent, quick-witted, shrewd, well-educated people filled to bursting with information, explanations and opinions on a diverse range of topics.”[4]

Chabon now pokes fun at what he referred to as “nonsense” and “our own stupidity as a people,”[5] but this just shows how ingrained the smarter-than-thou attitude is.

In 2010, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef unapologetically declared,

“Goyim were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world—only to serve the People of Israel. In Israel, death has no dominion over them…With gentiles, it will be like any person—they need to die, but [God] will give them longevity…Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat. That is why gentiles were created.”[6]

Many rabbis, according to Jewish scholars Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, see that “Jews killing non-Jews does not constitute murder according to the Jewish religion and that killing of innocent Arabs for reasons of revenge is a Jewish virtue.”[7]

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Scheerson, known as Lubovitcher Rebbe and the seventh of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, came close to believing in something similar, saying that “a non-Jew should be punished by death if he kills an embryo, even if the embryo is non-Jewish, while the Jew should not be, even if the embryo is Jewish.”[8]

The great Rabbi expanded on this view in 1965:

“The difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish person stems from the common expression: ‘Let us differentiate.’ Thus, we do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level. Rather, we have a case of “let us differentiate” between totally different species. This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world…

“The Jewish body ‘looks as if it were in substance similar to bodies of non-Jews,’ but the meaning…is that the bodies only seem to be similar in material substance, outward look and superficial quality. The difference of the inner quality, however, is so great that the bodies should be considered as completely different species.

“This is the reason why the Talmud states that there is an halachic difference in attitude about the bodies of non-Jews [as opposed to the bodies of Jews] ‘and their bodies are in vain’…An even greater difference exists in regard to the soul. Two contrary types of soul exist, a non-Jewish soul comes from three satanic spheres, while the Jewish soul stems from holiness…

“The body of a Jewish embryo is on a higher level than is the body of a non-Jew…We therefore ask: Why should a non-Jew be punished if he kills even a non-Jewish embryo while a Jew should not be punished even if he kills a Jewish embryo?

“The answer can be understood by [considering] the general difference between Jews and non-Jews: A Jew was not created as a means for some [other] purpose; he himself is the purpose, since the substance of all [divine] emanations was created only to serve the Jews.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” means that [the heavens and the earth] were created for the sake of the Jews, who are called the “beginning.” This means everything, all developments, all discoveries, the creation, including the “heavens and the earth—are vanity compared to the Jews. The important things are the Jews, because they do not exist for any [other] aim; they themselves are [the divine] aim.”[9]

In 2010, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira wrote that “according to true Jewish values, [the Jews’] lives come before those of the enemy, whether he is a soldier or a civilian under protection.”[10]

If you challenge that racist ideology, you almost certainly will be viewed as an anti-Semite and a wicked person. This also gives Israeli officials like Benjamin Netanyahu a license to say or do wicked things. You remember what Netanyahu said a few years ago? Take it from him:

“I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in [our] way.”[11]

Well, this man has been moving America “very easily” for years. This has allowed him to brag about illegally attacking Iran “dozens of times” in Syria.[12] But since Netanyahu does not understand what Hegel calls “the cunning of reason,” he cannot see that he is setting up his own doom by conjuring one lie after another.


[1] Ishaan Tharoor, “Israel’s new justice minister considers all Palestinians to be ‘the enemy,’” Washington Post, May 7, 2015.

[2] Shahak and Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, 43, 62

[3] Stephen Steinlight, “The Jewish Stake in America’s Changing Demography: Reconsidering a Misguided Immigration Policy,” Center for Immigration Studies, October 2001.

[4] Michael Chabon, “Chosen, but Not Special,” NY Times, June 4, 2010.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Jonah Mandel, “Yosef: Gentiles Exist only to Serve Jews,” Jerusalem Post, Oct 18, 2010.

[7] Shahak and Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, 43.

[8] Ibid., 59.

[9] bid., 59-60.

[10] “Leading rabbi encourages IDF soldiers to use Palestinian human shields,” Haaretz, October 20, 2010

[11] Quoted in “Netanyahu In 2001: ‘America Is A Thing You Can Move Very Easily,’” Huffington Post, May 25, 2011.

[12] Aria Bendix, “Netanyahu Admits Israel Struck Iranian Convoys ‘Dozens of Times,’” Atlantic, July 19, 2017.

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‘We’re one bad day away from Russians

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‘We’re one bad day away from Russians asking, ‘Why are you still in Syria?’ – top US commander

At the Aspen Security Forum on Friday, Special Operations Command chief Army General, Raymond Thomas was asked whether American forces will remain in Syria, after Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is defeated, possibly, to support the Kurdish forces in the north of the country.

Thomas acknowledged that American forces are fighting in a sovereign Syria, where they will likely “have no ability to stay” if that presence is questioned “in terms of international law,” Thomas said, replying to the Washington Postjournalist’s question.

Here’s the conundrum,” Thomas continued. “We are operating in the sovereign country of Syria. The Russians, their stalwarts, their back-stoppers, have already uninvited the Turks from Syria. We’re a bad day away from the Russians saying, ‘Why are you still in Syria, US?’

It has come up in the form of some close calls there, but it will be hard – I defer to the lawyers in the crowd and others in terms of international law on the basis for us staying there other than our CT [counterterrorism] writ. We went there for all the righteous reasons, but if the Russians play that card, we may want to stay and have no ability to do it.

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US special operations chief confirms end of CIA support for anti-Assad forces in Syria https://on.rt.com/8ig1 

Syrian President Bashar Assad has said that any uninvited foreign troops, including those from the US, are “invaders” who only prolonged the conflict.

Assad has meanwhile invited Russian forces in Syria to join the anti-terrorist operation.

BREAKING: Assad: No one invited US to Manbij, all foreign troops in Syria without permission are ‘invaders’ https://on.rt.com/85eo 

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On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said America’s presence in the war-torn country was illegitimate and accused CIA Director Mike Pompeo – who had criticized Russia’s presence in Syria – of practicing “double standards.”

READ MORE: ‘Russians find any place they can make our lives more difficult’ – CIA chief

Lavrov cited Turkish media reports of “ten US bases already having been set up in Syria” and pointed to the “hundreds of military bases of the United States all over the world.”

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Special Envoy: China Strongly Opposed to Disintegration of Syria

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[Editor’s note: Now that China has publicly stated it’s firm backing of Iran and it’s strong opposition to any notion of  breaking up Syria, the US and it’s ludicrous ‘Assad must go because he is an evil tyrant who murders his own people with poison gas’ lie is looking ever more isolated and out of touch with both the other world powers and reality itself.

I’m sure Trump will have some inane insults to hurl at China in response, his usual childish and incompetent way of dealing with such matters. However, I very much get the feeling that the days of the Chinese giving two hoots what Trump has to say have passed and Premier Xi Jinping won’t be making any trips to Florida to munch on chocolate cake anytime soon.

Ruining the US-China relationship is one of the very few achievements of the Trump presidency and can be seen as a contributory factor to China’s opposition stance in Middle East issues. Further US meddling in Syria can now only worsen US-China relations, something that has potentially serious ramifications for the entire globe. Ian]

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Special Envoy: China Strongly Opposed to Disintegration of Syria

China’s Special Envoy to Syria Xie Xiaoyan underlined that his country’s strong opposition to plans to disintegrate Syria, stressing the need for all states to fight against terrorist groups.

“China is opposed to any form of the disintegration of Syria and we believe that the country’s integrity should be maintained and different countries should fight against terrorists,” Xie said in a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader’s top aide for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati in Tehran on Saturday.

Warning that certain countries’ interference can exacerbate the crisis, he said such meddling “has led to the reinvigoration of the terrorists in Syria and the spread of their presence to other areas”.

Xie noted that he plans to discuss bilateral, regional, international and Syrian issues with Iranian officials during his trip, and said, “Iran and China enjoy common positions not only on Syria but also on other regional and international issues.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao in Bangkok in October underlined the need for Beijing to play a more active and significant role in Syria and Yemen.

During the meeting on the sidelines of the 2nd Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) summit, President Rouhani stressed Iran and China’s common views on different regional and international issues, and said, “China can play an important role in restoring peace and stability in the region, specially humanitarian aid to the oppressed regional people, including in Yemen and Syria.”

Earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the turmoil in Syria has brought a lot of suffering to its people and grave challenges to regional and world peace.

“China’s position on the Syrian issue has been consistent,” Xi said, adding that “Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity should be protected and respected, and its future decided by its own people.”

“A political solution offers the only way out,” the Chinese president underlined.

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Anger Grows in UK After Conservatives Vote to Keep 1 Percent Pay Rise Salary Cap

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Anger is escalating in the UK after Conservative Members of Parliament blocked Labour’s bid to raise the salaries of public sector workers. The government of Prime Minister Theresa May voted against the opposition amendment to the Queen’s Speech that aimed to put an end to the 1% pay increase cap which public sector workers have endured since 2010.

The pay cap was introduced by former PM David Cameron in 2010 as part of the coalition government’s austerity agenda designed to curb public spending and reduce the country’s financial deficit. The cap has resulted in the freezing of pay for key public sector employees — including teachers, firefighters and National Health Service staff — at a 1 percent rise for the last seven years.

The timing of the government’s refusal to increase wages for public sector professionals couldn’t be more damaging.

In May of this year, inflation in the UK rose unexpectedly to 2.9 percent, its highest level in almost four years. Consequently, in real terms with rising inflation, many public sector workers are feeling the pinch of a parsimonious 1 percent pay increase.

Recent tragedies in Britain have added fuel to the fire, as public anger mounts toward a government that insists it is “holding its nerve” over austerity despite growing economic and social pressure. In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in London last month, and recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, public support for better pay and working conditions for firefighters, police and other emergency services has grown.

Firefighters Forced to Tighten Their Belts

In the first breach of the government’s 1 percent pay cap, firefighters in Britain have been offered a 2 percent pay increase for this year. But the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says the proposed rise is simply “not enough” and falls short of solving the problems that the ongoing pay cap and austerity measures have created.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, said that the offer demonstrates the “1 percent cap is dead in water, but the offer from our employers is simply not enough.”

“Firefighters have endured seven years of pay restraint imposed by the government,” Wrack told Sky News. “It is sickening to hear politicians praising firefighters for the outstanding work they do every day of their working lives only to be told they have to tighten their belts as a result of economic problems caused by bankers.”

Key Workers Being “Taken for Granted”

Unions are condemning the prolongation of the pay cap, saying public sector workers are being “taken for granted”. Unison, the UK’s second largest trade union, said that seven years of pay caps and freezes are harming recruitment in many public sector professions and demoralizing existing workers.

Another profession dented by the ongoing pay rise cap is education. Teachers’ pay has been frozen since 2010, and the government just announced the pay increases for more than half a million teachers in England and Wales will remain capped at 1 percent.

The Union of Teachers (NUT) was quick to condemn the pay rise cap, stating how, during the last seven years, teachers’ pay rises have fallen behind inflation by 13 percent. NUT’s general secretary, Kevin Courtney, described the announcement as a “missed opportunity”, saying the government will regret the decision as the “teach recruitment and retention crisis gets worse.”

Talking to Occupy.com, Dr. Andy Pickard, the former Head of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, spoke of the retention crisis currently affecting the profession — a catastrophe he blames on the actions of former Conservative governments.

“As with so many aspects of public policy, the roots of the problem go back to the 1980s when the Conservative government of the day decided to replace existing national pay bargaining procedures with Pay Review bodies,” said Pickard. “This meant that teachers, for example, no longer had a voice in the process of setting their salaries and it was clearly an attack on their professionalism. It also created the suspicion that whatever teachers merited, their pay was set ultimately by the treasury.”

As a result, “we are now reaping the consequences of that policy in that there is an absolute need to increase pay in order to address the crisis in teacher retention,” Pickard added, “but this cannot be done because of the somewhat arbitrary imposition of 1 percent, which has been the limit for several years.”

A “Summer of Protests”

Another profession hit hard by the ongoing pay rise cap is nursing. In the wake of the announcement to decline the amendment to scrap the 1 percent pay rise cap, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) along with nurses across the UK have planned a series of protests against their below inflation pay rises.

Since the government’s cap on public sector pay in 2010, nurses in Britain have been suffering from a 14 percent pay cut in real terms, according to the union. The RCN pins part of the blame for tens of thousands of unfilled nursing posts on the low levels of pay.

On June 27, the RCN hosted a “Pay Champions Day” that launched a summer of protests within the nursing profession. The protesters hope to lobby support from politicians to fight for fairer pay for public sector workers.

Earlier in the year, a poll of more than 50,000 RCN members revealed that almost four out of five nurses support strike action in order to lift the 1 percent pay rise cap.

The outcry comes at a time when the Health Foundation published a report saying nurses will see their pay fall by 12 percent during the next decade, and the impact of wage restraints in the profession could lead to a staffing shortfall of 42,000.

A Health Foundation report shows that the 625,000 health service employees in Britain who earn at least £22,000 will witness their pay fall by 12 percent between 2010-11 and 2020-21.

The report found that since the Conservative coalition came into power in 2010, midwives have seen a pay cut of 6 percent, doctors have been hit by an 8 percent pay drop, and health visitors have suffered from a 12 percent real time cut in pay.

With stories surfacing of nurses being forced to use food banks and teachers being left homeless as their pay falls in real terms, many hope the ‘summer of protests’ can generate enough public outcry that politicians sit up and listen. So far, that hasn’t been the government’s response.

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Frans Timmermans Showed Poland the Door

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The European Commission today discussed the EU’s “nuclear option” regarding the most recent decisions of the Polish government with which the rule of law would be virtually completely destroyed. “Given the latest developments, we are coming very close to triggering article 7”, said the Commission’s first Vice President Frans Timmermans (Netherlands, Socialists and Democrats), who is in charge of the rule of law. On Wednesday, the College of Commissioners discussed the latest situation in Poland that arose after the government proposed a package of legislative measures that, in Mr Timmermans’ words, individually would suffice to undermine the independence of the judiciary, and would in a package “abolish any remaining judicial independence and put the judiciary under full political control of the government”.

These are four legislative acts, some of which have already been adopted by parliament. These are the law for the National School of Judicial System (enacted), the law for the National Council of the Judiciary – a body similar to the Bulgarian SJC (approved and pending signature by the president), the law on the organisation of ordinary courts (approved and pending signature by the president), and the Supreme Court Act (still in parliamentary procedure). This is yet another step of the Polish extreme conservative government of Law and Justice after removing the independence of the Constitutional Tribunal, for which the European Commission has for the first time triggered the rule of law protection mechanism.

Under this mechanism, the EC has so far sent to Warsaw an opinion and two recommendations regarding the Constitutional Tribunal. According to the Commission, the tribunal’s composition no longer complies with the Constitution, the publication of its decisions is no longer in its hands, some of the judges are lawfully elected but not appointed, whilst others are appointed but not lawfully elected. Thus, the legitimacy of the tribunal is seriously undermined, explained the first vice president. Frans Timmermans believes it is possible to get the Council’s support and the qualified majority required to trigger Article 7 of the EU Treaty (which foresees suspension of voting rights in the Council) if Poland does not take steps to withdraw the laws in question and does not return to a dialogue with the Commission. He admitted, however, that this majority is not guaranteed.

He recalled that the Commission’s concerns are shared by a large number of member states, the European Parliament and also the Council of Europe and the Venice Commission. In the College of Commissioners, support is 100%, he added. It is still unclear when the EC will make such a proposal. Frans Timmermans explained that as soon as these laws come into force, the EC will have reason to do so, but warned that it would be discussed internally when it would be most appropriate to do it. In May, Mr Timmermans discussed the situation in the General Affairs Council and back then received the support of the most important member states. The vice president announced that he would speak with the Estonian rotating presidency to negotiate the most appropriate time to hold the next Council meeting on this subject.

This is unlikely to happen before the start of the next political season as the European institutions are already preparing for the summer break. However, before resorting to Article 7, the EC will prepare the third successive recommendation on the rule of law mechanism for the College meeting next week. The EC is also expected to open infringement procedures at that point. The vice president explained that what is happening in Poland raises concerns for violation of the Polish Constitution but also of the European legislation, as the Polish courts, as practically courts in all member states, act as EU courts. Therefore, the laws prepared concern anyone doing business in or with Poland, as well as ordinary citizens who are simply visiting the country.

Frans Timmermans used the occasion to criticise Poland about intimidating journalists as well. The reason for this was the incident last week when, during the Commission’s regular midday press briefing in Brussels, Dorota Bawolek asked for a comment on the situation with democracy in Poland but did not get any, which provoked her to say, “You`d rather talk about a country that is leaving the European Union than about one that is still a member and that, if you refuse to commentate on what is happening, will also be at risk of leaving”. The incident was qualified by the Polish national television as a “provocation,” and in the social networks Dorota Bawolek was declared a “traitor”, “prostitute” and “anti-Polish manipulator”. There are also indications of many threats.

The Polsat National Television channel also pronounced her a state traitor. Frans Timmermans called for the threats to end. “What should not be happening is anybody sitting in this room, who wants to ask critical questions of me, would feel a reservation, fear for consequences to do that. That’s not how it works in a free society”, he said and quoted the motto of The Washington Post newspaper that in darkness democracy dies. The first vice-President also explained that the situation in Poland is different from the one in Hungary, as Hungary does not talk about a reform that puts the judiciary under the control of a minister in a way that undermines the division of powers.

The EP political groups supported the Commission’s actions. EPP President Manfred Weber (Germany) wrote on Twitter that there is no doubt that the government of Law and Justice is trying to abolish the rule of law and that should be stopped. Gianni Pittella (Italy), leader of the second-largest group Socialists and Democrats, said the Polish government is constantly jeopardising the rule of law and the legal basis of democracy. The group welcomes the EC’s “swift” reaction. “Should the Polish government and authorities continue to disregard the warning signals from Brussels concerning the independence of the judiciary, the S&D Group considers it requisite the activation of all possible infringement proceedings against Poland for the violation of EU law”, Pittella believes.

The leader of the group of Liberals, Guy Verhofstadt (Belgium), also supported the EC’s actions. Sven Giegold (Germany), a member of the Greens Group, welcomed the Commission’s criticism but warned that they were questionable. “As long as there is no regular EU monitoring of the rule of law in all member states, it is easy for countries such as Poland or Hungary to denounce criticism from Brussels”, he said, and called on the EC to analyse the rule of law in all member states using the same parameters. “The EU Commission has to control the rule of law in all EU member states rather than acting as fire fighters when the democratic house is already burning”, Sven Giegold added.

With today’s warnings, the EC has also stood at the side of the thousands of Poles protesting on Sunday in front of the Supreme Court and Parliament, accusing the government of building a dictatorship. This is also the opinion of the National Council of the Judiciary, according to which Poland is on the verge of dictatorship. According to the government in Warsaw, changes serve democracy and citizens. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro argues that the judicial system is currently completely separated from the mechanisms for democratic control.

Meanwhile, President Andrzej Duda surprisingly presented his own proposal for amendments to the controversial draft law on the appointment of members of the National Council of the Judiciary and threatened to veto the law if they are not adopted. However, Frans Timmermans said that this is not enough, as it is about amending only one of four laws, each of which seriously undermines the rule of law, and in their entirety they are abolishing the rule of law.

Frans Timmermans was emotional in saying that nothing in his political life was more important than the fall of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall, as well as the 2004 enlargement when 10 new countries joined the EU, Poland among them. He promised to do everything in his power to ensure that Poland sticks to a development that respects the rule of law, democracy, openness, media freedom, market economy, opportunities for all.

“This is the clear choice that was made by Poland when they freed themselves from communist oppression. We didn’t do that. The Poles did that themselves, starting in Gdansk. People we can always admire such as Lech Wałęsa. They did themselves. But the EU did help. At the outset Poland was in comparably the same situation as Ukraine economically, socially, politically in some way. Now look at the difference! It’s two worlds of difference perhaps. And part of this is because we had the rule of law, because we had independent judges, because corruption could be tackled by independent courts. That’s why you don’t have oligarchs in Poland. That’s why you don’t have a corrupt society in Poland, which is a scourge for the people of Ukraine”, were the words of Frans Timmermans.

Polish Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for the internal market, warned that the atmosphere of Wednesday’s discussion in the College suggests that what is going on in Poland will have very bad consequences on the discussions on the EU budget. “I’m sure this will also affect the budget discussions”, she said without specifying what she meant exactly. Next year, the EU is about to begin talks on the future financial framework of the Union for the period after 2020. These are likely to be the most difficult talks so far due to the departure of one of the largest donors in the European budget – Great Britain – and because of the shift in priorities when there is already a more significant focus on common defence, migration and foreign policy.

The new member states are uniting in a common front, demanding that the Cohesion Policy of the Union be preserved. This will be one of the leading topics of the Bulgarian presidency of the Council, which will start on 1 January next year. The situation in Poland and also the resistance of other Central European countries led by Hungary against showing solidarity in the distribution of refugees have been a reason for some donor countries to demand the suspension of EU funds for members that deviate from the rules or the EU’s value system. Commissioner Bieńkowska’s statement confirms that this will be one of the most serious disputes during the budget discussions.

Translated by Stanimir Stoev

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The Berlin Process – the Good Cop of the Balkans’ European Integration

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Adelina Marini, Trieste

The long-awaited EU summit with the six countries of the Western Balkans – Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, and Kosovo – in the Italian city of Trieste on July 12 ended with several important messages not only to the countries of the still too turbulent post-Yugoslav region, but also to the EU itself. Before the start of the several hour-long meeting, the re-establishment of the German-Franco-Italian triangle was announced, last seen in the EU when Mario Monti was prime minister of Italy. The leaders of the three countries met on a beautiful ship, anchored just in front of Trieste’s Unity Square, where the Berlin Process summit took place.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, host of the meeting, said the three leaders have confirmed the need to re-launch the European Union, which is to be more cohesive and stronger. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron admitted “the sins” of their countries and of the EU as a whole that Italy was not helped earlier with the heavy migratory pressure it is facing. “We want to demonstrate solidarity with Italy”, she said, adding that the EU cannot be just a union of economies. “We have to cope with all challenges together”, were her words – a direct message to Central European member states who refuse to show solidarity with regard to migration.

French President Emmanuel Macron believes that humanitarianism needs to be linked to efficiency when addressing the migration crisis. With regard to Europe, he said it should be re-founded. “We need to identify the shortcomings and solve them”, he said, and again stressed the need to find democratic ways to bring the European project to a new life. This is a message to the EU itself, which was also signalled by the European Council at the end of June in Brussels, but also to the Western Balkans. The region still feels that the EU has withdrawn from the region, is in a deep crisis, and has no time to deal with Balkan affairs. The Franco-German-Italian trio decided to show that it is the exact opposite.

Trieste started the economic engine of the European integration of the Western Balkans

The three leaders made these statements after they disembarked the ship and addressed journalists in the burning sunlight before the start of the meeting with the Western Balkans, about which Mrs Merkel said it was “our common duty that these countries develop well and guarantee that they, slowly but surely, move towards the EU”. In her words, the political stability of the region is also political stability for the EU. For Paolo Gentiloni, integration of the Western Balkans into the EU is an irreversible strategic goal. He expressed hope that this process would be accelerated. The big brake, however, lies in the countries of the Western Balkans themselves and their political leadership.

This was clearly articulated by EU Commissioner for Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn (Austria, EPP), who said during one of the numerous pre-summit forums that he worries that society in these countries is divided into two parts – politicians and civil society. He said it was time to put an end to ongoing discussions and dialogues, and move on to actions, establishing rule of law, which would create the right conditions for foreign investment. Johannes Hahn hopes that accelerating the development of the economies of the six countries will provide them with a faster fulfilment of the political criteria. “I’m so convinced that without investing, stimulating the economy we will not be making progress in the area of fundamentals [rule of law, democracy, protection of minority rights, freedom of expression and assembly]”, he said.

The economic part is also the essence of the Berlin process, which was launched in 2014 at the initiative of Germany. It is moving as an addition to the European integration process of the Western Balkans. So far, at annual meetings (here and here) there have been talks about separate small projects, but this year the plan known as “Berlin+” was presented. It consists of two parts. The first is the treaty for the creation of a transport community, which envisages the integration of the region into the EU transport market by bringing legislation and standards of the six Balkan countries closer to the European ones.

In addition, it was agreed to build 7 new infrastructure projects, whose investment value is estimated at 500 million euro. Of these, 194 million will be funded by the EU budget and loans from the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The rest will be national co-financing by the Western Balkans.

The projects are for the construction of motorways that are part of European corridors, that is, their role will be not only to connect countries from the region with each other, but also with the EU. The three motorway projects are in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Two projects are for inland water connectivity. One is on the Rhine-Danube corridor, the Brčko port in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the other is to rehabilitate the Đerdap lock between Serbia and Romania. There are also two projects for building railway connections. The first one is in the Orient-Eastern Mediterranean corridor, in Serbia, and the other one is along the same corridor, but in Macedonia.

Another large and anticipated piece of news from the Trieste meeting is the creation of a regional economic area similar to the EU internal market. This is a multi-annual action plan that provides for a gradual easing of trade between the six countries, regional mobility, and the creation of a digital market. The idea of ​​a regional economic zone is based on the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA), EU legislation, and the Stabilisation and Association Agreements. The purpose of the plan is to remove obstacles to the free movement of professionals through mutual recognition of professional qualifications (doctors, dentists, architects and civil engineers).

Facilitating trade in goods and services, turning the region into an investment magnet, and digital integration are also envisaged. Part of the digital integration will also be the creation of a roaming-free zone – an idea that the Bulgarian Presidency has been preparing. Despite being invited as a special guest at the Trieste meeting, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov did not present this idea. It is, however, an integral part of the regional economic zone agreement, which talks about coordinating roaming policy towards a roaming-free zone. The approved action plan has specific deadlines and its implementation will be monitored on an annual basis. The EU firmly states that this is not a substitute for membership.

Money against reforms

This year, at the Trieste meeting, the Berlin process began merging with the European integration process. Although the EU, presented by the Italian-German-French trio, has expressed an unwavering commitment to the economic development and integration of the region, it has been clearly stated that there is no easy way to membership. The host, Paolo Gentiloni, recalled that although the meetings of the Berlin Process revolve mainly around the economy, the political scenario – the prospect of reforms, democracy, the fight against corruption, modernisation – should not be forgotten. He said enlargement as such was secondary at the meeting, but there will yet be political discussions in the EU itself on this topic, at which  “we should  confirm very openly to our Western Balkan friends that the perspective of EU is open and actively promoted by EU”.

Johannes Hahn also emphasised this by saying that if the Western Balkans want to be attractive to foreign investors, as well as to their own citizens, they must work to improve the quality and independence of their judicial systems and everything else that falls under the term rule of law. In the declaration after the meeting, the countries reaffirm their commitment to democratisation, stabilisation, and striving for external influences not to stand in the way of European integration efforts.

The declaration reserves a special place for the civil sector as well, which, especially in Serbia, is facing serious attacks by the government and related media. A special commitment is also being made to fight corruption and organised crime. Pushed through by Italy, which recognises openly that it has serious problems with corruption and organised crime and that that is precisely why it can help, a declaration was signed confirming the common will of Italy and the countries of the Western Balkans to speed up their efforts in this direction. The declaration contains concrete measures that need to be taken like strengthening the systems for preventing corruption, increasing transparency, and the professionalising of public procurement.

The long shadow of bilateral disputes

Although the participants were generally satisfied with the results, there was tension in the air in Trieste. Talks about bilateral issues between countries in the region were deliberately avoided, but they were still served at the table by not just anyone, but two EU member states – Slovenia and Croatia. The two countries have been unable to resolve their border disputes for decades. Prime Ministers Andrej Plenković and Miro Cerar met hours before the start of the meeting in Ljubljana to try to find a solution, but both did not budge an inch from their current positions on the work of the arbitration tribunal from which Croatia unilaterally withdrew two years ago because of revelations of political interference from the Slovenian side.

Another unpleasant piece of news from the summit is that Bosnia and Herzegovina has not signed the Transport Community Treaty due to the resistance of the government of the Serbian entity, Republika Srpska. The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, Federica Mogherini shared her regret about this, but also her hope that the treaty would still be signed in the future. She did, however, warn that BiH has a responsibility to its citizens. “It’s a year in BiH that has no elections. This is a good opportunity for the political leadership to respond to the expectations of their citizens, which is to move forward in the regional integration and in the EU perspective”.

In addition, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković admitted that during the meeting there was “a little frustration” on the part of the leaders of the region from the slow integration process in an institutional sense – the negotiations themselves or their launch. Montenegrin Prime Minister Duško Marković, however, was very pleased with the meeting and especially with the EU’s clearly stated commitment. The next meeting of the Berlin process will be held in London next year. That should have been the last meeting of the process, but the participants agreed to continue it.

The EU begins to realise its role

The July 12 summit was yet another step, and a big one, on the part of the EU towards the Western Balkans, which had been left on their own and facing a strong geopolitical current in recent years. The beginning of 2017, when tension in the region rose to the levels of the early 1990s, acted sobering for the EU, as euinside reported.

The Trieste meeting showed that the Berlin Process is starting to play the good cop role. Through it, the EU supports its using the ever more hollow sounding phrase “European perspective” with concrete projects and money, and from non-pre-accession funds at that. Investing in the region serves as a sweetener for the tightening of the noose over the political leadership of the countries in the region, which remains the biggest challenge. The EU’s message is that there will be no easy entry into the EU – the criteria must be met. This was very clearly stated to the recent Brussels favourite – President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić – in Brussels, where he expected to get a specific membership date, but was put to a choice – with the EU or with Russia, with illiberalism or with liberal democracy.

All these are steps in the right direction, but more are needed. Two very difficult tasks remain for the Union. How does it play the geopolitical card to the end, Serbia being the hardest country in this situation. Exerting pressure on Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić will not be without consequences and can cause political turmoil. The EU must prepare for this. Another problem is the financial commitment following the UK exit. Will the EU be as generous to the countries of the Western Balkans when the money in the common treasury is reduced?

The Union will prove its continued commitment to the region when it sets aside enough money for infrastructure and support for reforms in the six countries during the negotiations over the next multiannual framework. Only then will they really understand what a European perspective really means. In order not to lose control over things, the EU must also engage more actively in mediation to resolve the worst bilateral issues. The fact, that the EU is already seriously talking about the need for democracy and rule of law, since it has been criticised so far for its preference to stability (stabilocracy being the term of Dr. Florian Bieber) to democracy, is also commendable. However, the biggest test remains at home – Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria etc.

The summit was a debut for Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, who said that any meeting at which the countries of the region meet and talk is successful and that she will work for good neighbourly relations. The meeting was also a first for Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev.

Translated by Stanimir Stoev

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The U.S. Military Bases in Syria: the Reaction Was Not Slow in Coming

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As it was to be expected, the reaction of the U.S. Department of Defense (the US DoD) to the publication on the location of the U.S. military bases in Syria was not slow in coming.

Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankin-Galloway said the US Department of Defense is concerned about the disclosure of secret military bases in Syria, which was due to the publication of a map of American positions by the Turkish state news agency.

“The publication of the secret military information exposes coalition forces to unnecessary risk and may disrupt current operations to defeat ISIS. And although we cannot independently verify the sources that contributed to this publication, we would be very concerned if NATO ally officials deliberately put our forces at risk,” told the spokesman.

An expert of the Atlantic Council (Editor’s note: it is an American think tank in the field of international affairs founded in 1961 that provides a forum for international political, business, and intellectual leaders), Aaron Stein, claims the information on the location of the notorious military bases the Anadolu news agency received from the Turkish authorities. Mr. Stein, however, did not comment on why the Turkish government decided to leak damaging info about the U.S. bases in Syria.

The U.S. troops deploying at one of the bases

It should be noticed that the news source stated the data on the location of the bases was obtained not as a result of a leak but in the wake of its own investigation, as well as from publications of Kurdish fighters in social networks. The person written the article for Anadolu, correspondent Levent Tok even stated that “the U.S. leadership should have thought about the possible development of events ages ago, when Washington was only about to plan to cooperate with a terrorist organization” (Editor’s note: Kurds).

To be recalled is that the map with the pointed ten U.S. bases in the Syrian provinces of Al-Hasakah, Manbij and Raqqa, as well as in the areas of Harab-Isk and Rmeilan, was published on Tuesday by Turkey-controlled leading media, Anadolu Agency. The source also reported on the number of the U.S. servicemen deployed at these bases.
Thus, the true source of data on American bases in Syria remains unclear. It is also unknown what purpose the source of leak pursued when sharing the materials.

Who and why declassified the data on the location of the U.S. military bases in Syria we propose you reading in a special investigation report at Inside Syria Media Center that to appear soon.

Follow the latest developments by reading Inside Syria Media Center.

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The Balfour Declaration: Time to say sorry. Time we made amends

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In a letter to a local newspaper about Brexit and the way prime minister Theresa May is handling it, I happened to mention in passing the Balfour Declaration, criticising her plans to celebrate the centenary “with pride” and invite Israel’s PM Netanyahu to the fun. This drew a sharp response from someone spouting the usual Israeli propaganda ‘facts’ and saying my attitude harmed the Jewish community worldwide.

The Balfour Declaration is a deadly serious subject. It is a cause of great horror and grief, of justifiable international anger, and a matter for profound regret. This is a right time and proper time for debate. Let’s focus on it for the next few months because justice groups are urging the British Government to mark the Balfour Declaration centenary by saying sorry.

Mrs May could do some real good here. She could, at a stroke, help quell the destructive turmoil in the Middle East and begin repair to Britain’s tattered prestige. She could even open new trade routes into Islamic markets, vitally important as we leave the EU.

By eating a little humble pie and apologising on our behalf for 100 years of agony inflicted on lovely people in a lovely part of the world Mrs May could take a giant step for mankind on the world stage. She has between now and November to do it. Will she?

No, she’ll be celebrating Balfour in style with the Israeli prime minister and not giving a toss about the people Britain wronged.

Which is shocking when a UN report recently branded Israel an apartheid regime. It’s even more regrettable considering the desperate cry for help from the National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine in an open letter to the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical movement, signed by over 30 organisations in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.

Here’s an extract: “We are still suffering from 100 years of injustice and oppression that were inflicted on the Palestinian people beginning with the unlawful Balfour declaration… followed by the Israeli occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem and Gaza and the fragmentation of our people and our land through policies of isolation and confiscation, and the building of Jewish-only settlements and the Apartheid Wall…”

Mrs May needs a jolt.

When I enquired whether the Balfour Declaration is taught in our schools I was told ‘no’. So what exactly is it?

Arthur Balfour, British foreign secretary in 1917, penned a letter to the most senior Jew in England, Lord Rothschild – pledging the Government’s “best endeavours” to facilitate the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people. Balfour also wrote: “We do not propose even to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants of the country.”

It amounted to a betrayal of our Arab allies in WW1. Many in Parliament objected, including Lord Sydenham who remarked: “What we have done, by concessions not to the Jewish people but to a Zionist extreme section, is to start a running sore in the East, and no-one can tell how far that sore will extend.”

At the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 when the Great Powers carved up the territorial spoils of war a Zionist delegation produced Balfour’s promissory note. It planted a powder-keg in the Middle East and the fuse was now lit. Britain accepted the mandate responsibility for Palestine and eventually in 1947 the Great Powers pushed the United Nations into partitioning the territory, again without consulting those who lived there.

So what made Balfour do it? The more you delve, the more incredible the answers to those unaware of the growing influence of worldwide Zionism. Support for the movement and its ambition to create a New Israel was quite fashionable in the corridors of power around the time of WW1. The story I find compelling is that, while Britain struggled desperately against German U-boat successes and ammunition shortages, the Zionist power-brokers of Germany and Eastern Europe consulted with their opposite numbers in America and decided, given their grip on money and media, they could bring the US into the war against Germany and its Ottoman ally if Britain were to promise them Palestine for a Jewish homeland afterwards.

Balfour was a Zionist convert (as were many others including prime minister David Lloyd-George) and in the right position. The proposition was put to Britain in 1916. The Zionists delivered. The US entered the war. In the meantime immigrant Polish-Zionist chemist Chaim Weizmann offered a solution to the production of enough acetone, a critical ingredient in cordite for artillery shells, to satisfy the war effort. He demanded the same promise. Balfour handed them their ‘receipt’ in November 1917 even though Palestine was not, and never could be, Britain’s to give away.

‘Name of the game: erasing Palestine’

Balfour had inserted into his ‘declaration’ that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing and non-Jewish communities….” on the insistence of the only Jew in the British Cabinet, Lord Montague, who was anti-Zionist and opposed the deal. But this safeguard was jettisoned as soon as Britain lost control of events.

Not content with the territory allocated to them under the UN Partition Plan the Israelis declared statehood ignoring all boundaries. Their ‘Plan Dalet’ offensive, begun beforehand, had seized much Arab-designated land at gunpoint.  Jewish militia – the Irgun, Haganah, Palmach and Lehi – raided towns and villages forcing inhabitants to flee. Numerous attrocities were committed including the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem (headquarters of the British administration) in 1946 murdering 91, and the massacres at Deir Yassin and Lydda in 1948.

Today Israel illegally occupies the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including the Old City, and has Gaza in a stranglehold so pitiless as to have caused a long-term humanitarian crisis and irreparable environmental damage. For nearly 70 years millions of dispossessed Palestinians and their families have languished in refugee camps, and those who remain in their homeland – Christian and Muslim alike – live a miserable life under brutal military occupation.

The situation stands as a monumental stain on the flag of the United Nations, which hasn’t the backbone to take action. And the continuing repercussions throughout the Holy Land should concern all true Christians and Muslims especially regular churchgoers like Mrs May.

Miko Peled, the son of an Israeli general and a former soldier in the Israeli army – and now an important figure in the struggle for justice – confirms what many have been saying for years: “The name of the game: erasing Palestine, getting rid of the people and de-Arabizing the country… By 1993 the Israelis had achieved their mission to make the conquest of the West Bank irreversible…. That is when Israel said, OK, we’ll begin negotiations…”

My critic in the local newspaper called Hamas terrorists. Peled describes the Israeli army, in which he served, as “one of the best trained and best equipped and best fed terrorist organisations in the world.” Take your pick. But Hamas’ political wing is not proscribed as a terrorist organisation in the UK.

The accusation that criticising the Israeli regime harms Jewish communities is unacceptable. There are many admirable Jewish groups vehemently campaigning against Israel’s crimes. One-time Israeli Military Intelligence chief Yehoshafat Harkabi warned that Jews throughout the world would pay the price of Israel’s misconduct. So the problem appears to be ‘family’ matter between Jews everywhere.

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US contributed to ISIS creation, now tries to claim victory over it – Iraqi VP talks tough

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The recapture of Mosul is an achievement of the Iraqi people while the US is trying to highjack it and claims it was them who “led that war,” Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has told the RIA Novosti news agency.

Yes, they supported us with aviation, but the main credit goes to the Iraqi soldiers, people’s militia, Iraqi air force,” al-Maliki stated in his interview with the Russian news agency.

He added that he “regrets and denies [Americans] claiming the victory [in Mosul] is their achievement.”

In reality, this is the victory of the Iraqi army,” al-Maliki said, revealing that the victory came a high cost, with some 20,000 Iraqi soldiers and police officers having been either killed or wounded.

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The Iraqi military did everything possible “not to destroy the city more than it was necessary in the circumstances of war,” he said, adding, that as a result, the battle for Mosul lasted for nine months.

“We could have surrounded the city, but then its residents would have suffered from famine.”

There were some 5,000 terrorists in Iraq, with between 2,000 and 3,000 of them having been killed. Others are still hiding or have fled with the refugees, according to the Iraqi vice-president.

The victory is yet not final,” the top Iraqi official said, explaining that there are “still small terrorist hubs in the city,” as well as terrorist “sleeper cells” across the country.

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There are sleeper cells in Baghdad, from time to time they take action and perform bombings… That’s not worrying in a military sense. Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] is unable to advance or capture territories, they will not be able to hold the occupied regions, but from the security point of view there are still sleeper cells and lone wolves, used by IS,” al-Maliki said.

While the US has provided support to the Iraqi army and allied forces, it has contributed to the emergence of IS in the first place, al-Maliki claimed, adding that Washington now seeks to establish military bases on Iraqi territory in order to maintain influence in the region.

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IS resembles the Taliban which was created by the US administration to counter the USSR in Afghanistan. The same way, IS was created to counter the Iraqi stance, which did not agree to blockade Syria, was against no-fly zones in Syria and against American military bases,” he stated.

The Iraqi society is against foreign military bases on the country’s territory,” al-Maliki told RIA, adding that he has already warned the Americans against “coming back to Iraq and setting up bases here.”

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