Archive | February 18th, 2020

They carried a chair from his house and tore it in his body during the investigation

By: Sammi Ibrahem;Sr

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Nazi Occupied Palestine: On the day Nazi Gestapo arrested Qassam, they took an iron chair with them from his home in the town of Kober, north of Ramallah, and the family did not realize at the time why this was so, but they knew that one of the methods of torturing Qassam during his interrogation was to place the man in the place of his wounds .

At dawn today, the family of the Palestinian prisoner Qassam Abdel Karim Shibli (Al-Barghouthi) was informed of the decision to demolish their house in Koper, claiming that he was participating in the “Ein Poppin” operation near the the Nazi Jewish “Dolev” settlement west of the illegally Nazi Ramallah on August 23, 2019, where she was killed. A settlement and her father and brother were injured.

The family was informed of the decision through the individual defense center, “HaMoked”, where they can file their objection to this until next Thursday.

Dr. Widad Al-Barghouthi told Quds News that the occupation army raided their house on August 26, 2019, when they stormed the house and shot their dogs at her husband Abdul Karim, so he was surprised, then Qassam (26 years old) tried to defend his father and threw him to the ground, and they left the dogs to brush his body.

She added: “We were detained in one room, and Qassam in another room, we could only hear the screaming voice and do not know what was happening, but the field investigation continued with him for three hours, and after the Nazi left the house with my son, they were carrying an iron chair with them, we were surprised at first, but we learned after That is because the investigators were putting the chair in on the man wounds of Qassam and pressing him hard.

It is reported to Quds that Qassam was subjected to numerous methods of Nazi torture during his interrogation and that his body was very tired and the effects of torture are apparent on him, but today he is recovering little by little as he has high spirits.

On February 17th, the family will be able to visit Qassam in the desert in “Nafha” Nazi Camp, where the Nazi occupation is holding it there.

The Nazi Occupation Army, in a statement today (February 11), said that it had given the family a notice to demolish the house. “At the beginning of the year, the army stormed our house, conducted an engineering survey, pierced the walls, and placed some material in it, in preparation for the demolition,” says Al-Barghouthi.

 She pointed out that the building consists of two apartments; the first is for her sister, and the second is the one that will be demolished, where she lived with her husband and son Qassam, who is detained today, and the house was evacuated for fear of being surprised by the occupation army at any time and their inability to empty its contents.

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Seventeen years have passed since the harsh “February” … How is Mahmoud doing today?

17 years have passed since the arrest of Mahmoud Asfour, and despite the harshness of time when he passes in prison, he still raises hope, and the Nazi occupation fights for the freedom that remains in his heart and mind.

The Nazi occupation forces arrested the prisoner Mahmoud Asfour at a checkpoint near the town of Silat al-Haritha, Jenin District, on February 11, 2003. “It was Eid al-Adha and they arrested him while we were going, to visit my sister in Qalqilya, from inside the vehicle that was carrying us, on A special barrier they installed to detain Mahmoud, as the soldiers told us, ”says his brother Alaa Asfour.

Asfour tells us, “After his arrest, Mahmoud was subjected to three interrogation rounds, one of which reached for more than two months, the first in the Jalame investigation center, then they transferred him to the Al-Maskubiyya, and brought him back to Jalameh, to alternate his torture and abuse of multiple groups of the occupation intelligence.”

The Asfour family got accustomed to “a tragic event” occurring in every February, as Mahmoud’s brother says, “This month, Mahmoud was shot by the occupation forces, during confrontations in his town of Ya`bad, in which he was arrested, during which his aunt and his sister’s husband died, so the occupation deprived him of taking a farewell look Both of them, and in the same month he was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment. “

“Mahmoud’s parents, due to their health conditions, are unable to visit him where he is being held in Raymond Prison, due to the distance and the abuse inflicted on the families of the prisoners by the jailers of the occupation,” Asfour explains. During his detention, Mahmoud was able to obtain several degrees, adding his brother, in political science and international law and others.

Asfour said, “Mahmoud has a special battle with the empty bowel, with his comrades in the captive movement, in Gilboa prison, years ago, and he was one of the leaders of the strike.” “17 years in prison, it is not easy, but like the rest of the families of the prisoners, some of whom have sacrificed more than us, we live with patience and supplication, to see him free soon,” concluded the prisoner brother Asfour.

In pictures “Al-Qazazin Quarter” .. a long history and authenticity

The Nazi occupation demolishes their homes, and they respond: “It is impossible to get out of Jerusalem.”

The Nazi occupation transforms 3 houses in Deir Nizam, a military barracks

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People in Gaza can hardly afford fish

People in Gaza can hardly afford fish — and Israeli restrictions are making it even harder for farmers

Robert LeslieAmelia Kosciulek and Mark Abadi 

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  • One man has looked inland for answers — and built his own fish farm in 2008.
  • The Israeli navy imposes limits on where people from Gaza can fish for security reasons.
  • The restrictions are pushing Gazans to set up fish farms on land.
  • Meanwhile, high unemployment and poverty mean not all Gazans can afford to buy fish.

Following is a transcript of an episode of Business Insider Today. Watch the full episode here.

Sea bream dishes like this are a favorite here in Gaza. 

But catching the fish isn’t always easy, despite the region bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Heavy restrictions imposed by Israel affect how far fishermen can go and what kind of fish they can catch. And many fear coming under fire while they’re out at sea. 

One fish farmer managed to build a successful business despite economic challenges and political instability.

Fishing is a way of life for over 3,500 people living in this small Palestinian territory. 

But the ongoing naval blockade limits the area available for fishing, which can be up to 15 nautical miles from the coast, but often is less than that.

Straying too close to the fishing limits can mean arrest and the confiscation of boats and nets.

The Israeli navy has also been known to fire on boats, resulting in damage — and casualties.

Ahmad Jamal Abu Hamada, fisherman: “Fishermen are peaceful people. We don’t carry weapons, stones or knives. We are out working to provide for our families.”

This blockade was imposed because Gaza is governed by Hamas, which is seen as a terrorist organization by Israel and many Western countries. 

But it also impacts what fish the crews can catch. The closer to shore, the lower the quality and quantity of fish, and the lower the profits.

That’s why people like Hassan have looked for alternative solutions. 

He decided to open a fish farm at the height of the blockade in 2008, away from the fluctuating fortunes, and dangers, of the open sea.

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Sea bream is a favorite in Gaza and is served in many of the local restaurants — for those who can afford it. 

Hassan Mahmoud al-Shaer, Fish Fresh fish farm: We started with 80,000 [fish] and moved to 200,000, 300,000 and 400,000, and now we stand at 1.5 million, and God willing, this year we will reach 2 million fish.”

The fish are incubated for three months before spending a year in large pools where they grow to maturity.

Hassan produces 25 to 30 tons of fish a month, mainly sea bream.

But he used to produce a third more. With 50% unemployment and high levels of poverty, demand in Gaza has its limits.

He feels that if given open borders and access to an export market, he could grow.

“I want to expand [my business], hire more workers, and bring bigger facilities and to make a tuna factory but we don’t have the roads, the crossings are closed, we don’t have an airport. We don’t have anything.”

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“Things changed. We are not able to sell anymore. We are living under siege,” one fish merchant said. 

For now, Hassan employs 70 people and manages to turn a profit, selling a kilogram of fish for about $5.

Sea bream is a favorite in Gaza and is served in many of the local restaurants — for those who can afford it.

Back out at sea, these fishermen take in a catch of squid, sardines, and sea bream at a distance of nine nautical miles from shore.

But it’s one thing to catch, and another to sell.

Mahmoud Hosni Abu Hassirah, fish merchant: “The situation affects us. As you see, you are standing in a fish market in the Gaza Strip, without any clients and people buying the fish.”

“Fifteen years ago, we used to sell 300 to 400 kilograms daily. Today, unfortunately, we sell 20 or 30 kilograms, and selling 40 kilograms is considered to be a good day.”

“Things changed. We are not able to sell anymore. We are living under siege. People can’t afford food or to buy food. We are not able to sell. In the past, we used to buy and sell, but we don’t have that today.” 


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Stop Living in Denial, Nazi Is an Evil State

Stop Living in Denial, Israel Is an Evil State

Israel may not be Nazi, nor even a fascist state. Yet it is a member of the same terrible family, the family of evil states. Just consider these acts of evil perpetrated by the state…

Israeli Border Police officers stand guard as Palestinians wait to cross through the Qalandiyah checkpoint, June 2016.
Israeli Border Police officers stand guard as Palestinians wait to cross through the Qalandiyah checkpoint, June 2016.Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

After we’ve cited nationalism and racism, hatred and contempt for Arab life, the security cult and resistance to the occupation, victimhood and messianism, one more element must be added without which the behavior of the Israeli occupation regime cannot be explained: Evil. Pure evil. Sadistic evil. Evil for its own sake. Sometimes, it’s the only explanation.

Her essay, which challenges the idea of the banality of evil, considers the national group as the source of the evil. Using philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s concept, she finds a “family resemblance” between the Israeli occupation and history’s evil regimes. This similarity does not mean that Israel is Nazi, nor even fascist. And yet it is a member of the same terrible family, the family of evil states. It’s a depressing and brilliant analysis.

The evil that Illouz attributes to Israel is not banal, it cannot happen anywhere, and it has political and social roots that are deeply embedded in Israeli society. Thus, Illouz joins Zeev Sternhell, who warned in his impressive and resounding essay about the cultural soil out of which fascism is now growing in Israel (“The birth of fascism,” Haaretz Hebrew edition, July 7).

But alongside these analyses, we must also present a brief history of evil. We must present the instances that combine to create a great and horrific picture, a picture of Israeli evil in the territories, so as to stand up to those who deny the evil. It is not the case of the individual – Sgt. Elor Azaria, for example, who is being tried for the death of a subdued Palestinian assailant in Hebron – but the conduct of the establishment and the occupation regime that proves the evil. In fact, the continuation of the occupation proves the evil. Illouz, Sternhell and others provide debatable analyses on its origins, but whatever they are, it can no longer be denied.

One case is like a thousand witnesses: the case of Bilal Kayed. A young man who completed a prison term of 14.5 years – his entire sentence – without a single furlough, without being allowed to at least say goodbye by phone to his dying father; a clear sign of evil.

About six weeks ago, Kayed was getting ready for his release. A representative of the Shin Bet security service – one of the greatest agencies of evil in Israel – even showed him a photograph of the home his family had built for him to stir him up even more ahead of his release. And then, as his family waited impatiently for him at the crossing point and Kayed grew ever more excited in his cell, he was informed that he was being thrown into administrative detention for at least another six months, without trial and without explanation.

Since then, he has been on hunger strike. He is cuffed to his bed. His family is not allowed to see him. Prison guards never leave his room and the lights are not turned out for a moment. Evil.

Only evil can explain the state’s conduct toward Kayed – only an evil state acts this way. The arbitrary announcement, at the last moment, of a senseless detention is abuse, and the way he has been treated since then is also abuse.

Only evil can explain the detention last week of another young man, Hiran Jaradat, whose brother Arif (who had Down syndrome) was killed in June and whose father died two days ago. He is under arrest for “incitement on Facebook” and was not released to attend his father’s funeral. Evil.

The continuation of the detention of poet Darin Tatur – evil. The destruction of the tiny swimming pool that the residents of Khirbet Tana in the northern West Bank had built for themselves – evil. The confiscation of water tanks from a community of shepherds in the Jordan Valley in the July heat – evil.

From left, Halima and Hadiba Kayed, the first wife of the father of administrative detainee Bilal Kayed, and Bilal's mother, July 2016.
From left, Halima and Hadiba Kayed, the first wife of the father of administrative detainee Bilal Kayed, and Bilal’s mother, respectively, at home this month.Amira Hass

A great many of the decisions of the occupation regime that decides the fates of individuals, families, communities, villages and cities cannot be explained without evil. The list is as long as the occupation. The extortion of sick people from Gaza to enlist them as collaborators, the blockades on cities and towns for weeks, the Gaza blockade, the demolition of homes – all evil.

Banal or not, its existence must be acknowledged and it must be recognized as one of the most influential values in Israel. Yes, there is an evil regime at work in Israel, and therefore it is an evil state.

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Naziyahu threatens Palestinians with Gaza war

Netanyahu threatens Palestinians with Gaza war

BY: DAILY SABAH

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the president's residence, Jerusalem, Sept. 25, 2019. REUTERS Photo

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the president’s residence, Jerusalem, Sept. 25, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)

Israel could launch a “large-scale” operation against the Gaza Strip if rocket firings continue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, once again threatening Palestinians in the occupied territories with an extensive military response. Netanyahu said if rocket fire from Palestine’s Gaza Strip continues, an operation could be launched before the early elections on March 2, as reported by The Times of Israel on Wednesday.

In September 2019, Netanyahu made a similar threat that a war could break out ahead of the national vote that month as his government failed to garner the majority in Parliament in the previous elections that were held in April. That threat came shortly after he was pulled off stage in southern Israel during a campaign event due to rocket fire.

His statements came after the Palestinians roundly rejected the U.S.’ Mideast proposal, which offers them limited self-rule in scattered chunks of territory with a capital on the outskirts of Jerusalem, while allowing Israel to annex large parts of the West Bank.

The Gaza Strip has been relatively calm in recent months as part of an informal truce between Hamas and Israel, but tension has increased since U.S. President Donald Trump last week unveiled his plan, which heavily favors Israel. Hamas rejected the Trump plan and vowed that “all options are open” in responding to the proposal, but the group is not believed to be seeking another war with Israel.

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Carter: US ‘Most Warlike Nation in History of the World’

Former president says peaceful China ‘ahead of us in almost every way.’

byBrett Wilkins

Most countries surveyed in a 2013 WIN/Gallup poll identified the United States as the greatest threat to world peace. (Photo: CD/CC BY 2.0)

Most countries surveyed in a 2013 WIN/Gallup poll identified the United States as the greatest threat to world peace. (Photo: CD/CC BY 2.0)

The only US president to complete his term without war, military attack or occupation has called the United States “the most warlike nation in the history of the world.”

During his regular Sunday school lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter revealed that he had recently spoken with President Donald Trump about China. Carter, 94, said Trump was worried about China’s growing economy and expressed concern that “China is getting ahead of us.”

Carter, who normalized diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing in 1979, said he told Trump that much of China’s success was due to its peaceful foreign policy.

Carter then referred to the US as “the most warlike nation in the history of the world,” a result, he said, of the US forcing other countries to “adopt our American principles.”

“Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with anybody?” Carter asked. “None, and we have stayed at war.” While it is true that China’s last major war—an invasion of Vietnam—occurred in 1979, its People’s Liberation Army pounded border regions of Vietnam with artillery and its navy battled its Vietnamese counterpart in the 1980s. Since then, however, China has been at peace with its neighbors and the world.

Carter then said the US has been at peace for only 16 of its 242 years as a nation. Counting wars, military attacks and military occupations, there have actually only been five years of peace in US history—1976, the last year of the Gerald Ford administration and 1977-80, the entirety of Carter’s presidency. Carter then referred to the US as “the most warlike nation in the history of the world,” a result, he said, of the US forcing other countries to “adopt our American principles.”

China’s peace dividend has allowed and enhanced its economic growth, Carter said. “How many miles of high-speed railroad do we have in this country?” he asked. China has around 18,000 miles (29,000 km) of high speed rail lines while the US has “wasted, I think, $3 trillion” on military spending. According to a November 2018 study by Brown University’s Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, the US has spent $5.9 trillion waging war in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other nations since 2001.

“It’s more than you can imagine,” Carter said of US war spending. “China has not wasted a single penny on war, and that’s why they’re ahead of us. In almost every way.”

“And I think the difference is if you take $3 trillion and put it in American infrastructure you’d probably have $2 trillion leftover,” Carter told his congregation. “We’d have high-speed railroad. We’d have bridges that aren’t collapsing, we’d have roads that are maintained properly. Our education system would be as good as that of say South Korea or Hong Kong.”

The US has also invaded or bombed dozens of countries and supported nearly every single right wing dictatorship in the world since the end of World War II.

While there is a prevalent belief in the United States that the country almost always wages war for noble purposes and in defense of freedom, global public opinion and facts paint a very different picture. Most countries surveyed in a 2013 WIN/Gallup poll identified the United States as the greatest threat to world peace, and a 2017 Pew Research poll found that a record number of people in 30 surveyed nations viewed US power and influence as a “major threat.”

The US has also invaded or bombed dozens of countries and supported nearly every single right wing dictatorship in the world since the end of World War II. It has overthrown or attempted to overthrow dozens of foreign governments since 1949 and has actively sought to crush nearly every single people’s liberation movement over that same period. It has also meddled in scores of elections, in countries that are allies and adversaries alike.

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9/11 was planned in Tel Aviv and Washington, not in Kabul: Scholar

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were not planned and directed from Afghanistan, as US President Donald Trump has claimed; rather, they were orchestrated by certain elements in Washington, DC and Tel Aviv, says Dr. Kevin Barrett, an American academic who has been studying the events of 9/11 since late 2003.

“[The] Zionist coup d’etat of 9/11 was done by the combination of Israelis and neo-conservative Americans along with hard-line right-wingers in the American military and the intelligence establishment who pulled off this coup d’etat in America,” Dr. Barrett said.

Dr. Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation of 9/11, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on a statement Trump made on Monday during his policy speech about Afghanistan.

Speaking from Fort Myer, Virginia, Trump unveiled his much-anticipated agenda for Afghanistan.

During his speech, Trump said, “The consequences of a rapid exit [from Afghanistan] are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th.”

‘Trump sending US to graveyard of empires’

“Donald Trump has just committed the United States to an endless quagmire in Afghanistan — the graveyard of empires. And Trump’s rationale is the same one that has been in force for the past sixteen years which is that Afghanistan was somehow responsible for the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001,” Dr. Barrett said.

“It is amazing how this gift of 9/11 keeps on giving. And Trump is the last person one would have normally expected to do this,” he stated.

“When Trump was running for office, he was skeptical about foreign wars, open-ended engagements. He recognized that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have destroyed America’s economy and infrastructure,” he said.

PressTV- ‘Trump could be killed for 9/11 truth’An American scholar says the full truth about the 9/11 coup d’état is probably too politically explosive for Donald Trump to ever tell.

‘Trump a 9/11 skeptic’

“And what’s more, Trump is also a 9/11 skeptic. On September 11th itself Trump immediately said that there must have been explosives used. He said there is no way that a plane could possibly take down these buildings. And he was right, as Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth have proven. Thousands of architects and engineers are on record having put their careers and livelihoods and reputations on the line to state that what happened to the three skyscrapers, including the Building 7, on 9/11, was clearly controlled demolition” Dr. Barrett said.

“So the official narratives of hijacking by people who were supposedly being commanded by a guy on dialysis in a cave in Afghanistan are utterly ludicrous and have been fully disproven on hundreds and hundreds of grounds,” he stated.

“And now Donald Trump, who has expressed skepticism about all of this in the past, and who drove (Jeb) Bush out of the presidential nomination by attacking (George W.) Bush, his brother, as the likely culprit or at least someone who is responsible for 9/11—now Trump who we all hoped might be an ‘irresponsible’ truth teller, that is, someone who would tell the incredibly subversive truth about what has really happened to America since the false flag attack of September 11th—all those hopes are now dashed,” he noted.

‘Trump under control of Deep State’

Dr. Barrett said now “Trump is clearly under the control of the elements of the Deep State that murdered three thousand Americans in an act of high treason on September 11, 2001.”

“So those of us who care about the truth and care about the core values that made America great in the first place are now going to have to view Trump as well as the rest of the American leadership as treasonous enemies,” he concluded.


White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card whispers into the ear of President George W. Bush to give him word of the plane crashes at the World Trade Center, during a visit to the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, on September 11, 2001. (Photo by AP)

The September, 11, 2001 attacks, also known as the 9/11 attacks, were a series of strikes in the US which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion worth of property and infrastructure damage.

US officials assert that the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists but many experts have raised questions about the official account.

They believe that rogue elements within the US government, such as former Vice President Dick Cheney, orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11 attacks in order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist agenda.

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DECADES AFTER A PALESTINIAN AMERICAN ACTIVIST WAS ASSASSINATED IN CALIFORNIA

DECADES AFTER A PALESTINIAN AMERICAN ACTIVIST WAS ASSASSINATED IN CALIFORNIA, TWO SUSPECTS IN HIS KILLING ARE LIVING OPENLY IN ISRAEL

David Sheen

ALEX ODEH WAS born in 1944 in British Mandate Palestine to a Christian family in the West Bank village of Jifna, near Ramallah, just four years before the founding of Israel. He immigrated in 1972 to the United States, where he became a spokesperson for the Arab American community, challenging negative portrayals of Middle Easterners and Muslims, which were back then at least as commonplace as they are today.

Odeh, the Southern California regional director at the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC, was known for his efforts to build bridges between Jews and Arabs, but his outreach was rejected by nationalist elements of the Jewish community, which saw him as an emerging threat.

ADC had become a target of the Jewish right after it began challenging the pro-Israel consensus in the U.S., organizing demonstrations against Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon. In 1984, ADC members were regularly receiving threatening phone calls from an individual or individuals identifying as the leader of the Jewish Defense League, an anti-Arab movement led by Rabbi Meir Kahane. Physical attacks began the following year, after the ADC began taking out advertisements in the Washington Post attempting to convince American voters and public officials that Israel should no longer receive annual allotments of millions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid.

On October 11, 1985, Odeh was scheduled to speak at Congregation B’nai Tzedek, a Reform synagogue. As he entered the Santa Ana, California, office of the ADC that morning, however, a bomb exploded. He died on the operating table two hours later. It was the second bomb attack in just as many months against the ADC.Join Our NewsletterOriginal reporting. Fearless journalism. Delivered to you.I’m in

Hours after Odeh was killed, his slaying was justified by the Jewish Defense League. “I have no tears for Mr. Odeh,” said Irv Rubin, then the national chair of the JDL. “He got exactly what he deserved.”

No arrests were made. In April 1994, when Odeh would have celebrated his 50th birthday, the city of Santa Ana erected a statue of him to commemorate his life and his work. Two years later, the statue was defaced, and a few months later, it was again desecrated by vandals who doused it in buckets of blood-red paint.

That same year, the FBI announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Odeh’s killers. It has so far gone unclaimed.

Members of the bomb squad prepare to examine the wrecked offices of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee offices in Santa Ana, Calif. The West Coast director of the ADC, Alex Odeh, was killed in the blast. On 12/5 the FBI announced it had begun an investigation of the recent attacks on ADC offices.

Members of the bomb squad prepare to examine the wrecked offices of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee offices in Santa Ana, Calif., in 1985.

Photo: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

Evading Justice

Baruch Ben-Yosef, who is 60 years old, lives in a Jewish-only settlement south of Bethlehem. He has practiced law as a member of the Israeli bar for a quarter-century, ringing up double-digit appearances in front of Israel’s Supreme Court over four decades — as client, lawyer, plaintiff, and defendant. In that time, he has also filed suit against multiple Israeli prime ministers, including the sitting premier, Benjamin Netanyahu.

After immigrating to Israel right out of high school in the Bronx, Ben-Yosef was among the first Jews to settle in the Palestinian territories that Israel occupied in June 1967. Months after his arrival, Ben-Yosef enlisted in Israel’s armed forces, serving in the now-defunct commando unit Sayeret Shaked, and he continued to perform regular reserve duty into his 30s. After Israel signed the Oslo Accord with the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1993, however, Ben-Yosef refused to show up for army reserve duty.

Ben-Yosef is also one of the founding fathers of Israel’s dominionist modern-day Temple movement, which seeks to replace Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock — a historic shrine revered by Muslims and among the most beautiful buildings in the country — with a Hebraic temple.

In the United States, where Ben-Yosef grew up and returned to live in the early ’80s, he was involved with the Jewish Defense League, the violent, racist group founded by Kahane. Ben-Yosef was also active with Kahane’s movement in Israel, as a result of which he was one of the only Jewish citizens subjected to administrative detention by the Israeli state, a draconian measure that is almost only used against Palestinians. He was detained for six months in 1980 with Kahane himself for plotting to blow up the Dome of the Rock. Ben-Yosef was detained for another six-month stretch in 1994, together with the rest of the leadership of the ultranationalist Kach movement, a political party founded by Kahane, after the Israeli government made membership in Kahanist groups illegal.

Another member of the Jewish Defense League was Keith Israel Fuchs, who was raised in Brooklyn, New York, before moving to Santa Monica, California. After high school, Fuchs moved to the West Bank settlement Kiryat Arba, where Rabbi Meir Kahane and his followers had created a community within a community.

On the Jewish holiday of Purim in February 1983, Fuchs fired bullets from a Kalashnikov rifle at a passing Palestinian car on the road outside Kiryat Arba. The New York Times reported that Fuchs was arrested for “firing into an Arab’s automobile that had splashed him going through a puddle.”

A report by Israel’s Deputy Attorney General Yehudit Karp published the previous year noted that Jewish settlers had long meted out violence to local Palestinians without repercussions, but attacks by Fuchs and other settlers the same week disturbed top Israeli officials because they involved the use of firearms.

As a result, Israel’s new Defense Minister Moshe Arens ordered the demolition of the new Kahanist neighborhood, and Fuchs was sentenced to 39 months in jail, which one media report noted was, up to that point in time, “the longest sentence ever for a Jewish vigilante.” His sentence was ultimately reduced to 22 months, on the condition that he spend the remaining months of his original sentence outside of Israel.

In December 1984, Fuchs returned to the United States as a condition of his parole. He remained there until September 1986 — about one year after Odeh was assassinated.

Nearly 35 years later, neither he nor Ben-Yosef has faced charges for a crime that at least three law enforcement officials suspect they committed in the United States: the murder of Alex Odeh.

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Andy Green, photographed in New York City in June of 1985.Photos: James Hamilton

Dual Identity

Ben-Yosef was born in the United States as Andy Green, and has long been wanted by the FBI for questioning in relation to Odeh’s murder.

Ben-Yosef and Fuchs (who is known in Israel by his Hebrew name, Israel) were identified as suspects in the immediate aftermath of Odeh’s assassination, according to three retired law enforcement officers who worked on the case and were interviewed by The Intercept, as well as several news reports from the time. The law enforcement officers — local police, two of whom served on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force — spoke to The Intercept on the condition of anonymity, because the investigation remains open.

“It’s an open case. We had lots of open murder cases and stuff. But this one was frustrating because we had named suspects,” a retired police officer who worked the Odeh case for more than a decade told The Intercept, naming Ben-Yosef as a suspect, along with two fellow followers of Kahane: Keith Israel Fuchs and Robert Manning. “We know who did it. We know where they lived. We know why they did it, how they did it.”

In the decades since Odeh’s killing, ample evidence has emerged in the public domain that the American-born Andy Green is the same person as the Israeli citizen Baruch Ben-Yosef. Four Israeli newspapers reporting on his detention in 1980 referred to him as Baruch Green Ben-Yosef. He is identified by both names in 1994 records from the Knesset and the U.S. Senate. A Wall Street Journal article published May 18, 1994, and entered into Volume 140, Number 62 of the congressional record, includes reportage on the Temple movement activities of Keith Fuchs and “Baruch Ben-Yosef, born Andy Green.” The Wall Street Journal also reported that Fuchs had been “investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but never charged, in connection with several bombings in the U.S., including the deaths of an Arab-American activist and a suspected Nazi war criminal.” In American and Israeli news reports about the same events, such as his 1983 arrest in Israel and the Odeh assassination, Fuchs has been identified as Keith Fuchs, Israel “Keith” Fuchs, Yisrael Fuchs, and Israel Fox.

A quarter-century ago, Ben-Yosef himself admitted at a meeting of settlement supporters that the FBI sought him in connection with Alex Odeh’s assassination, the Jerusalem Post reported in January 1993. According to the Post, Ben-Yosef said that the FBI had unfairly gone after Manning for Odeh’s murder and the killing of an alleged Nazi war criminal in 1985, and Ben-Yosef maintained Manning’s innocence. The article went on: “Ben-Yosef said he too was wanted by the FBI” in connection with those killings, and that he had been “roughed up” by an FBI officer in the U.S. The Post also noted that Ben Yosef was “known in the US as Andy Green.”

According to a Jewish Telegraphic Agency report published that same year, Ben-Yosef publicly acknowledged that he had been sought by U.S. law enforcement, though his comments did not explicitly reference the Odeh killing.

“Ben-Yosef, the executive director of the Temple Mount Yeshiva and a central figure in the Kach organization, admitted that he is wanted by the FBI in the United States for his involvement in the militant Jewish Defense League during the 1970s and 1980s,” the JTA reported in 1993, after Ben-Yosef and Fuchs were arrested in Israel on suspicion of planning attacks on Palestinians.

Ben-Yosef/Green, Fuchs, and Manning were identified as suspects in Odeh’s murder by journalist Robert Friedman, writing in the Village Voice in 1988 and in the Los Angeles Times in 1990. A 1994 in-depth portrait of Ben-Yosef published in the Jerusalem Post restated the allegations against him.

According to Friedman’s article in the Los Angeles Times, the FBI identified Fuchs, Ben-Yosef/Green, and Manning as the top suspects in Odeh’s slaying, before the twisted wreckage of the ADC offices had even been cleared. “The names of Fuchs, Green and Manning were mentioned as the bombers while we were still in front of the bombed-out building,” a California police official told the LA Times in 1990.

Manning was extradited to the United States in 1994 for another murder, not directly related to far-right activities or to Jewish power politics and is currently serving a life sentence for that crime in an Arizona federal penitentiary. Fuchs, meanwhile, has maintained a low profile for the last quarter-century, but The Intercept confirmed he lives in a small settlement south of Bethlehem, continuing to participate in private political meetings of the Israeli far-right. The street that he lives on is the only one in the country named after the village of Jifna, where Alex Odeh was born and raised.

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YouTube video from Arutz Sheva TV, listed in September of 2011, shows an interview with Ben-Yosef.

Screenshot: The Intercept

“The Responsible Parties Are Believed to Have Fled to Israel”

In 1986, Ben-Yosef and Fuchs left the United States for Israel, and the following year, the Justice Department asked the Israeli government for help investigating Odeh’s murder. Twenty years after Odeh’s death, the Justice Department continued to chase leads. In 2006, then-U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales traveled to Tel Aviv and asked his Israeli counterpart, then-Justice Minister Haim Ramon, for his help with the case.

“The responsible parties are believed to have fled to Israel. A Mutual Legal Assistance request” — a procedure that allows for the exchange of information in the course of a criminal investigation — “has been submitted to the GOI [Government of Israel], and the lack of response remains an issue of concern for the FBI,” noted a diplomatic cable filed two days after the June 28 meeting.

The cable, published by WikiLeaks in 2011, notes that Ramon committed “to look into the case of Alex Odeh.” Ramon resigned from his post about two months after his meeting with Gonzales, and it is unclear what happened with the investigation in Israel afterward. In a recent interview, Ramon told The Intercept he does not remember anything about the Odeh case. “It is one of the issues that I was not really was involved too much,” he said, “and I cannot respond, and I don’t know what happened with this case.” Gonzalez declined to comment.

Ben-Yosef’s own statements in videos uploaded to YouTube in recent years by a Kahanist activist also indicate he is Andy Green. Ben-Yosef’s recounting of his arrest record parallel the journalist Robert Friedman’s narration of the same incidents, attributed to Andy Green in Friedman’s biography of Kahane, “The False Prophet.”

A spokesperson for the Santa Ana Police Department told The Intercept that the department’s files for the still-open case had been transferred to the FBI, which is the agency handling it. The FBI did not respond to requests for comment about the status of the investigation into Odeh’s killing. Asked to comment on the findings of The Intercept’s investigation, Ben-Yosef said, “I categorically deny any connection to the matters mentioned in your letter,” and he did not respond to further questions. Reached for comment by phone, Fuchs told The Intercept that he does not give interviews. He later confirmed receipt of a detailed query sent via WhatsApp, but did not respond to questions.

Despite the substantial documentation that has appeared in the Israeli press, one of the world’s leading intelligence apparatuses has allowed Ben-Yosef and Fuchs to run free, evading U.S. authorities.

“Our Policy Is to Cooperate Fully With the Murderers”

In the years that immediately followed the Odeh murder, the U.S. government’s persistent appeals to Israeli law enforcement for help in cracking the case came up short. In 1987, the FBI’s then-Assistant Director Floyd Clarke sent an internal memo to the bureau’s then-Executive Assistant Director Oliver Revell, complaining that his repeated efforts to learn what Israel knew about the bombing suspects were running into brick walls, according to a Washington Post report published that year.

“Numerous leads have been forwarded through FBIHQ to the Israeli Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) in Washington, DC,” Clark wrote in his memo to Revell, excerpts of which were first published in the Village Voice. “The Terrorism Section has had numerous meetings with [Israeli] representatives in Washington, DC, during which our concerns relative to their handling of our requests were raised. Although these discussions have sometimes resulted in a temporary ‘flurry’ of activity on their part, no sustained improvement in the flow of information has been realized.”

During an official state visit to Washington, D.C., a decade later, Netanyahu was questioned directly about the Odeh case. At a January 21, 1998, event at the National Press Club, Netanyahu — then serving his first term as Israeli prime minister — claimed that Israel had received no official request from U.S. authorities to investigate the matter.

“I am not familiar with extradition requests concerning the murder of Alex Odeh. But I am sure that if those would be brought before me, I would look into them,” said Netanyahu. By framing his answer in terms of an extradition request, Netanyahu inaccurately equated participating in an investigation by sharing information to handing suspects over to the United States for prosecution, something law enforcement officials likely did not yet have enough evidence to do.

“Keith Fuchs and Andy Green are, apparently, still in Kiryat Arba,” retorted the ADC’s Sam Husseini, referring to the Hebron-area West Bank settlement and hotbed of Kahanist activity. “And what we’ve been told — since we’re the organization involved in this — is that the Justice Department has not received full cooperation at all from the Israeli government on this matter.”

In what could be something of a Freudian slip, Netanyahu bizarrely said to Husseini, “I assure you that our policy is to cooperate fully with the murderers.”

The Israeli prime minister quickly corrected himself by making a boilerplate assurance that Israeli law enforcement officials would handle the case without any anti-Palestinian prejudice.

In the weeks immediately preceding Netanyahu’s appearance at the National Press Club, Baruch Ben-Yosef had appeared multiple times in front of Israel’s Supreme Court. Once again in November 1998, 10 months after Netanyahu’s D.C. press conference, Ben-Yosef represented convicted U.S. spy Jonathan Pollard in a Supreme Court action against Netanyahu himself, then still Israeli prime minister.

Esther Pollard, wife of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, walks with her lawyer Baruch Ben-Yosef in the Supreme Court November 16. Jonathan Pollard petitioned the high court to block the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails until he is freed. The petition said that U.S. President Bill Clinton promised during lat month's Wye Middle East peace summit to free Pollard in exchange for Israel's release of Palestinian prisoners. JWH/ME - RP1DRIFSOHAB

Esther Pollard, wife of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, walks with her lawyer Baruch Ben-Yosef in the Supreme Court on Nov. 16, 1998.

Photo: Reuters

Being one of Israel’s most reactionary Jewish militants, Ben-Yosef’s activities on both sides of the Atlantic would likely have been well-known to the chiefs of the Shin Bet and the Mossad, Israel’s internal and external security services, both of whom report directly to Netanyahu.

Two of Netanyahu’s fellow Likud party lawmakers at that time, Limor Livnat and Uzi Landau — then-communications minister and chair of the foreign affairs and defense committee, respectively — also should have been aware of Ben-Yosef’s dual identity and his location. During a Knesset debate on April 26, 1994, about administrative detention being used against Ben-Yosef, as well as the rest of the Kahanist leadership, Israel’s then-Police Minister Moshe Shahal told Livnat and Landau that the measure had in fact already been applied against Ben-Yosef more than a decade ago. It was done by a government headed by their own Likud party, he said, “In 1980, against Rabbi Kahane, against Rabbi Baruch Ben Yosef Green.”

Netanyahu’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Pioneering Settler, Anti-Arab Militant, and Far-Right Attorney

In recent years, Fuchs, who works as a security guard in the settlements, has been involved in attempts to craft right-wing legislation. In 2013, along with several affiliates of Komemiut, a far-right group sympathetic to the teachings of Meir Kahane, he co-founded the influential NGO Meshilut, the Movement for Governance and Democracy. Meshilut has authored various bills that have been tabled by Israeli government lawmakers. In 2015, Fuchs attended a meeting of the Israeli parliament’s interior committee, along with Meshilut’s director and legal adviser.

Meshilut contends that it aims to reform the country’s bureaucracy and make it more responsive to the desires of Israeli citizens. However, critics question whether Meshilut, like Kahane himself and the Komemiut group that half of Meshilut’s founders have been affiliated with, is attempting to weaken Israel’s judiciary, so that its mainly secular regime can be transformed by a strictly religious one.

Ben-Yosef, meanwhile, still labors to replace the Muslim religious shrine at the center of the Old City of Jerusalem with a Jewish one, but he now does so as an activist-attorney.

Ever since he graduated from Bar Ilan University with a law degree in the early 1990s, Ben-Yosef has represented himself and other followers of Kahane in Israeli courts, defending them from various criminal charges and suing the state to demand Jewish rights on Haram al-Sharif, including the right to sacrifice animals there.

Known by Jews as the Temple Mount, the site was the location of Jewish temples in the distant past, the last one destroyed by Roman forces about 2,000 years ago. Six hundred years later, the golden-domed Qubbat al-Sakhrah, or Dome of the Rock, was built on the same spot, and the adjacent Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site to Muslims, added a few years afterwards. The two buildings and the 36-acre Al-Aqsa compound that contains them are a potent symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

Ben-Yosef has worked on the legal defense teams of other American-born followers of Meir Kahane who plotted armed attacks on Haram al-Sharif: Yoel Lerner and Alan Goodman. In 1975, 1978, and 1982, Yoel Lerner’s plans to explode the Dome of the Rock were stopped in time by Israeli police. But later in 1982, Alan Goodman managed to make his way into the holy shrine and rip through it with his Israeli army-issued machine gun. His rampage left two Palestinians dead and 11 wounded. (Ben-Yosef represented Goodman in his successful attempt to reduce his sentence in relation to those killings. He represented Lerner in an unrelated matter.)

Lerner was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail for his attempted 1982 attack, and Goodman was sentenced to life in prison, but his sentence was commuted after 15 years behind bars.

In lectures uploaded in recent years to a Kahanist YouTube channel, before the channel was deleted in December, Ben-Yosef continued to advocate for a critical mass of Jews to take control of the Temple Mount, drive out the Muslims, and demolish their mosques.

Speaking to fellow followers of Meir Kahane in 2015, on the 25th anniversary of Kahane’s assassination, Ben-Yosef delivered a lecture at the Yeshiva of the Jewish Idea, the religious seminary Kahane founded in Jerusalem. “The whole thing boils down to one thing and one thing only, which is called the Temple Mount, HAR HABAYIT. The AM HA’HAMOR, the nation of donkeys that is sitting there, they understand that it’s coming to a boil,” said Ben-Yosef of the Palestinian people. “So all the things that the government, the police and everybody is trying to do to calm things down, that’s not what we want. We don’t want anything to calm down here! Just the opposite!”

In another lecture by Ben-Yosef posted on YouTube, he elaborates on the same theme: “How do we show our faith in Hashem [God]? How do we sanctify his name and show our faith? B’GERUSH HA’ARAVIM — expelling the Arabs — and TIHUR HAR HABAYIT [purifying the Temple Mount]! Removing the mosques from the Temple Mount! If you really believe in Hashem, that’s what you have to do!”

Today, Ben-Yosef continues to practice law, working out of an office in downtown Jerusalem, and make regular pilgrimages to the Haram al-Sharif, or Temple Mount, the focus of his political and religious aspirations.

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Washington, D.C. anti-war coalition hosts rally, teach-in against U.S. war with Iran

By:  Morgan Artyukhina

Washington, D.C. anti-war coalition hosts rally, teach-in against U.S. war with Iran

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Hundreds of people rallied in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Saturday as part of the Global Day of Protest against a U.S. war with Iran. The U.S. capital was just one of more than 220 cities around the world in which defenders of peace came out in protest, including upwards of four million Iraqis who marched the day prior, demanding U.S. troops withdraw from their country.

“The interests of empire are not the interests of you or me,” said Sean Blackmon of Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), who served as the rally’s MC. Recalling Dr. Martin Luther King’s saying that “the bombs in Vietnam explode at home,” Blackmon noted that “a war against Iran, the occupation of Iraq, is a war on each and every one of us.”

“For the people of Iran, there is a war going on,” Code Pink cofounder Medea Benjamin said. “Sanctions are not an alternative to war,” she explained, they are another type of war and their existence makes it more likely a shooting war will happen.

Likewise, ANSWER Coalition national co-director Brian Becker said it would be “a catastrophic mistake” for the antiwar movement to relax because war doesn’t seem as imminent as it did a few weeks ago. He described a possible future scenario in which the U.S. ignores the wishes of the Iraqi people and refuses to withdraw its troops, leading to attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. Becker noted the U.S. government and media would blame these attacks on “Iran-backed militias,” creating a new war crisis.

In addition to ANSWER and Code Pink, groups in attendance included the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Anakbayan-USA, Veterans for Peace, George Washington University Students Against Imperialism, the National Iranian American Council, the Poor People’s Campaign and many others.

Education about the destructive effects of U.S. sanctions on Iran was a major theme of the event, with Iranian Americans telling the crowd about loved ones back in Iran who had died from cancer or other diseases because they were unable to access the necessary treatments due to the sanctions.

For example, 15 children with the rare skin condition Epidermolysis bullosa have died in Iran since the sanctions were reinstated because Iranian doctors could not import the necessary medicine from Europe.

Donna Farvard of NIAC noted the U.S. has “been on a path to war since Donald Trump pulled us out of the Iran nuclear agreement. We had the path to diplomacy with Iran, we had taken war with Iran off the table,” she said, noting that the “maximum pressure sanctions campaign has stifled the Iranian people, it has limited access to medicine in Iran … You have people who are worried about whether or not they will be able to put food on the table.”

But it’s not only Iranians in Iran who are being affected by the U.S. drive toward war: Iranians in the U.S. are seeing their civil rights eroded as the US government regards their very nationality as itself suspicious. Since August, at least 16 Iranian students traveling to the U.S. to study have suddenly had their visas revoked, being detained and interrogated for hours upon their arrival at US airports before being deported.

In addition, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection whistleblower revealed earlier this month that CBP officers had ordered the “extreme vetting” of dozens of Iranians crossing the border from Canada to Washington State simply on the basis that they had been born in Iran.

“You have law enforcement, even Mayor [Muriel] Bowser of D.C., tweeting, insinuating that Iranian-American communities are potential threats to the rest of the local community,” Farvard told the crowd. “This is a direct result of the relationship between the U.S. and Iran and this path to war that Donald Trump has put us on.”

Rev. Graylan Hagler from the Poor People’s Campaign noted the interconnecting links between racism, militarism, and poverty, and the necessity of struggling against all three. “War has to do with making a few people rich at the expense of everybody else … There is a racist, white supremacist quality to all of this.”

Famed Iranian poet Fatemeh Keshavarz urged the crowd to proactively humanize the Iranian people on social media by sharing images and stories from everyday life in Iran in order to emphasize that Iranians are just like Americans and not “faceless, nameless threats.” She noted the Iranian love of literature, as exemplified by the extremely high literacy rate and the 2.5 million people who travel to Tehran for its annual book fair, and that 70 percent of university students are women. Keshavarz later shared some of her poetry at the teach-in, part of a Persian tradition going back thousands of years.

The rally was followed by a spirited, militant march through downtown D.C. and the campus of George Washington University as protesters chanted “no justice, no peace! U.S. out of the Middle East!” The march led to an auditorium reserved for the teach-in, but which university security temporarily attempted to block the protesters from using.

However, once inside, GWU SAI hosted a teach-in where anti-war organizers discussed methods of organizing and resistance to U.S. imperialism, from union militancy to student movements, and how to tie different movements together.

Yasemin Zahara, a member of U.S. Labor Against the War and the PSL, noted the unique ability of the socialist movement to knit different causes together into a single coherent force, urging the attendees to anchor their organizing in the socialist movement. “Organizing is about bringing more people to the fight … We have to connect to a mass socialist party. It’s not enough to know what we’re against, we also have to know what we’re for. We have to be for socialism, because the opposite of a society that is based in profits and greed is socialism.”

Journalist Anya Parampil noted the necessity of a permanent anti-war movement to resist the “permanent anti-war state,” pointing out that one-third of the world’s population is under one kind of U.S. sanctions or another.

“They would like to cordon off and lock up any community that resists U.S. imperialism,” she said, whether its Iran, ringed by U.S. military bases and crushing sanctions; Gaza placed under a “medieval-style siege” by Israel; or predominantly Black cities inside the U.S. like Baltimore, where “militarized police forces act like occupation armies and the people are cut off from basic resources.”

As the event drew to a close, Code Pink national co-director Ariel Gold presented a letter to the Iranian people expressing solidarity and a desire for peace. Gold also invited people to contribute their own letters or notes, which Code Pink members will deliver along with the organization’s letter, on a future trip to Iran.

No war on Iran! No sanctions! U.S. out of Iraq!

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US of arming forces to attack Turkish troops in Syria

BY: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

The Russian centre for Syria reconciliation says the US forces in the northeast part of the country are supplying the local groups with large quantities of weaponry and ammunition that is being used against civilians and Turkish troops.

“The US command in the region is intensively saturating the territory east of the Euphrates river with weapons and ammunition. Since the beginning of 2020, 13 military convoys have arrived from Iraq to Syria, which included over 80 armored vehicles and more than 300 trucks loaded with various types of weapons, ammunition and materiel”, Rear Adm. Oleg Zhuravlev said in a daily briefing.

Zhuravlev stressed that the weapon supplies are used both during clashes of numerous militant groups on the territory east of Euphrates and against Turkish troops in northern Syria.

According to Zhuravlev, due to the severe humanitarian situation and constant attacks by militants, civilians are leaving the northeastern region of the country and moving to territories under the control of the Syrian government.

Earlier, Sham FM broadcaster reported that more than 50 US military vehicles arrived in the northeastern province of al-Hasakah from Iraq.

The US forces stationed in Syria also reportedly started the construction of a new military base in the oil-rich al-Hasakah, supposedly with the aim of preventing Russian forces from reaching the Rmelan oil field.

Syria has been engulfed in a devastating civil war since 2011, with the government forces fighting against various opposition groups, as well as militant factions, including those of Daesh* and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as Al-Nusra Front).

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