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German Court Sends 93 Year-Old Ex-Guard To Prison For Only 3 Years For Helping ‘Murder’ 5,230 Jews

Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

German prosecutors are recommending that a 93-year-old ex-guard who is on trial for allegedly being an accessory in the murder of 5,230 Jews at the Stutthof concentration camp should be given a inexplicably light prison sentence of only three years:

The accused is charged with accessory to murder on 5,230 counts,” prosecutor Lars Mahnke told a court in Hamburg.

The defendant, Bruno Dey, was aged 17 and 18 when he served as an SS guard at the Nazi concentration camp in Stutthof between August 9, 1944 and April 26, 1945.

He is being tried by a juvenile court, because of his age at the time of the World War II crimes.

The prosecution argues that Dey had known at the time what was happening at the camp, located near the city of Gdansk, namely that people were being shot in the crematorium. He is said to have recognized that the regime’s mass murder of Jews was wrong.

“In such a situation, loyalty to the perpetrators must end,” Mahnke said, arguing that the man should have quit his post in the watch tower.

The elderly defendant confessed at the beginning of his trial at to having served as a guard at the Stutthof camp, where more than 60,000 people are thought to have died. It was one of the last Nazi death camps to be liberated.

He was drafted to the Wehrmacht armed forces in 1944 but sent to Stutthof — purportedly against his will — because he was not deemed fit to serve on the front lines.

Dey said he saw many dead bodies during his time there but never used his own weapon.

The German national is accused of having “supported the insidious and cruel killing of mostly Jewish prisoners,” according to the prosecution.

One of his tasks was allegedly to prevent prisoners from escaping, revolting or being liberated.

During the trial, Dey also acknowledged witnessing inmates being locked behind a door but insisted that he did not know that it was a door to a gas chamber.

Yes, you read that correctly — this ex-prison guard is accused of preventing prisoners from escaping.  Let that sink in.

His other ‘crime’?  Seeing prisoners being locked behind a door at a prison.

Why bother putting this man on trial if you’re only going to sentence him to 3 years in prison for killing over 5,000 Jews?

Why aren’t Jewish groups protesting this judicial slap on the wrist?

They probably don’t want people looking into what really happened — or didn’t happen — at Stutthof.

Up until 1944 toward the end of the war, most of the internees at Stutthof were ethnic Poles, not Jews.

As the Soviet army advanced west through the Baltic states in the second half of 1944, the Germans evacuated many Jews — mostly women and children — to the safety of Stutthof — and these Jews were not required to work at this camp.

In January of 1945, as the Soviet army approached the camp, the Germans evacuated the Jewish inmates at Stutthof to the safer interior of Germany — a historical fact that Jewish Holocaust ‘expert’ Yehuda Bauer has acknowledged completely contradicts the notion that Stutthof was a ‘death’ camp.

In March and April of 1945 Soviet planed bombed the Jewish hospital at Stutthof, killing 28 Jews who were too sick to be evacuated — according to Jewish eyewitnesses.

A West German court ruled in 1964 that the eyewitness testimony of ‘homicidal gassings’ at Stutthof lacked credibility and had not be proven — a fact that is conveniently absent from the show trial of wheelchair-bound Bruno Dey.

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Anti-Racist Resources

Black Lives Matter sign

I’m pulling together resources to help with my personal education on white supremacy, policing and related topics.

I believe the Zionist history of the founding of the State of Israel and its subjugation and occupation of Palestinians mirrors the colonization of the U.S. and subjugation of the Indigenous peoples and Africans brought to this country as slaves.

Neither Israelis nor Americans have come to terms with our past, nor honestly reconciled with the descendants that continue to bear the brunt of our cruelty to this day.

I will continue to add resources to this list as I come across them.  If you have recommendations to add to this list, please email me LoraLucero3@gmail.com   I hope you find this helpful.

The Truth about the Confederacy in the United States (1 hour 40 minutes video) available here – Jeffery Robinson, the ACLU’s top racial justice expert, discusses the dark history of Confederate symbols across the country and outlines what we can do to learn from our past and combat systemic racism. UPDATED 7/13/20

Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources available here.  Friends who are ready to get serious about our education on racism and white supremacy: There is a wealth of information included here for all ages. This resource has books, podcasts, videos and links to other resources, as well as many contacts on social media. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. We will continue to add resources. UPDATED 06/12/20

Seeing White podcast (14 episodes) on Scene on Radio available here.

Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.

Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages — Cooke, N. A. (2020, May 30). [A project of the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair at the University of South Carolina]. Available here.

This project emerged out of the pain and frustration associated with the back-to-back deaths of #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor and #AhmaudArbery in 2020.
We must do better as a global society! #BlackLivesMatter

This list is not a panacea. This compilation of resources is JUST A STARTING POINT to encourage people to do their own work and have their own hard conversations.

White Privilege Checklist compiled by Peggy McIntosh, associate director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women.  Available here.

I decided to try to work on myself at least by identifying some of the daily effects of white privilege in my life. I have chosen those conditions that I think in my case attach somewhat more to skin-color privilege than to class, religion, ethnic status, or geographic location, though of course all these other factors are intricately intertwined. As far as I can tell, my African American coworkers, friends, and acquaintances with whom I come into daily or frequent contact in this particular time, place and time of work cannot count on most of these conditions.

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad   Available here.

Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book goes beyond the original workbook by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources.

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates was first published in The Atlantic in June 2014. I remember exactly where I was sitting when I first read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ opus magnum that summer — on my friend’s porch in Gilroy, CA. Today I listened to the audio version and was reminded of why reparations is a critical piece of the discussion Americans must have when we truly take stock of the evil of racism and white supremacy.

 TheAtlantic · The Case for Reparations – The Atlantic – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale, free E-book from Verso.

This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.

“Cops and the Klan”: Police Disavowal of Risk and Minimization of Threat from the Far-Right (article by Taimi Castle published February 15, 2020) Available online here.

Critical scholars argue that contemporary policing practices reproduce colonial logics through the maintenance of racial and economic inequality. In this article, I extend the framing of policing as a colonial project grounded in white supremacy to an analysis of police responses to white power mobilization during a heightened period of activity and violence (2015–2017). Borrowing from Perry and Scrivens (2018), I identify the two most common police responses—“disavowal of risk” and “minimization of threat”—in the official investigations into the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017. Based on an analysis of newspaper reports from across the United States during the two-year period since then, I found that local and federal law enforcement consistently trivialized the presence of white power groups in the community, elevated the potential threat from protestors, concentrated intelligence efforts on activists, and provided differential protection to white supremacists.

Social Justice: Fifteen titles to address inequity, equality, and organizing for young readers | Great Books by Taylor Worley (March 5, 2020) Available online here.

Documentary film “Birth of a Movement” available here.

D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” was America’s first epic blockbuster, and the first feature film to screen at the White House.  The 1915 film’s plot glorified the Ku Klux Klan in a re-imagined post-Civil War America. Packs of white men wearing hoods thunder through “Birth of a Nation” on horseback while white actors in blackface play slaves who turn lawless and violent after being freed. The new documentary “Birth of a Movement” explores “Birth of a Nation” through a modern lens.

large compilation of Anti-Racism Resources from Solsara includes:

  • organizations to consider making donations
  • black-owned businesses to support
  • black social justice leaders
  • Introduction to Being Anti-Racist (including the Seeing White podcast)
  • Next Steps for White People
  • Online courses
  • Short videos and movies
  • LONG list of books and articles

Check it all out here.

RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH KIDS (Center for Racial Justice in Education) includes:

  • Interviews/Advice from Experts
  • Compilation of resource lists from others
  • Articles
  • 2016 Election Resources, Teaching Tolerance
  • Affinity Spaces

Check it all out here.

No Longer Accepting

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Whose Lives Matter?

Black Lives Matter

Sign in front of a Baltimore church

not-so-imaginary conversation goes this way after I don my BLACK LIVES MATTER t-shirt.

Elderly white friend: “Why are you wearing that t-shirt? The message offends me because All Lives Matter.”

Lora: “Of course all lives are important and deserve equal respect and love. BLACK LIVES MATTER doesn’t mean the lives of African Americans are more important than the lives of white people. It simply means we (all of us) need to pay attention to what’s happening to black people. It’s a wake up call.”

Elderly white friend: “Well, the phrase (BLACK LIVES MATTER) is so divisive. I think it undermines what protesters are trying to do, to bring justice to the victims and heal wounds. BLACK LIVES MATTER is not a healing or unifying message.”

Lora:  (thinking, but not saying, that the sensibilities of white folks doesn’t really matter in this context) “Think of it this way. All the houses in your neighborhood are equally important but the house at the end of the block is on fire. Should the fire department respond to all of the houses, or to the house on fire?”

Elderly white friend: “That’s a silly analogy and doesn’t fit what we’re talking about.”

Lora: “Yes it does! In every aspect of life in America (family wealth, real estate, educational achievements, criminal justice, health outcomes, etc.) the objective measurements show that African Americans don’t matter as much as white Americans. Their house is on fire while the rest of us are oblivious.”

Elderly white friend: “It’s complicated and there are many reasons for the disparities you’re talking about.”

Lora: “It boils down to systemic racism that permeates our institutions, our laws, even the way we think and act. It goes deep, it goes wide, but healing begins by talking about it.”

Women in Black circle

Women in Black in Baltimore

This not-so-imaginary conversation happens every day in every community but most Americans prefer to avoid it. If we can’t even talk about the reality of the black experience in the United States, how do we begin to address the systemic injustices?

I’m trying to learn how to talk about it, to educate myself, to not shy away from having the tough, uncomfortable conversations.

No Longer Accepting

My education begins with this podcast recommended to me by a friend from Malaysia. Seeing White on Scene on Radio. All 14 episodes are available here. I’m half way through and plan to listen to the entire production. I highly recommend it to all of my white friends, whether you think you’re “woke” or not.

Seeing White — Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.

Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams

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Congress is no longer in lockstep with Jewish and AIPAC!

Rep. Betty McCollum 

Israel used to be a “safe” bipartisan issue for members of Congress to rally behind.  Israel’s lobbying arm in Washington (AIPAC) proudly touted this broad support.

If any members of Congress had the courage not to join in AIPAC’s love-fest for Israel, they merely abstained from voting.  Certainly, a vote in opposition was unthinkable.

No more.

The support for the State of Israel has been slowly eroding over the years, but this summer it appears the dam has broken.

On June 30, thirteen members of Congress (all Democrats) sent a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo urging him to stop Israel’s planned annexation of a large part of the West Bank.

We write to you to express our deep concern over the planned annexation of occupied Palestinian territory by the government of Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said annexation could begin as early as July 1, 2020. Should the Israeli government move forward with these plans, they would actively harm prospects for a future in which all Israelis and Palestinians can live with full equality, human rights and dignity, and would lay the groundwork for Israel becoming an apartheid state, as your predecessor John Kerry warned in 2014.

We call on you to take all necessary action available to reverse course on this proposal, which will cause more tension and conflict for decades to come. While the full scope and details of the plan are not yet public, Palestinians have overwhelmingly rejected the idea of annexation, and have understandably refused to participate in a process that is not grounded in a recognition of their national rights under international law.

Spearheaded by Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., they ended with strong words.

Should the Israeli government continue down this path, we will work to ensure non-recognition of annexed territories as well as pursue legislation that conditions the $3.8 billion in U.S. military funding to Israel to ensure that U.S. taxpayers are not supporting annexation in any way. We will include human rights conditions and the withholding of funds for the offshore procurement of Israeli weapons equal to or exceeding the amount the Israeli government spends annually to fund settlements, as well as the policies and practices that sustain and enable them.

Read the entire letter here.  The other House signatories to the letter included Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., André Carson, D-Ind., Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., Bobby Rush, D-Ill., Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, D-Ill., Danny Davis, D-Ill., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.  Reach out to thank them for their courage for standing up for human rights and international law.  I’m writing my Congresswoman from New Mexico and asking her to join them.

This simple letter didn’t happen without years of advocacy work by many groups and individuals, including IfNotNowCODEPINKJewish Voice for PeaceDefense for Children International-Palestine, Rebuilding Alliance, the Rachel Corrie Foundation, the Middle East Children’s Alliance, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Lawyers Guild, the Center for Constitutional Rights and more.  AIPAC is no longer the behemoth I  thought it was!

Then a few days later, this happened . . . .

On July 2, thirteen Senators filed an amendment to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)  to prohibit Israel from using U.S. security assistance funds to unilaterally annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank. My two US Senators from New Mexico were part of this group.  I’m so proud of them!  I’m writing thank you letters today.

Senator Tom Udall
Senator Martin Heinrich

In addition to Senators Udall and Heinrich, the amendment was sponsored by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).  The text of the amendment is here.  It’s short and sweet.

None of the funds authorized to be appropriated by the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2020, this Act, or any other Act enacted before the date of the enactment of this Act, or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense, may be obligated or expended to deploy, or support the deployment of, United States defense articles, services, or training to territories in the West Bank unilaterally annexed by Israel after July 1, 2020, or to facilitate the unilateral annexation of such territories.

I heard a strong organizer – activist, Raed Jarrar, speak on Friday about these recent actions in Congress, and I knew immediately the significance of this watershed moment. Once the genie is out of the bottle, there’s no putting her back in.

If you’re interested in talking with your members of Congress about these issues, sign up for the Virtual: 6th Annual Palestine Advocacy Day (September 14-18, 2020) here.

And check out Raed Jarrar’s commentary on this Facebook livestream from Friday.

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Refaat Alareer and Rawan Yaghi meet with Congresswoman Lujan-Grisham (D-NM) in 2014

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Algeria wants France to apologize for colonial past

Algeria is waiting for an apology for France’s colonial occupation of the North African country, the president said, expressing hope that Emmanuel Macron would build on recent conciliatory overtures.

A global reexamination of the legacy of colonialism has been unleashed by the May killing of unarmed African American George Floyd by a white police officer, which sparked mass protests around the world.

“We have already had half-apologies. The next step is needed… we await it,” President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said Saturday in an interview with news channel France 24.

France’s 132 years of colonial rule in Algeria, and the brutal eight-year war that ended it, have left a legacy of often prickly relations between the two countries.

In what has been seen as a thaw in ties, Algeria on Friday received the skulls of 24 resistance fighters decapitated during the colonial period.

The skulls will be laid to rest in the martyrs’ section of the capital’s El Alia cemetery on Sunday — the 58th anniversary of Algeria’s independence — according to media reports.

Tebboune said an apology from France would “make it possible to cool tensions and create a calmer atmosphere for economic and cultural relations”, especially for the more than six million Algerians who live in France.

In December 2019, Macron said that “colonialism was a grave mistake” and called for turning the page on the past.

During his presidential election campaign, he had created a storm by calling France’s colonisation of Algeria a “crime against humanity”.

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged countries to make amends for “centuries of violence and discrimination”.

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Freedom of expression is under threat in Lebanon

Lebanese protester poses for a photo as thousands of people gather at Martyrs' Square during a demonstration to protest against economic crisis and high cost of living, on June 06, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon [Hussam Chbaro / Anadolu Agency]

Lebanese protester poses for a photo as thousands of people gather at Martyrs’ Square during a demonstration to protest against economic crisis and high cost of living, on June 06, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon [Hussam Chbaro / Anadolu Agency]

Lauren Lewis Laurenlewi

Since October last year, Lebanon’s police and security forces have investigated or detained more than 100 civil rights activists in what Human Rights Watch (HRW) has termed a “spate of free speech prosecutions”. The spike in cases has coincided with the rise of a nationwide protest movement that has expressed popular anger at decades of political and economic mismanagement.

In eight months of protests, the people of Lebanon have spoken out increasingly and openly on social media and at street demonstrations against members of the establishment who are considered widely to be the cause of the country’s multiple crises. Activists and rights groups, however, have raised concerns that the rising number of investigations into comments made and actions taken by protesters is a sign that Lebanon’s vague defamation laws are being used to intimidate and silence critics. Freedom of expression, they say, is definitely under threat.

“The problem is the interpretation of the law,” explains Ayman Mhanna, the Executive Director of media freedom watchdog the Samir Kassir Foundation. “The same articles can be interpreted in a very liberal and open way and also in a very restrictive and oppressive way. This, unfortunately, is the current situation.”

Ayman Mhanna, the Executive Director of media freedom watchdog the Samir Kassir Foundation [concordconsulting.org]

Ayman Mhanna, the Executive Director of media freedom watchdog the Samir Kassir Foundation [concordconsulting.org]

Words such as defamation, libel and slander, he notes, or charges of inciting sectarian strife or endangering civil peace, have elastic interpretations that can change depending on the judge.

Lebanon: Judge who ordered media ban on US envoy resigns

According to Gino Raidy a prominent activist with over 100,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram, politicians are exploiting the vagueness of Lebanon’s defamation laws to target high-profile activists in order to deter would-be critics from speaking out. “Politicians choose the people with the most reach to target repeatedly. People like me, Dima Sadek, Charbel Khoury; people with a large following on social media. They keep calling in the people who are really visible.”

The high-profile activist has been investigated three times since the start of protests on 17 October. Each lawsuit, Raidy points out, has been instigated by a prominent politician, including one by Prime Minister Hassan Diab at the height of the coronavirus lockdown. However, none of the cases has led to Raidy’s arrest, nor has the activist ended up in court.

Instead, he says, the investigations are often intended to intimidate, waste time and attract media attention. In the most recent investigation, he waited six hours for the claimant’s lawyer to turn up and provide a statement before he was released. “It’s just bureaucratic shenanigans. In the last one the claimant’s lawyer was six hours late, on purpose. He made us wait for him so that it looked like I had been arrested, when I hadn’t. When he eventually arrived, he gave a statement and I was, of course, released.”

Lebanon: Interior Minister admits killing 2 during civil war

However, says Raidy, being investigated can be a scary and traumatic experience for young protesters, especially because activists are often not told why they are being summoned, nor are they always allowed to have a lawyer present during questioning. Other cases documented by HRW show that some activists were pressured to sign a commitment to refrain from criticising a particular political party or individual. These are tactics, he claims, which investigators use to exert pressure on and intimidate critics.

Another activist, Taymour Jreissati, agrees and describes the spike in investigations as “scare tactics”. Simply summoning critics for questioning on “nonsense allegations” is a form of intimidation in itself and a threat to freedom of expression. The 33-year-old was summoned for investigation after he and a group of activists confronted former Minister of the Environment Fadi Jreissati publicly outside a restaurant in Beirut.

Jreissati the activist told me that the entire encounter was caught on camera and that the pair spoke cordially because he is related to the former minister through his father. Nevertheless, he was still summoned for questioning over the incident.

“[Politicians] basically bank on the idea that if they get us in for questioning and waste our time, we will back down. They think that the next time we see them in public we will not confront them because we are afraid of being called in for questioning again.”

Lebanon: Activist detained, accused of ties with Israel

Taymour Jreissati claims that the allegations against him were baseless and taking him in for questioning was a tactic designed to pressure him into silence. Asked why lawsuits against protesters and activists, such as the case against Jreissati, get filed and investigated but rarely go to court, a spokesperson for the Embassy of Lebanon in London said that, “The Government is determined to uphold freedom of expression and right to protest, while at the same time maintaining law and order.”

The spokesperson provided no further details on the increasing prevalence of similar cases but cited the preamble and Article 13 of Lebanon’s Constitution, which guarantees, “within the scope of the law”, freedom of speech and expression.

Nevertheless, Mhanna believes that the law needs to be updated. He told me that a draft law submitted to parliament 10 years ago has been “completely transformed into a repressive text” by parliamentary committees without ever being presented for a general vote.

Politicians have increasingly relied on freedom of expression investigations as one of the “last tools” available to silence critics, he adds. However, with mounting public pressure over the rapidly worsening economic crisis and the apparent deadlock in talks with the International Monetary Fund, he has little hope of any meaningful reform on the horizon.

Lebanon: Security forces arrest 11 over riots, vandalism

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320 officials from Latin America: Sanction Israel if it annexes West Bank

Israelis gather to stage a demonstration to protest against Israel's annexation plan for the illegal settlements in West Bank and Jordan Valley, in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 6, 2020 [Nir Keidar / Anadolu Agency]

Israelis gather to stage a demonstration to protest against Israel’s annexation plan for the illegal settlements in West Bank and Jordan Valley, in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 6, 2020 [Nir Keidar / Anadolu Agency]July 3, 2020 at 3:29 pm

More than 320 scholars, former presidents and legislators from Latin America joined forces to condemn Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the occupied Palestinian territories.

In a joint statement, the public personalities said: “The increasing severity of the Israeli violations and its impunity compel us to answer to the call made by the vast majority of organisations from the Palestinian civil society.”

We support the Palestinian people’s demands to end the arm trades and the military and security cooperation with Israel; to lift the free trade agreements with that State; to ban the trade with the illegal Israeli settlements; and to hold accountable the individuals and cooperative actors, complicit with such regime of occupation and apartheid.

“We are committed to work, within our respective national frameworks, in order to speak up for the implementation of such measures,” they added.

Read: Belgium calls for sanctions against Israel if it annexes West Bank

Argentine recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize Adolfo Pérez Esquivel; Brazilian musicians Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso; former Presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), Pepe Mujica (Uruguay), Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador) and Ernesto Samper (Colombia); former Minister of Foreign Relations of Brazil Celso Amorim; and Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, former Secretary of Human Rights of Brazil were among the signatories which included 60 Brazilian members of parliament from various parties.

It came as part of an initiative to unify the African, Asian and Latin American response to annexation and call for sanctions against Israel and the reinstatement of the UN Special Committee against Apartheid to restrain its colonial policies.

Former Brazilian chancellor Celso Amorim added: “The annexation of the Palestinian territory by Israel is not just an offense against the international law and a threat to the peace, but also an aggression against men and women who fought against colonialism and apartheid.”

Read: Britain does not support Israel’s annexation of West Bank, says Boris Johnson

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Zionist dirty propaganda

U.S. State Department To Demand Reparations On Behalf Of Jews For Holocaust AND Jewish Communism

By CFT TEAM 

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced that it had completed the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act report to Congress on progress countries have made on the restitution or compensation to Jews for property ‘wrongfully’ seized during the Holocaust and also Communism:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered remarks on the occasion, saying that “the legacy of the Nazis’ mass looting and subsequent Communist-era nationalizations […] remains largely unaddressed in too many places.”

“On July 29, the Department of State released a report to Congress pursuant to the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017, which was adopted by Congress with broad, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump in May 2018.

“The JUST Act Report highlights the important actions taken by countries to provide restitution of or compensation for property confiscated during the Holocaust era or subsequently nationalized during the Communist era, consistent with commitments those countries undertook when they endorsed the Terezin Declaration at the conclusion of the Prague Holocaust Era Assets Conference in June 2009. The report also describes the vital work that countries are doing to commemorate the Holocaust, open archives, and promote Holocaust education in order to honor survivors and victims and to ensure such atrocities never happen again.

“As we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and more than 10 years after the adoption of the Terezin Declaration, the legacy of the Nazis’ mass looting and subsequent Communist-era nationalizations of such property, remains largely unaddressed in too many places.

“The Report details the critical work that remains to be done to provide a belated measure of justice to Holocaust survivors and their families, and to Jewish communities destroyed by the Holocaust. Given the advanced age of Holocaust survivors around the world – many of whom live in or near poverty – the need for action is urgent. All victims of the Nazi regime should be able to live out their remaining days in dignity.

When President Trump signed a landmark Executive Order on combatting anti-Semitism in December 2019, he also stressed the importance of strengthening restitution efforts. I am proud of the Department of State’s work in this area, which is led by our Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, and I will continue to make it a priority.”

Yes, one of the best ways of ‘combatting antisemitism’ is to give Jews lots of cash — reward them over and over again for lying about their imagined victimhood.

As we reported last year, the Jews have begun also demanding ‘compensation’ for property they lost in Poland when the communists, who were largely Jews, stole everything not nailed down and justified it in the name of Karl Marx.

This hypocrisy is the very definition of ‘unmitigated gall‘ — or in Jewish parlance ‘chutzpah’ — but when it comes to extorting money, Jews have no shame.

And then they wonder why they are ‘hated’.

When the Anti-Defamation League first approached Senator Joseph McCarthy to investigate communist infiltration in the government, the ultimate purpose was to fool the American public into believing that communism wasn’t synonymous with Jews — the yeshiva posing as the FDR administration notwithstanding.

A certain Rabbi Benjamin Schultz coincidentally founded the false opposition organization American Jewish League Against Communism in 1948 just in time to testify in front of McCarthy’s committee to assure the 30 million ‘naive’ White American Christians who listened to Father Charles Coughlin on the radio every week that “not all Jews” were communists.

All was going as planned until McCarthy stumbled into the cabal of Jewish communists that had infiltrated Fort Monmouth in New Jersey — at that point even the Jew-friendly McCarthy couldn’t ignore the obvious any longer — which meant he had to be publicly denounced and eliminated with extreme prejudice.

Of course, Jews weren’t really against communism per se — they loved and supported their mass-murdering Bolshevik comrades in Soviet Yiddishland —  at least until Stalin turned on the Jews and started purging them from the Jewish-dominated Party.

But all the communists governments in eastern Europe were top heavy with Jews — not just Russia — and they were the ones ordering the theft — or ‘nationalization’ — of all private property — the vast majority of which was in the hands of Christians, not Jews.

But ever-forgiving Christians move on from whatever tragedies befall them while Jews obsess about the past — never forget, never forgive — and demand remuneration for every penny ever denied them.

Which is why Jews, against all common sense, will eventually be compensated for property that their own people stole from them under communism — and just as it has been with the “Holocaust” — the Jewish ‘victims’ will not be required to provide any documented proof of property loss — as all the records were, no doubt, conveniently destroyed.

After all, asking a Jew to prove their losses is insulting to their dignity and to their ‘true status as the world’s ultimate victims‘.NYCVideo Player

Here is a list of famous quotes made by Jews about communism — in their own words:

Some call it Marxism – I call it Judaism.”
Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, in the American Bulletin of May 15, 1935

The revolution in Russia is a Jewish revolution.”
The Maccabean (New York), Nov. 1905, p, 250

Jewry is the mother of Marxism.”
Le Droit de Vivre, May 12, 1936

Judaism is Marxism, communism.”
Harry Waton, A Program for the Jews and an Answer to All Anti-Semites (New York: Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), p. 64

The communist soul is the soul of Judaism.”
Harry Waton, A Program for the Jews and an Answer to All Anti-Semites (New York: Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), p. 143

We Jews cannot be called upon to denounce Communism.”
The American Hebrew (New York), February 3, 1939, p. 11

The picture which the Soviet Union presents today is one that should bring rejoicing to world Jewry.”
The Youngstown Jewish Times, Sept. 18, 1936, page 51

It would be absurd to deny the intensity of the Jewish participation in the Russian revolutionary movement.”
Leon Dennen, in The Menorah Journal (New York) July-September 1932, p. 106

That achievement – the Russian-Jewish revolution – destined to figure in history as the overshadowing result of World War, was largely the outcome of Jewish thinking, of Jewish discontent, of Jewish effort to reconstruct.”
The American Hebrew, September 10, 1920

The Bolshevik Government of Russia is the key-stone of the arch of the proof of the Jewish conspiracy for radicalism and world-domination.”
William Hard, The Great Jewish Conspiracy (New York: American Jewish Book Company, 1920), p. 31

The Jewish elements provide the driving forces for communism.”
Dr. Oscar Levy, in George Pitt-Rivers, The World Significance of the Russian Revolution (Oxford, 1920), p. ix

The Jews [have been] furnishing for the Bolsheviks the majority of their leaders.”
The Jewish World (London), April 16, 1919, p. 11

Russian Jews have taken a prominent part in the Bolshevist movement.
The American Hebrew (New York), November 18, 1927, p. 20

Jewry has come to wield a considerable power in the Communist Party.”
Dr. Avrahm Yarmolinsky, in The Menorah Journal (New York), July 1928, p. 37

The East-Side Jew [Trotsky] that Conquered Europe.”
The liberator (New York), March 1920, pp. 26-27

The real East Sider [New York Jew Trotsky] is at the head of things in Russia.”
M. L. Larkin, in The Public (New York), November 23, 1918, p. 1433

It is not an accident that Judaism gave birth to Marxism, and it is not an accident that the Jews readily took up Marxism; all this is in perfect accord with the progress of Judaism and the Jews.”
Harry Waton, A Program for the Jews and an Answer to All Anti-Semites (New York: Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), p. 148

Karl Marx, who came from an old family of rabbis and brilliant Talmudic scholars, was to point the path of victory for the proletariat.”
L. Rennap, Anti-Semitism and the Jewish Question (London, 1942), p. 31

Among his [Karl Marx’s] ancestors were Rabbis and Talmudists, men of learning and keen intellect.”
Henry Wickham Steed, in The American Hebrew (New York), December 9, 1927, p. 206

The peculiarly Jewish logic of his [Karl Marx’s] mind.”
Henry Wickham Steed, in The American Hebrew (New York), December 9, 1927, p. 206

Mr. Wickham Steed lays the rise of Bolshevism at the doors of Jewry.”
The Jewish Guardian (London), November 28, 1924, p. 4

The Bolshevik Revolution has emancipated the Jews as individuals.
Dr. Avrahm Yarmolinsky, in The Menorah Journal (New York), July 1928, p. 33

There are many Bolshevik leaders of Jewish extraction.”
D. L. Sandelsan, in The Jewish Chronicle (London), February 20, 1920, p. 22

There is no Jew who does not hope with all his heart that the Soviet Union will survive and be victorious.”
Zionist Review (London: Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland), September 26, 1941, p. 7

Communism and internationalism are in truth and in fact great virtues. Judaism may be justly proud of these virtues.”
Harry Watan, A Program for the Jews and an Answer to All Anti-Semites (New York: Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), p. 80

If the tide of history does not turn toward Communist internationalism … then the Jewish race is doomed.”
George Marlen, Stalin, Trotsky, or Lenin (New York, 1937), p. 414

The [Jewish] Commissaries were formerly political exiles. They had been dreaming of revolution for years in their exile in Paris, in London, in New York, in Berlin, everywhere and anywhere. They saw in the Bolshevist Movement an opportunity of realizing the extreme ideas of Communism and internationalism to which their fate had compelled them.”
Dr. D. S. Pazmanik, in The Jewish Chronicle (London), September 5, 1919, p. 14

The Jewish people will never forget that the Soviet Union was the first country – and as yet the only country in the world – in which anti-Semitism is a crime.”
Jewish Voice (New York: National Council of Jewish Communists), January 1942, p. 16

Anti-Semitism was classed [by the Soviet Government] as counter-revolution and the severe punishments meted out for acts of anti-Semitism were the means by which the existing order protected its own safety.”
The Congress Bulletin, (New York: American Jewish Congress), January 5, 1940, p. 2

There is no official anti-Semitism in Russia; anti-Semitism in Russia is a crime against the State.”
Dr. Chalm Weizmann, The Jewish People and Palestine (London: Zionist Organization, 1939), p. 7

Anti-Communism is anti-Semitism.”
Jewish Voice (New York: National Council of Jewish Communists), July-August 1941, p. 23

The part which Jews play in the [Communist] Government of the country [Russia] does not appear to be declining.”
Harry Sacher, in The Jewish Review (London), June-August 1932, p. 43

The Jews have a right to subordinate to themselves the rest of mankind and to be the masters over the whole earth. This is the historic destiny of the Jews.
Harry Waton, A Program for the Jews and an Answer to All Anti-Semites (New York Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), pp. 99-100

We Jews, we the destroyers, will remain the destroyers forever. Nothing that you will do, will meet our needs and demands. We will destroy because we need a world of our own.”
Maurice Samuel, You Gentiles, page 155

The Russian intelligentsia . . . saw in the philosophy of Judaism the germs of Bolshevism – the struggle of … Judaism versus Christianity.”
Leon Dennen, in The Menorah Journal (New York, July-September 1932, p. 105

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‘Paralysing a nation’: Evidence emerges of Royal Navy’s complicity in Saudi-led sea blockade of Yemen

By: Phil Miller• 

 UK leader Boris Johnson and defence secretary Ben Wallace with a naval officer in London (Photo: Twitter / Boris Johnson)  Less

The Saudi-led coalition has received British training on naval tactics that could be used for blockading Yemen, an embargo which UN experts have described as ‘unlawful’. Amnesty International says the new information is ‘deeply concerning’.

Phil Miller

The Royal Navy’s role in the world’s worst humanitarian disaster has emerged after freedom of information requests by Declassified found extensive evidence of UK support for the Saudi-led sea blockade of Yemen.

Aid agencies have repeatedly condemned the naval embargo on Yemen’s Red Sea coast, which UN experts have described as violating international humanitarian law. Human Rights Watch says the blockade has “severely restricted the flow of food, fuel, and medicine to civilians” during the last five years.

War broke out in March 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its allies began attempting to dislodge Houthi rebels from Yemen’s capital. The fighting was so ferocious that the head of the International Red Cross, Peter Maurer, warned: “Yemen after five months looks like Syria after five years.”

Describing the situation as “catastrophic”, Maurer said: “This cannot go on. Yemen is crumbling. As a matter of urgency, there must be free movement of goods into and across the country. Deliveries of food, water and medicine should be facilitated.”

A Yemeni medic checks a malnourished baby inside an incubator at the neonatal intensive care unit of a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, 2019. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Yahya Arhab)

Days after Maurer’s warning in August 2015, the Saudi-led coalition bombed Hodeidah, one of Yemen’s largest ports, and destroyed a series of cranes used for unloading vital food aid. Save the Children said the port bombing was “the final straw” for innocent civilians.

Despite this attack, Declassified has found that in September 2015 – the month after the Hodeidah docks were hit – a naval officer from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was invited to HMS Collingwood near Portsmouth in southern England to attend a four-week course teaching skills that could be used for blockading Yemen.

Sessions included “counter-smuggling”, “board and search” and using aircraft to support an “Exclusive Economic Zone” (EEZ) – the area of water that extends 200 miles off a country’s coast containing its fishing and resource rights.

The UAE has one of the most powerful navies in the region and has played a key role in the sea blockade. At the start of the conflict it built a military base at Assab on the coast of Eritrea, a highly repressive country which the Economist has dubbed “Africa’s North Korea”. The move gave the UAE navy access to a deep-water port directly overlooking Yemen.

A Royal Navy captain speaks to a naval officer from the UAE during a joint exercise. (Photo: EPA / Mazen Mahdi)

Then in December 2015, the son of the Crown Prince of Bahrain – another key country in the coalition – graduated from the Royal Navy’s officer academy in Dartmouth, south-west England. His father, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, watched the graduation ceremony as a guest of honour.

Some sources suggest that Bahrain’s small navy has contributed to the sea blockade and Bahraini soldiers are known to have died fighting in Yemen. UK ministers are currently forbidden by a court ruling from allowing new arms exports to Bahrain for possible use in Yemen.

Al-Khalifa’s visit to Dartmouth was followed in March 2016 by Royal Navy officers spending a week in Saudi Arabia training 15 sailors how to “board and search” vessels in “international waters or territorial seas”.

According to a Royal Navy brochure, the course focused on “reducing unnecessary risks to the Boarding Team while maximising use of effective law enforcement”. Topics included detention procedures and “high risk search techniques” as well as international law.

Naval officers from Saudi Arabia and the UAE received ‘board and search’ training from the UK. (Credit: MOD FOI response to Declassified)

The Royal Navy then provided an “Exclusive Economic Zone Protection Officer course” to Saudi and UAE personnel between September 2016 and March 2017, followed by mobile sea training with the Saudi Navy.

Andrew Smith from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) told Declassified: “The Saudi-led coalition has shown a total disregard for international law and Yemeni lives. Its devastating and immoral blockade has only served to punish Yemen and exacerbate the crisis. It has killed a huge number of people by stopping vital supplies from reaching those that need it.

“This training is symptomatic of the toxic and dangerous relationship between the UK Government and the Saudi-led forces. The UK should be condemning the atrocities that have been inflicted by the Saudi naval forces and their coalition partners. It definitely should not be arming, training and conspiring with those that are responsible for such a callous act.”

A Saudi naval officer on the bridge of HMS St Albans during a joint exercise in the Gulf in 2016. (Photo: Royal Navy)

‘Paralysing a nation’

British training has not stopped its partners from conducting atrocities. In March 2017, 32 refugees were killed when their boat was shot at by a helicopter off the coast of Yemen. Human Rights Watch believes the incident was probably a war crime and has attributed it to the Saudi-led coalition, as it is the only side in the conflict to possess such aircraft.

By this stage, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, was warning that the blockade was “paralysing a nation” with seven million people facing famine. Jazairy said that the naval blockade amounted to “an unlawful unilateral coercive measure under international law”.

The Royal Navy continued working with coalition members before and after this warning, including with Bahrain where it has a permanent base. Between 2015 and 2018, British marines held three military exercises in Bahrain — known as “Pearl Dagger” — where they spent nearly a month at a time training their counterparts in live firing, close-quarter marksmanship and battle tactics.

Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei from the Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy (BIRD) called the training “shameful and abhorrent”. He commented: “In return for providing the UK with a naval base in Bahrain, the government is facilitating an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe” in Yemen.

The commander of Bahrain’s navy meets Britain’s then defence secretary Michael Fallon during Exercise Pearl Dagger in December 2015. (Photo: Royal Navy)

By 2019, five years of fighting and blockade had left nearly 10 million Yemenis “one step away from famine”, according to the UN’s World Food Programme. UNICEF called on all warring parties “to allow humanitarian deliveries to children and their families wherever they are in the country”.

The UK government appeared to recognise these concerns, with an aid minister telling Parliament: “It is absolutely vital that Yemen is kept open to humanitarian access and commercial supplies and personnel, upon which the Yemeni population depend.”

The minister also stated that “we are raising the importance of these points at the highest levels”. However, the Royal Navy continued to deliver further training in skills that could help to maintain the blockade.

The UAE navy received lessons in how to “board and search” vessels during 2019, and a UAE naval officer attended an “international electronic warfare manager” course at HMS Collingwood. Meanwhile nine Saudis along with cadets from Bahrain, UAE and Egypt attended the Royal Navy’s officer academy at Dartmouth.

Nearby on England’s south coast at Lympstone, an unspecified number of commandos from the UAE went on the 60-week Royal Marines young officer course, which included training on “amphibious and helicopter operations”.

   Annex AFOI 2020/0372814 May 2020Foreign military personal on Royal Marine Training Courses Course Country TotalRM Boardingcourse N/A -RMYOCNigeria ~UAE ~Oman ~ All ArmsCommando CoursePhilippines ~Bosnia ~Platoon Weapon 1 Netherlands ~Platoon Weapon 2 N/A -Platoon Weapon 3 Netherlands ~Landing Craft 1 Netherlands ~Landing Craft 2 Netherlands 10Landing Craft 3 N/A -Heavy Weapons Anti-Tank courseN/A N/A1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 in line with disclosure control policy. Figures ending in 5 arerounded to the nearest 20 to avoid bias, 5 or fewer is represented by ‘~’, 0 is represented by ‘-‘.2. N/A occurs for Heavy Weapons Anti-Tank as this course is discontinued.

In September 2019, UK trade secretary Liz Truss had to apologise for accidentally allowing the export of security equipment to the UAE Navy, in breach of a court order in June 2019 to halt new arms exports which the coalition could use in Yemen. Between the blockade starting and that court ruling, the UK licenced the export of £42-million-worth of warship equipment to the UAE and £10-million-worth to Saudi Arabia.

In addition to delivering courses and military equipment, the Royal Navy has five sailors – including a Lieutenant Commander – on loan permanently to the Saudi Navy.

Declassified has found that three of the team are listed as instructors, meaning that they can provide full-time training at the King Fahd Naval Academy at Jubail on the Gulf coast, where they are stationed. Britain’s largest arms company, BAE Systems, also has a contract to train the Saudi navy.

Amnesty International told Declassified: “Given the Saudi Arabia and UAE-led military coalition’s bloody record over civilian deaths in Yemen, it’s deeply concerning that the Royal Navy and Royal Marines thought it right to continue with these training programmes regardless”.

Amnesty’s UK security programme director Oliver Feeley-Sprague said: “At the very least, these programmes should have been paused following last year’s Court of Appeal ruling, under which the UK was supposed to halt arms sales to the Coalition.”

“Whether it’s the Saudi or Emirati militaries, or police forces in Hong Kong or the USA, the UK is dangerously cavalier over who it sells its arms and security equipment to, while providing a range of training to military and security forces with extremely troubling human rights records.

“We need to see the UK adopting a more responsible and more proactive ‘risk-mitigation’ approach to both its arms sales and its training programmes.”

An MOD spokeswoman told Declassified: “We have an ongoing and wide-ranging defence engagement relationship with Saudi Arabia, which has included the provision of training courses and advice and guidance in the UK and Saudi Arabia. The training provided also covers International Humanitarian Law. All UK military personnel in Saudi Arabia are under UK command and control.” DM

Phil Miller is a staff reporter for Declassified UK, an investigative journalism organisation that covers Britain’s role in the world. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube

Since launching less than a year ago, Declassified’s small team of journalists has revealed significant new information about Britain’s war in Yemen, including:

  • A secret British army unit permanently based in Saudi Arabia advised Riyadh on military operations along the border with Yemen.
  • Censorship of high-level Cabinet papers about the UK’s special relationship with Saudi Arabia.
  • A weekly BAE Systems resupply flight from its Typhoon factory in England to a front-line Saudi airfield, via an RAF base in Cyprus.
  • British government officials failing four times to conduct arms export inspections at BAE and Raytheon factories in the UK.
  • RAF training for hundreds of Saudi military personnel at six air bases in England and Wales in 2019.

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Greedy Britain’s morality-preaching sanctions list immediately made worthless by pandering to warmongering Saudi Arabia

Greedy Britain’s morality-preaching sanctions list immediately made worthless by pandering to warmongering Saudi Arabia

A woman stands near the wreckage of a store of truck oil and tyres after it was targeted by airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition on July 02, 2020 in Sana’a, Yemen ©  Getty Images / Mohammed Hamoud

Britain unveiled its version of the so-called Magnitsky laws, preaching human rights and justice, but then took all the shine off by resuming arms sales for Saudi Arabia’s illegal war on Yemen.

If there ever was a case of the left hand not knowing what the right is doing, Britain’s shameful and shambolic 24-hours are it. To great fanfare, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab proclaimed to the world that the UK is launching its first ever global sanctions regime.

There were individuals from Russia, North Korea, and Myanmar on the roll call of dishonor.

There was also a block of 20 Saudi Arabian nationals who, according to the Foreign Office, are responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

Not only was he lured on false pretenses and then murdered in the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul, it’s widely thought that he was then butchered and removed piece by piece in suitcases.READ MOREReport finds UK enabled ‘unlawful’ Saudi-led naval blockade of Yemen, as London resumes arms sales to Riyadh

That fits well Raab’s description of “those with blood on their hands, the thugs of despots, the henchmen of dictators” who will not be able to “buy up property on the King’s Road, to do their Christmas shopping in Knightsbridge or frankly to siphon dirty money through British banks.”

Along with the Khashoggi assassination, which has been traced back to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) by security services, bin Salman has imprisoned women, including his own cousin, for protesting for their human rights, and at regular intervals detains anyone regarded as a threat to his power. Currently, former Saudi intelligence agent Saad Aljabri is in exile in Canada attempting to free his wife and two kids back in the Kingdom – they were taken hostage in a bid to weaken him, after he fell out of favor with MBS. And these are just things on the surface.

So it was a jaw-dropping move with the ink barely dry on the sanctions regime when the UK government announced it was going to resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia. They had been forced to stop because of the Kingdom’s engagement in neighboring Yemen, another of MBS’ pet projects. He’s trying to ensure the leadership is pro-Saudi and aligns with his agenda.

The optics became so awful the UK had to halt sales, as according to the UN, 60 percent of the 7,700 civilian deaths were caused by the Saudi-led coalition. Monitoring groups such as Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project put that figure even higher, at 12,000 civilians.

In the same time period since 2015, Britain has sold £5.3 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia. They only stopped when the Court of Appeal ruled last year that the UK’s decision-making in doing so was unlawful.

In a nutshell, Yemen has been devastated by the military conflict, which was really a proxy war for other nations. It’s a poor country where the war has created the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet right now, with millions of children facing starvation. Images of skeletal kids with swollen stomachs say more than any UN report or newspaper article could ever do.ALSO ON RT.COMUK resumes arms sales to Saudi Arabia, says ‘possible’ war crimes in Yemen are ‘isolated incidents’

Still, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss confirmed she was agreeing to begin selling weapons to the Saudis again because“In the light of all that information and analysis, I have concluded that… Saudi Arabia has a genuine intent and the capacity to comply with international humanitarian law.” 

Capacity? Maybe. Intent? Highly unlikely according to their track record. The British pandering to MBS so he’ll sign over more of his petrodollars in orders is embarrassing.

Not only that, it makes a mockery of the sanctions list.

Draw a line in the sand – and pick a side. But Britain hasn’t done that, proving under this government, it’s morally bankrupt.

Arming a warmonger like MBS while sanctioning his sidekicks is lunacy. As a nation, we should be ashamed.

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