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Beirut blast & ‘Israel’

Israeli & Lebanese analysts on Beirut blast & Israel

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Israeli & Lebanese analysts on Beirut blast & Israel

The aftermath of Tuesdays blast in Beirut’s port area. Aug. 5, Reuters/Mohamed Azakir.

Two commentaries below about the recent massive explosion in Beirut felt by millions that killed at least 154 people, injured 5,000, & made 250,000 homeless…

Israeli writer: ‘Not a week had passed since Israel threatened to destroy infrastructure in Lebanon if Hezbollah dared avenge the killing of one of its fighters in a limited military action on the border, and Israel the destroyer becomes ‘Israel the merciful.’ Would you accept humanitarian aid from such a country? Is there a more sickening show of hypocrisy?’
2018 Israeli report: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu threatened Hezbollah, saying ‘Israel knows what you are doing and will not let you get away with it’ notes Israeli army said Hezbollah had a weapons store underneath the port of Beirut
Lebanese writer: ‘We just witnessed the second largest explosion on planet earth, and we have no real clue why….. We live in one of the very few places on earth where such a catastrophe would occur and you can run multiple scenarios for who wants to murder us, and they would all sound rational…

Israel Is in ‘Shock,’ in a Sickening Show of Hypocrisy

By Gideon Levy, reposted from the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz

Official Israel presented itself as shocked at the disaster that struck its neighbor, Lebanon, yesterday. Almost everyone put on a sorrowful face. Except for Richard Silverstein, who writes a blog, Tikkun Olam, no one accused Israel of causing the disaster. Except for Moshe Feiglin and a few other racists, no one expressed satanic joy over it. Fortunately, former Israeli army spokesman Avi Benayahu ran Feiglin out of the race: “With such statements, you don’t belong to the Jewish people,” declared Benayahu, the man of Jewish morality, and the stain was removed.

Benayahu is right: The Jewish state never caused such disasters, and when our enemies fell it never rejoiced. [Editor’s note: For those unfamiliar with Israel’s many attacks on Lebanon, Levy is being sarcastic in this paragraph.] The Israel Defense Forces, whose voice Benayahu was, never such caused destruction and devastation, certainly not in Lebanon, certainly not in Beirut. What does the IDF have to do with the destruction of infrastructure? An explosion in the Beirut port? Why would the most moral army in the world have anything to do with bombing population centers? And so the country’s leaders hastened to offer help to the stricken land of the cedars, such a typical Jewish and Israeli gesture, human, lofty and moving to the point of tears.

True, the Israel Air Force thumbs its nose at Lebanon’s sovereignty and flies through its skies as if they were its own. True, Israel has devastated Lebanon twice in war, but who’s counting. Israel’s president issued a statement of condolences to the Lebanese people, the prime minister and the ministers of foreign affairs and defense said they had “given instructions to offer humanitarian and medical assistance to Lebanon.”

As if all this beneficence was not enough, the mayor of Tel Aviv ordered the municipality building illuminated with the colors of the Lebanese flag. Words fail. All past hatred has been set aside, Israel is now a friend in need to its suffering neighbor. Maybe it was Tu B’Av, the holiday of love, marked yesterday. But still, a vague memory threatens to spoil the how-beautiful-we-are party, which we love so much around here.

Was it not that same defense minister that only last week threatened that same Lebanon with destruction of infrastructure? Didn’t the prime minister also threaten Lebanon? And how does destruction of infrastructure look in Lebanon? Just like what was seen in Lebanon on Tuesday. The sound of thunder shook the city, black smoke billowed over it, destruction and devastation, civilian blood spilled, 4,000 injured at hospital doors, as described in horror by the ambassador of a European country in Beirut, who had previously served in Israel. She was injured Tuesday in the blast and was in shock.

Half of Israel and the entire IDF General Staff know how to recite the acclaimed Dahiya Doctrine. Every second politician has threatened to carry it out. That is our language with Lebanon and Gaza. It’s the doctrine espoused by the Israeli Carl von Clausewitz, former chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot, the current hope of the Israeli left, when he was chief of the Northern Command.

And what is this sophisticated doctrine? It’s the use of disproportionate, unbridled force against infrastructure, the sowing of destruction and shedding of as much blood as possible. “Flattening” – to teach the enemy a lesson “once and for all.” The IDF has tried this more than once in the past, in Lebanon and in Gaza, and it was a dizzying success story. It looks just like what was seen in Beirut on Tuesday.

Not a week had passed since Israel threatened to destroy infrastructure in Lebanon if Hezbollah dared avenge the killing of one of its fighters in a limited military action on the border, and Israel the destroyer becomes Israel the merciful. Would you accept humanitarian aid from such a country? Is there a more sickening show of hypocrisy?

When Israel demolished Dahiya and other neighborhoods in Beirut, the Tel Aviv Municipality building was not illuminated with the colors of the Lebanese flag. When Israel killed thousands of innocent women and children, old and young, in Gaza during the criminal Operation Cast Lead and Operation Protective Edge, the municipality was not lit up in the colors of the Palestinian flag. But on Wednesday we were all so humane, so Lebanese for a moment. Until the next Dahiya.


Gideon Levy is a Haaretz columnist and a member of the newspaper’s editorial board.

Levy joined Haaretz in 1982, and spent four years as the newspaper’s deputy editor. He is the author of the weekly Twilight Zone feature, which covers the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza over the last 25 years, as well as the writer of political editorials for the newspaper. Levy was the recipient of the Euro-Med Journalist Prize for 2008; the Leipzig Freedom Prize in 2001; the Israeli Journalists’ Union Prize in 1997; and The Association of Human Rights in Israel Award for 1996. His new book, The Punishment of Gaza, has just been published by Verso Publishing House in London and New York.

From a Lebanese writer:

…Yesterday, an estimated 2.8 kiloton yield of TNT exploded in the port of Beirut. For reference, Hiroshima’s atomic bomb contained ~13 kilotons of TNT. To further understand how horrendous Beirut’s detonation is, know that the notorious Oklahoma City Bomber, who was able to shatter 286 buildings, did so with only 0.002 kilotons. Read that again. The devastation on Beirut is truly inexplicable.

Many suspect it’s ammonium nitrate, an agricultural fertilizer which also doubles as dynamite. Some also say it’s confiscated explosives. Some say it’s a combination of both.

One credible story links yesterday’s explosion to Moldovan cargo vessel called “Rhosus” that was destined for Mozambique, but had to make an urgent stop in Beirut due to “technical problems” back in September 2013. This vessel contained 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, and was forbidden from sailing, and has been stuck in our port ever since then. Due to the risks of keeping such large quantities of ammonium nitrate on board the vessel, the Lebanese port authorities discharged the cargo onto the port’s warehouses where it has been sitting for 7 years since September 2013. To our bad luck, such a chemical decomposes in very nefarious ways making it much less safe over time, and when you have 2,750 tons of it, you run the risk of being catapulted into the world’s second largest explosion on planet earth.

So there was a chemical mushroom cloud… A mushroom cloud. Many pointed to the uncanny resemblance to the atomic bomb. Yes. Apparently, all massive chemical explosions will form a mushroom cloud, but such huge explosions are so rare that we are only used to seeing atomic bombs’ mushroom clouds. If there was a damn mushroom cloud, it means that the explosion was truly gigantic. And it was. Cyprus felt the explosion. Cyprus. That’s another country.

To add further ambiguity to this story, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah gave a televised speech in 2017 saying, verbatim, that “containers of ammonia” plus “the explosion of rockets” chemically result in an “atomic bomb.” That’s actually a good course in chemistry. Liquid ammonia is literally what is used for rocket propellants in NASA. But Nasrallah didn’t want to put anyone on the moon, he was referring to “containers of ammonia” located in Haifa, Israel, and how he could cause “tens of thousands of deaths” if Hezbollah shot “its rockets” into said containers of ammonia, and that would be akin to an “atomic bomb”. And he laughed. Meanwhile, Netanyahu back in 2018, at a UN speech, held up aerial photos of Hezbollah weapons sites in Beirut which he accused of being locations for manufacturing and storing precision missiles, one of which was the airport, one was a football stadium, and one was a third adjacent site. And Netanyahu said, “Israel knows what you are doing, and Israel will not let you get away with it.” The next day, i24 News, the Israeli news channel, reported in an article that “another [site] is underneath the port of Beirut,” (Here is the link: https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/185111-180927-netanyahu-reveals-new-iranian-nuclear-site-at-un-asks-eu-if-it-forgot-history) Did they misreport? Or did they correct Netanyahu?

[Editor’s note: The Israeli report says:

“Netanyahu held up aerial photos of Hezbollah weapons stores in the Lebanese capital, saying “Israel knows what you are doing, Israel knows where you are doing it, and Israel will not let you get away with it.”

The Israeli army assesses that Hezbollah uses these sites to manufacture and store precision missiles. Netanyahu presented three of Hezbollah’s sites to the UN General Assembly: One is located near Lebanon’s International Airport, another is underneath the port of Beirut, and the third is located under a soccer field.

Okay. There is a saying in psychology, “the worst scars are in the mind.” So, in that spirit, were the Israelis inspired to turn Nasrallah’s threat into a re-engineered self-fulfilling prophecy? Yes? If yes, was it a tacit Israeli Mossad operation or did Israeli airplanes fire missiles, as some people are swearing that they saw? No? If no, was it a Hezbollah self-sabotage operation because it would serve them to divert attention away from their economic scandals? Who did it? No one? So it was all an accident? Yeah, maybe it was an accident. Maybe some inattentive lawless person was smoking a lawless cigarette in lawless Lebanon? Or maybe it was global warming? Container got too hot? No? Who was it? Who was it that killed all these innocent lives, and shattered the homes of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese people during a deadly pandemic, and scalded us during a murderous economic and financial crisis?

Do you see those types of questions? They disgust me. Do you see the reasoning that I just did now? It is disgusting. It is disgusting that my people have to constantly guess who wants to kill them. Can you imagine? We just witnessed the second largest explosion on planet earth, and we have no real clue why. There are dozens of scenarios. We are able to devise several plausible murderous political rationales, all of which make sense. Isn’t that deeply unfair? We live in one of the very few places on earth where such a catastrophe would occur and you can run multiple scenarios for who wants to murder us, and they would all sound rational. Shake your head. Yes. The Lebanese people constantly have to guess who wants to kill them, and they never truly find out because they live in a world where so many hostile actors benefit from killing them. And there is no respite in wanting to kill my country people.

My people were killed nonstop for 4 entire decades. My people were killed during the civil war by a dozen foreign army suits, they were killed during the politically-accepted Syrian occupation, they were killed during the Israeli occupation, they were killed during Israeli attacks, they were killed during Lebanese attacks, they were killed in Iranian-led military interferences, they were killed during the deadly series of “anonymous” booby-trapped car assassinations in broad daylight for years, all the while being killed in masses by the lawlessness of traffic, killed by a murderous lack of urban planning, killed by corrupt medication, killed by the environmental holocaust, killed by rampant cancer rates due to the pillaging of their environment, killed by staggering poverty brought about by systemic corruption, killed by suicide due to hopelessness, killed by a 2,750 ton liquid nitrate explosion in the middle of their capital that probably will require 2 billion USD to rehabilitate just the physical damage of inert stones, not the human capital loss.

The impact of this detonation will be more devastating than you could even imagine. Not just in terms of sheer number of deaths, but in terms of destruction of livelihoods, of disappearances, of infrastructure breakdown, of environmental damage, of future birth defects, of the deterioration of the already very, very fragile Lebanese social fabric. So many people were killed in their own homes. The sister-in-law of my friend died. The neighbor of my friend died. The mother of my friend’s friend died. My own brother has a friend that is missing, and he was looking for him in hospitals all night. Most of these people died in their own homes as a result of shattered glass or cement.

I do not want to hear people’s self-righteous nonsense about it “not being the time to point fingers”. It is the goddamn time. Where do they live? Are they ostriches? I will not stomach anyone’s narrow-minded moralistic vapidness of trying to play fake Jesus when nothing, NOTHING, in this hideous game is holy. Let me tell you, the answer to ‘who did this’? It is our political system, and each and every one of its fabricants has blood on his hands. The Lebanese political system and its henchmen did this. This was a pure political fire-starter par excellence, imbued with the wretchedness of their ignorance, their laziness, and their incompetence that has continually killed the Lebanese people for 4 decades.

The customs must be held accountable. The General Security must be held accountable. The Lebanese Intelligence must be held accountable. The Ministry of Interior must be held accountable. The Ministry of Defense must be held accountable. The Ministry of Health must be held accountable. The Ministry of Justice must be held accountable. The President of the Republic must be held accountable.

Every political party with their imposed parasitic pawns in the port must be held accountable. And Hezbollah, master rulers of the Port, must be held accountable.

Justice can only be found in the destruction of this wretched political system, and retribution must be served on the platter of the annihilation of each of its henchmen’s massacring politics.

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UPDATE:

Israeli Military Publication: Hezbollah Military Weapons Cache Exploded in Beirut

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Associated Press bungles again – this time it’s balloons

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Associated Press bungles again – this time it’s balloons

Incendiary balloons discovered on Gaza border, January 6, 2018

As has too often been the case, Associated Press once again fails the test of good journalism on the subject of Palestine, earning poor marks on accuracy, balance, and context.

by Kathryn Shihadah

Associated Press, considered one of the most respected sources of global news reporting, has been the subject of more than one If Americans Knew investigation. We have detailed AP’s slanted coverage of the Israel/Palestine issue for years in hopes that the organization would revamp its efforts there. (Our major studies are here and here, and previous analyses are here.)

(IAK has also reported on other news organizations that exhibit the same lack of objectivity – as have other watchdogs. Read here about a broad, 50-year study.)

A recent erroneous story is about balloons. AP’s original story is 120 words – 7 sentences, of which 4 cite statements by Israeli spokespersons. 2 are factual, and 1 is grossly exaggerated and misleading. (The story provided 0 sentences from Palestinians.)

The AP article was carried by many large news outlets, including the New York Times and ABC News.

No news organization as busy as AP would be expected to cover every detail of a story like this, but readers deserve a less israel-centric story and instead a more objective, balanced report.

Time to set the record straight.

Here is the AP article in full:

The Israeli army said it attacked targets in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday after Palestinian militants launched explosive balloons from the territory into Israel.”

In a brief statement, the army said airstrikes struck “infrastructure used for underground activities” by Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group. There were no reports of injuries.

Earlier, Israeli police reported that an explosive device had landed in the southern town of Arad. A police bomb squad dismantled the device.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars and numerous smaller skirmishes since the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007.

In recent months, both sides have honored an informal cease-fire. Israel holds Hamas responsible for all fire emanating from the coastal strip.

That’s what AP said.

Now let’s talk about AP’s word choices – and what it didn’t say.

Chronology and labeling issues

AP: The Israeli army said it attacked targets in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday after Palestinian militants launched explosive balloons from the territory into Israel.”

This contains two problematic word choices: “after” and “militants.”

“After” – AP’s word choice implies that the Israeli response was “retaliatory,” and that Palestinians initiated the violence with balloons. This framing completely ignores context. In fact, 70 percent of Gazan families are refugees, having been ethnically cleansed from their homeland by Israel in 1948 or 1967, demanding their internationally recognized right to return home.

Gaza is also under de facto occupation, and has struggled under an illegal blockade, imposed by Israel (and peripherally, Egypt). This blockade has gone on for 13 years, keeping food, medicine, and other staples from reaching the population. Numerous organizations, including the Red CrossHuman Rights Watch, and Defense for Children International, report that this is causing immense misery, including malnutrition and growth stunting among children. (Read our collection of human rights reports here.)

The blockade is in place because the people of Gaza elected Hamas as their ruling party. Hamas believes in resisting occupation, not tolerating it (as the Fatah government does in the West Bank), and is striving to end the blockade and bring justice to the Palestinians of Gaza. They have the right according to international law to resist their occupiers – even armed resistance is permissible.

Gazan “militants” might more accurately be called “resistance fighters.” Resistance groups include Hamas – an arm of the democratically elected party in Gaza – and other factions that operate outside of Hamas’ control and sometimes in defiance of its directives.

Resistance is challenging because Gaza is essentially demilitarized (by Israeli decree). Resistance fighters have gotten creative, launching incendiary balloons and kites from time to time since 2018. These have caused occasional fires on Israeli farmland; they have never killed or even injured anyone.

Kites and balloons were preceded by and are now are being answered with Israeli fighter jets, which have often been used against Gaza over the past 20 years. (Israel has all the latest in war technology thanks in part to US military aid of over $10 million a day.)

(The resistance also includes rockets, which have gained an unfounded reputation for “endangering millions of Israelis.” The reality is that Gazan rockets combined with mortars have killed under 50 Israelis in almost 20 years, while Israeli airstrikes have killed approximately over 4,000 Gazans.)

Without this context, it is impossible for the reader to know why Gazans are launching these balloons.

A view of the wall dividing Jerusalem, in background, from the Palestinian town of Abu Dis in the West Bank.
A view of the wall dividing Jerusalem, in background, from the Palestinian town of Abu Dis in the West Bank. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

Failure to cover the other side

AP: In a brief statement, the army said airstrikes struck “infrastructure used for underground activities” by Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group. There were no reports of injuries.

Earlier, Israeli police reported that an explosive device had landed in the southern town of Arad. A police bomb squad dismantled the device.

These are the second and third of four references to official Israeli statements. Notice that AP lacks journalistic balance in this article, as it provides no statement from Palestinians.

It’s not that such statements were unavailable. Even Israeli papers Ha’aretz and Jerusalem Post were able to attain some; in June, Anadolu Agency quoted a Palestinian activist as well:

(Ha’aretz) “The senior Hamas official said that the resumption, if unofficial, of the balloons points to growing pressure and anger in the Strip over the lack of progress in what was once called understandings for a cease-fire…there were understandings and agreements to move forward with infrastructure and humanitarian projects, but everything appears to be stuck.”

(JPost) “Hamas also responded to Thursday’s incident, saying, “Israel is exporting its internal crisis to the Gaza Strip.”

(Anadolu) “for the last year, Palestinian activists have been flying burning kites and balloons into Israeli territory as part of ongoing anti-occupation demonstrations along the fraught Gaza-Israel buffer zone.”

False equivalence

AP: Israel and Hamas have fought three wars and numerous smaller skirmishes since the Islamic militant group seized control of Gaza in 2007.

In reality using the word “war” to describe what has happened to Gaza is outrageous. As mentioned above, Gaza (like the Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem) is for all intents and purposes demilitarized. Hamas and other resistance groups have available to them essentially homemade rockets – which rarely kill or injure – and balloons and kites. Meanwhile Israel has the latest technology. Three major Israeli incursions into Gaza have resulted in death tolls of over 3,700 Palestinians and under 100 Israelis.

Regarding the “numerous smaller skirmishes” since 2007, again the word “skirmish” implies opposing armies – but the Palestinians don’t have an army or anything resembling proper weaponry. AP’s language is disingenuous.

Instead of a blanket statement about skirmishes, here is some more specific information that AP could have tapped into:

  • In the 6 or so years before Hamas won a democratic election and began governing Gaza, 3,000 Palestinians and 136 Israelis were killed in Gaza (this may explain why Gazans elected Hamas – the party of resistance – instead of the more passive Fatah party).
  • In the years since Hamas took over, an additional 4,500+ Palestinians and about 50 Israelis were killed in Gaza.
Left: An Israeli woman stands outside a damaged house hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip; right: a neighborhood in Gaza, leveled in 2014, is still in ruins a year later.
Left: An Israeli woman stands outside a damaged house hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip; right: a neighborhood in Gaza, leveled in 2014, is still in ruins a year later. ((Tsafrir Abayov/AP))

AP: In recent months, both sides have honored an informal cease-fire. 

This AP statement is simply false. It is not hard to discover that, for example:

  • In the first half of 2020, Israel killed 10 Gazan Palestinians; no Israelis were killed by Gazans
  • Israel has also invaded Gaza a number of times in 2020; restricted fishing in the waters off Gaza; shot at farmers and fishermen; cut off coronavirus testing for Gazans; performed airstrikes; and much more.
  • Further critical information is readily available to disprove Israel’s supposed cooperation.

Blame game

AP: Israel holds Hamas responsible for all fire emanating from the coastal strip.

This is a factual statement: Israel does blame Hamas for all rockets; however the reality is more complicated. While Hamas is the ruling party in Gaza, it can not guarantee the behavior of members of every faction that operates independently. And given the length and cruelty of the blockade, many in Gaza are infuriated with Israel – especially since 1.4 million of Gaza’s population of 2 million are families of refugees who were exiled in 1948, and have been waiting ever since for their right to return (as guaranteed by international law).

Implicit bias?

AP certainly could have done better. Why did they release such an inaccurate, inadequate report? If Americans Knew provided a hypothesis in its study of AP’s early 2018 coverage of Israel/Palestine:

AP’s main bureau for Israel-Palestine is in Israel. Reports from Gaza and the West Bank are usually phoned in to this bureau, where its editors choose and write the news stories that are sent out.

Many (possibly most) of the journalists in this main bureau are Israeli citizens or have partners who are. Some (possibly most) have served in the Israeli military and/or have relatives that have done so. While this doesn’t guarantee pro-Israel bias (some Israeli journalists for Ha’aretz, for example, are excellent, accurate writers on this issue) it does suggest the possibility of partiality influencing their work, either consciously or unconsciously.

A gift for AP

Here is a gift from If Americans Knew to the Associated Press – and any other news organization that is interested.

AP, you may use the following 100-word summary in any of your future news reports on Israel/Palestine. That way you can provide what a top-notch news outlet should always provide its readers: context, balance, and accuracy.

Israel’s founding war in 1948 included the ethnic cleansing of 750,000 indigenous Palestinians (both Christians and Muslims) – because they were not Jewish. Since 1967, millions of Palestinians have endured a brutal Israeli occupation. Gazan Palestinians, under an illegal Israeli blockade since 2007, suffer from shortages of food, medicine, and other staples.

Israel forbids Palestinians from having weapons or a standing army, while Israel has one of the world’s most powerful armies – subsidized by $3.8 billion in US military aid per year.

Israel regularly attacks Gaza, kidnaps and tortures Palestinians, demolishes Palestinian homes, confiscates Palestinian farmland, and severely restricts Palestinian freedom.

You’re welcome, Associated Press.

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Nazi army forces Palestinian family to demolish their home or risk hefty fines

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A Palestinian family in occupied East Jerusalem were forced to demolish their own home August 12, 2020 at 1:58 pm

A Palestinian family in occupied East Jerusalem were forced to demolish their own home on Monday, Quds News reported.

Nazi court ordered Palestinian resident Ibrahim Abu Seiba to destroy his family home or risk hefty fines and demolition fees.

The demolition order was issued under the context that the house was built without building permits, which are almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain.

Occupied East Jerusalem is located in what the Oslo Accords designated as ‘Area C’ which calls under full Israeli military and administrative control, as a result the occupation state regularly issues demolition orders to Palestinians in the area, both those who have built homes to house their expanding families and those that have existed for decades.

The Palestinian Colonisation and Wall Resistance Commission reported that Nazi forces demolished 313 homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem during the first half of 2020.

Report: Nazi regime demolished 313 Palestine homes in West Bank, East Jerusalem in 2020 Categories

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Where do Biden’s VP candidates stand on Palestine?

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Where do Biden’s VP candidates stand on Palestine?

Presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden will choose his VP any minute now.

Joe Biden’s running mate will be a woman. Each name on his VP short list has strengths of her own, but none of them has been extraordinary on the issue of justice for Palestinians.
It appears that the only VP candidates to have publicly shown any genuine concern for Palestinians are Elizabeth Warren and, to a lesser degree, Karen Bass. The rest seem focused only on what’s expedient for Israel.

by Kathryn Shihadah

Just a year ago, IAK reported on Candidate Joe Biden and where he stands on Israel/Palestine. In those days, he was one of a slate of 24, and his odds didn’t look great. But he has weathered every storm, and stands now as the presumed Democratic nominee for president.

It would be great if Biden’s running mate – he promised he’d choose a woman – makes up what he lacks in backbone vis-a-vis justice for Palestinians – but does anyone on his short list fit the bill? Let’s take a look.

Joe Biden and VP candidate Kamala Harris
Joe Biden and VP candidate Kamala Harris (Getty)

CA Senator Kamala Harris

Senator Harris has become a familiar face to Americans. She is tough, smart, and articulate.

On Israel, however, either Harris is grossly uninformed or she knowingly defaults to pro-Israel talking points.

She said, “Israel, is a beautiful home to democracy and justice,” and “I think Israel as a country is dedicated to being a democracy and is one of our closest friends in that region.”

When asked whether Israel meets international standards of human rights, Harris answered, “Overall, yes.”

In reality, Israel is not a democracy – Israel is built on dispossession, discrimination, and violence toward Palestinians (and Jews of color). Israel was born in racism and ethnic cleansing, and thrives on dispossessionviolence, and ongoing racism.

Regarding human rights, is it possible that Harris is unaware of Israel’s policies of sending snipers to kill unarmed civilians, including childrendemolishing Palestinian homes to make room for Jewish-only settlements (a war crime), and detaining and torturing Palestinian children. Does she not know about dozens of discriminatory Israeli laws, especially the Nation-State Law that designates Palestinians as second-class citizens?

Her tone-deafness on Palestine has not gone unnoticed: the liberal pro-Israel lobby J Street, which endorses over half of Senate Democrats, has kept its distance from Harris.

Joe Biden, VP candidate Susan Rice
Joe Biden, VP candidate Susan Rice (Corbis/VCG via Getty Images. )

Former national security adviser Susan Rice

Susan Rice served from 2013-2017 as Obama’s national security advisor, working with then-VP Biden on foreign policy. From 2009-2013, she was ambassador to the UN.

JTA says, “Rice got high marks from the pro-Israel community for defending Israel during her tenure as ambassador to the United Nations…and she has said that countering hostility to Israel took up the largest part of her time at the body.”

But Dennis Ross, former Middle East adviser to President Obama, complained about Rice’s “combativeness” toward Israel in 2013; she quickly adjusted her tone, staying silent in 2014 as Israel killed over 2,200 Palestinians. She also helped Obama create a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to deliver to Israel the single largest military aid package in US history: $38 billion over ten years. (Legislation to make this into law is currently before Congress.)

More recently – and while retired from public service – Rice took a Twitter moment to cry foul to both President Trump and AIPAC for misrepresenting the facts about Iran’s nuclear program:


Susan Rice@AmbassadorRice
BS

AIPAC@AIPAC.@POTUS’ important speech today accurately outlined the history and continued dangers of Iran’s aggression.4:28 AM · Oct 14, 2017

It is disappointing that she was not forthcoming until now, and when she finally spoke up, she said so little.

Rep. Val Demings speaks on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Demings is among the women Joe Biden is considering for his vice presidential running mate.
Val Demings, on Biden’s VP list (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

FL Representative Val Demings

Val Demings, 63, an African-American congresswoman and former Orlando police chief, is also on Biden’s short list.

One anecdote should suffice to demonstrate where Rep. Val Demings stands on the Israel/Palestine issue.

In 2017, Demings joined a group of Congressional Democrats on a trip to Israel. The excursion was organized by the American Israel Education Foundation, an affiliate of AIPAC. (This is a very common occurrence.)

As always, the trip was carefully curated to show Israel in a complimentary light and to cover up its violence against Palestinians.

Upon her return, she described an Israeli family she’d met, whose son is in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). “The commitment, dedication, and service of the Israeli people were very impressive,” she exclaimed.

Demings, a practicing Christian, also enjoyed visiting the holy sites (one might wonder whether she was aware that Bethlehem is under occupation), and came away with the conclusion, “There is no doubt in my mind that there is no greater ally in the region than Israel.” In reality, Israel is not an ally.

Karen Bass, VP candidate
Karen Bass, Biden VP candidate (Bonnie Cash)

Representative Karen Bass

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA-37) is chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Her Israel-related actions were mostly typical.

Bass was among the 100+ House Democrats to sign a letter to President Trump, objecting to his so-called Peace Plan, and one of almost 200 Democratic Congress members who signed a letter expressing concern about Israel against its annexation plans. The letter underscored Israel’s interests:

Unilateral annexation would likely jeopardize Israel’s significant progress on normalization with Arab states…[and] could create serious problems for Israel with its European friends and other Biden partners around the world. We do not see how any of these acute risks serve the long-term interest of a strong, secure Israel.

But Bass’ initiative on H.R.326, a bill supporting the two-state solution, set her apart from the crowd: her amendment eliminated the one passage in the bill critical of Israel: “the United States has long sought a just and stable future for Palestinians and an end to the occupation, including opposing settlement activity.”

Like so many of her peers, Karen Bass sees the Israel/Palestine issue only from the Israel side: she supports whatever works for Israel, ignoring the impact that Israel’s policies have on Palestinians. For example, settlements are not only against international law, but also harmful to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. (Read more about settlements here.)

However, she is one of only 23 Senators to cosponsor a bill to protect Palestinian children.

Tammy Duckworth, Biden VP candidate
Tammy Duckworth, Biden VP candidate (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senator Tammy Duckworth

Senator Duckworth (D-IL) is a combat veteran who lost her legs in Iraq in 2004. She too has followed the Democratic mainstream when it comes to the Israel/Palestine issue. JTA calls her a “solid AIPAC Democrat.”

But last year, she joined Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in introducing the Promoting Security and Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act.

As IAK reported last September:

The latest bipartisan legislation would enable American victims of political violence in Israel to work through the American court system to collect damages from the Palestinian government. (Notably, it would not afford American victims of Israeli violence, such as this 16-year-old, the same opportunity.)

As pro-Israel lawmakers lay this trap for Palestine, US laws are already on the books – for example, the Leahy Laws – that require limiting aid to countries practicing Gross Human Rights Violations (GHRV). These laws, however, have never been applied to Israel – in spite of its well-documented history of human rights violations (for example, see thisthis, and this).

Another legislative irony lies in the fact that the new law would seek to hold the Palestinian government responsible for rogue members of its community whose acts the leadership roundly condemned; meanwhile refusing to hold the government of Israel responsible for illegal and immoral acts that the Israeli government and military openly and officially perpetrate.

Duckworth spoke at the 2019 AIPAC national conference, pandering to the audience.

Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Biden VP candidate
Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Biden VP candidate (DAVID GOLDMAN AP)

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

In 2020, Mayor Bottoms has presided over a city shaken by civil rights protests and ravaged by the coronavirus. Her experience with the Israel/Palestine issue – and foreign policy in general – is limited.

In 2016, as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, Bottoms voted against SB 327, a bill that would punish businesses participating in boycotts of Israel. (Read more about BDS here.) Although the ACLU has determined that such legislation is unconstitutional30 states have passed similar laws.

Bottoms’ Nay vote resulted in the questioning of her “fidelity to the existence and legitimacy of Israel.” She felt compelled to explain herself in an op-ed in the Atlanta Jewish Times:

Boycotts have been a critical part of social justice in American history, particularly for African-Americans. As the ADL notes, the origin of BDS is based in the anti-apartheid movement…[but] has devolved into a weapon of oppression and attack…

Apparently she kept her promise: in 2019, activists reached out to Mayor Bottoms, calling on her to end the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE). She ignored them.

According to its website, GILEE

focuses on enhancing homeland security efforts through international cooperation and training programs. GILEE’s goal is to provide peer-to-peer professional training through the introduction of principles of community policing and best practices in order to enhance agency capabilities to better deal with threats to public safety and improve security.

Among the participating governments are human rights violators – including Israel. A number of pro-Israel donors support the privately funded program.

Is it possible that Bottoms is unaware that Israel’s human rights violations have been ongoing for decades? Some amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Senator Elizabeth Warren

IAK has taken a close look at Senator Warren, whose position on Israel/Palestine has changed over the years, growing incrementally less tolerant of Israel’s breaches of international law. Nowadays, she may be considered a bit ahead of most mainstream Democrats.

In 2019, she was among those candidates who skipped the AIPAC conference, spoke out against the annexation of parts of the West Bank, and opposed anti-BDS legislation (on a free-speech basis – she opposes BDS).

Warren disagrees strongly with Israeli PM Netanyahu’s treatment of Palestinians, and has said she would consider conditioning aid to Israel in order to get Israel to comply with international law. (This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s not.)

Warren recently led a small group of Democratic senators in writing to President Trump, asking him to extend COVID-19 humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people. (Given that US military aid – to the tune of over $10 million a day – has contributed immensely to the humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories, this is not a big ask.)

Nevertheless, she considers Israel a “good friend.”

Warren is trying to have it both ways. She longs for better days for Palestinians, but can not bring herself to face the truth: Israel is not a friend, but a liability, an embarrassment, and possibly even a danger to the US.

Perhaps the generous donations from pro-Israel PACs are holding her back.

Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit mayor and Biden VP candidate
Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit mayor and Biden VP candidate (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Governor Whitmer leads the state that is home to the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the US. The community works for Palestinian human rights and self-determination.

In November 2019, Whitmer took a trip to Israel at the invitation of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, in coordination with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The Arab American community responded to the news:

What is most disturbing about this trip is the governor’s decision to completely ignore the Arab American community…Michigan is home to tens of thousands of Arab American refugees and immigrants who have been adversely affected by the actions of the Israeli government. Despite all of this, our perspectives and experiences were completely ignored…[T]his is not the first time the governor has paid no attention to our concerns. Last year, during her gubernatorial campaign, Gov. Whitmer expressed her deep support for both the State of Israel and Michigan’s 2016 anti-BDS legislation…Unquestionably, this law violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The governor of the state of Michigan put the interests of a foreign nation over the constitutional protections afforded to her constituents…

The events of this week lead us to the conclusion that Gov. Whitmer refuses to acknowledge the importance of our community as an essential part of this discussion and us as constituents who deserve equal treatment.  We are left to feel disrespected, discounted and disregarded.

Candidate Biden has a tough decision on his hands. Whichever way he goes, Palestinians will not be closer to justice, and Israel will not be closer to accountability.

It appears that the only VP candidates to have publicly shown any genuine concern for Palestinians is Elizabeth Warren and, to a lesser degree, Karen Bass, who was willing to sign on to the bill about Palestinian children.

Post-election, Americans have their work cut out for them: to convince their 2020 presidential administration – whoever wins – to advocate for a just peace for Palestinians.

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Gaza: Nazi strikes school in refugee camp

Classes at the school are now suspended until the building is made safe for the return of students. 

Israel strikes school in Gaza refugee camp on 14 August [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israel strikes school in Gaza refugee camp on 14 August [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israel strikes school in Gaza refugee camp on 14 August [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israel strikes school in Gaza refugee camp on 14 August [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israel strikes school in Gaza refugee camp on 14 August [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israel strikes school in Gaza refugee camp on 14 August [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israel strikes school in Gaza refugee camp on 14 August [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israel strikes school in Gaza refugee camp on 14 August [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israel strikes school in Gaza refugee camp on 14 August [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israel strikes school in Gaza refugee camp on 14 August [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israel strikes school in Gaza refugee camp on 14 August [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Israel strikes school in Gaza refugee camp on 14 August [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Nazi warplanes at dawn launched renewed air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip, causing only material damage to a school and some homes.

One missile struck an UNRWA-run primary school in the Shati refugee camp, which is one of the most densely populated areas in the Strip.

Interior Ministry spokesperson, Iyad Bozum, said the building was evacuated while explosives experts and security officials work to remove the remnants of the explosives.

The Nazi strike damaged the staff room on the second floor and caused the windows on the third floor to shatter. Classes at the school are now suspended until the building is made safe for the return of students.

Over the last few days, the Nazi occupation forces have launched multiple aerial and artillery attacks on Gaza.

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Zionist secret plans of a massive transfer of Palestinians to Paraguay

Unclassified documents of a secret Israeli meeting held 51 years ago reveal plans of a massive transfer of Palestinians to Paraguay—a program that prompted a PLO attack.

Noga Tarnopolsky

Unclassified minutes of a secret Israeli cabinet meeting held 51 years ago reveal that Israel planned a massive transfer of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to the tiny Latin American country of Paraguay.

The protocols of the May 1969 government vote exposed an Israeli-Paraguayan agreement to “encourage the emigration” of 60,000 Palestinians from territories Israel captured during the 1967 Six-Day War.

The transcript, revealed on Tuesday, detailed each nation’s commitments, including Israeli funding for flights transferring Palestinians who agreed to leave the Gaza Strip, a $100 grant per deportee, and a payment of $33 per person to the Paraguayan government, which in turn promised the refugees permanent residence and a four-year path to citizenship.

At the time the accord was ratified, Paraguayan tyrant Alfredo Stroessner was 15 years into what would become the longest dictatorship in Latin American history and was better known for sheltering top Nazi officers than for welcoming refugees. Notorious SS doctor Josef Mengele was among the Third Reich élite who fled to Paraguay after World War II. Stroessner’s interest in the Palestinian immigrants was likely connected to his nation’s urgent need for agricultural workers who could help pull his cash-strapped and resource-poor nation into subsistence.

Details of the scheme confirm long-held Palestinian claims that Israel, from its inception, wanted only to rid itself of the native Arabs living on land under its rule.

Kamal Cumsille, a University of Chile professor of Arab studies and an expert on Arab migration to Latin America, told The Daily Beast, “There is no doubt Israel maintained a hostile policy aimed at Palestinians leaving,” but said he “never heard of an actual agreement” for the transfer of Palestinians until the exposé, which was first revealed in a broadcast by Eran Cicurel, foreign editor for the Israeli Kan News.

The shock does not stop there. Despite its importance, the Israeli-Paraguayan scheme appears to have been stymied by poor planning, blundering Mossad agents, and a quickly overlooked terrorist attack that left one Israeli dead and helped launch the wave of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terror against Israeli targets that characterized much of the ’70s and ’80s.“It appeared to be a massive conspiracy that not coincidentally was concealed from public view.”

It is unclear how many Palestinians emigrated to Paraguay within the short-lived plan’s framework. In a 2004 interview, Meir Novik, a police commander involved in the operation, said “a few dozen Palestinians” had moved. Speaking with Cicurel, Paraguayan authorities concurred. 

But Moshe Peer, an Israeli diplomat who in 1970 served as Israel’s consul to Paraguay and as the Israeli embassy’s first secretary, said in a 2004 interview that thousands had been transferred.

On May 4, 1970, a year after the Israeli government formally approved of the plan, two Palestinian transferees armed with rifles forced their way into the Israeli embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, with the aim of assassinating Ambassador Benjamin Varon. 

When told Varon was out that day, Khaled Derwish Kassab, 21, and Talal al-Demasi, 20, instead shot and killed Edna Peer, 34, the ambassador’s secretary who was also the diplomat Moshe Peer’s wife and a mother of three.

Two years later, a Paraguayan court sentenced the pair, identified as PLO members, to 13 years in jail.

By then, Israel had become the target of much more ambitious attacks by PLO terrorists, including the 1972 massacre of its Olympic team in Munich.

The strikes didn’t stop, including two now infamous attacks perpetrated by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a far-left faction of the PLO. In 1976, an Air France jet destined for Tel Aviv was hijacked to Entebbe, Uganda. Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, brother of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was killed while commanding the successful rescue mission. In 1985, the Achille Lauro, an Italian cruise ship sailing from Egypt to the Israeli port of Ashdod, was commandeered, resulting in the death of American passenger Leon Klinghoffer, 69.“Ben Gurion’s aim was as much land as possible, with as few Arabs as possible living on it. ”

Cicurel unearthed the damning 1969 protocol in a tranche of recently declassified documents. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he said. “It appeared to be a massive conspiracy that not coincidentally was concealed from public view.”

Allusions to a transfer plan have slipped out over the years, but never any information hinting at its true dimensions.

In 1969, with Israel still basking in the euphoria of its 1967 victory over the armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, the nation’s leaders had no idea how to proceed regarding almost one million Palestinians now under their rule.

Israel had evaded the issue of Palestinian refugees displaced by its 1948 war of independence. According to Tom Segev, the preeminent Israeli historian and expert on the nation’s establishment, Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben Gurion, envisioned “a Jewish state in the land of Israel, with maximum territory and minimum Arabs.”

Of the estimated 950,000 Arabs living in the British-controlled land which became Israel, close to 80 percent fled or were expelled during the war. About 150,000 remained, becoming Israeli citizens.“The Mossad agent who accompanied them promised he’d return in two or three weeks to see how they were doing, and never came back.”

“Maximum territory doesn’t mean all the land,” explained Segev, whose most recent book is the 2018 Ben Gurion biography A State at Any Cost.  “It never has. In 1948, Ben Gurion ordered the army not to extend to east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, not because we didn’t have the force to conquer it—we did—but because so many Arabs lived there. His aim was as much land as possible, with as few Arabs as possible living on it. Whenever the possibility of an Israeli expansion to land with a major Arab population came up, the answer was no.”

Yet 19 years later, Prime Minister Golda Meir confronted the conundrum of the fate of the same stateless Palestinians, who, she said in an interview, “have nowhere to turn for their needs than us.” About 300,000 of them lived in Gaza.

Meir weighed various options, including asking Egypt and Jordan, who ruled over the West Bank and Gaza until the 1967 war, for help.

“For many years, Israeli diplomats stationed from Australia to Brazil were charged with handling the matter of refugees, with the aim of settling them elsewhere,” Segev says. “It was the desire of the state of Israel to solve the problem this way. So for Golda, this plan was just another in a long line of similar schemes.”

Little is known of other initiatives to transfer Palestinians, but the Paraguay plan was singularly concrete and ambitious. And, according to Moshe Peer, it was also a botched “security failure.”

“If they knew a group like this was coming to Paraguay, why was the embassy not secured?” he asked in a largely unnoticed 2004 interview with the Israeli newspaper Maariv. In what appears to be the only public statement he ever made on the events, Peer disclosed an excruciating coincidence: he was the diplomat responsible for implementing the Palestinian resettlement plan.

Three weeks before the embassy shooting, Peer found himself rescuing a Mossad agent who was arrested after complaints from a few of the transferred Palestinians, who sensed they’d been abandoned without money and without work.

Mosssad agents provided the operation’s backbone, scouting out possible émigrés in Gaza and promising resettlement in Paraguay.

In the week after his wife’s murder, one of them made Peer swear not to breathe a word of the plan for at least 30 years.

Peer said that Gazan refugees “were assured they’d become landowners, that this was their promised land. The Mossad agent who accompanied them promised he’d return in two or three weeks to see how they were doing, and never came back. They were told ‘start working, you’ll get the money later.’ They felt they’d been set up.”

“They looked for the ambassador and when they couldn’t find him, they shot my wife,” he concluded. “My family was the victim of this transfer.”

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Iran Hawk Bolton Says US Snapback ‘Not Worth The Risk’

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reiterated that US recourse to a dispute mechanism of the 2015 nuclear deal is baseless after Washington’s withdrawal from the agreement, citing the statements of one of Washington’s own former top officials.

“US recourse to Dispute Resolution Mechanism in 2231 has NO LEG TO STAND ON,” Zarif said on Twitter on Sunday, citing assertions by former US national security advisor John Bolton who has admitted that Washington’s contention holds no water.

.@AmbJohnBolton has repeated today what he said on May 8, 2018, while National Security Advisor in the Trump administration.

At least he is consistent—a trait notably absent in this US administration.

US recourse to Dispute Resolution Mechanism in 2231 has NO LEG TO STAND ON. pic.twitter.com/txNBhyOkv4

— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) August 16, 2020

US President Donald Trump pledged Saturday to trigger a return of all sanctions on Iran using a provision, known as snapback, in UN Security Council Resolution 2231, a day after the UN Security Council overwhelmingly rejected an American resolution to extend an arms embargo on Iran.

“Snapback” was envisioned in the event Iran was proven to be in violation of the 2015 nuclear accord. Trump pulled out of the agreement, known as the JCPOA, in 2018. But the US circulated a six-page memo Thursday from State Department lawyers, claiming that the United States remained part of the 2015 Security Council resolution that endorsed the deal and still had the right to use the snapback provision.

Zarif also posted two photos in his Sunday tweet showing Bolton’s remarks that the US has no right to use the snapback technique.

One of the photos showed Bolton’s remarks during a press briefing back in 2018 in which he said the US was not using the provisions of Resolution 2231, “because we’re out of the [nuclear] deal”.

The other photo was of an article by Bolton titled “Iran ‘Snapback’ Isn’t Worth the Risk” published by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday in which he referred to paragraph 11 of Security Council Resolution 2231 that provides that a “participant state” in the nuclear deal, asserting “significant non-performance of commitments” thereunder, can force a Security Council vote on snapback within 30 days.

In the article, Bolton backed the arguments made by the agreement’s supporters who say Washington, having withdrawn from the deal, has no standing to invoke its provisions.

“They’re right. It’s too cute by half to say we’re in the nuclear deal for purposes we want but not for those we don’t. That alone is sufficient reason not to trigger the snapback process,” the war-mongering neocon said.

Bolton “has repeated today what he said on May 8, 2018, while National Security Advisor in the Trump administration,” Zarif said in his Sunday’s tweet.

“At least he is consistent—a trait notably absent in this US administration,” he added.

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Soldier Martyred as US Warplanes Attack Syrian Army Checkpoint in Hasaka

Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

Syrian Army

US occupation warplanes have attacked a checkpoint for the Syrian Arab Army southeast of Qamishli, killing a soldier and injuring two others.

SANA news agency reported the attack on Monday, citing a military source.

“At 9:45 a.m., a US patrol tried to enter the area where one of our military formations is deployed in Qamishli countryside through Tal al-Zahab checkpoint, and the army personnel at the checkpoint prevented it from passing, therefore, the members of the US patrol opened several rounds of fire,” the source said.

“After about 30 minutes, two US warplanes attacked the army personnel at the checkpoint with heavy machineguns as a soldier was martyred and two others were injured,” the source added.

Since the US occupation forces established their bases, the locals in a number of villages in Hasaka countryside, backed by the Syrian Arab Army, have intercepted many convoys of the occupation while they were trying to move between the villages and towns near the areas where they are deployed.

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Successful Search Warrant

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On the 4th of August officers local officers have executed a search warrant at commercial premises in the Balsall Heath area. As a result of this a number of high value vehicles and vehicle parts have been recov- ered and confirmed stolen. Also two males have been arrested and further enquires are ongoing.
I would urge anyone with any information about suspicious premises individuals to get in contact with the team or alternatively Crime Stoppers (0800 555 111) As community information is vital to our role and contributes to protecting the public and property.
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Yemen’s Ansarullah slams UAE-Nazi regime deal as ‘great betrayal’ of Palestinians

Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has decried the deal reached between the United Arab Emirates and the Nazi regime to fully normalize relations as a “great betrayal” of the Palestinian cause.

In a statement issued on Friday, Ansarullah’s political bureau said the exposure of the UAE-Nazi regime relations proved the emptiness of all the pan-Arabist slogans raised by the Saudi-led coalition in waging war on Yemen.

The statement added that the UAE was continuing to move forward on the wrong path of serving American and Zionist interests against the Muslim Ummah, referring to the Emirates’ participation in the Saudi-led war on Yemen, which began in March 2015 and has left tens of thousands of people killed.

Ansarullah dismissed assertions that normalization with the Nazi regime would lead to the establishment of peace and stability in the region as “mere delusions.”

It also called for isolating any regime that announces normalization with ‘Israel’ and boycotting it economically and commercially, stressing that Arab and Muslim peoples were able to do a lot to help Palestine.

The deal between the Zionist puppets of UAE and the Nazi regime was announced on Thursday. US President Donald Trump, who apparently helped broker the deal, has attempted to paint it as a big breakthrough.

But the Palestinians have utterly rejected the deal.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas referred to the deal as an “aggression” against the Palestinian people and a “betrayal” of their cause. The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas described it as “a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause.” And Palestinian people staged protests against the deal in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip on Friday.

The Emirates is now the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan, to normalize with ‘Israel’. Abu Dhabi was already believed to have clandestine relations with Tel Aviv.

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