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Marianne Azizi: 50 Shades of I$raHell


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Sour Milk and Stolen Honey

Marianne Azizi

Sour Milk and Stolen Honey is Marianne Azizi’s writing début. It is a biographical account of how her marriage was systematically destroyed by outdated laws and the relentless interference of a narcissist.
Marianne’s harrowing, emotional account is ultimately enlightening and empowering as she shares her battles for truth, justice and freedom. A true account, it follows Marianne as she single-handedly stands up against the multi-layered bureaucracy and bigotry which keeps her chained within a toxic nightmare – a never ending battle with an entrenched culture, and a religious and political attitude that colluded to steal her life. It is a unique and compelling story of her fight to save the man she loved from the clutches of post traumatic stress disorder and enforced captivity, while she frequently questioned her own sanity. Marianne triumphs as she successfully changes the law at the United Nations, and takes a stand against the power and might of Israeli jurisprudence. Her journey is one of personal redemption and the discovery of an inner strength she did not know she had.

This is Marianne Azizi’s début non-fiction work.

“This is my story, my beautiful, excruciating, life affirming journey through intense, compulsive love. An unconditional love, full of self-sacrifice, as two people descend into physical and emotional trauma. It is the story of how we lost each other, ourselves, and our lives.
I changed the law, I changed my life. I changed.”

Praise for Sour Milk and Stolen Honey

“A very powerful and emotional story of unconditional love that is destroyed and breaks the soul into little pieces by systems and laws that makes no sense.
Anyone who has ever come up against the ‘services’ involving a loved one must read this. You will identify with so many of the struggles and emotions, and realise you are not alone in your fight for their and your rights.”

“A page turner, can’t put it down! Gripping read.”

“I am fascinated by it on so many levels… Israel in general, the conversion, those characters! The justice system… friendships… PTSD, and the awesome, awesome portrayal of a female malignant narcissist. Pure gold.”

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How to Read a Broken Body: Literature in an Era of Endless War

“I’m never going to be well. I still have pain.”

byNick Turse

Today, Libya is again—or rather, still—a country at war. (Photo: Reuters)

Today, Libya is again—or rather, still—a country at war. (Photo: Reuters)

Do you remember July 8, 2011? Where you were? What you did? Whom you talked to? Anything at all?

I couldn’t pin down one single thing for that day. I couldn’t even locate an email I had sent or a photo I might have taken. It’s all evidently lost in the ether, known only to tech and telecom firms. But maybe, unlike me, you have a diary or save your calendars or just happen to have fantastic recall. Maybe you remember it because it was the day NASA launched the Space Shuttle on its 135th and final mission.

Unlike me, Abdul Hamid Frefer recalls every detail of that eighth of July. It was a Friday and he remembers exactly where he was, who he was with, what he saw, what he heard, even what he said. It’s tattooed on his brain, but more than that, it’s written on his body—only not in a conventional sense. Writing isn’t just words. IfItWereJustWordsThisWouldBeEasyToRead. Writing doesn’t exist without the blank spaces between the words. It’s these blank spaces that are especially integral to Frefer’s story because his is a tale of absence, one that’s been retold—and that he’s been reminded of—every day since.

For Frefer, there was life before July 8, 2011, and life after; life, that is, before the moment his world changed forever and then what followed. The last thing he heard before that unforgettable moment was “Run!”

“But there was nowhere to run,” he told me.

After all, no man can outrun a rocket.

When that rocket hit, the shockwave burst his eardrums and he was knocked to the ground. White noise dissolved into unbearable pain. When he tried to lift his left leg, he watched his shoe fall off—with his foot still in it. Only skin held his right leg below the knee to the top of that limb.

“Go!” he remembers screaming at his friends. “I’m dead anyway! Save yourself!” They did go. They saved themselves. But not before saving him. They wrapped Frefer in a blanket, hoisted him up and took off running.

Revolutionary Road

I met Abdul Hamid Frefer in the coastal city of Misrata earlier this year while on assignment in Libya. Bald with lively brown eyes and a bristly, close-cropped white beard, he was dressed in a loose-fitting, baby-blue ensemble that resembled silk pajamas. I noticed his black metal crutches immediately, but didn’t initially grasp that he was missing his left foot and his right leg below the knee.

Eight years before, at age 39, Frefer’s heart had been touched by fire. To be exact, the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian vegetable seller pushed past the brink by corruption and police brutality. On December 17, 2010, a policewoman confiscated his cart and wares, slapped him, and spit in his face. Humiliated, stripped of his livelihood, and deeply in debt, he went to the governor’s office. “If you don’t see me, I’ll burn myself,” he reportedly said. The governor refused to meet him and Bouazizi was true to his word.

When he lit that match, the blaze that erupted would become known as the Arab Spring. When it set Libya alight in February 2011, dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s draconian response to the demonstrations touched off an uprising that soon became a revolution, transforming ordinary Libyan civilians into soldiers overnight.

“In 2011, we fought a war to dispatch a dictator” was how Frefer put it. “We struggled to build a free country. A democratic country with basic rights and free speech.”

On the morning of July 8, 2011, he was sitting in an abandoned home in Dafnia, a town about 40 miles from Misrata on the road to the country’s capital, Tripoli. The battlefront was fast becoming a charnel house for the under-armed citizen-soldiers of the revolution, as Gaddafi’s forces pressed closer to the rebel stronghold.

After cleaning and loading their rifles, Frefer and his comrades stacked the remaining ammunition in pickup trucks, 20 of which began rolling toward Gaddafi’s forces, while about 25 infantrymen, including him, followed. The previous night, however, Gaddafi’s forces had evidently advanced further than Frefer and his compatriots realized. “They must have watched us with binoculars. They saw us, but we didn’t see them,” he told me. Soon, a barrage of rockets was screaming toward them.

“Run!” someone yelled, but there was nowhere to run. His friend Mustafa and a neighbor from Misrata were both killed by the strike. For a while, they believed that a third man, also from the neighborhood, had bolted and never stopped running. Later, his comrades determined that he had, in fact, been nearly obliterated by a rocket. In all, Frefer told me, 36 revolutionaries died at Dafnia that day.

With the trucks involved in the battle and no way for a car to come forward, Frefer’s comrades began carrying—and soon dragging—him for the better part of half an hour before they could stop and tie tourniquets on both legs. Then they set off for a field hospital.

It’s common to lose consciousness from the physiological shock of traumatic injuries, or from blood loss, or both. But for that first mile, as his friends pulled him along the hard ground, Abdul Hamid Frefer remained fully conscious—and in burning agony. It was the same for the second mile. And the third. “I was conscious the whole time,” he told me. “And when I finally got to the hospital and they put me on an IV with a painkiller, the anesthesia didn’t work.”

It took him three years to recover. After one, he was using a wheelchair. After two more, he could finally move about with prostheses and crutches.

Men Without Legs and One-Eyed Women

In my line of work, I meet more amputees, war victims who are missing body parts, and terribly scarred individuals than the average American. There was the woman with bright white hair who survived a massacre by South Korean troops. Her left foot was nothing but a stump. No toes. Hardly a sole. Mostly just a heel. Her right foot was missing entirely. In its place, she had the functional equivalent of a tin can with a rubber disk at the bottom.

Then there was the six-year-old Congolese girl whose arm had been hacked off by a machete-wielding militiaman. And her aunt who lost both hands to the same attackers. And her great-aunt who lost several fingers.

In the same part of Congo, I met toddlers whose faces had been split by machetes. I met an elderly woman with a shattered arm who had been shot in the face with an arrow. And there was that man missing a chunk of his calf, which, he said, enraged militiamen had tried to force him to eat.

There was the South Sudanese man who had lost a leg after being shot by soldiers. And another who had lost an eye.

All of these people were civilians in the wrong place—home—at the wrong time. Abdul Hamid Frefer was not. At least, not entirely. A civilian at the dawn of 2011, by July he was a soldier of the revolution. Given the tremendous price paid by Libya’s rebels, he’s lucky to be alive.

Today, Libya is again—or rather, still—a country at war. For months now, Tripoli has been menaced by the self-styled Libyan National Army of warlord General Khalifa Haftar, a U.S. citizen, former CIA asset, and longtime resident of Virginia (who was lauded by President Donald Trump in an April phone call). Just as in Frefer’s war, the city of Misrata is still hemorrhaging young men. Its militias make up the bulk of the armed forces protecting the capital and the Government of National Accord, the U.N.-backed, internationally recognized government of Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj. (Two years ago, Mistrata’s militiamen also engaged in house-to-house fighting with Islamic State militants in the city of Sirte, as American drones and manned aircraft hunted those ISIS fighters from the skies.)

Frefer and I first ran into each other at his place of business, Misrata’s municipal offices. A member of the city council, he’s very much a man of his town. And both he and it bear the grim scars of that revolution. While the city itself hasn’t seen war since 2011, so much of it still bears battle scars. High-rise apartments pockmarked by thousands of machine-gun bullets sit empty. Other buildings still bear gaping holes from mortars and rockets. A warehouse remains largely roofless thanks to a NATO airstrike, in support of the revolutionaries, on a Gaddafi regime tank that had been parked inside. Almost a decade later, such urban landscapes like Abdul Hamid Frefer’s body, serve as an ongoing testament to war’s long legacy of destruction.

The Medium Is the Message

Since 2001, more than 1,500 U.S. military personnel have lost limbs to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 1995, the International Committee of the Red Cross alone has supplied 109,303 prostheses to replace Afghan arms and legs.

Giles Duley lost limbs in Afghanistan. Three of them. But he wasn’t an American, nor an Afghan. He wasn’t even a soldier. And to say that he was a civilian doesn’t quite capture his story.

For 10 years, Duley was a music and fashion photographer, shooting the likes of Oasis, Marilyn Manson, and Lenny Kravitz for GQEsquireVogue, and other publications. Then he threw his camera out a window, burned his film, and resolved never to shoot a photo again. But that decision didn’t last. Instead, he followed a circuitous path back into photography, one that led him into conflict and crisis zones like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and Lebanon.

In 2011, while on patrol with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, he stepped on an improvised explosive device that nearly killed him and left him with just one intact limb, his right arm. “At first, I was devastated by what had happened, obviously,” he said in a 2012 TED talk.

“I thought my work was over, I thought—everything didn’t make sense to me. And then I realized: I never set out to Congo, to Angola, to Bangladesh to take photographs. I went to those places because I wanted to make some kind of change, and photography happened to be my tool. And then I became aware that my body was, in many ways, a living example of what war does to somebody. And I realized I could use my own experience, my own body, to tell that story.”

War stories like Duley’s have been written on so many bodies. They have been written on the faces of one-eyed women and men whose features were melted by incendiary agents. They are told in the very existence of one-armed children and legless men.

As Abdul Hamid Frefer recounted detail after detail of that distant July 8th, a smile slowly crept across his face. “I was just about dead when I got to the field hospital,” he told me. “The doctors were amazed that I was still alive—and conscious.” He felt lucky, or rather blessed, he said, to be alive. “It’s all God’s will” was a phrase he kept repeating.

For him, that July day eight years ago is always present—as similar days are for so many other victims of armed conflict. Frefer’s body tells a story of one war, one day, one rocket, three miles of being dragged, three years of becoming mobile again. His is the story of one life built on the corporeal wreckage of war. But it says something larger, something more universal, too.

“I’m never going to be well. I still have pain,” Abdul Hamid Frefer told me as he rubbed what’s left of his right leg. His is a war story written on his own body in both absence and trauma. That limb, what remains of it, and its phantom half most certainly tell, as Duley put it, “what war does to somebody.” But Abdul Hamid Frefer’s body, just like Duley’s, says something more. It tells not just a story but perhaps the story of war. “My legs are gone,” said Frefer wincing and gritting his teeth, “but the pain remains.”

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On August 1, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continued their advance on militants’ positions in northern Hama liberated the villages of Mushairifah, Aziziah, Abu Raeida Gharbi and Abu Raeida.

According to local sources, SAA units also pushed towards al-Zaka and al-Arbaeen, but were not able to capture these strongpoints of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

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The former Syrian branch of al-Qaeda and its allies, especially Jaysh al-Izza, have reportedly suffered from heavy losses as a result of the recent clashes and intensified bombing campaign.

At least eleven militants of the Turkish-backed Suqour al-Sham Brigades were killed on August 1 when pro-government fighters raided their position near Ejaz in southeastern Idlib. The attackers reportedly used silenced weapons to kill everyone that was inside the position before withdrawing to the SAA positions near Abu Duhur airbase.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the raid was carried out by pro-government tribesmen from southeastern Idlib. However, the Military Media said that SAA’s Special Forces were employed.

Late on August 1, the Syrian state-run news agency SANA announced that the Damascus government had accepted a new ceasefire agreement in Greater Idlib despite the tactical success in northern Hama. The ceasefire entered into force on August 2.

A military source told the state-run agency that the ceasefire will be implemented as long as Idlib militants remain committed to the demilitarized zone agreement. The agreement reached in September 2018 says that radical militants and heavy weapons should be withdrawn from the demilitarized zone around Idlib. However, it was not implemented because militant groups just ignored it. Local sources say that it is unlikely that they will fulfill the agreement demands despite a new peaceful initiative.

On August 1, the Israeli military struck an SAA position at al-Buryqah hill in the province of al-Quneitra. Last week, a similar Israeli attack targeted military equipment of the army in the towns of Tell al-Harrah and Tell al-Ahmar.

Israeli and some Arab sources claim that the targeted positions hosted Hezbollah forces or even Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps personnel. Nonetheless, no evidence was provided to confirm these claims.


SYRIA: Suspected Al Qaeda chemical attack


SYRIA: Suspected Al Qaeda chemical attack in Northern Hama and Al Skeilbiyyeh bells ring in defiance

Nabel Alabdalla, commander of the volunteer Syrian National Defence Forces in Al Skeilbiyyeh. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

Vanessa Beeley
21st Century Wire

Al Skeilbiyyeh – on the 23rd March 2019 I entered the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh. Between 4 and 5pm, at least four villages to the west of the town were attacked by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) forces embedded to the north of the villages.  HTS is a poorly disguised rebrand of Al Qaeda or Nusra Front in Syria and now controls the majority of Idleb province and terrorist-held areas of Northern Hama bordering Al Skeilbiyyeh. 

One of the child victims of the suspected chemical attack in Northern Hama, arriving at Al Skeilbiyyeh hospital. (Photo: local photographer)

The villages of al-Rasif, al-Aziziyyeh, al-Khandaq and al-Jayyid were hit by an estimated 5 mortars. 34 victims of a suspected chemical attack were brought to Al Skeilbiyyeh hospital after being treated at the scene of the attack. I spoke to pediatrician, Dr Modhesh Farha who informed me that three children were among the victims, one of whom was severely affected with breathing difficulties. By the time I arrived at the hospital at around 11pm, two of the children had been released back to their families.

One of the victims suffering with breathing difficulty – Sajiaa Abu Kahla, from the village of al-Khandaq (Photo: Vanessa Beeley) 

Medical staff and doctors told me that victims were washed at the scene of the attack before being brought to the hospital where doctors had administered oxygen, saline drips, antibiotics in some cases, and cortisone (steroids) for the shock. Symptoms described to me included – respiratory problems, sinus problems, skin blisters, damage to the cornea of the eyes and nausea. While I was speaking with doctors in front of one patient, she went into what appeared to be a toxic shock reaction (also confirmed by the doctor). The following video shows this moment – warning, it is distressing:

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I spoke with some of the victims who were already starting to recover. They described the attack taking place between 4 and 5pm. They are used to regular mortar attacks from the extremist groups embedded in the surrounding countryside but this was the first time they had experienced what appears to have been a chemical attack. The nephew of one victim, Sajiaa Abu Kahla, from the village of al-Khandaq (see photo above), described his aunt struggling to breathe after inhaling the white “smoke” that was seen after the attack, he told me:

Smoke, white smoke, its color was white, it covered the land, this was in the village of al-Rasif”.

Another victim I spoke to, Nawfal Tawbar, described the same white smoke that hovered about one meter above the ground and was very thick and static. He told me that he had also had difficulty breathing, he reported a stinging in his sinuses. Tawbar also reported a strong smell of bleach from the smoke. This testimony was repeated almost without variation by all victims I manged to interview despite the chaos in the hospital as ambulances brought more patients for treatment. Tawbar’s interview is here:

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We were told at the hospital that a Syrian/Russian team had been immediately despatched to collect soil samples etc and to ensure the area was safe for residents to return to once they had recovered sufficiently. HTS were being held responsible for the attack. To date, I am unaware if the OPCW has been mobilised to investigate this event. Previously, on 24th November 2018, so-called “moderate rebels” appeared to use chemical weapons in an attack on districts of western Aleppo, the OPCW has not produced a final report on this attack so far, despite having deployedthe Fact Finding Mission (FFM) in December 2018 and January 2019.

As far as I am aware no colonial media outlet reported on this suspected chemical attack. A quick google search reveals two reports by SouthFront and AlMasdar News and local news agencies. There were no White Helmet theatrics to attract western media, no opportunity to further criminalise the Syrian government and its allies. The wrong kind of Syrians were affected by this attack – the villages and towns in this region are steadfast in their resistance against the U.S coalition campaign to destabilise Syria and to topple the Syrian government – their voices, their suffering does not serve the agenda of the NATO-aligned media.

Ongoing terrorist attacks

The towns of Al Skeilbiyyeh and Mhardeh, about 3o minutes apart, have been under sustained attack by the HTS-controlled extremist armed groups over the last few weeks. Despite a Russian/Turkish brokered ceasefire, the armed groups have systematically been targeting civilian and residential areas in both towns. In Mhardeh, the electrical power station is constantly under attack which has a detrimental effect on the whole country as it supplies electricity to an extensive area of Syria, including Damascus.

I had previously visited Al Skeilbiyyeh shortly after a particularly destructive series of attacks. Commander of the local, volunteer National Defence Forces, Nabel Alabdalla, told me that he believed the “rebels” were using a new, more destructive form of C4 explosive that was capable of causing much more widespread damage to entire neighbourhoods. Al Skeilbiyyeh had received more than 25 rockets/mortars over a three week period, invariably targeting schools, civilian homes and busy markets. Watch my full interview with Nabel just a few days after one of the attacks:

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On September 7th 2018, the same armed groups supplied and promoted by the U.S coalition, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia had targeted Mhardeh with ground-launched cluster munitions. Two days later, the same munitions were used to target Al Skeilbiyyeh causing considerable damage to infrastructure but thankfully not claiming any lives.

In Mhardeh, 13 civilians were murdered in this attack, some dying later in hospital from the awful wounds they had sustained. Shadi Yousef Shehda lost his three children, his wife and his mother in the Mhardeh massacre. I met with Shadi over Christmas 2018 when he told me that he would never leave the “city of the sun”, Mhardeh, despite his unimaginable grief and loss.

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scenario all over again

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Amnesty International says the Syrian government, with Russian support, is ramping up attacks on schools, hospitals and first responders in Idlib. 

Again, these attacks barely register in western media while the hysteria over retaliatory attacks by the Syrian Arab Army and allies is commonplace. Without these defensive measures by the SAA and Russia who knows how many more civilians would have lost their lives by now in the towns bordering terrorist-held northern Hama and Idleb. This threat to besieged Syrian towns appears to be of no consequence to media in the West.

One of the ground launched cluster munition rockets that targeted Al Skeilbiyyeh in September 2018. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

As one National Defence Forces soldier says in this video…. “the terrorists are cowards” – they will never face the soldiers of Al Skeilbiyyeh on the battlefield, they prefer to kill or maim the elderly, children, pregnant women – on 16th March 2019 three children were injured during one attack, one child later died from their wounds. Ayat Mahmoud, a young Palestinian woman from Damascus living in Al Skeilbiyyeh was also killed in this attack. She was pregnant, her child was due in one week. What did these children or an unborn child do that they should be targeted by western-sponsored terrorism in their own homes.

This shameful aspect of this externally fomented war is hidden from view by The Guardian, the BBC, CNN and Channel 4 and others, it is unreported and disappeared just as many of the terrorist atrocities have been conveniently ignored throughout the 8 year war that has been waged against the Syrian people.

The UK Foreign Office (UK FCO) has poured £ 2.8 billion into “humanitarian aid” for Syria. Aid that is supplied predominantly into areas controlled by HTS, including Idleb. On the 27th March 2019, Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to UN, made a statement at the Security Council Briefing on Syria during which he proudly confirmed the expenditure of taxpayers money that has serious potential to be financing terrorism in Syria (emphasis added):

 At the Brussels Conference, the United Kingdom pledged £400 million – or $530 million. And indeed we have mobilised over £2.81 billion to the Syrian Crisis since 2012 – that’s over £3.7 billion. That’s our largest ever response

Allen makes no mention of the armed group attacks on the Syrian Christian communities in the region. Nor does he mention that the UK FCO intelligence asset, the White Helmets, are embedded with the armed groups (including HTS) in Madiq Citadel just 500m from the outskirts of Al Skeilbiyyeh town.

No reports have been issued by the White Helmets condemning the targeting of children and civilian areas by the armed groups, or the use of prohibited weapons including potential chemical weapons last weekend – meanwhile the UK FCO continues to claim that a primary role of the White Helmets is to document “war crimes”.  Apparently the White Helmets only report on alleged “war crimes” committed by the Syrian government, army or allies that coroborrate an aggressive UK FCO interventionist policy, and not on the daily crimes committed by the extremist armed groups against defenceless civilians.

Confronting terrorism with resistance and steadfastness

The newly restored bell-tower in Al Skeilbiyyeh. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

What enables these besieged towns to keep resisting and to weather the storm that has threatened them for more than 6 years since the armed groups consolidated in Northern Hama and Idleb?

According to Nabel Alabdalla, it is the steadfastness of the ordinary people, their refusal to abandon their land and their country. It is the belief in the “way of the martyr“, the ultimate sacrifice for their mother, Syria. The soldiers I have spoken to across Syria and their families genuinely believe that the greatest honour bestowed by God is that of dying for their country, dying to defend their families, their people and their way of life.

One of the volunteer NDF soldiers in Al Skeilbiyyeh. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

This belief in solidarity, unity, resistance and ultimate victory for the righteous forms the backbone of the fighting forces that have defended Syria for eight arduous and devastating years.

View from the Assumption of the Virgin Mary monastery that has been targeted many times by the terrorist groups less than 500m away. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

The morning after the suspected chemical attack we all gathered at the church in Al Skeilbiyyeh. The chaos of the previous night was still fresh in our memories, soldiers had been deployed to guard the hospital in case HTS decided to target it. This was a new day. The day of blessing the newly rebuilt bell-tower that had been destroyed in a previous terrorist attack, a project personally undertaken by Nabel Alabdalla.

Nabel Alabdalla in Al Skeilbiyyeh with commander of Mhardeh NDF, Simon AlWakil. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

The bell had been gifted to Al Skeilbiyyeh by the Russian Orthodox church almost 200 years ago. The church had been built around the bell. Now history came full circle as the bell was restored to its rightful place and a service was held to celebrate this momentous demonstration of resistance and to honour the martyrs whose bloodshed and sacrifice has made such events possible.

The Patriarch blesses the recently restored bell-tower in Al Skeilbiyyeh. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

The service in the simple  church was a moving and powerful recognition of the “way of the martyr”, tears were shed quietly by the families, mothers and wives of the soldiers who have given their lives to protect their loved ones. As I witnessed the sharing and outpouring of grief and pride, I began to fully comprehend why this town will never kneel to hatred and violent extremism.

Elderly lady wearing the traditional headdress of Al Skeilbiyyeh. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

In front of me sat an elderly lady almost bent double, perhaps with arthritis. She wore the traditional headdress of Al Skeilbiyyeh. During the service, despite her physical discomfort, she rose when required and prostrated herself on the floor to pray. Her unwavering belief in prayer and the power of the protection of the Virgin Mary seemed to sustain her throughout the hour long service.

In front of her sat another elderly lady, her hair pulled back in a silver twist. She sat next to a young child wearing a black bow in her hair. Both were transfixed by the ceremony, old and young absorbed in the making of history and the dreams of a future without war.

During the service in Al Skeilbiyyeh church. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

After the service, we all entered the courtyard to witness the blessing of the bell-tower and to hear the bells being rung by the sons of martyrs, the honoured few who are given this privilege. The town’s brass band accompanied the bell-ringers filling the air with the sound of music that echoed across the valley towards the gatherings of armed groups, defying them to attack on this glorious Sunday morning.

The guns and mortars were silenced. Despite all the threats and the impotent extremist rage, the people of this town still stand proud and strong – “carrying the candles of peace and love in one hand and with the other hand on the trigger of the gun” as Nabel Alabdalla has often said.

The following video is a compilation of the bell-ringing. The passion demonstrated by the bell-ringers is indicative of the love these people have for their history, their culture, their town and their country. This is why this war will be won by Syrians (and allies) defending Syria and why the U.S Coalition of terror will never be victorious, there is no place in this secular society for ideological extremism and tyranny.

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Israeli authorities attempt to steal the children of a lawyer who saved others’ lives

Lawyer Meir Mickey Givati

Marianne Azizi writes:

The State of Israel was founded on the theft of children. The Old Testament relates how children have been sacrificed: Joseph was sold, Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son. Stories go as far back as history books began. Seventy years ago Yemenite children were taken to Israel for adoption or experimentation – this is still headline news as protesters demand apologies and answers.

Now in 2018 the practice of taking children from parents continues. In 2017, the Israeli government admitted to doubling the number of children removed from their homes from 10,000 the previous year to 20,000. Even more embarrassing is the admission that the authorities have actually lost some of the children, and hundreds are unaccounted for after being taken.

The lack of rights for children is astonishing in an allegedly democratic state, with a child being snatched every 30 minutes by the ‘Welfare’ authorities.

Lawyers who are fighting to save children in the juvenile system face daily struggles against the corruption of the courts – the collusion between doctors, psychologists, social workers and judges to keep children locked away from their biological parents. Experts have expressed concerns, claiming that a massive 80 per cent of children do not need to be removed from their homes.

There are insufficient words to properly describe how the Israeli establishment murders a man from within, first by taking his children, then his mind and his soul…

One such lawyer, Meir Mickey Givati, has been fighting to save children for almost a decade. He sees abuse daily: children drugged on Ritalin and Risperdal, beaten, raped and brainwashed. As an Orthodox Jew with strong connections to Chabad, he can hardly be described as anti-Semitic. In the last 12 months, an unprecedented attack was launched by the Israeli establishment to destroy his life, in order to prevent him from continuing his work and exposing the illegal practices carried out daily against children.

The sequence of events is almost unbelievable, but the only surprise for him was the speed in which his whole life and family were dismantled.

There are insufficient words to properly describe how the Israeli establishment murders a man from within, first by taking his children, then his mind and his soul – a practice familiar in many communist and totalitarian states throughout history. It takes everything that creates a man, and systematically destroys it.

The warning of the attention he was under emerged when he was invited in March 2018 to the police for an investigation. Having an exemplary career and with no criminal record, he attended in confidence. After three hours, the police were unable to hold him further, because they needed special papers to hold a lawyer. However, within two hours they were back with the papers, and he was taken and held for six hours for interrogation.

He was told he could never emulate another human rights lawyer in Israel, a man already ‘removed’ by the state. He was also told that he must break off all connections with the author of this article. Then came a chilling warning, that as a man with five children he should reconsider his working practices in the interest of his family life. A No Exit order was placed him – without a judge. 

He realised that he had been under surveillance since at least November 2017, when he had been in New York visiting clients, with another separate trip to Italy in February 2018. 

It was to take only three further months before his entire life was shattered. First, he hired an expert in the field of computer hacking and was informed that his office had over 21 tracking devices in his computer systems, and printouts showed that he had over 20 computers linked to his router, with fake Google pages being planted into his computer to track the subjects he had been researching. It sounded like the stuff of James Bond movies.

I originally wondered if he was just being paranoid, but after a day of research, I realised it had been an understatement. His Facebook was being hacked almost hourly, with false posts being written. His WhatsApp was fully compromised, and even the call recorder application had phone calls with one side recorded and then disappearing on the second playback.

His router, laptop and mainframe computer were fully targeted, and even the lawsuits he had prepared were open to view by the malicious forces watching him.

Givati recalls a day when I went to his office to interview him, noticing that we had both been watched for almost the whole day. Originally, he had assumed it was social workers, but it later turned out to be special forces.

I laughed at the fact that I was ‘a person of interest’ – I had always known that being a juvenile lawyer meant I would be marked. I knew that I would be exposed to child trafficking, drugs that are forced on children, helpless families, the abuse of power by the ‘Welfare’ [authorities] over low-income families. I knew the judges would make it difficult for me to win, and for this reason I focused on the process, the procedures which were vital to fair decisions. I had been fighting arbitrary removal of children from their homes for years, and my own children are a priority for me to be kept safe from the authorities.

On 22 June, out of the blue, after an argument at home, he found himself at a police station, facing the second ever interrogation of his life. After waiting six hours, he discovered he had been accused of 15 false offences: beating his wife and children, aggression and abuse, allegedly for the whole 12 years of his marriage. Though accustomed to dealing with hundreds of men of similarly charged men as clients, he was unprepared for the events and what would come. Within 30 minutes of his own questioning, the police informed him the file would not be pursued, and he was free to leave – but ordered to leave his home for 30 days. 

Within three hours of his release, a file was submitted to the courts, with proof this had been written earlier and prepared. In messages to his estranged wife, she was informed that the court and judge had been selected, and the judgment already made – all of this confirmed to her while she was giving over five hours of unfounded and false evidence. A protection order had been placed against him, a No Exit Order to leave the country – preventing him from visiting his European clients, and thus preventing him from earning any money. The same judge who had known him as a fighter against child abuse, ordered judgments in line with the ‘Welfare’ authorities’ methods – assessments, keep away from children and home, etc. 

The authorities’ plans began to unfold: false clients, phone calls every minute. His own wife had been compromised, and had befriended various ‘Welfare’ people as well as activist friends of dubious reputation.

Mr Givati had been unaware, that while paying for an accountancy course, his wife had actually been secretly training to become a social worker.

Lifting his No Exit Order to enable his international work to continue, with a deposit of almost a third of a million in assets and a cash deposit, his Facebook hacked yet again with a death threat written on his page, Mr Givati decided to leave the country. However, upon arrival at the airport he was refused exit on suspicion of both attempted murder and suicide. Suddenly the tax authority showed an interest in his inheritances.

Held for over three hours, he was released after showing that his Facebook had been hacked and reported as such. He left the country the next day with full knowledge of the police. His was not an escape – he was merely leaving to continue his overseas work while the Israeli judicial system was in recess.

More files were created, including a ‘dossier’ from his computer with real file names and bank account information, but with fabricated information added – this time involving his family, particularly his father. Sent anonymously, it included his court applications regarding his wife and children, unfiled but ready.

A new file was submitted, claiming economic violence against his own family – despite paying over $5,000 in just three weeks to cater for his children. It appears that an overdose of money is also classed as violence, and a recommendation was made by the authorities to place his children in a shelter – from a luxury villa to merely one room. The Battered Woman Shelter programme is another shell scheme under investigation by several journalists. The hacking continued in his office computer, and Facebook Messenger. Every message was read and forwarded to his family, including his clients’ messages.

The bailiff office received six files to confirm a permanent No Exit Order, including a file for only six shekels for toll roads on Route 6, paid for within days. Yet that was enough to place a permanent No Exit Order on him!

His address overseas was discovered, right down to the street name and number.  No privacy, no ‘escape’. The revelations of hacks and false files in court have been happening daily for over a month. Threatening calls were made, declaring he would face complaints in the Israeli Bar Association, with details given to him of goods he owned, and falsified letters written by him, in locations he had never been to.

The aim is to persuade him, using psychological warfare, that he is making it all up, or perhaps mentally unstable, framing him with false crimes. He is handling some high profile cases of people who have also been targeted by the Israeli state.

If there is such a thing as good news, the source of the hacking has been found. The message is that it is from a very high place, three organisations are involved, with experts now investigating whether or not the state is funding or sponsoring this takedown before it will be revealed. It is now a game of cat and mouse – with millions being spent on silencing him. 

Mr Givati is certainly not alone, but his associations with key high profile activists in Israel has made him a major target and only the publicity will help him.

It must also be noted that the writer of this article has also been targeted, both in Israel and in her own country – with a friend questioned and told by the UK authorities she is now a list of “suspect of terrorists known to the State of Israel”.

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Israel using Pegasus spyware to eavesdrop on its own citizens


Israel spying on its own

Marianne Azizi writes:

The Supreme Court of Israel has denied a petition to unseal records under a certificate of state immunity. The petition alleged that the State of Israel uses Pegasus and similar spyware to monitor journalists and human rights activists. 

On 10 June 2018 Judge Neal Hendel said that once a certificate of immunity is issued, it cannot be repealed. Therefore, it is impossible for criminal case defendants in Israel to expose whether they have been targeted for surveillance by Pegasus or its sister spyware, Da Vinci.

Israel’s chief prosecutor reported in the first week of July that the state is indicting a former employee of the cyber-arms dealer, NSO Group, for trying to sell the notorious Pegasus spyware for $50 million over the dark net. In a press release, cited by all major media, he said that if such software leaked to the wrong hands, it would pose severe damage to Israel’s security. At the same time, all Israel news outlets reported that certain governments who legally purchased the spyware had actually used it against innocent people, or outside the permitted usages delineated in the contracts. Such contracts must be approved by the Israeli government, even though NSO is a commercial business. Countries where such violations occurred were Panama, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates. However, no one so far has ever challenged Israel’s own use of Pegasus and its ilk, until the Lory Shem Tov trial that ended up in Neal Hendel’s court.

In February 2017, the Tel Aviv cyber police arrested around 15 reporters and activists as well as five lawyers. An indictment was filed against two reporters, Lory Shem Tov being the main defendant, and one of her lawyers. The indictment alleges a conspiracy to defame and ridicule the Israeli judiciary and to sabotage the works of government social workers by way of publishing articles portraying the judge and social workers in a demeaning way, laced with profanities and sexually derogative comments. Lory Shem Tov is still in detention 16 months later. During the trial the prosecutors filed a certificate of immunity in relation to evidence collected between November 2015 and June 2016 by covertly planting cameras, microphones and spyware in her bedroom, computer and cellular phones.

Shem Tov’s co defendants filed a motion to unseal the information generated from the snooping police activity, claiming that if police knew the insulting articles were published from her home, then they should be acquitted, as there appears to be no conspiracy. They also claimed that if the police knew in real time that she was publishing her articles from home, then by arresting her in November 2015, they could have saved all the other 70 complainants who were insulted until the day of arrest in 2017. It was argued that this embarrassment, and possible exposure of the state to lawsuits by the 70 complainants for not preventing the publishing activities in time, was the real reason for issuing the certificate of immunity.

Judge Abraham Haiman of the Tel Aviv District Court disagreed and issued an order confirming the need for sealing the police hacking records due to “public interest”. At the Supreme Court Judge Hendel confirmed the decision was indeed unappealable.

Lawyers for the defendants and other privacy activists are upset.

It is simply impossible to uncover the huge extent of surveillance by Israel against its own citizens, because to date no motion to unseal similar certificates of immunity has been successful. The courts of Israel automatically dismiss all these motions. There is no data collected, and there is no way to overcome the judicial reluctance to examine police methods and targets, said one of the lawyers in the case. It is ironic that now, when the state is indicting the former employee of NSO, it is citing the complaints made overseas against rogue and dictatorial regimes, but then who approved these sales to begin with, if not the government of Israel? 

Why is Israel now pretending to be so morally superior compared to Panama,and Mexico, when it spies on its own people on a regular basis?

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Britain in the grip of the Zionist lobby: Living in an Orwellian dystopia

Britain in the grip of the Zionist lobby: Living in an Orwellian dystopia

Gilad Atzmon writes:

It is puzzling to witness the speed and ferocity with which Britain is deteriorating into an Orwellian nightmare.

The Evening Standard reported last month that “a London council worker has been suspended after being caught claiming Zionists ‘collaborated’ with the Nazis”.

Stan Keable was removed from his duties as an environmental enforcement officer for Hammersmith and Fulham Council after saying, “The Nazis were anti-Semitic. The problem I’ve got is the Zionist government at the time collaborated with them. They accepted the ideas that Jews are not acceptable here.”

Keable made the comments, shared in a posting on Twitter, at a  pro-Corbyn demonstration outside the Parliament. I guess that in the Britain of 2018 you can lose your job simply for expressing an opinion.

It seems that some British Jews are disturbed by parts of their history. They try to suppress any speech about the Haavara Agreement. Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended from the Labour Party for mentioning that collaboration between Hitler and Zionism. And, disturbingly, in the Labour Party’s discussion of Livingstone’s case the party general secretary, Iain McNicol, “made it clear in a letter to the former mayor that the case against him was not about the historical facts, but whether his conduct was ‘grossly detrimental’ to the party…”

The Transfer (Haavara) Agreement between the Nazi regime and the Palestine Zionist leadership is an accepted historical fact. In his superb book, Final Solution, the British Jewish historian David Cesarani examines the agreement and quotes German Zionist voices that approved of the Nazi regime and even welcomed the Nuremberg Racial Laws because they pushed for segregation. But evidentiary truth is not a defence in the Britain of 2018. I guess this disregard for truth is just another symptom of our removal from the Athenian ethos.

Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham Greg Hands said: “I am shocked someone expressing hateful opinions could have a job meeting vulnerable tenants. The council leader should launch an inquiry into whether there are others of his ilk in the council.”

I can’t see a drop of hatefulness in Keable’s comment. But I would like to advise the Conservative MP and other ignorant Tories that while the Haavara Agreement was signed as an attempt to save German Jews, the Conservative government here in Britain did little for German Jews and other Jewish refugees.

Mike Katz, of the Jewish Labour Movement, said: “To try to twist the history of the Nazis to fit an anti-Zionist narrative is offensive.” It may be offensive but the Haavara Agreement and the collaboration between Zionist organisations and Nazi officials from 1933 till the end of the war are part of Jewish history, and political terrorism will not wipe out that history.

When contacted by the Evening Standard, Stan Keable said: “I am sorry for any offence I may have caused. But the Nazi regime and the Zionist Federation of Germany collaborated, through the Haavara Agreement, in the emigration of some 60,000 Jews to Palestine between 1933 and 1939.” He said he did not insinuate that Jews collaborated with the Nazis.

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US hands 2 C-208 reconnaissance aircraft to Chad


The United States formally handed over to Chad two Cessna C-208B light reconnaissance aircraft intended to help its forces fight a jihadist insurgency.

The two single-engine planes were officially transferred to the Chadian air force in a ceremony at its base outside the capital N’Djamena on Wednesday, May 2.

The planes were delivered in December 2017 and have since been used for pilot training.

The U.S. has also helped to build shelters and maintenance areas for Chadian aircraft, after a windstorm in 2017 damaged air force facilities.

Together, the donated equipment and work amount to $43 million, said U.S. ambassador Geeta Pasi, who attended the ceremony.

Samantha Reho, a spokesperson for U.S. Africa Command, told The Defense Post that the U.S. has “a robust relationship with Chad consisting primarily of security force assistance, such as counterterrorism training and border security, and that assistance amounted to $135.5 million between 2015 and 2017.

“This ongoing and future assistance includes training and equipping Chadian forces to improve their counter-IED, riverine/small boat, and information sharing capabilities,” Reho added.

“Additionally, the U.S., along with our U.K. and French partners, shares information with and provides planning assistance through a network of liaisons to the Multinational Joint Task Force, headquartered in N’Djamena, Chad,” Reho said.

The MNJTF includes forces from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria and fights Boko Haram and Islamic State – West Africa province in the Lake Chad region.

US Air Force advise Chadian airmen
US Air Force Captain Julie Quach, 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisor, watches a live video feed with a Chadian Air Force student during training at Adjikossei Air Base, N’Djamena, Chad, January 17, 2018. image: US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez

Reho told The Defense Post that “U.S. contractors are providing initial and periodic refresher training for Chadian pilots, operators, and maintainers in Chad,” and some Chadian personnel also received initial training in the United States.

“U.S. contractor and military personnel will also be providing on-site maintenance and logistics support for the aircraft throughout FY18,” Reho added.

In January, eight airmen from the U.S. Air Force’s 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron undertook a two-week program in Chad to advise, train and assist 40 Chadian Air Force personnel with intelligence surveillance reconnaissance, aircraft maintenance, logistics, and security anti-terrorism at Adjikossei Air Base in N’Djamena.

According to the U.S. Air Force, portions of the training included training the Chadian personnel in how to train their own instructors.

MX-15 camera on a Chadian Air Force C-208
An MX-15 camera mounted on a Chadian Air Force C-208 aircraft parked at Adjikossei Air Base, N’Djamena, Chad, January 17, 2018. Image: US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez

“It’s a bush plane that’s been used to build an ISR platform for the Chadian Air Force,” U.S. Air Force Major Matthew Harvey, the training team mission commander said at the time. “Our Airmen are here to help them understand the systems that they have, give them advice on exactly how to utilize those systems and training, assisting, and assessing of all of the communication equipment that has been delivered for this ISR package.”

The aircraft are fitted with L3 Wescam MX-15cameras which can support up to six sensors simultaneously, and blend electro-optical and Infrared imagery.

Afghan Air Force Cessna C-208
An Afghan Air Force Cessna C-208 flies over Camp Fenty, Afghanistan, February 27, 2016. Image: US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Corey Hook
Iraqi C-208B Combat Caravan fires Hellfire missile
An Iraqi Air Force pilot fires an AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-ground missile from a Cessna AC-208 Combat Caravan above the Aziziyah test fire range in Iraq on November 8, 2010. Image: Sgt. Brandon Bolick

C-208 aircraft are increasingly used in counter-insurgency operations around the world, notably in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the AC-208 attack variant is used to deliver munitions.

According to the latest SIGAR report, the Afghan Air Force’s 24 C-208s flew 1,479 sorties between January and March, the second highest number for all its airframes.

Certified for production in 1984, the Cessna C-208 Caravan is a light turbo-prop-powered plane developed as a short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft.

The basis for the AC-208, the C-208B Grand Caravan variant is 1.2 m (4 feet) longer than the standard model and is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-114A engine.

The Chadian Air Force aircraft were ordered in May 2016. The U.S. Defense Department notification did not specify the number of aircraft to be purchased, but the contract included supply to Cameroon, Niger and the Philippines as well as Chad.

In February, a Cameroonian military officer told Jane’s that two C-208s had arrived in the country, and a U.S. official confirmed the aircraft were donated. The officer said that Cameroonian Air Force personnel had trained in the U.S. throughout 2017.

Africom’s Reho confirmed that Cameroon has received two C-208s, and that Cameroonian airmen are training in the U.S.

“Several members of the Cameroonian air force are in different stages and levels of training across a few military bases in the United States,” Reho told The Defense Post, adding that the training includes operational instruction as well as maintenance and sustainment, and logistics.

In March this year, the U.S. Air Force outlined plans to acquire 22 more AC-208s to provide to allies to use for armed surveillance missions, Flight Global reported. The aircraft are to be fitted with BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System guided rockets as well as the MX-15 sensor with a laser designator.

A vast, poor country in central-northern Africa, Chad is struggling with a jihadist insurgency that has spilled over from neighboring Nigeria.

The country is allied with the United States in anti-terror operations, authorizing the U.S. military to have a drone unit, according to a Chadian military official.

However, relations were troubled last year when President Donald Trump unexpectedly slapped a travel ban on Chadian nationals – one of six mainly Muslim countries to be so affected.

The ban on Chadians was to be lifted on April 13 after Chad “raised its security standards,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced last month.

The former U.S. secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, said during a trip to N’Djamena in March that Chad had made steps “to strengthen the control over its own passports, to strengthen the information-sharing.”

On Monday, Trump, meeting visiting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, said he was prepared to sell Nigeria helicopters in addition to a dozen A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft as part of its counter-insurgency campaign.

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Naziyahu is only the tip of the iceberg – corruption permeates

Netanyahu is only the tip of the iceberg – corruption permeates all corners of Israel
The corrupt Netanyahu family

Marianne Azizi writes:

While the mainstream media are feasting on the daily scandals of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his friends, corruption against ordinary people continues unabated

One year ago a wave of arrests of journalists, bloggers, social media activists and even lawyers rocked Israel. Those affected were dubbed the “Cyber Terrorist Network”, and the three who were charged with over 120 offences were described by some media as worse than the terrorist Islamic State group.

Since then the ulta-subservient media have been silent. One blogger remains in jail, another two are under house arrest after 10 months in prison, still without trial.

Civil and human rights activists have known for decades that the judicial system is corrupt. However, despite all attempts to harass and thwart them, they continue to campaign against the corruption.

The Israeli state has enlisted US agencies to hack into critical bloggers’ computers and phones. Some of the 50,000 pages and hundreds of computer disks of evidence have been denied to defence lawyers. But what has been pieced together is remarkable.

First, we need to go back a couple of years to the Panama Papers leak and the Mexican spying scandal. In both of these cases it was revealed that Israel’s NSO Group had sold its espionage software, Pegasus, to purchases who used it to spy on journalists and human rights activists. Hundreds of Israelis were listed in the Panama Papers.

This spying software has been sold to dozens of countries with dubious human rights records. The NSO Group claims it has no knowledge of how its product is used once it is sold. It is not uncommon for such cyber products to be sold to shady governments which used it for dubious purposes under the pretext of preventing terrorism.

But “the only democracy in the Middle East” has been using such software to spy on its own human rights bloggers as far back as 2015. Every phone call, email and conversation is in the evidence.

The assistance of the US Homeland Security and FBI, as well as Interpol, has been sought under the pretext of counterterrorism. It is also likely that the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) has been abused by making inferences to terrorism in order to obtain information from Google and WordPress.

Israeli anti-corruption activists are still being infiltrated to this day, with one secret agent coming forward and speaking out a rally last week. It is indeed business as usual. Recently, another lawyer was questioned for nine hours and told he was suspected of working with outside networks to leak information to foreign quarters about judicial corruption with the aim of “smearing the reputation of Israel”.

On 26 February judge Ronit Ponansky turned out to be at the centre of a scandal, and this was used by Netanyahu to infer that the investigations against him are tainted. This same judge was on duty when an order was signed to use cyber espionage tools against blogger Lory Shem Tov.

Following the leak of a WhatsApp conversation between Poznanski and a prosecutor, Ponansky was replaced by Ala Maswara. This is the same judge who was in the initial investigation of the bloggers and was also found by the ombudsman to have signed flawed search warrants against them. Poznanski’s behaviour was not regarded as particularly unusual. Corruption has become the norm in Israel.

Members of the elite in Israel are making headlines, and avoiding indictment. But ordinary citizens are being persecuted and paying the price. All investigations into activists hone in on whether they are collaborating with, or know Palestinian groups. The corruption inside the country – in banks, the tax authority, ministries and businesses – does not seem to be sufficient for investigators to understand that the country could implode without any help from anyone outside.

The corruption permeating Israel is finally surfacing for all to see. Netanyahu is only the political front for the mafia and the dubious businesses running Israel.

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How Nazi regime allows private US institutions to abuse and drug children

How Israel allows private US institutions to abuse and drug Israeli children

Official child abuse in Israel

Marianne Azizi writes:

Private American institutions are abusing Israeli children for profit, causing irreparable emotional and psychological damage to them

It is a rare moment to capture on video: this brave young girl agreed to give her testimony. She was on the run from the authorities, escaping back to her family for the 50th time.

The emotional torture of losing a child to the authorities for profit cannot be understated, but through the eyes of the child one can see it is hell on earth. Once upon a time she was a happy child, home with her siblings, but with no idea of how fast she was about to have to grow up.

Now she’s exhausted – fighting her need to sleep. It could be the drugs she is forced to take, or the effort to fight them.

Aged only 13 years, her life can now be summed up in one word: survival.

Incarcerated since she was 10, this little girl has fought the authorities, running away time after time.

With a mixture of vulnerability and a streak of defiance, she is finally warm and safe. But not for long. She must be returned to the police very soon. It is a golden opportunity to film her testimony. Her short life in Israel has turned into a fight for her freedom.

… the perpetrators – social workers and a judiciary which has decided against all the facts that this child is better in the care of the private institutions who profit $5,000 a month for keeping her away from normality.

She talks of her dreams to see the outside world before it is too late, and they lock her in some closed place for years to come.

It was scary, she says, to run away at 10. But after almost 50 times, she is handling it better and managing easier. This time she was outside the institution for nearly six hours, and was found by a family member, freezing cold and hungry, but free.

The testimony is taken by an Israeli lawyer. Time is short. It is impossible to prepare her, and help her feel safe enough to get all the information he wants and needs. He knows the perpetrators – social workers and a judiciary which has decided against all the facts that this child is better in the care of the private institutions who profit $5,000 a month for keeping her away from normality. She is just a number – one out of more than 10,000 children forcibly taken from their parents in Israel annually.

All this child needs is love, and a hug. That is only a memory for her these days. She is not comfortable with men – and avoids questions of her being hurt or “tampered” with. She refuses to answer – yet her body language says otherwise.

She is asked questions regarding all the institutions that have tried to manage her.

“It hurt a lot when they held me down on the floor and stood on my back,” she recalls. “Once they made my face bleed when I was hit,” she adds.

She is cautious, but one senses she also knows this could be the first and last chance to speak to someone she doesn’t consider “the enemy”.

The girl describes how the Israeli police and social workers who snatched her from school filled her head with stories of how dangerous her family was.

To get to the root of the problem – why she hates being incarcerated – they filled her with more medication which may have long lasting effects.

The isolation room she describes is not the first time a child has talked about. In the short clip above, she talks of a room where she is locked up. Her food is passed through to her. Imagine a child of 10 locked away, terrified and without her native language. She is not an Israel-born girl. She barely understood what was being said to her. Banging on the door and screaming for help resulted in more “holdings” and punishments. There were no toilet facilities and she is embarrassed when asked how she handled her needs.

She has received little or no education. She is now able to speak Hebrew, but cannot read or write in her native language. At the tender age of just 10, she was medicated with various drugs. Three years later, the court decided the best option is to increase the drugs even more. To get to the root of the problem – why she hates being incarcerated – they filled her with more medication which may have long lasting effects.

She is streetwise now. She hides the pills under her tongue whenever possible and throws them away. She doesn’t know what they are, but instinctively knows they are bad for her.

Dreaming of life with her mother, father and siblings, she goes on to say she does not expect a normal life, as they want to lock her in a secure, closed facility.

Israel’s welfare authority takes over 10,000 children a year from their homes. At least 50 per cent of them do not need to be removed, says ex-chief executive of the welfare authority Yosi Silman. While child abuse by private institutions is well known to the legal community, lawyers fight every day to rescue children;

She explains in the extended video that she was strapped to beds, fed intravenously and physically abused.

The lawyer at times is overcome with emotion when filming her. He is powerless to help her. The evidence is overwhelming. She wants to go home. There was no reason to take her at all. Despite countless hearings and appeals, the welfare authority will not admit it was wrong. Its actions have thrust a young girl into an alternative reality.

Israel’s welfare authority takes over 10,000 children a year from their homes. At least 50 per cent of them do not need to be removed, says ex-chief executive of the welfare authority Yosi Silman.

She is among thousands and thousands who once were playing with dolls and toys – and then putting on make-up to prepare yet another escape from the cruelty of institution staff who appear to have no training in how to deal with children.

The money rolls in – over one million Israeli shekels (about $293,000) made on this poor girl. Has society lost the ability to stand in this child’s shoes and stop what is a preventable act of child snatching and abuse?

What have we become in 2018, that funding is given to these American Institutions who act with impunity against children?

The full video will be sent to law-enforcement agencies in the USA but there is little optimism that anything will be done in Israel or internationally to stop this daily abuse of children. Only the public can exert pressure.

Meir Givati, an Israeli lawyer specialising in juvenile matters, commented:

I handle cases like this every day, and it seems that once children have been taken, the authorities don’t know what to do afterwards. More often than not, the kids are drugged and we cannot get the data on the long-term damage it does to them. Once children are taken, the road back for return to parents is a long one, often taking many years. By then the bonds may have been broken in families who were loving and responsible. It is devastating what is happening here.

The Schusterman Foundation mentioned in this video was contacted for comment, but did not respond. However, coincidentally, after a sample of video was sent, the authorities in Israel claimed the girl did not mean what she said in the video. This is another common tactic used in hearings.

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