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A Crime Outside Coverage a human rights report on the grave violations in suppressing the peaceful assembly near the house of Ayatollah Qassim

Four Bahraini human rights organizations, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, the Bahrain Forum for Human Rights, Salam for Democracy and Human Rights, and the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, published a report monitoring grave violations in suppressing the Duraz peaceful assembly on May 23, 2017, after the security forces used excessive force to end the gathering, which lasted about a year near the house of the highest religious authority for Shiites in Bahrain, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, in a report entitled: A Crime Outside Coverage.
Yahya al-Hadid, head of the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, said that suppressing the peaceful gathering in Duraz on May 23, 2017 resulted in killing five protesters, injuring more than 100 people, and arresting 286 residents directly after a specific time of an attack, in which security men used shotguns, sound bombs, and tear gas.
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) said that the security authorities used excessive force indiscriminately and unjustifiably during the attack on the protesters in front of Sheikh Isa Qassim\\\’s house, which resulted in extra-judicial killing of five people, a method that reinforces international statements about Bahrain\\\’s use of force against peaceful protests and sit-ins without regard to any conditions or respect for international conventions and covenants that provide for respecting freedom of peaceful assembly.
The culture of impunity and lack of accountability for perpetrators of violations has played a major role in the continuation and high frequency of abuses committed by the security services in Bahrain, including extrajudicial killings, torture and arbitrary arrests, particularly the arrests that took place while attacking the protesters in front of the house of Sheikh Isa Qassim. Those arrests amounted to nearly 300 people, including children, some of them were arrested during raids on their houses, and some of them were later released.
Baqer Darwish, head of the Bahrain Forum for Human Rights, said that the imposition of house arrest on Ayatollah Qassim by the security authorities – without a judicial order or administrative decision – resulted in a violation of his right to receive the necessary and appropriate treatment according to his wishes, and he was transferred to the hospital after a week of the deterioration of his health. Darwish noted that Sheikh Qassim had restricted access to his medications at the beginning of the house arrest, and the house arrest must be ended after he leaves the hospital to ensure that he receives the necessary medical care. Darwish explained that the security forces fired tear gas heavily and illegally near Sheikh Qassim’s house on November 25, 2017, before his relapse, adding that 56 hate-inciting media materials were monitored on social networking sites after the announcement of the deterioration of Sheikh Isa Qassim\\\’s health on November 26, 2017.
For his part, Sayed Yousif al-Muhafdah, Vice President of Salam for Democracy and Human Rights, said that after the verdict was issued against Sheikh Isa Qassim, more than 80 Shiite clerics were interrogated and at least nine of them were convicted because of exercising freedom of assembly and expression. Al-Muhafdah added that citizens are still being prosecuted and subjected to sectarian persecution due to their participation in the Duraz peaceful assembly, instead of opening an independent investigation by an independent UN commission and subjecting those involved in the violations to legal accountability.
The human rights organizations which issued the report called for opening an urgent investigation into the violations caused by the raid on the peaceful assembly, and supported the call of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for opening an independent investigation by an independent committee and holding those involved accountable. The organizations expected that the human rights crisis in Bahrain will escalate, and at the same time they expressed their concern over measures of double standards, lack of accountability, impunity, undermining political activity, pressuring human rights activists, and granting the security
  authorities comprehensive powers to try and torture citizens solely for exercising their fundamental rights.
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Bahrain: Zionist regime Committed Nearly 1,000 Abuses in January

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The monarchy of Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, in Bahrain, committed 995 cases of abuse in January, a new report by the Bahrain Forum for Human Rights (BFHR) has revealed.

The report, published Saturday, states that 121 people, including six minors, were arbitrarily arrested in house raids. Torture and other violent tactics were used against 18 detainees, including eight minors and four women, in police stations and prisons.

A total of 17 Bahrainis were disappeared last month, many having participated in anti-regime protests, and 77 opposition protesters were given a total of 679 years in prison for taking part in protests or supporting notable dissidents.

The BFHR also cited the continued ban on Friday prayers in the village of Diraz as a human rights violation. Diraz harbors many people who favor a reform of the Zionist monarchy.

Since February 2011, Bahrain has been the scene of near-daily protests against the Zionist Al Khalifah monarchy, with dozens killed. Many notable opposition figures remain imprisoned.

Despite the regime bans, people are preparing for protests and demonstrations to commemorate the anniversary of the uprising that began

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Gulf Zionist puppet regime’s upgrade ties to I$raHell

Trump’s chaos produces results: Gulf states upgrade ties to Israel
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By James M. Dorsey

A cornerstone of the Trump administration’s approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace, involving a restructuring of relations between erstwhile Middle Eastern foes appears to be taking shape: Gulf states are making long-standing covert ties to the Jewish state overt without establishing formal diplomatic relations. In the process, the Palestinians are being pressured to fall into line.

The willingness of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to be more open about their long-standing relations with Israel reflects their growing common interest with the Jewish state in countering Iran and groups that they include in their sweeping definitions of terrorism; countering mounting criticism of their tarnished human rights records by forging closer ties to Jewish leaders in the United States; and supporting US President Donald J. Trump.

The moves boost Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who has talked for months about “breakthroughs” in Israel-Arab relations and recently asserted that cooperation “is much larger than any other period in Israel’s history”.


In the clearest sign to date, of an upgrading of ties between the three Gulf states and Israel, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa authorised Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Los Angeles who delivered a benediction at Mr Trump’s inauguration, to announce a series of gestures towards Israel at a ceremony at the centre’s Museum of Tolerance.

The Bahrain-funded ceremony was attended by the king’s son, Prince Nasser bin Hamad al Khalifa who, as commander of Bahrain’s Royal Guard and president of the country’s National Olympic Committee, has been accused of abusing the human rights of opponents of the government as well as athletes and sports executives who in 2011 participated in peaceful anti-government protests. Bahrain blames the protest on Iran and views Shia opponents as Iranian stooges.

The centre released at the event a Bahrain Declaration on Religious Tolerance authoured by King Hamad, the first of its kind by an Arab head of state. Prince Nasser and Mr Hier signed the declaration at the ceremony.

Gulf states hope that they can benefit from the Jewish community’s influence in the United States.

To be fair, Bahrain’s minority Sunni Muslim government, while brutally cracking down on Shias, who constitute a majority of the population and have been demanding equal rights and an end to discrimination, has long had a record of religious tolerance towards non-Muslims.

The country has Jewish representatives in parliament and at one point had an ambassador to the United States who was both female and Jewish. Nancy Khedouri, a Jewish MP, attended a recent gathering of the World Jewish Congress where she publicly met Israeli Transport and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz.

Gulf states hope that they can benefit from the Jewish community’s influence in the United States. Their approaches come, however, at a time that the community is split in its attitude towards Mr Trump.

Jewish religious leaders this year backed away from organising a conference call with the president to mark the Jewish high holidays in protest against Mr Trump’s refusal to identify neo-Nazi’s as responsible for a the killing of a woman in Charlottesville during a white supremacist march in which anti-Semitic slogans were raised.

Denouncing Arab boycott of Israel

Mr Heir told the ceremony that he and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the centre’s associate dean, had been authorised to make public a series of statements made to them by King Hamad during a meeting in February. In those statements, the king denounced the long-standing Arab boycott of Israel and announced his intention to build by the end of this year a museum of tolerance of his own.

Bahraini officials reportedly recently discussed with Israel the institutionalisation of mutual visits, allowing Bahraini nationals to freely travel to Israel, and opportunities for trade between their two countries. Gulf states legally ban their citizens from visiting the Jewish state.

Saudi and UAE troops helped the Bahrain government crush the 2011 popular revolt. Bahrain has since hued close to Saudi policy and would not have made its gestures towards Israel without Saudi approval.

The Bahraini overtures came a month after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson castigated Bahrain for discriminating against Shias. “Members of the Shia community there continue to report ongoing discrimination in government employment, education and the justice system. Bahrain must stop discriminating against the Shia communities,” Mr Tillerson said.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are also in the firing line because of the brutal conduct of their two-and-a-half-year-old ill-fated invasion of Yemen as well as iron-fisted domestic abuse of human rights.

Saudi Arabia

Weeks before Bahrain’s public moves, Israeli media reported that a member of a Gulf ruling family, believed to be a Saudi prince, had secretly visited Israel in a bid to kickstart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Hamas, the Islamist faction that controls Gaza, said last week it was willing to negotiate with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about joint rule of the strip and move towards long overdue elections. Debilitating rifts among the Palestinians have complicated failed peace talks.

Hamas’s willingness to bury its hatchet with the ailing Mr Abbas’s Fatah movement came as a result of a pincer movement in which the Palestinian leader sought to strangle Gaza economically while the UAE worked to engineer the return to Palestine of its protégé, Muhammad Dahlan, a controversial Abu Dhabi-based former security chief with presidential ambitions.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE effort, coupled with Gulf gestures towards Israel, stroke with the Trump administration’s efforts to create an environment conducive to Israeli-Palestinian peace by first strengthening informal ties between the Jewish state and key Arab nations. The administration has been pushing for more open relations on issues like trade as well as more open contact built on a common front against Iran and militant Islam.

The UAE in effect initiated the process when in 2015 it allowed Israel to open its first diplomatic mission in the Gulf.

Gulf states have offered to establish relations with Israel if it were to accept a 1982 Arab-endorsed Saudi plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace that called for an Israeli withdrawal from territory occupied during the 1967 Middle East war and the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. As a result, Israel’s mission is accredited to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi rather than the UAE government but serves as an unofficial embassy to the Gulf.

The ink on Bahrain’s declaration of religious freedom had barely dried by the time that the gestures towards Israel became mired in the three-and-a-half month old Gulf crisis that pits Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Jewish leaders targeted by the three countries condemned efforts by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to meet with the Jewish community during his visit to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Sheikh Tamim hired a Jewish PR firm to organize meetings.

Reflecting the divisions among American Jewry, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach organized a full-page advertisement in The New York Times to denounce Jews willing to meet with the Qatari leader. “It is a shameful episode for our community when those who fund the murder of Jews in Israel are being embraced by Jews in the United States,” the advertisement said, referring to Qatari relations with Hamas that have been endorsed by the United States.

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Bahrain: Zionist king denounces boycott of I$raHell, says citizens free to visit ‘Israel’


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Zionist puppet Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah of Bahrain has called for an end to the Arab boycott of the Nazi regime, days after the Nazi premier said relations with the Arab world were better than any other time.

According to Zionist media, Zionist Hamad’s made the remarks at an event hosted by pro-Zionist group Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, calling for diplomatic ties to be established with the Nazi regime.

Zionist Hamad also told Simon Wiesenthal Center director Nazi Rabbi Abraham Cooper that Bahraini citizens are free to visit the Nazi regime as they please. His stance on the Nazi regime was welcomed by the Nazi center’s director who hailed the monarch as “ahead of the pack and smart.”

“If I had to predict, I would tell you that the Arab world’s relationship with the state of Israel is going to dramatically change… This is a dinner tonight that’s hosted by a Jewish organization that no one will say is not so pro-Israel,” Cooper added.

Cooper and his partner Marvin Hier met with Zionist Hamed at the center and discussed the opening of a museum for religious tolerance in Bahrain’s capital Manama towards the end of the year.

The change of stance comes weeks after Nazi P M Naziyahu described relations with the Arab world better than any other time.

“What’s happening now with the Arab bloc states has never before happened in our history – even when we signed agreements,” said Naziyahu. “What we have now is greater than anything else during any other period in Israel’s history.”

Last week, reports emerged that a secret meeting was held between a leading Saudi Zio-Wahhabi and senior Nazi officials in Tel Aviv, and in June, leaked emails of the UAE’s ambassador to the US Zionist puppet Yousef al-Otaiba’s suggested that Abu Dhabi had established secret links with pro-Nazi think-tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

Last year, a video of a ceremony to mark the Jewish Hanukkah holiday hosted by Bahrain circulated on social media, showing Bahraini men in local kaffiyeh attire attending the party and dancing with Orthodox Zionist Jews. The video prompted condemnation from the Palestinian movement Hamas that urged Bahrain to end the move towards normalizing ties with the Nazi regime.

About 600,000 Nazi Jewish live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds. Tel Aviv has defied international calls to stop its construction activities on the occupied Palestinian territories.

The regime has accused rights groups of contributing to the worldwide anti-Nazi Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS was initiated in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian organizations that were pushing for “various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law.”

The boycott of the Nazi regime was adopted by the Arab League and its member states and bars all relations between Arab nations and the Nazi state.

Thousands of volunteers worldwide have joined the BDS to help promote the Palestinian cause of ending Nazi occupation and oppression. Those include international trade unions, NGOs, initiatives, academic and business societies, trade unions, and cultural figures.

Last year, the regime allocated $32 million to fighting the high-profile movement. It has also banned anyone found to support the BDS from entering the Nazi-occupied territories.

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Bahrain to jail Qatar sympathisers

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Middle East Online 

Zio-Wahhabi family of Bahrain Thursday followed the United Arab Emirates in announcing that expressing sympathy for Qatar over sanctions imposed by its Gulf neighbours was an offence punishable by a lengthy jail term.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on Monday cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over accusations that the emirate is a champion of extremist groups in the region.

Qatar firmly denies the allegations.

“Any expression of sympathy with the government of Qatar or opposition to the measures taken by the government of Bahrain, whether through social media, Twitter or any other form of communication, is a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine,” a Bahraini Zio-Wahhabi interior ministry statement said.

Zio-Wahhabi family  UAE on Wednesday announced a similar decision, warning that offenders could face between three and 15 years in prison and a fine of 500,000 dirhams ($136,125, 120,715 euros) should they criticise the decision to boycott Qatar.

Bahrain, home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, has been rocked by unrest since security forces crushed Shiite-led protests in 2011 demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister.

The authorities accuse Iran of backing the protesters and aiming to incite unrest in Shiite-majority Bahrain, a charge Tehran denies.

Sunni-ruled Bahrain’s strict cyber crime law prohibits the expression of dissent online, including via social media.

Nabeel Rajab, one of the country’s most high-profile activists, is currently on trial for a series of tweets criticising a Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led Arab military campaign in Yemen.

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Hezbollah: Qassem’s jail a ‘state crime’ by Bahrain regime

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Press TV 

Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has lambasted a suspended jail term given by a Bahraini regime court on Sunday to the country’s Shia majority leader Sheikh Isa Qassem.

The court convicted the spiritual leader of illegal collection of funds and money laundering and sentenced him to one year in jail suspended for three years. It also ordered him to pay $265,266 in fines.

“This sentence is a new crime added to a series of crimes against humanity perpetrated by the [Bahraini] regime,” a Hezbollah statement said.

The charges emanate from the collection of an Islamic donation called Khums, which in Shia Islam is collected and spent by a senior cleric in the interests of the needy.

Qassem also faces expulsion from the kingdom after authorities revoked his citizenship last year. His defense lawyers refused to attend the hearings, which they saw as an attack on the country’s Shia Muslims.

Since 2011, the kingdom has been the scene of peaceful anti-regime protests against the systematic abuse of the Shia population and discrimination against them.

The Bahraini regime has responded to the protests with excessive and lethal force, which has drawn international criticism.

​Bahrain’s perennial rulers are allies of the West, including the US which has its Fifth naval fleet based in the tiny Persian Gulf country.

On Sunday, hundreds of protesters marched in the capital Manama after the verdict was issued against Sheikh Qassem.

Qassem’s residence in his native village of Diraz is under siege by regime forces in the face of a sit-in held outside the building ever since the regime revoked his citizenship.

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FIFA boss rigs vote for the Nazi regime at last minute


FIFA boss rigs vote for Israel at last minute

Palestinian Football Association head Jibril Rajoub speaks, in a screenshot from the livestream of Thursday’s FIFA Congress in Bahrain. A motion on Palestinian football rights was abruptly withdrawn by FIFA bosses, a move the Palestinians denounced as illegal.

There were dramatic scenes at the FIFA Congress in Bahrain on Thursday as delegates prepared to vote on a motion on Palestinian rights violated by Israel.

At the last moment, FIFA boss Gianni Infantino intervened over objections from the Palestinian Football Association to replace the motion with a proposal to yet again delay action for almost another year.

The Palestinian Football Association has denounced the move as illegal.

Infantino’s heavy-handed move followed a personal phone call in recent days from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Earlier this week, the FIFA Council, the executive body of the world football organization, had already capitulated to Israeli pressure and ruled out a vote sanctioning Israel for allowing its league to include teams based in West Bank settlements.

All of Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank are illegal under international law.

Moving goal posts

But there remained on the agenda a motion calling for “official recognition of the Palestinian Football Association’s entitlements to all of its rights as described in the FIFA Statutes.”

FIFA rules bar national associations from holding matches on the territory of another member without permission – as Israel does in the West Bank without Palestinian permission – so this motion would still have highlighted the Israel Football Association’s complicity in the military occupation of the West Bank.

The heads of the Palestinian and Israeli football associations made speeches for and against the motion. Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association, at one point held up a photo he said showed Israeli soldiers preventing Palestinians from playing.

But after Rajoub spoke, Infantino surprised the Palestinians by substituting their motion with a new one calling for any decision to be delayed until “before end of March 2018”:

The Palestinian Football Association’s lawyer stood up and objected. He said that Infantino’s action violated FIFA rules and that if the council wanted to change the motion they would have to propose an amendment following normal parliamentary procedures.

But Infantino overruled the objection and called a vote on his substitute motion. He also promised verbally that action would be taken by October.

The motion to delay passed by 138-50.

Palestinian Football Association vice president Susan Shalabi told Al Jazeera that FIFA’s action was illegal.

“It illegally blocked the motion which was proposed in accordance with FIFA’s statutes,” Shalabi said. “It is an illegal act by the highest body in FIFA.”

“We’ve also seen clear intervention by the [Israeli] government in the business of the Congress,” Shalabi added. “FIFA has suspended member states in the past due to government interference and now it has allowed Israel to do exactly the same.”

Delays and excuses

Infantino had also claimed that action was not possible now because the report from a special monitoring committee on Israel and Palestine was not ready. But this is a gross mischaracterization.

Although the report of the two-year old committee headed by South African anti-apartheid struggle veteran Tokyo Sexwale had been repeatedly delayed, it was indeed presented to the Palestinian and Israeli football associations in March, and each had been given a month to respond.

The only reason it had not been finalized is because the Israelis adamantly rejected it.

In its response to the report, leaked to The Electronic Intifada earlier this week, the Israel Football Association outright denies the existence of an Israeli military occupation and accuses the Sexwale committee of anti-Israel bias.

On Wednesday, Palestinian Football Association head Rajoub wrote to FIFA bosses expressing dismay at the council’s decision to defer any vote on Israeli settlement teams and urging support for its motion.

“The Palestine FA has submitted a proposal about basic rights,” the letter states. “Why this proposal is under such vehement attack by non-football entities raises so many questions by what I am sure forms a majority of the FIFA members.”

Bahrain deports human rights defender

The term “non-football entities” certainly refers to the Israeli government and its intense efforts to pressure FIFA to block action on its violations.

While Israeli officials have been given a free hand to lobby FIFA directly – including the personal intervention with Infantino by Netanyahu – the scale has been weighted against those advocating for Palestinian rights.

Bahrain detained and deported Human Rights Watch staffer Omar Shakir who was traveling to the Gulf country to advocate for action on Israel’s violations at the FIFA Congress:

Human Rights Watch has detailed in a report how FIFA and the Israel Football Association jointly profit from Israel’s illegal colonization of the West Bank and the settlement teams that play there.

The Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz called the high-level maneuvers that resulted in Israel once again avoiding any accountability a “win for Israel.”

In a tweet, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel accused FIFA bosses of “working against Palestinian rights,” adding that the congress had been “hijacked by Israeli bullying tactics.”

It appears that at FIFA, as in so much of its campaign against Palestinian rights, Israel only wins when the referees are on its side.

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The UAE’s Zio-Wahhabi family Deals With the Nazi regime


Open Secrets: The UAE’s Deals With Israel


by Mohamed K. Mohamed

After 69 years of occupation, oppression, and exile, the overall situation for Palestinians on the ground remains bleak, if not worse than before. On the other hand, the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement has made significant progress in recent years by encouraging economic, academic, and cultural boycotts of Israel. These high-profile BDS campaigns helped convince major international companies and investors to divest from the Israeli market.

But, as people from Europe all the way to New Zealand begin to disassociate themselves from Israel, Arab Gulf countries such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) seem to be regressing in the opposite direction.

This week, the UAE participated inIniohos 2017,”a joint military exercise with the air forces of Greece, Italy, the United States, and Israel. This is not the first time that Emirati pilots have flown alongside Israelis. Last year, the UAE also participated in the Red Flag” exercise in Nevada, and it is reportedly taking part this year too.

The UAE’s collaboration with Israel goes beyond these multiparty training exercises. In 2015, Israel established its first diplomatic mission in the UAE in order to represent itself at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which is based in Abu Dhabi. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that this office is strictly for IRENA related activities, and that its establishment does not represent a change in policy towards Israel, which the UAE refuses to recognize.

Considering that in 2009 Israel supported the UAE’s bid against Germany to become the headquarters of IRENA, it is quite clear that UAE policy has in fact shifted, albeit unofficially. It is extremely unlikely that Israel provided its backing without prior guarantees from the UAE.

Also, despite what the UAE claims, it is likely that this unconventional diplomatic mission will engage in activities unrelated to IRENA and will serve to narrow the gap in communication between the two countries. Given that Israel has engaged in extensive spying against its number one ally, it is safe to say that the Israeli mission in Abu Dhabi will not hesitate to provide at least some kind of support for Mossad agents plotting in the UAE.

Furthermore, trade between the two countries is an open secret. According to a 2012 report, the UAE’s Critical National Infrastructure Authority has made business deals with several Israeli firms. This includes an $800 million contract with AGT, which is a Swiss-based company owned by Israeli businessman Mati Kochavi.

This deal provided “Falcon Eye,” a comprehensive surveillance and security system to protect the UAE’s “strategic infrastructure and oil fields.” A Middle East Eye analysis of publicly available flight data revealed that a private jet is secretly flying between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi, with a brief stop in Amman. The company that operates the jet, PrivatAir, is based in Geneva, so it is possible that Mati Kochavi is the secret Israeli guest of the UAE.

These secret ties with Israel are believed to be cultivated with the help of Mohammed Dahlan, a former strongman of the Palestinian Authority living in exile in the UAE since 2011, currently acting as security adviser of the UAE’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. Dahlan is a shady figure in Palestinian politics accused by many of financial corruption and collaboration with Israel. Given that Avigdor Lieberman prefers Dahlan as successor to Mahmoud Abbas, it seems quite likely that Dahlan is indeed the primary connection between the UAE and Israel.

So far, the UAE has engaged Israel quietly and under the table, with intermediaries and indirect transactions serving as cornerstones of the relationship. This gives the government a degree of plausible deniability to avoid facing serious criticism from the Emirati people, who are supportive of the Palestinian cause.

At the same time, it seems as if the UAE is subtly signaling to its people and to the region that normalization of relations with Israel is coming and has already started. The fact that the Emirati flag appears on the Iniohos 2017 insignia along with the Israeli flag suggests that the UAE is not too concerned with the backlash of public opinion. Of course, it is helpful that these events are censored by the Gulf Arab media (at quick glance, Al Mayadeen and RT Arabic are the only major Arabic-language outlets that mentioned the military exercise).

In November, UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed stated that, “We in the UAE commit to continue our solidarity and our political and economic support to the Palestinian people, based on our belief in their just cause.” If this is true, then why does the UAE purchase Israeli security technologies, which have been developed and tested on the backs of the Palestinian people and are directly involved in their oppression? This is a far cry from the legacy of the UAE’s founder, Sheikh Zayed, who actively provided humanitarian, political, and moral support to Palestinians.

The UAE’s underhanded dealings with Israel, aided by Mohammed Dahlan and facilitated by countries like Jordan, provide a sobering and disappointing reminder that Palestinians are being betrayed by some of the people closest to them.

Photo: An F-22 Raptor participating in the 2016 Red Flag exercise

Mohamed Mohamed is the Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, where he majored in Political Science and completed his senior thesis on statelessness and its practical implications on Palestinians living in the refugee camps of Lebanon. He also earned an M.A. in International Relations and an M.S. in International Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas.  He has written articles about Palestine issues that have been featured on Mondoweiss, Electronic Intifada, and others. Prior to joining The Jerusalem Fund, Mohamed campaigned and worked for a Palestinian-American city councilman and mayoral candidate in the city of Richardson, Texas.

Republished, with permission, from The Jerusalem Fund.

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Zio-Wahhabi war in Yemen مع شعب اليمن في الذكرى الثانية للعدوان السعودي، وضد الارهاب الذي يستهدف الآمنين  


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العصابة الخليفية تعلم ان القضية في البحرين لا تنحصر بالانتهاكات الفظيفة لحقوق الانسان، بل تتصل بالتحول السياسي نحو نظام حكم يلبي مطالب الشعب ويمنحه حق تقرير مصيره واختيار النظام الذي يناسبه. وتعلم ايضا انها لا تستطيع البقاء في الحكم بدون ممارسة الانتهاكات بدون توقف. وتعتقد ان القمع هو السبيل للبقاء في الحكم، وبدونه ستتصاعد ثورة الوطن ضدهم حتى تسقطهم. ويعلم العالم كذلك ان الاستبداد لا يمكن ان يحترم حقوق الانسان، فهو عدو للانسانية والاخلاق والحياة. فالطاغية يستضعف البشر ويضحي بهم من اجل ان يبقى.

يخوض الطغاة الحروب بابناء غيرهم، اما هم وابناؤهم فيعيشون في ابراجهم العاجية بعيدا عن هموم الناس ومصائبهم. في السابق كان الحاكم العادل هو الذي يتقدم الصفوف مدافعا عن الدين والوطن والشعب، هذا ما كان يفعله رسول الله محمد عليه افضل الصلاة والسلام، الذي كان يتقدم الجنود ويقاتل اعداء الله، حتى قال علي عليه السلام: كنا اذا اشتد الوطيس لدنا برسول الله. وعلي هو الآخر كان قائد المعارك ضد المشركين. يتصدى لمقاتلي المشركين ليحمي بيضة الاسلام. لم يتخلف علي عن معركة قط في عهد رسول الله وحتى عندما كان خليفة للمسلمين. اما حكام اليوم فيخوضون الحروب بأبناء غيرهم، ويستخدمون اموال الناس لاستقدام المرتزقة الذين يضطرون للتضحية بارواحهم للاسترزاق لعيالهم. هؤلاء مستعدون لارتكاب جرائم الحرب تنفيذا لاوامر الطغاة والديكتاتوريين. فالسعوديون يستاجرون شباب السنغال لاستخدامهم ادوات لقتل اليمنيين. ثم يقدمون المال لديكتاتور السودان العسكري ليبعث بشباب ذلك البلد لكي يخوضوا حروب غيرهم في مقابل الحصول على المال. ويشن حكام الامارات الحروب الجائرة على الآخرين ليحققوا لانفسهم انتصارات زائفة، يدفع ثمنها الآخرون بارواحهم.

في عالم يمتهن حقوق الانسان ويستخدمها دعاية اعلامية لنظام عالمي يقوده الغرب ضد الشعوب الاخرى. والخليفيون الذين بعثوا بابناء غيرهم الى اليمن والى شوارع القرى والمدن البحرانية انما يمارسون تلك المهمة القذرة لكي يحافظوا على الحكم الذي اغتصبوه من الشعب البحراني الاصلي (شيعة وسنة) بقوة غيرهم. ومن يحضر الى جنيف يشاهد مرتزقة الطغاة الخليفيين والسعوديين يقدمون شهادات الزور لنظام مجرم ارتكب ابشع الجرائم بحق الوطن والشعب، مستغلا الاموال التي نهبها من بطون الجياع.

يسعى الخليفيون المجرمون لاستبدال شعب البحرين بغيره، بعد ان وضعوا ايديهم على امواله ومقدراته، واستخدموها لقتله وابادته واستبداله بالاجانب. في جنيف يتجسد الزور الخليفي بابشع صوره واشكاله، مستفيدا من قوة المال النفطي السعودي الذي يستخدم لشراء مواقف الدول الا خرى وشهادات الزور بهتانا وظلما. ويشعر نشطاء حقوق الانسان انهم يخوضون معارك لا يضمنون نتائجها.

فالحقوقيون البحرانيون ممنوعون من حضور دورات مجلس حقوق الانسان، باوامر رسمية، ومن يخاف ذلك يعتقل بعد عودته. وهذا ما حدث للناشطة الحقوقية السيدة ابتسام الصايغ التي اعتقلت مطلع هذا الاسبوع لدى عودتها من جنيف. فقد تعرضت للاعتقال وسوء المعاملة والتهديد بالانتقام من عائلتها مع سحب جواز سفرها ومنعها من السفر لجنيف مستقبلا. وما تعرضته له تلك السيدة اصبح ممارسة للعصابة الخليفية المجرمة مع نشطاء حقوق الانسان البحرانيين. انه فصل آخر من الصراع بين السكان الاصليين (شيعة وسنة) مع هذه العصابة المجرمة التي تمارس العدوان بحق الشعبين اليمني والبحراني.

ومن الضرورة بمكان استحضار معاناة الشعب اليمني في الذكرى الثانية للحرب المفروضة التي يشنها السعوديون ومرتزقتهم على ابناء اليمن منذ 26 مارس 2015. عامان من العدون الذي تقوده السعودية كانا الاشد عنفا في التاريخ اليمني الحديث، لكنهما واعدان بسقوط قوى البغي والعدوان طال الزمن والقصر. لقد استغرب العالم من صمود اهل اليمن امام العدوان الذي تشارك فيه قوى كبرى طالما خدعت العالم بمقولات الديمقراطية وحقوق الانسان، بينما تشارك في ابشع حرب عرفتها المنطقة في السنوات الاخيرة.

وازاء هذا العدوان يقف العالم مدانا بالتواطؤ في العدوان، والصمت على المجازر التي يرتكبها السعوديون وعصاباتهم المجرمة التي لا تعرف الرحة ولا مكان للاخلاق في قاموسها. انها نسخ من العصابات التي تصدت لرسول الله وسعت للقضاء على رسالته واستئصلا دينه، ولكن كان الله لها بالمرصاد. فتصدى لها ابطال الاسلام وفي مقدمتهم محمد بن عبد الله وابن عمه علي ابن ابي طالب، وهزموا فلولهم مرارا وسحقوا رموزهم وارسلوهم الى مزبلة التاريخ.

ان قصة الاسلام عنوان للصراع بين الحق الالهي الذي تمثله الرسالات السماوية وآخرها الاسلام المحمدي، والشر الذي تمثله قوى الطغيان وآخرها التحالف القبلي الذي تصدى لذلك الدين. خمسة عشر قرنا مرت على ذلك الصراع وما تزال اطرافه في مواقعها، فلم يهزم الاسلام او يتقهقر ولم تنتصر قوى التحالف القبلي التي تعادي قيم الدين المتمثلة بالايمان والحرية والعدالة. مع ذلك فاتباع محمد بن عبد الله الداعون الى تلك القيم يعانون اليوم، كما عانى بلا وسلمان وعمار وسواهم في مطلع عهد الرسالة. ما تزال “شورى التجار” حسب المصطلح الذي استخدمه الشاعر مظفر النواب تحارب حملة راية الحق ودعاة الايمان والحرية والعدالة. وهيهات تهزم رايتهم، او يتلاشى وجودهم او يتصدع صفهم. فهم يحملون رسالة الله الى البشر ويدافعون عن تلك القيم لكي يحرروا الانسان “يضع عنهم إصراهم والاغلال التي كانت عليهم

وفي الذكرى الثانية للعدوان على اليمن، تتضح حقيقة القوى التي تمارس العدوان، ويتضح عداؤها للقيم التي طرحها الاسلام وروجها محمد واصحابه. وقد تحالفت الاحزاب مجتمعة على الباطل ليقتلوا اهل اليمن، ولكن ما ابعدهم عن النصر واقربهم للهزيمة. شعب البحرين وقف مع اهل اليمن، وشجب ابناؤه تلك الحرب الجائرة، وغضب الخليفيون المشاركون في ذلك العدوان الاجرامي، وسجنوا من انتقد ذلك العدوان، واولهم المناضل فاضل عباس الذي حكم الطاغية الخليفي عليه بالسجن خمسة اعوام لانتقاده الحرب على اليمن. ونبيل رجب هو الآخر، يدفع ثمن مواقفه الرافضة للحرب. مع ذلك هزمت الاحزاب المعتدية، وبدأ الوعي العالمي يتصدى لعدوانها، ويضغط على الحكومات الغربية لوقف السلاح عن السعودية، رأس الحربة في المشروع العدواني البغيض.

وقد فات هذه الدول ان دعمها انما هو دعم للارهاب الذي ضرب اليمن والعراق وسوريا وليبيا، ثم امتد الى فرنسا وبلجيكا، ووصل الآن الى لندن. هذا الارهاب الذي تأسس على الفكر الوهابي الذي يتبناه آل سعود ويوفرون الملياات لنشرة، مدعوم كذلك بسياسات الرياض التي استخدمته سلاحا ضد مناوئيها. وما الاعتداء على البرلمان الذي يعتبره البريطانين رمزا لديمقراطيتهم، الا حلقة اخرى ضمن المشروع السعودي الذي يرى في الديمقراطية تهديدا للحكم القبلي الذي يقوم على اساسه. فليس من الاسلام في شيء استهداف الابرياء وقتل المدنيين ونشر الرعب بين البشر، فذلك فساد في الارض يمقته الله ورسوله وكل من لديه ايمان او انسانية او اخلاق.

لهذا يصر شعبنا على مواصلة ثورته المظفرة باذن الله، ليشارك في تحقيق التغيير المنشود الذي يستبدل الحكم القبلي بحكم عادل بايدي الشعب، ويمنع الفساد ويتصدى للارهاب والاحتلال� ويسعى لاقامة نظام سياسي على اسس العدل والمساواة. تلك هي رسالة شعب البحرين في الذكرى الثانية للعدوان السعودي الاجرامي على اليمن، وسيواصل لتحقيقها معتمدا على الله وعلى نفسه وصابرا محتسبا حتى يأتي الله بأمره.

اللهم ارحم شهداءنا الابرار، واجعل لهم قدم صدق عندك، وفك قيد أسرانا يا رب العالمين

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Tom Jones and UB40 to perform in Bahrain despite Zio-Wahhabi crackdown

British musicians and Latin Pop superstar Enrique Iglesias to perform in Bahrain despite calls from human rights activists to cancel their shows

A Bahraini woman poses for a selfie during a concert of US singer John Legend in 2015 (AFP)

A string of high-profile musicians, including Enrique Iglesias and Tom Jones, are set to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars by performing in Bahrain despite Zio-Wahhabi regime brutal crackdown on dissent, Bahraini rights activists denounced on Thursday.

Welsh superstar Jones and British reggae act UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue are set to perform at the state-backed Spring of Culture festival in Bahrain Harbour, which is organised and part funded by the Bahrain Zio-Wahhabi regime for ‘Culture and Antiquities’, the country’s ministry of culture.

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue is set to take to the stage on Friday night while Jones, who is known for his full-throated baritone and has sold more than 100 million records, will perform at the festival’s “electrifying finale” on 7 April.

Spanish artist Iglesias, known as the King of Latin Pop, is set to play a week after Jones at the controversial Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix.

However, campaigners in the country have attacked the musicians for agreeing to put a “superstar face on authoritarianism” at state-backed events in Bahrain, where the Zio-Wahhabi-dominated government has been accused of widespread human rights abuses, including the use of excessive force against protesters, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention and torture.

The planned performances by Tom Jones and UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue come after an outcry over a performance by John Legend at the same festival in 2015. Middle East Eye can now reveal that the American star was paid $435,000 for that performance, which was backed and promoted by the Bahraini Zio-Wahhabi regime.

Bahraini women hold flags and posters during a demonstration to mark the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring-inspired uprising, on February 12, 2016 (AFP)

Bahrain treasures its close relationships with London, and this year’s festival includes not only a number of UK acts, but a celebration of 200 years of British-Bahraini ties. A spokesperson for Amnesty International said the concert was part of the “Bahraini government’s ongoing efforts to polish Bahrain’s image in yet another PR stunt and gloss over the reality that Bahrain is a place where even a tweet will land you behind bars.”

Maryam al-Khawaja, a Bahraini exile and spokesperson for campaign group Bahrain Watch, told MEE that the musicians should “reconsider going to Bahrain” as their presence is “helping the Bahrain regime whitewash the ongoing human rights crimes”.

She added that by performing in the country they were saying that the “voices of the Bahraini people struggling for human rights and democracy… do not matter.”

‘The Bahraini government  (…) are enlisting foreign celebrities like Tom Jones to put a fun, “superstar” face on authoritarianism’

– Husain Adbulla, ADHRB

Zio-Wahhabi regime of Bahrain is accused of expanding a human rights crackdown amid calls for the release of Nabeel Rajab, a human rights activist who helped lead 2011 protests in the country.

Rajab, whose trial has repeatedly been delayed, awaits sentencing on a charge of spreading “false news” via Twitter over his posts about the ongoing Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led war in Yemen, which is backed by Bahrain, and allegations of torture by authorities at a local prison.

Since the start of the most recent crackdown nearly a year ago, scores of activists have been imprisoned or forced into exile. Bahrain’s main Shia opposition group has been dismantled and lawmakers recently approved military trials for civilians, amid reports of frequent low-level clashes in Shia areas.

“The Bahraini government has taken some of the most spectacularly repressive measures we’ve seen in years, such as pushing military trials for civilians, restoring arrest powers for the secret police, and even executing torture victims. Now the authorities are predictably trying to distract from these severe abuses with a different kind of spectacle, enlisting foreign celebrities like Tom Jones to put a fun, “superstar” face on authoritarianism,” Husain Adbulla, executive director of American for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, told MEE.

Bahraini protesters sit on the sidewalk during clashes with riot police following a demonstration to mark the fifth anniversary of the Bahraini uprising (AFP)

In an interview with MEE, Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, director of advocacy at London-based Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) called for Tom Jones to cancel his visit. He said: “There is no worse a time for him to perform there. People are being tortured, sentenced to death and executed in Bahrain. Innocent family members are arrested to blackmail critics, and a de facto martial law has been passed. Music should never be used to please dictators and airbrush repression.” 

Alwadaei is a regular critic of the Zio-Wahhabi regime in Bahrain and earlier this month Human Rights Watch reported that members of his family in Bahrain had been detained “as part of a campaign of retribution in response to his human rights work.”

The call for a boycott from Alwadaei was also joined by Jawad Fairooz, a former Bahraini MP and political exile in London. He said that the Welsh singer, who also appeared as a judge on the BBC television show The Voice, should “play a song from the distance in symphony and support of all victims of Bahraini tyrant regime.”

“Music should never be used to please dictators and airbrush repression”

– Sayed Alwadaei, BIRD

This isn’t the first time that campaigners in the country have complained of Hollywood and music industry support for Bahrain though; in 2012 they condemned a visit to the country by Kim Kardashian and in 2015 John Legend was attacked over his performance at the Spring of Culture festival, the same festival that Tom Jones and UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue are set to perform at.

John Legend’s post on Instagram after his performance in Bahrain (screen-grab)

Legend’s performance prompted accusations of hypocrisy as it came after he had offered words of encouragement to democracy protesters during his Oscar acceptance for “Glory”, the theme song for the film Selma, about the US struggle for civil rights in the 1960s.

Legend refused to reveal at the time how much he was paid for the performance, but MEE has now seen official Bahraini government documents detailing a payment of $435,000 to the singer.

MEE contacted representatives for Enrique Iglesias, Tom Jones and UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue but did not receive any response.

UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue is one of two bands using the UB40 name and is currently in a legal dispute over the ownership of the name after six of the original band, including Robin Campbell, sought an injunction and damages.

MEE has contacted Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities for comment.

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