Archive | March, 2017

Nazi forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)


(23-29 March 2017)

  • Nazi  forces killed a Palestinian child in al-Jalazone refugee camp and a woman in occupied Jerusalem.

–         9 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded.

  • Nazi forces continued to target the border areas in the Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported
  • Nazi forces conducted 51 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

–        57 civilians, including 14 children and 3 young women, were arrested in the West Bank.

–        25 of them, including 8 children and two young women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.

–        Among those arrested were 10 of al-Aqsa guards.

  • Nazi forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

–        Nazi  forces forced a civilian to self-demolish his house roof in Beit Hanina, north of the city.

–        Two under-construction houses in al-Issawiyah were demolished in addition to two inhabited ones in al-Mukaber Mount, rendering 14 persons homeless, including 10 children.

  • Nazi forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.

–        A mobile house (caravan) was confiscated from the Northern Jordan Valley, and a metal workshop was demolished in al-Jaftalak village, north of Jericho.

  • Nazi forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • Nazi forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th year.

–        Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.

–        7 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.


Nazi violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (23-29 March 2017).



During the reporting period, Nazi forces killed a Palestinian child and woman.  Meanwhile, they wounded 9 other civilians, including 2 children, in the West Bank.  In the Gaza Strip, Nazi forces continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the sea and open fire at the farmers in the border areas.


In the West Bank, in a new crime of using excessive force, on 23 March 2017, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 4 others, including 2 children.  All of them were from al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah.  Israeli forces claimed that Palestinians in a car traveling near Beit Eil Settlement threw Molotov Cocktails at the settlement fence.  The Israeli soldiers fortified in a watchtower opened fire at a car.  As a result, a child was killed and 4 other civilians were wounded.  According to information available at PCHR, if the Israeli forces’ claims were true, they could have used less lethal forces against the abovementioned civilians and arrested them.


In a new crime of wilful killings, on 29 March 2017, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian identified as Siham Rateb Nemer (49) after opening fire at her when she was entering the Damascus Gate (Bab al-‘Amoud) in occupied Jerusalem.  Israeli forces claimed as usual that the abovementioned woman attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.  However, PCHR’sinvestigations refuted those claims.  It should be mentioned that Siham is the mother of Mustafa Nemer, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on 05 September 2016 when he was driving a car along with his relative on ‘Anata Street in Sho’afat refugee camp, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.  As a result, he was killed and his relative was wounded.


On 24 March 2017, 5 Palestinian civilians were wounded while participating in a demonstration in al-Qaboun area near al-Mugheir village, northeast of Ramallah.  This demonstration was in protest against the establishment of a sheep barn by a settler in an attempt to establish a settlement outpost on the Palestinian lands.


In the Gaza Strip, as part of targeting the border areas, on 25 March 2017, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip opened fire at the agricultural lands, east of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.  No casualties were reported.


On 28 March 2017, Israeli forces stationed inside watchtowers along the eastern borders of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at the border area opposite to al-Ahmar area.  No casualties were reported.


In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen, on 25 March 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boat sailing there.  However, no casualties were reported.  The shooting recurred in the same area on 29 March 2017.



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Congress Seeks to Penalize Peaceful Pro-Palestine Movement

Congress Seeks to Penalize Peaceful Pro-Palestine Movement, Amid Annual AIPAC Lobbying Blitz

By Sam Knight, The District Sentinel

A banner calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions in opposition to Israeli abuses hangs from the Manhattan Bridge in New York, August 20, 2014. (Photo: Michael Appleton / The New York Times)

A banner calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions in opposition to Israeli abuses hangs from the Manhattan Bridge in New York, August 20, 2014. (Photo: Michael Appleton / The New York Times)

The influential pro-Israel group AIPAC is asking supporters to back recently-drafted legislation that seeks to punish a peaceful movement in solidarity with Palestinians.

The organization, which is in Washington this week for an annual policy conference, is dispatching members to lobby lawmakers to pass the bill. One Washington-based group decrying Israel’s occupation of Palestine has said the proposal is unconstitutional.

“This dangerous bill seeks to impose fines on corporations that boycott business dealings with illegal Israeli settlements,” said Josh Ruebner, the policy director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

The organization also said Tuesday that the legislation would levy fines on companies that “divest assets from corporations profiting from settlements.” Text of the bill has not yet been posted on the Library of Congress website.

“It also seeks to deny Export-Import Bank loans to corporations that similarly boycott or divest from such business dealings,” Ruebner added. He said the bill violates Americans’ “First Amendment right to promote boycott, divestment and sanctions.”

The initiative, known as the BDS movement, was launched in 2005 by a wide swath of Palestinian civil society. It calls on people and institutions to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel, until the occupation of Palestine ends.

That appeal includes calls for Israel to grant equal rights to its Arab and Palestinian citizens, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

AIPAC stands for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Its annual policy conference in Washington typically attracts many lawmakers, with the group claiming that “more than two-thirds of Congress” are present for the affair.

Since 2015, Congress has passed two trade bills that include anti-BDS language. One forces the US government to report on BDS activities, the other called on the US Trade Representative to advance anti-BDS initiatives in negotiations with European counterparts.

They received some opposition from the Obama Administration, due to their treatment of Israeli settlements. Language in both bills treated equally “Israeli-controlled territories” and Israel, in contradiction with longstanding US policy.

Original sponsors of one of those bills are backing the senate version of the legislation seeking to levy fines on BDS supporters.

Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced their proposal last Thursday. It currently has five cosponsors, including three Democrats: Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

The House version of the legislation was also introduced last Thursday, by Reps. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Juan Vargas (D-Calif.). It currently has 14 cosponsors, including eight Democrats.

Though US support for Israel, in recent years, has been strongly bipartisan, that has become drastically less true since 2014. After the Israeli military conducted a bombing campaign in Gaza that killed more than 1,500 Palestinian civilians, support for Israel fell dramatically among left-leaning Democrats.

Liberal and moderate Democrats combined are now roughly split in their sympathies for Israelis and Palestinians, according to a January poll. Sympathies for Israel had been ten points higher among all Democrats, just months before the survey.

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May Day Mass Action Will Be a Historic “Strike From Below”

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Hundreds of thousands of service workers across the South and the rest of the nation are planning to take part in a general strike for human rights and equality on May Day, which marks International Workers’ Day. Organizers say the May 1 Strike, which aims to express the collective power of the country’s most marginalized workers and to stop attacks by the Trump administration and its corporate allies, is the biggest general-strike organizing effort in the US in over 70 years.

“The Trump administration’s dangerous attacks against food worker families and all marginalized people continue a centuries-long history of oppression,” the organizers said in a statement. “We will not sit by as families are shattered by immigration raids, Native sovereignty is violated, Muslims are banned, and Black and Brown communities face even more criminalization, trans people [are] excluded and while corporate interest[s] drive down wages, safety protections, organizing rights, and rapidly destroy the environment.”

The strike is being organized by the Food Chain Workers Alliance (FCWA) and the Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West (SEIU USWW). The FCWA is a national coalition of worker-based organizations including the Farmworker Association of Florida, the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights, Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center, OUR Walmart and the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROCU), while the SEIU USWW represents more than 40,000 janitors, security officers, airport service workers, and other property service workers in California.

The strike also involves the Movement for Black Lives, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Alliance for Fair Food, and other groups that advocate for embattled workers and communities.

So far, 350,000 service workers have pledged to strike, BuzzFeed reports. That includes about 300,000 food chain workers and 40,000 unionized service workers.

The action is set to take place 11 years to the day after the Great American Boycott, also known as A Day Without Immigrants, a general strike of undocumented immigrant workers and their supporters called to protest the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (H.R. 4437), draconian immigration reform legislation that passed the US House of Representatives but failed in the Senate.

Immigrants and immigrants rights advocates are also playing key roles in organizing this year’s May Day strike, which is being discussed on social media using the hashtags #May1Strike and #ShutItDownMay1.

“More Powerful Than Hate and Greed”

The last time a general strike of comparable magnitude took place in the US was in Oakland, California, in 1946 — a year that saw numerous labor actions nationwide by workers whose demands for higher wages had been repressed during World War Two.

The Oakland General Strike was called in December of that year to support the city’s striking department store workers, who were mostly women and poorly paid as a consequence. Over 100,000 workers participated in the general strike and effectively shut down the city, as In These Times reported.

But the Oakland General Strike fell apart after a day, and it and the many other labor actions that year led to passage of the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, which limited strikes and allowed states to pass so-called “right-to-work” laws that weaken unions by barring employees in unionized workplaces from being compelled to join the union or pay dues. Today a total of 28 states have right-to-work laws on the books, including all 13 Southern states — one of the reasons why the traditional union movement is so weak in the region.

However, polls show growing support for unions, especially among young and low-wage workers. For example, three-quarters of people ages 18 to 29 say they have a favorable opinion of labor unions compared to only about half of those 50 and older. And unions are viewed favorably by 61 percent of people who earn less than $30,000.

A number of traditional union locals are involved in the May 1 Strike through their membership in the FCWA, including the Teamsters Joint Council 7, UFCW Local 770 and UNITE HERE’s Food Service Division. But also represented in the alliance behind the strike are nonprofit workers’ centers that organize and provide support to low-wage workers who aren’t represented by traditional unions or are legally excluded from union coverage by labor laws. Some of the first workers centers were established by African-American activists in the Carolinas in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In advance of the May 1 action, organizers have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the general strike fund with a $100,000 goal. They are also inviting people to volunteer for a rapid-response network to challenge any retaliation taken against striking workers using protest, online advocacy and pro-bono legal representation.

“We need to show this administration, Congress and large corporate interests that our human and economic worth is more powerful than their agenda of hate and greed,” the organizers said.

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“Trauma on Trauma on Trauma”: For Refugee Children, the Journey Is Only the Beginning


By Candice Bernd,


(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout)

(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout)

This story is the third in a new Truthout series, Severed Ties: The Human Toll of Prisons. This series will dive deeply into the impact of incarceration on families, loved ones and communities, demonstrating how the United States’ incarceration of more than 2 million people also harms many millions more — including 2.7 million children.

Adele’s* 7-year-old daughter cries often.

She cries at home and at school, whenever she thinks about the gang-perpetrated assassination she and her mother witnessed in their home country of El Salvador, and the death threats that soon followed. She also cries when she remembers the abuse inflicted on her mother by her mother’s partner that, combined with the gang violence, caused her and her mother to flee to the US in May.

“They wanted to kill me,” Adele told Truthout, speaking through a translator, about why she chose to leave El Salvador with her child to seek asylum.

Adele and her daughter were arrested at the border and were held for 45 days in the immigrant-family jail in Karnes City, Texas. Now, Adele worries the two of them will be reincarcerated, or be deported back to El Salvador. She worries more about her daughter’s constant fear of the same. Even if they aren’t deported, she worries that the trauma and fear that her young daughter has experienced will haunt her for the rest of her life.

“I am worried because she is so young, and she knows what it’s like to be detained. She knows what it’s like to be hunted, for someone to want to kill you. I don’t like that for her, but it’s the reality that we have had to live,” Adele says.

Adele and her daughter were released from the Karnes immigrant-family jail last summer, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials put Adele on a GPS-equipped electronic ankle monitor.

When a person applies for asylum, they must pass what’s known as a “credible fear” interview, a critical step in determining whether the government considers their asylum claim valid. Adele told Truthout that during her first credible fear interview with an asylum officer, she withheld parts of her story after receiving conflicting information from other prisoners in Karnes who led her to believe the information could be used against her, or that she wouldn’t be believed. After an immigration judge ruled she didn’t meet the requirements for asylum, attorneys with the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) appealed, and Adele has since been granted a second interview, with a date still pending.

In Karnes, Adele says both she and her daughter were gripped by unrelenting despair as they watched families rotate in and out of the jail — wondering whether they would be next to be released or deported. They found no compassion among the immigration officials and guards who worked there.

“[It felt like] all the doors were closing for me,” she said. “It was sad to see some lose their family after only days of being there. I wanted to speak to someone who would help me and nobody wanted to. The treatment was abysmal.”

Adele watched as depression took hold of her daughter in the prison, and watches now as it follows her at school. “She cannot forget the memories. I tell her everything is going to be all right, but you know children. They remember everything,” she says. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with time.”

Adele and her daughter are not alone in experiencing this depression, anxiety, uncertainty and trauma. Hundreds of thousands of other women and children have made the perilous journey to escape gang-related violence in Central America’s northern triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and many have been similarly ensnared in one of three US immigrant-family jails.

Now, with Trump’s executive orders on immigration signed in January, the family jail system could be drastically expanded, and stays for the women and children incarcerated in them could once again lengthen.

Triple Trauma: Persecution of Jailed Refugee Families

Refugee and asylum-seeking mothers and children held in immigrant-family jails typically experience trauma in layers. After experiencing brutality and bloodshed in their home countries, women and children must endure the migratory traumas of crossing through Mexico to the US, where threats from gangs and traffickers often rival the violence of the northern triangle. After surviving the journey, family jail acts as a final traumatic blow, only this time, the persecution is state-sanctioned.

Luis Zayas, who is dean and chair of mental health and social policy at the University of Texas’ School of Social Work, has conducted numerous evaluations of refugee and asylum-seeking mothers and children held in the immigrant-family jails at Karnes and Dilley, Texas, operated by private prison companies GEO Group and CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America). He first began evaluating children at Karnes in 2014, when, as Truthout previously reported, women and children were being held for much longer durations than they are currently — more than a year in some cases.

In July 2016 a federal court stepped in, forcing the government to release families within 20 days of their apprehension — a mandate now under threat by Trump’s executive orders and Texas legislators.

“I listed it as trauma on trauma on trauma,” said Zayas, referring to notations he made as part of his evaluations.

His evaluations confirm some of what other advocates and lawyers working with imprisoned refugee families told Truthout throughout 2014 and 2015: Women and children were routinely fed low-quality Mexican food that is culturally inappropriate for Central Americans, and as a result, many children were not eating. Many others displayed signs of depression. Zayas and others reported that three to four families typically occupy each cell, have no control over temperature and lighting, or have any kind of privacy. Advocates also said that some children had lost substantial weight and looked malnourished — some were even shedding hair. They reported that mothers in the units were threatened with separation from their children and pressured to sign immigration documents, including voluntary deportation forms.

Zayas explained that childhood incarceration has a long-lasting impact, affecting psychological and neurological development.

“What we know from research is that adverse childhood experiences are very detrimental to children, because they affect brain development in such things as executive function skills and problem-solving — distinguishing unique situations within the situation they’re in, knowing when something is dangerous, when to be quiet or not,” Zayas says.

Young children and teenagers often displayed the most dramatic behaviors in response to imprisonment and trauma, according to Zayas. In his research, he found that younger children were often unable to understand why they and their mothers were being locked up, and older children were coping with the loss of dreams like attending college or finishing high school. Zayas said children also displayed a constant fear of the unit’s prison guards.

Trauma and sustained stress can even cause children to regress to earlier developmental states. “They might begin to wet their bed. They might become clingy. They might become defiant. It depends on the child, how they might respond to this ongoing stress,” Zayas said.

He witnessed such behavior at Karnes during his evaluations, citing the case of a 9-year-old child who wanted to be breastfed. Further, he cited children experiencing night terrors at the prison unit, screaming in their sleep in a psychological distress clearly distinct from more ordinary nightmares. Chronic stress also puts children at risk of developing physical autoimmune conditions as they grow, he adds.

Even children who exhibit the impacts of confinement less dramatically are still profoundly affected by being cut off from the experiences and routines that make up a healthy developmental pattern — some at critical stages in their growth. Young toddlers and teenagers are particularly vulnerable.

“We’re really depriving children of the average experiences that come with living in communities,” said Zayas. This can delay children’s social development, especially in terms of their “capacity to know what they’re supposed to do and not to do under certain conditions … how to handle other kids or the parents of other kids, how do you negotiate the playground or recess, things like that,” he said.

Social development is not the only process that is disrupted; children’s ability to keep up with the progression of school may also suffer. Children held in family jails do not receive education that is comparable to normal public schools. This can put them at a significant disadvantage when reentering the school system. “What’s harmful is the truncated developmental potential of these kids by being in prison for no reason,” Zayas says.

Mothers are, of course, deeply affected by the family prison system in ways that overlap with their children’s experiences of depression, fear of prison officials and being severed from relatives and community. However, they also experience compounding pressures and traumas. Prison guards and officials constantly undermine mothers’ parental authority and prerogatives in family jail units. Children observe as their mothers become disempowered by the prison system, and are verbally belittled and abused by prison staff. Allegations of physical and sexual abuse have also surfaced.

“What all little kids or even older kids want is to feel that, ‘Mom and Dad can protect me.’ It’s just natural,” Zayas says. “Well, these kids are seeing, ‘Mom can’t protect me because her power is gone,’ and so the impact on the family dynamic is awful. Moms can’t be moms…. Families are living in this limbo, and not being able to have this natural kind of family experience.”

This can send family relationships askew in ways that take time to heal, with children sometimes losing respect and becoming resentful of their mothers long after leaving the jail.

ICE officials did not respond to Truthout’s request for comment.

Fighting Back

Although the experiences of refugees locked in family jails often go unseen and unaddressed, refugee families and activists in Texas, where two of the nation’s three family jails are located, are taking action. Advocates have sued to prevent the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from licensing privately operated family jail units as child care facilities. A Travis County judge blocked the state from lowering its standards to license the jails in December, ruling the state didn’t have the authority to license them.

A child-care-facility designation would allow the Trump administration to get around a federal court order that limited how long families can be incarcerated in jails that are not state-licensed child care facilities. The order enforced the Flores settlement agreement that set minimum national standards for the detention and release of children by ICE, requiring the agencies to make an effort to release a detained child to a parent, close adult relative or other guardian, if possible. The July 2016 order has been appealed in the Ninth Circuit.

Now, Texas lawmakers have filed bills in the state House and Senate that seek to change the administrative code to give the state the authority to license the jails. The Senate version of the bill, SB 1018, was referred to the Veteran Affairs and Border Security Committee this month and is scheduled for a public hearing today. Section G of the bill stipulates that prisoners held for deportation “in a publicly or privately operated, licensed, nonsecure facility, including a family residential center,” may be kept “for any period of time.”

“It’s not that they brought the facilities up to the standard of child care licensing. They just made a new rule that lowered the standards, to be able to slap a license on it,” says Cristina Parker, who is immigration programs director at the Austin-based nonprofit group Grassroots Leadership, the organization that filed the suit to block the licensing of the jails last year. “It’s all about trying to get around Flores.”

The Texas bills echo a broader crackdown on immigration under the Trump administration, as it aims to expand immigrant jails across the nation, including immigrant-family jails. The administration is even considering making policy changes to preemptively separate asylum-seeking women from their children immediately upon arrival at the US’s southern border.

Severing Mothers and Children at the Border

According to a Reuters report early this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering a new proposal to immediately separate women and children if they arrive together at the southern border, in an effort to deter mothers from making the trip.

Under the proposal, children would be placed under the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), and their mothers would be jailed while awaiting an asylum hearing. The children would remain in government custody, in ORR facilities, until a relative or “state-sponsored” guardian becomes available.

When Adele first read about the proposal, she was shocked. “It is utter cruelty…. It has no justification,” she told Truthout. Moreover, she says, this will not deter women like her from coming. “We only come here with our children because we can’t be over there…. What people don’t know is we don’t come here because we want to. It’s because we have no choice.”

Refugee advocacy organizations, including the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) released a report this month documenting how current practices at the border already subject families to separation and parental incarceration, rendering children “unaccompanied” even when they arrive with a parent. During a press call, the organizations condemned the new proposal, arguing the Trump administration is seeking to expand the practice and transform it into formal policy.

“Family separation causes deep suffering among the entire family, but children are the most hurt and badly affected,” said Jennifer Podkul, who is policy director at KIND. “To separate a child from her mother for an indefinite period of time is cruel and flies in the face of basic child protection. The policy also means that children will be detained alone, which is also often traumatic for a child in itself. The policies being developed by the Trump administration would compound these negative consequences significantly.”

If the policy is implemented, it is expected to face legal challenges. Administration officials have said the policy doesn’t violate current law, arguing that it would allow DHS to comply with the Flores order, which mandates that children should be released from family jails as quickly as possible, but does not require their parents’ release.

Trump’s executive order calling for new construction of immigrant jails and another order drastically expanding the scope of expedited removal could lead to the incarceration of large numbers of women and children in newly converted or constructed family jails after being swept up in “interior enforcement actions,” or raids. A January 2016 Obama administration raid sent 121 women and children to Dilley, for instance. Under Trump, even more families could be sent to jail and face fast-tracked deportations.

Refugee advocacy groups have long argued that policies that separate families at the border or place them in family jail units do nothing to address the root causes of families’ flight from violence-stricken countries, or seek to heal the trauma experienced by asylum seekers. Rather, asylum-seeking families who reach the border should have their cases individually assessed, and should be released to their nearest relative or a community shelter and given access to social and legal services or other community support programs, they argue.

“Only God knows what we experience, why we leave,” Adele says. “We know we have two options: flee or the cemetery.”

Update: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Senate Democrats Wednesday, the day of this article’s publication, that the Department of Homeland Security would not seperate mothers and children upon arrival and the southern border, reversing earlier statements.

*Adele’s name has been changed to protect her identity. She fears retribution from immigration officials for speaking out and does not want to jeopardize her chances at attaining asylum. Ricardo Velázquez translated her statements for Truthout. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master’s in Mexican history.

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Nigel Farage celebrates. Mysterious sign warns London tube passengers


Freedom and sovereignty feels good…


Farage is all smiles, as London tube riders are warned of press freedom. Here is the face of a man who has finally accomplished his goal of getting the UK out of the corrupt EU.

Meanwhile on the London tube this mysterious message appeared, WARNING passengers of UK propaganda press, owned by globalist billionaires.


The Duran readers: What is going on here?

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3 countries which stand to gain from Kurdish separatism


Speaking in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, Sergei Lavrov’s deputy at the Russian Foreign Ministry, gave a brief statement to the press, clarifying Russia’s much misunderstood position regarding a Syrian peace settlement.

Gatilov is a gentle, soft spoken man.  At times he is too gentle, as many in Russia tend to be when faced with the onslaught of both western imperial aggression as well as the terrorist aggression of foreign fighters, currently plaguing the territory of their Syrian ally.

Nevertheless, he reiterated an important position, that the future of post-war Syria is up to the Syrian people and the Syrian people alone. Gatilov also confirmed Russia’s commitment to preserving Syria’s territorial integrity

Practically, this means that if Syria rejects Kurdish demands to seize Syrian territory or carve it out as an autonomous region, Russia would not contradict Syria in such an event.

This is an inconvenient fact for many.

Here are the three main countries who would not be comfortable with Syria maintaining both her sovereignty and territorial integrity. 

1. America

Syrian sovereignty is an inconvenient fact for the United States which under Donald Trump has largely given up on funding the jihadists terrorists that Barack Obama had supported in his desire for regime change. Having given up on blood soaked ‘moderate’ throat cutters, America is now fully backing the Kurds who have territorial and regional geo-political ambitions. They too threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria in their desire to either federate or secede from the Syrian Arab Republic. The majority of the Syrian population opposes Kurdish ambitions and traditionally so too has the Syrian government.

2. Turkey

Under President Erdogan, Turkey has been desirous for regime change in Damascus since the beginning of the conflict. Erdogan’s neo-Ottomanism seeks the re-conquest of territories in the Arab world, including much of northern Syria and northern Iraq. This puts him in a two way battle between Syria and what is left of a sovereign Iraq on the one hand and Kurds who themselves seek to declare the Turkish borderlands as their own Kurdish state.

One of the strange ironies of the conflict is that in trying to expand Turkey and recapture erstwhile Ottoman territories, there is a chance that Kurds within Turkey (the largest Kurdish population in the world), may now be more emboldened than ever to succeed from Turkey.

Even if this does not happen, the formation of a Kurdish state on Turkey’s borders would  be unacceptable for any Turkish leader, not just the unhinged Erdogan.

3. Israel 

Under both Hafez al-Assad as well as Bashar al-Assad, Syria has been a constant supporter of the restoration of Palestine on land occupied by Israel. Because of this, Israel has long sought the removal of both father and son in Syria.

Because the ‘Assad must go’ brigade have largely admitted (however quietly) that regime change is no longer a possibility, Israel is now equally desirous of a Kurdish state on Syrian territory. Israel has long supported Kurdish separatism against secular Arab states, particularly Iraq and Syria. A Kurdish state in place of parts of Syrian and/or Iraqi territory would, be a rare regional ally for Israel which remains a regional pariah, in spite of recent reconciliation efforts with Ankara.

If Israel comes out and publicly backs Kurdish separatism, they will lose any good will from Turkey, but they will gain a possible military outpost in the legitimate territory of an Arab state. Many in Tel Aviv salivate at such an opportunity.

Each of these states stand to gain from Syria’s loss, whether her loss manifests itself in the form of Syrian weakness through federation or the destruction of Syrian territorial integrity in the form of a Kurdish state.

Although counter-intuitive, Turkey stands to gain as well. Erdogan cares less for peace than for power and a Kurdish state next to Turkey would give Erdogan the excuse he needs to consolidate power even further and put Turkey on a war footing. Erdogan never asked for permission before illegally invading Syria, so it can be safely assumed that no such permission would be asked in respect of a Kurdish state.

The wildcard in this is Russia. Unlike Syria and Iran who roundly oppose Kurdish separatism. Russia has generally enjoyed good relations with the Kurds. Sharing a traditional regional enemy in the form of Turkey is the basis of this relationship.

It would however be highly foolish if Russia were to back aspirant Kurdish nationalism at the expense of an actual state, one which has been a Soviet and Russian ally for many decades, namely Syria. It would be equally foolish for Russia to back the creation of a state or autonomous province in a Balkanised Syria that would alienate Iran. The fact that Iran and Russia seem to be deepening their relationship is a positive development in respect of Russia not putting its weight behind separatist Kurds.

Finally, one has to consider Russia’s relationship with Turkey. Turkey is in many respects, an enemy of Russian interests but Turkey is not an enemy of Russia itself per se.

Both countries have an important economic relationship and in spite of Erdogan’s illegal occupation of Syria which is roundly against Russian interests, if Russia were to stand against America in opposing a Krudish state, it would not only be an aid to Russia’s real ally in Syria but would help ease tensions with Turkey who for economic reasons and reasons of regional security, Russia needs more than it needs the United States. This will be even more important when the tyrant Erdogan finally goes, which may happen sooner rather than later. His nine lives may fast be running out.

Because Russia has good relations with both the Syrian government and with Kurds in Syria, Moscow has an upper hand in future negotiations that it ought not to misname. If Russia plays its hand right, it can satisfy the just desires of the majority of Syrians, show loyalty to an important Arab ally, reaffirm good future relations with Iran, get Turkey to climb down from its increasingly ludicrous position and humiliate the legacy of Obama’s policies on the world’s stage, something which may even help guide Trump back to his position of peace and reconciliation with Russia. At the same time, Russia can help reconcile Kurds to a healthy but not separatist position within the Syrian Arab Republic.

Russia has everything to gain from standing by Syria. Other less ethical states, by contrast, stand to gain from Syria’s destruction.



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BREAKING: Turkey claims Euphrates Shield a ‘success’



Turkey’s illegal invasion and occupation of Syria is known by Ankara as Operation Euphrates Shield. It formally commenced on the 24th of August, 2016. According to Turkey, Euphrates Shield was aimed at fighting ISIS as well as Kurdish YPG forces near the Turkish border.

In reality, Turkey has trained, armed and funded members of the jihadist Free Syrian Army in what Syria classifies as a war of aggression. In recent months, the operation became far more about fighting Kurdish forces in Syria than about any of Turkey’s other wider goals such as regime change in Damascus.

Turkey’s operation had no basis in international law.

From seemingly out of the blue, Turkey’s National Security Council today announced that Euphrates Shield has been completed.

This could mean several things.

It could be yet another one of Turkey’s many bluffs on the international stage. Whilst Turkey’s National Security Council claims the operation has ended successfully, there is every possibility that both direct Turkish aggression against Syria as well as aggression from its FSA proxies could continue into the foreseeable future.

But if the statement turns out to actually be backed up by realities on the ground, there are two distinct possibilities behind it.

Although Syria has complained before the UN and other international bodies of the illegal nature of Turkey’s aggressive invasion and occupation of Syrian territory, such expressions of frustration with Turkey have largely fallen on deaf ears.

However, if Russia or America made their private views known to Turkish President Erdogan, this could have impacted Turkish decision making.

For slightly different reasons, both Trump’s United States and Putin’s Russia have desired an end to Turkish meddling in Syria. Russia is privately and to some extent publicly, angry at Turkey’s totally destabilising role in Syria. Russia speaks from the perspective of both an integral ally of the Syrian Arab Army’s campaign against terrorism, but also as a power which has looked favourably to Krudish efforts to fight various jihadist groups including both the Turkish backed FSA and the Saudi/Qatari backed ISIS.

America, even under Trump, has no real time for the legitimate government in Syria but is instead, hellbent on utilising Kurds to both fight the war against militant Salifism. Additionally Washington wants Kurds to form the nexus of a post-war settlement. Because of this, America would not want a putative ally (and fellow NATO member) in Turkey to be fighting against their favourite proxies in the Syrian conflict.

In terms of destabilising Syria, emboldening pro-Turkish terrorists and prolonging conflict, Euphrates Shield has indeed been a success. But in terms of making gains against Kurds, making meaningful gains against the Syrian Arab Army, getting America and Russia to change their thinking and most importantly to help oust President al-Assad, Euphrates Shield has been a colossal failure for Turkey.

In this sense, there is a distinct possibility that Erdogan has proclaimed ‘mission accomplished’ for domestic consumption ahead of his referendum for extra Presidential powers set for the 16th of April. Erdogan is no stranger to using external events in order to bolster his domestic popularity.

The biggest question remains, will Turkey actually now leave Syrian territory, taking their FSA fighters with them? Or inversely, is this yet another meaningless statement from a Turkish regime known for half-truths and downright lies?

Time will tell.

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Fliers accusing Jews of creating anti-Semitic hoaxes


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Fliers accusing Jews of creating anti-Semitic hoaxes dropped in Arizona

Fliers accusing Jews of creating anti-Semitic hoaxes were left in neighborhoods of Scottsdale, Arizona.

The fliers reference the fact that a teen in ‘Israel’, believed to be Jewish, was arrested in connection with the threats made to nearly 150 Jewish community centers and Jewish institutions in the U.S. “Why do Jews feel the need to create fake anti-Semitism hoaxes?”  the flier reads, and directs people to the website of the neo-Nazi and white supremacist Daily Stormer website.

The flier also features a cartoon of a man with a very large and slightly hooked nose wearing a hat and trench coat spray painting a swastika on the side of a building with the caption “Hey Rabbi. Watcha’ Doing?”

The fliers were dropped throughout this week near the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale, according to the Arizona Republic.

Scottsdale police are investigating the fliers, though they told local media that the fliers do not violate any criminal statutes and do not contain a specific threat.


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41st Land Day

On 30 March 1976, Israeli police killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel during protests against the government’s expropriation of massive tracts of Arab-owned land. This tragic event is commemorated annually as Land Day.

Forty-one years later, the land and housing rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel remain under threat.

As official data about land tenders in 2016 reaffirms, the land and housing crisis in Arab communities is not the result of specific failures or unintentional neglect, but the product of a systematic and deliberate policy of inequality and racism since 1948.

Ahmad Abu Al-Qi’an, for example, was forced by Israel to destroy his own home in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, and to move his family to the impoverished township of Hura. The state is seeking to demolish Umm al-Hiran in order to build a new Jewish town called Hiran on its ruins. Watch this short video to learn Ahmad’s story.

Ahmad is one of tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens from unrecognized villages in the Naqab (Negev) who will be dispossessed and displaced under a new version of the “Prawer Plan”, which the government is expected to push forward in the coming months.

The government has also proposed the Kaminitz Bill, which would increase the power of Israeli authorities to demolish thousands of Arab homes across the country while restricting judicial review. The bill would also impose severe penalties on Palestinian citizens who build without permits (which are nearly impossible to obtain), and who refuse to demolish their own homes.

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Syrian Battleground: Why Russo-Israeli Relations are ‘Essential’ for Tel-Aviv


Amid growing tensions over Israeli airstrikes in Syria, Seth J. Frantzman, a Jerusalem-based commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, emphasized the importance of Russo-Israeli cooperation and warned against Tel-Aviv getting itself mired in the Syrian conflict in his article for The Jerusalem Post.

Russo-Israeli relations are at their warmest point in history, Seth J. Frantzman, an Israeli commentator on Middle East politics, stressed in his recent article for The Jerusalem Post.

The commentator emphasized that both countries understand each other’s boundaries and are cooperating on other fronts, regardless of the tensions in the region over Israeli airstrikes inside Syria on March 16.

About two weeks ago, the Israeli Air Force conducted several airstrikes inside Syria, prompting fierce criticism from Damascus.

“Syria calls on the UN Secretary General and the President of the UN Security Council to condemn this Israeli blatant aggression and oblige Israel to stop supporting terrorism in Syria and to implement all Security COuncil resolutions on counter-terrorism,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry stated, commenting on the matter.

For its part, Tel-Aviv said that the airstrikes were aimed against a convoy which carried weapons to Hezbollah, which has been designated as a terrorist organization by Israel.”Our policy is very consistent. When we identify attempts to pass modern weaponry to Hezbollah, when we have intelligence data and operational capabilities, we act to prevent this,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated last Friday.

It was also reported that Moscow summoned Israeli Ambassador to Russia Gary Koren to inquire about airstrikes on Syrian troops.

However, speaking to Sputnik last Monday, Ambassador Koren expressed hope that Russia will help ease tensions in the region.

“We hope that Russia and Syria’s allies will use their influence to bring Damascus to reason,” Koren said, commenting on the recent jet accident.

Koren’s comment came after Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to destroy Syria’s air defense systems if they target the Israeli jets. Earlier, the Syrian Arab Army said in a statement that it had downed one of the Israeli jets that violated its airspace. However, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) denied these claims, when speaking to Sputnik.In his interview with Radio Sputnik, Professor Eyal Zisser, an expert on Syria from Tel Aviv University, explained that Moscow and Tel-Aviv made an agreement that military equipment transferred from Iran to Hezbollah to fight against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) would not be used to attack Israel.

Zisser admitted that the escalation of tensions between Syria and Israel may threaten Russia’s military positions in the region.

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russian President Vladimir Putin only a week ago and they discussed those issues. Of course I think now there is an open channel aimed to avoid incidents like these,” Zisser told Radio Sputnik on March 20.

On March 22, however, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists that Moscow will judge the implementation of the Russian-Israeli cooperation agreement on Syria “by Israel’s actions.”

“During his second to latest visit to Moscow, Israel’s Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] and [Russian] President Putin achieved a clear agreement about the way Russian and Israeli militaries could cooperate in relation to the situation in Syria,” Lavrov said, commenting on the Israeli airstrikes. He added that Russia “will judge how accurately this arrangement is carried out by our Israeli partners; not on the basis of what they say but how they act.”

Amid the growing tensions over the Israeli airstrikes in Syria, Jerusalem-based commentator Frantzman signals that for Israel “the Russian connection is essential in the current Middle East.””Russia is the dominant player in Syria,” Frantzman underscored, adding that for Israel it is important to maintain close relations with Moscow to ensure the country’s security.

“Both Hezbollah and some among the Syrian rebels might like to see Israel dragged into the Syrian conflict,” the commentator warned, “In general, in the Middle East Russia is seen as an increasingly powerful player, as opposed to the erratic policies coming from Washington.”

The commentator reiterated the importance of Russo-Israeli relations, stressing that their cooperation will help determine major issues in the region and also “likely cement Israel’s attempts to build a foreign policy on stronger relations with countries outside the US-EU orbit.”

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