Genocidal monarchy set to receive $23 billion in U.S. weapons after Senate resolution fails

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Two resolutions in the Senate to block the sale of $23 billion in advanced fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates failed yesterday in close votes. This military deal — which includes the second-largest sale of U.S. drones to a single country — is directly tied to the recent normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel.

Included in the sale are a number of highly advanced F-35 fighter jets, MQ-9 Reaper drones, and more than 14,000 bombs and munitions. These weapons will boost the military capacity of the UAE, a dictatorial monarchy long-allied with the United States that is overtly or covertly involved in several conflicts across the Middle East. 

The new injection of advanced weaponry into the country’s arsenal will enable it to step up its participation in the genocidal war on Yemen waged by a Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition that the UAE is a key pillar of. A campaign of relentless bombing and a virtual blockade of parts of Yemen has caused mass starvation and thousands of deaths in what the United Nations has called the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. 

Another target of this deal is Iran. In a statement the White House specifically listed “deterring” Iran as an outcome of the criminal weapons sale. The U.S. government’s language about “deterrence” turns reality on its head — in fact the Trump administration is the aggressor and their intention is to arm countries hostile to Iran to the teeth as a means of intensifying pressure on the country in the ultimate hopes of regime change. 

Democrat opposition in tactics, not outcome

Most Senate Democrats voted in favor of the resolution blocking the arms sale. However, much of this opposition in fact has been centered around maintaining Israel’s military “qualitative edge”. Essentially the argument is that only Israel should have the advanced F-35 jet, and allowing the UAE to acquire them is contrary to the long-standing U.S. policy of ensuring Israel’s armed forces  are dominant in the region.

Another disagreement is around tactics on whether to attack Iran militarily or economically. “If we really want to talk about countering Iran,” said right-wing Democrat senator Bob Menendez, “we need a comprehensive diplomatic strategy.” In 2012 Menendez gloated about his efforts in introducing sanctions on Iran and cripple their economy. When the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was brought before the Senate for approval in 2015 — which would provide sanctions relief for Iran — Menendez opposed it.

For Menendez, the weapons sale to the Emirates “isn’t a serious strategy to confront the very real and timely threats from Iran.”

President-elect Joe Biden has made no statement regarding the weapons sale.

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UAE to Buy 50 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

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The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Arab Emirates of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $10.4 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has requested to buy up to fifty (50) F-35A Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take-Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft and fifty-four (54) Pratt & Whitney F-135 Engines (up to 50 installed and 4 spares). Also included are Electronic Warfare Systems; Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence/Communications, Navigational, and Identification (C4I/CNI); Autonomic Logistics Global Support System (ALGS); Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN); Air System Training Devices; Weapons Employment Capability and other Subsystems, Features, and Capabilities; F-35 unique chaff and infrared flares; reprogramming center access; F-35 Performance Based Logistics; software development/integration; aircraft ferry and tanker support; aircraft and munitions support and test equipment; communications equipment; provisioning, spares and repair parts; weapons repair and return support; personnel training and training equipment; weapon systems software, publications and technical documents; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated cost is $10.4 billion.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important regional partner. The UAE has been, and continues to be, a vital U.S. partner for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

The proposed sale of F-35s will provide the Government of the UAE with a credible defense capability to deter aggression in the region and ensure interoperability with U.S. forces. The UAE has demonstrated a commitment to modernizing its military and will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into their armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support represents a significant increase in capability and will alter the regional military balance.

The prime contractors will be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, TX; and Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, CT. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. However, the purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreements will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor(s). Implementation of this proposed sale may require the assignment of U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the UAE.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require multiple trips to the UAE involving U.S. Government and contractor representatives for technical reviews/support, program management, and training over the life of the program. U.S. contractor representatives will be required in the UAE to conduct Contractor Engineering Technical Services (CETS) and Autonomic Logistics and Global Support (ALGS) for after-aircraft delivery.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law. The description and dollar value is for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements. Actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded.

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The Zionist UAE’s Deals With the Nazi regime

Open Secrets: The UAE’s Deals With Israel

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 in “Iniohos 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 Arab countries, provide a sobering and disappointing reminder that Palestinians are being betrayed by some of the people closest to them.

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Emirati Aid Convoy to Damascus to Fight Trump Sanctions

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Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region, Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, a land aid convoy carrying 22 tons of medicines and medical materials arrived in the Syrian capital, Damascus, which the authority had arranged in coordination with the Syrian Red Crescent Society. The aid to curb the outbreak of the new Coronavirus (Covid-19) on the Syrian arena comes as part of the UAE’s global response to address the pandemic, strengthening preventive and precautionary measures, and supporting the Syrian medical sector to face the challenges in this regard.

Thousands of health care workers in Syria benefit from this aid. The Secretary-General of the Emirates Red Crescent, Dr. Muhammad Ateeq Al Falahi, said that this convoy of aid comes within the framework of the initiatives undertaken by the UAE to support international efforts to combat the global spread of the Corona virus, indicating the interest of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the aid it provides In this regard, the authority has a direct impact on limiting the spread of the pandemic in a number of countries, and strengthening the capacity of medical personnel, who represent the first line of defense in these exceptional health conditions, in the field of prevention and protection.

He stressed that the UAE is making great efforts to help brotherly and friendly countries overcome the current health conditions, stand by them, and enhance their health capabilities to face the repercussions of the pandemic.

He said that the Emirates Red Crescent Authority had facilitated this shipment of medical aid in coordination with the Syrian Red Crescent Society, within the framework of joint humanitarian cooperation between the two national societies, and the authority’s keenness to support the capabilities of the Syrian National Society, and to support its efforts in the health field on its local arena. Al-Falahi indicated that the medical aid includes basic materials used to strengthen preventive and precautionary measures to address the Corona pandemic, help medical personnel to perform their role, and support their efforts to contain the spread of the virus in Syria.

He added, “This aid comes as part of the global response to the spread of the (Covid-19) pandemic, and this is the fourth shipment of medical aid to Syria, as three previous shipments arrived by air to the capital, Damascus.”

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Guantánamo Prisoners Sent to UAE Risk Forced Expulsion, Secret Detention

Activists from the Guantanamo Justice Campaign, a group calling for the U.S. to close its Guantanamo Bay prison camp, and for the British government to lobby the United States to this end, demonstrate in orange detainee jumpsuits outside the Houses of Parliament in London.
Activists from the Guantanamo Justice Campaign, a group calling for the U.S. to close its Guantanamo Bay prison camp, and for the British government to lobby the United States to this end, demonstrate in orange detainee jumpsuits outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

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One of the very last actions of the Obama administration, on his last day in office in 2017, was to transfer four prisoners from the military prison at Guantánamo Bay — one to his native Saudi Arabia and three for resettlement in a third country, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This brought the prisoner population down to 41, a number that has only fallen by one since then.

The men were among 196 prisoners resettled by the Obama administration upon transfer from Guantánamo, effectively but not recognized as refugees, often as a result of the U.S.’s foreign policy and wars. Transferred from Guantánamo in Obama’s attempts to close the facility, for many of these men, who were never charged or tried and were cleared for release, freedom has remained elusive. This is the case for most of the 23 transferred to the UAE between November 2015 and January 2017.

On October 15, 2020, a group of UN Special Rapporteurs expressed concerns over the situation of the remaining 19 transferred prisoners who remain in the UAE, all of whom have been subject to indefinite and arbitrary detention at secret locations since their arrival there and now face the prospect of forced expulsion to their home countries (Russia for one of them and Yemen for the other 18). The experts state that the Yemenis were “were allegedly forced to sign documents consenting to their repatriation, or otherwise remain indefinitely in Emirati detention.”

The other prisoner, Ravil Mingazov, was the only Russian prisoner not to return home in 2004. His seven returnee compatriots have faced ongoing, continuous persecution, both in the Russian Federation and abroad, resulting in one being shot dead by the police and spurious charges and detention for others, including a life sentence for one of the former Guantánamo prisoners. Mingazov has insisted on never being returned to Russia.

The UN experts expressed concerns for the 18 Yemenis in view of the ongoing war in the country. Obama ceased the transfer of Yemenis from Guantánamo in 2010; this was later extended due to the war. In view of the international law principle of non-refoulement, the forced transfer of any of the men would be illegal.

The latest statement follows concerns the experts raised with the UAE authorities in July. Since their arrival in the country, all the men have been held at unknown locations with limited access to family (some visits have been permitted) and legal and medical visits. Some of the men allege they have been tortured at UAE facilities. At least two of them have gone on hunger strike in protest in the past year and there are reports of the men being held in solitary confinement. None have faced any charges or prosecution in the UAE.

Guantánamo prisoners cleared for release were transferred to the UAE in three groups between November 2015 and January 2017, including the largest single transfer of 15 men (three Afghans and 12 Yemenis) in August 2016. At that time, the U.S. thanked the UAE for its “humanitarian gesture” but the risks of transfer there were already evident, as what had become of the prisoners transferred in November 2015 was unknown. U.S. officials allegedly assured prisoners and their lawyers that they would be released from a residential rehabilitation program and reintegrated into Emirati society and allowed family reunification, but that has not happened for any of the men. U.S. lawyers for the men wrote to the UAE authorities on three occasions without a response.

Some blame the Trump administration for failing to track resettled prisoners. However, the UN experts’ demands include that “the UAE authorities disclose the terms of the resettlement programme (with the United States),” an agreement made with the Obama administration. They state, “We are seriously concerned about the secrecy surrounding the terms and mode of implementation of this resettlement programme agreed between the UAE and the United States.”

Transfers of prisoners from Guantánamo by the Obama administration, in some cases, involved trade deals and other benefits; for example, the company of a former political strategist to the Obama administration, who helped to broker the 2009 transfer of Uighur prisoners to Bermuda, won a consultancy contract with the Bermudan government in 2017. Uruguay’s sale of oranges to the U.S. resumed in return for accepting six Guantánamo prisoners in 2016. In spite of the Uruguayan government’s apparent displeasure at hosting the men, it has insisted on several occasions on having one prisoner, Jihad Diyab, a Syrian refugee, returned to the country after his attempts to flee abroad. With many prisoners released by both the Bush and Obama administrations still subject to surveillance and restrictions in various countries, it is possible, as one former U.S. official put it, that “this seems like the UAE is imprisoning them on behalf of the U.S. government.”

The UN experts, in their July 2020 communication, also raised the case of Afghan national Haji Hamdullah, who was one of three Afghan nationals resettled in the UAE and returned to Afghanistan in December 2019. Hamdullah “was forcibly repatriated to Afghanistan, without security assurances, despite his claims of risking torture and ill-treatment in Afghanistan.” He died in Kabul on May 4, 2020.

In a January 2020 interview with the Turkish Anadolu Agency news outlet, Hamdullah said, “Worst was our stay in the UAE. It was un-Islamic and against human rights. We were told in Guantánamo about transferring us to the UAE, and a rosy picture was painted for us for our six-month stay in the UAE, so we approved and agreed to this offer by the U.S. Foreign Ministry.” He urged the Afghan government to take action against the UAE.

It is possible that the terms of the U.S.-UAE resettlement agreement mean that the prisoners would only be allowed to remain for a limited period. Senegal agreed to resettle two prisoners on humanitarian grounds in 2016, but they were unlawfully transferred to their native Libya, exactly two years later in April 2018, where they promptly “disappeared.” While some states have reportedly been given cash incentives to accept prisoners, the UAE instead has seen its stock as a global political player rise, including in the war in Yemen, with U.S. backing over the past five years.

The risk to these 19 men cannot be underestimated and is not without precedent. They remain at risk whether they stay in the UAE, subject to a regime of continuing secret indefinite arbitrary detention, or return to their home countries, where they risk further persecution and, potentially, death.

Given that Guantánamo remains open after almost 19 years, it is clear that both the Republicans and Democrats have a poor record on the treatment of the prisoners and a weak grip on human rights. While closing Guantánamo has not been an election issue since 2008, its continuing existence remains a stain on the U.S. In a year that has seen millions of U.S. residents receive little more than complacency from their government in the face of a global pandemic, and as millions file for unemployment and other basic benefits, the question of whose interests Guantánamo protects and at what cost needs to be raised. Demands for the closure of Guantánamo and the release of the remaining 40 prisoners must ensure that prisoners are released to safety and are genuinely set free.

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Gulf states’ pact with the devil over Palestine

What did the UAE hope to achieve by making public peace with the zionist state?

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Pakistanis protest against the UAE-Israel deal, which has caused widespread anger in the Arab and muslim world.

On 13 August the normalisation of relations (the Abraham Accords) between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel was announced in a fanfare of flags and smiles from the leaders of both sides and from US president Donald Trump, who is taking credit for brokering this ‘peace’ deal of the century.

It is well known to most people who have looked at the middle east situation in any depth that the UAE, along with a few other Arab countries, has had relations with the illegitimate state of Israel for a long time in the spheres of trade, military knowledge sharing, the nurturing of terrorist groups to undermine and attack neighbours and so on.

In 2015, Israel opened a diplomatic office in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi as part of the International Renewable Energy Agency, and many senior Israeli officials have visited the city. In the field of sport, Israeli athletes have participated in many regional competitions in the UAE.

Returning to trade, Israel was set to participate in Dubai’s World Expo 2020, which had to be postponed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. In short, the UAE has merely made official its already existing policy.

However, even that is a huge knife in the collective back of the long-suffering Palestinian people.

Zionism in the current climate

For those who wish to understand some of the methods used by zionist terrorism to take Palestinian land, simply google Deir Yassin. In the accounts of this single massacre in 1948 can be found the names of various zionist terror gang leaders who would go on to be leaders of Israel.

In view of its ideology and its modus operandi, the equation of zionism with nazism is obvious.

When people term themselves anti-zionist, it is that ideology and the murderous practices of the zionists that they are opposing. Unfortunately, the zionists and their supporters inside many governments have for some time now been pushing the lie that anti-zionism is synonymous with antisemitism in order to try to have any resistance to Israel’s crimes or any sympathy with the Palestinian people outlawed wherever possible – and this idea has gained a lot of ground thanks to its endless repetition in the imperialist corporate media.

Zionism itself is an antisemitic ideology, since it posits that jews do not belong in the various countries of the world in which they are citizens but only in Israel. In the eyes of zionism, all Arabs who are not of the jewish religion are sub-human.

For those who wish to have a greater understanding of the political history of the middle east we suggest reading Imperialism in the Middle East by Harpal Brar and Ella Rule.

UAE treachery against Palestine

During the various press conferences and interviews with US president Trump, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE crown prince (and de facto leader) Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and their underlings we have heard some extraordinary statements.

Trump, being a man of few words, called the agreement “huge”, which it is because now all the other muslim countries in the region that have been indulging in semi-secret relations with Israel will start to formalise them too, giving Trump the chance to portray himself as a peacemaker just in time for the presidential elections, while his Democratic party opponent, Joe Biden, an equally avid supporter of zionism, can say nothing against it.

Netanyahu sees the deal as the possible saving of his personal political career. For zionism more generally, the deal formally isolates the Palestinians at a time when the US has been working to weaken many of Palestine’s true friends – Iran is under crippling sanctions, Syria is still trying to rebuild and reclaim its territory after years of western, Israeli and wahhabi-backed terrorism and invasionLibya has been totally smashed, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah is still reeling from the massive explosion in Beirut port, which the western newsmoulders are trying to lay at its door.

In fact, Netanyahu got so giddy that in an interview with Sky News Arabia that he said: “The deal connects the UAE with Israel; both of them are advanced democracies and their societies are advanced.”

A copy of this interview that had been immediately uploaded to his Twitter account was deleted very quickly, presumably after someone perhaps showed him a copy of the US-based Freedom House NGO’s current scoring on the ‘advanced democracy’ of the UAE: General freedom: 17 out of 100. Political rights: 5 out of 40. Civil liberties: 12 out of 60.

Democratic UAE

The UAE is a federation of seven emirates, led in practice by Abu Dhabi. There are some limited elections for a federal advisory body, but political parties are banned, and all executive, legislative, and judicial authority ultimately rests with the seven hereditary rulers who sit on the Federal Supreme Council (FSC).

The FSC is the country’s highest executive body. It selects a president and vice-president from amongst its members, and the president appoints a prime minister and cabinet. The emirate of Abu Dhabi has controlled the federation’s presidency since 1971.

The FSC is advised by the 40-seat Federal National Council (FNC), which can review proposed laws and question government ministers. Fifty percent of the FNC is elected, but the electoral college is very small with the non-elected half chosen by the emirates.

Political parties are not allowed in the UAE. Those who do try to form them see them broken up very quickly with harsh sentences meted out to those involved.

What does the UAE get?

The UAE has claimed that it has signed this agreement to assist the Palestinian masses, the logic being that it has ‘persuaded’ the Israeli side to halt its proposed formal annexation of the illegally-occupied West Bank.

This is, of course, complete balderdash. Netanyahu has stated on Israeli news channels: “Extending sovereignty will only be done alongside the United States.” ‘Extending sovereignty’ is the chosen zionist euphemism for annexation of the illegal West Bank settlements, and Netanyahu was making it quite clear that the annexation is not shelved but only suspended for a time.

Whoever wins the US presidential election, be it Trump or Biden, will have to give the green light to Israel to start the annexations soon, since the West Bank’s terrorist settlers are not known for their patience when it comes to stealing land or committing genocide. They will be pushing Netanyahu very hard, and when it happens the UAE will just look the other way.

So what has the UAE got from the deal? It is hoping that it has got security, not only from Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, but also from ordinary Arabs and muslims, the vast majority of whom are very supportive of the Palestinian cause (a poll in 2018 found that 87 percent of respondents in various Arab countries were opposed to establishing any ties with Israel, and the most-cited reason was Israel’s oppression of Palestinians).

Other traitors queuing up

This illusory security that the UAE dictators think they have been given by the zionists and their US paymasters will also be sought by some other Gulf states and Arab/muslim countries that fear Iran, Syria and Lebanon, and the messages of real Arab and muslim unity emanating from them. It was not for nothing that Palestinian protesters against the Abraham deal burned not only pictures of Trump, Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Zayed but also of Saudi leaders.

Among the other rich and powerful families probably preparing to stick a blade in the backs of the Palestinians are those who rule Bahrain and Oman, both of whom sent out statements welcoming the Abraham deal.

Israeli intelligence minister Eli Cohen told IDF radio: “I think that Bahrain and Oman are definitely on the agenda. In addition, in my assessment, there is a chance that already in the coming year there will be a peace deal with additional countries in Africa, chief among them Sudan.”

Tyrants will fall eventually

These foul murderous despots managed to gain control of the last Arab uprisings and turn them upon their own and imperialism’s enemies, but Palestine is such an emotive and pivotal issue in the region that more risings will certainly come.

Already Turkey seems to be moving away from the US’s sphere of influence, which will certainly complicate matters for both US imperialism and Israel, which is itself becoming riven with contradictions.

The future isn’t bright for imperialism or any of its middle-eastern puppets, but the struggles to overthrow them will be long and hard. We in the imperialist heartlands who stand with the poor must start pulling our weight against the seemingly mighty US imperialism and its zionist surrogate.

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Nazi Intel minister: ‘We’ll act against sale of F-35s to UAE, including in US Congress’

Amid reports signing of normalization deal will take place at White House within 10 days, Eli Cohen says Jerusalem will actively oppose advanced weapons deal

By: TOI  

An Israeli Air Force F-35 is seen during an air force exercise, June 2019 (IDF Spokesperson)

An Israeli Air Force F-35 is seen during an air force exercise, June 2019 (IDF Spokesperson)

Israel’s intelligence minister on Friday said Jerusalem would firmly oppose the sale of F-35 fighters and other advanced weaponry to the United Arab Emirates, while continuing to deny Israel had given its approval — tacit or otherwise — to such a deal.

Eli Cohen told Kan TV news: “We oppose [it]. We will not agree to any sale… We will act against the sale of any weaponry that will hurt Israel’s qualitative military edge, including the F-35.”

His comments came as Channel 12 news reported that Israel and the UAE were gearing up for a signing ceremony of their normalization agreement in Washington within the next 10 days.

But the report also said that before such a signing takes place, the UAE is demanding that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stop making public comments against the potential arms sale.

File: A view of the White House and South Lawn area in Washington (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

The prime minister on Friday denied a New York Times report that again claimed he had given his okay to the weapons deal, which Washington appears keen to carry out.

Cohen backed the premier, telling Kan: “I was at the cabinet meetings. Today I spoke with the prime minister who said unequivocally that there is no agreement and he didn’t give an okay.”

Cohen asserted that such reports were concocted by “people on the left who find it hard to see Israel manage to make an agreement of peace for peace” rather than in exchange for security concessions.

Asked if Israeli would seek to oppose the passage of such an arms deal when it comes to the US Congress for approval, through lobbyist groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Cohen answered in the affirmative.

As for the signing ceremony, the Channel 12 report said one date floated as a possibility is September 13 — the 27th anniversary of the White House signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians. Such timing could serve Netanyahu’s narrative of changing the paradigm of land for peace, which served as a basis for the Israeli-Palestinian deal, to one of peace for peace with Israel’s Arab neighbors.

Then-economy minister Eli Cohen at a meeting in Tel Aviv, April 1, 2019. (Flash90)

This week saw and Israeli delegation make a historic trip to Abu Dhabi on an El Al flight to continue work on the normalization agreement. But it also saw continued controversy over the US-UAE weapons deal that appears according to multiple reports to be part of the package.

Netanyahu again denied Friday that he had removed opposition to the sale, after a New York Times report on Thursday said the premier privately stopped opposing the sale of the planes to Abu Dhabi, despite repeated public assurances that he is against the deal.

“Repeating a false allegation against Prime Minister Netanyahu does not make it true,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement. “At no point in the talks with the United States leading to the historic breakthrough with the United Arab Emirates on August 13 did the prime minister give Israel’s consent to the sale of advanced weapons to the Emirates.”

Yesh Atid-Telem MK Moshe Ya’alon, a former defense minister under Netanyahu and IDF chief of staff, asked for the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee to discuss the UAE’s purchase of F-35s.

“I intend to demand close parliamentary oversight of the strategic dialogue between Israel and the US. This dialogue can’t be managed any longer by Netanyahu and the national security adviser [Meir Ben-Shabbat] because there’s a heavy suspicion that the decisions being made are tainted with considerations not in line with the strategic interests of Israel,” Ya’alon was quoted saying by the Walla news site.

The New York Times report, which cited unnamed sources involved in the talks, claimed that along with the ultra-advanced jets and Reaper drones, the deal also includes radar-blocking EA-18G Growler jets, which could erode the effectiveness of Israel’s air defense capabilities and put the UAE at a considerable military advantage.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the first Cabinet meeting of the new government in the Knesset, on May 24, 2020. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

The centerpiece of the deal, however, are the F-35 fighter jets, which the UAE has sought to purchase for several years. The sale has seemingly been held up due to a US commitment to protect Israel’s military edge in the region, which would preclude selling weapons of the same caliber to both Israel and Arab states without an okay from Jerusalem.

A recent announcement that the UAE is normalizing ties with Israel has brought the weapons deal back to the fore, though after an Israeli report that linked the forging of ties with the lifting of Israel’s objection, Netanyahu insisted that he still objects to the sale and that he has repeatedly informed Washington of his opposition.

But officials told The New York Times that Netanyahu’s statements were “false.”

The report also quoted Hussein Ibish, a researcher at Washington’s Arab Gulf States Institute, who said officials from the US, UAE and Israel all told him Netanyahu gave the weapons deal a green light.

Netanyahu told the Emiratis that “there would not be substantive and categorical opposition,” he said.

While the Emirates initially reacted angrily to Netanyahu’s comments against the deal, US officials have since made clear to them that the sale remains on the table and Netanyahu’s comments were intended to soothe a public outcry over the sale, according to the report.

An Emirati official stands near an El Al plane that carried a US-Israeli delegation to the UAE following a normalization accord, upon its arrival at the Abu Dhabi airport, in the first-ever direct flight from Israel to the UAE, on August 31, 2020. (KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Among those who have expressed concern over the weapons deal is Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who was kept out of the loop on normalization efforts with the UAE, but has since spoken out strongly against the sale. His ministry would normally be given the task of vetting any proposed sales to determine Israel’s position.

US officials and some Netanyahu allies insist that the jets would not erode Israel’s edge as they would be used to defend against the common enemy of Iran, as well as the fact that the UAE and Israel are now moving to cement their alliance. But others fear that the planes could be passed to another country or be used against Israel by Abu Dhabi should the region’s complicated network of alliances and enemies shift significantly.

Media commentators have noted that with US and Israeli officials touting further potential normalization deals with Oman, Bahrain, Sudan and even Saudi Arabia, a sale of advanced weapons to the UAE could set a precedent for further such regional deals, eroding Israel’s military advantage.

Abu Dhabi has indicated that while there is no direct link between the diplomatic initiative and the arms sales, normalization with Israel should make it easier to push the deal through.

Netanyahu has touted the UAE’s decision to establish open ties with Israel, only the third Arab state to do so, as the crowning achievement of his years of diplomatic work aimed at opening up the Gulf to the Jewish state. Israelis have generally welcomed the deal, which came with an Israeli promise to suspend plans to annex parts of the West Bank.

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The Zionist-UAE Deal isn’t About Peace at All

The Israel-UAE Deal isn’t About Peace at All

BY PHYLLIS BENNIS

Photograph Source: rjzaar – CC BY 2.0

In some ways, the U.S.-brokered plan for mutual recognition between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is big news. For more than a quarter of a century, only two Middle Eastern countries —  Egypt and Jordan — had officially recognized Israel. None of the Gulf monarchies did.

So, it was a pretty big deal when the announcement was made. Except, actually, not so much.

Despite the UAE’s claimed adherence to a decades-long position that no Arab country should normalize relations with Israel until it ended its occupation of Palestinian land, ties between the UAE and Israel had been quietly underway for years. The same is true of many other Arab states.

Quiet but not-quite-covert trade, technology transfers, and security partnerships are an old story. Intelligence ties began in the 1970s, and commercial links took off after the 1994 Oslo accords.  After 9/11, the Bush administration encouraged technology as well as security connections. These expanded continuously, pausing only when Israel assassinated a Hamas leader in the UAE in 2010 and the UAE briefly severed relations.

But by 2011, when Arab popular uprisings across the region were terrifying the autocratic Gulf monarchies, the ties were quickly reestablished. All it took was an Israeli decision to allow a weapons technology sale to the UAE to go through, and a promise they wouldn’t carry out future assassinations in UAE territory.

Over the next decade, Iran emerged as the major enemy du jour for both Israel and the UAE, not to mention several other U.S.-backed Arab monarchies and dictatorships. By the time Trump came into office, his Middle East policy was shaped almost entirely around the creation of a regional anti-Iran coalition with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE at its core.

No Pretense of Peace for Palestinians

What wasn’t involved in any of this recent trajectory? Palestine.

Almost 30 years ago, Washington orchestrated a supposed Middle East peace conference in Madrid, based on what became known as the “outside/in” strategy. The idea was that under U.S. and — sort of — international auspices, Israel would normalize relations with Arab states while continuing its occupation, settlement expansion, land theft, and discrimination against Palestinians. And once the Arab governments were on board the U.S.-Israeli train, the Palestinians would have no choice but to get on board, too.

That plan failed, of course. And the next iteration, the so-called “inside/out” strategy of creating an Israeli-Palestinian agreement first, which shaped the Oslo accords of the mid-1990s, failed as well. Neither held any potential for actual peace, because neither aimed to provide justice for Palestinians living under Israeli control and facing Israel’s wildly disproportionate power.

So why would anyone think that a return to the earlier failed “outside/in” approach would work any better this time? Because this time around, there was no pretense that Israeli-Palestinian peace — let alone justice — was the goal.

Who Gets What?

Both Israel and the UAE have wanted normalization for a long time. And now they’ve got it. No serious Israeli opposition exists. Public opposition in the UAE, if it exists, is sufficiently suppressed as to appear non-existent. And Palestinian opposition is irrelevant.

Israel gets its first acknowledged normalization with a Gulf monarchy, and gives up nothing.

Formally, Israel says it will suspend its formal annexation of the West Bank as part of the deal. But its de facto annexation of huge swathes of Palestinian land in the West Bank has been in place for decades, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government had already put off a declaration of formal annexation because right-wing pressure had shifted from demands for annexation to concerns about the pandemic. And Israel’s United Nations Ambassador Gilad Erdan maintains even now that annexation “isn’t off the table and will be back on the agenda.”

Meanwhile, going public with UAE ties strengthens Israel’s role at the center of the regional anti-Iran coalition. All good for Tel Aviv.

For its part, the UAE gets brownie points with the United States, especially with the Trump administration (and most especially with Trump son-in-law and Middle East adviser Jared Kushner, who has become a BFF of UAE crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed as well as his Saudi counterpart Mohammed bin Salman).

Normalizing public ties with Israel strengthens the Emiratis’ regional position within Washington’s Middle East orbit. And the new connection gives much-needed credibility to the more aggressive regional role the UAE has been playing in recent years in the region, where it’s been punching far above its weight.

With a population of less than 10 million — of which only about 12 percent are UAE citizens —  the breathtakingly wealthy statelet is playing major military roles in war-devastated Yemen and in chaos-riven Libya. The result has been a much more visible role within Washington’s anti-Iran coalition.

The UAE’s Israel embrace also gives the Saudis a bit of a poke in the eye, as it represents a direct repudiation of the 2002 Saudi-launched Arab Peace Initiative. That plan was never implemented, but it was predicated on a clear rejection of normalization with Israel absent an end to Israel’s occupation of the 1967 territories, a just solution for Palestinian refugees, and the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

The U.S. gains strength in the region by getting two key economically and militarily powerful allies to hook up ever more closely against Iran. Trump can claim re-election credit from his extremist pro-Israel base (primarily Christian fundamentalists) for helping Israel gain more Arab recognition.

And of course what better way to follow the Trump family performance disguised as the Republican convention than a high-visibility, high-pomp signing ceremony between two of the president’s favorite allies?

It Could Get Worse

And the Palestinians. The Palestinians get what the Palestinians always get. Bupkes, as my grandma used to say. Yiddish for “nothing.”

Not a big shift, since Arab governments in general and the UAE monarchy in particular have done little to nothing to actually support Palestinian rights in recent years. The deal does nothing to end the threat of annexation, since de facto annexation is already in place and de jure annexation is just being delayed for a while.

Could it get worse? Absolutely. The UAE move provides political cover for other Arab states to make their covert ties with Israel public — despite on-again/off-again denials, Sudan and Oman are rumored to be moving towards recognition, and possibly Bahrain as well.

Those moves could complicate Palestinian diplomatic efforts at the United Nations or elsewhere.

Even without substance, rhetorical validation from Arab governments has sometimes been useful for Palestinian efforts to show the global breadth of their support. At the non-governmental level, some boycott campaigns against businesses profiting from occupation might face challenges because of Arab governments protecting those companies. But the agreement will not seriously affect BDS, a global grassroots movement led by Palestinian civil society that does not rely on any government support.

Like so many U.S. “peace plans” before it, the Israel-UAE normalization deal will fail to bring peace. De facto annexation of illegally occupied Palestinian land continues, and refugees are still denied their right of return. While those things continue, no new Israel-Arab normalization effort has any chance of bringing peace.

We need to remember, once again, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s warning that “Peace is not just the absence of war, but the presence of justice.”

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Nazi regime and the UAE sign the “Abraham Accords”

by Thierry Meyssan

The Israeli-Emirati treaty upsets the rhetoric about the Middle East and makes possible an Arab-Israeli peace. It interrupts Israel’s inexorable nibbling of Arab territories and establishes diplomatic relations between Israel and the leader of the Arab world. If one is to examine without prejudice a situation where fear, violence and hatred are causing manifest injustices, it is clear that President Trump’s initiative has unblocked a conflict that has been tense for twenty-seven years. He was immediately nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.VOLTAIRE NETWORK | PARIS

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The winner is not the one who is presented as such.

The situation in the Middle East has been blocked since the Oslo Accords signed by Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat in 1993. They were supplemented by the Jericho-Gaza Agreement, which recognizes certain prerogatives of the Palestinian Authority, and the Wadi Araba Agreements, which concluded peace between Israel and Jordan.

At the time, the Israeli government intended to separate definitively from the Palestinians. It was ready to do so by creating a Palestinian pseudo-state, devoid of several attributes of sovereignty, including an independent army and finances. Labour’s Yitzhak Rabin had previously experimented with Bantustans in South Africa, where Israel was advising the apartheid regime. Another experiment took place in Guatemala with a Mayan tribe under General Efraín Ríos Montt.

Yasser Arafat accepted the Oslo Accords to derail the process of the Madrid Conference (1991). Presidents George W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev had tried to impose peace on Israel by removing Arafat from the international scene with the support of Arab leaders.

Despite all this, many commentators believed that the Oslo Accords could bring peace.

In any case, 27 years later, nothing positive has limited the suffering of the Palestinian people, but the state of Israel has been gradually transformed from within. Today this country is divided into two antagonistic camps, as evidenced by its government, the only one in the world to have two Prime Ministers at the same time. On the one hand the partisans of British colonialism behind the first Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanhyahu, on the other hand the partisans of a normalization of the country and its relations with its neighbors, behind the second Prime Minister, Benny Gantz [1]. This two-headed system reflects the incompatibility of these two projects. Each camp paralyzes its rival. Only time will come to end the colonial project of conquering Greater Israel from the banks of the Nile to those of the Euphrates, the comet tail of an outdated era.

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has implemented the Rumsfeld/Cebrowski strategy aimed at adapting the US army to the needs of a new form of capitalism based no longer on the production of goods and services, but on financial engineering. To do this, they began an “endless war” of destruction of state structures throughout the “broader Middle East” without taking into account their friends and enemies. In two decades, the region became cursed for its inhabitants. Afghanistan, then Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen are the theater of wars presented as lasting a few weeks, but which last indefinitely, without perspective.

When Donald Trump was elected president, he promised to put an end to the “endless wars” and to bring US soldiers home. In this spirit, he gave carte blanche to his special adviser and nevertheless son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The fact that President Trump is supported in his country by Zionist Christians and that Jared Kushner is an Orthodox Jew has led many commentators to portray them as friends of Israel. If they do indeed have an electoral interest in letting this be believed, it is not at all their approach to the Middle East. They intend to defend the interests of the American people, and not those of the Israelis, by substituting trade relations for war on the model of President Andrew Jackson (1829-37). Jackson managed to prevent the disappearance of the Indians he had fought as a general, although only the Cherokees signed the agreement he proposed. Today they have become the largest Native American tribe, despite the infamous episode of the “Trail of Tears”.

For three years, Jared Kushner travelled through the region. He was able to see for himself how much fear and hatred had developed there. For 75 years, Israel has persisted in violating all UN resolutions that concern it and continues its slow and inexorable nibbling of Arab territory. The negotiator reached only one conclusion: International Law is powerless because almost no one – with the notable exception of Bush Sr. and Gorbachev – has wanted to really apply it since the partition plan for Palestine in 1947. Because of the inaction of the international community, its application if it were to happen today would add injustice to injustice.

Kushner worked on many hypotheses [2], including the unification of the Palestinian people around Jordan and the linking of Gaza to Egypt. In June 2019, he presented proposals for the economic development of the Palestinian territories at a conference in Bahrain (the “deal of the century”). Rather than negotiating anything, the idea was to quantify what everyone would gain from peace. In the end, he managed, on September 13, 2020, to get a secret agreement signed in Washington between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. The agreement was formalized two days later, on September 15, in a watered-down version.” [3]

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The press in the Emirates does not have the same version of the events as that of Israel. None of them has an interest in expressing itself frankly.

As always, the most important thing is the secret part: Israel was forced to renounce in writing its plans for annexation (including the territories allegedly “offered” by Donald Trump in the “deal of the century” project) and to let Dubai Ports World (known as “DP World”) take over the port of Haifa, from which the Chinese have just been ejected.

This agreement is in line with the ideas of the second Israeli Prime Minister Benny Gantz, but represents a disaster for the camp of the first Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Not having read the secret part of the agreements myself, I do not know if it clearly indicates the renunciation of annexing the Syrian Golan Heights, occupied since 1967, and the Lebanese Shebaa Farms, occupied since 1982. Similarly, I do not know whether compensation is provided for the port of Beirut, since it is clear that its eventual reconstruction would be detrimental both to Israel and to the Emirates’ investments in Haifa. However, the Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, has already publicly evoked a real estate construction project instead of the port of Beirut.

In order to make this treaty acceptable to all parties, it has been named “Abraham Accords”, after the common father of Judaism and Islam. The paternity was attributed, to the great joy of Benny Gantz, to the “outstretched hand” (sic) of Benjamin Netanyahu, his toughest opponent. Finally, Bahrain was associated with it.

This last point aims to mount the new regional role that Washington has granted to the Emirates in replacement of Saudi Arabia. As we announced, it is now Abu Dhabi and no longer Riyadh that represents US interests in the Arab world [4] Other Arab states are invited to follow Bahrain’s example.

The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has not had harsh words against the Emirati “betrayal”. He was taken up both by those who remain hostile to peace (the Iranian ayatollahs) and by those who remain committed to the Oslo Accords and the two-state solution. Indeed, by formalizing diplomatic relations between Israel and the new Arab leader, the Emirates, the Abraham Accords turn the page on the Oslo Accords. The palm of hypocrisy goes to the European Union, which persists in defending international law in theory and violating it in practice.

If President Trump is re-elected and Jared Kushner continues his work, the Israeli-Emirati agreements will be remembered as the moment when Israelis and Arabs regained the right to speak to each other, just as the overthrow of the Berlin Wall marked the moment when East Germans regained the right to speak to their relatives in the West. On the contrary, if Joe Biden is elected, Israel’s nibbling of Arab territories and the “endless war” will resume throughout the region.

Relations between Israel and the Emirates had long since stabilized without a peace treaty since there was never a declared war between them. The Emirates have been secretly buying arms from the Jewish state for the past decade [5]. Over time this trade has increased, especially in terms of telephone interceptions and internet surveillance. In addition, an Israeli embassy was already operating under cover of an intelligence agency.

In addition, an Israeli embassy was already operating under cover of a delegation to an obscure UN body in the Emirates. However, the “Abraham Accords” challenge the dominant Arab-Israeli discourse and shake up internal relations in the entire region.Thierry MeyssanTranslation
Roger Lagassé

[1] “The Decolonization of Israel has Begun”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Roger Lagassé, Voltaire Network, 26 May 2020.

[2] “Jared Kushner reorganises the Middle East”, “Jared Kushner and the Palestinians’ « right to happiness » ”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Pete Kimberley, Voltaire Network, 19 December 2017 and 26 June 2018.

[3] “Abraham Accords Peace Agreement”, “President Donald J. Trump is Promoting Peace and Stability in the Middle East”, USA (White House) , Voltaire Network, 15 September 2020.

[4] “First NATO-ME War Overturns Regional Order”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Roger Lagassé, Voltaire Network, 24 March 2020.

[5] “Algeria, Egypt, the UAE, Morocco and Pakistan allegedly bought weapons from Israel”, Voltaire Network, 13 June 2013.

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Thousands of mercenaries hired by UAE to carry out assassinations in southern Yemen

By Jim W. Dean,

…from PressTV, Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: The UN as a body is failing miserably in these ongoing wars, as offensive countries put on display that the UN can shove its charter up its behind whenever it conflicts with what these countries want to do.

Sure, the UN cannot field an army to go in and remove the offending government. But we are long past the time when the UN current structure has shown it is hopelessly failing due to no provisions in its charter to deal with rogue members.

At the head of the list is Israel, whose beginning was as a protectorate set up by the UN, where US extensive military intelligence archives released under the early Freedom of Information Act legislations showed that the atheist communist Zionists who claimed God gave them the land, planned to take over the whole area from day one, one bit at a time.

Author Steven J. Green, now gone, published some of this treasure trove of material in his seminal book, Taking Sides, compiled from declassified documents that had remained buried until FOIA came along.

The Reagan administration even considered charging Green to try to stop the book, but the Justice Department discouraged that because the government had released the documents to him. They confirmed the Zio plan to displace the Palestinians in their ‘Greater Israel’ plan.

Now we see some of the Arab States who have long been having undercover relations with Israel, borrowing some of the Zionist “going rogue” tools.

As Israeli support has used its diplomatic leverage with the US to break down Arab League cohesion on supporting justice for the Palestinians, so it is doing with Saudi Arabia and the UAE with Yemen… Jim W. Dean ]

Yemenis present documents in order to receive food rations provided by a local charity, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, April, 13, 2017.

 First published … September 20, 2020 –

Two international civil society organizations for human rights say the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has hired thousands of mercenaries to carry out high-profile assassinations and targeted killings in the southern part of Yemen.

The International Institute for Rights and Development and the Rights Radar Foundation said in a statement, read during the 45th session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in the Swiss city of Geneva, that they “are deeply concerned about the escalation of assassination cases in Yemen by the mercenaries.”

“The UAE hired American mercenaries to carry out high-profile assassinations in Yemen. They conducted several operations in Aden and several cities, resulting in the assassinations of dozens of politicians and public figures during the past five years of conflict in Yemen,” the statement read.

The rights groups highlighted that the Persian Gulf country has signed up 30,000 mercenaries from four Latin American states, of whom at least 450 mercenaries have been deployed to Yemen after having received training by US trainers.

“They take advantage of the UN’s disregard for their human rights abuses in Yemen to continue their crimes with no accountability,” the groups argued. 

“Over 80 percent of Yemeni politicians, lawmakers and media professionals have been displaced locally or globally, seeking safety as they become potential targets for assassination,” they pointed out.

The rights groups warned that “the right to life in Yemen is in extreme danger,” stressing that the situation “needs the UN to offer effective action not just kind words. Enough is enough.”

Aden and other Yemeni southern cities are controlled by Riyadh-allied and UAE-backed militant groups, which serve a Saudi-led coalition of aggressors waging war on Yemen since early 2015.

Abu Dhabi — alongside Riyadh — has repeatedly come under fire for running secret prison facilities in southern Yemen, which are rife with gross human rights violations, including torture and sexual abuse of the captives, as documented by prominent rights institutions.

Militants backed by the UAE have repeatedly faced accusations of kidnaping people and transferring them to the notorious Abu Dhabi-run jails in southern Yemen under the pretext of clearing out suspected al-Qaeda-linked elements.

Meanwhile, the UAE has set its sights on Yemen’s strategic island of Socotra, where it maintains a much-criticized military presence.

Earlier this month, French-language news outlet JForum said in a report that the Israeli regime, in conjunction with the UAE, plans to construct intelligence-gathering bases on the island of Socotra.

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