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Thursday, January 18, 2018

IOF Raids Jenin, Kills Palestinian Who Carried out Nablus Operation

IOF manhunt
Israeli occupation forces killed a Palestinian late Wednesday in the north of the occupied West Bank.
Occupation forces raided the Palestinian city of Jenin late Wednesday, eyewitnesses said, with violent clashes breaking out in which Israeli occupation police said there were a “number of injuries”.
Palestinian health ministry announced that Ahmed Ismail Jarrar, 31, was martyred in Jenin raid.
For its part, Israeli security agency, the Shin Bet, said border guards raided Jenin to capture Palestinians who took part in Nablus operation, in which a rabbi was shot dead earlier this month.
“During the clashes, one of the suspects was killed while others were arrested,” Shin Bet said in a statement without giving further details.
Israeli media reported that at least two border guards were wounded in the gunfire exchange, one of them seriously.

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«Israel» Anxious, Preparing for Hezbollah’s Borkan Canon

18-01-2018 | 15:39
Out of fear of Hezbollah’s growing power, the “Israeli” entity is in search for a solution to the Resistance groups Borkan [Volcano] mortar shells.
Hezbollah fighter
The “Israeli” entity assured its public that it was able to neutralize the threat arising from Hamas’ underground tunnels through which the Palestinian resistance group carries out its heroic operations against the apartheid “Israeli” regime.
However, for the “Israeli” military establishment, Hezbollah poses another threat which it has yet to find a solution for, let alone the group’s growing experience and military arsenal.
While trying to solve the tunnel situation, the “Israeli” entity spend an estimated a total of about NIS 3 billion for building what it called the underground obstacle being built around the 65-kilometer border fence, in addition to around NIS 1.2 billion for classified technological solution.
The so-called Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Yoav Mordechai said Sunday that the solution to the tunnel problem which seemed intractable only three-and-a-half years ago are impressive on a global scale, adding that the required resources had been allotted for the implementation of the solution.
For now, military officials in the “Israeli” entity are urging for preparation for what they called the next threat, Hezbollah’s heavyweight Borkan mortar shells.
The Borkan mortar shells have a range of about 5 kilometers but can carry 200 to 500 kilograms of lethal explosives. They could cause enormous damage to bases and communities within that range.
Accordingly, the military establishment in the apartheid entity finds it of utmost importance to deal with this threat now rather than wait for the next war and the report that will follow.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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Shocking Video of Nikki Haley Groveling and Pandering at AIPAC Event (Israel Lobby)

Louis Heywood — Russia Insider Jan 17, 2018
The level of insanity has reached an all new high when your diplomatic representative to the rest of planet Earth makes it clear that she is, in fact, beholden to a foreign government.
Watch as she panders to the Zionist! She goes the extra mile to make sure that they understand that serving Israel comes first, everything else is secondary.
She is an embarrassment to her country.

Palestinian Ahed #Tamimi to Remain in Jail During Trial

Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested last month during overnight raid on her home in occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh [Ammar Awad/Reuters]
Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested last month during overnight raid on her home in occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh [Ammar Awad/Reuters]
Ahed Tamimi, 16, was detained last month during an overnight raid on her home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh after a video of the teen slapping and hitting Israeli soldiers went viral. Shortly before, her 15-year-old cousin was severely wounded after Israeli forces shot him point-blank in the face with a rubber bullet.
Her mother, Nariman, and her 20-year-old cousin Nour were arrested soon after.
Earlier in January, Ahed was indicted on 12 charges, including alleged assault, “incitement” and past instances of stone-throwing. Nariman was also indicted on an assault charge and “incitement” for uploading the video on social media.
Nour is charged with allegedly assaulting a soldier and interfering with a soldier’s duties. However, she has since been released on bail.
Ahed’s next hearing is on January 31, the day she turns 17. Nariman and Nour’s next court session will be in February.
Speaking to Al Jazeera from the military appeals court in Israel’s Ofer detention center, Gabi Laski, Ahed and Nariman’s lawyer, said she did not know how long their trials would last. 
Two children hold up posters calling for Ahed Tamimi’s release [Jaclynn Ashly]

‘Destroy Palestinians’ childhood’

The Tamimi family are well-known activists in Nabi Saleh, and have led the village’s non-violent resistance for nearly a decade.
Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, has been arrested numerous times by Israeli forces and has spent at least four years in prison. Nariman has also been detained five times before her most recent detention.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, he said that he did not expect any justice from Israel’s legal system.
“The system is set up to oppress Palestinians,” he said.
“No one will be surprised when they sentence Ahed to prison. This is Israel’s goal: destroy Palestinians’ childhood.”
According to rights groups, Palestinians face an almost 100 percent conviction rate in Israeli military courts, while a Palestinian who files a complaint with the Israeli police only has a 1.9 percent chance that the Israeli perpetrator will be convicted.
Part of Ahed’s charges reference her insulting Israeli soldiers – she has allegedly called them “child murderers,” “Nazis” and “thieves” during altercations.
These charges “highlight that these court proceedings have nothing to do with seeking justice or enforcing their laws”, Mariam Barghouti, a local journalist and activist told Al Jazeera.
“It’s about targeting a 16-year-old girl who has been vocal as Israel attempts to pacify the Palestinian population.”
Israel is the only country in the world that prosecutes children in military courts, according to the Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) rights group.
Although Ahed is facing an Israeli military court, the Israeli settlers in the illegal Halamish settlement adjacent to her home are tried in an Israeli civilian court – part of Israel’s dual legal system for Israelis and Palestinians.
“Ahed’s case is highlighting the difference between a settler youth and a Palestinian youth, and how they live under different legal realities because of their nationalities,” Laski, the lawyer, told Al Jazeera.
According to Bill Van Esveld, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, Israeli civilian courts deny bail to Israeli children in only 18 percent of cases. In contrast, Israel’s military courts refuse bail to Palestinian children in 70 percent of cases.
Barghouti noted that this disparity between the sentencing of Israelis and Palestinians was “emblematic of an apartheid state”.
But Barghouti was quick to point out that “the entire court system is a farce”, despite the disparities of sentencing. “It’s not a legitimate legal system in the first place,” she said.
According to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, 350 Palestinian minors were being held in Israeli prisons as of December. DCIP has reported that at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in Israel’s military courts since 2000.

US to (Illegally) Maintain Open-Ended Presence in Syria

US Massively Expands Syria Goals to Justify Permanent Occupation
Pentagon officials have been indicating for quite some time that they have no intention of leaving Syria, but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, on Wednesday, finally set out the new US policy goals aimed at justifying what he described as an “open-ended” deployment.
Rex Tillerson
Instead of a “counter-terror” operation focused on ISIS, the US presence is now also intended to generally fight against Iranian influence, to facilitate refugee returns to Syria and, most scandalously, to “ensure the departure of the Assad regime.”
The US has long insisted on regime change in Syria, but never before suggested that their military deployment in the country was anything to do with that, let alone that the US might try to impose regime change militarily.
With the legal justification for the US deployment in Syria already shaky, at best, with no authorization from the Syrian government, re-positioning the war away from ISIS and toward a war with the Syrian government and its allies makes an open-ended deployment even less tenable.
While US invasions trying to impose regime change are nothing unfamiliar in this day and age, this would be a particularly bizarre variant of that, with the US getting the troops into the country first then announcing the goal long after the fact

Large protests held in northern Syria against planned Turkish invasion

Residents of cities in North Syria are holding mass rallies against Turkey’s potential offensive on the country’s northern district of Afrin, controlled by Kurdish militia, Hawar news agency reported Thursday.
According to the agency, tens of thousands people are also protesting against the life imprisonment of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK).
 The protests follow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement made Saturday that Turkey was prepared to launch a campaign in Syria’s Manbij and Afrin regions.
These areas are controlled by the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units YPG, which Ankara considers an affiliate of the PKK, designated as a terrorist organization in Turkey and several other countries.
Turkey’s Euphrates Shield Operation initially started in Syria in August 2016 to defeat Daesh, then began to target the Syrian Kurdish units.
The announcement by the Turkish president came amid an article published on the Defense Post news website on Saturday, in which the spokesman of the US-led coalition fighting against Daesh said that the coalition was engaged in training of a 30,000-strong force on the Syrian territory currently controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to maintain security in controlled area along the Syrian border.
Source: Sputnik

How the Establishment Undermines American Democracy

How the Establishment Undermines American Democracy

How the Establishment Undermines American Democracy

There is a growing consensus among many observers in Washington that the national security agencies have become completely politicized over the past seventeen years and are now pursuing selfish agendas that actually endanger what remains of American democracy. Up until recently it has been habitual to refer to such activity as the Deep State, which is perhaps equivalent to the Establishment in that it includes financial services, the media, major foundations and constituencies, as well as lobbying groups, but we are now witnessing an evolutionary process in which the national security regime is exercising power independently.
In a devastating critique former Central Intelligence Agency operations officer John Kiriakou has described how the Democratic Party, as part of its frenzied effort to bring down President Donald Trump, has embraced a whole group of former intelligence and law enforcement officers who appear to be on the same side in seeking a more responsible and accountable executive branch but who are in reality pursuing their own agenda.
Formerly intelligence and law enforcement agencies acted under the direction of the White House but without any political bias. Transitions from Democratic to Republican administrations were consequently seamless for the employees of CIA, FBI, DIA and the NSA, but this has changed. In the 2016 election a line-up of retired senior officers from those organizations openly supported the Clinton campaign and even went so far as to construct elaborate conspiracy theories regarding Trump and his associates, including the claim that Donald Trump is actually an agent of Russia.
The desire to discredit and ultimately delegitimize Trump even involved some active duty senior officers, including John Brennan, Director of CIA, who exploited Agency relationships with foreign intelligence services to develop information on Trump, and James Comey of the FBI who initiated an investigation of Trump’s associates. Both were involved in the later surfacing of the notorious Steele Dossier, a collection of fact mixed with fiction that sought to destroy the Trump presidency even before it began.
Kiriakou cites recent activity by Brennan as well as former NSA and CIA head Michael Hayden as well as former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, all of whom have been politically active. The three men appear frequently on television as self-described “senior statesmen,” but, as Kiriakou observes they are “…monsters who have ignored the Constitution…and international law. They have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.” They together with lesser figures like George Tenet, Jose Rodriguez, Michael Morell and John McLaughlin authorized technical spying on nearly everyone, torture, rendition of suspects so they could be tortured by others, random killing of “profiled” foreigners and targeted killing of American citizens. Brennan was in charge of a “kill list” for President Barack Obama.
Former Reagan Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts meanwhile asks why liberal international organizations like Amnesty International are fundraising to oppose Trump when the real threat to a better and safer world and country is coming from the largely unaccountable “security agencies, the police, the neoconservatives, the presstitute media and the Republican and Democratic Parties?”
Antiwar activist Justin Raimondo also picks up the gauntlet, describing how the national security agencies and the Democratic Party have joined forces to create a totally false narrative that could lead to nuclear war. They and the media appear to truly believe that “…the country has been taken over by Vladimir Putin and the Russian State…Trump is an instrument in their hands, and the independence of the United States has been fatally compromised: the president and his top aides are taking their orders from the Kremlin.” He concludes that “Our intelligence agencies are at war with the executive branch of government…to reverse the [2016] election results.” Raimondo believes that Trump is being particularly targeted because his unpredictability and populism threaten the wealth and power of the elites and he notes “If you think they’ve ruled out assassination you’re being naïve.”
Raimondo believes that something like a civil war is coming, with the war party Establishment fighting to defend its privileged global order while many other Americans seek a return to normal nationhood with all that implies. If true, the next few years will see a major internal conflict that will determine what kind of country the United States will be.

‘Turkey’s concerns are legitimate’: Pentagon on Kurdish border force in Syria

Ankara has repeatedly threatened to launch a military operation to prevent the creation of a US-backed Kurdish border security force in Syria, a move seen as a possible threat to country’s national security. The Pentagon, however, has said it is not creating a “new army” at the Turkish border.
The Pentagon has said it is not creating a “new army” or conventional “border guard force” along the Turkish border and assured that the United States would be “completely transparent” with Ankara about its plan to train border protection forces comprised of the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria.
“The US continues to train local security forces in Syria. The training is designed to enhance security for displaced persons returning to their devastated communities,” the statement read. “We are keenly aware of the security concerns of Turkey, our coalition partner and NATO ally. Turkey’s security concerns are legitimate.”
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister and Government Spokesman Bekir Bozdag said that Turkey would not hesitate to take measures in Syria’s northern Kurdish-controlled Afrin enclave and other areas unless Washington stops supporting the idea of a Kurdish-led border force in the region.
Stressing that such a force would pose a threat to Turkey’s national security and territorial integrity, Bozdag said that that such a step by the US “was wrong” and Ankara “has reached the limits of its patience.”
“When the Turkish people and Turkish state’s safety are in question, when it is necessary to remove risks and destroy threats, Turkey will do so without hesitation,” he added.
Ankara Threatens Actions Against Kurds
Since January 13, Ankara has been threatening to launch an offensive against the Syrian Kurds to prevent the creation of “US border security forces” in Syria.
Ankara to Take All Measures to Thwart US Plans for Syria Border Security Force
“Turkey will not allow the creation of a terrorist corridor along its borders, as well as a terrorist army. All necessary measures will be taken in this regard,” the Turkish National Security Council said in a statement on Wednesday.
Over the weekend, the US-led coalition acknowledged that it is training a Kurdish-dominated “Border Security Force” to operate in northern and eastern parts of Syria.
According to Col. Thomas Veale, the public affairs officer of Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led coalition is training the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to create a 30,000-strong force to maintain security along Syria’s borders. SDF is an umbrella group of fighters dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
This has provoked condemnation from Turkey, which has consistently maintained that YPG is a terrorist group with PKK ties.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara cannot limit its precautionary measures against the YPG to the Afrin enclave and might engage SDF forces in the city of Manbij (also in Aleppo province), and to the east of the Euphrates River.
Source: Sputnik
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