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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Manufacturing Dissent: The truth about Syria (Spanish subs available)



’Israel’ Intervenes in Ghota Battles - What's the reality of what is happening in the Gota?



UPDATE:

هجوم الغوطة فشل بشكل كامل والقتلى بالمئات بينهم عرب و مفاوضات للهرب
   هجوم الغوطة فشل بشكل كامل والقتلى بالمئات بينهم عرب و مفاوضات للهرب


اكد الاعلامي حسين مرتضى أن الهجوم على الغوطة الشرقية قد فشل نهائياً ولم تستطع المجموعات المسلحة أن تحقق أي شيء الآن المبادرة أصبحت بيد الجيش السوري ويقوم الآن هو بملاحقة المجموعات المسلحة التي تنتشر في بعض البساتين وهذا الكلام حتى باعترافات المجموعات المسلحة أن الهدف من الهجوم قد فشل.

وأضاف  أن هناك أعدادا كبيرة من القتلى أغلبهم من السعودية قتلوا خلال هذه المعركة وهناك العديد من الجثث موجودة داخل البساتين في منطقة الغوطة الشرقية.
وأوضح مرتضى أن المثلث الأخطر والأهم ما يسمى مثلث العتيبة بالكامل، الذي أصبح تحت سيطرة الجيش السوري، والآن يستكمل عملياته باتجاه تنظيف المناطق الأخرى التي تتواجد فيها المجموعات المسلحة ويأتي ذلك بعد ساعات فقط من استعادة السيطرة على بلدة دير عطية الاستراتيجية، وأن الاشتباكات تدور على اطراف النبك حيث حسب المعلومات أن هناك أعداداً من المسلحين الذين حاولوا الفرار خلال الساعات الماضية وتم قتل بعض قادة هذه المجموعات المسلحة في منطقة النبك.
وأشار  أنه “بحسب بعض المعلومات أن بعض المجموعات المسلحة تحاول أن تتفاوض وتطلب أن لايكون هناك هجوم شرط أن تنسحب باتجاه مناطق يبرود ومناطق الزبداني ومنها إلى عرسال”.
وأضاف  أنه “خلال الساعات الماضية كنا أول من ذكرنا ان هناك أعداد من المسلحين الذين تم إدخالهم إلى منطقة عرسال اللبنانية ولم تتوقف هذه الحالة والليلة تم إدخال عدد من المسلحين المصابين الذين أصيبوا خلال المعركة في النبك وهم من جنسيات عربية ومن بينهم مقاتلون لبنانيون والآن تم إدخالهم إلى بلدة عرسال لتتم معالجتهم داخل الأراضي اللبنانية في بلدة عرسال وفي بعض الأحراش وخصوصاً بساتين الكرز والتفاح الموجودة في منطقة عرسال ومن يعرف طبيعة المنطقة يعرف الأماكن التي نتحدث عنها “.
والمح الاعلامي حسين مرتضى إلى أن “المعلومات تتحدث عن دور الكيان الاسرائيلي الذي كان عاملاً أساسياً في هذه معركة الغوطة الشرقية، من خلال عمليات التشويش ومن خلال عمليات الاستطلاع وتحديد أماكن انتشار الذي كان يقوم بها الجيش السوري بالإضافة الى تزويد المجموعات المسلحة بكل هذه المعلومات لذلك كان هذا الهجوم الأعنف والأشرس والأخطر لكن المهم في كل ذلك الآن”.
التيار
’Israel’ Intervenes in Ghota Battles


Local Editor


Zionist armyBattles launched more than a week ago of Damascus by a surprised assault against the Syrian army forward posts in the eastern Ghota may turn to be the first occasion involving the Israeli army effectively in the war in Syria along one of the parties, Lebanese daily Assafir reported Saturday.

Sources told the newspaper that Zionist troops have provided reconnaissance maps and photos of the Syrian army positions to the attacking force, which moved from Jordan under the leadership of Saudi-U.S.-Zionist coordinated intelligence.

"However, the great Israeli contribution in the East Ghota battle was the pillar of the whole attack. According to security information, before the start of the first round of the attack, the Israelis succeeded to disrupt communications system for each of the Fourth Division, the Republican Guard, units of Hezbollah elite forces, the Iraqi Abu al Fadl al Abbas factions deployed in the region.

During the first hours of the attack, the Israelis used electronic means of encryption, and managed to disrupt radio communications between Syrian groups and their allies on the first line of defense, which was breached quickly, and led to the fall of the seven villages and farms in the area of al-Marj.


It has become known that units of the fourth division stationed in the region had lost contact with commanders, and other units protected retreating groups' lines towards the second line of defense to prevent the attackers from progress toward their strategic goal of Otaiba, which forms the entrance to East Gouta and the key to the siege imposed over it.

Source: Newspapers
30-11-2013 - 13:52 Last updated 30-11-2013 - 13:52






Death squads ..Jordanian terrorist interviewed without knowing that he was detained by the Syrian authorities

Video Confession of a Jordanian Jihadist

Following the request of many friends, who are unable to access to SANA to read the official news and do not have access to the satellite of the Syrian National TV, we propose here a summary of the main articles of the day and the Syrian video-news in Eng/Fra/Esp

A terrorist who was on a double suicide car bombing mission, passed out when the first car exploded to get captured by the SAA forces, treated for months by SAA without him finding out that he was arrested, during the interview the interviewer tells him that he is in one of the Syrian Government Centers.
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Confession of a Jordanian Jihadist,
Surprised Because He Was Treated for Months in a SSA Hospital



~ WATCH AND READ WELL THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION/SUBTITLES AT THE END OF THE VIDEOCLIP, AS HE HAS A MESSAGE TO ALL THOSE WHO TOOK HIS PATH ~
Thanks to Eretz Zen Channel for the subtitles
http://www.youtube.com/user/EretzZen
Video News from #National_Syrian_Television

فرق الموت.. بالفيديو: لقاء مع إرهابي أردني لا يعلم أنه معتقل لدى السلطات السورية




أجرت قناة الفضائية السوري لقاءاً مع ارهابي أردني ينتمي لجبهة النصرة حاول تفجير نفسه بمقر للجيش السوري, الارهابي أصيب في محاولة التفجير و لم تنفجر سيارته المفخخة ثم وجد نفسه في مشفى يعالجه دون علمه أن هذا المشفى تابع للجيش السوري, تابع اللقاء لتتعرف على طريقة تفكير هؤلاء الارهابيين و كيفية تخطيط و تنفيذ جرائمهم:

Justice for Jewish Refugees!


Justice for Palestinian  Jewish Refugees!
Who better to put lipstick on the proverbial pig than the cosmetic empire mogul and President of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald S. Lauder?

In a recent opinion piece published in the Jewish Week (thanks to Rehmat for this find), Lauder claims that the world “has long recognized the Palestinian refugee problem without recognizing the other side of the story — the 850,000 Jewish refugees of Arab countries.”
He omits the role of the Zionist terrorist false flag operations in “convincing” the Arab Jews to emigrate to Israel. In essence he omits the most glaring aspect of the real commonality of the two refugee groups: the plight of both was caused directly by the zionist state.
As Rehmat noted, “Israeli historian professor Yigal Bin-Nun (Bar-Ilan University), in a study exposed Zionist lies about Jewish exodus from Morocco. Based on his study of Moroccan Jewish community, Bin-Nun has claimed that Mossad, the national intelligence agency of Israel, was behind the whole operation wherein about 160,000 Moroccan Jews left Morocco for the Zionist occupied Palestine.”
Needless to say Lauder also omits to mention that to this day the very Arab Jews for whom he demands “redress” are treated as second-class citizenin Israel. Rehmat reminds us that “similar terrorist activities were carried out in Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Tunisia and other places to force the local Jews to leave their ancestral homelands and settle on lands and properties stolen from Native Muslim and Christian Palestinians.”
Lauder further states that “for any Middle East peace process to be credible and enduring, it must ensure that all bona fide refugees receive equal rights and treatment ..”
Should we gather from this that he proposes, in the interest of equal treatment, that all those Jewish refugees be placed in refugee camps?
“World Jewry,” he informs us as the President of its Congress,  “hopes and expects this principle will inform American diplomacy as it facilitates the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and works for peace and justice at the United Nations. To highlight the issue, the World Jewish Congress recently hosted an event at the United Nations with the Israeli Mission, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and Justice for Jews from Arab Countries.” 
He goes on to explain why the plight of the Jewish refugees is considerably greater than that of the Palestinian refugees:
They were even more numerous than the Arab refugees from Palestine; their losses of property and institutions were in fact far greater.”
When it comes to finding a legal loophole, Lauder knows who is the go-to-man:
“As Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz explained to our conference at the United Nations last year, the rights of Jewish refugees of Arab countries are in fact enshrined in Security Council Resolution 242, which refers to the rights of “refugees” in the Arab-Israel conflict without specifying their nationality.” 
Lauder is pleased to note that the US is on board with this and has been since 2008:
“In April 2008, the U.S. Congress unanimously adopted a historic resolution that granted first-time recognition to Jewish refugees from Arab countries. It declared that no comprehensive Middle East peace can be reached without recognition of, and redress for, the legitimate rights of Jewish refugees from Arab countries. Further, Congress said that all bilateral and multilateral discussions and documents should refer to the multiple Middle East refugee populations that arose from the Arab-Israeli conflict.”
As for the “redress” expected, Lauder insists it is not about money (it never is, ask Germany and Switzerland):
“At its core, the issue is not about money. It is about recognition — that Jews were victimized and displaced from their countries of birth; legality — that under international law, Jews were legally determined to be refugees; and equality — that all refugees must receive equal rights and redress.”
Actually this is the only part that contains a kernel of truth: money is not the main objective. The real purpose is to DENY the Palestinian refugee tragedy by making it secondary to the “far greater” Jewish losses and to tie the ‘peace process’–nonviable in itself–to yet another condition.
Jewish shamelessness and gall never fails to top itself to ever more nauseating depths of amorality.

’Takfiri’ Crimes against Islam in Syria Escalate - I

 Al-manar

Syria: Al-Nusra Front militantsFranklin Lamb

Damascus



Though Salafis claim to be Sunni Muslims, some scholars this observer interviewed in Damascus’ Omayyad  Mosque and Sunni Sheiks  based in Damascus are of the view that Salafis are a sui generis sect, and are thus apart from traditional  Sunni Muslim Koranic interpretations and practice. One professor of Islamic studies expressed, perhaps a minority view, that Salafis and Wahhabis are essentially the same. The basis of this claim is that Salafis do not acknowledge or follow any of the four schools of thought to which other Sunni Muslims adhere.  Rather, they have their own beliefs and laws, their own leaders and social systems, and practicing religion with strict and widely rejected extremist practices as well as committing crimes targeting civilians, including fellow Muslims, for political and financial reasons.


One currently ascendant Salafist group in Syria, among more than 1000 others competing for weapons and fighters, is “Daash”. The word is an acronym with its letters standing for “the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.”  Daash appeared on the scene here recently, about a year ago and some local observers believe it arrived via Iraq with large amounts of funding from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, the latter of which also facilitates its weapons, supplies and access to the north of Syria via Turkish territory. Daash membership figures have recently inflated partly because it currently pays its recruits nearly four times the going gunman wage here or approximately $ 500 per month as it competes with Jabhat al Nusra and others to impose some of its frankly bizarre interpretations of Islam.

Damascus presently is awash in tales coming in from Daash-controlled areas—areas around Aleppo and elsewhere. What is being told of is a sheath full of Fatwa’s and orders posted on walls laying down what is expected of the local civilian population.  Reports, some of which have been verified, indicate that the group acts with brutality in enforcing its edicts. A Sunni law student from Damascus University Faculty of Law, who has compiled research on the subject over the past few weeks, calls it “an insane frontal assault on Islam by criminal acts against Muslims and others of the Book.”

On 11/27/13 a young lady arriving at the Dama Rose Hotel reported to this observer that in parts of Raqaa, Aleppo and other Daash-controlled areas if a man from Daash covets something, such as someone’s new car or another man’s wife, he must only say “Allah Akbar” three times. The personal property or the targeted women then belong to him, and he can beat the wife and rape her with impunity. This latest Fatwa obviously causes serious problems both within Daash as well as with other militias. The young lady, who comes from a prominent Dasmascene Sunni family, reports that Daash members are currently taking gas, oil and bread at will from non-Daash villages for distribution to members of their cult of approximately 5000 members. Also according to recently televised reports, it is now permissible for Daash members to rape any woman who is not Muslim as well as Muslim women who support the Assad government.



Some recently reported Salisfist practices spreading in Syria include, but are not limited to the following:

·         Females in Daash controlled areas of Aleppo and elsewhere are being prevented from wearing jeans and sweaters and must wear only the Islamic dress Abaya and Barkaa. They are forbidden from putting on any make-up, and now, as of two weeks ago, to even leave their homes without a male escort. Some women in parts of Aleppo and Raqaa now refer to their neighborhoods as Tora Bora, Afghanistan, given the similarities of repression between Taliban and Salafist treatment of women;


As of November 15, 2013 force is used to prevent smoking and use of arguila (water pipes) by men and women in some villages;

         Some barber shops for men are being shuttered in order to prevent the shortening of hair and ‘modern’ haircuts. Barrettes for young people are also forbidden.

          It is now forbidden in Daash areas to display any sign or advertisements for cosmetics and skin care products in women’s hairdressing shops. Violators are subject to penalties of 70 lashes. Any business that employs women must have two work-day shifts, one for men and a separate one exclusively for female employees;

         No women’s clothing can be displayed in shop windows. In the event a woman should enter a tailor’s shop, the shop must shut its doors to men until she leaves. The Daash militia has long prevented women from seeking medical attention from male doctors, but recently it put into place prohibitions against women visiting doctors of either sex. Also it is not permissible for a woman to wear orthodontic devices such as teeth braces because straight teeth might attract men, and in any case their bodies are under the stewardship of their husbands or fathers only.

·         Daash has proclaimed that women who swim in the sea are in fact committing "adultery," even if they wear a hijab. This is due to the fact that Arabic nouns, as in the case with many other languages, are gender specific. “Sea” is masculine, and when water touches the woman’s vaginal area she becomes an ‘adulteress’ and must be punished. Women are also forbidden from eating certain vegetables or even touching cucumbers, carrots or bananas due to their phallic imagery, which may tempt them to deviate. It is also unacceptable for women to turn on their air conditioning at home when their husbands are absent as this could be a sign to neighbors that they could commit adultery with her.
The Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm in its 11/15/13 edition reported that Daash variety fatwas regard women as strange creatures created solely for sex, and that the organization’s members consider the voices of women, their looks and presence outside of their homes as an “offense” —while some Salafists regard women in general as “offensive.”

Among the practices permitted by Daash is the widespread acceptance of wives lying to their husbands concerning politics. Daash believes that if the husband forbids her from being supportive of their agenda and control of Syrian villages in Aleppo and Raqaa for example, she may then, through dissimulation support them while pretending to be against them.

During interviews in Syria, one religious advisor to Daash opined to this observer that marriage to ten-year-old girls should be allowed in order to prevent their deviating from the correct path. Needless to say, school attendance by girls is also prohibited, even if the school is close to their homes, and one Daash fatwa states that a marriage is annulled if the husband and wife make love with no clothes on, while another sanctions the use of women and children as human shields in violent demonstrations and protests on the grounds that these are jihads to empower Islam.

Yet other fatwas forbid Muslims from greeting Christians or forbid Muslim cab drivers from transporting Christian priests. And still others criticize Egypt’s Al Azhar, considered by many to be one of the oldest and most prestigious Islamic universities in the world, for withdrawing its fatwa that instructed women to "breastfeed" male acquaintances, thereby making them relatives and justifying their mixed company.

Men are now being physically assaulted by Daash milita on the street if they are clean shaven or wear tight trousers. Men who suffer from Erectile Dysfunction can, however, watch pornographic movies provided that the participants in the porno flicks are Islamists.

Education is focused on boys in Daash areas, where schools, at both the elementary and secondary levels, are being run like Pakistani madrassas, with education limited to memorizing every word of the Koran while severely limiting any instruction in the sciences or secular subjects, this in a country heretofore acknowledged as having particularly high standards of education.

Last month a new Daash fatwa proclaimed that “all those who support Bashar al-Assad, even the word, or who are in favor of the National Coalition or agree to a dialogue with him, must have his head separated from his body, including the beheading of all members of the coalition favoring Geneva II or dialogue.”

One much respected Sunni Sheik from Tripoli, Lebanon currently residing in Damascus and with whom this observer has become friends over the course of many visits to Syria, is Sheikh Abdul Salam El Harrach, Symposium Coordinator of Muslim Scholars in Akkar, in north Lebanon. Sheik Harrach is a strong supporter of the Hezbollah-led resistance to the Zionist occupation of Palestine as well as an advocate for the Syrian people. He favors dialogue—and he has run afoul of Daash.

Sheik Harrach is hopeful about Geneva II and believes that the settling of some of the existing problems between Iran and the US could bear fruit for Syria. Moreover, he argues that the Syrian people must decide in the coming presidential election who their leaders will be, not those countries sending militias to create chaos in the country while turning a blind eye to Salafist, un-Islamic criminal campaigns. As a result of his political stances, the Sheikh has been targeted for assassination more than once by Daash/al Qaeda types, and is rumored to have a large bounty on his head from Jabat al Nursa, Daash and others in Tripoli who oppose Sunni-Shia rapprochement, either in the Levant or globally.


One assassination attempt, which wounded his son Wael, took place in the north Lebanon town of Aaat during a Ramadan Iftar event held in tents outside his home. Some blamed the March 14th coalition and extreme Islamic elements. Sheik Harrach offers the view that the assault on his son and other such armed attacks are perpetrated against a background of incitement against Sunni Muslims from extremist elements. Some of these, he concludes, have the complicit backing of some of the security services. But it is his endorsement for reform and development in Syria under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad that has turned him into a target, he believes—this along with his support for the resistance and his outright rejection of the U.S. and Zionist project for Lebanon and the region.

To his credit and in solidarity with the people of Syria, Sheik Harrach vows to continue working with the growing Sunni/Shia joint resistance to Daash and like-minded Salafist militias until they are expelled from Syria. He insists that if someone wants to learn about Islam they need only come to Syria to study, and that they need not fall victim to “ Islamic instruction” from foreign-manipulated fanatic/fundamentalists seeking establishment of a Levant-wide or global Caliphate.


Franklin Lamb is a visiting Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law, Damascus University for the 2013/14 academic year. Lamb volunteers with the Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (sssp-lb.com) and is reachable c/o fplamb@gmail.com



Franklin Lamb is a recently appointed visiting Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law, Damascus University for the 2013/14 academic year. Lamb volunteers with the Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (sssp-lb.com) and is reachable c/o fplamb@gmail.com

Source: Al-Manar Website
29-11-2013 - 21:18 Last updated 29-11-2013 - 21:18

LES VISIBLE ON THE SEEK-SPEAK AND SPREAD TRUTH CONFERENCE.


http://www.visibleorigami.com/2013/11/the-seek-speak-and-spread-truth.html

Dog Poet Transmitting........

May your noses always be cold and wet.

Wow! What can I say? By any standards, the Seek-Speak-Spread Truthconference was a rousing success. For this, massive kudos must go to Tahra with the able assistance of Tyler Vincent, James and Steven along with Tom Fry and Anthony doing the video which you will see shortly somewhere. I'll link it when possible.


Visible with Able-MayWe'll forget about my presentation. It's not my place to comment on it. Someone or several someone's will come around with their two pence at some point.


Alan Hart started it off and was lucid and very well informed. After that the day took off and never stopped. Ken Shott came up and did a slideshow about his amazing work in Sweden. The amount of work and industry put out by himself and his associates is impressive. There are a lot of good things going on on this planet.


I had an epiphany of sorts at the conference where my former perceptions about someone did a big 180. In keeping with Visble's Full Disclosure Act of 2003, I'm left with no choice. I'd had certain reservations about Gilad Atzmon, on the publicity end and Litmus Test end and what I found in real life was a larger than life personality, which canceled out my concern on the first concern and made moot my second concern. Gilad is, as best I can tell, a social philosopher. That's the best definition I can come up with. He's also an, off the charts, jazz musician. He's a consummate showman as well as a very articulate and subtle speaker. I was impressed and I am not easily impressed. He's also a generous soul who came over to me and laid his books and a musical CD on me, following my moments on the dais.

I missed David Messenger, I'm sorry to say but... it was 12 hours of non-stop action, except for lunch and there were all kinds of people I was supposed to speak to; had no choice but to speak to (grin) and this is just how it wound up. I came and went without thinking about who was or wasn't coming next because it was a terrifically high energy scene, still, I managed to catch most everyone.

Ken O'Keefe followed Gilad and continued in the spirit of the extemporaneous, which seemed to be the order of the day for nearly all of us. You hardly ever see anyone speaking off the cuff anymore. They're either reading directly from a script or a teleprompter and it's also usually nothing but lies. Ken was as lucid as anyone I've ever seen in my life; clear and sustained power of precisely organized thought. That's how it comes to my mind now, on reflection.


Tyler read a moving poem then, I think it was then (grin) and at various times in the day they would take an opportunity to play one of Patrick Willis's renderings of some of my blog postings. They closed it out with “ A Place Called Gratitude”. Following that we all relocated to the dining room, bar area where Gilad and a couple of supporting musicians played their asses off. All in all it was an amazing day. There was a seriously celebratory mood taking place at the end which I figured it was best if I missed most of it, so I left with Dr. Richard for his place in Forrest Grove, where I actually managed to get some rest. I'd only had a couple of hours the night before and was planning on not sleeping this night either since my plane left early on Sunday morning but Richard invited me to his home and I got a few more hours. I was pretty exhausted when I finally got home... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.


It occurred to me that any number of people might have been expecting any kind of results from the day. I'm pretty sure it passed everyone's expectations, positive wise. All of us who were able to participate feel a great deal of gratitude toward Tahra in the aftermath.


Like I've been saying, things have changed and dramatically so. The most amazing feature of the whole affair was that not a single Hasbara shill showed up at the event. That is nigh on unheard of. We were sayanim-free, there in the belly of the beast.

My great thanks to all of you who remain unnamed. Thank you for your exquisite generosity and unqualified support!!! We will do it again. I probably should be living in the U.K. despite the political situation. The quality of humanity there is incredible.


I'm going to cut it short here today. I'm pretty frazzled; overdosed on human contact, given that I spend my days pretty much alone, pretty much all of the time. I do believe I will go take a nap. Thank you one and all.



End Transmission.......

On 66th Anniversary of UN’s 181 Pal. Resistance Continues to Gather Global Support - “Palestine, from River to Sea, Must be Returned to Real Owners”


Franklin Lamb

Damascus
Al-manar

Every year on November 29, approximately three quarters of a million Palestinian refugees whose families were forced into Syria and Lebanon, during the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe) and the 1967 Naksa (setback) along with their countrymen in more than 130 countries where they have sought refuge following their ethnic cleansing from their land, commemorate the infamous United Nations Resolution 181. Between Nov. 29, 1947, and Jan. 1, 1949, Zionist terrorists depopulated and destroyed more than 530 Palestinian villages and towns, killing more than 13,000 Palestinians and expelling more than 750,000, approximately half the population.

Pal. resistanceUN General Assembly resolution 181, adopted on November 29, 1947, purported to divide Palestine between the indigenous inhabitants and European colonists who arrived seeking to occupy and exploit Palestine and create an exclusive Jewish homeland. Under the UN plan, European Jews were granted more than fifty six per cent of historical Palestine while the native Palestinians, who owned ninety three per cent of the territory, were offered less than forty four percent of their own land. The partition vote was based on a UN Special Committee (UNSCOP) recommendation to divide the country into three parts: a Palestinian state with a population of 735,000, of which 725,000 were Palestinians and 10,000 Jews; a new Jewish state comprised of 499,000 Jews and 407,000 Palestinians, creating a new state with roughly less than sixty per cent Jewish majority.

Zionist leaders have never concealed their intentions especially when holding political gatherings. In addressing the Central Committee of the Histadrut (the Eretz Israel Workers Party) days after the UN vote to partition Palestine, David Ben-Gurion expressed apprehension and told the party leadership:

“…the total population of the Jewish State at the time of its establishment will be about one million, including almost 40 per cent non-Jews. Such a [population] composition does not provide a stable basis for a Jewish State. This [demographic] fact must be viewed in all its clarity and acuteness. With such a [population] composition, there cannot even be absolute certainty that control will remain in the hands of the Jewish majority… There can be no stable and strong Jewish state so long as it has a Jewish majority of only 60 per cent.”

Ben Gurion, told Zionist leaders in  December of 1947, “I don’t care if half the Jews in Europe have to die so the other half come to Palestine,” and ” Chaim Weizmann would later say: ‘With regard to the Arab question – the British told us that there are several hundred thousand Negroes there but this is a matter of no consequence.’”

To ensure an absolute Jewish majority, the Zionists’ “Transfer [Expulsion] Committee” waged a terror campaign to cleanse their part of the non-Jewish population. The “War [Expulsion] Committee” under the leadership of Ben Gurion, assigned ethnic cleansing language to its military operations, from Hebrew names such as Matateh (broom), Tihur (cleansing), Biur (a Passover quasi-religious expression meaning “to cleanse the leaven”) and Niku (cleaning up). Following Israel’s unilateral declaration of independence in 1948, it accelerated the land grab strategy to secure an absolute Jewish majority. The Zionists assailed, depopulated, and occupied an additional thirty per cent of the land which had been designated for the future Palestinian state under the UN plan.

Today, 66 years after UNGA Resolution 181, virtually every political party and every religious authority in Lebanon boldly and regularly pays insincere lip service to the “sacred cause of Palestine”, as “the bloodstream issue for every Arab and every Muslim.” Each avers that in Lebanon “our brothers must live in dignity until they are able to return to Palestine” and that “for us Lebanese, as their hosts, to refuse them fewer human rights than even their Zionist oppressors allow them violates our religious duty for which certainly Allah (Christians typically insert “Jesus” or “God Almighty”) will justly condemn us to Hell on judgment day.” These politicians constitute part of the problem by even refusing to grant the fundamental civil rights to work or to own a home for Palestinian refugees trapped in Lebanon. Their words are hollow.
USA: Norman Finkelstein

Some claimed supporters of Justice for Palestine actually follow the Zionist line by proclaiming that “The Palestinians have never been weaker politically and that regionally, they have no allies, and internally they have neither leadership nor popular resistance.” Others argue that there is “no political basis for any other solution to the conflict that two states without full right of return because no other solution has significant political support in the world.” Some claim that “It cannot be doubted that Israel's political existence for the foreseeable future is secure.  It is thriving economically and faces no significant military threats.”

None of these assertions is accurate in this observers view. On the contrary, recent Resistance achievements augur well for international support for a one state solution based on one person-one vote, no ‘chosen people’ or special religious status for some but not for the indigenous inhabitants.

For example, the United Nations General Assembly has overwhelmingly adopted five draft resolutions on the Question of Palestine. This year's number of countries to vote in favor of draft resolutions on the Question of Palestine has increased compared to last year. The draft resolutions are:

A peaceful settlement of the Question of Palestine: A majority of 165 countries have voted in favor of the draft resolution while six countries voted against it namely Israel, the United States, The Marshall Islands, Canada, Palau and Micronesia. Six states abstained from voting, namely: Cameroon, Australia, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay and South Sudan.

Jerusalem: A majority of 162 countries voted in favor of the draft resolution while six countries voted against it namely Israel, the United States, The Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Canada and Palau. The Special Information Program on the Question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat: A majority of 163 countries voted in favor of the draft resolution while seven countries opposed it namely Israel, the United States, Australia, Canada, The Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.

Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People: A majority of 110 countries voted in favor of the draft resolution while seven countries opposed it namely Israel, the United States, Australia, Canada, The Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau. 56 countries abstained. Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat: A majority of 108 countries voted in favor of the draft resolution while seven countries opposed it namely Israel, the United States, Australia, Canada, The Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.

International support for ending the Occupation of Palestine and ensuring Full Return is growing.  So must Palestinian Resistance also expand utilizing the hundreds of forms of Resistance to the Zionist occupation until Palestine is liberated.

This region and the global community is entering deeper into the era and the culture of Resistance with respect to Palestine. Those who wring their hands, sometimes in feigned despair, while lamenting the asserted  impossibility of gaining justice for Palestine and who instead counsel in favor of the trimming of sails and seeking safe harbor, enable both the  continuing Zionist occupation and the delay of justice.

Franklin Lamb is a visiting Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law, Damascus University for the 2013-2014 academic year. Lamb volunteers with the Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (sssp-lb.com) and is reachable clo fplamb@gmail.com

Source: Al-Manar Website
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Partition of Palestine: Loss of Palestine

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Eslam al-Rihani
USA: Norman Finkelstein On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 recommending the implementation of the Partition Plan of Palestine.

The Plan was described as a Plan of Partition with Economic Union which, after the termination of the then British Mandate over the Arab country, would lead to the creation of two independent Arab and Jewish States along with a  Special International Order for the City of al-Quds.

The Plan sought to address the conflicting objectives of what it considered 'two competing movements', i.e. the Arab nationalism and the Jewish nationalism, widely known as Zionism. Part I of the Plan contained provisions dealing with the Termination of the Mandate, Partition and Independence, where Part II included a detailed description of the proposed boundaries for each state. The Plan also called for Economic Union between the proposed states, and for the protection of religious and minority rights.

Palestine: UN Partition PlanImmediately after adoption of the Resolution - accepted by the Jewish Agency on behalf of the Jewish community, but rejected by Arab governments at the time - the civil war broke out in Mandatory Palestine, and the partition plan was not implemented.

Following more than forty years of continuous conflict, the Palestinian Declaration of Independence of 15 November 1988 was interpreted as a support for a two-state solution, for referencing the UN Partition Plan of 1947 and "UN resolutions since 1947" in general.

Many Palestinians and Israelis, as well as the Arab League, have stated that they would accept a two-state solution based on 1949 Armistice Agreements, more commonly referred to as the "1967 borders". And in a 2002 poll conducted by the American Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA), 72% of both Palestinians and Israelis supported at that time a peace settlement based on the 1967 borders so long as each group could be reassured that the other side would be cooperative in making the necessary concessions for such a settlement.

Different conferences were held to negotiate the two-state solution, the most significant was the Oslo Accords, which officially divided Palestinian land into three administrative divisions and created the framework for how much of the Zionist entity's political borders with the Palestinian territories function today, not to mention the Camp David 2000 Summit and follow-up negotiations at Taba in January 2001. However, no final agreement was ever reached amid nonstop Zionist massacres against the armless Palestinian people.

Commemorating the 66th anniversary of the Resolution 181, Al-Manar Website interviewed the American-Jewish author and political strategist, Doctor Norman Finkelstein, to highlight the most significant developments regarding the two-state solution and the future of the Palestinian cause:

Al-Manar Website:
 Do you think "Israel" will be able to make the whole world recognize it as a Jewish state?

Dr. Finkelstein: Israel's principal goal right now is to consolidate politically its achievements since the Oslo agreement was signed in 1993.  Practically, this means it wants to annex the major settlement blocs that constitute approximately 10 percent of the West Bank, along the path of the Wall it has been building.  It also wants to liquidate the refugee question.

The Palestinians have never been weaker politically.  Regionally, they have no allies, and internally they have neither leadership nor popular resistance.  It's quite possible that Israel will succeed in imposing a historic defeat on the Palestinians through U.S. Secretary of State Kerry's current negotiations.


Al-Manar Website:
 Is the two state solution a functionable or workable now?

Dr. Finkelstein: The international community has called for a resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict on the basis of two states along the 1967 border and a "just" solution of the Palestinian refugee question.   Judging by the annual votes in the United Nations General Assembly, the entire world supports this formula, except the U.S., Israel and a handful of South Pacific islands.   This is not a philosophical or even a moral question.   It is a strictly political question, although it is also backed with the force of international law.  I see no political basis for any other solution to the conflict, because no other solution has significant political support in the world.


Al-Manar Website:
 How do u assess the safety of Israel after all that happened and is happening in the region?

Dr. Finkelstein: It cannot be doubted that Israel's political existence for the foreseeable future is secure.  It is thriving economically and faces no significant military threats.  It is pointless to project into the future.  I lived long enough to see the fall of the Soviet Union, the end of Apartheid, and a Black man elected president in the United States.  The future is full of surprises, mostly unpredictable


Al-Manar Website:
 On a personal level, where the ongoing confrontation between you and the Zionist lobby has reached now?

Dr. Finkelstein: I have been unemployed the past seven years.  It has not been easy.  But I will reach my 60th birthday in a couple of weeks.  It means that I have lived much longer than the average person in Africa.  I also have a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.  So I count my blessings.  I continue to read, think and occasionally write.   I also continue to do my small part to make the world a better place. He's a strategist in American and Israeli affairs.
USA: Norman Finkelstein Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University in the U.S.. For many years he taught political theory and the Zionist-Palestine conflict. He's a strategist in American and Israeli affairs.He currently writes and lectures.

Source: Al-Manar Website
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But apparently, Zionists and supporters of Israel, still determined to stop us, are now reverting to terror.
Yesterday, we hosted Israeli filmmaker Yotam Feldman and his latest documentary " The Lab" – a film that discloses the Israeli military industry and presents Israel, its weapon dealers and death merchants in a very dark light.
However, as soon as the screening commenced, we learned that alarm clocks had been planted in the hall, set to go off during the screening in order to evoke panic.
 
 
Despite this shocking attempt at disruption we decided to continue with the screening. However, once the Q&A session with filmmaker Yotam Feldman was over we found a threatening note attached to one clock: Antisemitismus bleibt nicht ungestört (Anti-semitism will not go unchallenged).

So it seems that In the light of the current growing affinity between the United Nations and Iran and the downfall of Israeli Hasbara, we are already encountering a new and vile wave of Zionist intimidation.
The events of Cafe Palestine Freiburg are free and open to the public. Israelis, Zionists and anyone else who opposes our campaign for justice are more than welcome to attend all our gatherings.
 
We don’t believe in terror and we won’t be intimidated!
 
But we hope that the supporters of Israel find the courage to attend our events and voice their opposition in a civilised manner – assuming, that is, that they are familiar with such behaviour.
 
Dr. Gabi Weber, chairwoman Cafe Palestine Freiburg e. V.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Jenin: Palestinian Authority Crackdown on Anti-Negotiations Activists


A Palestinian boys rides a bicycle near building materials on the street outside new houses which are part of a project funded by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on November 21, 2013. (Photo: AFP - Said Khatib)
Published Friday, November 29, 2013
In the West Bank’s Jenin refugee camp, the Palestinian Authority is conducting a security campaign. Its objective: apprehend activists and resistance members who oppose the US-brokered Palestinian negotiations with Israel.


Jenin – Since the resumption of negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government in July, there have been several achievements: 17 Palestinian martyrs (three of whom died Tuesday at the hands of Israeli troops); 400 Palestinians detained by Israel; and 50 Palestinians detained by the Palestinian Authority.
Meanwhile, settlement activity continues unabated in Jerusalem and other West Bank cities without any regard for the promises made by the broker of the negotiations, the US administration, in order to get the Palestinian Authority to return to the negotiating table.
Expressing any opposition to the negotiations by the public or Palestinian political groups has become taboo. As a result, scores of people have been detained by the Palestinian Authority to ensure negotiations can continue smoothly.
Deferring to the Road Map
As a result of the changes taking place on the ground, the Fatah faction opposed to negotiations has put increasing pressure on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The meetings of the movement’s Central Committee saw some stormy discussions about the usefulness of the negotiations, as well as the powers entrusted to the negotiating team, which answers directly to the president alone, rendering it effectively immune to accountability.
This coincides with the radical transformations of resistance factions in the West Bank that have been taking place since 2005: Amnesty for wanted fugitives, assimilation of fighters into security agencies, and high salaries in return for laying down arms, were all sufficient to create a new balance of power tipped in favor of President Abbas within Fatah.
However, this situation did not emerge from a vacuum, and is in fact considered to be the essence of the “road map for peace” plan. In truth, without such measures, none of the plan’s provisions could be implemented.
Between 2002 and 2005, a new faction emerged within the Palestinian Authority that was more enthusiastic about fulfilling the dream of Israel’s generals to end the intifada and abolish armed resistance groups inside the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. This was required by the “road map for peace” plan, which explicitly required the Palestinians to put an end to what it termed “violence and terrorism,” calling on Palestinian security agencies to combat any act of resistance against the Israelis.
Dismantling the infrastructure of resistance movements was a kind of temptation offered to Abbas to strengthen his authority. As time passed and the Palestinian security services failed to completely eliminate resistance infrastructure, especially in the refugee camps, the resistance became a real burden that had to be eliminated.
In 2009, this burden worsened when Abbas entered into talks with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on the border issue. An agreement was reached over deploying an international peacekeeping force on the border between Palestine and Israel, stipulating that the Palestinian state must be demilitarized, with the exception of arms necessary for a police force.
However, Olmert resigned before a final agreement could be reached over the borders. The government of Benjamin Netanyahu did not recognize the security agreement between Abbas and Olmert, and asked for the negotiations to restart from scratch.
The Refugee Camps: A Security Burden
Negotiations returned to square one, with the first round taking place between the two sides in occupied Jerusalem after a three-year freeze. Nevertheless, officials in Israel soon announced that they would step up construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.
On the Palestinian side, after receiving an aid package worth $4 billion meant to help the Palestinian Authority overcome its financial crisis, the stage had to be set politically for the resumption of the negotiations, with help from the US security team formed in 2005 to assist the Palestinian Authority rehabilitate its security agencies and dismantle the infrastructure of the resistance. Soon after, a security campaign began against anti-negotiations activists.
This was corroborated by the commander of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Jenin, Zakaria al-Zubaidi, in a September 4 interview with the Israeli newspaper Maariv. Zubaidi told the newspaper that the Palestinian Authority was arresting members who openly opposed the negotiations.
Speaking to Al-Akhbar, Palestinian Legislative Council member Jamal Huwail said, “The Jenin camp will remain pro-resistance, and will defend itself against sustained violations and raids by the occupation.” Huwail also said, “The negotiations accompanied by continued breaches by the occupation cannot continue. The Palestinian Authority must discontinue negotiations.”
In turn, Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ahmad al-Mudallal toldAl-Akhbar, “The Palestinian Authority and its security services are supplementing the Israeli occupation’s role in persecuting the resistance, in parallel with intensifying Judaization campaigns against Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Jerusalem.”
Mudallal held security services in the West Bank fully responsible for the lives of resistance fighters who are being pursued by the Palestinian Authority in Jenin. He then called on “resistance fighters in the Jenin camp to stand up to the crackdown, and try to prevent the security agencies from entering the homes of the resistance fighters and citizens in any way to arrest or liquidate them.”
Zubaidi, Huwail, and Mudallal’s remarks prove that the camp and the negotiations are moving along two paths that can never converge. But at the same time, one inevitably has to triumph over the other.
Indeed, the presence of anti-negotiations activists is something that will not please the US security team, and will not be conducive to imposing any political solution on the ground. This will no doubt prompt more pressure on the Palestinian Authority to eliminate this burden. In other words, things are on course to erupt and spiral out of control.
The Policy of the Status Quo
With Israel giving the green light to more than 20,000 new settlement units in Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Jewish state’s confiscation of hundreds of acres, and the displacement of dozens of Palestinian families, the crisis between the Palestinian and Israeli sides has reached new levels. At least, this is what the pro-Palestinian Authority media claimed, as the Palestinian negotiations team announced it would be resigning after taking part in 20 rounds of talks since July 2013.
In addition, there is strong opposition to the negotiations, both in Fatah and among the Palestinian public at large, something that the Palestinian security services have not been able to influence decisively. All that remains for Abbas is to maintain the status quo, which means continuing the negotiations even after the resignation of chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.
The resignation of Palestinian negotiators will not lead to the negotiations’ collapse. To be sure, Abbas could issue a presidential decree appointing a new negotiating team that would continue to hold talks. Meanwhile, the crackdown would against anti-negotiations activists would continue, serving to forestall wider popular opposition that could evolve into a full-scale intifada.
The Palestinian Press Fuels Security Crackdown
When Jenin Governor Maj. Gen. Talal Dweikat announced the launch of the security campaign in the Jenin refugee camp to “eliminate lawlessness,” the Palestinian press quickly touted the crackdown as a “necessary evil.” For days, radio programs joined in the attempt to isolate resistance fighters and anti-negotiations activists, demonizing the latter as subversive elements who must be apprehended.
A poll conducted by the Jerusalem Center for Information and Communication showed that 50.5 percent of Palestinians believe that the Palestinian Authority’s decision to resume talks with Israel was “wrong.” The same poll showed that 68.7 percent of respondents believe that the negotiations would not reach an agreement with Israel, compared to 20.8 percent who believed they would.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.