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News of Syria 07.01.2012 II

27 dead in Syria including one child. 13 in Idlib. 8 in Homs. 5 in Damascus and one in Hama. #Syria RIP.

#Hama Sounds of intensive shooting were heard in Ahmideya district and south of playground

Homs: Houla: Busses, and military vehicles gathered near Al-Humairi village after Aqrab town was raided today. Possible raid tomorrow too.

#Assad new strategy of treating detainees very environment friendly. Instead of wasting graveyards, put all in a security bldg & blow it up!

#Qamishli: An attempt to assasinate Kurdish patriot Abed Ahmad Mohamad elias Abdullah badour by Assad thugs. He is now in hospital.

#Damascus Douma Shooting from PKC machine-guns in the area behind the municipality

Talbeesah | Homs | Our Assad (Lion) Turned Out to be a Cockroach

#Assad regime cut off electricity most part of central #Syria-n city of #Homs while huge explosions & non-stop shooting taking place NOW

#Daraa Jassem sec. forces went on wide raid of arrests after the recent defection in the area

#Damascus Rihan A demo went on in solidarity with Douma and besieged cities. Protesters chanted for freedom and trila of the regime

#Damascus Harasta Clashes between Free Syrian army and Assad’s military forces after funerals of martyrs ceremony finished

#DeirEzzor Sporadic gunfire shooting in the Dahiya area and the Wadi (valley) street in the Jora area

Aleppo Atareb An evening demo in Bsartoon in solidarity with the besieged cities and chants for freedom and the regime’s ouster

Hamas: Palestinian cause is winning

Israel facing unprecedented security situation, Egypt won’t allow another Gaza war, Islamist group’s leader tells Britain’s The Independent

The Palestinian cause is triumphing, as Israel faces the worst security situation in its history in the wake of the so-called “Arab Spring”, Hamas’leader in Gaza told Britain’s The Independent Saturday.

“The Palestinian cause is winning,” Ismail Haniyeh was quoted as saying, adding that with the Muslim Brotherhood in the government, Egypte will not besiege the Gaza Strip or support Israel in another war in the area.

“They will not give cover to Israel to launch a war,” the Hamas PM in the Strip said, referring to Egypt. “Gaza was a main reason for the Arab Spring. It was people’s anger at the regimes that co-operated with Israel and did not recognize the government here.”

“Israel is disturbed by this. It knows the strategic environment is changing. Iran is an enemy. Relations are deteriorating with Turkey. With Egypt, they are really cold,” Haniyeh said. “Israel is in a security situation they have never been in before. The Palestinians are winning more than anybody else due to what’s happening in the Arab countries. That will come out clearly in the future.”

Haniyeh slams West

During the interview, Haniyeh also slammed the West for not recognizing Hamas’ rule.

“These people asked us to have elections and respect the result of elections, and we did. We did what we were asked to do. Anybody who asks for democracy to be introduced should respect the results of democracy,” he said.

Haniyeh also expressed his anger over the fact that his group is still on the US and European terrorist list, despite no longer engaging in suicide bombings, which he refrred to as “martyrdom operations.”

“We do not launch wars,” he told The Independent. “We are people resisting occupation.”

(www.ynetnews.com / 07.01.2012)

Doelstellingen van de Stichting

1. De Stichting Stop de Bezetting maakt deel uit van een mondiale beweging tegen racisme, discriminatie, uitbuiting en onderdrukking.

2. Stop de Bezetting zet zich expliciet in voor de legitieme rechten van het Palestijnse volk, zoals die in VN resoluties en beginselen van het Internationaal Recht zijn vastgelegd.

3. Stop de Bezetting is volledig solidair met het Palestijnse volk dat strijdt voor zijn bevrijding. Het Palestijnse volk beschouwt geheel Palestina als bezet gebied. Stop de Bezetting onderschrijft dat.

4. Stop de Bezetting steunt de strijd van de Palestijnen voor de verwezenlijking van hun onvervreemdbare rechten, met name het recht op zelfbeschikking, het recht op terugkeer van de Palestijnse vluchtelingen en het recht op compensatie.

5. Stop de Bezetting bestrijdt elke poging om buiten de Palestijnen om over hun toekomst te beslissen.

6. Stop de Bezetting stelt daarom dat alle Palestijnen – binnen en buiten Palestina – een stem dienen te hebben in de besluitvorming omtrent zaken die hun toekomst raken.

7. Stop de Bezetting zet zich in voor de erkenning van een multiculturele Palestijnse Staat.

8. Het zionistische project in het gebied van Palestina impliceert systematische kolonisatie, verdrijving van de autochtone Palestijnse bevolking, de vernietiging van de Palestijnse samenleving en de herinnering daaraan. Dit veroordelen en bestrijden wij met geweldloze middelen.

9. De exclusief joodse staat in oorspronkelijk Palestijns gebied, reeds tot stand gekomen door etnische zuiveringen, die nog steeds voortduren, is voor Stop de Bezetting onaanvaardbaar, mede ook omdat die staat de apartheid onder de bevolking blijft toepassen.

10. Stop de Bezetting zet zich krachtig in om het Israëlisch politiek en militair leiderschap en de rechters die hun beleid hebben toegestaan, te doen vervolgen wegens oorlogsmisdaden, misdaden tegen de menselijkheid en tegen de universele rechten van de mens.

11. Stop de Bezetting streeft naar een omslag in de Europese politiek omdat die, door bewust wegkijken en ontkennen van de misdaden van het Israëlische regiem, zich medeschuldig maakt aan de ondergang van het Palestijnse volk. Stop de Bezetting zal dit voortdurend aan de kaak stellen en de herinnering daaraan levend houden.

12. Het Palestijnse volk is slachtoffer geworden van de politieke machtsverhoudingen waarbij het recht van de sterkste heerst. Stop de Bezetting ziet het als een van haar taken om daarbij de noden van het Palestijnse volk op elk mogelijk terrein te lenigen.

(www.stopdebezetting.com / 07.01.2012)

‘Mauritania busts Israeli spy network’

Mauritania has reportedly exposed an Israeli spy network consisting of ‘international activists and Arab businessmen,’ which operated in different countries across the globe.

The revelation came, when local police officers in the West African country arrested a member of the network for robbery, Lebanese broadcaster Al-Manar reported on Wednesday, citing Mauritanian sources.

According to the report, the man has been identified as a Fares al-Banna.

While searching his house, the police found handwritten letters to the United Arab Emirates ambassador in Mauritania, in which al-Banna had confessed to being a spy hired by the Israeli spy agency, Mossad.

The Emirati ambassador has, however, reportedly dismissed any form of communication with al-Banna.

In other letters, he had also confessed to having been involved in the assassination of the senior Hamas official, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was killed on January 19, 2010 in Dubai. Dubai’s police have said evidence confirms Mossad’s role in the targeted killing.

(www.presstv.ir /07.01.2012)

UK war on free speech

Britain’s government-controlled broadcast regulatory body, Ofcom, has decided to ban Press TV’s broadcast in an effort to silence the alternative voice in the UK.

The move comes a year after a leaked US Embassy cable highlighted for the first time London and Washington’s concerted effort to block Press TV in Britain.

Many observers have noted that the British government’s campaign against Press TV has its roots in the channel’s extensive coverage of the multiple crises created by London’s domestic and foreign policies.

Press TV covered the 2011 Royal Wedding from a critical angle, which highlighted its extravagant costs while many Britons were suffering from great economic hardship. The channel also provided in-depth coverage of the widespread protests and the ensuing unrest that gripped Britain following the police killing of a black man in August.

Press TV also interviewed many critics of the stance adopted by the British government vis-à-vis the revolutions in the Muslim world.

London clearly sided with dictators and monarchs and even invited the king of Bahrain for official visits and provided his regime with military assistance. This, as Bahrain’s Saudi-backed forces were torturing and killing peaceful protesters.

Britain also signed a scandalous military deal with Saudi Arabia back in 2006 to sell state-of-the-art military equipment to one of the world’s biggest dictatorships.

The British government with its Royal establishment has a long history of wars of aggression and support of monarchies and autocratic rulers all over the world.

In the Middle East, London together with Washington orchestrated Iran’s 1953 coup to bring the western-backed Shah of Iran back to power. Decades later the monarch was overthrown by the Islamic Revolution.

In Iraq, Britain joined the US invasion and occupation of the country that led to the killing of a million people.

Britain also followed the US into Afghanistan in 2001-a war that has yet to end despite strong opposition from the British public. A senior Afghan official recently told Press TV that the British military also played a significant role in the production and trafficking of narcotics in Afghanistan.

In Africa, Britain is still remembered as the brutal colonial power that crushed many local communities under the boots of its soldiers for decades. And today it is mulling direct military intervention in Somalia where people are already under intense pressure from natural disasters and U-S drone strikes.

In Asia, the Royal establishment killed as many people as it needed to set up its power base in the Indian Subcontinent among other regions.

Thousands of miles away in Latin America, London is still engaged in a potential military confrontation with Argentina over the Malvinas Islands three decades after fighting a deadly war with Buenos Aires over the UK-occupied archipelago.

The centuries of medieval-age aggression by British rulers have earned London global infamy.

The latest in a string of such UK practices is the Royal establishment’s war on free speech.

London has spared no effort in its two-year-long battle against Press TV. Its media tool, Ofcom, is now about to revoke the channel’s broadcast license, hoping this desperate measure will silence criticism.

But what the British government fails to grasp is that the truth cannot be concealed from the public, and those in the UK that want to hear Press TV’s alternative voice will inevitably find a way to watch the channel of their choice.

(www.presstv.ir / 07.01.2012)

Muslim, change the world, start with yourself (3)

I don’t want to preach, because I am not a preacher, I am just a simple man, who wants to give your some thoughts for this week. I have had this week some questions about the intention, the moral about Islam.

Let me say so: Islam is peace, is to take care for the people, is to respect , but we the people, the Muslims we have to act like that. We have to show it: be respectful, take care of our parents and our children, be a brother or sister for the one who need it, be respectful for the people of the Book, this means the people who believe, Christians, Jews and Muslims.
Stay away from violence, murdering people, suicide, weapons, extremism,  drugs and alcohol. All these things are not good and forbidden. If we act as a Muslim, we have to take distance of all these things.

Important on the other hand is that we have to have respect for our brothers and sisters in Islam. Why we say that a Sunni or a Shi’ite is better or worse than us? This is not the intention of the Islam, because it is written in the Qur’an that we don’t look for separation between groups of Islam, but that we are one in our beliefs. Act so, and have respect for the other in his or her believe. It is forbidden to judge about the religion of the other, that only Allah can do. I do not want to judge about your religion, I cannot, but I can judge you for your words or your deeds. And you have the right to judge me for my words and my deeds, my acts.

Furthermore, you know what the most important difference is between the Christians and the Muslims? It is the position of Jesus; in Christianity Jesus is the Son of God, for the Muslims Isa is a prophet. So why do we people, just look for the differences, always the negative approximation. Let us go for the agreements. That is the positive way to change the world and starting with ourselves, with me. Maybe it is difficult to say me, but try it … say it … when I want to change the world, than I have to get a positive idea for it and I have to make a contribution too for that.

I think strongly  that we all have to read, the Quran again, to read, to learn, to teach and to explain again to the people, but with a positive intention, the positive feelings of love and peace, with respect for the other. And when there are people in our neighborhood who cannot read, than we have the duty to teach and explain these brothers and sisters the right things about Qur’an and Islam.

@ KhamakarPress

Uganda, Palestine to promote Arab-African interests

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Mahmoud Abbas, the President of Palestine signing in the visitor”s book

President Yoweri Museveni and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine have said there is need to invest more enough effort in rebuilding Africa Arab relations, adding that they would work towards redirecting these relations based on trust, development and cooperation.

The two presidents met on Saturday at State House in Entebbe.
“This is a very good idea and we shall work on it. There is a lot of potential in this. Once we recognize and appreciate each other’s differences, we live in peaceful relationships that recognize diversity,” Museveni said.
Museveni reiterated Uganda’s principled position of support for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination according to the two-state solution to exist side by side, security and prosperity.
President Yoweri Museveni greeting Mahmoud Abbas the President of Palestine at State House Entebbe on 7th Januray 2012
Abbas who arrived in the country on January 6 commended the Uganda for the many great achievements made in economic development, consolidation of democracy, peace, stability in the country and the region.
He called for increased support of Uganda towards the creation of an internationally recognized, sovereign and independent state of Palestine.
Abbas who was accompanied by Dr. Riyad Malki the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Palestinian Ambassador to Uganda Zuhair Al-Shun,expressed appreciation for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to him and his delegation.
During their bilateral talks, the two leaders discussed Middle East issues, and expressed concern over the continuing Israel-Palestinian conflict which has affected millions of people and fuels insecurity and instability in the region. They were however encouraged by the efforts of the Quartet for a meeting in Amman Jordan.
President Yoweri Museveni talking to Mahmoud Abbas, the President of Palestine at State House Entebbe on 7th Januray 2012
The two leaders later witnessed the signing of a joint communiqué by Uganda’s acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Asuman Kiyingi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Palestine Dr. Riyad Malki in which the two countries expressed their commitment to develop further, the existing cordial relations between the two peoples and establish a framework of cooperation in the political, diplomatic, economic and social fields.
(www.newvision.co.ug /07.01.2012)

Syrische kolonel loopt over om ‘demonstranten te beschermen’

Een Syrische kolonel is met tot 50 van zijn manschappen overgelopen naar de oppositie. De hooggeplaatste militair uit de stad Hama maakte dat vandaag bekend op de Arabische nieuwszender al-Jazeera.

Kolonel Afeef Mahmoud Suleiman zei dat hij was overgelopen omdat ‘de regering demonstranten doodt’. De kolonel en zijn mannen gaan de betogers in Hama beschermen, liet hij weten.

Suleiman werkte bij een logistieke divisie van de luchtmacht.

(www.parool.nl / 07.01.2012)

US-Israeli Spring Will Bring Deployment of Thousands of US Soldiers

This spring, Israel and US will showcase the largest ever missile defense exercise and establish US command posts in Israel and Israeli Forces will occupy EUCOM headquarters in Germany.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Lt.Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of the US’s Third Air Force based in Germany, visited Israel and finalized the plans for “Austere Challenge 12”.

This misguided action will deploy several thousand American soldiers in Israel and establish joint task forces that further entwine US-Israeli policies that favor military muscle over diplomacy, equal human rights and justice.

Presidential candidates pontificate over the dangers of nuclear weapons in Iran and are oblivious to the danger to the American people because of US support of Israel’s military occupation of Palestine and collusion in Israel’s nuclear ambiguity/deceptions.

As the West was adopting more sanctions against Tehran claiming Iran is manufacturing WMD, Iran responded in a 10-day war game naval exercise near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

All of the oil output of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Iraq and Iran run through the Strait of Hormuz. Iran is well equipped with missile boats and land-based missiles. It doesn’t require much intelligence to comprehend that Iran would close off the Strait of Hormuz as soon as the first plane from Israel or US entered Iranian airspace.  The blowback to the world’s economy with the elimination of nearly a fifth of the industrial nations’ supply of oil would lead to the end of the world as we all now know it.

What we all need to know is what Mordechai Vanunu, Israel’s nuclear whistleblower said just prior to Israel sending him back to solitary confinement for 78 days in 2010-the outcome of his historic freedom of speech trial and punishment for speaking to foreign media in 2004:

“Everyone knows Israel has 200 bombs-hydrogen, nitrogen…No one wants atomic weapons in the Middle East….No one wants Israel or the Middle East to have atomic weapons, because if Israel has the bomb Iran will have the bomb.”

Vanunu Mordechai,Nuclear Weapons in Israel-May-23-2010.

What Americans desperately need to know is what Vanunu told me in 2005:

“President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons. In 1963, he forced Prime Minister Ben Guirion to admit the Dimona was not a textile plant, as the sign outside proclaimed, but a nuclear plant. The Prime Minister said, ‘The nuclear reactor is only for peace.’

“Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection. He wrote letters demanding that Ben Guirion open up the Dimona for inspection. The French were responsible for the actual building of the Dimona. The Germans gave the money; they were feeling guilty for the Holocaust, and tried to pay their way out. Everything inside was written in French, when I was there, almost twenty years ago. Back then,the Dimona descended seven floors underground. In 1955, Perez and Guirion met with the French to agree they would get a nuclear reactor if they fought against Egypt to control the Sinai and Suez Canal. That was the war of 1956. Eisenhower demanded that Israel leave the Sinai, but the reactor plant deal continued on.

“Kennedy demanded inspections. When Johnson became president, he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the Israelis would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From 1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall that hid the rest of the Dimona from them.

“Nixon stopped the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result, Israel increased production. In 1986, there were over two hundred bombs. Today, they may have enough plutonium for ten bombs a year.” [1]

On 2 October 2009, The Washington Times reported that Obama agreed to keep Israel’s nukes ‘secret’ and reaffirmed a 4-decade-old understanding that has allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections.” [2]

Three officials spoke on the condition that they not be named because they were discussing private conversations, but all said Obama pledged to maintain the agreement when he first hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in May 2009.

Under the understanding, the U.S. has not pressured Israel to disclose its nuclear weapons or to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which would require Israel to give up its estimated several hundred nuclear bombs.

This nuclear deception was reached at a summit between President Nixon and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir on 25 September 1969, with “the United States passively accepting Israel’s nuclear weapons status as long as Israel does not unveil publicly its capability or test a weapon.”[Ibid]

In 2007, the Nixon library declassified a 19 July 1969, memo from Henry Kissinger, the then national security adviser stating: “While we might ideally like to halt actual Israeli possession, what we really want at a minimum may be just to keep Israeli possession from becoming an established international fact.”

The “established international facts” were exposed in 1986, when Mordechai Vanunu told the truth and provided the photographic proof of Israel’s seven story underground WMD Facility that can be viewed on You Tube:

Dimona-Israel Nuclear Weapons Factory,No Volume, by israel TV-10

Another established international fact occurred on 17 April 2010, when Iran hosted a conference in Tehran on nuclear disarmament with sixty countries represented.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a statement delivered at the conference stating that nuclear weaponry was “haram” meaning prohibited under Islam and he also blew the doors off Israel’s and America’s nuclear deceptions:

“If America’s claims of fighting the proliferation of nuclear weapons were not false, would the Zionist regime be able to turn the occupied Palestinian lands into an arsenal where a huge number of nuclear weapons are stored while refusing to respect international regulations in this regard, especially the NPT?

“There is only one government that has committed a nuclear crime so far. Only the government of the United States of America has attacked the oppressed people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs in an unfair and inhumane war…using or even threatening to use such weapons is a serious violation of the most basic rules of philanthropy and is a clear manifestation of war crimes.

“The greatest violators of the NPT are the powers who have reneged on their obligation to dispose of nuclear weapons mentioned in Article 6 of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. These powers have even surpassed other countries with respect to promoting nuclear weapons in the world. By providing the Zionist regime with nuclear weapons and supporting its policies, these powers play a direct role in promoting nuclear weapons which is against the obligations they have undertaken according to Article 1 of the NPT.

“We believe that besides nuclear weapons, other types of weapons of mass destruction such as chemical and biological weapons also pose a serious threat to humanity. The Iranian nation, which is itself a victim of chemical weapons, feels more than any other nation the danger that is caused by the production and stockpiling of such weapons and is prepared to make use of all its facilities to counter such threats. We consider the use of such weapons as haram (religiously forbidden) and believe that it is everyone’s duty to make efforts to secure humanity against this great disaster.”[3]

In 1987, from Ashkelon prison, Vanunu wrote:

“The passive acceptance and complacency with regard to the existence of nuclear weapons anywhere on earth is the disease of society today.

“This struggle is not only a legitimate one – it is a moral, inescapable struggle.

“Already now there are enough nuclear missiles to destroy the world many times over [and] this issue should unite us all, because that is our real enemy.

“Is any government qualified and authorized to produce such weapons?” [4]

In 1961, John F. Kennedy warned:

“Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.”

The ties that bind US-Israeli policies are not in the best interests of Americans-or anyone else in the world.

1. BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker: 2005-2010

2.EXCLUSIVE: Obama agrees to keep Israel’s nukes secret

3. Khamenei: US ‘only’ ‘nuclear criminal’ for Hiroshima

4. BEYOND NUCLEAR: Mordechai Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial and My Life as a Muckraker: 2005-2010

(www.veteranstoday.com / 07.01.2012)

Palestine raps US blind support of Israel

Palestine’s Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour
Palestine’s Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour has criticized the US for its all-out support of Israel, saying Washington does not allow the UN Security Council (UNSC) to fulfill its duties.

Mansour made the remarks on Friday after presenting a four-page letter to South Africa’s Ambassador to the UN Baso Sangqu, who holds the rotating UNSC presidency for January.

“In that letter, we documented the crimes committed by the occupying authority against our people in the occupied territory, including the terrorist activities by the (Jewish) settlers against our civilian population in the occupied territory, especially in the occupied East [al-Quds] Jerusalem,” Mansour said.

The Palestinian diplomat stressed that the “blind support” of the US for Tel Aviv’s illegal activities compounds the problems of the Palestinian people.

He also called for a briefing at the 15-nation UNSC on the current situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Mansour added that the Palestinians will go ahead with new initiatives to gain UN membership despite a US threat to veto such a move.

In September 2011, acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas officially submitted his bid for the UN recognition of a Palestinian state to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The US and Israel objected to the move and Washington threatened to veto the bid.

“Are we giving up because there is one powerful country that has a veto power saying the Security Council should not be involved? We’re not giving up,” Mansour said, hinting at the United States. “So now we’re coming up with these new creative ideas,” he added, without elaborating.

Last month, the US also threatened to veto a UNSC draft resolution condemning the settlement activities of Israel in the Palestinian lands.

However, several members of the council lashed out at Israel’s increased settlement construction in the Palestinian territories and escalating attacks by the settlers on Palestinians.

We are “dismayed by these wholly negative developments” and the threat the activities pose to the regional peace, said Britain, France, Germany and Portugal in a joint statement after a UNSC meeting on the Middle East conflict on December 20.

(www.presstv.ir / 07.01.2012)