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Dagelijks archief 22 september 2013

Gifgas in Syrië

By Engelbert Luitsz

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Cartoon van Carlos Latuff

Mint Press News

Op 29 augustus publiceerde Mint Press News een artikel over de gifgasaanval in Ghouta dat nog steeds de gemoederen bezig houdt. De strekking was dat rebellen via Saoedi-Arabië gifgas hadden ontvangen, met een belangrijke rol voor het Saoedische hoofd van de veiligheidsdienst Bandar bin Sultan.  Als co-auteur werd  Dale Gavlak genoemd, een freelance correspondent voor onder andere het persbureau Associated Press en de BBC.

Na forse kritiek op het artikel probeerde Gavlak Mint Press News te bewegen haar naam te verwijderen, volgens haar kwamen de research en het schrijven volledig op naam van de Jordaanse journalist Yahya Ababneh, die ter plekke aanwezig was, en had ze aanvankelijk alleen haar naam aan het artikel verleend om het geloofwaardigheid te verlenen. AntiWar.com publiceerde op 31 augustus haar verklaring dat ze inhoudelijk niets met het stuk te maken had gehad en dat Mint Press News geweigerd had haar eis in te willigen. AntiWar.com had net als veel andere websites het artikel overgenomen.

Pas op 20 september verscheen de verklaring van Davlak, dus 3 weken na publicatie. In de tussentijd lijkt er veel druk te zijn uitgeoefend op zowel Mint Press Nieuws als op haar persoonlijk. Ze schijnt voor onbepaalde tijd geschorst te zijn bij Associated Press en de nieuwssite wordt aangevallen met aantijgingen van een verborgen agenda.

Mint Press schrijft ook dat Yahya Ababneh gewaarschuwd is door de Saoedische ambassade dat zijn carrière voorbij is als hij door blijft gaan met aandacht te besteden aan de affaire van de chemische wapens.

Meer visies

Inhoudelijk komt het artikel overeen met wat we ook van Carla del Ponte (voormalig hoofdaanklager van het Joegoslavië-tribunaal) eerder (hier en hier) hoorden en tevens van Mairead Maguire (winnaar van de Nobelprijs voor de Vrede) die ter plekke was.

De Vlaamse norbertijn Daniel Maes, die in Syrië woont, claimt dat Syrië voor de oorlog een harmonische samenleving was met respect voor minderheden en andere geloven. Hij wijt het conflict aan belangen van de internationale wapenhandel. En ook de Syrische non Moeder Agnes heeft grote twijfels bij het verhaal dat voortdurend door het Westen naar buiten wordt gebracht. In de New York Times wordt er dan ook gehakt van haar gemaakt.

Wat al deze visies en getuigenissen gemeen hebben is dat ze niet of nauwelijks aandacht krijgen in de belangrijke media, behalve dan af en toe om ze belachelijk te maken. De stukken van zowel links als rechts die beweren dat een aanval op Assad een morele imperatief is, en dus het standpunt van de VS en een groot deel van het Westen + Israël lijken te verkondigen, krijgen wel veel aandacht.

Wie te geloven?

Jim Naureckas vergeleek de verschillende mogelijkheden in een artikel voor de Washington Spectator. En al merkt hij terecht op dat onafhankelijke nieuwsmedia niet per definitie meer waarheidsgetrouw zijn dan de grote mediacorporaties, het pleit voor Mint Press dat ze een slag om de arm hielden omtrent hun verslaggeving. Het tegenovergestelde zagen we van Amerikaanse kant waar al vanaf het begin met alle stelligheid werd beweerd hoe het zat. Een VN-onderzoek was overbodig en de Veiligheidsraad kon gepasseerd worden, want “wij weten wat er is gebeurd en wat er moet gebeuren”. Dat maakt je al bij voorbaat sceptisch, vindt ook Naureckas.

Press TV meldde vandaag nog dat men er van overtuigd is dat Obama hoe dan ook Syrië wil aanvallen. Van enige communicatie lijkt geen sprake te zijn. We weten het ook met betrekking tot Iran, met dat land werd via Zwitserland “gepraat”. Dat is wel een manier om je geliefde vijandbeeld intact te houden, natuurlijk. De Syrië-kenner Koos van Dam zei onlangs nog in een interview in de Volkskrant dat Rusland het enige land is dat normaal met Syrië communiceert. En Van Dam merkt terecht op:

Bovendien ben ik van mening dat de situatie door militair geweld alleen maar erger wordt. Er zijn weinig conflicten bekend waarin geweld iets geholpen heeft.

Chantage

De Russische minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, Sergei Lavrov, beweerde vandaag dat de Verenigde Staten Rusland proberen te chanteren. De VS dreigen geen energie meer te stoppen in het verbieden van chemische wapens (de OPCW) indien Rusland weigert de resolutie te ondertekenen die militair geweld in Syrië toestaat. Met andere woorden, zelfs al lukt het om afspraken te maken met president Assad over het vernietigen van chemische wapens, dan nog houdt Amerika de mogelijkheid open om militair in te grijpen.

Pentagon was op de hoogte

Vandaag werd ook bekend dat het Pentagon op de hoogte is van het feit dat extremistische groepen als al-Nusra and al-Qaeda in het bezit zijn van chemische wapens. Het werd bekend gemaakt door de voormalige hoge ambtenaar van het ministerie van Defensie van de Verenigde Staten Michael Maloof. Dit nieuws was tegen het zere been van premier Erdogan van Turkijë, die deze groepen juist steunt. Turkijë zit zoals bekend in het complot om het Syrië van Assad uit “morele overwegingen” te bombarderen. Maloof was een van de meer betrouwbare bronnen die er op wezen dat Amerika het aantal burgerslachtoffers dat valt bij aanvallen met drones verborgen houdt (video).

John Miller, ex-FBI, vertelt hetzelfde verhaal. al-Qaeda en al-Nusra zouden in het bezit zijn van chemische wapens. De door al-Qaeda gemaakte wapens zouden via Turkijë bij leden van al-Nusra in Syrië terecht gekomen zijn.

Wachten op de bom?

Het feit dat zoveel cruciale informatie nauwelijks tot ons doordringt is zeer beangstigend. Het zijn juistleugenaars als John Kerry die internationaal en Frans Timmermans die nationaal alle aandacht krijgen. Vandaag bij Buitenhof was de Libanese journalist Rania Abouzeid te gast. Ze had een goed verhaal en maakte duidelijk hoe complex de ontwikkeling van de afgelopen twee jaar is geweest. De realiteit van gematigde groepen die vechten tegen extremisten, en allebei weer tegen Assad, maakt dat niemand zich illusies hoeft te maken over het lot van de onschuldige burgers die gevangen zitten in deze waanzin. De cruciale vraag die ik graag had willen horen: “Hoe denkt u over een bombardement door het Westen?”, werd echter niet gesteld. Of mocht niet gesteld worden wellicht.

Ook Robert Fisk heeft zo zijn twijfels over de Westerse lezing. Rusland zegt dat de gevonden granaten nooit aan Syrië verkocht zijn, maar aan landen als Yemen en Libië, decennia geleden. Dus na twee jaar bloedvergieten en meer dan 100.000 doden is er door een aanval met een paar verouderde raketten opeens een reden om Syrië aan te vallen? En dat een paar dagen nadat een team van VN-inspecteurs was aangekomen? En op slechts een paar kilometer van het hotel waar deze verbleven? Fisk haalt een journalist aan:

Als het Westen een excuus nodig had om Syrië aan te vallen, dan hebben ze dat precies op tijd gekregen, op de juiste plek en ten overstaan van VN-inspecteurs.

Het zal nog wel even onduidelijk blijven. Rusland heeft al aangegeven militairen te willen leveren om de VN-leden te beschermen bij het onderzoek. De zoveelste slimme zet in het schaakspel. Ondertussen maakt senator McCain Poetin voor rotte vis uit, blijft John Kerry maar smeken om een aanval en lijkt Obama steeds bleker te worden. En niemand lijkt zich iets aan te trekken van het overgrote deel van het Syrische volk, dat hier niet om heeft gevraagd en nu of op de vlucht is, of thuis met angst en beven afwacht wat er morgen zal gebeuren.

September 21-27: Global solidarity events with the Hares Boys

GLOBAL SOLIDARITY WITH THE HARES BOYS

Inminds announced co-ordinated joint protests and events across several countries around the world all in solidarity with the Hares Boys – five Palestinian children tortured and caged in a G4S secured Israeli prison facing life sentence for a crime that never happened! Activists in Argentina, Chile, France, UK and Uruguay will unite and be the voice of the 5 Palestinian children who have already been languishing in an Israeli dungeon for over 6 moths without a trial.

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BACKGROUND

On 14th March 2013 in what appears to have been a car accident when a illegal Israeli settler car crashed in to the back of an Israeli truck which had stopped to change a flat tire resulting in four people being hurt, was later at the behest of angry settlers presented as an attack by Palestinian stone throwing youth.

The truck drivers earlier testimony that he had stopped due to a flat tire was replaced with the new reason being that he had seen stones by the road, and an accident that nobody saw suddenly became a terror attack with 61 witnesses including the police!

Over the next few days over 50 masked Israeli soldiers with attack dogs stormed the local village of Hares in the early hours of the morning and in waves of violent arrests kidnapped the children of the village. In total 19 children were taken to the infamous G4S secured children’s dungeon at Al Jalame and locked up in solitary confinement for up to 2 weeks in filthy windowless 1m by 2m cells with no mattress. The children were violently tortured and sexual threats were made against the female members of their families in order to coerce confessions from the boys.

With the confessions and the new “eye-witness” statements, five of the Hares boys were charged with 25 counts of attempted murder each, even though there were only four people in the car. Apparently the military court had decided that 25 stones were thrown, each with an “intent to kill”. The five boys – Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Mehdi Suleiman, Tamer Souf, and Ammar Souf are currently locked up in another G4S secured facility – Megiddo prison where G4S provides the entire central command room.

The military court will hear the case in October. A study conducted by the Israeli NGO ‘No Legal Frontiers’ over a 12 month period concluded that 100% of Palestinian children brought before the military court are convicted. If the five boys are convicted they will be locked up for over 25 years – five young lives ruined with no evidence of a crime let alone their guilt.

We are demanding the immediate and unconditional release of all the children and hold G4S complicit in Israel’s crimes, particularly in the torture of Palestinian children.

GLOBAL SOLIDARITY EVENT – #FreeHaresBoys

The global solidarity event for the Hares Boys will start in Perignan, in Southern France with a protest on Saturday 21st September by our friends in the Collectif paix et justice en Palestine. Then on friday 27th September we will continue with a protest in the UK outside the Lonon headquarters of G4S, and in Cordoba, in Argentina our friends in the Organización de Unión Planetaria will organise an Open Cabildo (peoples assembly) on the plight of the Hares Boys in particular, and all Palestinian prisoners in general. A document will be created from the meeting for the government to push a resolution to censure the Zionist state. Then on Monday 30th October in Uruguay our friends in the Comité Palestina Libre and the facebook community “I am Palestinian I am not a terrorist” will protest outside the Israeli Embassy in Montevideo demanding freedom for the Hares Boys. The details of the protests in Chile (at this stage four are being proposed) will be announces shortly as will details of a possible second protest in Argentina, in Buenos Aires. To show global solidarity for the Hares Boys, all the events will use the same ‘Free the Hares Boys’ leaflets and posters in three different languages. All the events will have live feeds on twitter using the hashtag #FreeHaresBoys.

FRANCE

Date: Sat 21 September 2pm
Location: Place François Arago in Perignan
Organiser: Collectif paix et justice en Palestine
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/436928703095481

UK

Date: Fri 27th September 5pm-7pm
Location: G4S HQ, Southside Building, 105 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6QT
Organaisers: Innovative Minds (inminds) & Islamic Human Rights Commission (ihrc)
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/579893812074693

ARGENTINA

Date: Fri 27th September 2pm
Cordoba Cabildo, Calle Independencia at Plaza San Martin
Organisers: Organización de Unión Planetaria (O.U.P) Argentina
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/388615354599011/

[ Second protest in Argentina TBC ]

URUGUAY

Date: Mon 30th September 6pm -8pm
Location: Embajada de Israel en Uruguay Bulevar Artigas 1585, Montevideo
Organisers: Comité Palestina Libre & FB community “I am Palestinian I am not a terrorist”
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/274097972715291

CHILE

Details to follow very soon, up to four protest are being proposed

Live updates during protest

We will, inshAllah, be tweeting live (hash tags #FreeHaresBoys ) from the events with live photos being uploaded to our twitter and facebook page. So if you can’t join us on the day, please help us by sharing the photos as they get uploaded.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Inmindscom-Boycott-Israel/365007213584914

https://twitter.com/InmindsCom

(Source / 22.09.2013)

Palestinian prisoner denied family visits with infant son born through “smuggled sperm”

rimawiPalestinian prisoner Abdul Karim Rimawi has been denied visits with his newborn son, who was conceived through artificial insemination with his sperm smuggled out of the prison, reported the Ahrar Centre for Prisoners’ Studies.

His wife, Lida Rimawi, gave birth to the baby boy, Majd, at the Razan Medical Centre in Nablus, where doctors have overseen similar reproductive procedures for other Palestinian prisoners and their families.

The prison authorities stated that as the child was conceived and born while Rimawi was imprisoned, they did not recognize his paternity and would not recognize his status as a father of a child from sperm smuggled out of prison.

confirmed a movement’s leaders captive in a prison whiff on Saturday that the prison administration whiff prevented prisoner Abdul Karim Rimawi to visit his son, who was born in the wake of smuggling sperm and transplant successful, confirmed manage the prison that prevention comes in the context of the absence of son of the prisoner Before the arrest, and they did not acknowledge paternity of sperm smuggled from prison.

On his part, the captive editor Rafat Hamdouna director of the Center of prisoners of studies that this move by the management of prisons is unacceptable and constitute a case of punishment is unsurpassed on the prisoners, who were able to achieve their hopes and wishes reproduction of their sentences high, and added Hamdouna that visitation between father and son is guaranteed in accordance with international conventions, and prisoners will resort to the courts and the law to stop the move unacceptable and unexplained.

The Hamdouna added that there are approximately 18 prisoners waiting for their children by sperm smuggled in the coming months, and nearly 60 other sperm reserved for prisoners of their wives under treatment, and do to prepare for a vaccination and childbirth.

(Source / 22.09.2013)

Thaer Halahleh threatens new hunger strike over denial of medical treatment

thaer-halahlehThaer Halahleh is threatening to launch a new hunger strike if he is not provided with appropriate medical treatment, reported the Palestinian Prisoners Society.

Thaer Halahleh, 34, previously was on hunger strike for 77 days in a prior period of administrative detention, securing his release. He was re-arrested and again detained on April 10, 2013. He has been arrested eight times and spent six and a half years in administrative detention total. He was first held in administrative detention in 2000. After many other arrests, he was arrested again in 2008 and spent one year in administrative detention, only to be re-arrested the following year and placed back in administrative detention.

Thaer was informed by a doctor in Ofer Prison that he had contracted Hepatitis C. During a dental operation in Askalan Prison during his previous imprisonment, non-sterile tools were used, and it is believed that this instance of medical malpractice is what has led to this diagnosis.

Thaer reported that he is not being provided with any significant medical treatment. His abdomen is painful and bulging and it is severely painful to sit or even pray.

The Prisoners’ Society said that this is one more example of the ongoing abuse of Palestinian ill prisoners who are regularly denied medical treatment for chronic diseases and severe illness.

(Source / 22.09.2013)

Price Tag gangs vandalize Palestinian cars in East Jerusalem

 

 

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli gangs attacked Palestinian cars in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the occupied city of Jerusalem, and sprayed racist slogans on the walls.

According to local sources in the occupied city of Jerusalem, extremist settlers raided the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood early Sunday and punctured tires of a number of Palestinian cars.

The settlers also sprayed “price-tag” slogans on the neighborhood walls.

Imad Muhaisen al-Kaswani, a resident of Sheikh Jarrah, said that two Israelis passed through the neighborhood at 4 a.m. and punctured the tires of six cars using sharp tools.

Members of the al-Kaswani family tried to chase the settlers, but they fled the scene.

Surveillance cameras in the neighborhood filmed the attack and the Israeli police are investigating the incident.

The residents of the neighborhood pointed out that the attack was not the first of its kind as the properties of citizens in the Sheikh Jarrah are always subjected to attacks by groups of settlers.

(Source / 22.09.2013)

Hebron tonight 22.09.2013

RT; @IsmPalestine Israeli soldiers have just taken at least 100 Palestinian men into a building by checkpoint 29 in #Hebron #Palestine

All exits & entrances to Hebron are now closed. The Israeli Military have issued a curfew & Hebron University will be closed tomorrow

IDF terror soldier killed in Hebron is Sergeant Gabriel Kobi, 20, from Tirat Hacarmel

Reports- 2 Palestinians killed, 50 injured in clashes with #IDF in Hebron after soldier shot dead. This violence risks a deterioration.

@AJEnglish: Israeli soldier killed in Hebron shooting http://aje.me/1ag70wp ”now see how many Palestinians would b shot.care 4 their blood?

#Hebron Online: #IOF militants are raiding Tareq Bin Ziad School. It seems that they want to position on its roof.

#BREAKING | Man named Mohammed was hit in the neck with a stun grenade in ongoing clashes #Hebron and was taken to hospital | v.@PAL_1948

AlKhaleel Online: #IOF broke the doors of the hosue of Majed AbuRmooz and is raiding the house now #Hebron

Hebron. Some reports saying nearly 200 Palestinian youths detained by Israeli Occupation Forces so far tonight.

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well, whoever (settler?) shot #IDF soldier -mission accomplished. More violence/arrests against Palestinians!

#NOW in #Hebron, medical aid obstructed to a woman giving birth. Same policies caused 36 babies to die at checkpoints

#IOF are detaining more than 250 Palestinians in #Hebron right now, at least 40 are arrested v @pal_1948

YAS: Settlers from #KiryatArba are attacking and throwing rocks at the houses of Abu-Asaifan family in Wad El-Hasin area #Hebron

Hebron placed under lockdown after shooting

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces placed Hebron under a complete lockdown, causing traffic delays, after an Israeli was shot and killed in the West Bank city hours earlier.

Israeli soldiers closed the entrances and raided houses on Tariq Bin Ziyad and Jawhar streets, a Ma’an reporter said.

Soldiers forced males out of some homes at gunpoint and assembled them at a junction on Tariq Bin Ziyad street.

Near the junction, Israeli soldiers were also holding up an ambulance that was taking a woman in labor to hospital, a medic said.

The medic said that the woman was about to give birth but the soldiers refused to let the ambulance through the street.

(Source / 22.09.2013)

UK activists to call for Israeli products ban

A protest against the sale of products from illegal Israeli settlements at ethical supermarkets in London on May 4, 2013

A protest against the sale of products from illegal Israeli settlements at ethical supermarkets in London on May 4, 2013
British pro-Palestine activists are to stage protests in a number of locations across the UK to voice their anger at the sale of products from the illegal Israeli settlements in the county’s supermarkets.

According to a press release on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) website on Friday, campaigners are expected to take part in the Sodastream National Day of Action on September 28 to call on stores not to stock Israeli settlement-made products.

The actions will take place in London, Brighton, Cardiff, West Surrey, Lancaster, Southampton, Plymouth, Kendal and Sheffield.

SodaStream company, which produces devices for home carbonating drinks, is based in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Earlier in May, British activists from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign group gathered outside the High Street Kensington branches of Whole Foods and John Lewis supermarket chains to condemn the sale of Sodastream products.

Moves to tighten a boycott grip on the Israeli regime gained momentum in the UK since April 2012, when Britain’s fifth-largest food retailer, the Co-operative Group, extended a boycott of goods from illegal settlements that have been produced on occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank.

(Source / 22.09.2013)

Israeli forces enter Nairobi mall: Kenyan security officials

A Kenyan security official says Israeli forces have entered a shopping mall in the capital, Nairobi, where Somali militants have already killed dozens of people and an unknown number of hostages are still being held.

Local security officials say the Israeli forces have joined Kenyans to end the deadly mall siege on Sunday. The Kenyan troops backed by Israeli forces are now battling against gunmen holding dozens of people hostage inside the shopping mall for the second day.

“The Israelis have just entered and they are rescuing the hostages and the injured,” media outlets quoted an unnamed senior Kenyan security source as saying.

Kenyan military spokesman noted that a large number of well-equipped forces are fighting the assailants that attacked the mall, killing nearly 60 people and injuring some 200 more.

“We are still battling with the attackers and our forces have managed to maroon the attackers on one of the floors,” said Colonel Cyrus Oguna, adding, “We hope to bring this to an end today.”

There are reports of sporadic gunfire inside the mall as Kenyan forces try to kill or capture the remaining 10 to 15 gunmen who are holding about 70 people hostage.

The carnage on Saturday started when gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall in an upscale neighborhood, throwing hand grenades and indiscriminately firing at people.

Somalia’s al-Shabab fighters have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says he has lost family members in the deadly attack. He also vowed to bring perpetrators and attackers to justice for targeting innocent civilians

“Let me make it clear. We shall hunt down the perpetrators wherever they run to. We shall get them. We shall punish them for this heinous crime,” Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation late Saturday.

The attack was the worst in Nairobi since an al-Qaeda bombing at the US Embassy killed over 200 people in 1998.

(Source / 22.09.2013)