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The Term “ISIS” Is A Media Smokescreen That Hides Or “Re-Names” The Illegal Activities Of PMCs throughout The Middle East

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When President Obama told the American people, and the world that we would not put troops on the ground in Syria last year, he was somewhat telling the truth, but as usual through his contriving, he just used a loophole to get around it. We listened to the speeches about the new threat of ISIS in the region, and were astute enough to know in the independent media, that the confusion even in his own description of the US role in the region did not quite add up. So as the world has uncovered this mystery, about what we are doing in Syria, as well as the sudden uprising  of ISIS, the puzzle pieces started to fit together, and the picture was not a pretty one. We are in fact using private military contractors (PMCs), hired to train the regional troops, once perhaps members of Al Qaeda, and others. One of the major PMCs that has been blacked out of the media, and creating a stir, as well as the atrocities on their watch, is called DynCorp International. Please take the time to read the article below, follow the links, and the videos. This is a blog you will want to keep up with.

Once again, Americans, and Europeans have been lied to, and taxed to FUND these war crimes in the name of the Greater Israel Project(the destabilization and depopulation of the Middle East). It is high time people speak out, for the victims, and for the safety of Western Society. We are being scammed by our own government, with such an evil agenda, for way too long. With the migration crisis that was predictably an outcome of this, it puts the whole globe at risk.

Strictly applying the US constitution, titles of nobility were not to take part in a public office capacity, as the Republic was designed to be governed by the people. This included the BAR association, which answers to the Crown Vatican Corporation that hijacked America under the act of 1871, handing our country over to corporations and bankers. Now one can understand the danger our forefathers were warning us of, in their brilliant construction of this document. Since then, we have had these people legislating, and even making decisions that far outreach the duties of Congress, the Judicial, and Executive branch of our Republic. Only the people can save America now, do not be distracted by the election and vote another one of these crooks in. Demand better representation, or we may never have another election again.

Do you remember how the name “Al Qaeda” was inserted into middle-East news reports in the 1990s?  “Al Qaeda” was never a reference to any organisation, but rather to “the base” (geographical location) where the Islamic militia-men did their training, to oust Russia out of Afghanistan in the 1990s.

Therefore, we must ask the question:
“WHO orchestrated and promoted to the Western audience, this so-called ‘organisation’ called Al Quaeda?”

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US . . .” — Pierre-Henri Bunel

The same is true for “ISIS”.  Nobody in the mid-East had ever heard of “ISIS” either, in May-June 2014.
ie: it is not a grassroots Syrian-Iraqi organisation.  Some commentators have even gone so far as to say it’s run by Mossad – Israeli Intelligence

The ARABIC name for any small pockets of rebel fighters in the mid-East, fighting against the AMERICAN MILITARY OCCUPIER since 1991 is:

Al-dawlah al-Islamiyah

It’s pretty “funny” (obvious) how the local rebels actually have an ARABIC name for their own fighters…  not an EGYPTIAN GODDESS‘ name !!

Think about it…

Since when would a patriarchal culture who is DEEPLY RELIGIOUS call their predominantly MALE militia by a woman’s name who moreover, is amythological goddess from EGYPT !!  – “Isis” is not even an Iraqi mythological figure. The equivalent for “Isis” in Iraq is “Innana” !! Come on !!

– so this is an ENGLISH name: “ISIS which is then applied to these pockets of “rebels” (freedom fighters) dotted around the desert… all with the same passion, to GET RID of the Western/American occupier.

This name “ISIS” for Syria and Iraq did NOT compute for me back in June 2014, and it shouldn’t compute for you either, if you just stopped to think about it for a minute.

How true this following statement is, even though Shaykh Hamza Yusuf probably didn’t understand at the time that “ISIS” was constructed by the (NATO) “agenda” so PMCs could carry out covert atrocities which become propaganda in the hands of the media which they  label as “Muslim terrorism”.

(Source / 30.09.2015)

Saudi Prince to Form a Coup: We Are Calling for All of the Sons of Ibn Saud to Change the Disastrous Regime

Plea by grandson of state’s founder comes as falling oil prices, war in Yemen and loss of faith in authority buffet leadership of King Salman

A senior Saudi prince has launched an unprecedented call for change in the country’s leadership, as it faces its biggest challenge in years in the form of war, plummeting oil prices and criticism of its management of Mecca, scene of last week’s hajj tragedy.

The prince, one of the grandsons of the state’s founder, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, has told the Guardian that there is disquiet among the royal family – and among the wider public – at the leadership of King Salman, who acceded the throne in January.

The prince, who is not named for security reasons, wrote two letters earlier this month calling for the king to be removed.

“The king is not in a stable condition and in reality the son of the king [Mohammed bin Salman] is ruling the kingdom,” the prince said. “So four or possibly five of my uncles will meet soon to discuss the letters. They are making a plan with a lot of nephews and that will open the door. A lot of the second generation is very anxious.”

“The public are also pushing this very hard, all kinds of people, tribal leaders,” the prince added. “They say you have to do this or the country will go to disaster.”

A clutch of factors are buffeting King Salman, his crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef, and the deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

A double tragedy in Mecca – the collapse of a crane that killed more than 100, followed by a stampede last week that killed 700 – has raised questions not just about social issues, but also about royal stewardship of the holiest site in Islam.

As usual, the Saudi authorities have consistently shrugged off any suggestion that a senior member of the government may be responsible for anything that has gone wrong.

Local people, however, have made clear on social media and elsewhere that they no longer believe such claims.

“The people inside [the kingdom] know what’s going on but they can’t say. The problem is the corruption in using the resources of the country for building things in the right form,” said an activist who lives in Mecca but did not want to be named for fear of repercussions.

“Unfortunately the government points the finger against the lower levels, saying for example: ‘Where are the ambulances? Where are the healthcare workers?’ They try to escape the real reason of such disaster,” he added.

Saudi religious and political legitimacy is predicated on their claim that they manage the holy sites properly and make them safely accessible for all Muslims. Since there are no monarchies in Islam and Saudi Arabia itself is not mentioned in the Qur’an, legitimacy is a fundamental issue for the Saudis and the Hajj disasters have been extremely damaging.

But just as urgent is oil, the price of which has dropped more than 50% in the past year. On Monday, the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia has withdrawn as much as $70bn (£46bn) from overseas investment funds to shore up its fiscal position in the face of tumbling oil prices

According to Alastair Newton, director of Alavan Business Advisory, Saudi Arabia’s published budget this year was based on oil trading at about $90 a barrel. But because of costly ad hoc items such as royal largesse after King Salman’s succession, the war in Yemen, and domestic security against the Isis threat, the fiscal position is only in balance at about $110.

With oil now trading below $50, fiscal weakness is starting to tell. The Saudi benchmark Tadawul All Share index has fallen by more than 30% in the past 12 months.

“They have enough reserves to sustain this situation for at least one year although it is very costly for them,” said Khairallah Khairallah, a former managing editor of the Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper.

The International Monetary Fund is already predicting Saudi Arabia’s budget deficit to exceed $107bn this year. Yet the budget announced for next year has marginally increased.

“The king is in charge of oil policy in the kingdom together with his son Mohammed bin Salman. Mohammed bin Salman is also responsible for [state oil firm] Aramco. The crown prince [Mohammed bin Nayef] is mainly focused on security. These are the main players in Saudi Arabia. They divide the responsibility,” said Khairallah Khairallah.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a new arrival to the Saudi senior leadership team but has already become one of the most controversial.

Although still very young by Saudi standards – officially 35 but rumoured to be much younger – he holds a multitude of posts including minister of defence and chair of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, which is the country’s main economic policymaking committee.

This makes him responsible for many of Saudi Arabia’s problems, above all the war in neighbouring Yemen, where rebel Houthis have come under attack from Saudi aircraft and ground forces.

Many Saudis are sickened by the sight of the Arab world’s richest country pummelling its poorest, and as the cost in lives and treasure grows, criticism is mounting that Prince Mohammed bin Salman– whose unofficial nickname is “Reckless” – rushed in without a proper military strategy or an exit plan.

“This is a war against the Yemeni nation and against Yemen becoming independent,” said Sgt Maj Dakheel bin Naser Al Qahtani, a former head of air force operations at King Abdulaziz airbase, Dhahran, who defected from the Saudi armed forces last year.

“It has no legitimate political foundation and it is not what the people want,” he said. “Ninety per cent of people in Saudi Arabia don’t want this to happen, exactly the opposite of what the media shows.

“It has come about due to the absence of a national citizens’ establishment in Saudi Arabia and because Al Saud have put their own interests ahead of the national interest.”

The letters in Arabic calling for the overthrow of the king have been read more than 2m times. The letters call on the 13 surviving sons of Ibn Saud – specifically the princes Talal, Turki and Ahmed bin Abdulaziz – to unite and remove the leadership in a palace coup, before choosing a new government from within the royal family.

“Allow the oldest and most capable to take over the affairs of the state, let the new king and crown prince take allegiance from all, and cancel the strange, new rank of second deputy premier,” states the first letter.

“We are calling for the sons of Ibn Saud from the oldest Bandar, to the youngest, Muqrin, to make an urgent meeting with the senior family members to investigate the situation and find out what can be done to save the country, to make changes in the important ranks, to bring in expertise from the ruling family whatever generation they are from.”

The letters are unlike anything that has happened since King Faisal deposed King Saud in a palace coup in 1964.

The prince behind the letters claims to have received widespread support from both within the royal family and society at large. But only one other senior royal has so far publicly endorsed the letter, which may be unsurprising given the Saudis’ brutal history of punishing political opponents.

Like many modern Arab countries Saudi Arabia is a 20th-century construction. Since 1932, when Saudi Arabia was founded, the royal family has kept the country together masterfully. But as the economic and political situation in and around Saudi Arabia deteriorates, and royal family infighting intensifies, the possibility of a profound change is growing more likely.

(Source / 30.09.2015)

Saudi Arabia calls on Assad to leave or be removed by force

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (AFP)

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

Saudi Arabia says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must leave office or face being removed via military intervention.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made the remarks at the UN general assembly in New York on Tuesday following a meeting with his country’s allies.

“There is no future for Assad in Syria,” Jubeir said. “There are two options for a settlement in Syria. One option is a political process where there would be a transitional council. The other option is a military option, which also would end with the removal of Bashar al-Assad from power.”

He noted that a military option would be a lengthier and more destructive process, but the “choice is entirely that of Bashar al-Assad.”

The Saudi foreign minister also admitted that the kingdom and other countries are already backing “moderate rebels” fighting the Damascus government but refrained from commenting on the specifics of a military option.

“Whatever we may or may not do we’re not talking about,” he said.

Saudi Arabia is currently engaged in a military aggression in Yemen, which it launched on March 26 – without a United Nations mandate. According to a report released on September 19 by the Yemen’s Civil Coalition, over 6,000 Yemenis have so far lost their lives in the airstrikes, and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. According to the UN, some 250,000 people have been killed in the conflict and millions of others have been displaced.

(Source / 30.09.2015)

Morocco Calls for Protecting Al Quds Against Israeli Army’s Assaults

Morocco Calls for Protecting Al Quds Against Israeli Army’s Assaults

Geneva – Morocco called, on Monday before the UNHRC in Geneva, for protecting Palestinians’ human rights and safeguarding the holy city of Al Quds against Israel’s assaults and provocative acts, which blatantly violate international law.

“The Kingdom of Morocco, whose sovereign HM King Mohammed VI chairs the Al Quds Committee, condemns all provocative acts which are a blatant violation of international law’s resolutions related to the protection of the holy city’s religious sites and sanctuaries,” said Morocco’s permanent representative to the UNHRC in Geneva, ambassador Mohamed Aujjar.

The Moroccan diplomat was speaking at a session of the council during the general debate on the situation of human rights in Palestine.

All measures taken by the occupation authorities in Al Quds, as illegal annexation, colonization, judaization, and the alteration of the city’s demographic aspect, identity and Arab-Islamic status are null and void, said the ambassador.

Morocco urges stopping all Israeli practices in the city of Al Quds and guaranteeing the non-repetition of such acts, he said.

He also recalled that the past weeks were marked by a serious escalation of abuses and assaults by Israel and appalling crimes committed by extremists Israeli settlers.

(Source / 30.09.2015)

Palestinian Authority not doing enough to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa mosque compound

File photo of Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa mosque compound

The head of the Supreme Islamic Commission, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, on Tuesday accused the Palestinian Authority (PA) of “falling far short that expected” regarding Israeli violations at Al-Aqsa Mosque, Quds Press reported.

Sabri said that the PA “has restricted itself” to the Oslo agreement, and therefore that it has not taken a proactive enough role in protecting Al-Aqsa Mosque.

“The existence of worshipers and continuous confrontations and clashes with the Israeli occupation forces indicate that the Israeli occupation us unable to carry out its partition plan,” Sabri argued.

He described the crowds of Israeli settlers who burst into Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday as part of an Israel plan to temporally and spatially partition Al-Aqsa Mosque. “That was a pre-planned measure,” he said, “the Israeli government said that Sunday was for Muslims and Monday for Jews.”

The Sheikh stressed that this was completely “unacceptable” and was the reason why Muslim worshipers remained inside Al-Aqsa Mosque from the previous day.

Sabri also criticised Arab and Islamic countries for not doing anything to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque from the ongoing violations, stating that that “the Israeli occupation did not pay attention to their condemnations.”

(Source / 30.09.2015)

Mahmoud Abbas to build an £8million presidential palace as thousands struggle to eat

Mahmoud Abbas to build an £8million presidential palace as thousands struggle to eat

Image: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and the palace he intends to build

Article of SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

(MMC-News) – The sprawling estate will span an area the size of FOUR football pitches and has been deemed a “national priority” by the government of Mahmoud Abbas.

It will include a 4,700-square-metre guest palace and two helipads, alongside a 4,000-square-metre administrative building.

The total land area being swallowed up by the audacious building project is 27,000 square metres.

A statement on the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction website said: “The goal of this project is to establish the Presidential Guest Palace in Surda, Ramallah within an area of 4,700m2, along with a building for the Presidential Administration and Guards with an area of 4,000m2.

“The construction process includes also preparing the surrounding area and two helipads.”

But the lavish expense of building a new palace for Mr Abbas comes despite the impoverished territory facing an ongoing financial crisis.

A recent UN report found Palestinians were suffering the “worst poverty rate of all time” – due in part to Israeli “segregation policies” that have left more than 80 per cent of Palestinian children in Jerusalem living in poverty.

US authorities estimate the West Bank’s GDP per capita stands at £3,180, compared to £21,700 in Israel and £25,700 in the UK.

Funding shortfalls at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which works with Palestinian refugees, also mean that if officials fail to raise an extra £60million, up to 500,000 Palestinian children may not be able to attend school.

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A child playing in Palestine, which has been ravaged by war and poverty

The Presidential Guest Palace is set to be built in Surda, Ramallah in the West Bank and will take two years to complete.

However, the cost of the palace is dwarfed by the astonishing sum of money being spent on the construction of a new combined residence and office for the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The project, to be built in Jerusalem, is estimated to cost £122million.

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An Israeli soldier detains a Palestinian boy during skirmishes in the West Bank

(Source / 29.09.2015)

Khoja and Hollande Agree on Syria Without Assad

At the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, President Khoja and his accompanying delegation met with French President Francois Hollande at the UN headquarters to discuss the latest political and military developments. Hollande stressed that France shares the Syrian Coalition its vision for Syria’s future without Assad.

Khoja also participated in a symposium titled “Flee from Assad’s Barrel Bombs” which discussed the indiscriminate effect of barrel bombs dropped by Assad’s air force on residential areas and popular markets, the need to rein in Assad’ air force and to establish safe areas inside Syria.

Khoja profusely explained the regime’s brutal practices against civilians, most notably using barrel bombs which account for nearly 95% of the overall civilian deaths in Syria.

He stressed that what is happening in Syria today is a genocide taking place under the nose of the world, a fact which is attested by over four million Syrian refugees now living in neighboring countries.

Khoja also noted that the international community did not learn from the lessons of the near past in Bosnia and Rwanda, as the same mistakes are being made again with nothing done to stop the carnage in Syria. He added that the failure to hold perpetrators accountable and to implement the UN Security Council resolutions has caused more deaths in Syria and has placed enormous pressure on the region because of the refugee crisis.

Khoja stressed that the current statistics show that the root cause of biggest challenges facing the international community now-the refugees crisis and extremism-are the mass killing of civilians, especially using indiscriminate air strikes.

Khoja also said that a safe zone will help save the lives of 200 civilians a week and will slow down the outflow of refugees. It will also help fight extremist more effectively and will increase the chances of achieving an orderly political transition which has been agreed upon in the Geneva I Communique.

He noted that a safe zone will reveal to Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah militia that continuing to pop up Assad is useless and that reaching a political solution is the only option, adding that Russia has become directly involved in war crimes against the Syrian people. Khoja stated that Russia’s military intervention in Syria will further fuel the conflict and attract more extremists to Syria.

Furthermore, Khoja said that the increased Russian military support for the regime will lead to more crimes against humanity and will undermine the efforts of the UN envoy Staffan de Mistura to reach a political solution on the basis of the Geneva I Communique.

Khoja called on the international community and the United Nations to condemn foreign intervention in all its forms and also demanded that all foreign forces, including ISIS, the Hezbollah militia, Iran, and Russia, to pull out if Syria in order to reach a comprehensive political solution.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 29.09.2015)

Israel Escalates ‘Water-Apartheid’ As Illegal Settlers Contaminate Palestinian Water

Israel’s discriminatory allocation of water, along with its theft, destruction and pollution of Palestinian water resources, sparks accusations of racism and apartheid.

Palestinians displaced by Israeli strikes wait to get water from portable tanks near a makeshift encampment behind Gaza's al-Shifa hospital, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (Joe Catron)

Palestinians displaced by Israeli strikes wait to get water from portable tanks near a makeshift encampment behind Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, Saturday, July 26, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — Israeli restrictions on Palestinian water use, as well as damage to water supplies and infrastructure by both Israeli forces and Jewish settlers, continue to deplete the already limited water supplies available to millions of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

“Water is used by the Israelis to achieve non-water interests, as a tool of punishment,” Dr. Abed Elrahman Tamimi, director of the Palestinian Hydrology Group in Ramallah, told MintPress News.

Meanwhile tens of thousands of Palestinians within Israel continue to lack access to running water, despite their citizenship in the state and the equality they should receive under its laws.

Israel has limited the water available to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank since its forces occupied the enclaves, placing them under military rule, in 1967.

‘Scandalously uneven, humiliating and infuriating’

The Oslo II Accord, signed by Israel and Palestine Liberation Organization on Sept. 28, 1995, formalized this disparity, imposing what Israeli newspaper Haaretz writer Amira Hass called “a scandalously uneven, humiliating and infuriating division of the water resources of the West Bank.”

The agreement afforded Palestinians 118 million cubic meters of water per year from the Mountain Aquifer that stretches into Israel from the West Bank, while obligating Israel to sell Palestinians a further 27.9 mcm annually at full price.

It also entitled Israel to claim 483 mcm per year – over four times as much – but allocated none to the Gaza Strip, which was left to rely on the small Coastal Aquifer.

According to its own terms, Oslo II should have terminated in Palestinian independence after five years, with a joint committee increasing Palestine’s water allocation through consensus in the meantime. Neither scenario has come to pass.

In coming years, Israel would make clear that it had no intention of ever ending its control of Palestinian water. A June 7, 1997 order reiterated its longstanding policy: “All the water in the land that was occupied again is the property of the State of Israel.”

Successive governments pushed new waves of settlement construction, universally considered war crimes under the fourth Geneva Convention, on Palestinian lands in the West Bank. By 2000, the number of settlers had swelled 26 percent.

Like earlier settlements, the sites of many new units were calculated to maximize Israeli control of Palestinian water. In 2001, then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told Haaretz: “Is it possible today to concede control of the aquifer, which supplies a third of our water? Is it possible to cede the buffer zone in the Jordan Rift Valley? You know, it’s not by accident that the settlements are located where they are.”

Israeli measures to cement its occupation, along with provocative raids of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, ultimately produced the Second Intifada, a Palestinian uprising that erupted on Sept. 28, 2000, five years to the day after Oslo II.

A vicious water cycle

Palestinians currently use no more than 11 percent of the Mountain Aquifer, with Israel enjoying the rest,according to the Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene group (EWASH), a coalition of 28 Palestinian and international agencies dealing with water issues in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, West Bank Palestinians purchase 50 mcm of water each year from Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, paying $50 million for the return of their own resources at prices up to three times those charged to Israeli consumers.

Oslo II obligated Israel to increase its water sales to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip from 5 to 10 mcm annually during the supposed five-year “interim period.” But only this year, following widespread condemnation of its military operation against the besieged enclave last summer, did it finally do so, meeting 5 percent of the water needs of a population that has more than doubled.

On September 1, a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report repeated a warning, firstmade by the UN’s Country Team for the occupied Palestinian territory in 2012, that the Gaza Strip could become unlivable by 2020.

UNCTAD cited the destruction of Gaza infrastructure during repeated Israeli offensives, including damage to 20-30% of the enclave’s water and sewer network, a water desalination plant, and 220 agricultural wells during last summer’s 51-day operation alone, as well as Israeli restrictions on economic development and reconstruction.

It also warned that “a severe water crisis” had forced the use of water from the Coastal Aquifer — 95% of it unfit for drinking — at levels “well above the recharge rate by over 100 million cubic meters, almost twice the sustainable rate.”

“The over-abstraction and scarcity of drinking water have been exacerbated by crumbling sanitation infrastructure, while the blockade creates chronic shortages of electricity and fuel, which in turn aggravate contamination and the water crisis,” the report said.

“The damage of contamination and over-abstraction is such that the aquifer may be unusable by 2016 and, if unaddressed, the damage may be irreversible by 2020.”

The total damage inflicted to the water sector by Israeli strikes last summer reached over $34 million, according to a report by the Palestinian Water Authority, although UNCTAD’s report says that “long-term repair of the accumulated damage and decay of the water and sanitation infrastructure will require $620 million.”

Last month, EWASH reported that 120,000 Palestinians across the Strip remained disconnected from its water network, while 23 percent of its 1.8 million residents lacked access to its sewage service.

Destroying infrastructure

Palestinians have never extracted their full 118 mcm of water from the Mountain Aquifer, as Israeli restrictions on wells and other infrastructure across most of the West Bank prevent them from doing so.

These military orders stretch into the Gaza Strip, where the threat of airstrikes forces residents hoping to dig wells to first seek permits from the Israeli army.

While sometimes given there, such permission is usually denied in Area C, the 60 percent of the West Bank under direct Israeli military administration, often on the claimed basis of Israeli security.

Israel targets unauthorized construction ruthlessly. Since the beginning of this year, its forces have destroyed 36 Palestinian water, hygiene and sanitation structures in Area C, usually citing their lack of permits, according to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs data reviewed by EWASH.

Rare permits come at high prices. A 2013 study found that Israel usually conditions its approval of Palestinian water projects on the Palestinian Authority’s acquiescence to the construction of new settlement infrastructure, forcing the occupied population to “consent to their own colonization.”

As Palestinians, particularly in agricultural communities, scramble to meet their needs for water, Israel’s demolition of the necessary infrastructure, from pipes in Kafr Qaddum and Khirbet Yarza to wells in Hebron, continues.

‘Water-apartheid’

Palestinians displaced by Israeli strikes wait to get water from portable tanks near a makeshift encampment behind Gaza's al-Shifa hospital, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (Joe Catron)

Palestinians displaced by Israeli strikes wait to get water from portable tanks near a makeshift encampment behind Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, Saturday, July 26, 2014

The pollution resulting from the destruction of wastewater treatment facilities has further damaged Gaza’s already depleted aquifer, rendering over 90 percent of local water unfit for drinking.

In the West Bank, 73.5 percent of Palestinians have expressed satisfaction with the quality of their water.

Yet the quantity remains woefully inadequate, as the average Palestinian can use only 70 liters of water per day – a figure that dips to 20 in some cases – while illegal Israeli settlers enjoy over 300. The World Health Organization suggests a minimum of 100 liters of water per day for sanitation, hygiene and consumption.

Confronted by a lack of water in some areas of the West Bank, and nearly all of the Gaza Strip, Palestinians face the “economic burden of purchasing water from tankers,” the Palestinian Hydrology Group’s Dr. Tamimi said.

In a March 2013 report, the Ramallah-based human rights group Al-Haq called Israel’s “demarcation of the population along racial lines,” their “segregation into different geographical areas” and the “use of ‘security’ to justify an institutionalized regime of domination and systematic oppression,” “the three pillars of Israel’s ‘water-apartheid.’”

“[A] second and disadvantaged Palestinian society living in the same territory is denied most of its basic rights,” Al-Haq stated. “Palestinians are forcibly confined to a land-locked archipelago of territory with minimal water resources available.”

This gross asymmetry extends inside Israel, where a June 2014 report by the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality found that 73,000 Palestinian Bedouin, living in villages unrecognized by the state, lacked sufficient running water.

Despite paying 30 percent more than other consumers for the meager supplies of water they received, the Israeli Ministry of Health did not monitor its quality.

Hazardous waste

Palestinian water supplies face further threats from pollution by Israeli waste, both dumped from nearby illegal settlements and shipped from inside Israel.

A June 2013 Israeli state report found that a third of sewage treatment facilities in settlements were either insufficient or inoperative.

The previous year, it reported, 2.2 mcm of waste had flowed from settlements directly into nearby waterways and cesspits.

As many settlements stand on hills, much of this untreated sewage then becomes the problem of neighboring Palestinian communities whose farmlands and groundwater it pollutes.

“The settlement wastewater goes to the aquifers and pollutes the groundwater,” Dr. Tamimi said.

The city of Salfit and nearby town of Kafr al-Deek have been repeatedly drenched with sewage from the settlements of Ariel and Yakir, most recently on Wednesday, affecting their agriculture and tourism, as well as local water supplies.

“Josephine,” a volunteer for the Ramallah-based International Solidarity Movement, noted that settlement pollution does not stop with sewage. “Many factories let out polluted water and waste into the water sources that Palestinians use,” she told MintPress.

In February, after Palestinian customs police discovered a truck transporting asbestos from Israel to a landfill in Tulkarem, the Palestinian Environment Quality Authority warned against attempts to smuggle Israeli waste into the West Bank.

‘A form of racism’

On July 2, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel announced that Israel’s High Court had ruled in favor of its clients, Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem who had faced years of water shortages and cutoffs.

Their neighborhoods, lying within the Jerusalem boundaries claimed by Israel but beyond its West Bank barrier, had been “perennially neglected by both municipal and national water authorities,” ACRI said.

The court’s ruling ordered the National Security Council to “investigate and work to mitigate the water crisis in East Jerusalem.”

By the following month, a new water crisis had gripped Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank as governorates in Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus, Jenin and the Jordan Valley resorted to water schedules announcing planned cutoffs.

These windows of austerity, many Palestinians say, are nothing new. They often occur when demand for water is at its height, like during the hot summer months. Still, they never result in cutoffs inside illegal settlements or in Israel itself.

This disparate treatment, some think, aptly demonstrates the nature of the occupation itself. As Palestinian National Initiative leader Mustafa Barghouti put it: “Restricting water and electricity is a form of racism.”

Israel’s government no longer bothers to deny the intended permanence of its occupation. Last week, as Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely readied a diplomatic offensive against a pending European Union policy to label settlement products, she told the Times of Israel that withdrawals from “Judea and Samaria aren’t even on the list of options we’re offering the Palestinians.”

The occupied West Bank will remain under Israel’s “de facto sovereignty,” Hotovely said.

“It’s not a bargaining chip. It does not depend on the Palestinians’ goodwill. It’s the land of our forefathers. We don’t intend to evacuate it,” she continued, adding: “What I can promise is that Israel’s position will be very forceful and tough on this matter.”

(Source / 29.09.2015)

Israeli vandals storm Muslims’ al-Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Hordes of Israeli fanatics stormed on early Tuesday morning the plazas of Muslims’ the holy al-Aqsa Mosque, under Israeli police shield.

According to the Israeli 0404 news website, dozens of Israeli extremist settlers, escorted by armed officers, took part in the sacrilegious break-ins.

The Israeli occupation soldiers, meanwhile, cracked down on the peaceful Muslim sit-inners at al-Aqsa so as to pave the way for simmering vandalism, by extremist Israelis, at the Mosque.

The break-ins make part of ongoing calls by Israeli extremist groups to step up vandalism and break-ins at al-Aqsa as part of intents to put into effect Israeli schemes to divide the Mosque, both spatially and temporally.

Tension has been running high in Occupied Jerusalem over the past few days after the Israeli occupation soldiers desecrated al-Aqsa place of worship and attacked the peaceful Muslim congregation with rubber bullets and tear gas canisters.

(Source / 29.09.2015)

Een moordenaar gezocht

By Engelbert Luitsz                     (www.alexandrina.nl/?p=4154)

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Een week geleden werd Hadeel al-Hashlamon in koelen bloede vermoord door een Israëlische soldaat. Hadeel was een Palestijnse studente van 18 jaar oud die bij een checkpoint in Hebron kennelijk niet adequaat reageerde op bevelen in het Hebreeuws, een taal die ze niet verstond. Vervolgens werd ze in haar benen geschoten en terwijl ze machteloos op de grond lag werd ze nog enige keren van dichtbij onder andere in haar maag geschoten. Daarna lieten de Israëlische soldaten haar liggen, doodbloeden, en pas na meer dan een half uur kon ze naar een ziekenhuis vervoerd worden. Toen was het uiteraard te laat.

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De Israëlische propagandamachine was er als de kippen bij om het bericht te verspreiden dat Hadeel een soldaat zou hebben aangevallen met een mes, maar geen video of foto bevestigt dat verhaal. Het is het bekende stramien. Toen vorige jaar Mohammad Khdeir levend werd verbrand door joodse terroristen, werd ook meteen het verhaal de (westerse) wereld ingeslingerd dat hij homoseksueel was en om die reden door Palestijnen zou zijn gelyncht. Toen videobeelden opdoken over de werkelijk toedracht moest dat helaas bijgesteld worden.

Het gebrek aan aandacht voor dit geval is kenmerkend. Als het een joodse vrouw was geweest waren er ongetwijfeld weer de nodige wereldleiders opgetrommeld, hadden joodse organisaties weer lopen zeuren om meer geld en nog meer maatregelen en wetgeving. Maar dit was geen joods meisje. Zij was slechts een Palestijnse, een Amalekiet in de joodse fantasie waarmee dergelijke wreedheden worden gerechtvaardigd. Zij was gewoon een mens, een slachtoffer van een al bijna 70 jaar durende meedogenloze onderdrukking.

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Of deze moordenaar veroordeeld zal worden is maar zeer de vraag. Het kan zijn dat Israël hem opoffert om de buitenlandse kritiek de mond te snoeren. Zionisten hebben er nooit een probleem mee gehad joden te op te offeren als dat de propaganda ten goede kwam. Het kan ook zijn dat zijn daad gezien wordt als een daad van vaderlandsliefde. Hij heeft hoe dan ook weer een vijand uit de weg geruimd, en dat de definitie van vijand in de enige democratie in het Midden-Oosten gelimiteerd is tot niet-jood mag geen reden zijn voor kritiek, want dan ben je uiteraard een antisemiet.