1,200 Terrorists Convert to SAA in Damascus Western Countryside

image-1200 Terrorists Convert to SAA in Damascus Western Countryside

1200 Terrorists drop their weapons and Join the SAA in Damascus Western Countryside to Battle the Real Foreign Terrorists in Syria

Damascus Western Countryside- (5 January 2017): Maybe one of the largest in numbers defeat to the Zionist-Wahhabi project against Syria with 1,200 formerly terrorists drop their weapons and join the Syrian Armed Forces in combating the real foreign terrorists in their homeland after years of being seduced by Satan and his agents.

This is a major blow to the terrorists and a huge gain to Syria and the Syrian people, especially it’s not far from the capital Damascus, leaving very few pockets threatening the 5.5 million residents of the oldest inhabited city on the planet, and hopefully very soon the threat of drinking water blackmailing by Nusra will be over.

Billions of dollars from hard-earned western taxpayers and from Saudi Fiefdom (KSA) and Qatar Gas Station State were spent ‘generously’ to recruit young men in Syria against their own families and people, it partially worked, for some time, but now all those billions are wasted and the regimes of Qatar, Saudi, Turkey, Jordan, US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Canada..et al should start raising money to pay compensations to their victims in Syria and as fines imposed against them to rebuild Syria without any benefit to them.

The only thing citizens of those countries will take with them is their sins financing and arming tens of thousands of terrorists that victimized hundreds of thousands of people inside Syria and abroad.

This is very important in particular, not only to defend Damascus, but also because of the proximity of these towns to the occupied Golan Heights where the al-Qaeda terrorists were sneaking back and forth into the ‘warm embracing’ of the Zionist Israel.

image-Map of Damascus Western Countryside

Map of Damascus Western Countryside

Our message to the citizens of the countries that sponsored terrorists and sent them to our country to destroy it:

The weapons you gave them and the money you spent on them will now be used against you. You managed to destroy and spread carnage, we will rebuild and send you back your filth you sent us from all sides of the planet, so you can deal with them.

You will be forever indebted to the Syrian people. We will never forget each of our slaughtered and baked alive children, our young men you used to kill and get killed, our elders you assassinated with cold blood and lots of hatred, our women you humiliated, our scientists, doctors, nurses, teachers, workers and farmers, our brothers and sisters in the armed forces, each blood drop and each sweat and each tear, our homes you destroyed and our factories you stole and our land you burned and we will make sure our coming generations never forget.

We are the Syrians, we always rise again and you will forever fall.

We didn’t go to your countries, you came to us, we never posed any threat to any other nation, we even warned you of terror attacks in your own countries, our warnings saved hundreds of your lives, yet over 80 nations assisted in killing us. This is not a warning, this will remain in the history books as a black stain on your evil faces.

(Source / 07.01.2017)

Yemeni Government to Asharq al-Awsat: End of Liquidity Crisis


Yemen’s Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr

London – The three months of Yemeni government work have paid off, ending the liquidity crisis.

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr stressed that his government has overcome all obstacles concerning the printing of the national currency, ending the crisis of lack of liquidity fabricated by Al-Houthi and Saleh.

Yemeni government informed Asharq al-Awsat that “obligations will be fulfilled and salaries will be paid for military and civil workers in all provinces including those controlled by rebels.”

The government accuses rebels of wasting USD5 billion on the war when they were in control of the previous central bank in Sana’a. This fact pushed Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to transfer the central bank and its’ operations to Aden in September 2016 and to form a new board of directors.

In the same context, Yemen’s Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi hailed in a tweet the cooperation of all financial institutions with the Yemeni government. Mekhlafi stressed that the government will exert all necessary efforts to fulfill obligations, pay salaries and revive economy.

Yemeni Prime Minister demanded Al-Houthi and Saleh lifting their hands on the national resources and facilitate the work of the central bank in the temporary capital of Aden, to be able to play its role in a comprehensive manner across the country, beginning with pay salaries, and ending with providing funds for institutions services such as health, education, water and electricity.

In a previous statement to Asharq al-Awsat, Yemeni Central Bank Governor Munser al-Quaiti said that reactivating the bank in Aden is not going to be an easy mission.

(Source / 07.01.2017)

Abbas warns US over embassy relocation to Jerusalem al-Quds

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during a Christmas lunch with members of the Christian Orthodox community near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on January 6, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during a Christmas lunch with members of the Christian Orthodox community near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on January 6, 2017

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has firmly warned US President-elect Donald Trump of the potential consequences of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds, describing the likely move as an “aggression” against the independent state of Palestine.

Abbas made the remarks during a speech he made in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem on Friday, adding that “any statement or position that disrupts or changes the status of Jerusalem al-Quds is a red line which we will never accept.”

Trump repeatedly said during his campaign that if elected, he would not hesitate to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds, which is regarded by Palestinians as their future capital. The controversial decision has evoked Palestinians’ bitter opposition.

“Jerusalem al-Quds is the capital of our state. It is the open capital for all monotheistic religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. It is the right of all religions to perform their religious rituals with total comfort in Jerusalem al-Quds, our eternal capital,” Abbas further said.

He also warned that if the transfer of the US diplomatic mission is implemented, “the peace process in the Middle East, and even peace in the world, will be in severe trouble.” Abbas also urged the US administration to stop adopting “double standards” vis-à-vis Palestinians.

The Palestinian president made the remarks a day after Jordanian Information Minister Mohammed Momani warned Trump of “catastrophic” repercussions if the incoming US administration pushed the embassy relocation plan forward, saying such a move would be a “red line” for Jordan and would “inflame the Islamic and Arab streets.”

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has already warned the US against moving its embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds, saying all American embassies in the Arab world would have to close in the face of popular Arab outrage that would follow such an action.

Back in December, PLO Secretary General Sa’eb Erekat said the potential move would deliver a death blow to any prospect of the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and would have his organization rescind all agreements with Tel Aviv. Erekat also said the move would lead to the “destruction” of the so-called Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

In September, Trump, who was the Republican presidential front-runner at the time, promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he would recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s undivided capital if he emerged triumphant in the US presidential election.

(Source / 07.01.2017)

Anticipated deal to determine the sentence of soldier Elor Azaria


Israeli channel Two Friday evening disclosed an anticipated deal to be reached by Israeli attorney general and the defense team for soldier Elor Azaria, who killed the Palestinian youth Abdul Fattah al-Sharif in al-Khalil. The deal aims at determining the period of imprisonment of Azaria after he had been convicted for manslaughter on Wednesday as long as no appeal was made.

Even though the court convicted Azaria for manslaughter, it affirmed that the reason behind the killing was not rooted in a sense of danger, but in his intention to avenge his friend.

President of the Tribunal, Colonel Maya Heller, said “soldier Elor had no justification to shoot the Palestinian man because he constituted no danger to him and that he shot him based on his belief that the Palestinian deserved to die”.

The family of al-Sharif perceived the Israeli verdict as ridiculous, and pointed out in a press conference in al-Khalil on Saturday that Israeli right-wing parties exerted every effort to defend the killer of their son who performed a cold-blooded murder that was caught on video.

(Source / 07.01.2017)

Israeli police arrest son of martyr Abu Sbaih at the Aqsa


Israeli policemen arrested the son of the Jerusalemite martyr Mesbah Abu Sbaih at one of the Aqsa’s gates after the Friday prayer.

Local sources revealed that Israeli policement were intensively deployed inside the Old City of Occupied Jerusalem. They stopped many Palestinian youths and checked their IDs.

Meanwhile, Israeli policemen detained dozens of the IDs of those young people who entered the Aqsa Mosque in order to attend the Friday prayer.

The Israeli troops deployed patrols in the streets of Occupied Jerusalem along the historic wall of the sacred city and set up barriers in order to hinder the access of Muslims into the holy mosque.

(Source / 07.01.2017)

Media Office in Wadi Barada Valley Denies Regime’s Claims about Halt to Bombing

The media office in Wadi Barada valley in Rural Damascus denied claims by regime forces and the Hezbollah militia that they stopped bombing the area. Local activists said that three civilians were killed and dozens more injured in bombardment by regime forces and the Hezbollah militias on the villages of Ayn Alfija and Bseima late on Friday.

“Claims made by the Hezbollah militias about reaching a cease-fire in Wadi Barada valley and that a delegation of Russian officers entered the area to negotiate with the FSA fighters are untrue,” the media office said on Friday.

Regime forces and the Hezbollah militias have escalated the assault on Wadi Barada valley 15 kilometers northwest of the capital Damascus despite the cease-fire which went into force on December 29.

Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Badr Jamous called upon the United Nations to send a fact-finding mission to Wadi Barada valley to investigate the crimes being committed against civilians. He said that the Assad regime is using water as a weapon of war against the Syrian people after it bombed the Ayn Alfija water facility.

Local activists said that residents in the area, especially children and those with weakened immune system, have shown signs of poisoning and allergic rashes after drinking contaminated water. The Ayn Alfija water facility was put out of service when regime forces bombed it 16 days ago.

Jan Egeland, head of the UN-backed humanitarian task force for Syria, said on Thursday the shutdown of water already had “dramatic” consequences. He noted that water supplies to 5.5 million people have been hit “because of fighting, or because of sabotage or because of both.”

“To sabotage and deny water is of course a war crime, because it is civilians who drink it and civilians who will be affected by waterborne diseases” if supplies are not restored, Egeland told reporters in Geneva.

Residents of Wadi Barada valley said that the military assault on the area is aimed at forcing them out of their homes, a tactic the Assad regime has used in other areas around Damascus.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office / 07.01.2017)

What we can legally do against the anti-BDS campaign

Activists need a solid legal strategy to resist states succumbing to Israel pressure and imposing BDS bans.

Israeli Border Police and army soldiers block Palestinian BDS protesters from advancing near the southern West Bank village of Jab'a [EPA]

Israeli Border Police and army soldiers block Palestinian BDS protesters from advancing near the southern West Bank village of Jab’a

In mid-December the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), a campaigning organisation in Britain supporting Palestinian issues, filed a claim in England’s High Court challenging regulations issued by the British government prohibiting local government pension schemes from pursuing boycotts, divestment or sanctions (BDS) against foreign nations as part of their investment policies.

It is clear to most observers that these regulations are intended to prevent boycotts of Israel, although they do not state this explicitly.

PSC has argued that the regulations prohibit freedom of expression, are so unclear as to be unlawful, are contrary to European Union law governing pensions, and that central government has abused its powers to regulate pensions to achieve other, unrelated objectives.

The government must formally respond to PSC’s claims and then the court will decide whether to grant permission for a hearing of the case.

The campaign against BDS

In fact, the pensions regulations are the latest in a series of measures taken by governments in Europe and North America to counter BDS, after Israel created a special task force with a budget of around $25.5m in June 2015, to fight the movement worldwide.

In February 2016, the British government issued guidance prohibiting pro-BDS policies in public procurement, reportedly after lobbying by the Israeli embassy in London.

Meanwhile, the United States has issued a plethora of anti-BDS laws prohibiting state investment in entities that boycott Israel.

France has also used existing hate speech laws to prosecute activists encouraging BDS, and Canada, which signed a “memorandum of understanding” with Israel in 2015 to combat BDS, has threatened to use hate speech laws against activists.

Pro-Israeli NGOs in the United Kingdom and the US have promoted legal cases against organisations supporting boycotts of Israel, often claiming that BDS constitutes a form of anti-Jewish discrimination.

The right to freedom of expression

There is clearly a concerted, official pro-Israeli campaign to crush BDS. In response, the movement and its supporters have emphasised that BDS advocacy is protected by the right to freedom of expression, just as the campaign against apartheid South Africa was, and a letter signed by some 200 legal experts on December 9, 2016 has affirmed this principle.

Indeed, the right to free speech is an important legal foundation for the movement, which protects advocacy in support of its aims and the rights of persons to engage in boycotts of Israel. Thus, court cases against BDS have been successfully defended by asserting the right to freedom of expression.

In Scotland in 2010, for example, a protest which disrupted a recital of the Jerusalem String Quartet was held to constitute a legitimate exercise in freedom of expression.

Irrespective of how the movement chooses to fight the campaign against it, the fact remains that BDS has the moral high ground: its goals are rooted in international law and the achievement of human rights by peaceful means, whereas the campaign against it is fighting to eradicate a non-violent movement with humanitarian aims.

In England in 2013 the University and College Union successfully countered a Jewish member’s claim of racial harassment when a debate for an academic boycott was held to be part of the right to free speech (PDF).

In 2016, a pro-Israel NGO’s case against three pro-BDS city councils in Britain was also dismissed on similar grounds.

This is not a complete answer to the threats facing the BDS movement, however, since, firstly, governments determined to pursue a political agenda to stop its activities may simply violate the right to freedom of expression.

An example was the use of the criminal law in France to prosecute 12 activists for calling for a boycott of Israeli goods when such activism should have been protected by the right to free speech.

OPINION: BDS is a war Israel can’t win

Laws by state legislatures in the US to divest state funds from entities that support BDS – effectively thereby imposing a penalty for the “wrong” political opinion – may also violate constitutional rights to freedom of expression.

Secondly, even when anti-BDS measures that violate free speech can be overturned by courts, they often still have a “chilling effect” on BDS advocacy, for fighting them embroils campaigners in lengthy litigation which drains their emotional and financial resources.

Indeed, the mere threat of legal action can prevent organisations supporting BDS. For instance, in 2015 the board of the GreenStar Natural Foods Market cooperative in the US reportedly refused to allow its members to vote on boycotting Israeli goods since it feared that approving the boycott could lead to litigation.

Finally, the right to freedom of expression does not give BDS comprehensive protection. For example, if public bodies in Britain were to implement a blanket boycott of Israeli suppliers in public procurement, they might be considered to be in breach of free trade rules prohibiting discrimination on grounds of nationality, and would not be able to invoke a right to free speech to defend their actions.

The need for a legal strategy

Although BDS advocacy is solidly based on the right to freedom of expression, which should continue to be asserted, it is not sufficient on its own to defend the movement. A broader legal strategy is needed here, which should include the following measures.

Firstly, significant resources need to be allocated to provide legal assistance to campaigners and organisations subject to anti-BDS legislation or legal action by pro-Israel groups to help them to defend themselves.

Secondly, initiatives are needed to design and implement BDS policies in ways that do not violate existing laws – particularly where blanket boycotts could breach regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of nationality.

And thirdly, the law should be used to make the case proactively for BDS, rather than simply defend it from attack.

For example, one of the goals of BDS is to persuade governments to ban trade with Israeli settlements, since all states, except Israel, consider settlements illegal. There are good legal arguments that trading with settlements is, in itself, illegal and should therefore be prohibited.

Although the BDS movement has put forward some good arguments in this respect, these could be developed further and promoted more actively.

OPINION: On its 11th birthday, BDS leads nonviolent resistance

But in the end, and irrespective of how the movement chooses to fight the campaign against it, the fact remains that BDS has the moral high ground: Its goals are rooted in international law and the achievement of human rights by peaceful means, whereas the campaign against it is fighting to eradicate a non-violent movement with humanitarian aims.

BDS activists should take courage from this fact and use all legal means to assert their right to engage in BDS advocacy and resist the measures trying to suppress them.

(Source / 07.01.2017)

Following 8 months house arrest, Palestinian woman sentenced to prison for ‘incitement’


JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — After eight months under house arrest, 48 year-old Sahar al-Natsheh is getting ready to spend three months in Israeli prison.

Al-Natsheh was detained on March 21, 2016 near the Bab al-Hutta Gate (Gate of Remission) of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
Al-Natsheh told Ma’an that Israeli authorities accused her of incitement through social media for posting pictures of slain Palestinians, writing “inciting captions,” and posting the will of slain Palestinian attacker Bahaa Elayyan.
Following her detention, al-Natsheh said she was held in solitary confinement for 11 days in Israel’s Ramla prison and the Russian Compound detention center.
“I went through very tough circumstances, I didn’t drink water for two days, the mattress was in a very bad condition where it was wet and rotten, and the bathroom inside the cell was very dirty,” al-Natsheh told Ma’an, describing her time in solitary confinement.
Once released from solitary, she was ordered to eight months under house arrest.
“During my detention, Israeli forces raided my house, interrogated other women I knew, confiscated phones and devices from my home and checked the contents of everything that was confiscated,” she said.
Al-Natsheh noted that during interrogation, Israeli inspectors focused on old photos posted on her Facebook account of Palestinians throwing rocks at Israeli forces, and car-ramming attacks committed by Palestinians against Israeli forces.
Al-Natsheh, however, maintained to Ma’an that her Facebook account was hacked, and it was not her who posted the pictures.
She added that Israeli authorities banned her from using social media, using smart phones and communicating with press while in house-detention, and that she couldn’t escort her husband to the hospital when he was sick, and couldn’t attend her son’s graduation ceremony.Despite the incitement charges against her, al-Natsheh explained that she was put on the Israeli black list for people not allowed to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque in late 2015, and that she believed the primary reason for her sentencing was for her violation of the order against her.
On Nov. 24, 2016, an Israeli court sentenced the mother of six to three months in prison for incitement through social media and for entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site for Muslims around the world.
Prior to her arrest in March 2016 and the events that transpired after, which al-Natsheh claims she was ordered by Israeli authorities not to speak about to the media, she was detained several times by Israeli forces “in an attempt to scare her away from Al-Aqsa Mosque,” she said.
According to al-Natsheh, following one of her detentions, where she claimed Israeli forces assaulted her in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, she was banned from entering the compound for two months.
Al-Natsheh, a wife, mother of six, and grandmother of 12, said that while preparing to spend three months in Israeli jails, she “still had high spirits.”
In recent months, Israel has detained scores of Palestinians for social media activity, alleging that a wave of unrest that first swept the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015 was encouraged largely by “incitement.” The violence has left 247 Palestinians killed by Israelis, as well as some 34 Israelis killed by Palestinians.
Critics have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel’s decades-long military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon as reasons for the rise of unrest, and have accused the Israeli government of utilizing “anti-terrorism” discourse in order to justify and further entrench the Israeli military’s half-century occupation of the West Bank and near decade-long siege of the Gaza Strip.
In response to incitement claims against Palestinians, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat condemned the current Israeli government for its failure to “entrench a culture of peace and coexistence within Israeli society” in July, holding Israel responsible for incitement, saying “official Israeli discourse entrenches hatred, racism, and discriminatory attitudes against Palestinians. The discourse is only further entrenched by the institutional protection that is given to those who commit or incite violence against Palestinians.”
(Source / 07.01.2017)

Breaking: Agreement in Wadi Barada reached amid hopes of ending water crisis

Syria’s government forces recaptured today several strategic hilltops overlooking the Wadi Barada region where Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda have been blocking water supply from Damascus for almost 15 days.

The recent gain came after massive reinforcements from the Army’s elite forces arrived recently at this western region; thus forcing the fighters to consider negotiating an agreement with the Syrian authorities.

Today, a Russian delegation made it inside the rebel-held area for 2-hour long talks – during which a provisional ceasefire was held by both warring parties.

A longer and steadier ceasefire will enter into effect at 9 a.m. tomorrow whereby maintenance workshops will be granted access to fix the damaged water spring at Ain Al-Figeh to end a 15-day water crisis in the capital.

According to the agreement, militants shall hand on heavy and medium arms to be eventually enrolled in local committees, which along government troops, will bear the responsibility to preserving security in the towns of Wadi Barada.

Fighters who are originally not from the towns and villages of Wadi Barada, as well as those unwilling to have their legal status settled, will be evacuated to the northwestern province of Idlib.

(Source / 07.01.2017)

Israeli Army Injures Three Palestinians Near Bethlehem

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Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday evening, the town of Teqoua’, east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, before shooting and injuring three young men, during clashes that took place following the invasion.

Taiseer Abu Mfarreh the director of the Local Council in Teqoua’, said the clashes took place in the center of the town, and near its western entrance, after the soldiers invaded it from several directions.

He added that the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades, wounding three Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets, while many others suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

The official also stated that all wounded Palestinians received treatment by local Red Crescent medics, without the need for hospitalization.

(Source / 07.01.2017)