Israel demands exorbitant compensations from Palestinian families

Exorbitant compensations

Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday that the Israeli authorities decided, in line with the sanctions they impose on the families of the Palestinians who carry out attacks, to file lawsuits demanding them to pay compensations up to millions of shekels.

The paper pointed out that the so-called Public Prosecution filed an unprecedented case with the Jerusalem District Court demanding the widow of a Palestinian who carried out an anti-occupation attack and her children to pay financial compensations for the damage he caused to the state.

This is the first of a series of similar cases that will soon be filed against the families of Palestinian attackers, according to the Israeli prosecution.

The paper said that the first lawsuit was filed a week and a half ago against the family of the martyr Fadi Qunbar who killed 4 soldiers in the anti-occupation car-ramming attack he carried out in January.

The Israeli authorities demanded Qunbar’s widow to compensate for the damage caused, bear the cost of the memorials erected on the graves of the dead soldiers, and pay financial compensations to the families of the soldiers who were killed or injured.

In accordance with the lawsuit, Qunbar’s family is demanded to pay nearly 2 million shekels for each family.

On 8th January 2017, Fadi Qunbar, a resident of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, plowed a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers killing 4 and injuring 13.

(Source / 02.07.2017)

Unprecedented lawsuit seeks damages from widow, children of slain Palestinian attacker

Parents Fadi al-Qunbar

Fadi al-Qunbar’s parents and two of his children

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli public prosecutor for the Jerusalem district has filed “a precedent-setting” civil lawsuit against the widow and young children of Fadi al-Qunbar — who was shot dead by Israeli forces in January after he drove a truck into a group of Israeli soldiers, killing four — for some $2 million in financial damages.

The children are all aged between one and eight years old.
According to a report from Israeli news daily Haaretz, the case is a first in a number of civil lawsuits expected to be filed against the families of Palestinians who were killed while allegedly or actually carrying out attacks on Israelis, the Israeli prosecution confirmed.
The state is seeking to have al-Qunbar’s widow Tahani and her children, as his legal heirs, pay an estimated 2 million shekels ($572,000) in compensation for each soldier he killed, including the cost of the soldiers’ headstones — 8,400 shekels ($2,400) each, and reimbursement of benefits paid by the state of Israel to the soldiers’ families.
The civil lawsuit came in addition to numerous severe measures already taken by Israeli authorities against al-Qunbar’s extended family and scores of innocent civilians in the wider Jabal al-Mukkabir community, where the al-Qunbars once resided.
Following the attack, Israeli forces punitively filled their home with concrete, displacing his wife and children.
Israeli authorities have also continue to hold al-Qunbar’s remains, as part of Israel’s policy of withholding the bodies of alleged and actual attackers, which has been denounced by rights groups as collective punishment and a violation of international law.
Al-Qunbar’s relatives, who have denied having advanced knowledge of any plans to carry out an attack, and the wider community of Jabal al-Mukabbir, were subjected to a number of other collective punishment measures that critics called a “policy of reprisal” being waged in the neighborhood.
A number of al-Qunbar’s relatives and other locals were detained in police raids, and Israeli Minister of Interior Aryeh Deri decided to revoke the Jerusalem residency status of 13 members al-Qunbar’s family — including his mother, which also broke precedent.
While punitive residency revocation had not been implemented in this way before, more than 14,000 Jerusalem residencies for Palestinians have been revoked for other reasons since Israel illegal annexed East Jerusalem in 1967.
The beginning of a wave of political unrest in October 2015 was seized as an opportunity to set a new legal precedent for residence revocation, according to think tank al-Shabaka, when the Israeli security cabinet issued a decision ruling that “the permanent residency rights of terrorists will be revoked,” without defining who was a “terrorist.”
In response to the civil lawsuit, Dalia Kerstein, director of the Hamoked Center for the Defense of the Individual, which is providing support to the family, told Haaretz: “The al-Qunbar family is experiencing a revenge campaign by the establishment after the terrorist attack carried out by a relative.”
“Now a damages suit has been filed against the widow and four fatherless children of the perpetrator of the terrorist attack, claiming they are obligated to indemnify the state for damages and expenses due to this attack, (which is) in fact legal but is completely vicious, vindictive and ugly.”
(Source / 02.07.2017)

Israeli Soldiers A Palestinian, Destroy A Monument, In Jenin

02 JUL
12:27 PM

Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday at dawn, the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and installed many roadblocks around it, before abducting one Palestinian, and demolished a monument for a Palestinian, who was assassinated by Israeli agents in Athens, in 1986.

The soldiers installed many roadblocks in the western part of Jenin city, Jenin-Jaffa Road, and at roads leading to many villages, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

The Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) sad the soldiers abducted ‘Aref Wishahi, 22, from the al-Mothallath village, after stopping him at a roadblock installed at the junction of ‘Arraba town.

Furthermore, the soldiers demolished, for the second time in a few days, a monument for a slain Palestinian, identified as Khaled Nazzal, at Jenin’s western entrance. The soldiers demolished the monument shortly after it was rebuilt.

It is worth mentioning that Nazzal, from Qabatia town near Jenin, was one of the founders of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), and was assassinated by Israeli agents in Athens on June 9th 1986.

Also at dawn, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians, including legislator Khaleda Jarrar, in the central West Bank district of Ramallah.

(Source / 02.07.2017)

Family Visits Suspended for Gazan Detainees

02 JUL
4:11 AM

Israel has officially informed the International Committee of the Red Cross that there will be no family visits to a number of detainees from the Gaza Strip, without specifying their names.

ICRC spokeswoman in Gaza, Suheir Zaqout, told Quds Press that the organisation is in constant contact with Israeli authorities to remind them of their obligations to facilitate family visits to all Palestinian detainees.

“Family visits are a right enshrined in Article 27 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. This right can only be disabled on security grounds and for individual cases. It is highly humanitarian, not only for the detainee but also for their family,” she said, according to the PNN.

Zaqout pointed out that the Red Cross is “concerned” about the Israeli decision and understands the concern and frustration of the detainees’ families.

Director of a Palestinian prisoner rights group the Asra Media Office, Abdel Rahman Shedid, said the decision aims to pressure Hamas to response to calls by the families of the captured Israeli soldiers by punishing the detainees with links to the movement.

Shedid said in a statement that the decision “is the first in a series of punishments imposed by Israeli occupation prisons against Hamas detainees during the coming period.”

He held the Israeli government and the prison administration in full responsibility for any possible deterioration or escalation in the coming period.

Israel suspended family visits for families of detainees from the Gaza Strip after its aggression on the enclave in July 2014 then resumed them in early October of the same year.

Some 370 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip are held in Israeli prisons.

(Source / 02.07.2017)

Kufr Qaddoum Marks Six Year Intifada against Israeli Occupation

02 JUL
3:39 AM

One scene from the Friday weekly protests against the Israeli occupation in Kufr Qaddoum. 

Six years ago today, the Palestinian residents of Kufr Qaddoum, a peaceful village near Qalqilya, in the north of the occupied West Bank, decided to rise against the Israeli military’s closure of a vital and historical village road and demand its reopening.

In six years of uprising, the village witnessed 500 marches, usually carried out on Fridays following the prayer. During these protests, WAFA reports, an elderly man was shot dead by the army during confrontations and 85 wounded with live bullets, including six children, some of them lost an eye or speech ability, 170 people detained, homes destroyed, fields torched, farms wrecked, military checkpoints, collective punishment and more than $70,000 in fines imposed on the helpless Palestinian civilians.

But, all of this did not deter or tire the residents, who are determined to continue with their weekly activity until they get the vital road reopened.

According to village activists, Israel closed the road in 2003, during the  second Palestinian Intifada against the occupation.

However, when it became clear to the villagers the  true intention behind the closure of the road, and making it off to Palestinians, they decided to rise and protest this act.

Murad Ishtawi, one of the leaders of the village Intifada, said that it became clear that Israel closed the road for Palestinians so that Jewish settlers in the area will have easy access to their settlements and to eventually expropriate all land around it, to expand the unlawful settlements that were built over the years on 4,000 dunams of the village’s 23,000 dunam area.

“All the villagers have decided to start the weekly protests in the beginning of July 2011 following years of suffering from the closure of the main road that forced residents to use long, rough and deadly alternative roads,” said Ishtawi.

The Israeli military’s reaction to the peaceful protests usually ends up violent.

The army fires tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets at the protesters and homes in the village, causing many suffocation and injuries. Raids are usually conducted against the residents during the night to detain activists. Army checkpoints often restrict movement of people, and international solidarity activists are pursued and prevented from joining in the weekly protests.

“Even though six years have passed, we are not getting weaker or less resolute,” said Ishtawi, who says the protests are going to continue until they achieve their goal.

(Source / 02.07.2017)

Former Israeli FM Livni calls on UNESCO to vote against Hebron resolution

Palestinian leaders are pushing to have Hebron listed as a ‘World Heritage Site in Danger’

Tzipi Livni

Image of former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Tzipi Livni

Former foreign minister Tzipi Livni urged UNESCO to vote against a push by Palestinian leaders to have the West Bank city of Hebron declared as a “World Heritage Site in Danger” in the “State of Palestine,” Ynet Hebrew media outlet reported on Saturday.

“I am an opposition leader in Israel, but I am not in opposition to the history of my people and not an opposition to the truth,” Livni said at the Conference on the Empowerment of Women in Paris, adding:

These decisions will not harm my people’s connection to [Jerusalem and Hebron], but they will hurt UNESCO and the ability to promote common interests.

Israel has already protested at the inclusion of the Old City of Hebron, home to Ibrahimi Mosque, also known as the Tomb of the Patriarchs. The site is claimed to be the resting place of the Jacob, Isaac and Abraham and an important religious sites to Muslims and Jews alike.

Claiming that the site is endangered, the Palestinian Authority (PA) requested that the status of Hebron be fast-tracked onto the 2017 list due to “alarming details about the Israeli violations in Al-Khalil/ Hebron, including the continuous acts of vandalism, property damage, and other attacks.”

UNESCO: Israel is an ‘occupying power’

Israel refused to allow a team from UNESCO to visit Hebron ahead of the vote, with it’s ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Sharma HaCohen saying that by refusing the team access for a field visit, Israel was taking a “principled and strategic” stand.

Since Israel took over the West Bank in 1967 and began advancing Israeli settlements across Palestinian territory in violation of international law, Hebron has been a flashpoint for Israeli settler violence on Palestinians and their properties.

The Old City, which is under full Israeli military control, is home to some 30,000 Palestinians and around 800 Israeli settlers who live under the protection of Israeli forces.

UNESCO is scheduled to decide on the status of the Old City during a conference in Krakow, Poland from July 2-12. The vote is expected to include a clause rejecting Israeli sovereignty over occupied East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed in 1980 in a move never recognised by the international community.

‘Israel blackmails developing countries for votes at UN’

(Source / 02.07.2017)

Israeli police detain 28 Palestinians from the West Bank in Negev

28 Palestinians detained

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces recently detained 28 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank for entering Israel without Israeli permission, as well as six Palestinian citizens of Israel accused of transporting them, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri reported Sunday.

“As part of serious efforts and various activities by Israeli police to maintain stability and public security in the region, six Arab suspects were detained in the Negev on Route 6 near Beit Surik, for transferring 28 Palestinians to Israel in their vehicles without having legal permits,” she wrote.
She said all detainees were being interrogated and investigations were ongoing “across the country regarding this matter.”
One of the Palestinian citizens of Israel suspected of transporting the West Bank Palestinians put posters for Shas, an ultra-Orthodox religious political party in Israel, on his vehicle “as a camouflage” when transporting eight Palestinians from Hebron in the occupied West Bank, al-Samri said.
A video purporting to show Israeli police apprehending the vehicle was later circulated in Israeli media.
Under Israel’s permit regime, Palestinian residents of the West Bank are not allowed to access occupied East Jerusalem or Israel without an Israeli-issued permit, and many risk being shot and injured while trying to cross into Israel to work.
Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are forced to seek a living by working in Israel due to crippling unemployment in the West Bank, as the growth of an independent Palestinian economy has been stifled under the ongoing Israeli military occupation, according to rights groups.
Israeli authorities have imposed a massive crackdown on undocumented workers in Israel, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claiming in March 2016 that “a large proportion of (Palestinian) attackers were present in Israel illegally or infiltrated into Israel illegally” since the beginning of a wave of violence in the fall of 2015.
However, few Palestinians attackers were in fact workers in Israel, and the recent crackdown on undocumented workers has been condemned by rights groups as a political game, unlikely to affect the violence yet economically harmful to both Palestinians and Israelis.
(Source / 02.07.2017)

Palestinian minor held by Israel without charge denied family visits

Abd al-Nasser Lahham

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have prevented a 15-year-old Palestinian boy from receiving family visits since he was detained more than two months ago, his father said Monday.

Since Abd al-Nasser Lahham, from al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, was detained on April 26, six sessions have been held at Israeli military courts for his case, during which the prosecution has demanded the boy be sentenced to 15 months in prison, his father Muhammad Lahham, a journalist at Ma’an, said.
The court has yet to approve the sentence.
A representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the body that facilitates family visits for Palestinians in the occupied territory to Israeli prisons, told Lahham that Israeli authorities were depriving the 15-year-old boy from receiving visits “for unknown reasons.”
Of the 6,200 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, 490 are held without charge or trial under administrative detention and 300 are minors, according to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer.
Human rights organizations have long denounced the mistreatment of Palestinian children at the hands of Israeli forces.
Last Monday marked fives years since a delegation of lawyers from the United Kingdom reviewed the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law and published their findings and recommendations in a report funded by the UK Foreign Office, according to a statement from Military Court Watch (MCW).
The report found “undisputed evidence” that the military detention system violated at least six articles under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and two articles under the Fourth Geneva Convention.
The delegation made 40 recommendations, including a call to use summonses in lieu of night arrests and providing reasons for arrest; demanding an end to the use of blindfolds, restraints, and physical abuse; ensuring the right to silence; allowing access to parents and a lawyer prior to interrogation; and the relocation of all detention centers within the occupied territory, rather than inside Israel, in accordance with the Fourth Geneva Convention.
However, according MCW, evidence indicates that just one of the UK report’s 40 recommendations — the separation of children from adults while in custody — had been substantially implemented.
Furthermore, a follow-up mission by the UK legal delegation announced that their imminent visit to the region to review progress in implementing the report’s 40 recommendations had been cancelled due to a lack of cooperation by Israeli civilian and military authorities.
According the testimonies gathered by MCW of 127 children detained by the military in 2016, 53 percent of Palestinian children continued to report being arrested between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with MCW stressing that “Night arrest operations have a tendency to intimidate and terrify the targeted communities and children report being ‘scared’ or ‘terrified’ when confronted with heavily armed soldiers in their homes and bedrooms.”
Only 2 percent of children reported being served with a summons as an alternative to night arrest, most of which were delivered at night anyway, frequently lacking details about the accusation, sometimes written in Hebrew, and providing no information about the child’s legal rights in custody.
The vast majority of child detainees — 94 percent — reported being hand tied, 81 percent of children reported being blindfolded or hooded, and 64 percent of children reported being subjected to various forms of physical abuse.
The majority of Palestinian children interviewed by MCW — 84 percent — said they were not informed of their right to silence and 88 percent of children said they were denied access to a lawyer prior to questioning.
An overwhelming 94 percent of children reported that they were not accompanied by a parent throughout their interrogation.
(Source / 02.07.2017)

Netherlands outraged after Israel seizes Dutch-funded solar panels in West Bank

Solar panels

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Netherlands has reacted with outrage after Israeli authorities seized dozens of solar panels in a remote occupied West Bank village that were donated by the Dutch government.

Israeli forces confiscated the solar panels in the isolated village of Jubbet al-Dhib east of Bethlehem on Wednesday that were installed last year, under the pretext that they were built without the nearly impossible to obtain permits required by Israel to develop in Area C — the 61 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control.
report Saturday by Israeli news daily Haaretz cited a statement from the Dutch Foreign Ministry, that said the Dutch government lodged a protest with Israel over the confiscation of the electricity equipment, which was said to be a hybrid power system of both diesel and solar power.
The Dutch government-donated electrification project in the southern Bethlehem region cost about 500,000 euros, 350,00 euros of which went to Jubbet al-Dhib, according to the report.
The Dutch Foreign Ministry has requested Israel return the equipment and is “currently assessing what next steps can be taken,” the ministry’s statement to Haaretz said.
However, according to Haaretz, “A source close to Dutch diplomats in the West Bank told Haaretz that these softly worded statements cover the anger brewing in the government of the Netherlands, a close friend of Israel’s, at the damage to the humanitarian project.”
Ma’an reported at the time that 60 solar panels were seized, though Haaretz said that in fact 96 panels were taken down, in addition to other electronic equipment of the system that was also seized, which was funded by the Dutch and installed about nine months ago by the Israeli-Palestinian organization Comet-ME, which builds water and energy systems for Palestinians.
According to the report, Comet-ME implemented the project with the assistance of the town’s women’s committee using environmentally and socially sustainable methods.
The mayor of the village told Ma’an at the time of the raid that the solar panels were confiscated as well as destroyed, but Haaretz cited Comet-ME as clarifying that items were taken by Israeli forces intact, while equipment that was not seized was destroyed by Israeli forces and left behind.
The cost of the confiscated and damaged equipment is valued at 40,000 euros, though the material and social damage is “much greater, as their seizure immediately resulted in the loss of power for the 30 families in the village and its public buildings,” Haaretz wrote.
On the day of the raid, a spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible enforcing Israeli policies in the occupied territory, told Ma’an that stop-work orders had been delivered for the equipment, however, according to Haaretz, orders to cease construction and confiscation orders were given to the residents only during the raid itself, and not prior to the raid, “as is required by planning and construction laws.”
“Had orders been given in advance the village and its representatives could have taken administrative or legal action,” the report stressed.
“We emphasize that the village has other electricity sources,” COGAT also told Ma’an at the time. According to Haaretz, this likely refered to “a couple of noisy and polluting generators from aid organizations, which supply power for three hours a day,” which were received after Israel confiscated a solar-powered public lighting system in 2009.
Some 150 Palestinians reside in Jubbet al-Dhib, which is neighbored by the illegal Noqedim settlement — home to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman — as well as the illegal El David settlement, in addition a number of Israeli outposts, that, despite being illegal even under Israeli domestic law, still enjoy connection to the power grid and access to other infrastructure, according to Haaretz.
Meanwhile, all Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are considered illegal under international law.
“In order to contribute in reducing the suffering of the people of the village, help them to stay in their lands by protecting it from the ambitions of the Israeli occupation to confiscate it, the idea of using solar technology to light up the village streets, as well as lighting the village gathering center (the mosque) was considered,” ARIJ wrote in a village profile in 2010.
However, Israeli authorities have continued to refuse to grant a license for the project, forcing residents and NGOs to carry on with the solar panel installation without Israeli permission.
“The Israeli civil administration’s decision not to grant a license to implement the project of solar energy technology in Jubbet al-Dhib village means depriving the Palestinian residents of their most simple human rights of access to the most basic rights such as: education, health, the right to work, and the sense of humanity,” the report said.
ARIJ affirmed that the Israeli restrictions represented a violation of international human rights law and “confirms the continuation of Israeli policy towards Palestinians to increase their suffering by causing people to leave their homes, and controls Palestinian lands in order to expand Israeli settlements.”
“This policy does not only include Jubbet al-Dhib village, but almost ten Palestinian villages, which suffer from the lack of services and development projects,” the group wrote at the time.
More than 300 structures demolished by Israeli authorities in 2016 were erected with support of international organizations or with the financial help of the European Union, according to an Israeli military official cited in a report by Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post.
The official told The Jerusalem Post that a new procedure was put in force in 2016, which allows Israeli authorities to demolish a structure built without Israeli permits within 60 days of its construction without legal proceedings.
In 2016, Palestinians experienced the highest number of Israeli demolitions recorded in a year since rights groups began recording the incidents.
(Source / 02.07.2017)

Iranian Opposition Annual Convention in France Calls for Regime Change

IRan

Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), takes part in a rally in Villepinte, near Paris

Paris– Iranian opposition held its annual convention 2017 in auditorium in Villepente Exhibition Center, near Paris, on Saturday in a massive expression of support urging the world to adopt a firm approach toward the regime in Iran.

Hundreds of prominent political figures and activists from all over the world attended the convention.

President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi delivered a speech saying: “the regime’s overthrow is possible and within reach, and a democratic alternative and organized resistance exists that can topple it.”

Whereas Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said Iranian opposition on French soil is a moot point in Tehran-Paris ties.

Participants criticized Iran’s regional and international behavior and announced their support for the opposition in toppling the regime.

Mujahid-e Khalq hoisted Iranian flags with lion and sun logos on it.

Mujahid-e Khalq is one of the prominent opposition parties calling for regime change in Iran. The organization was formed in 1965 and was part of the factions that toppled the former regime.

Rajavi said that toppling the regime is crucial to ensure security and peace in the region.

“The only solution to free the people of Iran and establish peace and tranquility in the region, is the overthrow of the Iranian regime,” declared Rajavi.

She said that the ruling regime is in disarray and paralyzed as never before, adding that the Iranian society is simmering with discontent and the international community is finally getting closer to the reality that appeasing the ruling theocracy is misguided.

Speaking about the recent presidential elections, Rajavi stated in fear of a repeat of the 2009 uprising, Khamenei had to back down from his plan in the presidential election sham to bring the name of Raisi, the executioner in charge of the 1988 massacre.

“The regime is not capable of reform because the so-called reformists who were in office for more than half of this regime’s rule, did nothing but serving the Welayat-e Faqih. This regime cannot be contained, because more than three decades of West’s concessions did not bring about any change in this regime,” NCRI leader said.

Rajavi highlighted the plight of Iran’s population under the current regime, and commended Iran’s political prisoners for supporting the gathering “from the depths of the regime’s torture chambers.”

Rajavi added that the international community must recognize the resistance of the Iranian people to overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship and designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and evict it from the entire region.

NCRI’s President underlined the Iranian Resistance’s unwavering belief in the people’s free choice, the separation of religion and state, women’s active and equal participation in political leadership, and the autonomy of various ethnic groups in the framework of Iran’s territorial integrity.

She added, “As I have reiterated, repeatedly, we want neither money, nor arms. We urge you to recognize the Iranian people’s right to overthrow the mullahs’ religious dictatorship.”

Addressing the conference, chairman of the King Faisal Center for Islamic Studies Prince Turki al-Faisal called for Iranian Supreme Leader and Iranian officials to be brought to justice for their “crimes against the Iranian people,” who he described as the “first victims” of the Iranian regime.

Prince Turki explained that what made Arabs and Iranians brothers, was “not only geography, but the humanitarian relationships.”

“All the (Gulf Cooperation Council) GCC countries and their neighbor Iran have always been living in harmony until the Khomeini revolution came into being in 1979,” Prince Turki added.

He said there was an “external strategy… to replace the concept of stability with the concept of coup and conflict.”

Faisal stressed that the Iranian elections are undemocratic and illegitimate because Khamenei appoints the candidates adding that the behavior of the Iranian regime does not qualify it to be a democratic system.

Former UN ambassador, John Bolton said during the Grand Gathering that the outcome of the US policy review will determine that the regime will not last.

Bolton added that Tehran must not be allowed to control the arch from Baghdad to Damascus to Lebanon. Iran’s regime is not only a nuclear threat but also a conventional threat to peace and security.

Tehran regime does not change its behavior, so the only solution is to change the regime, stated Bolton, adding that the US declared policy should be regime change and there is a viable opposition in this room.

Former NY Mayor, Rudy Giuliani said the only way for stability in the Middle East is through a regime change.

“You, I, my government and your leadership, we see Iran in exactly the same way. The regime is evil and it must go. Free Iran,” said Mayor Giuliani.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed regret that the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) has been given permission to carry out its activities in France.

“The presence and activities of the MKO in France are regarded as “a moot point” in relations between Tehran and Paris,” Zarif said in an interview on Saturday.

“During our talks with the French officials, we raised this issue as a moot point in our relations and they also emphasized that they have no connection with this group (MKO),” he said.

He added that the MKO’s terrorist nature is not hidden to anybody, saying all regional and European countries are aware of the group’s acts of terror.

“Allowing activities of a group notorious for Iranians and has terrorist background, a group which had cooperated with Saddam’s regime and we have witnessed their terrorist attacks and their efforts for terrorist attacks in Iran is the only dark point in history of countries cooperating with the groups,” Zarif warned.

Zarif further continued that reactionary regime of the regime are making investment on the group one more time as they did in the past.

(Source / 02.07.2017)